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City League AD’s plan could lower ‘classification inflation’

By Chris Harlan
The City League has a plan to hedge “classification inflation.” School districts with a large number of non-brick-and-mortar students would benefit athletically under a City League proposal to change the way the PIAA calculates enrollment figures. If approved, the PIAA would count only 10 percent of district students enrolled in charter, ...

PIAA approves change to heat acclimation
By Chris Harlan
The state-mandated heat acclimation period for football teams will increase from three days to five under a proposal the PIAA Board of Directors approved Thursday. But the players must only attend three consecutive days to be eligible, said WPIAL president Jack Fullen, athletic director at Blackhawk. “You could miss Monday ...
HS highlight reel: Monessen football forfeits 4 victories
By Tribune-Review
The 2014 football campaign was far from a banner season for Monessen. The team didn’t make the WPIAL Class A playoffs and finished under .500. And Monday, it got worse. The WPIAL informed the school that it had to forfeit all four of its wins from the season after using two ineligible players. ...
Monessen to forfeit 4 football victories
By Jeff Oliver
The 2014 football campaign was far from a banner season for the Monessen Greyhounds. The team didn’t make the WPIAL Class A playoffs and finished under .500. And on Monday, it got a little worse. The WPIAL informed the school district that it had to forfeit all four of its wins from the ...
Former assistant Bellinotti named new Burrell head coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Dave Bellinotti said he wants to see Burrell’s football team return to its “glory days.” If that happens, he might be the first to see it. Bellinotti, 44, will have a chance to significantly impact the program’s future after he was hired Tuesday night to be the next head football coach at ...
Gorman: Fox Chapel finds winner in Loughran
By Kevin Gorman
For Fox Chapel athletic director Mike O’Brien, the hardest part was not finding a football coach but keeping the selection a secret. Even if it ...
New Elizabeth Forward football coach ‘ready for the challenge’
By Dave Mackall
It didn’t take Mike Collodi very long to start building relationships at Elizabeth Forward. Less than two weeks on the job as the Warriors’ new football coach, Collodi, a former South Park and Burrell assistant, has been meeting with various programs and organizations throughout the school district, hoping to elevate ...
Miller named new Trinity football coach
By Chris Harlan
Jon Miller, a former head coach at Moon, was hired Thursday to coach Trinity’s football team. Miller, 38, was an assistant last season at Bethel Park, where he teaches. Previously, he was an assistant at Canon-McMillan, Upper St. Clair and North Hills, along with a stint coaching in Florida. He replaces ...
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 ...