Meet our Pittsburgh Sports Castle Staff

The Staff of Pittsburgh Sports Castle

Our staff aims to provide quality, informative and practical journalism. We follow ethics, the Associated Press Style Book and other journalism guidelines. We are proud of our work – and proud to serve the people of Pittsburgh on our FREE website!

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– Joe Cinello & Rachael McKriger, Co-Editors


Our Staff


danny-beeck Danny Beeck (Duquesne Football Lead)

Danny is a student currently enrolled at California University of Pennsylvania, studying Communication Studies with a concentration in Radio/TV. Danny is a sports junkie, and roots for mostly New York teams (Mets, Giants, Knicks). Being that he goes to school in Southwestern PA, he is slowly but surely becoming a Penguins fan, so he has that going for him. After graduating college, Danny hopes to either continue his education, or work in New York as a sports journalist.

 Jeff Bridges (WWE Beat)

 Brad Britvich (Pengiuns & Pirates Beat)

Joe Cinello Joe Cinello (Owner, Co-Editor & Pirates Lead)

Mx2W8FoZ_400x400 Matt Hladio (WWE Lead)

Matt graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a B.S. in Meteorology. Currently, he is a Teaching Assistant at Ambridge Senior High School. Since Matt is from Pittsburgh, he’s “obviously” obsessed with Pittsburgh sports, and also a big fan of professional wrestling. He first got into wrestling in mid-late 2001 and has been hooked ever since.

Jonny Heller (Duquesne Basketball Lead)

Jonny is a 29-year-old Pittsburgh sports fan, currently marooned in the “mistake by the lake” Cleveland, Ohio. Jonny graduated from Duquesne University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. Before he goes into writer mode, he is an insurance agent by day. Likes include: Pro wrestling, sports and food. Dislikes: cold weather.

 Shalene Hixon (WWE & Penguins Beat)

Shalene has been a sports fan all her life, so she decided to make that her career path. She is currently a senior at California University of Pennsylvania majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Communication Studies. After her May 2018 graduation, Shalene hopes to work in Pittsburgh for a sports team in their social media department.

She has been a staff writer for the California Times student-run newspaper, writing about various topics such as sports, music, movies, entertainment and opinions. She is a huge hockey fan, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins which she covers as a beat writer here for PSC. Besides hockey, Shalene is also a huge fan of wrestling, and will be covering the WWE as a lead writer for PSC as well.

 Jordan Kiebler (Panthers Football Lead)

Jordan Kiebler covers our University of Pittsburgh football and basketball teams. Jordan is a recent graduate at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown where he received a marketing degree. He spent 10 years caddying at Oakmont Country Club through school and for a short period of time after graduation.

He is now working at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated as an inside sales representative in Natrona Heights. When Jordan isn’t working, he enjoys golfing, hunting, playing the guitar and of course watching college football and basketball! Hail to Pitt!

1c2c21061c31d6c9a10e2d953cf92d3a Jason McDermott (Penguins Lead & WWE Beat)

acf728934daf4a0ce3c95c92ddf0f306 Rachael McKriger (Co-Editor, Riverhounds & Steelers Lead)

Rachael McKriger is a veteran in the journalism business, even at the age of 21. McKriger has been the Co-Editor of Pittsburgh Sports Castle since 2016, after joining the site in June 2015. She also is an editor at Real Sports Entertainment Network, as well as their lead soccer writer. She’s a huge fan of soccer, which she also covers for PSC, covering the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. In addition, she is also the Pittsburgh Steelers lead writer.

Personally, McKriger is a senior at California University of Pennsylvania. After her May 2018 graduation, she will head to Duquesne University for her Master’s Degree in Media Communications. A former copy/layout editor at the Herald-Standard in Uniontown, she now works as a stringer for the Mon Valley Independent newspaper in Monessen, Pa.

bb65fc681f9a134f2e3256c2b37bf121_400x400 Josh Powers (Steelers Beat)

Josh Powers came to Pittsburgh Sports Castle in May 2015 as a pro football columnist and now serves Steelers game days as social media contributor. He first entered the Pittsburgh sports media in 2008 as a semifinalist in ESPN Radio’s Top Fan competition. Powers resides in Pittsburgh’s Greenfield neighborhood. Follow him on Twitter .

68fb17eb697a8a958989b2d42d079148 Kelly Stringer (Pirates Beat)

N1jLaTAN_400x400 Mike Warren (Penguins Beat)

 Anthony Valvo (Pirates & WWE Beat)

Anthony Valvo is a contributing writer focusing on Pittsburgh Pirates and WWE content. He is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He is a proud sports fan of the Pittsburgh area watching the Pirates, Penguins and Riverhounds.

Anthony currently works as the Physical Education teacher at Our Lady of Fatima School in Aliquippa, Pa. Writing is one of his passions and was featured on many websites with the From the Desk of Mr. V column on from 2009-14. In addition, he worked as a feature writer for Top Rope Press and was a podcast host on the Wrestleview Radio Network. If you see him it will probably be with his wife and two daughters in Hopewell Township.