Sto-Rox 2013 Football Preview

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The only thing standing in the way of Sto-Rox and a WPIAL championship last season was a Clairton team in the midst of a historic stretch. The Vikings lost, 58-21, to Clairton in the WPIAL final last season.

With experience and talent at the skill positions and on the lines, Sto-Rox could be in line for another run to Heinz Field.

Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams is a three-year starter and one of the most dynamic athletes in the WPIAL. He passed for 2,237 yards last season and rushed for 1,189. Williams (6-0, 190, Sr.) is expected to miss as many as the Vikings' first four games after injuring his hand in a non-football-related offseason accident.


Blue Chip Chat with Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams

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Post-Gazette writer Mike White profiles Sto-Rox standout Lenny Williams in today's Blue Chip Chat. Click here to read the story.

2013 0822 StoRox Williams(Photo: Senior quarterback Lenny Williams, who envisions his Sto-Rox team knocking off Clairton at the top of Class A in the WPIAL)

One of the top double-threat quarterbacks in the WPIAL. Last season, Williams rushed for 1,189 yards on 151 carries and completed 127 of 227 for 2,237 yards for a team that lost in the WPIAL Class A title game for the second year in a row to Clairton. Williams, a starter since his freshman year, has a little more than 5,300 career passing yards and a chance at the WPIAL record of 7,162. But he could miss some early season action after his left hand was hurt in a landscaping accident. The injury required surgery, and Williams' status for the first few games is uncertain.

Williams has scholarship offers from Rutgers, Temple, Akron, Bowling Green and Robert Morris. It is not certain what position he will play in college.



Sto-Rox grad Jones is content at Robert Morris

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Post-Gazette writer Craig Meyer profiles Sto-Rox graduate Paul Jones, who has found a home at Robert Morris after transferring from Penn State. Click here to read the story.

2013 0815StoRoxJones(Photo: Paul Jones feels comfortable at quarterback for Robert Morris. Jason Cohn/Robert Morris University)

"Inside of the left bicep of Paul Jones' hulking 6-foot-4 frame is a tattoo, etched in tall cursive letters, that reads 'Fearless.'

The path that Jones has chosen in his football career is one that appears to embody that characteristic ... at least on the surface. The safe move would have been to stay where he was at this time last year -- at Penn State, playing in the Big Ten in front of home crowds of more than 100,000.

Instead, on a mid-August morning, Jones leaves practice in a stadium that seats only 3,000 in the uniform of a team that plays on the NCAA Division I-AA level. For a variety of reasons, he now finds himself at Robert Morris, led there by an overwhelming belief that, above all else, he is a quarterback capable of starting and excelling in college football."


Sto-Rox weighs options for 2014

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Ryan Riordan writes of the situation at Sto-Rox, as the school dropped baseball and softball due to financial problems. Click here to read his story.

"On June 28, a day after announcing the Sto-Rox School District was eliminating the high school's softball and baseball teams as part of budget cuts that also saw eight teachers get furloughed, school board president Elizabeth Smith said her job was to consider every student in the school district, not just the athletes affected by the cuts.

"There are probably 35 to 40 kids who play softball or baseball and I feel for them, I really do," Smith said. "But I have to be the advocate for 1,400 students, and we have 700 students who are losing their librarian. So some things have to be cut."

But it still raises the question: What will the returning and incoming baseball and softball players for the Vikings do in wake of the news?"