City League Football Roundup (Aug. 30, 2014)

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Brashear thumps Carrick in opener

Ty Powe and Khalil Saunders combined to rush for 264 yards and three scores as Brashear posted a 26-7 victory against Carrick in a City League opener at Cupples Stadium.

Powe rushed for 120 yards on 12 carries and scored on runs of 16 and 19 yards. Saunders led all rushers with 144 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 5-yard run.

Brashear also scored on a field goal, by Dom Molinaro, and a safety.

Carrick's only score came on a 1-yard sneak by Hakeim McKenzie.


Football: 2014 City League Preview

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In this 2014 football preview, Mike White takes a look at the City League.

Team to beat
Allderdice -- The Dragons have come close, but this finally might be the year they win their first City League football title since 1967. Coach Jerry Haslett's team lost in the title game a year ago for the second time in the past three seasons. A number of players return from the 2013 team, most notably twins James and Tim Jackson. Both are 6 feet 2, 175-pound juniors. Jim threw for 1,677 yards in 2013 and Tim caught 33 passes, averaging 30.6 yards per catch. Talon Scott, Anthony Langford and Lamone Dixon return on the lines.

University Prep -- The defending City League champion lost most of its starters to graduation. But coach Lou Berry does get back the most prominent player in the City in quarterback Ron Brown, a 5-9, 170-pound senior. University Prep throws often and Brown completed 207 of 342 passes for a whopping 3,401 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2013 in 10 games. But a whole new set of receivers must develop. Center Kevin Williams is back for his fourth season as a starter.



Blue Chip Chat with University Prep's Ron Brown

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Craig Meyer talks with University Prep quarterback Ron Brown in today's edition of Blue Chip Chat.

Year: Senior
Height: 5-9
Weight: 150
Pos.: QB

Aside from Brett Brumbaugh, no high school football player in the area threw for more yards last season than Brown (who played in six fewer games than the South Fayette star). In a high-powered, fast-paced offense, Brown passed for 3,401 yards and 43 touchdowns, the latter of which was the most for any player in the WPIAL or City League. He led University Prep to a City League championship and a spot in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs with an offense that averaged the most points per game of any City League team since Perry in 2003.


Allderdice 2014 Football Preview

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It almost sounds like one of those "place-mat menus" at a Chinese restaurant, but this could be the year of the Dragon in City League football.

Pittsburgh City League championship game last season for the second time in three years, Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett believes his Dragons have a legitimate chance to challenge for the program's first football title since 1967.

"We have a lot of talent coming back," said Haslett, who enters his sixth season as the Dragons head coach. "We're going to be balanced and have a lot of speed."

The Dragons, who finished 5-6 overall after losing to University Prep in the league championship game last year, return of a strong core of skill-position players, the Jackson twins, including James and Timothy.


University Prep 2014 Football Preview

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Expect this year to be a rebuilding season for the defending league champion Wildcats.

The team's first three years in the City League — students from three schools, University Prep, Obama Academy and Science & Technology are eligible to play for UPrep — were extremely successful.

"We are definitely retooling," fourth-year coach Lou Berry said. "We have a combination of line play up front, which should be our strength, but we won't have the talent at the skill positions.

"We're untested and have a lack of experience, but we still have a lot of potential."


Westinghouse 2014 Football Preview

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Seventh-year coach Monte Robinson will rely on a few returning starters to help his Bulldogs compete this fall.

"They're not household names just yet," he said. "But we have some guys who are ready play."

Although Westinghouse has a lot of holes to fill before the start of the season, Robinson expects Kejuan Burg (5-7, 200, Sr., FB/DE), Deontrae Boyce (6-5, 240, Jr., G/DT) and first-year player Maurice Bryant (6-0, 220, Jr., TB/LB) to make major contributions.

"I feel good about this team," Robinson said. "We're still young, but we have some good numbers this year. We have a good nucleus of guys who hit the weight room hard and conditioned during the offseason."


Perry 2014 Football Preview

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There's been a changing of the guard with Perry Traditional Academy's football program.

Former Langley coach Ken Wright takes over as the Commodores head coach after Bill Gallagher resigned after last season. Gallagher won seven City League championships in 13 seasons.

