Author: Dave Mackall


Central Catholic drops Hempfield to get back in win column
September 13, 2019
Central Catholic shook off a tough, one-point loss a week ago to North Allegheny with a successful trip Friday night to Hempfield.

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Police work on Park Street in Jeannette where a person was shot outside of McKee Stadium during a Jeannette High football game on Friday night.
Jeannette football remains undefeated; shooting mars night
September 7, 2019
Top-ranked Class A Jeannette stayed unbeaten Friday night, but the result paled when the game with Imani Christian Academy was halted in the fourth quarter after shots were fired outside McKee Stadium.

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QB Cole Spencer passes Pine-Richland past Hempfield
August 31, 2019
Pine-Richland is picking up this year where the Rams left off a year ago in claiming another WPIAL Class 6A football championship, their second in a row and third in five seasons.

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Encouraging signs for Yough boys soccer
August 29, 2019
The numbers in boys soccer are up this season at Yough, where coach Chris Duda is encouraged by increased interest in his playoff-starved program.

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Latrobe edges crosstown rival Derry in overtime
August 24, 2019
As backyard brawls go, this one went overtime.

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Hempfield’s Ashleigh VanHorn (left) works out with teammates during practice Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Hempfield.
Hempfield girls soccer team zeroes in on defense
August 20, 2019
If you notice the Hempfield girls soccer team getting defensive, it’s nothing personal.

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Hempfield’s Jake Ballantyne will be a key member of the Spartans midfield this season.
Hempfield boys soccer team sees dividends from feeder program
It has been eight years since the Hempfield boys team tasted playoff soccer, and that season ended in a Class 4A, first-round loss to Upper St. Clair.

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Mt. Pleasant wide receiver Jake Johnson had 43 receptions and 11 touchdowns last season.
Mt. Pleasant working to rebound after 2-win season
August 18, 2019
How do you erase the memory of a sad season? Turn around the record, of course.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jonas King makes a reception during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Mt. Pleasant eyes return to winning ways
A stretch of productive seasons that began shortly after the turn of the century earned Mt. Pleasant repeated postseason trips before the Vikings’ fortunes went south the past two years.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cavan Trout participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Veteran team sparks enthusiasm at Greensburg Salem
August 17, 2019
Some time ago, when Dave Keefer was an assistant football coach at Central Catholic, he received a bit of insight from WPIAL coaching legend Art Walker Sr.

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Latrobe quarterback Branden Crosby looks to pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe looks to repeat rare postseason appearance
August 16, 2019
Standing on the edge of a field at the athletics complex behind Latrobe High School, Wildcats football coach Jason Marucco couldn’t help but wonder what was in store for the upcoming season.

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Latrobe Quarterback Branden Crosby (14), hands the ball to running back A.J. Rock during practice at Rossi Field in Unity Township, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.
Senior running back Rock helps spark culture change at Latrobe
August 15, 2019
A.J. Rock doesn’t hold back his emotions this preseason as he speaks with great conviction about the school’s playoff-hungry football team, insisting the Wildcats are out to change their second-fiddle image.

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Greensburg Salem quarterback Trent Patrick passes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem football faces rugged regular-season schedule
August 12, 2019
High school football training camps officially began Monday, but for Greensburg Salem’s Golden Lions, the season started the minute the 2018 campaign concluded with a first-round WPIAL playoff loss to South Fayette.

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Hempfield’s Jessica Persin reacts after striking out to end the game, as Central Dauphin catcher Hailee Beaver celebrates during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at St. Francis University.
Hempfield softball loses in PIAA Class 6A semifinals
June 11, 2019
LORETTO — Bob Kalp forced a smile not long after his Hempfield softball team fell just short of yet another trip to the state finals.

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Penn Trafford celebrates with Brooke Cleland after her second home against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
No previous PIAA softball playoffs experience necessary for Penn-Trafford
June 9, 2019
Unlike other Westmoreland County softball teams with recent appearances in the PIAA playoffs — Hempfield, Mt. Pleasant, Valley and Yough have won state championships this decade — Penn-Trafford is new to the scene.

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Penn Trafford celebrates Brooke Clelands’ two-run home run against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
Penn-Trafford softball tops WPIAL champ West A to advance in PIAA playoffs
June 6, 2019
When Penn-Trafford learned its PIAA quarterfinal opponent after a Class 5A first-round victory earlier this week, the players were giddy.

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California’s Jordan Kearns scores on a sqeeze bunt past Union catcher Bryce Smith during the WPIAL Class A championship game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Top-seeded California defeats Union for 6th WPIAL baseball title
May 28, 2019
The second time around was bittersweet for California baseball coach Lou Pasquale, who first experienced a WPIAL championship as a Trojans assistant in 2017 before leading the team to a title Tuesday as its head coach.

