Author: Doug Gulasy


PIAA semifinalist Deer Lakes boys soccer making most of opportunity
November 11, 2018
Deer Lakes saw its PIAA soccer quarterfinal game against Quaker Valley as an opportunity, and the Lancers didn't waste their shot. Matched up against arguably the most successful boys soccer program in WPIAL history, an up-and-coming Deer Lakes team didn't flinch. The Lancers scored early and again late to pull

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Nov. 11
Monday Hockey First place in PIHL Division II is on the line as Burrell (6-0) takes on Central Valley (5-1). The Bucs have 43 goals, 16 more than the second-highest total in Division II this season. Tyler Stewart and Dylan Zelonka have 23 points apiece. Knoch will try to keep

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Late goal moves Deer Lakes boys soccer into state semifinals
November 10, 2018
Deer Lakes is developing a flair for the dramatic in the state soccer playoffs. A.J. Dorman scored the go-ahead goal with 3 minutes, 4 seconds remaining, and Deer Lakes kept its postseason run going with a 2-1 victory over Quaker Valley in a PIAA Class AA boys quarterfinal Saturday evening

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Gateway forces 5 turnovers in playoff rout of Franklin Regional
November 9, 2018
Franklin Regional knew field position and turnovers would prove pivotal in its WPIAL quarterfinal against Gateway, and so they did. But the Gators were the ones who reaped the rewards. No. 1 Gateway forced five turnovers and turned the short fields into touchdowns, coming away with a 35-0 victory over

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PIAA boys soccer preview capsule: Deer Lakes vs. Quaker Valley
Boys soccer Class AA Quarterfinals Deer Lakes (19-1-1) vs. Quaker Valley (19-4) 3 p.m. Saturday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of Shady Side Academy/Mercyhurst Prep Coaches: Jordan Wiegand, Deer Lakes; Andrew Marshall, Quaker Valley Players to watch: A.J. Dorman, Deer Lakes; Weston Grant, Quaker Valley Throw-ins: One week after

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsule: Saturday’s match
November 8, 2018
PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals Knoch (23-0) vs. Dover (16-7) 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Hollidaysburg High School Winner plays: Winner of Warren/Thomas Jefferson Coaches: Diane Geist, Knoch; Brett Hoffman, Dover Players to watch: Kennedy Christy, Knoch; Emma Davis, Dover Service points: Knoch began the defense of its PIAA title with a tighter-than-expected

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Deer Lakes boys ready for ‘redemption game’ against Quaker Valley
It took just a few minutes for Deer Lakes to turn its focus from the jubilation of the biggest win in boys soccer program history to the next task at hand. The Lancers kept that lasered mentality throughout their regular season and postseason, and they're doubling it now in the

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsule: Saturday’s match
November 7, 2018
PIAA playoff preview capsule Girls volleyball Class AA Quarterfinals Freeport (17-3) vs. North Catholic (21-0) 1 p.m. Saturday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of Bald Eagle/Corry Coaches: Tom Phillips, Freeport; Amanda Fetter, North Catholic Players to watch: Lauren Lampus, Freeport; Dominique Felix, North Catholic Service points: The WPIAL championship

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Wind, fatigue posed challenge for Deer Lakes boys in PIAA opening round
The first word A.J. Dorman used to describe his feeling after Tuesday's state boys soccer playoff opener didn't convey his exhilaration after scoring the double-overtime goal to give Deer Lakes a 1-0 win. Nor did it reveal his excitement for the Lancers' continued postseason run. No, Dorman had a more

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Deer Lakes claws to double-OT win in school’s 1st PIAA playoff game
November 6, 2018
ERIE -- A.J. Dorman saw his shot, and he took it. Deer Lakes still is dancing as a result. Dorman scored with 10 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in double overtime, giving Deer Lakes a 1-0 victory over District 10 champion Fairview in a PIAA Class AA first-round thriller at Erie's

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys overcome injuries to defeat Iroquois in PIAA 1st round
ERIE -- Battered, bruised and battling heavy winds and a surging opponent, Greensburg Central Catholic faced all kinds of adversity Tuesday night. The Centurions showed their guts and got the glory. WPIAL runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic took a three-goal lead and withstood a pair of key injuries and a furious

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsules: Tuesday’s matches
November 5, 2018
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Class AAA Knoch (22-0) vs. Elizabeth Forward (13-5) 7 p.m. Tuesday, North Catholic Winner plays: Winner of Somerset/Dover on Saturday, site/time TBD Coaches: Diane Geist, Knoch; Kameron Smith, Elizabeth Forward Players to watch: Hannah Rowe, Knoch; Bri Spirnak, Elizabeth Forward Service points: Knoch, coming off its second consecutive

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WPIAL releases sites for football quarterfinal, semifinal games
Norwin will host the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Nov. 23, but two weeks before that a pair of teams hoping to reach that game will meet at Knights Stadium. No. 1 Gateway and No. 9 Franklin Regional will play their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal at Norwin, the WPIAL revealed

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Local teams embrace unknown
November 4, 2018
It's the time of the schedule where local teams venture out into the unknown. The PIAA playoffs begin Tuesday in soccer and volleyball, with the Deer Lakes boys soccer team and the Freeport and Knoch girls volleyball teams representing the Alle-Kiski Valley. Deer Lakes plays District 10 champion Fairview at

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Deer Lakes boys’ next goal: A PIAA victory
After firing more than two dozen shots without one finding the back of the net in a WPIAL semifinal loss, Deer Lakes felt some measure of relief to see Michael Sullivan's attempt find its home early in the Class AA consolation game. And then the Lancers just kept adding on.

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Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. lookahead: Week of Nov. 5-10
Monday Hockey andamp;#8226; Burrell will look to keep its perfect start to the season going as the Bucs (5-0) visit Bishop Canevin (1-3) in a Division II game at Ice Castle. Dylan Zelonka (19 points) and Tyler Stewart (16) are averaging more than three points per game for Burrell. andamp;#8226;

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North Allegheny’s Huang finishes second at PIAA singles tournament
November 3, 2018
North Allegheny's Ashley Huang returned to the championship match of the state singles tournament, but she fell one set short of defending her title. Huang dropped a tight three-set match to North Penn's Neha Velaga in the PIAA Class AAA singles final Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club. After Huang won

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Top-ranked Gateway rolls over Kiski Area in WPIAL Class 5A first round
November 2, 2018
Sam Albert proclaimed Gateway the top Class 5A football team in the state after Kiski Area drew the top-seeded Gators in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs. The Gators will need to prove that over the next month-plus, but they certainly made a strong case against Albert's Cavaliers. Defending

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A-K Valley football notes: Colecchi nears Kiski Area receiving record
Jack Colecchi knows he'll face a difficult challenge Friday, but if he rises to it, he can put his name into Kiski Area's record books. The Kiski Area senior wide receiver comes into Friday's WPIAL Class 5A first-round game at No. 1 Gateway needing 20 yards to become the school's

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Frazier upsets defending state champion Freeport in WPIAL Class AA volleyball semifinals
November 1, 2018
Freeport dominated WPIAL Class AA for much of the last decade, but the Yellowjackets met their match against one of the newest teams in the classification. Upstart Frazier, which moved up from Class A in the offseason, stunned defending PIAA champion Freeport, taking down the top-seeded Yellowjackets, 3-1, in a

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Knoch football coach Frank Whalen steps down
Frank Whalen knew the 2018 season would be his last as Knoch's football coach, and he made it official this week. Whalen resigned this week after two seasons at Knoch, stepping down for work-related reasons. He works for a pharmaceutical company by marketing products at hospitals, and his territory grew

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A-K Valley WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules for Nov. 1, 2018
October 31, 2018
Class AA Consolation game No. 2 Deer Lakes (17-1-1) vs. No. 4 Charleroi (18-1) 6 p.m. Thursday at Moon Coaches: Jordan Wiegand, Deer Lakes; Jon Ducoli, Charleroi Players to watch: A.J. Dorman, Deer Lakes; Cullin Woytovich, Charleroi Corner kicks: The winner advances to the PIAA Class AA playoffs, which begin

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Freeport volleyball focused on bringing best effort in WPIAL semifinals
With his team already qualified for the PIAA volleyball playoffs, Freeport coach Tom Phillips describes the next two rounds of the WPIAL postseason as metaphorical cherries on top of the sundae. The Yellowjackets certainly still want their just desserts. No. 1 Freeport, in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals for the

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Young Springdale lineup looks to cap season on high note against Vincentian
It didn't take much convincing for Springdale when Vincentian approached the Dynamos with the suggestion of a Week 10 football game. Springdale's young roster could use some more seasoning, and one more game provided a perfect opportunity. The Dynamos will travel to Lt. J.T. Stone Field in North Park at

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No. 8-seeded Freeport quite familiar with opening-round opponent, No. 1 Aliquippa
Austin Romanchak remembers the first time he started a game against Aliquippa. It came three weeks into his sophomore year, at the brand-new Freeport Area Athletic Stadium, with an almost entirely brand-new Freeport starting lineup. Still, the green Yellowjackets more than held their own against the perennially powerful Quips, even

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Kiski Area looks to challenge No. 1 Gateway in Class 5A opening round
Anticipating a potential first-round playoff game against Gateway, Kiski Area coach Sam Albert pulled up some film on the Gators early Monday. What he saw surpassed his already-high opinion. andquot;I mean, they're unbelievable,andquot; Albert said. andquot;A lot of teams with their skill don't have linemen, but they've got one of

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Freeport volleyball earns WPIAL quarterfinal victory
October 30, 2018
Freeport still is searching for its best performance, but the Yellowjackets have a chance to find it in the WPIAL semifinals. Ally DeJidas tallied a team-high 12 kills and Lauren Lampus added 11 to lead Class AA No. 1 Freeport to a 3-0 sweep of No. 8 Seton LaSalle in

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Freeport, Kiski area face uphill climb vs. No. 1 seeds in football playoffs
October 29, 2018
Freeport and Kiski Area share one commonality as they prepare to begin the WPIAL football playoffs Friday: Both come in as significant underdogs. The brackets revealed Monday night at the WPIAL's annual playoff parings meeting in Green Tree listed both Alle-Kiski Valley postseason qualifiers as the lowest-seeded teams in their

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Deer Lakes girls aim to rebound against Avonworth in WPIAL consolation game
Deer Lakes went more than six weeks between losing soccer games this fall, 15 games separating the Lancers' lone regular-season defeat to North Hills to their loss to Hopewell in the WPIAL Class AA girls soccer semifinals. They hope they can go on a similar run now. Even after the

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Deer Lakes’ Greyshock, Springdale’s Zolnierczyk match successes
October 28, 2018
One stands 6 feet tall and spent his first two varsity seasons playing center midfield. The other has a lanky 6-foot-4 build and grew up as more of a basketball player before turning his attention to soccer. Jesse Greyshock and Mike Zolnierczyk, the senior goalkeepers at Deer Lakes and Springdale,

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 29, 2018
Monday Boys soccer: Deer Lakes will attempt to make it to Highmark Stadium for the first time as it takes on Section 2-AA rival Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL semifinals. The Lancers went 1-0-1 against the defending WPIAL champions during the regular season, but the 11th-seeded Indians upset North

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A-K Valley notebook: Rivalry games for Deer Lakes, Springdale boys soccer
October 27, 2018
The WPIAL boys soccer semifinals will have the feel of a section game for a pair of Alle-Kiski Valley teams. Class AA No. 2 Deer Lakes and Class A No. 5 Springdale will square off with section opponents in Monday's semifinal round, with the Lancers (17-0-1) taking on Section 2-AA

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Speicher leads Hopewell past Deer Lakes in WPIAL girls soccer semifinals
A soccer game can turn on its head quickly, and Deer Lakes and Hopewell saw that happen in their WPIAL semifinal matchup. More than 40 minutes of mostly even soccer in the rain suddenly turned into a Hopewell downpour. The No. 2 Vikings scored three goals in about a six-minute

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East Allegheny upends Valley for final playoff spot
A constant rain created extra difficulty as East Allegheny and Valley tangled for the final playoff spot in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference. Mistakes and a big effort by East Allegheny quarterback Daniel Kasmier submerged the Vikings' postseason hopes. Kasmier rushed for 116 yards and four touchdowns and passed for

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Young Deer Lakes girls soccer team remains calm as stakes get higher
October 26, 2018
Frank Accetta is experiencing the stress of the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs, but when he looks at his Deer Lakes players, he sees calm. The Lancers, a young team that starts more freshmen than seniors, are going through their deepest postseason run in a decade to cap the best regular

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A-K Valley football notebook: It’s win and in for Kiski Area, Valley
October 25, 2018
A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley football teams face simple equations for making the WPIAL playoffs Friday: If Kiski Area (3-6, 2-4) beats Armstrong (4-5, 2-4) in a Class 5A Northern Conference game, and if Valley (3-6, 2-3) wins at East Allegheny (5-4, 2-3) in a Class 2A Allegheny Conference game,

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Deer Lakes shuts out Waynesburg to reach WPIAL semifinals for 1st time
Deer Lakes did little celebrating even after a dominant performance in Thursday's WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinals. Right now, the Lancers are all business, and their business is unfinished. Ryan Rodgers scored a pair of goals and Ronan Renter and A.J. Dorman added one apiece as No. 2 Deer Lakes beat

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Oakland Catholic girls soccer blanks Kiski Area to reach semifinals for 1st time
October 24, 2018
Kiski Area hoped to take a further step in the girls soccer playoffs this season, but an Oakland Catholic team making its own school history kept the Cavaliers from climbing the ladder. Hannah Henn scored a hat trick, leading No. 2 Oakland Catholic to a 3-0 victory over No. 7

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Playoff berth on the line as Valley heads to East Allegheny for Allegheny Conference showdown
Neither East Allegheny nor Valley minced words about the significance of their meeting Friday night in the regular-season finale. Really, there's no reason to. The stakes are clear: The winner earns the fourth and final playoff berth in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference. The loser will stay home during the

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A-K Valley boys soccer playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s quarterfinals
October 23, 2018
Boys soccer Class AAA Quarterfinals No. 10 Kiski Area (12-6-1) vs. No. 2 West Allegheny (17-1) 8 p.m. Thursday at Mars Winner plays: Winner of No. 3 Mars/No. 6 South Fayette Coaches: Sean Arnold, Kiski Area; Kevin Amos, West Allegheny Players to watch: Nick Smith, Kiski Area; Nate Dragisich, West

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Alle-Kiski playoff capsules: WPIAL girls soccer quarterfinals
Girls soccer Class AAA Quarterfinals No. 7 Kiski Area (14-4) vs. No. 2 Oakland Catholic (15-1) 6 p.m. Wednesday at Norwin Winner plays: Winner of No. 6 West Allegheny/No. 14 South Fayette Coaches: Melisa O'Toole, Kiski Area; Jim Earle, Oakland Catholic Players to watch: Reagan Frederick, Kiski Area; Hannah Henn,

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Liberati’s 2nd-half goal difference as Springdale tops Bishop Canevin
October 22, 2018
The first goal always looms large in the WPIAL soccer playoffs, and that proved especially true given the defensive abilities of the Springdale and Bishop Canevin boys. After a few missed opportunities from both teams, Springdale made its first score count. Roman Liberati scored with 31 minutes, 31 seconds remaining,

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A-K Valley WPIAL boys soccer playoff preview capsules for Oct. 22, 2018
October 21, 2018
boys soccer Class 4A First round No. 12 Plum (11-7) vs. No. 5 Pine-Richland (10-4-3) 8 p.m. Monday at Pine-Richland Winner plays: Winner of No. 4 Canon-McMillan/No. 13 Fox Chapel Coaches: Anthony Russo, Plum; Jon Conner, Pine-Richland Players to watch: Cole Kelly, Plum; Tom Fest, Pine-Richland Corner kicks: Plum is

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 22,2018
Monday Boys soccer: Coming off its first section championship since 2003, Deer Lakes will put its unbeaten season on the line as the Lancers (15-0-1) host Beth-Center (8-10) in a WPIAL Class AA first-round game. It's the first home playoff game for Deer Lakes. Springdale advanced to the WPIAL Class

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A-K Valley notebook: Deer Lakes boys soccer gets 1st home playoff game
Deer Lakes grew accustomed to traveling to play in the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs in the past, but there's no place like home for the Lancers on Monday. The second-seeded Lancers will host No. 15 Beth-Center in a WPIAL Class AA first-round game at 8 p.m. Monday. While Lancer Stadium

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Freeport overcomes nerves, blanks North Catholic in WPIAL first round
October 20, 2018
Freeport battled nerves and a strong wind through much of the first half of its playoff opener Saturday. Both Mother Nature and the Yellowjackets calmed down in plenty of time for the team to continue its recent run of postseason success. Sidney Shemanski scored twice, and Carli Giori added another

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Mars uses turnovers to beat Kiski Area, win 5th straight
October 19, 2018
Kiski Area knew it needed to avoid mistakes to put an end to its losing streak and clinch a WPIAL playoff berth. Instead, the Cavaliers couldn't stop making them, and a powerful Mars team readily accepted the advantage. Five turnovers, a pair of special teams breakdowns and some defensive lapses

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A-K valley soccer teams take respective styles to postseason
October 18, 2018
Springdale made a run in the 2017 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs thanks in large part to the Dynamos' ability to make runs. With talented scorers like Jared Demore and Nick Taliani, Springdale knew it could count on its offense to win games, and the Dynamos won plenty, advancing to the

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A-K Valley football notebook: Freeport closes in on playoff berth
With a home win Friday over Class 3A Big East opponent Mt. Pleasant, Freeport can do what seemed improbable just over a month ago: clinch a WPIAL playoff berth. The Yellowjackets dropped their first three games, including gut-punching losses to Derry and Elizabeth Forward where they let a second-half lead

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Deer Lakes boys, girls soccer teams set to begin WPIAL postseason as top-3 seeds
October 17, 2018
Deer Lakes' boys and girls soccer teams already will add to the banners in the high school's gymnasium, but the Lancers hope they're not done decorating yet. The WPIAL rewarded the Lancers for their respective Section 2-AA championships by awarding them top-three seeds in the playoffs, which begin Saturday in

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
CLASS 4A Favorite: Seneca Valley emerged from an ultracompetitive race as the Section 1-4A champion and looks poised for a run at its first WPIAL title after finishing as runner-up in 2016. The Raiders' resume includes a nonsection win over Norwin in both team's season opener, a sweep of section

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Kiski Area looking to snap 4-game skid against Mars
The gloves are off and the boots are out at Kiski Area. Sam Albert dug into his closet this week and pulled out an old friend: the pair of combat boots he first wore at Valley, the footwear that became something of a good-luck charm whenever he decided to put

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A-K Valley notebook: Kiski Area stays healthy through nonconference games
Kiski Area didn't play with a running clock the last two weeks, but the Cavaliers took care to ensure they didn't leave nonconference games against Woodland Hills and McKeesport with significant injuries. Coach Sam Albert sat several key starters in the 47-0 loss to Woodland Hills and 66-6 loss to

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Seneca Valley boys, girls earn top seeds in WPIAL soccer playoffs
The WPIAL soccer committee came to the same decision when determining the playoff field for the upcoming Class 4A postseason: Seneca Valley over Norwin. The brackets, released Wednesday afternoon on the WPIAL website, list Seneca Valley as the No. 1 seed in both boys and girls Class 4A. Norwin is

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings for week of Oct. 16, 2018
October 16, 2018
Here's a look at the latest WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of Oct. 15, 2018: Class 4A Team, record, previous 1. Norwin, 14-2, 1 2. Peters Township, 13-3, 3 3. Seneca Valley, 13-2, 2 4. Upper St. Clair, 12-3, 4 5. Pine-Richland, 13-3, 5 Out: None Class 3A

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Springdale soccer leans on defense as playoffs approach
October 15, 2018
Springdale started slowly in its Section 1-A boys soccer finale over the weekend, a not-uncommon occurrence and one rendered moot by a dominant second half in a 4-0 victory over Vincentian. What made the game unique was the location: the artificial surface at Valley's Memorial Stadium. And once the Dynamos

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 15, 2018
October 14, 2018
Monday Boys golf Burrell's Tiger Hubbard will aim for a top-22 finish and a trip to the state finals when he tees off at the PIAA Class AA Western Regional at Toms Run Golf Course. Hubbard, a senior, competed at the regionals as a sophomore and is coming off an

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Burrell’s Hubbard eyes PIAAs
October 13, 2018
Tiger Hubbard's first trip to the PIAA Western Regional boys golf championship ended with the Burrell golfer two shots shy of a trip to the state finals, and the senior thinks he can pinpoint the holes where it happened. andquot;The main issue I had was with my driver where the

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Plum’s Jackson overcomes lack of right hand to inspire on football field
Jason Jackson thought his football playing days were over until he tuned in to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year's Day. Then he saw No. 18 for Central Florida, linebacker Shaquem Griffin, turn into a one-man wrecking crew, earning defensive MVP honors with a dozen tackles, including 31andamp;#8260;2 tackles

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Freeport puts it all together in victory over Burrell
John Gaillot smiled when told of Freeport's rushing and defensive dominance Friday night. It's the formula the Yellowjackets like to follow, and they did it to perfection in maybe their most complete performance of the season. The senior tandem of Austin Romanchak and Conor Selinger powered a rushing attack that

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Riverview, Springdale set for rivalry game
October 11, 2018
Riverview and Springdale played in separate football classifications during Todd Massack's high school days, so the rivalry played out mostly on the court during basketball season. Nowadays, the gridiron can get just as hot as the hardwood, as the teams will prove when they meet for their annual Class A

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A-K Valley notebook: Freport’s Hunter has breakout performance
October 10, 2018
Ricky Hunter spent his first two seasons at Freeport behind Jake Sarver on the Yellowjackets' depth chart at kicker and punter, but the junior had a breakout performance in Friday's 14-10 win over Class 3A Big East rival Deer Lakes. With Freeport trailing by three points late in the fourth

