2014 South Female Athlete of the Year - McGuffey's Sammie Weiss

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the 2014 Post-Gazette South Female Athlete of the Year, McGuffey's Sammie Weiss.

"When it comes to garnering the athletic attention of the greater Pittsburgh area, McGuffey athletic programs often face an uphill climb.

A mid-sized school district in rural Washington County, McGuffey is about 35 miles south of Pittsburgh. The school has rarely been known as an athletic hotbed.

Over the past three years, however, some athletic programs at the high school, specifically the girls basketball and softball teams, have been garnering some attention.

The softball team has reached the WPIAL playoffs three consecutive seasons, winning at least 14 games each year and reaching the district quarterfinals twice."



McGuffey 2013 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Coach Ed Dalton helped engineer an impressive turnaround in his first season as McGuffey's coach.

His second year could reap even more dividends.

The Highlanders had gone winless the season prior to Dalton arriving, but they went 5-5 last fall, narrowly missing out on a spot in the postseason. The Highlanders won three of their final four games.

Offensively, the Highlanders return nine starters. They have one of the best running back tandems in Class AA with James Duchi (6-0, 201, Jr.) and senior Patrick Frey (5-11, 205, Sr.). Duchi rushed for 1,514 yards last season (fifth best in Class AA) and scored 12 touchdowns. Frey transferred from Trinity, where he rushed for 940 yards and nine touchdowns.