College Sports

 Katie Guarnaccia, a North Allegheny graduate, is a standout runner for the Point Park women's cross country team.

North Xtra: North Allegheny grad goes full speed ahead at Point Park

Katie Guarnaccia establishing herself as a top cross country runner after fourth weekly honor in a row.

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 Panthers defensive lineman Ejuan Price and linebacker Matt Galambos sack Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va.

Pitt defense not satisfied with getting to QB; hoping aggressive schemes create more turnovers

The Panthers coaching staff is emphasizing possession of the football, not “just killing the quarterback.”

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 Pittsburgh's Tyler Boyd catches a pass in front of Iowa defensive back Greg Mabin during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Pitt's passing game lacks downfield attack — for now

The Pitt offense is still developing, especially when it comes to deep passes, but an improved running game and Tyler Boyd can help that.

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District colleges: Robert Morris center is a rock for the Colonials

Robert Morris senior center Nick Faraci has endured a lot during his time in college, both on and off the field.

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 "We played with such lower pad level and with more force,” Pitt offensive lineman Artie Rowell said of the offensive line's performance against Virginia Tech.

Panthers offensive line hears coach Narduzzi's message: Step up or running game suffers

Since the loss to Iowa, Pitt’s O-line has improved its fundamentals, and Qadree Ollison is beginning to run like the big-sized he is.

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 Mountaineers safety Karl Joseph will miss the rest of the season due to a right knee injury he sustained in practice on Tuesday.

West Virginia loses star safety for the season

Karl Joseph injured his right knee during a non-contact drill Tuesday at the team’s practice.

2 days ago

 Penn State head basketball coach Pat Chambers.

Penn State men’s basketball team searching for balanced scoring attack this season

Pat Chambers’ team doesn’t know who the leading scorer will be and is  OK with having plenty of options.

2 days ago

District football roundup: Saints go marching past Washington & Jefferson

No. 12 Thomas More's victory against No. 13 Washington & Jefferson likely puts the Saints in the driver's seat for the PAC title.

5 days ago

 Panthers quarterback Nate Peterman escapes the tackle of Hokies defensive end Dadi Nicolas in the first half at Lane Stadium.

Pitt beats Virginia Tech 17-13 in ACC opener

Pitt relied on a swarming defense and solid running game to grind out a victory, giving coach Pat Narduzzi a win in his first ACC game.

5 days ago

 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard tries to evade Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker in the first quarter of Saturday's game.

West Virginia offense misfires in first loss of season at Oklahoma

The Mountaineers (3-1, 0-1) entered the game leading Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense and turnover margin.

5 days ago

 Penn State running back Nick Scott, left, celebrates with teammate Kyle Carter after scoring a touchdown during the first half Saturday against Army.

Penn State downs Army, 20-14

It took three quarters for Penn State to push the ball downfield with the right arm of quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

5 days ago

 Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi says he can't imagine today's game at Virginia Tech having much worse weather than last month at Akron, but ...

Pitt football ready for more than a little rain at Virginia Tech

The Panthers say they’re prepared for rainy conditions in their ACC opener today against the Hokies.

6 days ago

 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard has come a long way since not being recruited out of high school. The junior from Texas is averaging more than 300 passing yards per game this season.

Once overlooked, WVU QB Howard turns disappointment into determination

Ignored much of his career by schools he now plays against, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard continues to be driven by scorn.

6 days ago

District football preview: Big game carries emotion with it for Washington & Jefferson

The Presidents play Thomas More in what is likely the game of the year in the PAC, but some painful memories linger.

6 days ago

 Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (5) takes a screen pass for a touchdown against Buffalo last month.

Two Penn State receivers molded by Marine Corps families

A Military Appreciation Day game today against Army has a special meaning for two Penn State wide receivers.

6 days ago

 Pitt's Brian O'Neill is writing his story at a new position this season as a redshirt freshman.

Pitt right tackle Brian O'Neill deals with weight of starting job

Brian O’Neill seizes the starting role as the right tackle after moving from tight end in the offseason.

