Football: Monessen's Salvino is also 'top dog' in football

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Mike White profiles new Monessen football coach Joe Salvino.

"If there were a rallying cry for the basketball and football teams at Monessen High School, it might now be "Go Greyhounds – and leave the driving to Joe."

Joe Salvino has had his hands at the wheel of the Monessen basketball program for more than three decades, driving the Greyhounds to great success, winning almost 600 games, five WPIAL titles and two state championships.

Last week, Salvino was also given the keys to the Monessen football program. The Monessen School Board named Salvino the Greyhounds new football coach, succeeding Andy Pacak, who was not retained after 11 seasons.

Head football coach/​head basketball coach. It is rare to see the two-headed man in high school sports, but not unheard of. In the WPIAL, Dan Bradley is Ambridge's football coach and Avonworth's basketball coach. Aliquippa's Mike Zmijanac held both jobs for a number of years before giving up basketball. He is the only man in Pennsylvania history who has coached PIAA championship teams in both football and basketball."



Track: Monessen hurdler PIAA medalist

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Brad Everett profiles Monessen hurdler Raymond Sitton.

"Some athletes have unique ways of motivating themselves — Monessen High School hurdler Raymond Sitton is a perfect example.

When Sitton needs an extra push, he gets angry.

"I think of something that irritates me and makes me mad," Sitton said.

While that may be true, Sitton had plenty to be happy about when his junior season came to an end last Saturday."



Softball: Monessen's first ever playoff game decided by dramatic ending

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In a year of memorable moments, Monessen added it's most memorable yet with a dramatic first-round win. Having clinched a WPIAL playoff berth for the first time in program history, the Greyhounds continue to venture into uncharted waters. Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the eight-seeded Greyhounds (11-3) hardly looked like a team who had never been in the playoffs before. With their season on the line, Monessen came through with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally and knock off No. 9 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (9-7) in a WPIAL first-round game at Baldwin. On to the WPIAL quarterfinals for the first time in school history, Monessen will play top-seeded Chartiers-Houston (17-2). The Buccaneers are the polar opposite of Monessen when it comes to playoff experience. They have reached the WPIAL final in six of the prior ten seasons. The two teams will meet Monday at 4 p.m. at Fairhaven Field.


Track: Monessen boasts top sprinter and hurdler heading into WPIAL championships

Written by Justin Criado on .

Both Andrey Bolton and Ray Sitton of Monessen will be the top-seed in their respective events at the WPIAL Class AA championships Thursday at Baldwin.

Bolton, a junior, qualified in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at qualifiers this past week, and is the top seed in the 100 and second seed in the 200.

Sitton, a senior, qualified in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He is the top seed in the 110 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles.

The Top 8 finishers in each event qualified for the championships.


Boys Basketball: Monessen coach proud of his team's strong season

Written by Brad Everett on .

Monessen players and fans were understandably upset after the Greyhounds saw their season end with a PIAA Class A quarterfinal loss last Friday, but what the team accomplished this season was not lost on Greyhounds' coach Joe Salvino.

"We can't be displeased how we did this year," Salvino said. "We won the WPIAL championship and we went to the third round of states. I can't take anything away from those guys. They never quit."

It was yet another terrific season for Monessen, which won a WPIAL title for the sixth time in school history. The Greyhounds also won the Section 3 title with a perfect 12-0 record. They had won 11 games in a row – all by double digits – prior to losing to District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic, 81-63, in the quarterfinal at Moon.

The highlight of Monessen's season was a 73-57 win against Jeannette in the WPIAL championship at Petersen Events Center. That victory came after beating perennial power Vincentian in the semifinals.