Author: Doug Gulasy


Offense sparks St. Joseph baseball to first win of season; Springdale still winless
April 20, 2018
Tyler Wood didn't need much run support Friday, but his St. Joseph baseball teammates gave him plenty — and then more on top of it.

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A-K Valley notebook: Spring sports realignment affects area teams
April 19, 2018
The 2019 and '20 baseball seasons will include some sections heavy on Alle-Kiski Valley teams. The WPIAL released baseball, softball and lacrosse alignments for the

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A-K Valley notebook: Spring sports realignment affects area teams
The 2019 and 2020 baseball seasons will include some sections heavy on Alle-Kiski Valley teams. The WPIAL released baseball, softball and lacrosse alignments for the

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Section-title aspirations driving Burrell baseball
Mark Spohn didn't waste words as he outlined what Burrell needs to do to achieve its goals in the Section 1-3A baseball race. andquot;Just keep

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Freeport hockey coach resigns
Freeport hockey coach Ryan Cooper resigned Thursday after two seasons with the team. The Yellowjackets went 12-27 in the past two seasons, with one playoff

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of April 16, 2018
April 15, 2018
Monday • Deer Lakes and Knoch played twice last season, but the Section 1-4A rivals' first meeting went 14 innings. The Lancers will host the

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A-K Valley H.S. notebook: Kiski Area wrestlers want a hand
April 14, 2018
Kiski Area is seeking assistance as it looks to commemorate its championship wrestling season. The team's boosters set up a GoFundMe page as a way

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St. Joseph softball finds cure for ‘cabin fever’ in victory over Riverview
April 10, 2018
A growing number of postponements kept St. Joseph mostly in its gymnasium this spring. But the numerous dark clouds over Western Pennsylvania provided one silver

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Kiski Area wrestling launches fundraiser for championship rings
April 9, 2018
Kiski Area is seeking some assistance as it looks to commemmorate its championship wrestling season. The team's boosters set up a GoFundMe page as a

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Constant postponements having impact on A-K Valley baseball, softball teams
A season-opening trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., provided Deer Lakes the opportunity to play four baseball games in three days, valuable experience for early in

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Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. lookahead: Week of April 9-14
April 8, 2018
Monday • One of the area's top softball rivalries kicks off as Burrell hosts Deer Lakes in a Section 1-4A contest at Bon Air Elementary.

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Freeport’s Beale, Leechburg’s Lovelace earn Valley News Dispatch Players of the Year
April 7, 2018
Freeport's Ben Beale and Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace have been named Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year Boys Player of the Year Ben Beale

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Franklin Regional softball rallies past Kiski Area to win section opener
April 6, 2018
Franklin Regional's offense for the first four innings resembled the Parkway East during Friday rush hour: plenty of traffic and not much movement. It caused

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A-K Valley notebook: Trio picked for all-star basketball event
April 4, 2018
A trio of Alle-Kiski Valley basketball players will compete in another All-Star setting. St. Joseph's Alex Jones, Apollo-Ridge's Megan Ost and Burrell's Donovan Russell all

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Trio of Alle-Kiski softball teams want deeper playoff runs
April 3, 2018
John Kinnamon got more than a fair share of strange looks from his Apollo-Ridge softball players when he declared playoffs as a team goal last

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Kiski Area track team breaks practice doldrums by building snowman
Do you want to build a snowman Seven members of the Kiski Area track and field team did Monday, livening up practice by taking advantage

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WPIAL basketball seniors selected for Pennsylvania vs. Maryland games
April 2, 2018
Ten WPIAL basketball seniors will play in the 43rd Annual Pennsylvania vs Maryland All-Star Weekend on Friday and Saturday at Harrisburg Christian Athletic Center. The

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Deer Lakes boys volleyball motivated by trip to WPIAL title game
Deer Lakes boys volleyball has progressed further in each year of Tyler Osselborn's high school career. Only one step remains — the biggest one of

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A-K Valley lookahead: April 2-7
April 1, 2018
MONDAY After four days of rainouts, will baseball and softball season resume The weather conditions appear favorable, and the Burrell and St. Joseph softball teams

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Kiski Area’s Reid named Valley News Dispatch’s 2018 Wrestler of the Year
March 31, 2018
Less than three months ago, Isaac Reid wondered if he would ever wrestle again. A pulmonary embolism settled in the Kiski Area senior's lung, doing

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Norwin boys volleyball reloads under 1st-year coach
March 30, 2018
Norwin is changing its tune at boys volleyball practice this season. The program's new conductor, Nick Fallone, a former player and assistant under longtime coach

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Kiski Area’s Pollick commits to Mercyhurst
March 29, 2018
Logan Pollick joined a pair of his Kiski Area wrestling teammates as college recruits Thursday, announcing his commitment to Mercyhurst. The senior 182-pounder won his

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A-K Valley notebook: Early-season wet weather wreaking havoc on schedules
Western Pennsylvania coaches may be humming a tune familiar to grade-school children this week: Rain, rain, go away. A third consecutive day of rain Thursday

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First-year baseball coaches at Springdale, Highlands, Fox Chapel happy to coach at alma mater
Brett Burger noticed one distinct difference at Springdale Junior-Senior High School from his days as a student just over a dozen years ago: D wing

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A-K Valley High school notebook: Roundball Classic to feature area players, coaches
March 27, 2018
The Alle-Kiski Valley will have representation on the court and the sidelines at the Roundball Classic All-Star basketball games next month at Geneva. The two-day

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Tutchstone resigns as Kiski Area boys basketball coach
Joey Tutchstone didn't sleep much Monday night, but it had nothing to do with the 3-month-old baby in the house. He was dreading his scheduled

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A-K Valley high school week ahead: March 26-31
March 25, 2018
Monday • Weather permitting, Freeport and Burrell will meet for a nonsection baseball game at Huston Middle School. The Yellowjackets and Bucs are coming off

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Keith Nonnenberg returns to try to revive Plum boys volleyball
Keith Nonnenberg spent nearly a dozen years away from the Plum volleyball team, but he can recall plenty from his first tenure as the Mustangs'

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East girls top West in highest-scoring Cager Classic all-star basketball game
March 24, 2018
The East girls didn't quite meet the scoring goal set by its coaching staff at Saturday's Cager Classic, but they still did plenty to keep

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Winter weather delays start of spring season for A-K Valley teams
March 23, 2018
Burrell checks the extended weather forecast at the end of each softball practice, hoping to get an idea of when it might take advantage of

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Cager Classic notebook: Ex-Ford City standout returns as coach
March 22, 2018
Jason Kerr doesn't remember much about the 2001 Cager Classic, but he still is getting a chance to relive the experience this weekend. Kerr, the

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Cager Classic last hurrah for longtime high school teammates
Cam Davies, Mikayla Lovelace and Brittany Robilio played more than 90 games together over the past four seasons at Leechburg, breaking school records and laying

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PIAA playoff run to keep Mars players, coaches out of Cager Classic All-Star game
With the Mars basketball still alive in the PIAA postseason, a few of the Planets' players and their coaches no longer will participate in a

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Deer Lakes, Plum baseball heading south
March 20, 2018
Forget going south for the winter. A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley baseball teams are doing it to get a head start on spring. Deer Lakes

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Riverview brings back Massack as football coach
March 19, 2018
Riverview received significant interest for its football coaching vacancy, including a handful of candidates with prior experience leading programs. The Raiders turned to a candidate

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Plum baseball armed for success
March 18, 2018
Plum baseball coach Carl Vollmer believes his team has the right recipe to contend for a WPIAL baseball championship this spring. And it's no surprise

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Experienced Plum softball team eager for outside action
The Plum softball team looked pretty good in early practices this March, at least in coach Jim McGrath's eyes. There's just one problem. andquot;Everybody looks

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Kiski Area’s Heater honored as PIAA Coach of the Year
March 14, 2018
Three Kiski Area wrestlers brought home medals from the PIAA wrestling championships, including senior Isaac Reid's first-place finish, but their coach picked up some hardware

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Kiski Area’s Heater named PIAA Coach of the Year
March 13, 2018
Three Kiski Area wrestlers brought home medals from the PIAA wrestling championships, including senior Isaac Reid's first-place finish, but their coach picked up some hardware

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Uncertainty clouds Deer Lakes baseball after losing 10 seniors
March 12, 2018
Josh Tysk coaches in the WPIAL, not Major League Baseball. But the differences he notices on his Deer Lakes roster compared to, say, the Houston

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Deer Lakes softball to be tested in quest for 7th straight section title
Katelynn Blair remembers traveling to Penn State with the Deer Lakes softball team in 2015, when the Lancers ultimately finished as the PIAA runner-up. As

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Ability to defend all 5 positions key for Highlands boys basketball
Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski knows the time will come during games when his 6-foot-6 center, Shawn Erceg, will get matched up against an opponent's smaller,

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Kiski Area heavyweight Reid caps remarkable comeback with state title
March 10, 2018
HERSHEY — Isaac Reid still remembers the feeling, in early December, of chest pains that made him think he was having a heart attack. The

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Burrell wrestlers make best of final day at state championships
HERSHEY — Corey Christie's final high school wrestling match came down to a battle of wills, and the Burrell senior had the proper motivation. Christie

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasale wins 4th PIAA wrestling championship
HERSHEY — Gavin Teasdale does nothing but win in Chocolate Town. The Jefferson-Morgan senior became just the 13th wrestler to win four PIAA individual titles,

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4 Burrell wrestlers, Valley’s Schuffert advance to medal round at PIAA Class AA tournament
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY — Ian Oswalt works on spin moves sometimes as a joke during Burrell wrestling practices. Given how well it worked when he pulled it

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Kiski Area’s Levett, Reid aim to join McCutcheon as PIAA wrestling champion
HERSHEY — Noah Levett and Isaac Reid looked up to Matt McCutcheon as they grew up in the Kiski Area youth wrestling program. They need

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Seeking 4th straight PIAA wrestling title, Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale advances to semifinals
HERSHEY — Gavin Teasdale is halfway to history. The Jefferson-Morgan senior moved one step closer to becoming the 13th wrestler to win four PIAA individual

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Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Cager Classic will have scorers galore
March 8, 2018
The Cager Classic has featured a number of top players throughout its 22-year history, and the latest edition will include 2,000-point scorers and Division I

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After strong start, Kiski Area sends all 5 qualifiers to PIAA wrestling quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Nick Delp didn't want to ruin Kiski Area's dinner plans. After watching three of his teammates win their first-round matchups back-to-back-to-back on the

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale among 16 WPIAL wrestlers to advance to PIAA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Gavin Teasdale has a habit of coming up big in the Giant Center, and he provided more evidence of that Thursday morning. The

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Valley heavyweight Schuffert among 3 A-K Valley wrestlers to reach PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — A PIAA official briefly stopped David Schuffert on Thursday morning because he wasn't wearing the pass around his neck he needed to access

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Worth the weight: Preparation, diet, exercise helps area wrestlers stay in peak condition
March 7, 2018
David Schuffert likes to torture his Valley wrestling teammates sometimes. The junior heavyweight doesn't exactly have to follow the same diet protocols as most wrestlers,

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Carmody to headline 22nd Cager Classic All-Star Game
The 22nd annual Cager Classic will include the WPIAL's top boys recruit. Mars senior Robby Carmody will headline the annual All-Star game, set for March

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A-K Valley wrestlers look forward to PIAA tournament debuts
March 6, 2018
Jack Blumer sat by himself after losing in the so-called andquot;blood roundandquot; during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships in 2017, his dreams of qualifying

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area’s Reid reflects after claiming title
Isaac Reid pointed both index fingers to the ceiling in Canon-McMillan's gym, then animatedly switched to a raise-the-roof motion after winning his first title in

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Kiski Area’s Reid reflective after winning first WPIAL title
March 5, 2018
Isaac Reid pointed both index fingers to the ceiling in Canon-McMillan's gym, then animatedly switched to a raise-the-roof motion after winning his first title in

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school look-ahead: Week of March 5, 2018
March 4, 2018
MONDAY Burrell returned to varsity hockey last season and now will play its first home playoff game since that comeback. The No. 3 Bucs (13-5)

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Kiski Area sets school record with 4 WPIAL wrestling champs
March 3, 2018
Jack Blumer called his shot. So did his coach. And it paved the way for a record-breaking day for Kiski Area at the WPIAL Class

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A-K Valley notebook: North Catholic’s Myers continues family tradition
Tess Myers hit perhaps the biggest shot of the WPIAL basketball championship weekend Friday when she drove the length of the court and hit a

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Myers’ game-winner for North Catholic boosts family’s championship history
Tess Myers hit perhaps the biggest shot of the WPIAL basketball championship weekend Friday when she drove the length of the court and hit a

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Kiski Area wrestlers dominate at opening day at Southwest Regionals
March 2, 2018
Darren Miller's headgear popped off in the early seconds of his match against Connellsville's Dylan Keefer on Friday, crashing to the mat as the Kiski

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Kiski Area’s Noah Levett suffers injury but says he will be good for WPIAL wrestling semis
Noah Levett moved closer to his goal of his first WPIAL wrestling championship Friday, but it didn't come without some nervous moments. The Kiski Area

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Hutcherson decides to step away at Armstrong
March 1, 2018
Greg Hutcherson founded his Top Level All-Stars AAU program with the slogan andquot;Hard work pays off.andquot; As he began to see the work with his

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Two Kiski Area wrestlers land No. 1 seeds for WPIAL championships
Kiski Area might not have any returning champions for the upcoming WPIAL Class AAA championships, but the Cavaliers do have a pair of wrestlers favored

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In final trip to WPIAL tournament, Kiski Area’s Levett finally gets to be the favorite
February 28, 2018
Noah Levett needed just one glance at his weight bracket to confirm the difficulty of his task at the WPIAL wrestling championships the past three

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Kiski Area wrestlers visit ill program legend
Bob Banks became one of Kiski Area's most significant wrestlers during his high school days in the 1970s, and the current Cavaliers showed their appreciation

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Franklin Regional tops section rival Highlands to advance to WPIAL title game
February 27, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion didn't believe his team ever got in a counterpunch during a Section 3-5A loss to Highlands last month. In a

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Five returning champions get top seeds for WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
February 26, 2018
Six defending champions are returning to the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships this weekend, and five received the inside track to repeat Monday. Norwin's Kurt

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WPIAL finals berth on the line in rubber match between Franklin Regional, Highlands
As is the norm at such times, WPIAL basketball coaches said all the right things upon the release of the playoff seeds and brackets earlier

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Basketball teams await 2nd chances
February 25, 2018
After falling out of the WPIAL basketball playoffs over the past week, a handful of Alle-Kiski Valley teams are playing a different sort of game:

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Highlands boys basketball tickets for WPIAL semifinal on sale Monday
Highlands will hold a pre-sale for tickets to the Golden Rams' WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball semifinal against Franklin Regional from 6-8 p.m. Monday outside

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A-K Valley lookahead: Feb. 26-March 3
Monday • Although eliminated from Penguins Cup playoff contention, Deer Lakes hockey closes its comeback season by hosting Greensburg Salem at Ice Connection. Ryan Murdock

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Burrell’s Oswalt, Valley’s Schuffert rebound after narrow losses, take 3rd at regionals
February 24, 2018
Ian Oswalt had other goals for Saturday night than wrestling in the third-place match at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional. But when his best-laid

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
February 23, 2018
Saturday's quarterfinal games Boys Class 6A No. 3 Fox Chapel (17-5) vs. No. 6 Pine-Richland (18-5 ) Noon at North Hills On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com

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Valley wrestler David Schuffert leads A-K Valley contingent into PIAA tournament
Valley heavyweight David Schuffert is wrestling with a heavy heart. Shortly after Schuffert lost in overtime of the WPIAL final to South Side Beaver's Bishop

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A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules for Friday
WPIAL basketball playoff capsules Boys Class 5A quarterfinals No. 2 Highlands (17-4) vs. No. 7 West Allegheny (11-11) 8 p.m. Friday at Fox Chapel Winner

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Section shake-up rekindles rivalries
If coaches anywhere can count on one constant, it's change. That oxymoron aside, WPIAL basketball will undergo a shake-up over the next two seasons as

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Defending champion Chartiers-Houston girls hold off Leechburg to reach semifinals
February 22, 2018
As unlikely as it appeared just minutes earlier, Leechburg's record-breaking senior class made one last run at some more history. A 17-point deficit gave way

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St. Joseph, Quigley Catholic girls have built WPIAL playoff rivalry in recent seasons
Barely five minutes elapsed after St. Joseph's WPIAL playoff victory over Geibel last weekend before Chloe Kurpakus brought up the subject of the Spartans' next

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Kiski Area girls basketball coach Ionadi resigns
Nick Ionadi frequently spent seven days a week in the gym working with his girls basketball pupils. But with extra hours cropping up in his

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Ambridge rallies in 2nd half to top Deer Lakes in WPIAL Class 4A 1st round
February 21, 2018
The story of David and Goliath seemed an apt comparison for Deer Lakes' and Ambridge's boys basketball playoff game in a visual sense Wednesday, what

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Advance ticket sales for Highlands, Springdale boys basketball
A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball teams are holding advance ticket sales Thursday for their WPIAL quarterfinal games. Highlands is selling tickets for the

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball preview playoff capsule for Thursday’s game
Girls Class 2A Quarterfinals No. 6 Leechburg (19-4) vs. No. 3 Chartiers-Houston (17-5) 6:30 p.m. Thursday at West Allegheny On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Burrell wrestler Ethan Awes prepares for final shot at making state tournament
February 20, 2018
Ethan Awes' season began with the same high hopes as many of his fellow wrestlers. Somewhere along the way, it turned into what the Burrell

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Wednesday’s games
Boys Class 4A First round No. 8 Valley (13-4) vs. No. 9 South Park (12-9) 8 p.m. Wednesday at North Hills On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Class AAA wrestlers set for sectionals
WPIAL Class AA got its individual postseason going last week. Now it's Class AAA's turn. Sectional tournaments Saturday will mark the beginning of the individual

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A-K Valley basketball teams seek elusive playoff wins
February 19, 2018
Shortly after taking over as Deer Lakes boys basketball coach in 2015, Terence Parham learned how much time had elapsed since the Lancers last tasted