1 week ago

 Freshman wide receiver Brandon Polk waits for the team photo inside Beaver Stadium this summer.

Penn State receiver settling in with the jet sweep

One of Penn State’s fastest players, freshman Brandon Polk is running the jet sweep and getting his feet wet with the offense.

1 week ago

District football notebook: PSAC West upstarts Seton Hill, Clarion make league even tougher

The Griffins and Golden Eagles were expected to be toward the bottom of the conference this season but have already turned the tables.

1 week ago

 Ed O'Bannon

NCAA appeal ruling yields uncertain future

The NCAA had appealed a decision to allow some football and basketball players to be paid up to $5,000 a year.

1 week ago

 West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Maryland defensive back William Likely during the first half Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia prepares for grueling October schedule

Undefeated and recently-ranked West Virginia readies itself for a tough October schedule featuring four games against top-20 teams.

1 week ago

 Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley's has been picked to finish atop the Atlantic Conference standings, but is just outside the national rankings entering the season.

Robert Morris hockey team inches closer to national ranking

The Colonials will play an exhibition game against Guelph on Oct. 11 and then open season at home against Air Force on Oct. 16.

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 Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman is no stranger to some fierce competition.

Pitt quarterback Peterman won't be bullied

Tennessee transfer Nate Peterman has grabbed hold of the Panthers’ starting quarterback spot, thanks in large part to his toughness.

1 week ago

District football roundup: Clarion stuns Gannon in PSAC West

In a matchup of the first-place and last-place teams in the PSAC West preseason poll, the Golden Eagles pulled off the upset to move to 4-0.

1 week ago

 Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Saeed Blacknall (13) makes a catch during the second quarter against the San Diego State Aztecs at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State faces plenty of adversity to win against San Diego State, 37-21

For as much adversity as the offense faced, Hackenberg put to rest some of his own critics.

1 week ago

 Wendell Smallwood #4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates with teammates after rushing for a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown.

West Virginia defeats Maryland, 45-6

In their final non-conference game of the regular season, the Mountaineers (3-0) gained 601 total yards.

1 week ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg drops back to pass last week in the Nittany Lions' home win against Rutgers.

Penn State’s Hackenberg focused on putting his best footwork forward

Christian Hackenberg said improving his footwork for the quick passing game has been a focal point since coach James Franklin arrived.

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 West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert boots the winning field goal in the fourth quarter against the Maryland Terrapins in 2014, the first sign of his breakout season last year.

West Virginia's Lambert no longer an anonymous kicker

One year after making a winning field goal against Maryland, West Virginia’s Josh Lambert has established himself as a premier kicker.

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District football preview: Carnegie Mellon hopes to catch up to its standout RB

Sophomore Sam Benger is running wild against opponents, but neither of his big games led to a victory for the Tartans.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman throws a pass during the second half against Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Pitt football notebook: Starting QB announcement a reassuring sign for Peterman

Panthers quarterback Nate Peterman is enjoying the confidence from his coaching staff and teammates.

2 weeks ago

 Penn State's DeAndre Thompkins.

Patience paying off with Penn State's bolstered return game

Penn State is seeing improvements on kick and punt returns, one of the team’s noticeable upgrades this season.

2 weeks ago

 Montour graduate Dillon Buechel, a three-year starting quarterback at Duquesne, has led the Dukes to a 2-1 record this season.

West Xtra: Duquesne QB battles to return to field

Montour grad Dillon Buechel overcomes injuries to once again lead the Dukes.

2 weeks ago

 P.J. Fulmore, a Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic grad, has broken free for plenty of yards out of the Duquesne University backfield.

North Xtra: Dedicated work ethic paying off for Duquesne back

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic grad P.J. Fulmore makes transition from high school to college seamlessly.

2 weeks ago

 Marcus Martin, a former West Mifflin High School standout, is one of many WPIAL and City League products now playing at Slippery Rock.

District notebook: Slippery Rock enjoys home cooking

Not only is Slippery Rock ranked 14th and rolling along at 3-0, but it’s doing so with something of a Western Pennsylvania all-star team.

