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Clairton cornerback Lamont Wade wins state A player of year
August 12, 2020

first_imgLAMONT WADE (38) (Courier File Photo)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ This has been a December to remember for Clairton senior Lamont Wade.Only days after adding his name to Penn State’s stellar recruiting class of 2017, Wade added Class A Player of the Year honors on Monday with the release of the Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State team.Clairton’s five-star cornerback became Penn State’s 18th commitment on Saturday, choosing the Nittany Lions over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Tennessee and UCLA. Wade also carried the Bears into another championship weekend in Hershey recently with more than 2,000 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.The 5-9, 190-pounder capped his Clairton career with more than 7,000 rushing yards and cabinet full of accolades, like the state’s reigning Gatorade Player of the Year.Three-time Class A champion Bishop Guilfoyle placed six players on the all-state team, including defensive end Luke Frederick, a University of Delaware recruit, and Harvard-bound linebacker Andrew Irwin, who posted 40 total touchdowns and 154 tackles in helping the Marauders extend their winning streak to 47 games.Coach of the Year Justin Wheeler and Bishop Guilfoyle (15-0) defeated Clairton 17-0 in the Class A final on Dec. 9.Since 2009, sports writers who cover high school football around the Commonwealth have overseen the all-state process. Players are nominated in all six classifications, and then a statewide ballot is issued to afford all writers the opportunity to cast their votes.Steel-High senior Eric Washington, who helped the Rollers reach the PIAA semifinals, joined Williams Valley senior Ian Minnich on the offensive line. Minnich was among four Vikings to be selected, joining Tri-Valley League MVP Dylan Rabuck, who rushed for a school-record 2,364 yards and 24 touchdowns, defensive end Devon Rabuck, and linebacker Dylan Wolfgang.2016 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAMCLASS AOFFENSEQuarterbackJosh Trybus, Bishop Guilfoyle — 5-10, 172 seniorNoah Hamlin, Clairton — 5-11, 160 seniorBrenden Makray, Clarion-Limestone — 6-4, 162 juniorRunning BackBraxton Chapman, Farrell — 6-1, 210 seniorLamont Wade, Clairton — 5-9, 190 seniorDylan Rabuck, Williams Valley — 6-0, 189 juniorBraedon St. Clair, Portage — 6-0, 190 seniorNick Stewart, Curwensville — 6-1, 205 juniorTylor Belles, Sayre — 6-0, 210 seniorWide ReceiverGarrett Geresti, Avella — 6-2, 175 seniorSam Leadbetter, Clarion-Limestone — 6-3, 162 seniorMarkus Jenkins, Our Lady of Sacred Heart — 6-1, 181 seniorOffensive LinemenNick Leamer, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-2, 300 juniorEric Washington, Steelton-Highspire — 6-5, 311 seniorSteven McClure, Curwensville — 6-3, 220 juniorWandell Murray, Farrell — 6-3, 315 seniorIan Minnich, Williams Valley — 5-10, 276 seniorAthleteJake Murawski, Moshannon Valley — 6-1, 175 seniorMike Macefe, Clarion-Limestone — 5-8, 182 seniorSpecialistKolton McGhee, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-0, 170 sophomoreDEFENSEDefensive LinemenLuke Frederick, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-5, 225 seniorJustin Kasmierski, Ridgway — 6-3, 235 seniorDevon Rabuck, Williams Valley — 6-0, 198 juniorHunter Poust, Muncy — 6-1, 225 juniorLogan McGeary, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-2, 290 seniorKyle Plesh, Marian Catholic — 6-0, 249 seniorLinebackerAndrew Irwin, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-1, 216 seniorDylan Wolfgang, Williams Valley — 6-1, 165 juniorKyi Wright, Farrell — 6-3, 225 sophomoreKaden Martell, Canton — 6-0, 215 juniorPap Keeler, Farrell — 6-2, 230 seniorDefensive BackKenny Robinson, Imani Christian — 6-2, 200 seniorNeil MacDonald, Ridgway — 6-0, 172 juniorBrock Barrett, Redbank Valley — 6-0, 175 juniorJosh Porterfield, West Middlesex — 5-10, 155 seniorAthleteEli Jacobs, Curwensville — 6-0, 195 seniorDanny Scheib, Tri-Valley — 5-10, 240 juniorPlayer of the Year – Lamont Wade, ClairtonCoach of the Year – Justin Wheeler, Bishop Guilfoylelast_img read more

Clairton cornerback Lamont Wade wins state A player of year
August 12, 2020

first_imgLAMONT WADE (38) (Courier File Photo)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ This has been a December to remember for Clairton senior Lamont Wade.Only days after adding his name to Penn State’s stellar recruiting class of 2017, Wade added Class A Player of the Year honors on Monday with the release of the Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State team.Clairton’s five-star cornerback became Penn State’s 18th commitment on Saturday, choosing the Nittany Lions over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Tennessee and UCLA. Wade also carried the Bears into another championship weekend in Hershey recently with more than 2,000 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.The 5-9, 190-pounder capped his Clairton career with more than 7,000 rushing yards and cabinet full of accolades, like the state’s reigning Gatorade Player of the Year.Three-time Class A champion Bishop Guilfoyle placed six players on the all-state team, including defensive end Luke Frederick, a University of Delaware recruit, and Harvard-bound linebacker Andrew Irwin, who posted 40 total touchdowns and 154 tackles in helping the Marauders extend their winning streak to 47 games.Coach of the Year Justin Wheeler and Bishop Guilfoyle (15-0) defeated Clairton 17-0 in the Class A final on Dec. 9.Since 2009, sports writers who cover high school football around the Commonwealth have overseen the all-state process. Players are nominated in all six classifications, and then a statewide ballot is issued to afford all writers the opportunity to cast their votes.Steel-High senior Eric Washington, who helped the Rollers reach the PIAA semifinals, joined Williams Valley senior Ian Minnich on the offensive line. Minnich was among four Vikings to be selected, joining Tri-Valley League MVP Dylan Rabuck, who rushed for a school-record 2,364 yards and 24 touchdowns, defensive end Devon Rabuck, and linebacker Dylan Wolfgang.2016 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAMCLASS AOFFENSEQuarterbackJosh Trybus, Bishop Guilfoyle — 5-10, 172 seniorNoah Hamlin, Clairton — 5-11, 160 seniorBrenden Makray, Clarion-Limestone — 6-4, 162 juniorRunning BackBraxton Chapman, Farrell — 6-1, 210 seniorLamont Wade, Clairton — 5-9, 190 seniorDylan Rabuck, Williams Valley — 6-0, 189 juniorBraedon St. Clair, Portage — 6-0, 190 seniorNick Stewart, Curwensville — 6-1, 205 juniorTylor Belles, Sayre — 6-0, 210 seniorWide ReceiverGarrett Geresti, Avella — 6-2, 175 seniorSam Leadbetter, Clarion-Limestone — 6-3, 162 seniorMarkus Jenkins, Our Lady of Sacred Heart — 6-1, 181 seniorOffensive LinemenNick Leamer, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-2, 300 juniorEric Washington, Steelton-Highspire — 6-5, 311 seniorSteven McClure, Curwensville — 6-3, 220 juniorWandell Murray, Farrell — 6-3, 315 seniorIan Minnich, Williams Valley — 5-10, 276 seniorAthleteJake Murawski, Moshannon Valley — 6-1, 175 seniorMike Macefe, Clarion-Limestone — 5-8, 182 seniorSpecialistKolton McGhee, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-0, 170 sophomoreDEFENSEDefensive LinemenLuke Frederick, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-5, 225 seniorJustin Kasmierski, Ridgway — 6-3, 235 seniorDevon Rabuck, Williams Valley — 6-0, 198 juniorHunter Poust, Muncy — 6-1, 225 juniorLogan McGeary, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-2, 290 seniorKyle Plesh, Marian Catholic — 6-0, 249 seniorLinebackerAndrew Irwin, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-1, 216 seniorDylan Wolfgang, Williams Valley — 6-1, 165 juniorKyi Wright, Farrell — 6-3, 225 sophomoreKaden Martell, Canton — 6-0, 215 juniorPap Keeler, Farrell — 6-2, 230 seniorDefensive BackKenny Robinson, Imani Christian — 6-2, 200 seniorNeil MacDonald, Ridgway — 6-0, 172 juniorBrock Barrett, Redbank Valley — 6-0, 175 juniorJosh Porterfield, West Middlesex — 5-10, 155 seniorAthleteEli Jacobs, Curwensville — 6-0, 195 seniorDanny Scheib, Tri-Valley — 5-10, 240 juniorPlayer of the Year – Lamont Wade, ClairtonCoach of the Year – Justin Wheeler, Bishop Guilfoylelast_img read more

