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WPIAL Reveals their Corridor of Fame Class of 2023



PITTSBURGH — The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) revealed their Corridor of Fame Class of 2023 on the Western Pennsylvania Sports activities Museum on the Heinz Historical past Heart Wednesday morning.

The Class of 2023 contains 15 inductees, which options seven athletes, two coaches, two groups and one for the official, contributor, heritage and braveness classes who’ve performed a big half in highschool sports activities in Western Pennsylvania.

The athletes which might be part of the WPIAL Corridor of Fame Class of 2023 are Ray Brinzer, Emily Carter, Laura Grimm, Jonathan Hayes, Greg Meisner, Tom Pipkins and Sarah Riske McGlamery.

Brinzer wrestled for North Allegheny and gained three straight WPIAL and PIAA titles from 1988-90. He additionally completed undefeated in his last three seasons, made the First Workforce All-American and earned the 1990 ASICS Tiger Excessive College Wrestler of the 12 months. He wrestled in school at Oklahoma State and Iowa, incomes All-American standing in 1993 and 1995.

Carter swam for Bethel Park, successful seven WPIAL and 5 PIAA gold medals. She propelled Bethel Park to 3 WPIAL Titles from 1998 to 2000 and two back-to-back PIAA titles in 1998 and 1999. Carter set WPIAL data in each the 100m breaststroke and the 200m medley relay whereas additionally incomes 11 All-American honors in highschool. She swam at Stanford in school.

Grimm performed basketball for Serra Catholic, main them to 4 WPIAL Championship appearances with titles in 2003 and 2005, in addition to a PIAA title in 2005. She completed with an 103-12 file at Serra Catholic, scoring 1,940 factors, creating 497 assists, making 391 steals and 283 3-pointers. She earned All-State First Workforce honors in 2005 and 2006 and performed for Colgate in school.

Hayes performed soccer for South Fayette, serving to them to win the West Hills Convention in 1980. He gained the Participant of the 12 months award and performed within the Massive 33 sport that season. Hayes performed school soccer at Iowa and earned All-America honors in 1984. The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs drafted him within the Second Spherical of the 1985 NFL Draft and the place he performed 9 seasons. He additionally performed three seasons from 1994-96 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s now in teaching and is at the moment the co-offensive coordinator of the Arlington Renegades within the XFL.

Meisner performed soccer and observe for Valley. He earned two All-Convention, one WPIAL and one All-State honor as a soccer participant. He appeared within the Massive 33 sport in 1977. Meisner additionally set javelin data at Valley and in Westmoreland County and was a four-year letterman in observe and area. He performed collegiate soccer at Pitt and the Los Angeles Rams drafted him within the Third Spherical of the 1981 NFL Draft. He performed 11 seasons within the NFL with the Rams, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the New York Giants.

Pipkins is one other Valley highschool athlete, who performed basketball. He holds the present WPIAL file for factors with 2,838 and broke the outdated file of Pitt legend Don Hennon, who performed for the now defunct Wampum. Pipkins led Valley to their solely WPIAL title in 1993 and so they additionally completed as state runners-up. He performed collegiately at Duquesne, incomes two All-Atlantic-10 honors and is their third all-time main scorer with 1,828 factors.

Riske McGlamery performed tennis for Peters Township the place she gained WPIAL singles titles in 1995, 1997 and 1998, in addition to back-to-back PIAA singles titles in 1997 and 1998. She performed collegiately at Vanderbilt, the place she earned 4 All-American honors. Riske McGlamery led Vanderbilt to a Nationwide runner-up end in 2001 and he or she as soon as ranked No. 1 nationally in doubles in 2003. She performed professionally on the ITF World Tennis Tour from 2003-06.

The 1981-82 Monaca Boys’ Basketball crew completed with a 28-1 file and gained each a WPIAL and a PIAA title within the 1A classification to earn their enshrinement.

The 2000-01 Oakland Catholic Women’ Basketball crew had a file of 31-1 and likewise gained WPIAL and PIAA titles. Suzie McConnell-Serio, who’s a WPIAL Corridor of Fame 2007 inductee, led the crew and had future collegiate All-Individuals in Amy Kunich and Meg Bulger.

Invoice Palermo coached Sto-Rox softball for 35 years, main this system to 27 part titles, 10 WPIAL Titles and one PIAA 2A Championship in 1989.

Invoice Cleary coached ladies’ basketball for 34 years and is certainly one of 4 ladies’ basketball coaches to win greater than 600 video games. This additionally contains 4 WPIAL Titles and one PIAA Title in 2005 with Serra Catholic.

Don Insurgent made it in as a contributor for his work in media and Bob Osleger earned his enshrinement as an official in a wide range of WPIAL sports activities.

