Author: George Guido


George Guido: Special homecomings on horizon for Deer Lakes, Highlands
September 18, 2018
Homecomings will be special at two local high schools over the next several weeks. Deer Lakes will celebrate its 50th Homecoming on Sept. 29 as

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Valley comes up short against Imani Christian
September 15, 2018
In a season when many schools are playing each other for the first time, the initial Imani Christian-Valley game was a memorable one. Imani junior

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‘True blue football player’ paces East Allegheny past Apollo-Ridge
East Allegheny coach Dom Pecora likes to call Dan Kasmier a linebacker who happens to play quarterback. Not matter what he's called, Kasmier did an

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 defensive backs in WPIAL history — No. 3
September 14, 2018
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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George Guido: Apollo-Ridge School District celebrates 50 years in existence
September 11, 2018
Happy 50th birthday goes out to the Apollo-Ridge School District. On Sept. 12, 1968, the Armstrong County School District gave the OK for six community

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Charleroi uses big 3rd quarter to rout Riverview
September 8, 2018
Up by just seven and facing a third-down situation early in the second half, Charleroi needed a big play. The Cougars got it when quarterback

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North Hills rushes past Kiski Area to remain undefeated
September 7, 2018
In this era of sophisticated running attacks, North Hills won its third game in as many tries with a playbook possibly used when Martorelli Stadium

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 defensive linemen in WPIAL history — No. 1
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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George Guido: Bell Township’s Rugh made coaching history 75 years ago
September 4, 2018
High school football history was made 75 years ago this week when a female took over as a head coach. At Bell Township High School

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Apollo-Ridge overcomes sloppy play to shut out Summit Academy
September 1, 2018
Although Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba feels there's more work to do, the Vikings made big plays at crucial times Saturday afternoon. Logan Harmon recovered two

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North Catholic’s quick-strike offense too much for Burrell
August 31, 2018
After two early turnovers, North Catholic got its offense in high gear. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A this week, scored on six

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 linebackers in WPIAL history — No. 1
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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George Guido: A series of firsts at Richard J. Dilts Stadium
August 28, 2018
The first game at Kiski Area's new Richard J. Dilts Stadium is in the books, so let's look at the series of firsts for the

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Plum boys soccer team hopes to take next step
August 26, 2018
Momentum. It's something that, when a program gets it, the team wants nothing more than to sustain it. That's the situation with Plum boys soccer.

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Plum girls soccer trying to find style that will help it succeed
Usually during high school times, style is associated with clothing or music. But with Plum girls soccer, fifth-year coach Caitlin Schuchert is spending the preseason

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Aliquippa’s William Gipson scores during the first quarter against McKinley Tech Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.
Class 3A No. 1 Aliquippa rolls past McKinley Tech in opener
The first game under new Aliquippa coach Mike Warfield looked a lot like Quips games under previous coaching regimes. Class 3A No. 1 Aliquippa scored

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Kiski Area Jack Colecchi is brought down by Allderdice defenders during a kick off return in the third quarter.
Kiski Area football christens stadium with win over Allderdice
August 25, 2018
Kiski Area opened its new stadium in style, with defense and special teams leading the way to a 24-9 victory over Allderdice to christen Richard

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 quarterbacks in WPIAL history — No. 1
August 24, 2018
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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Southmoreland's Ronnie Robinson, 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.
Robinson’s veteran leadership key in Southmoreland’s quest for success
August 22, 2018
At Southmoreland, the hope is that enthusiasm in the preseason can translate into victories once the season kicks off Friday against Mt. Pleasant. The Scotties

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George Guido: Talking legendary high school broadcast pairs
August 21, 2018
The 120th season of Alle-Kiski Valley high school football starts in two days, and someone associated with the area for nearly half that time won't

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Fox Chapel Emma Wecht, works out during a recent soccer practice Tuesday August 21, 2018.
Fox Chapel girls aim to claim 4th straight section title
After winning three consecutive section titles, the Fox Chapel girls soccer team intends to add to that streak. But the Foxes will have their work

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soccer ball on a field
Fox Chapel boys up to new challenge in Section 1-4A
So far this century, the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs have included Fox Chapel. And despite being realigned into a tougher section, the Foxes don't mind

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no. 22 Tanner Dudek, catches a pass during heat acclimation practice on Tuesday, August 5, 2017.
Leechburg’s Dudek drawing interest for his kicking
August 19, 2018
Not many college football recruiters have made their way to Leechburg in recent years. That could change this year with the emergence of senior punter/kicker

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 running backs in WPIAL history — No. 1
August 18, 2018
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 running backs in WPIAL history — No. 6
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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Leechburg hopes to parlay returning experience into success
This year marks the 100th season of Leechburg High School football, and the Blue Devils would like nothing more than to get more competitive and

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Deer Lakes Jack Hollibaugh works out during a heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
Familiar faces hope to fuel success for Deer Lakes in new conference
It's usually a disadvantage when a coaching vacancy is filled late into the offseason. But that might not be the case at Deer Lakes. New

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New coach Keefer aims to get Southmoreland on winning track
For a football program entering its 55th season, a feeling of newness surrounds the Southmoreland Scotties. There's a new coach in Dave Keefer, some new

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 running backs in WPIAL history — No. 7
August 17, 2018
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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Summit Academy prepares for jump to Class 2A with all-new roster
August 16, 2018
Despite an annual roster makeover and working with court-adjudicated youth, it was a memorable 2017 season for Summit Academy. The Knights (4-6, 3-5) made the

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Despite roster turnover, Trinity looks forward to competing in Big 8 Conference
August 15, 2018
En route to its first WPIAL playoff berth in five seasons, Trinity exhibited a powerful offense last season. In its six victories, the Hillers scored

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Hopewell hopes to lean on experience, qualify for WPIAL playoffs
After finishing two games out of a WPIAL Class 3A playoff berth last season, there's a feeling this is the year Hopewell can make up

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Now-experienced Beaver Falls lineup looks to return to contender status
After winning both the WPIAL and PIAA championships in 2016, it was an un-Beaver Falls-like 2017 season. The Tigers finished 1-8 overall and 0-6 in

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George Guido: Time is now for WPIAL to decide on nonboundary issue
August 14, 2018
With apologies to author John Steinbeck and andquot;The Winter of Our Discontent,andquot; summer 2018 has become the summer of our discontent for public school officials.

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Deer Lakes Collin Kadlick works out during a heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
Deer Lakes going to old-school, double tight end set with athletic Kadlick, Hollibaugh
August 13, 2018
Deer Lakes is set to begin its 50th football season by unveiling an offense popular at the time the school was formed. New head coach

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Deer Lakes Coach Tim Burk
George Guido: A-K Valley teams set coaching staffs with camp set to begin
August 7, 2018
The 120th season of Alle-Kiski Valley high school football is set to begin with the opening of training camps Monday. Three new head coaches will

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George Guido: New equipment rules for high school football
July 31, 2018
Starting this season, football players with missing or improperly worn equipment during a play will head to the bench. That's the biggest rules change among

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Deer Lakes promotes former Lancers QB Burk to head coach
July 30, 2018
Deer Lakes didn't have to go far to select its new football coach. The school board hired 1997 graduate Tim Burk as the new Lancers

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George Guido: Remembering Bob Tatrn
July 24, 2018
It's hard to say goodbye to a friend. Over the next several days, a considerable number of people will be bidding farewell to local broadcast

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George Guido: Mercenary AAU-type sports hit rock bottom
July 11, 2018
By now, many of our readers have seen the video shot this past Sunday at an AAU-type game in Emerson, Ga., involving some members of

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Private schools won 22 of the last 32 PIAA basketball titles and nine of the last 16 football championships.
George Guido: Time is right for PIAA to settle private vs. public issue
July 3, 2018
This is the time of year when not much is happening in scholastic sports. Spring sports all-star teams were named, the last few graduation parties

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Kiski Area's Tim Joyner (7) sidesteps a Mount Pleasant defender on Nov. 22, 1986 at Three Rivers Stadium,. Joyner will be one of 10 inductees at this year's Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 1.
Tim Joyner headlines Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame class
June 26, 2018
Kiski Area quarterback Tim Joyner was in on one of the most exciting plays in Kiski Area football history Nov. 22, 1986. It wasn't enough

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At left is the interior of the current high school softball, the Dudley Thunder Heat, made of Polyurethane as opposed to the one on the right with the old-fashioned cork centers.
George Guido: What’s behind the HR surge in high school softball?
June 19, 2018
Softballs are flying out of the high school ballparks these days. Home runs are being hit at a sometimes-dizzying pace, a far cry from the

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Fox Chapel Best Buddies president Lexie Schutzman, (left), toasts with long-time friend Joyann Mahoney, (right), as they eat pizza during the semi-formal dance at the Lauri Ann West Community Center on Jan. 27.
George Guido: Fox Chapel’s Shcutzman honored again
June 12, 2018
Tuesday was a big night for Fox Chapel student-athlete Lexie Schutzman. For the second consecutive year, she was honored at the Positive Athlete Award banquet

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Southmoreland softball continues its historic run, reaches PIAA semifinals
June 7, 2018
DUBOIS — Southmoreland had to escape an early hole in Monday's PIAA Class 3A softball opener. But there was no need for late heroics Thursday

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Mt. Pleasant softball survives scare in PIAA Class 4A 1st round
June 4, 2018
Defending PIAA Class 4A softball champion Mt. Pleasant came about as close to losing a game as possible in the bottom of the seventh inning

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North Hills celebrates beating Mars Area in the WPIAL 5-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
Walk-off single in 11th inning leads North Hills to 1st WPIAL Class 5A baseball title
May 30, 2018
North Hills waited 44 years to get back to the WPIAL baseball finals. And the Indians didn't mind waiting a bit longer. Joe Pusateri's single

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A hat from Har-Brack, Harrison-Brackenridge High School, is on display at the Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society’s Heritage Museum in Tarentum.
George Guido: Reflecting on last athletic events at pair of revered schools
Two beloved high schools with glorious sports histories took their final bows 50 years ago this week. Har-Brack and Tarentum played their final athletic events

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Vincentian's Kyler Fedko (3) celebrates with Sean McGrail after scoring during the WPIAL Class A championship game against Union Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Top-seeded Vincentian Academy claims 1st WPIAL baseball crown
May 29, 2018
There's nothing like an early cushion while pitching in your school's first WPIAL baseball title game. Vincentian Academy senior Stephen Turzai was staked to a

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North Hills pitcher Joey Pusateri (2) competes against Mars Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Hills.
North Hills, Mars to meet in WPIAL Class 5A baseball final
It was the era of bell-bottomed pants and 45-cent per gallon gasoline. It was 1974 — the last time North Hills made the WPIAL baseball

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North Hills defeats West Allegheny, makes long-awaited return to WPIAL title game
May 24, 2018
The long wait is over for the North Hills baseball program. The Indians are going back to the WPIAL finals for the first time since

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Baseball in glove
Bednar returns to lead Mars past Hampton in WPIAL baseball semifinals
Mars junior Will Bednar had been sick the past several days and his start in Thursday's Class 5A semifinal was in doubt until game time.

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Leechburg took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.
Yorty’s home run lifts Monessen past Leechburg in WPIAL Class A softball playoffs
May 23, 2018
Monessen was trying to win with small ball. Instead, the Greyhounds happily settled for the long ball in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday

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George Guido: 17 words started it all
The PIAA board of directors meeting Wednesday afternoon in Mechanicsburg promises to be more interesting than most. Two items on the agenda reflect the growing

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Franklin Regional hurts itself with errors in quarterfinal loss to North Hills
May 22, 2018
North Hills had heard enough of its postseason baseball woes: three one-and-dones in the past four seasons and no WPIAL playoff wins in 11 seasons.

