Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Altemus retired from his job as athletic director as the end of the 2011-12 school year.
Longtime Pine-Richland football coach Clair Altemus has decided to retire, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The 60-year-old coach retired as Pine-Richland School District's athletic director at the end of the 2011-12 school year, but coached the football team this fall to a 2-5 WPIAL Class AAAA Northern Eight Conference record and 4-5 overall. Altemus told the Trib it was time to move on after a career that includes 38 years as a coach and eight years as a player. He said retiring would give him more time to travel and spend time with his family. Please help us get to 1,000 Facebook “likes” by clicking here and “liking” us. Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Athletic Director Clair Altemus is retiring.
The retirement of Pine-Richland High School's athletic director sparked a discussion on the school board Monday night about how his replacement will be hired. Clair Altemus, who also is the Quad-A high school's football coach, is retiring effective June 29. Altemus came to Pine-Richland in 1997, after working as a coach at North Allegheny High School, Seneca Valley High School and Grove City High School. Pine-Richland School Board Director Laura Ohlund proposed chartering a selection committee to create a detailed job description, vet the applicants and make a recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Mary Bucci. Ohlund said the committee would be composed of district administrators, community members and coaches. "This would really bring the …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Rams play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at North Hills.
Pine-Richland football players are seeing red this week. “It’s a gimmick,” Rams head coach Clair Altemus said as he stood on the sidelines of a recent practice wearing a red T-shirt. “We wanted the kids to see red,” he said. “It’s like when you put a red flag in front of a charging bull. So we wanted to remind the kids, day after day, that we’re playing North Hills this week.” Red is the primary color of the North Hills’ football jersey, a familiar sight in the WPIAL playoffs since coach Jack McCurry took over the Indians’ program and turned it into a consistent winner. Pine-Richland (0-2) opens its WPIAL Class AAAA Northern Seven Conference schedule against North Hills (1-1) Friday night at 7:30 at Martorelli Stadium. “North Hills …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
14th Annual St. Barnabas Medical Center Cup Game set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Successful running teams use two basic methods to move the football on the ground. The first is to knock the tacklers out of the way with blockers. The second is to fool the defenders into moving themselves out of the way by the use of a scheme involving shifts, fakes and misdirection. Both styles of running the football will be on display when Pine-Richland (0-1) hosts Mars (1-0) in the 14th Annual St. Barnabas Medical Center Cup Game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Pine-Richland senior guard Ross Shipley knows which style he prefers – and he has the protective cast on his injured left forearm to prove it. “I love hitting,” Shipley said. “It’s a great feeling when a running play goes for 10 yards because you pulled from your guard position and you …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
First game of season will be Friday against Mt. Lebanon at PR Stadium.
Pine-Richland’s winning football legacy has been bumped and bruised the past three seasons after its move to the WPIAL’s top notch of Quad-A competition. The path never veered off course. The focus always has been a steady drive to the playoffs since 37-year veteran head coach Clair Altemus took over at Pine-Richland 15 seasons ago. Although the Rams went to the playoffs two of the past three years with sub-par records (3-6, 3-7), that doesn’t cut it for a coach such as Altemus, who has won seven conference titles and a WPIAL Class AAA title at Pine-Richland. “OK, this is the fourth year here in Quad-A, and now our kids have a sense of urgency,” Altemus said. “At Pine-Richland, we’re used to 11-1s and 10-1s.” The next test will arrive …
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Pine-Richland native continues to shine as the Pittsburgh Pirates' second baseman.
To this day, Tom Walker still feels a great sense of pride when he sees his son, Neil, the star second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates step onto the field. “It’s exciting,” says Tom. “The whole family can’t get enough of it. It’s also exciting for his friends and fans, especially the ones out here in the North Hills. It’s great to see the excitement that the fans have not only for Neil, but for the entire team as well.” Tom and many family members were among the sellout crowd of 37,958 who came out for Neil Walker’s Bobblehead Night at PNC Park Saturday night. Many of the fans, young kids especially, were donning the Pine-Richland native’s jersey. During pre-game warmups, Neil seemed very humble about all of the attention. “I feel …
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Kevin McCabe serves as backup quarterback for the new arena football team.
Kevin McCabe is “living the dream.” The 2003 graduate of Pine-Richland High School is the backup quarterback for the new Pittsburgh Power arena football team. The former star quarterback at Pine-Richland played last Saturday night, scoring on his second pass, as the Power won 58-28 against the Iowa Barnstormers. “I’m lucky. I’m still playing football and living the dream,” said McCabe, 26. Currently, McCabe and his new wife are living in Pine with family while they look for a home of their own. McCabe recently married his high school sweetheart, the former Stephanie Plutko, also a Pine-Richland graduate. By many accounts, McCabe came to football late. While many young men start playing football at age 7 or 8, McCabe didn’t play until he …