Football: Steel Valley's Ford, Murray a couple dynamic Ironmen

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Steel Valley standouts Paris Ford and DeWayne Murray.

2016 0819 SteelValley Football(Photo: Paris Ford, left, and DeWayne Murray are two high-major college recruits who should combine to give Steel Valley a potent, two-dimensional offense. Gracey Evans/Post-Gazette)

"There were many things Steel Valley coach Rod Steele could have hoped for before this season began.

His team could have gotten a lot faster, improved its playmaking ability, developed a downfield passing game and become a scoring threat every time it touched the ball.

Then Paris Ford showed up on his doorstep and turned Steel Valley from 2A contender to a favorite to win the school's first WPIAL championship since capturing back-to-back crowns in 1988-89.

"What I've found in my years in the public school system is that you're going to have kids come and go all the time," Steele said. "You're going to get some and you've got some you're going to lose, but to get a kid like him, it's special and it's a blessing to have him be a part of our program.""


Football: Blue Chip Chat - Steel Valley's Paris Ford

Written by Brian Batko on .

In today's Blue Chip Chat, Brian Batko profiles Steel Valley's Paris Ford.

"Paris Ford, Steel Valley

Year: Senior, Height: 6-2, Weight: 190, Pos: WR-S


A starter on Central Catholic's basketball team as a freshman, then a two-year starter in football at Seton-LaSalle, Ford transferred to Steel Valley in January, living with his father. He has moved around a lot, but is rated the No. 55 recruit in his class by Rivals, No. 4 among safeties. He was one of the WPIAL's leading receivers last year with 47 catches for 818 yards and also scored 23 touchdowns.


Ford has been committed to Pitt since October, choosing the hometown team over Auburn, UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State. He's expected to play safety in college."



Softball: Steel Valley unable to hold onto late lead in PIAA loss

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Steel Valley was three outs away from the PIAA semifinals, but everything came unraveled and the Ironmen were forced ot head home. Seeking a berth in the final four of states, Steel Valley entered the seventh inning with a 5-3 lead. District 6 champion Philipsburg-Osceola rallied back with two runs in the seventh inning to tie things, 5-5, and then eventually won, 6-5, in eight innings on Thursday at Penn State. Steel Valley finished the season 16-7 overall, a record that included three postseason wins. It defeated Burrell and Avonworth to reach the WPIAL semifinals and beat Laurel to qualify for the state playoffs.


Softball: Steel Valley prepares to play District 6 champion in first round

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Steel Valley finished third in its section during the regular season. But now the Ironmen are one of the last three teams in WPIAL Class AA still playing. Steel Valley defeated Burrell, 2-1, in the first round and blasted Avonworth, 12-3, in the quarterfinals to reach the final four of the WPIAL. Against Avonworth, Morgan Farrah had a huge game, going 4 for 5 at the plate with three doubles and two RBIs.

Steel Valley was defeated, 10-3, by unbeaten and eventual WPIAL Class AA champion Ellwood City in the semifinals. Steel Valley was able to bounce back six days after the semifinal defeat to beat Laurel, 7-1, in the third-place consolation game and qualify for the PIAA Class AA playoffs.

Steel Valley will travel to Penn State University on Monday to plate District 6 champion Phillipsburg-Osceola. The teams will play at 7 p.m. in a PIAA first round game.


Alumni Update - Michael Pavasko (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Two wrestlers on different ends of the eligibility spectrum earned chances to compete for an NCAA championship onPavasko Clarion Saturday night as Brock Zacherl and Michael Pavasko won individual titles at the 2016 Eastern Wrestling League championships hosted by Lock Haven.


The two earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships hosted this year at Madison Square Garden on March 17-19.

Overall, the Golden Eagles had a strong showing at the EWL's, taking fifth place with a team score of 41.5 points.


Zacherl and Pavasko are the 56th and 57th individual EWL champions in Golden Eagle history. They will be the first Clarion wrestlers to represent the Blue and Gold at the NCAA Championships since Justin Arthur and Austin Matthews in 2014.


Pavasko, a Steel Valley graduate, is the lone senior on the Golden Eagle squad and has dealt with the team's struggles over the past several years, making his victory on Saturday an especially poignant one.  


He breezed to an 8-3 decision over Bloomsburg's Casey Glunt in his first round match but faced a much stiffer test in the semifinal.  

Pavasko overcame Lock Haven's Tyler Wood by a 3-2 decision to advance to the finals, where he defeated Cleveland State's Gabe Stark 7-3 to move on to the big dance.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)