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Election Gymnastics

Written by Rob Rogers on .

All Hillary needs to do is get through her routine. Donald Trump is way behind in points. Unfortunately for Hillary, the emails keep coming. 

20160814 Election Gymnastics

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"Goin' Up Camp" to Central Catholic

Written by Mike White on .

"Goin' Up Camp." This is Varsity Blog's road show series that gives notes, quotes, anecdotes and whatever else from district preseason football camps.

Today ...

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 

Tough opener awaits

Central Catholic is hyped - and for good reason. The Vikings are loaded with talent this year and are ranked in the top 20 in some preseason national polls.

But Central Catholic will get a big challenge in its opener. It just won't come from a WPIAL team.

Central Catholic will open the season Saturday, Aug. 27 against St. John's College, a high school from Washington, D.C. The game is part of a two-day kickoff event at North Allegheny. While Central Catholic has a number of future Division I college players, so does St. John's.

"I'm hearing they're loaded," said Central Catholic coach Terry Totten.

While Central Catholic has two players rated four stars by Rivals.com, St. John's goes even a little better than that. Quarterback Kasim Hall is a four-star and rated the No. 5 pro-style QB in the country. He has committed to Maryland. But Calvin Ashley is a five-star offensive lineman who has to be probably the biggest player Central Catholic  will face. He is 6-8, 311 and has committed to Auburn.

St. John's also has other players who have either committed to a Division I schools or have Division I offers. Defensive lineman Camaron Spence is 6-2, 309 and has committed to Maryland. Defensive end Tyree Johnson also has many offers.

C.J. ThorpeIt certainly will be interesting to watch the battles in the trenches. Central Catholic's entire offensive line is headed to FBS or FCS schools. C.J. Thorpe (pictured to the left) is a two-way tackle who goes 6-4, 310 while Kurt Hinish is a two-way tackle who goes 6-3, 290. Thorpe has committedKurt Hinish to Penn State and Hinish to Notre Dame.

Hinish (pictured  below) is an interesting dude to talk with. Funny. Some of his muscle might come from working construction with his father in the summer. He shoveled a ton of stones in a wheelbarrow at one job. He laughs about it.

Look for Hinish and Thorpe to be featured in our "Blue Chip Chat" series soon. 

Hinish's cousin, Jake, also is on the team. Hinish is one of two Notre Dame recruits on Central Catholic's team. The other is linebacker David Adams.

Fisher one to watch

The WPIAL has a stud junior quarterback in Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec. But there's another junior who isn't as highly-touted as Jurkovec, but looks awfully good. That would be Central Catholic's Troy Fisher. He did a lot of good things last year for a state championship team and certainly looks impressive in practice. He looks like he has gotten bigger - and better.

Central Catholic lists Fisher at 6-5, 220 pounds. 

Keep an eye on J.J.

Talk to some Central Catholic players and ask who might have a breakout year and the consensus seems to be J.J. Younger, a running back-defensive back. Or Justice Evans, a running back.

Younger showed promise last year. Ronnie Jones was the featured running back, but he graduated. Younger rushed for 418 yards on only 40 carries.

Terry TottenAs for Evans, Totten (pictured addressing the team after practice) likes what he sees. Evans, though, hasn't played in a game since 2014. He transferred to Central Catholic from Kiski Area, but was ruled ineligible to play last year by the WPIAL and PIAA because both organizations ruled he transferred, at least partly, for athletic reasons.

"Home" games

Central Catholic does not have a home stadium. The Vikings this year will play two home games at Highmark Stadium on the South Side and two at Carnegie Mellon. The North Allegheny game will be at Carnegie Mellon and the Pine-Richland game at Highmark.

 

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Priebus introduces Trump at rally in Erie, signaling Republican party unity

ERIE — Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus introduced Donald Trump at a rally here today, signaling some party unity after a tumultuous week for the GOP presidential nominee's campaign....

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Rostrum cuts deal with Caroline, signs 3 new artists

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

miketaylorMike TaylorRostrum Records, the Pittsburgh label that broke Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, has signed a partnership deal with Capitol-owned indie distributor Caroline, according to Billboard.

The label, founded Squirrel Hill-native and Allderdice grad Benjy Grinberg, who splits his time between Pittsburgh and LA, also has added three new artists in Philadelphia singer Mike Taylor (“Electric Church”), electro-pop trio Bråves (twin Australian vocalists Jericho and Thorald of The Wood and producer Johnny What) and West Coast MC Juliann Alexander.

They join the Rostrum roster of The Bird and the Bee, Mod Sun, TeamMate and Vali. Khalifa, who is signed to Rostrum via Atlantic Records, sued Rostrum earlier this year for release from his 360-deal. Miller left Rostrum after two albums and signed to Warner Bros.

"They are continuing to build an amazing team and we're looking forward to launching our new artists and growing our label with them,” Grinberg said of Caroline in a statement.

 

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Trump admits his tough talk is causing a 'problem'

ORLANDO, Fla. — In a rare show of humility by the boastful billionaire, Donald Trump is acknowledging that his presidential campaign faces challenges and could ultimately fall short....

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