Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, September 14 through Saturday, September 20.
University Prep QB scores big
Ron Brown threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more to lead University Prep to a 46-26 win against Perry in a City League game Friday at Cupples Stadium.
Brown, completed 19 of 31 passes for 281 yards and connected with Dasean Bonneau, Kenny Robinson and David Strozier.
Brown also scored on runs of 15 and 2 yards.
Robinson finished with seven catches for 153 yards, while Bonneau had five catches and 51 yards.
John D'Abruzzo previews Thursday's football game between Allderdice and Brashear.
"With only six football teams making up Pittsburgh's City League, every week presents a preview of a possible playoff showdown.
Tonight is no exception.
Records aside, No. 3-ranked Brashear (1-2, 0-1) playing host to top-ranked Allderdice (2-1, 1-0) is this week's most interesting league matchup between a pair of regularly competitive rivals. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
"Every game is big because you only have so many teams in the league and so many games," Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. "It's early in the year, but it's an important game against a tough Brashear team.""
LATROBE, PA – La Roche men's soccer (4-2) improved their record to 3-0 against the PAC Conference with a 3-0 road victory over St. Vincent College. The win is their second in a row and their third in four years against the Bearcats.
Aaron Lagnese, a Brashear graduate, had an impressive day on the pitch scoring twice in a three minute span in the first half to provide the Redhawks with a two goal advantage.
(photo courtesy of La Roche College)
Moon faces Brashear in a WPIAL AAA Section 5 boys soccer match at Cupples Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 11. Moon holds Brashear to 1 goal with a 4-1 win.
Photos by Marilyn C. Schwlm, Tri-State Sports & News Service
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, September 7 through Saturday, September 13.
*Sports Town City League Week in Review (Aug. 31-Sept. 6)
*Girls Volleyball: East Feature Athlete - Obama's Rosa Vitti
*City League Football Roundup (Sept. 13)
*Football: University Prep, Allderdice and Perry race to early lead in the City League
There's plenty of football left to be played this season, but three City League teams have helped their cause by getting off to strong starts.
University Prep, Allderdice and Perry all won this week and are unbeaten in league play. University Prep (2-0) has the slight edge on Allderdice (1-0) and Perry (1-0) because the Wildcats have played one more league game.
Defending champion University Prep got a strong showing from Ron Brown to outlast Brashear, 41-34, Friday. Brown, who led all WPIAL and City League players in touchdown passes last season, completed 10 of 19 passes for 239 yards and five touchdowns. Dasean Bonneau caught three of those scoring tosses and Kenny Robinson hauled in two. A week earlier, University Prep edged Westinghouse, 27-20.
University Prep gets win vs. Brashear
Ron Brown threw five touchdown passes to lead University Prep to a 41-34 win against Brashear in a City League game Friday at Cupples Stadium.
Brown completed 10 of 19 passes for 239 yards and connected with Dasean Bonneau on touchdown passes of 44, 30 and 22 yards in the first half. He also found Kenny Robinson on scoring passes of 6 and 42 yards.
Bonneau caught five passes for 152 yards, while Robinson had four catches for 80 yards.
University Prep (2-0, 2-0) scored 28 points in the second quarter and led, 34-20, at halftime. Brashear (1-2, 0-1) scored 14 points in the fourth, but its comeback fell short. The Bulls' Sha'rron Steave threw two touchdown passes.
Name: Rosa Vitti
High School: Obama Academy
Sport: Girls Volleyball
Position: Setter/outside hitter
Background Info: Rosa is a four-year starter. She was an Honorable Mention All-City League All-Star her freshman year and a First Team All-City League selection her sophomore and junior seasons. She was named to the All Tournament team at the Blackhawk tournament last year. She is a two-year floor captain. She is a three-time City Champion as well. She has played for the Renaissance Volleyball Club since she was 10 years old. She is a libero at the club level. Rosa also is a captain on the school's Ultimate Frisbee team. Academically, Rosa is a 4.0 student and an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate in Obama Academy's IB program. She is currently tied for the top rank in the senior class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Vice President of the senior class.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, September 6.
Jackson brothers lead Allderdice vs. Perry
James Jackson connected with his twin brother, Tim, on scoring passes of 42 and 12 yards to lead Allderdice (1-1) to a 21-18 victory against Perry (0-2) Friday at Cupples Stadium.
James Jackson completed 6 of 13 passes for 125 yards, while Tim Jackson caught five passes for 118 yards. James Jackson also scored on an 18-yard run.
Perry's Shawn Rutherford completed 11 of 20 passes for 168 yards and connected with Amair Newring on a 59-yard scoring pass. Perry's final touchdown came on an 82-yard kickoff return by Maliek James.
The game Friday was non-conference. The teams will face each other Oct. 3 in a conference matchup.
In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Mike White profiles Obama Academy soccer star Abe Kouyate.
(Photo: Obama Academy's Abe Kouyate stands outside the school Tuesday afternoon. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"Near one of the soccer nets is a baseball backstop, while behind the net at the other end sits a red brick building with graffiti painted on the side. On the other side of a fence at midfield are two old concrete basketball courts with paint chipping away on the backboards.
The smell of exhaust fumes from buses sometimes emanates onto the field. The boys team shares half of the field with the girls team, and their yells and sounds of laughter are sometimes muzzled by the nearby rush-hour traffic from North Highland Avenue.
This is certainly not a soccer pitch perfect. But this is home to one of the premier players in Western Pennsylvania high school soccer.
Abe Kouyate is an unusual 16 year old, and not because he came to this country 14 years ago from Guinea in West Africa. What makes Kouyate most unusual is that he is a soccer player, or more specifically, an excellent player from a city school."
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, August 30.
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.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, August 23.
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.
Craig Meyer talks with University Prep quarterback Ron Brown in today's edition of Blue Chip Chat.
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.
The Post-Gazette has previews of all our area's high school football teams. Here's an index to previews for all schools in the City League.
*Allderdice 2014 Football Preview
*Brashear 2014 Football Preview
*Carrick 2014 Football Preview
*Perry 2014 Football Preview
*University Prep 2014 Football Preview
*Westinghouse 2014 Football Preview
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.
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."
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
- Brashear 2014 Football Preview
- Carrick 2014 Football Preview
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (July 27-Aug. 2)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (July 20-26)
- Basketball: Strong summer league finish for Schenley grad Kane
- Basketball: Schenley grad Kennedy finishes up summer league play
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (July 13-19)
- Basketball: Former Schenley standout signs with Wizards
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (July 6-12)
- Basketball: Schenley's Kennedy playing summer ball with Timberwolves
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (June 29-July 5)
- Basketball: Former Schenley star signs with Lakers
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (June 22-28)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (June 15-21)
- Boys Basketball: Obama's Porter headed to Florida
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (June 8-14)
- Rowing: Allderdice's Phillips headed to Oregon State
- Football: Former Allderdice star signs with Bengals
- Boys Volleyball: Obama's Cascio headlines City League All-Stars