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Rivals Freeport, Burrell set to battle to stay in hunt for postseason berth
John Gaillot saw several variations of the Allegheny Conference in his 11 seasons as Freeport's football coach, and he always praised the league for its competitiveness. The newly-formed Big East where Freeport finds itself for the first time exceeds even the toughest season that Gaillot remembers. andquot;This has been the

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A-K Valley girls soccer teams hoping best is yet to come with WPIAL playoffs looming
Melisa O'Toole recently saw something she waited for all season: a complete, 80-minute performance from her Kiski Area girls soccer team. A 4-0 victory over Gateway last week showcased the best the Cavaliers could offer offensively and defensively after a season of searching for both to show up at the

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North Allegheny, three others advance to WPIAL Class AAA girls golf finals
October 8, 2018
Three-time defending champion North Allegheny led a quartet of teams that advanced to Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon. The Tigers topped the field of 10 teams at Monday's team semifinals at Rolling Hills Golf Course. Caroline Wrigley's 3-under 70 and Bella

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 8, 2018
October 7, 2018
Monday Girls soccer andamp;#8226; With Apollo-Ridge and Highlands fighting for the postseason, each will play a pivotal Section 2-AA game. Fourth-place Highlands visits first-place Deer Lakes, which needs one win to claim the section title. Apollo-Ridge travels to second-place Burrell, which is looking to nail down a playoff berth. andamp;#8226;

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A-K Valley high school roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls soccer tops East Allegheny
October 6, 2018
Having snapped a four-game losing streak earlier in the week, the Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team is streaking in the other direction as it enters the stretch run of the regular season. Adeline Baustert scored what proved to be the winner, and Mayce Anthony tallied three assists to lead Apollo-Ridge (4-4-1,

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: St. Joseph hires hoops coach
The St. Joseph girls volleyball coach for four seasons, Dennis Jones hoped to add varsity basketball coaching to his resume eventually. Circumstances finally broke his way. Jones was hired Thursday as the girls basketball coach at St. Joseph, where he will pull double duty in volleyball and basketball. The 55-year-old

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Selinger’s late touchdown lifts Freeport past Deer Lakes for key Big East victory
John Gaillot dearly hoped to avoid a game that came down to the final drive. Freeport's coach didn't get what he wanted, but the Yellowjackets still got what they needed: a crucial victory in their pursuit of a WPIAL playoff bid. Conor Selinger rushed for a go-ahead touchdown with 1

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A-K Valley football notebook: Deer Lakes, Highlands running to success
October 4, 2018
Deer Lakes and Highlands are on a run thanks to the run. The schools might be known more for their high-octane passing games, but they're proving they can move effectively on the ground as well as through the air. Highlands' recent two-game winning streak came as a strong rushing attack

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With playoff positioning at stake, longtime conference foes Deer Lakes, Freeport to face off
October 3, 2018
Freeport appreciated the five weeks of conference play for what it provided: a chance to play a quintet of unfamiliar opponents in the newly recalibrated

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Mindset critical for surging Burrell girls soccer team
October 2, 2018
For a team with designs on winning a WPIAL girls soccer championship, the importance of one regular-season game doesn't rise above another. That's why, with

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Race to playoffs gets interesting
September 30, 2018
With the second half of the season underway in soccer and girls volleyball, playoff races are beginning to heat up. The Deer Lakes boys soccer

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A-K Valley PIHL preview: Burrell setting sights on championship
September 29, 2018
Burrell felt confident it could compete in the PIHL when it rejoined the league in 2016 after nearly a decade away. How quickly it happened

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Deer Lakes defense comes through in Big East victory over Burrell
Deer Lakes' defense walked off the Lancer Stadium turf at a loss two weeks ago after surrendering more than 400 rushing yards and a 13-point

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Schedules getting easier
September 27, 2018
As the second half of the season begins Friday at Freedom, Valley harbors WPIAL playoff hopes even with a 1-4 record. And should the Vikings

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With similar goals of reaching the playoffs, Burrell, Deer Lakes set to face off in Big East contest
September 26, 2018
Shawn Liotta's voice has a similar twang to Jim Mora, but the similarities to the former Indianapolis Colts coach end there. For one, the Burrell

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Chemistry, experience helping Deer Lakes boys soccer chase 1st section title since ’03
September 24, 2018
Deer Lakes gathered on the field with the second half of its Section 2-AA boys soccer game against Freeport set to begin, a two-goal deficit

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Freeport slugger commits to Mercyhurst
Ally DeJidas visited Mercyhurst a handful of times during her college softball recruitment, and when she cracked a home run off the scoreboard at Plum's

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Kevin Stevens to speak to WPIAL players at summit on dangers of addiction
Former Pittsburgh Penguins player Kevin Stevens will be the featured speaker at a leadership summit for WPIAL athletes, coaches, athletic directors and principals that will

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A-K Valley lookahead for week of Sept. 24, 2018
September 23, 2018
Monday Girls soccer Freeport hosts Deer Lakes in a matchup between the team that won the last two Section 2-AA titles (Freeport) and the one

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McKeesport’s passing fancy produces 54-0 win over Plum
September 22, 2018
McKeesport's flexbone option offense provides enough matchup problems for opposing defenses, but the Tigers threw in another dangerous wrinkle against Plum: a proficient passing attack.

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Rain can’t stop offenses
Friday's heavy storms might have caused earlier start times and lengthy delays across the WPIAL's football schedule, but it didn't seem to have an impact

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Penn Hills playmakers shine in Northern Conference win over Kiski Area
Lightning reached the Penn Hills area at halftime Friday night, but the electricity came well before that. Although Kiski Area did its best to match

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A-K Valley football notebook: Riverview, Leechburg keep positive attitude amid rough start
September 20, 2018
Todd Massack knows what the record says next to Riverview's name in the Class A Eastern Conference standings, but it doesn't match what he sees

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Defending champion Greb advances to WPIAL tennis finals
Knoch sophomore Laura Greb will have an opportunity to defend her WPIAL Class AA tennis championship. Greb advanced to the championship match after defeating Beaver's

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Kiski Area looks to make most of opportunity against No. 2 Penn Hills
September 19, 2018
Sam Albert emphasized one word to his Kiski Area football players Monday. Opportunity. It certainly came knocking for the Cavaliers this week, with their biggest

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Litrun’s scoring, competitive fire help Deer Lakes girls soccer start 6-1
September 18, 2018
Lily Litrun has a side she only really shows on the soccer field, and only then when an opponent brings it out of her. It's

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A-K Valley notebook: Springdale boys soccer has zero tolerance policy
September 15, 2018
Springdale knew it might need to play a more defensive style of soccer this season after the graduation of many of the top scorers from

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Wallace throws for 390 yards, 5 TDs as Kiski Area blanks Fox Chapel
Ryne Wallace and his wide receivers have a signal, and they know when to use it. So when Fox Chapel put single coverage out wide

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Alle-Kiski Valley football notebook: New life for Highlands
September 13, 2018
Highlands coach Dom Girardi believes he has a good-luck charm for Friday's Northwest Eight Conference game against Knoch. Girardi and wife Tamara welcomed their fourth

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Early-season matchup a pivot point for Kiski Area, Fox Chapel
September 12, 2018
Sam Albert hates to lose, emphasizing that feeling twice as he discussed his Kiski Area football team's seven-point setback at North Hills in Week 2.

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Female soccer coaches finding success with A-K Valley programs
September 11, 2018
Brittni Grenninger went through her entire childhood and high school soccer career playing for male coaches, but that changed when she arrived at St. Francis

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Guerrini a consistent scoring threat for Burrell boys soccer
September 10, 2018
Jake Guerrini didn't exactly shoot for Burrell's freshman scoring record, but the Bucs' speedy forward knew what he needed to do to get there --

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Kiski Area wrestler Darren Miller commits to Bucknell
Darren Miller woke up Monday still not entirely sure where he would wrestle in college. He ended the day with 100 percent certainty. Miller, a

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Runners make noise early
September 9, 2018
The early portion of the cross country season allows runners to make strong statements at a few big invitationals, and a handful of Alle-Kiski Valley

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Moore, Tomlin lead Shady Side Academy football over Valley
September 7, 2018
The last time Skyy Moore visited Valley's Memorial Stadium on a football Friday night, Shady Side Academy's standout quarterback barely could walk, let alone play

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Collodi faces alma Mater Burrell
September 6, 2018
Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi holds plenty of fond memories of Burrell, but he'll be rooting against his alma mater this week. Collodi, a 2000

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Familiar foes Valley, Shady Side Academy to face off in Allegheny Conference showdown
September 5, 2018
Tyler Green played football with his cousin Skyy Moore all throughout their childhood in New Kensington, until it came time for high school. Green went

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Familiar foes Valley, Shady Side Academy to face off in Allegheny Conference showdown
Tyler Green played football with his cousin Skyy Moore all throughout their childhood in New Kensington, until it came time for high school. Green went

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Senior Teorsky helps Freeport boys soccer to think big
September 3, 2018
The double-takes come constantly when people pass Stevie Teorsky: andquot;Everywhere I go, a glance and then back,andquot; the Freeport senior said. Some of Freeport's football

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Crise sets Highlands records
September 2, 2018
It came in a losing effort, but more Highlands offensive records fell Friday night. Johnny Crise set new school single-game receiving records when he caught

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Derry comes from behind, tops Freeport in overtime
August 31, 2018
Derry saw its first chance at victory denied in the final minute of regulation Friday by a goal-line fumble. The Trojans didn't let it happen

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Shady Side Academy’s Dino Tomlin picks up scholarship offer from Maryland
August 30, 2018
Shady Side Academy star Dino Tomlin picked up his latest Division I recruiting offer Tuesday, from Maryland. A deep-threat wide receiver and defensive back, the

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Springdale prepares for explosive Imani attack
Seth Napierkowski saw plenty of talent when he watched film of Imani Christian, Springdale's Week 1 opponent. Plenty of scoring, too. Springdale (0-0) will travel

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Physical battle expected as Freeport hosts 1st-time foe Derry in Big East opener
August 29, 2018
It can become a slippery slope to judge someone based on reputation, but right now that's all Derry and Freeport have to go on. Put

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers adds Kent State offer for basketball
August 28, 2018
Tess Myers hit one of the biggest shots in WPIAL girls basketball as a sophomore, and it looks as though she'll have a shot to

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Soccer Ball on grass
Springdale boys soccer confident after run to WPIAL title game, PIAA playoffs
Springdale's official boys soccer Twitter account put the rest of Class A on notice earlier this month with a tweet that despite significant losses from

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Springdale’s Jaden Domaratz battles for the ball during a scrimmage against Sewickley Academy Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at the high school.
Senior-heavy Springdale girls soccer ready to contend in Class A
Senior night might be a couple months away, but Springdale coach Jerry Concannon joked he already had his starting lineup in place. With 11 seniors

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Fox Chapel basketball player Kelly leaving for prep school in Cleveland
Ben Kelly considered the prep school route for basketball in his past, but it wasn't until one began pursuing him that he fully committed to

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Freeport Area's Sidney Shemanski during a scrimmage with Kiski Area girls Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 at Freeport High School.
WPIAL girls soccer players to watch
Girls soccer season gets underway with kickoff tournaments Friday and Saturday. Section play starts Sept. 5. Here's a look at some of the WPIAL girls

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Belle Vernon's Marcelo Apodiakone (8), goes for the ball, during soccer practice at James Weir Stadium, in Belle Vernon, on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.
Boys soccer players to watch across the WPIAL
August 27, 2018
Boys soccer season will officially begin with kickoff tournaments Friday and Saturday. Section play gets underway on Sept. 4. And just nine short weeks later,

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Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. notebook: Leechburg feels ‘incredible’ after snapping skid
August 26, 2018
Leechburg's locker room had, in coach Mark George's words, a bit more andquot;hooting and holleringandquot; than usual after Friday's 28-13 victory over Apollo-Ridge at Owens

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Alle-Kiski high school lookahead: Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 1
MondayFreeport has won at least a share of the Section 1-AA championship for three consecutive seasons, and the Yellowjackets are on a six-year run of

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Valley football players prepare to take the field prior to their game against Burrell on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
Valley holds off rival Burrell, wins 6th straight in series
August 24, 2018
Valley's control of its rivalry with Burrell looked in jeopardy late Friday night, the Bucs driving with the game on the line and an opportunity

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Kiski Area’s Christa Palla plays during a scrimmage with Freeport Area girls Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 at Freeport High School.
Kiski Area girls soccer to face unfamiliar opponents in Class 3A
The first half of the 2018 girls soccer season might turn into one big getting-to-know-you session for Kiski Area. After calling Class 4A home in

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Kiski Area boys soccer focused on positive reinforcement
There was a method to Kiski Area coach Sean Arnold's madness for a boys soccer tri-scrimmage against powerhouses Peters Township and South Fayette. The results

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Springdale keeper Mike Zolnierczyk (1) makes a save during the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium. North Catholic won 2-0.
Springdale goalkeeper Zolnierczyk offered by Harvard
August 23, 2018
Despite his all-WPIAL goalkeeper status, Mike Zolnierczyk had no desire to stop Harvard from presenting him his first Division I soccer offer. Zolnierczyk, the senior

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Coach Matt Morgan during practice at Plum High School on August, 8, 2018.
A-K Valley high school notebook: 9 A-K Valley teams to play Week Zero game
Friday marks the third iteration of Week Zero since the PIAA began allowing football teams to start playing an optional nonconference game instead of a

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Burrell running back Mike Scherer, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Now a nonconference game, Battle of the Bypass still carries meaning for Burrell, Valley
August 22, 2018
There was zero doubt about the identity of one Week Zero game when the WPIAL released its 2018 and 2019 football schedules in the spring.

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Deer Lakes' Nina Lafko works out Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at the high school stadium.
Deer Lakes girls soccer program showing promise with young, talented lineup
August 20, 2018
The future looked promising for Deer Lakes' girls soccer program at this time last year, with a freshman-heavy roster primed to play together and grow

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Playoff experience to pay dividends for Deer Lakes boys soccer
The difference between a win and a loss in the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs can come down to the narrowest of margins, as Deer Lakes'

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Plum No. 14 Hunter Linhart
Linhart in command of Plum’s offense
Hunter Linhart spent the bulk of the 2017 football season locked in a three-way quarterback rotation with sophomore Anthony Little and senior Corey Thomas. But

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Plum players determined to return to WPIAL playoffs
August 18, 2018
A quick-passing heavy thunderstorm briefly knocked out power at Plum during a late-July workout. andquot;We can keep going,andquot; coach Matt Morgan said as he described

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Highlands returns talented skill players in high-scoring spread offense
Highlands updated its record books frequently in 2017, with quarterback Seth Cohen thriving in a pass-friendly attack with five dependable wide receivers. But while old

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Burrell's Seth Fischbach, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
First-year coach Shawn Liotta instills confidence for Burrell football
Shawn Liotta made a request to Burrell athletic director Drake D'Angelo upon taking the Bucs' coaching job this spring. andquot;They got a big cannon (in

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Quaker Valley's Isaac Guss participates in practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the school.
WPIAL Class 3A breakdown: Playoff berths at premium in two-conference format
Quaker Valley had the type of 2017 season that could inspire storybooks or sports movies, winning its first WPIAL and PIAA championships under a coach

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Heavy hitters: A-K Valley bruisers pack a punch on offense, defense
Mere words can't describe the satisfaction of a big hit, at least not in Conor Selinger's eyes. It's more about the feeling. Take an Allegheny

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While on the mend, Highlands’ Thimons develops leadership skills
August 16, 2018
Daniel Thimons pointed out the calluses on his hands at a recent Highlands football workout. The toughened skin came not only from dogged sessions in

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Kiski Area varsity players break from a huddle during the first day of practice at Kiski High School.
A-K Valley’s new coaches ‘hyped’ during opening day of football practice
August 13, 2018
The smell of the grass at Riverside Park awakened Todd Massack's football senses Monday morning. Riverview's coach brought his team out for a bright-and-early 8

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Deer Lakes Coach Tim Burk
WPIAL football coaches know the value of a good training camp meal
Tim Burk has been through a training camp or 10 during his time as an assistant at Carlynton, Deer Lakes and Springdale, so he knows

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BurrellÕs Luke Kasellic
Burrell’s Kastelic eager to trade hat for helmet
August 12, 2018
Bits of fabric hang down from the brim of Luke Kastelic's tan Chevy Trucks hat, a gift from his father from a truck stop in

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The Kiski Area football team is awarding a championship belt to its top performers at team workouts.
A-K Valley high school notebook: New football coaches set to kick off 1st day of camp
The start of the fall sports season is at hand. Monday represents the first official day of football training camp with padded, contact practices, along

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New Leechburg girls basketball coach Carter preaches that ‘little victories equal big wins’
August 9, 2018
Andre Carter can dribble with his left hand, but he never developed the same confidence as using his right. He could get around that in

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Freeport's Ally DeJidas (7)celebrates with teammates after winning a game in their PIAA Class AA state semifinal against Beaver Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School. (Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review)
State champion Freeport girls volleyball team completes busy, successful off-season
August 8, 2018
Freeport took some time to celebrate its 2017 PIAA volleyball championship, including the installation of a road marker in the borough's downtown and a trip

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The entrance of new Richard J. Dilts Field on the campus of Kiski Area High School is seen on Aug. 6, 2018.
Kiski Area ready to christen new on-campus stadium, Richard J. Dilts Field
August 6, 2018
As Kiski Area began its first workout of the PIAA's football heat acclimatization week, Sam Albert looked around the brand-new Richard J. Dilts Field and

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Fox Chapel football head coach Tom Loughran shakes hands with Cole Waxter after the Foxes scored a touchdown in the first half of a game against West Allegheny on Sept. 1, 2017. (Tribune-Review file)
A-K Valley notebook: Teams endure high temps during opening heat acclimatization workouts
The PIAA's mandated heat acclimatization period for football began Monday, and Mother Nature obliged. With temperatures reaching into the upper 80s and lower 90s in

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Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore tries to leap over Valley’s Evan Anderson Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Shady Side Academy.
MLB controversies teach WPIAL players to exercise caution on social media
August 4, 2018
Skyy Moore lives by a pretty simple social media philosophy. andquot;I try to not put anything on that I wouldn't share to my grandma,andquot; Moore

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Penn-Trafford's Job Chishko is brought down to the mat by Kiski Area's Cam Connor in the 145 weight class championship bout during the WPIAL wrestling finals at Canon-McMillan High School on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
Kiski Area wrestler Cam Connor commits to Penn
August 2, 2018
Cam Connor watched Kiski Area wrestlers he looked up to like Matt McCutcheon and teammates like Noah Levett commit to wrestle in college, and all

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Burk hopes to guide alma mater Deer Lakes back to WPIAL playoffs
August 1, 2018
It took one year of coaching at Carlynton, miles away from his hometown and alma mater, before Tim Burk realized he wanted to work closer

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Highlands’ Romello Freeman dunks over Carrick’s A.J. Perella during their PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Gateway High School.
Highlands grad Romello Freeman goes from homeless to earning football scholarship
July 28, 2018
It took just Romello Freeman's presence at a recent Highlands football summer workout to get the atmosphere at Highlands Golden Rams Stadium buzzing. Coach Dom

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Deer Lakes to hold special meeting to hire new football coach
July 23, 2018
Deer Lakes should have a new football coach by the end of the month. The district called a special board meeting for 7 p.m. July

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Coaches get call to Hall
July 22, 2018
Longtime Alle-Kiski Valley baseball coaches Dave and Dennis Montgomery will get their call to the Hall this week, as the twin brothers will get inducted

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Shady Side Academy’s Dino Tomlin puts speed on display for college recruiters
July 21, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Kiski guard Harley Holloway drives against Shaler’s Megan Lydon (35) and Emily Cavacini (10) Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler. (Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review)
Kiski Area’s Holloway transfers to Freeport
July 20, 2018
Freeport has a new Harley. Harley Holloway, a basketball standout formerly of Kiski Area, moved to Freeport this summer and will enroll in the school

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Knee surgery sidelines star Burrell running back Bitar
A knee injury did what few football teams could last season: slowed Burrell's Logan Bitar. The Burrell rising senior running back, one of the WPIAL's

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Burrell's R. J. Beach, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Valley, Burrell relish experience at annual WCCA 7-on-7 tournament
July 19, 2018
Valley's RSVP to the Westmoreland County Coaches Association's seven-on-seven tournament came late after the invitation apparently got lost in the mail -- or, more specifically,

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Armstrong fans celebrate Easton Hooks' (10) goal against Quaker Valley in the PIHL class AA Penguins Cup championship Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
PIHL releases divisions for 2018-19 season
July 18, 2018
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League released its alignment for the 2018-19 season, with the biggest change coming from a shift in division and scheduling format

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Skyy’s the limit for Shady Side Academy two-way standout
July 15, 2018
Skyy Moore likes having the ball in his hands as Shady Side Academy's dangerous dual-threat quarterback. But what he really enjoys is taking it from

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Burrell football team gets call to Hall
July 13, 2018
It took R.J. Beach a few minutes to recognize the person talking to him and his Burrell teammates after the conclusion of a seven-on-seven tournament

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Albert Gallatin head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his players during the Alle-Kiski Football Challenge at Kiski Area High School on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Burrell to play in 7-on-7 event at Pro Football Hall of Fame
July 10, 2018
Burrell football is going to the Hall of Fame. The Bucs received an invitation from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy to participate in

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Valley's Nyjewel Carter shoots the ball while playing against Latrobe during the WCCA Hoopfest on Friday, July, 6, 2018, at Hempfield Area High School.
Burrell, Valley boys basketball teams try to work out kinks in summer
July 8, 2018
Burrell and Valley played in Friday's Westmoreland County Coaches Association boys basketball showcase without their normal coaches, giving the neighboring rivals at least one thing

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Valley's Darius Johnson smiles after receiving his gold medal after winning the Class AA boys high jump Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Valley’s Darius Johnson named Valley News Dispatch’s Boys Athlete of the Year
July 7, 2018
Darius Johnson could use one of his best athletic attributes in all three of his sports. His leaping ability makes him a deadly deep threat

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Leechburg Area's Mikayla Lovelace shoots over Chartiers-Houston's Alexa Williamson during WPIAL Class AA girls action Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at West Allegheny High School.
Leechburg’s Mikayla Lovelace named Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year
It took just one game for Mikayla Lovelace to make an impact on Leechburg's girls basketball program — a 51-28 victory over Aquinas Academy in

