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Football: 2014 All-City League team

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CITY LEAGUE

OFFENSE
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
Timothy Jackson Allderdice WR 6-1 170 Jr.
Kenny Robinson University Prep WR 6-2 180 So.
Jeff Arnold Brashear OL 6-4 275 Sr.
Trevor Hazen Carrick OL 5-10 220 Fr.
Jamon Miyares Westinghouse OL 5-9 195 So.
Robert Smith Allderdice OL 6-1 265 Sr.
Douglas Henderson Perry OL 5-11 230 Sr.
James Jackson Allderdice QB 6-1 170 Jr.
Ronald Brown University Prep QB 5-9 160 Sr.
Kahlil Sanders Brashear RB 5-7 150 Jr.
Kejuan Byrd Westinghouse RB 5-7 215 Sr.
Dom Molinaro Brashear K 5-7 150 So.

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice Dragons breathing fire

Written by Jordan Greer on .

Jordan Greer profiles the Allderdice boys basketball team.

2014 1218 Allderdice BBasketball(Photo: Allderdice junior Tim Jackson drives through Fox Chapel's defense to score the first two points of a game in a non-league victory for the Dragons on their home court. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"After winning the City League championship and advancing to the PIAA playoffs last season, the Allderdice boys basketball team came into this season with a three word motto: We Want More.

The Dragons are preparing for another deep playoff run with a rugged non-league schedule that includes tough Class AAAA competition from opponents such as Bethel Park, Fox Chapel and Hempfield Area.

"We got a taste of the playoffs last year," Allderdice coach Buddy Valinsky said. "The City League is always going to be competitive no matter who you play, but our schedule has been set up that we're playing a lot of WPIAL teams who are usually state playoff teams. Our schedule is really conducive to that."

Allderdice has fared well so far, starting off the season at 4-0 before Tuesday night's non-league game against Hempfield. The Dragons have utilized a long, athletic defense to press and cause turnovers. The team also averaged more than 70 points per game in its first four contests with a balanced scoring attack."

 

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Football: Allderdice's Jackson twins headline All-City Team

Written by Brad Everett on .

Being twins, Allderdice's James and Timothy Jackson have a lot in common.

The two recently added one more item to the lengthy list of similarities.

James, a quarterback, and Timothy, a wide receiver, were named to the 2014 City League All-Star Team. James led Allderdice in passing (1,282 yards and 19 touchdowns) and rushing (547 yards and 10 touchdowns), while Timothy was the team's leading receiver (42 catches for 767 yards and 10 touchdowns).

City League champion Brashear had eight players on the team, the most of any school.

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Alumni Update - Eric Mallinger (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Down by 18 points at halftime, the Thiel College men's basketball team cameMallinger Thiel back to defeat the Bethany Bison in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) contest Saturday in overtime, 76-69.


Eric Mallinger, a Taylor Allderdice graduate, earned his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.


Mallinger went 6-of-10 from the field and added three assists and three steals.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

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Boys Basketball: 2014-15 City League Preview

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White previews the City League basketball season.

"1. Allderdice (19-6) – It seems just about everybody is picking Allderdice to win its second consecutive championship and fifth in six years. Coach Buddy Valinsky's team has talent, experience and size. James Jackson, a 6-2 junior guard, returns after earning All-City honors last season. He averaged 14 points a game and will team with 6-foot junior Ramon Creighton (11 ppg) to make a formidable backcourt. The other returning starter is 6-4 senior forward Alex Bell (9.8 ppg). Tim Jackson, a 6-2 junior guard and James' twin brother, will also start along with 6-5 junior Jordan Rawls. Tim Pugh, a 6-9 junior, and Lamone Dixon, a 6-4 junior, give the Dragons some size off the bench."

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice looking to repeat as City League champs

Written by Brad Everett on .

Allderdice wasn't expected to to win a City League boys basketball title last season, but the Dragons ascended to the very top by season's end.

This season, they'll start there.

Allderdice is loaded this season and is the overwhelming favorite to win its second consecutive league title and fifth in six years.

Three starters return for coach Buddy Valinsky, including 6-foot-2 junior guard James Jackson, who averaged 14 points per game last season. Jackson's twin, Tim (6 ppg), will also start at guard. Joining James Jackson as returning starters are 6-0 junior guard Ramon Creighton (11 ppg) and 6-4 senior forward Alex Bell (9.8 ppg). Creighton is considered one of the top juniors in Western Pennsylvania. Rounding out the starting five will be 6-5 junior forward Jordan Rawls.

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Girls Basketball: 2014-15 City League Preview

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Mike White previews the City League girls basketball season.

