Allderdice's "twinsanity" goes national ..... District football recruiting list

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Back in December, the Post-Gazette ran a story on "twinsanity" with Allderdice's boys basketball team. Credit coach Buddy Valinsky for coming up with that term.

Now Allderdice's story is going national.

Valinsky said NBC news will do a story Thursday on "twinsanity" at Allderdice. Valinsky has three sets of identical twins on his team - juniors Kenny and Keith Robinson, seniors Davaughn and Javaughn Moultrie and sophomores Tim and James Jackson. (the twins are all pictured below). 

On top of that, the twin players, point guard Juwan Ledbetter has a fraternal twin, Jalen, who keeps the scorebook for Allderdice.


The "twinsanity" also has been written about on national web sites.


The twins are helping Allderdice to a successful season. Allderdice is 12-4 and plays at undefeated Obama Friday in a big City League game.

District football recruits

Tomorrow is "letter-of-intent" day, the first day high school senior football players can sign a binding letter of intent with a college. Here are the WPIAL players who have committed to Division I-A colleges.


AKRON - Brock Boxen, Beaver Falls (DL, 6-3 – 260); Chandler Kincade, Blackhawk (QB, 6-4, 210).

BALL STATE – Jake McPhatter, New Castle (RB-DB, 5-11, 170).  

BOWLING GREEN - Andrew Podbielski, Blackhawk (TE-DL,  6-5 – 235).

FLORIDA STATE – J.J. Cosentino, Central Catholic (QB, 6-4, 215).

KENT STATE – Connor Shinsky, Knoch (OL-DL, 6-5, 250).

MASSACHUSETTS – Charan Singh, Franklin Regional (QB-DB, 6-1, 170).

MICHIGAN - Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson ( LB,  6-3, 216).

MICHIGAN STATE – Montae Nicholson, Gateway (WR-DB, 6-3, 205).

NAVY – Tory Delmonico, West Allegheny (RB-LB, 6-3, 203).

OHIO STATE - Malik Hooker (WR-DB, 6-2, 185).

PENN STATE – Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon (WR, 6-2, 186). 

PITT - Rori Blair, Upper St. Clair (DE, 6-3, 225); Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon (OL, 6-6, 295); Dennis Briggs, Shady Side Academy (RB-DB, 5-11, 195); JaQuan Davidson, Elizabeth Forward (QB-WR-DB, 6-2, 173); Mike Grimm, Bethel Park (OL, 6-6, 325); Quintin Wirginis, Fox Chapel (LB, 6-2, 225); Elijah Zeise, North Allegheny (WR-DB, 6-2, 185).

TEMPLE -  Delvon Randall, Gateway (WR-DB, 6-1, 185); Brenon Thrift, Gateway (LB, 6-3, 230); Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox (QB, 5-11, 197).

TOLEDO – Terry Swanson, Aliquippa (RB-DB, 5-10, 187).

VANDERBILT – Tre Tarpley, Central Catholic (DB, 6-1, 195).

VIRGINIA - Darrious Carter, Indiana (DE, 6-5, 205).

VIRGINIA TECH – Shai McKenzie, Washington (RB, 6-0, 216).

WEST VIRGINIA – Sage Curry, Beaver Falls (LB, 6-1, 200); Jaleel Fields, Aliquippa (OL-DL, 6-2, 287); Dravon Henry, Aliquippa (RB-DB, 6-2, 187); Ricky Rogers, Gateway (WR, 6-1, 200).



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Nola a candidate at Gateway ..... Dukes get top players ..... State basketball rankings

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Could highly-successful Clairton football coach Tom Nola be on the sidelines at Gateway next season?

Nola had no comment on the situation but the Post-Gazette has learned he is definitely a candidate for the Gateway job. He has applied. The job became open when the school decided to open Donnie Militzer's position after only one season. 

