Varsity Xtra: Woodland Hills running backs a dangerous duo

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Mike White profiles Woodland Hills running backs Miles Sanders and Jo-El Shaw.

2015 1120 WoodlandHills Football(Photo: Woodland Hills' Jo-El Shaw evades Mt. Lebanon's Cam Haley in a game played Oct. 23. Justin K. Aller/For the Post-Gazette)

"Together as Woodland Hills High School running backs, Jo-El Shaw and Miles Sanders have been called "Thunder and Lightning." But they used to be oil and water.

Shaw and his mother moved from Fayetteville, N.C., to the Pittsburgh area four years ago. When Jo-El started school at Woodland Hills Junior High, friendships did not come easily, especially with fellow eighth-grader Sanders.

"When I first came up here, I didn't like anybody," said Shaw. "To be honest, I didn't get along with Miles. What made it worse is Miles played the same position in football as me."

But these days, both Sanders and Shaw say they are as close as brothers. Where they really hit it off is in the same backfield."



Alumni Update - Jaimire Dutrieuille (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LOCK HAVEN, Pa.– Slippery Rock University football players Jaimire Dutrieuille and Titus Howard were honored Sunday with weeklyDutrieuille SRU awards from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.


Dutrieuille was named the PSAC Western Division Special Teams Player of the Week and Howard was named the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week for their efforts in No. 10 Slippery Rock's 65-13 win over Clarion Saturday.


Dutrieuille, a Woodland Hills graduate, earned the special teams honor after posting 210 all-purpose yards, including an electrifying 91-yard punt return for a touchdown. He also caught a 48-yard touchdown pass and had a 37-yard punt return that set up the go-ahead score in the second half.


He finished with 51 receiving yards and 159 punt return yards on just three returns.


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Football: East Feature Athlete - Woodland Hills' Jo-El Shaw

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Jo-El Shaw
School: Woodland Hills
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Running back-Linebacker

Background: Shaw, a 6-foot-1, 227-pound senior, has been one of the driving forces for a Woodland Hills team that enters the WPIAL playoffs as the No. 1 seed in Class AAAA. Shaw has rushed for 1,026 yards and has scored a team-best 18 touchdowns. He and teammate Miles Sanders (1,110 yards, 11 touchdowns) form what is arguably the top running back duo in the WPIAL. Shaw rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolverines' 31-13 win at Penn Hills last Friday. Shaw is being recruited by Division I FBS school. Some like him as a running back and others as a linebacker. Woodland Hills (9-0) hosts Hempfield (3-6) on Friday.


Cross Country: Woodland Hills' Sommer takes third at invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Paula Sommer of Woodland Hills was a force at the 6th Annual Crimson Hawk Invitational on Saturday.

Sommer finished third with a time of 21:09.10. However, her points would not count towards a team total because Woodland Hills only had four runners.

Sabrina Yushinski also fared well. The junior finished in 23rd place with a time of 24:55.20.


Alumni Update - Dorian Lane (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. – Sophomore women's volleyball player Natalie Cignetti and senior football player Dorian Lane have been named theLane IUP IUP Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 20.

Lane, a Woodland Hills graduate, was one of the key defensive cogs for the Crimson Hawks as they defeated visiting Lock Haven 38-13 on Saturday afternoon at Miller Stadium.

The middle linebacker finished with seven total tackles, including five solo stops, and had one tackle behind the line of scrimmage.

His biggest play of the game came early in the third quarter, as he intercepted a Lock Haven pass and took it back 19 yards for his first career touchdown.

The return helped break open the game and increase IUP's lead to 24-3. He helped the Crimson Hawks limit

Lock Haven to just 285 yards of total offense.


Through two games this season, Lane has nine tackles, including seven solo tackles.


(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)