The two leading tacklers for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys are former WPIAL players.
Sean Lee, left, a graduate of Upper St. Clair High School who played at Penn State, is a linebacker who leads the Cowboys with 81 tackles, including 59 solo. He also is among the league leaders in interceptions with four and had two in the game Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Barry Church is a safety from Penn Hills and the University of Toledo. He has 61 tackles, including 54 solo.
***** Lacey Levers, a graduate of Chartiers-Houston, is a freshman middle hitter for the Duquesne University women's volleyball team and was recently voted the Atlantic 10 Conference rookie of the week. She has helped Duquesne to a 14-8 record and seven-match winning streak, which ties the longest in program history. Last Saturday, Duquesne beat Dayton, 3-1, for the first time since 2004.
***** Former Kiski Area basketball player Nevada Smith is the new head coach of the Rio Grande Valley (Texas) Vipers of the NBA D-League. The Vipers, who are the NBA's Houston Rockets affiliate, are the defending D-League champions. For the past two seasons, Smith was the coach at Keystone College, an NCAA Division III school located in La Plume, Pa., near Scranton.