Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Canon-McMillan Begins Quick Search for New Head Coach after Guy Montecalvo Resigns

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Guy Montecalvo has stepped down as the head football coach at Canon-McMillan.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Montecalvo retires with an overall record of 225-107-2, including winning a state championship while he was at Washington.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Two Florida Teams Head North to Start Season Against Western PA Powers

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Two of Florida's best high school football teams in 2009 will open this season in the Keystone State against top WPIAL teams.

Manatee, which was Florida's 5A runner-up last year, will play Woodland Hills, while 2A champ Cocoa will play Thomas Jefferson in a four-game event known as the "Rally at the Wolvarena" that will be played September 4th.  In the other two games of the quadruple-header, Pittsburgh Central Catholic and McKeesport are expected to play teams from Ohio.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the two Florida schools feature several highly ranked recruits.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Signs of the Times - Easton Considers Cutting Middle Schools Sports

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Earlier today, I wrote on my main High School Football Huddle page, that Allen High School in suburban Dallas was going to build a $60 million dollar football stadium in these tough economic times.

Now, here's the other side of the coin.

Easton High School, the first team I covered at the start of my journalism career and is the second winningest football program in Pennsylvania history, is considering cutting its middle school sports programs to avoid a tax hike.

The Morning Call reports that, in addition to the proposed cuts in the athletic budget, the district is also considering cutting 70 teaching jobs.  If the middle school programs are cut, it will have a definite impact on the high school teams because the middle school teams act as a feeder system.

The worst part of this story is that there are going to be hundreds of other schools around the country that will be making similar difficult decisions.

Dave Brown Expected to Become Liberty's New Head Football Coach

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

The Express-Times is reporting that the Bethlehem Area School Board will vote whether to hire Dave Brown as Liberty's new head football coach at its April 26th meeting.

Brown, who spent three years as a head coach at Notre Dame-Green Pond, was an assistant last year under Tim Moncman, who resigned earlier this year.  Brown was 10-20 during his stint at ND.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Philadelphia Public & Catholic Leagues Realign

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

The 2010 high school football season will have a different look in the Philadelphia Public and Catholic Leagues.

Officials have realigned the 29 Public League schools, with the biggest change coming in AAAA where there are now two, seven-team divisions, instead of three, five-team divisions.

The Catholic League has shrunk by three teams with the closing of Cardinal Dougherty, Kennedy-Kenrick and North Catholic. 

Catholic League

AAAA Division: Judge, La Salle, Roman, Ryan, SJ Prep (four make playoffs)
AAA Division: Bonner, Carroll, O'Hara, Wood (all make playoffs)
AA Division: Conwell-Egan, Lansdale, McDevitt, Neumann-Goretti, West (two make playoffs)

Public League

AAAA Gold Division: Bartram, Frankford, Germantown, Lincoln, Northeast, Overbrook, Washington (four make playoffs, with top two earning first-round byes) AAAA Silver Division: Central, Edison, Fels, Furness, Mastbaum, Olney, Southern (two make playoffs; mixed in with four from Gold for six total in AAAA)
AAA Division: Boys' Latin, Dobbins, Franklin, Gratz, King, Roxborough, University City, West (four make playoffs)
AA Division: Bok, Communications Tech, Del-Val, FitzSimons, Future, Imhotep, Prep Charter (four make playoffs; Future is the only A school and is playing up in AA.) 

Friday, April 02, 2010

Pennsylvania Football Powers to Square-off in 2010 & 2011

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Bishop McDevitt and Gateway have agreed to a two-year contract to face each other on the gridiron to start the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

This season the Gators will travel to Harrisburg for a September 4th match-up that will start a 2 o'clock.  Bishop McDevitt will then travel to Monroeville for the start of the 2011.