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Leechburg softball builds early lead, holds off late rally to advance
May 21, 2018
Leechburg was hoping to play its first WPIAL Class A softball playoff game last week instead of enduring a 12-day wait. But the layoff had

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Riverview softball romps past Quigley in first round
May 16, 2018
Quigley Catholic's first WPIAL softball appearance in 11 years was short-lived. Riverview erupted for 13 runs in the first inning and rolled to a 21-0

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Visnesky, West Mifflin blank Deer Lakes in Class 4A first round
May 15, 2018
It was billed to be a pitching duel, and the WPIAL Class 4A first-round baseball game reached expectations. West Mifflin's Ben Visnesky and Deer Lakes'

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George Guido: Mid-1900s were heyday for A-K Valley baseball
The 105th WPIAL baseball tournament got underway Tuesday amid threatening skies throughout the region. Winners in six classifications will be crowned May 29 and May

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Brentzel’s grand slam lifts No. 5 Norwin past North Hills
Norwin junior Alex Brentzel picked a good time to hit her first grand slam at any level of play. Brentzel's blast ignited a seven-run Knights

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The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate with relief pitcher Adam Liberatore after he finished a no-hitter against San Diego. Liberatore is a Blackhawk graduate.
George Guido: Bad weather this season no match for spring 1968
May 8, 2018
There's no question that rain and nasty weather have had an affect on this year's high school baseball season. Deer Lakes, for example, played games

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Plum's Jackson Rogers gets in a run-down with Penn-Trafford's Mario Disso during their game Monday, April 30, 2018, at Plum High School.
Plum baseball looks forward to postseason
May 4, 2018
The Plum Mustangs are in a familiar position, having clinched their 12th consecutive WPIAL baseball playoff berth before the calendar turned to May. But following

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Deer Lakes clinches playoff berth with win over Highlands
It's been a busy week for Deer Lakes baseball with five games in five days. But the result was a berth in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Valley baseball defeats rival Burrell first 1st time since ’12
May 2, 2018
Valley beat Burrell on Wednesday for the first time in six seasons. But the game went down to the final pitch. Burrell scored two runs

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George Guido: Playoff berths used to be tougher to come by
May 1, 2018
With the weather finally improving, schools are getting caught up with their WPIAL baseball and softball schedules. It might be a good time to mention

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Penn-Trafford's Jordan Sabol makes a lunging catch at the outfield wall to save a run during a game against Plum Monday, April 30, 2018, at Plum High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball outlasts Plum in battle of playoff-bound teams
April 30, 2018
With both teams already qualifyed for the WPIAL baseball playoffs, Plum and Penn-Trafford are playing for postseason positioning. Monday, it was Penn-Trafford prevailing 6-5 in

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Leechburg baseball closes in on playoff berth with win over St. Joseph
April 27, 2018
Leechburg had to wait more than an hour to record the game's final out Friday afternoon against rival St. Joseph. But getting the difficult 21st

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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) drives to the basket against Brentwood during a Feb. 8 game.
George Guido: Leechburg’s Lovelace leads A-K Valley all-staters
April 24, 2018
The Alle-Kiski Valley's second all-time leading girls basketball scorer and two-time Valley News Dispatch Player of the Year now has a place on the all-state

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Har-Brack quarterback Rudy Mattioli prepares to take a snap from center Julian Furmanski. Mattioli, who died Saturday at 82, was first team AP All-State in 1950 and led the Tigers to an 8-1-1 record.
Rudy Mattioli shined at Har-Brack, Pitt
April 21, 2018
Har-Brack quarterback Rudy Mattioli was popular with his Tigers teammates for more than his on-field capabilities. Another reason was his mother, Antoinette, cooking a massive

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Roundball Classic roundup: Latrobe’s Dudzenski leads East team to convincing victory
April 20, 2018
Latrobe's Marcus Dudzenski had never played in an all-star game before Friday night. But the 6-foot-6 senior made the most of it by leading the

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Bishop Canevin's Diajha Allen is pressured by Neumann-Goretti's Diamond Johnson during the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
George Guido: PIAA, state Senators to meet next week
April 17, 2018
A meeting is planned next Tuesday between PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi and members of the state Senate. The two bodies meet every couple of

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No. 2 Steel Valley baseball rebounds against No. 5 Burrell
April 14, 2018
After a tough loss at Valley earlier this week, Steel Valley's next trip along the Route 56 bypass was more fruitful. The Ironmen, ranked No.

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George Guido: Extended winter will tax baseball, softball teams
April 11, 2018
For pro wrestling fans, WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. For those associated with high school spring sports in Western Pennsylvania, WWE means Winter Without

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Pitching staff stays strong as Freeport baseball blanks Highlands
April 6, 2018
For the second consecutive day, the Freeport baseball team got strong starting pitching and timely hitting that resulted in a Section 1-4A victory. Brodey Cowan

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George Guido: Plenty to celebrate for Mars fans
April 3, 2018
Folks in the Mars area still are celebrating a great high school basketball season. And who could blame them Last week, the girls team won

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Springdale senior Faith Lepovsky takes a swing during softball practice Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the school.
George Guido: Breaking down new rules for spring sports
March 27, 2018
Most high school baseball rules changes for 2018 are of the cosmetic variety, but softball has a major change in the way intentional walks are

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Highlands' Christian Tanilli blocks a shot by Leechburg's Christian Hack during the boys Cager Classic Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Highlands High School.
Freeport’s Beale ties Cager Classic 3-pointer record, but West loses
March 24, 2018
Freeport assistant basketball coach Austin Miller apparently is doing a great job. One of his proteges, Ben Beale, tied his Cager Classic record for six

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George Guido: Saying goodbye to hoops season with local ‘awards’
March 20, 2018
It's time to say goodbye to the local high school basketball season. All that's left is the annual Cager Classic all-star event Saturday, which in

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Riverview baseball rebuilding under 1st-year coach Gras
March 19, 2018
For new Riverview baseball coach Bill Gras, the challenge is not only getting his team ready for the season, but to get the whole operation

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Riverview softball sets high expectations with 8 returning starters
After finishing in fourth place last season and making the WPIAL playoffs out of Section 3-A, the Riverview softball team clearly wants more. With all

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Mars boys use 4th-quarter rally to defeat Highlands in PIAA quarterfinals
March 16, 2018
Mars proved again that it could win without Notre Dame recruit Robby Carmody on the floor. After fouling out with 3 minutes, 49 seconds left

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Kiski Area softball looks to build on playoff appearance
After several years away from the WPIAL softball postseason, Kiski Area qualified for the playoffs last season with a 10-4 record and a third-place tie

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Kiski Area baseball aims to improve after 2-17 season
Things didn't go as planned last year as Kiski Area baseball coach Kyle Morrow made his debut. The Cavaliers finished 1-11 in Section 1-5A and

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Sewickley Academy boys hold off Ridgway in PIAA Class 2A second round
March 14, 2018
Sewickley Academy, more accustomed to lighting up the scoreboard, had to prove it could win a slowdown game Wednesday night. The defending Class 2A state

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Guido: Signs to honor Freeport state volleyball champions
March 13, 2018
Freeport's 2017 PIAA girls volleyball championship will be remembered permanently with two commemorative signs that will soon greet motorists coming into the community. Through the

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Highlands overcomes slow start to roll past Carrick into PIAA quarterfinals
Highlands fell behind by eight early, but coach Tyler Stoczynski resisted calling a timeout. The strategy worked as the Golden Rams finished the first quarter

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New coach set to lead Fox Chapel baseball
It was a smooth transition for new Fox Chapel baseball coach Jim Hastings. A 1999 graduate of the school, Hastings is familiar with many of

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Experienced lineup returns for Fox Chapel softball
Senior leadership will be a key ingredient this year as the Fox Chapel softball team will go for its fourth consecutive WPIAL playoff berth. The

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Cambridge Spings duo too much for Leechburg boys
March 10, 2018
MEADVILLE — It's one thing for a team to be unaccustomed to guarding a 6-foot-8 player. But Leechburg had the task of dealing with two

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Valley boys ousted by Sharon, but program takes another step
March 9, 2018
Sharon boys basketball is reliving the era of hula hoops, Elvis Presley and Ford Thunderbirds. The Tigers collected their 24th victory of the season, the

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Leechburg girls’ impressive run ends
The curtain came down on a remarkable era of Leechburg girls basketball Friday night. District 10 champion West Middlesex used a strong inside game to

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George Guido: A-K Valley teams set for PIAA basketball playoffs
March 6, 2018
It's PIAA basketball playoff time, and six local schools qualified. For the first time, Leechburg's boys and girls qualified for the state playoffs. A closer

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New Castle boys hand Quaker Valley 1st loss, win WPIAL Class 4A title
March 3, 2018
New Castle boys basketball coach Ralph Blundo said all five of his WPIAL title teams are special. But this year's team is special because of

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Thorpe’s 36 points guide Winchester Thurston girls to 2nd straight WPIAL Class A title
March 2, 2018
It was hard to tell if it was nerves or the 60-mile bus ride. But West Greene started Friday's WPIAL Class A girls title game

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Top-seeded Vincentian Academy girls top Chartiers-Houston to earn 11th WPIAL title
March 1, 2018
After losing to Chartiers-Houston in last season's WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball title game, Vincentian Academy standout Caroline Elliott was determined to change the result

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Quaker Valley gets defensive in Class 4A semifinal win over Indiana
February 28, 2018
With its undefeated season and a trip to the WPIAL finals on the line, Quaker Valley led Indiana by just four at halftime. But the

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Highlands' Luke Cochran (23) takes the ball to the basket during their game against Franklin Regional in Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Franklin Regional defense stands tall in win over Highlands
February 27, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion knew the best to way to beat Highlands was with a staunch defensive effort. The Panthers kept Highlands off the

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac brings his team together before playing Derry during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at Fox Chapel High School. Aliquippa won 46-20.
George Guido: Pa. needs to adopt Virginia method for hiring/firing high school coaches
High school football still is reverberating over last week's firing of Aliquippa football coach Mike Zmijanac. The Aliquippa school board last week voted 7-2 not

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McDonough’s 29 points guide Vincentian Academy boys past Cornell in WPIAL semifinals
February 26, 2018
Vincentian boys basketball coach Tim Tyree couldn't hold back his enthusiasm after earning a spot in the WPIAL title game his first year at the

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Vincentian Academy girls topple Serra Catholic to earn 7th straight WPIAL finals berth
It's back to the WPIAL girls basketball finals for Vincentian Academy for a seventh straight season. The Royals used an early second-half surge to down

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No. 1 seed Quaker Valley holds off Valley to reach WPIAL semifinals
February 24, 2018
After falling behind early, Valley stayed within striking distance of top-seeded Quaker Valley, eventually dropping a 53-47 decision in a WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball

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No. 2 OLSH charges past Springdale to reach WPIAL semifinals
February 23, 2018
For more than a half, the Springdale Dynamos were satisfied with the pace of Friday's Class 2A quarterfinal boys basketball game. But Our Lady of

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Valley holds off late South Park rally to earn 1st playoff victory since ’09
February 21, 2018
Valley had built up a generous lead, up by as much as 15 early in the fourth quarter. But the Vikings had to withstand a