Nola (pictured) has been Clairton's coach since 2002. He has won six WPIAL titles and four PIAA championships. He guided the team to a state-record 66-game winning streak, which was snapped last season.

One of the other candidates for the Gateway job is former Plum coach Frank Sacco. He coached Plum from 2009-12 before the school opened his position.

Gateway already has interviewed candidates. No word on when a coach will be hired. Stay tuned.

Duquesne gets top players

It looks like coach Jerry Schmitt is putting together a pretty good recruiting class for Duquesne University. The Post-Gazette has learned of three more WPIAL players who will sign with the Dukes Wednesday:

*** Upper St. Clair lineman Ben Huss. Huss was a Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection this past season and last week was selected to the Big 33 Pennsylvania team. Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render has called Huss one of the most athletic linemen he has ever coached.

*** Beaver Falls quarterback-defensive back Danny Stratton. Stratton (pictured) was an all-conference pick and a two-time Post-Gazette West Fabulous 22 selection. He threw for 1,442 yards last season. But Stratton is a good enough athlete that he could also play a different position. He is in his second year as a starter for the Beaver Falls basketball team.

*** New Castle's Stew Allen. Allen is a good-size tight end who also is a starter on the undefeated New Castle basketball team.

On top of those players, Duquesne also landed two transfers from Division I schools. Former Chartiers Valley quarterback-receiver-defensive back Wayne Capers transferred from the University of Arizona. 

Former Gateway linebacker Jesse Armstead transferred from Purdue.

State basketball rankings

Here are the latest state boys basketball rankings from and the Harrisburg Patriot-News.



No.  School                                          Rec    Pvs

1.     Roman Catholic (12)                  16-3        1

2.     New Castle (7)                            19-0        2

3.     Martin Luther King (12)            17-4        4                           

4.     Chester (1)                                  14-3        5

5.     Hampton (7)                                18-2        3

6.     North Allegheny (7)                    16-2        6

7.     Great Valley (1)                           18-2        7

8 .    Obama Academy (8)                   15-0      10                                    

9.     St. Joseph’s Prep (12)                 15-4     NR

10.  Lower Merion (1)                         13-6     NR

Others to watch: Abington (1) 17-3, Bethel Park (7) 14-4, Carlisle (3) 14-6, Cathedral Prep (10) 10-5, Cedar Crest (3) 16-4, Central (12) 20-2, Central York (3) 18-2, Conestoga (1) 17-3, Cumberland Valley (3) 15-5, East Stroudsburg North (11) 14-4, Emmaus (11) 14-5, Fox Chapel (7) 15-4, Franklin Regional (7) 13-6, Gateway (7) 12-8, Harrisburg (3) 16-5, Haverford (1) 13-7, Hazleton (2) 16-2, Hempfield (3) 15-5, Hempfield (7) 17-2, Hershey (3) 13-7, LaSalle College (12) 16-4, Lower Dauphin (3) 12-7, McCaskey (3) 14-6, McDowell (10) 16-2, Oxford (1) 15-5, Parkland (11) 15-4, Penn Wood (1) 12-6, Penncrest (1) 15-5, Pennsbury (1) 16-3, Plum (7) 16-2, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 18-2, Pocono Mountain West (11) 14-4, Reading (3) 15-6, Red Lion (3) 18-3, Spring-Ford (1) 18-2, Upper Darby (1) 13-6, Upper St. Clair (7) 14-5, Whitehall (11) 12-8, William Allen (11) 12-7, Wilson (3) 19-2, York (3) 15-5.



