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Track: Clairton football stars aiming for WPIAL track titles

Written by Brad Everett on .

When medals are handed out at Thursday's WPIAL Class AA track championships, there will be some familiar names making their way to the top of the podium.

Two of the championship hopefuls are better known for their accomplishments in another sport.

Lamont Wade and Aaron Mathews are among the athletes representing Clairton at the meet. Wade and Mathews are also football standouts who led Clairton to a WPIAL title last fall. Mathews, a senior, will attend Pitt. Wade is one of the most heavily recruited juniors in the country.

Wade qualified for the WPIAL championships in the 100 and long jump, while Mathews earned his invitation in the high jump. Wade is the No. 4 seed in the 100. He ran an 11.25 at the southern qualifier. He advanced in the long jump courtesy of a leap of 19-8. Mathews posted a jump of 6 feet at the qualifier.

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Alumni Update - Tyler Boyd (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH - Tyler Boyd, the most productive receiver in school history, continued Pitt's rich tradition in the NFL Draft byBoyd Pitt being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round this evening.

With Boyd's selection, Pitt has now had at least one player chosen in 15 of the last 17 drafts. Boyd is the first Panther to be drafted by the Bengals since linebacker Tom Tumulty in 1996.

Boyd declared for the 2016 NFL Draft following his junior season. He was named a first-team All-ACC wide receiver by the coaches and media for the second consecutive year. Boyd was also a third-team All-America selection by Phil Steele.

Boyd finished the 2015 season with 91 catches for 926 yards (10.2 avg.) and six touchdowns in 12 games. He was also Pitt's second-leading rusher with 349 yards on 40 carries (8.7 avg.). Boyd's 91 catches rank second on Pitt's single-season list, one shy of the school record held by all-time great Larry Fitzgerald (who had 92 in 2003).

The Clairton graduate established himself as one of the most productive offensive performers in Pitt history. Boyd finished his collegiate career as Pitt's all-time leader in both receptions (254) and receiving yards (3,361). He finished second in career all-purpose yards (5,243), trailing only the legendary Tony Dorsett (7,117 from 1973-76).

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)

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Boys Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Clairton’s Uri Myers

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Uri Myers
High School: Clairton
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Myers, a 6-foot senior guard, scored a game-high 22 points to lead Clairton to a 71-37 win against Avella last Friday in a WPIAL Class A first-round game. A two-year starter, Myers leads Clairton in scoring with 14 points per game. The No. 5-seeded Bears (16-3) have won nine of their past 10 games and will play No. 4 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (15-8) in a quarterfinal Friday. The Trojans have won 13 of their past 14 games.

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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."