Football: Ringgold takes spot among WPIAL elite

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Drew Karpen profiles the Ringgold football team.

"Taking a look at the Class AAA semifinalists vying for the WPIAL title, that grouping appears to form the most difficult path to a championship.

The threesome of West Allegheny, Central Valley and Thomas Jefferson have won 10 of the past 14 WPIAL titles. But it is the fourth semifinalist, Ringgold, that is grabbing the headlines.

"It has been great," first year coach Nick Milchovich said. "I am not just saying that because we haven't just been winning football games. The kids have made it a great experience. I enjoy working with them on a daily basis."

The Rams (10-1) advanced after what was arguably the most thrilling end to a playoff game in any classification this year."



Football: After a very rugged start, Ringgold comes on strong

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Drew Karpen profiles the Ringgold football team.

2014 1023 Ringgold Football(Photo: Ringgold's Brandon Thomas eludes a Thomas Jefferson defender on a kickoff return during their season opener. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"One of the main questions a new head coach has to ask himself: How long will it take for his team to believe in himself and his staff?

For former Peters Township coach Nick Milchovich, it took one week into the regular season as the Ringgold coach. The Rams were trounced in Week 1 by Class AAA Big Nine Conference favorite Thomas Jefferson, 49-6. Looking back at it, Milchovich views the defeat as a blessing in disguise.

"Maybe it was a blessing in Week 1," Milchovich said. "We had our deficiencies pointed out to us really quickly. Maybe we would have ignored those or it wouldn't have stood out if that didn't happen. We just got back to work and practiced and the kids worked hard and improved."

The Rams improved to a point where they haven't been defeated since that dreadful night. The Rams currently stand at 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference with a slight chance to share the conference title with the Jaguars if they were to lose to West Mifflin and if the Rams beat Trinity on Friday."


Cross Country: Ringgold's Smith a champion at Tri-State Invitational

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Ringgold's Noah Smith won the individual title in Class AA competition at the Tri-State Association Invitational on Thursday.

The senior completed the 5k course in 16 minutes, 56.62 seconds. Jordan William was the only other runner to place in the top 10 for the Golden Rams. He earned a time of 17:56.64.

As a team, Ringgold finished in ninth place. It was Uniontown that finished in first place with 77 points. Mars took second with 99 points, followed by Punxsutawney (121 points).


Football: South Feature Athlete - Nico Law, Ringgold

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Name: Nico Law
High School: Ringgold
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback-Safety

Background: Ringgold has won five games in a row and Law is a big reason why. Law has passed for 758 yards and 10 touchdowns and is second on the team in rushing with over 300 yards and five touchdowns. In a 28-24 win against Belle Vernon last Friday, Law tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Scholl with just over two minutes left to provide the winning points. He then intercepted a pass on Belle Vernon's next possession to preserve the win. Ringgold is 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the Class AAA Big Nine Conference. As a junior, Law passed for 1,494 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,210 yards and 14 touchdowns. Division I schools are showing interest.


Boys Soccer: Unusual switch helping Ringgold

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Drew Karpen profiles the Ringgold boys soccer team.

"In any sport, the key ingredients to a championship is defense and timely offense.

In soccer — a sport where two goals is almost a lock for a win every time — the importance of defense is elevated to another goalie. That's why if you find yourself a goalkeeper who can compete with the best of the best, you automatically make yourself a contender. Especially if he can score as well.

That's the position the Ringgold boys soccer team found itself in entering the 2014 campaign. The Rams took one of the best goalies in the WPIAL last year, James Snyder, and took his athleticism to another level by making him a striker this year — a real rarity."