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Cross Country: North Catholic girls make season debut

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic competed in its first meet under the leadership of head coach Stacy Kopchak on Saturday at the 26th Annual Gateway Invitational. The Trojans hit the trails of Boyce Park after a six-year hiatus of the sport at North Catholic.

Freshman Rylee Kepchak led the Trojans as the only runner to finish in the top 15 on both teams. Kepchak took silver, crossing the line in 21:33. She came in behind West Allegheny's Alexis O'Shea. The Class AA WPIAL title-holder finished with a time of 20:59.

North Catholic is competing in Division II, Section 2.

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Blue Chip Chat with North Catholic's P.J. Fulmore

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Brad Everett talks with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's P.J. Fulmore in today's Blue Chip Chat.

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Year: Senior
Height: 5-8
Weight: 190
Position: RB

THE SCOOP
P.J. Fulmore is the star running back for defending PIAA and WPIAL Class A champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. He rushed for 1,213 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last season, and added 388 yards and three touchdowns passing after spending the second half of the season at quarterback. Fulmore's touchdown and ensuing 2-point run gave North Catholic a 15-14 overtime win in the PIAA title game. It was the school's first PIAA football championship. Fulmore, who lives in the South Side, was named Class A first-team all state. North Catholic opens the season as the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked team in the WPIAL and PIAA.

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 2014 Football Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Ninth-year coach Bob Ravenstahl said he hopes his team can build on the success of what he termed a "storybook season" in 2013 that resulted in WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships.

In their final season based on Troy Hill, the Trojans had an unprecedented season, going 16-0.

The Trojans return seven players on offense and six on defense. Foremost on the list is running back P.J,. Fulmore, who is on track to graduate in December and already has committed to attend Duquesne University.

The versatile Fulmore (5-8, 190, Sr.) rushed for 1,213 yards a year ago and was the team's second-leading scorer with 14 touchdowns. He likely would have scored more touchdowns, but he was moved to quarterback when Adam Sharlow sustained a season-ending knee injury five games into the season. Before he was injured, Sharlow (5-10, 185, Sr.) completed 58 passes for 877 yards and eight touchdowns. Fulmore completed 22 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns.

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Football: There's new home but same goals for North Catholic

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Joe Koch profiles the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic football team.

"Bob Ravenstahl is not one to look back on past accomplishments, but he could be excused if he allowed himself that luxury after his high school football team regroups after a season for the ages.

With August's weather in full measure and the first game just a day more than a week away, there is no time for reflection.

That's true even if your team is coming off a 16-0 season and is the defending WPIAL and PIAA Class A champions.

"What's that saying about not resting on your laurels?" Ravenstahl asked. "Our focus is on the present and the future.""