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games
Boys basketball Class 2A First round No. 8 Leechburg (14-7) vs. No. 9 Fort Cherry (9-13) 8 p.m. Tuesday at North Hills On air: TribHSSN.triblive.com

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Alle-Kiski Valley lookahead: Feb. 19-24, 2018
February 18, 2018
Monday • Deer Lakes hosts Kiski Area in a PIHL Class A game with major postseason implications. Kiski Area (9-10) entered the week holding on

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St. Joseph girls race past Geibel in WPIAL Class A playoffs
February 17, 2018
It felt something like two weeks since St. Joseph could play the type of basketball game it wanted. Suffice to say the Spartans didn't want

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Leechburg’s Mikayla Lovelace to face fellow 2,000-point scorer
Mikayla Lovelace played against Sam Breen and Brenna Wise earlier in her high school career and has a close friendship with Amani Johnson and Alexa

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Riverside beats Burrell at its own game in opening round
February 16, 2018
A strong defense spearheaded Burrell's success this season, helping the Bucs overcome an inconsistent offense. But although the Bucs won a share of a section

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A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
Saturday's games Girls Class 4A First round No. 7 Freeport (13-8) vs. No. 10 Elizabeth Forward (14-7) 3 p.m. at Fox Chapel On the air:

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A-K Valley boys basketball teams rely on backcourt leaders
February 15, 2018
Asked to detail his role, and those of his fellow backcourt members at Valley, Dru Stokes ticked them off one by one. There's junior Nyjewel

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Teams stay busy during layoff
Not expecting a long layoff before his team's WPIAL playoff opener, Deer Lakes boys basketball coach Terence Parham waited to begin talking with fellow coaches

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Class AA wrestlers again have quick turnaround for WPIALs
February 14, 2018
For the second consecutive season, less than a day will separate the first two tournaments of WPIAL's Class AA individual postseason. Sectional tournaments for Class

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Burrell, Valley wrestlers prepare for individual tournaments
During his days as a record-setting wrestler at Shady Side Academy, Dane Johnson always wanted to fast-forward to the individual portion of the season. He

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WPIAL adjusts Tuesday playoff basketball schedule at Gateway, North Hills sites
The WPIAL boys basketball Class 2A first-round playoff game between California and Springdale, originally listed on the WPIAL's bracket for 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at North

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Highlands, Fox Chapel boys rewarded with byes for late-season charges
February 13, 2018
Uncertainty surrounded Highlands at the beginning of the boys basketball season, the graduation of four starters from one of the more successful stretches in recent

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Basketball coaches play guessing game in advance of WPIAL pairings meeting
February 12, 2018
One game may not make or break a season, but it can have an impact on a team's postseason fate. So after Freeport gutted out

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Burrell’s Christie savors strength of 100th win
Burrell's Corey Christie appreciates strength of 100th win

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Feb. 12, 2018
February 11, 2018
MONDAY • Freeport boys basketball hosts Class 5A No. 3 Highlands in a nonsection game on the final night of the regular season. Both teams

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Trio joins Clarion football team
February 10, 2018
The Clarion football recruiting class has a significant Alle-Kiski Valley presence. Three local players signed with or committed to the Golden Eagles over the past

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Freeport’s Beale scores 30 in OT victory at Deer Lakes
February 9, 2018
Freeport didn't forget its Section 1-4A finale last season, when Deer Lakes came onto the Yellowjackets' home floor and denied them a share of a

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Kiski Area, Nazareth set for PIAA quarterfinal rematch
February 8, 2018
If past matchups can predict anything, Kiski Area might want to keep its rule book handy for its PIAA Class AAA wrestling quarterfinal match Friday

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Springdale boys experience ‘eerie situation’
Springdale probably can't be blamed if it feels a case of unwanted deja vu going into its Section 2-2A boys basketball finale Friday at Riverview.

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Alle-Kiski wrestling notebook: Burrell goes blond for PIAA tournament
February 7, 2018
Burrell wrestling might be going for the gold this weekend in Hershey, but the Bucs already went platinum. As part of a yearly tradition, Burrell's

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Springdale boys face familiar circumstance in section finale
The math is simple for Springdale's boys basketball team as the Dynamos prepare for their Section 2-2A finale Friday at arch-rival Riverview. Win, and Springdale

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Fouls become common occurrence for rivals Deer Lakes, Valley
Deer Lakes and Valley added some evidence to the adage about familiarity breeding contempt Tuesday night. The Section 1-4A boys basketball rivals' second meeting in

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Valley boys win foul-fest against Deer Lakes
February 6, 2018
For the second time in four days, Deer Lakes and Valley played a physical, whistle-filled, down-to-the-wire basketball game. The similarities ended there. A fast-paced, chaotic

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Burrell, Kiski Area prepare for ‘business trip’ in Hershey
Kiski Area may swing by Hershey's Chocolate World sometime this weekend after competing in the PIAA wrestling tournament. But the Cavaliers have a bigger treat

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Springdale boys basketball on cusp on WPIAL playoff berth
February 5, 2018
andquot;Opportunityandquot; became a buzzword at Springdale before the boys basketball season even started, and the Dynamos held fast to that focus as they navigated their

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Kiski Area’s Connor, McGuffey’s Shingle join 100-win club
Kiski Area won the WPIAL Class AAA team championship on Saturday, and Cam Connor picked up an individual accomplishment along the way. The junior 145-pounder

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Burrell wrestling relishes every WPIAL team championship
February 4, 2018
As he basked in the fourth and final WPIAL team championship of his Burrell wrestling career, Shaun Gates looked in the rearview mirror at some

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Cheswick Christian basketball teams push toward playoffs
Clinton Blazevich looks for the right balance when establishing expectations for the Cheswick Christian girls basketball team. He tries not to aim too high, not

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Feb. 5, 2018
Monday • Burrell is clinging to its playoff hopes in girls basketball, and the Bucs will need a home win over Freeport to keep their

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Burrell-Valley game weeks in the making
February 3, 2018
Burrell and Valley announced their intention to continue the andquot;Battle of the Bypassandquot; rivalry as a Week Zero game shortly after the WPIAL released its

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Burrell wrestling wins 12th consecutive WPIAL Class AA title
Make it a Bucs' dozen. A WPIAL championship streak that began when its current seniors were in kindergarten or elementary school continued for Burrell in

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Coaching staff stability key for Burrell, Kiski Area wrestling programs
February 2, 2018
Danny Starr sees dozens of different faces on the team photos that plaster the walls of Kiski Area's wrestling room. Yet for all the varied

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Burrell boys basketball beats SSA to forge tie for 1st in section
One primary thought ran through Jake Okapol's mind as he maneuvered around teammate Donovan Russell's pick in the final minute Friday. andquot;Win the game,andquot; he

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A-K Valley high school basketball notebook: Deer Lakes girls break through
February 1, 2018
Deer Lakes exorcised some of its demons from its girls basketball rivalry with Burrell last season. But one white whale still remained for the Lancers.

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Bellinotti resigns as Burrell football coach
Dave Bellinotti had long, difficult questions in recent weeks about his future at Burrell. In the end, he decided the time was right to move

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Kiski Area wrestlers storm past Greensburg Salem into WPIAL semifinals
January 31, 2018
Kiski Area wrestlers fully plugged in to watch Bobby Lawrence's 126-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday, the final matchup of the Cavaliers'

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Smaller lineups prove to be problem for WPIAL wrestling programs
As Burrell recognized its 2008 PIAA championship wrestling team after a recent match, current coach Josh Shields noted one particular fact about the only state

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell freshmen making impact
January 30, 2018
If there's such a thing as a rookie wall in high school wrestling, Burrell's freshmen don't appear to have received the memo. The Bucs' three

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‘Battle of the Bypass’ between Burrell, Valley football teams will continue with Week Zero matchup
andquot;The Battle of the Bypassandquot; will live on in Week Zero. Although separated by PIAA realignment, Burrell and Valley will renew their football rivalry for

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Deer Lakes girls savor rare win at Burrell
Victoria Keibler remembers her older teammates telling her about Deer Lakes' struggles at Burrell when she joined the Lancers as a freshman. So it felt

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Russell makes giant strides for Burrell boys basketball
For his role as Giant Rumblebuffin in Burrell's fall production of andquot;The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,andquot; Donovan Russell needed to don stilts. The

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Deer Lakes girls hold off Burrell in critical Section 1-4A matchup
End-of-game situations don't get much run at Deer Lakes girls basketball practices. But with a game critical to the Lancers' playoff hopes hanging in the

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Jan. 29, 2018
January 28, 2018
Monday • Leechburg hosts the top-ranked team in WPIAL Class 2A when Vincentian visits. The No. 4 Blue Devils (14-2, 9-1) have won seven in

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale wins fourth Thomas tournament title
Gavin Teasdale added another high school wrestling accomplishment to his growing list Saturday, becoming just the third wrestler to win four championships at the Thomas

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Former St. Joseph backup Jones joins 1,000-point club
Alex Jones spent much of her first three seasons at St. Joseph coming off the bench, carving out a valuable role as a player who

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St. Joseph’s Jones reaches 1,000 career points
January 26, 2018
St. Joseph's Alex Jones needed just one basket Friday to reach 1,000 points for her career. She got that and then some. Jones scored 22

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Burrell offense ignites in win over Apollo-Ridge
Burrell's defense carried the load during much of the first half of the season, but the Bucs offense had its day Thursday. Logan Bitar scored

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Wins piling up for Highlands coach
January 25, 2018
It might seem a small occasion in a coach's career to move above a .500 career record, as Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski did

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Freeport’s Beale sinks second career buzzer-beater
andquot;Big Shot Benandquot; did it again. Freeport's star senior, who hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to knock off Indiana last season, scored another game-winner Wednesday as

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Burrell tops South Fayette to claim 15th straight section title
Danny McCarthy can count his number of wrestling matches this season on one hand, the result of an ankle injury that kept him off the

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Burrell’s Corrado upsets top-ranked Kazalas of Quaker Valley
January 24, 2018
Burrell's coaches told A.J. Corrado to wrestle aggressively against Quaker Valley's John Rocco Kazalas during their 132-pound bout in the semifinals of the Section 3-AA

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Highlands boys upend Franklin Regional for 1st-place tie
Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski thought his team got andquot;out-toughedandquot; in its first meeting with Franklin Regional. That wasn't a problem for either team in the

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell gets look at state’s top competition
Although Wednesday represents the official start of the team wrestling postseason with WPIAL sectional tournaments, Burrell already began its stretch run last weekend at Brookville's

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Burrell chasing 15th straight section tournament title
Shaun Gates admits to not knowing the exact number of consecutive section team tournaments Burrell won. Given the length of the streak — the total

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WPIAL boys basketball playoff races heating up in Alle-Kiski Valley
January 23, 2018
Back in the gym Monday after a pair of narrow losses last week, Deer Lakes was focusing squarely on its upcoming schedule. The Lancers couldn't

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Burrell takes positives out of ‘Ultimate Duals’
Burrell glimpsed some of its top competition from the WPIAL and state at Saturday's andquot;Ultimate Dualsandquot; at Brookville High School, and coach Josh Shields said

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Leechburg boys riding high after Jeannette upset
January 22, 2018
The congratulatory text messages and phone calls spilled in to Corey Smith's phone for much of the weekend after Leechburg's 47-42 upset of Class 2A

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Valley boys getting close to full strength
Valley spent the first six weeks of boys basketball season at less than full strength with some of its most important players sidelined because of

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Jan. 22, 2018
January 21, 2018
Monday • A potentially pivotal game in Section 1-4A girls basketball takes place as Deer Lakes hosts Knoch. The Lancers (6-7, 3-4) began the week

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Riverview fires football coach Matt Bonislawski
January 20, 2018
Matt Bonislawski was proud of what he accomplished in his two seasons as Riverview's football coach, so it came as a surprise to him when

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Valley pulls away from Freeport, secures longest win streak in 11 years
Nyjewel Carter believes Valley saves its best for last — as in the fourth quarter. That certainly was the case Friday night. An early fourth-quarter

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Leechburg’s Lovelace living at the line
January 19, 2018
The charity stripe has been a fine line for Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace this season. Lovelace, who broke her own school record by scoring 44 points

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Fox Chapel field hockey star picked for Indoor World Cup
January 18, 2018
Fox Chapel senior Abby Pitcairn already has plenty of international field hockey experience, and she'll take it to the highest level next month. Pitcairn, of

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WPIAL wrestling teams earn subsection championships
The WPIAL team wrestling postseason is all but set. More than a dozen teams wrapped up subsection championships Wednesday night, earning first-place seeds for the

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No. 1 Burrell wrestlers roll past rival Valley, clinch top spot in Section 3B
The expected battle for the Section 3B wrestling title never materialized Wednesday night. With four Valley starters out of the lineup, Class AA No. 1

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Lovelace keeps setting records at Leechburg
January 17, 2018
Mikayla Lovelace keeps breaking her own records. Leechburg's star senior set a new school single-game record with 44 points in the Blue Devils' 70-59 win

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Allegheny Conference gets makeover
The Allegheny Conference needs a new name. After being the home to a high number of Alle-Kiski Valley football teams in recent seasons, the league

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Kiski Area’s Reid: Return from pulmonary embolism ‘worked out perfectly’
Isaac Reid walked to the center of the mat and wrestled for a grand total of zero seconds before getting his arm raised by the

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Valley aims to end rival Burrell’s winning streak
The rivalry between Burrell and Valley encompasses seemingly every sport where the teams square off against each other, understandable given the schools' geographic closeness and

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Kiski Area wrestling wins annual rivalry match with Burrell
With the WPIAL wrestling playoffs looming and both teams gearing up for a title defense, the annual match between Burrell and Kiski Area became even

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Kiski Area’s Reid set to return after pulmonary embolism
January 16, 2018
At perhaps his darkest moment as he dealt with a pulmonary embolism in his lung, Isaac Reid wondered if he would ever wrestle again. That

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Valley boys basketball gets healthy, remains cautious
Deonte Ross spent the first five weeks of basketball season at the end of Valley's bench, sometimes in agony not from the cracked tibia that

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A-K Valley high school lookahead: Week of Jan. 15, 2018
January 15, 2018
Monday Burrell girls basketball faces a significant week as the Bucs (3-8, 1-4) attempt to remain in the Section 1-4A playoff race, and it begins

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Norwin boys weather Plum as leaky roof moves game to auxiliary gym
January 12, 2018
Norwin's game against Plum on Friday featured elements seemingly out of the theater of the absurd: A changed time because of the weather. A different

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school basketball notebook: Springdale boys get tough
The Springdale football program takes pride in its hustle and toughness, as evidenced by late legendary coach Chuck Wagner's andquot;hang in there toughandquot; saying. It

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Highlands boys adapt in win over Armstrong
January 11, 2018
The running Rams looked more like the rugged Rams on Thursday night. Forced to play at a slower pace than usual by Armstrong, Highlands showed

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St. Joseph star Fábregas out for season
Already down one of its projected starters to a season-ending injury, the St. Joseph boys basketball team lost another recently when it was determined junior

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Highlands hires Jeff Campbell as baseball coach
Jeff Campbell's full-time job kept him from pursuing the Highlands baseball coaching position in the past, but he can add it to his resume now.

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Imani Christian’s Hart to attend Under Armour camp
January 10, 2018
Imani Christian junior Rahmon Hart Jr. will attend the Feb. 18 Under Armour All-America Football Camp at Spire Institute in Cleveland. He also attended the

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Springdale boys get defensive in victory over Leechburg
After a somewhat lacking late-December defensive performance, Springdale re-emphasized that part of its game in practice. The performance on that end of the court since

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area, Burrell set for rivalry match
January 9, 2018
The match is taking place later than usual, but Burrell and Kiski Area will renew their Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling rivalry next week. Class AAA No.

