Football: Central Valley in the WPIAL final again

Written by Brad Everett on .

Central Valley High School has been in existence for only six years, but the school's football team has already reached the WPIAL title game four times.

Top-seed Central Valley (11-1) will play sixth-seed Thomas Jefferson (10-2) in the WPIAL Class AAA final Saturday at Heinz Field at 8 p.m.

It's yet another appearance in the final for the Warriors, the defending champions who are in the title game for the third consecutive season. They've won two titles, beating Montour in 2010 and West Allegheny last season.

Robert Foster starred on the 2010 team and Jordan Whitehead was the star a year ago. This team doesn't have a player the caliber of Foster or Whitehead, but the Warriors are not short on playmakers. Chris Callaghan has passed for 2,290 yards and 14 touchdowns, Kyle Vreen has rushed for 1,275 yards and 16 touchdowns, and Kurt Reinstadtler has 44 catches for 1,093 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Alumni Update - Jordan Whitehead (Pitt)

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PITTSBURGH -Two Pitt defensive standouts, junior linebacker Mike Caprara and freshman strong safety Jordan Whitehead,Whitehead Pitt were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference today for their performances in the Panthers’ 31-13 victory at Duke. Caprara was named the ACC’s Linebacker of the Week, while Whitehead was named the league’s Rookie of the Week.

Whitehead, a Central Valley graduate,produced on both sides of the ball at Duke. He had a team-high nine tackles, broke up a potential touchdown pass in the end zone with a jarring hit and snuffed out the Blue Devils’ final threat with a fourth-quarter interception at the Pitt 7. Whitehead was also a productive ball carrier for the second consecutive week, averaging 9.5 yards per carry (38 yards on four rushes). His 18-yard jaunt to the Duke 1 set up the Panthers' final touchdown.


Whitehead leads Pitt in tackles with 82 stops. He averages 8.2 tackles per game, which ranks eighth in the ACC, and is the only freshman among the league’s top 20 tacklers. Offensively, he is averaging 8.1 yards per carry (65 yards on eight rushes) with two touchdowns.


In addition to his ACC honor, Whitehead was also recognized for the second consecutive week on the Paul Hornung Award honor roll. The Hornung Award is presented annually to the most versatile player in major college football.


This is the third time overall, and second week in a row, that Whitehead has earned the ACC’s weekly rookie award—the most of any newcomer in the conference this season.


(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)


Alumni Update - Seairra Barrett (California University of Pennsylvania)

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – In a rematch of last year's regional semifinals, the No. 5 Vulcans suffered an 88-65 loss toBarrett CalU No. 21 West Liberty at the Conference Challenge hosted by the Hilltoppers on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, the California University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team drops to 1-1 this year after facing two of the top teams in the preseason Mountain East Conference (MEC) poll. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers improve to 2-0 this season after returning three All-MEC players from last year.

Sophomore Seairra Barrett, a Central Valley graduate, registered a double-double for the second-straight day, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds (three offensive).


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Football: Central Valley getting off to fast starts now

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Central Valley didn't get off to a fast start in the season, losing its opener to Parkway Conference rival Montour, but the wakeup call has paid off as the Warriors are opening up their second season about as fast as any team ever has.

In the two first quarters of the playoffs this post-season, Central Valley has outscored the opposition 49-0, has scored two defensive touchdowns and has yet to allow a first down.
Central Valley, which plays Mars this week at Ambridge, has used a balanced effort in winning the first two games by a combined score of 101-23. As constants, Kyle Vreen has rushed for 100 yards each game and Chris Callaghan has passed for over 100 yards each game.

The first game, though, it was Kurt Reinstadtler who scored on an interception return and added a touchdown catch later in the first half. The last game against Hampton, it was Deante Bradley who had the first quarter interception return for a score and he also added a touchdown catch and a touchdown run.


Football: Central Valley rounding into championship form, answers doubters

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A season-opening loss to Montour eliminated any chance of an undefeated season and, to the doubters, created doubts that Central Valley could defend its WPIAL Class AAA title. The graduation of Jordan Whitehead to Pitt was too much to handle, the doubters said.

But the Warriors showed those doubters that it wasn't a matter of "if" but "when" Central Valley would be back into championship form. Friday night, in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs, the Warriors showed they had adjusted to the loss of Whitehead, jumping to a 28-0 lead before the game with Laurel Highlands was 10 minutes old.

Ironically, it occurred on the same weekend that Whitehead had become comfortable enough in Pitt's system that he played both offense and defense. The team he left behind did the same thing.

Kurt Reinstadtler scored on both offense and defense in that 12-minute period, returning an interception and catching a pass for a score. Last week, he had the key kickoff return for a score – his second of the year – in a win over West Allegheny. It is his first year returning kicks because Whitehead handled it well the past few years.