By Mike White | 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11
Notes, thoughts and anecdotes after the seventh Friday of the high school football season.
Pitt fans, take this for what it's worth. But Thomas Jefferson standout tight end Brock DeCicco has canceled his trip to Wisconsin tonight for the Penn State-Wisconsin game.
"I just couldn't fit it in," DeCicco said.
DeCicco said he might still try to visit Wisconsin, but also said he's close to making a decision. His finalists are Pitt, Wisconsin and Iowa.
"I just want get this over with," DeCicco said.
Tennessee also was showing interest, but DeCicco said the Volunteers are out of the picture.
They don't call
With about 60 games around the WPIAL and City League on Friday nights, the Post-Gazette relies on statisticians at schools to call in game summaries that will be in the paper the next day. It boggles my mind how many schools just refuse to call in their information. Parents want to know why their school's score wasn't in the paper and why Little Johnny's name wasn't in the 100-yard rushers? Well, go talk to your athletic directors, coaches, school statisticians. Blame them.
And usually, it's the same schools that refuse to call. Penn Hills, Avonworth and Jeannette are just a few. I could go on, but we'll stop there. This Friday, we didn't get reports from 10 games. Unbelievable. You'd think they would want to get their kids' names in the newspaper. We'd be happy just to get who scored the touchdowns for both teams. We don't even get that.
So if you're a parent from a team whose scoring summary and information isn't in the newspaper today, go to your ADs, coaches and statisticians.
Signs of the times
It's hard to believe any area that can compete with Thomas Jefferson when it comes to signs.
For about a mile on the way to the high school, there must be two dozen signs for the Jaguars. One of my favoirtes was a group of signs. The first one said, "To beat TJ you gotta be tough." A few telephone pools later it said, "Ya gotta be tough." Then the sign on the next telephone pool says, "You gotta be kidding me."
Just call Post-Gazette sports writer Colin Dunlap "Close-call-Colin." He covered the Fox Chapel-Woodland Hills game Friday that was decided when Woodland Hill scored on the final play of the game. It's the second time this season Dunlap has covered a game decided on the final play. The other time was in Week 3 when Upper St. Clair defeated North Allegheny.
Is it OK now to call Hopewell Rushell Shell a freshman phenom? He had made some noise earlier this year and had a gigantic impact on Friday's victory against West Allegheny as Shell rushed for 182 yards. He is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound freshman. Keep an eye on him for the future. You can bet colleges will.
Check this out
* After missing a few games with injuries, Bethel Park's Lyle Marsh is rounding into form, rushing for 113 yards against Peters Township
* A few of the big games next week are Canon-McMillan at Bethel Park, North Hills at Shaler and Keystone Oaks at Sto-Rox. Jack McCurry is still North Hills' coach. Neil Gordon is Shaler's coach after being ousted at Penn Hills after 21 seasons. The funny thing is Gordon's first game as coach at Penn Hill was against North Hills.
The Peters Township boys' golf team had an awfully impressive round Friday in the WPIAL Division I team semifinals at Glengarry Golf Club in Latrobe. Peters Township had all five players shoot in the 70s to finish with a 368. Geoff Locher and Chris Resnik had 72s. Hunter Stanchak shot 73, Geoff Locher 74 and Corey Martinez 77.