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Varsity Xtra: QBs make the switch to basketball in a hurry

Three quarterbacks who played in state championship football games made a quick transition to the basketball court.

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 Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci scrambles past St. Joseph's Prep's Benny Walls in the PIAA class AAAA championship at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Pine-Richland, South Fayette quarterbacks are players of year

Ben DiNucci and Brett Brumbaugh joined by 16 others from WPIAL named to the Class AAAA and Class AA all-state teams.

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 Ben DiNucci North Xtra Player of the Year

North Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

Here are the Post-Gazette’s top 22 high school football players from the North Xtra coverage area.

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 South Xtra Player of the Year: Clairton's Lamont Wade

South Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

Here is the Post-Gazette’s top 22 high school football players in the South Xtra coverage area.

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Steel Valley school board appoints coaches

One board member laments the lack of interviews with other candidates for the top job in the Steel Valley football program.

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 Johnny Petrishen East Xtra Player of the Year

East Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

Here are the Post-Gazette’s top 22 high school football players from the East Xtra coverage area.

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 West Xtra Player of the Year: Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead

West Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

Here are the Post-Gazette’s top 22 high school football players from the West Xtra coverage area.

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Clairton has three players on all-state team

In Class AAA, WPIAL is represented by four players on the first team.

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 Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz didn't take long to lead his team to the top of the WPIAL Class AAAA standings.

Pine-Richland's Kasperowicz gets his team to the top in a hurry

In just his second season as at Pine-Richland, Eric Kasperowicz won a WPIAL title and is the Post-Gazette’s choice as coach of the year..

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 Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead breaks a tackle by Archbishop Wood's Justin Rubin after an interception in the PIAA Class AAA championship game at Hersheypark Stadium last week..

Central Valley's Whitehead delivers in oh-so many ways

Post-Gazette Player of the Year Jordan Whitehead had a sensational senior season, leading his team to a WPIAL title in grand style.

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2014 All-Conference Football Teams

WPIAL CLASS AAAA FOOTHILLS

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 South Fayette teammates pose for photos after defeating Dunmore in the PIAA Class AA championship game at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday afternoon.

West/South Xtra: Second title is twice as nice for South Fayette football team

In raising their winning streak to 32, the South Fayette Lions proved last year was no fluke in the PIAA Class AA championship game.

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 Jordan Whitehead and the Central Valley football team bowed out in the PIAA Class AAA championship game last Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.

West Xtra: Loss in football state title game stings Central Valley

A memorable football season that included a WPIAL title comes to a bitter end for Central Valley.

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 Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci (3) and D'ondre Gastion console each other after losing to St. Joseph's Prep in the PIAA Class AAAA championship Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland's comeback falls short

Rams' valiant effort in PIAA championship ends in disappointing loss.

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 Emotions get the best of Clairton quarterback Ryan Williams  after losing to Bishop Guilfoyle in the PIAA Class A championship game at Hersheypark Stadium last Friday.

South Xtra: Loss in state title football game shocks Clairton

A remarkable season that included the state scoring record ends in defeat for the Clairton Bears.

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 An official separates players as Clairton and Bishop Guilfoyle teammates tussle at the end of the PIAA Class A championship at Hersheypark Stadium last Friday.

Clairton deciding on plan after fight in PIAA championship

PIAA waits for Clairton’s plan to resolve football players’ behavior Friday in Class A championship.

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WPIAL settles for one and done

For the first time in seven years, four WPIAL teams played for PIAA titles this past weekend. Only South Fayette came home with a crown.

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 Pine Richland's D'ondre Gastion carries for a touchdown against St. Joseph Prep in the PIAA class AAAA championship at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday.

PIAA Class AAAA: Pine-Richland suffers loss to St. Joseph’s Prep

What looked for a time like a lost cause briefly had the makings of an all-time comeback before it all ended in a loss for Pine-Richland.

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 South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh holds the championship trophy after defeating Dunmore in the PIAA class AA championship at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

South Fayette defeats Dunmore, 28-16, for PIAA Class AA Championship

Hunter Hayes finished with 263 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns to help South Fayette win its second consecutive PIAA title.