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Ligonier Valley’s offense grounded in season-ending loss to Chestnut Ridge
May 23, 2019
FISHERTOWN — Ligonier Valley softball fans, agonizing with each run allowed by their beloved Rams on Thursday, momentarily were distracted from the reality of a soon-to-be, season-ending 7-1 loss to top-seeded Chestnut Ridge in the District 5/6 Class 3A semifinals.

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Laurel Highlands upsets No. 2 Franklin Regional in WPIAL semifinals
May 22, 2019
If Scott DeBerry thought he might be dreaming Wednesday afternoon, the ice-water bath that drenched the Laurel Highlands baseball coach surely felt real following the Mustangs’ 4-1 upset of Franklin Regional in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals at West Mifflin.

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Breegle’s clutch single lifts Ligonier Valley past Central in District 5/6 playoffs
May 20, 2019
It took 10 innings for Ligonier Valley to pass its first test in the District 5/6 softball playoffs after it was looking like the Rams didn’t have a prayer.

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Mt. Pleasant edges Yough in battle of softball titans
April 10, 2019
Shades of that PIAA championship victory two years ago kept creeping into Carolyn Alincic’s mind Wednesday as the Mt. Pleasant right-hander navigated her way through another tight game.

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Lincoln Park’s Casey Oliver jumps past Richland defense on an attempted shot on net during the Class AAA PIAA state basketball playoffs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Wilder guides Lincoln Park boys past Richland into PIAA Class 3A semifinals
March 16, 2019
Two-time WPIAL champion Lincoln Park is headed to another state semifinal round in boys basketball.

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Vincentian Academy falls short to Shanksville-Stonycreek in PIAA quarterfinals
Ron Moncrief wasn’t shedding tears of sorrow Saturday.

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Central Cambria takes down Beaver girls in PIAA quarterfinals
March 15, 2019
With a lineup dominated by underclassmen, the Beaver girls basketball team still managed to attract some attention this season, playing into the middle of March, despite entering the state tournament as the sixth-place team from the WPIAL playoffs.

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Shady Side Academy’s Ariana Goitz scores between Central Cambria defenders during their PIAA Class 3A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Shady Side Academy girls fall short in PIAA 2nd round; Szlachetka announces retirement
March 12, 2019
Overall, for the Shady Side Academy girls basketball program, mission accomplished.

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Derry’s Donte Klapcharxxxx.
Derry baseball looks to build on last season’s strong finish
March 9, 2019
Injuries early last season propelled the Derry baseball team into oblivion by midseason, but it was an opportunity to build for the future.

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Derry’s Alexis Jellison winds up a pitch for catcher Shelby Glick during softball drills and team practice Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Derry softball returns 8 starters, hopes drop to Class 3A pays off
Could this be a year of playoff success for the Derry softball team?

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Fusco leads Mars past Milton Hershey in PIAA opening round
March 8, 2019
From the Petersen Events Center to Greensburg Salem High School, it was a drastic change in scenery for the WPIAL champion Mars Fightin’ Planets.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak shoots over West Shamokin’s Tyler Lightcap during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley boys turn focus to Beaver Falls, PIAA tournament
March 7, 2019
Ligonier Valley, the only Westmoreland County-based high school whose sports teams compete outside the WPIAL, is getting a rare opportunity to impress its western neighbors in boys basketball.

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Latrobe takes down Hampton in Penguins Cup playoffs
March 4, 2019
Latrobe opened the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs with an emotional victory Monday night, riding the energy of a large, vocal crowd and the offensive expertise of Alex Walker.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak has a tough time going inside against Richland’s Caleb Burke and Kellan Stahl during OT of the District 6 title game March 1, 2019, at Mt. Aloysius College.
Richland knocks off Ligonier Valley boys in overtime in District 6 final
March 1, 2019
These two schools don’t particularly seem to care much for one another.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola scores over West Shamokin defenders during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley squares off with Richland again in district title game
February 27, 2019
John Berger is hoping for an early birthday present.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola (44) celebrates with teammates after defeating West Shamokin, 66-42, to win the Heritage Conference championship Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
District 6 basketball playoffs postponed; Ligonier Valley boys to play Saturday
February 19, 2019
Ligonier Valley’s District 6 playoff schedule in boys basketball will begin a day later as part of a decision to delay most boys and girls games because of a winter storm warning Wednesday.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak works against West Shamokin’s Jack McCullough during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Coach Berger brings calming influence to Ligonier Valley boys
February 17, 2019
The coach at Ligonier Valley has changed, but the core group of players remained the same, providing an opportunity for another banner year in boys basketball after last season’s District 6-3A championship and PIAA first-round ouster.

Read More...

Central Catholic drops Hempfield to get back in win column
September 13, 2019
Central Catholic shook off a tough, one-point loss a week ago to North Allegheny with a successful trip Friday night to Hempfield.