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Will Saunders, coach for Kiski Area, talks with his team during the game against Latrobe during the WCCA Hoopfest on Friday, July, 6, 2018, at Hempfield Area High School.
Saunders getting feet wet with Kiski Area boys basketball
July 6, 2018
Kiski Area split its first two games at Friday's Westmoreland County Coaches Association boys basketball shootout at Hempfield — winning comfortably in a bright-and-early game

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Steel Valley's Todd Hill fires out to hit the sled during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.
Steel Valley’s Hill preparing to lead Ironmen to another title
July 5, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Seth Thompson led the Springdale boys basketball team for six seasons before stepping down in May.
A-K Valley sports notebook: Springdale hopes to hire boys basketball coach soon
July 4, 2018
Springdale competed in a boys basketball summer league, just as many teams do over the offseason months. The Dynamos were lacking at one particular position

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Springdale set to begin boys basketball coach interviews
July 3, 2018
Springdale is getting ready to enter the second phase of its boys basketball coaching search. Athletic director Ray Davis said interviews will begin next week

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Deer Lakes coach Terence Parham, players and fans react during a WPIAL first-round playoff game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
Deer Lakes basketball coach Parham doing instruction work in China
Terence Parham is taking another summer trip to China. The Deer Lakes boys basketball coach left over the weekend to go to China for a

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Jenna Plummer
New coach Plummer hopes to return Highlands girls soccer to playoffs
July 1, 2018
Jenna Plummer's first foray into coaching came before she hoped, when a broken ankle sidelined her for her senior soccer season at Penn Hills. The

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Deer Lakes' Jake McCaskey (27) delivers a pitch during their game against Freeport on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Freeport Community Park.
Deer Lakes’ Jake McCaskey named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jake McCaskey Deer Lakes, senior, pitcher/shortstop Jake McCaskey tried to picture the scenario: a hitter version of himself against the pitching

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Freeport's Ally DeJidas works out Tuesday, March 13, 2018, during practice at the high school.
Freeport’s Ally DeJidas named Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ally DeJidas Freeport, jr., center field Ally DeJidas knows her favorite home run from the spring season: a three-run blast that

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Toledo DB recruit Mike Coleman to join offensive attack for Woodland Hills
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Kiski Area head coach Chris Heater (right) and assistant coaches Chuck Tursky (left) and Matt Kiebler react during their 35-31 comeback victory over Cumberland Valley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament at the Giant Center on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Hershey.
Kiski Area coaching legend Tursky gets sixth Hall call
June 28, 2018
Chuck Tursky is getting a call to the Hall. Again. The all-time winningest WPIAL wrestling coach will get inducted into the Kiski Area Sports Hall

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Springdale goalkeeper Mike Zolnierczyk makes a save next to Seton LaSalle's Gabe Rosario during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
Springdale’s Zolnierczyk on radar for Division I coaches
June 25, 2018
Mike Zolnierczyk didn't really expect to play college soccer until a few years ago. A multi-sport athlete, he got a late start into the world

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Highlands hires Jenna Plummer as girls soccer coach
Highlands hired a Plummer for its girls soccer program. The district school board voted Monday night to approve Jenna Plummer as the new girls soccer

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Ellis School field hockey player Tegan Poerio was selected to play in the 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games,
Ellis School’s Poerio selected for AAU Junior Olympics in field hockey
Ellis School field hockey player Tegan Poerio was selected to play in the 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games, which begin next month at the University

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Deer Lakes Coach Steve Sciullo works with his varsity team during practice Wednesday July 26, 2017, at Deer Lakes High School.
A-K Valley notebook: Search begins for Deer Lakes football coach
June 23, 2018
Deer Lakes' football coaching position officially became vacant last week when the district's school board officially accepted Steve Sciullo's resignation after four years leading the

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Aaron Albert
Aaron Albert excited to be ‘home’ coaching Kiski Area baseball
June 22, 2018
Only one school could pry Aaron Albert away from his position as Beaver's baseball coach. And that school came calling. Calling it an opportunity he

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Leechburg head coach Joel Ceraso coaches his team against Chartiers-Houston during their WPIAL Class 2-A Girl Basketball quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Northgate High School. Chartiers-Houston defeated Leechburg 60-44.
Burrell hires Leechburg’s Joel Ceraso as girls basketball coach
June 21, 2018
Joel Ceraso sees similarities to his most recent coaching job when assessing his new one. A team needing a boost after missing the playoffs Check.

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Kiski Area hires Aaron Albert as baseball coach
A second Coach Albert is taking the reins of a Kiski Area sports team. Aaron Albert, the son of Cavaliers football coach Sam Albert, was

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Highlands' Johnny Crise scores past Franklin Regional's Jake Rosenberg during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Highlands standout Crise gets another Division I offer
June 16, 2018
Highlands' Johnny Crise received his second Division I basketball offer Saturday, from the University of South Carolina Upstate. The 6-foot-7 Crise, a rising junior forward,

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Apollo Ridge Coach Greg Fox works with a group of 7Th to 9th grade students during a recent summer basketball camp at Apollo Ridge High School.
Fox returns to coach at ‘special place’ Apollo-Ridge
June 15, 2018
Greg Fox had perfect timing. He bought a house in Apollo this spring, just as the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball coaching position was opening — almost

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Springdale goalkeeper Mike Zolnierczyk makes a save between Seton LaSalle's Gabe Rosario (30) and Kaleb Krebs during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
A-K Valley notebook: Springdale’s Zolnierczyk trains at D.C. United Academy
June 14, 2018
Mike Zolnierczyk's last name isn't andquot;Smith,andquot; but he went to Washington just the same. Zolnierczyk, a rising senior goalkeeper at Springdale, received an opportunity to

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Vincentian Academy's Aidan Thomson delivers against Greensburg Central Catholic during a PIAA Class A semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Vincentian Academy chasing 2nd PIAA baseball title in 3 seasons
Brad Bestic all but shrugged when reminded of the 10:30 a.m. first pitch for Vincentian's appearance in the PIAA Class A baseball finals Friday. Baseball

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall prepares his team for the 2018 Foothills Classic during practice Monday, June 11, 2018, at Franklin Regional.
Blue team looks to avenge shutout in Foothills Classic
June 13, 2018
Members of the Blue team in Friday's Foothills Classic know the score — or, rather the lack of score — about how their predecessors fared

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Seneca Valley basketball coach Victor Giannotta
Giannotta steps down as Seneca Valley boys basketball coach
June 12, 2018
Victor Giannotta doesn't plan to stop coaching, but it won't be at Seneca Valley. Citing other andquot;basketball opportunities,andquot; Giannotta, 53, resigned after 14 seasons as

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Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore (3) rushes the ball during their home game against Apollo-Ridge on Sept. 15, 2017.
Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore gets offer from Buffalo
June 11, 2018
Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore received a football scholarship offer Monday from the University of Buffalo, his first from a Football Bowl Subdivision school. A

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Vincentian Academy catcher Mark Yakim tags out Greensburg Central Catholic's Alex Miller at home plate during their PIAA Class A semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
GCC baseball can’t slow Vincentian’s hit parade in PIAA semis
All season, Greensburg Central Catholic carried a baseball from its 2017 PIAA semifinal loss, hoping for a return to the round and a better result.

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Ringgold Area'sDylan Wujcik and Koby Bubash celebrates with Chase Angotti after Angotti scored in the first inning during the WPIAL4-A Baseball championship Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA moves Monday’s baseball semifinal games from Slippery Rock to Neshannock
June 10, 2018
A pair of WPIAL baseball teams will play their PIAA semifinal games at a different site Monday because of rain over the weekend. The PIAA

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Highlands' Cris White battles for posession against Valley's Dan Antonacci during a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Highlands Middle School.
Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. notebook: Positive vibes for area foursome
It will be a positive night for a quartet of Alle-Kiski Valley athletes Tuesday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center. Springdale's Moriah Becker (track

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Apollo Ridge High School senior Lila Glass (left) and Leechburg High School senior Keara Carnahan (right) pose for a portrait during practice on Friday, June 8, 2018.
New goals for Leechburg soccer hopefuls thanks to co-op with Apollo-Ridge
June 9, 2018
Keara Carnahan grew up playing soccer at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township, so a blast of nostalgia hit her as she took to the park's

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Plum volleyball coaches Carly Bonk and Kelsey Bonk prepare their team for the 2017 season at practice Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at Plum.
A-K Valley notebook: We Serve First Foundation sponsors volleyball campers, coach
June 7, 2018
Ellen and Tim Toy found strength through volleyball during Ellen's years-long battle with cancer, and the sport continues to serve as a way to honor

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Mt. Pleasant catcher May Klejka jumps into the arms of relief pitcher Meadown Uncapher after closing out Belle Vernon Area in the quarterfinal PIAA 4-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
Mt. Pleasant softball again avenges loss to WPIAL champion Belle Vernon
Mt. Pleasant stewed about its WPIAL semifinal loss to Belle Vernon, a game in which the defending state champion Vikings finished without a hit and

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Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore (3) rushes the ball being pursued by Apollo-Ridge's Daniel Rametta (31) during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Sept. 15, 2017.
Shady Side Academy QB/DB Moore gaining recruiters’ attention during offseason
June 6, 2018
Skyy Moore diligently reached out to college football coaches during his junior season at Shady Side Academy, following them on social media and sending out

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Kiski Area High School volleyball coach Ellen Toy speaks to her team before competing at Jam the Gym at Kiski Area on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.
We Serve First Foundation sponsoring three players’ attendance at national volleyball camp
June 5, 2018
Ellen and Tim Toy found strength through volleyball during Ellen's years-long battle with cancer, and the sport continues to serve as a way to honor

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Southmoreland rallies past Central for program’s 1st PIAA victory
June 4, 2018
Southmoreland worked hard enough to earn a spot in the state softball playoffs for the first time. The Scotties weren't about to let their run

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The PIAA Class AA state champion Freeport girls volleyball team was recognized and celebrated at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg on June 4, 2018.
PIAA girls volleyball champion Freeport honored at Pennsylvania State Capitol
Freeport received more recognition for its 2017 PIAA girls volleyball championship, appearing at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. The Yellowjackets received an invitation after

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Greensburg Central Catholic's James Rice celebrates as he scores the winning run against Eden Christian Academy during second round 1-A WPIAL action Monday, May 21, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Secrets to success: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rice brothers share unspoken signals
June 3, 2018
James and Paul Rice share signals on the baseball field, unspoken messages to gain an edge when an opponent might least expect it. The brothers

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Leechburg's Kristen Knapp reacts after their loss to Union during a game Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Hampton.
A-K Valley baseball, softball teams coping with abrupt end to playoffs
June 2, 2018
Freeport's end-of-season softball meeting Thursday coincided with the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship game at Seton Hill. And when the Yellowjackets learned of the result

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Apollo-Ridge brings back Greg Fox as boys basketball coach
June 1, 2018
Apollo-Ridge is bringing back a familiar face to lead its boys basketball program again. The district recently voted to hire Greg Fox, who previously coached

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West Allegheny's Natasha Yarowenko cheers with her team after defeating Thomas Jefferson during the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Seton Hill University. West Allegheny won 4-2.
West Allegheny beats TJ to defend WPIAL Class 5A softball title
May 31, 2018
West Allegheny knew better than to overlook Thomas Jefferson. The Indians experienced the disappointment of losing to an underdog team in the WPIAL championship in

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer bats during a game against Burrell on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Freeport.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: St. Joseph adds cross country
St. Joseph is getting in the running for a new sports program. The Harrison school is adding cross country as a club sport for the

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Belle Vernon softball players celebrate after defeating Elizabeth Forward during the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Seton Hill University. Belle Vernon won 5-4.
Belle Vernon rallies past Elizabeth Forward to win WPIAL Class 4A softball crown
May 30, 2018
Belle Vernon's Bailey Parshall felt the frustration begin to build as Elizabeth Forward's first three batters reached base in the bottom of the seventh inning

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Union's Sarah Seamans slides safely into third as Leechburg's Hannah Berry tries to tag her out during a game Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Hampton.
Union holds off Leechburg rally to earn berth to PIAA Class A softball playoffs
May 29, 2018
Three innings into the WPIAL Class A consolation softball game, the outcome appeared a foregone conclusion. Then, fitting for a game that would determine a

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Freeport's Maya Borghol (22) is congratulated by Madison Wagner after scoring during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game against Southmoreland Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at West Mifflin.
A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Game for May 29, 2018
Class 3A Consolation game No. 2 Freeport (13-1) vs. No. 4 Avonworth (13-7) Winner plays: District 10 champion in PIAA first round, June 4 Coaches:

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer bats during a game against Burrell on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Freeport.
‘Fiery and determined’ Freeport seniors aim for PIAA softball playoffs
Friday represented the last day for seniors at Freeport, the Class of 2018 cleaning out lockers and picking up caps and gowns for the upcoming

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Leechburg's Kristen Knapp (22) leads off of second base during their game on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Riverview Park in Oakmont.
Feeling blue: Leechburg softball dyes hair in bonding experience
May 27, 2018
Kristen Knapp enjoys dying her hair, and inspiration recently caused the Leechburg catcher to consider adding some blue streaks as part of the Blue Devils'

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Leechburg starting pitcher Morgan Pierce throws against St. Joseph on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at No Offseason Field West Deer.
A-K Valley softball playoff capsule: Leechburg vs. Union
Class A consolation game No. 3 Leechburg (13-5) vs. No. 4 Union (16-3) 2 p.m. Tuesday, Hampton Community Park Winner plays: District 9 champion in

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Valley's Darius Johnson receives his gold medal after winning the Class AA boys high jump Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Promotion at Hampton led to Steve Sciullo’s tough decision to leave Deer Lakes
May 25, 2018
Steve Sciullo always preached the importance of family to his Deer Lakes football players. So when a too-good-to-pass-up opportunity came, Sciullo knew he had to

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Freeport shortstop Emily Schmidt competes during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game against Southmoreland Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at West Mifflin.
A-K Valley notebook: Freeport, Leechburg softball teams headed to Hampton
May 24, 2018
The two remaining Alle-Kiski Valley teams in the WPIAL softball playoffs will play back-to-back next week. A doubleheader Tuesday at Hampton Community Park will feature

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Southmoreland celebrates a home run by Lexi Klatt (21) against Freeport during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at West Mifflin.
Southmoreland softball tops Freeport, advances to 1st WPIAL title game
May 23, 2018
Todd Bunner couldn't slow the smile creeping across his face. And given the situation, he likely didn't want to. After two failed semifinal appearances in

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Canon-McMillan's Connor Flaherty celebrates his game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning next to Plum first baseman Pete Zullo during their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at North Allegheny High School.
Walk-off infield single carries Canon-McMillan baseball past Plum
May 22, 2018
The way Plum and Canon-McMillan were playing, some form of small ball seemed likely to decide their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal game. And the game

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Leechburg's Gracie Reinke is congratulated by coach Bill Pierce after scoring against Sewickley Academy during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game Monday, May 21, 2018, at Hampton.
A-K Valley softball playoff capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Class 3A Semifinals No. 2 Freeport (13-0) vs. No. 3 Southmoreland (8-7) 2 p.m. Wednesday at West Mifflin Winner plays: No. 1 South Park (15-1)

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Deer Lakes' Devin Reiher gets a kill between Derry's Ethan Sellong and John Kerr (right) Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
‘Last chance’ motivates Deer Lakes volleyball seniors
May 21, 2018
As its WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball quarterfinal against Beaver County Christian approached a winner-take-all fifth game, Deer Lakes gathered in a team huddle with

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Avonworth softball blanks Burrell to reach semifinals
Burrell treated four as something of a magic number throughout the softball season — if it held the opponent under that total, the Bucs felt

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Valley baseball team believes ‘surreal’ run can continue
May 20, 2018
Jim Basilone's baseball life extends far enough back that he can recall the last time Valley won a postseason game. His players Not even close.

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Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. lookahead: Week of May 21-26
Monday • Freeport is coming off a first-round bye in the WPIAL Class 3A softball playoffs and a layoff of nearly two weeks between games.

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Alle-Kiski Valley baseball preview capsule: Game for Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday's game Class 6A Quarterfinals No. 5 Plum (16-4) vs. No. 4 Canon-McMillan (14-5) 4 p.m. at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 1 Central Catholic

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For St. Joseph softball, it’s ‘time to have fun’
May 19, 2018
St. Joseph experienced the excitement of the WPIAL softball playoffs last spring for the first time in the program's three-decade history. But with that excitement

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A-K Valley baseball capsules: Games of Monday, May 21, 2018
Class 3A Quarterfinals No. 5 Valley (11-6) vs. No. 4 Brownsville (12-2) 2 p.m. Monday at Washington and Jefferson Winner plays: No. 1 Riverside (15-1)

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A-K Valley notebook: Long wait for Leechburg, Freeport softball
May 18, 2018
Freeport and Leechburg originally planned to play their WPIAL softball playoff openers Thursday. They did get on the field but for a scrimmage against each

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Thompson resigns as Springdale boys basketball coach
Seth Thompson never anticipated becoming a basketball coach for life. And after spending more than a decade doing it, he decided it was time to

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No. 1 Mars routs Freeport to reach lacrosse semifinals
Freeport's school history-making lacrosse season ended against a familiar opponent. No. 1 Mars jumped out to a seven-goal lead after the first quarter and never

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Burrell softball catches a break, tops McGuffey in Class 3A 1st round
May 15, 2018
At long last, a break went Burrell's way. The team that experienced postseason misfortune each of the past two years saw life from the other

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St. Joseph uses 12-run first inning to rout Western Beaver in softball playoff opener
May 14, 2018
Anna Swierczewski said St. Joseph's seniors want to end their high school softball careers with a bang. The Spartans certainly started the postseason with one.

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Former NFL lineman Sciullo steps down as Deer Lakes coach
The jolliest green giant is moving on. Steve Sciullo, the former NFL offensive lineman who led Deer Lakes to the second WPIAL playoff appearance in

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A-K Valley WPIAL baseball capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
May 13, 2018
Class 6A First round No. 5 Plum (15-4) vs. No. 12 Mt. Lebanon (9-11) 4 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 4 Canon-McMillan

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A-K Valley lookahead for May 14-17, 2018
Monday • St. Joseph made history for its softball program last season, qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time and winning a first-round

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A-K Valley WPIAL softball capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Class 6A First round No. 9 Fox Chapel (6-8) vs. No. 8 Canon-McMillan (9-6) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Peters Township Winner plays: No. 1 Hempfield

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Burrell softball hopes for better luck in playoffs
Burrell might want to avoid any black cats, ladders or shattered mirrors before its WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff opener next week. The Bucs (11-4),

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Determined Freeport softball team strives for 1st WPIAL title
May 12, 2018
A frequent drill during Freeport's softball practice focuses on the importance of 21 outs — always focusing on the next one, never looking back at

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Alle-Kiski Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games of Monday, May 14, 2018
Class 5A First round No. 7 Kiski Area (10-6) vs. No. 10 Mars (10-8) 4 p.m. Monday at Hampton Winner plays: No. 2 Albert Gallatin

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Plum, Freeport, Valley awarded No. 5 seeds in WPIAL baseball playoffs
May 11, 2018
The WPIAL gave the Alle-Kiski Valley a high five. That represented the seeds awarded to the Plum, Freeport and Valley baseball teams, the top ones

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Freeport, Leechburg softball teams welcome 1st-round bye
May 10, 2018
Freeport allowed itself a brief moment to consider the andquot;outside possibilityandquot; of receiving the top seed in the WPIAL Class 3A softball playoffs, coach Sam

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Knoch’s Jake Herrit wins award from MaxPreps, Marine Corps
Knoch senior Jake Herrit stars in a pair of sports for the Knights. That, plus volunteer work, helped him win a national award. Herrit was

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Freeport hires Wayne Greiser as boys basketball coach
Freeport held an open-gym boys basketball workout Thursday, part of normal offseason training. But the session gave the Yellowjackets' new coach a chance to work

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Leechburg softball confident it can make postseason run
May 9, 2018
Morgan Pierce insisted to teammates last spring that Leechburg would end its seven-year drought without winning a WPIAL playoff game. So it makes sense what

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Leechburg softball snatches section title from St. Joseph
May 8, 2018
St. Joseph was eyeing a historic win for its program against one of the most successful in WPIAL softball history. Leechburg didn't let it happen.

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Burrell offense does just enough to back strong pitching, defense in key win over Steel Valley
May 7, 2018
Burrell didn't see many scoring opportunities in its crucial Section 1-3A baseball game Monday, not with the way Steel Valley's Nick Harhai was pitching. It

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Four softball teams from Section 1-5A competing for 2 playoff spots
Her team began the final week of the regular season with a WPIAL softball playoff spot uncertain and only one game left to secure it,

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Burrell girls on track for another WPIAL team title
May 6, 2018
Faith Remich witnessed every part of the Burrell girls track and field team's growth over the past four years, from an under-the-rader program to a

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of May 7, 2018
Monday • The Burrell girls track and field team will look to defend its WPIAL Class AA team title at the championship meet at Baldwin.

