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Beaver Falls' Elijah Cottrill is one of the top two-sport athletes (football and basketball) in this half of the state. But you won't see him playing football for a while this season.
Cottrill recently had surgery for a knee injury and is expected to be out at least half of the regular season. He will be on crutches for a few weeks.
Cottrill (pictured in the Class AA state basketball championship game in March) is a receiver-running back-defensive back. He already has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Akron. But you could say it is a soft commitment to Akron. Cottrill also is getting Division I interest for basketball and he will wait to see if anything develops in basketball recruiting. If not, he has the football scholarship to fall back on.
In football, Cottrill is one of three Division I recruits on Beaver Falls' football team. Fullback-tight end-linebacker Sage Curry has committed to West Virginia and lineman Brock Boxen to Akron.
Also quarterback Dan Stratton is worth watching this year and is getting some college interest.
The Post-Gazette released its state football rankings last week, as did the Pennsylvania Football News. Now the Pennlive.com (Harrisburg Patriot-News) state rankings are out:
Woodland Hills is the No. 1 team in Class AAAA.
Archbishop Wood is No. 1 in Class AAA.
Aliquippa is No. 1 in Class AA.
Clairton is No. 1 team in Class A
The Jeannette-Southmoreland game scheduled for Friday at Southmoreland has been moved to Friday at California University of Pa. The reason is Southmoreland's field was damaged by flash flooding.
Saturday night lights
Aliquippa usually plays home games Friday nights at "The Pit." But Aliquippa will kick off the season by playing host to Ambridge Saturday night.
When asked why the Quips are playing a Saturday home game, Aliquippa coach-athletic director Mike Zmijanac (pictured) said, "Because it's the 1,000th game in our school history and we'll be the only show in town. So why not?"
Aliquippa will also debut its new Nike uniforms. Aliquippa was able to purchase the uniforms at a price just right for the school because of a Darrelle Revis deal with Nike. Revis is the former Aliquippa star now with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What do the uniforms look like? Don't ask an Aliquippa player because they don't have any idea.
"We haven't showed them to the players yet and they won't see them until an hour before the game," said Sherman McBride, Aliquippa assistant coach.
No go on cheerleader uniforms
You know how cheerleaders schools wear their uniforms to school on days of football games? Not any more at some Florida schools.
The Tampa Bay Times has a story on some schools that aren't allowing cheerleaders to wear uniforms to school because they are against the dress code.
I don't know, that story just got me thinking of some of the memorable cheers I used to hear years ago from fans at some City League schools. Tremendous. But I won't go there. Varisty Blog is rated PG, right?