Wright, who served as an assistant at Carrick last year, coached Langley, which closed after the 2011-12 school year, to a 10-39 record in five seasons.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge," Wright said.


Brashear 2014 Football Preview

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Brashear hasn't missed qualifying for the City League playoffs since 1996 and the Bulls are looking to get back to the championship game for the first time since 2010 when they lost to Perry Traditional Academy.

Seventh-year coach Rick Murphy is confident that his Bulls have enough pieces to once again compete in the league this season.

The offense will be built around Therran Coleman, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior, who will take over at quarterback after serving as a wide receiver last season.

The Bulls return a pair of starters from last year's backfield in Ty Powe (5-8, 175, Sr., RB/DB) and Khalil Saunders (5-8, 160, Jr., RB/DB). Powe rushed for close to 700 yards and scored a team-high eight touchdowns last year.


Carrick 2014 Football Preview

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Despite his team winning just one game last season, second-year coach Craig Aguglia remains very optimistic about the Raiders chances this fall.

"Our record last season didn't really show the improvements we made overall on offense," Aguglia said. "We have a good core coming back and we're now one year through our staff and the program together."

Aguglia will rely on Hakeim McKenzie (5-11, 220, Sr., QB/SS) to guide Carrick's offense.

Also, Joe Kalsek (5-9, 190, Sr., RB/LB) has been the Raiders' top rusher the past three seasons and will be joined by Marsai Howard (5-8, 180, Jr., RB/LB) in the backfield.


Basketball: Strong summer league finish for Schenley grad Kane

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Getting his first taste of professional basketball, Schenley product DeAndre Kane saved his best for last.

Kane, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League, scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the team's 83-77 win against Denver last Friday. It was the summer finale for the Lakers, who finished 2-3.

An undrafted rookie from Iowa State, Kane signed a summer league contract with the Lakers last month. In five games, Kane averaged 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He averaged 19.6 minutes per game.

Kane, a 6-foot-4 point guard, will now try to find a home in the NBA after a terrific senior season at Iowa State. He averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.


Basketball: Schenley grad Kennedy finishes up summer league play

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D.J. Kennedy likely didn't get as much playing time he had hoped for in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League, but he made the most of the minutes he was given.

The former Schenley star averaged only 16.8 minutes over the course of four games playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite the limited action, Kennedy still finished with averages of 4.8 points, 4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Kennedy hopes to make an NBA roster after spending most of last season playing in Israel. He averaged 12.1 points per game with the club Hapoel Holon.

Kennedy was one of two former Schenley players competing in the Las Vegas Summer League. The other, DeAndre Kane, averaged 5.6 points in 19.6 minutes for the Los Angeles Lakers.


Basketball: Former Schenley standout signs with Wizards

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DeJuan Blair is headed to Washington.

The former Pitt and Schenley star was acquired by the Washington Wizards Wednesday in a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Blair, a five-year NBA veteran, was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2009 and played his first four seasons there before joining the Dallas Mavericks last season. He averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game with Dallas. Blair, a 6-foot-7 center, accumulated those numbers despite playing just 15.6 minutes per game.

For his career, Blair has averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.


Basketball: Schenley's Kennedy playing summer ball with Timberwolves

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D.J. Kennedy hasn't given up on his dream of playing in the NBA.

Kennedy, a Hill District native and former star at Schenley, will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. The league begins Friday and some of the games will be televised on NBA TV.

Kennedy recently signed a summer league contract with the Timberwolves, marking the third consecutive year he's participated in the event. Last year it was with the Miami Heat and a year previously it was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With the Timberwolves, Kennedy's teammates will include the organization's first-round pick from this year's draft, Zach Levine, as well as 2013 first-round pick Shabazz Muhammad.


Basketball: Former Schenley star signs with Lakers

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DeAndre Kane went undrafted in last week's NBA Draft, but that doesn't mean his dreams of playing in the league are over.

Kane, the former Schenley star, has signed a summer league contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers will play in the Las Vegas Summer League, which begins July 11 and wraps up July 21. Some of the games will be televised on NBA TV, including the Lakers' opening game July 11 at noon against Toronto.

One of Kane's teammates will be No. 7 overall pick Julius Randle.