Read More...

Police work on Park Street in Jeannette where a person was shot outside of McKee Stadium during a Jeannette High football game on Friday night.
Jeannette football remains undefeated; shooting mars night
September 7, 2019
Top-ranked Class A Jeannette stayed unbeaten Friday night, but the result paled when the game with Imani Christian Academy was halted in the fourth quarter after shots were fired outside McKee Stadium.

Read More...

QB Cole Spencer passes Pine-Richland past Hempfield
August 31, 2019
Pine-Richland is picking up this year where the Rams left off a year ago in claiming another WPIAL Class 6A football championship, their second in a row and third in five seasons.

Read More...

Encouraging signs for Yough boys soccer
August 29, 2019
The numbers in boys soccer are up this season at Yough, where coach Chris Duda is encouraged by increased interest in his playoff-starved program.

Read More...

Latrobe edges crosstown rival Derry in overtime
August 24, 2019
As backyard brawls go, this one went overtime.

Read More...

Hempfield’s Ashleigh VanHorn (left) works out with teammates during practice Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Hempfield.
Hempfield girls soccer team zeroes in on defense
August 20, 2019
If you notice the Hempfield girls soccer team getting defensive, it’s nothing personal.

Read More...

Hempfield’s Jake Ballantyne will be a key member of the Spartans midfield this season.
Hempfield boys soccer team sees dividends from feeder program
It has been eight years since the Hempfield boys team tasted playoff soccer, and that season ended in a Class 4A, first-round loss to Upper St. Clair.

Read More...

Mt. Pleasant wide receiver Jake Johnson had 43 receptions and 11 touchdowns last season.
Mt. Pleasant working to rebound after 2-win season
August 18, 2019
How do you erase the memory of a sad season? Turn around the record, of course.

Read More...

Mt. Pleasant’s Jonas King makes a reception during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Mt. Pleasant eyes return to winning ways
A stretch of productive seasons that began shortly after the turn of the century earned Mt. Pleasant repeated postseason trips before the Vikings’ fortunes went south the past two years.

Read More...

Greensburg Salem’s Cavan Trout participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Veteran team sparks enthusiasm at Greensburg Salem
August 17, 2019
Some time ago, when Dave Keefer was an assistant football coach at Central Catholic, he received a bit of insight from WPIAL coaching legend Art Walker Sr.

Read More...

Latrobe quarterback Branden Crosby looks to pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe looks to repeat rare postseason appearance
August 16, 2019
Standing on the edge of a field at the athletics complex behind Latrobe High School, Wildcats football coach Jason Marucco couldn’t help but wonder what was in store for the upcoming season.

Read More...

Latrobe Quarterback Branden Crosby (14), hands the ball to running back A.J. Rock during practice at Rossi Field in Unity Township, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.
Senior running back Rock helps spark culture change at Latrobe
August 15, 2019
A.J. Rock doesn’t hold back his emotions this preseason as he speaks with great conviction about the school’s playoff-hungry football team, insisting the Wildcats are out to change their second-fiddle image.

Read More...

Greensburg Salem quarterback Trent Patrick passes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem football faces rugged regular-season schedule
August 12, 2019
High school football training camps officially began Monday, but for Greensburg Salem’s Golden Lions, the season started the minute the 2018 campaign concluded with a first-round WPIAL playoff loss to South Fayette.

Read More...

Hempfield’s Jessica Persin reacts after striking out to end the game, as Central Dauphin catcher Hailee Beaver celebrates during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at St. Francis University.
Hempfield softball loses in PIAA Class 6A semifinals
June 11, 2019
LORETTO — Bob Kalp forced a smile not long after his Hempfield softball team fell just short of yet another trip to the state finals.

Read More...

Penn Trafford celebrates with Brooke Cleland after her second home against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
No previous PIAA softball playoffs experience necessary for Penn-Trafford
June 9, 2019
Unlike other Westmoreland County softball teams with recent appearances in the PIAA playoffs — Hempfield, Mt. Pleasant, Valley and Yough have won state championships this decade — Penn-Trafford is new to the scene.

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Penn Trafford celebrates Brooke Clelands’ two-run home run against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
Penn-Trafford softball tops WPIAL champ West A to advance in PIAA playoffs
June 6, 2019
When Penn-Trafford learned its PIAA quarterfinal opponent after a Class 5A first-round victory earlier this week, the players were giddy.

Read More...

California’s Jordan Kearns scores on a sqeeze bunt past Union catcher Bryce Smith during the WPIAL Class A championship game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Top-seeded California defeats Union for 6th WPIAL baseball title
May 28, 2019
The second time around was bittersweet for California baseball coach Lou Pasquale, who first experienced a WPIAL championship as a Trojans assistant in 2017 before leading the team to a title Tuesday as its head coach.

