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Football: South Game of the Week (Sept. 4, 2015)

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Brad Everett takes a look at this week's South Game of the Week ... along with a few other good ones.

Thomas Jefferson (0-0) vs. Ringgold (0-0)

Data: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Joe Montana Stadium, Ringgold.

Coaches: Bill Cherpak, 21st year at Thomas Jefferson. Nick Milchovich, 2nd year at Ringgold.

History: Thomas Jefferson has dominated not only Ringgold, but the entire Big 10 Conference this century. The Jaguars are 95-4 against conference foes since 2000, going 7-0 against Ringgold. Both teams reached the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals last season. The Jaguars (11-1) handed the Rams (10-2) their only conference loss, 49-6, in the season opener.

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Girls Tennis: South Players to Watch

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Kate Crider, Jr., Canon-McMillan

Jessica Fanning, Jr., Bethel Park

Sarah Finley, Sr., Trinity

Megan Hixon, Sr., Peters Township

Averrey Jencka, Jr., Upper St. Clair

Charlotte Madson, Sr., Upper St. Clair

Margo Mason, Sr., Chartiers Valley

Skylar Morgan, Jr., Mt. Lebanon

Kristine Riley, Sr., Mt. Lebanon

Morgan Schaming, Sr., Baldwin

Kayla Veith, Jr., Bethel Park

Olivia Warner, Jr., Ringgold

 

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Girls Tennis: South Preview

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There aren’t many teams deep enough to challenge two-time defending state champion North Allegheny and defending WPIAL and PIAA silver medalists Shady Side Academy, but Mt. Lebanon might be one of the few.

Not only did the Blue Devils qualify for the 2014 PIAA Class AAA team championships themselves, they finished as a third-place team at states after dropping a 4-1 decision to North Allegheny in the semifinals.

And they didn’t lose very much from last year.

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Football: 2015 South Season Preview

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There are a good number of South teams who could contend for WPIAL titles this fall, but none of them come into the season with as much success the last two years as South Fayette.

Two seasons. Two WPIAL titles. Two PIAA titles. That's a quick way to summarize South Fayette's dominance during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Coach Joe Rossi's Lions enter the season on a state-best 32-game winning streak. They'll try to become the first team to win three consecutive WPIAL Class AA titles since the great Braddock teams of the 1950s. No Class AA team from the WPIAL has ever won three straight PIAA titles.

Any continued success South Fayette might have this season will come without Brett Brumbaugh, the state's all-time leading passer who concluded a marvelous career last fall. Sophomore Drew Saxton will take over the quarterback duties and will have loads of weapons surrounding him, as running back Hunter Hayes (2,103 yards and 33 touchdowns last season) and wide receivers Nick Ponikvar (53 receptions, 1,055 yards) and Dan Trimbur (32 catches, 597 yards) return. In addition, South Fayette's entire offensive and defensive lines remain in tact from last year's squad.

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Football: 2015 South Players to Watch

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Here are some football players to watch from the South area this season.

Nick Altavilla, Baldwin, Sr., WR-DB - Ranked fourth in Class AAAA last season with 45 catches for 726 yards.

Chacar Berry, Ringgold, Sr., WR-LB - Top returning rusher in Class AAA ran for 1,392 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Brandon Ford, Upper St. Clair, Sr., OL-DL - At 6-feet-5, 300 pounds, Pitt commit is hard to stop.

Paris Ford, Seton-LaSalle, Sr., WR-DB - One of the state's top juniors is an outstanding safety and key receiver (34 catches, 529 yards).

Karlyn Garner, West Mifflin, Sr., QB-DB - Three-year starter is a running threat at quarterback, having rushed for 474 yards and six touchdowns.