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The WPIAL will have six eligibility hearings today - and all five will be with football players from Ambridge.
Five Ambridge football players have transferred to other schools in the past two months. Included among the transfers are the team's quarterback, top running back and top receiver. Two went to Aliquippa.
The WPIAL will have separate hearings with every player in what has become one of the most unusual situations involving transfers. I don't ever remember one school losing five players, including the top skill position players.
The WPIAL will try to determine if the transfers were at least partly for athletic intent, which is against PIAA and WPIAL rules. But a few of the transferring students apparently moved into their new districts. It might be hard to prove athletic intent with some of these, but Ambridge has contested the transfers.
Wiltrout to throw
Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout set a national high school record in the javelin last year, but has thrown only once this year because she was recovering from "Tommy John" surgery on her right elbow last summer. But Wiltrout will throw again Friday in the Baldwin Invitational, one of the largest meets in the eastern part of the country.
This will be the 43rd annual Baldwin Invitational.
Biega Hall of Famer
Many times, coaches get into a Hall of Fame after they retire. But Beaver Falls boys basketball coach Doug Biega was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame last Sunday. Well deserved. He has won four WPIAL titles and two state championships.
But here's a question about Biega: Will he throw his name into the ring for the coaching job at North Allegheny? I say yes.
Also, I expect former North Allegheny coach Dave DeGregorio to be a candidate for the Vincentian job that just opened when George Yokitis took the Montour job.
So, are you impressed or not? Serra sophomore baseball pitcher Zach Bowen threw his second consecutive perfect game Monday in a 17-0 defeat of Geibel. The game lasted only five innings. He also had a perfect game last week in a 17-0, five-inning game against Clairton.
Yes, that is awfully weak competition in Class A. About as weak as you can get in the WPIAL. But it's still perfection. Overall, Bowen has 13 consecutive perfect innings.