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Football: Penn-Trafford aiming for first WPIAL title

Written by Brad Everett on .

It's been 18 years since Penn-Trafford last played for a WPIAL football title, and that championship game was contested at Three Rivers Stadium.

Needless to say, the Warriors were overdue to reach the final again.

Penn-Trafford will try to its first WPIAL title when the Warriors (12-0) play Central Catholic (11-1) in the Class AAAA final Saturday at Heinz Field at 2 p.m.

The Warriors are making just their second appearance in the championship. They lost to Upper St. Clair, 28-27, in the 1997 title game.


Football: Defense, special teams help Central Catholic advance to WPIAL final

Written by Brad Everett on .

Central Catholic has been excellent offensively this season, averaging 39.8 points per game and scoring at least 49 points five times.

The Vikings, though, earned a third straight trip to the WPIAL Class AAAA title game because of the outstanding play of their defense and special teams. The Vikings (11-1) will take on Penn-Trafford (12-0) in the final Saturday at Heinz Field at 2 p.m.

Against top-seed Woodland Hills, which was previously undefeated and featured Division I-bound running backs Miles Sanders and Jo-El Shaw, fifth-seed Central Catholic did not give up an offensive touchdown and scored touchdowns on a kickoff return and interception return to top the Wolverines, 24-6, in a semifinal showdown last Friday.

Ron George set the tone by returning the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. Ronnie Jones had a pick-six later on, taking an interception 87 yards for a touchdown. In between, Jacob Rocchi kicked a 35-yard field goal.


Football: Jeannette jets back to title game

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

It didn't take Jeannette's football team long to adjust to playing in Class A.

Two years removed from competing in Class AA, the Jayhawks find themselves back in a WPIAL championship game. Jeannette (11-1) will meet Eastern Conference-rival and top-seed Clairton (12-0) in the WPIAL Class A title game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Heinz Field. Root Sports will televise the contest live.

This game also marks Jeannette's first appearance in a championship game since 2011. The program hasn't won a football title since winning back-to-back WPIAL crowns in 2006-07.

Nevertheless, Roy Hall's crew has played almost perfect this season. The team's only loss was a 56-29 decision against Clairton in Week 6. The Jayhawks bounced right back and have won six in a row. They enter the WPIAL championship outscoring opponents by an average of 38.6-14.4.


Football: Old-school Central Catholic linebacker rates two-thumbs up

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Central Catholic football player David Adams.

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"David Adams got a number of scholarship offers from major colleges based on film from his sophomore season a year ago. His film this year is worth two thumbs-up.

The Central Catholic Vikings are loaded on defense this season with six players who have scholarship offers from Football Bowl Subdivision colleges. The heart of that defense is the kid in the middle of it all.

Adams is a 6-foot-1½, 220-pound junior middle linebacker who has been a force all season. He leads the team in tackles and will be a pivotal player for Central Catholic when it plays Penn-Trafford in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship Saturday at Heinz Field. Penn-Trafford has a stellar offense that averages 46 points a game for the season and has averaged 44 points in three postseason games.

Adams isn't even finished with his junior season and he has almost two dozen scholarship offers from FBS schools. Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Nebraska and Stanford are some of the schools that have already offered. Adams said he has no favorites, but does like Notre Dame."



Alumni Update - Jordan Toohey (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- After establishing new Washington & Jefferson single-season records for goals and points,Toohey WJ sophomore Jordan Toohey has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches.

Toohey, a Mount Pleasant graduate, scored 27 goals and 61 points this year to set new benchmarks for the Presidents in both categories. It marks the fifth time that a Washington & Jefferson student-athlete has earned PAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year honors, joining W&J Hall of Famer Nicole (Bosley) Bednarski (2000), Jackie Foltz (2008) and Holly Shipley (2011, 2013).

In her first season with the Presidents, Toohey scored in 14 of W&J's 18 matches, with 11 in a row at one point. She notched four hat tricks, including a pair of four-goal efforts, and scored multiple goals seven times.

Through matches Nov. 8, she was tied for first among all NCAA Division III women's soccer players with nine game-winning goals and ranked fourth in total goals, sixth in goals per game (1.50) and points per game (3.39).

Her 27 goals currently rank third in single-season PAC history, while her 61 points are also in the top 10.

