A lot of talent graduated from the East Zone but a lot of talent also returns this season. In Class AAA Penn Trafford welcomes back senior Anthony Sekowski and junior Anthony Montalto along with sophomore diver Joe Ference and Gateway returns a trio of senior PIAA qualifiers in Alex Caprara, Jake Beley and Alex Bolen. The Warriors and Gators appear to be the top teams in the area. Gateway tied Fox Chapel for sixth place in the WPIAL Class AAA team standings last season while Penn Trafford finished ninth.
Right ahead of Penn Trafford in the WPIAL Class AAA team standings last season was Franklin Regional but the Panthers must replace three PIAA qualifiers, Dale and David Maholage and Jonathan Palmer. The Panthers do return sophomore Tyler Stevenson, a PIAA qualifier along with sophomore Andrew Sederholm who finished tenth in the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships last season.