Football: DeVinney takes over for Jurkovec at Pine-Richland

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Despite losing starting quarterback and Notre Dame recruit Phil Jurkovec with a thumb injury, the season is not over for the Pine-Richland football team. Sure the Rams (4-3, 2-1) suffered a surprise 32-27 non-conference loss to Peters Township last week, but they still witnessed a bright spot from backup Max DeVinney.

A 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior, DeVinney led all WPIAL quarterbacks last Friday night with 294 passing yards. He completed 19 of 41 pass attempts with two touchdowns. Before last week, DeVinney attempted only one pass this season and was unsuccessful in that lone attempt. Last season as Jurkovec's backup, he completed just 12 of 16 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Jurkovec, a junior, recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb on his right throwing hand. He suffered that injury during the first half against Central Catholic two weeks ago and has been shutdown for the remainder of the season. As one of the top junior quarterbacks in the country, Jurkovec was one of the top dual-threat signal callers in the WPIAL. Through five games, he completed 104 of 167 pass attempts for 1,673 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also rushed for 481 yards and eight touchdowns on 82 carries.


Girls Tennis: North Feature Athlete - Pine-Richland's Arushi Bandi

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Name: Arushi Bandi
School: Pine-Richland
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Bandi is the No. 1 singles player for the Rams and will have her work cut out for her today when she takes the court in the WPIAL 3A consolation match. The unranked player will be matched up against Fox Chapel junior Amanda Nord, the No. 10 junior in the state and a reigning PIAA 3A doubles champion.


Football: Pine-Richland QB done for season with thumb injury

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Mike White reports that Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec will miss the rest of the season because of a thumb injury.

"The Pine-Richland High School football team will be without star quarterback Phil Jurkovec for the rest of the season because of a thumb injury.

Jurkovec, ranked among the best junior quarterbacks in the country, found out from doctors tonight that he needs surgery on his right (throwing) thumb to repair a torn ligament. The surgery will be Friday and Jurkovec will miss the rest of the season.

Jurkovec's thumb was injured in the first half of Friday's game against Central Catholic. He had an MRI on his thumb Monday and he was holding out hope that he might only need to miss three or four games. Jurkovec and his father, Jim, met with doctors this evening.

Phil Jurkovec was obviously disappointed at what doctors told him, but also said, ""I'm doing OK. After talking with doctors, the surgery needs to be done.""


Football: Pine-Richland QB Jurkovec out with a thumb injury

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Mike White reports that Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec is out indefinitely due to a thumb injury.

"Phil Jurkovec, standout quarterback at Pine-Richland High School and a Notre Dame recruit, will miss at least a few games with a thumb injury and might need surgery.

Jurkovec sustained an injury to his right thumb in the first half of Friday's game against Central Catholic. He had X-rays and an MRI Monday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Jurkovec's father, Jim, said his son has ligament damage, but the extent of the injury is not known. Jim Jurkovec said his son will probably miss at least a few games, but there is also a possibility that Phil will need surgery.

"We don't know anything definitive yet. We'll know more later in the week," said Jim Jurkovec. "But it looks like he will probably be out several weeks.

"We can't make a firm determination yet, but if there is surgery, it would probably be in the next few days.""


Field Hockey: Pine-Richland takes control of 3A, Section 1

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A passing of the torch occurred Wednesday night when Pine-Richland secured a 3-0 victory over North Allegheny in a Class 3A, Section 1 game at the Tigers' Newman Stadium.

Not only did the victory give the Rams control of first place in Class 3A, Section 1 with a record of 5-0, it also snapped a Tigers section streak that saw them go 51-0-2 in their last 53 games. The win was the first for the Rams over the Tigers in nine years.

The Rams, though, took a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal by junior forward Sarah Metzmaier, and then sealed the outcome with second-half goals by junior midfielder Marina Miller and sophomore forward Vivian Cavanaugh.

The outcome likely would have been more one-sided if not for some quality saves by North Allegheny goalies Katie Shideler and Rena Israel. Pine-Richland goalie Kierstin Coup, though, ruled the day with the shutout.