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Football: Central Valley in the WPIAL final again

Written by Brad Everett on .

Central Valley High School has been in existence for only six years, but the school's football team has already reached the WPIAL title game four times.

Top-seed Central Valley (11-1) will play sixth-seed Thomas Jefferson (10-2) in the WPIAL Class AAA final Saturday at Heinz Field at 8 p.m.

It's yet another appearance in the final for the Warriors, the defending champions who are in the title game for the third consecutive season. They've won two titles, beating Montour in 2010 and West Allegheny last season.

Robert Foster starred on the 2010 team and Jordan Whitehead was the star a year ago. This team doesn't have a player the caliber of Foster or Whitehead, but the Warriors are not short on playmakers. Chris Callaghan has passed for 2,290 yards and 14 touchdowns, Kyle Vreen has rushed for 1,275 yards and 16 touchdowns, and Kurt Reinstadtler has 44 catches for 1,093 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Football: Aliquippa returns to Heinz Field

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In Aliquippa's unbeaten run through the Midwestern Conference and the WPIAL playoffs, it's easy to forget that last year's leading scorer in the regular season was lost before the season started.

Senior DiMantae Bronaugh, who rushed for over 1,200 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last season, was struck down with leukemia before the regular season even started. He has been able to be in attendance at every game until the semifinals to provide moral support.

Despite his absence, the Aliquippa offense has been potent, averaging over 46 points and over 395 yards per game. The change has meant more carries for Kaezon Pugh, who has rushed for 1,829 yards and 24 touchdowns, averaging 10.9 yards per carry. Pugh will be playing at his new home field Saturday at Heinz Field as he has committed to playing at Pitt. Originally recruited as a linebacker, word is now that he may see action both ways. James Conner, as a reminder, was originally recruited as a defensive end before being named as ACC offensive player of the year at running back.


Football: Aliquippa depends on a superhero at running back

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Aliquippa football player Kaezon Pugh.

"Like just about everyone on the Aliquippa football team, Kaezon Pugh has a nickname.

"Shazam," coach Mike Zmijanac said.

When Pugh joined the team a few years ago, Zmijanac told him that since he had too many vowels and a Z in his first name, he would no longer be known as Kaezon.

So, Pugh took on the name of a superhero.

He has played like one ever since."



Alumni Update - Jordan Whitehead (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH -Two Pitt defensive standouts, junior linebacker Mike Caprara and freshman strong safety Jordan Whitehead,Whitehead Pitt were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference today for their performances in the Panthers’ 31-13 victory at Duke. Caprara was named the ACC’s Linebacker of the Week, while Whitehead was named the league’s Rookie of the Week.

Whitehead, a Central Valley graduate,produced on both sides of the ball at Duke. He had a team-high nine tackles, broke up a potential touchdown pass in the end zone with a jarring hit and snuffed out the Blue Devils’ final threat with a fourth-quarter interception at the Pitt 7. Whitehead was also a productive ball carrier for the second consecutive week, averaging 9.5 yards per carry (38 yards on four rushes). His 18-yard jaunt to the Duke 1 set up the Panthers' final touchdown.


Whitehead leads Pitt in tackles with 82 stops. He averages 8.2 tackles per game, which ranks eighth in the ACC, and is the only freshman among the league’s top 20 tacklers. Offensively, he is averaging 8.1 yards per carry (65 yards on eight rushes) with two touchdowns.


In addition to his ACC honor, Whitehead was also recognized for the second consecutive week on the Paul Hornung Award honor roll. The Hornung Award is presented annually to the most versatile player in major college football.


This is the third time overall, and second week in a row, that Whitehead has earned the ACC’s weekly rookie award—the most of any newcomer in the conference this season.


(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)


Alumni Update - Greg Kumer (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .


WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Waynesburg University wrestling team traveled north up I-79 to participate in theKumer Waynesburg Washington & Jefferson Invitational. Despite only entering wrestlers in eight weights, the Yellow Jackets managed to put together a fifth-place finish in the 14-team field.

Waynesburg racked up a eight top-six performances, including two at heavyweight, including senior Greg Kumer who placed second at 285 pounds. Junior Ryan Shank also took the silver at 184 pounds.

