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Four guys named Jake share space in South Hills limelight

This is a column about four guys with the same first name.

• Jake Maxwell, a 6-foot, 200-pound senior lineman on the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA champion Thomas Jefferson football team, will continue his career at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Maxwell plans to major in exercise science and will join former TJ teammate Zach Schademan, a junior wide receiver at West Virginia Wesleyan in 2015.

“I received a letter about a prospective athlete day at Wesleyan and figured I would go and see what it was, and I really liked what I saw,” Maxwell said. “I liked the coaches as they seemed to be of the same mindset of TJ coaches and that really appealed to me. I liked how beautiful the campus was, and the professors I spoke with were very passionate about their respective subjects.

“At the time, I was considering going to Slippery Rock to study exercise science.”

Maxwell won the Breisinger Award following the 2015 season.

• Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Dobranski was honored last week at the C Harper Positive Athlete Awards ceremony held at the Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

Dobranski was senior outside hitter on the TJ boys’ volleyball team this season.

Former Steelers wideout Hines Ward recognized 28 area students for their athletic/academic achievements.

• Jake Blair, from Pleasant Hills, was lauded as a team MVP in the California (Pa.) University men’s hockey program for the 2015-16 season.

Blair, a forward, led the Cal 2 hockey team in scoring with 24 goals and 24 assists (48 points) in 19 games. He also was named an Academic All-American.

• Baldwin graduate Jake Dindak, a senior sprinter in the Westminster College men’s track and field program, recently was honored as an all-region selection.

Dindak, a business administration major, was recognized for his performance in the 400 relay event.

Ray Fisher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.


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