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Football: City League Roundup (Sept. 24)

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City League goes winless in three games

Hickory 38, Westinghouse 22: The City League leader Bulldogs (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season with a road defeat to the Hornets of District 10.

Hollidaysburg 49, Brashear 7: The Golden Tigers of District 6 toppled the Bulls (1-3) at Cupples Stadium. Daquey Brown scored Brashear's only touchdown on an 8-yard reception from Will Howell. Hollidaysburg held a 245 to -2 difference in rushing yards. Patrick Young led Hollidaysburg with two touchdowns and 101 yards rushing.

Cincinnati Elder 42, University Prep 0: The Wildcats (0-4) remained winless after they were blanked in Ohio by the Panthers (4-1) who won their fourth consecutive game.

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Alumni Update - Cornelius Raye (Slippery Rock)

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The 11th ranked Slippery Rock University football team scored 31 first half points and rolled to aRaye SRU 59-23 victory on the road at Lock Haven University Saturday.

Slippery Rock is 3-0 to begin the year for the third straight season, while Lock Haven drops to 0-3 with the loss.  

Cornelius Raye, an Allderdice graduate, was the primary target, pulling down 11 receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Football: University Prep to play Ohio power

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University Prep is 0-3, has lost twice by at least 37 points and is coming off a game in which it blew a 16-point fourth-quarter lead.

Needless to say, its badly in need of a win.

It likely won't come this week, though.

Why?

Because the Panthers are playing one of the top programs in the state of Ohio.

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Football: Big test awaits top-ranked Westinghouse

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It's been a long time since Westinghouse has been relavant in football, but the Bulldogs all of a sudden boast the No. 1-ranked team in the City League.

Now, after getting wins against Greensburg Central Catholic, Perry and Brashear, the Bulldogs will look to move to 4-0 Friday when they hit the road for a game at Hickory.

Hickory is also 4-0 and has one of the best programs in District 10. The Hornets won the district title in Class 2A the previous five seasons and now compete in 3A. They reached the PIAA quarterfinals a season ago.

Westinghouse will need a strong effort from its defense as Hickory boasts an offense that averages 51 points per game. The Hornets have a star running back in senior Chuck Carr, who has rushed for over 5,000 yards in his career and has already rushed for 828 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. Carr is averaging 9.4 yards per carry and rushed for 244 yards and five touchdowns in last week's 42-14 win against Sharon.

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Boys Soccer: Obama remains undefeated

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Allderdice is playing great soccer and remains in first place in WPIAL Class 4A Section 3.

But another city team has been playing outstanding soccer, too, and has something that Allderdice doesn't -- an undefeated record.

Obama will take a perfect record onto the field Thursday when it travels to Cupples Stadium to take on non-conference foe Carrick. Obama is 5-0-2 overall and 4-0-2 in Class 2A Section 1. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they aren't the only unbeaten team in its section. Elizabeth Forward (4-0-1) and South Park (3-0-1) are also undefeated in section play. Obama tied both teams -- South Park, 2-2, and Elizabeth Forward, 3-3.

Senior Nate Boyer had a big game for Obama on Tuesday when he scored four goals and added three assists in a 10-1 win against East Allegheny.

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Football: City League Roundup (Sept. 17)

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Perry's defense key in win vs. Carrick

Josh Dyer recovered two fumbles and returned both for touchdowns to lead Perry to a 28-7 victory against Carrick in a non-league game Friday afternoon at Cupples Stadium.

Dyer scored on fumble returns of 40 and 55 yards. He also intercepted a pass.

Carrick (0-3) scored on its first possession on a 29-yard pass from L.J. Orbovich to Emanuel Bowden. The Raiders were held scoreless after that drive.

Perry (2-2) also scored on two passes by Doug Johnson. He connected with Mario Davis on an 8-yard pass and with Rasaun Taylor on a 16-yard scoring strike.