Virginia Fronk made it in as a “Braveness” inductee, as medical doctors identified her with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma previous to her senior 12 months. She nonetheless performed goalkeeper for her Seneca Valley ladies’ soccer crew and helped them make an look within the WPIAL semifinals in 2022. Fronk dedicated to George Mason to play soccer in school after highschool.

James “Lash” Nesser coached boys’ basketball at Uniontown St. John and Uniontown, successful 680 video games over his profession. He gained a WPIAL title with Uniontown St. John in 1975 and a WPIAL title with Uniontown in 1981, additionally successful the PIAA title that 12 months. He made it within the WPIAL Corridor of Fame within the heritage class and can also be part of the Pennsylvania and Fayette County Sports activities Corridor of Fames too.

The WPIAL is internet hosting their Corridor of Fame induction banquet on Friday, June 2 on the DoubleTree Resort in Greentree (500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15205).



Gallery: Pitt Dominates Louisville – Pittsburgh Sports activities Now



PITTSBURGH– Pitt simply took care of Louisville and moved into 1st place within the ACC. Listed here are the highest images from the sport towards Louisville.

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Six Pitt Panthers Headed to the 2023 NFL Mix



The NFL Mix is probably the premier occasion of the offseason for draft hopefuls to make a mark.

It’s a week-long spectacle at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the place the highest NFL Draft prospects run drills, meet and interview with NFL groups and have an opportunity to impress NFL personnel with their play and measurables.

Pitt will ship a big contingent to Indianapolis this 12 months:

  • RB Israel Abanikanda
  • OT Carter Warren
  • LB SirVocea Dennis
  • DE Habakkuk Baldonado
  • DT Calijah Kancey
  • S Brandon Hill

Dennis impressed on the Senior Bowl whereas Baldonado and Warren competed on the Shrine Bowl already this offseason. It is going to be the primary probability for Abanikanda, Kancey and Hill as all three are underclassmen.

Abanikanda rushed for 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2022, averaging six yards per try, and he added 146 receiving yards and 228 kickoff return yards.

In his Pitt profession, Abanikanda rushed for two,177 yards and 28 touchdowns on 390 carries, racked up 354 yards and three touchdowns on 38 receptions and returned 19 kickoffs for 434 yards and a landing.

Warren wasn’t in a position to end his senior season in 2022 after selecting up an harm towards Rhode Island in Week 4, however he put collectively an excellent Pitt profession.

He performed in 40 video games (making 39 begins) throughout his six seasons in Pittsburgh, rising right into a workforce captain and an All-ACC performer. At 6-foot-5, 325 kilos, he’s the best measurement for a deal with within the NFL.

Dennis led Pitt with 94 tackles (42 solo) this season, together with 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks, an interception three cross breakups and two pressured fumbles.

In his profession at Pitt, Dennis racked up 232 tackles (117 solo), 36 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, two interceptions (together with one returned for a landing), three cross breakups and two pressured fumbles and a restoration.

With 31 tackles (17 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss and seven.5 sacks this season, Kancey completed second within the ACC in tackles for loss and third in sacks as an inside defensive lineman — regardless of lacking a sport and a half.

In his Pitt profession, by way of three seasons, Kancey recorded 91 tackles (52 solo), 34.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, three cross breakups and a pressured fumble.

Baldonado completed his Pitt profession with 98 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, a pressured fumble, two recoveries and two cross breakups. He earned All-ACC honors in 2021 when he compiled 41 tackles, 9 sacks, one pressured fumble and one fumble restoration.

Baldonado has the scale, bodily instruments, soccer IQ and management to be the subsequent Pitt defensive finish to make the bounce to the subsequent degree and succeed.

In 4 seasons at Pitt, Hill racked up 172 tackles (91 solo), three tackles for loss, three interceptions, 12 cross breakups, three pressured fumbles, two recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.

Hill broke out as a star security in 2021, incomes All-ACC second-team honors for his efforts, racking up 71 tackles (38 solo), a deal with for loss, two interceptions, 5 cross breakups, a pressured fumble and a restoration.

Whereas his 2022 influence wasn’t as obvious (67 tackles, two cross breakups and a fumble returned for a landing), opposing quarterbacks didn’t throw Hill’s method in protection as typically.

The 2023 NFL Mix begins Thursday, March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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New Pitt RB Derrick Davis Jr. Has His Eyes on the Prize Now That He is Dwelling



LSU had two scholarship working backs able to go in opposition to UAB after a hard-fought 13-10 win over Arkansas, so working backs coach Frank Wilson went to the boss.

He went to go coach Brian Kelly to ask if Derrick Davis may make the change from defensive again to working again, and Kelly stated so long as Davis was okay with it, he was okay with it, too.

