Football: WPIAL grads expected to anchor Michigan State secondary

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Michigan State has boasted one of college football's top defenses in recent years.

This season, two of the key players on that unit hail from Western Pennsylvania.

When Michigan State released its preseason depth chart Thursday, two WPIAL alums were listed as starters in the secondary: Jeannette grad Demetrious Cox at cornerback, and Gateway grad Montae Nicholson at free safety.

Cox, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt junior, played in all of Michigan State's 13 games last season and made a career-high 26 tackles. Nicholson, a 6-2, 220-pound sophomore, also played in all 13 games last season, leading all first-year players with 31 tackles. Nicholson is also a track standout who placed sixth at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships.


Sports Town East Week in Review (July 19-25)

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Boys Volleyball: 2015 East Season Recap

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Obama Academy's Cinderella season came to an end in the PIAA Class AA boys volleyball semifinals.

The Eagles had a season to remember in their WPIAL debut, but came up two wins short of reaching the ultimate goal of winning a PIAA title.

"We played a very good team that has been ranked No. 2 in the state all season," said Obama Academy coach Pete Vitti, after watching Saegertown dominate his Eagles in the PIAA semfinals. "The 19 serving errors we had didn't help things."

Saegertown, the District 10 champion, flexed its muscles in a 3-0 semifinal match held at Slippery Rock High School. It will be the second PIAA title appearance in five years for Saegertown.


Boys Volleyball: 2015 East Photo Recap

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The following photos feature boys volleyball teams from the area's East zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2015 season.

2015 BeaverCountyChristian BVolleyball(Photo: Beaver County Christian's Matthew Knab, a sophomore setter, spikes a shot as teammate Quinn McCracken (7), a junior middle hitter, watches during a match against Upper St. Clair earlier this season. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)