Alumni Update - Delrece Williams (Clarion)

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CLARION, Pa. - No. 29 ranked Clarion led 14-13 at halftime, and qb Connor Simmons broke the single season passing record,  but theWilliams Clarion IUP running game combined with Clarion's offense being held to 53 total yards in the second half were too much to overcome as IUP defeated the Golden Eagles 28-14 in the PSAC-West showdown on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Day at Clarion's Memorial Stadium, with 19 Clarion seniors recognized in pre-game ceremonies, saw the golden Eagles drop to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the West, while IUP raised its record to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the West.

Delrece Williams, a Steel Valley graduate, had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Football: South Feature Athlete - DeWayne Murray, Steel Valley

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Name: DeWayne Murray
High School: Steel Valley
Grade: 11
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: Murray began his junior season in a big way by scoring three touchdowns in Steel Valley's 56-6 win against Carlynton. All of Murray's touchdowns came in the first quarter when the Ironmen built a 27-0 lead. Murray ran for a 33-yard touchdown, and then added a pair of 60-yard punt returns for scores. He rushed for 136 yards on just nine carries in the game. Murray (5-9, 185) rushed for 1,310 yards and 25 touchdowns last season.


Steel Valley 2015 Football Preview

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When Steel Valley takes the field each Friday night, the Ironmen will do so knowing they have one of the WPIAL's top running backs on their side.

DeWayne Murray is only a junior but has a chance to surpass 4,000 career yards this season. As a sophomore, Murray rushed for 1,310 yards and his 25 touchdowns tied for the third most in Class AA. After putting on 20 pounds in the offseason, Murray is now a 5-foot-9, 185-pound combination of speed and power who has drawn the interest of quite a few Division I schools.

"He's a gifted running back and has a pretty special feel for the game," coach Rod Steele said. "He has great balance and vision and now has the addition of that muscle mass. A lot of defenders will feel his explosiveness."


2015 South Male Athlete of the Year - Steel Valley's Brandon Donovan

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Brad Everett profiles the South Xtra Male Athlete of the Year, Steel Valley's Brandon Donovan.

"Brandon Donovan has a big leg, and he wasn't ashamed to show it off as Steel Valley's kicker the past four seasons.

Donovan would sometimes boom kickoffs through the uprights. He once connected on a 55-yard field goal in practice.

But Donovan's leg or his smooth jump shot weren't the biggest reasons for his high school athletic success.

His powerful arm and ability to swing a baseball bat was the cause of that."



Baseball: Steel Valley overachieves

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Keith Barnes profiles the Steel Valley baseball team.

"Steel Valley coach Tim Vickers was understandably upset after his Ironmen were routed, 13-3, in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals by WPIAL champion Neshannock.

That was until the reality set in as to what exactly his team accomplished this season.

"I was pretty much calmed down when we got home from the game and, when you start putting things into perspective and you realize that these kids accomplished every single thing that they possibly could this year," Vickers said. "Neshannock may have knocked us out at the end of the year twice, but I'm not sure if we were up to playing them."

Even though Steel Valley was the defending WPIAL Class AA champion, this was not the same team that was the No. 3 seed and knocked off Seton-LaSalle, 6-5, in the 2014 championship game. The Ironmen lost almost their entire starting lineup to graduation and had to start over almost from scratch, with a squad built around senior pitcher Brandon Donovan."