"TEAMS TO BEAT

1. Obama (14-7) -- There was a changing of the guard in the City League last year as Westinghouse failed to make the title game for the first time since 1994. Meanwhile, coach Monique McCoy's Obama team is coming off its first City League championship and is definitely the team to beat this year. Kayla Payne averaged 16 points a game last year and has graduated, but the cupboard certainly isn't bare. Michaela Porter, a 5-foot-11 sophomore center, showed plenty of promise last year. Samone Rainey is one of the top guards in the City League.

2. Carrick (8-10) -- The Raiders are certainly a team to watch this season for one main reason: Chardonnay Littlejohn. A 5-4 senior guard, Littlejohn averaged 21 points a game as a junior after also averaging 21 as a sophomore. She was the only non-senior on last year's All-City League team. Carrick finished below .500 last season and is looking to make the City League title game for the first time since 1994."

 

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Hockey: Raiders dominating competition

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

No team in any classification has been as dominant as Carrick so far this season.

The Raiders, who play in Varsity Class C, are 8-0 and have outscored their competition 77-6. Carrick’s closest game was a 7-3 victory against Elizabeth Forward and the team has won four games by double digits.

Carrick has incredible depth, with 16 players already having scored a goal this season and six players in double digits in points. Vincent Maccarone leads the way with 17 goals and 11 assists, while Mark Granatire Jr. has recorded 14 goals and 13 assists.

In goal, Nathan Norkevicus and Christian Aggazio are both 4-0. Norkevicus has yet to allow a goal this season, recording four shutouts and stopping 33 shots he’s faced. 

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Hockey: Carrick dominant on the ice

Written by Brad Everett on .

In Division C, Carrick has earned an A-plus.

Carrick has been unstoppable this season. The Raiders are 8-0 and have outscored their opponents, 77-6. They also boast the top four point scorers in the division.

No team in Division C has been able to touch Carrick, which sits comfortably in first place in the Northern Conference. The Raiders have 16 points, putting them ahead of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (5-2), which has 10 points. Southern Conference leader Ringgold (2-3) has four points.

With the team success comes individual accolades. Vincent Maccarone, Mark Granatire, Anthony Manuel and Tyler Wolf are the top four scorers in Division C. Maccarone has 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists), Granatire has 27 (14 goals, 13 assists), Manuel has 19 (10 goals, 9 assists) and Wolf has 17 (8 goals, 9 assists).

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Alumni Update - Marcus Johnson (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released its 2014 All-PAC footballJohnson Thiel teams and yearly award winners Monday evening. Thiel was well represented, earning 12 All-PAC picks. In addition, freshman wide receiver Marcus Johnson was named the PAC Newcomer of the Year.


An All-PAC honorable mention pick, Johnson was named the 2014 PAC Newcomer of the Year. He racked up 827 receiving yards, the third most in the league, on 46 catches. His eight touchdown catches tied him for the fifth most in the conference. Johnson also averaged 109.9 all-purpose yards per game, the eighth most in the PAC.

 

Johnson, a University Prep graduate, was one of 10 Tomcats named to the All-PAC honorable mention team.

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

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Football: Big second half lifts McDowell past Brashear

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For one half, City League champion Brashear stayed with McDowell. But McDowell flexed its muscles in the second half.

McDowell came on strong in the final two quarters and breezed to a 35-6 victory in a PIAA Class AAAA game Saturday afternoon in Erie. Brashear finished 6-4.

McDowell (8-4), a District 10 team from Erie, led just 7-6 at halftime.

After a scoreless first quarter, Brashear scored first when Ronnie Wilkins returned a fumble 74 yards for a touchdown.

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Football: Brashear's season comes to an end

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brashear stunned many by winning the City League title earlier this month.

Its stay in the PIAA playoffs was short-lived, however.

Brashear's season came to an end Saturday afternoon after the Bulls lost to District 10 champion Erie McDowell, 35-6, in a PIAA Class AAAA subregional game at Erie Veterans Stadium.

Brashear scored first on a 74-yard fumble return by Ronnie Wilkins in the second quarter, but it was all McDowell after that. The Trojans scored to go ahead, 7-6, at halftime, and then outscored the Bulls, 28-0, in the second half to roll to the win.

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Football: Brashear hopes to continue its winning ways in PIAA playoffs

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The surprise of the City League is eager to open up more eyes in the PIAA playoffs.

Brashear was a heavy underdog against Allderdice in last Saturday's City League championship, but the Bulls pulled a shocker, blowing out the Dragons, 42-14.

It was Brashear's first City League title since 2008 and extended the team's winning streak to five games. The Bulls (6-3) began the season 1-3, with the third loss coming to Allderdice, 36-0, on Sept. 18. The Bulls haven't lost since.

Next up for Brashear is the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs. After getting this week off, the Bulls will face the District 10 champion in a District 6-8-9-10 subregional on either Nov. 14 or 15. They'll take on the winner of Saturday's game between Erie McDowell (6-4) and General McLane (5-5).