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Baseball: Clairton would like to make a name for itself on the baseball field, too

Written by Brad Everett on .

When you think of Clairton, there's a very good chance football will be the first thing that comes to mind.

Basketball could creep into your head, too.

But baseball?

Clairton has had an incredible amount of success in football and basketball in recent years. Could that success now rub off on the baseball team? It's possible, especially considering more and more of the athletes who have starred in the other sports are giving it a shot on the diamond.

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Football: Clairton coach shows interest in Gateway job

Written by Mike White on .

Post-Gazette writer Mike White reports that Clairton football coach Tom Nola is a candidate for the same position at Gateway. Click here to read his story.

"There is a chance Tom Nola could go from the black and orange of Clairton to the black and gold of Gateway.

Nola, who has won six WPIAL titles and four PIAA championships at Clairton, is a candidate to be the new coach at Gateway. He applied for the job, which opened when Gateway decided not to bring back Donnie Militzer after only one season. Nola declined comment on the situation.

Nola has been Clairton's coach since 2002 and guided the Bears to a state record 66-game winning streak from 2009-13. He is a retired history teacher.

One of the other candidates for the Gateway job is former Plum coach Frank Sacco. He has interviewed with Gateway. Sacco coached Plum from 2009-12 before his position was opened."

 

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Boys Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Clairton's Isaiah Hollis

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Isaiah Hollis
School: Clairton
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard/Forward

Background: Hollis, a 6-foot-4 senior guard-forward, poured in a game-high 30 points in Clairton's 77-46 home win against Avella last Friday. Hollis knocked down five 3-pointers in the game, which was Clairton's first home game and also its first in section play. The Bears are 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Class A Section 3.

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Alumni Update - Tyler Boyd (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH —One of college football’s most exciting newcomers this past fall, Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd has been named to the 13th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team announced today.


Boyd, a Clairton graduate, was the nation’s most productive freshman receiver, compiling 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns. He set Pitt freshman records for both receptions and yards, eclipsing marks previously held by Larry Fitzgerald, who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002.


Boyd’s reception total ranks second overall at Pitt, trailing only Fitzgerald’s school-record 92 catches as a sophomore in 2003. Boyd’s receiving yardage ranks fourth on the Panthers’ single-season list.

 

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Football: Clairton shows promise for future

Written by Joe Koch on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Clairton football team. Click here to read his story.

2013 1121 Clairton Football(Photo: Clairton sophomore Aaron Mathews figures to be a key building block for Clairton football. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"For Coach Tom Nola and his Clairton High School football team, the moments following last Friday night's 24-19 loss to Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class A semifinal football game led to unfamiliar emotions.

"We're not used to the position we were in," he said, recounting the moments following the team's five-point loss to the Vikings. "We'd played like the champions that we were, but we came up a little short. It hurts."

With two minutes remaining in the game, the Bears were clinging to a 19-18 lead. But just eight seconds later, Vikings' two-way standout athlete Lenny Williams scampered 22 yards from the quarterback position for the winning touchdown, thus ending the Bears' five-year reign as WPIAL Class A champions and their equally impressive four successive years as PIAA Class A champions."