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Dual, individual tournaments post different dynamic for area wrestlers
Corey Christie heard his Burrell teammates' cheers as he tangled with Southmoreland's Tyler Griffiths during the 152-pound championship match at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association

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Highlands hires Campbell as new baseball coach
Highlands has a new baseball coach. Former assistant Jeff Campbell will take over for Brett Burger, who resigned after one season to take over the

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Highlands boys reaching new ‘heights’ with tall, athletic post players
Johnny Crise is getting accustomed to the bumps and bruises associated with being a basketball bruiser. The Highlands sophomore recently suffered a broken nose after

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Burrell wrestling to recognize 2008 PIAA title team Jan. 12 against Hempfield
January 8, 2018
Burrell will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its 2008 PIAA Class AA wrestling championship at the Bucs' nonsection match Friday against Hempfield. Alumni from the

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Kiski Area’s Miller reaches 100 career wins
Darren Miller crossed off a pair of significant accomplishments in the first week of the new year. The Kiski Area junior 120-pounder picked up his

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A-K Valley high school sports week ahead: Week of Jan. 8, 2018
January 7, 2018
MONDAY • Coming off its first Section 1-4A win of the season, Deer Lakes girls basketball visits Freeport for another key contest. The Lancers (4-5,

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Burrell wrestler Corey Christie named MVP of WCCA tournament; Kiski Area takes team title
Burrell's Corey Christie believed he could escape from Ty Griffiths' grip in the ultimate tiebreaker period of their 152-pound championship bout at the Westmoreland County

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Girls basketball teams vying for playoff spots in Section 1-4A
Three of the returning playoff teams from girls basketball Section 1-4A began something of a round-robin last week, each looking to bounce back from a

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Deer Lakes girls shrug off slow start to get back on playoff path
January 6, 2018
After Deer Lakes missed 16 of 17 3-point attempts in a victory over St. Joseph last week, coach Dave Petruska cautioned the Lancers not to

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Deer Lakes girls log 1st section win by dropping Burrell
January 5, 2018
Deer Lakes began to show signs of progress over the holiday break, but the Section 1-4A standings provided no evidence: The team remained stuck in

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Area teams enjoying win streaks
January 4, 2018
Thursday brought the resumption of section play in WPIAL basketball after the holiday break, the stretch runs for teams hoping to qualify for the postseason,

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30 rock: Highlands boys basketball shows ‘tremendous energy’ in first-quarter shutout
It took just a few possessions for Highlands boys basketball coach Stoczynski to see his players' focus in their game Wednesday against Southmoreland. By the

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Kiski Area swimmer Naomee Miller excelling
January 3, 2018
Naomee Miller has plenty of experience at Pitt's Trees Pool, and it showed in her most recent competition. The Kiski Area sophomore won the 100-yard

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Burrell, Kiski Area, Valley wrestling teams gear up for WCCA tournament
Burrell, Kiski Area and Valley faced difficult competition over the holidays, and they'll get more of it this weekend. The 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches

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Valley wrestler David Schuffert works on mental approach to big matches
January 2, 2018
David Schuffert can't fully explain the difference in the way he wrestled in a pair of tournament championship matches this season compared with the bouts

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Kiski Area wrestler Levett hungry for gold at Westmoreland County tournament
Noah Levett reached the finals of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament each of the past three seasons, but all three matches ended the same

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No question Christian Hack providing leadership for Leechburg boys
Christian Hack joined Leechburg's quiz team for the first time this school year, traveling with his classmates to monthly competitions. When it comes to answering

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A-K Valley high school lookahead: Week of Jan. 1, 2018
January 1, 2018
Tuesday Knoch and Burrell played in the Highlands boys basketball holiday tournament last week without meeting, but they'll face off in a nonsection game at

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Chuck Wagner’s death, Freeport volleyball’s state title among A-K Valley’s top 10 sports stories for 2017
December 30, 2017
The Alle-Kiski Valley sports scene had plenty to celebrate in 2017, from historic playoff runs to record-breaking performances. The area also mourned the losses of

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Kiski Area’s Noah Levett reverses course, reaches Powerade semifinals
Noah Levett came within one second of the semifinals at the 2016 Powerade Christmas Tournament, a literal last-second reversal costing him. The Kiski Area senior

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Powerade wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Phipps chasing title at 106 pounds
The annual Powerade Christmas Tournament holds the reputation as one of the most challenging high school wrestling competitions in the country. The first day of

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A-K Valley notebook: Springdale girls break losing skid, Plum freshman stands out
December 28, 2017
John Broderick heard plenty of kudos from referees and fans about the improvement the Springdale girls basketball team showed during the early portion of the

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Springdale boys hold off St. Joseph rally to secure victory
Springdale and St. Joseph no longer share the same boys basketball section, but their habit of playing nail-biters remains. The rivals went down to the

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Springdale girls basketball team’s progress pays off with victory to end long losing streak
John Broderick heard plenty of kudos from referees and fans about the improvement the Springdale girls basketball team showed during the early portion of the

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Fox Chapel boys share wealth, end skid with win vs. Armstrong
A two-game losing streak put something of a damper on Fox Chapel's holiday, but the short break also enabled the Foxes to find their form.

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Kiski Area’s Miller focused on Powerade tournament title
December 27, 2017
As Darren Miller analyzed his sophomore wrestling season, he didn't entirely like what he saw. Miller's statistics and accomplishments — a 47-4 record that included

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Three WPIAL wrestlers earn No. 1 seeds for Powerade
A trio of WPIAL wrestlers earned top seeds for this weekend's heralded Powerade Christmas Tournament at Canon-McMillan High School. Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps (106 pounds),

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Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball teams work around inexperience
Joe Tutchstone paused a conversation at Kiski Area boys basketball practice last week to join his team in a drill. The Cavaliers coach took the

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Hack’s milestone part of strong season at Leechburg
December 25, 2017
Christian Hack is having a strong senior season for the Leechburg boys basketball team, and he added a milestone to it last week. Hack reached

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school sports look ahead: Dec. 27-30
December 24, 2017
Tuesday • The Springdale and Valley girls basketball teams played each other on the season's opening weekend, at Springdale's tip-off tournament. They'll meet again, this

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St. Joseph boys golfer Petrishen cards ace on Florida trip
Derek Petrishen wasn't having his best golf round during his recent trip to Florida, but he improved it in a hurry. The St. Joseph senior

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A-K Valley high school basketball notebook: Injuries to key players plaguing teams early
December 22, 2017
Injuries can create holes in even the most complete basketball rotations, and a few teams around the Alle-Kiski Valley are feeling the pain. Fox Chapel,

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Winchester Thurston girls rally to defeat St. Joseph
December 21, 2017
So pleased was St. Joseph coach Sally Ackerman with her players' performance Thursday night — even in a losing effort — that she said afterward

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Burrell wrestling set for difficult nonsection match with Waynesburg
Burrell cruised to its 100th consecutive section victory Wednesday with a 78-0 rout of Summit Academy — the Bucs' second consecutive shutout in Section 3-AA

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel’s Jesse Cohen signs with Bryant
December 20, 2017
Jesse Cohen had the location planned for his signing day celebration but not the specific cut of meat. Perhaps he wanted to wait to commit

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: No. 1 Kiski Area braces for showdown with No. 2 Big Macs
December 19, 2017
Kiski Area rolled to easy victories in its first six matches of the season, but the WPIAL Class AAA No. 1 Cavaliers face a big

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Freshmen continue long tradition for Burrell wrestling
As a state medalist as a junior high wrestler and listed among the top incoming freshmen by PA Power Wrestling during the preseason, Ian Oswalt

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Valley boys overcome late lapses to defeat rival Burrell
December 18, 2017
Mark Faulx saw some of the tell-tale fourth-quarter problems that cost Valley games in previous seasons crop up again Monday night. Forced, missed shots. Turnovers.

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Freeport senior Ben Beale born to play basketball
A Little Tikes toybox stuffed with old Freeport basketball jerseys and warmups sat in Ben Beale's house during his childhood, and he took full advantage

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Dec. 18, 2017
December 17, 2017
MONDAY • Kiski Area's girls basketball team is seeking an end to its 26-game section losing streak, which dates to the 2014-15 season, and the

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Fox Chapel’s Gizzo, Freeport’s Kemp named Valley News Dispatch Football Players of the Year
December 16, 2017
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Nick Gizzo Fox Chapel, sr., QB/DB, 6-foot-1, 189 pounds Nick Gizzo didn't know in the moment just what he was

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Plum sophomore Little sidelined by heart condition
A poster is taped to the ceiling above Anthony Little's bed, where he can see it every day when he wakes. The gift from former

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Teams begin section play
December 14, 2017
Just a week into the regular season, the games are already getting bigger. Thursday marked the opening of section competition in WPIAL basketball for girls

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Burrell wrestling nearing 100th straight section victory
Burrell's dominance of WPIAL Class AA wrestling begins at home. The Bucs' 69-12 victory over Riverview on Wednesday was their 99th consecutive in section competition,

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Freeport boys enjoy highest scoring output in 12 years
Freeport's boys basketball team came close to the turn of the century in its Tuesday nonsection game against Apollo-Ridge. Ultimately, the Yellowjackets fell short, andquot;settlingandquot;

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A-K Valley notebook: Burrell wrestling returning to King of the Mountain
December 13, 2017
Burrell didn't compete in any wrestling tournaments during opening weekend, but the Bucs will get a strong test this weekend as they make their annual

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Iowa all-stars to compete at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
The 44th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, scheduled for March 25 at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House, is bringing in competitors from one of the sport's top

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Highlands wrestling coach Walters draws from past for program’s future
December 12, 2017
Grant Walters put his wrestlers through something of a boot camp this summer, bringing in coaches from his past to relay their experience, knowledge and

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Kiski Area’s Reid sidelined after pulmonary embolism diagnosis
Isaac Reid expects to cap his high school wrestling career as a PIAA champion. For now, those plans are on hold. Reid, Kiski Area's senior

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Basketball coaches use early-season games to build toward section competition
December 11, 2017
Tyler Stoczynski believes in the importance of compiling a difficult nonsection schedule, but Highlands' boys basketball coach took it to another level this season. So

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead for Dec. 11-16
December 10, 2017
Monday • Coming off a championship at the Springdale tournament, Apollo-Ridge girls basketball travels to face Freeport in a nonsection contest. Freeport, a state playoff

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Lovelace reaches 1,500 points, leads Leechburg girls to tournament victory
December 9, 2017
It seems Mikayla Lovelace saves her biggest milestones for games against Kiski Area. Less than 12 months after the Leechburg senior standout reached the 1,000-point

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Springdale’s Demore named Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Jared Demore Senior, forward, Springdale At times this season, Springdale's best recipe for offensive success seemed simple. When the Dynamos needed a goal, they went

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Freeport’s Comperatore named Valley News Dispatch Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Girls soccer player of the year Kaylee Comperatore Senior, forward, Freeport Kaylee Comperatore plans to pursue nursing in college, ironic considering the turn her junior

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A-K Valley basketball’s starting 5 season primer
December 7, 2017
Boys 5 players to watch Ben Beale, Sr., 6-2, G/F, Freeport — Beale hit one of the biggest shots of last season, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Apollo-Ridge girls teams to ‘play up’ next season
The WPIAL realignment brought on last season by the PIAA's increase in classifications in many sports forced Apollo-Ridge to take what athletic director Ray Bartha

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Winning tradition motivates Kiski Area wrestlers
December 6, 2017
Chris Heater saw trophies and other commemorative artifacts from Kiski Area's wrestling history scattered around the high school halls. He had them collected together and

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Burrell wrestlers work to stay atop WPIAL
December 5, 2017
Win WPIAL championships on a yearly basis, as the Burrell wrestling team accomplished over the past decade-plus, and it becomes more than just a goal.

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead for Dec. 4-9
December 3, 2017
MONDAY • The Deer Lakes hockey team looks to rebound from a two-game losing streak with a home game against Class A foe Chartiers Valley.

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Ross Greece re-opens his college recruiting
December 2, 2017
The andquot;Hollywoodandquot; recruiting story took a twist. Kiski Area senior Ross Greece, who verbally committed to Robert Morris last month, is reopening his recruitment after

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Tutchstone nurturing inexperienced Kiski Area boys basketball team
November 28, 2017
Joe Tutchstone wore a shirt recognizing Kiski Area's 2013 boys basketball section championship at Tuesday's practice. Just as every year, that remains Tutchstone's expectation for

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Kiski Area girls gain confidence for upcoming season
A renovated gymnasium at Kiski Area features a sparkling new floor along with some other aesthetic adjustments. The girls basketball team is eyeing its own

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Area players sweep Allegheny Conference’s top honors
November 27, 2017
The WPIAL's all-conference football teams and awards continue to roll in, and three players with Alle-Kiski Valley ties swept the Allegheny Conference's top honors. Freeport

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New-look Burrell girls optimistic for upcoming season
November 22, 2017
A recent open gym at Burrell featured the next generation of the girls basketball program, with about two dozen players — many junior high-aged —

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Burrell boys motivated to start fast this season
Fond of motivational tactics and themes, Shawn Bennis is investing in wristbands for his Burrell boys basketball players this fall. The accessories are inspired by

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Thomas Jefferson tops Montour to defend WPIAL Class 4A championship
November 18, 2017
Bill Cherpak wore a rain jacket, but not even the torrential downpour at Heinz Field on Saturday kept him from donning his customary shorts. andquot;This

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Various programs face WPIAL alignment shakeups
The impact of the PIAA's new enrollment figures and classification breakdowns will reverberate throughout the WPIAL and locally in the Alle-Kiski Valley. With the new

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New coach Meaghan Volek wants to continue Burrell girls basketball tradition
November 16, 2017
Meaghan Volek remembers Burrell most for the smell of chlorine — pungent in the gym, and stronger still in the locker room. And given her

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Leechburg’s Lovelace commits to IUP
November 15, 2017
IUP's women's basketball coaches saw Mikayla Lovelace play in person when scouting Vincentian's Lexie Griggs two seasons ago. andquot;I guess I should thank her for

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Freeport volleyball players honored
The Freeport girls volleyball team is headed to Johnstown for the PIAA Class AA championship Saturday, and several of the Yellowjackets' individuals also received recognition

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel’s Tom Loughran named coach of year
November 13, 2017
Tom Loughran led the Fox Chapel football team from a 1-4 start to a WPIAL Class 5A playoff berth, and the Allegheny Nine conference rewarded

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Kiski Area senior Reid looks forward to career at Lock Haven
The letters from Lock Haven came frequently early in Isaac Reid's wrestling recruitment, before he could officially talk to schools. And once that quiet period

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Springdale boy soccer’s playoff run ends with state quarterfinal loss to undefeated Brockway
November 11, 2017
SLIPPERY ROCK — Springdale overcame plenty during its run through the WPIAL and PIAA boys soccer playoffs, including injuries and favored opponents. But the Dynamos

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Gateway survives McKeesport, advances to WPIAL final
November 10, 2017
Don Holl said he suffered no flashbacks to last season's WPIAL semifinal against McKeesport as the Tigers converted a hook-and-lateral on a last-gasp drive. His

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Defenders help guide Springdale boys into PIAA quarterfinal round
Brogan McCutcheon saw the spotlight put on offensive players in his former life as a striker. His new position draws attention in a different way.

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Kiski Area’s Levett signs to wrestle with Bucknell
November 8, 2017
Noah Levett didn't feel much different Wednesday after making his college decision official. He still has his eyes on one major goal for high school.

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Ex-football players Demore, Liberati help Springdale boys soccer reach PIAA quarterfinals
Jared Demore always had a knack for scoring, whether in football or soccer. He rushed for a touchdown on his first varsity carry for Springdale

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Springdale rebounds from title-game loss to earn PIAA tournament win
November 7, 2017
SOMERSET — Springdale believed it let some scoring chances slip away in the first half of its PIAA playoff opener against Windber on Tuesday night.

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PIAA girls volleyball preview capsule: Freeport vs. Bald Eagle
November 6, 2017
volleyball playoffs preview capsule Class AA PIAA 1st round Freeport (21-3) vs. Bald Eagle (19-0) 5 p.m. Tuesday, Penn-Cambria Winner plays: Corry or Avonworth Service

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: One and done for area football teams
November 4, 2017
The Alle-Kiski Valley endured a shutout on the opening weekend of the WPIAL football playoffs. With the losses of Fox Chapel to Penn-Trafford in Class

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Running back Lionel Deanes helps Seton LaSalle roll past Freeport in opener
Freeport's defense got off to the start it wanted Friday night. Then the Train started rolling. Lionel Deanes rushed for 282 yards and five touchdowns,

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Alle-Kiksi Valley high school football notebook: History repeats at Fox Chapel
November 2, 2017
Nick Gizzo and Micah Morris achieved a Fox Chapel rarity this fall when each topped 1,000 yards rushing during the regular season. Rare, but not

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WPIAL boys soccer championship capsule: Springdale vs. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
WPIAL boys sOCCER championship Class A No. 7 Springdale (15-4-1) vs. No. 1 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (19-1) 8 p.m. Friday, Highmark Stadium Free kicks:

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Ground game key to success for Springdale, Fox Chapel, Freeport
Tom Loughran won a pair of WPIAL and PIAA football championships in 32 seasons at South Park using a traditional I-formation on offense: andquot;The quarterback

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Kiski Area’s Greece commits to Robert Morris
Ross Greece hoped to play running back at the next level. He'll get his chance. The Kiski Area senior verbally committed Thursday to Robert Morris,

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Springdale looks to claim 1st boys soccer title since dominant run in 60s, 70s
November 1, 2017
Any of Brogan McCutcheon's questions about Springdale's rich soccer history can get answered at a family get-together. All three of McCutcheon's uncles on his mother's

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Scheduling conflict means Springdale kicker will play in Friday’s soccer final
Faced with a decision between two sports, Logan Panza chose his first love. Panza, a Springdale senior, will start at defender when the Dynamos play

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Freeport looks to avenge loss to Seton LaSalle in 1st round contest
Austin Romanchak admitted part of him wanted to see Seton LaSalle as Freeport's opponent in the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs. The

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Fox Chapel lineman Cohen commits to Bryant
October 31, 2017
Jesse Cohen didn't recognize Bryant's scholarship offer when it originally came in the summer. But when the school's coaches reaffirmed it last week, he readily

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Freeport draws conference rival Seton LaSalle in 1st round
October 30, 2017
All season, Freeport preached the importance of treating every Allegheny Conference opponent as another playoff game. The Yellowjackets can experience that in a literal fashion

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A-K Valley high school sports look-ahead: Week of Oct. 30. 2017
Monday • It's the moment of truth for playoff-bound football teams, as the WPIAL releases its postseason brackets at its annual pairings meeting in Green

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Alle-Kiski Valley football teams set to learn playoff foes
Few football teams' seasons come without adversity. Fox Chapel lost four of its first five games. Freeport faced a must-win situation in Week 8 to

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Playoff-tested Freeport ready for WPIAL girls soccer semifinals
October 29, 2017
It took Freeport about five minutes into its WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal game against Quaker Valley to establish a major difference between the 2016 postseason

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VIDEO: Springdale boys soccer reaches WPIAL Class A final
Springdale boys soccer players Matt Taliani and Mike Zolnierczyk discuss the Dynamos' shootout win over Seton LaSalle in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

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Springdale tops No. 3 Seton LaSalle in shootout to reach WPIAL boys soccer finals
October 28, 2017
Mike Zolnierczyk watched teammate Matt Taliani approach the ball with Springdale and Seton LaSalle deadlocked in a shootout. From practice experience, Zolnierczyk knew Taliani's go-to

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Football playoff teams ready for road
Seth Napierkowski experienced playoff life the past two seasons as an offensive assistant at Springdale, but he'll get a whole new taste of the postseason.

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VIDEO: Playoff-bound Springdale wears down Greensburg Central Catholic
Springdale seniors Josh Harmon and Parker Kline discuss the Dynamos' playoff-clinching victory over Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Playoff-bound Springdale wears down Greensburg Central Catholic
October 27, 2017
Two major components comprise the backbone of Springdale's football tradition: a powerful running game and frequent trips to the WPIAL playoffs. With a postseason berth

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Video: Reactions from Yough’s overtime girls soccer win against Burrell in the WPIAL playoffs
The Yough girls soccer team topped Burrell in the WPIAL playoffs Friday. Justine Appolonia scored twice, including the winner in overtime; here she discusses the

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Video: Reactions from Penn-Trafford’s win over Fox Chapel in girls soccer
The Penn-Trafford girls soccer team defeated nemesis Fox Chapel in the WPIAL playoffs Friday.

