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Baldwin 2014 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

 

The sibling tandem of senior quarterback Doug Altavilla (6-2, 200) and junior wide receiver Nick Altavilla (5-11, 180) will guide an offense that averaged 27 points per game last season and helped the Highlanders snap a three-year playoff drought.

They finished 4-6 overall and 3-5 in the Southeastern Conference to qualify for the playoffs where they lost to eventual WPIAL champion Central Catholic in the first round.

Doug Altavilla completed 134 of 254 passes last season for 1,705 yards and 21 touchdowns.

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Football: Four-year starter out to leave his legacy at Baldwin

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Baldwin quarterback Doug Altavilla.

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"A four-year starter at quarterback is a luxury any football coach would like to have, but add to that the quarterback's sibling as one of his favorite targets and it is an added bonus.

Baldwin enters the 2014 season riding the momentum of a WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berth last season and with senior quarterback Doug Altavilla back under center, the Highlanders will certainly be in contention for one of the Southeastern Conference's playoff berths.

Altavilla, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-hander, completed 134 of 254 passes during his junior season. He finished with 1,705 passing yards and 21 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Altavilla no longer has his favorite target from last season, all-conference wide receiver Luke Smorey, who graduated. Smorey caught 58 passes for 1,059 yards last season.

Baldwin's top returning receiver, however, is a familiar face to Altavilla -- his younger brother, junior wide receiver Nick Altavilla (5-11, 185). The younger Altavilla caught 14 passes for 115 yards last season."

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Blue Chip Chat with Baldwin's Sterling Jenkins

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Post-Gazette High School Sports Writer Mike White talks with Baldwin lineman Sterling Jenkins, a Penn State recruit. Click here to read his story.

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Year: Senior
Height: 6-8
Weight: 301
Pos.: OT-DT

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One of the biggest players in the state, Jenkins has a reputation as gigantic as his size. He is the No. 4-ranked offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and No. 8 by Rivals.com. But Jenkins is a puzzling player. Scouting services often make rankings based on size and potential. Despite those lofty national rankings, get this: Jenkins wasn’t selected WPIAL first-team all-conference by opposing coaches in 2013. Jenkins, who didn’t start playing football until seventh grade, acknowledges he was not worthy of all-conference last year and talks about wanting to prove himself. He is about 10 pounds lighter since the spring, but is stronger than he was a year ago. He also will play defense this year for the first time.

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Golf: Baldwin senior enjoying standing out on links

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Joe Koch profiles Baldwin golfer Alexx Suchy. Click here to read his story.

"One of the members of Baldwin High's golf team has a unique way of spelling his first name. But with the summer Alexx Suchy has enjoyed, he hopes that his game will be just as memorable as the first name his parents gave him.

"My parents didn't like the [traditional] spellings for names," said this 17-year-old Whitehall resident. "My older sister's name is Lauryn, which has a different type of spelling. Anyway, my parents were watching a movie, and while the credits were rolling, they saw the name "Alex," and my mom suggested they just throw another "x'" in there so that I wouldn't be like every other Alex."

He said the unique name fits him well.

"The name goes with my personality," he said. "I definitely stand out in a crowd."

So does his golf game.""

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Baseball: Baldwin's notable season ends

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Baldwin baseball team.

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"When Baldwin surpassed last season's win total six games into this season, the Highlanders showed they were much improved.

Consecutive road wins against Central Catholic and Plum -- two well-respected WPIAL baseball programs -- midway through the season showed they were for real.

Winning the Section 3-AAAA title showed they were very special.

When the Highlanders reached the WPIAL championship game for the first time, the accomplishment placed the group among the best in school history."