Kumer, a Fort Cherry graduate, got his day started with a pin in just 1:32 over Thiel's Tyler Wright and followed that up with a 7-1 triumph over Washington & Lee's Matt Kaminer to reach the semifinals.

The two-time defending Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) champion reached the title match with a 9-7 decision over Millersville's David Wuestner.

Kumer came up just short of an individual title after suffering a 2-0 setback against the number-one seed.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Football: A rarity ... no West Allegheny in semifinals

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the West Allegheny football team.

"Under Bob Palko, West Allegheny and the WPIAL semifinals are almost synonymous.That's why it will look a little different when the Class AAA semifinals start tonight without the Indians as a participant.

It is their first time not advancing that far since 2011.

"You put so much time and effort into it, and you have been to the finals and we are use to our season lasting longer," Palko said. "Now that it is over, it is like getting punched in the gut. You just handle it and you move.

"At the end of the day, it is a game and it is one where we are trying to teach them life lessons.""


Hockey: Moon has its eye on the big prize

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Moon hockey team.

2015 1120 Moon Hockey(Photo: Moon Area's Thomas Polster is among the top scorers coach Scott Kubatka likes to deploy on shorter shifts. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"After Monday night's victory against Hempfield, the Moon Tigers were 6-2, a start successful enough to land them in a tie for first place in the Class AA Western Conference in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League.

It also seems Moon would be on its way to the third winning season in four years.

But if you'll excuse the cliché, coach Scott Kubatka says the Tigers' eye is on a larger prize.

"Coming into the season we felt we should win the division. We talk about the culture change. We can't just be one and done in the playoffs. We legitimately want to contend for a Penguins Cup," he said."


Wrestling: West Allegheny turns to alumnus as new coach

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles new West Allegheny wrestling coach Ron Tarquinio. Read his story below.

Mike Johnson didn't want to quit coaching, but a new job forced him to make a change.

Ron Tarquinio had no current plans to become a head coach, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to coach his alma mater.

Johnson stepped down as West Allegheny's head wrestling coach in October after accepting a job as a police officer in Findlay Township.

"I was concerned that my new job would keep me from giving 100 percent to my job as head coach," said Johnson, a 1990 West Allegheny graduate who served as the Indians head coach for eight years.


Soccer: OLSH grad faces tough decision at Slippery Rock

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Our Lady of the Sacred Heart graduate Matt Sangermano, who is now a standout soccer player at Slippery Rock.

"Matt Sangermano is facing a "should I stay or should I go?" conundrum after starring for the Slippery Rock University men's soccer team.

The leading goal-scorer for the PSAC tournament-champion Rock, Sangermano is deciding between using his final year of eligibility next fall and starting a career in his major – resort recreation and resource management – after earning his degree in May.

This was a no-brainer a couple months back. The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart grad was set on becoming an outdoor recreation director at a resort or a park. No more soccer.

But Sangermano started to reconsider after his torrid finish – seven goals and an assist in the final six games – helped Slippery Rock close the season on a five-game winning streak. The pinnacle was a 2-1 victory against nationally ranked Millersville Nov. 8 to capture the PSAC tournament title."


Alumni Update - Kelly Slates (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The La Roche women's volleyball team earned a school-record three spots on the AMCC All-Conference Team. Kelly SlatesSlates LRC garnered First Team honors with Toni Torchia and Laura Nath making the Second Team.

Slates, a Fort Cherry graduate, makes it three straight years that a Lady Redhawk has found a place on the first team. She had an unbelievable season from her libero spot ranking sixth in the nation in digs while leading the conference in the same category.

Slates finished her career with a very deserving nod on the first team and as one of school's all-time leaders in digs.


(photo courtesy of La Roche College)


Alumni Update - Jake Lauderbaugh (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, NY - Forward Jake Lauderbaugh and defender Brian Koerber were each named to the All-Conference teams after solidLauderbaugh PGU junior campaigns.

Lauderbaugh, a Hopewell graduate, was named to the All-AMCC 2nd team in 2015 after scoring a team-high 11 goals.  

