Football: South Feature Athlete - Washington's DeQuay Isbell

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Name: DeQuay Isbell
High School: Washington
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Wide receiver/cornerback

Background: DeQuay is the master of the big play, as few WPIAL players have even approached his eye-popping statistics this season. Isbell has scored a touchdown of at least 50 yards in all 10 games this season. He's scored a team-high 17 touchdowns, 12 of which have been from 50 yards or longer. The average length of Isbell's touchdowns is 52.8 yards. The touchdowns have come in a variety of ways, too – reception, rush, punt return, kickoff return and interception return. A 6-foot-3 senior who also stars for the Wash High track team, Isbell had a 75-yard touchdown catch in last week's 34-7 win against Steel Valley in a WPIAL Class AA first-round game. The Little Prexies (10-0) play Apollo-Ridge (9-1) in a quarterfinal Friday at Latrobe.


Alumni Update - Joe Phillips (Slippery Rock)

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Joe Phillips led Slippery Rock to a 31-21 victory over IUP, as The Rock held the Crimson Hawks to just 26 rushing yards.Phillips SRU Phillips notched 4.5 tackles for loss for 20 yards, including three sacks. He also forced a fumble and registered an interception, while recording five solo tackles and six total stops.

Phillips was part of a Slippery Rock defense that notched eight sacks, 13 tackles of loss and four interceptions.

The Washington graduate earned PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week.

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Football: Unbeaten Washington controls its own fate in Interstate Conference

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Drew Karpen profiles the Washington football team.

"The high school football season is halfway complete and teams find themselves in positions where they can start looking at placements in the playoffs.

In each classification, favorites looking to make a run present themselves.

In Class AA, there are five teams still without a loss that seem to be top contenders for the 2014 WPIAL title — Highlands, Seton-La Salle, defending PIAA champions South Fayette, Aliquippa and Washington."



2014 Washington Football Preview

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Washington's rushing attack suffered a huge blow when star running back Shai McKenzie went down with a season-ending knee injury the third game of the 2013 season. However, underclassmen running backs Malik Wells and Jordon West stepped up and helped the Little Prexies place second in the Interstate Conference.

Wells, a senior, and West, a junior, are back and make Washington perhaps the favorite to win the conference title. Wells rushed for 605 yards and nine touchdowns, while West ran for 480 yards and nine touchdowns.

"They made the most of the opportunity," said coach Mike Bosnic, who added he has more than 60 players on the roster. "Right now, both guys have looked very good and very sharp."


Boys Basketball: Faust returns to coach Washington

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John D'Abruzzo profiles new Washington boys basketball coach Ron Faust.

"When Joe Nicolella began searching for a new basketball coach to take over Washington High School's boys program, it didn't take long before he reached out to an old friend.

Nicolella, the school's athletic director, called Ron Faust and tried to lure the former coach back to the basketball court.

"When Mark Gaither told me he was stepping down, I thought about it for a little bit and then thought: 'How about Ron?' " Nicolella said. "When we went through the logistics of him returning, we didn't hesitate to have him come back."

Faust was five years into his retirement after nearly 30 years as the Little Prexies boys basketball coach. But he was intrigued by Nicolella's offer."