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Battle with cancer switches perspective for St. Joseph sophomore
A long scar covers Eli Swierczewski's upper right arm, from his elbow to his shoulder. The 16-year-old sophomore tricked one of his St. Joseph baseball

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Unbeaten Freeport softball celebrates section title
May 4, 2018
Freeport didn't celebrate anything more significant than its victory over Burrell on Tuesday. Even though that 4-0 win clinched the Yellowjackets at least a share

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Knoch rallies past No. 2 Freeport to claim Section 1-4A title
May 3, 2018
Freeport had Knoch down to its final out, with the section title in the balance. But the Yellowjackets couldn't score the Knoch-out blow. Class 4A

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Defending champ Connor Bruce among qualifiers for WPIAL singles tournament
May 1, 2018
The WPIAL boys tennis singles tournament could see a repeat winner in Class AAA and is guaranteed a new champion in Class AA. Peters Township

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No. 2 Freeport blanks Burrell to earn share of Section 1-3A title
Tori Radvan took a line drive off her right calf, then a pitch off her left knee, all within the span of five or so

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Leechburg softball extends record WPIAL playoff streak to 32 years
The WPIAL's longest softball playoff streak will continue for another season. Leechburg clinched its 32nd consecutive postseason berth Tuesday, beating Geibel Catholic, 14-0, in a

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Burrell's Kelly Nitowski hits a ball into right center for a double against Deer Lakes in the third inning Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
In quest for championship, Burrell softball team puts focus on details
April 30, 2018
As Burrell attempted to close out its Section 1-3A softball game at Deer Lakes last week, the Bucs' coaches focused on their players' attention to

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Kiski Valley rugby back to state playoffs
April 29, 2018
Kiski Valley is heading back to the state rugby playoffs. The Titans claimed their division title, beating Blair United/Hollidaysburg Rugby Club, 29-12, on Sunday afternoon

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Todd Massack's first stint as Riverview's coach was from 2007-13.
Todd Massack wants to restore Riverview football to former winning ways
Todd Massack can see the football field at Riverside Park from his kitchen window, so it's no stretch to day the success of Riverview's program

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of April 30, 2018
Monday • Apollo-Ridge holds a half-game edge over Bishop Canevin in the race for the final playoff spot in Section 3-2A baseball, and the Vikings

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Kiski Area's Megan Andree (8) delivers a pitch during their game on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Plum.
A-K Valley high school notebook: Perfect game sneaks up on Kiski Area’s Andree
April 28, 2018
Kiski Area junior Megan Andree threw a perfect game Friday against Gateway, but she didn't even know it until she was in the handshake line

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Deer Lakes' Jake McCaskey fields a ball against Freeport on Friday April 27, 2018, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes’ extra-inning win over Freeport moves Lancers into playoff position
April 27, 2018
Andrew Bokulich didn't get his bunt attempts down in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he gladly will take the ultimate result of his

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Freeport Pitcher, Brodey Cowan, adjust his helmet after hitting a double and batting in a run for the Yellow Jackets timing the score at 1-1 against Deer Lakes.
Freeport’s Cowan pitches immaculate inning against Deer Lakes
Freeport senior Brodey Cowan achieved a rarity on the mound in the Yellowjackets' 2-1 loss to Deer Lakes on Friday: the immaculate inning. Cowan struck

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Burrell's Lea Coffman celebrates with Maia Ferra after scoring against Deer Lakes in the third inning Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
Kelly Nitowski’s grand slam leads Burrell softball over Deer Lakes
Burrell is putting Denny's on notice. The Bucs specialize in grand slams, too. Kelly Nitowski became the latest to clear the bases after clearing the

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Deer Lakes catcher Makayla Blair turns a double play with the bases loaded over Freeport's Ashleigh Schmidt during their game Friday, April 13, 2018, at Freeport Community Park.
After winning 6 straight section titles, Deer Lakes softball in unfamiliar position
April 25, 2018
A small part of Deer Lakes' post-practice conversation Wednesday centered around the team's uniform choice for Thursday's Section 1-3A softball tilt against Burrell. The Lancers

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Freeport pitcher Torri Radvan delivers during a game against Deer Lakes Friday, April 13, 2018, at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport baseball, softball teams adept at late-inning heroics this season
April 24, 2018
Freeport is developing something of an inside joke in its softball dugout. Early deficit No biggie. The Yellowjackets will make up for it later. Overcome

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Highlands' Johnny Crise hangs on the rim after dunking against Franklin Regional during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Highlands sophomore Crise receives offer from Robert Morris
Johnny Crise showed high-flying abilities for Highlands' boys basketball team in 2017-18, and now the sophomore's recruiting profile is rising. Crise picked up his first

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Freeport's Ally DeJidas works out Tuesday, March 13, 2018, during practice at the high school.
Freeport’s DeJidas tosses no-hitter, hits two home runs in victory
April 23, 2018
Freeport rallied around Ally on Monday. Junior Ally DeJidas pitched a no-hitter and slugged a pair of three-run home runs, leading Class 3A No. 2

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Valley's Andrew Serikowski scores in the fourth inning Wednesday April 18, 2018 at Valley High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. sports lookahead: Week of April 23-28
April 22, 2018
Monday The WPIAL boys tennis playoffs continue with the quarterfinals. Fox Chapel holds the top seed in Class AAA, with Franklin Regional coming to visit.

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer works out Tuesday, March 13, 2018, during practice at the high school.
A-K Valley notebook: Burrell baseball, Freeport softball to get reinforcements
Inclement weather continues to keep WPIAL baseball and softball teams confined to their gymnasiums or other practice facilities with fields rendered unplayable. But even as

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St. Joseph's Dominic Fellowes (6) collides with Sprigdale catcher Bill Vokes during their game Friday, April 20, 2018, at Springdale. St. Joseph won 17-1.
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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Deer Lakes' Josh Probst (19) takes a swing during their game against Freeport on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Freeport Community Park.
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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Burrell starting pitcher Luke Virag throw against Valley in the second inning Wednesday April 18, 2018 at Valley High School.
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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Deer Lakes' Alex Matter (23) runs to third base during their game against Freeport on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Freeport Community Park.
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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Kiski Area's Isaac Reid celebrates a win in the 285 pound quarterfinal bout against Lower Dauphin's Kyle Wuestner in class 3A during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
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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Vincentian Academy's Zach McDonough
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's Isaac Reid celebrates defeating Cathedral Prep's Kawaun DeBoe in the 285-pound 3A championship final during the PIAA state wrestling championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Reid won 3-1 against DeBoe.
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's Jake Williams attempts a kill during a game in the Norwin Boy's Volleyball tournament on Saturday March 25, 2017, at Norwin High School.
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 Logan Pollick works against Bethlehem Catholic's Joe Kurtz during the PIAA team championships Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey. Pollick won 3-0 by decision.
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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Burrell's Lea Coffman runs drills during softball practice on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
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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Springdale senior Nick Taliani participates in a drill, with coach Brett Burger lookign on, during baseball practice Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the school.
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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Leechburg's Christian Hack battles Highlands' Romello Freeman for a loose ball during the boys Cager Classic Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Highlands High School.
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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Kiski Area boys basketball coach Joey Tutchstone gives instruction on Tuesday November 24, 2015.
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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Burrell's Nick Hwostow runs drills during baseball practice on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
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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Plum's (from left) Matthew Allman, Alex Vidas, Mason McAndrew and Frank Czura celebrate after beating Penn Hills at North Allegheny's tournament Saturday, March 24, 2018, at North Allegheny.
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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West Shamokin's Olivia Fusaro works against Knoch's Casey Kretzer during the girls Cager Classic Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Highlands High School.
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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Burrell's Brittany Dunn warms up during softball practice on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
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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East girls coach Jason Kerr gives instructions during practice in preparation for the Cager Classic Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Highlands High School.
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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Highlands' Shawn Erceg works against teammate Romello Freeman during practice in preparation for the Cager Classic Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Highlands High School.
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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Mars' Lauren Wasylson scores over Armstrong's Kenzie Lasher during their game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Mars Area High School in Adams.
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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Plum's Tanner Froelich waits for a pitch during baseball practice on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
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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Kiski Area's Noah Levett goes against Canon-McMillan's Timothy Hritsko in 138 weight class during 3-A WPIAL Team Wrestling Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Trinity High School.
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's Nate Leopold (30) takes the ball to the basket during their game against Franklin Regional in Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
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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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps celebrates his win over Shaler Area 's Ryan Sullivan during the 106 bout finals of the 2017 WPIAL AAA Championships on Saturday at Canon-McMillan.
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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Franklin Regional's Mike Bartolacci scores over Gateway's Mark Bozicevic during their game Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Murrysville.
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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Leechburg Area's Mikayla Lovelace scores past Chartiers-Houston's Alexa Williamson during WPIAL 2-A girls action Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at West Allegheny High School.
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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Highlands' John Crise scores over West Allehgeny's Isaiah Crowe during WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal action at Fox Chapel High School.
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 Ian Oswalt battles against Blairsville's Jack Bruce for the third-place title in the 113 weight class during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling finals at the Kovalchick Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
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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Fox Chapel's Carson Cohen (10) goes up for a shot during their game against Norwin on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Fox Chapel.
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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Highlands' John Crise dunks against Freeport Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
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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Leechburg Area's Mackenzie Fello fights for a loose ball with Chartiers Houston's Jules Vulcano during WPIAL 2-A girls action Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at West Allegheny High School.
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's Chloe Kurpakus (12) looks for a lane during their WPIAL playoff game against Geibel Catholic on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
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 coach Nick Ionadi draws up a play against Shaler Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler.
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's Liam Buck pulls up for a jump shot against Deer Lakes during a WPIAL first-round playoff game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
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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Highlands' John Crise attempts to get around Greensburg Salem defender Jeff Mankins on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 during WPIAL basketball at Greensburg Salem High School.
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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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) drives to the net during their game against Brentwood on Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018. Leechburg won 80-56.
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’s Ethan Awes and Trent Bechtold work out during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
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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Valley's Dru Stokes (5) moves the ball up the court during their game against Deer Lakes Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.
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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Kiski Area's Danny Starr works against Bethlehem's Tavion Banks during the 195-pound match the PIAA team championships Saturday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey. Starr won 6-2 by decision.
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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Springdale's Nick Taliani (22) goes up for a shot during their game against Leechburg on Fri. Feb 2, 2018 at Leechburg. Leechburg won 61-44.
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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Leechburg's Tyler Leech (42) goes to the net during their game against Springdale on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at Leechburg. Leechburg won 61-44.
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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Apollo-Ridge's (32) Megan Ost fights for a rebound against Leechburg's (21) Mikayla Lovelace during the second half of the basketball game at Apollo-Ridge High School on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.
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's Alex Jones (1) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Geibel Catholic on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
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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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) drives to the basket against Brentwood during a Feb. 8 game.
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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Freeport's Jenna Manke saves the ball in past Burrell's Kaylen Sharrow Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
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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Valley's Dru Stokes puts up a shot during their game against Deer Lakes on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.
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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Burrell's Ian Oswalt pins Kiski Prep's Chanz Shearer during their 113 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
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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Burrell's Anthony Corrado wrestles South Fayette's Eli Brinsky during their 138 lb. match on Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 at Burrell High School.
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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Valley's Deonte Ross (#6) carries through Burrell's defense during their game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Valley Memorial Stadium. The Vikings won 18-13.
‘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' Victoria Keibler (4) makes a steal during their game against Riverview on Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph's High School. Deer Lakes won 60-20.
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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Burrell's Donovan Russell (12) drives down the court during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at Burrell. The Bucs won 60-50.
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 Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
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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St. Joseph's Alex Jones (1) drives down the court defended by Winchester Thurston's Kate Chaillet (13)during their game on Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Joseph. Winchester Thurston won 62-47.
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 Alex Jones (1) drives down the court defended by Winchester Thurston's Kate Chaillet (13)during their game on Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Joseph. Winchester Thurston won 62-47.
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's Logan Bitar (23) drives to the net through the Apollo-Ridge defense during their game on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at Burrell. The Bucs won 60-50.
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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Highlands' coach Tyler Stoczynski talks to Luke Cochran during a game against Franklin Regional on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Highlands.
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 no. 24 Ben Beale attempts a lay-up in the first half of the game against Indiana on Friday, December 22, 2017.
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's Noah Linderman wrestles South Fayette's Mike Cusic during their 145 lb. match on Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 at Burrell High School.
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 Anthony Corrado wrestles South Fayette's Eli Brinsky during their 138 lb. match on Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 at Burrell High School.
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' Luke Cochran carries the ball against Franklin Regional during a game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Highlands.
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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Burrell Wrestler Shaun Gates.Monday Dec 5, 2017.
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's Ian Oswalt pins Kiski Prep's Chanz Shearer during their 113 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
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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Leechburg's Christian Hack (10) is defended by Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (1) during their game on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at Leechburg.
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's Corey Christie (top) wrestles Tyler Griffiths of Southmoreland in the 152 lbs. championship bout at the 65th Westmoreland County Coaches Association Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at Norwin High School.
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's Christian Hack (10) is defended by Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (1) during their game on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at Leechburg.
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 Head Coach Matt Bonislawski, works with his varsity team during the first day of practice.
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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The Valley's Darius Johnson scores past Freeport's Anthony Avcilino Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
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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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) drives down the court during their game against Riverview on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at Leechburg. Leechburg won 72-49.
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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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer (top) works Penn-Trafford's Chris Risnear into position for a pin in the 138-lbs. bout on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Penn-Trafford High School. Penn-Trafford won the match 41-31.
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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Burrell's Noah Linderman wrestles Valley's Evan McGinnis during their 138lb. match on Wed. Jan. 17, 2018 at Valley High School.
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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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) goes to the net during the tip-off tournament against Kiski Area on Sat. Dec. 9, 2017 in Leechburg.
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 Isaac Reid wrestles Owen J Roberts' Alejandro Acosta in the 285-lb bout during the second round of consolations of PIAA Team Wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Friday Feb. 10, 2017. Kiski beat Owen J Roberts 56-13.
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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David Schuffert (right) runs drills with Noah Hutcherson (left) during wrestling practice on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Valley High School.
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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Blood drips off the lip of Kiski Area's Isaac Reid during the second day of consolations of PIAA Team Wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday Feb. 11, 2017. Kiski Area beat Canon-McMillan 29-24.
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's Elijah Murray pulls down a rebound next to Freeport's Ben Beale during their game Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in New Kensington. Valley won, 65-55.
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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Kiski Area's Danny Starr takes a break in his bout against Council Rock during the second day of consolations of PIAA Team Wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday Feb. 11, 2017. Kiski Area beat Council Rock 42-14.
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's Patrick Edwards and Plum's Ian Dryburgh chase down a loose ball Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Norwin.
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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Springdale's Sonny Yungwirth (21) comes up with a rebound during their against St. Joseph on Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph High School. Springdale won 84-80.
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's Daniel Fabregas (4) goes up court defended by Springdale's Michael Zolnierczyk (5) during their game on Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph High School. Springdale won 84-80.
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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Imani Christian's Rahmon Hart Jr. (11) scores a touchdown against Jeannette during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
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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Mark Redman (65) joins Springdale High School head coach Chuck Wagner in celebrating the Dynamos' 2003 WPIAL championship game victory at Heinz Field.
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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Springdale's Jazlynn Robb (5) goes up for a shot against Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Valley High School. Valley won 37-31.
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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St. Joseph's Daniel Fabregas (4) goes up court defended by Springdale's Michael Zolnierczyk (5) during their game on Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph High School. Springdale won 84-80.
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's Jazlynn Robb (5) drives up court during their game against Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Valley High School. The Lady Vikings won 37-31.
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's Carson Cohen looks to get past an Armstrong defender on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Shady Side Academy.
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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Fox Chapel's varsity takes to the court for practice Friday Nov 24, 2017.
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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St. Joseph's Alex Jones (1) drives down the court defended by Winchester Thurston's Gia Thorpe (3) during their game on Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Joseph. Winchester Thurston won 62-47.
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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Fox Chapel's Jesse Cohen
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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Burrell freshman Aaron Edwards lifts Colby Christie during wrestling practice Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at the high school.
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's Nyjewel Carter drives to the basket past Burrell's Logan Bitar during the second quarter of their game Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at Valley High School. Valley won, 70-61.
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's Ben Beale poses for a portrait during practice on Thursday, Dec. 14 2017.
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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Freeport's Ben Beale poses for a portrait during practice on Thursday, Dec. 14 2017.
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 Nick Gizzo (11) runs the ball against Penn-Trafford in the second quarter in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
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 Anthony Little, a former football player and wrestler shown Dec 6, 2017, has been forced to give up both sports because of a heart condition.
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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Apollo-Ridge senior Megan Ost during basketball practice on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the high school.
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 coach Josh Shields works with his varsity team during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
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 Head Coach Mike Beale breaks a huddle with his team with his team during practice on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 at Freeport.
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 wrestlers Ethan Shutak (top) and Jaden Zier practice at Highlands Junior High School Gymnasium on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.
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 Isaac Reid reacts after beating Montour's Roman Macek in the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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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Kiski Area's Hannah Potter (22) moves the ball up the court against Leechburg's Brittany Robilio (12) during the tip-off tournament on Sat. Dec. 9, 2017 at Leechburg.
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 Jared Demore celebrates his second half goal next to Seton LaSalle's Kellen Krebs during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
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 Kaylee Comperatore battles Deer Lakes' Kelli Galbraith for the ball during their game Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in West Deer.Kaylee Comp
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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Freeport’s Ben Beale attempts to score past Valley’s Nijal Rogers (23) and Justice Ray (10) during the second period of the basketball game at Valley High School on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
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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Apollo-Ridge junior Liz Penrose drives to the basket as Maddy Moore defends during basketball practice on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the high school.
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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Kiski Area wrestler, Jarod Curcio, works out during a recent practice.Tuesday Dec 5, 2017.
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’s Ethan Awes and Trent Bechtold work out during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
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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Kiski Area’s Ross Greece (2) is tackled by Penn-Trafford's Dimitri George (8) during their game in Harrison City on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.
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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Ross Greece poses for a portrait inside the weight room at Kiski-Area High School on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.
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 senior Katelyn Brown during practice on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at the high school.
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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Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore tries to leap over Valley's Evan Anderson Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Shady Side Academy.
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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Burrell's Brittany Dunn competes during practice Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Burrell.
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's Jake Okapol goes for a layup during practice on Wed., Nov. 15, 2017 at the high school.
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's Noah Palmer (7) hoists the championship trophy with his teammates after defeating Montour, 27-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A final Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
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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Burrell girls basketball coach Meaghan Volek conducts practice on Wed. Nov 15, 2017 at the high school.
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 Mikayla Lovelace shoots a three pointer as Chartiers-Houston's Keaira Walker defends during their WPIAL Class 2-A Girl Basketball quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Northgate High School. Chartiers-Houston defeated Leechburg 60-44.
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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Freeport's Courtney Grubbs scores past Beaver's Alexa Mamone during their PIAA Class AA state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
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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Fox Chapel's Chase Villani (44) tackles Penn-Trafford's Cam Laffoon (9) in the third quarter in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
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's Isaac Reid reacts after beating Montour's Roman Macek in the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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's Brogan McCutcheon consoles goalkeeper Mike Zolnierczyk after a goal by Brockway's Zane Puhala during their PIAA Class A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School. Springdale lost, 2-1.
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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Springdale's Brogan McCutcheon (13) and Nick Taliani (25) celebrate with Matt Taliani after his shoot-out goal defeated Seton LaSalle in their WPIAL semifinal on Oct. 28, 2017, at North Allegheny.
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 Noah Levett wrestles Cathedral Prep's Tyler McKinney during the third place match of PIAA Team Wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday Feb. 11, 2017. Kiski beat Cathedral Prep 41-21 to win third place.
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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Springdale's Jared Demore (10) goes for a header duringin the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium. North Catholic won 2-0.
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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Freeport's Ally DeJidas (7) celebrates a point against Beaver during the fourth set during the WPIAL 2A volleyball championship on Saturday Nov. 04, 2017 at Baldwin.
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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Fox Chapel's Nick Gizzo runs the ball against Penn-Trafford in the third quarter in a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
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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Seton LaSalle's Lionel Deanes stiff-arms Freeport's Conor Selinger during first round WPIAL action Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Dormont Stadium.
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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Fox Chapel QB Nicholas Gizzo breaks through West Allegheny’s defense, scoring a touchdown for the Foxes during their first home game on Friday night, Sept. 1st 2017.
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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Fox Chapel's Nick Gizzo eyes up a reciever during the first practice at Fox Chapel High School.Monday August 7, 2017.
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 Ross Greece (2) is tackled by Penn-Trafford's Dimitri George (8) during their game in Harrison City on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.
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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The Springdale boys soccer team celebrate with Matt Taliani (12) after his shoot-out goal defeated Seton LaSalle in their WPIAL semifinal on Oct. 28, 2017, at North Allegheny.
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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Springdale's Logan Panza kicks an extra point during a game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Oct. 27, 2017, in Springdale.
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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Seton LaSalle's Dominic Popa defends on a pass intended for Freeport's Isiah Bauman Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Thomas Jefferson High School.
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's Jesse Cohen
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's Jacob Sarver (#2) runs against Freeport's Isiah Bauman (#3) during their game on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Valley Memorial Stadium. Freeport won 34-6.
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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Freeport's Kaylee Comperatore (#15) kicks a shot for a goal in the first half of the soccer game against Burrell on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Burrell High School.
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's Matt Taliani celebrates after scoring the winning goal in a shootout against Seton LaSalle during a WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
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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Springdale quarterback Josh Jones eludes Greensburg Central Catholic's Bruce Leonard during their game Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Springdale.
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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Yough's Justine Appolonia (3) charges toward the Burrell goal in overtime on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at Norwin.
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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Penn-Trafford's Kiley Dugan (38) celebrates a goal against Fox Chapel in the second half on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at Norwin.
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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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) brings the ball up field against Fox Chapel in the second half on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at Norwin.
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's Justine Appolonia (3) celebrates her game-winning goal against Burrell in overtime on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at Norwin.
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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Freeport's Austin Romanchak finds running room for a touchdown during their game against Keystone Oaks on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at Freeport Area Stadium. Freeport won 28-7.
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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Riverview's Alex Wilson (13) reacts after Seton LaSalle's lone goal next to goalkeeper Jordan Zatawski during their WPIAL quarterfinal playoff game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School. Riverview lost, 1-0.
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's Josh Harmon attempts to break through Riverview's defense when Riverview hosted Springdale in Oakmont, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
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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Freeport's Carli Giori gets a shot past Burrell keeper Ally Klems in the first half of the soccer game on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at Burrell High School.
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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Kiski's Lexi Moyer runs drills during practice on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Kiski High School.
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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Deer Lakes' Kaylee Sciubba (17) goes for the ball during their game against Freeport on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
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's Justin McClafferty carries the ball past Serra Catholic's Nick Almeter during their WPIAL first round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
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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Freeport's Austin Romanchak rushes past Keystone Oaks defenders on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Freeport Area Stadium.
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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Springdale's Josh Harmon scores against Riverview when Riverview hosted Springdale in Oakmont, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Coach Wagner coached at both Springdale and Riverview during his career.
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's Autumn Kriebel battles Deer Lakes' Maura Rupprecht for the ball during their game Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in West Deer.
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's Jacob Sarver beats Seton LaSalle's Nick Vari (15) Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Thomas Jefferson High School.
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 Kaylee Comperatore battles Deer Lakes' Kelli Galbraith for the ball during their game Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in West Deer.Kaylee Comp
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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Freeport's Austin Romanchak is sacked by Seton LaSalle's Josh Blamer Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Thomas Jefferson High School.
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's Jacob Sarver scoots down the sideline against Apollo-Ridge's Alexander Gamble Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at Freeport High School.
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's Sarah Sinnott (right) is mobbed by teammates after her winning goal in double overtime against Plum Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
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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Fox Chapel's Gregor Meyer hits his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
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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Freeport's Conor Selinger look to stiff-arm Apollo-Ridge's Daniel Rametta Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at Freeport High School.
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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Jeannette and Springdale wore helmet decals during their game Oct. 6, 2017, in memory of Chuck Wagner, the former Springdale coach who died in late September.
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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Freeport's Jarrett Dougherty sacks Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jake Fello Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at Freeport High School.
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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Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore (3) rushes the ball during their home game against Apollo-Ridge on Sept. 15, 2017.
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 Jake Fello pulls in a pass for a two point conversion as Seton LaSalle's Nathan Ault attempts to defend in the second quarter at Apollo Ridge.Friday Sept 29, 2017.
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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The Kiski Area girls soccer team prepares to play Hempfield Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Kiski Area High School.
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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Valley coach Muzzy Colosimo works with his team during a recent practice.Monday July 31, 2017.
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 Lionel Deanes (30) breaks the tackle of Apollo-Ridge’s Daniel Dametta during the first half of a game Friday, Sept., 29, 2017, at Apollo-Ridge.
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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Apollo-Ridge's quarterback Kyle Fitzroy (14) hands the ball off to Logan Harmon (44) during their game at Shady Side Academy on Sept. 15, 2017.
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 putts on the 11th green during the WCCA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
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's quarterback Kyle Fitzroy (14) looks for a pass downfield during their game at Shady Side Academy on Sept. 15, 2017.
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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Deer Lakes' Abigail Boulos (4) is congratulated by Lily Litrun (21) during their game against Valley on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at Deer Lakes. Boulos scored twice, and Litrun scored five times.
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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Fox Chapel's Sarah Sinnott celebrates her winning goal in double overtime with Lucy Ream (31) and Greta Lazzara next to Plum's Sara Pearlman Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
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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Freeports' Austin Romanchak dives into the end zone against Shady Side Academy on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Freeport High School.
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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Highlands' Logan Crise (#11) runs in an 88-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of their game against Knoch on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Golden Rams Stadium. Highlands won 24-16.
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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Freeport's Austin Romanchak dives for extra yardage past Deer Lakes' Maxx Hammond in the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at Deer Lakes High School.
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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Maddy Galinac practices drills Thrusday, August 17 at Apollo-Ridge high school.
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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Burrell cross country coach Chris Legters (right) organized a 'color run' for Oct. 22 at Kotecki Memorial Park.
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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Freeport's Piper Claypool celebrates her first goal with Kaylee Comperatore during the first half of their game against Springdale Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at Freeport High School.
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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Highlands' Cameron Taylor is brought down by Knoch's Corey Payne on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Golden Rams Stadium. Highlands won 24-16.
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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Kiski Area's Ross Greece avoids Plum's Dakota Sunday in the second quarter Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at Plum Senior High School.
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' Logan Crise (#11) runs in an 88-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of their game against Knoch on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Golden Rams Stadium. Highlands won 24-16.
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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Apollo-Ridge's Keighton Reese carries through the Leechburg defense during their game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Leechburg. Apollo-Ridge won 34-7.
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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Highlands Coach Dom Girardi, works with his offense during a recent practice at Highlands High School.Wednesday Sept 13, 2017.
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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Valerie Krstonich controls the ball during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 at Springdale High School.
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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Freeport coach Joe Sprumont watches as senior Morgan Penn, works on putting during practice Tuesday August 15, 2017. at The Buffalo Golf Course in Saver.
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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Highlands' Cris White battles for posession against Valley's Dan Antonacci during a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Highlands Middle School.
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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Seth Cohen throws a pass during a 7 on 7 game in practice at Highlands High School stadium on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
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 celebrates a touchdown by Garret Schaffhauser's (15) against Deer Lakes in the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at Deer Lakes High School.
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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Plum's Jackson Gildea kicks the first of his second quarter fields goals against Kiski Area Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at Plum Senior High School.
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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Jacob Leri and Austin Romanchak celebrate Freeport's second touchdown against Yough Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Freeport.
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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Burrell's girls soccer Head Coach Shelby Noll, talks with her varsity players during a recent practice at Kotecki Park. Friday August 18, 2017.
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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Austin Romanchak scored two touchdowns for Freeport in the first half against Yough on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Freeport.
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's Corey Thomas reaches out to stiff-arm Kiski Area's Tracey Moore in the first quarter Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at Plum Senior High School.
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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Kiski Area's Ross Greece (2) runs eleven yards for a first down in the fourth quarter versus Plum on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Davis Field in Vandergrift. Kiski Area won 28-7.
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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Riverviews, Alexandra Pietragallo, makes a stop during a recent practice at the William McKinley Field in Verona.Monday 28, 2017.
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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Riverview's Sean Abraham works out with the varsity team during a recent practice at the William McKinley Field in Verona.Monday 28, 2017.
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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Burrell quarterback Seth Tatrn avoids Springdale's Joey Gedraitis and Dylan Hargenrader in the first quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Burrell High School.
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's Bryce Hanby, drives the ball down field during a recent scrimmage at Freeport High School.Tuesday August 22, 2017.
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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Evan McCrea gets in his stance during heat acclimation practice at Freeport High School on August 9, 2017.
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 Head Coach Seth Napierkowski, works with his varsity team on the first day of practice.Monday August 7, 2017
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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Valley’s Deonte Ross works out during a recent practice Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.
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 tennis player Amanda Nord takes on Pine-Richland in the team's first match Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Fox Chapel.
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 Ross Greece, works out as a defensive back during a recent practice.Wednesday August 16, 2017.
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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Springdale head coach Jim Hastings instructs players during their practice at the high school on Thursday, March 17, 2016.
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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Seton-La Salle running back Lionel Deanes runs for 6 yards on the first play from scrimmage against Burrell on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Burrell.
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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Highlands coach Dom Girardi works with his team on the opening day of training camp Monday August 14, 2017.
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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Mark Redman (65) joins Springdale High School head coach Chuck Wagner in celebrating the Dynamos' 2003 WPIAL championship game victory at Heinz Field.
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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Mark Redman (65) joins Springdale High School head coach Chuck Wagner in celebrating the Dynamos' 2003 WPIAL championship game victory at Heinz Field.
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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Leechburg at 7-on-7 practice Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Freeport Area High School.
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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PIAA semifinalist Deer Lakes boys soccer making most of opportunity
November 11, 2018
Deer Lakes saw its PIAA soccer quarterfinal game against Quaker Valley as an opportunity, and the Lancers didn't waste their shot. Matched up against arguably the most successful boys soccer program in WPIAL history, an up-and-coming Deer Lakes team didn't flinch. The Lancers scored early and again late to pull

