Boys Basketball: Sto-Rox battles to stay in playoff race

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Drew Karpen profiles the Sto-Rox boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

2014 0130 StoRox BBasketball(Photo: Sto-Rox's Makil Allen reaches over Quaker Valley's Chris Conlan to grab a rebound. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"The planning and preparation stage for a head coach begins months before the start of the regular season.

For Sto-Rox's first year head coach, Jordan Marks, he started prepping the day he signed his contract. Then he soon realized that there will be bumps in the road, more than he anticipated.

With two weeks remaining in the season, the Vikings are playing with only six of the 12 varsity players with whom they started the season.

Before the season began, Marks started losing players to injuries and a few players he lost to off-court problems."


Football: Sto-Rox frustrated again in title game

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the the Sto-Rox football team. Click here to read his story.

"When a team has just 33 players at its disposal, just one injury to a key starter can wreak havoc on its offensive effort.

Sto-Rox High School's football team found that out when top receiver Mallory Claybourne was forced out of the game in the first half of this past Saturday's 14-0 loss to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the WPIAL Class A championship game at Heinz Field.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic advanced to the PIAA playoffs with its first-ever WPIAL Class A championship and a 13-0 record. Sto-Rox finished the year at 12-1. The shutout loss was the first the Vikings had endured in eight seasons. The last shutout loss took place on Sept. 9, 2005, when Sto-Rox was playing a Class AA schedule and lost to South Park, 40-0.

Claybourne, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior wide receiver who is receiving NCAA Division I interest, entered the game with 39 catches for 985 yards this season, an average of 25.3 yards per catch. He also was the team's second-leading scorer with 16 touchdowns. He was limited to just two catches for 3 yards before his early exit."



Football: Sto-Rox's Williams commits to Temple to 'play' quarterback

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Post-Gazette writer Mike White reports that Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams has made a verbal commitment to Temple. Click here to read his story.

"Lenny Williams realized if he went to a Division I college, he might have to play a position other than quarterback. But he has decided to go to the school that wanted him as a quarterback.

Williams, a Sto-Rox senior and the all-time leading passer in WPIAL history, made a verbal commitment to Temple.

At one time, Williams also had offers from Akron, Bowling Green and Rutgers. But some schools wanted him to possibly play defensive back or receiver.

"Temple offered him as a quarterback," Sto-Rox coach Dan Bradley said."



Football: Is third time the charm for Sto-Rox?

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Sto-Rox football team. Click here to read his story.

2013 1121 StoRox Football(Photo: Clairton's Vance Allen, left, can't make the catch as Sto-Rox's Jaron Allen breaks up the pass in WPIAL Class A semifinal last Friday. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"When Sto-Rox High School's football team arrives at Heinz Field for their WPIAL Class A showdown with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Saturday morning, it will be the third consecutive year the Vikings have competed for the District 7 championship.

Both teams enter the game as conference champions with identical 12-0 records. Game time is 11 a.m.

The first two appearances didn't turn out so well for Sto-Rox as the Vikings were the most recent victims in Clairton's five-year run as WPIAL Class A champions with a 42-6 setback in the 2011 game followed by last year's 58-21 loss.

This year, the Vikings got a 22-yard touchdown run from quarterback Lenny Williams with 1:52 left in the game to earn a 24-19 victory this past Friday night against the Bears in the WPIAL semifinals."