Boys Basketball: 'Favorite son' returns as McKeesport coach

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles new McKeesport boys basketball coach Gerald "Puddin" Grayson.

"McKeesport has its "Puddin" back.

The excitement of that has circulated through the McKees-port community since one of the city's favorite son's — now 66 years young — was hired as the high school's new boys basketball coach last month.

Gerald "Puddin" Grayson, a youth league and high school football legend in the Mon Valley, has made his newest coaching stop at the same place where he made his first. Grayson was a seventh and eighth-grade boys coach in 1973.

Since then, his coaching resume includes guiding the McKeesport girls — led by WPIAL all-time great Swin Cash — to a WPIAL title in the late 1990s, and most recently taking the Elizabeth Forward boys to the WPIAL quarterfinals last season."



Softball: McKeesport looks to regain title of section favorite

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

McKeesport went through Section 2-AAAA play unscathed last season. If the Tigers want to repeat as section champions, they are going to have to do so with a blemish on their record. McKeesport opened section play with a surprising 9-0 setback at Plum. Entering the season many though the Mustangs had the firepower to contend for a section title but the convincing win was a surprise to many. McKeesport bounced back with wins over Oakland Catholic, Woodland Hills, Allderdice, Gateway and Penn Hills to setup a showdown with No. 5 Plum on Thursday.

McKeesport responded like one would expect a defending champion to respond, with a gutsy 6-5 win to even things up atop the section standings between the two rivals both with matching 6-1 section records. The Gooden sisters rose to the occasion for the Tigers. Senior center fielder Kai was 3 for 3 with two triples and two runs while senior pitcher Mai knocked in two runs and earned the win, striking out seven.


Photo Journal: Boys Basketball Hempfield Tournament - McKeesport vs. Jeannette (Dec. 7)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

McKeesport and Jeannette play each other on the second day of the Round Robin Hempfield Tournament, Saturday, December 7, 2013.  This game close all the way to the buzzer.  McKeesport went home with the win defeating Jeannette 60-59.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Alumni Update - Bryan Neal (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

No pitcher in the history of Point Park baseball has won more games, pitched in more games or pitched more innings than Bryan Neal. A native of McKeesport, Pa., and a McKeesport High School graduate, Neal is tied for the school's all-time lead in career wins with 24 over four years from 1994-97. He is also the outright school record-holder in career appearances with 61 and career innings pitched with 233.2.

Neal spent most of his time as a starting pitcher, although he did total six career saves to rank tied for third in team history. He racked up 151 career strikeouts, which is sixth in the Point Park annals.