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Lauren Stovar-led Penn-Trafford girls soccer solves Fox Chapel to reach WPIAL semifinals
October 26, 2017
A potential berth in the WPIAL semifinals provided plenty of motivation for Penn-Trafford. But on the slim chance the Warriors needed any more, they could

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Yough earns wild overtime win in back-and-forth match against Burrell in quarterfinals
Thoughts swarmed through Justine Appolonia's head as she broke in on Burrell's goal in the final minutes of overtime. She quieted them long enough to

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A-K Valley football notebook: Strong 2nd halves key for Freeport success
Freeport's playoff-clinching victory over Keystone Oaks in Week Eight followed a familiar pattern: a systematic grinding-down of its opponent in the second half. The Yellowjackets

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Second straight upset bid falls short for Riverview boys against Seton LaSalle
October 25, 2017
Riverview's chances came frequently in the first half, but none of them found the back of the net. Neither did the shot that ultimately ended

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Springdale, Greensburg Central Catholic to battle for WPIAL playoff berth
For all the mathematical calculations that can come into play when determining WPIAL playoff berths, Springdale faces one certainty: A win puts the Dynamos in

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Shady Side Academy shuts out section rival Apollo-Ridge in 1st round
October 23, 2017
Apollo-Ridge faced a manageable one-goal deficit with halftime in its sights. Then came the score that helped turn the Vikings' chances at their first postseason

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Alle-Kiski Valley week ahead: Oct. 23-29
October 22, 2017
Monday • Burrell and Charleroi's 2016 WPIAL Class AA first-round girls soccer playoff game came down to the wire, with Charleroi scoring the winning goal

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Alle-Kiski Valley girls soccer playoff capsules
Class AAAA No. 7 Fox Chapel (12-5-1) vs. No. 10 Butler (10-7) 8 p.m. Monday, Fox Chapel On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No. 2

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Freeport girls volleyball likely to receive top seed
Freeport hopes to end the WPIAL Class AA girls volleyball playoffs on top, and it seems all but certain the Yellowjackets will begin the postseason

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Springdale boys shake off early injury to shut out Serra Catholic
October 21, 2017
Springdale's boys soccer playoff opener began ominously, with leading scorer Jared Demore suffering a leg injury less than two minutes into the game. The Dynamos,

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Video: Kemp discusses Freeport’s victory over Keystone Oaks
Freeport senior Austin Kemp discusses the Yellowjackets' playoff-clinching win over Keystone Oaks. Read the full story here.

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Video: Freeport’s Selinger talks about playoff-clinching victory
Freeport junior Conor Selinger discusses the Yellowjackets' playoff-clinching win over Keystone Oaks. Read the full story here.

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Swarming defense helps Freeport beat Keystone Oaks, clinch playoff spot
October 20, 2017
Freeport knows the pitfalls of youth. The Yellowjackets now are learning the benefits of experience. A season after a four-game losing streak wiped away its

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A-K Valley football notebook: Eastern Conference opponents rank high
October 19, 2017
Not many teams play multiple opponents ranked in the top 10 of the state during the regular season. Unless, of course, you reside in Class

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Freeport earns No. 2 seed, bye for WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 18, 2017
Freeport maybe didn't need a first-round bye in the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs as much as it did last year, but the Yellowjackets certainly won't

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Freeport, Keystone Oaks playing for playoff berth in Allegheny Conference
Freeport's John Gaillot reiterates the philosophy each week that every Allegheny Conference game is a playoff game. He did the same Tuesday as his Yellowjackets

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Freeport’s Comperatore motivated to succeed in postseason
October 17, 2017
Kaylee Comperatore got her front teeth back just in time for last Christmas, but her biggest gift came this fall. The Freeport senior, who dealt

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A-K Valley notebook: Freeport girls soccer eyes high playoff seed
October 16, 2017
With the final day of WPIAL section soccer taking place Monday, boys and girls can begin focusing on the postseason. The WPIAL soccer committee will

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Alle-Kiski Valley week ahead: Oct. 16-22
October 15, 2017
MONDAY Freeport and Deer Lakes played an entertaining game in their first meeting, with Deer Lakes rallying from a three-goal deficit before Freeport scored late

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Video: Seton LaSalle rallies past Freeport in Week 7
October 14, 2017
Seton LaSalle's Tyler Hillebrand discusses the Rebels' 21-10 Allegheny Conference victory over Freeport.

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Seton LaSalle uses 2 late interceptions to rally past Freeport
Just when it appeared Freeport made the defensive play of the game, Seton LaSalle came up with a couple of bigger ones. Tyler Hillebrand's and

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A-K Valley football notebook: Freeport hopes to avoid similar finish to ’16
October 12, 2017
As Freeport chases its second Allegheny Conference championship in three years, the memory of the way last year ended is sticking in the back of

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Video: Freeport prepares for Allegheny Conference showdown with Seton LaSalle
October 11, 2017
Freeport senior lineman Matt Charlton discusses the Yellowjackets' upcoming battle with Seton LaSalle for first place in the Allegheny Conference.

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Freeport, Seton LaSalle to play for de facto Allegheny Conference crown
Only after finishing off a Week 6 victory over Apollo-Ridge did Freeport begin to admit the magnitude of its upcoming game at Seton LaSalle. Given

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Fox Chapel girls hunting for elusive WPIAL title
October 10, 2017
Katie Livingston made no bones about Fox Chapel's intentions for some of the highest-seeded teams in the upcoming WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer playoffs. Fittingly

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Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Fox Chapel boys golf readies for WPIAL semis
October 8, 2017
Fox Chapel came close to a WPIAL championship in boys golf each of the past two seasons — agonizingly so last year. The Foxes will

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Oct. 9, 2017
MONDAY • Apollo-Ridge girls soccer led Shady Side Academy by two goals in their first meeting, only to see the Indians rally for a 3-2

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Jeannette honors Chuck Wagner
October 7, 2017
Springdale planned to honor Chuck Wagner before its game against Jeannette on Friday at Veterans Memorial Field, but the Dynamos received a surprise when the

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Video: Freeport’s Conor Selinger discusses Yellowjackets’ win over Apollo-Ridge
Freeport's Conor Selinger talks about the Yellowjackets' 49-7 win over Apollo-Ridge, setting the stage for next week's showdown with Seton LaSalle.

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Another strong defensive effort leads Freeport past Apollo-Ridge
October 6, 2017
The phrase emerges on a regular basis at Freeport. Not daily, maybe, but enough that it's becoming ingrained in the Yellowjackets' psyche: andquot;Defense wins championships.andquot;

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Shady Side Academy’s Moore to face familiar foes
October 5, 2017
As part of Shady Side Academy's homecoming festivities on Saturday, Skyy Moore also will experience a reunion. The Indians' junior quarterback, a New Kensington native,

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Apollo-Ridge follows Freeport’s formula for early-season success
October 4, 2017
A team heavily reliant on underclassmen after losing its top playmakers to graduation takes the Allegheny Conference by storm, winning four of its first five

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Kiski Area girls soccer brimming with confidence
October 3, 2017
Among the typical goals a team lays out for its season — a winning record, playoff appearance and postseason success — Kiski Area's girls soccer

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Two area teams post signature victories
October 2, 2017
A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley teams with postseason hopes posted signature wins last week. The Leechburg girls volleyball team, seeking its first playoff appearance since

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school week ahead: Week of Oct. 2, 2017
October 1, 2017
Monday • The tight Section 2-AA girls soccer race continues as Burrell hosts Springdale. The teams are tied for second place and hoping to move

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Muzzy Colosimo expects call from WPIAL
September 30, 2017
The repercussions for the game-ending brawl between Valley and Ellwood City on Friday night have yet to be fully realized, but that likely will change

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Video: Deanes carries Seton LaSalle past Apollo-Ridge
Lionel Deanes surpassed 4,000 career rushing yards in leading Seton LaSalle to a 35-21 victory over host Apollo-Ridge in an Allegheny Conference game. Read the

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Seton LaSalle’s Deanes leads Rebels past Apollo-Ridge
September 29, 2017
Apollo-Ridge gave opposing defenses fits in recent years with playmakers like Tre Tipton and Duane Brown. On Friday, the Vikings experienced life on the other

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A-K Valley football notebook: Riverview, Springdale to honor Wagner on Friday night
September 28, 2017
Riverview's annual night football game, scheduled for 7 Friday against Springdale, took on greater significance Monday after the death of legendary coach Chuck Wagner. Not

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Video: Previewing Apollo-Ridge vs. Seton LaSalle football
September 27, 2017
Apollo-Ridge knows what to expect from Seton LaSalle and senior running back Lionel andquot;The Trainandquot; Deanes.

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Burrell’s Tiger Hubbard hopes for roaring finish at WPIAL golf championships
Tiger Hubbard played for the first time on the Advocates Professional Golf Tour over the summer, and as he watched his competitors — golfers who

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Apollo-Ridge knows what to expect from Deanes, Seton LaSalle
The WPIAL realignment brought on by a shift to six classifications last season placed unfamiliar teams in the same conference. For holdovers of the Allegheny

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A-K Valley teams to figure in tight Section 2-AA girls soccer race
September 26, 2017
Frank Accetta is getting used to seeing surprising results from Section 2-AA girls soccer games. First came Springdale's victory over Burrell, followed by East Allegheny's

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Late tally keeps Fox Chapel girls atop section standings
September 25, 2017
Fox Chapel battled mid-80s temperatures and a pair of stingy Plum goalkeepers for nearly 100 minutes, but the Foxes found enough energy to avoid a

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A-K Valley high school notebook: No. 1 Freeport, Deer Lakes brace for volleyball showdown
Deer Lakes hopes to become a consistent WPIAL girls volleyball championship contender. To do that, the Lancers have to get past a team in their

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school look ahead: Week of Sept. 25, 2017
September 24, 2017
Monday • First place in Section 3-4A girls soccer will be up for grabs when Plum (6-1, 4-0) visits Fox Chapel (6-3, 4-0). The local

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Romanchak’s 1-yard sneak seals Freeport victory over Shady Side Academy
September 23, 2017
Freeport's offensive players knew exactly what they wanted to do on fourth-and-goal with the game on the line. They just had to convince their coach

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A-K Valley football notebook: Highlands hopes to avenge loss to Mars
September 21, 2017
Logan Crise can't forget the final play of Highlands' game last season against Mars. It's not exactly an easy one to get over. With an

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Allegheny Conference matchup with Shady Side Academy starts key stretch for Freeport
September 20, 2017
Were he to pick a genre of movie for the Shady Side Academy film he's viewing this week, Freeport coach John Gaillot might choose horror,

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Apollo-Ridge girls soccer making strides in challenging Section 1
September 19, 2017
Elizabeth Ross paused before discussing Apollo-Ridge's strengths and weaknesses this soccer season. andquot;We're not going to give away all our secrets,andquot; she said. Teammate Breanna

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A-K Valley local sports notebook: Burrell cross country coach plans Color Run to benefit team, girls tennis
September 18, 2017
After Chris Legters participated in a Kiski Area-hosted Color Run with his daughters last year, a thought struck the Burrell cross country coach: Why not

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Claypool lifts No. 2 Freeport girls soccer past Springdale
For all the cross-field passes and pinpoint shots required at times to score goals in soccer, sometimes it takes much less than that. Sometimes, as

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 18, 2017
September 17, 2017
MONDAY • Apollo-Ridge girls soccer faces the first of two consecutive big-time opponents when Class A No. 2 Shady Side Academy visits. The Vikings (3-0,

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Kiski Area’s Greece picks up offer from Robert Morris
September 16, 2017
Kiski Area senior Ross Greece picked up his second scholarship offer, and first at the Football Championship Subdivision level, from Robert Morris on Saturday. The

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Highlands defense shines in conference win over rival Knoch
September 15, 2017
Jermaine Jett made a bold proclamation about Highlands' defense after a 24-16 victory over Knoch on Friday night. andquot;No. 1 in the conference. I don't

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A-K Valley football notebook: Underclassmen adapt quickly for Apollo-Ridge
September 14, 2017
At Apollo-Ridge, the kids are all right — or perhaps even better than that. The Vikings, who start four freshmen in Jacob Fello, Klay Fitzroy,

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Northwest Nine matchup carries weight for Highlands, Knoch
September 13, 2017
During Dom Girardi's days as an assistant at Knoch, he noticed a different mentality in the players leading up to games against Highlands. More excitement.

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After missing ’16 playoffs, Springdale girls now ‘cooking with gas’
September 12, 2017
One by one, Springdale girls soccer players took in a pass down the left and right sidelines and sent a cross toward the front of

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Burrell girls soccer revives its singing career
September 11, 2017
How's this for an encore: The Alle-Kiski Valley's most recognizable musical soccer players are singing again this season. With the sound system malfunctioning before their

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Four boys golf teams in Section 1-AA battling for two playoff spots
September 10, 2017
Hal Biehl didn't hazard a guess about how the second half of the Section 1-AA boys golf race would play out. Doing so would seem

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 11, 2017
MONDAY • Like all WPIAL soccer teams, Deer Lakes girls hopes to end the season at Highmark Stadium in the WPIAL title game. The Lancers

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Records fall in Highlands football loss to New Castle
September 9, 2017
When the dust settles and the statistics are compiled, Highlands' 48-47, double-overtime loss Friday to New Castle will go down as one of the more

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Freeport ‘just amazing’ in victory over rival Deer Lakes
September 8, 2017
Deer Lakes challenged Freeport's defense Friday night, continually pounding away at the Yellowjackets with runs up the middle. But the Lancers' hammer couldn't break through

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Gildea newest member of Plum’s ‘Kicker Crew’
September 7, 2017
In the vein of Penn State's andquot;Linebacker U,andquot; Plum football has developed something of a andquot;Kicker Crew.andquot; Senior Jackson Gildea became just the most recent

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After bye week, Freeport ready to face rival Deer Lakes
September 6, 2017
As Freeport went through an unusual bye week in Week 1, one nagging worry cropped up in the back of coach John Gaillot's mind. andquot;I'm

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A-K Valley seeing influx of young, female soccer coaches in varsity ranks
September 5, 2017
McKenzie Ehrlich was coaching under-8 and under-10 youth soccer two years ago when she heard of the vacant St. Joseph girls soccer coaching position. Although

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A-K Valley high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 4, 2017
September 3, 2017
Monday • It might be Labor Day, but Kiski Area girls soccer isn't taking a holiday. The Cavaliers will play Clear Fork (Ohio) in the

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Plum kicker Jackson Gildea boots winning field goal in waning seconds to beat Kiski Area
September 1, 2017
Jackson Gildea faced some self-doubt before attempting the biggest kick of his high school football career, and Kiski Area tried to get in his head

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Recent rivalry game results motivate Plum, Kiski Area
August 30, 2017
Ross Greece recalled the last time Kiski Area visited Plum's Mustangs Stadium, in 2014, one of the low points in the Cavaliers' recent history. In

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Riverview girls soccer filling void left by graduation
August 28, 2017
Riverview's coaches described the first days of preseason workouts as something of a boot camp, a back-to-basics exercise. Given the team's youth, the approach was

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Senior-heavy Riverview boys build for playoff run
There's good news and bad news for Riverview's boys soccer team this fall. The good news With eight senior starters, several of whom began playing

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Converted tailback Tatrn stars in debut at QB in Burrell victory
August 26, 2017
Burrell welcomed home an old quarterback named Seth on Friday night, and a first-year signal-caller by the same name announced his arrival. Senior Seth Tatrn,

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A-K Valley football notebook: Springdale hopes to improve before conference opener with Clairton
August 24, 2017
Springdale faces an enormous challenge in its Class A Eastern Conference opener: a road date with Clairton, the three-time defending WPIAL Class A champion. By

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Freeport boys look to defend section title
Freeport learned the hard way the importance of never letting up in soccer. Leading by two goals and seemingly on their way to a WPIAL

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Confident Freeport girls motivated by WPIAL runner-up finish
As Brittni Grenninger doled out plyometric workouts at the end of three-on-three mini-games at a recent practice, she assigned the longest time interval to the

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Freeport football in unique situation without a Week 1 opponent
John Gaillot has nothing on his calendar for the first night of September. It's an odd situation for a high school football coach, to have

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Springdale 1st-year coach Napierkowski returns to alma mater Burrell for opener
Seth Napierkowski knows his way around Burrell's Buccaneer Stadium, but he still may need some directions finding the visiting locker room Friday night. andquot;I'm going

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In-control Ross set to channel emotional, hard-hitting style into bigger role for Valley
August 22, 2017
Deonte Ross walks a fine line with his emotions on the football field. One of Valley's leaders on the field, Ross often channeled his intensity

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Fox Chapel girls tennis will have tougher path to playoffs in 2017
August 20, 2017
Coming off its deepest postseason run in a dozen years, Fox Chapel's chances at a repeat performance became more difficult. The Foxes, who advanced to

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Kiski Area’s ‘Hollywood’ Greece set for featured role
August 17, 2017
Sam Albert took one look at Ross Greece and knew which nickname to bestow on his new player. Hollywood. andquot;If I looked like him, if

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Fox Chapel baseball gets its guy in new coach Hastings
August 16, 2017
Jim Hastings went without a baseball coaching job for a couple of months when he resigned from Springdale shortly after the Dynamos' season ended in

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 3A Allegheny
August 15, 2017
The favorite Seton-La Salle (5-4 overall, 4-3 Allegheny in 2016) The Rebels missed the playoffs a year ago, but they stand poised to take control

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First day of football practice brings energy, hope for A-K Valley teams
August 14, 2017
As Deer Lakes players sprinted to midfield Monday afternoon, the last warm-up drill before breaking into defensive work, coach Steve Sciullo broke away from a

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A-K Valley football teams looking to snap WPIAL title drought
August 12, 2017
One game from Springdale's 2003 WPIAL football championship season sticks out for Don andquot;Pappyandquot; Boulton, and it's not the Dynamos' Class A title-game win over

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A-K Valley football teams looking to snap WPIAL title drought
One game from Springdale's 2003 WPIAL football championship season sticks out for Don andquot;Pappyandquot; Boulton, and it's not the Dynamos' Class A title-game win over

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Football teams ready to feel heat
August 5, 2017
High school football players have spent much of the summer going through non-mandatory workouts, seven-on-seven competitions and strength and conditioning sessions, but the season's official

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Offense sparks St. Joseph baseball to first win of season; Springdale still winless
April 20, 2018
Tyler Wood didn't need much run support Friday, but his St. Joseph baseball teammates gave him plenty — and then more on top of it.

