Some interesting developments in WPIAL football.
Seneca Valley recently hired Don Holl as its football coach, a position once rumored to be filled by former Pitt and Stanford coach Walt Harris. Holl resigned as Cathedral Prep's (Erie) coach following four season.
Holl's departure, along with an opening at McDowell High School in Erie, leaves two open positions at two of the more recognizable schools in District 10.
Anyone remember last year when rumors swirled around Trinity football coach/athletic director Ed Dalton leaving for Erie? Chances are they've started again.
No matter what happens – the guess here is Dalton stays – but there's no denying he's made serious strides with Trinity's program. In addition to the youth program, Dalton has constructed Trinity into an annual WPIAL playoff team. Did anyone think that was possible?
And, oh yeah, he's getting his players opportunities to play college football, whether it comes at Ohio State or Denison.
- South Fayette boys basketball is in the PIAA playoffs for the fourth time and the Lions face a tough first-round matchup in Mercyhurst Prep tomorrow at Edinboro University at 7:30 p.m. In its previous three trips to states, South Fayette has won at least one game each occasion and it reached the quarterfinals in 2002 and 1985. In 2002, the Lions lost to Mercyhurst Prep in the quarters.
- Washington, Ringgold and Bentworth remain without a head football coach. I've heard Ringgold is close to making a hire – there are two finalists according to my sources. At Wash High, there's little to report.
- At some point during the PIAA Class AA boys basketball playoffs, Washington's Ron Faust will have coached his last game for the Prexies following a wildly successful 28 years. Faust, who has coached four WPIAL and two PIAA championship teams in addition to winning more than 500 games, is one of the state's all-time great high school basketball coaches. Faust never received the credit that others did. That's probably just the way he's wanted it.
- Spring sports teams have been through five practices to date, meaning the first play date – March 16 for boys tennis and March 20 for all other spring sports – is rapidly approaching. Four stories I will be keeping a close eye on are: 1. Trinity baseball. With seniors Alex Frey, Tyler Schrader and Evan Bukowski, the Hillers can improve upon last year's second-place finish at WPIALs and possibly play for a state title; 2. Carmichaels baseball. Joby Lapkowicz, Chuck Gasti and Bill Musgrove give the Mikes a pitching staff that would make some Quad-A teams envious. If the Mikes can average three to four runs per game, it could be another championship season in Greene County; 3. Chartiers-Houston boys tennis. The Bucs field a team led by Karli and Tanya Timko; 4. Canon-McMillan's baseball coaching situation.