No.  School                                             Rec     Pvs

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                  15-4         2

2.     Archbishop Carroll  (12)               17-3         1

3.     Allentown Central Cath (11)         19-0         3

4.     Imhotep Charter (12)                    18-4         4

5.     Berks Catholic (3)                           17-3         5

6.     Chartiers Valley (7)                        18-1         7

7.     Abington Heights (2)                      17-1         8

8.     Scranton Prep (2)                           17-1         9

9.     Central Valley (7)                           16-2       10

10.   Bishop McDevitt (3)                       19-1          6

Others to watch: Archbishop Wood (12) 11-9, Blue Mountain (11) 18-2, Boiling Springs (3) 18-2, Boys Latin (12) 19-3, Crestwood (2) 15-3, Elizabeth Forward (7) 15-3, Erie East (10) 14-3, Farrell (10) 16-1, GAR Memorial (2) 14-4, Girard (10) 10-5, Hickory (10) 13-3, Holy Ghost Prep (1) 15-5, Honesdale (2) 16-2, Indiana (7) 17-2, Knoch (7) 14-4, Manheim Central (3) 18-2, Mars (7) 11-6, Montour (7) 12-6, Oil City (10) 13-2, Philly Electrical (12) 13-9, Pottsville (11) 17-3, Salisbury (11) 14-6, Shamokin (4) 17-2, South Fayette (7) 11-5, Steel Valley (7) 13-3, Steelton-Highspire (3) 17-4, Strong Vincent (10) 9-5, Susquehanna Twp (3) 13-5, Thomas Jefferson (7) 17-2, Uniontown (7) 17-1, West York (3) 21-1.



No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Constitution (12)                                18-4       1

2.     Loyalsock (4)                                      16-1       2

3.     Lewisburg (4)                                     18-1       3

4.     Seton-La Salle (7)                               19-1       4

5.     Greensburg Central Cath (7)            15-2       5

6.     Beaver Falls (7)                                  16-4       8

7.     Aliquippa (7)                                       14-5       9

8.     Mid Valley (2)                                     15-2        7

9.     Holy Cross (2)                                     13-4    NR                                       

10.   Fairview (10)                                      15-2     10

Others to watch: Avonworth (7) 15-3, Bald Eagle Area (6) 15-4, Bishop McCort (6) 12-4, Blairsville (6) 15-1, Calvary Christian (1) 15-2, Camp Hill (3) 14-8, Central Martinsburg (6) 11-6, Chartiers-Houston (7) 13-5, Columbia (3) 13-7, Conemaugh Twp (5) 13-4, Conwell-Egan (12) 14-6, Dunmore (2) 11-8, East Juniata (4) 17-0, Elk Lake (2) 17-0, Hanover (3) 16-5, Jeannette (7) 11-7, Mercyhurst Prep (10) 14-3, Neshannock (7) 15-5, Quaker Valley (7) 17-2, Penns Valley (6) 14-2, Richland (6) 13-3, Riverside (2) 13-5, Shady Side Academy (7) 11-8, South Allegheny (7) 13-7, South Williamsport (4) 13-4, Towanda (4) 16-2, Tyrone (6) 15-3, Washington (7) 14-6, Wellsboro (4) 14-5, West Middlesex (10) 12-5, Windber (5) 13-3.



No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Lincoln Park (7)                                   18-1       1

2.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)                 8-13     2

3.     Bishop Carroll (6)                                17-0       3

4.     Vincentian (7)                                      18-1        4

5.     St. John Neumann (4)                          18-0        5

6.     Johnsonburg (9)                                   17-3       6

7.     Elk County Catholic (9)                        16-2        7

8.     Monessen (7)                                        14-5        8                                  

9.     Bishop Guilfoyle (6)                             14-2        9

10.  Church Farm (1)                                   14-4     NR

Others to watch: Berlin Brothersvalley (5) 14-2, Cameron County (9) 17-1, Carmichaels (7) 14-2, Clarion-Limestone (9) 17-1, Cochranton (10) 15-3, DuBois Central Catholic (9) 13-4, Greenwood (3) 14-5, Homer-Center (6) 17-2, Juniata Valley (6) 16-3, Kennedy Catholic (10) 10-7, Lebanon Catholic (3) 12-7, Mahanoy Area (11) 18-2, Mansfield (4) 15-5, Mount Calvary (3) 17-2, Nativity (11) 15-4, New Hope Academy (3) 10-8, North Catholic (7) 9-9, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (11) 14-5, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 14-5, Phil-Mont Christian (1) 14-3, Pius X (11) 13-3, Portage (6) 14-4, Ridgway (9) 16-4, Sewickley Academy (7) 12-5, Shade (5) 13-4, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 14-4, Sullivan County (4) 14-5, Western Beaver (7) 13-4.


