Boys Basketball: In early going, West Mifflin takes on identity of a winner

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Drew Karpen profiles the West Mifflin boys basketball team.

"High school basketball teams across the WPIAL are starting to form their identities after the first two weeks of the season, including some interesting matchups in tipoff tournaments.

"I thought we did a decent job of implementing what we want," West Mifflin coach Lance Maha said. "We are trying to play up-tempo. We definitely have a long way to go. Hopefully with a week of practice, we will continue to get better next week."

Record-wise, the Titans couldn't have asked for a better start after going 2-0 in the Serra Catholic tournament. West Mifflin won its first game against Shady Side Academy, 74-63, before defeating East Allegheny, 74-39, the second night of competition in the predetermined format.

"For us it benefits us that you play a game and then you talk about your mistakes and get back at it the next day," said Maha, who is in his 17th season as the Titans coach. "We played better the second day.""



Alumni Update - Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Slippery Rock University redshirt freshman defensive end Marcus Martin continues to add honors to hisMartin SRU incredible first collegiate football season as he has been named a finalist for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award, which recognizes the small college defensive player in the country.

Martin, a graduate of West Mifflin, is the only freshman to be named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, which includes all players in Division II, Division III and the NAIA. The list of finalists announced by the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey and Jennings LLP includes 38 players from Division II, 18 players from Division III and 14 players from NAIA schools.

The finalist field was chosen to represent more than 5,000 defensive players from almost 500 institutions.

Martin had a breakout first season on the field, shattering the Slippery Rock single-season sack record and recording a PSAC-best 16.0 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss. The yardage lost from his sacks, 118, was the most in nation this season, as was the 136 total lost yards from his tackles for loss.

In addition to his stops behind the line of scrimmage, Martin finished second on The Rock team in total tackles with 68. He added 10 credited quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and one forced fumble.


Football: West Mifflin grad shines at Robert Morris

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Rick Davis profiles West Mifflin graduate Jake Tkach, who is now a standout football player at Robert Morris.

"Choosing the proper uniform number playing youth league football can be tantamount to success; as an aspiring linebacker growing up in Steelers Nation, there are only a few of the must-have numbers that particular position requires.

Number 58 tops the list.

"Ever since I started playing rec football, that was my number," said Jake Tkach, a senior linebacker at Robert Morris. "I wanted to play linebacker way back then. My mom is a huge Jack Lambert fan and when you're that young, you really don't know what number to pick. I started wearing No. 58 all the way back then."



Alumni Update – Shamar Greene (Slippery Rock)

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Slippery Rock's Shamar Greene put-up 123 yards of offense against the PSAC's leading defense, as The Rock earned a 31-28 victoryGreene Slippery Rock over Gannon.

The Golden Knights' defense entered the weekend leading the PSAC in total, scoring, and rushing defense, and Slippery Rock posted 161 yards on the ground led by Greene's 85 yards.

Greene, a West Mifflin graduate, earned the winning touchdown at the 6:05 mark in the third quarter. He also recorded four receptions for 38 yards to help The Rock preserve their undefeated record.

His performance earned him PSAC West Offensive Player of the Week.



(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)



Football: West Mifflin's Mitchell makes history

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West Mifflin's DiAngelo Mitchell has been outstanding all season. Last Friday, he put together a historic performance.

Mitchell, a senior running back, set the school single-game rushing record when he torched Laurel Highlands for 403 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-27 win. Mitchell also became just the 11th player in WPIAL history to run for 400 yards in a game. Connellsville's Marcus Furman rushed for a WPIAL-record 455 yards in 2000.

Mitchell's massive effort shattered the previous school record of 359 yards set just last season by Jimmy Wheeler, the school's single-season and all-time leading rusher. Wheeler finished his senior season with a WPIAL-best 2,616 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Mitchell has rushed for 1,306 yards and 21 touchdowns. He's eclipsed the 100-yard mark every game. Mitchell ran for 285 yards against Belle Vernon two weeks ago, so he has rushed for 688 yards in his last two games.