Boys Volleyball: Steel Valley is tall, talented

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Steel Valley boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

The Steel Valley boys volleyball team has made great strides since Alex Hinsey took over as head coach in 2013.

After a disappointing 1-9 section record in his first season, the Ironmen improved to 8-2 last season and tied Thomas Jefferson for the Class AA Section 3 title. The Ironmen also posted a victory in the opening round of the WPIAL tournament before losing in the quarterfinals.

With all but one player returning from last year's squad, Hinsey had high expectations for the 2015 season. And the Ironmen have lived up to those expectations thus far.

"Our only senior was our second middle hitter," Hinsey said. "It's great to have so much talent back. I just wish some of our players would have started playing volleyball sooner."


Alumni Update - Katey Potopenko (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – The Waynesburg University softball team had a very busy day on the diamond on Thursday at the Cocoa Expo Spring Games. The Yellow Jackets played a combined three games against two teams and posted an 0-3 record.

Waynesburg (1-8) dropped a 3-0 decision to Waldorf (5-10) and were swept by Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods College (8-1) by the finals of 9-1 and 4-1.

Junior Katey Potopenko, a Steel Valley graduate, went two-for-three in game two.



Boys Basketball: Steel Valley's Schifino still expects to coach

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports on the future of Steel Valley boys basketball coach Drew Schifino.

"Steel Valley boys basketball coach Drew Schifino refused to coach Tuesday night in a WPIAL playoff game as a protest of his star player being ruled academically ineligible to play.

Schifino claimed racism was involved in the situation. He also called Steel Valley athletic director Shawn McCallister "shady" Tuesday night on his Twitter account and last week tweeted the WPIAL basketball committee "always doing shady stuff."

But after his actions and words, Schifino still expects to be Steel Valley's coach next season.

Schifino said Wednesday he had not talked to any Steel Valley administrators, and added, "I haven't resigned. I talked to some school board members. The school board wants me back. All the players understand the situation. I expect to coach next year.""



Boys Basketball: Despite tough losses, Steel Valley stays in section title chase

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Steel Valley boys basketball team.

2015 0129 SteelValley BBasketball(Photo: Dominique Keyes, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, leads Steel Valley in scoring with a 19.8 points per game average. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"When Drew Schifino became the boys basketball coach at Steel Valley High School before the start of the 2014-15 season, he wasn't quite sure what to expect from his Ironmen.

But with an overall record of 10-6 and a Section 4-AAA record of 8-2 heading into Monday's non-section game with South Allegheny and a section game Tuesday at Elizabeth Forward, he has received everything he had hoped for from his team.

"These guys work hard during practice and in games," said Schifino, who was 6-16 in his first year as Waynesburg Central High School's boys basketball coach a year ago. "They are hard-working, blue-collar people who never give up. They are hard-nosed players."

The Ironmen suffered a tough 67-65 loss to neighborhood rival and Class AAA, Section 4 co-leader West Mifflin Area this past Friday, the second time this season the Titans pulled off some late-game magic to defeat Steel Valley."


Alumni Update - Michael Pavasko (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CLARION, PA. - Clarion's Hunter Jones (So. New Rochelle, N.Y.) posted a major decision at 125 and Michael Pavasko notched aPavasko Clarion decision at 174, but it wasn't enough as Eastern Michigan posted three falls on its way to a 34-7 win over the Golden Eagles at Waldo S. Tippin Gym on Saturday afternoon.


Clarion's overall record drops to 1-10 overall, while EMU raised its record to 6-3.


Pavasko, a Steel Valley graduate, won a 7-3 decision at 174 over Austin Geerlings. Pavasko led 2-1 entering the second period when he chose neutral, and took Geerlings down twice to lead 6-2 after two periods. Pavasko added riding time in the third to win 7-3.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)