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Pitt recruit Rowan on torrid free-throw streak

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Lincoln Park sophomore Maverick Rowan is an excellent shooter. But what he has done lately from the free-throw line goes beyond excellence. 

It is perfection.

Rowan, who accepted a scholarship from Pitt last summer before his sophomore year, has made 41 free throws in a row. He has gone eight games without missing a free throw. His last miss came in a Jan. 10 game against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. 

Rowan, a 6-foot-6 guard, also has made 55 of his past 56 free throws. For the season, he is 83 of 94 (88 percent). (Rowan is pictured below).

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It is not known what the WPIAL record is for consecutive free throws made. I did find a few streaks longer than Rowan's. Rob Kezmarsky made 52 free throws in a row in the 1989-90 season when he played for Laurel Highlands. Kezmarsky is now Uniontown's coach.

Also, I found Latrobe's Tom Mueseler of Latrobe made 48 in a row in the 1967-68 season. Mueseler signed with Clemson. I also found an old athlete of the week story I did on Sean Miller when he played at Blackhawk. He made 44 of 45 free throws at one point. I still remember him telling me his routine, "one, two, three, elbow to knee." In other words, three dribbles, bend until his elbow touched his knee and then straight up.

Rowan has a ways to go for the national record on consecutive free throws. Darryl Moreau of New Orleans De La Salle made 126 in a row from 1978-79.

Incidentally, Rowan leads Lincoln Park in scoring at 23.4 points a game. All five starters average in double figures for the Leopards.

Another title for Uniontown

Speaking of Kezmarsky, he has guided Uniontown to a 10-0 record in WPIAL Class AAA Section 3 play and the Raiders play Mount Pleasant tomorrow night. Mount Pleasant is 9-1. If Uniontown beats Mount Pleasant or if Uniontown wins its final game against Laurel Highlands, Uniontown will win its 47th section title, the most in WPIAL history.

Section 2 battle

Isn't the race in WPIAL Class AAA Section 2 interesting? Plum is in first place with a 10-2 record, but four teams are tied for second at 8-4 - Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Gateway and Central Catholic. Depending on what happens this week, there could be a pretty decent team not making the playoffs. Or there could also be a tie for the fourth and final spot and all five teams could go.

Remember the name

I have yet to see him play, but I trust some coaches and others who have, and here is a name to remember in WPIAL basketball for the future. Phil Jurkovec.

Jurkovec is only in eighth grade at Pine-Richland but is gaining quite the reputation as a stud player. He plays for Pine-Richland's ninth-grade team and it's not uncommon to see him score 30 or even 40 in a game. He's about 6-3 and already throws down dunks in games.

From all indications, look for him to have an impact on Pine-Richland's varsity next year.

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WPIAL has 15 players on PA Big 33 team

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The Pennsylvania Big 33 team was announced today and close to half the team comes from the WPIAL.

Fifteen WPIAL players were selected to the team, which will play Maryland June 14 in Hershey. Both quarterbacks are from the WPIAL. Also, Central Catholic had three players selected while Thomas Jefferson, Mt. Lebanon Gateway and Aliquippa all had two.

Here is the Pennsylvania team (college choices are in parentheses):


Quarterbacks - J.J. Cosentino, Central Catholic (Florida State); Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox (Temple).

Dravon HenryRunning backs - Terry Swanson, Aliquippa (Toledo); Dravon Henry (pictured), Aliquippa (West Virginia); Tyler Burke, Coatesville (Maryland).

