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Alumni Update - Jordan Whitehead (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH —The 2016 Pitt football team will boast three of the nation’s finest players at their respective positionsWhitehead Pitt according to Athlon Sports.

Senior offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, senior defensive end Ejuan Price and sophomore safety Jordan Whitehead were named preseason All-Americans in the recently released Athlon Sports College Football Preview.

Whitehead, a Central Valley graduate, who is featured on the regional Athlon cover, was a third-team All-America pick. He enjoyed a decorated debut season in 2015, earning ACC Rookie of the Year, ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and consensus Freshman All-America honors.

Whitehead led Pitt in tackles with 109 stops (the most by a true freshman in school history) and added six tackles for loss, a sack assist, six pass breakups, one interception and a fumble return for a touchdown (22 yards against Navy in the Military Bowl). He was also utilized as an offensive weapon and averaged 10.2 yards per rush, carrying 12 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)

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Track: Central Valley’s Yankello bounces back to win WPIAL hurdles title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Maiah Yankello missed her junior track season because of a torn ACL.

A year later, she's a WPIAL champion after once again tearing up the competition.

Yankello, a Central Valley senior, claimed gold in the 300 hurdles at last Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA championships. Yankello's winning time of 44.40 beat out an excellent field that included runner-up Gabby Holmberg from Hempfield (45.12) and third-place finisher Tori Valachovic of South Fayette (45.72).

It's been a big comeback season for Yankello, a Duquesne recruit who has won titles at several big invitationals. She finished seventh in the 300 hurdles at WPIALs her sophomore season before a knee injury kept her out of action last season.

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Alumni Update - Brooke Callaghan (Edinboro)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association today announced its 2016 Division II All-Region Teams with BrookeCallaghan Boro Callaghan and Danna Heh representing the Fighting Scots on the All-Atlantic Region second team. It is the first NFCA selection for both Callaghan and Heh. Edinboro recently finished the season with a 14-20 record.

 

Callaghan, a redshirt-junior, enjoyed an exceptional junior season while starting all 33 games she appeared in this past season. She ranks sixth in the PSAC with a .421 batting average, which is the seventh-best average in single-season history at Edinboro.


The outfielder also led the Fighting Scots in hits (40), home runs (5), RBIs (28) stolen bases (16) and slugging percentage (.674). The 28 RBIs are the ninth most in school history while the five homers are tied for 14th and the 16 stolen bases are tied for 11th. Callaghan recorded 14 multi-hit games.

 

Entering her final season in 2017, Callaghan, a Central Valley graduate, has already etched her name in the career record book in several categories. She is tied for third in steals (34), fourth in home runs (16), seventh all-time in batting average (.352) and runs (79), tied for seventh in RBIs (66), ninth in doubles (20), tied for ninth in triples (6), and 11th in hits (116).

 

(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)

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Baseball: Central Valley hurlers have highlight reel week

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Coming into the season, Central Valley was forced to rebuild after losing most of last year's playoff team to graduation. The team was counting on seniors Scott Hughes and Garren Telesz to anchor the rotation.

That happened, but a little too late as Hughes pitched a no-hitter against eventual section champion Blackhawk on Monday and Telesz pitched a one-hitter against Hopewell on Wednesday.

Neither pitcher had the benefit to relax and concentrate on just preserving their gems, either. Both Central Valley wins were by 1-0 scores. The Warriors finish the season with a 6-6 record in Section 1-AAA, a game behind Ambridge, another of the section teams that Central Valley edged by a 1-0 score.

The Warriors have a chance to finish with a .500 record at 9-9 in they can capture a couple of non-section wins this week. If they can get the wins, pitching will have to be the key – four of Central Valley's seven wins so far have been by shutouts.

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Track: Central Valley's Yankello is a unique runner

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Central Valley track standout Maiah Yankello.

"What's the big deal, Maiah Yankello wants to know? Long distance, sprints, hurdling. It's all just running.

The uniqueness of what Yankello is doing is somewhat lost on this Central Valley High School senior. The consummate in unassuming, Yankello gives one swift kick to running traditions among high school athletes. Usually, you're a distance runner — or a sprinter/​hurdler. Not both. And certainly not accomplished at both.

Except Yankello.

"I don't know if she realizes that she is pretty unique," said Bill King, the cross country and track coach at Central Valley."