Additionally, in just one season, she ranks sixth in program history in career goals and points. 


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Brandan Moretton (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The Saint Vincent men's cross country team finished in 13th place among 52 teams at the Division III MideastMoretton SVC Regional, hosted by Dickinson College at Big Spring High School.

Junior Brandan Moretton, a Norwin graduate, led the Bearcats, placing 24th overall, with a time of 26:04.5. 


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Alumni Update - Arden Fisher (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Somerset, N.J. – Junior Arden Fisher, freshman Taylor Lord and senior Kristin Thompson each earned weekly honors from theFisher RMU Northeast Conference after the Robert Morris University volleyball team went 2-0 to cap the regular season, extend a five-match winning streak and secure second place in the NEC league standings as well as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament.

Fisher was tabbed Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career. This is the second career overall weekly conference nod for the junior from Riverview High School.

This past weekend, the outside hitter averaged 7.1 digs per set and racked up 64 digs total. Fisher posted 28 digs and two block assists in a five-set victory over Bryant.

She then went on to set a new career-high with 36 digs in Saturday's 3-1 win versus Central Connecticut State. Fisher currently ranks third on the NEC leaderboard with 4.44 digs per game. 


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)


Alumni Update - Tyler Donahue (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The Bethany Bison scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Bearcats by a score of 35-27 inDonahue SVC the annual Green Game at Chuck Noll Field.

The first quarter was a defensive battle, with neither team able to score.  Things changed dramatically in the second quarter, as the teams combined for 34 points.

The offense was led by Tyler Donahue, who ran the ball 23 times for 109 yards.  

He ends the season with 834 yards rushing, the highest single-season total in the modern era of Saint Vincent football.  

Donahue,a Yough graduate, was 11-for-27 through the air for 95 yards.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Alumni Update - Brian Graytok (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Presidents opened up the 2015-16 season with a 79-60 nonconference loss to BaldwinGraytok WJ Wallace at the Henry Memorial Gymnasium.

Washington & Jefferson ushered in a new era under the direction of first-year head coach Ethan Stewart-Smith, the first game of his head coaching career.

In his first game for Washington & Jefferson, Brian Graytok led all players with 16 points while playing a game-high 36 minutes.

He connected on seven of his 11 shots from the floor and made two of four free-throw attempts.

The sophomore from Greensburg Central Catholic filled out a balanced stat sheet with three steals, two rebounds, a pair of assists and two blocks.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update Justin Nolfi (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Four Washington & Jefferson men's soccer players earned 2015 All-Presidents' AthleticNolfi WJ Conference laurels, with three landing on the Second Team.

Senior Benny Wilt, junior Justin Nolfi and freshman Paul Mokrzan (Hilliard, Ohio/Watterson) all collected Second Team All-PAC laurels. Freshman Tyler Rapposelli (Reading, Pa./Fleetwood) garnered Honorable Mention accolades from the league's coaches.

Nolfi, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, was W&J's leading scorer, totaling five goals and two assists for 12 points. His 39 shots were second on the team and 22 shots on goal led the squad.

He started all 18 games for the Presidents.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Mike Caprara (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH -Two Pitt defensive standouts, junior linebacker Mike Caprara and freshman strong safety Jordan Whitehead,Caprara Pitt were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference today for their performances in the Panthers’ 31-13 victory at Duke. Caprara was named the ACC’s Linebacker of the Week, while Whitehead was named the league’s Rookie of the Week.

For Caprara it is the first ACC recognition of his career.

Caprara, a Woodland Hills graduate, compiled eight tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup at Duke. His play helped limit the Blue Devils to minus-2 rushing yards in the second half. Caprara helped slam the door on Duke in the fourth quarter with a seven-yard sack and, three plays later, a fumble recovery to ice the game.

On the season, Caprara has 38 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.


(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)


Girls Volleyball: Greensburg C.C. falls short of goal

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

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The Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team fell short of defending its PIAA Class A title, but coach Heather Meyer was pleased with what the Centurions were able to accomplish during the 2015 season.

"It was a pretty good season," said Meyer, who completed her ninth season as Greensburg Central's coach. "We had some ups and downs, but overall it was a good season."

Greensburg Central's season came to an end with Saturday's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to District 10 champion Cochranton in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals.

