This caused some teams to back out this year, but Pittsburgh still had a 40-team field including schools from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
"Some schools had conflicts, and others didn't like the Saturday-Sunday situation,'' Pitt director of football operations Chris LaSala said. "But we still have a lot of good schools here and a solid 40-team field that we're trying to fill every year. There's a lot of interested schools.''
Schools like Gateway, Brashear, North Star, Bishop McDevitt, Kenton, Ohio and others were replaced by Baldwin, Moon Township, Hempfield, Loyalsock HS from Williamsport, Pa., Linsly School from Wheeling, W.Va., Franklin HS from Reisterstown, Md., John Marshall from Rochester, N.Y., Forestville Central HS in Forestville, N.Y. and T.C. Williams from Alexandria, Va.
"We've very glad to come up here for this tournament,'' T.C. Williams coach Dennis Randolf said. "This is a good time to build some camaraderie among the players and get them ready for our summer workouts. And I think it should be a lot of fun, too, so we're glad to be here.''
T.C. Williams HS, one might remember, is the program that became famous in the movie "Remember the Titans.''
Other schools in attendance this year included Clairton, Pa. HS; Findlay, Ohio HS; Forest Hills HS in Sidman, Pa.; Fox Chapel, Pa. HS; Franklin, Pa. HS; Frazier HS in Perryopolis, Pa.; Indiana, Pa. HS; Keystone Oaks HS in Pittsburgh; Kirtland, Ohio HS; Manheim, Pa. Central HS; Manheim Township HS in Lancaster, Pa.; Montour HS, McKees Rocks, Pa.; Mount Pleasant, Pa. HS; New Castle, Pa. HS; North Allegheny HS in Wexford, Pa.; Oil City, Pa. HS; Oliver HS in Pittsburgh; Penn Hills HS in Pittsburgh; Penn Trafford HS in Harrison City, Pa.; Perry HS in Pittsburgh; Peters Township HS in McMurray, Pa.; Pine-Richland HS in Gibdonia, Pa.; Central Catholic HS in Pittsburgh; Portage, Pa. HS; Richland, HS in Johnstown, Pa.; Seton-LaSalle HS in Pittsburgh; Shenango High in New Castle, Pa.; Steel Valley HS in Munhall, Pa.; Thomas Jefferson HS in Jefferson Hills, Pa.; West Allegheny HS in Imperial, Pa.; and Woodland Hills HS in Pittsburgh.
Pool play began at 10 a.m. today with four different divisions. Teams will be seeded when play gets under way Sunday for the double-elimination event. Four different champions will be determined.
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