Football: Healthy again, QB drives North Hills

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles North Hills football player Jake Bruder.

2014 0904 NorthHills Football(Photo: Injured last season, quarterback Jack Bruder has returned to the North Hills lineup to supply the Indians with some offensive punch. Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette)

"Some times numbers do lie.

A quick look at the North Hills box score from its big 35-7 season-opening win against Fox Chapel last Friday night would reveal quarterback Jake Bruder's stat line to be 3 for 5 for 40 yards and a touchdown toss.

What that doesn't show is Bruder's anticipation to get back on the field after a season-ending leg injury last year in Week 3 against Shaler. Or the amount of preparation and skill that went into that lone touchdown pass.

Or that he only played two quarters as the Indians piled up 28 points in the first quarter en route to a 35-0 halftime lead that turned into a short night for the starters."


Football: North Hills grad gives Mercyhurst a boost

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles North Hills graduate R.J. Miller, now a football player at Mercyhurst.

"After stepping away from Mercyhurst University and its football team for a year in 2012, North Hills High School graduate R.J. Miller had an outstanding season in 2013, earning a first-team designation on the All-PSAC West team and an ECAC All-Star selection.

After catching 15 passes and gaining 186 yards, Miller, a tight end, has high hopes for his senior season.

In the time that he was away from the team for personal reasons, Miller worked out extensively on his own and was ready to resume his career.

"I missed football a lot, so it wasn't hard for me to work out and run and do all that stuff," he said. "I just tried to stay in shape.""



Alumni Update - Mike Czerwien (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .


GREENVILLE, Pa. – In honor of the 60th anniversary of its creation in 1955, the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recently released its 60th anniversary football team. Waynesburg University was represented amongst the 60 honorees by four of the finest players to ever suit up for the Yellow Jackets after the program joined the PAC in 1990.

Waynesburg's four honorees are Ryan Abel, Scott Cree, Mike Czerwien and Adam Moses.


Czerwien, a North Hills graduate, spent four years as one of the finest defensive players in the PAC. By the time he hung up his cleats, Czerwien was a four-time, first-team All-PAC selection and was named the PAC Player of the Year in 2007. Along with his conference accolades, the Pittsburgh native saw his name etched in the national record book when he ended his playing career as the NCAA's all-division career sack leader (53.5).



North Hills 2014 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

In his first year as head coach at his alma mater, Pat Carey guided North Hills to the postseason after a second consecutive 4-3 campaign in the Northern Eight Conference.

The Indians were eliminated in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs by Gateway.

Senior quarterback Jake Bruder returns as the starter. His junior year was cut short by a broken ankle. Before incurring the injury, Bruder, a dual-threat quarterback, completed 13 of 22 passes for 213 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions while rushing 35 times for 163 yards.


Alumni Update: North Hills alumnus is a busy guy for Westminster football team

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles North Hills alumnus Jared Heck, a standout athlete at Westminster. Read his story below.

North Hills High School graduate Jared Heck had one unusual requirement when choosing a college to continue his athletic and academic career: He wanted a school that would allow him to play two sports, football and baseball.

"I love both sports and just couldn't pick one," said Heck, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior free safety at Westminster College. "It's very demanding to play both sports, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

Heck said playing both sports has made him more organized.

"You really have to organize your time properly and get your priorities straight," Heck said. "If you want to do it, it's something that can be done. It's just not easy."