A graduating class of 20 seniors, all but one of whom were starters, is a big blow to any high school program, even one as well-established as Upper St. Clair.
Veteran coach Jim Render must replace nearly every starter from last year's team that finished 11-1 and reached the WPIAL semifinals for a third consecutive year. The Panthers fell to Woodland Hills in the postseason.
The losses are as many as they are significant, including the graduation of quarterback Joe Repischak, who was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference linebacker. Senior Dan Trocano (6-0, 155) will likely take over for him at quarterback.