Saturday, September 1, 2012
Senior running back Mike Minjock returned after missing the 2011 season for an injury to rush for a career-high 244 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 carries.
The final score was as ugly as the Highlanders looked on Friday night—or, as beautiful as the Indians looked, depending on which colors you wear. Senior running back Mike Minjock returned after missing all of the 2011 season with a ligament tear in his right knee to rush for a career-high 244 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 carries, and the hosts from Peters Township High School (1-0, 1-0) romped visiting Baldwin High School (0-1, 0-1), 40-12, in both teams' first-ever WPIAL AAAA Southeastern Conference football game. Minjock deflected praise onto his teammates in an interview after the game, saying that his offensive line simply opened up holes big enough for him to run through. But Minjock ran through some would-be Baldwin tacklers…
Monday, February 27, 2012
Parents and athletic trainers have broken their silence surrounding publicized allegations about Coach Rich Piccinini.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Peters Township police Chief Harry Fruecht told the media Wednesday 'there is nothing new that warrants an investigation.'
A press conference was called to order Wednesday afternoon regarding the recently-opened investigation on allegations against Peters Township High School head football coach Rich Piccinini. Peters Township police chief Harry Fruecht told the media his department interviewed seven people who came forward and that his staff has "failed to produce new information that warrants the investigation to continue." He said one parent and six students came forward, but wouldn't disclose the exact number of people his department interviewed. Superintendent Nina Zetty thanked the Peters police for their efforts in the investigation. "We know that they share our concern for the safety of all students in our community," she said. "With the results of …
Police announced today a statement will be made this afternoon regarding the current football program investigation.
Peters Township police will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. today to make a statement about the current football program investigation. The investigation began last Thursday following the allegations raised regarding students playing sports with concussions or concussion-like symptoms. Coach Rich Piccinini's lawyer issued a statement Friday. Chief Fruecht will make a statement for the media at the Peters Township Municipal Building. Members of the school district administration will be present as well. Editor's Note: This meeting was originally scheduled to be held at the police station.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Attorney Robert G. Del Greco, Jr. spoke on behalf of Rich Piccinini Friday evening.
On Thursday, Peters police began an investigation on the Peters Township High School football program after receiving a complaint Wednesday from the county's Children and Youth Services Department. Police Chief Harry Fruecht launched the investigation after receiving a complaint from CYS that "an alleged perpetrator is permitting children to play sports with concussions or concussion-like symptoms." Last week, the Peters Township School Board renewed high school head football coach Rich Piccinini's 2012-13 contract in a 6-3 vote. An email between physical therapist Mark Mortland and Superintendent Nina Zetty circulated to all parents involved in the football program the week prior. The email is being investigated although it is simply …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Coach Rich Piccinini said he 'likes what he sees.'
In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Peters head coach Rich Piccinini said he "likes what he sees," regarding the playoffs. "We're in a pretty good seat," Piccinini told writer Chris Harlan. "We have to win—take care of our end of the bargain—and let the chips fall." There is one week left in the WPIAL football season, and only nine playoff spots unclaimed across all four classifications. The other 55 have already been filled. The Trib reports: "That includes in the Quad West, where Peters Township (1-3), Baldwin (1-3) and Bethel Park (2-2) are trying for the final two spots. Bethel Park and Baldwin play one another Friday night. Peters Township plays Canon-McMillan (0-4)." At 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the WPIAL's AAAA …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Peters Township teammates and coaches paid their respects in uniform to Kimberly Prince Watterson Bacchiochi, mother of players Bryan and Derek Bacchiochi.
Peters Township High School football players Bryan and Derek Bacchiochi, lost their mother Kimberly Prince Watterson Bacchiochi, 46, as she succumbed to cancer on Aug. 20. Their teammates showed up en masse to support the grieving family. Bryan and Derek, along with their younger brother Danny and their father Doug, stood silently as their teammates ushered through the Freyvogel-Slater Funeral Home to pay respects to the Bacchiochi family. Sixty-five football players and five coaches attended the funeral. The boys wore their team jerseys to show support for their comrades during this difficult time. “We brought the whole team and the coaching staff to support the family," said Coach Rich Piccinini. "Derek and Bryan are part of our family…