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A-K Valley notebook: Spring sports realignment affects area teams
April 19, 2018
The 2019 and '20 baseball seasons will include some sections heavy on Alle-Kiski Valley teams. The WPIAL released baseball, softball and lacrosse alignments for the

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A-K Valley notebook: Spring sports realignment affects area teams
The 2019 and 2020 baseball seasons will include some sections heavy on Alle-Kiski Valley teams. The WPIAL released baseball, softball and lacrosse alignments for the

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Section-title aspirations driving Burrell baseball
Mark Spohn didn't waste words as he outlined what Burrell needs to do to achieve its goals in the Section 1-3A baseball race. andquot;Just keep

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Freeport hockey coach resigns
Freeport hockey coach Ryan Cooper resigned Thursday after two seasons with the team. The Yellowjackets went 12-27 in the past two seasons, with one playoff

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of April 16, 2018
April 15, 2018
Monday • Deer Lakes and Knoch played twice last season, but the Section 1-4A rivals' first meeting went 14 innings. The Lancers will host the

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A-K Valley H.S. notebook: Kiski Area wrestlers want a hand
April 14, 2018
Kiski Area is seeking assistance as it looks to commemorate its championship wrestling season. The team's boosters set up a GoFundMe page as a way

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St. Joseph softball finds cure for ‘cabin fever’ in victory over Riverview
April 10, 2018
A growing number of postponements kept St. Joseph mostly in its gymnasium this spring. But the numerous dark clouds over Western Pennsylvania provided one silver

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Kiski Area wrestling launches fundraiser for championship rings
April 9, 2018
Kiski Area is seeking some assistance as it looks to commemmorate its championship wrestling season. The team's boosters set up a GoFundMe page as a

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Constant postponements having impact on A-K Valley baseball, softball teams
A season-opening trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., provided Deer Lakes the opportunity to play four baseball games in three days, valuable experience for early in

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Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. lookahead: Week of April 9-14
April 8, 2018
Monday • One of the area's top softball rivalries kicks off as Burrell hosts Deer Lakes in a Section 1-4A contest at Bon Air Elementary.

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Freeport’s Beale, Leechburg’s Lovelace earn Valley News Dispatch Players of the Year
April 7, 2018
Freeport's Ben Beale and Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace have been named Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year Boys Player of the Year Ben Beale

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Franklin Regional softball rallies past Kiski Area to win section opener
April 6, 2018
Franklin Regional's offense for the first four innings resembled the Parkway East during Friday rush hour: plenty of traffic and not much movement. It caused

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A-K Valley notebook: Trio picked for all-star basketball event
April 4, 2018
A trio of Alle-Kiski Valley basketball players will compete in another All-Star setting. St. Joseph's Alex Jones, Apollo-Ridge's Megan Ost and Burrell's Donovan Russell all

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Trio of Alle-Kiski softball teams want deeper playoff runs
April 3, 2018
John Kinnamon got more than a fair share of strange looks from his Apollo-Ridge softball players when he declared playoffs as a team goal last

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Kiski Area track team breaks practice doldrums by building snowman
Do you want to build a snowman Seven members of the Kiski Area track and field team did Monday, livening up practice by taking advantage

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WPIAL basketball seniors selected for Pennsylvania vs. Maryland games
April 2, 2018
Ten WPIAL basketball seniors will play in the 43rd Annual Pennsylvania vs Maryland All-Star Weekend on Friday and Saturday at Harrisburg Christian Athletic Center. The

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Deer Lakes boys volleyball motivated by trip to WPIAL title game
Deer Lakes boys volleyball has progressed further in each year of Tyler Osselborn's high school career. Only one step remains — the biggest one of

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A-K Valley lookahead: April 2-7
April 1, 2018
MONDAY After four days of rainouts, will baseball and softball season resume The weather conditions appear favorable, and the Burrell and St. Joseph softball teams

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Kiski Area’s Reid named Valley News Dispatch’s 2018 Wrestler of the Year
March 31, 2018
Less than three months ago, Isaac Reid wondered if he would ever wrestle again. A pulmonary embolism settled in the Kiski Area senior's lung, doing

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Norwin boys volleyball reloads under 1st-year coach
March 30, 2018
Norwin is changing its tune at boys volleyball practice this season. The program's new conductor, Nick Fallone, a former player and assistant under longtime coach

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Kiski Area’s Pollick commits to Mercyhurst
March 29, 2018
Logan Pollick joined a pair of his Kiski Area wrestling teammates as college recruits Thursday, announcing his commitment to Mercyhurst. The senior 182-pounder won his

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A-K Valley notebook: Early-season wet weather wreaking havoc on schedules
Western Pennsylvania coaches may be humming a tune familiar to grade-school children this week: Rain, rain, go away. A third consecutive day of rain Thursday

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First-year baseball coaches at Springdale, Highlands, Fox Chapel happy to coach at alma mater
Brett Burger noticed one distinct difference at Springdale Junior-Senior High School from his days as a student just over a dozen years ago: D wing

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A-K Valley High school notebook: Roundball Classic to feature area players, coaches
March 27, 2018
The Alle-Kiski Valley will have representation on the court and the sidelines at the Roundball Classic All-Star basketball games next month at Geneva. The two-day

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Tutchstone resigns as Kiski Area boys basketball coach
Joey Tutchstone didn't sleep much Monday night, but it had nothing to do with the 3-month-old baby in the house. He was dreading his scheduled

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A-K Valley high school week ahead: March 26-31
March 25, 2018
Monday • Weather permitting, Freeport and Burrell will meet for a nonsection baseball game at Huston Middle School. The Yellowjackets and Bucs are coming off

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Keith Nonnenberg returns to try to revive Plum boys volleyball
Keith Nonnenberg spent nearly a dozen years away from the Plum volleyball team, but he can recall plenty from his first tenure as the Mustangs'

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East girls top West in highest-scoring Cager Classic all-star basketball game
March 24, 2018
The East girls didn't quite meet the scoring goal set by its coaching staff at Saturday's Cager Classic, but they still did plenty to keep

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Winter weather delays start of spring season for A-K Valley teams
March 23, 2018
Burrell checks the extended weather forecast at the end of each softball practice, hoping to get an idea of when it might take advantage of

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Cager Classic notebook: Ex-Ford City standout returns as coach
March 22, 2018
Jason Kerr doesn't remember much about the 2001 Cager Classic, but he still is getting a chance to relive the experience this weekend. Kerr, the

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Cager Classic last hurrah for longtime high school teammates
Cam Davies, Mikayla Lovelace and Brittany Robilio played more than 90 games together over the past four seasons at Leechburg, breaking school records and laying

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PIAA playoff run to keep Mars players, coaches out of Cager Classic All-Star game
With the Mars basketball still alive in the PIAA postseason, a few of the Planets' players and their coaches no longer will participate in a

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Deer Lakes, Plum baseball heading south
March 20, 2018
Forget going south for the winter. A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley baseball teams are doing it to get a head start on spring. Deer Lakes

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Riverview brings back Massack as football coach
March 19, 2018
Riverview received significant interest for its football coaching vacancy, including a handful of candidates with prior experience leading programs. The Raiders turned to a candidate

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Plum baseball armed for success
March 18, 2018
Plum baseball coach Carl Vollmer believes his team has the right recipe to contend for a WPIAL baseball championship this spring. And it's no surprise

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Experienced Plum softball team eager for outside action
The Plum softball team looked pretty good in early practices this March, at least in coach Jim McGrath's eyes. There's just one problem. andquot;Everybody looks

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Kiski Area’s Heater honored as PIAA Coach of the Year
March 14, 2018
Three Kiski Area wrestlers brought home medals from the PIAA wrestling championships, including senior Isaac Reid's first-place finish, but their coach picked up some hardware

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Kiski Area’s Heater named PIAA Coach of the Year
March 13, 2018
Three Kiski Area wrestlers brought home medals from the PIAA wrestling championships, including senior Isaac Reid's first-place finish, but their coach picked up some hardware

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Uncertainty clouds Deer Lakes baseball after losing 10 seniors
March 12, 2018
Josh Tysk coaches in the WPIAL, not Major League Baseball. But the differences he notices on his Deer Lakes roster compared to, say, the Houston

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Deer Lakes softball to be tested in quest for 7th straight section title
Katelynn Blair remembers traveling to Penn State with the Deer Lakes softball team in 2015, when the Lancers ultimately finished as the PIAA runner-up. As

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Ability to defend all 5 positions key for Highlands boys basketball
Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski knows the time will come during games when his 6-foot-6 center, Shawn Erceg, will get matched up against an opponent's smaller,

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Kiski Area heavyweight Reid caps remarkable comeback with state title
March 10, 2018
HERSHEY — Isaac Reid still remembers the feeling, in early December, of chest pains that made him think he was having a heart attack. The

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Burrell wrestlers make best of final day at state championships
HERSHEY — Corey Christie's final high school wrestling match came down to a battle of wills, and the Burrell senior had the proper motivation. Christie

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasale wins 4th PIAA wrestling championship
HERSHEY — Gavin Teasdale does nothing but win in Chocolate Town. The Jefferson-Morgan senior became just the 13th wrestler to win four PIAA individual titles,

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4 Burrell wrestlers, Valley’s Schuffert advance to medal round at PIAA Class AA tournament
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY — Ian Oswalt works on spin moves sometimes as a joke during Burrell wrestling practices. Given how well it worked when he pulled it

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Kiski Area’s Levett, Reid aim to join McCutcheon as PIAA wrestling champion
HERSHEY — Noah Levett and Isaac Reid looked up to Matt McCutcheon as they grew up in the Kiski Area youth wrestling program. They need

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Seeking 4th straight PIAA wrestling title, Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale advances to semifinals
HERSHEY — Gavin Teasdale is halfway to history. The Jefferson-Morgan senior moved one step closer to becoming the 13th wrestler to win four PIAA individual

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Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Cager Classic will have scorers galore
March 8, 2018
The Cager Classic has featured a number of top players throughout its 22-year history, and the latest edition will include 2,000-point scorers and Division I

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After strong start, Kiski Area sends all 5 qualifiers to PIAA wrestling quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Nick Delp didn't want to ruin Kiski Area's dinner plans. After watching three of his teammates win their first-round matchups back-to-back-to-back on the

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale among 16 WPIAL wrestlers to advance to PIAA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Gavin Teasdale has a habit of coming up big in the Giant Center, and he provided more evidence of that Thursday morning. The

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Valley heavyweight Schuffert among 3 A-K Valley wrestlers to reach PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — A PIAA official briefly stopped David Schuffert on Thursday morning because he wasn't wearing the pass around his neck he needed to access

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Worth the weight: Preparation, diet, exercise helps area wrestlers stay in peak condition
March 7, 2018
David Schuffert likes to torture his Valley wrestling teammates sometimes. The junior heavyweight doesn't exactly have to follow the same diet protocols as most wrestlers,

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Carmody to headline 22nd Cager Classic All-Star Game
The 22nd annual Cager Classic will include the WPIAL's top boys recruit. Mars senior Robby Carmody will headline the annual All-Star game, set for March

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A-K Valley wrestlers look forward to PIAA tournament debuts
March 6, 2018
Jack Blumer sat by himself after losing in the so-called andquot;blood roundandquot; during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships in 2017, his dreams of qualifying

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area’s Reid reflects after claiming title
Isaac Reid pointed both index fingers to the ceiling in Canon-McMillan's gym, then animatedly switched to a raise-the-roof motion after winning his first title in

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Kiski Area’s Reid reflective after winning first WPIAL title
March 5, 2018
Isaac Reid pointed both index fingers to the ceiling in Canon-McMillan's gym, then animatedly switched to a raise-the-roof motion after winning his first title in

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school look-ahead: Week of March 5, 2018
March 4, 2018
MONDAY Burrell returned to varsity hockey last season and now will play its first home playoff game since that comeback. The No. 3 Bucs (13-5)

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Kiski Area sets school record with 4 WPIAL wrestling champs
March 3, 2018
Jack Blumer called his shot. So did his coach. And it paved the way for a record-breaking day for Kiski Area at the WPIAL Class

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A-K Valley notebook: North Catholic’s Myers continues family tradition
Tess Myers hit perhaps the biggest shot of the WPIAL basketball championship weekend Friday when she drove the length of the court and hit a

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Myers’ game-winner for North Catholic boosts family’s championship history
Tess Myers hit perhaps the biggest shot of the WPIAL basketball championship weekend Friday when she drove the length of the court and hit a

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Kiski Area wrestlers dominate at opening day at Southwest Regionals
March 2, 2018
Darren Miller's headgear popped off in the early seconds of his match against Connellsville's Dylan Keefer on Friday, crashing to the mat as the Kiski

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Kiski Area’s Noah Levett suffers injury but says he will be good for WPIAL wrestling semis
Noah Levett moved closer to his goal of his first WPIAL wrestling championship Friday, but it didn't come without some nervous moments. The Kiski Area

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Hutcherson decides to step away at Armstrong
March 1, 2018
Greg Hutcherson founded his Top Level All-Stars AAU program with the slogan andquot;Hard work pays off.andquot; As he began to see the work with his

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Two Kiski Area wrestlers land No. 1 seeds for WPIAL championships
Kiski Area might not have any returning champions for the upcoming WPIAL Class AAA championships, but the Cavaliers do have a pair of wrestlers favored

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In final trip to WPIAL tournament, Kiski Area’s Levett finally gets to be the favorite
February 28, 2018
Noah Levett needed just one glance at his weight bracket to confirm the difficulty of his task at the WPIAL wrestling championships the past three

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Kiski Area wrestlers visit ill program legend
Bob Banks became one of Kiski Area's most significant wrestlers during his high school days in the 1970s, and the current Cavaliers showed their appreciation

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Franklin Regional tops section rival Highlands to advance to WPIAL title game
February 27, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion didn't believe his team ever got in a counterpunch during a Section 3-5A loss to Highlands last month. In a

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Five returning champions get top seeds for WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
February 26, 2018
Six defending champions are returning to the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships this weekend, and five received the inside track to repeat Monday. Norwin's Kurt

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WPIAL finals berth on the line in rubber match between Franklin Regional, Highlands
As is the norm at such times, WPIAL basketball coaches said all the right things upon the release of the playoff seeds and brackets earlier

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Basketball teams await 2nd chances
February 25, 2018
After falling out of the WPIAL basketball playoffs over the past week, a handful of Alle-Kiski Valley teams are playing a different sort of game:

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Highlands boys basketball tickets for WPIAL semifinal on sale Monday
Highlands will hold a pre-sale for tickets to the Golden Rams' WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball semifinal against Franklin Regional from 6-8 p.m. Monday outside

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A-K Valley lookahead: Feb. 26-March 3
Monday • Although eliminated from Penguins Cup playoff contention, Deer Lakes hockey closes its comeback season by hosting Greensburg Salem at Ice Connection. Ryan Murdock

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Burrell’s Oswalt, Valley’s Schuffert rebound after narrow losses, take 3rd at regionals
February 24, 2018
Ian Oswalt had other goals for Saturday night than wrestling in the third-place match at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional. But when his best-laid

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
February 23, 2018
Saturday's quarterfinal games Boys Class 6A No. 3 Fox Chapel (17-5) vs. No. 6 Pine-Richland (18-5 ) Noon at North Hills On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com

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Valley wrestler David Schuffert leads A-K Valley contingent into PIAA tournament
Valley heavyweight David Schuffert is wrestling with a heavy heart. Shortly after Schuffert lost in overtime of the WPIAL final to South Side Beaver's Bishop

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A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules for Friday
WPIAL basketball playoff capsules Boys Class 5A quarterfinals No. 2 Highlands (17-4) vs. No. 7 West Allegheny (11-11) 8 p.m. Friday at Fox Chapel Winner

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Section shake-up rekindles rivalries
If coaches anywhere can count on one constant, it's change. That oxymoron aside, WPIAL basketball will undergo a shake-up over the next two seasons as

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Defending champion Chartiers-Houston girls hold off Leechburg to reach semifinals
February 22, 2018
As unlikely as it appeared just minutes earlier, Leechburg's record-breaking senior class made one last run at some more history. A 17-point deficit gave way

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St. Joseph, Quigley Catholic girls have built WPIAL playoff rivalry in recent seasons
Barely five minutes elapsed after St. Joseph's WPIAL playoff victory over Geibel last weekend before Chloe Kurpakus brought up the subject of the Spartans' next

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Kiski Area girls basketball coach Ionadi resigns
Nick Ionadi frequently spent seven days a week in the gym working with his girls basketball pupils. But with extra hours cropping up in his

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Ambridge rallies in 2nd half to top Deer Lakes in WPIAL Class 4A 1st round
February 21, 2018
The story of David and Goliath seemed an apt comparison for Deer Lakes' and Ambridge's boys basketball playoff game in a visual sense Wednesday, what

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Advance ticket sales for Highlands, Springdale boys basketball
A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball teams are holding advance ticket sales Thursday for their WPIAL quarterfinal games. Highlands is selling tickets for the

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball preview playoff capsule for Thursday’s game
Girls Class 2A Quarterfinals No. 6 Leechburg (19-4) vs. No. 3 Chartiers-Houston (17-5) 6:30 p.m. Thursday at West Allegheny On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Burrell wrestler Ethan Awes prepares for final shot at making state tournament
February 20, 2018
Ethan Awes' season began with the same high hopes as many of his fellow wrestlers. Somewhere along the way, it turned into what the Burrell

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Wednesday’s games
Boys Class 4A First round No. 8 Valley (13-4) vs. No. 9 South Park (12-9) 8 p.m. Wednesday at North Hills On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Class AAA wrestlers set for sectionals
WPIAL Class AA got its individual postseason going last week. Now it's Class AAA's turn. Sectional tournaments Saturday will mark the beginning of the individual

