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Gorman: Rivals North Hills, North Allegheny join to battle cancer

By Kevin Gorman
One of the fiercest rivalries in the WPIAL is coming together for a common cause that both schools hate. Even more than each other. North Allegheny and North Hills will go from nasty nemeses to partners in pink Friday night in the name of crushing cancer. Both schools will wear …

A-K Valley football notebook: Christy has best of both worlds as coach, father
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jeff Christy is a volunteer assistant football coach at Apollo-Ridge, but he hasn’t seen the Vikings play once all season — sans a scrimmage against …
Schoolboy pick of week: BV Area
By Jeff Oliver
It’s funny how football can go. Normally, the final week of the regular season is the time for some of the biggest games to be played. However, taking a look around the Mid-Mon Valley, that doesn’t true tonight. Charleroi and Monessen are playing non-conference games. Frazier is home with California, …
Guido: Kittanning-Ford City rivalry packed with memories
By George Guido
Each Friday during the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
Leader Times notebook: Tickets going fast for FC-Kittanning series finale
By Matt Grubba
The final football game between Kittanning and Ford City has been billed as a major community event, and advance ticket sales indicate that will be …
Brashear upsets defending champ USO in City semifinals
By Staff Report
The Brashear defense prevented USO from making its title defense Thursday night at Cupples Stadium. The No. 3 Bulls (5-3) intercepted four passes and blocked two punts en route to a 27-8 victory over No. 2 USO (4-3) in a City League semifinal playoff game. Qu’ran Powe returned an interception …
Statewide HSFB notebook: Scranton RB to miss rest of season with injury
By Staff Reports
His final carry covered 1 yard. Trying to help lead his team on a momentum shifting drive, Scranton’s Jake McCarthy limped back to the huddle after absorbing one of many physical hits from an aggressive Delaware Valley defense last week. Another play followed, a quarterback sneak for a first down, …
HS highlight reel: Sarra returns to coach Waynesburg
By Tribune-Review
Dave Sarra can’t stay away from Waynesburg coaching jobs. After one season as assistant under Drew Schifino, Sarra returns to lead Waynesburg’s boys basketball team, which he also guided from 2009-13. The Central Greene School Board approved Sarra, a biology teacher in the district, as coach Tuesday night. Schifino left …
WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games
By Bill West
When asked about the WPIAL’s efforts to schedule football rivals against each other in Week 9, executive director Tim O’Malley went right into an explanation …
Leader Times Q&A: Redbank Valley’s Wyatt Hetrick
By Matt Grubba
Picking out one of Redbank Valley’s many talented receivers is a tough task, but Wyatt Hetrick stood above the crowd last week. Hetrick posted his …
The Leader eager for Kittanning finale
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 5-2 (.714) Season: 43-11 (.796) After saying farewell to Ford City at home last week, now it’s Kittanning’s turn to say goodbye to its Wildcats on home turf. The Leader was overwhelmed by the display of support from the Sabers fans at Friday’s game against West Shamokin, and …
Gorman: A WPIAL playoff drought about to end
By Kevin Gorman
One of the longest WPIAL playoff droughts will end Friday night, but at the expense of another. That adds intrigue to the Interstate Conference chase for the fourth and final playoff spot. If Waynesburg (5-3, 4-3) can beat Derry, the Raiders will qualify for their first postseason since 2003. For …
Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top Week 9 matchups
By Staff Reports
Here’s a look at some of the top matchups for Western Pennsylvania in Week 9: Class AAAA Quad Central 9-AAAA Penn Hills (6-2, 5-1) at …
Heavyweights West Allegheny, Central Valley meet in test for Parkway
By Chris Harlan
Finally, it’s OK to talk about Central Valley vs. West Allegheny inside their locker rooms. But this matchup never was easy to ignore. “Both teams …
Now in Class A, rivals GCC, Jeannette to battle for 2nd place in Eastern Conference
By Paul Schofield
It wouldn’t be a complete football season if the Greensburg Central Catholic/Jeannette game didn’t hold some meaning in Week 9. During the past 13 seasons, …
Longtime rivals Kittanning, Ford City set for final act
By Matt Grubba
One hundred years of football history comes down to one night in Kittanning. Ford City and Kittanning will meet on the football field for the …
West Mifflin hoping to spoil TJ’s perfect season
By Dave Mackall
The Jaguars are going for the kill. No. 3 Thomas Jefferson doesn’t expect to let up in the regular-season finale Friday night at home against …