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Nov. 11
Monday Hockey First place in PIHL Division II is on the line as Burrell (6-0) takes on Central Valley (5-1). The Bucs have 43 goals, 16 more than the second-highest total in Division II this season. Tyler Stewart and Dylan Zelonka have 23 points apiece. Knoch will try to keep

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Late goal moves Deer Lakes boys soccer into state semifinals
November 10, 2018
Deer Lakes is developing a flair for the dramatic in the state soccer playoffs. A.J. Dorman scored the go-ahead goal with 3 minutes, 4 seconds remaining, and Deer Lakes kept its postseason run going with a 2-1 victory over Quaker Valley in a PIAA Class AA boys quarterfinal Saturday evening

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Gateway forces 5 turnovers in playoff rout of Franklin Regional
November 9, 2018
Franklin Regional knew field position and turnovers would prove pivotal in its WPIAL quarterfinal against Gateway, and so they did. But the Gators were the ones who reaped the rewards. No. 1 Gateway forced five turnovers and turned the short fields into touchdowns, coming away with a 35-0 victory over

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PIAA boys soccer preview capsule: Deer Lakes vs. Quaker Valley
Boys soccer Class AA Quarterfinals Deer Lakes (19-1-1) vs. Quaker Valley (19-4) 3 p.m. Saturday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of Shady Side Academy/Mercyhurst Prep Coaches: Jordan Wiegand, Deer Lakes; Andrew Marshall, Quaker Valley Players to watch: A.J. Dorman, Deer Lakes; Weston Grant, Quaker Valley Throw-ins: One week after

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsule: Saturday’s match
November 8, 2018
PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals Knoch (23-0) vs. Dover (16-7) 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Hollidaysburg High School Winner plays: Winner of Warren/Thomas Jefferson Coaches: Diane Geist, Knoch; Brett Hoffman, Dover Players to watch: Kennedy Christy, Knoch; Emma Davis, Dover Service points: Knoch began the defense of its PIAA title with a tighter-than-expected

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Deer Lakes boys ready for ‘redemption game’ against Quaker Valley
It took just a few minutes for Deer Lakes to turn its focus from the jubilation of the biggest win in boys soccer program history to the next task at hand. The Lancers kept that lasered mentality throughout their regular season and postseason, and they're doubling it now in the

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsule: Saturday’s match
November 7, 2018
PIAA playoff preview capsule Girls volleyball Class AA Quarterfinals Freeport (17-3) vs. North Catholic (21-0) 1 p.m. Saturday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of Bald Eagle/Corry Coaches: Tom Phillips, Freeport; Amanda Fetter, North Catholic Players to watch: Lauren Lampus, Freeport; Dominique Felix, North Catholic Service points: The WPIAL championship

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Wind, fatigue posed challenge for Deer Lakes boys in PIAA opening round
The first word A.J. Dorman used to describe his feeling after Tuesday's state boys soccer playoff opener didn't convey his exhilaration after scoring the double-overtime goal to give Deer Lakes a 1-0 win. Nor did it reveal his excitement for the Lancers' continued postseason run. No, Dorman had a more

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Deer Lakes claws to double-OT win in school’s 1st PIAA playoff game
November 6, 2018
ERIE -- A.J. Dorman saw his shot, and he took it. Deer Lakes still is dancing as a result. Dorman scored with 10 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in double overtime, giving Deer Lakes a 1-0 victory over District 10 champion Fairview in a PIAA Class AA first-round thriller at Erie's

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys overcome injuries to defeat Iroquois in PIAA 1st round
ERIE -- Battered, bruised and battling heavy winds and a surging opponent, Greensburg Central Catholic faced all kinds of adversity Tuesday night. The Centurions showed their guts and got the glory. WPIAL runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic took a three-goal lead and withstood a pair of key injuries and a furious

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsules: Tuesday’s matches
November 5, 2018
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Class AAA Knoch (22-0) vs. Elizabeth Forward (13-5) 7 p.m. Tuesday, North Catholic Winner plays: Winner of Somerset/Dover on Saturday, site/time TBD Coaches: Diane Geist, Knoch; Kameron Smith, Elizabeth Forward Players to watch: Hannah Rowe, Knoch; Bri Spirnak, Elizabeth Forward Service points: Knoch, coming off its second consecutive

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WPIAL releases sites for football quarterfinal, semifinal games
Norwin will host the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Nov. 23, but two weeks before that a pair of teams hoping to reach that game will meet at Knights Stadium. No. 1 Gateway and No. 9 Franklin Regional will play their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal at Norwin, the WPIAL revealed

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Local teams embrace unknown
November 4, 2018
It's the time of the schedule where local teams venture out into the unknown. The PIAA playoffs begin Tuesday in soccer and volleyball, with the Deer Lakes boys soccer team and the Freeport and Knoch girls volleyball teams representing the Alle-Kiski Valley. Deer Lakes plays District 10 champion Fairview at

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Deer Lakes boys’ next goal: A PIAA victory
After firing more than two dozen shots without one finding the back of the net in a WPIAL semifinal loss, Deer Lakes felt some measure of relief to see Michael Sullivan's attempt find its home early in the Class AA consolation game. And then the Lancers just kept adding on.

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Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. lookahead: Week of Nov. 5-10
Monday Hockey andamp;#8226; Burrell will look to keep its perfect start to the season going as the Bucs (5-0) visit Bishop Canevin (1-3) in a Division II game at Ice Castle. Dylan Zelonka (19 points) and Tyler Stewart (16) are averaging more than three points per game for Burrell. andamp;#8226;

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North Allegheny’s Huang finishes second at PIAA singles tournament
November 3, 2018
North Allegheny's Ashley Huang returned to the championship match of the state singles tournament, but she fell one set short of defending her title. Huang dropped a tight three-set match to North Penn's Neha Velaga in the PIAA Class AAA singles final Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club. After Huang won

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Top-ranked Gateway rolls over Kiski Area in WPIAL Class 5A first round
November 2, 2018
Sam Albert proclaimed Gateway the top Class 5A football team in the state after Kiski Area drew the top-seeded Gators in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs. The Gators will need to prove that over the next month-plus, but they certainly made a strong case against Albert's Cavaliers. Defending

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A-K Valley football notes: Colecchi nears Kiski Area receiving record
Jack Colecchi knows he'll face a difficult challenge Friday, but if he rises to it, he can put his name into Kiski Area's record books. The Kiski Area senior wide receiver comes into Friday's WPIAL Class 5A first-round game at No. 1 Gateway needing 20 yards to become the school's

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Frazier upsets defending state champion Freeport in WPIAL Class AA volleyball semifinals
November 1, 2018
Freeport dominated WPIAL Class AA for much of the last decade, but the Yellowjackets met their match against one of the newest teams in the classification. Upstart Frazier, which moved up from Class A in the offseason, stunned defending PIAA champion Freeport, taking down the top-seeded Yellowjackets, 3-1, in a

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Knoch football coach Frank Whalen steps down
Frank Whalen knew the 2018 season would be his last as Knoch's football coach, and he made it official this week. Whalen resigned this week after two seasons at Knoch, stepping down for work-related reasons. He works for a pharmaceutical company by marketing products at hospitals, and his territory grew

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A-K Valley WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules for Nov. 1, 2018
October 31, 2018
Class AA Consolation game No. 2 Deer Lakes (17-1-1) vs. No. 4 Charleroi (18-1) 6 p.m. Thursday at Moon Coaches: Jordan Wiegand, Deer Lakes; Jon Ducoli, Charleroi Players to watch: A.J. Dorman, Deer Lakes; Cullin Woytovich, Charleroi Corner kicks: The winner advances to the PIAA Class AA playoffs, which begin

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Freeport volleyball focused on bringing best effort in WPIAL semifinals
With his team already qualified for the PIAA volleyball playoffs, Freeport coach Tom Phillips describes the next two rounds of the WPIAL postseason as metaphorical cherries on top of the sundae. The Yellowjackets certainly still want their just desserts. No. 1 Freeport, in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals for the

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Young Springdale lineup looks to cap season on high note against Vincentian
It didn't take much convincing for Springdale when Vincentian approached the Dynamos with the suggestion of a Week 10 football game. Springdale's young roster could use some more seasoning, and one more game provided a perfect opportunity. The Dynamos will travel to Lt. J.T. Stone Field in North Park at

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No. 8-seeded Freeport quite familiar with opening-round opponent, No. 1 Aliquippa
Austin Romanchak remembers the first time he started a game against Aliquippa. It came three weeks into his sophomore year, at the brand-new Freeport Area Athletic Stadium, with an almost entirely brand-new Freeport starting lineup. Still, the green Yellowjackets more than held their own against the perennially powerful Quips, even

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Kiski Area looks to challenge No. 1 Gateway in Class 5A opening round
Anticipating a potential first-round playoff game against Gateway, Kiski Area coach Sam Albert pulled up some film on the Gators early Monday. What he saw surpassed his already-high opinion. andquot;I mean, they're unbelievable,andquot; Albert said. andquot;A lot of teams with their skill don't have linemen, but they've got one of

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Freeport volleyball earns WPIAL quarterfinal victory
October 30, 2018
Freeport still is searching for its best performance, but the Yellowjackets have a chance to find it in the WPIAL semifinals. Ally DeJidas tallied a team-high 12 kills and Lauren Lampus added 11 to lead Class AA No. 1 Freeport to a 3-0 sweep of No. 8 Seton LaSalle in

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Freeport, Kiski area face uphill climb vs. No. 1 seeds in football playoffs
October 29, 2018
Freeport and Kiski Area share one commonality as they prepare to begin the WPIAL football playoffs Friday: Both come in as significant underdogs. The brackets revealed Monday night at the WPIAL's annual playoff parings meeting in Green Tree listed both Alle-Kiski Valley postseason qualifiers as the lowest-seeded teams in their

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Deer Lakes girls aim to rebound against Avonworth in WPIAL consolation game
Deer Lakes went more than six weeks between losing soccer games this fall, 15 games separating the Lancers' lone regular-season defeat to North Hills to their loss to Hopewell in the WPIAL Class AA girls soccer semifinals. They hope they can go on a similar run now. Even after the

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Deer Lakes’ Greyshock, Springdale’s Zolnierczyk match successes
October 28, 2018
One stands 6 feet tall and spent his first two varsity seasons playing center midfield. The other has a lanky 6-foot-4 build and grew up as more of a basketball player before turning his attention to soccer. Jesse Greyshock and Mike Zolnierczyk, the senior goalkeepers at Deer Lakes and Springdale,

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 29, 2018
Monday Boys soccer: Deer Lakes will attempt to make it to Highmark Stadium for the first time as it takes on Section 2-AA rival Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL semifinals. The Lancers went 1-0-1 against the defending WPIAL champions during the regular season, but the 11th-seeded Indians upset North

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A-K Valley notebook: Rivalry games for Deer Lakes, Springdale boys soccer
October 27, 2018
The WPIAL boys soccer semifinals will have the feel of a section game for a pair of Alle-Kiski Valley teams. Class AA No. 2 Deer Lakes and Class A No. 5 Springdale will square off with section opponents in Monday's semifinal round, with the Lancers (17-0-1) taking on Section 2-AA

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Speicher leads Hopewell past Deer Lakes in WPIAL girls soccer semifinals
A soccer game can turn on its head quickly, and Deer Lakes and Hopewell saw that happen in their WPIAL semifinal matchup. More than 40 minutes of mostly even soccer in the rain suddenly turned into a Hopewell downpour. The No. 2 Vikings scored three goals in about a six-minute

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East Allegheny upends Valley for final playoff spot
A constant rain created extra difficulty as East Allegheny and Valley tangled for the final playoff spot in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference. Mistakes and a big effort by East Allegheny quarterback Daniel Kasmier submerged the Vikings' postseason hopes. Kasmier rushed for 116 yards and four touchdowns and passed for

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Young Deer Lakes girls soccer team remains calm as stakes get higher
October 26, 2018
Frank Accetta is experiencing the stress of the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs, but when he looks at his Deer Lakes players, he sees calm. The Lancers, a young team that starts more freshmen than seniors, are going through their deepest postseason run in a decade to cap the best regular

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A-K Valley football notebook: It’s win and in for Kiski Area, Valley
October 25, 2018
A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley football teams face simple equations for making the WPIAL playoffs Friday: If Kiski Area (3-6, 2-4) beats Armstrong (4-5, 2-4) in a Class 5A Northern Conference game, and if Valley (3-6, 2-3) wins at East Allegheny (5-4, 2-3) in a Class 2A Allegheny Conference game,

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Deer Lakes shuts out Waynesburg to reach WPIAL semifinals for 1st time
Deer Lakes did little celebrating even after a dominant performance in Thursday's WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinals. Right now, the Lancers are all business, and their business is unfinished. Ryan Rodgers scored a pair of goals and Ronan Renter and A.J. Dorman added one apiece as No. 2 Deer Lakes beat

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Oakland Catholic girls soccer blanks Kiski Area to reach semifinals for 1st time
October 24, 2018
Kiski Area hoped to take a further step in the girls soccer playoffs this season, but an Oakland Catholic team making its own school history kept the Cavaliers from climbing the ladder. Hannah Henn scored a hat trick, leading No. 2 Oakland Catholic to a 3-0 victory over No. 7

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Playoff berth on the line as Valley heads to East Allegheny for Allegheny Conference showdown
Neither East Allegheny nor Valley minced words about the significance of their meeting Friday night in the regular-season finale. Really, there's no reason to. The stakes are clear: The winner earns the fourth and final playoff berth in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference. The loser will stay home during the

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A-K Valley boys soccer playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s quarterfinals
October 23, 2018
Boys soccer Class AAA Quarterfinals No. 10 Kiski Area (12-6-1) vs. No. 2 West Allegheny (17-1) 8 p.m. Thursday at Mars Winner plays: Winner of No. 3 Mars/No. 6 South Fayette Coaches: Sean Arnold, Kiski Area; Kevin Amos, West Allegheny Players to watch: Nick Smith, Kiski Area; Nate Dragisich, West

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Alle-Kiski playoff capsules: WPIAL girls soccer quarterfinals
Girls soccer Class AAA Quarterfinals No. 7 Kiski Area (14-4) vs. No. 2 Oakland Catholic (15-1) 6 p.m. Wednesday at Norwin Winner plays: Winner of No. 6 West Allegheny/No. 14 South Fayette Coaches: Melisa O'Toole, Kiski Area; Jim Earle, Oakland Catholic Players to watch: Reagan Frederick, Kiski Area; Hannah Henn,

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Liberati’s 2nd-half goal difference as Springdale tops Bishop Canevin
October 22, 2018
The first goal always looms large in the WPIAL soccer playoffs, and that proved especially true given the defensive abilities of the Springdale and Bishop Canevin boys. After a few missed opportunities from both teams, Springdale made its first score count. Roman Liberati scored with 31 minutes, 31 seconds remaining,

