Shaler 2014 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

First-year coach Jon LeDonne will undertake a rebuilding job at Shaler Area, a program that has posted back-to-back winless seasons.

Following a 5-5 playoff season in 2011 the Titans went 0-9 in 2012 and 2013.

LeDonne, a defensive coordinator at Gateway last season and a member of a WPIAL championship team as a player with Aliquippa in 2000, will try to snap the Titans' 22-game losing streak this season.

Senior linebacker Tim Nickel (6-0, 210) is a returning first-team all-conference selection. He will be the nucleus of the defense and the offense where he will start at running back.


Baseball: Former Shaler standout gets Hall of Fame call

Written by Josh Axelrod on .

Josh Axelrod profiles Dennis Colamarino, a Shaler graduate who will be inducted into Point Park University's Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame.

"Dennis Colamarino almost missed the call about his induction into Point Park University's Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I was at a work meeting, and my wife showed up with my baby," said Colamarino, a former Pioneers baseball standout. "I told her to answer the phone because I didn't recognize the number. There was a pause, and she said, this is about the Hall of Fame."

Colamarino will join basketball and softball double threat Beth Wertz-Brubach and basketball star Gavin Prosser in the school's 2014 Hall of Fame class.

"It was a little emotional," Colamarino said of the honor. "I had some tears in my eye. I was extremely happy when I was told I was in.""



Football: New Shaler coach is ready for challenge

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles new Shaler football coach Jon LeDonne.

"Jon LeDonne is familiar with big challenges and how to overcome them.

He believes the lessons he's experienced in the classroom and on the football field will serve him well as the new head football coach at Shaler Area High School.

"This is a program that has experienced some hard times lately," said LeDonne, who succeeded Chris Siegle after he left Shaler to become an assistant at Duquesne University. "Shaler has had some successful teams in the past, and taking this job gives me the opportunity to rebuild the program.""



Track: Shaler runner samples U.S. competition

Written by Alex Nieves on .

Alex Nieves profiles Shaler track standout Brianna Schwartz.

"For a high school junior to earn the opportunity to compete at a Diamond League meet — one of track and field's biggest stages in which some of the most iconic figures in the sport perform — is typically unheard of. But after three years of record-shattering performances and complete dominance of the WPIAL track and field scene, Shaler Area High School middle-distance star Brianna Schwartz has proven that she isn't your average high school runner.

Schwartz got her first taste of elite level track and field last Saturday, finishing seventh in the mile at the Adidas Grand Prix – the fifth stop on the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League professional circuit – in New York City."