Football: Central Valley's Whitehead picks Pitt

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer reports that Central Valley star Jordan Whitehead announced his college choice Friday.

"The end of a college recruitment process shrouded in secrecy came at a Texas Roadhouse the night before Jordan Whitehead was set to make the biggest decision of his young life.

For months, the choice had weighed on the Central Valley star. Even as he sat for dinner with his coach, Mark Lyons, his phone vibrated so much with texts and calls from coaches that it nearly fell off the table.

But it was there that he finally said what had long been internalized -- he was staying home.

Facing a selection he compared to saying no to your best friend, Whitehead committed to Pitt Friday in a news conference at the Monaca school."



Alumni Update - Corey Neill (Westminster)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College football team lost, 49-6, to the 20th-ranked ThomasNeill Westminster More College in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game on Saturday.

Thomas More (3-1, 2-0 PAC) never trailed in the game as it led 14-0 after one quarter, 21-6 at halftime and 35-6 after three quarters.

Senior Corey Neill, a Central Valley graduate, led the Titan defense with a game-high 11 tackles.


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


Golf: Central Valley's McDanel in final group at Class AAA final

Written by Joe Koch on .

After winning the WPIAL and PIAA Class AA team championships a year ago and standout golfer Macky Fouse winning the individual titles in both events, the Central Valley High girls golf team sought tougher challenges and moved up to the Class AAA grouping.

So far, it's worked out fairly well for the Warriors, who qualified three competitors for Monday's girls WPIAL Class AAA Individual Championship at Willowbrook Country Club in Apollo.

The top qualifier is junior Maddy McDanel, who shot an even-par round of 72 at the 1-AAA qualifier at Blackhawk Golf Course, two strokes behind the winning total of 70 posted by Mars High freshman Natalie Walsh. Those two will be in the final group along with defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Lauren Waller of Canon-McMillan High School. She also shot a 70 to win the 4-AAA qualifier.


Girls Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Carolina Lucci, Central Valley

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Carolina Lucci
High School: Central Valley
Grade: 10
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: After a breakout freshman season, Central Valley sophomore Carolina Lucci returns this season for the defending state champion Warriors. Things are not going to be easy this year for Lucci. She is no longer a stranger to area coaches after her 40-goal freshman season and she no longer has the luxury of playing in the attack with Miami of Ohio recruit Katie Alexander.


Golf: McDanel leads four Central Valley qualifiers to Class AAA girls final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Central Valley's Maddy McDanel shot an even-par round of 72 to place second at the WPIAL Girls 1-AAA qualifier at Black Hawk Country Club. She finished two strokes behind Mars freshman Natalie Welsh.

Three teammates join McDanel at the WPIAL Class AAA championship on Sept. 29 at Willowbrook Golf Club. They are Amanda Scala (77), Alex Bozich (82) and Megan Santia (90). One other West-area golfer, Abigail Vietmeier, qualified for the championship with a round of 85.

Kirkwood, Lyons advance in Class AA: Neshannock's Marissa Kirkwood tied Seton-LaSalle's Joey Walz for top honors at the WPIAL Girls Section 1-AA championship on Wednesday at Norvelt Golf Course. Each advanced to the WPIAL Class AA championship that will be played Sept. 29 at Willowbrook Golf Club. South Side Beaver's Sophie Lyons also qualified for the WPIAL final with a 99 at the qualifier that earned her a fifth-place finish.