Monday's Westmoreland Sports Notebook

WPIAL football season set to begin; Several soccer players on watch list; Field dedicated to Jerry Page

Mon Aug 22, 2022 - 10:08PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Mon Aug 22, 2022 - 11:25PM

WPIAL football kicks off with Week Zero

For the vast majority of teams in the WPIAL, the football season will begin this Friday. In Westmoreland County, 16 of the 18 teams will be playing in games, as only Franklin Regional and Belle Vernon Area instead opted to square off in a second scrimmage. The contests, which all have 7 p.m. kickoffs, include Hempfield Area at Greensburg Salem, Derry Area at Greater Latrobe, Greensburg Central Catholic at Mount Pleasant Area, Burrell at Jeannette, Upper St. Clair at Norwin, Penn-Trafford at Canon-McMillan, Kiski Area at Plum, Southmoreland at McGuffey, Armstrong at Valley, South Allegheny at Yough, Ligonier Valley at Springdale, and Monessen at Washington.

Several area soccer players on Rosensteel watch list

A slew of Westmoreland County standouts have been recognized as candidates for a prestigious honor awarded annually to the best girls soccer player in the WPIAL. Over the weekend, the 2022 Moe Rosensteel Most Outstanding Player watch list was released. Greater Latrobe was well represented, as the Wildcats on the list include Ella Bulava, Sofia DeCerb, Maddy Petruzzi, Regan Reilly, and Robin Reilly. Other county names consist of Olivia Cernuto of Southmoreland, Sara Felder of Greensburg Central Catholic, Belle Vernon Area’s Farrah Reader, and McKenzie Pritts of Yough.

Ligonier Valley dedicates field to legendary Page

Former Laurel Valley football coach Jerry Page had his legacy immortalized, as his home field was dedicated in his name over the weekend. The former Laurel Valley High School field was renamed as Jerry Page Field during a ceremony on Saturday orchestrated by the Ligonier Valley School District. Page, who died last year, guided the Rams from 1979 to 2008. The district has since merged to become part of Ligonier Valley.

Spisak hired as Norwin baseball coach

Former Yough baseball coach Craig Spisak was approved as the new head coach for Norwin last Monday. Norwin had an opening this offseason following the retirement of longtime head coach Mike Liebdzinski. Spisak’s coaching career dates back to 2000, when he joined Yough as an assistant. That year, the Cougars captured the first section title in team history. Since that time, Spisak has been a component of five other section-winning squads, including the last three as Yough’s head coach. In addition to coaching stops at Belle Vernon Area and Mount Pleasant, Spisak guided the Cougars for the past seven years. This past campaign, Yough went 11-8 overall, and 8-2 to win Class 3A Section 4. After edging Mount Pleasant Area in the first round, the Cougars fell to Mohawk in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Norwin also lost in the quarterfinals, as the Knights dropped a 5-2 outcome to Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the 6A bracket. The Knights last captured the WPIAL title in 2016.

Saint Vincent adds Kelly to volleyball staff

Penn-Trafford alum Samantha Kelly was added to the staff for Saint Vincent College women’s volleyball last week. Kelly will serve as a grad assistant for the Bearcats. She wrapped up an impressive playing career at Westminster College last season, graduating in May. She led the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) in both assists and aces as a senior. Her previous coaching experience includes work with the Penn-Trafford middle school team. The Bearcats went 9-17 last year, including 6-12 in the PAC.