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By Michael Petro, Special to the News It wasn’t a defensive game, but when Bishop Timon-St. Jude needed a stop from that side of the ball in the waning minutes of Saturday’s Monsignor Martin Class B football championship, the Tigers got it. In Joe Licata's third season of heading a rebuilding Timon program, the Tigers won a back-and-forth 36-32 shootout over St. Mary…

High Schools

Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (2-9) Coach: Joe Licata, third season. Home field: Tifft Farm. Program founded: 1948. Outlook: With 24 returnees, this could be the most experienced team Joe Licata has fielded. Timon returns its best player in first-team All-Catholic lineman Alex Reinhardt. He’s 6-4, 270 with explosive speed. He’ll be part of an all-senior offensiv…

Bills

PITTSBURGH — Demone Harris will never forget how he got to the NFL. And he will never settle just for being in the NFL. The former University at Buffalo linebacker is in his second training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harris, a 2013 Bishop Timon-St. Jude graduate, has already seen a change in his on-field demeanor as he plays for a spot on the 53-man roster. …

High Schools

Jermaine Haynes Jr. has been a dynamic wide receiver all season for Cardinal O’Hara, but when the team’s starting quarterback went down in the regular-season finale, the senior was called on to go behind center in the Monsignor Martin Class B football final. It became obvious this wasn’t the first time Haynes Jr. has played quarterback. He completed five of six passes f…

Colleges

It took almost two years, but Joe Licata finally has his first victory as Bishop Timon-St. Jude head coach. The Tigers earned a 46-15 win against St. Mary’s/Lancaster on Friday at New Era Field thanks largely to Mitch Theal, who threw for 362 yards and earned five total touchdowns, three in the air and two on the ground. Jake Blidy was his favorite weapon, as the wid…

Bandits

Only a tiny inner circle knew what Connor Fields was going through during his senior season at Albany. His coaches, parents, athletic trainers. Maybe one teammate, but only because his father helped provide Fields with the brace he wore to add stability to his right knee. Fields, a star attackman for the Great Danes lacrosse team and former Bishop Timon-St. Jude star, p…