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A-K Valley basketball teams seek elusive playoff wins
February 19, 2018
Shortly after taking over as Deer Lakes boys basketball coach in 2015, Terence Parham learned how much time had elapsed since the Lancers last tasted

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games
Boys basketball Class 2A First round No. 8 Leechburg (14-7) vs. No. 9 Fort Cherry (9-13) 8 p.m. Tuesday at North Hills On air: TribHSSN.triblive.com

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Alle-Kiski Valley lookahead: Feb. 19-24, 2018
February 18, 2018
Monday • Deer Lakes hosts Kiski Area in a PIHL Class A game with major postseason implications. Kiski Area (9-10) entered the week holding on

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St. Joseph girls race past Geibel in WPIAL Class A playoffs
February 17, 2018
It felt something like two weeks since St. Joseph could play the type of basketball game it wanted. Suffice to say the Spartans didn't want

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Leechburg’s Mikayla Lovelace to face fellow 2,000-point scorer
Mikayla Lovelace played against Sam Breen and Brenna Wise earlier in her high school career and has a close friendship with Amani Johnson and Alexa

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Riverside beats Burrell at its own game in opening round
February 16, 2018
A strong defense spearheaded Burrell's success this season, helping the Bucs overcome an inconsistent offense. But although the Bucs won a share of a section

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A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
Saturday's games Girls Class 4A First round No. 7 Freeport (13-8) vs. No. 10 Elizabeth Forward (14-7) 3 p.m. at Fox Chapel On the air:

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A-K Valley boys basketball teams rely on backcourt leaders
February 15, 2018
Asked to detail his role, and those of his fellow backcourt members at Valley, Dru Stokes ticked them off one by one. There's junior Nyjewel

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Teams stay busy during layoff
Not expecting a long layoff before his team's WPIAL playoff opener, Deer Lakes boys basketball coach Terence Parham waited to begin talking with fellow coaches

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Class AA wrestlers again have quick turnaround for WPIALs
February 14, 2018
For the second consecutive season, less than a day will separate the first two tournaments of WPIAL's Class AA individual postseason. Sectional tournaments for Class

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Burrell, Valley wrestlers prepare for individual tournaments
During his days as a record-setting wrestler at Shady Side Academy, Dane Johnson always wanted to fast-forward to the individual portion of the season. He

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WPIAL adjusts Tuesday playoff basketball schedule at Gateway, North Hills sites
The WPIAL boys basketball Class 2A first-round playoff game between California and Springdale, originally listed on the WPIAL's bracket for 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at North

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Highlands, Fox Chapel boys rewarded with byes for late-season charges
February 13, 2018
Uncertainty surrounded Highlands at the beginning of the boys basketball season, the graduation of four starters from one of the more successful stretches in recent

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Basketball coaches play guessing game in advance of WPIAL pairings meeting
February 12, 2018
One game may not make or break a season, but it can have an impact on a team's postseason fate. So after Freeport gutted out

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Burrell’s Christie savors strength of 100th win
Burrell's Corey Christie appreciates strength of 100th win

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Feb. 12, 2018
February 11, 2018
MONDAY • Freeport boys basketball hosts Class 5A No. 3 Highlands in a nonsection game on the final night of the regular season. Both teams

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Trio joins Clarion football team
February 10, 2018
The Clarion football recruiting class has a significant Alle-Kiski Valley presence. Three local players signed with or committed to the Golden Eagles over the past

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Freeport’s Beale scores 30 in OT victory at Deer Lakes
February 9, 2018
Freeport didn't forget its Section 1-4A finale last season, when Deer Lakes came onto the Yellowjackets' home floor and denied them a share of a

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Kiski Area, Nazareth set for PIAA quarterfinal rematch
February 8, 2018
If past matchups can predict anything, Kiski Area might want to keep its rule book handy for its PIAA Class AAA wrestling quarterfinal match Friday

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Springdale boys experience ‘eerie situation’
Springdale probably can't be blamed if it feels a case of unwanted deja vu going into its Section 2-2A boys basketball finale Friday at Riverview.

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Alle-Kiski wrestling notebook: Burrell goes blond for PIAA tournament
February 7, 2018
Burrell wrestling might be going for the gold this weekend in Hershey, but the Bucs already went platinum. As part of a yearly tradition, Burrell's

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Springdale boys face familiar circumstance in section finale
The math is simple for Springdale's boys basketball team as the Dynamos prepare for their Section 2-2A finale Friday at arch-rival Riverview. Win, and Springdale

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Fouls become common occurrence for rivals Deer Lakes, Valley
Deer Lakes and Valley added some evidence to the adage about familiarity breeding contempt Tuesday night. The Section 1-4A boys basketball rivals' second meeting in

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Valley boys win foul-fest against Deer Lakes
February 6, 2018
For the second time in four days, Deer Lakes and Valley played a physical, whistle-filled, down-to-the-wire basketball game. The similarities ended there. A fast-paced, chaotic

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Burrell, Kiski Area prepare for ‘business trip’ in Hershey
Kiski Area may swing by Hershey's Chocolate World sometime this weekend after competing in the PIAA wrestling tournament. But the Cavaliers have a bigger treat

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Springdale boys basketball on cusp on WPIAL playoff berth
February 5, 2018
andquot;Opportunityandquot; became a buzzword at Springdale before the boys basketball season even started, and the Dynamos held fast to that focus as they navigated their

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Kiski Area’s Connor, McGuffey’s Shingle join 100-win club
Kiski Area won the WPIAL Class AAA team championship on Saturday, and Cam Connor picked up an individual accomplishment along the way. The junior 145-pounder

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Burrell wrestling relishes every WPIAL team championship
February 4, 2018
As he basked in the fourth and final WPIAL team championship of his Burrell wrestling career, Shaun Gates looked in the rearview mirror at some

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Cheswick Christian basketball teams push toward playoffs
Clinton Blazevich looks for the right balance when establishing expectations for the Cheswick Christian girls basketball team. He tries not to aim too high, not

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Feb. 5, 2018
Monday • Burrell is clinging to its playoff hopes in girls basketball, and the Bucs will need a home win over Freeport to keep their

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Burrell-Valley game weeks in the making
February 3, 2018
Burrell and Valley announced their intention to continue the andquot;Battle of the Bypassandquot; rivalry as a Week Zero game shortly after the WPIAL released its

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Burrell wrestling wins 12th consecutive WPIAL Class AA title
Make it a Bucs' dozen. A WPIAL championship streak that began when its current seniors were in kindergarten or elementary school continued for Burrell in

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Coaching staff stability key for Burrell, Kiski Area wrestling programs
February 2, 2018
Danny Starr sees dozens of different faces on the team photos that plaster the walls of Kiski Area's wrestling room. Yet for all the varied

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Burrell boys basketball beats SSA to forge tie for 1st in section
One primary thought ran through Jake Okapol's mind as he maneuvered around teammate Donovan Russell's pick in the final minute Friday. andquot;Win the game,andquot; he

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A-K Valley high school basketball notebook: Deer Lakes girls break through
February 1, 2018
Deer Lakes exorcised some of its demons from its girls basketball rivalry with Burrell last season. But one white whale still remained for the Lancers.

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Bellinotti resigns as Burrell football coach
Dave Bellinotti had long, difficult questions in recent weeks about his future at Burrell. In the end, he decided the time was right to move

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Kiski Area wrestlers storm past Greensburg Salem into WPIAL semifinals
January 31, 2018
Kiski Area wrestlers fully plugged in to watch Bobby Lawrence's 126-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday, the final matchup of the Cavaliers'

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Smaller lineups prove to be problem for WPIAL wrestling programs
As Burrell recognized its 2008 PIAA championship wrestling team after a recent match, current coach Josh Shields noted one particular fact about the only state

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell freshmen making impact
January 30, 2018
If there's such a thing as a rookie wall in high school wrestling, Burrell's freshmen don't appear to have received the memo. The Bucs' three

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‘Battle of the Bypass’ between Burrell, Valley football teams will continue with Week Zero matchup
andquot;The Battle of the Bypassandquot; will live on in Week Zero. Although separated by PIAA realignment, Burrell and Valley will renew their football rivalry for

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Deer Lakes girls savor rare win at Burrell
Victoria Keibler remembers her older teammates telling her about Deer Lakes' struggles at Burrell when she joined the Lancers as a freshman. So it felt

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Russell makes giant strides for Burrell boys basketball
For his role as Giant Rumblebuffin in Burrell's fall production of andquot;The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,andquot; Donovan Russell needed to don stilts. The

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Deer Lakes girls hold off Burrell in critical Section 1-4A matchup
End-of-game situations don't get much run at Deer Lakes girls basketball practices. But with a game critical to the Lancers' playoff hopes hanging in the

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Jan. 29, 2018
January 28, 2018
Monday • Leechburg hosts the top-ranked team in WPIAL Class 2A when Vincentian visits. The No. 4 Blue Devils (14-2, 9-1) have won seven in

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale wins fourth Thomas tournament title
Gavin Teasdale added another high school wrestling accomplishment to his growing list Saturday, becoming just the third wrestler to win four championships at the Thomas

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Former St. Joseph backup Jones joins 1,000-point club
Alex Jones spent much of her first three seasons at St. Joseph coming off the bench, carving out a valuable role as a player who

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St. Joseph’s Jones reaches 1,000 career points
January 26, 2018
St. Joseph's Alex Jones needed just one basket Friday to reach 1,000 points for her career. She got that and then some. Jones scored 22

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Burrell offense ignites in win over Apollo-Ridge
Burrell's defense carried the load during much of the first half of the season, but the Bucs offense had its day Thursday. Logan Bitar scored

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Wins piling up for Highlands coach
January 25, 2018
It might seem a small occasion in a coach's career to move above a .500 career record, as Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski did

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Freeport’s Beale sinks second career buzzer-beater
andquot;Big Shot Benandquot; did it again. Freeport's star senior, who hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to knock off Indiana last season, scored another game-winner Wednesday as

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Burrell tops South Fayette to claim 15th straight section title
Danny McCarthy can count his number of wrestling matches this season on one hand, the result of an ankle injury that kept him off the

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Burrell’s Corrado upsets top-ranked Kazalas of Quaker Valley
January 24, 2018
Burrell's coaches told A.J. Corrado to wrestle aggressively against Quaker Valley's John Rocco Kazalas during their 132-pound bout in the semifinals of the Section 3-AA

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Highlands boys upend Franklin Regional for 1st-place tie
Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski thought his team got andquot;out-toughedandquot; in its first meeting with Franklin Regional. That wasn't a problem for either team in the

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell gets look at state’s top competition
Although Wednesday represents the official start of the team wrestling postseason with WPIAL sectional tournaments, Burrell already began its stretch run last weekend at Brookville's

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Burrell chasing 15th straight section tournament title
Shaun Gates admits to not knowing the exact number of consecutive section team tournaments Burrell won. Given the length of the streak — the total

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WPIAL boys basketball playoff races heating up in Alle-Kiski Valley
January 23, 2018
Back in the gym Monday after a pair of narrow losses last week, Deer Lakes was focusing squarely on its upcoming schedule. The Lancers couldn't

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Burrell takes positives out of ‘Ultimate Duals’
Burrell glimpsed some of its top competition from the WPIAL and state at Saturday's andquot;Ultimate Dualsandquot; at Brookville High School, and coach Josh Shields said

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Leechburg boys riding high after Jeannette upset
January 22, 2018
The congratulatory text messages and phone calls spilled in to Corey Smith's phone for much of the weekend after Leechburg's 47-42 upset of Class 2A

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Valley boys getting close to full strength
Valley spent the first six weeks of boys basketball season at less than full strength with some of its most important players sidelined because of

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Jan. 22, 2018
January 21, 2018
Monday • A potentially pivotal game in Section 1-4A girls basketball takes place as Deer Lakes hosts Knoch. The Lancers (6-7, 3-4) began the week

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Riverview fires football coach Matt Bonislawski
January 20, 2018
Matt Bonislawski was proud of what he accomplished in his two seasons as Riverview's football coach, so it came as a surprise to him when

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Valley pulls away from Freeport, secures longest win streak in 11 years
Nyjewel Carter believes Valley saves its best for last — as in the fourth quarter. That certainly was the case Friday night. An early fourth-quarter

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Leechburg’s Lovelace living at the line
January 19, 2018
The charity stripe has been a fine line for Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace this season. Lovelace, who broke her own school record by scoring 44 points

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Fox Chapel field hockey star picked for Indoor World Cup
January 18, 2018
Fox Chapel senior Abby Pitcairn already has plenty of international field hockey experience, and she'll take it to the highest level next month. Pitcairn, of

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WPIAL wrestling teams earn subsection championships
The WPIAL team wrestling postseason is all but set. More than a dozen teams wrapped up subsection championships Wednesday night, earning first-place seeds for the

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No. 1 Burrell wrestlers roll past rival Valley, clinch top spot in Section 3B
The expected battle for the Section 3B wrestling title never materialized Wednesday night. With four Valley starters out of the lineup, Class AA No. 1

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Lovelace keeps setting records at Leechburg
January 17, 2018
Mikayla Lovelace keeps breaking her own records. Leechburg's star senior set a new school single-game record with 44 points in the Blue Devils' 70-59 win

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Allegheny Conference gets makeover
The Allegheny Conference needs a new name. After being the home to a high number of Alle-Kiski Valley football teams in recent seasons, the league

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Kiski Area’s Reid: Return from pulmonary embolism ‘worked out perfectly’
Isaac Reid walked to the center of the mat and wrestled for a grand total of zero seconds before getting his arm raised by the

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Valley aims to end rival Burrell’s winning streak
The rivalry between Burrell and Valley encompasses seemingly every sport where the teams square off against each other, understandable given the schools' geographic closeness and

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Kiski Area wrestling wins annual rivalry match with Burrell
With the WPIAL wrestling playoffs looming and both teams gearing up for a title defense, the annual match between Burrell and Kiski Area became even

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Kiski Area’s Reid set to return after pulmonary embolism
January 16, 2018
At perhaps his darkest moment as he dealt with a pulmonary embolism in his lung, Isaac Reid wondered if he would ever wrestle again. That

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Valley boys basketball gets healthy, remains cautious
Deonte Ross spent the first five weeks of basketball season at the end of Valley's bench, sometimes in agony not from the cracked tibia that

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A-K Valley high school lookahead: Week of Jan. 15, 2018
January 15, 2018
Monday Burrell girls basketball faces a significant week as the Bucs (3-8, 1-4) attempt to remain in the Section 1-4A playoff race, and it begins

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Norwin boys weather Plum as leaky roof moves game to auxiliary gym
January 12, 2018
Norwin's game against Plum on Friday featured elements seemingly out of the theater of the absurd: A changed time because of the weather. A different

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school basketball notebook: Springdale boys get tough
The Springdale football program takes pride in its hustle and toughness, as evidenced by late legendary coach Chuck Wagner's andquot;hang in there toughandquot; saying. It

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Highlands boys adapt in win over Armstrong
January 11, 2018
The running Rams looked more like the rugged Rams on Thursday night. Forced to play at a slower pace than usual by Armstrong, Highlands showed

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St. Joseph star Fábregas out for season
Already down one of its projected starters to a season-ending injury, the St. Joseph boys basketball team lost another recently when it was determined junior

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Highlands hires Jeff Campbell as baseball coach
Jeff Campbell's full-time job kept him from pursuing the Highlands baseball coaching position in the past, but he can add it to his resume now.

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Imani Christian’s Hart to attend Under Armour camp
January 10, 2018
Imani Christian junior Rahmon Hart Jr. will attend the Feb. 18 Under Armour All-America Football Camp at Spire Institute in Cleveland. He also attended the

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Springdale boys get defensive in victory over Leechburg
After a somewhat lacking late-December defensive performance, Springdale re-emphasized that part of its game in practice. The performance on that end of the court since

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area, Burrell set for rivalry match
January 9, 2018
The match is taking place later than usual, but Burrell and Kiski Area will renew their Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling rivalry next week. Class AAA No.