So, Davis — who thrived because the star working again at Gateway Excessive in Monroeville, Pennsylvania — began to take reps at working again. He bought his first style of motion in opposition to UAB, racking up 28 yards on simply 5 carries.

However he wasn’t certain what the longer term held. He didn’t get a carry in opposition to Texas A&M within the common season finale, so the Citrus Bowl was a giant deal on a private degree.

“(My place) actually all depended upon how I did within the bowl recreation,” Davis stated final month. “I scored within the bowl recreation, and I used to be like, ‘Yeah, I’m simply gonna follow working again.’ I knew Pitt was shedding their principal working again, so I made the choice to commit and hopefully do large issues right here at working again.”

Davis dedicated to Pitt on Jan. 10, after just below a month within the switch portal. He considered different colleges initially, however the pitch from head coach Pat Narduzzi and Pitt — the possibility to go residence — was an excessive amount of to go up.

“I wouldn’t say it was fast, it kinda took a while, however as soon as I used to be in touch with Narduzzi, I simply had them on the highest of my listing as a result of it’s residence, and why not come again residence?”

Narduzzi’s pitch, by the way in which? Come residence and be the following Israel Abanikanda.

There’s a historical past of profitable working backs at Pitt that predates Abanikanda himself by many years and many years of labor. And with gamers like Tony Dorsett, ‘Ironhead’ Heyward, Curtis Martin, LeSean McCoy and James Conner, Davis is properly conscious of the historical past. That success isn’t misplaced upon him.

“Loads of nice guys have come from Pitt taking part in working again,” Davis stated. “And why not play within the metropolis the place I’ve a variety of assist and a variety of followers rooting for me?”

Davis selected Pitt over colleges like North Carolina State and South Carolina, amongst different colleges, however he determined that Pitt was the place he wanted to be. It’s residence.

After all, Davis’ mom may be very joyful to have her son come again residence, however the assist runs deeper than even simply the Davis household. As a hometown child from Monroeville, he has the assist of the town behind him. His play is acquainted, too.

Davis was ultra-productive at Gateway, particularly throughout his junior season as he led the Tigers to a WPIAL Class-5A title. He ran for 1,507 yards, added 547 extra yards by the air and racked up 28 touchdowns on the way in which to Heinz Subject.

He missed time as a senior, however he nonetheless racked up almost 1,000 yards and 11 scores.

Pitt recruited Davis closely out of highschool, serving as his first provide and a program that made it into his ultimate 5, and he nonetheless feels prefer it’s the identical program it was then.

“The coaches, the employees, they present the identical love they have been exhibiting to me in highschool, and I actually love the college and the employees,” Davis stated. “They stored it 100 with me, and I stored it 100 with them. We simply collaborated very properly, like PB&J.”

Davis watched Pitt stars like Aaron Donald and James Conner as a child — and LeSean McCoy a bit additional again — and felt nothing however inspiration. An inspiration to succeed in the extent that they did. Now it’s attainable to do it at residence.

“It simply goes to point out that we’ve got expertise on this metropolis, and lots of people look previous it, however now you get to see it on dwell tv,” Davis stated. “So, I can’t wait to see it on the sphere, actually.”

Even whereas Davis hung out in Baton Rouge with the Tigers, he was in a position to see Pitt’s rise on tv. He watched as Narduzzi turned this system towards success, reaching it with an ACC championship in 2021, and that wasn’t misplaced on Davis both.

“For me to see that firsthand, I used to be like, ‘Okay, Pitt has one thing,’” Davis stated. 

It might have taken a second probability for Davis to make it again to Pittsburgh, to get his probability to at an ACC title with Pitt, however his journey was crucial. He wanted to get away, to expertise soccer on the SEC degree and take a look at himself on his personal, to have the ability to develop as a person — and a soccer participant.

He was in a position to mature in all features of his life. It was the training expertise he wanted. Regardless of restricted reps as a working again, Davis feels snug within the backfield. He feels prefer it’s a simple transition. And he’s excited to work with Hammond.

“(Hammond’s a) actually good man,” Davis stated. “Watched his movie, nice runner, onerous runner, and we’re gonna make some nice issues occur again there.”

In reality, Davis sees a variety of expertise and a variety of velocity throughout Pitt’s offense as a complete, not simply with the working backs within the room. However that doesn’t imply he gained’t maintain his head down and grind, nonetheless.

With simply 11 carries to his identify on the school degree, racking up 57 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and a landing, he’s not precisely a confirmed runner. However he’s a pure, simple runner in a 6-foot, 210-pound body. And he’s decided to come back in and work.

As a result of there’s one purpose in 2023: an ACC Championship.

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