City League, it’s your time…it’s your turn! (Aug. 16, 2017)
August 12, 2020

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BILL NEAL:10—Here are the finalists for the 4th Annual Pittsburgh City High School All Sports Hall of Fame. A final 20 living legends and 10 deceased legends will be chosen from this group in two weeks. They are; Kevin Barlow, Mel Bennett, John Brewer, Ron Porter, Tonja Stevens, Joe Hnath, Andrew Hodge, George Fitch, William Fitch, Jessie Murphy, Amber Plowden, Eddie Benton, Larry Anderson, Laniece Saunders, Chris Eleam, Lisa White, Mike Ford, Joe Tyson, Vaughn Rivers, Mike Wilson, Raymond Hooper, Charles Pallie, Ngozi Uzdaga, Delaney Howard, Latricha Hall, Nathan Hall, Talise Manvel, Leroy Dillard, Craig Walls, Mark Ellison, Billy Betts, Horace Nelson, Laren Neft, Manela Hodge, Marsha Hodge, Buddy Valinski, Clyde Mann, John Clark, Audie Chapman, Andy Vento, Rasheed Hill, Moe Robinson, James Williams, Paul Champlin, John Henderson, Fred Lucas, Gilbert Cummings, Cedrick Hill, Adolphas Bank, John Quiley, Frank Henderson, Donald Turner, Chuch Griffey, Leslie Neft. The Special Category Awardees for 2017 are: Kevin Parker, Maurice Lucas Courage Award; Albert Kennedy, Pete Diempero Legend Award; Dr. Gloria Hill, Dr. Helen Faison Community Leadership Award, and Bill Hillgrove, Eddie Jefferies Public Relations/Media Award. Team Induction Awardees for 2017 are, the 1996 Schenley High School City League and State Championship Team, and the 1971 Schenley High School City League and State Championship Team.:09—Now Here’s the Details: When history was made in Pittsburgh, and most especially the Black community, only one source brought you the news and the facts as they happened. That tradition continues as the New Pittsburgh Courier will once again team with Achieving Greatness Inc., Highmark, Pittsburgh Board of Education, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Pittsburgh, the Office of the Chief Executive of Allegheny County, Chuck Sanders Charities and UPMC to present the 2017 Pittsburgh City League High School Hall of Fame Inductions. Pre-Hall of Fame reception at the Savoy, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. until…and the Hall of Fame inductions are at the August Wilson Center, Oct. 7. Cocktail reception, 6 p.m., award presentations, 7 p.m. Follow your New Pittsburgh Courier for more details.:08—Ordinarily, I would tell you not to get excited over a Steelers preseason game except…I’m excited. Man, they looked good. And I’ll remind you what Chuck Noll said…“If the games didn’t matter, they wouldn’t play them!” Quote “The Emperor” Chuck Noll forever more!:07—Speaking of getting excited, I think it’s safe to maintain a level of excitement for your Pittsburgh Pirates. Still holding tight in third place behind the Cubs and the Cards. (Still just building up for a second-place finish to keep ya smilin’!):06—Usain Bolt ends his career as a human being. Finishing third in his trademark 100 meters and coming up lame in the 4×100, as if he has anything in “the world” to worry about.:05—There was a major golf tournament of some kind, somewhere and somebody won, but as you know, not my thing. Just be happy I told you about it. Now keep it moving!!!:04—Did someone say Earth…Wind…and Fire!!! Well you should have been there. That’s all I can tell ya. I mean, simply amazing and how Phillip Bailey can still hit those super high notes is beyond unbelievable. It was, in fact, 1979 again with advanced technology and sound.:03—Pittsburgh City League football is here. Parents, be supportive, be involved, be concerned…but let it be from a distance. Let your children play the game, play the instruments and do the cheering. You just play parent.:02—Get ready to get ready. “The Great White Party” and Car Show! At the Savoy, Saturday, September 2. Come dressed in your best white. DJ at the car show, all great cars welcomed. $10 car registration and party ticket. First, second and third-place trophies for best car on-site. Party continues inside until 10 p.m. Call 412-628-4856 to register your car.:01—Last word to the wise. When you come to the detour sign at the corner of Homewood and Frankstown that says N. Korea to the right…you better turn your butt to the left!:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

Steelers’ first depth chart of 2017 has no Bell, no Conner, and a battle at tight end, linebacker (Mike Pelaia’s Column Aug. 9)
August 12, 2020