Connellsville focuses on nailing down playoff berth
By Jason Black
It’s amazing how the fortunes of a high school football team can change from week to week. After three straight losses, Connellsville looked to be …
BVA hopes to keep momentum
By Jeff Oliver
The last few years, the final game of the regular season was a playoff game for Belle Vernon Area. That’s because the Leps had to …
High school football notebook: WPIAL might welcome another team next year
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL could use another football team. With the pending merger of Ford City and Kittanning, the WPIAL would be left with 123 teams next …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Montour’s David Haseleu
By Bill West
Montour junior David Haseleu makes no effort to hide or obscure his diminutive stature. While players elsewhere in the WPIAL add pounds and inches to …
Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Indiana’s Jake Zilinskas
By Bill West
His father stared down centers and chased quarterbacks as a nose guard at IUP, but Indiana junior Jake Zilinskas continues to impress with what he …
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Springdale’s Austin Kline
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It took Austin Kline some time to adjust to life in Springdale. He was born in Daytona Beach, Fla., and lived in Dawsonville, Ga. before …
Daily News Q&A: Lamont Wade, Clairton
By Dave Mackall
No Harrison Dreher? No problem. His good pal Lamont Wade has stepped in full time to carry the load for Clairton in a season of …
Daily Courier Q&A: Connellsville’s Kevin Koontz
By Jason Black
Connellsville senior Kevin Koontz has been a fixture on Connellsville’s offensive line for three years and has been a starter at defensive tackle this season. …
Ford City, Kittanning matchup to be part of SI.com’s ‘Underdogs’
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Kittanning football coach Frank Fabian heard Sports Illustrated was coming to town to film his team’s practice, he laughed it off, but did so with guarded optimism. This is Ford City week, after all. “I had to make sure this wasn’t one last prank from over there,” Fabian said …
Skiles has Bentworth headed in right direction
By Jeff Oliver
The good news for Bentworth is if the Bearcats win their final game of the season at home, they should find themselves in the WPIAL Class A playoffs. The bad news? The Bearcats (3-5, 3-4) play host to Beth-Center (8-0, 7-0). All the Bulldogs have done this season, aside from …
H.S. Picks rounding into postseason form
By H.s. Picks
It seems like it was just last week that the high school football season started. But here we are in Week 9, the final week of the regular season. The WPIAL playoffs begin next week, and what have we learned? Well, for starters, Penn-Trafford appears to be the best team …
Birdie sad to see rivalry go
By The Birdie
Last week: 9-3 (.750) ·Season: 68-22 (.756) Twitter: TheBirdie_VND All good things have to come to an end, and this week, that pertains to the decades-long rivalry game between Ford City and Kittanning. (The Birdie sighs, a tear trickling out from beneath his favorite sunglasses that he bought at Sears …
DC Picks: Playoff picture begins to take shape
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 6-0 Overall: 38-9 So it all comes down to this. Connellsville, Laurel Highlands and Southmoreland still are battling to get into the playoffs, while Mt. Pleasant, and Frazier are fighting for playoff positioning. With so much on the line in Week 9, DC Picks can’t wait to see …
Southmoreland to end regular season against rival Mt. Pleasant
By Mark King
Before the 2014 high school football season began, many people believed that the Mt. Pleasant Vikings would have a mediocre season. Last season’s Class AA …
Penn Hills football team jets to success behind ground attack
By Ed Phillips
After a 31-13 thrashing of Upper St. Clair to kick off the football season, the idea entered Penn Hills coach John Peterman’s head. Peterman crossed …
Offensive line powering Penn-Trafford offense
By Nathan Smith
There are several reasons why the Penn-Trafford offense is one of the best in Class AAA and averaging 40 points per game – behind only …
Quaker Valley football has more to play for
By Gary Horvath
Mathematically, the Quaker Valley football team still has a chance to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs. Realistically, Friday’s game against South Fayette, the defending WPIAL …
Jeannette facing rival GCC with playoff seeding, bragging rights on line
By Dave Moio
Roy Hall knows what it means to be a Jeannette Jayhawk. He knows that it means being a part of a local institution — a …
Plum staying focused on regular-season finale vs. Latrobe
By Michael Love
The WPIAL-playoff scenario is pretty much cut and dry for the Plum varsity football team. The Mustangs will finish fourth in the Quad East with …