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WPIAL Class AAA notebook: Central Valley to face another merger in PIAA playoffs

by CHRIS HARLAN
| Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:06 a.m.
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Central Valley celebrates with the WPIAL Class AAA championship trophy after defeating West Allegheny Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead scores past West Allegheny's Skyler Mason during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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West Allegheny's Terence Stephens dives on a loose ball under Central Valley's Jeremy Steffine (2), Preston Johnson and Brandon Wilson during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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West Allegheny's Chayse Dillon carries past Central Valley's Jeremy Steffine (2) during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's B.J. Powell scores past West Allegheny's Tyler Scanlon (2) and Tyler Amedure during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's B.J. Powell catches a touchdown pass during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game against West Allegheny Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead eludes West Allegheny's Christian Stout during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's Joey Shively picks up yardage against West Allegheny's Terence Stephens late in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's B.J. Powell hugs head coach Mark Lyons after defeating West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's Joey Shively blocks a field goal attempt by West Allegheny kicker D.J. Opsatnik during the third quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's Skyler Cron sacks West Allegheny quarterback Andrew Koester on the final play of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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Central Valley's B.J. Powell scores the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game against West Allegheny on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.
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West Allegheny's Chayse Dillon scores over past Central Valley's Skyler Cron during the third quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.

Central Valley will battle another recent school merger when it takes on Conneaut High School next weekend. Conneaut was formed several years ago by way of a merger between Linesville, Conneaut Lake and Conneaut Valley high schools. The school district, located in western Crawford County, once housed three high schools but consolidated the trio to cut costs. Conneaut defeated Erie Cathedral Prep, 14-7, to win the District 10 title.

• West Allegheny coach Bob Palko was attempting to become the first WPIAL coach to win eight titles. Coming into Friday’s action, Palko was tied with New Castle’s Phil Bridlebaugh with seven WPIAL titles during his stint that lasted from 1922-55. Palko is in his 19th season as West Allegheny’s coach.

•The Indians have made the WPIAL playoffs 17 times during Palko’s tenure. Prior to Palko taking over at his alma mater, West Allegheny only made the playoffs once, in 1993. West Allegheny opened in 1949 and its football program struggled at times. From 1974 to 1981, the Indians won just two or three games.

• The day-long festivities at Heinz Field ended at 11:44 p.m.

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