WPIAL reveals venues for Fall Championships: Football Finals at Acrisure Stadium, Norwin


Monday, August 15, 2022 | 3:55 p.m.

The WPIAL has chosen Norwin to host the Class 5A and 6A Football Finals, the two league games that will not be played at Acrisure Stadium this year.

The list of fall sites was unveiled on Monday. The WPIAL had already scheduled four matches at Acrisure Stadium on November 25, but needed another venue for the 5A and 6A finals which are to be played a week earlier.

Matches at Norwin will take place on November 19.

“Norwin has hosted our championships in the past, and they do a great job,” said WPIAL administrator Vince Sortino, the league’s chief operating officer.

A year ago, the WPIAL rented the Steelers stadium on consecutive days, but using the site on back-to-back weekends was not a consideration due to scheduling conflicts, Sortino said. Pitt hosts Duke on Nov. 19 and the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 20.

Sortino said the Steelers would not want games three days in a row on grass.

“The Steelers have been just fantastic with us over the years,” Sortino said. “They are always ready to help us accommodate and bring our championships there.”

The state playoff brackets are to blame for the WPIAL Championships being split over two weekends. The WPIAL 5A and 6A champions enter the state playoffs a week earlier than the other four rankings.

Among other Fall Championship venues, the Boys’ and Girls’ Football Finals return to Highmark Stadium Nov. 2-4 or Nov. 3-5, depending on the Riverhounds’ playoff schedule.

The cross country will take place in Cal, Pennsylvania on October 27 and Robert Morris will host the women’s volleyball finals on November 5.

North Allegheny and Bethel Park will host women’s tennis singles and doubles championships. The singles finals will take place from September 21-22 and the doubles finals from October 5-6. Washington and Jefferson will host the team tennis finals on October 19.

W&J will also host the Field Hockey Championships on October 29.

The WPIAL will use three courses for the Individual Golf Championships. The Class 2A boys are at Oakmont Country Club on October 4 and the Allegheny Country Club is hosting the Class 3A boys on October 6. Girls in Class 2A and 3A play Oct. 3 at Valleybrook Country Club.

The Team Golf Championships will be held October 13 at Cedarbrook Golf Club.

Quarterback TJ ineligible

Thomas Jefferson quarterback Luke Kosko remained ineligible for his second season after the PIAA upheld an earlier decision by WPIAL, WPIAL executive director Scott Seltzer said.

Kosko, a transfer from Seton LaSalle, was initially ruled ineligible after an August 1 hearing with the WPIAL board. During this hearing, the WPIAL concluded that his transfer was motivated by sports, a decision that Thomas Jefferson appealed to the PIAA.

Kosko’s appeal was heard on Friday, and the PIAA panel unanimously sided with WPIAL, Seltzer said.

Belle Vernon Transfer Approved

The WPIAL has granted full eligibility to Belle Vernon’s second student, Anthony Crews, a transfer from Monessen. The crews had an eligibility hearing last week with the WPIAL.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound running back contributed as a rookie for the Greyhounds. He had 121 yards rushing and scored on a 92-yard rush and 76-yard pass in a 24-6 win over Charleroi last year.

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