Pine Creek Journal notebook: football stars put pen to paper

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Sunday 19 December 2021 | 11:01 am


A pair of Pine-Richland soccer players Jalen Klemm and Jeremiah Hasley made their college commitments official on the first national signing day on Wednesday.

Klemm signed his letter of intent with Kansas State and Hasley signed with Duke.

Klemm, an offensive lineman, signed up for Kansas State on December 9, picking the Wildcats over Akron, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Kentucky, Liberty, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Tulane , Vanderbilt, UNLV and Washington State.

The signing was broadcast on Stadium Network during their National Signing Day broadcast from the Dallas Cowboys training center in Frisco, TX.

“I really liked the environment there in Manhattan,” Klemm said during the live broadcast from the stadium. “It’s purple everywhere, and that’s the environment I’m looking for. Kansas State football is the most important thing there. When I went on my official visit and saw the guys and how much they liked it and how much they liked the coaching staff, that was really important to my decision.

Klemm was an anchor on the offensive line before suffering a season-ending injury. He is the son of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

Hasley, a linebacker, signed on with Duke over the summer. He has also received FBS offers from the Air Force, Army, Kent State and Navy.

He had 135 tackles, the team’s best this season, and was the first team of all conferences.

Other football offers

Several other Pine-Richland football players are generating interest at the FCS and Division II levels.

Cole Boyd has received offers from Valparaiso and Fordham. He threw for over 1,000 yards despite missing four games due to injury. He was 95 for 180 for 1,159 yards and had 12 touchdowns on five interceptions.

Boyd’s primary target, Alex Gochis, also has an offer at Valparaiso to go along with a Division II Walsh (Ohio) offer. He led the Rams with 48 receptions for 740 yards and totaled 10 touchdowns. He was part of the first team of all conferences as wide receiver.

Connor Lenz, a defensive end, received an offer from Clarion. They were the second overall team at the conference.

The players have until the second national signing day, February 2, to make their collegial decisions.

Jurkovec back in British Columbia

Former Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec announced on December 6 via Twitter that he would be returning to Boston College for his final year and forfeiting the NFL Draft until next season.

After starting the first two games, Jurkovec missed two months with a hand injury, but returned for the last four games of the regular season. He had 914 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He ran for 322 yards and five scores.

Boston College (6-6) faces East Carolina at the Millitary Bowl at 2:30 p.m. on December 27. The game will be televised on ESPN.

The king receives the honors

Awards continue to flow for Tyler King after an outstanding first season at Stony Brook. King, a 2019 Pine-Richland graduate, has been named to the FCS Freshman U.S. All-Star squad.

He is also a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award for Best FCS Freshman in the Nation and received second-team All-Colonial Athletic Conference honors.

King recorded 95 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble to linebacker for the Seawolves.

Rams struggle hard in Char-Houston

The Pine-Richland wrestling team had a pair of champions and placed third in the overall team standings in the season opener Chartiers-Houston invitational wrestling tournament.

Anthony Ferarro won the 132-pound championship, beating Joey Sentipal of Burgettstown, 5-0. He also racked up three bowling pins in the event.

Kelin Laffey won the 152-pound title with a 17-2 technical fall to Beth Center’s Tyler Barish. He had two pins before the final.

Freshman Dominic Ferraro got off to a solid start in varsity wrestling, going 3-1 and advancing to the 120-pound final before losing to South Fayette’s Luke Dunlap.

Heavyweight Joey Schneck, a junior, placed third and freshman Robert Hoy (113) and sophomore Angelo Samuels (160) finished sixth.

Jerin Steele is a freelance writer

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