"I had a talented bunch of girls, but we struggled with the mental part of the game at times," Meyer said. "Talent-wise we were there. We just lost our focus at times."


Football: Heavyweights Woodland Hills, Central Catholic match up in semifinals

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett previews Friday's WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal between Woodland Hills and Central Catholic.

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"Two WPIAL heavyweights will square off tonight in what is arguably the most anticipated game of this year's playoffs.

And to think, this is just for the right to advance to the main event.

A spot in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship will be on the line when perennial powers Woodland Hills and Central Catholic go toe-to-toe in a semifinal at Fox Chapel High School. The winner will play either Pine-Richland or Penn-Trafford next Saturday at Heinz Field.

Top seed Woodland Hills (11-0) and No. 5 seed Central Catholic (10-1) are no strangers to one another. The two are meeting in the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Central Catholic beat Woodland Hills, 27-7, in the 2013 title game, and again topped the Wolverines, 28-0, in last year's quarterfinals. At least one of the two has reached the championship 13 of the past 16 seasons, with each winning four titles. The Vikings were the runner-up last season."


Wrestling: Valley hires former Shady Side Academy star as coach

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles new Valley wrestling coach Dane Johnson. Read his story below.

Dane Johnson has lived in New Kensington all his life, but did not attend Valley High School.

Johnson will now get a chance to perform at Valley, but not as an athlete.

"I attended the [New Kensington-Arnold] school district until ninth grade," said Johnson, who has been hired as Valley's head wrestling coach. "In high school, I attended Shady Side Academy."

Johnson is replacing Steve Ansani, who coached at Valley for 13 years.


Soccer: Norwin grad one to watch at Saint Vincent

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Norwin graduate Barndon Moretton, who is now a cross country standout at Saint Vincent.

"Before each cross country meet, Saint Vincent College junior Brandan Moretton pulls on his headphones and listens intently to the Fort Minor hit, "Remember The Name."

The second verse strongly resonates with the Norwin High School graduate:

"This is 10 percent luck, 20 percent skill, 15 percent concentrated power of will," the lyrics say. "Five percent pleasure, 50 percent pain. And a hundred percent reason to remember my name."

"When I hear it, that's my cue, it's time to be ready," Moretton said."


Varsity Xtra: Woodland Hills running backs a dangerous duo

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Mike White profiles Woodland Hills running backs Miles Sanders and Jo-El Shaw.

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"Together as Woodland Hills High School running backs, Jo-El Shaw and Miles Sanders have been called "Thunder and Lightning." But they used to be oil and water.

Shaw and his mother moved from Fayetteville, N.C., to the Pittsburgh area four years ago. When Jo-El started school at Woodland Hills Junior High, friendships did not come easily, especially with fellow eighth-grader Sanders.

"When I first came up here, I didn't like anybody," said Shaw. "To be honest, I didn't get along with Miles. What made it worse is Miles played the same position in football as me."

But these days, both Sanders and Shaw say they are as close as brothers. Where they really hit it off is in the same backfield."



Photo Journal: Hockey - Central Catholic vs. Butler (Nov. 17)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .


Central Catholic and Butler face off in a PIHL Varsity AAA Hockey game, Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  The game was high scoring and close with Central Catholic defeating Butler 7-5.  Central ending with a record of 4-3-0 moving up to fourth place in the division and Butler with a record of 4-1-1 dropping to third place.

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

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Alumni Update - Rachel Ramsey (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CARLISLE, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend women's cross country team finished in 24th place out of 50 teams at NCAA Regionals with a total score of 780 Saturday morning.

Rachel Ramsey, an East Allegheny graduate, led the Lions once again during their last race of the season. Ramsey has been Behrend's top finisher in every race this season and that would not change Saturday.

She ran the 6K in 52nd place with a time of 23:32.4.



Alumni Update - Mark Patterson (Penn State - Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend men's swimming and diving team won nine of the 13 events to defeat Baldwin Wallace 130-Patterson PSUB80 on Saturday afternoon in the Junker Center Pool.

Mark Patterson won two individual events to lead the Lions on the day.

Patterson, a Norwin graduate, led in the 200 freestyle in 1:51.66 and also won the 100 backstroke in 54.65.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)