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In this Jan. 26, 1991 file photo, Buffalo Bills lineman Mitch Frerotte, left, and quarterback Jim Kelly clown around during practice before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Frerotte died unexpectedly at home in Kittanning, Pa., Wednesday June 11, 2008. He was 43.
George Guido: Kittanning’s Mitch Frerotte headed to hall
Mitch Frerotte played in three Super Bowls during his six-season NFL career but also was known as a free spirit during his playing days. His

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Leechburg boys get first basketball playoff victory in seven years
February 20, 2018
Fort Cherry stayed within striking distance of Leechburg for three quarters. But a strong start for the Blue Devils in the fourth period paved the

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Elizabeth-Forward girls send Freeport packing
February 17, 2018
The word drought usually is associated with summertime, not a wet weekend in mid-February. But a scoring drought Saturday afternoon proved disastrous for the Freeport

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Leechburg’s Mikayla Lovelace eclipses 2,000 career points in playoff victory
February 16, 2018
Leechburg senior Mikayla Lovelace was chasing a milestone and a WPIAL playoff victory Friday night. Lovelace became the 42nd player in WPIAL girls basketball history

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The 2010 WPIAL Hall of Fame class led by Chuck Klausing (center) at the Heinz History Center's Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum on Tuesday April 27, 2010.
Chuck Klausing remembered as more than just a coach
It's one thing to recognize the on-field accomplishments of coach Chuck Klausing's football teams, especially those from Braddock High School. But his greatest legacy might

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George Guido: Apollo-Ridge, Riverview girls basketball buck odds to reach WPIAL playoffs
February 14, 2018
The 106th WPIAL basketball playoff tournament is set to begin Friday with the playoff brackets distributed Tuesday night at Green Tree Crowne Plaza. Two local

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Springdale boys don’t let Riverview spoil season this time, clinch playoffs with win
February 9, 2018
Last year, Springdale needed a win over Riverview in the season finale to clinch a WPIAL playoff spot but came up short. The Dynamos were

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Okopal guides Burrell to another closing-seconds win
February 6, 2018
It was Jake to the rescue once again for Burrell on Tuesday night. For the second consecutive game, senior guard Jake Okopal hit a 3-pointer

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Guido: Burrell to wrestle on 10th anniversary of state title
With its 12th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship in tow, the Burrell wrestling team is again headed to Hershey for the PIAA team tournament. The

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Deer Lakes boys eke out OT win over Valley
February 3, 2018
When Deer Lakes reserve Brad Perrotte woke up Saturday morning, he had no idea he would score the winning points in a victory. But the

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Leechburg shrugs off slow start, puts Springdale’s playoff plans on hold
February 2, 2018
There's nothing like having another key player emerge for a team's stretch run. At Leechburg, sophomore Connor McDermott, getting more playing time as the season

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Derry Area's Conner Watt (12) moves the ball down the court during their game at Deer Lakes High School on Jan. 30, 2018.
Deer Lakes uses second-half surge to top short-handed Derry
January 30, 2018
Coaches always preach the importance of the first few minutes of the second half. Deer Lakes took control of Tuesday's Section 1-4A encounter by scoring

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Valley High School's Tom Pipkins sets a new WPIAL career scoring record with a slam dunk against South Park on Jan. 29, 1993. Valley won the game before a capacity crowd 97-63.
George Guido: Tom Pipkins’ WPIAL scoring mark remains intact 25 years later
Though it's been 25 years, Valley graduate Tom Pipkins remains atop the WPIAL basketball all-time scoring list. Pipkins broke the record Jan. 29, 1993, as

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Apollo-Ridge girls hold off Avonworth to clinch WPIAL playoff berth
January 29, 2018
Apollo-Ridge is not only winning girls basketball games, but the Vikings are beating high-profile programs. After sweeping the season series with a win against Seton

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Bench play leads Highlands boys past Armstrong
January 27, 2018
While the Highlands starting lineup has excelled, the bench was the difference Friday night at Armstrong. The Golden Rams reserves accounted for 25 points as

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Valley can’t capitalize on chances as Carter leads Indiana to double-OT victory
January 24, 2018
Indiana coach Greg Lezanic admits he can get caught up watching Carlos Carter play. And it's difficult to blame him. Carter scored 35 points —

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George Guido: Proposed transfer rule a good start
At least it's a start. The PIAA will be voting Wednesday on a measure to not allow a student-athlete to transfer schools once at least

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Leechburg's John Miskinis (2) drives past Jeannette's Jackson Pruitt (15) during their game on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at Leechburg.
Leechburg boys hand Jeannette its 1st section loss
January 20, 2018
When Leechburg standout Christian Hack is being guarded closely, Blue Devils coach Corey Smith urges John Miskinis to pick up the slack. That's what happened

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Leechburg not caught looking ahead against Riverview
So much for any thought of a trap game. With a big Section 1-AA showdown looming against Jeannette on Saturday afternoon, Leechburg didn't chance looking

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Guido: A-K Valley football teams set to travel
January 17, 2018
In 1959, the longest road trip for the undefeated Springdale Dynamos was to Hampton — a mere 14.7 miles from the school campus. For the

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Freeport guard Samantha Clark competes against Deer Lakes Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Freeport.
Big second quarter leads Freeport past Deer Lakes
Freeport used a strong second quarter to end a five-game winning streak for Deer Lakes on Tuesday night. The Yellowjackets held the Lancers scoreless for

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Return of Ross lifts Valley over Derry
January 9, 2018
It was a dazzling return to the hardwood Tuesday night for Valley's Deonte Ross. Playing his first basketball game of the season after suffering a

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Guido: Weather plays factor in A-K Valley hoops schedules
The Farmer's Almanac got it right. The sage publication predicted the freezing temperatures in the Pittsburgh region from Jan. 1-6. The Almanac makes weather forecasts

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Kelly sparks Fox Chapel win vs. Norwin
January 6, 2018
Ben Kelly's return to the lineup has made quite a difference for Fox Chapel. Out with an illness two weeks ago when the Foxes dropped

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Guido: Lots to look forward to in new year in A-K Valley
January 3, 2018
Happy New Year to all of our readers — print and online. Each high school sports year is unique, and 2018 should be no different.

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Highlands boys hold on for OT win over Knoch in tournament final
December 30, 2017
After missing 13 free throws in regulation, the Highlands boys had a feeling that could cost them the game. Instead, Highlands caught fire in the

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Leechburg girls drop Apollo-Ridge for Apollo Trust Company tournament title
December 29, 2017
After trailing by one at the half, Apollo-Ridge had designs of an upset over Leechburg. But the Vikings were held to a single point in

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George Guido: 1997 Riverview football team makes coach’s championship prediction come true
December 27, 2017
After WPIAL Class A championship game appearances in two of the previous three seasons, the 1997 Riverview Raiders struggled to a 3-3 record and were

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Gus Frerotte headlines Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame class
December 24, 2017
Ford City High School never made the WPIAL football playoffs until quarterback Gus Frerotte took over in 1987. Frerotte, who was also an outfielder on

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Geoff Helm tries to pass over Highlands defenders Daniel Thimons (0) and Ryan Signorella (20) on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 during the Jamfest basketball tournament at Penn Hills High School.
Highlands boys bounce back from loss to rout Greensburg CC
After losing to Franklin Regional on Friday night, Highlands made sure it wasn't going to lose to another Westmoreland County team Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Korry

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Fox Chapel’s offense struggles in loss to streaking Penn Hills
December 23, 2017
Going into the season, Penn Hills coach Dan DeRose didn't know what to expect from a largely inexperienced team. But the Indians are rolling along

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OLSH's Ashley Norling (44) dribbles the ball towards the basket in their game against St. Joseph at St. Joseph High School on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
Norling-led Our Lady of Sacred Heart topples St. Joseph in girls basketball
December 19, 2017
In its final tuneup before section play begins, St. Joseph cut a 13-point deficit to two. But the Spartans couldn't complete the comeback and fell

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Guido: PIAA board cracking down on in-season transfers
It looks like the PIAA might finally be doing something about in-season transfers. At its last board of directors meeting, the PIAA passed, on a

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Pine-Richland's Ben Jochem scores during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against St. Joseph's Prep Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Guido: Where does the Pine-Richland football team rank among WPIAL’s all-time greats?
December 12, 2017
The high school football season is over, and about all that's left is to argue where Pine-Richland ranks among the greatest teams in WPIAL history.

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Leechburg boys move to 3-1 after defeating St. Joseph
After four games in five nights, Leechburg boys basketball has earned a day off. The Blue Devils advanced their record to 3-1 with an 87-63

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Fast-paced St. Joseph races past Riverview
December 9, 2017
For many decades, St. Joseph has been known for fast-paced basketball. But it was the Spartans defense that shined Saturday night as Riverview was held

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St. Joseph's Alex Jones (right) and Gia Angelo fight for a rebound with Highlands' Jaharee' Holt during Joseph's Tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Walter Dlubak Athletic Center.
St. Joseph girls score impressive win over Highlands in season opener
December 8, 2017
It was a quick start to begin the new season for St. Joseph. The Spartans scored the game's first 11 points and rolled to a

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George Guido: New rule allows basketball coaches more space
December 5, 2017
High school basketball coaches will have more room to roam along the sidelines this winter. One of the significant rules changes for the coming season

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Turnovers costly as Washington falls to Wilmington in PIAA Class 2A semifinals
December 1, 2017
Too many turnovers proved too costly for Washington on Friday night. Wilmington turned four turnovers into touchdowns and emerged with a 49-42 victory over the

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Riverview girls basketball coach Keith Stitt speaks to the team before practice on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at the high school.
Riverview girls to rely on several sophomores, freshmen to contribute
It wasn't quite like the earthquake that hit Delaware on Thursday. But the Riverview girls basketball program received a seismic shock when standout forward Ariel

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Riverview's De’Marea Hairston drives to the basket during practice Thursday, Nov. 29, 2017 at Riverview High School.
Productive offseason sparks optimism for Riverview boys basketball
After losing its first 11 section games last season, the Riverview boys basketball team put it all together on the final night of section play

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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.
George Guido: Football teams face decisions on ‘playing up’
November 28, 2017
For Apollo-Ridge, 2A is OK for the next two football seasons. After playing up in Class 3A for the past two years, the district announced

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WPIAL Class 2A football final notebook: Washington celebrates 1st title since 2001
November 25, 2017
Saturday's championship-game victory over Steel Valley was the seventh WPIAL title in Washington history and the first since 2001 when the Little Prexies defeated Beaver

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Jeannette celebrate their win against Imani Christian in the locker room after the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
WPIAL Class A football final notebook: Jeannette has fourth-most titles in WPIAL history
Saturday's title win was Jeannette's ninth in school history, fourth most in the WPIAL behind Aliquippa (16), Clairton (13) and New Castle (11). Jeannette is

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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.
Apollo-Ridge girls aim to be ‘most improved’ team in section
November 21, 2017
Making the WPIAL playoffs is a reasonable goal for many teams in the preseason. But for Apollo-Ridge girls basketball in Section 3-3A, navigating through a

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Apollo-Ridge senior Kyle Fitzroy during basketball practice on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the high school.
Freshmen to play key roles for Apollo-Ridge boys basketball
Many coaches over the years have been reluctant to play freshmen early in their careers. But Apollo-Ridge coach Damon Andring isn't one of them. Andring

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Guido: Former athletes remembered for public service
As New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw was laid to rest today, we remember him as another former athlete who made his mark in local

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Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak talks with Garret Fairman during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 4A final notebook: TJ’s Cherpak joins top 10 coaches list
November 18, 2017
Saturday's WPIAL Class 4A championship win over Montour was the 249th in Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak's illustrious career. He is now 10th on the

