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Football rivalry matches suspended this season, Trib HSSN

The high school football season doesn’t start until Aug. 23, but fans may be disappointed to hear that two long-running neighborhood fights are being put on hold.

The annual battles – Greensburg Salem/Hempfield and Latrobe/Derry – will not be renewed this season, while one in the Mon Valley will be revived as Charleroi and Monessen will play again.

“Ty (Greensburg Salem coach George) and I talked, and since we’re in 6A and they’re in 3A, we felt it would be better for both of us to end the series,” Hempfield coach Nick Keefer said. we’re going to scrimmage them.

Hempfield leads the series 42-15-1 and has won the previous seven meetings, including last year’s match 45-6.

Greensburg Salem opens the season at home against Albert Gallatin and Hempfield travels to North Hills.

After a game against Greensburg Central Catholic, Derry opens the season at Ligonier Valley and Latrobe travels to Connellsville. Ligonier Valley and Derry played the past two seasons.

Here is a list of season openers: Penn-Trafford in Norwin, Charleroi in Monessen, Franklin Regional in Plum, Brentwood in Yough, Mt. Pleasant in Jeannette, Kiski Area in Knoch, Valley in Southmoreland, Springdale in Burrell and Greensburg Central Catholic in Shady Side Academy.

Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert is still working on his schedule.

Greensburg Central Catholic and Mt. Pleasant had opened the season the past two years, but the WPIAL scheduled them to play in Week 1.

Ligonier Valley HOF

Ligonier Valley inducted its second Hall of Fame Class on April 13.

Six athletes, an employee, a coach and a team were inducted.

The individuals were Caleb Hood (2003 Ligonier Valley), Jason Burkhart (1992 Laurel Valley), William (Bill) Conrad (1983 Laurel Valley), Ray Nelson (1978 Ligonier Valley), Brandon Boyd (2008 Ligonier Valley) and Alec Bloom (2014 ). Ligonier Valley).

Mike Mannion, former coach, athletic director and teacher, was honored as a contributor. Albert Fiorina, who coached cross country and track, was honored as coach.

The 2001 Ligonier Valley boys soccer team was also inducted.

Nelson was a WPIAL golf champion.

Job offer

Ligonier Valley is looking for a boys basketball coach after Tim Gustin resigned.

Rams athletic director Wesley Siko is taking applications.

“We have a nice group coming back,” Siko said.

Ligonier Valley finished 5-17 overall and 3-9 in Section 3-3A in 2023-2024.

Gustin was 28-55 in his four years as Rams coach, and the team made two WPIAL playoff appearances.

He is the golf professional at Oakbrook Golf Club in Stoystown.

Commitments

A pair of junior athletes recently announced their commitments, both on X (formerly Twitter).

Mount Pleasant’s Joseph Gardner announced he will swim for Pitt. The multiple PIAA champion has won four gold medals.

Thomas Jefferson’s Maddox Shaw announced he will wrestle for Ohio State along with former WPIAL and PIAA 3A champions Vinny Kilkeary of Latrobe and Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg.

Elizabeth Forward senior Damon Michaels is headed to Edinboro, and Connellsville junior Evan Petrovich selected Pitt, joining former Falcon Jared Keslar.

Paul Schofield is a TribLive reporter covering high school and college sports and local golf. He joined the Trib in 1995 after 15 years at the Daily Courier in Connellsville, where he was sports editor for 14 years. He can be reached at [email protected].

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