Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Football tab

Readers of the Observer-Reporter got their hands on our annual preseason high school football preview Tuesday. Those who scan the Almanac got theirs today.

There's a lot of information crammed into a relatively small publication. The O-R version features Trinity linebackers Mike Yancich and Andrew Sweat on the cover. The Almanac version has the four remaining starters from Upper St. Clair's PIAA Class AAAA championship team on its cover. They recently chatted with Almanac sports editor Eleanor Bailey for an in-depth look at Class AAAA's best program.

I got the opportunity to interview Yancich, a Penn State recruit, and Sweat, an Ohio State recruit, for a cover story. Both are excellent to talk to and do their best to give in-depth answers, a real rarity at any level of sports. I guarantee that no matter how their respective football careers turn out, they'll each be highly successful away from the sport. And that's what really matters.

Other things of interest: stories on every team within the coverage area, past WPIAL and PIAA champions, stories on college football from West Virginia to Pitt and all points in between (Cal U, W&J, Waynesburg). Plus, hard-working Steelers beat writer F. Dale Lolley breaks down the black and gold.

We put a lot of time and effort into it and we hope you enjoy it. Let us know what you think, likes, dislikes or what we can do better.

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