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Gateway quarterback Brady Walker dives into the end zone to score past Penn-Trafford's John Gay during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 5A final notebook: Gateway breaks Heinz Field jinx
After winning five WPIAL titles in an 18-year span between 1969-86, WPIAL gold has returned to Monroeville and Pitcairn. WPIAL Hall of Fame coach Walter

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Pine-Richland's Ray Falcone catches a touchdown pass in front of Central Catholic's Chase McCorkle during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 6A final notebook: Pine-Richland wins title in 4th classification
Pine-Richland became the first school to win WPIAL football titles in four different classifications Saturday. The Rams won Class AA titles in 1969 over New

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Quaker Valley's Ethan Moore intercepts a pass to seal the victory late in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Aliquippa Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 3A final notebook: A rare shutout for Aliquippa in title game
Not only was a 2-0 final the rarest of rarities, shutting out Aliquippa doesn't happen too often, either. The last time the Quips were shut

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Guido: Tough year for A-K Valley football
November 14, 2017
This won't go down as a banner year for local high school football. Many Alle-Kiski Valley programs continued to struggle. Of the 12 schools in

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No. 4 Montour upsets conference rival South Fayette in WPIAL Class 4A semifinals
November 10, 2017
For the second straight week, the Montour Spartans staged a dramatic, fourth-quarter comeback. This time, Montour was rewarded with a trip to Heinz Field next

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Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Bella Skatell collides with Brockway's Leah Lindemuth while making a save during the second half of their PIAA Class A girls playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Moon Area High School. GCC won, 3-2.
Ward scores twice at Greensburg Central Catholic edges Brockway in PIAA first round
November 7, 2017
The response to an opponent's goal in a PIAA playoff is paramount. Greensburg Central Catholic senior Sydney Ward scored what turned out to be the

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Workers began demolishing the former Ford City High School building Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The school was closed in 2015 when students from Ford City and Kittanning began attending Armstrong High School.
Guido: Memories remain for Ford City’s Red Mihalik gym
Crews began demolition last week of one of the Alle-Kiski Valley's most recognizable high schools. Ford City, including the historic Red Mihalik gym, a place

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Allderdice downs Brashear to win 1st City football title in 50 years
November 4, 2017
Finally — the drought is over for Allderdice. The Dragons won their first Pittsburgh City League football title since 1967 and only the second overall

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OLSH defeats Springdale for program’s 1st playoff victory
November 3, 2017
Down by eight points in the second quarter, Springdale thought it was ready to get some momentum after a sack by Scott Landis put Our

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Springdale's Parker Kline carries towards the goal line during a game against Greensburg Central Catholic Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Springdale.
Springdale prepares for trip to Moon to face No. 5 OLSH
November 1, 2017
The Springdale Dynamos are headed for the Moon. Moon High School's Tiger Stadium, that is. Twelfth-seeded Springdale will face No. 5 Our Lady of the

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Guido: Alle-Kiski Valley football teams hit road for playoffs again
October 31, 2017
WPIAL football playoff time is here, and three schools will be representing the Alle-Kiski Valley. Freeport is in the playoffs for the 27th time, tops

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Bentworth caps season with win at Riverview
October 28, 2017
In a day when both teams were plagued with soggy field conditions in the second half, three big first-half plays by Bentworth proved to be

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Solomon scores four TDs as Deer Lakes beats Burrell
October 27, 2017
Friday was about escaping the Allegheny Conference cellar, and Deer Lakes came up big in that regard. The Lancers scored three touchdowns in the space

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Freeport defense steps up in quarterfinal win over Quaker Valley
October 26, 2017
The Freeport girls soccer team was best known for a solid offensive attack this season. But the Yellowjackets defense was at its best Thursday as

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold (7) makes a catch and takes it to the 3 yard line in front Kiski Area's Andrew Mason (11) of in the third quarter during a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Davis Field in Vandergrift. Franklin Regional won 19-14.
Guido: Kiski Area to say good-bye to Davis Field
October 24, 2017
This time, it's for sure. Kiski Area will play its final home game Friday at Vandergrift's Davis Field against Armstrong. During each of the past

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No. 1 South Fayette routs Highlands, extends regular-season win streak to 55
October 21, 2017
South Fayette, the Tribune-Review's No. 1-ranked Class 4A team, wrapped up the Northwest 9 Conference with a 49-14 home victory Friday night against Highlands. The

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George Guido: Alle-Kiski Valley football teams could face tough road on playoffs
October 17, 2017
Last season was the first time in 37 years no Alle-Kiski Valley football teams opened the playoffs at home. It could happen again this season.

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Highlands rolls in delayed game against Blackhawk
October 15, 2017
Blackhawk is likely happy its new stadium didn't open as planned Saturday night. Needing to play its home games at Geneva College's Reeves Stadium because

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Valley's Vaun Ross (#0) carries on a touchdown run during their game against Burrell on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Valley Memorial Stadium. The Vikings won 18-13.
Valley tops rival Burrell for 5th straight time in Allegheny Conference
October 13, 2017
Friday was the only Valley-Burrell football game Shawn Demharter ever played in. But the Vikings senior made the most of it. Demharter intercepted a pass

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Har-Brack quarterback Henry Borski, sixth from left in middle row, died as the result of injuries suffered in a game against Turtle Creek on Oct. 15, 1927.
Guido: Tragic death 90 years ago nearly ended A-K Valley football programs
October 10, 2017
Tragedy visited Alle-Kiski Valley high school football 90 years ago this week. A Har-Brack High School football player's death caused from an injury during a

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Valley's Alex Ward raises the ball as he scores past Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Shady Side Academy.
Shady Side Academy thumps Valley behind stellar performance from Skyy Moore
October 7, 2017
Under a brilliant blue sky Saturday afternoon at Shady Side Academy, Skyy Moore was brilliant for the Indians. The junior quarterback ran for 173 yards

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Keystone Oaks holds off Burrell rally for Allegheny Conference win
October 6, 2017
Defending Allegheny Conference champion Keystone Oaks remained in the WPIAL playoff race with a crucial 20-13 victory at Burrell. But the Golden Eagles had to

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Apollo Ridge Alex Gamble looks for room to run in the second quarter at Apollo Ridge against Seton LaSalle.Friday Sept 29, 2017.
Guido: Playoff chases heating up for Alle-Kiski Valley football teams
October 3, 2017
With the high school football season in its second half, the playoff picture for Alle-Kiski schools is coming into focus. A number of schools have

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Greater Latrobe quarterback Jason Armstrong throws a pass under pressure from McKeesport's Edward Meadows during their game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at McKeesport High School.
No. 4 McKeesport stifles Latrobe in 49-0 rout
September 30, 2017
McKeesport's triple option, flexbone offense is a sight to behold when it's in high gear. But Tigers coach Matt Miller wants to see his team's

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Highlands builds big lead before holding off Albert Gallatin
Highlands started on the right track with Logan Crise returning the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown. But the Golden Rams had to hold

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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.
George Guido: Coaching legend Chuck Wagner left indelible mark
September 26, 2017
When you've covered a public figure such as coach Chuck Wagner for more than 40 years, a number of things are seared into your mind.

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Ross-led Valley holds off Deer Lakes for 1st win
September 22, 2017
Valley finally got into the win column Friday night, putting together three second-half scoring drives then held off a late Deer Lakes rally to emerge

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Guido: Big plans for facility upgrades at Leechburg
September 19, 2017
Athletics facilities improvements could be on the way for Leechburg High School. The school board last week voted to register RBC Capital Markets to acquire

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Jeannette's Isaiah Winters carries past Riverview defenders during the first half of their game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Oakmont.
Jeannette races to early lead, shuts out depleted Riverview
September 16, 2017
Even the first-quarter ricochets went Jeannette's way Saturday. The Jayhawks benefitted from a Raiders handoff batted in the air several times to recover a fumble

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Armstrong leads Latrobe past Kiski Area
September 15, 2017
It might not like seem much to many, but Latrobe has won two games in a row for the first time since 2011. Senior quarterback/linebacker

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Guido: Highlands football set to celebrate 50th season
September 12, 2017
Highlands will mark its 50th football season with a celebration Friday as part of its home game against Knoch. All football alumni are invited, but

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Imani Christian Academy's Asante Watkins eludes the Riverview defense during their game Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Riverside Park. Imani Christian Academy led 38-6 at halftime.
Imani Christian steamrolls Riverview with 661 yards of offense
September 9, 2017
The WPIAL's newest powerhouse rolled into Oakmont on Saturday afternoon, and Imani Christian handed Riverview one of its most lopsided defeats, 66-6. The Saints, No.

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Apollo-Ridge knocks off defending WPIAL champion Beaver Falls
September 8, 2017
A confident Apollo-Ridge team rolled into Beaver Falls on Friday night and knocked off the defending WPIAL and PIAA champs 27-19 in a Class 3A

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Guido: Knoch’s Whalen wows in coaching debut
September 6, 2017
What a way to begin a coaching career. Knoch's Frank Whalen came up a winner in his coaching debut with the Knights last Friday in

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Hopewell denies Burrell on late touchdown run
September 1, 2017
After a spectacular 86-yard run by Burrell's Logan Bitar with 3 minutes, 58 seconds left in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Bucs and

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St. Joseph's Chloe Kurpakus, during practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.
St. Joseph girls breaking losing mentality
August 29, 2017
After enduring a season that showed no wins in 12 section matches and a 1-14 overall mark, the St. Joseph girls soccer teams knows plenty

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St. Joseph's Daniel Fabregas (center) is among the team's top returners.
Graduation took a toll, but St. Joseph boys aim to maintain success
St. Joseph boys soccer has been on a roll lately, compiling a 28-9 record over the past two seasons. That includes last year when the

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Guido: High school football teams nearing milestones
This could be the season many WPIAL football schools hit milestones. Gateway defeated Woodland Hills Friday for victory No. 400 in school history. Mars and

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Penn Hills' Richard Martin strides into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Indians' game against Plum on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Newman Stadium in McCandless. Penn Hills won 26-0.
Penn Hills shuts down Plum in Week Zero opener
August 26, 2017
Jon LeDonne came up a winner in his debut as the Penn Hills football coach as the Indians rolled to a 26-0 victory over Plum

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Freeport's Conor Selinger competes against Yough Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Freeport.
Freeport rides Romanchak to blowout victory over Yough
August 25, 2017
The WPIAL's first football game of the season was a statement-maker for Freeport junior Austin Romanchak. Romanchak showed why he's one of the area's top

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Isiah Bauman calls for a pass during heat acclimation practice at Freeport High School on August 9, 2017
Guido: A-K Valley teams benefit from Week Zero
August 23, 2017
The 118th season of high school football in the Alle-Kiski Valley is just a day away, so let's set the stage for the new season.

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New coach Andrew Kariotis hopes to boost Burrell boys soccer
August 21, 2017
When Andrew Kariotis found out the boys soccer coaching job at his alma mater, Burrell, was vacant, he likely was the first to jump in.