first_imgJUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER at Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Aug. 3, 2017 (Photo by Will McBride)AUGUST 9, 2017-The Black and Gold have released their initial depth chart for 2017 and it’s mostly interesting in that any player not currently participating is not listed on the chart.For example, Le’Veon Bell nor James Conner are listed as running backs. Center Maurkice Pouncey is not listed, nor is Landry Jones behind Big Ben at the moment.However, as I sift through the initial listing, there are a few positions that I anticipate will change as the preseason progresses, possibly even after this week.Since the list is a bit jumbled this year, with the lack of non-participants being included, I will break down the positions I see changing over the course of the next week or so, while leaving the obvious positions such as Ben Roethlisberger at QB and Antonio Brown as the number one wide receiver without further comment.Offensively there are a couple of listed positions that I believe have the opportunity to see change in the coming weeks.Wide Receiver: Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed as the number two receiver, Eli Rogers as the three, Justin Hunter as the four and JuJu Smith-Schuster is fifth on the depth chart. I do see some major shakeups with this unit’s depth chart as the preseason sunsets and the regular season’s sun rises. I fully expect Heyward-Bey to be released, let alone be the second option at receiver. Ultimately, when Martavis Bryant returns, I expect he’ll take the second spot. I believe Smith-Schuster has the talent and skill set to potentially contend for the second receiver spot as well. The learning curve for rookies at receiver is not that difficult so there is a true opportunity for Smith-Schuster to shine here.Rogers at three and Hunter at four are also no guarantees as DeMarcus Ayers is currently not listed and I believe he has a fantastic opportunity to catapult to the slot receiver in the three-hole when he’s healthy. Justin Hunter is not a lock to even make this team, despite being signed this offseason, Sammie Coates can battle him for that spot and I guarantee that the Steelers will not keep both of those guys; only one is coming out of the preseason on this roster. Cobi Hamilton, who is currently listed as sixth is as good as gone.Tight End: An interesting battle to say the least. Jesse James is currently listed as the number one guy with David Johnson as the backup and Xavier Grimble behind him. I can actually see any of these three guys ending up in any of the three spots. I tend to lean towards James carrying the starter label into the regular season but believe you’ll see Grimble surpass Johnson for the backup role before camp breaks.Another note or two on the offensive side of the ball is seeing B.J. Finney listed as the number one center (with Pouncey out) and Fitz Touissant as the starting running back (with Bell and Conner out). What that tells me is both men are locks to make the team when the regular season roster is complete.Moving on to the defensive side of the ball, most players seem to fit in the roles I anticipate they’ll ultimately start the season at, but I find some battles intriguing, nonetheless.The first area that I anticipate change is at left outside linebacker, a battle between Anthony Chickillo and Arthur Moats. At the moment Chickillo is listed as the backup to Bud Dupree and Moats sits a distant third on the chart. I think Moats has more skill and experience and will leapfrog Chickillo for the backup role by the time the third pre-season game is over.At right inside linebacker, Vince Williams has been given the nod as the starter. Rightfully so, however, I think there is a battle for the backup spot with Steven Johnson currently listed as second on the chart and Tyler Matkaveck being third. To me, Matkavech brings more tenacity and has better football instincts than Johnson and will ultimately be the second man on the depth chart as we navigate through the preseason.I find right outside linebacker to be a potential battle as well. Yes, James Harrison is listed as the starter and he’s certainly a Pittsburgh legend. The Steelers’ top pick in 2017, T.J. Watt sits behind him on the depth chart. Call me crazy, but I believe that at some point into the season, the roles will reverse. I think Harrison, at his age, will be more effective as the backup, at least for the middle part of the season, to rest his legs and will find himself spelling Watt. Harrison will still get his snaps but not necessarily as the starter.At cornerback, William Gay sits as the number two guy on both sides of the field behind Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell. If Cameron Sutton gets healthy (definitely an “if” at this point) then I fully believe he becomes the third corner and could eventually challenge for Cockrell’s spot as a starter, much like Burns did in 2016 as the season progressed.One last note… Senquez Golson is not listed. As usual, as he’s hurt again. If he can’t find a way to get on the field this year in the preseason, the Steelers will need to let him move on.This depth chart is obviously very preliminary and certainly lacks clarity when the non-participants are not listed, but it’s certainly worth a look and gives you a bit of a guide on some battles to watch as the preseason unfolds over the coming weeks.last_img read more

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first_img10Legends4961141174261114 8Nom’s Bar6534476474280350 PosTeamSc.PtsSc.PtsSc.PtsScorePoints 7Nervous Wreck64344753861280459 Results & Standings Jan 10 3Cheers7157688128612889100 B/F3-Jan10-JanTotalTotal 6The Londoner6655078676681962 Percentage correct by round this week:center_img 2Palmers754938410847922110 Geog.SportHistoryMoviesScienceReadingGeneralAllAverage Team 5Rising Sun6735378676682765 9W. Tankie5982969276674337 4Offshore Bar6815883776684071 1Bowling Green7499184108612919113 58.60%91.40%87.10%80.00%75.70%84.30%78.80%79.40%Total:  79.4last_img

first_imgLAS VEGAS — During a comprehensive day-long interview with ESPN boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather told “First Take’s” Stephen A. Smith that he felt that he had replaced the venerated Muhammad Ali as the greatest.That bodacious proclamation did not go over well with Ali’s legion of fans nor with sports pundits. Mayweather, however, remains undeterred that he now owns the title of “The Greatest of All Time.”This is what he told Smith:“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” Mayweather said at the time. “No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that.”George Foreman, who fought Ali in the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974, told reporters his thoughts on Floyd’s comments and he surprisingly agreed with Floyd:“Pound for pound, Floyd is better than me and Muhammad Ali ever were,” he said. “This is a better generation by far,” Foreman said. “They’re smarter, they’re stronger, they’re overall just better fighters.”Muhammad on the other hand does not agree with Mayweather or Foreman and released a statement via his Twitter telling Mayweather to not forget who the legend is. Check out the tweet below:last_img read more

first_imgLAS VEGAS — During a comprehensive day-long interview with ESPN boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather told “First Take’s” Stephen A. Smith that he felt that he had replaced the venerated Muhammad Ali as the greatest.That bodacious proclamation did not go over well with Ali’s legion of fans nor with sports pundits. Mayweather, however, remains undeterred that he now owns the title of “The Greatest of All Time.”This is what he told Smith:“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” Mayweather said at the time. “No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that.”George Foreman, who fought Ali in the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974, told reporters his thoughts on Floyd’s comments and he surprisingly agreed with Floyd:“Pound for pound, Floyd is better than me and Muhammad Ali ever were,” he said. “This is a better generation by far,” Foreman said. “They’re smarter, they’re stronger, they’re overall just better fighters.”Muhammad on the other hand does not agree with Mayweather or Foreman and released a statement via his Twitter telling Mayweather to not forget who the legend is. Check out the tweet below:last_img read more

first_imgRonda Rousey gets ready for her UFC 157 women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts match with Liz Carmouche in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Rousey won by tapout in the first round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) _ UFC star Ronda Rousey will host “Saturday Night Live” on Jan. 23.The show announced the plan Tuesday, with Selena Gomez as the musical guest.Rousey (12-1) was the first female fighter signed by the UFC. She defended her 135-pound title six times before her shocking loss to Holly Holm in Australia two months ago.Rousey also is an actor, appearing in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7” and the film version of “Entourage.” She has several additional acting jobs in various stages of development.Rousey is the first mixed martial artist to host the show, but athletes have a long history in Studio 8H.LeBron James, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter and boxers George Foreman and Marvin Hagler have all hosted “Saturday Night Live” or appeared on the show.last_img read more

first_imgRonda Rousey gets ready for her UFC 157 women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts match with Liz Carmouche in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Rousey won by tapout in the first round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) _ UFC star Ronda Rousey will host “Saturday Night Live” on Jan. 23.The show announced the plan Tuesday, with Selena Gomez as the musical guest.Rousey (12-1) was the first female fighter signed by the UFC. She defended her 135-pound title six times before her shocking loss to Holly Holm in Australia two months ago.Rousey also is an actor, appearing in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7” and the film version of “Entourage.” She has several additional acting jobs in various stages of development.Rousey is the first mixed martial artist to host the show, but athletes have a long history in Studio 8H.LeBron James, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter and boxers George Foreman and Marvin Hagler have all hosted “Saturday Night Live” or appeared on the show.last_img read more

first_imgLeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made history twice, while Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors experienced an epic collapse on Sunday, falling 93-89 in Game Seven of the NBA Finals.With the win, the Cavs become the city’s first sports team to win a title in over 50 years, not since the Jim Brown led Cleveland Browns won the football title in 1964. The Cavs also became the fist team to ever come back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.After storming through the regular season with a record 73 wins from 82 games, the Warriors penned another unwanted mark in the NBA record books on Sunday when they became the first team to squander a 3-1 Finals lead.Prior to this year, no team in 32 tries had ever come all the way back from 1-3 down to win the NBA Finals — and they accomplished this historic feat at the Oracle where the Warriors had lost just four times all season.Take a look at some of the funnest and best memes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA Champions.last_img read more