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Dual, individual tournaments post different dynamic for area wrestlers
Corey Christie heard his Burrell teammates' cheers as he tangled with Southmoreland's Tyler Griffiths during the 152-pound championship match at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association

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Highlands hires Campbell as new baseball coach
Highlands has a new baseball coach. Former assistant Jeff Campbell will take over for Brett Burger, who resigned after one season to take over the

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Highlands boys reaching new ‘heights’ with tall, athletic post players
Johnny Crise is getting accustomed to the bumps and bruises associated with being a basketball bruiser. The Highlands sophomore recently suffered a broken nose after

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Burrell wrestling to recognize 2008 PIAA title team Jan. 12 against Hempfield
January 8, 2018
Burrell will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its 2008 PIAA Class AA wrestling championship at the Bucs' nonsection match Friday against Hempfield. Alumni from the

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Kiski Area’s Miller reaches 100 career wins
Darren Miller crossed off a pair of significant accomplishments in the first week of the new year. The Kiski Area junior 120-pounder picked up his

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A-K Valley high school sports week ahead: Week of Jan. 8, 2018
January 7, 2018
MONDAY • Coming off its first Section 1-4A win of the season, Deer Lakes girls basketball visits Freeport for another key contest. The Lancers (4-5,

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Burrell wrestler Corey Christie named MVP of WCCA tournament; Kiski Area takes team title
Burrell's Corey Christie believed he could escape from Ty Griffiths' grip in the ultimate tiebreaker period of their 152-pound championship bout at the Westmoreland County

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Girls basketball teams vying for playoff spots in Section 1-4A
Three of the returning playoff teams from girls basketball Section 1-4A began something of a round-robin last week, each looking to bounce back from a

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Deer Lakes girls shrug off slow start to get back on playoff path
January 6, 2018
After Deer Lakes missed 16 of 17 3-point attempts in a victory over St. Joseph last week, coach Dave Petruska cautioned the Lancers not to

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Deer Lakes girls log 1st section win by dropping Burrell
January 5, 2018
Deer Lakes began to show signs of progress over the holiday break, but the Section 1-4A standings provided no evidence: The team remained stuck in

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Area teams enjoying win streaks
January 4, 2018
Thursday brought the resumption of section play in WPIAL basketball after the holiday break, the stretch runs for teams hoping to qualify for the postseason,

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30 rock: Highlands boys basketball shows ‘tremendous energy’ in first-quarter shutout
It took just a few possessions for Highlands boys basketball coach Stoczynski to see his players' focus in their game Wednesday against Southmoreland. By the

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Kiski Area swimmer Naomee Miller excelling
January 3, 2018
Naomee Miller has plenty of experience at Pitt's Trees Pool, and it showed in her most recent competition. The Kiski Area sophomore won the 100-yard

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Burrell, Kiski Area, Valley wrestling teams gear up for WCCA tournament
Burrell, Kiski Area and Valley faced difficult competition over the holidays, and they'll get more of it this weekend. The 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches

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Valley wrestler David Schuffert works on mental approach to big matches
January 2, 2018
David Schuffert can't fully explain the difference in the way he wrestled in a pair of tournament championship matches this season compared with the bouts

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Kiski Area wrestler Levett hungry for gold at Westmoreland County tournament
Noah Levett reached the finals of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament each of the past three seasons, but all three matches ended the same

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No question Christian Hack providing leadership for Leechburg boys
Christian Hack joined Leechburg's quiz team for the first time this school year, traveling with his classmates to monthly competitions. When it comes to answering

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A-K Valley high school lookahead: Week of Jan. 1, 2018
January 1, 2018
Tuesday Knoch and Burrell played in the Highlands boys basketball holiday tournament last week without meeting, but they'll face off in a nonsection game at

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Chuck Wagner’s death, Freeport volleyball’s state title among A-K Valley’s top 10 sports stories for 2017
December 30, 2017
The Alle-Kiski Valley sports scene had plenty to celebrate in 2017, from historic playoff runs to record-breaking performances. The area also mourned the losses of

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Kiski Area’s Noah Levett reverses course, reaches Powerade semifinals
Noah Levett came within one second of the semifinals at the 2016 Powerade Christmas Tournament, a literal last-second reversal costing him. The Kiski Area senior

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Powerade wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Phipps chasing title at 106 pounds
The annual Powerade Christmas Tournament holds the reputation as one of the most challenging high school wrestling competitions in the country. The first day of

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A-K Valley notebook: Springdale girls break losing skid, Plum freshman stands out
December 28, 2017
John Broderick heard plenty of kudos from referees and fans about the improvement the Springdale girls basketball team showed during the early portion of the

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Springdale boys hold off St. Joseph rally to secure victory
Springdale and St. Joseph no longer share the same boys basketball section, but their habit of playing nail-biters remains. The rivals went down to the

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Springdale girls basketball team’s progress pays off with victory to end long losing streak
John Broderick heard plenty of kudos from referees and fans about the improvement the Springdale girls basketball team showed during the early portion of the

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Fox Chapel boys share wealth, end skid with win vs. Armstrong
A two-game losing streak put something of a damper on Fox Chapel's holiday, but the short break also enabled the Foxes to find their form.

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Kiski Area’s Miller focused on Powerade tournament title
December 27, 2017
As Darren Miller analyzed his sophomore wrestling season, he didn't entirely like what he saw. Miller's statistics and accomplishments — a 47-4 record that included

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Three WPIAL wrestlers earn No. 1 seeds for Powerade
A trio of WPIAL wrestlers earned top seeds for this weekend's heralded Powerade Christmas Tournament at Canon-McMillan High School. Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps (106 pounds),

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Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball teams work around inexperience
Joe Tutchstone paused a conversation at Kiski Area boys basketball practice last week to join his team in a drill. The Cavaliers coach took the

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Hack’s milestone part of strong season at Leechburg
December 25, 2017
Christian Hack is having a strong senior season for the Leechburg boys basketball team, and he added a milestone to it last week. Hack reached

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school sports look ahead: Dec. 27-30
December 24, 2017
Tuesday • The Springdale and Valley girls basketball teams played each other on the season's opening weekend, at Springdale's tip-off tournament. They'll meet again, this

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St. Joseph boys golfer Petrishen cards ace on Florida trip
Derek Petrishen wasn't having his best golf round during his recent trip to Florida, but he improved it in a hurry. The St. Joseph senior

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A-K Valley high school basketball notebook: Injuries to key players plaguing teams early
December 22, 2017
Injuries can create holes in even the most complete basketball rotations, and a few teams around the Alle-Kiski Valley are feeling the pain. Fox Chapel,

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Winchester Thurston girls rally to defeat St. Joseph
December 21, 2017
So pleased was St. Joseph coach Sally Ackerman with her players' performance Thursday night — even in a losing effort — that she said afterward

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Burrell wrestling set for difficult nonsection match with Waynesburg
Burrell cruised to its 100th consecutive section victory Wednesday with a 78-0 rout of Summit Academy — the Bucs' second consecutive shutout in Section 3-AA

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel’s Jesse Cohen signs with Bryant
December 20, 2017
Jesse Cohen had the location planned for his signing day celebration but not the specific cut of meat. Perhaps he wanted to wait to commit

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: No. 1 Kiski Area braces for showdown with No. 2 Big Macs
December 19, 2017
Kiski Area rolled to easy victories in its first six matches of the season, but the WPIAL Class AAA No. 1 Cavaliers face a big

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Freshmen continue long tradition for Burrell wrestling
As a state medalist as a junior high wrestler and listed among the top incoming freshmen by PA Power Wrestling during the preseason, Ian Oswalt

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Valley boys overcome late lapses to defeat rival Burrell
December 18, 2017
Mark Faulx saw some of the tell-tale fourth-quarter problems that cost Valley games in previous seasons crop up again Monday night. Forced, missed shots. Turnovers.

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Freeport senior Ben Beale born to play basketball
A Little Tikes toybox stuffed with old Freeport basketball jerseys and warmups sat in Ben Beale's house during his childhood, and he took full advantage

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Dec. 18, 2017
December 17, 2017
MONDAY • Kiski Area's girls basketball team is seeking an end to its 26-game section losing streak, which dates to the 2014-15 season, and the

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Fox Chapel’s Gizzo, Freeport’s Kemp named Valley News Dispatch Football Players of the Year
December 16, 2017
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Nick Gizzo Fox Chapel, sr., QB/DB, 6-foot-1, 189 pounds Nick Gizzo didn't know in the moment just what he was

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Plum sophomore Little sidelined by heart condition
A poster is taped to the ceiling above Anthony Little's bed, where he can see it every day when he wakes. The gift from former

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Teams begin section play
December 14, 2017
Just a week into the regular season, the games are already getting bigger. Thursday marked the opening of section competition in WPIAL basketball for girls

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Burrell wrestling nearing 100th straight section victory
Burrell's dominance of WPIAL Class AA wrestling begins at home. The Bucs' 69-12 victory over Riverview on Wednesday was their 99th consecutive in section competition,

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Freeport boys enjoy highest scoring output in 12 years
Freeport's boys basketball team came close to the turn of the century in its Tuesday nonsection game against Apollo-Ridge. Ultimately, the Yellowjackets fell short, andquot;settlingandquot;

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A-K Valley notebook: Burrell wrestling returning to King of the Mountain
December 13, 2017
Burrell didn't compete in any wrestling tournaments during opening weekend, but the Bucs will get a strong test this weekend as they make their annual

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Iowa all-stars to compete at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
The 44th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, scheduled for March 25 at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House, is bringing in competitors from one of the sport's top

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Highlands wrestling coach Walters draws from past for program’s future
December 12, 2017
Grant Walters put his wrestlers through something of a boot camp this summer, bringing in coaches from his past to relay their experience, knowledge and

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Kiski Area’s Reid sidelined after pulmonary embolism diagnosis
Isaac Reid expects to cap his high school wrestling career as a PIAA champion. For now, those plans are on hold. Reid, Kiski Area's senior

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Basketball coaches use early-season games to build toward section competition
December 11, 2017
Tyler Stoczynski believes in the importance of compiling a difficult nonsection schedule, but Highlands' boys basketball coach took it to another level this season. So

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead for Dec. 11-16
December 10, 2017
Monday • Coming off a championship at the Springdale tournament, Apollo-Ridge girls basketball travels to face Freeport in a nonsection contest. Freeport, a state playoff

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Lovelace reaches 1,500 points, leads Leechburg girls to tournament victory
December 9, 2017
It seems Mikayla Lovelace saves her biggest milestones for games against Kiski Area. Less than 12 months after the Leechburg senior standout reached the 1,000-point

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Springdale’s Demore named Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Jared Demore Senior, forward, Springdale At times this season, Springdale's best recipe for offensive success seemed simple. When the Dynamos needed a goal, they went

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Freeport’s Comperatore named Valley News Dispatch Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Girls soccer player of the year Kaylee Comperatore Senior, forward, Freeport Kaylee Comperatore plans to pursue nursing in college, ironic considering the turn her junior

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A-K Valley basketball’s starting 5 season primer
December 7, 2017
Boys 5 players to watch Ben Beale, Sr., 6-2, G/F, Freeport — Beale hit one of the biggest shots of last season, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Apollo-Ridge girls teams to ‘play up’ next season
The WPIAL realignment brought on last season by the PIAA's increase in classifications in many sports forced Apollo-Ridge to take what athletic director Ray Bartha

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Winning tradition motivates Kiski Area wrestlers
December 6, 2017
Chris Heater saw trophies and other commemorative artifacts from Kiski Area's wrestling history scattered around the high school halls. He had them collected together and

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Burrell wrestlers work to stay atop WPIAL
December 5, 2017
Win WPIAL championships on a yearly basis, as the Burrell wrestling team accomplished over the past decade-plus, and it becomes more than just a goal.

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead for Dec. 4-9
December 3, 2017
MONDAY • The Deer Lakes hockey team looks to rebound from a two-game losing streak with a home game against Class A foe Chartiers Valley.

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Ross Greece re-opens his college recruiting
December 2, 2017
The andquot;Hollywoodandquot; recruiting story took a twist. Kiski Area senior Ross Greece, who verbally committed to Robert Morris last month, is reopening his recruitment after

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Tutchstone nurturing inexperienced Kiski Area boys basketball team
November 28, 2017
Joe Tutchstone wore a shirt recognizing Kiski Area's 2013 boys basketball section championship at Tuesday's practice. Just as every year, that remains Tutchstone's expectation for

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Kiski Area girls gain confidence for upcoming season
A renovated gymnasium at Kiski Area features a sparkling new floor along with some other aesthetic adjustments. The girls basketball team is eyeing its own

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Area players sweep Allegheny Conference’s top honors
November 27, 2017
The WPIAL's all-conference football teams and awards continue to roll in, and three players with Alle-Kiski Valley ties swept the Allegheny Conference's top honors. Freeport

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New-look Burrell girls optimistic for upcoming season
November 22, 2017
A recent open gym at Burrell featured the next generation of the girls basketball program, with about two dozen players — many junior high-aged —

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Fond of motivational tactics and themes, Shawn Bennis is investing in wristbands for his Burrell boys basketball players this fall. The accessories are inspired by

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Thomas Jefferson tops Montour to defend WPIAL Class 4A championship
November 18, 2017
Bill Cherpak wore a rain jacket, but not even the torrential downpour at Heinz Field on Saturday kept him from donning his customary shorts. andquot;This

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Various programs face WPIAL alignment shakeups
The impact of the PIAA's new enrollment figures and classification breakdowns will reverberate throughout the WPIAL and locally in the Alle-Kiski Valley. With the new

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New coach Meaghan Volek wants to continue Burrell girls basketball tradition
November 16, 2017
Meaghan Volek remembers Burrell most for the smell of chlorine — pungent in the gym, and stronger still in the locker room. And given her

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Leechburg’s Lovelace commits to IUP
November 15, 2017
IUP's women's basketball coaches saw Mikayla Lovelace play in person when scouting Vincentian's Lexie Griggs two seasons ago. andquot;I guess I should thank her for

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Freeport volleyball players honored
The Freeport girls volleyball team is headed to Johnstown for the PIAA Class AA championship Saturday, and several of the Yellowjackets' individuals also received recognition

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel’s Tom Loughran named coach of year
November 13, 2017
Tom Loughran led the Fox Chapel football team from a 1-4 start to a WPIAL Class 5A playoff berth, and the Allegheny Nine conference rewarded

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Kiski Area senior Reid looks forward to career at Lock Haven
The letters from Lock Haven came frequently early in Isaac Reid's wrestling recruitment, before he could officially talk to schools. And once that quiet period

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Springdale boy soccer’s playoff run ends with state quarterfinal loss to undefeated Brockway
November 11, 2017
SLIPPERY ROCK — Springdale overcame plenty during its run through the WPIAL and PIAA boys soccer playoffs, including injuries and favored opponents. But the Dynamos

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Gateway survives McKeesport, advances to WPIAL final
November 10, 2017
Don Holl said he suffered no flashbacks to last season's WPIAL semifinal against McKeesport as the Tigers converted a hook-and-lateral on a last-gasp drive. His

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Defenders help guide Springdale boys into PIAA quarterfinal round
Brogan McCutcheon saw the spotlight put on offensive players in his former life as a striker. His new position draws attention in a different way.

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Kiski Area’s Levett signs to wrestle with Bucknell
November 8, 2017
Noah Levett didn't feel much different Wednesday after making his college decision official. He still has his eyes on one major goal for high school.

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Ex-football players Demore, Liberati help Springdale boys soccer reach PIAA quarterfinals
Jared Demore always had a knack for scoring, whether in football or soccer. He rushed for a touchdown on his first varsity carry for Springdale

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Springdale rebounds from title-game loss to earn PIAA tournament win
November 7, 2017
SOMERSET — Springdale believed it let some scoring chances slip away in the first half of its PIAA playoff opener against Windber on Tuesday night.

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PIAA girls volleyball preview capsule: Freeport vs. Bald Eagle
November 6, 2017
volleyball playoffs preview capsule Class AA PIAA 1st round Freeport (21-3) vs. Bald Eagle (19-0) 5 p.m. Tuesday, Penn-Cambria Winner plays: Corry or Avonworth Service

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: One and done for area football teams
November 4, 2017
The Alle-Kiski Valley endured a shutout on the opening weekend of the WPIAL football playoffs. With the losses of Fox Chapel to Penn-Trafford in Class

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Running back Lionel Deanes helps Seton LaSalle roll past Freeport in opener
Freeport's defense got off to the start it wanted Friday night. Then the Train started rolling. Lionel Deanes rushed for 282 yards and five touchdowns,

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Alle-Kiksi Valley high school football notebook: History repeats at Fox Chapel
November 2, 2017
Nick Gizzo and Micah Morris achieved a Fox Chapel rarity this fall when each topped 1,000 yards rushing during the regular season. Rare, but not

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WPIAL boys soccer championship capsule: Springdale vs. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
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Ground game key to success for Springdale, Fox Chapel, Freeport
Tom Loughran won a pair of WPIAL and PIAA football championships in 32 seasons at South Park using a traditional I-formation on offense: andquot;The quarterback

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Kiski Area’s Greece commits to Robert Morris
Ross Greece hoped to play running back at the next level. He'll get his chance. The Kiski Area senior verbally committed Thursday to Robert Morris,

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Springdale looks to claim 1st boys soccer title since dominant run in 60s, 70s
November 1, 2017
Any of Brogan McCutcheon's questions about Springdale's rich soccer history can get answered at a family get-together. All three of McCutcheon's uncles on his mother's

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Scheduling conflict means Springdale kicker will play in Friday’s soccer final
Faced with a decision between two sports, Logan Panza chose his first love. Panza, a Springdale senior, will start at defender when the Dynamos play

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Freeport looks to avenge loss to Seton LaSalle in 1st round contest
Austin Romanchak admitted part of him wanted to see Seton LaSalle as Freeport's opponent in the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs. The

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Fox Chapel lineman Cohen commits to Bryant
October 31, 2017
Jesse Cohen didn't recognize Bryant's scholarship offer when it originally came in the summer. But when the school's coaches reaffirmed it last week, he readily

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Freeport draws conference rival Seton LaSalle in 1st round
October 30, 2017
All season, Freeport preached the importance of treating every Allegheny Conference opponent as another playoff game. The Yellowjackets can experience that in a literal fashion

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A-K Valley high school sports look-ahead: Week of Oct. 30. 2017
Monday • It's the moment of truth for playoff-bound football teams, as the WPIAL releases its postseason brackets at its annual pairings meeting in Green

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Alle-Kiski Valley football teams set to learn playoff foes
Few football teams' seasons come without adversity. Fox Chapel lost four of its first five games. Freeport faced a must-win situation in Week 8 to

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Playoff-tested Freeport ready for WPIAL girls soccer semifinals
October 29, 2017
It took Freeport about five minutes into its WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal game against Quaker Valley to establish a major difference between the 2016 postseason

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VIDEO: Springdale boys soccer reaches WPIAL Class A final
Springdale boys soccer players Matt Taliani and Mike Zolnierczyk discuss the Dynamos' shootout win over Seton LaSalle in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

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Springdale tops No. 3 Seton LaSalle in shootout to reach WPIAL boys soccer finals
October 28, 2017
Mike Zolnierczyk watched teammate Matt Taliani approach the ball with Springdale and Seton LaSalle deadlocked in a shootout. From practice experience, Zolnierczyk knew Taliani's go-to

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Football playoff teams ready for road
Seth Napierkowski experienced playoff life the past two seasons as an offensive assistant at Springdale, but he'll get a whole new taste of the postseason.

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VIDEO: Playoff-bound Springdale wears down Greensburg Central Catholic
Springdale seniors Josh Harmon and Parker Kline discuss the Dynamos' playoff-clinching victory over Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Playoff-bound Springdale wears down Greensburg Central Catholic
October 27, 2017
Two major components comprise the backbone of Springdale's football tradition: a powerful running game and frequent trips to the WPIAL playoffs. With a postseason berth

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Video: Reactions from Yough’s overtime girls soccer win against Burrell in the WPIAL playoffs
The Yough girls soccer team topped Burrell in the WPIAL playoffs Friday. Justine Appolonia scored twice, including the winner in overtime; here she discusses the

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Video: Reactions from Penn-Trafford’s win over Fox Chapel in girls soccer
The Penn-Trafford girls soccer team defeated nemesis Fox Chapel in the WPIAL playoffs Friday.