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Burrell's Morgan Weeter, works out with the girls varsity soccer team during a recent practice at Kotecki Park. Friday August 18, 2017.
Burrell girls soccer wants to build off last year’s success
It was a feel-good story of the 2016 soccer season. Before an Oct. 3 home game against Highlands, the recording of the national anthem malfunctioned

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no. 28 Jake Blumer, runs with the ball after recieving a hand-off during heat acclimation practice on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Underclassmen set for bigger roles with Leechburg football team
August 18, 2017
As Leechburg struggled toward a 1-9 finish last year, two underclassmen who seized the opportunity for playing time are ready to make their mark as

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Guido: It’s a season of change for high school soccer
August 15, 2017
High school soccer players can now kick the ball in any direction to begin play. That new kickoff procedure is one of eight changes approved

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Fox Chapel's Head Coach Tom Loughran works with Quarterback Nick Gizzo during the first practice at Fox Chapel High School.Monday August 7, 2017.
Gizzo, Morris hope to help Fox Chapel carry momentum built at end of 2016 season
August 14, 2017
The itch to switch salvaged the 2016 season to a respectable level for Fox Chapel. After the Foxes lost their first five games, coach Tom

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Guido: High school football players to be greeted by new rules
August 8, 2017
A blindside block is pretty much a thing of the past in high school football. The prohibition and definition of the blindside block are among

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George Guido: Special homecomings on horizon for Deer Lakes, Highlands
September 18, 2018
Homecomings will be special at two local high schools over the next several weeks. Deer Lakes will celebrate its 50th Homecoming on Sept. 29 as

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Valley comes up short against Imani Christian
September 15, 2018
In a season when many schools are playing each other for the first time, the initial Imani Christian-Valley game was a memorable one. Imani junior

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‘True blue football player’ paces East Allegheny past Apollo-Ridge
East Allegheny coach Dom Pecora likes to call Dan Kasmier a linebacker who happens to play quarterback. Not matter what he's called, Kasmier did an

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 defensive backs in WPIAL history — No. 3
September 14, 2018
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George Guido: Apollo-Ridge School District celebrates 50 years in existence
September 11, 2018
Happy 50th birthday goes out to the Apollo-Ridge School District. On Sept. 12, 1968, the Armstrong County School District gave the OK for six community

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Charleroi uses big 3rd quarter to rout Riverview
September 8, 2018
Up by just seven and facing a third-down situation early in the second half, Charleroi needed a big play. The Cougars got it when quarterback

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North Hills rushes past Kiski Area to remain undefeated
September 7, 2018
In this era of sophisticated running attacks, North Hills won its third game in as many tries with a playbook possibly used when Martorelli Stadium

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 defensive linemen in WPIAL history — No. 1
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George Guido: Bell Township’s Rugh made coaching history 75 years ago
September 4, 2018
High school football history was made 75 years ago this week when a female took over as a head coach. At Bell Township High School

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Apollo-Ridge overcomes sloppy play to shut out Summit Academy
September 1, 2018
Although Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba feels there's more work to do, the Vikings made big plays at crucial times Saturday afternoon. Logan Harmon recovered two

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North Catholic’s quick-strike offense too much for Burrell
August 31, 2018
After two early turnovers, North Catholic got its offense in high gear. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A this week, scored on six

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 linebackers in WPIAL history — No. 1
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George Guido: A series of firsts at Richard J. Dilts Stadium
August 28, 2018
The first game at Kiski Area's new Richard J. Dilts Stadium is in the books, so let's look at the series of firsts for the

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Plum boys soccer team hopes to take next step
August 26, 2018
Momentum. It's something that, when a program gets it, the team wants nothing more than to sustain it. That's the situation with Plum boys soccer.

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Plum girls soccer trying to find style that will help it succeed
Usually during high school times, style is associated with clothing or music. But with Plum girls soccer, fifth-year coach Caitlin Schuchert is spending the preseason

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Aliquippa’s William Gipson scores during the first quarter against McKinley Tech Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.
Class 3A No. 1 Aliquippa rolls past McKinley Tech in opener
The first game under new Aliquippa coach Mike Warfield looked a lot like Quips games under previous coaching regimes. Class 3A No. 1 Aliquippa scored

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Kiski Area Jack Colecchi is brought down by Allderdice defenders during a kick off return in the third quarter.
Kiski Area football christens stadium with win over Allderdice
August 25, 2018
Kiski Area opened its new stadium in style, with defense and special teams leading the way to a 24-9 victory over Allderdice to christen Richard

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 quarterbacks in WPIAL history — No. 1
August 24, 2018
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Southmoreland's Ronnie Robinson, 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.
Robinson’s veteran leadership key in Southmoreland’s quest for success
August 22, 2018
At Southmoreland, the hope is that enthusiasm in the preseason can translate into victories once the season kicks off Friday against Mt. Pleasant. The Scotties

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George Guido: Talking legendary high school broadcast pairs
August 21, 2018
The 120th season of Alle-Kiski Valley high school football starts in two days, and someone associated with the area for nearly half that time won't

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Fox Chapel Emma Wecht, works out during a recent soccer practice Tuesday August 21, 2018.
Fox Chapel girls aim to claim 4th straight section title
After winning three consecutive section titles, the Fox Chapel girls soccer team intends to add to that streak. But the Foxes will have their work

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soccer ball on a field
Fox Chapel boys up to new challenge in Section 1-4A
So far this century, the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs have included Fox Chapel. And despite being realigned into a tougher section, the Foxes don't mind

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no. 22 Tanner Dudek, catches a pass during heat acclimation practice on Tuesday, August 5, 2017.
Leechburg’s Dudek drawing interest for his kicking
August 19, 2018
Not many college football recruiters have made their way to Leechburg in recent years. That could change this year with the emergence of senior punter/kicker

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 running backs in WPIAL history — No. 1
August 18, 2018
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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 running backs in WPIAL history — No. 6
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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Leechburg hopes to parlay returning experience into success
This year marks the 100th season of Leechburg High School football, and the Blue Devils would like nothing more than to get more competitive and

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Deer Lakes Jack Hollibaugh works out during a heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
Familiar faces hope to fuel success for Deer Lakes in new conference
It's usually a disadvantage when a coaching vacancy is filled late into the offseason. But that might not be the case at Deer Lakes. New

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New coach Keefer aims to get Southmoreland on winning track
For a football program entering its 55th season, a feeling of newness surrounds the Southmoreland Scotties. There's a new coach in Dave Keefer, some new

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TribLive HSSN ranks the top 7 running backs in WPIAL history — No. 7
August 17, 2018
Did you ever wonder how you would rank the top high school football players in WPIAL history So did the staff at the TribLive High

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Summit Academy prepares for jump to Class 2A with all-new roster
August 16, 2018
Despite an annual roster makeover and working with court-adjudicated youth, it was a memorable 2017 season for Summit Academy. The Knights (4-6, 3-5) made the

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Despite roster turnover, Trinity looks forward to competing in Big 8 Conference
August 15, 2018
En route to its first WPIAL playoff berth in five seasons, Trinity exhibited a powerful offense last season. In its six victories, the Hillers scored

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Hopewell hopes to lean on experience, qualify for WPIAL playoffs
After finishing two games out of a WPIAL Class 3A playoff berth last season, there's a feeling this is the year Hopewell can make up

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Now-experienced Beaver Falls lineup looks to return to contender status
After winning both the WPIAL and PIAA championships in 2016, it was an un-Beaver Falls-like 2017 season. The Tigers finished 1-8 overall and 0-6 in

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George Guido: Time is now for WPIAL to decide on nonboundary issue
August 14, 2018
With apologies to author John Steinbeck and andquot;The Winter of Our Discontent,andquot; summer 2018 has become the summer of our discontent for public school officials.

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Deer Lakes Collin Kadlick works out during a heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
Deer Lakes going to old-school, double tight end set with athletic Kadlick, Hollibaugh
August 13, 2018
Deer Lakes is set to begin its 50th football season by unveiling an offense popular at the time the school was formed. New head coach

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Deer Lakes Coach Tim Burk
George Guido: A-K Valley teams set coaching staffs with camp set to begin
August 7, 2018
The 120th season of Alle-Kiski Valley high school football is set to begin with the opening of training camps Monday. Three new head coaches will

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George Guido: New equipment rules for high school football
July 31, 2018
Starting this season, football players with missing or improperly worn equipment during a play will head to the bench. That's the biggest rules change among

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Deer Lakes promotes former Lancers QB Burk to head coach
July 30, 2018
Deer Lakes didn't have to go far to select its new football coach. The school board hired 1997 graduate Tim Burk as the new Lancers

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George Guido: Remembering Bob Tatrn
July 24, 2018
It's hard to say goodbye to a friend. Over the next several days, a considerable number of people will be bidding farewell to local broadcast

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George Guido: Mercenary AAU-type sports hit rock bottom
July 11, 2018
By now, many of our readers have seen the video shot this past Sunday at an AAU-type game in Emerson, Ga., involving some members of

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Private schools won 22 of the last 32 PIAA basketball titles and nine of the last 16 football championships.
George Guido: Time is right for PIAA to settle private vs. public issue
July 3, 2018
This is the time of year when not much is happening in scholastic sports. Spring sports all-star teams were named, the last few graduation parties

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Kiski Area's Tim Joyner (7) sidesteps a Mount Pleasant defender on Nov. 22, 1986 at Three Rivers Stadium,. Joyner will be one of 10 inductees at this year's Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 1.
Tim Joyner headlines Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame class
June 26, 2018
Kiski Area quarterback Tim Joyner was in on one of the most exciting plays in Kiski Area football history Nov. 22, 1986. It wasn't enough

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At left is the interior of the current high school softball, the Dudley Thunder Heat, made of Polyurethane as opposed to the one on the right with the old-fashioned cork centers.
George Guido: What’s behind the HR surge in high school softball?
June 19, 2018
Softballs are flying out of the high school ballparks these days. Home runs are being hit at a sometimes-dizzying pace, a far cry from the

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Fox Chapel Best Buddies president Lexie Schutzman, (left), toasts with long-time friend Joyann Mahoney, (right), as they eat pizza during the semi-formal dance at the Lauri Ann West Community Center on Jan. 27.
George Guido: Fox Chapel’s Shcutzman honored again
June 12, 2018
Tuesday was a big night for Fox Chapel student-athlete Lexie Schutzman. For the second consecutive year, she was honored at the Positive Athlete Award banquet

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Southmoreland softball continues its historic run, reaches PIAA semifinals
June 7, 2018
DUBOIS — Southmoreland had to escape an early hole in Monday's PIAA Class 3A softball opener. But there was no need for late heroics Thursday

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Mt. Pleasant softball survives scare in PIAA Class 4A 1st round
June 4, 2018
Defending PIAA Class 4A softball champion Mt. Pleasant came about as close to losing a game as possible in the bottom of the seventh inning

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North Hills celebrates beating Mars Area in the WPIAL 5-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
Walk-off single in 11th inning leads North Hills to 1st WPIAL Class 5A baseball title
May 30, 2018
North Hills waited 44 years to get back to the WPIAL baseball finals. And the Indians didn't mind waiting a bit longer. Joe Pusateri's single

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A hat from Har-Brack, Harrison-Brackenridge High School, is on display at the Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society’s Heritage Museum in Tarentum.
George Guido: Reflecting on last athletic events at pair of revered schools
Two beloved high schools with glorious sports histories took their final bows 50 years ago this week. Har-Brack and Tarentum played their final athletic events

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Vincentian's Kyler Fedko (3) celebrates with Sean McGrail after scoring during the WPIAL Class A championship game against Union Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Top-seeded Vincentian Academy claims 1st WPIAL baseball crown
May 29, 2018
There's nothing like an early cushion while pitching in your school's first WPIAL baseball title game. Vincentian Academy senior Stephen Turzai was staked to a

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North Hills pitcher Joey Pusateri (2) competes against Mars Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Hills.
North Hills, Mars to meet in WPIAL Class 5A baseball final
It was the era of bell-bottomed pants and 45-cent per gallon gasoline. It was 1974 — the last time North Hills made the WPIAL baseball

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North Hills defeats West Allegheny, makes long-awaited return to WPIAL title game
May 24, 2018
The long wait is over for the North Hills baseball program. The Indians are going back to the WPIAL finals for the first time since

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Baseball in glove
Bednar returns to lead Mars past Hampton in WPIAL baseball semifinals
Mars junior Will Bednar had been sick the past several days and his start in Thursday's Class 5A semifinal was in doubt until game time.

