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West Mifflin 2015 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Titans earned a fifth consecutive WPIAL playoff berth last season. They tied for third place in the Big Nine Conference and were defeated by Indiana in the opening round of the playoffs. The Titans finished with a 6-4 overall record.

Ray Braszo is hoping for a return trip to the playoffs, but the veteran coach realizes it will be no easy task this season with only six starters back.

"We have a very young team," Braszo said. "We have 60 kids out for the team, and only eight are seniors. We also had a small senior class last year, with only 13 or 14. We have a lot of holes to fill and a lot of inexperienced players stepping in to fill them."

Karlyn Garner (6-2, 180, Sr., QB), Dylan Boytos (6-2, 220, Jr. G-DE) and Darwin Spencer (6-4, 260, Soph., T) are the only starters back on offense. Boytos has moved from center to guard. Garner, a two-year starter, threw for 624 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 474 and six scores last season.

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Football: Who's next in line out of the West Mifflin backfield?

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the West Mifflin football team.

2015 0828 WestMifflin Football(Photo: West Mifflin High School football player James Tyree, left, keeps his eyes on the quarterback as he drops into coverage. Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette)

"For the past several seasons, the West Mifflin Titans have consistently compiled winning records thanks to their tailbacks.

In 2011, Shamar Greene rushed for 1,441 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to leading the Titans to a 9-2 record complete with a Class AAA WPIAL playoff victory against Mars. Today he is a redshirt junior at Slippery Rock with more than 2,100 rushing yards in his college career.

Jimmy Wheeler followed, and in addition to leading West Mifflin to a spot in the Class AAA WPIAL championship game in 2012, Wheeler led the WPIAL in rushing in 2013 and amassed more than 4,800 yards on the ground his final two seasons as the Titans won 20 games and only lost four. He now awaits his redshirt freshman season at California (Pa.).

DiAngelo Mitchell was Wheeler's heir apparent. Mitchell finished third in all of WPIAL Class AAA last season with 1,772 yards rushing and scored 26 touchdowns, receiving interest from Clarion University after West Mifflin enjoyed a 6-3 regular season that ended in the first round of the playoffs."

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Alumni Update - Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.– Slippery Rock University football players Cory Tucker and Marcus Martin have been named to Lindy's SportsMartin SRU Preseason All-Division II first team honors, making The Rock the only Super Region 1 team with more than one player on the first team.

The All-Division II teams were announced in the preseason college football issue of Lindy's Sports, which also lists Slippery Rock 25th in its preseason national rankings.

Tucker and Martin are listed in an elite group that projects to be some of the top Division II players in the country in the upcoming 2015 season. Tucker is one of just five offensive linemen to make the first team list, while Martin is one of only four defensive linemen on the first team.

Other Super Region 1 honorees on the first team include Concord wide receiver T.J. Smith, West Chester tight end Tim Brown, Kutztown offensive lineman Jordan Morgan and Gannon defensive back Mike Zanders.

This marks the second preseason accolade for Martin after also being named to Preseason All-America honors by Sporting News earlier this summer.

A redshirt sophomore from West Mifflin HIgh School, Martin is coming off one of the best rookie seasons in program history. He broke the SRU single-season sack record and finished with 16.0 sacks to help lead The Rock to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and an NCAA tournament appearance.

Martin was named the PSAC Western Division Freshman of the Year and went on to earn All-America honors from Daktronics, D2football.com, AP Little and the Don Hansen Football Gazette. He was also named as a national finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, which recognizes the top small college defensive player in the country, and was the only freshman on the AP Little All-America team.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Soccer: West Mifflin grad is among the top referees in the country

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles West Mifflin graduate T.J. Zablocki, who is now a United States Soccer Federation national referee.

"The most well-known soccer club in the world – Manchester United – made an appearance in Seattle last month to take on one of the top clubs from Mexico. Some big names were on the field that night at CenturyLink Field – home of the Seahawks – including superstars such as Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

It just so happened that a West Mifflin native was running right alongside them.

T.J. Zablocki, a 1998 graduate of West Mifflin Area High School, was one of the two assistant referees that night, another big accomplishment for a guy who has made quite a career as a soccer official.

Zablocki, who is 35 and now resides in Salt Lake City, is a United States Soccer Federation national referee. He has officiated games throughout the country and at just about every level, from professional and international to amateur and collegiate. In just the past few weeks, he officiated the Manchester United-Club America game, which was part of the International Champions Cup, as well as Major League Soccer's Homegrown Game. Last Saturday, Zablocki officiated his first MLS regular-season game when he traveled to the Denver suburbs for the match between the Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew."

 

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Alumni Update - Kevin Clarke (Indiana University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. – Eight finalists have been named for the 2014-15 IUP Men's and Women's Athlete of the Year. The award is given eachClarke IUP year to the top men's and women's student-athlete at IUP. This year's winners will be announced on Thursday, June 4.

 

The finalists are made up of four men and four women, and include: men's basketball senior Devante Chance (Philadelphia, Pa. /Electrical & Technology Charter); football junior Kevin Clarke; men's golf junior Kenneth Sames; baseball senior Ryan Uhl; women's soccer senior Brittney Kuhns; women's basketball senior Lindsay Stamp; women's tennis senior Tanya Timko; and women's lacrosse junior Amy Weinberg.

 

The group includes four All-Americans, four PSAC Athletes of the Year and seven All-Region award winners. Six competed in the PSAC postseason and four played on teams that advanced to NCAA Championships.

 

Clarke, a staple in the IUP's defense, led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with 117 tackles, and an average 10.6 tackles per-game.


The West Mifflin graduate recorded game totals of 21, 19, 13, 11 and 21 tackles this year, with his 21 total being the highest tallied in the conference this season. In addition, he posted 10.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception returned for 21 yards. Joined by three teammates, Clarke was named first team All-PSAC West.

 

(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)