first_imgLeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made history twice, while Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors experienced an epic collapse on Sunday, falling 93-89 in Game Seven of the NBA Finals.With the win, the Cavs become the city’s first sports team to win a title in over 50 years, not since the Jim Brown led Cleveland Browns won the football title in 1964. The Cavs also became the fist team to ever come back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.After storming through the regular season with a record 73 wins from 82 games, the Warriors penned another unwanted mark in the NBA record books on Sunday when they became the first team to squander a 3-1 Finals lead.Prior to this year, no team in 32 tries had ever come all the way back from 1-3 down to win the NBA Finals — and they accomplished this historic feat at the Oracle where the Warriors had lost just four times all season.Take a look at some of the funnest and best memes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA Champions.last_img read more

first_imgLAMONT WADE (38) (Courier File Photo)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ This has been a December to remember for Clairton senior Lamont Wade.Only days after adding his name to Penn State’s stellar recruiting class of 2017, Wade added Class A Player of the Year honors on Monday with the release of the Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State team.Clairton’s five-star cornerback became Penn State’s 18th commitment on Saturday, choosing the Nittany Lions over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Tennessee and UCLA. Wade also carried the Bears into another championship weekend in Hershey recently with more than 2,000 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.The 5-9, 190-pounder capped his Clairton career with more than 7,000 rushing yards and cabinet full of accolades, like the state’s reigning Gatorade Player of the Year.Three-time Class A champion Bishop Guilfoyle placed six players on the all-state team, including defensive end Luke Frederick, a University of Delaware recruit, and Harvard-bound linebacker Andrew Irwin, who posted 40 total touchdowns and 154 tackles in helping the Marauders extend their winning streak to 47 games.Coach of the Year Justin Wheeler and Bishop Guilfoyle (15-0) defeated Clairton 17-0 in the Class A final on Dec. 9.Since 2009, sports writers who cover high school football around the Commonwealth have overseen the all-state process. Players are nominated in all six classifications, and then a statewide ballot is issued to afford all writers the opportunity to cast their votes.Steel-High senior Eric Washington, who helped the Rollers reach the PIAA semifinals, joined Williams Valley senior Ian Minnich on the offensive line. Minnich was among four Vikings to be selected, joining Tri-Valley League MVP Dylan Rabuck, who rushed for a school-record 2,364 yards and 24 touchdowns, defensive end Devon Rabuck, and linebacker Dylan Wolfgang.2016 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAMCLASS AOFFENSEQuarterbackJosh Trybus, Bishop Guilfoyle — 5-10, 172 seniorNoah Hamlin, Clairton — 5-11, 160 seniorBrenden Makray, Clarion-Limestone — 6-4, 162 juniorRunning BackBraxton Chapman, Farrell — 6-1, 210 seniorLamont Wade, Clairton — 5-9, 190 seniorDylan Rabuck, Williams Valley — 6-0, 189 juniorBraedon St. Clair, Portage — 6-0, 190 seniorNick Stewart, Curwensville — 6-1, 205 juniorTylor Belles, Sayre — 6-0, 210 seniorWide ReceiverGarrett Geresti, Avella — 6-2, 175 seniorSam Leadbetter, Clarion-Limestone — 6-3, 162 seniorMarkus Jenkins, Our Lady of Sacred Heart — 6-1, 181 seniorOffensive LinemenNick Leamer, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-2, 300 juniorEric Washington, Steelton-Highspire — 6-5, 311 seniorSteven McClure, Curwensville — 6-3, 220 juniorWandell Murray, Farrell — 6-3, 315 seniorIan Minnich, Williams Valley — 5-10, 276 seniorAthleteJake Murawski, Moshannon Valley — 6-1, 175 seniorMike Macefe, Clarion-Limestone — 5-8, 182 seniorSpecialistKolton McGhee, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-0, 170 sophomoreDEFENSEDefensive LinemenLuke Frederick, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-5, 225 seniorJustin Kasmierski, Ridgway — 6-3, 235 seniorDevon Rabuck, Williams Valley — 6-0, 198 juniorHunter Poust, Muncy — 6-1, 225 juniorLogan McGeary, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-2, 290 seniorKyle Plesh, Marian Catholic — 6-0, 249 seniorLinebackerAndrew Irwin, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-1, 216 seniorDylan Wolfgang, Williams Valley — 6-1, 165 juniorKyi Wright, Farrell — 6-3, 225 sophomoreKaden Martell, Canton — 6-0, 215 juniorPap Keeler, Farrell — 6-2, 230 seniorDefensive BackKenny Robinson, Imani Christian — 6-2, 200 seniorNeil MacDonald, Ridgway — 6-0, 172 juniorBrock Barrett, Redbank Valley — 6-0, 175 juniorJosh Porterfield, West Middlesex — 5-10, 155 seniorAthleteEli Jacobs, Curwensville — 6-0, 195 seniorDanny Scheib, Tri-Valley — 5-10, 240 juniorPlayer of the Year – Lamont Wade, ClairtonCoach of the Year – Justin Wheeler, Bishop Guilfoylelast_img read more

first_imgLAMONT WADE (38) (Courier File Photo)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ This has been a December to remember for Clairton senior Lamont Wade.Only days after adding his name to Penn State’s stellar recruiting class of 2017, Wade added Class A Player of the Year honors on Monday with the release of the Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State team.Clairton’s five-star cornerback became Penn State’s 18th commitment on Saturday, choosing the Nittany Lions over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Tennessee and UCLA. Wade also carried the Bears into another championship weekend in Hershey recently with more than 2,000 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.The 5-9, 190-pounder capped his Clairton career with more than 7,000 rushing yards and cabinet full of accolades, like the state’s reigning Gatorade Player of the Year.Three-time Class A champion Bishop Guilfoyle placed six players on the all-state team, including defensive end Luke Frederick, a University of Delaware recruit, and Harvard-bound linebacker Andrew Irwin, who posted 40 total touchdowns and 154 tackles in helping the Marauders extend their winning streak to 47 games.Coach of the Year Justin Wheeler and Bishop Guilfoyle (15-0) defeated Clairton 17-0 in the Class A final on Dec. 9.Since 2009, sports writers who cover high school football around the Commonwealth have overseen the all-state process. Players are nominated in all six classifications, and then a statewide ballot is issued to afford all writers the opportunity to cast their votes.Steel-High senior Eric Washington, who helped the Rollers reach the PIAA semifinals, joined Williams Valley senior Ian Minnich on the offensive line. Minnich was among four Vikings to be selected, joining Tri-Valley League MVP Dylan Rabuck, who rushed for a school-record 2,364 yards and 24 touchdowns, defensive end Devon Rabuck, and linebacker Dylan Wolfgang.2016 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAMCLASS AOFFENSEQuarterbackJosh Trybus, Bishop Guilfoyle — 5-10, 172 seniorNoah Hamlin, Clairton — 5-11, 160 seniorBrenden Makray, Clarion-Limestone — 6-4, 162 juniorRunning BackBraxton Chapman, Farrell — 6-1, 210 seniorLamont Wade, Clairton — 5-9, 190 seniorDylan Rabuck, Williams Valley — 6-0, 189 juniorBraedon St. Clair, Portage — 6-0, 190 seniorNick Stewart, Curwensville — 6-1, 205 juniorTylor Belles, Sayre — 6-0, 210 seniorWide ReceiverGarrett Geresti, Avella — 6-2, 175 seniorSam Leadbetter, Clarion-Limestone — 6-3, 162 seniorMarkus Jenkins, Our Lady of Sacred Heart — 6-1, 181 seniorOffensive LinemenNick Leamer, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-2, 300 juniorEric Washington, Steelton-Highspire — 6-5, 311 seniorSteven McClure, Curwensville — 6-3, 220 juniorWandell Murray, Farrell — 6-3, 315 seniorIan Minnich, Williams Valley — 5-10, 276 seniorAthleteJake Murawski, Moshannon Valley — 6-1, 175 seniorMike Macefe, Clarion-Limestone — 5-8, 182 seniorSpecialistKolton McGhee, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-0, 170 sophomoreDEFENSEDefensive LinemenLuke Frederick, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-5, 225 seniorJustin Kasmierski, Ridgway — 6-3, 235 seniorDevon Rabuck, Williams Valley — 6-0, 198 juniorHunter Poust, Muncy — 6-1, 225 juniorLogan McGeary, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-2, 290 seniorKyle Plesh, Marian Catholic — 6-0, 249 seniorLinebackerAndrew Irwin, Bishop Guilfoyle — 6-1, 216 seniorDylan Wolfgang, Williams Valley — 6-1, 165 juniorKyi Wright, Farrell — 6-3, 225 sophomoreKaden Martell, Canton — 6-0, 215 juniorPap Keeler, Farrell — 6-2, 230 seniorDefensive BackKenny Robinson, Imani Christian — 6-2, 200 seniorNeil MacDonald, Ridgway — 6-0, 172 juniorBrock Barrett, Redbank Valley — 6-0, 175 juniorJosh Porterfield, West Middlesex — 5-10, 155 seniorAthleteEli Jacobs, Curwensville — 6-0, 195 seniorDanny Scheib, Tri-Valley — 5-10, 240 juniorPlayer of the Year – Lamont Wade, ClairtonCoach of the Year – Justin Wheeler, Bishop Guilfoylelast_img read more

