McKeesport 2014 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

McKeesport graduated its top five rushers from last season, but veteran coach George Smith, in his second stint at his alma mater, has a new crop of athletes to plug into his vaunted flexbone offense that led the Tigers to an undefeated regular season last year.

Gone are the likes of Mikell Moore (1,029 rushing yards), David Queen (676 yards), Allen Wright (445 yards), Carlos Hudson (263 yards) and Reggie Smith (228 yards), but the Tigers' cupboard isn't bereft of talent.

Senior TyWann Smith (6-0, 160) and junior Tymar Sutton (5-11, 195) will split quarterback duties. Khaleke Hudson (6-1, 215), a heavily recruited junior, will play fullback and wingback. Junior Mark Cromerdie (5-9, 141) will play halfback.


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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