Football: South Feature Athlete - Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: DeWayne Murray
High School: Steel Valley
Grade: 10
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: Murray rushed for 210 yards and scored three touchdowns in Steel Valley's 49-7 win at South Allegheny last week. Murray is one of the top sophomores in the WPIAL. He ranks 10th in the WPIAL in rushing with 1,255 yards. He averages 12.3 yards per carry. His 24 touchdowns are tied for fourth-most in the WPIAL. In two seasons, Murray has rushed for 2,743 yards in two seasons. Murray and his teammates finished fourth in the Class AA Century Conference. The No. 14-seed Ironmen (6-3) will play at No. 3 Washington (9-0) in a WPIAL first-round game Friday.


Alumni Update - Delrece Williams (Clarion)

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Millersville, Pa. - Clarion scored two td's within a 22-second span at the end of the first half and turned a 7-0 ledWilliams Clarion into a 21-0 halftime advantage which propelled the Golden Eagles to a 55-16 PSAC-West victory over Millersville on Saturday afternoon.


Clarion raised its overall record to 1-1, but now 1-0 in the PSAC-West, since the PSAC is now counting crossover games in the divisional records in 2014. Millersville is 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the PSAC-East.

Delrece Williams, a Steel Valley graduate, rushed 15 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns, plus returned two kickoffs for 76 yards.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Inside the Lines: Steel Valley football coach Rod Steele

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In this week's Inside the Lines, Craig Meyer profiles Steel Valley football coach Rod Steele.

"On Friday nights in the fall, Rod Steele is perhaps the most visible man in all of Munhall, Homestead and West Homestead.

The Steel Valley football coach is entering his fifth season in that position, giving him the kind of community cache that is unique to high school football coaches in pigskin-crazed portions of the country such as Western Pennsylvania.

It's a position that engrains him in the district's fabric, but it's in a much less publicized role where he makes an equally big impact.

In addition to his duties as the coach of the Ironmen, Steele is a West Homestead police officer, a job he has worked for the past 15 years."



Steel Valley 2014 Football Preview

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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."