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Boys Basketball: Clairton enjoying an early start

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Clairton boys basketball team.

2016 0115 Clairton BBasketball(Photo: Clairton's Aaron Mathews is starring for the basketball team after helping the football team to a WPIAL Class A championship. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Over the past few years, Matt Geletko has become somewhat used to being one of only a handful of people in the gym when the first official day of basketball practice opened.

That's what happens when you're the boys coach at Clairton and most of your players are still in pads for their annual run through the WPIAL and PIAA Class A football tournaments.

Only this year, things were different.

Instead of waiting until almost Christmas for the Bears to have their first full practice with all of their players in attendance, the football team lost in its first game of the state tournament to District 5 champion Berlin Brothersvalley and joined their teammates on the hardwood for nine days before their first game of the season against Jefferson-Morgan and 11 before their Section 4 opener against Serra Catholic."

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Boys Basketball: Clairton ready to tip off season

Written by Brad Everett on .

Another year, another late start for Clairton, which once again saw the opening of its season delayed because of the school's football success. The Bears are scheduled to play their opener Thursday against Jefferson-Morgan, followed by their Class A Section 4 opener Friday at Serra Catholic.

Just three days after Clairton lost in the PIAA Class A football quarterfinals, coach Matt Geletko said most of the basketball players on the team were already in the gym gearing up for the season. Among them were football stars Aaron Mathews and Lamont Wade. Fellow senior Harrison Dreher is recovering from a shoulder injury.

Geletko said the season is an important one for his seniors, particularly Mathews, who was a key contributor as a freshman when Clairton reached its last WPIAL final. The Bears have qualified for the playoffs 11 years in a row. Jeannette, the WPIAL runner-up last season, is the defending section champion.

"They want to win and I think they can this year," Geletko said. "Aaron took on a nice leadership in role in football and did this summer in basketball. He's really stepping up."

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Football: Clairton continues its dominance in Class A

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Clairton football team.

"Looking back at the past decade of WPIAL Class A football championships, Clairton has won the trophy a staggering 80 percent of the time.

The Bears (13-0) were crowned champions for the second year in a row last Saturday with a 40-0 rout against new Eastern Conference rival Jeannette.

"It was a great game [last Saturday] by my guys," Bears coach Wayne Wade said. "It was probably the best football we played all year up front as well as in special teams and in our skill positions.

"My hats off to Jeannette, they are a great football team. We worked hard at this all year. We have been working since January to get back to the state championship game. This is another step to get there.""

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Alumni Update - Tyler Boyd (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH - Brad Kaaya threw for 261 yards and a touchdown and ran for another as Miami continued itsBoyd Pitt surge under interim coach Larry Scott with a 29-24 win over Pittsburgh on Friday.

Pitt, searching for its first nine-win regular season since 2009, couldn't complete a late rally from a 20-point deficit.

Wide receiver Tyler Boyd, a Clairton graduate, finished with 117 total yards in perhaps his final game at Heinz Field. 

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)

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Photo Journal: Football WPIAL Class A Championship - Clairton vs. Jeannette (Nov. 28)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Clairton wins their 8th WPIAL Class A Championship in 10 years, twelve titles overall.  It all happened at Heinz Field, Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the WPIAL Championships.  Final score Clairton 40, Jeannette 0.

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

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