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Football: Westinghouse upends Brashear

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Keith Barnes covered Thursday's football game between Westinghouse and Brashear.

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"Quame Gaines had only picked up a yard on the ground in the second half against Brashear, but with a chance to give Westinghouse sole possession of first place in the City League, the Bulldogs running back pleaded for one more shot at the Bulls defense.

"I told Coach to give me the ball, trust me, I promise you I'm going to get this done for you," Gaines said. "I wanted to end the game. I wanted it to be on me and I wanted to end the game."

He did just that as the senior sprinted through a blitzing Brashear defense and raced for a clinching, 64-yard touchdown run with 1:42 remaining in the fourth quarter that gave Westinghouse (3-0, 2-0) a shocking, 21-9 victory against the Bulls at Cupples Stadium.

"They had been blitzing since halftime. Since we came out, they've been sending the whole nine yards and they knew our plays," Gaines said."

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Boys Soccer: Allderdice takes section lead

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When Allderdice graduated four of its top players from last year's section titlist, it might have looked like this would be a rebuilding season for the Dragons.

That hasn't been the case one bit.

The Dice just continues to roll.

Allderdice jumped into sole posession of the Class 4A Section 3 lead Thursday afternoon by winning its fourth game in a row, 4-0 against section rival Penn Hills at Schenley Oval. The Dragons (5-1, 4-0) moved a half-game in front of Plum (3-1-1, 3-0), which hosts Central Catholic tonight.

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Cross Country: Allderdice runner shines at big invitational

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Amadou Diallo hoped to improve on his 22nd-place finish from 2015 when he began his run at the Red, White and Blue Classic last Saturday.

Chances are Diallo is pretty happy with how things turned out.

Diallo, a senior at Allderdice, didn't win the race held at Schenley Oval, but he did finish near the top of the leaderboard. Diallo ran a time of 16:27.31, which was good enough for fifth place. Quaker Valley's Zach Skolnekovich, the reigning WPIAL Class 2A champion, won with a mark of 16:05.92.

Diallo knocked off more than 30 seconds from the 16:58.20 he ran at the meet last year. Diallo went on to help Allderdice finish 16th at the PIAA Class 3A championships.

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Photo Journal: Boys Soccer Allderdice 2, Fox Chapel 1 (Sept. 8)

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Fox Chapel and Allderdice meet at Cupples Stadium, Friday, September 8, 2016 in a WPIAL 4A, Sec. 3 boys soccer match. Fox Chapel scored early in the first half.  It took Allderdice well into the second half to answer first with a tying goal by Albin Wells and next a winning goal by Wail Bichiba. Final, 2-1.

click here to see video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

 

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Boys Soccer: East Feature Athlete - Allderdice’s Wail Bichiba

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Name: Wail Bichiba
School: Allderdice
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Defender

Background: Bichiba is a standout sweeper for Allderdice, which won a section title last season and is off to a 3-1 start this season. The Dragons are 2-0 in Class 4A Section 3. Bichiba was used in more of an offensive role last season, but is anchoring the team's defense this season. He is a team captain and is one of 14 seniors on the team. Division I schools are showing interest.

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Boys Soccer: Allderdice hoping to take the next step

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A City League power for many years, Allderdice relocated to the WPIAL in 2012 and made a big statement last season by becoming the first former City League team to win a section title in the WPIAL. The Dragons reached the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals and finished 12-3-3.

Some outstanding players graduated, including all-state honoree Harrison Smith and all-WPIAL pick Tim Pugh, but Allderdice has the look of a team that could be very good once again. The Dragons are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Class 4A Section 3. They own wins against Ringgold, Woodland Hills and Fox Chapel. Their only loss was to Canon-McMillan, last year's WPIAL Class 3A champion. The Big Macs edged the Dragons, 1-0.

"Our goal is always to take it one step further," Allderdice coach Sam Bellin said. "We would like to repeat as section champs. It's not going to be easy. We made the quarterfinals last year. We'd like to take it a step further there, too."

