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Brad Everett's East High School Football Notebook (Nov. 20, 2014)

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Here's this week's edition of Brad Everett's East High School Football Notebook.

"The WPIAL doesn't hand out individual awards to top players or coaches, so it's ultimately left up to fans, coaches, players and media to debate who are the best in the area each season.

That's where "The Bradleys" come into play. These prestigious awards are given out to honor the best of the best of the 2014 WPIAL football season among schools in the East Xtra circulation area.

Unfortunately for the honorees, a trophy or plaque won't be coming your way. There isn't an awards dinner and the distinction holds no monetary value. Nonetheless, a Bradley is rich in tradition and does earn the winners a hefty amount of bragging rights."

 

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Sports Town East Week in Review (Nov. 9-15)

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Football: Petrishen propels Central Catholic past Penn-Trafford

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Brad Everett covered Friday's WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal game between Penn-Trafford and Central Catholic.

"Central Catholic's John Petrishen is one of the WPIAL's top players, but that label has been mostly earned from his work on defense and special teams.

When his coach put the ball in Petrishen's hands Friday, Petrishen carried Central Catholic into the WPIAL title game.

Petrishen, who rushed for 62 yards in the first 11 games, ran wild out of the wildcat for 211 yards to lead defending champion Central Catholic to a 52-34 win against Penn-Trafford in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal at Norwin.

Central Catholic (11-1) will get a chance to avenge its only loss when the Vikings face top-seeded Pine-Richland (12-0) in the final at 2 p.m. Friday at Heinz Field. Pine-Richland topped the Vikings, 48-28, Oct. 17. Penn-Trafford (11-1), the No. 2 seed, fell to Central Catholic in the semifinals for the second year in a row."

 

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Athletes of the Week (Nov. 14, 2014)

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This week's athletes of the week are Penn-Trafford football player Tim Vecchio and Greensburg Central Catholic soccer player Olivia Binda.

"Tim Vecchio, Penn-Trafford

Last week: Vecchio caught nine passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns in helping Penn-Trafford rally from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit last Friday to defeat North Allegheny, 35-31, in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal game.

Olivia Binda, Greensburg Central Catholic

Last week: A senior goalkeeper for the Centurions, Binda notched shutouts against McConnellsburg and Shady Side Academy in the first two rounds of the PIAA Class A playoffs."

 

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Brad Everett's East High School Football Notebook (Nov. 13, 2014)

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Brad Everett has this week's East High School Football Notebook.

"Last Friday, Franklin Regional found itself in the same situation as it had a season earlier, needing to beat a strong West Allegheny team to advance in the WPIAL playoffs.

When Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta looked across the field at his team's opponent, he saw a team that looked very similar to the one that beat his squad in last year's semifinals.

Botta's team, however, looked much different, this time after a slew of key players — among a total of 25 seniors — had graduated. This season, success had come from a young team with just 13 seniors that grew up a lot the last few months.

But the group, maybe a year away from reaching its full potential, once again fell short of beating West Allegheny, falling to the Indians, 37-14, in a Class AAA quarterfinal at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium."