Westmoreland County high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 11
WPIAL Class 5A
No. 6 Penn-Trafford (9-2) vs. No. 3 Peters Township (9-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Titan Stadium, West Mifflin
On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com
Last week: Penn-Trafford 42, North Hills 7; Peters Township 35, Armstrong 7
Winner plays: Winner of No. 1 Penn Hills (11-0)/No. 7 McKeesport (9-2)
Coaches: John Ruane, Penn-Trafford; T.J. Plack, Peters Township
Top players: Caleb Lisbon, Penn-Trafford (Jr., 6-0, 195, RB); Logan Pfeuffer, Peters Township (So., 6-0, 160, QB)
The second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers season kicks off Thursday, just four days after the first portion ended.
That doesn't present much time for reflection, but it is a good marking point to provide a snapshot of the Steelers as they embark on the final two months of their regular season.
When life gives Carla Hall lemons, she makes Gingerbread Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.
The popular TV chef and co-host - with Michael Symon and Clinton Kelly - of ABC's former Emmy Award-winning daytime food talk show "The Chew" shares her recipe for the decadent dessert in her new cookbook, "Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration" (Harper Wave/HarperCollins Publishers, $29.99).
Democrat Lindsey Williams scored a narrow victory Tuesday over Republican Jeremy Shaffer in a race to represent much of northern Allegheny County in Pennsylvania's State Senate.
Kevin Gorman: Jeff Capel’s Pitt debut wasn’t pretty but a home win is a thing of beauty
On a night of firsts for Jeff Capel and Pitt basketball, his coaching debut started with three freshmen in the lineup for the first time in school history and ended with his first victory as its coach.
That's no small feat, considering the Panthers snapped a 19-game losing streak that included 10 consecutive home defeats. Pitt's once-proud program had become a punch line in college basketball circles, so it hired the former Duke player and assistant coach for a comeback.
Westmoreland County high school football Q&A: Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold
Franklin Regional had begun to slide as the regular season moved into its final few weeks.
The Panthers lost three of their final four games, all to playoff teams, so the prospect of them advancing in the WPIAL Class 5A postseason was a low pulse rate at best.
No. 9 seed Franklin Regional, though, went on the road last week and toppled No. 9 Bethel Park, 56-28, in its playoff opener to extend its 15th consecutive playoff appearance.
Four-term GOP incumbent George Dunbar and Democratic challenger Doug Hunt vied Tuesday for votes in the 56th House District, with -vote lead as the unofficial tally proceeded.
Four-term Republican incumbent George Dunbar defeated Democratic challenger Doug Hunt, receiving 63 percent of the vote compared to 37 percent, with all precincts reporting in Tuesday's 56th House District race.
PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — Central Catholic wins again in 2015
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded.
The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football.
It wasn't until 1988 when PIAA officials finally pulled the trigger on the idea of having a yearly state football playoff.
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith was injured Monday during a traffic crash in the West End, city police reported.
Public Safety spokeswoman Alicia George said an SUV ran into a vehicle occupied by Kail-Smith and her husband, Tom, about 7:55 p.m. at Wabash Street and Greentree Road in West End Village.
Shady Side Academy Middle School students will take people on a trip back in time during the fall play, "Young Sherlock."
Audience members will be transported to Butterworth Academy, where the young Sherlock Holmes and his classmate John Watson evolve into expert sleuths.
The play is free and will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday in the school cafetorium, 500 Squaw Run Road East, Fox Chapel.
Republican incumbent state Rep. Justin Walsh will serve another two-year term as state representative after easily winning re-election Tuesday.
Walsh, 46, of Rostraver defeated Democratic West Newton Mayor Mary Popovich to secure his second full term in office. According to unofficial results, with all 66 precincts reporting, Walsh received 62 percent of the vote while Popovich received 38 percent. Results must still be certified by the county's elections bureau.
Coach the Browns? Bruce Arians says only coaching job he would consider
Bruce Arians, the former Arizona Cardinals head coach and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, said he'd return to coaching for one job -- the Cleveland Browns.
Arians, currently a game analyst with the NFL on CBS, was in Cleveland this past weekend working the Browns-Kansas City Chiefs game when he was asked about returning to coaching.
"Cleveland is the only job I would consider," Arians said to reporters with the Canton Repository.
Kevin Gorman: Steelers must prove they can continue surge in second half of season
The Pittsburgh Steelers struggled so much in their first four games that Mike Tomlin delivered a quarterly report to his team, focusing on the trends that contributed to their 1-2-1 start.
The Steelers responded by winning four consecutive games, including three straight against division opponents to move from last place to first place in the AFC North.
So what's the State of the Steelers halfway through the NFL season?
Report: Steelers’ high offer couldn’t get LB Bruce Irvin to give up his ‘dream’
If you are like me, you noticed that the Oakland Raiders released linebacker Bruce Irvin, and you thought, "Hey, the Steelers should take a look at him."
Apparently, the Steelers agreed with us.
According to ESPN.com, the Steelers and New England Patriots tried to sign Irvin before he agreed with Atlanta. And he claims those two clubs offered more money than the Falcons did.
John Fetterman woke Wednesday with a new title: lieutenant governor-elect.
But for a little while longer, he's still the mayor of Braddock.
After celebrating victory, Fetterman met with his running mate, Gov. Tom Wolf, before picking up his kids from their grandparents' home and heading west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Braddock bound.
In response to the Oct. 27 shootings at Tree of Life, The Clarks have released a cover of the 1970s peace anthem "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding."
All proceeds will go to the Squirrel Hill synagogue, according to a release.
Hockey steps into spotlight in 3 things to watch Thursday in high school athletics
Two days before the state playoffs resume in soccer, volleyball and field hockey and one day before the WPIAL football playoffs continue with semifinals and quarterfinals action, high school hockey jumps into the spotlight.
The marquee matchup in the PIHL is in Class AA as Pine-Richland faces rival Mars in a battle for first place in the North/West conference.
Both the Rams and Fightin' Planets are off to 5-0 starts thanks to strong defenses.
The midterm elections are over.
Now please get those atrocious campaign commercials off my television set so they can make room for equally awfully Christmas merchandising ads instead.
We're also at the midpoint for the 2018 Steelers. They are 5-2-1 with eight games over in a 16-game regular season.
So, I'm going to do my Pittsburgh sports writer civic duty and cast my vote for a few midway NFL and Steelers superlatives.
Organizations touched by the lives of Tree of Life shooting victims David and Cecil Rosenthal will hold a document shredding fundraiser in their memory Sunday, officials said Wednesday.
"To know David and Cecil Rosenthal was to know kindness, laughter and joy," said Lisa Razza, director of communications for ACHIEVA, an organization that works with individuals with disabilities. "They were tragically taken from us, too soon, at the Tree of Life synagogue."
Running unopposed in the midterm election, incumbent Democrat Joseph Petrarca maintained the 55th District.
Petrarca, 57, is from Washington Township.
The 55th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District includes portions of Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties, including Avonmore, Derry, East Vandergrift, Hyde Park, Latrobe, New Alexandria, Oklahoma, Vandergrift, West Leechburg, Bell, Derry, Loyalhanna and Washington townships; and a portion of Unity.
Top-seeded Shady Side Academy finished its first-round win with its left tackle behind center, an unorthodox move after quarterback Skyy Moore was injured.
One of the top players in the WPIAL, Moore is coping with a sprained ankle, so the Indians might try to win again Friday without their star senior. Shady Side Academy faces eighth-seeded South Side Beaver in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal.
The law firm QuatriniRafferty will host a Red Cross blood drive Friday at its Latrobe office, 816 Ligonier St.
The drive is open to the public from noon to 5:30 p.m. Free parking will be available at nearby bagged meters.
Pre-registration is required. Call Alexis Zawelensky at 724-552-2748, or visit redcrossblood.org and select the QuatriniRafferty blood drive in zip code 15650.
GoFundMe campaign launches to get Pitt product, Bills QB Nathan Peterman to retire
Maybe this isn't exactly why GoFundMe was created.
People -- presumably Buffalo Bills fans -- started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help quarterback Nathan Peterman leave town.
Peterman played for Pitt during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, helping the Panthers to consecutive 8-5 seasons and throwing for 308 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the upset of national champion Clemson.
America's body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday's elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation's immune system.
First responders shut down Baltzer Meyer Pike in Hempfield Township Wednesday night as they responded to a crash that injured at least two people, according to Westmoreland County 911.
The two-vehicle crash on the 500 block of Baltzer Meyer Pike was reported shortly after 9 p.m.
Two teenagers used a stun gun to rob a woman outside an Oakland hospital Tuesday night, police said.
The victim was walking at the intersection of Halket and Louisa streets outside UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital when she saw two young women "playing with a stun gun," Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV reported.
As the victim tried to pass the women, one of them lunged toward her with the stun gun but did not strike her, police said.
Mean. Nasty. Tenacious. A trash talker.
That's how I've heard people describe Steelers slot corner, Mike Hilton, the last few weeks. I heard it on the national TV broadcast last weekend. I heard it on local TV and radio talk shows. Guys in his own locker room described him to me that way, too.
Man who allegedly ran away from Derry state hospital during field trip apprehended
A passing motorist on Tuesday spotted a Torrance State Hospital patient wanted by state police after he ran away a day earlier while on a field trip in Indiana County.
Troopers said a driver saw Patrick Charles Guyer, 22, of York County, walking at 3:43 p.m. along Old Route 119 in Center Township, Indiana County. He was taken into custody and is being held at the Indiana County Jail awaiting arraignment on an escape charge.
Blaze Pizza marks new location in North Hills with free pies for social media followers
Blaze Pizza, a national chain known for its "Fast-Fire'd" artisanal pies baked in an open-flame oven, is marking the opening of its latest restaurant in The Block Northway next week by offering a chance to try one for free.
A free pizza will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 to anyone who follows Blaze on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.
‘Did Fred really talk that slowly?’ Tom Hanks once asked Mister Rogers’ wife
One of the first questions actor Tom Hanks asked Joanne Rogers was "Did Fred really talk that slowly?"
"And I told him, 'Yes, yes he did,'" Joanne Rogers said while discussing her late husband Wednesday. "And he said, 'Even at home?' and I said, 'Yes.'"
Mrs. Rogers recalled the conversation with Hanks during a conversation about the book "The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers" by Maxwell King. The discussion took place at Duquesne University's Power Center Ballroom.
Former firefighter faces ‘worst nightmare’ as fire strikes his own home
Rich Hooks rushed to house fires for 37 years as a volunteer firefighter.
On Wednesday morning, he rushed to his wife and daughter after learning his own home was burning.
"I was at work," he said, standing in the lawn of his home on La Bellevue Road in Vandergrift. "I flew from North Washington to here. I was here before an engine got on the scene."
For Steelers vs. Panthers, Marcus Gilbert, Dan McCullers out; Ryan Switzer, James Washington in
Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his third consecutive game because of a knee injury, the only starter ruled out for the Pittsburgh Steelers' game Thursday against the Carolina Panthers.
Gilbert did not take part in the lone practice of the short work week, and he was ruled out on the Steelers' official injury report released Wednesday afternoon. The only other player ruled out was reserve defensive lineman Dan McCullers, who has an ankle injury.
A teacher strike that had been scheduled for Thursday was averted at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville.
Minutes before the strike was to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Pennsylvania State Education Association spokesman Matt Edgell said the 30 teachers at the school agreed to postpone a strike after a mediator intervened.
Giuliani’s jilted wife knocks his spending on cigars and jewelry during divorce hearing
NEW YORK--Pay the lady.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani stiffed his estranged wife, her lawyer claimed Wednesday in divorce court, to support his mistress, who is married to a former Marine.
Giuliani, 74, has been declaring his poor financial status to his jilted spouse, Judith Nathan, since the couple got divorced amid rumors he was in a relationship with Dr. Maria Rosa Ryan, whom he previously claimed was "just a friend."
‘Beloved: Children of the Holocaust’ exhibit opens at Saint Vincent College
When Mary Burkett starts to draw, she always begins with her subjects' eyes.
"You see their little souls shining out of their little eyes," said Burkett, a nurse by profession whose portraits depict children killed in the Holocaust.
And if her portraits could speak, Burkett said they would have lessons of tolerance and respect to teach.
I'm a single, independent woman in my late 20s. For various reasons, I'm pretty sure marriage is not in my future, and I feel happy the way I am.
Therein lies the rub. I want to be a mom one day. I've always thought I should adopt, regardless of marital status, so the "how" is mostly figured out.
Investigators are seeking information from the public in connection with a double shooting in the city's Homewood North neighborhood Tuesday night.
The shooting occurred in the 7200 block of Mt. Vernon Street, according to a city police spokeswoman.
About 8:20 p.m., two men suffering from gunshot wounds entered UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville, where they were reported to be in stable condition.
The Export Volunteer Fire Company and the Moose Riders 234 are partnering with A.J. Myers & Sons, the Franklin Regional School District and Murrysville Alliance Church to collect and distribute toys for local families in need.
The "Fill the Bus" fundraiser will continue through Dec. 8. A.J. Myers has donated a bus which will be parked outside the Export Volunteer Fire Department, 5815 Washington Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Five-term Republican incumbent Mike Reese held off Democratic challenger Clare Dooley Tuesday, maintaining a decades-long GOP lock on the 59th District House seat.
Reese received about 70 percent of the vote to about 30 percent for Dooley, with all precincts reporting in Westmoreland and Somerset counties.
Two women were hurt Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Route 28 in Armstrong County.
State police said Arlene M. Clowes, 73, of Strattanville, was headed south just past the Exit 18 in South Buffalo Township at 2:10 p.m. when she lost control of her Chevrolet Impala. Troopers said the car hit a barrier on the southbound side before crossing both lanes of traffic and colliding with the northbound barrier.
Clowes was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
The top of the landmark Koppers Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh will be illuminated with red, white and blue lighting starting Thursday night as a salute to veterans and the American flag.
Discounts available in honor of Veterans Day include:
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar is offering all veterans and active-duty military a complimentary meal Nov. 11 from an exclusive menu featuring eight entreés.
With a rebuilt defense, Franklin Regional's hockey team knew it'd go through an adjustment period.
It happened right away for the Panthers, who dropped their first two games of the year -- 4-3 to Upper St. Clair and 5-0 to Latrobe.
Since then, though, the Panthers went 3-1, including a two-game winning streak.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's staff has identified the woman found dead in a county jail cell Tuesday.
Jeanna Rosenberger, 39, of Pittsburgh died just before 9 a.m.
The medical examiner's office and county police are investigating.
Oak Lake Golf Course and Lounge in Upper Burrell has yet to find a buyer and plans to open for the 2019 golf season.
The owners are booking events and plan to make minor changes and long-overdue improvements.
The Conley family, who has owned Oak Lake for nearly five decades, put the 18-hole golf course up for sale via a sealed bid auction.
Knoch wants to win at PIAAs for setter Fitzpatrick
Kerrie Fitzpatrick grew up watching her older sisters, Kaley and Kara, play volleyball at Knoch, so she's been around the program and the sport most of her life.
"My whole family plays, so I've been playing volleyball since I could hold a ball," Fitzpatrick said.
As the Knights' lone senior, she has provided guidance along with her duties as the team's setter.
After successfully defending their WPIAL title last week, the team would love to send Fitzpatrick out as a two-time state champion.
One woman was killed in a mobile home fire in Brookline on Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department.
The fire started on Whited Street about 3:40 p.m. and spread to a second mobile home, according to Tribune-Review News Partner WPXI.
Firefighters found the unidentified woman dead inside one of the homes.
A woman injured in the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue has been released from the hospital, according to a tweet from UPMC.
Andrea Wedner, 61, was released from UPMC Presbyterian on Tuesday, according to the tweet. She'd been shot in the arm.
Wedner's mother, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, was among the 11 killed in the Oct. 27 shooting.
Frazer offers tax credit to volunteer firefighters
Resident volunteer firefighters in Frazer's two fire companies can seek a $250 break on their wage taxes starting this year.
Township supervisors unanimously approved the criteria for a tax credit program, which previously was established by an ordinance. The aim is to provide an incentive for residents to volunteer for the fire service.
Now it is up to Frazer No. 1 and Frazer No. 2 fire companies to compile a list of those who are eligible to meet the deadline for this year.