Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, October 12 through Saturday, October 18.
Sasha Lobel, who began his golf career as a participant in the First Tee program at Schenley Park, recorded one of his biggest victories to date as he won the PIAA Western Regional Class AAA championship on Tuesday at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.
Lobel, who placed fourth in the WPIAL Class AAA boys championship at Latrobe Country Club, shot a 1-over-par round of 73 to edge WPIAL champion Alex Cordaro of Fox Chapel and Baldwin's Zack Taylor by one stroke.
Lobel, Cordaro and Taylor all qualified for the two-day PIAA Class AAA boys championship that will be held Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Resort in York.
Allderdice wins shootout with Linsly
James Jackson threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Allderdice to a 54-44 win against Linsly School in a non-league game Friday at Cupples Stadium
Jackson completed 23 of 42 passes for 318 yards. He connected with brother Tim Jackson on scoring passes of 66 and 15 yards. He also threw touchdowns to Lamone Dickson and Joe Grahm on scoring strikes of 2 and 17 yards. Jim Jackson also scored on runs of 27 and 39 yards.
Tim Jackson also scored on a 100-yard interception return as Allderdice improved to 7-1.
Mike White reports that games between Perry and Brashear, and Westinghouse and Wheeling Central Catholic will not be played.
"Pittsburgh Public Schools has canceled two high school football games involving two City League teams because of their roles in a fight at a game last Friday.
Perry High School and Westinghouse 6-12 will not play their final regular-season games this week. Perry was scheduled to play Brashear High School tonight while Westinghouse was supposed to play at Wheeling Central Catholic (W.Va.) Saturday afternoon.
The fight happened after the final play of last Friday's Perry-Westinghouse game at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. Perry won the game, 22-20.
"The school district made a decision based on the players who initiated the fight and all of the players from both teams leaving the sideline and coming onto the field during the incident," said Mike Gavlik, athletic director for the City League. "The school district thought both team's games should be canceled this week.""
John D'Abruzzo profiles the Allderdice football team.
(Photo: Allderdice's Tim Jackson picks up yardage against University Prep at Cupples Stadium during a City League game last Friday. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)
"The first week of the high school football season wasn't very kind to Allderdice.
Playing a non-conference game on the road in Wheeling, W.Va., the Dragons struggled on both sides of the ball and suffered a 30-13 loss to Wheeling Park.
"They kind of put it to us," Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said.
Each week following that first game, however, Haslett has witnessed much better results."
Joe Koch profiles the Allderdice cross country team.
"Allderdice High School's cross country teams competed in the WPIAL Class AAA cross country championships at Cooper's Lake in Butler County.
The boys team finished 27th and the girls finished 10th.
Things will be a lot different this year. Following a two-year experiment that expired at the end of the previous school year, both Allderdice teams will be competing against familiar rivals on Saturday at the City League cross country championships at Schenley Park."
A total of 22 golfers competed in Tuesday's PIAA Class AAA boys Western Regional golf tournament.
None of them performed as well as Allderdice's Sasha Lobel.
Lobel fired a 1-over 73 at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville to top the field and advance to the PIAA championships for the second consecutive season.
A senior, Lobel shot a 38 on the front nine and 35 on the back nine. Two of his three birdies came on the back nine.
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster Titans jumped out to a 31-0 lead Saturday and held on for a 40-28 victory over the Thiel Tomcats at Harold Burry Stadium in New Wilmington, Pa.
After falling behind early, the Tomcats rebounded late in the first half when Ryan Radke (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster Central) threw a 10-yard touchdown lob to freshman wide receiver Marcus Johnson in the far corner of the end zone.
Johnson, a University Prep graduate, had seven receptions for 168 yards. Two of his catches went for touchdowns.
(photo courtesy of Thiel College)
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, October 5 through Saturday, October 11.
Craig Meyer covered Friday's game between Allderdice and University Prep.
(Photo: Allderdice quarterback James Jackson scrambles Friday against University Prep at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. Allderdice took control of the City League with a 15-8 victory. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)
"Jerry Haslett has a two-minute drill scheme that he calls "NASCAR," a name meant to signify when points not only are needed, but are needed fast.
With his Allderdice Dragons trailing by one with six minutes remaining and their end zone a few feet behind them, the moment seemed right to use it. In a game where offense had been in short supply amid myriad penalties and turnovers, he was right.
Quarterback James Jackson helped to orchestrate an 11-play, 98-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, an upfield march that gave the Dragons a 15-8 victory against University Prep Friday at Cupples Stadium.
"My team and the Jackson brothers, they have an imposing will to win," Haslett said. "When that happens, they bring everyone else along for the ride.""
John D'Abruzzo previews Friday's football game between Allderdice and University Prep.
"There's going to be a lot at stake Thursday afternoon at Cupples Stadium.
Pittsburgh's City League will feature a showdown between its top two high school football teams when top-ranked Allderdice (5-1, 4-0) takes on defending league champion and No. 2 University Prep (4-0).
The winner will not only take control of first place in the standings but also will lock up the top seed entering the league's playoffs.
"We have a bunch of kids who are winners and who don't take lightly to losing," Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. "We have some veterans and some younger guys still learning their roles. We're starting to figure it out and becoming a commendable team.""
There will be a slew of high school football games taking place at stadiums throughout Western Pennsylvania on Friday, and one of the biggest will be going on in the South Side.
University Prep and Allderdice will get together that afternoon to play in the most highly anticipated City League game of the season. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Cupples Stadium.
The teams enter the contest tied for first place with 4-0 records. University Prep is 4-0 overall and Allderdice is 5-1. The Dragons' lone loss was at Wheeling Park, W.Va. in their season opener.