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Ligonier Valley’s offense grounded in season-ending loss to Chestnut Ridge
May 23, 2019
FISHERTOWN — Ligonier Valley softball fans, agonizing with each run allowed by their beloved Rams on Thursday, momentarily were distracted from the reality of a soon-to-be, season-ending 7-1 loss to top-seeded Chestnut Ridge in the District 5/6 Class 3A semifinals.

Read More...

Laurel Highlands upsets No. 2 Franklin Regional in WPIAL semifinals
May 22, 2019
If Scott DeBerry thought he might be dreaming Wednesday afternoon, the ice-water bath that drenched the Laurel Highlands baseball coach surely felt real following the Mustangs’ 4-1 upset of Franklin Regional in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals at West Mifflin.

Read More...

Breegle’s clutch single lifts Ligonier Valley past Central in District 5/6 playoffs
May 20, 2019
It took 10 innings for Ligonier Valley to pass its first test in the District 5/6 softball playoffs after it was looking like the Rams didn’t have a prayer.

Read More...

Mt. Pleasant edges Yough in battle of softball titans
April 10, 2019
Shades of that PIAA championship victory two years ago kept creeping into Carolyn Alincic’s mind Wednesday as the Mt. Pleasant right-hander navigated her way through another tight game.

Read More...

Lincoln Park’s Casey Oliver jumps past Richland defense on an attempted shot on net during the Class AAA PIAA state basketball playoffs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Wilder guides Lincoln Park boys past Richland into PIAA Class 3A semifinals
March 16, 2019
Two-time WPIAL champion Lincoln Park is headed to another state semifinal round in boys basketball.

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Vincentian Academy falls short to Shanksville-Stonycreek in PIAA quarterfinals
Ron Moncrief wasn’t shedding tears of sorrow Saturday.

Read More...

Central Cambria takes down Beaver girls in PIAA quarterfinals
March 15, 2019
With a lineup dominated by underclassmen, the Beaver girls basketball team still managed to attract some attention this season, playing into the middle of March, despite entering the state tournament as the sixth-place team from the WPIAL playoffs.

Read More...

Shady Side Academy’s Ariana Goitz scores between Central Cambria defenders during their PIAA Class 3A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Shady Side Academy girls fall short in PIAA 2nd round; Szlachetka announces retirement
March 12, 2019
Overall, for the Shady Side Academy girls basketball program, mission accomplished.

Read More...

Derry’s Donte Klapcharxxxx.
Derry baseball looks to build on last season’s strong finish
March 9, 2019
Injuries early last season propelled the Derry baseball team into oblivion by midseason, but it was an opportunity to build for the future.

Read More...

Derry’s Alexis Jellison winds up a pitch for catcher Shelby Glick during softball drills and team practice Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Derry softball returns 8 starters, hopes drop to Class 3A pays off
Could this be a year of playoff success for the Derry softball team?

Read More...

WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Fusco leads Mars past Milton Hershey in PIAA opening round
March 8, 2019
From the Petersen Events Center to Greensburg Salem High School, it was a drastic change in scenery for the WPIAL champion Mars Fightin’ Planets.

Read More...

Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak shoots over West Shamokin’s Tyler Lightcap during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley boys turn focus to Beaver Falls, PIAA tournament
March 7, 2019
Ligonier Valley, the only Westmoreland County-based high school whose sports teams compete outside the WPIAL, is getting a rare opportunity to impress its western neighbors in boys basketball.

Read More...

Latrobe takes down Hampton in Penguins Cup playoffs
March 4, 2019
Latrobe opened the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs with an emotional victory Monday night, riding the energy of a large, vocal crowd and the offensive expertise of Alex Walker.

Read More...

Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak has a tough time going inside against Richland’s Caleb Burke and Kellan Stahl during OT of the District 6 title game March 1, 2019, at Mt. Aloysius College.
Richland knocks off Ligonier Valley boys in overtime in District 6 final
March 1, 2019
These two schools don’t particularly seem to care much for one another.

Read More...

Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola scores over West Shamokin defenders during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley squares off with Richland again in district title game
February 27, 2019
John Berger is hoping for an early birthday present.

Read More...

Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola (44) celebrates with teammates after defeating West Shamokin, 66-42, to win the Heritage Conference championship Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
District 6 basketball playoffs postponed; Ligonier Valley boys to play Saturday
February 19, 2019
Ligonier Valley’s District 6 playoff schedule in boys basketball will begin a day later as part of a decision to delay most boys and girls games because of a winter storm warning Wednesday.

Read More...

Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak works against West Shamokin’s Jack McCullough during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Coach Berger brings calming influence to Ligonier Valley boys
February 17, 2019
The coach at Ligonier Valley has changed, but the core group of players remained the same, providing an opportunity for another banner year in boys basketball after last season’s District 6-3A championship and PIAA first-round ouster.

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