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Leechburg took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.
Yorty’s home run lifts Monessen past Leechburg in WPIAL Class A softball playoffs
May 23, 2018
Monessen was trying to win with small ball. Instead, the Greyhounds happily settled for the long ball in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday

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George Guido: 17 words started it all
The PIAA board of directors meeting Wednesday afternoon in Mechanicsburg promises to be more interesting than most. Two items on the agenda reflect the growing

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Franklin Regional hurts itself with errors in quarterfinal loss to North Hills
May 22, 2018
North Hills had heard enough of its postseason baseball woes: three one-and-dones in the past four seasons and no WPIAL playoff wins in 11 seasons.

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Leechburg softball builds early lead, holds off late rally to advance
May 21, 2018
Leechburg was hoping to play its first WPIAL Class A softball playoff game last week instead of enduring a 12-day wait. But the layoff had

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Riverview softball romps past Quigley in first round
May 16, 2018
Quigley Catholic's first WPIAL softball appearance in 11 years was short-lived. Riverview erupted for 13 runs in the first inning and rolled to a 21-0

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Visnesky, West Mifflin blank Deer Lakes in Class 4A first round
May 15, 2018
It was billed to be a pitching duel, and the WPIAL Class 4A first-round baseball game reached expectations. West Mifflin's Ben Visnesky and Deer Lakes'

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George Guido: Mid-1900s were heyday for A-K Valley baseball
The 105th WPIAL baseball tournament got underway Tuesday amid threatening skies throughout the region. Winners in six classifications will be crowned May 29 and May

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Brentzel’s grand slam lifts No. 5 Norwin past North Hills
Norwin junior Alex Brentzel picked a good time to hit her first grand slam at any level of play. Brentzel's blast ignited a seven-run Knights

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The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate with relief pitcher Adam Liberatore after he finished a no-hitter against San Diego. Liberatore is a Blackhawk graduate.
George Guido: Bad weather this season no match for spring 1968
May 8, 2018
There's no question that rain and nasty weather have had an affect on this year's high school baseball season. Deer Lakes, for example, played games

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Plum's Jackson Rogers gets in a run-down with Penn-Trafford's Mario Disso during their game Monday, April 30, 2018, at Plum High School.
Plum baseball looks forward to postseason
May 4, 2018
The Plum Mustangs are in a familiar position, having clinched their 12th consecutive WPIAL baseball playoff berth before the calendar turned to May. But following

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Deer Lakes clinches playoff berth with win over Highlands
It's been a busy week for Deer Lakes baseball with five games in five days. But the result was a berth in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Valley baseball defeats rival Burrell first 1st time since ’12
May 2, 2018
Valley beat Burrell on Wednesday for the first time in six seasons. But the game went down to the final pitch. Burrell scored two runs

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George Guido: Playoff berths used to be tougher to come by
May 1, 2018
With the weather finally improving, schools are getting caught up with their WPIAL baseball and softball schedules. It might be a good time to mention

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Penn-Trafford's Jordan Sabol makes a lunging catch at the outfield wall to save a run during a game against Plum Monday, April 30, 2018, at Plum High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball outlasts Plum in battle of playoff-bound teams
April 30, 2018
With both teams already qualifyed for the WPIAL baseball playoffs, Plum and Penn-Trafford are playing for postseason positioning. Monday, it was Penn-Trafford prevailing 6-5 in

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Leechburg baseball closes in on playoff berth with win over St. Joseph
April 27, 2018
Leechburg had to wait more than an hour to record the game's final out Friday afternoon against rival St. Joseph. But getting the difficult 21st

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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) drives to the basket against Brentwood during a Feb. 8 game.
George Guido: Leechburg’s Lovelace leads A-K Valley all-staters
April 24, 2018
The Alle-Kiski Valley's second all-time leading girls basketball scorer and two-time Valley News Dispatch Player of the Year now has a place on the all-state

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Har-Brack quarterback Rudy Mattioli prepares to take a snap from center Julian Furmanski. Mattioli, who died Saturday at 82, was first team AP All-State in 1950 and led the Tigers to an 8-1-1 record.
Rudy Mattioli shined at Har-Brack, Pitt
April 21, 2018
Har-Brack quarterback Rudy Mattioli was popular with his Tigers teammates for more than his on-field capabilities. Another reason was his mother, Antoinette, cooking a massive

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Roundball Classic roundup: Latrobe’s Dudzenski leads East team to convincing victory
April 20, 2018
Latrobe's Marcus Dudzenski had never played in an all-star game before Friday night. But the 6-foot-6 senior made the most of it by leading the

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Bishop Canevin's Diajha Allen is pressured by Neumann-Goretti's Diamond Johnson during the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
George Guido: PIAA, state Senators to meet next week
April 17, 2018
A meeting is planned next Tuesday between PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi and members of the state Senate. The two bodies meet every couple of

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No. 2 Steel Valley baseball rebounds against No. 5 Burrell
April 14, 2018
After a tough loss at Valley earlier this week, Steel Valley's next trip along the Route 56 bypass was more fruitful. The Ironmen, ranked No.

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George Guido: Extended winter will tax baseball, softball teams
April 11, 2018
For pro wrestling fans, WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. For those associated with high school spring sports in Western Pennsylvania, WWE means Winter Without

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Pitching staff stays strong as Freeport baseball blanks Highlands
April 6, 2018
For the second consecutive day, the Freeport baseball team got strong starting pitching and timely hitting that resulted in a Section 1-4A victory. Brodey Cowan

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George Guido: Plenty to celebrate for Mars fans
April 3, 2018
Folks in the Mars area still are celebrating a great high school basketball season. And who could blame them Last week, the girls team won

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Springdale senior Faith Lepovsky takes a swing during softball practice Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the school.
George Guido: Breaking down new rules for spring sports
March 27, 2018
Most high school baseball rules changes for 2018 are of the cosmetic variety, but softball has a major change in the way intentional walks are

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Highlands' Christian Tanilli blocks a shot by Leechburg's Christian Hack during the boys Cager Classic Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Highlands High School.
Freeport’s Beale ties Cager Classic 3-pointer record, but West loses
March 24, 2018
Freeport assistant basketball coach Austin Miller apparently is doing a great job. One of his proteges, Ben Beale, tied his Cager Classic record for six

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George Guido: Saying goodbye to hoops season with local ‘awards’
March 20, 2018
It's time to say goodbye to the local high school basketball season. All that's left is the annual Cager Classic all-star event Saturday, which in

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Riverview baseball rebuilding under 1st-year coach Gras
March 19, 2018
For new Riverview baseball coach Bill Gras, the challenge is not only getting his team ready for the season, but to get the whole operation

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Riverview softball sets high expectations with 8 returning starters
After finishing in fourth place last season and making the WPIAL playoffs out of Section 3-A, the Riverview softball team clearly wants more. With all

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Mars boys use 4th-quarter rally to defeat Highlands in PIAA quarterfinals
March 16, 2018
Mars proved again that it could win without Notre Dame recruit Robby Carmody on the floor. After fouling out with 3 minutes, 49 seconds left

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Kiski Area softball looks to build on playoff appearance
After several years away from the WPIAL softball postseason, Kiski Area qualified for the playoffs last season with a 10-4 record and a third-place tie

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Kiski Area baseball aims to improve after 2-17 season
Things didn't go as planned last year as Kiski Area baseball coach Kyle Morrow made his debut. The Cavaliers finished 1-11 in Section 1-5A and

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Sewickley Academy boys hold off Ridgway in PIAA Class 2A second round
March 14, 2018
Sewickley Academy, more accustomed to lighting up the scoreboard, had to prove it could win a slowdown game Wednesday night. The defending Class 2A state

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Guido: Signs to honor Freeport state volleyball champions
March 13, 2018
Freeport's 2017 PIAA girls volleyball championship will be remembered permanently with two commemorative signs that will soon greet motorists coming into the community. Through the

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Highlands overcomes slow start to roll past Carrick into PIAA quarterfinals
Highlands fell behind by eight early, but coach Tyler Stoczynski resisted calling a timeout. The strategy worked as the Golden Rams finished the first quarter

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New coach set to lead Fox Chapel baseball
It was a smooth transition for new Fox Chapel baseball coach Jim Hastings. A 1999 graduate of the school, Hastings is familiar with many of

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Experienced lineup returns for Fox Chapel softball
Senior leadership will be a key ingredient this year as the Fox Chapel softball team will go for its fourth consecutive WPIAL playoff berth. The

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Cambridge Spings duo too much for Leechburg boys
March 10, 2018
MEADVILLE — It's one thing for a team to be unaccustomed to guarding a 6-foot-8 player. But Leechburg had the task of dealing with two

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Valley boys ousted by Sharon, but program takes another step
March 9, 2018
Sharon boys basketball is reliving the era of hula hoops, Elvis Presley and Ford Thunderbirds. The Tigers collected their 24th victory of the season, the

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Leechburg girls’ impressive run ends
The curtain came down on a remarkable era of Leechburg girls basketball Friday night. District 10 champion West Middlesex used a strong inside game to

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George Guido: A-K Valley teams set for PIAA basketball playoffs
March 6, 2018
It's PIAA basketball playoff time, and six local schools qualified. For the first time, Leechburg's boys and girls qualified for the state playoffs. A closer

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New Castle boys hand Quaker Valley 1st loss, win WPIAL Class 4A title
March 3, 2018
New Castle boys basketball coach Ralph Blundo said all five of his WPIAL title teams are special. But this year's team is special because of

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Thorpe’s 36 points guide Winchester Thurston girls to 2nd straight WPIAL Class A title
March 2, 2018
It was hard to tell if it was nerves or the 60-mile bus ride. But West Greene started Friday's WPIAL Class A girls title game

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Top-seeded Vincentian Academy girls top Chartiers-Houston to earn 11th WPIAL title
March 1, 2018
After losing to Chartiers-Houston in last season's WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball title game, Vincentian Academy standout Caroline Elliott was determined to change the result

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Quaker Valley gets defensive in Class 4A semifinal win over Indiana
February 28, 2018
With its undefeated season and a trip to the WPIAL finals on the line, Quaker Valley led Indiana by just four at halftime. But the

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Highlands' Luke Cochran (23) takes the ball to the basket during their game against Franklin Regional in Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Franklin Regional defense stands tall in win over Highlands
February 27, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion knew the best to way to beat Highlands was with a staunch defensive effort. The Panthers kept Highlands off the

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac brings his team together before playing Derry during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at Fox Chapel High School. Aliquippa won 46-20.
George Guido: Pa. needs to adopt Virginia method for hiring/firing high school coaches
High school football still is reverberating over last week's firing of Aliquippa football coach Mike Zmijanac. The Aliquippa school board last week voted 7-2 not

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McDonough’s 29 points guide Vincentian Academy boys past Cornell in WPIAL semifinals
February 26, 2018
Vincentian boys basketball coach Tim Tyree couldn't hold back his enthusiasm after earning a spot in the WPIAL title game his first year at the

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Vincentian Academy girls topple Serra Catholic to earn 7th straight WPIAL finals berth
It's back to the WPIAL girls basketball finals for Vincentian Academy for a seventh straight season. The Royals used an early second-half surge to down