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 An official separates players as Clairton and Bishop Guilfoyle teammates tussle at the end of the PIAA class A championship at Hersheypark Stadium Friday afternoon, December 12, 2014.

Emotions boil over at end of Class A title game

Clairton faces likely punishment in wake of ugly, fight-marred ending to PIAA title-game loss Friday afternoon against Bishop Guilfoyle.

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Football Summaries: Game-by-Game Saturday

Summaries from Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

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 Clairton's Lamont Wade reacts after losing to Bishop Guilfoyle in the PIAA class A championship at Hersheypark Stadium.

Clairton falls in PIAA title game

A perfect season is shattered in a 19-18 loss against Altoona Bishop Guilfoyle when late-game pass in end zone ruled out of bounds.

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 Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead can't hold onto the ball as he crosses the end zone against Archbishop Wood in the PIAA class AAA championship at Hersheypark Stadium.

Central Valley falls to Archbishop Wood in PIAA title game, 33-14

A stout Warriors defense was outmanned by a big, physical Archbishop Wood offensive line as the Vikings won the PIAA Class AAA championship.

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 Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci celebrates after defeating Central Catholic in the WPIAL class AAAA championship at Heinz Field Friday, November 21, 2014.

PIAA Class AAAA Championship: Pine-Richland vs. St. Joseph's Prep

P-R quarterback Ben DiNucci has thrown for 420 yds. and completed 58 percent of his passes in the playoffs but must step it up in title

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 Central Valley's Dante Lucci carries as he gets by Conneaut's Grant Stevenson on November 28, 2014.

PIAA Class AAA Championship: Central Valley vs. Archbishop Wood

As Central Valley's players have prepared for the biggest game of their lives, the team has had to do so with heavy hearts.

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 South Fayette's Nick Ponikvar dives for yardage against Hickory in the PIAA class AA semifinal in Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon, December 6, 2014.

PIAA Class AA Championship: South Fayette vs. Dunmore

When undefeated South Fayette tries to retain its PIAA Class AA title Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium, the Eagles will face a coaching

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 Clairton's Lamont Wade escapes a tackle by Sharpsville's Jacob McCall during a PIAA Class A semifinal game last week at North Allegheny High School.

PIAA Class A Championship: Clairton vs. Bishop Guilfoyle

Losing not in plans as Bears, coach just can't imagine dropping title game.

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Football Summaries: Game-by-Game Friday

Summaries from Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

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West Xtra: Central Valley proves again it's not a one-man show

Jordan Whitehead has already had a season to remember, but he’s not the only reason Central Valley is 15-0.

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 South Fayette's Ryan Schmider gets by Hickory's Joey DeJulia for a touchdown after he intercepted the ball in the PIAA Class AA semifinal at Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon.

West/South Xtra: South Fayette's defense comes to the rescue in PIAA semifinals

Known mostly for its record-setting offense, South Fayette shows it has a strong defense, too, in a victory against Hickory.

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 Pine-Richland's Luke Everett pulls in a pass as he's defended by State College's Sam Plafcan Saturday afternoon at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland player has a fraternal link to state titles

Luke Everett watched his older brothers win PIAA titles, now it's his turn.

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South Xtra: There's a lot that goes into making the Bears so good

Clairton’s football team didn’t become a powerhouse by accident.

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 Antonino Battaglia and Pine-Richland will play St. Joseph's Prep in the PIAA Class AAAA championship game Saturday.

Four WPIAL teams in state football finals for first time since '07

For the first time since 2007, all four PIAA finals have a WPIAL representative at Hersheypark Stadium.

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Pine-Richland clinches berth in first PIAA final since 2003

Led by QB Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland rallied from 10 points down in the fourth and beat Wilson, 28-17, in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal.

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 South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh passed for 140 yards Saturday in Slippery Rock to become the all-time leader in passing yards in PIAA history.

