Central Valley running back-defensive back Jordan Whitehead is one of the most heavily recruited players in Western Pennsylvania. He is an excellent all-around player with way above-average athletic ability.
Want evidence of his athletic ability? Look at the great photo below taken by the Post-Gazette's Rebecca Droke during Friday's game against Penn Hills.
Whitehead actually got penalized on the play for, in a way, being too athletic. He was running the football and literally hurdled over a defender as the defender was starting to make a tackle attempt on Whitehead. Whitehead actually jumped over the Penn Hills player's head. It was quite a sight to see.
But under high school rules, Whitehead was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. In high school, a player can't hurdle a defender, unless the defender is on the ground, or at least kneeling.
Anyway, below is the photo, and Whitehead is actually on his way "down" in this play. Just call it "JORDAN'S JUMP"
Whitehead, by the way, did not visit anywhere this past weekend after going to Pitt and Ohio State the first two weekends. He will go to West Virginia and Penn State the next two weekends.
Schifino to Steel Valley?
Steel Valley reportedly will hire a boys basketball coach Tuesday night and sources said it most likely will be Drew Schifino, former star at Penn Hills High School. Schifino was Waynesburg's coach this past season and had a 6-16 record.
Shawn McCallister is Steel Valley's athletic director and boys coach. He said this summer, the school board opened all coaching positions for winter sports and spring sports. He would not comment any further, except to say he has interviewed for his job as boys coach and he believes the school will hire someone Tuesday.
Carlynton coach quits
Mauro Monz lasted only three games as Carlynton's coach. Monz handed in his letter of resignation today, which came as a shock to Carlynton officials.
Monz was in his first season and Carlynton was 0-3 since moving up from Class A. Monz said his team has fewer than 25 players because of injuries and he also said his team can't compete in Class AA after six seasons playing in Class A.
Monz claims Carlynton should've done something about moving up to Class AA because they are only three boys over the Class A cutoff. But classifications are determined by the PIAA based on school enrollment. Schools have no idea what classification they will be placed in or what classification cutoffs will be when they hand in enrollment figures every two years. They can't change their enrollment figures after classification cutoffs come out from the PIAA.
"For me, it's an ethical issue," Monz said. "I didn't realize until this Saturday when I was informed by our athletic director [Nathan Milsom] that we were only three boys over. We only have 22 or 23 players, which would be functional for Class A. We've had some major, devastating injuries. The game are hard to watch. I just think something should have been done, whatever was needed, to stay in Class A.
"Parents are complaining. Everyone is complaining. I didn't put us in this league, so I'm falling on the sword, I guess."
More in tomorrow's Post-Gazette.
Canon-McMillan hires Vulcano
It's good to see Frank Vulcano wasn't out of an athletic director's job very long.
Chartiers Valley didn't renew Vulcano's contract, despite him doing some excellent things as the school's AD. But Vulcano was hired tonight as Canon-McMillan's AD. He takes over for Guy Montecalvo, who retired.
In case you missed it, here are this week's Post-Gazette state rankings:
1. Central Catholic 3-0
2. Woodland Hills 3-0
3. St. Joseph's 1-2
4. Pennsbury 3-0
5. Parkland 3-0
1. Archbishop Wood 3-0
2. Bishop McDevitt 3-0
3. West Allegheny 3-0
4. Erie Cathedral Prep 3-0
5. Thomas Jefferson 3-0
1. South Fayette 3-0
2. Aliquippa 3-0
3. Southern Columbia 3-0
4. West Catholic 1-2
5. Seton-LaSalle 3-0
1. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 3-0
2. Clairton 3-0
3. Wellsboro 3-0
4. Jeannette 3-0
5. Sharpsville 3-0