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Lauren Stovar-led Penn-Trafford girls soccer solves Fox Chapel to reach WPIAL semifinals
October 26, 2017
A potential berth in the WPIAL semifinals provided plenty of motivation for Penn-Trafford. But on the slim chance the Warriors needed any more, they could

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Yough earns wild overtime win in back-and-forth match against Burrell in quarterfinals
Thoughts swarmed through Justine Appolonia's head as she broke in on Burrell's goal in the final minutes of overtime. She quieted them long enough to

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A-K Valley football notebook: Strong 2nd halves key for Freeport success
Freeport's playoff-clinching victory over Keystone Oaks in Week Eight followed a familiar pattern: a systematic grinding-down of its opponent in the second half. The Yellowjackets

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Second straight upset bid falls short for Riverview boys against Seton LaSalle
October 25, 2017
Riverview's chances came frequently in the first half, but none of them found the back of the net. Neither did the shot that ultimately ended

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Springdale, Greensburg Central Catholic to battle for WPIAL playoff berth
For all the mathematical calculations that can come into play when determining WPIAL playoff berths, Springdale faces one certainty: A win puts the Dynamos in

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Shady Side Academy shuts out section rival Apollo-Ridge in 1st round
October 23, 2017
Apollo-Ridge faced a manageable one-goal deficit with halftime in its sights. Then came the score that helped turn the Vikings' chances at their first postseason

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Alle-Kiski Valley week ahead: Oct. 23-29
October 22, 2017
Monday • Burrell and Charleroi's 2016 WPIAL Class AA first-round girls soccer playoff game came down to the wire, with Charleroi scoring the winning goal

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Alle-Kiski Valley girls soccer playoff capsules
Class AAAA No. 7 Fox Chapel (12-5-1) vs. No. 10 Butler (10-7) 8 p.m. Monday, Fox Chapel On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No. 2

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Freeport girls volleyball likely to receive top seed
Freeport hopes to end the WPIAL Class AA girls volleyball playoffs on top, and it seems all but certain the Yellowjackets will begin the postseason

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Springdale boys shake off early injury to shut out Serra Catholic
October 21, 2017
Springdale's boys soccer playoff opener began ominously, with leading scorer Jared Demore suffering a leg injury less than two minutes into the game. The Dynamos,

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Video: Kemp discusses Freeport’s victory over Keystone Oaks
Freeport senior Austin Kemp discusses the Yellowjackets' playoff-clinching win over Keystone Oaks. Read the full story here.

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Video: Freeport’s Selinger talks about playoff-clinching victory
Freeport junior Conor Selinger discusses the Yellowjackets' playoff-clinching win over Keystone Oaks. Read the full story here.

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Swarming defense helps Freeport beat Keystone Oaks, clinch playoff spot
October 20, 2017
Freeport knows the pitfalls of youth. The Yellowjackets now are learning the benefits of experience. A season after a four-game losing streak wiped away its

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A-K Valley football notebook: Eastern Conference opponents rank high
October 19, 2017
Not many teams play multiple opponents ranked in the top 10 of the state during the regular season. Unless, of course, you reside in Class

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Freeport earns No. 2 seed, bye for WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 18, 2017
Freeport maybe didn't need a first-round bye in the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs as much as it did last year, but the Yellowjackets certainly won't

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Freeport, Keystone Oaks playing for playoff berth in Allegheny Conference
Freeport's John Gaillot reiterates the philosophy each week that every Allegheny Conference game is a playoff game. He did the same Tuesday as his Yellowjackets

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Freeport’s Comperatore motivated to succeed in postseason
October 17, 2017
Kaylee Comperatore got her front teeth back just in time for last Christmas, but her biggest gift came this fall. The Freeport senior, who dealt

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A-K Valley notebook: Freeport girls soccer eyes high playoff seed
October 16, 2017
With the final day of WPIAL section soccer taking place Monday, boys and girls can begin focusing on the postseason. The WPIAL soccer committee will

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Alle-Kiski Valley week ahead: Oct. 16-22
October 15, 2017
MONDAY Freeport and Deer Lakes played an entertaining game in their first meeting, with Deer Lakes rallying from a three-goal deficit before Freeport scored late

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Video: Seton LaSalle rallies past Freeport in Week 7
October 14, 2017
Seton LaSalle's Tyler Hillebrand discusses the Rebels' 21-10 Allegheny Conference victory over Freeport.

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Seton LaSalle uses 2 late interceptions to rally past Freeport
Just when it appeared Freeport made the defensive play of the game, Seton LaSalle came up with a couple of bigger ones. Tyler Hillebrand's and

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A-K Valley football notebook: Freeport hopes to avoid similar finish to ’16
October 12, 2017
As Freeport chases its second Allegheny Conference championship in three years, the memory of the way last year ended is sticking in the back of

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Video: Freeport prepares for Allegheny Conference showdown with Seton LaSalle
October 11, 2017
Freeport senior lineman Matt Charlton discusses the Yellowjackets' upcoming battle with Seton LaSalle for first place in the Allegheny Conference.

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Freeport, Seton LaSalle to play for de facto Allegheny Conference crown
Only after finishing off a Week 6 victory over Apollo-Ridge did Freeport begin to admit the magnitude of its upcoming game at Seton LaSalle. Given

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Fox Chapel girls hunting for elusive WPIAL title
October 10, 2017
Katie Livingston made no bones about Fox Chapel's intentions for some of the highest-seeded teams in the upcoming WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer playoffs. Fittingly

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Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Fox Chapel boys golf readies for WPIAL semis
October 8, 2017
Fox Chapel came close to a WPIAL championship in boys golf each of the past two seasons — agonizingly so last year. The Foxes will

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Oct. 9, 2017
MONDAY • Apollo-Ridge girls soccer led Shady Side Academy by two goals in their first meeting, only to see the Indians rally for a 3-2

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Jeannette honors Chuck Wagner
October 7, 2017
Springdale planned to honor Chuck Wagner before its game against Jeannette on Friday at Veterans Memorial Field, but the Dynamos received a surprise when the

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Video: Freeport’s Conor Selinger discusses Yellowjackets’ win over Apollo-Ridge
Freeport's Conor Selinger talks about the Yellowjackets' 49-7 win over Apollo-Ridge, setting the stage for next week's showdown with Seton LaSalle.

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Another strong defensive effort leads Freeport past Apollo-Ridge
October 6, 2017
The phrase emerges on a regular basis at Freeport. Not daily, maybe, but enough that it's becoming ingrained in the Yellowjackets' psyche: andquot;Defense wins championships.andquot;

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Shady Side Academy’s Moore to face familiar foes
October 5, 2017
As part of Shady Side Academy's homecoming festivities on Saturday, Skyy Moore also will experience a reunion. The Indians' junior quarterback, a New Kensington native,

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Apollo-Ridge follows Freeport’s formula for early-season success
October 4, 2017
A team heavily reliant on underclassmen after losing its top playmakers to graduation takes the Allegheny Conference by storm, winning four of its first five

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Kiski Area girls soccer brimming with confidence
October 3, 2017
Among the typical goals a team lays out for its season — a winning record, playoff appearance and postseason success — Kiski Area's girls soccer

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Two area teams post signature victories
October 2, 2017
A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley teams with postseason hopes posted signature wins last week. The Leechburg girls volleyball team, seeking its first playoff appearance since

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school week ahead: Week of Oct. 2, 2017
October 1, 2017
Monday • The tight Section 2-AA girls soccer race continues as Burrell hosts Springdale. The teams are tied for second place and hoping to move

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Muzzy Colosimo expects call from WPIAL
September 30, 2017
The repercussions for the game-ending brawl between Valley and Ellwood City on Friday night have yet to be fully realized, but that likely will change

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Video: Deanes carries Seton LaSalle past Apollo-Ridge
Lionel Deanes surpassed 4,000 career rushing yards in leading Seton LaSalle to a 35-21 victory over host Apollo-Ridge in an Allegheny Conference game. Read the

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Seton LaSalle’s Deanes leads Rebels past Apollo-Ridge
September 29, 2017
Apollo-Ridge gave opposing defenses fits in recent years with playmakers like Tre Tipton and Duane Brown. On Friday, the Vikings experienced life on the other

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A-K Valley football notebook: Riverview, Springdale to honor Wagner on Friday night
September 28, 2017
Riverview's annual night football game, scheduled for 7 Friday against Springdale, took on greater significance Monday after the death of legendary coach Chuck Wagner. Not

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Video: Previewing Apollo-Ridge vs. Seton LaSalle football
September 27, 2017
Apollo-Ridge knows what to expect from Seton LaSalle and senior running back Lionel andquot;The Trainandquot; Deanes.

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Burrell’s Tiger Hubbard hopes for roaring finish at WPIAL golf championships
Tiger Hubbard played for the first time on the Advocates Professional Golf Tour over the summer, and as he watched his competitors — golfers who

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Apollo-Ridge knows what to expect from Deanes, Seton LaSalle
The WPIAL realignment brought on by a shift to six classifications last season placed unfamiliar teams in the same conference. For holdovers of the Allegheny

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A-K Valley teams to figure in tight Section 2-AA girls soccer race
September 26, 2017
Frank Accetta is getting used to seeing surprising results from Section 2-AA girls soccer games. First came Springdale's victory over Burrell, followed by East Allegheny's

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Late tally keeps Fox Chapel girls atop section standings
September 25, 2017
Fox Chapel battled mid-80s temperatures and a pair of stingy Plum goalkeepers for nearly 100 minutes, but the Foxes found enough energy to avoid a

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A-K Valley high school notebook: No. 1 Freeport, Deer Lakes brace for volleyball showdown
Deer Lakes hopes to become a consistent WPIAL girls volleyball championship contender. To do that, the Lancers have to get past a team in their

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school look ahead: Week of Sept. 25, 2017
September 24, 2017
Monday • First place in Section 3-4A girls soccer will be up for grabs when Plum (6-1, 4-0) visits Fox Chapel (6-3, 4-0). The local

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Romanchak’s 1-yard sneak seals Freeport victory over Shady Side Academy
September 23, 2017
Freeport's offensive players knew exactly what they wanted to do on fourth-and-goal with the game on the line. They just had to convince their coach

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A-K Valley football notebook: Highlands hopes to avenge loss to Mars
September 21, 2017
Logan Crise can't forget the final play of Highlands' game last season against Mars. It's not exactly an easy one to get over. With an

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Allegheny Conference matchup with Shady Side Academy starts key stretch for Freeport
September 20, 2017
Were he to pick a genre of movie for the Shady Side Academy film he's viewing this week, Freeport coach John Gaillot might choose horror,

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Apollo-Ridge girls soccer making strides in challenging Section 1
September 19, 2017
Elizabeth Ross paused before discussing Apollo-Ridge's strengths and weaknesses this soccer season. andquot;We're not going to give away all our secrets,andquot; she said. Teammate Breanna

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A-K Valley local sports notebook: Burrell cross country coach plans Color Run to benefit team, girls tennis
September 18, 2017
After Chris Legters participated in a Kiski Area-hosted Color Run with his daughters last year, a thought struck the Burrell cross country coach: Why not

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Claypool lifts No. 2 Freeport girls soccer past Springdale
For all the cross-field passes and pinpoint shots required at times to score goals in soccer, sometimes it takes much less than that. Sometimes, as

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 18, 2017
September 17, 2017
MONDAY • Apollo-Ridge girls soccer faces the first of two consecutive big-time opponents when Class A No. 2 Shady Side Academy visits. The Vikings (3-0,

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Kiski Area’s Greece picks up offer from Robert Morris
September 16, 2017
Kiski Area senior Ross Greece picked up his second scholarship offer, and first at the Football Championship Subdivision level, from Robert Morris on Saturday. The

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Highlands defense shines in conference win over rival Knoch
September 15, 2017
Jermaine Jett made a bold proclamation about Highlands' defense after a 24-16 victory over Knoch on Friday night. andquot;No. 1 in the conference. I don't

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A-K Valley football notebook: Underclassmen adapt quickly for Apollo-Ridge
September 14, 2017
At Apollo-Ridge, the kids are all right — or perhaps even better than that. The Vikings, who start four freshmen in Jacob Fello, Klay Fitzroy,

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Northwest Nine matchup carries weight for Highlands, Knoch
September 13, 2017
During Dom Girardi's days as an assistant at Knoch, he noticed a different mentality in the players leading up to games against Highlands. More excitement.

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After missing ’16 playoffs, Springdale girls now ‘cooking with gas’
September 12, 2017
One by one, Springdale girls soccer players took in a pass down the left and right sidelines and sent a cross toward the front of

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Burrell girls soccer revives its singing career
September 11, 2017
How's this for an encore: The Alle-Kiski Valley's most recognizable musical soccer players are singing again this season. With the sound system malfunctioning before their

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Four boys golf teams in Section 1-AA battling for two playoff spots
September 10, 2017
Hal Biehl didn't hazard a guess about how the second half of the Section 1-AA boys golf race would play out. Doing so would seem

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 11, 2017
MONDAY • Like all WPIAL soccer teams, Deer Lakes girls hopes to end the season at Highmark Stadium in the WPIAL title game. The Lancers

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Records fall in Highlands football loss to New Castle
September 9, 2017
When the dust settles and the statistics are compiled, Highlands' 48-47, double-overtime loss Friday to New Castle will go down as one of the more

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Freeport ‘just amazing’ in victory over rival Deer Lakes
September 8, 2017
Deer Lakes challenged Freeport's defense Friday night, continually pounding away at the Yellowjackets with runs up the middle. But the Lancers' hammer couldn't break through

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Gildea newest member of Plum’s ‘Kicker Crew’
September 7, 2017
In the vein of Penn State's andquot;Linebacker U,andquot; Plum football has developed something of a andquot;Kicker Crew.andquot; Senior Jackson Gildea became just the most recent

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After bye week, Freeport ready to face rival Deer Lakes
September 6, 2017
As Freeport went through an unusual bye week in Week 1, one nagging worry cropped up in the back of coach John Gaillot's mind. andquot;I'm

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A-K Valley seeing influx of young, female soccer coaches in varsity ranks
September 5, 2017
McKenzie Ehrlich was coaching under-8 and under-10 youth soccer two years ago when she heard of the vacant St. Joseph girls soccer coaching position. Although

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A-K Valley high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 4, 2017
September 3, 2017
Monday • It might be Labor Day, but Kiski Area girls soccer isn't taking a holiday. The Cavaliers will play Clear Fork (Ohio) in the

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Plum kicker Jackson Gildea boots winning field goal in waning seconds to beat Kiski Area
September 1, 2017
Jackson Gildea faced some self-doubt before attempting the biggest kick of his high school football career, and Kiski Area tried to get in his head

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Recent rivalry game results motivate Plum, Kiski Area
August 30, 2017
Ross Greece recalled the last time Kiski Area visited Plum's Mustangs Stadium, in 2014, one of the low points in the Cavaliers' recent history. In

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Riverview girls soccer filling void left by graduation
August 28, 2017
Riverview's coaches described the first days of preseason workouts as something of a boot camp, a back-to-basics exercise. Given the team's youth, the approach was

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Senior-heavy Riverview boys build for playoff run
There's good news and bad news for Riverview's boys soccer team this fall. The good news With eight senior starters, several of whom began playing

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Converted tailback Tatrn stars in debut at QB in Burrell victory
August 26, 2017
Burrell welcomed home an old quarterback named Seth on Friday night, and a first-year signal-caller by the same name announced his arrival. Senior Seth Tatrn,

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A-K Valley football notebook: Springdale hopes to improve before conference opener with Clairton
August 24, 2017
Springdale faces an enormous challenge in its Class A Eastern Conference opener: a road date with Clairton, the three-time defending WPIAL Class A champion. By

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Freeport boys look to defend section title
Freeport learned the hard way the importance of never letting up in soccer. Leading by two goals and seemingly on their way to a WPIAL

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Confident Freeport girls motivated by WPIAL runner-up finish
As Brittni Grenninger doled out plyometric workouts at the end of three-on-three mini-games at a recent practice, she assigned the longest time interval to the

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Freeport football in unique situation without a Week 1 opponent
John Gaillot has nothing on his calendar for the first night of September. It's an odd situation for a high school football coach, to have

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Springdale 1st-year coach Napierkowski returns to alma mater Burrell for opener
Seth Napierkowski knows his way around Burrell's Buccaneer Stadium, but he still may need some directions finding the visiting locker room Friday night. andquot;I'm going

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In-control Ross set to channel emotional, hard-hitting style into bigger role for Valley
August 22, 2017
Deonte Ross walks a fine line with his emotions on the football field. One of Valley's leaders on the field, Ross often channeled his intensity

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Fox Chapel girls tennis will have tougher path to playoffs in 2017
August 20, 2017
Coming off its deepest postseason run in a dozen years, Fox Chapel's chances at a repeat performance became more difficult. The Foxes, who advanced to

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Kiski Area’s ‘Hollywood’ Greece set for featured role
August 17, 2017
Sam Albert took one look at Ross Greece and knew which nickname to bestow on his new player. Hollywood. andquot;If I looked like him, if

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Fox Chapel baseball gets its guy in new coach Hastings
August 16, 2017
Jim Hastings went without a baseball coaching job for a couple of months when he resigned from Springdale shortly after the Dynamos' season ended in

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 3A Allegheny
August 15, 2017
The favorite Seton-La Salle (5-4 overall, 4-3 Allegheny in 2016) The Rebels missed the playoffs a year ago, but they stand poised to take control

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First day of football practice brings energy, hope for A-K Valley teams
August 14, 2017
As Deer Lakes players sprinted to midfield Monday afternoon, the last warm-up drill before breaking into defensive work, coach Steve Sciullo broke away from a

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A-K Valley football teams looking to snap WPIAL title drought
August 12, 2017
One game from Springdale's 2003 WPIAL football championship season sticks out for Don andquot;Pappyandquot; Boulton, and it's not the Dynamos' Class A title-game win over

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A-K Valley football teams looking to snap WPIAL title drought
One game from Springdale's 2003 WPIAL football championship season sticks out for Don andquot;Pappyandquot; Boulton, and it's not the Dynamos' Class A title-game win over

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Football teams ready to feel heat
August 5, 2017
High school football players have spent much of the summer going through non-mandatory workouts, seven-on-seven competitions and strength and conditioning sessions, but the season's official

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