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BILL NEAL:10—Here are the finalists for the 4th Annual Pittsburgh City High School All Sports Hall of Fame. A final 20 living legends and 10 deceased legends will be chosen from this group in two weeks. They are; Kevin Barlow, Mel Bennett, John Brewer, Ron Porter, Tonja Stevens, Joe Hnath, Andrew Hodge, George Fitch, William Fitch, Jessie Murphy, Amber Plowden, Eddie Benton, Larry Anderson, Laniece Saunders, Chris Eleam, Lisa White, Mike Ford, Joe Tyson, Vaughn Rivers, Mike Wilson, Raymond Hooper, Charles Pallie, Ngozi Uzdaga, Delaney Howard, Latricha Hall, Nathan Hall, Talise Manvel, Leroy Dillard, Craig Walls, Mark Ellison, Billy Betts, Horace Nelson, Laren Neft, Manela Hodge, Marsha Hodge, Buddy Valinski, Clyde Mann, John Clark, Audie Chapman, Andy Vento, Rasheed Hill, Moe Robinson, James Williams, Paul Champlin, John Henderson, Fred Lucas, Gilbert Cummings, Cedrick Hill, Adolphas Bank, John Quiley, Frank Henderson, Donald Turner, Chuch Griffey, Leslie Neft. The Special Category Awardees for 2017 are: Kevin Parker, Maurice Lucas Courage Award; Albert Kennedy, Pete Diempero Legend Award; Dr. Gloria Hill, Dr. Helen Faison Community Leadership Award, and Bill Hillgrove, Eddie Jefferies Public Relations/Media Award. Team Induction Awardees for 2017 are, the 1996 Schenley High School City League and State Championship Team, and the 1971 Schenley High School City League and State Championship Team.:09—Now Here’s the Details: When history was made in Pittsburgh, and most especially the Black community, only one source brought you the news and the facts as they happened. That tradition continues as the New Pittsburgh Courier will once again team with Achieving Greatness Inc., Highmark, Pittsburgh Board of Education, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Pittsburgh, the Office of the Chief Executive of Allegheny County, Chuck Sanders Charities and UPMC to present the 2017 Pittsburgh City League High School Hall of Fame Inductions. Pre-Hall of Fame reception at the Savoy, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. until…and the Hall of Fame inductions are at the August Wilson Center, Oct. 7. Cocktail reception, 6 p.m., award presentations, 7 p.m. Follow your New Pittsburgh Courier for more details.:08—Ordinarily, I would tell you not to get excited over a Steelers preseason game except…I’m excited. Man, they looked good. And I’ll remind you what Chuck Noll said…“If the games didn’t matter, they wouldn’t play them!” Quote “The Emperor” Chuck Noll forever more!:07—Speaking of getting excited, I think it’s safe to maintain a level of excitement for your Pittsburgh Pirates. Still holding tight in third place behind the Cubs and the Cards. (Still just building up for a second-place finish to keep ya smilin’!):06—Usain Bolt ends his career as a human being. Finishing third in his trademark 100 meters and coming up lame in the 4×100, as if he has anything in “the world” to worry about.:05—There was a major golf tournament of some kind, somewhere and somebody won, but as you know, not my thing. Just be happy I told you about it. Now keep it moving!!!:04—Did someone say Earth…Wind…and Fire!!! Well you should have been there. That’s all I can tell ya. I mean, simply amazing and how Phillip Bailey can still hit those super high notes is beyond unbelievable. It was, in fact, 1979 again with advanced technology and sound.:03—Pittsburgh City League football is here. Parents, be supportive, be involved, be concerned…but let it be from a distance. Let your children play the game, play the instruments and do the cheering. You just play parent.:02—Get ready to get ready. “The Great White Party” and Car Show! At the Savoy, Saturday, September 2. Come dressed in your best white. DJ at the car show, all great cars welcomed. $10 car registration and party ticket. First, second and third-place trophies for best car on-site. Party continues inside until 10 p.m. Call 412-628-4856 to register your car.:01—Last word to the wise. When you come to the detour sign at the corner of Homewood and Frankstown that says N. Korea to the right…you better turn your butt to the left!:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BILL NEAL:10—Here are the finalists for the 4th Annual Pittsburgh City High School All Sports Hall of Fame. A final 20 living legends and 10 deceased legends will be chosen from this group in two weeks. They are; Kevin Barlow, Mel Bennett, John Brewer, Ron Porter, Tonja Stevens, Joe Hnath, Andrew Hodge, George Fitch, William Fitch, Jessie Murphy, Amber Plowden, Eddie Benton, Larry Anderson, Laniece Saunders, Chris Eleam, Lisa White, Mike Ford, Joe Tyson, Vaughn Rivers, Mike Wilson, Raymond Hooper, Charles Pallie, Ngozi Uzdaga, Delaney Howard, Latricha Hall, Nathan Hall, Talise Manvel, Leroy Dillard, Craig Walls, Mark Ellison, Billy Betts, Horace Nelson, Laren Neft, Manela Hodge, Marsha Hodge, Buddy Valinski, Clyde Mann, John Clark, Audie Chapman, Andy Vento, Rasheed Hill, Moe Robinson, James Williams, Paul Champlin, John Henderson, Fred Lucas, Gilbert Cummings, Cedrick Hill, Adolphas Bank, John Quiley, Frank Henderson, Donald Turner, Chuch Griffey, Leslie Neft. The Special Category Awardees for 2017 are: Kevin Parker, Maurice Lucas Courage Award; Albert Kennedy, Pete Diempero Legend Award; Dr. Gloria Hill, Dr. Helen Faison Community Leadership Award, and Bill Hillgrove, Eddie Jefferies Public Relations/Media Award. Team Induction Awardees for 2017 are, the 1996 Schenley High School City League and State Championship Team, and the 1971 Schenley High School City League and State Championship Team.:09—Now Here’s the Details: When history was made in Pittsburgh, and most especially the Black community, only one source brought you the news and the facts as they happened. That tradition continues as the New Pittsburgh Courier will once again team with Achieving Greatness Inc., Highmark, Pittsburgh Board of Education, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Pittsburgh, the Office of the Chief Executive of Allegheny County, Chuck Sanders Charities and UPMC to present the 2017 Pittsburgh City League High School Hall of Fame Inductions. Pre-Hall of Fame reception at the Savoy, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. until…and the Hall of Fame inductions are at the August Wilson Center, Oct. 7. Cocktail reception, 6 p.m., award presentations, 7 p.m. Follow your New Pittsburgh Courier for more details.:08—Ordinarily, I would tell you not to get excited over a Steelers preseason game except…I’m excited. Man, they looked good. And I’ll remind you what Chuck Noll said…“If the games didn’t matter, they wouldn’t play them!” Quote “The Emperor” Chuck Noll forever more!:07—Speaking of getting excited, I think it’s safe to maintain a level of excitement for your Pittsburgh Pirates. Still holding tight in third place behind the Cubs and the Cards. (Still just building up for a second-place finish to keep ya smilin’!):06—Usain Bolt ends his career as a human being. Finishing third in his trademark 100 meters and coming up lame in the 4×100, as if he has anything in “the world” to worry about.:05—There was a major golf tournament of some kind, somewhere and somebody won, but as you know, not my thing. Just be happy I told you about it. Now keep it moving!!!:04—Did someone say Earth…Wind…and Fire!!! Well you should have been there. That’s all I can tell ya. I mean, simply amazing and how Phillip Bailey can still hit those super high notes is beyond unbelievable. It was, in fact, 1979 again with advanced technology and sound.:03—Pittsburgh City League football is here. Parents, be supportive, be involved, be concerned…but let it be from a distance. Let your children play the game, play the instruments and do the cheering. You just play parent.:02—Get ready to get ready. “The Great White Party” and Car Show! At the Savoy, Saturday, September 2. Come dressed in your best white. DJ at the car show, all great cars welcomed. $10 car registration and party ticket. First, second and third-place trophies for best car on-site. Party continues inside until 10 p.m. Call 412-628-4856 to register your car.:01—Last word to the wise. When you come to the detour sign at the corner of Homewood and Frankstown that says N. Korea to the right…you better turn your butt to the left!:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

