Varsity Notes: It's busy season for one coach

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It's Dan Bradley's version of moonlighting -- in the coaching business.

Like every other high school boys basketball coach in Pennsylvania, Bradley started "official" practice Monday. He is in his fifth season as Avonworth's coach.

But while Bradley gets ready for basketball season, there is one other coaching matter on his mind this week. That would be a WPIAL football championship.

Bradley is in his second season as Sto-Rox's head football coach and has guided the Vikings to the WPIAL Class A title game for the second year in a row (he was an assistant on the 2011 team that also played for the title). Bradley is the only man in the WPIAL to be a head coach for a basketball and football team.

This week, he performs his usual job with Transformational Learning, an alternative education program. Then he goes to football practice at Sto-Rox at 3. Then he leaves Sto-Rox and arrives at Avonworth for a 5:15 basketball practice. Then at 7:30, he heads to his home in Avonworth and spends some time with his wife and three children.

"Then after everyone goes to bed, I usually watch [football] film," Bradley said with a laugh.

It's a crazy lifestyle, but Bradley doesn't sound like he's ready to trade in either of his coaching hats. He likes being a "dual-threat" coach.

"I don't think it's a problem at all," Bradley said. "There are a lot of things to think about when doing both, but luckily I have quality assistant coaches at both programs. The best part about both places I coach is both are small schools and the players participate in multiple sports because both sports need all the players."

When asked if he ever gets tired, Bradley said, "There can be a bit of exhaustion, but it's definitely do-able."

The champs play ...

All four WPIAL champions will move on to the PIAA quarterfinals next weekend.

The WPIAL Class AAAA champ will play the winner of Mifflin County (6-6) and McDowell (5-5). In Class AAA, the WPIAL champ plays the winner of General McLane (9-3) and Erie Cathedral Prep (11-0). Cathedral Prep is the defending PIAA champion.

In Class AA, the winner of the WPIAL plays the winner of Chestnut Ridge (9-3) and Karns City (11-1). In Class A, the WPIAL champ plays the winner of Berlin Brothersvalley (10-1) and Tussey Mountain (10-2).

Top wrestler ineligible

Devin Brown won a PIAA wrestling championship last year at Saegertown High School. He transferred to Franklin Regional before the start of the school year, but the WPIAL has ruled him ineligible, saying he transferred for athletic intent.

The WPIAL made the decision Monday after a hearing with Brown. School officials from Saegertown contested the move, saying it was for athletic intent. Brown made the transfer only two weeks after Spencer Lee transferred from Saegertown. Lee is ranked among the top freshman wrestlers in the country.

Brown transferred from Steubenville to Saegertown last year as a sophomore. Brown is expected to appeal his case to the PIAA.

Basketball player eligible

The Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team got better last week when the PIAA overturned a previous WPIAL ruling and made Billy Hipp eligible to play.

Hipp, a talented 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 14 points a game last season for Bishop McCort in Johnstown. Hipp transferred to Greensburg Central Catholic, but in September, the WPIAL ruled him ineligible, saying he transferred for athletic intent.

Hipp has played AAU basketball for a team that was coached by Greensburg Central Catholic coach Greg Bisignani. Also, Bisignani's son, Colin, played on those teams.

Bishop McCort contested the transfer. But Hipp appealed the WPIAL ruling to the PIAA. No one from Bishop McCort showed up at a hearing last week with the PIAA, so the PIAA made Hipp eligible.

A duo to remember

Greensburg Central Catholic's Frannie Crouse and Malea Fabean finished their careers last Friday and they most certainly left an everlasting impression on Western Pennsylvania soccer.

The WPIAL has never had two players from the same school score so much. Crouse finished her career as the WPIAL all-time leader in goals with 208. She also added 92 assists.

Fabean finished her career 11th on the all-time WPIAL goals list with 152. She set a WPIAL and state record with 117 assists.

Crouse will play next season at Penn State and Fabean at Pitt.

Elsewhere

* If some members of the Aliquippa football team have a show of hands at the WPIAL Class AA championship Saturday, you'll see some San Francisco 49rs effect. Former Aliquippa star Jon Baldwin, a receiver for the 49ers, sent a dozen pair of receiver's gloves to the team last week.

* Courtney Vannoy, a senior on the Blackhawk girls basketball team, has made a verbal commitment to Loyola, Md. Vannoy is a three-sport athlete at Blackhawk, also competing on the golf and softball teams.

* There is another DeGregorio coaching boys basketball in the WPIAL. Kyle DeGregorio is the new boys coach at Belle Vernon. Kyle, a former coach at Baldwin, spent the past two years as an assistant to his brother, Dave, at North Allegheny. Joe DeGregorio, Dave and Kyle's father, is a retired college coach, but he also spent time in the WPIAL as a coach at Upper St. Clair and North Hills.


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