Football: Ferrick second Central Catholic player to commit to Dayton in a week

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Central Catholic’s Shane Ferrick became the second Viking in a week to announce his commitment to the University of Dayton on Thursday, joining Evan Frazier.

The Flyers compete in the Pioneer Football League at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.


Unlike Frazier, Ferrick’s focus was on the defensive end of the ball.


The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior played middle linebacker on the Vikings teams that won back-to-back WPIAL titles and the 2015 PIAA championship.


Ferrick and company recorded three shutouts on defense this year.



Football: Central Catholic's Frazier commits to Dayton

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Evan Frazier became the latest Central Catholic football player to announce his commitment. On Tuesday, Frazier announced his commitment to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Dayton.

Dayton competes in the Pioneer Football League at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.


The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior was a part of the receiving corps that helped the Vikings win back-to-back WPIAL championships and a PIAA championship in 2015.


Frazier had 413 receiving yards and four touchdowns his senior year. He was an honorable mention for All-Conference in the Northern Seven Conference. He was also invited to play in the Never Fear Being Different (NFBD) All-Star Game in May at Highmark Stadium.


Frazier also had an offer from Lafayette and was scheduled to visit Holy Cross but canceled when he knew Dayton was his choice.


Football: Central Catholic's Thomas goes Ivy, commits to Brown

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Central Catholic’s Rodney Thomas became the latest WPIAL football player to commit to an Ivy League school.


On Tuesday, Thomas chose Brown University on Twitter.


The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior was a part of a Vikings team that won back-to-back WPIAL championships his junior and senior season, and a state championship his junior season.


Thomas was a first team all-conference defensive back last year in the Class 6A Northern Seven Conference. He finished the year with four interceptions and over 40 tackles. He was also named the Baierl Scholar Athlete of the Week on September 9, 2016.


Thomas is also a member of the Central Catholic basketball and track team, and is an assistant youth football, basketball and baseball coach.



Wrestling: All-Time Teams - Central Catholic

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Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a hotbed for high school wrestling since the WPIAL held its first tournament in 1936. The Sports Town website will honor the WPIAL's best wrestlers of all-time during the 2016-17 season. Wrestling Historian Ken "Stats" Wunderley, with the help of former Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Lewis, will pick an All-Time Team for 72 high schools from the WPIAL.

The All-Time Teams will feature the best wrestlers from those schools. We will feature 6-7 high schools each Wednesday on Sports Town for 11 weeks during the season. The All-Time lists reflect high school accomplishments only. College and international accomplishments were not considered.

The featured schools for Week 7 are: Belle Vernon, Butler, Canon-McMillan, Central Catholic, Jefferson-Morgan, and Thomas Jefferson.

Vincenzo Joseph is an easy choice for MVP. He's a four-time PIAA medalist and two-time champ. He's also a four-time WPIAL finalist and two-time champ. Below is Central Catholic's top 15 wrestlers in alphabetical order.


Football: Central Catholic running back stays in state, commits to Lafayette

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J.J. Younger became the latest Central Catholic Viking to announce his college commitment. On Sunday, Younger announced on Twitter that he will be attending Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. out of the Patriot League. Lafayette competes at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision level.


The 5-foot-8, 160-pound senior was a two-time WPIAL champion and state champion in 2015. He was voted to the Class 6A All-State team as a running back and defensive back.


Younger was one of the more prolific running backs in the WPIAL last year, rushing for 2,165 yards and gaining 2,774 all-purpose yards. He was fourth in the WPIAL with 34 touchdowns.