first_imgJUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER at Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Aug. 3, 2017 (Photo by Will McBride)AUGUST 9, 2017-The Black and Gold have released their initial depth chart for 2017 and it’s mostly interesting in that any player not currently participating is not listed on the chart.For example, Le’Veon Bell nor James Conner are listed as running backs. Center Maurkice Pouncey is not listed, nor is Landry Jones behind Big Ben at the moment.However, as I sift through the initial listing, there are a few positions that I anticipate will change as the preseason progresses, possibly even after this week.Since the list is a bit jumbled this year, with the lack of non-participants being included, I will break down the positions I see changing over the course of the next week or so, while leaving the obvious positions such as Ben Roethlisberger at QB and Antonio Brown as the number one wide receiver without further comment.Offensively there are a couple of listed positions that I believe have the opportunity to see change in the coming weeks.Wide Receiver: Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed as the number two receiver, Eli Rogers as the three, Justin Hunter as the four and JuJu Smith-Schuster is fifth on the depth chart. I do see some major shakeups with this unit’s depth chart as the preseason sunsets and the regular season’s sun rises. I fully expect Heyward-Bey to be released, let alone be the second option at receiver. Ultimately, when Martavis Bryant returns, I expect he’ll take the second spot. I believe Smith-Schuster has the talent and skill set to potentially contend for the second receiver spot as well. The learning curve for rookies at receiver is not that difficult so there is a true opportunity for Smith-Schuster to shine here.Rogers at three and Hunter at four are also no guarantees as DeMarcus Ayers is currently not listed and I believe he has a fantastic opportunity to catapult to the slot receiver in the three-hole when he’s healthy. Justin Hunter is not a lock to even make this team, despite being signed this offseason, Sammie Coates can battle him for that spot and I guarantee that the Steelers will not keep both of those guys; only one is coming out of the preseason on this roster. Cobi Hamilton, who is currently listed as sixth is as good as gone.Tight End: An interesting battle to say the least. Jesse James is currently listed as the number one guy with David Johnson as the backup and Xavier Grimble behind him. I can actually see any of these three guys ending up in any of the three spots. I tend to lean towards James carrying the starter label into the regular season but believe you’ll see Grimble surpass Johnson for the backup role before camp breaks.Another note or two on the offensive side of the ball is seeing B.J. Finney listed as the number one center (with Pouncey out) and Fitz Touissant as the starting running back (with Bell and Conner out). What that tells me is both men are locks to make the team when the regular season roster is complete.Moving on to the defensive side of the ball, most players seem to fit in the roles I anticipate they’ll ultimately start the season at, but I find some battles intriguing, nonetheless.The first area that I anticipate change is at left outside linebacker, a battle between Anthony Chickillo and Arthur Moats. At the moment Chickillo is listed as the backup to Bud Dupree and Moats sits a distant third on the chart. I think Moats has more skill and experience and will leapfrog Chickillo for the backup role by the time the third pre-season game is over.At right inside linebacker, Vince Williams has been given the nod as the starter. Rightfully so, however, I think there is a battle for the backup spot with Steven Johnson currently listed as second on the chart and Tyler Matkaveck being third. To me, Matkavech brings more tenacity and has better football instincts than Johnson and will ultimately be the second man on the depth chart as we navigate through the preseason.I find right outside linebacker to be a potential battle as well. Yes, James Harrison is listed as the starter and he’s certainly a Pittsburgh legend. The Steelers’ top pick in 2017, T.J. Watt sits behind him on the depth chart. Call me crazy, but I believe that at some point into the season, the roles will reverse. I think Harrison, at his age, will be more effective as the backup, at least for the middle part of the season, to rest his legs and will find himself spelling Watt. Harrison will still get his snaps but not necessarily as the starter.At cornerback, William Gay sits as the number two guy on both sides of the field behind Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell. If Cameron Sutton gets healthy (definitely an “if” at this point) then I fully believe he becomes the third corner and could eventually challenge for Cockrell’s spot as a starter, much like Burns did in 2016 as the season progressed.One last note… Senquez Golson is not listed. As usual, as he’s hurt again. If he can’t find a way to get on the field this year in the preseason, the Steelers will need to let him move on.This depth chart is obviously very preliminary and certainly lacks clarity when the non-participants are not listed, but it’s certainly worth a look and gives you a bit of a guide on some battles to watch as the preseason unfolds over the coming weeks.last_img read more

