Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg Football Weekend Previews
Washington & Jefferson came out of fall camp with the same question going in: Who will start at quarterback. Neither Ryan Church nor Bobby Swallow have significantly outplayed the other.

(Washington) Observer-Reporter

Locals Look Promising at College Level
Westminster College features a pair of NTL graduates as freshman Zach Reinhart, a Wyalusing graduate, joins the team, which includes senior fullback Scott Davenport of Towanda.
The (Towanda) Daily & Sunday Review

Abels to Key Waynesburg Season
Senior running back Ryan Abels (Elizabeth Forward), who set a single-season rushing record with 1,299 yards, is returning to the Waynesburg lineup this season.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Thiel, Westminster to Open Saturday
SHARON - THIS weekend not only signals the start of PIAA football’s 2006 season but the college campaign also kicks off, particularly in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
The (Sharon) Herald

On the Surface
Waynesburg College goes the route of Washington & Jefferson and installs FieldTruf. The Yellow Jackets hope the new surface can attract more players to the college.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

Skyler Smith Leaves Void at Redbank Valley
KITTANING - To say that Skyler Smith left big shoes to fill at Redbank Valley might be an understatement. Just ask sophomore Alex Bladel and junior Cody Buchleitner.
The (Kittanning) Leader Times

Thiel Had Tough Act to Follow After Achievements in 2005
YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Last season, Thiel College enjoyed its best season in decades, winning the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship for the first time since 1972 and advancing to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time...
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Around the Great Lakes
This opening edition of the Around the Great Lakes will provide an overview of what’s new in 2006 as well as some other things to keep an eye on. Kickoff 2006 features in-depth looks at specific teams and conferences — this column will look at some of the top matchups on the 2006 schedule.

The Thomas More Saints (football preview)
LEXINGTON, KY - The Saints flashed their potential during their first year in the Presidents' Athletic Conference when they got off to a 4-1 start before being hampered by injuries. If key players can stay healthy and if new quarterback Trevor Stellman can get into a rhythm with the rest of the offense, Hallett expects to coach his first winning season for Thomas More.
The (Lexington) Herald-Leader

GCC Returns Veteran Offensive Line
If football games are won in the trenches, then the Grove City Wolverines will be able to mount a formable charge behind a veteran offensive line in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
(Grove City) Allied News (subscription needed for full text)

Derry Grad Recruited for Revival of Bearcats
LATROBE - Throughout his football career at Derry Area High School, it was Zach Keltz's dream to play tight end.
Blairsville Dispatch

Kurey Calls it a Career at Bethany
MONESSEN - After 45 years at Bethany College in West Virginia, Monessen's Joe Kurey has decided to call it quits.
The (Monessen) Valley Independent

Saints Working to Make Playoffs
EDGEWOOD - This year, the Saints are predicted to finish third, so head coach Mike Hallett hopes the team once again outdoes that by two spots
Community Press & Recorder

Seton Hill, Saint Vincent in Transition
PITTSBURGH - With the start of Seton Hill University's second season of football just a day away, St. Vincent College still has a year left before it fields a team for the first time in 45 years. That doesn't mean the Bearcats aren't already positioning themselves for their 2007 opener against Gallaudet.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saint Vincent Converts From Camp to Campus
LATROBE - Queen-size beds, big enough for 300-pound linemen, were loaded onto trucks at St. Benedict Hall. Dozens of rented television sets sat boxed in the Rooney Hall lobby ... St. Vincent made the quick snap Thursday from Pittsburgh Steelers training camp to college campus.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

, AUGUST 24, 2006
Allegheny, Thiel open up Fuhrer Field
MEADVILLE - Brooks and Dunn might have been the main attraction in Meadville on Wednesday. But for roughly 300-plus, it was seeing the Allegheny Gator football team step onto a lighted Frank B. Fuhrer Field for the first time in a scrimmage with Presidents Athletic Conference preseason favorite Thiel. And few walked away disappointed.
Meadville Tribune