Receivers - Montae Nicholson, Gateway (Michigan State); De'Quan Ware, Harrisburg (undecided); Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon (Penn State); Thaddeus Smith, Cardinal O'Hara (Boston College).

Tight ends - Alec Bloom, Ligonier Valley (Connecticut); Evan Butts, Episcopal Academy (Virginia).

Offensive linemen - Mike Grimm, Bethel Park (Pitt); Ben Huss, Upper St. Clair (undecided); Cole Costy, Thomas Jefferson (undecided); Noah Bey, Scranton Prep (Penn State); Josh Walmer, Parkland (undecided).

Center - Eric Gallo, Council Rock South (Virginia Tech).

Defensive ends - Trey Klock, Lower Dauphin (Georgia Tech); Luke Carrezola, Neshaminy (Connecticut); Jawan Hill, McKeesport (undecided).

Defensive linemen - Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon (Pitt); David Shaw, Spring Grove (Maryland); Mitchell Sweigart, Penn Manor (Yale).

Linebackers - Chase Winovich (pictured), Thomas Jefferson (Michigan); Niko Thorpe, Central Catholic (Fordham); Zaire Franklin, La Salle (Syracuse) Chase Winovich

Defensive backs - Tre Tarpley, Central Catholic (Boston College); DeAndre Scott, Imhotep Charter (Arizona State); Tyree Spearman, McDowell (undecided); Marlon Tyree, Erie Cathedral Prep (Bowling Green); Brandon Feamster, Downingtown East (undecided); Anthony Davis, Gateway (Temple).

Athlete - Rasaan Stewart,  Perkiomen Valley (Villanova).

Kicker - Joe Julius, Central Dauphin (undecided).




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WPIAL wants Greensburg Central to suspend basketball coach Bisignani

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The WPIAL will keep the Greensburg Central Catholic High School boys basketball team out of the playoffs unless the school suspends coach Greg Bisignani three games for allegedly making contact with an official after a recent game.

The WPIAL Board of Control made its ruling Monday night after a hearing with Bisignani and game officials. The WPIAL informed Greensburg Central Catholic of its ruling this morning. Bisignani allegedly made physical contact with official Mike Tucci after Greensburg Central Catholic lost to McKeesport, 66-63, on Jan. 18. Bisignani was upset with the officiating in the game.

At Monday's hearing, Tucci testified that Bisignani made contact with him. Another official backed Tucci's claims, as did North Catholic athletic director Mike Burrell and Gateway principal Bill Short, who were watching the game in the stands. A third official working the game said he saw no contact and Bisignani denied making contact.

Greensburg Central Catholic is 14-2 and one of the top teams in WPIAL Class AA. It is not the first time Bisignani has been in front of the Board of Control. Over the past few years, a few players who transferred to Greensburg Central had hearings to determine if their transfer was for athletic intent. The league had ruled Billy Hipp ineligible for this year, saying he transferred from Bishop McCort for athletic intent. Hipp had played for an AAU team coached by Bisignani. The PIAA overturned the WPIAL's ruling. 

Besides telling Greensburg Central to suspend Bisignani, the WPIAL also said it wants Greensburg Central to require Bisignani to enroll in a class in American Coaching Effectiveness Program (ACEP). The WPIAL also is putting the Greensburg Central Catholic basketball program on probation until the end of next season.

"We have no jurisdiction over personnel at schools. That's a district issue," said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley. "But we do have jurisdiction over schools. Greensburg Central can do what they want. But if they choose not to follow our directive, then they will be kept out of the postseason."

The WPIAL also censured Bisignani for inappropriate and unacceptable conduct towards officials and also censured the Greensburg Central Catholic administration. The WPIAL will also require the school to have an administrator at all home and away games through next season and also will require the school to develop a plan to persuade its coaches from acting inappropriately towards officials.


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