It's been business as usual for University Prep, the defending City League regular-season and postseason champion. After a pair of seven-point wins to begin the season, the Panthers have taken their last two games by 20- and 30-point margins. Quarterback Ron Brown has thrown for 1,084 yards and 14 touchdowns. Brown passed for 370 yards and five touchdowns in last week's 42-12 win against Carrick. Last season, Brown led all City League and WPIAL quarterbacks with 43 touchdowns. The Panthers lead the City League in scoring offense (39 points per game).
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, September 28 through Saturday, October 4.
Allderdice stellar in all three phases
Allderdice scored three touchdowns on returns in the second quarter of its 41-0 domination of Perry in a City League game Friday at Cupples Stadium.
Tim Jackson scored on a 75-yard punt return, Lamone Dixon returned a fumble 39 yards for a score, and Dominic Balsamo picked off a Perry pass and returned it 25 yards for a score.
Allderdice (5-1, 4-0) also scored on runs of 1 and 15 yards by James Jackson, and a 6-yard run by Jeremiah Hardrick.
The Dragons accumulated 239 yards in total offense, while the Commodores (1-5, 1-3) had only 112 yards.
Stephen Catanese profiles the Allderdice boys soccer team.
"One of the most striking characteristics of the Taylor Allderdice boys soccer team is its diversity.
The roster is made up of players with many different ethnicities, hailing from multiple countries and continents, and adhering to a number of different creeds. Of the Dragons' 20 varsity players, eight are foreign-born.
But regardless of where they come from, each player on the team shares a common interest in soccer, and it's through that shared, unspoken language that coach Sam Bellin, a former Allderdice player himself, believes the Dragons have found success."
Lady Redhawks' goalkeeper Destiney Davis has been named the AMCC Defensive Player of the Week after going 2-0 with two shutouts. She helped beat Chatham 2-0 before making 6 saves and shutting out Hilbert 3-0 in the conference opener.
Davis, a Brashear graduate, is second in the AMCC in save percentage (.854) and goals against average (0.96).
(photo courtesy of La Roche College)
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, September 21 through Saturday, September 27.
Allderdice runs past Carrick
James Jackson and Akeem Muhammed each ran for two touchdowns to lead Allderdice to a convincing 48-7 City League victory against Carrick Friday at Cupples Stadium.
Muhammed led all rushers with 109 yards on 10 carries and scored on runs of 2 and 30 yards. Jackson gained 100 yards on nine carries and scored on runs of 21 and 26 yards. Jackson also connected with Dominic Balsamo on scoring passes of 5 and 18 yards.
Allderdice (4-1, 4-0) led, 28-7, at halftime. The Dragons also scored on a 4-yard run by Jeremiah Hardrick.
Carrick (1-4, 1-2) scored on a 1-yard run by Amahri Camp.
Jordan Greer profiles the Brashear boys soccer team.
"For his Monday practice, Sean Regan printed out a full roster of his team.
Scribbled on the right side margin is a breakdown of players: 3 Hispanic, 9 African, 9 Bhutanese, 10 Caucasian, 4 Asian, 4 mixed race, and 2 African-American.
Add it all up, and you get 41 players who make up the 2014 Brashear soccer program.
"The kids keep coming, and they don't stop," said Jacob Davis, an African-American player who is one of the team captains. "They stopped coming, I think, last week.""
Ken Wunderley profiles the Obama Academy girls volleyball team. Read his story below.
Obama Academy girls volleyball coach Pete Vitti has an interesting way of looking at the Eagles' move to the WPIAL.
"It's like a minor league baseball player moving up to the majors," Vitti said, who led Obama to three consecutive City League titles before making the jump to the WPIAL. "The competition is stronger, so you have to be ready for every match.
"And the time of our matches has changed. In the City League, we played our matches at 3:30. Now we start at 7 and are not getting done until 9 or 9:30. That's a big change for both the players and the coaches. It's been physically and mentally draining for us."
But it hasn't shown on the court. Obama Academy entered the week with a 3-2 record in Class AA Section 4, which puts the Eagles in third place, behind Freeport (5-0) and Knoch (4-1). The top three finishers in each section qualify for the WPIAL tournament.
Allderdice fielded the top boys soccer team in the City League for many years.
That success is now carrying over to the WPIAL.
Allderdice is having its best season since joining the WPIAL in 2012. The Dragons are 5-2-2 overall and 5-1-1 in Class AAA Section 4. They are tied for second with Bethel Park and trail only Central Catholic (7-0).
Junior forward Ever Rodriguez has been leading the way. A three-year starter, Rodriguez leads the Dragons in goals and has had some big performances. Tuesday, he scored a hat trick in Allderdice's 12-0 win against Carrick. On Sept. 16, Rodriguez scored late in the second overtime to help the Dragons edge Mt. Lebanon, 4-3.
- Boys Golf: Allderdice's Lobel qualifies for WPIAL championship
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Sept. 14-20)
- City League Football Roundup (Sept. 20, 2014)
- Football: Allderdice, Brashear to square off in the City League
- Alumni Update - Aaron Lagnese (La Roche)
- Photo Journal: Boys Soccer - Brashear vs. Moon (Sept. 11)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Sept. 7-13)
- Football: University Prep, Allderdice and Perry race to early lead in the City League
- City League Football Roundup (Sept. 13, 2014)
- Girls Volleyball: East Feature Athlete - Obama Academy's Rosa Vitta
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Aug. 31-Sept. 6)
- City League Football Roundup (Sept. 6, 2014)
- Varsity Xtra: Obama has one of the district's top soccer players
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Aug. 24-30)
- City League Football Roundup (Aug. 30, 2014)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Aug. 17-23)
- Football: 2014 City League Preview
- Blue Chip Chat with University Prep's Ron Brown
- Index to 2014 City League Football Previews
- Allderdice 2014 Football Preview