Football: Blue Chip Chat with Thomas Jefferson's Devin Danielson

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Mike White has today's Blue Chip Chat with Thomas Jefferson's Devin Danielson.


Thomas Jefferson



Year: Senior

Height: 6-3

Weight: 285


Considered one of the best defensive linemen in WPIAL in recent years. Excellent quickness and good size has allowed him to dominate at times. One of few freshmen to start at Thomas Jefferson. Made Fabulous 22 and all-state as a junior. Has dropped 10-15 pounds since last year."



Football: Pitt secures Thomas Jefferson's Danielson

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Brian Batko reports that Thomas Jefferson defensive lineman Devin Danielson committed to Pitt on Tuesday.

"A little more than a month after one Thomas Jefferson defensive lineman verbally committed to Pitt, another opted to join him.

Devin Danielson, an all-state defensive tackle and Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection last season, tweeted Tuesday night that he will join Pat Narduzzi's 2018 recruiting class.

"Proud and very excited to say I have fully committed to THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH" Danielson wrote.

Proud and very excited to say I have fully committed to THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH #H2P #L1TS8URGH

— Devin Danielson (@djdevin79) June 27, 2017

At 6 feet 3, 290 pounds, Danielson has been wreaking havoc for coach Bill Cherpak's defensive line since he entered high school. It's rare for a freshman to start at powerhouse Thomas Jefferson, last year's Class 4A WPIAL champ, but Danielson did it. He also was one of just two juniors named to the Fab 22, along with Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec, and the only junior in the WPIAL on the Class 4A all-state team."



Track: Thomas Jefferson’s Wagner has golden day at WPIAL finals

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Zach Wagner made the short drive down Route 51 from Thomas Jefferson to Baldwin last Thursday morning.

He returned home that night a WPIAL champion.

Wagner had a golden performance at the WPIAL Class 3A championships. The sophomore ran a time of 22.37 to claim the gold medal in the 200-meter dash. Wagner sprinted past a field that included runner-up Gianni Rizzo of Norwin (22.49) and third-place finisher Tyrese Kohlman of Franklin Regional (22.62).

Wagner became the first Thomas Jefferson sprinter to win a WPIAL gold medal since Rich Redlinger won the 100 back in 1995.


Softball: Thomas Jefferson postseason bound once again

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Thomas Jefferson softball program has experienced volatility like very few in recent memory. The team's first WPIAL softball title in history was sandwiched around seasons with no playoff trips. A year ago, Thomas Jefferson continued the zig-zag streak of playoffs, no playoffs, playoffs with a postseason trip.

The Jaguars were 16-3 last year and reached the WPIAL third-place consolation game. Currently, Thomas Jefferson is in postseason position with a 9-7 overall record and 7-4 mark in Class 5A Section. They are behind Connellsville (11-3, 11-) and Albert Gallatin (14-3, 9-2) but ahead of Ringgold (9-7, 6-5) and McKeesport (3-8, 3-8).

Thomas Jefferson has one section game remaining. It will visit McKeesport on Tuesday at 4 p.m. That game is sandwiched around non-section contests that should be good tests for the playoffs. Thomas Jefferson hosts Class 6A Baldwin on Monday and visits Class 3A Steel Valley on Wednesday.


Track: Thomas Jefferson siblings on the fast track

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Being brother and sister, Zach and Molly Wagner likely have at least a few things in common.

Possessing excellent speed is one of them.

Thomas Jefferson's star siblings have been a hit on the track this spring. In the same events, too. Both run the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Zach, a sophomore, won both events at last Wednesday's Big South Invitational at West Mifflin. He ran a time of 11.18 in the 100 and 22.36. He edged out West Mifflin's Darnell Carey in both races.