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Loughran leading candidate at Fox Chapel

By Kevin Gorman
Former South Park football coach Tom Loughran, who resigned earlier this month after 186 victories and two WPIAL and PIAA championships in 32 seasons, confirmed he is the recommended candidate to be the next coach at Fox Chapel. The school board is expected to vote on his hiring at a ...

Elizabeth Forward hires Collodi as new football coach
By Patrick Cloonan
An assistant coach at South Park is the new head varsity football coach at Elizabeth Forward. “We’re not only going to coach your boys up, we’re going to mentor them into young men,” Michael Collodi told the EF school board after a 7-1 vote Wednesday. Collodi met with three of his new ...
Charleroi, Ringgold seniors to play in all-star contest
By Jeff Oliver
Charleroi Area’s Jake Lemmon and Ringgold’s Nico Law will have one more high school football game to play in. The two area seniors were selected to ...
Seton-La Salle’s McKinley-Lewis hoping to make immediate impact at Toledo
By Ray Fisher
Seton-La Salle senior Danzel McKinley-Lewis is one of 21 players who signed national letters of intent with Toledo earlier this month. Coach Matt Campbell and his ...
High school notebook: Former Steelers LB Gildon named coach at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
By Kevin Gorman
With eyes wide and jaws dropped, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s players met their new football coach Tuesday morning after former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon was ...
Gorman: Gildon great for CWNC
By Kevin Gorman
Jason Gildon still is an imposing presence, more than a decade after his career as a Steelers linebacker ended. Even more impressive than his NFL resume, which includes a Steelers-record 77 sacks and three Pro Bowl selections in 11 seasons, are his references: Bill Cowher and Jack Del Rio. One of ...
WPIAL players selected to play in Big 33 game
By Staff Reports
Twelve senior players from the WPIAL have been selected to play in the 58th annual Big 33 Football Classic on June 20 at Hersheypark Stadium. The team includes Central Catholic tight end Graham Adomitis (Princeton), linebacker Bryan Glover (Eastern Michigan) and defensive back John Petrishen (Penn State); Penn Hills lineman ...
Former South Fayette football player sues coaches, teammate
By Brian Bowling
A former South Fayette School District student injured during a 2009 football practice claims in a lawsuit moved Friday to federal court that coaches violated his civil rights when they pitted him against an older student who outweighed him by 100 pounds. Zachary Robert Dorley of South Fayette originally sued in ...
Loughran resigns as football coach at South Park
By Kevin Gorman and Bill Hartlep
Tom Loughran spent the past 32 years as the head football coach at South Park. Thursday, he resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities. “I never ...
Carlynton selects Yoder as football coach
By Nathan Smith
After serving six games as Carlynton’s interim football coach last season, Scott Yoder hoped to do it full time moving forward. Last week he got his wish as he was named the Cougars’ coach. “Being a head coach has been a goal of mine since I got into coaching,” Yoder said. “I ...
Penn Hills football players commit to their college choices
By Ed Phillipps
The impressive list of Penn Hills football players who have gone on to play in college recently got a little longer. On Feb. 4, national ...
Colleges offering scholarships to players younger than ever
By Jerry DiPaola
John Bowers has coached at Morgantown (W.Va.) High School long enough to trust his eyes. He was certain Maverick Wolfley was ready to play varsity ...
Drone experiment produces Thomas Jefferson football highlight film
By Ed Phillipps
After a decade together creating the annual Thomas Jefferson football highlight tape, Steve Colditz and Scott Breisinger wanted to go above and beyond this season. ...
Area football players sign with local colleges
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Clad in a royal-blue dress shirt, yellow sweater-vest and navy slacks, Tre Tipton sure looked like a Pitt fan Wednesday morning. When he hit send ...
Belle Vernon Area’s Hannan to play in Big 33
By Jeff Oliver
The last few weeks have been very interesting for Devin Hannan, to say the least. Not only has he been playing basketball for Belle Vernon Area, ...
Clairton officials hope to turn incident, sanctions into ‘positive learning experience’
By Dave Mackall
The Clairton football team is under the microscope now that the Clairton City School District and the PIAA have come to an agreement over penalties handed down in response to the team’s unruly conduct at the PIAA Class A championship game in December. On a recommendation by the district, ...
Gorman: Big 33 streak one to savor
By Kevin Gorman
Graham Adomitis received word Tuesday that he has been selected to play in this summer’s Big 33 Football Classic. That practically guarantees that the Central Catholic tight end, one of his Pennsylvania teammates or Maryland opponents will play in a Super Bowl in the next decade. “It’s pretty sweet to ...
