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Through the years: Bell-Avon rings out in program’s finale

By George Guido 12:44 a.m.
With Kittanning and Ford City high schools closing out their football histories, the Valley News Dispatch has been taking a look back at the final ...

High school notebook: WPIAL adjusts to accommodate Armstrong merger
By Chris Harlan
To accommodate the Ford City-Kittanning merger, the WPIAL slightly altered four football conferences and will schedule games next season with the City League. The WPIAL Board ...
High school notebook: Records tumble during PIAA football title games
By Staff Reports
It was a record-setting weekend in Hershey. Keepers of PIAA and WPIAL record books were busy updating their standards of excellence thanks to several outstanding individual ...
Close loss in title game cannot diminish Clairton’s ‘great season’
By Dave Mackall
It was a great season, even by Clairton’s standards. In a community that feels disappointment with anything but a state championship, the Clairton football team came ...
Pine-Richland falls short in PIAA Class AAAA final
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — For a while Saturday, extra-point strategy seemed rather unimportant. Yet facing a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit, Pine-Richland senior Ben DiNucci erased 20 of them ...
RB Hayes boosts South Fayette to 2nd straight state title
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — South Fayette won another state title in history-making fashion, but this time, it wasn’t with a passing record. Seconds after an emotional goal-line ...
Gorman: Hayes’ big play was just perfect
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — Hunter Hayes likes to think of himself as a perfectionist, so the South Fayette junior couldn’t believe everything that was going wrong for ...
Archbishop Wood runs past Central Valley in PIAA Class AAA final
By Chris Harlan
The stadium scoreboard credited Archbishop Wood with a 35-point first-quarter lead, maybe the work of someone counting tone rather than touchdowns. The ...
Clairton falls short vs. Bishop Guilfoyle in PIAA Class A title game
By Dave Mackall
HERSHEY — In a record-setting season of scoring for Clairton, the Bears’ bid for a fifth PIAA Class A football championship in six years was ...
Gorman: Clairton star shows class amid chaos
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — The Clairton sideline was in chaos as Bears coaches tried to corral a couple of out-of-control players while consoling those who were crying. ...
Pine-Richland has new look for defending champ St. Joseph’s Prep
By Chris Harlan
Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci already has one future fan in Philadelphia. “He’s really fun to watch,” St. Joseph’s Prep coach Gabe Infante said. “I know ...
Clairton, Bishop Guilfoyle football teams match vaunted defenses
By Dave Mackall
HERSHEY — Clairton and Bishop Guilfoyle, two undefeated teams vying Friday for a PIAA Class A football championship, haven’t given much slack to their opponents ...
Through the years: Ken High, Apollo go out in style
By George Guido
With Kittanning and Ford City high schools closing out their football histories, the Valley News Dispatch is taking a look back at the final games ...
Gorman: Gastion goes deep for Pine-Richland
By Kevin Gorman
Pine-Richland has no shortage of playmakers, but Rams coach Eric Kasperowicz sees game plans designed to stop one player in particular. D’ondre Gastion has that ...
Central Valley prepares for ‘big’ test against Archbishop Wood O-line
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley coach Mark Lyons believes he’s seen another offensive line this fall just as good as Archbishop Wood’s. Maybe just as strong. Maybe just as ...
Gorman: Central Valley’s life after death
By Kevin Gorman
Central Valley was supposed to spend this week celebrating its first PIAA championship berth. Instead, the Warriors mourned the death of a teammate. Tragedy struck the school district when senior lineman Dominick “Andy” Treemarchi went into respiratory distress early Sunday and died late that night. In a span of 48 hours, ...
South Fayette aims to become 1st AA team to win consecutive PIAAs
By Bill West
The idea of losing a football game, once easy enough to imagine, now baffles South Fayette senior linebacker Brett Beltz. Defeat, something Beltz experienced 12 times ...
Gorman: South Fayette has a ‘No Fly’ zone
By Kevin Gorman
While Brett Brumbaugh earns accolades at South Fayette for smashing state passing records, the Lions’ defense has a reason to roar. South Fayette has 25 ...
Clairton’s speed, skill match up with Guilfoyle size in PIAA title game
By Dave Mackall
In the world of Clairton football, losing is a bad word. Not a swear word, but a bad word. Losing isn’t something that Clairton ever expects ...
