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There may not be a player with local connections selected in the opening round of this month's NFL Draft, but the region will nonetheless be well-represented once again when the NFL comes calling.

Penn State's Christian Hackenberg is the only player from the area with any real chance of being drafted in the first round, but that would be a surprise at this point.

04/18/2016 - 21:26
Brandon Walker
In western Pennsylvania, football is the sport that the natives follow most closely, and with two major programs, Pitt and Penn State, most of the attention is divided among the two of them.

There is however, a thriving subgroup of Division II and III programs that find themselves competing for support and attention as they strive for success at their level.

08/03/2015 - 16:36
Aron Minkoff
Training camps are open across the NFL and dozens of rookies are trying to buck the odds and earn a roster spot, including nearly two dozen with ties to western or central Pennsylvania.

Penn State and West Virginia each landed six players on NFL training camp rosters, while Pitt placed four and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference three.

07/29/2015 - 16:08
Tony DeFazio
IUP head coach Joe Lombardi has energized the basketball program, turning the Crimson Hawks into a bona fide national powerhouse.

The 2014-15 season may have ended on a sour note for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s men’s basketball team, falling to Florida Southern in the Division II title game.

06/01/2015 - 11:27
Alex Stumpf
In Dr. Pat Farabaugh’s book “An Unbreakable Bond,” he tells the unedited story of Pittsburgh native and St. Francis (PA) grad Maurice Stokes and his NBA teammate, fellow Pittsburgher Jack Twyman.

In 1958, Stokes was a rising NBA star for the Cincinnati Royals. Hi life changed forever after a fall during a game against the Detroit Pistons left him paralyzed from the neck down.

06/26/2014 - 18:22
Mallory Merda
Pitt and Penn State were fairly well-represented in last month’s NFL Draft, with each school sending three players into the league via the annual draft. The western Pennsylvania region also saw three players selected.

The first local player taken was no surprise, as Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald went 13th overall to the St. Louis Rams.

06/06/2014 - 11:44
Tony DeFazio
Steelers look for receivers and corners, local players play the waiting game

The Steelers main needs heading into this draft were along the defensive line, cornerback, wide receiver and linebacker depth.

05/10/2014 - 10:50
Tony DeFazio
Several local players could be off the board before the second round is completed on May 9. Pitt's Aaron Donald is the top prospect, but Penn State has a pair of players who expect to hear their names called early as well.

TOP LOCAL PROSPECT
Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt 6-1, 285

04/13/2014 - 12:13
Tony DeFazio
Saint Francis University assistant professor details unique and inspirational relationship between Stokes and friend Jack Twyman

Saint Francis assistant professor of communications Pat Farabaugh is the author of 'An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman,' a new book detailing the life of former

04/11/2014 - 09:38
PSR Staff
Former WPIAL stars playing key roles for national title contenders

Three former WPIAL stars are part of a West Liberty men's basketball team that looks to make history this afternoon when the No. 7-ranked Hilltoppers (31-3) take on No.

03/29/2014 - 11:39
PSR Staff
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