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No. 1 seed Quaker Valley holds off Valley to reach WPIAL semifinals
February 24, 2018
After falling behind early, Valley stayed within striking distance of top-seeded Quaker Valley, eventually dropping a 53-47 decision in a WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball

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No. 2 OLSH charges past Springdale to reach WPIAL semifinals
February 23, 2018
For more than a half, the Springdale Dynamos were satisfied with the pace of Friday's Class 2A quarterfinal boys basketball game. But Our Lady of

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Valley holds off late South Park rally to earn 1st playoff victory since ’09
February 21, 2018
Valley had built up a generous lead, up by as much as 15 early in the fourth quarter. But the Vikings had to withstand a

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In this Jan. 26, 1991 file photo, Buffalo Bills lineman Mitch Frerotte, left, and quarterback Jim Kelly clown around during practice before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Frerotte died unexpectedly at home in Kittanning, Pa., Wednesday June 11, 2008. He was 43.
George Guido: Kittanning’s Mitch Frerotte headed to hall
Mitch Frerotte played in three Super Bowls during his six-season NFL career but also was known as a free spirit during his playing days. His

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Leechburg boys get first basketball playoff victory in seven years
February 20, 2018
Fort Cherry stayed within striking distance of Leechburg for three quarters. But a strong start for the Blue Devils in the fourth period paved the

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Elizabeth-Forward girls send Freeport packing
February 17, 2018
The word drought usually is associated with summertime, not a wet weekend in mid-February. But a scoring drought Saturday afternoon proved disastrous for the Freeport

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Leechburg’s Mikayla Lovelace eclipses 2,000 career points in playoff victory
February 16, 2018
Leechburg senior Mikayla Lovelace was chasing a milestone and a WPIAL playoff victory Friday night. Lovelace became the 42nd player in WPIAL girls basketball history

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The 2010 WPIAL Hall of Fame class led by Chuck Klausing (center) at the Heinz History Center's Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum on Tuesday April 27, 2010.
Chuck Klausing remembered as more than just a coach
It's one thing to recognize the on-field accomplishments of coach Chuck Klausing's football teams, especially those from Braddock High School. But his greatest legacy might

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George Guido: Apollo-Ridge, Riverview girls basketball buck odds to reach WPIAL playoffs
February 14, 2018
The 106th WPIAL basketball playoff tournament is set to begin Friday with the playoff brackets distributed Tuesday night at Green Tree Crowne Plaza. Two local

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Springdale boys don’t let Riverview spoil season this time, clinch playoffs with win
February 9, 2018
Last year, Springdale needed a win over Riverview in the season finale to clinch a WPIAL playoff spot but came up short. The Dynamos were

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Okopal guides Burrell to another closing-seconds win
February 6, 2018
It was Jake to the rescue once again for Burrell on Tuesday night. For the second consecutive game, senior guard Jake Okopal hit a 3-pointer

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Guido: Burrell to wrestle on 10th anniversary of state title
With its 12th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship in tow, the Burrell wrestling team is again headed to Hershey for the PIAA team tournament. The

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Deer Lakes boys eke out OT win over Valley
February 3, 2018
When Deer Lakes reserve Brad Perrotte woke up Saturday morning, he had no idea he would score the winning points in a victory. But the

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Leechburg shrugs off slow start, puts Springdale’s playoff plans on hold
February 2, 2018
There's nothing like having another key player emerge for a team's stretch run. At Leechburg, sophomore Connor McDermott, getting more playing time as the season

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Derry Area's Conner Watt (12) moves the ball down the court during their game at Deer Lakes High School on Jan. 30, 2018.
Deer Lakes uses second-half surge to top short-handed Derry
January 30, 2018
Coaches always preach the importance of the first few minutes of the second half. Deer Lakes took control of Tuesday's Section 1-4A encounter by scoring

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Valley High School's Tom Pipkins sets a new WPIAL career scoring record with a slam dunk against South Park on Jan. 29, 1993. Valley won the game before a capacity crowd 97-63.
George Guido: Tom Pipkins’ WPIAL scoring mark remains intact 25 years later
Though it's been 25 years, Valley graduate Tom Pipkins remains atop the WPIAL basketball all-time scoring list. Pipkins broke the record Jan. 29, 1993, as

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Apollo-Ridge girls hold off Avonworth to clinch WPIAL playoff berth
January 29, 2018
Apollo-Ridge is not only winning girls basketball games, but the Vikings are beating high-profile programs. After sweeping the season series with a win against Seton

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Bench play leads Highlands boys past Armstrong
January 27, 2018
While the Highlands starting lineup has excelled, the bench was the difference Friday night at Armstrong. The Golden Rams reserves accounted for 25 points as

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Valley can’t capitalize on chances as Carter leads Indiana to double-OT victory
January 24, 2018
Indiana coach Greg Lezanic admits he can get caught up watching Carlos Carter play. And it's difficult to blame him. Carter scored 35 points —

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George Guido: Proposed transfer rule a good start
At least it's a start. The PIAA will be voting Wednesday on a measure to not allow a student-athlete to transfer schools once at least

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Leechburg's John Miskinis (2) drives past Jeannette's Jackson Pruitt (15) during their game on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at Leechburg.
Leechburg boys hand Jeannette its 1st section loss
January 20, 2018
When Leechburg standout Christian Hack is being guarded closely, Blue Devils coach Corey Smith urges John Miskinis to pick up the slack. That's what happened

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Leechburg not caught looking ahead against Riverview
So much for any thought of a trap game. With a big Section 1-AA showdown looming against Jeannette on Saturday afternoon, Leechburg didn't chance looking

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Guido: A-K Valley football teams set to travel
January 17, 2018
In 1959, the longest road trip for the undefeated Springdale Dynamos was to Hampton — a mere 14.7 miles from the school campus. For the

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Freeport guard Samantha Clark competes against Deer Lakes Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Freeport.
Big second quarter leads Freeport past Deer Lakes
Freeport used a strong second quarter to end a five-game winning streak for Deer Lakes on Tuesday night. The Yellowjackets held the Lancers scoreless for

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Return of Ross lifts Valley over Derry
January 9, 2018
It was a dazzling return to the hardwood Tuesday night for Valley's Deonte Ross. Playing his first basketball game of the season after suffering a

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Guido: Weather plays factor in A-K Valley hoops schedules
The Farmer's Almanac got it right. The sage publication predicted the freezing temperatures in the Pittsburgh region from Jan. 1-6. The Almanac makes weather forecasts

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Kelly sparks Fox Chapel win vs. Norwin
January 6, 2018
Ben Kelly's return to the lineup has made quite a difference for Fox Chapel. Out with an illness two weeks ago when the Foxes dropped

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Guido: Lots to look forward to in new year in A-K Valley
January 3, 2018
Happy New Year to all of our readers — print and online. Each high school sports year is unique, and 2018 should be no different.

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Highlands boys hold on for OT win over Knoch in tournament final
December 30, 2017
After missing 13 free throws in regulation, the Highlands boys had a feeling that could cost them the game. Instead, Highlands caught fire in the

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Leechburg girls drop Apollo-Ridge for Apollo Trust Company tournament title
December 29, 2017
After trailing by one at the half, Apollo-Ridge had designs of an upset over Leechburg. But the Vikings were held to a single point in

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George Guido: 1997 Riverview football team makes coach’s championship prediction come true
December 27, 2017
After WPIAL Class A championship game appearances in two of the previous three seasons, the 1997 Riverview Raiders struggled to a 3-3 record and were

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Gus Frerotte headlines Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame class
December 24, 2017
Ford City High School never made the WPIAL football playoffs until quarterback Gus Frerotte took over in 1987. Frerotte, who was also an outfielder on

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Geoff Helm tries to pass over Highlands defenders Daniel Thimons (0) and Ryan Signorella (20) on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 during the Jamfest basketball tournament at Penn Hills High School.
Highlands boys bounce back from loss to rout Greensburg CC
After losing to Franklin Regional on Friday night, Highlands made sure it wasn't going to lose to another Westmoreland County team Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Korry

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Fox Chapel’s offense struggles in loss to streaking Penn Hills
December 23, 2017
Going into the season, Penn Hills coach Dan DeRose didn't know what to expect from a largely inexperienced team. But the Indians are rolling along

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OLSH's Ashley Norling (44) dribbles the ball towards the basket in their game against St. Joseph at St. Joseph High School on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
Norling-led Our Lady of Sacred Heart topples St. Joseph in girls basketball
December 19, 2017
In its final tuneup before section play begins, St. Joseph cut a 13-point deficit to two. But the Spartans couldn't complete the comeback and fell

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Guido: PIAA board cracking down on in-season transfers
It looks like the PIAA might finally be doing something about in-season transfers. At its last board of directors meeting, the PIAA passed, on a

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Pine-Richland's Ben Jochem scores during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against St. Joseph's Prep Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Guido: Where does the Pine-Richland football team rank among WPIAL’s all-time greats?
December 12, 2017
The high school football season is over, and about all that's left is to argue where Pine-Richland ranks among the greatest teams in WPIAL history.

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Leechburg boys move to 3-1 after defeating St. Joseph
After four games in five nights, Leechburg boys basketball has earned a day off. The Blue Devils advanced their record to 3-1 with an 87-63

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Fast-paced St. Joseph races past Riverview
December 9, 2017
For many decades, St. Joseph has been known for fast-paced basketball. But it was the Spartans defense that shined Saturday night as Riverview was held

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St. Joseph's Alex Jones (right) and Gia Angelo fight for a rebound with Highlands' Jaharee' Holt during Joseph's Tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Walter Dlubak Athletic Center.
St. Joseph girls score impressive win over Highlands in season opener
December 8, 2017
It was a quick start to begin the new season for St. Joseph. The Spartans scored the game's first 11 points and rolled to a

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George Guido: New rule allows basketball coaches more space
December 5, 2017
High school basketball coaches will have more room to roam along the sidelines this winter. One of the significant rules changes for the coming season

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Turnovers costly as Washington falls to Wilmington in PIAA Class 2A semifinals
December 1, 2017
Too many turnovers proved too costly for Washington on Friday night. Wilmington turned four turnovers into touchdowns and emerged with a 49-42 victory over the

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Riverview girls basketball coach Keith Stitt speaks to the team before practice on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at the high school.
Riverview girls to rely on several sophomores, freshmen to contribute
It wasn't quite like the earthquake that hit Delaware on Thursday. But the Riverview girls basketball program received a seismic shock when standout forward Ariel

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Riverview's De’Marea Hairston drives to the basket during practice Thursday, Nov. 29, 2017 at Riverview High School.
Productive offseason sparks optimism for Riverview boys basketball
After losing its first 11 section games last season, the Riverview boys basketball team put it all together on the final night of section play

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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.
George Guido: Football teams face decisions on ‘playing up’
November 28, 2017
For Apollo-Ridge, 2A is OK for the next two football seasons. After playing up in Class 3A for the past two years, the district announced

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WPIAL Class 2A football final notebook: Washington celebrates 1st title since 2001
November 25, 2017
Saturday's championship-game victory over Steel Valley was the seventh WPIAL title in Washington history and the first since 2001 when the Little Prexies defeated Beaver

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Jeannette celebrate their win against Imani Christian in the locker room after the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
WPIAL Class A football final notebook: Jeannette has fourth-most titles in WPIAL history
Saturday's title win was Jeannette's ninth in school history, fourth most in the WPIAL behind Aliquippa (16), Clairton (13) and New Castle (11). Jeannette is