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A-K Valley WPIAL boys soccer playoff preview capsules for Oct. 22, 2018
October 21, 2018
boys soccer Class 4A First round No. 12 Plum (11-7) vs. No. 5 Pine-Richland (10-4-3) 8 p.m. Monday at Pine-Richland Winner plays: Winner of No. 4 Canon-McMillan/No. 13 Fox Chapel Coaches: Anthony Russo, Plum; Jon Conner, Pine-Richland Players to watch: Cole Kelly, Plum; Tom Fest, Pine-Richland Corner kicks: Plum is

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 22,2018
Monday Boys soccer: Coming off its first section championship since 2003, Deer Lakes will put its unbeaten season on the line as the Lancers (15-0-1) host Beth-Center (8-10) in a WPIAL Class AA first-round game. It's the first home playoff game for Deer Lakes. Springdale advanced to the WPIAL Class

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A-K Valley notebook: Deer Lakes boys soccer gets 1st home playoff game
Deer Lakes grew accustomed to traveling to play in the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs in the past, but there's no place like home for the Lancers on Monday. The second-seeded Lancers will host No. 15 Beth-Center in a WPIAL Class AA first-round game at 8 p.m. Monday. While Lancer Stadium

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Freeport overcomes nerves, blanks North Catholic in WPIAL first round
October 20, 2018
Freeport battled nerves and a strong wind through much of the first half of its playoff opener Saturday. Both Mother Nature and the Yellowjackets calmed down in plenty of time for the team to continue its recent run of postseason success. Sidney Shemanski scored twice, and Carli Giori added another

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Mars uses turnovers to beat Kiski Area, win 5th straight
October 19, 2018
Kiski Area knew it needed to avoid mistakes to put an end to its losing streak and clinch a WPIAL playoff berth. Instead, the Cavaliers couldn't stop making them, and a powerful Mars team readily accepted the advantage. Five turnovers, a pair of special teams breakdowns and some defensive lapses

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A-K valley soccer teams take respective styles to postseason
October 18, 2018
Springdale made a run in the 2017 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs thanks in large part to the Dynamos' ability to make runs. With talented scorers like Jared Demore and Nick Taliani, Springdale knew it could count on its offense to win games, and the Dynamos won plenty, advancing to the

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A-K Valley football notebook: Freeport closes in on playoff berth
With a home win Friday over Class 3A Big East opponent Mt. Pleasant, Freeport can do what seemed improbable just over a month ago: clinch a WPIAL playoff berth. The Yellowjackets dropped their first three games, including gut-punching losses to Derry and Elizabeth Forward where they let a second-half lead

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Deer Lakes boys, girls soccer teams set to begin WPIAL postseason as top-3 seeds
October 17, 2018
Deer Lakes' boys and girls soccer teams already will add to the banners in the high school's gymnasium, but the Lancers hope they're not done decorating yet. The WPIAL rewarded the Lancers for their respective Section 2-AA championships by awarding them top-three seeds in the playoffs, which begin Saturday in

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
CLASS 4A Favorite: Seneca Valley emerged from an ultracompetitive race as the Section 1-4A champion and looks poised for a run at its first WPIAL title after finishing as runner-up in 2016. The Raiders' resume includes a nonsection win over Norwin in both team's season opener, a sweep of section

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Kiski Area looking to snap 4-game skid against Mars
The gloves are off and the boots are out at Kiski Area. Sam Albert dug into his closet this week and pulled out an old friend: the pair of combat boots he first wore at Valley, the footwear that became something of a good-luck charm whenever he decided to put

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A-K Valley notebook: Kiski Area stays healthy through nonconference games
Kiski Area didn't play with a running clock the last two weeks, but the Cavaliers took care to ensure they didn't leave nonconference games against Woodland Hills and McKeesport with significant injuries. Coach Sam Albert sat several key starters in the 47-0 loss to Woodland Hills and 66-6 loss to

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Seneca Valley boys, girls earn top seeds in WPIAL soccer playoffs
The WPIAL soccer committee came to the same decision when determining the playoff field for the upcoming Class 4A postseason: Seneca Valley over Norwin. The brackets, released Wednesday afternoon on the WPIAL website, list Seneca Valley as the No. 1 seed in both boys and girls Class 4A. Norwin is

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings for week of Oct. 16, 2018
October 16, 2018
Here's a look at the latest WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of Oct. 15, 2018: Class 4A Team, record, previous 1. Norwin, 14-2, 1 2. Peters Township, 13-3, 3 3. Seneca Valley, 13-2, 2 4. Upper St. Clair, 12-3, 4 5. Pine-Richland, 13-3, 5 Out: None Class 3A

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Springdale soccer leans on defense as playoffs approach
October 15, 2018
Springdale started slowly in its Section 1-A boys soccer finale over the weekend, a not-uncommon occurrence and one rendered moot by a dominant second half in a 4-0 victory over Vincentian. What made the game unique was the location: the artificial surface at Valley's Memorial Stadium. And once the Dynamos

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 15, 2018
October 14, 2018
Monday Boys golf Burrell's Tiger Hubbard will aim for a top-22 finish and a trip to the state finals when he tees off at the PIAA Class AA Western Regional at Toms Run Golf Course. Hubbard, a senior, competed at the regionals as a sophomore and is coming off an

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Burrell’s Hubbard eyes PIAAs
October 13, 2018
Tiger Hubbard's first trip to the PIAA Western Regional boys golf championship ended with the Burrell golfer two shots shy of a trip to the state finals, and the senior thinks he can pinpoint the holes where it happened. andquot;The main issue I had was with my driver where the

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Plum’s Jackson overcomes lack of right hand to inspire on football field
Jason Jackson thought his football playing days were over until he tuned in to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year's Day. Then he saw No. 18 for Central Florida, linebacker Shaquem Griffin, turn into a one-man wrecking crew, earning defensive MVP honors with a dozen tackles, including 31andamp;#8260;2 tackles

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Freeport puts it all together in victory over Burrell
John Gaillot smiled when told of Freeport's rushing and defensive dominance Friday night. It's the formula the Yellowjackets like to follow, and they did it to perfection in maybe their most complete performance of the season. The senior tandem of Austin Romanchak and Conor Selinger powered a rushing attack that

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Riverview, Springdale set for rivalry game
October 11, 2018
Riverview and Springdale played in separate football classifications during Todd Massack's high school days, so the rivalry played out mostly on the court during basketball season. Nowadays, the gridiron can get just as hot as the hardwood, as the teams will prove when they meet for their annual Class A

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A-K Valley notebook: Freport’s Hunter has breakout performance
October 10, 2018
Ricky Hunter spent his first two seasons at Freeport behind Jake Sarver on the Yellowjackets' depth chart at kicker and punter, but the junior had a breakout performance in Friday's 14-10 win over Class 3A Big East rival Deer Lakes. With Freeport trailing by three points late in the fourth

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Rivals Freeport, Burrell set to battle to stay in hunt for postseason berth
John Gaillot saw several variations of the Allegheny Conference in his 11 seasons as Freeport's football coach, and he always praised the league for its competitiveness. The newly-formed Big East where Freeport finds itself for the first time exceeds even the toughest season that Gaillot remembers. andquot;This has been the

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A-K Valley girls soccer teams hoping best is yet to come with WPIAL playoffs looming
Melisa O'Toole recently saw something she waited for all season: a complete, 80-minute performance from her Kiski Area girls soccer team. A 4-0 victory over Gateway last week showcased the best the Cavaliers could offer offensively and defensively after a season of searching for both to show up at the

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North Allegheny, three others advance to WPIAL Class AAA girls golf finals
October 8, 2018
Three-time defending champion North Allegheny led a quartet of teams that advanced to Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon. The Tigers topped the field of 10 teams at Monday's team semifinals at Rolling Hills Golf Course. Caroline Wrigley's 3-under 70 and Bella

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 8, 2018
October 7, 2018
Monday Girls soccer andamp;#8226; With Apollo-Ridge and Highlands fighting for the postseason, each will play a pivotal Section 2-AA game. Fourth-place Highlands visits first-place Deer Lakes, which needs one win to claim the section title. Apollo-Ridge travels to second-place Burrell, which is looking to nail down a playoff berth. andamp;#8226;

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A-K Valley high school roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls soccer tops East Allegheny
October 6, 2018
Having snapped a four-game losing streak earlier in the week, the Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team is streaking in the other direction as it enters the stretch run of the regular season. Adeline Baustert scored what proved to be the winner, and Mayce Anthony tallied three assists to lead Apollo-Ridge (4-4-1,

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: St. Joseph hires hoops coach
The St. Joseph girls volleyball coach for four seasons, Dennis Jones hoped to add varsity basketball coaching to his resume eventually. Circumstances finally broke his way. Jones was hired Thursday as the girls basketball coach at St. Joseph, where he will pull double duty in volleyball and basketball. The 55-year-old

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Selinger’s late touchdown lifts Freeport past Deer Lakes for key Big East victory
John Gaillot dearly hoped to avoid a game that came down to the final drive. Freeport's coach didn't get what he wanted, but the Yellowjackets still got what they needed: a crucial victory in their pursuit of a WPIAL playoff bid. Conor Selinger rushed for a go-ahead touchdown with 1

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A-K Valley football notebook: Deer Lakes, Highlands running to success
October 4, 2018
Deer Lakes and Highlands are on a run thanks to the run. The schools might be known more for their high-octane passing games, but they're proving they can move effectively on the ground as well as through the air. Highlands' recent two-game winning streak came as a strong rushing attack

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With playoff positioning at stake, longtime conference foes Deer Lakes, Freeport to face off
October 3, 2018
Freeport appreciated the five weeks of conference play for what it provided: a chance to play a quintet of unfamiliar opponents in the newly recalibrated

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Mindset critical for surging Burrell girls soccer team
October 2, 2018
For a team with designs on winning a WPIAL girls soccer championship, the importance of one regular-season game doesn't rise above another. That's why, with

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Race to playoffs gets interesting
September 30, 2018
With the second half of the season underway in soccer and girls volleyball, playoff races are beginning to heat up. The Deer Lakes boys soccer

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A-K Valley PIHL preview: Burrell setting sights on championship
September 29, 2018
Burrell felt confident it could compete in the PIHL when it rejoined the league in 2016 after nearly a decade away. How quickly it happened

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Deer Lakes defense comes through in Big East victory over Burrell
Deer Lakes' defense walked off the Lancer Stadium turf at a loss two weeks ago after surrendering more than 400 rushing yards and a 13-point

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Schedules getting easier
September 27, 2018
As the second half of the season begins Friday at Freedom, Valley harbors WPIAL playoff hopes even with a 1-4 record. And should the Vikings

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With similar goals of reaching the playoffs, Burrell, Deer Lakes set to face off in Big East contest
September 26, 2018
Shawn Liotta's voice has a similar twang to Jim Mora, but the similarities to the former Indianapolis Colts coach end there. For one, the Burrell

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Chemistry, experience helping Deer Lakes boys soccer chase 1st section title since ’03
September 24, 2018
Deer Lakes gathered on the field with the second half of its Section 2-AA boys soccer game against Freeport set to begin, a two-goal deficit

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Freeport slugger commits to Mercyhurst
Ally DeJidas visited Mercyhurst a handful of times during her college softball recruitment, and when she cracked a home run off the scoreboard at Plum's

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Kevin Stevens to speak to WPIAL players at summit on dangers of addiction
Former Pittsburgh Penguins player Kevin Stevens will be the featured speaker at a leadership summit for WPIAL athletes, coaches, athletic directors and principals that will

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A-K Valley lookahead for week of Sept. 24, 2018
September 23, 2018
Monday Girls soccer Freeport hosts Deer Lakes in a matchup between the team that won the last two Section 2-AA titles (Freeport) and the one

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McKeesport’s passing fancy produces 54-0 win over Plum
September 22, 2018
McKeesport's flexbone option offense provides enough matchup problems for opposing defenses, but the Tigers threw in another dangerous wrinkle against Plum: a proficient passing attack.

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Rain can’t stop offenses
Friday's heavy storms might have caused earlier start times and lengthy delays across the WPIAL's football schedule, but it didn't seem to have an impact

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Penn Hills playmakers shine in Northern Conference win over Kiski Area
Lightning reached the Penn Hills area at halftime Friday night, but the electricity came well before that. Although Kiski Area did its best to match

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A-K Valley football notebook: Riverview, Leechburg keep positive attitude amid rough start
September 20, 2018
Todd Massack knows what the record says next to Riverview's name in the Class A Eastern Conference standings, but it doesn't match what he sees

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Defending champion Greb advances to WPIAL tennis finals
Knoch sophomore Laura Greb will have an opportunity to defend her WPIAL Class AA tennis championship. Greb advanced to the championship match after defeating Beaver's

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Kiski Area looks to make most of opportunity against No. 2 Penn Hills
September 19, 2018
Sam Albert emphasized one word to his Kiski Area football players Monday. Opportunity. It certainly came knocking for the Cavaliers this week, with their biggest

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Litrun’s scoring, competitive fire help Deer Lakes girls soccer start 6-1
September 18, 2018
Lily Litrun has a side she only really shows on the soccer field, and only then when an opponent brings it out of her. It's

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A-K Valley notebook: Springdale boys soccer has zero tolerance policy
September 15, 2018
Springdale knew it might need to play a more defensive style of soccer this season after the graduation of many of the top scorers from

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Wallace throws for 390 yards, 5 TDs as Kiski Area blanks Fox Chapel
Ryne Wallace and his wide receivers have a signal, and they know when to use it. So when Fox Chapel put single coverage out wide

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Alle-Kiski Valley football notebook: New life for Highlands
September 13, 2018
Highlands coach Dom Girardi believes he has a good-luck charm for Friday's Northwest Eight Conference game against Knoch. Girardi and wife Tamara welcomed their fourth

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Early-season matchup a pivot point for Kiski Area, Fox Chapel
September 12, 2018
Sam Albert hates to lose, emphasizing that feeling twice as he discussed his Kiski Area football team's seven-point setback at North Hills in Week 2.

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Female soccer coaches finding success with A-K Valley programs
September 11, 2018
Brittni Grenninger went through her entire childhood and high school soccer career playing for male coaches, but that changed when she arrived at St. Francis

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Guerrini a consistent scoring threat for Burrell boys soccer
September 10, 2018
Jake Guerrini didn't exactly shoot for Burrell's freshman scoring record, but the Bucs' speedy forward knew what he needed to do to get there --

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Kiski Area wrestler Darren Miller commits to Bucknell
Darren Miller woke up Monday still not entirely sure where he would wrestle in college. He ended the day with 100 percent certainty. Miller, a

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Runners make noise early
September 9, 2018
The early portion of the cross country season allows runners to make strong statements at a few big invitationals, and a handful of Alle-Kiski Valley

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Moore, Tomlin lead Shady Side Academy football over Valley
September 7, 2018
The last time Skyy Moore visited Valley's Memorial Stadium on a football Friday night, Shady Side Academy's standout quarterback barely could walk, let alone play

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Collodi faces alma Mater Burrell
September 6, 2018
Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi holds plenty of fond memories of Burrell, but he'll be rooting against his alma mater this week. Collodi, a 2000

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Familiar foes Valley, Shady Side Academy to face off in Allegheny Conference showdown
September 5, 2018
Tyler Green played football with his cousin Skyy Moore all throughout their childhood in New Kensington, until it came time for high school. Green went

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Familiar foes Valley, Shady Side Academy to face off in Allegheny Conference showdown
Tyler Green played football with his cousin Skyy Moore all throughout their childhood in New Kensington, until it came time for high school. Green went

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Senior Teorsky helps Freeport boys soccer to think big
September 3, 2018
The double-takes come constantly when people pass Stevie Teorsky: andquot;Everywhere I go, a glance and then back,andquot; the Freeport senior said. Some of Freeport's football

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Crise sets Highlands records
September 2, 2018
It came in a losing effort, but more Highlands offensive records fell Friday night. Johnny Crise set new school single-game receiving records when he caught

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Derry comes from behind, tops Freeport in overtime
August 31, 2018
Derry saw its first chance at victory denied in the final minute of regulation Friday by a goal-line fumble. The Trojans didn't let it happen

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Shady Side Academy’s Dino Tomlin picks up scholarship offer from Maryland
August 30, 2018
Shady Side Academy star Dino Tomlin picked up his latest Division I recruiting offer Tuesday, from Maryland. A deep-threat wide receiver and defensive back, the

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Springdale prepares for explosive Imani attack
Seth Napierkowski saw plenty of talent when he watched film of Imani Christian, Springdale's Week 1 opponent. Plenty of scoring, too. Springdale (0-0) will travel

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Physical battle expected as Freeport hosts 1st-time foe Derry in Big East opener
August 29, 2018
It can become a slippery slope to judge someone based on reputation, but right now that's all Derry and Freeport have to go on. Put

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers adds Kent State offer for basketball
August 28, 2018
Tess Myers hit one of the biggest shots in WPIAL girls basketball as a sophomore, and it looks as though she'll have a shot to

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Soccer Ball on grass
Springdale boys soccer confident after run to WPIAL title game, PIAA playoffs
Springdale's official boys soccer Twitter account put the rest of Class A on notice earlier this month with a tweet that despite significant losses from

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Springdale’s Jaden Domaratz battles for the ball during a scrimmage against Sewickley Academy Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at the high school.
Senior-heavy Springdale girls soccer ready to contend in Class A
Senior night might be a couple months away, but Springdale coach Jerry Concannon joked he already had his starting lineup in place. With 11 seniors

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Fox Chapel basketball player Kelly leaving for prep school in Cleveland
Ben Kelly considered the prep school route for basketball in his past, but it wasn't until one began pursuing him that he fully committed to

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Freeport Area's Sidney Shemanski during a scrimmage with Kiski Area girls Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 at Freeport High School.
WPIAL girls soccer players to watch
Girls soccer season gets underway with kickoff tournaments Friday and Saturday. Section play starts Sept. 5. Here's a look at some of the WPIAL girls

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Belle Vernon's Marcelo Apodiakone (8), goes for the ball, during soccer practice at James Weir Stadium, in Belle Vernon, on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.
Boys soccer players to watch across the WPIAL
August 27, 2018
Boys soccer season will officially begin with kickoff tournaments Friday and Saturday. Section play gets underway on Sept. 4. And just nine short weeks later,

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Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. notebook: Leechburg feels ‘incredible’ after snapping skid
August 26, 2018
Leechburg's locker room had, in coach Mark George's words, a bit more andquot;hooting and holleringandquot; than usual after Friday's 28-13 victory over Apollo-Ridge at Owens

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Alle-Kiski high school lookahead: Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 1
MondayFreeport has won at least a share of the Section 1-AA championship for three consecutive seasons, and the Yellowjackets are on a six-year run of

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Valley football players prepare to take the field prior to their game against Burrell on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
Valley holds off rival Burrell, wins 6th straight in series
August 24, 2018
Valley's control of its rivalry with Burrell looked in jeopardy late Friday night, the Bucs driving with the game on the line and an opportunity

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Kiski Area’s Christa Palla plays during a scrimmage with Freeport Area girls Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 at Freeport High School.
Kiski Area girls soccer to face unfamiliar opponents in Class 3A
The first half of the 2018 girls soccer season might turn into one big getting-to-know-you session for Kiski Area. After calling Class 4A home in

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Kiski Area boys soccer focused on positive reinforcement
There was a method to Kiski Area coach Sean Arnold's madness for a boys soccer tri-scrimmage against powerhouses Peters Township and South Fayette. The results

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Springdale keeper Mike Zolnierczyk (1) makes a save during the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium. North Catholic won 2-0.
Springdale goalkeeper Zolnierczyk offered by Harvard
August 23, 2018
Despite his all-WPIAL goalkeeper status, Mike Zolnierczyk had no desire to stop Harvard from presenting him his first Division I soccer offer. Zolnierczyk, the senior

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Coach Matt Morgan during practice at Plum High School on August, 8, 2018.
A-K Valley high school notebook: 9 A-K Valley teams to play Week Zero game
Friday marks the third iteration of Week Zero since the PIAA began allowing football teams to start playing an optional nonconference game instead of a

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Burrell running back Mike Scherer, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Now a nonconference game, Battle of the Bypass still carries meaning for Burrell, Valley
August 22, 2018
There was zero doubt about the identity of one Week Zero game when the WPIAL released its 2018 and 2019 football schedules in the spring.

