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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. ...
Quaker Valley football coach to receive Semper Fi honor from Marines
By Gary Horvath
Later this month, John Tortorea will be honored for the work he has done off the field as the coach of the Quaker Valley football ...
Gorman: Schools get best of Batch
By Kevin Gorman
Charlie Batch saw how the PIAA Class A football final ended, with a Clairton player running onto the field and throwing his helmet at a player. Watching the video touched a nerve with Batch, who called WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley and offered his help. “Absolutely, it did,” said Batch, who ...
Highlight reel: WPIAL teams rank high in state hoops
By Tribune-Review
The latest Pennlive.com state basketball rankings were released Monday. On the girls side, the WPIAL is represented by No. 3 Penn-Trafford (9-1), No. 5 North Allegheny (7-2) and No. 9 Mt. Lebanon (6-2) in Class AAAA; No. 1 Blackhawk (8-3) in Class AAA; No. 2 Burrell (9-1), No. 4 Seton-La ...
Ravenstahl resigns as CWNC football coach
By Chris Harlan
Bob Ravenstahl resigned as football coach after nine seasons at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, the school announced Wednesday. A 1972 North Catholic graduate, Ravenstahl led the ...
Baldwin lineman Jenkins to play in Under Armour game
By Ray Fisher
Sterling Jenkins’ high school career is winding to a close. Jenkins, a 6-foot-8, 305-pound senior offensive lineman at Baldwin, will start classes Jan. 12 at Penn ...
Franklin Regional’s Zanotto named to all-state first team
By Michael Love
Last year as a junior, Brett Zanotto earned third-team all-state honors. This year, after a strong season on both sides of the ball for Franklin Regional, ...
McKeesport Daily News Dynamic 33
By Daily News Staff
There were countless memorable moments from the 2014 high school football season, including Clairton’s return to the PIAA title game for the sixth time in ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25: CV’s Whitehead best of the best
By Chris Harlan
Player of the year JORDAN WHITEHEAD RB/DB Central Valley, senior, 6-0, 180 The most dangerous playmaker in the WPIAL, Jordan Whitehead scored touchdowns ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review’s Terrific 25: Penn-Trafford’s Vecchio leads the way as Player of the Year
By Bill West and Paul Schofield
Player of the Year Tim Vecchio, WR/DB Penn-Trafford, junior, 5-10, 170 During the rare afternoons and weekends when he lacks a game or practice on ...
Clairton’s Lamont Wade named Daily News Football Player of the Year
By Dave Mackall
At 15, WPIAL rushing champion Lamont Wade is getting an education beyond the classroom, where he’s maintained at least a 3.5 grade-point average as a ...
Leader Times 2014 High School Football All-Stars
By Matt Grubba
Player of the year Braydon Toy Kittanning, Senior, QB/DB, 5-foot-6, 140 pounds Much has been written about Kittanning quarterback Braydon Toy standing just 5-foot-6. ...
Quaker Valley football moving to new conference
By Gary Horvath
The Quaker Valley football team is going through a good bit of change this offseason. On top of graduating its most successful class of seniors in years, the Quakers will be leaving the Century Conference for the Midwestern Athletic Conference, or the MAC, the WPIAL announced last week. The move was ...
Gateway to honor late football standout Curtis Bray
By Karen Kadilak
In one of several tributes in Western Pennsylvania and the Midwest so far, Gateway plans to retire the number of the late football great Curtis ...
Pine-Richland’s DiNucci, South Fayette’s Brumbaugh honored by Pa. Football Writers
By Staff Report 9:10 p.m.
A pair of WPIAL quarterbacks were named players of the year by the Pennsylvania Football Writers on Tuesday. Pine-Richland’s Ben DiNucci and South Fayette’s Brett ...
Clairton’s Wade named Daily News Coach of the Year
By Dave Mackall
Wayne Wade will take a 15-1  record. What coach wouldn’t? While he would have loved for his football team to have gone unbeaten and brought another PIAA ...
WPIAL players named to Class AAA, A all-state teams
By Staff Report
The Pennsylvania football writers all-state teams for Class A and AAA were released Monday. Several players were recognized from Western Pennsylvania. In Class AAA, selections ...
South Fayette football team distributes Steelers tickets to Carlynton, Wilkinsburg
By Bill Hartlep
The Carlynton and Wilkinsburg football teams each went through their share of struggles this season. Members of the South Fayette football program experienced nothing but success, not only this year but last year as well, as the Lions successfully defended their WPIAL and PIAA Class AA championships. On Sunday, the Lions will ...
2014 Valley News Dispatch football all-stars
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Freeport’s Logan Thimons have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year for football, respectively. ...
Through the years: Bell-Avon rings out in program’s finale
By George Guido
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 ...