Steel Valley 2014 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

When asked to describe his team, Steel Valley coach Rod Steele got right to the point, calling his group "young and athletic."

The Ironmen have 13 returning starters. Only four of them are seniors and many of the returnees play skill positions.

DeWayne Murray (5-9, 180, Soph., RB) is one of the WPIAL's emerging stars. Murray was one of only two WPIAL freshmen — the only one in Class AA — to make an all-conference team last season. He rushed for 1,488 yards with an average of 10.7 yards per carry. Division I schools are already showing interest.

Tremiere Redden (6-2, 190, TE/LB) is another promising sophomore. A few of the top juniors are Cameron Brookins (5-10, 180, WR/DB), Diego Lopez (5-10, 210, OL/DE) and Elisha Hughes (5-11, 195, FB/LB).


Baseball: After stirring win, Steel Valley bounced in PIAA playoffs

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John D'Abruzzo profiles the Steel Valley baseball team.

2014 0605 SteelValley Baseball(Photo: Seton-LaSalle catcher Liam Sweeney can't make the tag in time as Steel Valley's Sean McShane scores during the WPIAL Class AA championship game at Consol Energy Park. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"For members of Steel Valley's baseball team, panicking wasn't going to be an option.

Despite trailing Seton-LaSalle by two runs and being down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh inning during last week's WPIAL Class AA championship game, the Ironmen kept their cool.

"It would have been easy for all of us to roll over and die," said Derek Morrison, a senior right fielder and pitcher from Munhall. "Our hearts were all pounding, but we kept calm and everyone stayed in the game."

Steel Valley, in fact, battled back with a three-run rally and captured its first WPIAL baseball crown with a 6-5 win against the Rebels on May 27 at Consol Energy Park in North Franklin near Washington."


Baseball: Steel Valley knocked out early in PIAA playoffs

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Steel Valley won its first WPIAL baseball title last week.

A matching PIAA title is not in the team's immediate future, however.

Steel Valley saw its PIAA playoff stay end sooner than expected Monday, as the Ironmen were defeated by District 5 champion Bedford, 10-4, in a Class AA first-round game at Fox Chapel.

The Ironmen, who were hoping to win a PIAA playoff game for the first time in school history, finished 18-3. The loss to Bedford was their first against a Class AA team this season.


Baseball: Donovan dominant in Steel Valley's run to the title game

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Outside of Blackhawk phenom Brendan McKay, no WPIAL pitcher might be throwing as well as Steel Valley's Brandon Donovan, who is a big reason why Steel Valley has advanced to the Class AA championship game for the first time.

When Steel Valley (17-2) takes on Seton-LaSalle (15-5) tonight at Consol Energy Park at 5 p.m., the Ironmen will have one of the WPIAL's most dominant pitchers on the mound. Donovan, a junior, is 2-0 with 23 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in the postseason. He tossed a one-hitter and struck out 13 in a first-round victory against Apollo-Ridge. He followed that up with a two-hitter and 10 strikeouts in a 1-0 semifinal win against Quaker Valley.

Donovan's excellence should come as no surprise. He has been terrific all season. He went 4-0 with 43 strikeouts during the regular season.


Baseball: Steel Valley senior bounced back to have spectacular season

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John D'Abruzzo profiles Steel Valley baseball standout Derek Morrison.

"Two years ago, Derek Morrison was one of the WPIAL's most promising young pitchers.

But soon after his sophomore season with the Steel Valley varsity baseball team, Morrison, a left-hander, was told that he had torn a ligament in the elbow of his pitching arm.

Moments after doctors informed him they would need to surgically repair his ulnar collateral ligament -- a procedure better known as Tommy John surgery -- his father, Mark Morrison, had a heart-to-heart conversation with his son.

"I reacted like any high school kid would," the younger Morrison said. "My dad turned to me in the elevator and told me that I could either feel sorry for myself or I could got out, start smashing the ball and become the best hitter I could be.""