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Deer Lakes' Nina Lafko works out Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at the high school stadium.
Deer Lakes girls soccer program showing promise with young, talented lineup
August 20, 2018
The future looked promising for Deer Lakes' girls soccer program at this time last year, with a freshman-heavy roster primed to play together and grow

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Playoff experience to pay dividends for Deer Lakes boys soccer
The difference between a win and a loss in the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs can come down to the narrowest of margins, as Deer Lakes'

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Plum No. 14 Hunter Linhart
Linhart in command of Plum’s offense
Hunter Linhart spent the bulk of the 2017 football season locked in a three-way quarterback rotation with sophomore Anthony Little and senior Corey Thomas. But

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Plum players determined to return to WPIAL playoffs
August 18, 2018
A quick-passing heavy thunderstorm briefly knocked out power at Plum during a late-July workout. andquot;We can keep going,andquot; coach Matt Morgan said as he described

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Highlands returns talented skill players in high-scoring spread offense
Highlands updated its record books frequently in 2017, with quarterback Seth Cohen thriving in a pass-friendly attack with five dependable wide receivers. But while old

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Burrell's Seth Fischbach, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
First-year coach Shawn Liotta instills confidence for Burrell football
Shawn Liotta made a request to Burrell athletic director Drake D'Angelo upon taking the Bucs' coaching job this spring. andquot;They got a big cannon (in

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Quaker Valley's Isaac Guss participates in practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the school.
WPIAL Class 3A breakdown: Playoff berths at premium in two-conference format
Quaker Valley had the type of 2017 season that could inspire storybooks or sports movies, winning its first WPIAL and PIAA championships under a coach

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Heavy hitters: A-K Valley bruisers pack a punch on offense, defense
Mere words can't describe the satisfaction of a big hit, at least not in Conor Selinger's eyes. It's more about the feeling. Take an Allegheny

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While on the mend, Highlands’ Thimons develops leadership skills
August 16, 2018
Daniel Thimons pointed out the calluses on his hands at a recent Highlands football workout. The toughened skin came not only from dogged sessions in

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Kiski Area varsity players break from a huddle during the first day of practice at Kiski High School.
A-K Valley’s new coaches ‘hyped’ during opening day of football practice
August 13, 2018
The smell of the grass at Riverside Park awakened Todd Massack's football senses Monday morning. Riverview's coach brought his team out for a bright-and-early 8

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Deer Lakes Coach Tim Burk
WPIAL football coaches know the value of a good training camp meal
Tim Burk has been through a training camp or 10 during his time as an assistant at Carlynton, Deer Lakes and Springdale, so he knows

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BurrellÕs Luke Kasellic
Burrell’s Kastelic eager to trade hat for helmet
August 12, 2018
Bits of fabric hang down from the brim of Luke Kastelic's tan Chevy Trucks hat, a gift from his father from a truck stop in

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The Kiski Area football team is awarding a championship belt to its top performers at team workouts.
A-K Valley high school notebook: New football coaches set to kick off 1st day of camp
The start of the fall sports season is at hand. Monday represents the first official day of football training camp with padded, contact practices, along

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New Leechburg girls basketball coach Carter preaches that ‘little victories equal big wins’
August 9, 2018
Andre Carter can dribble with his left hand, but he never developed the same confidence as using his right. He could get around that in

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Freeport's Ally DeJidas (7)celebrates with teammates after winning a game in their PIAA Class AA state semifinal against Beaver Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School. (Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review)
State champion Freeport girls volleyball team completes busy, successful off-season
August 8, 2018
Freeport took some time to celebrate its 2017 PIAA volleyball championship, including the installation of a road marker in the borough's downtown and a trip

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The entrance of new Richard J. Dilts Field on the campus of Kiski Area High School is seen on Aug. 6, 2018.
Kiski Area ready to christen new on-campus stadium, Richard J. Dilts Field
August 6, 2018
As Kiski Area began its first workout of the PIAA's football heat acclimatization week, Sam Albert looked around the brand-new Richard J. Dilts Field and

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Fox Chapel football head coach Tom Loughran shakes hands with Cole Waxter after the Foxes scored a touchdown in the first half of a game against West Allegheny on Sept. 1, 2017. (Tribune-Review file)
A-K Valley notebook: Teams endure high temps during opening heat acclimatization workouts
The PIAA's mandated heat acclimatization period for football began Monday, and Mother Nature obliged. With temperatures reaching into the upper 80s and lower 90s in

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Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore tries to leap over Valley’s Evan Anderson Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Shady Side Academy.
MLB controversies teach WPIAL players to exercise caution on social media
August 4, 2018
Skyy Moore lives by a pretty simple social media philosophy. andquot;I try to not put anything on that I wouldn't share to my grandma,andquot; Moore

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Penn-Trafford's Job Chishko is brought down to the mat by Kiski Area's Cam Connor in the 145 weight class championship bout during the WPIAL wrestling finals at Canon-McMillan High School on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
Kiski Area wrestler Cam Connor commits to Penn
August 2, 2018
Cam Connor watched Kiski Area wrestlers he looked up to like Matt McCutcheon and teammates like Noah Levett commit to wrestle in college, and all

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Burk hopes to guide alma mater Deer Lakes back to WPIAL playoffs
August 1, 2018
It took one year of coaching at Carlynton, miles away from his hometown and alma mater, before Tim Burk realized he wanted to work closer

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Highlands’ Romello Freeman dunks over Carrick’s A.J. Perella during their PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Gateway High School.
Highlands grad Romello Freeman goes from homeless to earning football scholarship
July 28, 2018
It took just Romello Freeman's presence at a recent Highlands football summer workout to get the atmosphere at Highlands Golden Rams Stadium buzzing. Coach Dom

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Deer Lakes to hold special meeting to hire new football coach
July 23, 2018
Deer Lakes should have a new football coach by the end of the month. The district called a special board meeting for 7 p.m. July

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Coaches get call to Hall
July 22, 2018
Longtime Alle-Kiski Valley baseball coaches Dave and Dennis Montgomery will get their call to the Hall this week, as the twin brothers will get inducted

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Shady Side Academy’s Dino Tomlin puts speed on display for college recruiters
July 21, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Kiski guard Harley Holloway drives against Shaler’s Megan Lydon (35) and Emily Cavacini (10) Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler. (Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review)
Kiski Area’s Holloway transfers to Freeport
July 20, 2018
Freeport has a new Harley. Harley Holloway, a basketball standout formerly of Kiski Area, moved to Freeport this summer and will enroll in the school

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Knee surgery sidelines star Burrell running back Bitar
A knee injury did what few football teams could last season: slowed Burrell's Logan Bitar. The Burrell rising senior running back, one of the WPIAL's

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Burrell's R. J. Beach, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Valley, Burrell relish experience at annual WCCA 7-on-7 tournament
July 19, 2018
Valley's RSVP to the Westmoreland County Coaches Association's seven-on-seven tournament came late after the invitation apparently got lost in the mail -- or, more specifically,

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Armstrong fans celebrate Easton Hooks' (10) goal against Quaker Valley in the PIHL class AA Penguins Cup championship Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
PIHL releases divisions for 2018-19 season
July 18, 2018
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League released its alignment for the 2018-19 season, with the biggest change coming from a shift in division and scheduling format

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Skyy’s the limit for Shady Side Academy two-way standout
July 15, 2018
Skyy Moore likes having the ball in his hands as Shady Side Academy's dangerous dual-threat quarterback. But what he really enjoys is taking it from

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Burrell football team gets call to Hall
July 13, 2018
It took R.J. Beach a few minutes to recognize the person talking to him and his Burrell teammates after the conclusion of a seven-on-seven tournament

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Albert Gallatin head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his players during the Alle-Kiski Football Challenge at Kiski Area High School on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Burrell to play in 7-on-7 event at Pro Football Hall of Fame
July 10, 2018
Burrell football is going to the Hall of Fame. The Bucs received an invitation from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy to participate in

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Valley's Nyjewel Carter shoots the ball while playing against Latrobe during the WCCA Hoopfest on Friday, July, 6, 2018, at Hempfield Area High School.
Burrell, Valley boys basketball teams try to work out kinks in summer
July 8, 2018
Burrell and Valley played in Friday's Westmoreland County Coaches Association boys basketball showcase without their normal coaches, giving the neighboring rivals at least one thing

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Valley's Darius Johnson smiles after receiving his gold medal after winning the Class AA boys high jump Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Valley’s Darius Johnson named Valley News Dispatch’s Boys Athlete of the Year
July 7, 2018
Darius Johnson could use one of his best athletic attributes in all three of his sports. His leaping ability makes him a deadly deep threat

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Leechburg Area's Mikayla Lovelace shoots over Chartiers-Houston's Alexa Williamson during WPIAL Class AA girls action Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at West Allegheny High School.
Leechburg’s Mikayla Lovelace named Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year
It took just one game for Mikayla Lovelace to make an impact on Leechburg's girls basketball program — a 51-28 victory over Aquinas Academy in

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Saunders getting feet wet with Kiski Area boys basketball
July 6, 2018
Kiski Area split its first two games at Friday's Westmoreland County Coaches Association boys basketball shootout at Hempfield — winning comfortably in a bright-and-early game

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Steel Valley’s Hill preparing to lead Ironmen to another title
July 5, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Seth Thompson led the Springdale boys basketball team for six seasons before stepping down in May.
A-K Valley sports notebook: Springdale hopes to hire boys basketball coach soon
July 4, 2018
Springdale competed in a boys basketball summer league, just as many teams do over the offseason months. The Dynamos were lacking at one particular position

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Springdale set to begin boys basketball coach interviews
July 3, 2018
Springdale is getting ready to enter the second phase of its boys basketball coaching search. Athletic director Ray Davis said interviews will begin next week

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Deer Lakes basketball coach Parham doing instruction work in China
Terence Parham is taking another summer trip to China. The Deer Lakes boys basketball coach left over the weekend to go to China for a

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Jenna Plummer
New coach Plummer hopes to return Highlands girls soccer to playoffs
July 1, 2018
Jenna Plummer's first foray into coaching came before she hoped, when a broken ankle sidelined her for her senior soccer season at Penn Hills. The

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Deer Lakes’ Jake McCaskey named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jake McCaskey Deer Lakes, senior, pitcher/shortstop Jake McCaskey tried to picture the scenario: a hitter version of himself against the pitching

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Freeport’s Ally DeJidas named Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ally DeJidas Freeport, jr., center field Ally DeJidas knows her favorite home run from the spring season: a three-run blast that

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Toledo DB recruit Mike Coleman to join offensive attack for Woodland Hills
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Kiski Area head coach Chris Heater (right) and assistant coaches Chuck Tursky (left) and Matt Kiebler react during their 35-31 comeback victory over Cumberland Valley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament at the Giant Center on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Hershey.
Kiski Area coaching legend Tursky gets sixth Hall call
June 28, 2018
Chuck Tursky is getting a call to the Hall. Again. The all-time winningest WPIAL wrestling coach will get inducted into the Kiski Area Sports Hall

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Springdale’s Zolnierczyk on radar for Division I coaches
June 25, 2018
Mike Zolnierczyk didn't really expect to play college soccer until a few years ago. A multi-sport athlete, he got a late start into the world

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Highlands hires Jenna Plummer as girls soccer coach
Highlands hired a Plummer for its girls soccer program. The district school board voted Monday night to approve Jenna Plummer as the new girls soccer

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Ellis School field hockey player Tegan Poerio was selected to play in the 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games,
Ellis School’s Poerio selected for AAU Junior Olympics in field hockey
Ellis School field hockey player Tegan Poerio was selected to play in the 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games, which begin next month at the University

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Deer Lakes Coach Steve Sciullo works with his varsity team during practice Wednesday July 26, 2017, at Deer Lakes High School.
A-K Valley notebook: Search begins for Deer Lakes football coach
June 23, 2018
Deer Lakes' football coaching position officially became vacant last week when the district's school board officially accepted Steve Sciullo's resignation after four years leading the

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Aaron Albert
Aaron Albert excited to be ‘home’ coaching Kiski Area baseball
June 22, 2018
Only one school could pry Aaron Albert away from his position as Beaver's baseball coach. And that school came calling. Calling it an opportunity he

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Burrell hires Leechburg’s Joel Ceraso as girls basketball coach
June 21, 2018
Joel Ceraso sees similarities to his most recent coaching job when assessing his new one. A team needing a boost after missing the playoffs Check.

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Kiski Area hires Aaron Albert as baseball coach
A second Coach Albert is taking the reins of a Kiski Area sports team. Aaron Albert, the son of Cavaliers football coach Sam Albert, was

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Highlands' Johnny Crise scores past Franklin Regional's Jake Rosenberg during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Highlands standout Crise gets another Division I offer
June 16, 2018
Highlands' Johnny Crise received his second Division I basketball offer Saturday, from the University of South Carolina Upstate. The 6-foot-7 Crise, a rising junior forward,

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Apollo Ridge Coach Greg Fox works with a group of 7Th to 9th grade students during a recent summer basketball camp at Apollo Ridge High School.
Fox returns to coach at ‘special place’ Apollo-Ridge
June 15, 2018
Greg Fox had perfect timing. He bought a house in Apollo this spring, just as the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball coaching position was opening — almost

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A-K Valley notebook: Springdale’s Zolnierczyk trains at D.C. United Academy
June 14, 2018
Mike Zolnierczyk's last name isn't andquot;Smith,andquot; but he went to Washington just the same. Zolnierczyk, a rising senior goalkeeper at Springdale, received an opportunity to

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Vincentian Academy's Aidan Thomson delivers against Greensburg Central Catholic during a PIAA Class A semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Vincentian Academy chasing 2nd PIAA baseball title in 3 seasons
Brad Bestic all but shrugged when reminded of the 10:30 a.m. first pitch for Vincentian's appearance in the PIAA Class A baseball finals Friday. Baseball

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall prepares his team for the 2018 Foothills Classic during practice Monday, June 11, 2018, at Franklin Regional.
Blue team looks to avenge shutout in Foothills Classic
June 13, 2018
Members of the Blue team in Friday's Foothills Classic know the score — or, rather the lack of score — about how their predecessors fared

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Seneca Valley basketball coach Victor Giannotta
Giannotta steps down as Seneca Valley boys basketball coach
June 12, 2018
Victor Giannotta doesn't plan to stop coaching, but it won't be at Seneca Valley. Citing other andquot;basketball opportunities,andquot; Giannotta, 53, resigned after 14 seasons as

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Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore (3) rushes the ball during their home game against Apollo-Ridge on Sept. 15, 2017.
Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore gets offer from Buffalo
June 11, 2018
Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore received a football scholarship offer Monday from the University of Buffalo, his first from a Football Bowl Subdivision school. A

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Vincentian Academy catcher Mark Yakim tags out Greensburg Central Catholic's Alex Miller at home plate during their PIAA Class A semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
GCC baseball can’t slow Vincentian’s hit parade in PIAA semis
All season, Greensburg Central Catholic carried a baseball from its 2017 PIAA semifinal loss, hoping for a return to the round and a better result.

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Ringgold Area'sDylan Wujcik and Koby Bubash celebrates with Chase Angotti after Angotti scored in the first inning during the WPIAL4-A Baseball championship Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA moves Monday’s baseball semifinal games from Slippery Rock to Neshannock
June 10, 2018
A pair of WPIAL baseball teams will play their PIAA semifinal games at a different site Monday because of rain over the weekend. The PIAA

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Highlands' Cris White battles for posession against Valley's Dan Antonacci during a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Highlands Middle School.
Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. notebook: Positive vibes for area foursome
It will be a positive night for a quartet of Alle-Kiski Valley athletes Tuesday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center. Springdale's Moriah Becker (track

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Apollo Ridge High School senior Lila Glass (left) and Leechburg High School senior Keara Carnahan (right) pose for a portrait during practice on Friday, June 8, 2018.
New goals for Leechburg soccer hopefuls thanks to co-op with Apollo-Ridge
June 9, 2018
Keara Carnahan grew up playing soccer at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township, so a blast of nostalgia hit her as she took to the park's

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Plum volleyball coaches Carly Bonk and Kelsey Bonk prepare their team for the 2017 season at practice Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at Plum.
A-K Valley notebook: We Serve First Foundation sponsors volleyball campers, coach
June 7, 2018
Ellen and Tim Toy found strength through volleyball during Ellen's years-long battle with cancer, and the sport continues to serve as a way to honor

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Mt. Pleasant catcher May Klejka jumps into the arms of relief pitcher Meadown Uncapher after closing out Belle Vernon Area in the quarterfinal PIAA 4-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
Mt. Pleasant softball again avenges loss to WPIAL champion Belle Vernon
Mt. Pleasant stewed about its WPIAL semifinal loss to Belle Vernon, a game in which the defending state champion Vikings finished without a hit and

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Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore (3) rushes the ball being pursued by Apollo-Ridge's Daniel Rametta (31) during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Sept. 15, 2017.
Shady Side Academy QB/DB Moore gaining recruiters’ attention during offseason
June 6, 2018
Skyy Moore diligently reached out to college football coaches during his junior season at Shady Side Academy, following them on social media and sending out

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We Serve First Foundation sponsoring three players’ attendance at national volleyball camp
June 5, 2018
Ellen and Tim Toy found strength through volleyball during Ellen's years-long battle with cancer, and the sport continues to serve as a way to honor

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Southmoreland rallies past Central for program’s 1st PIAA victory
June 4, 2018
Southmoreland worked hard enough to earn a spot in the state softball playoffs for the first time. The Scotties weren't about to let their run

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The PIAA Class AA state champion Freeport girls volleyball team was recognized and celebrated at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg on June 4, 2018.
PIAA girls volleyball champion Freeport honored at Pennsylvania State Capitol
Freeport received more recognition for its 2017 PIAA girls volleyball championship, appearing at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. The Yellowjackets received an invitation after

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Greensburg Central Catholic's James Rice celebrates as he scores the winning run against Eden Christian Academy during second round 1-A WPIAL action Monday, May 21, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Secrets to success: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rice brothers share unspoken signals
June 3, 2018
James and Paul Rice share signals on the baseball field, unspoken messages to gain an edge when an opponent might least expect it. The brothers

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Leechburg's Kristen Knapp reacts after their loss to Union during a game Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Hampton.
A-K Valley baseball, softball teams coping with abrupt end to playoffs
June 2, 2018
Freeport's end-of-season softball meeting Thursday coincided with the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship game at Seton Hill. And when the Yellowjackets learned of the result

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Apollo-Ridge brings back Greg Fox as boys basketball coach
June 1, 2018
Apollo-Ridge is bringing back a familiar face to lead its boys basketball program again. The district recently voted to hire Greg Fox, who previously coached

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West Allegheny's Natasha Yarowenko cheers with her team after defeating Thomas Jefferson during the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Seton Hill University. West Allegheny won 4-2.
West Allegheny beats TJ to defend WPIAL Class 5A softball title
May 31, 2018
West Allegheny knew better than to overlook Thomas Jefferson. The Indians experienced the disappointment of losing to an underdog team in the WPIAL championship in

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer bats during a game against Burrell on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Freeport.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: St. Joseph adds cross country
St. Joseph is getting in the running for a new sports program. The Harrison school is adding cross country as a club sport for the

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Belle Vernon softball players celebrate after defeating Elizabeth Forward during the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Seton Hill University. Belle Vernon won 5-4.
Belle Vernon rallies past Elizabeth Forward to win WPIAL Class 4A softball crown
May 30, 2018
Belle Vernon's Bailey Parshall felt the frustration begin to build as Elizabeth Forward's first three batters reached base in the bottom of the seventh inning

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Union's Sarah Seamans slides safely into third as Leechburg's Hannah Berry tries to tag her out during a game Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Hampton.
Union holds off Leechburg rally to earn berth to PIAA Class A softball playoffs
May 29, 2018
Three innings into the WPIAL Class A consolation softball game, the outcome appeared a foregone conclusion. Then, fitting for a game that would determine a

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Freeport's Maya Borghol (22) is congratulated by Madison Wagner after scoring during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game against Southmoreland Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at West Mifflin.
A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Game for May 29, 2018
Class 3A Consolation game No. 2 Freeport (13-1) vs. No. 4 Avonworth (13-7) Winner plays: District 10 champion in PIAA first round, June 4 Coaches:

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer bats during a game against Burrell on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Freeport.
‘Fiery and determined’ Freeport seniors aim for PIAA softball playoffs
Friday represented the last day for seniors at Freeport, the Class of 2018 cleaning out lockers and picking up caps and gowns for the upcoming

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Leechburg's Kristen Knapp (22) leads off of second base during their game on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Riverview Park in Oakmont.
Feeling blue: Leechburg softball dyes hair in bonding experience
May 27, 2018
Kristen Knapp enjoys dying her hair, and inspiration recently caused the Leechburg catcher to consider adding some blue streaks as part of the Blue Devils'

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Leechburg starting pitcher Morgan Pierce throws against St. Joseph on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at No Offseason Field West Deer.
A-K Valley softball playoff capsule: Leechburg vs. Union
Class A consolation game No. 3 Leechburg (13-5) vs. No. 4 Union (16-3) 2 p.m. Tuesday, Hampton Community Park Winner plays: District 9 champion in

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Valley's Darius Johnson receives his gold medal after winning the Class AA boys high jump Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Promotion at Hampton led to Steve Sciullo’s tough decision to leave Deer Lakes
May 25, 2018
Steve Sciullo always preached the importance of family to his Deer Lakes football players. So when a too-good-to-pass-up opportunity came, Sciullo knew he had to

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Freeport shortstop Emily Schmidt competes during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game against Southmoreland Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at West Mifflin.
A-K Valley notebook: Freeport, Leechburg softball teams headed to Hampton
May 24, 2018
The two remaining Alle-Kiski Valley teams in the WPIAL softball playoffs will play back-to-back next week. A doubleheader Tuesday at Hampton Community Park will feature

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Southmoreland celebrates a home run by Lexi Klatt (21) against Freeport during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at West Mifflin.
Southmoreland softball tops Freeport, advances to 1st WPIAL title game
May 23, 2018
Todd Bunner couldn't slow the smile creeping across his face. And given the situation, he likely didn't want to. After two failed semifinal appearances in

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Canon-McMillan's Connor Flaherty celebrates his game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning next to Plum first baseman Pete Zullo during their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at North Allegheny High School.
Walk-off infield single carries Canon-McMillan baseball past Plum
May 22, 2018
The way Plum and Canon-McMillan were playing, some form of small ball seemed likely to decide their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal game. And the game

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Leechburg's Gracie Reinke is congratulated by coach Bill Pierce after scoring against Sewickley Academy during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game Monday, May 21, 2018, at Hampton.
A-K Valley softball playoff capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Class 3A Semifinals No. 2 Freeport (13-0) vs. No. 3 Southmoreland (8-7) 2 p.m. Wednesday at West Mifflin Winner plays: No. 1 South Park (15-1)

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Deer Lakes' Devin Reiher gets a kill between Derry's Ethan Sellong and John Kerr (right) Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
‘Last chance’ motivates Deer Lakes volleyball seniors
May 21, 2018
As its WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball quarterfinal against Beaver County Christian approached a winner-take-all fifth game, Deer Lakes gathered in a team huddle with

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Avonworth softball blanks Burrell to reach semifinals
Burrell treated four as something of a magic number throughout the softball season — if it held the opponent under that total, the Bucs felt

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Valley baseball team believes ‘surreal’ run can continue
May 20, 2018
Jim Basilone's baseball life extends far enough back that he can recall the last time Valley won a postseason game. His players Not even close.

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Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. lookahead: Week of May 21-26
Monday • Freeport is coming off a first-round bye in the WPIAL Class 3A softball playoffs and a layoff of nearly two weeks between games.