first_imgJUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER at Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Aug. 3, 2017 (Photo by Will McBride)AUGUST 9, 2017-The Black and Gold have released their initial depth chart for 2017 and it’s mostly interesting in that any player not currently participating is not listed on the chart.For example, Le’Veon Bell nor James Conner are listed as running backs. Center Maurkice Pouncey is not listed, nor is Landry Jones behind Big Ben at the moment.However, as I sift through the initial listing, there are a few positions that I anticipate will change as the preseason progresses, possibly even after this week.Since the list is a bit jumbled this year, with the lack of non-participants being included, I will break down the positions I see changing over the course of the next week or so, while leaving the obvious positions such as Ben Roethlisberger at QB and Antonio Brown as the number one wide receiver without further comment.Offensively there are a couple of listed positions that I believe have the opportunity to see change in the coming weeks.Wide Receiver: Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed as the number two receiver, Eli Rogers as the three, Justin Hunter as the four and JuJu Smith-Schuster is fifth on the depth chart. I do see some major shakeups with this unit’s depth chart as the preseason sunsets and the regular season’s sun rises. I fully expect Heyward-Bey to be released, let alone be the second option at receiver. Ultimately, when Martavis Bryant returns, I expect he’ll take the second spot. I believe Smith-Schuster has the talent and skill set to potentially contend for the second receiver spot as well. The learning curve for rookies at receiver is not that difficult so there is a true opportunity for Smith-Schuster to shine here.Rogers at three and Hunter at four are also no guarantees as DeMarcus Ayers is currently not listed and I believe he has a fantastic opportunity to catapult to the slot receiver in the three-hole when he’s healthy. Justin Hunter is not a lock to even make this team, despite being signed this offseason, Sammie Coates can battle him for that spot and I guarantee that the Steelers will not keep both of those guys; only one is coming out of the preseason on this roster. Cobi Hamilton, who is currently listed as sixth is as good as gone.Tight End: An interesting battle to say the least. Jesse James is currently listed as the number one guy with David Johnson as the backup and Xavier Grimble behind him. I can actually see any of these three guys ending up in any of the three spots. I tend to lean towards James carrying the starter label into the regular season but believe you’ll see Grimble surpass Johnson for the backup role before camp breaks.Another note or two on the offensive side of the ball is seeing B.J. Finney listed as the number one center (with Pouncey out) and Fitz Touissant as the starting running back (with Bell and Conner out). What that tells me is both men are locks to make the team when the regular season roster is complete.Moving on to the defensive side of the ball, most players seem to fit in the roles I anticipate they’ll ultimately start the season at, but I find some battles intriguing, nonetheless.The first area that I anticipate change is at left outside linebacker, a battle between Anthony Chickillo and Arthur Moats. At the moment Chickillo is listed as the backup to Bud Dupree and Moats sits a distant third on the chart. I think Moats has more skill and experience and will leapfrog Chickillo for the backup role by the time the third pre-season game is over.At right inside linebacker, Vince Williams has been given the nod as the starter. Rightfully so, however, I think there is a battle for the backup spot with Steven Johnson currently listed as second on the chart and Tyler Matkaveck being third. To me, Matkavech brings more tenacity and has better football instincts than Johnson and will ultimately be the second man on the depth chart as we navigate through the preseason.I find right outside linebacker to be a potential battle as well. Yes, James Harrison is listed as the starter and he’s certainly a Pittsburgh legend. The Steelers’ top pick in 2017, T.J. Watt sits behind him on the depth chart. Call me crazy, but I believe that at some point into the season, the roles will reverse. I think Harrison, at his age, will be more effective as the backup, at least for the middle part of the season, to rest his legs and will find himself spelling Watt. Harrison will still get his snaps but not necessarily as the starter.At cornerback, William Gay sits as the number two guy on both sides of the field behind Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell. If Cameron Sutton gets healthy (definitely an “if” at this point) then I fully believe he becomes the third corner and could eventually challenge for Cockrell’s spot as a starter, much like Burns did in 2016 as the season progressed.One last note… Senquez Golson is not listed. As usual, as he’s hurt again. If he can’t find a way to get on the field this year in the preseason, the Steelers will need to let him move on.This depth chart is obviously very preliminary and certainly lacks clarity when the non-participants are not listed, but it’s certainly worth a look and gives you a bit of a guide on some battles to watch as the preseason unfolds over the coming weeks.last_img read more

first_imgTHE STEELERS ARE BACK, and the New Pittsburgh Courier this 2017 season will provide extensive coverage of the Black and Gold! In the above photo Brian Cook gets a shot of receiver Antonio Brown showin’ love to the fans at Heinz Field, Aug. 6.Labeled, “Courier Steelers Central,” Courier columnists Aubrey Bruce, Bill Neal and Mike Pelaia will provide their expertise on the team, while Courier photographers Will McBride, Thomas Sabol, and Brian Cook get you up close and personal in pictures and video.Go to www.newpittsburghcourier.com to see the latest Steelers updates.Will McBride gets a shot of receiver Demarcus Ayers trying to catch as many punted balls as possible, Aug. 3. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

first_imgTHE STEELERS ARE BACK, and the New Pittsburgh Courier this 2017 season will provide extensive coverage of the Black and Gold! In the above photo Brian Cook gets a shot of receiver Antonio Brown showin’ love to the fans at Heinz Field, Aug. 6.Labeled, “Courier Steelers Central,” Courier columnists Aubrey Bruce, Bill Neal and Mike Pelaia will provide their expertise on the team, while Courier photographers Will McBride, Thomas Sabol, and Brian Cook get you up close and personal in pictures and video.Go to www.newpittsburghcourier.com to see the latest Steelers updates.Will McBride gets a shot of receiver Demarcus Ayers trying to catch as many punted balls as possible, Aug. 3. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier The P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Jakim Donaldson basketball camp was held July 26-28 at Pittsburgh Perry High School, and, as always, the 50 or so youth attendees left the camp with even more knowledge.JAKIM DONALDSON speaks with kids at his annual P.R.O.M.I.S.E. basketball camp. (Photos by J.L. Martello)Knowledge about the game of basketball, including ball-handling, shooting, etc., but new this year, Charles X. Cook, a fitness and physical instructor, talked to the youth about the effects of excessive sugar consumption.Jakim Donaldson, an Oliver High School graduate, is a professional basketball player in Europe. His father, Jay Donaldson, helped found P.R.O.M.I.S.E., which stands for Protecting and Restoring the Order of Mankind with the Initiative of Serving Elders, after Jay Donaldson’s son, Jehru, was murdered in 2007 in an attempted carjacking.last_img read more

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier The P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Jakim Donaldson basketball camp was held July 26-28 at Pittsburgh Perry High School, and, as always, the 50 or so youth attendees left the camp with even more knowledge.JAKIM DONALDSON speaks with kids at his annual P.R.O.M.I.S.E. basketball camp. (Photos by J.L. Martello)Knowledge about the game of basketball, including ball-handling, shooting, etc., but new this year, Charles X. Cook, a fitness and physical instructor, talked to the youth about the effects of excessive sugar consumption.Jakim Donaldson, an Oliver High School graduate, is a professional basketball player in Europe. His father, Jay Donaldson, helped found P.R.O.M.I.S.E., which stands for Protecting and Restoring the Order of Mankind with the Initiative of Serving Elders, after Jay Donaldson’s son, Jehru, was murdered in 2007 in an attempted carjacking.last_img read more