The team's top player might be senior sweeper Wail Bichiba. Bellin said of Bichiba: "His ball control is in the top one percent of all players in the WPIAL." Other top players include senior midfielder Albin Wells, senior defender Elias Paolone and senior forward Charlie Axtman.

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Girls Volleyball: 2016 City League Preview Capsules (3 Teams)

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Allderdice

Head Coach: Rich O'Brien (3rd Year)  

Returning Starters:
6-1 senior middle/outside hitter Mara Keen
5-6 junior outside hitter Kirby Fichtner
5-7 junior outside hitter Charysma Adams

Season Outlook:
We return a strong core of players from last year, with 3 returning starters plus Juniors Clarine McCabe, Alona Sloan and Olivia Hirshman that saw a lot of playing time. Freshman setter Emily Graham and seniors Julia O'Hare, Victoria Fello and Adriaunna Chambers will also contribute.

City League Favorite:
I would consider us the favorite, but the other coaches in the city are so strong and dedicated that the city tournament is always competitive.

Young Players To Watch:
We have two young players to watch. Emily Graham, a freshman, will probably start a lot of games at setter. Sheridan-Westray-Holt, a sophomore, has greatly improved at defensive specialist.

Carrick

Head Coach: Robert Tennant (5th Year)

Returning Starters:
5-7 senior setter Taylor Bohr
5-5 Senior Outside Hitter Tori McCrae
5-3 Soph Defensive Specialist Alex Maxwell
5-7 Senior Outside Hitter Sarine McKenzie

Season Outlook:
We are young and raw but have some talent.  We should compete for the city title.

City League Favorite:
Allderdice is always a city favorite and I see no reason why they wouldn't be again this year. However, I learned a long time ago to never count Carey White and Brashear out. The three of us should have some excellent matches.

Young Players To Watch:
I don't know the young ladies name but there was an excellent player at Riverview last year. She is also a fantastic basketball player.  Her size and athleticism could make her a very difficult player to defend against.

Perry Traditional Academy

Head Coach: Charles Linhart (3rd Year)

Returning Starters:
5-10 senior outside hitter Samantha Upsher

Season Outlook:
Improve from last year and make a run in the playoffs.

City League Favorite:
Anybody can win the title but I like Carrick.

 

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Football: Brashear squeezes out 7-6 victory vs. Allderdice

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The City League football season was off and running with a rematch of the championship game the past two years at Cupples Stadium Thursday night.

Well, that was the case until the opening whistle, which turned out to be one of many. In all, 32 penalties were committed in Brashear's 7-6 win against Allderdice.

The Bulls (1-1, 1-0) got the go-ahead touchdown with 9:29 left. Anthony Carrington scored from three yards out, and Dom Molinaro kicked what proved to be the winning extra point.

It was the first time in the past four years that the Bulls beat the Dragons (0-2, 0-1) in the regular season, although Brashear has won the championship the past two years.

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Football: Top two teams in the City League to square off

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The last time Brashear and Allderdice played each other, Brashear left the field celebrating its second consecutive City League title and 11th in school history.

Friday's matchup won't have as much on the line, but it will be an important early-season game between the top two teams in the league. Brashear is ranked No. 1 and Allderdice No. 2. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Cupples Stadium.

The opening week of the season wasn't kind to either team. Brashear lost to Franklin, 21-7, and Allderdice lost to Altoona, 43-0.

Brashear lost star Therran Coleman to graduation - he's now at Pitt - but the Bulls are not void of playmakers. Among them is quarterback Sha'rron Steve, who completed 21 of 31 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown against Franklin.

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Football: Westinghouse begins season with surprising win

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On the outside, last Friday's game between Westinghouse and Greensburg Central Catholic looked like a mismatch.

Westinghouse won just two games last season - one of those came by forfeit - and entered the game 5-31 since 2012.

Greensburg Central Catholic reached the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year last season.

What's that line? "That's why they play the game."