Boys Basketball: Central Valley bouncing back from football

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The defending WPIAL Class AAA champions got off to a very slow start this season, thanks primarily to another WPIAL title. Central Valley pulled off the rare double feat of winning in basketball last year and football this year but, in so doing, showed just how tough it is.

With the football team still playing, the basketball team got off to an 0-4 start and, even after the football players were back at practice, it took quite a while for them to get into basketball shape. The Warriors have just started to come together as a team and the success has followed quickly.

Central Valley has now won three of its last five games, losing only to Beaver Falls and South Fayette, and are riding a two-game winning streak. Playing in one of the toughest sections in the WPIAL, the Warriors face an uphill battle just to return to the playoffs but, as they round more and more into a basketball team, they could earn a chance to defend. Central Valley won its first Section 2-AAA game Friday over Ellwood City and faces a big week with road games at Blackhawk and Ambridge.


Football: 2014 Post-Gazette Player of the Year - Jordan Whitehead

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Mike White profiles the 2014 Post-Gazette Player of the Year, Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead.

"Jordan Whitehead remembers his youth-league football days quite well.

"Back then, I was so much faster than everybody," Whitehead said. "It seemed like almost every time I touched the ball, I scored on a long run."

For Whitehead, his senior year of high school football imitated his youth-league days.

Whitehead played at Central Valley and many Warriors opponents got plenty of good looks at his back. Game after game, he sped by defenders and scored touchdowns on big plays. In 16 games this season, he scored 35 touchdowns and did it five different ways. The average length of those touchdowns was 43.7 yards. Whithead ran the ball 148 times this season and scored a touchdown once every six times."



Hockey: Warriors looking to into Christmas break with winning record

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Central Valley will have had 11 days off before it plays its final Class B game before the break on Mondayagainst Ringgold.

And, with a win, the Warriors will move over .500 for the fifth time this season.


Central Valley (4-4-2) is a surprising .500 team in that it is one of the few teams with an even record to be outscored by 18 goals. The Warriors have scored 29 goals, led by 11 goals and 19 points from Cameron Drake, and given up 47.


In its last game, Central Valley surrendered a shorthanded goal to Ethan Sunder and Mark Richardson chipped in a goal and an assist to lead Our Lady of the Sacred Heart to a 3-1 victory on Dec. 11.

Ringgold is led by Emery Anden with 10 goals and 16 points.


Football: Title game loss stings Central Valley

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John D'Abruzzo profiles the Central Valley football team.

2014 1218 CentralValley Football(Photo: Jordan Whitehead and the Central Valley football team bowed out in the PIAA Class AAA championship game last Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Considering Central Valley had been playing near-perfect football all season, losing last weekend in the state championship game and finishing the year with only one loss made it tough to accept.

The Warriors witnessed their season end following a 33-14 defeat last Saturday afternoon in the PIAA Class AAA title game against Archbishop Wood at Hersheypark Stadium. Central Valley (15-1), which last month captured its second WPIAL championship during its five-year existence, also missed out on being the first district team to win a Class AAA state title since 2008.

"Every loss is disappointing, especially when you suffer that first loss of the season," Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said. "Playing in the state championship and losing makes it more tough.

"When we started to reflect on the season, there wasn't any more that we could give in that last game. It was a great season with a phenomenal group of young men who enjoyed coming to practice every day and who enjoyed every aspect of the season.""