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Martavis Bryant slowly made his way down the hill that connects the locker room at Saint Vincent College with Chuck Noll Field, his familiar No. 10 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey pulled over the talented if occasionally troubled wide receiver’s shoulders in public for the first time in 574 days.Size, speed, vision, experience, youth, talent, agility and football smarts are just a few of the words that can be combined when defining the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver corps.It’s a unit that is undoubtedly the deepest on the team but is probably the best single unit in the entire NFL. It’s a good problem to have but there are guys that are here in Latrobe right now that aren’t going to be in Pittsburgh next month; not for any other reason than there is just not enough room to keep the plethora of receivers the Black and Gold have stockpiled.One might ponder, “Why not trade one or two of these guys for a position of need?” Unlike MLB, it’s not that easy to make trades in the NFL, with salary cap implications and, more importantly, a complete absence of any kind of developmental system. By-and-large you have to trade one player for one player and their values need to match, which is hard to do when there are so many different positions on a football team.So that leaves the conversation to, “How many receivers can the team realistically keep?”Typically, the Steelers keep five receivers, but this year, I believe there is a strong chance they’ll keep six and find a way to make it work.The roster currently touts 11 receivers, all with something to bring to the table…but at the end of the day, some of the decisions are simple, while others are not.First, Canaan Severin, the second-year man out of Virginia. He’s out, he’s not going to make it, end of discussion. He’s just too far behind the other guys and ranks last on the 11-man depth chart. Right behind him on his way out the door is Marcus Tucker, there’s just no room.Now, assuming the Steelers decide to keep six of the 11, we need to dissect who they will keep and which other three they will release.The first three guys are obvious keepers and are on the squad no matter what. Antonio Brown, the best receiver in football will lead the way. Next are Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Bryant is back after a year-long suspension and his talent, height and skill are as good as anyone in the league. He will be a prime target for Big Ben. Smith-Schuster, has a lot of upside and being the second round pick in this year’s draft, he’s not going anywhere.Our first real battle is for the slot receiver with Eli Rogers going up against Demarcus Ayers. I’m convinced at this point in camp that only one will remain. Rogers was the more productive player last year but Ayers has more upside in terms of contributing to special teams (Tomlin loves those special teams guys). Ayers is one inch taller and three pounds heavier and is a year younger. Ayers is a guy that has a spot in the league but at the end of the day, it’s not with Pittsburgh. Rogers is the guy that will take the slot, he’s a bit tougher, he’s trusted and he’s a little more proven, giving him the nod to remain on the squad.Two more spots are open and those will be battled for between newly-signed Justin Hunter, veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey, young talent, but oft-injured Sammie Coates and young project Cobi Hamilton.Hunter was signed in the offseason as an insurance policy, in case Bryant didn’t return. Ben needed a guy of Hunter’s size (6-feet-4) in the AFC Championship game loss last year and the team wanted to make sure they had at least someone on the roster that fit that bill, in the event Bryant didn’t return. However, with Bryant back and having a few very large tight ends, I have a feeling Hunter isn’t going to be retained after all.Hamilton does have talent but I think he’s the odd man out here. He’s just not as skilled as the other guys and doesn’t have a spot on the team but I expect he’ll land elsewhere.That means that Heyward-Bey and Coates will be kept. I originally projected both to be out but in talking with several folks around Steeler camp, Mike Tomlin loves all of the “intangibles” Heyward-Bey brings to the table with his speed and ability to play special teams as well as his veteran leadership, meaning he’ll probably be retained.Coates, even though he fell off last year after his injury and has been injured this summer, will make the squad because the team loves his talent. When asked when he’ll be back, Coates stated, “Hopefully soon.”He said he’s getting “closer” and hopes to “be back Wednesday (Aug. 16).”While his return date may still be unknown, one thing we do know is that he was a monster the first five weeks of the 2016 season and the Steelers brass believe that’s who he really is. Look for him to be the last guy kept but if the Steelers are correct, he’ll produce down the stretch this time around.So, after winding our way through all 11 spots in the receiving corps, the final six appear to be Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith Schuster, Eli Rogers, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates.That’s one heck of a group. This unit will be the best in the NFL and provide Big Ben with a lot of options, hopefully in the biggest games the season has to provide.last_img read more

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Martavis Bryant slowly made his way down the hill that connects the locker room at Saint Vincent College with Chuck Noll Field, his familiar No. 10 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey pulled over the talented if occasionally troubled wide receiver’s shoulders in public for the first time in 574 days.Size, speed, vision, experience, youth, talent, agility and football smarts are just a few of the words that can be combined when defining the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver corps.It’s a unit that is undoubtedly the deepest on the team but is probably the best single unit in the entire NFL. It’s a good problem to have but there are guys that are here in Latrobe right now that aren’t going to be in Pittsburgh next month; not for any other reason than there is just not enough room to keep the plethora of receivers the Black and Gold have stockpiled.One might ponder, “Why not trade one or two of these guys for a position of need?” Unlike MLB, it’s not that easy to make trades in the NFL, with salary cap implications and, more importantly, a complete absence of any kind of developmental system. By-and-large you have to trade one player for one player and their values need to match, which is hard to do when there are so many different positions on a football team.So that leaves the conversation to, “How many receivers can the team realistically keep?”Typically, the Steelers keep five receivers, but this year, I believe there is a strong chance they’ll keep six and find a way to make it work.The roster currently touts 11 receivers, all with something to bring to the table…but at the end of the day, some of the decisions are simple, while others are not.First, Canaan Severin, the second-year man out of Virginia. He’s out, he’s not going to make it, end of discussion. He’s just too far behind the other guys and ranks last on the 11-man depth chart. Right behind him on his way out the door is Marcus Tucker, there’s just no room.Now, assuming the Steelers decide to keep six of the 11, we need to dissect who they will keep and which other three they will release.The first three guys are obvious keepers and are on the squad no matter what. Antonio Brown, the best receiver in football will lead the way. Next are Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Bryant is back after a year-long suspension and his talent, height and skill are as good as anyone in the league. He will be a prime target for Big Ben. Smith-Schuster, has a lot of upside and being the second round pick in this year’s draft, he’s not going anywhere.Our first real battle is for the slot receiver with Eli Rogers going up against Demarcus Ayers. I’m convinced at this point in camp that only one will remain. Rogers was the more productive player last year but Ayers has more upside in terms of contributing to special teams (Tomlin loves those special teams guys). Ayers is one inch taller and three pounds heavier and is a year younger. Ayers is a guy that has a spot in the league but at the end of the day, it’s not with Pittsburgh. Rogers is the guy that will take the slot, he’s a bit tougher, he’s trusted and he’s a little more proven, giving him the nod to remain on the squad.Two more spots are open and those will be battled for between newly-signed Justin Hunter, veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey, young talent, but oft-injured Sammie Coates and young project Cobi Hamilton.Hunter was signed in the offseason as an insurance policy, in case Bryant didn’t return. Ben needed a guy of Hunter’s size (6-feet-4) in the AFC Championship game loss last year and the team wanted to make sure they had at least someone on the roster that fit that bill, in the event Bryant didn’t return. However, with Bryant back and having a few very large tight ends, I have a feeling Hunter isn’t going to be retained after all.Hamilton does have talent but I think he’s the odd man out here. He’s just not as skilled as the other guys and doesn’t have a spot on the team but I expect he’ll land elsewhere.That means that Heyward-Bey and Coates will be kept. I originally projected both to be out but in talking with several folks around Steeler camp, Mike Tomlin loves all of the “intangibles” Heyward-Bey brings to the table with his speed and ability to play special teams as well as his veteran leadership, meaning he’ll probably be retained.Coates, even though he fell off last year after his injury and has been injured this summer, will make the squad because the team loves his talent. When asked when he’ll be back, Coates stated, “Hopefully soon.”He said he’s getting “closer” and hopes to “be back Wednesday (Aug. 16).”While his return date may still be unknown, one thing we do know is that he was a monster the first five weeks of the 2016 season and the Steelers brass believe that’s who he really is. Look for him to be the last guy kept but if the Steelers are correct, he’ll produce down the stretch this time around.So, after winding our way through all 11 spots in the receiving corps, the final six appear to be Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith Schuster, Eli Rogers, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates.That’s one heck of a group. This unit will be the best in the NFL and provide Big Ben with a lot of options, hopefully in the biggest games the season has to provide.last_img read more