Track: Central Valley football star makes quick transition to track

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles Central Valley track standout Jordan Whitehead.

"The exploits on the football field of Central Valley High School standout Jordan Whitehead indeed have been impressive, but his performances this spring for the Warriors' boys track and field team also have been laudatory.

Heading into the WPIAL Class AAA boys track and field championships today at Baldwin High School, Whitehead has the top reported time this season in the Class AAA boys' 100-meter dash with a standard of 10.89 seconds.

That's very impressive. But there's another factor in play.

"This is just his second year competing in track and field," second-year Warriors coach Bill King said. "Jordan is the kind of kid who views track as a fun activity. But he really does want to win.""



Track: Central Valley football standout delivering on the track

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Central Valley standout sprinter Jordan Whitehead.

"Jordan Whitehead's future is in football and he has about 20 Division I scholarship offers to show for it. So when he decided to try running track last spring, Whitehead said, "I did it just for fun, nothing real serious."

But fun could be winning a WPIAL track championship. Seriously.

The WPIAL track and field individual championships are Thursday at Baldwin, and Whitehead is one of the favorites to become the fastest kid in the WPIAL.

Whitehead, a junior at Central Valley High School, has the fastest 100-meter time in WPIAL Class AAA this season at 10.89 seconds. Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke, a Penn State football recruit, is second at 10.96 and Gateway's Jae'Len Means is third at 10.97."



Track: Central Valley athletes shine at South Fayette Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Central Valley produced top performances at the 8th Annual South Fayette Lions Track and Field Invitational last Saturday.

Jordan Whitehead won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.98, his best of the year. The time also gave him the first slot on Jim Faiella's Class AAA Honor Roll list.

For the girls, Maiah Yankello placed first in the 300 hurdles (47.96). Nicole Bartoletta took gold in the 100. She also competed on the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams.

The 400 relay team of Seairra Barrett, Bartoletta, Kaleah Jones and Carolina Lucci finished in 51.19 seconds. The 1,600 relay team of Bartoletta, Alex Brown, Jones and Lucci finished in a time of 4:13.90.

Central Valley will compete at the Baldwin Invitational on Friday at Baldwin High School.


Softball: Central Valley keeps postseason hopes alive

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Central Valley has already matched its section win total from a year ago of three. Now the mission for the Warriors is to finish strong over their final four games and improve on their 3-7 finish in Section 1-AAA last year. A 3-7 record was good enough for fifth place in the section last season, if the Warriors want to contend for the playoffs they will need at least five wins as they trail Blackhawk (5-1, 4-1), Ambridge (4-2, 4-2) and New Castle (4-2, 3-2) and are currently tied with Ellwood City (5-3, 3-3).

If Central Valley wants to hang with the elite of Section 1-AAA they will need more big games like the ones senior Jessica Koshinski and junior Hannah Daman came up with against Hopewell. In a five-inning shortened game, both Koshinski and Daman drove in five runs. Koshinski was 2 for 3 with two home runs while also pitching and striking out three. Daman drove in her five runs on three hits including one home run.


Track: West Feature Athlete - Nicole Bartoletta, Central Valley

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Name: Nicole Bartoletta
High School: Central Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field
Events: 100 hurdles, 200, 400 relay and 1,600 relay

Background Info: Bartoletta reached the WPIAL Class AAA championships in the 100-meter hurdles in 2013. She also finished first at the 2013 Warrior Track Classic and 2013 Beaver County Championships.