TJ senior lineman Reynolds reels in Breisinger Award
By Ed Phillipps
Less than 24 hours after his efforts were recognized by the Thomas Jefferson football team, Zack Reynolds was doing what he does best: clearing a ...
Yough happy to be out of the Greater Allegheny
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago, Yough’s football team faced culture shock on multiple levels. Not only were the Cougars kicked up from Class AA to AAA, but they ...
Burrell’s Horwatt out as football coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Coming off one of its most challenging seasons in program history, the Burrell football team is looking for a new head coach. Kevin Horwatt was not ...
Baldwin-Whitehall school board blocks change to football team coaching staff
By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin-Whitehall School Board members failed to heed a recommendation from the varsity football coach to make a shift on his coaching staff. Board members voted 4-3 to approve amendments to the district’s extracurricular assignments, but all personnel items require the support of five board members to pass, based on district ...
Hamilton retires as Blackhawk football coach
By Kevin Gorman
Joe Hamilton, one of the giants and gentlemen of the WPIAL coaching ranks, retired Tuesday as Blackhawk football coach after 39 seasons. Hamilton, ...
Gorman: Farewell to a classy coach
By Kevin Gorman
Of the zillion questions asked by his granddaughter, Allie, who was writing his autobiography for an English class, one stood out to Joe Hamilton. ...
Gorman: Just say no to 6 classes
By Kevin Gorman
Jim Render knows what it’s like to have a WPIAL championship football team not participate in the PIAA playoffs. The Upper St. Clair coach also knows what it’s like to win a state title. USC elected not to participate in the inaugural PIAA playoffs in 1988, but won state titles ...
Opinions differ on more classifications for high school football
By Chris Harlan
A couple of years from now, Seneca Valley, North Allegheny or Hempfield might celebrate a WPIAL Class AAAAAA football championship. Too many A’s? Maybe ...
Central Valley’s Whitehead wins Mercury Award
By Staff Report
Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead on Friday was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Mercury Award, honoring the top high school football player in Western ...
Gorman: Pittsburgh Athletic Association awards a great event
By Kevin Gorman
The same guy who got me out of jury duty got me into one of my favorite events. In 2000, attorney Paul Walsh called to ...
Clairton players offer video apology to Bishop Guilfoyle
By Dave Mackall
Calling it “a good day,” former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch met with the Clairton High School football team Thursday and expressed hope that its players ...
Plum senior earns honor from Pennsylvania Football News
By Michael Love
Plum senior defensive back Nick Robb was a key component of a stingy and quick Mustangs defensive unit in 2014. The defense helped Plum earn a 5-3 record in the Quad-East Conference and a 6-5 overall mark. That record included a 17-6 victory over No. 4 Penn Hills at the home of ...
Franklin Regional’s Zanotto earns defensive MVP honors at all-star game
By Michael Love
January is the month for regional and national high school all-star football games, and a collection of some of the best seniors in the country ...
Gorman: Vestal ready for challenge at Seneca Valley
By Kevin Gorman
Dave Vestal teaches astronomy and physics, so it’s understandable that he doesn’t get too philosophical. Nonetheless, the football coach found humor in the suggestion ...
HS highlight reel: Seneca Valley hires Vestal as football coach
By Tribune-Review
Hopewell coach Dave Vestal, who once won a state title with the Vikings, was hired Monday night to coach football at Seneca Valley. “He’s got a proven record of success,” Seneca Valley athletic director Heather Lewis said. Vestal’s record was 92-59 with nine playoff berths in 14 seasons as Hopewell’s ...
LeDonne resigns at Elizabeth Forward
By Dave Mackall
Mike LeDonne has resigned from his second stint as football coach at Elizabeth Forward, his alma mater, to take over as defensive coordinator at Gateway. LeDonne, 52, will rejoin Gateway coach Tom Nola, whom he served under in the same capacity at Clairton in 2008 and e_SSRq09. “We gave it our best ...
Gorman: Practice not perfect for Central Catholic’s Redman
By Kevin Gorman
If practice really makes perfect, Riley Redman would be absolutely pristine. The Central Catholic senior has done nothing but practice this school year. A 1,000-yard rusher as a junior, he was relegated to playing for the scout team this past football season. Now, the WPIAL Class AAA seventh-place finisher in diving ...
Gorman: Time for Jenkins to tap potential
By Kevin Gorman
Sterling Jenkins spent Wednesday reminiscing about his time at Baldwin, considering it was his last day as a student there. For three-plus years, everyone has ...
Southmoreland football coach ‘honored’ by father figure role
By Emily Donovan
Travis Jones, a senior who was a member of the Southmoreland football team, lost his father William Jones on Aug. 16, 2010, to esophageal cancer. ...