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Football: Central Valley wins WPIAL Class AAA title (Nov. 21)

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

John George threw four touchdown passes and Jordan Whitehead scored three touchdowns to lead Central Valley to a 35-28 win against two-time defending champion West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA final, Friday at Heinz Field.

It was the third title appearance and second title in five years for Central Valley (13-0). West Allegheny (11-2) was making its eighth title appearance and lost for the first time.

Central Valley jumped out to a 21-0 lead with three touchdowns in the first quarter. The first score came on a 15-yard run by Whitehead, which capped a nine-play, 83-yard drive. The other two Warriors scores came on passes by George, a 73-yard bomb to Whitehead and a 52-yard scoring strike to B.J. Powell.

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Football: Central Valley was special in semifinal

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Central Valley football team.

"It would be difficult to dispute just how good the Central Valley offense has been this season.

With weapons including 1,300-yard rusher and Pitt recruit Jordan Whitehead, a quarterback in John George who has thrown for nearly 900 yards despite an injury-plagued campaign, and his backup, Chris Callaghan, who came off the bench to throw for nearly 1,250, it's easy to see why the Warriors lead Class AAA with 560 points, a 46.7 points-per-game average.

Even with such a dominant attack, though, Central Valley (12-0) wouldn't be making a trip to Heinz Field Friday at 8 p.m. to take on Parkway Conference rival and two-time defending champion West Allegheny (11-1) in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game if it weren't for outstanding efforts on the team's defense and special teams.

"This time of year, you're going to have to play good defense, but the bottom line is that it does get overlooked because we score a lot of points at times," Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said. "But you need defense because, when you play this late in the season, you're playing against some special athletes and pretty good teams and you've got to have defensive stops.""

 

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Alumni Update – Rachel Netherland (Geneva)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

 

Beaver Falls, PA– Geneva volleyball heads to the ECAC South Region Finals today at 4 p.m. after defeating McDaniel atNetherland Geneva Carnegie Mellon University this morning with a final score of 3-1 (19-25, 28-26, 25-10, 25-22).


Rachel Netherland, a Central Valley graduate, set for 33 assists in the four set match win.

 

(photo courtesy of Geneva College)

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Hockey: Palumbo, Drake, DHondt leading Warriors

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Considering the success Central Valley has had in other sports, it might only be a short time before the Warriors make the jump from the developmental leagues into the PIHL main segment.

Until that time, however, Central Valley will continue to work at making itself a contender against some of the other up-and-coming programs.

So far this season, the Warriors are 2-1-2 and tied with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart for second place in the lowest developmental division, Class C, four points behind undefeated Carrick in the Northern Conference.