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Football: Central Valley rounding into championship form, answers doubters

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A season-opening loss to Montour eliminated any chance of an undefeated season and, to the doubters, created doubts that Central Valley could defend its WPIAL Class AAA title. The graduation of Jordan Whitehead to Pitt was too much to handle, the doubters said.

But the Warriors showed those doubters that it wasn't a matter of "if" but "when" Central Valley would be back into championship form. Friday night, in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs, the Warriors showed they had adjusted to the loss of Whitehead, jumping to a 28-0 lead before the game with Laurel Highlands was 10 minutes old.

Ironically, it occurred on the same weekend that Whitehead had become comfortable enough in Pitt's system that he played both offense and defense. The team he left behind did the same thing.

Kurt Reinstadtler scored on both offense and defense in that 12-minute period, returning an interception and catching a pass for a score. Last week, he had the key kickoff return for a score – his second of the year – in a win over West Allegheny. It is his first year returning kicks because Whitehead handled it well the past few years.

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Football: Central Valley peaking at the right time

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Keith Barnes profiles the Central Valley football team.

"Kurt Reinstadtler isn't a five-star recruit fielding offers from every college in the country.

He's not leading the WPIAL in receptions and there are players who have scored more touchdowns in one game than he has all season.

What the senior wide receiver is, though, is a player who has consistently made big plays in the clutch, including one last week that helped Central Valley defeat West Allegheny, 23-13, and win a share of the Parkway Conference title for the second consecutive season.

"Kurt's a special kid and he's worked his way into this lineup," Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said. "He been with our program, worked his way to get to that point and, when good things happen to kids like that, you're so proud because he pours everything he has into this program. He loves being a Central Valley Warrior and that kind of play shows it.""

 

 

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Alumni Update – Rachel Netherland (Geneva)

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Bethany, W.Va. The Bethany Bison upset Geneva in West Virginia Thursday evening in a 3-1 final (25-15, 10-25, 19-25, 18-25).Netherland Geneva

The four set loss lowers Geneva’s overall record to 25-7, 14-3 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC).

The win raises the Bison’s overall record to 26-8 overall, 15-3 in the PAC.

Both Geneva and Bethany sit in the conference standings behind Thomas More with an overall record 21-4, 17-0 in the league.

Rachel Netherland, a Central Valley graduate, set for 12 assists and 12 digs. 

 

(photo courtesy of Geneva College)

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Football: Central Valley gets top seed

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It seemed unlikely when Central Valley lost to Montour in the opening weekend of the season, but the defending WPIAL champion Warriors are the top-seed in this year's playoffs. Central Valley made the selection easier (second seeded Belle Vernon was undefeated, after all) by defeating West Allegheny Friday night.

Central Valley came from behind twice against West Allegheny, which only dropped to the third-seed with the loss, with the final go-ahead score coming on a 95-yard kickoff return by Kurt Reinstadtler. Reinstadtler has been a big play guy for the Warriors as he has averages almost 23 yards per reception as well.

Central Valley opens its title defense Friday night against Laurel Highlands with a potential rematch with Montour looming in the second round. Any chance of a rematch with West Allegheny will be limited to Heinz Field (where the teams met last year).

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Girls Soccer: Central Valley set for rematch with Mars

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The teams were on a collision course last year when the WPIAL playoff pairings were announced and they were on a collision course this year, too. Central Valley fell to Mars, 1-0, in the WPIAL quarterfinals last season. This year their meeting will be in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals Monday night at Moon at 6 p.m. No. 4 Central Valley (16-0-1) and No. 1 Mars (15-2) are both undefeated against Class AA competition. Brooke Judy scored two goals and Cassie Pritt added an insurance goal for Central Valley in its 3-1 win over No. 5 Belle Vernon in the WPIAL quarterfinals.