Regal Joins Titans; Brown to Chatham
SHARON — Mike Regal, a four-year starter at Slippery Rock High, has decided to play for the Titans at Westminster College under second-year head coach Jeff Hand.
The (Sharon) Herald

SDAY, AUGUST 17, 2006
Mars' Gable Puts it on the Line for Thiel
PITTSBURGH — Ricky Gable has watched the Thiel College football team's rise to prominence in the Presidents' Athletic Conference up close.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Waynesburg's Abels is Ready, Willing
PITTSBURGH — Ryan Abels will have the numbers 165 and 30 in mind as he begins his final season at Waynesburg College.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Geneva Ready to Kick it Into Gear
PITTSBURGH — When a football coach starts with the kicking game when asked to address his team's weaknesses, that means he has a pretty solid squad.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Bethany Graduate Named New Pitt-Greensburg Softball Coach
PITTSBURGH — Dana LeViere, a 1998 Northgate graduate and former player at Bethany College, was named head coach of the Pitt-Greensburg women's softball team last month. LeViere replaces Erica Exler, who resigned.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 

Three Locals Pick Thiel
SHARON, PA — Sharpsville High alumna Haley Germano recently announced her intention to continue her education and softball careers at Thiel College. A daughter of Robert and Sharlee Germano, she plans to major in elementary education and compete for the Tomcats’ softball squad of second-year head coach Amy Schafer
The Herald, Sharon, PA

Steelers' training camp home getting team of its own

LATROBE — Saint Vincent College has built a name in the football world for the last 40 years as the training camp home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, the school will have a team of its own.

Thiel Announces Signings
PITTSBURGH — Thiel, the defending Presidents' Athletic Conference champion, announced the signings of football recruits Michael Clemens, from West Allegheny, and Mark Dzubak, from Latrobe
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Popson Kicking His Way Into Record Book
CONNELLSVILLE - The next time that Ben Popson kicks a field goal for the Waynesburg College football team, it will be worth more than just three points.
Connellsville Daily Courier


Local Titans ready for season; King heading to GCC
SHARON - Jake Buzard is set for his senior season for the Westminster College football team. The former West Middlesex High standout returns as the TItans’ leading receiver.
The (Sharon) Herald

Locals Gear for College Season
Media Day for the Presidents’ Athletic Conference was held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Coach Jack Leipheimer’s Thiel Tomcats were picked to finish first, earning 21 of 35 first-place votes. They were followed by Washington & Jefferson, who received 11 first-place votes.
The (Sharon) Herald

Blankenship Looks Ready to Take Over at Quarterback
PITTSBURGH - I can only recall Billy Blankenship quarterbacking the Thiel Tomcats on two occasions. Neither, I’m afraid to say, registers as a beautiful memory.
Meadville Tribune 

Riffe to Attend Thiel College
SHARON - Reynolds High School alumna Cara Riffe recently announced her intention to continue her education at Thiel College. Riffe also plans to major in business administration and compete as a member of the Tomcats track and field program.
The (Sharon) Herald

Thiel picked top Cats, team's missing three top players

PITTSBURGH - The Thiel Tomcats were selected Wednesday by Presidents’ Athletic Conference coaches, sports information directors and members of the media to win the PAC championship this season at the conference’s media day at PNC Park.
Meadville Tribune

PAC: Thiel is real deal, preseason favorite
PITTSBURGH - Thiel, coming off the most successful football season in school history, finds itself back in unchartered territory -- favored for the first time to win the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thiel picked to defend PAC football title
PITTSBURGH - After patiently listening to the other football coaches in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, Jack Leipheimer finally strode to the podium to talk about his own team. It was a proud moment for the man who led Thiel College to its most successful season in school history last year.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Westminster: Titans picked fifth, coach ready to go
PITTSBURGH - Jeff Hand can’t help but be a little anxious. Westminster College’s football coach witnessed a lot of promise during the offseason, and he anticipates most of what he saw will pay off in the long run for the Titans this fall.
New Castle News

Locke, Revale pick Thiel; Westminster Track Honored

SHARON - FARRELL HIGH graduate Latoya Locke recently announced her intention to continue her education at Thiel College.
Sharon Herald