Brumbaugh breaks record as South Fayette advances

Senior QB Brett Brumbaugh set the state record for passing yards, and the Lions secured a return to the final with a win against Hickory.

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Central Valley gets berth in state finals with win vs. Bishop McDevitt

Jordan Whitehead returned a punt late — and a teammate recovered his fumble — to give the Warriors a chance to complete their comeback win.

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 Clairton's Lamont Wade is tackled by Sharpsville's George Keck during a PIAA Class A semifinal  at North Allegheny High School.

Mighty Clairton runs right into Class A final

The high-scoring Bears rolled along to the title game with a semifinal rout of Sharpsville, 54-18, led by star running back Lamont Wade.

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Football Summaries: Game-by-Game Saturday

Summaries from Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

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Football Summaries: Game-by-Game Friday

Summaries from Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

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 Pine-Richland's Antonino Battaglia carries for a touchdown against State College at Mansion Park Stadium Nov. 29 in Altoona.

Pine-Richland’s mission 
must go through upstart Wilson High School

Unlike the Rams, Wilson — their opponent in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals — didn’t fancy itself a contender before the season.

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 Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci, pictured celebrating after defeating Central Catholic in the WPIAL class AAAA championship Nov. 21 at Heinz Field,  was selected the Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year.

Pine-Richland's DiNucci named player of the year

Rams quarterback Ben DiNucci added another accolade to his sterling resume this season when he was picked as the state player of the year.

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 South Fayette Hunter Hayes breaks a tackle by Seton LaSalle's Dequay Broadwater  to pick up a first down in a game in October.

PIAA Class AA preview: Running back is lost in South Fayette's passing offense

Junior Hunter Hayes might be one of the best backs in school history despite a dominating passing offense.

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 Ryan Williams had a field day against Berlin Brothersvalley, completing 20 of 30 passes for 346 yards and six touchdowns.

South Xtra: When needed, senior QB gives Bears a boost

For most of the season, Clairton’s prolific offense didn’t really need Ryan Williams to throw the ball much, but when it does, he delivers.

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South/West Xtra: Hayes supplies with South Fayette punch on ground

As the Lions follow a familiar path to the state title game, junior running back Hunter Hayes fuels the team’s rushing game.

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 Central Valley's B.J. Powell pulls in a pass in front of West Allegheny's Tyler Scanlon in the first half of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Heinz Field on Nov. 21.

West Xtra: Central Valley senior gets a warm reception.

Central Valley has proven that it is much more than a one-man team and B.J. Powell is Exhibit “A.”

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 Pine-Richland's Michael Merhaut intercepts a ball intended for State College's Brandon Clark Saturday afternoon at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Merhaut ran the ball back for a touchdown.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland's season to remember rolls on

After a weird victory, Rams advance to PIAA semifinals.

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 Wilkinsburg High football players bow their heads for a prayer at their team banquet at the Hosanna House on Tuesday. After hearing about the team's struggles,  the Steelers' Will Allen paid for the banquet.

Hosted by Steelers safety Allen, Wilkinsburg football banquet strikes hopeful tone for future

The players got a hand in wrapping up their season in style, with an eye toward boosting participation.

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 Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead carries for a touchdown as he gets by Conneaut's Justin Ledford Friday night at Newman Stadium.

PIAA Class AAA semifinals: Back to back

Central Valley Pitt recruit Jordan Whitehead and Bishop McDevitt Penn State recruit Andre Robinson meet in the PIAA Class AAA semis Friday.

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 Clairton running back Lamont Wade.

Clairton's attack goes beyond 1 or 2 players

PIAA playoffs: The Bears have had outstanding teams in the past, but none quite as loaded on offense as the 2014 edition.

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 Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead carries for a touchdown against Conneaut Friday night at North Allegheny.  Whitehead once again showed his knack for turning in big plays in the postseason as he averaged 29.3 yards per carry in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals.

High school football notebook: Montour athletic director to remain as coach

After being suspended indefinitely in August, Lou Cerro returns as Montour High School's athletic director and is staying as football coach.

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