Cal Area opens Teets’ job after two seasons
By Jeff Oliver
Most head coaches always remember their first job. There is no doubt that Bo Teets will remember his, but it won’t necessarily be a pleasant memory. Earlier ...
Gorman: Melvin leads Clairton line
By Kevin Gorman
Clairton has a chance to win its fifth PIAA Class A championship in six years, yet only one current Bears player has started in a state title game. That distinction belongs to Israel Melvin, a 6-foot-1, 282-pound senior two-way tackle who remembers his pre-game nervousness as a sophomore in 2012 ...
High school notebook: Canon-Mac, Armstrong name football coaches
By Staff Reports
Canon-McMillan hired Mike Evans as its new football coach and assistant athletic director Monday, according to AD Frank Vulcano. Evans, who replaces interim coach Terry George, has been an assistant coach at California (Pa.) since 2003. Ron Coder resigned midseason after going 1-13 over one and a half years. e_SBlt ...
Clairton could reach national scoring mark in PIAA Class A title game
By Dave Mackall
High-scoring Clairton will need to put up more points in the PIAA Class A championship football game than all but one of its 15 previous contests to establish a single-season national high school scoring record. The Bears (15-0) hold the Pennsylvania mark with 940 points this season and need 84 in ...
Brumbaugh, DiNucci could write, rewrite state passing record book
By Chris Harlan
With a little effort Saturday, South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh could break the state record for passing yards in a single season. He would need 334 ...
High school football lifts spirits in Western Pennsylvania’s former industrial towns
By Megan Harris
Decked head-to-toe in Sto-Rox green, principal Tim Beck hung his head at halftime as the rusting scoreboard flickered and died. “It hasn’t been our finest year,” ...
Strong 4th quarter carries Pine-Richland into PIAA championship game
By Chris Harlan
ALTOONA — There’s an end zone at Mansion Park Stadium that Ben DiNucci and his teammates now like just as much as their coach. The ...
Defense shines as South Fayette returns to PIAA championship game
By Bill West
The energy in South Fayette’s locker room, already high as players began to remove jerseys and pads, spiked when senior linebacker Matt O’Rourke bounced through ...
Gorman: Brumbaugh’s brains help set state record
By Kevin Gorman
Brett Brumbaugh has drawn accolades for his accuracy and praise for making big plays. Staring at the state record for career passing yards Saturday, the ...
Central Valley advances to PIAA Class AAA title game
By Chris Harlan
There were no broken tackles and no long sprint, but this touchdown was celebrated just as much. Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead scored ...
Clairton marches into PIAA football championship
By Dave Mackall
Just once more. That was Clairton senior Jjuan Jackson’s message to his teammates Friday night just minutes after the Bears secured their sixth trip to ...
Gorman: Canon-McMillan’s Blanock stands #LukeStrong
By Kevin Gorman
Luke Blanock had the floor. What the Canon-McMillan senior really wanted was to finally take the court. Speaking slowly and softly, Blanock urged the ...
Pace-setting by center part of Pine-Richland’s run to PIAA semifinals
By Bill West
Observers of Pine-Richland’s offense, from coaches to sportswriters, often note how crisply and consistently senior quarterback Ben DiNucci, owner of a 71.2 completion percentage, gets ...
Hazlett named football coach at Vincentian
By Tribune-Review
Vincentian Academy hired Todd Hazlett as football coach Thursday. Hazlett replaces Tim Storino, who was not retained after a 2-7 season. Hazlett coached Deer Lakes from 2007-12 and led the Lancers to their only WPIAL playoff appearance in 2010. He served as Vincentian’s interim coach in 2013 and led ...
Gorman: Pine-Richland’s Merhaut is Ram tough
By Kevin Gorman
Mike Merhaut might be one of Western Pennsylvania’s best all-around players, as Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz proclaims, but he hasn’t let it go to his ...
McDevitt’s Robinson, CV’s Whitehead focus of AAA semifinal matchup
By Chris Harlan
The state’s focus has followed Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead and Bishop McDevitt’s Andre Robinson, two tailbacks with major-college talent. They are four-star recruits from separate parts ...
Gorman: Central Valley’s Conti accepts role
By Kevin Gorman
Nate Conti saw the writing on the wall after his junior year and wondered whether Central Valley coaches would ask him to change positions. A fullback who was the backup to Preston Johnson, Conti didn’t hesitate when asked to make a move to the offensive line. “I told him, ‘You can ...