2 weeks ago

Penn State-Army game kicks off at noon, Oct. 3

Penn State is 13-10-2 all-time against Army in a series that started in 1899. This season, Penn State is 3-0 while Army is 0-3.

2 weeks ago

 From fourth-down calls to icing the kicker to navigating a quarterback controversy, Pitt's Pat Narduzzi is finding out just how much head coaches have on their plates.

Pitt's Narduzzi finds out big decisions come with the big office

New Panthers coach has already faced plenty of tough calls three games into his first head coaching tenure.

2 weeks ago

 James Franklin and his punting game at Penn State might be starting to round into form.

Penn State seeing results after making punting switch

Chris Gulla was replaced last season by punter Daniel Pasquariello, but Saturday night Gulla made the most of his opportunity.

2 weeks ago

Pitt gets verbal commitment from Virginia combo guard

Recruit could help Panthers after James Robinson’s eligibility runs out.

2 weeks ago

District football roundup: Seton Hill loses shootout on the road

A fourth-quarter miscue doomed the Griffins to a 48-38 loss against West Chester after a wild game with plenty of offensive action.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd on facing Iowa today: “I believe that team is better than both teams that we’ve played, hands down."

Pitt faces biggest test yet today at Iowa

Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said the “preseason’s over” as they head to Iowa for a matchup against the Hawkeyes.

2 weeks ago

 Linebacker Jason Cabinda has been thrust into a role he has seemingly always been ready for at Penn State.

Like mother, like son: Penn State LB Jason Cabinda driven to succeed

Jason Cabinda, a Penn State sophomore linebacker, finds inspiration in his mother who came from Cameroon to the United States in 1994.

2 weeks ago

Despite 0-2 start, Colonials find reasons for optimism

RMU still searching for a win, but, after two near-upsets of tough opponents to begin this season, things are looking up.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi argues for a pass interference call as his team takes on Akron Saturday night at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field.

Pitt's Narduzzi has plenty of history against Iowa

Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz are no strangers to being on opposing sidelines..

3 weeks ago

 Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg is sacked during the second quarter against the Temple Owl at Lincoln Financial Field earlier this month.

Penn State offensive line looks to re-tool after early struggles

Penn State’s offensive line is looking for ways to continue moving the pocket to try and give quarterback Christian Hackenberg time.

3 weeks ago

 West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard celebrates with fans after a game against Liberty, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated Liberty 41-17.

New wrinkle makes Mountaineers offense more dangerous

In a break from his “Air Raid” background, Dana Holgorsen has infused zone-read plays into West Virginia’s offense.

3 weeks ago

 Central Catholic graduate Perry Hills has completed 27 of 51 passes for 306 yards as starting quarterback at Maryland.

East Xtra: Central Catholic grad next in line at Maryland

Perry Hills is the fourth starting quarterback from the WPIAL for the Terrapins since the 1980s.

3 weeks ago

PSU athletic department reporting $4.8 million budget surplus

Some of the extra money is part of the second installment of a $30 million loan.

3 weeks ago

 Penn State running back Saquon Barkley leaps over Buffalo linebacker Nick Gilbo during the fourth quarter Saturday in State College, Pa.

Freshman RB Saquon Barkley gets feet wet at Penn State

Saquon Barkley recorded his first 100-yard game last week and continues adjusting to life as a college athlete as a Nittany Lions freshman.

3 weeks ago

 Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games, including Saturday's game at Penn State.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood suspended, fined for contacting teacher over player's academic status

No replacement has been named for Saturday’s game at Penn State.

3 weeks ago

District football notebook: Westminster College player leaves team after video of altercation goes viral

Running back Isaiah Faulk is a former North Allegheny standout and started his college career at Clarion University.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt offensive lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith takes a selfie Tuesday with running back James Conner and former player Shawn Robinson, along with students at the Shadyside Boys and Girls Club. Conner was named to the AFCA Good Works Team at the event.

Ahead of schedule after surgery, Pitt RB James Conner is thinking about an early return

Conner optimistic he’ll make speedy recovery from torn MCL; head coach Pat Narduzzi quickly tempers rumors that RB could return this year

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