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Alle-Kiski Valley baseball preview capsule: Game for Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday's game Class 6A Quarterfinals No. 5 Plum (16-4) vs. No. 4 Canon-McMillan (14-5) 4 p.m. at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 1 Central Catholic

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For St. Joseph softball, it’s ‘time to have fun’
May 19, 2018
St. Joseph experienced the excitement of the WPIAL softball playoffs last spring for the first time in the program's three-decade history. But with that excitement

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A-K Valley baseball capsules: Games of Monday, May 21, 2018
Class 3A Quarterfinals No. 5 Valley (11-6) vs. No. 4 Brownsville (12-2) 2 p.m. Monday at Washington and Jefferson Winner plays: No. 1 Riverside (15-1)

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A-K Valley notebook: Long wait for Leechburg, Freeport softball
May 18, 2018
Freeport and Leechburg originally planned to play their WPIAL softball playoff openers Thursday. They did get on the field but for a scrimmage against each

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Thompson resigns as Springdale boys basketball coach
Seth Thompson never anticipated becoming a basketball coach for life. And after spending more than a decade doing it, he decided it was time to

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No. 1 Mars routs Freeport to reach lacrosse semifinals
Freeport's school history-making lacrosse season ended against a familiar opponent. No. 1 Mars jumped out to a seven-goal lead after the first quarter and never

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Burrell softball catches a break, tops McGuffey in Class 3A 1st round
May 15, 2018
At long last, a break went Burrell's way. The team that experienced postseason misfortune each of the past two years saw life from the other

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St. Joseph uses 12-run first inning to rout Western Beaver in softball playoff opener
May 14, 2018
Anna Swierczewski said St. Joseph's seniors want to end their high school softball careers with a bang. The Spartans certainly started the postseason with one.

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Former NFL lineman Sciullo steps down as Deer Lakes coach
The jolliest green giant is moving on. Steve Sciullo, the former NFL offensive lineman who led Deer Lakes to the second WPIAL playoff appearance in

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A-K Valley WPIAL baseball capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
May 13, 2018
Class 6A First round No. 5 Plum (15-4) vs. No. 12 Mt. Lebanon (9-11) 4 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 4 Canon-McMillan

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A-K Valley lookahead for May 14-17, 2018
Monday • St. Joseph made history for its softball program last season, qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time and winning a first-round

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A-K Valley WPIAL softball capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Class 6A First round No. 9 Fox Chapel (6-8) vs. No. 8 Canon-McMillan (9-6) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Peters Township Winner plays: No. 1 Hempfield

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Burrell softball hopes for better luck in playoffs
Burrell might want to avoid any black cats, ladders or shattered mirrors before its WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff opener next week. The Bucs (11-4),

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Determined Freeport softball team strives for 1st WPIAL title
May 12, 2018
A frequent drill during Freeport's softball practice focuses on the importance of 21 outs — always focusing on the next one, never looking back at

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Alle-Kiski Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games of Monday, May 14, 2018
Class 5A First round No. 7 Kiski Area (10-6) vs. No. 10 Mars (10-8) 4 p.m. Monday at Hampton Winner plays: No. 2 Albert Gallatin

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Plum, Freeport, Valley awarded No. 5 seeds in WPIAL baseball playoffs
May 11, 2018
The WPIAL gave the Alle-Kiski Valley a high five. That represented the seeds awarded to the Plum, Freeport and Valley baseball teams, the top ones

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Freeport, Leechburg softball teams welcome 1st-round bye
May 10, 2018
Freeport allowed itself a brief moment to consider the andquot;outside possibilityandquot; of receiving the top seed in the WPIAL Class 3A softball playoffs, coach Sam

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Knoch’s Jake Herrit wins award from MaxPreps, Marine Corps
Knoch senior Jake Herrit stars in a pair of sports for the Knights. That, plus volunteer work, helped him win a national award. Herrit was

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Freeport hires Wayne Greiser as boys basketball coach
Freeport held an open-gym boys basketball workout Thursday, part of normal offseason training. But the session gave the Yellowjackets' new coach a chance to work

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Leechburg softball confident it can make postseason run
May 9, 2018
Morgan Pierce insisted to teammates last spring that Leechburg would end its seven-year drought without winning a WPIAL playoff game. So it makes sense what

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Leechburg softball snatches section title from St. Joseph
May 8, 2018
St. Joseph was eyeing a historic win for its program against one of the most successful in WPIAL softball history. Leechburg didn't let it happen.

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Burrell offense does just enough to back strong pitching, defense in key win over Steel Valley
May 7, 2018
Burrell didn't see many scoring opportunities in its crucial Section 1-3A baseball game Monday, not with the way Steel Valley's Nick Harhai was pitching. It

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Four softball teams from Section 1-5A competing for 2 playoff spots
Her team began the final week of the regular season with a WPIAL softball playoff spot uncertain and only one game left to secure it,

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Burrell girls on track for another WPIAL team title
May 6, 2018
Faith Remich witnessed every part of the Burrell girls track and field team's growth over the past four years, from an under-the-rader program to a

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of May 7, 2018
Monday • The Burrell girls track and field team will look to defend its WPIAL Class AA team title at the championship meet at Baldwin.

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Battle with cancer switches perspective for St. Joseph sophomore
A long scar covers Eli Swierczewski's upper right arm, from his elbow to his shoulder. The 16-year-old sophomore tricked one of his St. Joseph baseball

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Unbeaten Freeport softball celebrates section title
May 4, 2018
Freeport didn't celebrate anything more significant than its victory over Burrell on Tuesday. Even though that 4-0 win clinched the Yellowjackets at least a share

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Knoch rallies past No. 2 Freeport to claim Section 1-4A title
May 3, 2018
Freeport had Knoch down to its final out, with the section title in the balance. But the Yellowjackets couldn't score the Knoch-out blow. Class 4A

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Defending champ Connor Bruce among qualifiers for WPIAL singles tournament
May 1, 2018
The WPIAL boys tennis singles tournament could see a repeat winner in Class AAA and is guaranteed a new champion in Class AA. Peters Township

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No. 2 Freeport blanks Burrell to earn share of Section 1-3A title
Tori Radvan took a line drive off her right calf, then a pitch off her left knee, all within the span of five or so

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Leechburg softball extends record WPIAL playoff streak to 32 years
The WPIAL's longest softball playoff streak will continue for another season. Leechburg clinched its 32nd consecutive postseason berth Tuesday, beating Geibel Catholic, 14-0, in a

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Burrell's Kelly Nitowski hits a ball into right center for a double against Deer Lakes in the third inning Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
In quest for championship, Burrell softball team puts focus on details
April 30, 2018
As Burrell attempted to close out its Section 1-3A softball game at Deer Lakes last week, the Bucs' coaches focused on their players' attention to

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Kiski Valley rugby back to state playoffs
April 29, 2018
Kiski Valley is heading back to the state rugby playoffs. The Titans claimed their division title, beating Blair United/Hollidaysburg Rugby Club, 29-12, on Sunday afternoon

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Todd Massack's first stint as Riverview's coach was from 2007-13.
Todd Massack wants to restore Riverview football to former winning ways
Todd Massack can see the football field at Riverside Park from his kitchen window, so it's no stretch to day the success of Riverview's program

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of April 30, 2018
Monday • Apollo-Ridge holds a half-game edge over Bishop Canevin in the race for the final playoff spot in Section 3-2A baseball, and the Vikings

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Kiski Area's Megan Andree (8) delivers a pitch during their game on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Plum.
A-K Valley high school notebook: Perfect game sneaks up on Kiski Area’s Andree
April 28, 2018
Kiski Area junior Megan Andree threw a perfect game Friday against Gateway, but she didn't even know it until she was in the handshake line

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Deer Lakes' Jake McCaskey fields a ball against Freeport on Friday April 27, 2018, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes’ extra-inning win over Freeport moves Lancers into playoff position
April 27, 2018
Andrew Bokulich didn't get his bunt attempts down in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he gladly will take the ultimate result of his

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Freeport Pitcher, Brodey Cowan, adjust his helmet after hitting a double and batting in a run for the Yellow Jackets timing the score at 1-1 against Deer Lakes.
Freeport’s Cowan pitches immaculate inning against Deer Lakes
Freeport senior Brodey Cowan achieved a rarity on the mound in the Yellowjackets' 2-1 loss to Deer Lakes on Friday: the immaculate inning. Cowan struck

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Burrell's Lea Coffman celebrates with Maia Ferra after scoring against Deer Lakes in the third inning Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
Kelly Nitowski’s grand slam leads Burrell softball over Deer Lakes
Burrell is putting Denny's on notice. The Bucs specialize in grand slams, too. Kelly Nitowski became the latest to clear the bases after clearing the

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Deer Lakes catcher Makayla Blair turns a double play with the bases loaded over Freeport's Ashleigh Schmidt during their game Friday, April 13, 2018, at Freeport Community Park.
After winning 6 straight section titles, Deer Lakes softball in unfamiliar position
April 25, 2018
A small part of Deer Lakes' post-practice conversation Wednesday centered around the team's uniform choice for Thursday's Section 1-3A softball tilt against Burrell. The Lancers

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Freeport pitcher Torri Radvan delivers during a game against Deer Lakes Friday, April 13, 2018, at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport baseball, softball teams adept at late-inning heroics this season
April 24, 2018
Freeport is developing something of an inside joke in its softball dugout. Early deficit No biggie. The Yellowjackets will make up for it later. Overcome

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Highlands' Johnny Crise hangs on the rim after dunking against Franklin Regional during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Highlands sophomore Crise receives offer from Robert Morris
Johnny Crise showed high-flying abilities for Highlands' boys basketball team in 2017-18, and now the sophomore's recruiting profile is rising. Crise picked up his first

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Freeport's Ally DeJidas works out Tuesday, March 13, 2018, during practice at the high school.
Freeport’s DeJidas tosses no-hitter, hits two home runs in victory
April 23, 2018
Freeport rallied around Ally on Monday. Junior Ally DeJidas pitched a no-hitter and slugged a pair of three-run home runs, leading Class 3A No. 2

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Valley's Andrew Serikowski scores in the fourth inning Wednesday April 18, 2018 at Valley High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley H.S. sports lookahead: Week of April 23-28
April 22, 2018
Monday The WPIAL boys tennis playoffs continue with the quarterfinals. Fox Chapel holds the top seed in Class AAA, with Franklin Regional coming to visit.

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer works out Tuesday, March 13, 2018, during practice at the high school.
A-K Valley notebook: Burrell baseball, Freeport softball to get reinforcements
Inclement weather continues to keep WPIAL baseball and softball teams confined to their gymnasiums or other practice facilities with fields rendered unplayable. But even as

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St. Joseph's Dominic Fellowes (6) collides with Sprigdale catcher Bill Vokes during their game Friday, April 20, 2018, at Springdale. St. Joseph won 17-1.
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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Deer Lakes' Josh Probst (19) takes a swing during their game against Freeport on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Freeport Community Park.
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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Burrell starting pitcher Luke Virag throw against Valley in the second inning Wednesday April 18, 2018 at Valley High School.
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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Deer Lakes' Alex Matter (23) runs to third base during their game against Freeport on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Freeport Community Park.
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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Kiski Area's Isaac Reid celebrates a win in the 285 pound quarterfinal bout against Lower Dauphin's Kyle Wuestner in class 3A during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
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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Vincentian Academy's Zach McDonough
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's Isaac Reid celebrates defeating Cathedral Prep's Kawaun DeBoe in the 285-pound 3A championship final during the PIAA state wrestling championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Reid won 3-1 against DeBoe.
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's Jake Williams attempts a kill during a game in the Norwin Boy's Volleyball tournament on Saturday March 25, 2017, at Norwin High School.
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 Logan Pollick works against Bethlehem Catholic's Joe Kurtz during the PIAA team championships Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey. Pollick won 3-0 by decision.
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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Burrell's Lea Coffman runs drills during softball practice on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
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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Springdale senior Nick Taliani participates in a drill, with coach Brett Burger lookign on, during baseball practice Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the school.
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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Leechburg's Christian Hack battles Highlands' Romello Freeman for a loose ball during the boys Cager Classic Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Highlands High School.
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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Kiski Area boys basketball coach Joey Tutchstone gives instruction on Tuesday November 24, 2015.
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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Burrell's Nick Hwostow runs drills during baseball practice on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
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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Plum's (from left) Matthew Allman, Alex Vidas, Mason McAndrew and Frank Czura celebrate after beating Penn Hills at North Allegheny's tournament Saturday, March 24, 2018, at North Allegheny.
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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West Shamokin's Olivia Fusaro works against Knoch's Casey Kretzer during the girls Cager Classic Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Highlands High School.
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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Burrell's Brittany Dunn warms up during softball practice on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
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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East girls coach Jason Kerr gives instructions during practice in preparation for the Cager Classic Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Highlands High School.
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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Highlands' Shawn Erceg works against teammate Romello Freeman during practice in preparation for the Cager Classic Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Highlands High School.
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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Mars' Lauren Wasylson scores over Armstrong's Kenzie Lasher during their game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Mars Area High School in Adams.
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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Plum's Tanner Froelich waits for a pitch during baseball practice on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
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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Kiski Area's Noah Levett goes against Canon-McMillan's Timothy Hritsko in 138 weight class during 3-A WPIAL Team Wrestling Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Trinity High School.
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's Nate Leopold (30) takes the ball to the basket during their game against Franklin Regional in Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
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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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps celebrates his win over Shaler Area 's Ryan Sullivan during the 106 bout finals of the 2017 WPIAL AAA Championships on Saturday at Canon-McMillan.
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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Franklin Regional's Mike Bartolacci scores over Gateway's Mark Bozicevic during their game Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Murrysville.
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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Leechburg Area's Mikayla Lovelace scores past Chartiers-Houston's Alexa Williamson during WPIAL 2-A girls action Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at West Allegheny High School.
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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Highlands' John Crise scores over West Allehgeny's Isaiah Crowe during WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal action at Fox Chapel High School.
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 Ian Oswalt battles against Blairsville's Jack Bruce for the third-place title in the 113 weight class during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling finals at the Kovalchick Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
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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Fox Chapel's Carson Cohen (10) goes up for a shot during their game against Norwin on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Fox Chapel.
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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Highlands' John Crise dunks against Freeport Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
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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Leechburg Area's Mackenzie Fello fights for a loose ball with Chartiers Houston's Jules Vulcano during WPIAL 2-A girls action Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at West Allegheny High School.
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's Chloe Kurpakus (12) looks for a lane during their WPIAL playoff game against Geibel Catholic on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
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 coach Nick Ionadi draws up a play against Shaler Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler.
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's Liam Buck pulls up for a jump shot against Deer Lakes during a WPIAL first-round playoff game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
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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Highlands' John Crise attempts to get around Greensburg Salem defender Jeff Mankins on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 during WPIAL basketball at Greensburg Salem High School.
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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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) drives to the net during their game against Brentwood on Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018. Leechburg won 80-56.
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’s Ethan Awes and Trent Bechtold work out during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
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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Valley's Dru Stokes (5) moves the ball up the court during their game against Deer Lakes Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.
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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Kiski Area's Danny Starr works against Bethlehem's Tavion Banks during the 195-pound match the PIAA team championships Saturday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey. Starr won 6-2 by decision.
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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Springdale's Nick Taliani (22) goes up for a shot during their game against Leechburg on Fri. Feb 2, 2018 at Leechburg. Leechburg won 61-44.
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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Leechburg's Tyler Leech (42) goes to the net during their game against Springdale on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at Leechburg. Leechburg won 61-44.
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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Apollo-Ridge's (32) Megan Ost fights for a rebound against Leechburg's (21) Mikayla Lovelace during the second half of the basketball game at Apollo-Ridge High School on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.
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's Alex Jones (1) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Geibel Catholic on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
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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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) drives to the basket against Brentwood during a Feb. 8 game.
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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Freeport's Jenna Manke saves the ball in past Burrell's Kaylen Sharrow Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
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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Valley's Dru Stokes puts up a shot during their game against Deer Lakes on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.
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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Burrell's Ian Oswalt pins Kiski Prep's Chanz Shearer during their 113 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
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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Burrell's Anthony Corrado wrestles South Fayette's Eli Brinsky during their 138 lb. match on Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 at Burrell High School.
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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Valley's Deonte Ross (#6) carries through Burrell's defense during their game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Valley Memorial Stadium. The Vikings won 18-13.
‘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' Victoria Keibler (4) makes a steal during their game against Riverview on Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph's High School. Deer Lakes won 60-20.
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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Burrell's Donovan Russell (12) drives down the court during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at Burrell. The Bucs won 60-50.
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 Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
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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St. Joseph's Alex Jones (1) drives down the court defended by Winchester Thurston's Kate Chaillet (13)during their game on Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Joseph. Winchester Thurston won 62-47.
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 Alex Jones (1) drives down the court defended by Winchester Thurston's Kate Chaillet (13)during their game on Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Joseph. Winchester Thurston won 62-47.
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's Logan Bitar (23) drives to the net through the Apollo-Ridge defense during their game on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at Burrell. The Bucs won 60-50.
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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Highlands' coach Tyler Stoczynski talks to Luke Cochran during a game against Franklin Regional on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Highlands.
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 no. 24 Ben Beale attempts a lay-up in the first half of the game against Indiana on Friday, December 22, 2017.
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's Noah Linderman wrestles South Fayette's Mike Cusic during their 145 lb. match on Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 at Burrell High School.
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 Anthony Corrado wrestles South Fayette's Eli Brinsky during their 138 lb. match on Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 at Burrell High School.
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' Luke Cochran carries the ball against Franklin Regional during a game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Highlands.
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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Burrell Wrestler Shaun Gates.Monday Dec 5, 2017.
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's Ian Oswalt pins Kiski Prep's Chanz Shearer during their 113 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
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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Leechburg's Christian Hack (10) is defended by Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (1) during their game on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at Leechburg.
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's Corey Christie (top) wrestles Tyler Griffiths of Southmoreland in the 152 lbs. championship bout at the 65th Westmoreland County Coaches Association Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at Norwin High School.
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's Christian Hack (10) is defended by Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (1) during their game on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at Leechburg.
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 Head Coach Matt Bonislawski, works with his varsity team during the first day of practice.
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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The Valley's Darius Johnson scores past Freeport's Anthony Avcilino Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
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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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) drives down the court during their game against Riverview on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at Leechburg. Leechburg won 72-49.
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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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer (top) works Penn-Trafford's Chris Risnear into position for a pin in the 138-lbs. bout on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Penn-Trafford High School. Penn-Trafford won the match 41-31.
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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Burrell's Noah Linderman wrestles Valley's Evan McGinnis during their 138lb. match on Wed. Jan. 17, 2018 at Valley High School.
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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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) goes to the net during the tip-off tournament against Kiski Area on Sat. Dec. 9, 2017 in Leechburg.
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 Isaac Reid wrestles Owen J Roberts' Alejandro Acosta in the 285-lb bout during the second round of consolations of PIAA Team Wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Friday Feb. 10, 2017. Kiski beat Owen J Roberts 56-13.
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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David Schuffert (right) runs drills with Noah Hutcherson (left) during wrestling practice on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Valley High School.
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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Blood drips off the lip of Kiski Area's Isaac Reid during the second day of consolations of PIAA Team Wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday Feb. 11, 2017. Kiski Area beat Canon-McMillan 29-24.
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's Elijah Murray pulls down a rebound next to Freeport's Ben Beale during their game Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in New Kensington. Valley won, 65-55.
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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Kiski Area's Danny Starr takes a break in his bout against Council Rock during the second day of consolations of PIAA Team Wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday Feb. 11, 2017. Kiski Area beat Council Rock 42-14.
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's Patrick Edwards and Plum's Ian Dryburgh chase down a loose ball Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Norwin.
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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Springdale's Sonny Yungwirth (21) comes up with a rebound during their against St. Joseph on Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph High School. Springdale won 84-80.
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's Daniel Fabregas (4) goes up court defended by Springdale's Michael Zolnierczyk (5) during their game on Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph High School. Springdale won 84-80.
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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Imani Christian's Rahmon Hart Jr. (11) scores a touchdown against Jeannette during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
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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Mark Redman (65) joins Springdale High School head coach Chuck Wagner in celebrating the Dynamos' 2003 WPIAL championship game victory at Heinz Field.
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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Springdale's Jazlynn Robb (5) goes up for a shot against Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Valley High School. Valley won 37-31.
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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St. Joseph's Daniel Fabregas (4) goes up court defended by Springdale's Michael Zolnierczyk (5) during their game on Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph High School. Springdale won 84-80.
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's Jazlynn Robb (5) drives up court during their game against Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Valley High School. The Lady Vikings won 37-31.
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's Carson Cohen looks to get past an Armstrong defender on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Shady Side Academy.
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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Fox Chapel's varsity takes to the court for practice Friday Nov 24, 2017.
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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St. Joseph's Alex Jones (1) drives down the court defended by Winchester Thurston's Gia Thorpe (3) during their game on Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Joseph. Winchester Thurston won 62-47.
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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Fox Chapel's Jesse Cohen
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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Burrell freshman Aaron Edwards lifts Colby Christie during wrestling practice Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at the high school.
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's Nyjewel Carter drives to the basket past Burrell's Logan Bitar during the second quarter of their game Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at Valley High School. Valley won, 70-61.
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's Ben Beale poses for a portrait during practice on Thursday, Dec. 14 2017.
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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Freeport's Ben Beale poses for a portrait during practice on Thursday, Dec. 14 2017.
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 Nick Gizzo (11) runs the ball against Penn-Trafford in the second quarter in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
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 Anthony Little, a former football player and wrestler shown Dec 6, 2017, has been forced to give up both sports because of a heart condition.
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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Apollo-Ridge senior Megan Ost during basketball practice on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the high school.
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 coach Josh Shields works with his varsity team during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
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 Head Coach Mike Beale breaks a huddle with his team with his team during practice on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 at Freeport.
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 wrestlers Ethan Shutak (top) and Jaden Zier practice at Highlands Junior High School Gymnasium on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.
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 Isaac Reid reacts after beating Montour's Roman Macek in the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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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Kiski Area's Hannah Potter (22) moves the ball up the court against Leechburg's Brittany Robilio (12) during the tip-off tournament on Sat. Dec. 9, 2017 at Leechburg.
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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