WPIAL Class AAA notebook: Central Valley to face another merger in PIAA playoffs
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.
â¢ 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.
â¢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.
â¢ The day-long festivities at Heinz Field ended at 11:44 p.m.