He finished 3rd in the AMCC among goal-scorers and his 7 tallies during league play were the 2nd most.  He also finished the season with 25 overall points, third most in the AMCC.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Alumni Update - Kayleen Schwegler (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, NY -  The Pitt-Greensburg women's soccer team earned some well-deserved recognition after a banner season in which theySchewgler PGU went 6-1-2 in conference play and finished the regular season in 3rd place.

Freshman Kayleen Schwegler earned 1st Team honors while also being named the league's Newcomer of the Year.

The rookie forward finished the season with 14 goals and 28 total points, both were the third best among all AMCC players.

Her four game-winning goals led the AMCC and her 9 conference goals were the 2nd most during league play.  

Schwegler, a Hopewell graduate, netted her first four goals in a 7-3 victory over Thiel, tying a school record.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Alumni Update - Demetrius Floyd (Juniata)

Written by Drew Karpen on .


HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Juniata and Susquehanna battled once again in the annual Goalpost Game at a cold and windy KnoxFloyd Juniata Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders scored late in third quarter to break a 17-17 tie and held on for a 24-17 victory to take the Goalpost for the first time in three years. It was also Senior Day as the team recognized its 15 graduating senior players, two cheerleaders, and two student managers.

On defense, Demetrius Floyd, a West Allegheny graduate, had nine tackles with two going for losses of seven yards.


(photo courtesy of Juniata College)


Hockey: Dominick stellar in net, Ligas and Weber lead offense for unbeaten Indians

Written by Keith Barnes on .

West Allegheny continues to take advantage of the PIHL’s annual realignment.


Nearly a quarter of the way through the season the Indians have the best record in Class A, 6-0-0, are one of only two undefeated teams in the classification – Freeport is 4-0-0 – and have a four-point lead in the Western Conference.


Part of the reason for the early success also goes to the team’s offensive prowess, which has been catalyzed by the addition of seniors Jess Ligas and Sean Weber, who sat out last year to play junior hockey. Ligas leads the team with 11 goals and Weber has 13 assists and a team-leading 23 points.


Hockey: West Feature Athlete – Montour junior Arn Criswell

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Arn Criswell

School: Montour

Grade: 11

Sport: Hockey


Background: Is in a goaltender rotation with Hayden Chieffo after backing up all-star Jake Muzik last year. In four starts, he is 4-0-0 with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. Only got into two games last season and did not have a decision, but allowed seven goals in those two appearances and had a 6.87 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage.


Alumni Update - Antonio Kellum (Shippensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Antonio Kellem was an integral scorer for the Raiders as they opened with wins over Lehigh Valley and Nyack, peaking in the secondKellum Shippensburg half of both games.

Kellem lit it up in the first half with Nyack, going 6-for-6 with 15 points in 16 minutes, including 2-for-2 from three-point range. He finished that game with 18 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

He had 10 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes in the opener.

The Lincoln Park graduate earned PSAC East Freshman of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Shippensburg University)


Alumni Update - Seairra Barrett (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – In a rematch of last year's regional semifinals, the No. 5 Vulcans suffered an 88-65 loss toBarrett CalU No. 21 West Liberty at the Conference Challenge hosted by the Hilltoppers on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, the California University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team drops to 1-1 this year after facing two of the top teams in the preseason Mountain East Conference (MEC) poll. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers improve to 2-0 this season after returning three All-MEC players from last year.

Sophomore Seairra Barrett, a Central Valley graduate, registered a double-double for the second-straight day, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds (three offensive).


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Football: Central Valley getting off to fast starts now

Written by staff reports on .

Central Valley didn't get off to a fast start in the season, losing its opener to Parkway Conference rival Montour, but the wakeup call has paid off as the Warriors are opening up their second season about as fast as any team ever has.

In the two first quarters of the playoffs this post-season, Central Valley has outscored the opposition 49-0, has scored two defensive touchdowns and has yet to allow a first down.
Central Valley, which plays Mars this week at Ambridge, has used a balanced effort in winning the first two games by a combined score of 101-23. As constants, Kyle Vreen has rushed for 100 yards each game and Chris Callaghan has passed for over 100 yards each game.

The first game, though, it was Kurt Reinstadtler who scored on an interception return and added a touchdown catch later in the first half. The last game against Hampton, it was Deante Bradley who had the first quarter interception return for a score and he also added a touchdown catch and a touchdown run.