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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.
Apollo-Ridge girls aim to be ‘most improved’ team in section
November 21, 2017
Making the WPIAL playoffs is a reasonable goal for many teams in the preseason. But for Apollo-Ridge girls basketball in Section 3-3A, navigating through a

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Apollo-Ridge senior Kyle Fitzroy during basketball practice on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the high school.
Freshmen to play key roles for Apollo-Ridge boys basketball
Many coaches over the years have been reluctant to play freshmen early in their careers. But Apollo-Ridge coach Damon Andring isn't one of them. Andring

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Guido: Former athletes remembered for public service
As New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw was laid to rest today, we remember him as another former athlete who made his mark in local

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Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak talks with Garret Fairman during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 4A final notebook: TJ’s Cherpak joins top 10 coaches list
November 18, 2017
Saturday's WPIAL Class 4A championship win over Montour was the 249th in Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak's illustrious career. He is now 10th on the

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Gateway quarterback Brady Walker dives into the end zone to score past Penn-Trafford's John Gay during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 5A final notebook: Gateway breaks Heinz Field jinx
After winning five WPIAL titles in an 18-year span between 1969-86, WPIAL gold has returned to Monroeville and Pitcairn. WPIAL Hall of Fame coach Walter

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Pine-Richland's Ray Falcone catches a touchdown pass in front of Central Catholic's Chase McCorkle during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 6A final notebook: Pine-Richland wins title in 4th classification
Pine-Richland became the first school to win WPIAL football titles in four different classifications Saturday. The Rams won Class AA titles in 1969 over New

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Quaker Valley's Ethan Moore intercepts a pass to seal the victory late in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Aliquippa Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 3A final notebook: A rare shutout for Aliquippa in title game
Not only was a 2-0 final the rarest of rarities, shutting out Aliquippa doesn't happen too often, either. The last time the Quips were shut

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Guido: Tough year for A-K Valley football
November 14, 2017
This won't go down as a banner year for local high school football. Many Alle-Kiski Valley programs continued to struggle. Of the 12 schools in

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No. 4 Montour upsets conference rival South Fayette in WPIAL Class 4A semifinals
November 10, 2017
For the second straight week, the Montour Spartans staged a dramatic, fourth-quarter comeback. This time, Montour was rewarded with a trip to Heinz Field next

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Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Bella Skatell collides with Brockway's Leah Lindemuth while making a save during the second half of their PIAA Class A girls playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Moon Area High School. GCC won, 3-2.
Ward scores twice at Greensburg Central Catholic edges Brockway in PIAA first round
November 7, 2017
The response to an opponent's goal in a PIAA playoff is paramount. Greensburg Central Catholic senior Sydney Ward scored what turned out to be the

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Workers began demolishing the former Ford City High School building Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The school was closed in 2015 when students from Ford City and Kittanning began attending Armstrong High School.
Guido: Memories remain for Ford City’s Red Mihalik gym
Crews began demolition last week of one of the Alle-Kiski Valley's most recognizable high schools. Ford City, including the historic Red Mihalik gym, a place

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Allderdice downs Brashear to win 1st City football title in 50 years
November 4, 2017
Finally — the drought is over for Allderdice. The Dragons won their first Pittsburgh City League football title since 1967 and only the second overall

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OLSH defeats Springdale for program’s 1st playoff victory
November 3, 2017
Down by eight points in the second quarter, Springdale thought it was ready to get some momentum after a sack by Scott Landis put Our

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Springdale's Parker Kline carries towards the goal line during a game against Greensburg Central Catholic Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Springdale.
Springdale prepares for trip to Moon to face No. 5 OLSH
November 1, 2017
The Springdale Dynamos are headed for the Moon. Moon High School's Tiger Stadium, that is. Twelfth-seeded Springdale will face No. 5 Our Lady of the

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Guido: Alle-Kiski Valley football teams hit road for playoffs again
October 31, 2017
WPIAL football playoff time is here, and three schools will be representing the Alle-Kiski Valley. Freeport is in the playoffs for the 27th time, tops

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Bentworth caps season with win at Riverview
October 28, 2017
In a day when both teams were plagued with soggy field conditions in the second half, three big first-half plays by Bentworth proved to be

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Solomon scores four TDs as Deer Lakes beats Burrell
October 27, 2017
Friday was about escaping the Allegheny Conference cellar, and Deer Lakes came up big in that regard. The Lancers scored three touchdowns in the space

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Freeport defense steps up in quarterfinal win over Quaker Valley
October 26, 2017
The Freeport girls soccer team was best known for a solid offensive attack this season. But the Yellowjackets defense was at its best Thursday as

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold (7) makes a catch and takes it to the 3 yard line in front Kiski Area's Andrew Mason (11) of in the third quarter during a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Davis Field in Vandergrift. Franklin Regional won 19-14.
Guido: Kiski Area to say good-bye to Davis Field
October 24, 2017
This time, it's for sure. Kiski Area will play its final home game Friday at Vandergrift's Davis Field against Armstrong. During each of the past

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No. 1 South Fayette routs Highlands, extends regular-season win streak to 55
October 21, 2017
South Fayette, the Tribune-Review's No. 1-ranked Class 4A team, wrapped up the Northwest 9 Conference with a 49-14 home victory Friday night against Highlands. The

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George Guido: Alle-Kiski Valley football teams could face tough road on playoffs
October 17, 2017
Last season was the first time in 37 years no Alle-Kiski Valley football teams opened the playoffs at home. It could happen again this season.

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Highlands rolls in delayed game against Blackhawk
October 15, 2017
Blackhawk is likely happy its new stadium didn't open as planned Saturday night. Needing to play its home games at Geneva College's Reeves Stadium because

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Valley's Vaun Ross (#0) carries on a touchdown run during their game against Burrell on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Valley Memorial Stadium. The Vikings won 18-13.
Valley tops rival Burrell for 5th straight time in Allegheny Conference
October 13, 2017
Friday was the only Valley-Burrell football game Shawn Demharter ever played in. But the Vikings senior made the most of it. Demharter intercepted a pass

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Har-Brack quarterback Henry Borski, sixth from left in middle row, died as the result of injuries suffered in a game against Turtle Creek on Oct. 15, 1927.
Guido: Tragic death 90 years ago nearly ended A-K Valley football programs
October 10, 2017
Tragedy visited Alle-Kiski Valley high school football 90 years ago this week. A Har-Brack High School football player's death caused from an injury during a

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Valley's Alex Ward raises the ball as he scores past Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Shady Side Academy.
Shady Side Academy thumps Valley behind stellar performance from Skyy Moore
October 7, 2017
Under a brilliant blue sky Saturday afternoon at Shady Side Academy, Skyy Moore was brilliant for the Indians. The junior quarterback ran for 173 yards

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Keystone Oaks holds off Burrell rally for Allegheny Conference win
October 6, 2017
Defending Allegheny Conference champion Keystone Oaks remained in the WPIAL playoff race with a crucial 20-13 victory at Burrell. But the Golden Eagles had to

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Apollo Ridge Alex Gamble looks for room to run in the second quarter at Apollo Ridge against Seton LaSalle.Friday Sept 29, 2017.
Guido: Playoff chases heating up for Alle-Kiski Valley football teams
October 3, 2017
With the high school football season in its second half, the playoff picture for Alle-Kiski schools is coming into focus. A number of schools have

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Greater Latrobe quarterback Jason Armstrong throws a pass under pressure from McKeesport's Edward Meadows during their game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at McKeesport High School.
No. 4 McKeesport stifles Latrobe in 49-0 rout
September 30, 2017
McKeesport's triple option, flexbone offense is a sight to behold when it's in high gear. But Tigers coach Matt Miller wants to see his team's

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Highlands builds big lead before holding off Albert Gallatin
Highlands started on the right track with Logan Crise returning the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown. But the Golden Rams had to hold

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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.
George Guido: Coaching legend Chuck Wagner left indelible mark
September 26, 2017
When you've covered a public figure such as coach Chuck Wagner for more than 40 years, a number of things are seared into your mind.

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Ross-led Valley holds off Deer Lakes for 1st win
September 22, 2017
Valley finally got into the win column Friday night, putting together three second-half scoring drives then held off a late Deer Lakes rally to emerge

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Guido: Big plans for facility upgrades at Leechburg
September 19, 2017
Athletics facilities improvements could be on the way for Leechburg High School. The school board last week voted to register RBC Capital Markets to acquire

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Jeannette's Isaiah Winters carries past Riverview defenders during the first half of their game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Oakmont.
Jeannette races to early lead, shuts out depleted Riverview
September 16, 2017
Even the first-quarter ricochets went Jeannette's way Saturday. The Jayhawks benefitted from a Raiders handoff batted in the air several times to recover a fumble

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Armstrong leads Latrobe past Kiski Area
September 15, 2017
It might not like seem much to many, but Latrobe has won two games in a row for the first time since 2011. Senior quarterback/linebacker

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Guido: Highlands football set to celebrate 50th season
September 12, 2017
Highlands will mark its 50th football season with a celebration Friday as part of its home game against Knoch. All football alumni are invited, but

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Imani Christian Academy's Asante Watkins eludes the Riverview defense during their game Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Riverside Park. Imani Christian Academy led 38-6 at halftime.
Imani Christian steamrolls Riverview with 661 yards of offense
September 9, 2017
The WPIAL's newest powerhouse rolled into Oakmont on Saturday afternoon, and Imani Christian handed Riverview one of its most lopsided defeats, 66-6. The Saints, No.

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Apollo-Ridge knocks off defending WPIAL champion Beaver Falls
September 8, 2017
A confident Apollo-Ridge team rolled into Beaver Falls on Friday night and knocked off the defending WPIAL and PIAA champs 27-19 in a Class 3A

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Guido: Knoch’s Whalen wows in coaching debut
September 6, 2017
What a way to begin a coaching career. Knoch's Frank Whalen came up a winner in his coaching debut with the Knights last Friday in

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Hopewell denies Burrell on late touchdown run
September 1, 2017
After a spectacular 86-yard run by Burrell's Logan Bitar with 3 minutes, 58 seconds left in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Bucs and

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St. Joseph's Chloe Kurpakus, during practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.
St. Joseph girls breaking losing mentality
August 29, 2017
After enduring a season that showed no wins in 12 section matches and a 1-14 overall mark, the St. Joseph girls soccer teams knows plenty

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St. Joseph's Daniel Fabregas (center) is among the team's top returners.
Graduation took a toll, but St. Joseph boys aim to maintain success
St. Joseph boys soccer has been on a roll lately, compiling a 28-9 record over the past two seasons. That includes last year when the

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Guido: High school football teams nearing milestones
This could be the season many WPIAL football schools hit milestones. Gateway defeated Woodland Hills Friday for victory No. 400 in school history. Mars and

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Penn Hills' Richard Martin strides into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Indians' game against Plum on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Newman Stadium in McCandless. Penn Hills won 26-0.
Penn Hills shuts down Plum in Week Zero opener
August 26, 2017
Jon LeDonne came up a winner in his debut as the Penn Hills football coach as the Indians rolled to a 26-0 victory over Plum

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Freeport's Conor Selinger competes against Yough Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Freeport.
Freeport rides Romanchak to blowout victory over Yough
August 25, 2017
The WPIAL's first football game of the season was a statement-maker for Freeport junior Austin Romanchak. Romanchak showed why he's one of the area's top

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Isiah Bauman calls for a pass during heat acclimation practice at Freeport High School on August 9, 2017
Guido: A-K Valley teams benefit from Week Zero
August 23, 2017
The 118th season of high school football in the Alle-Kiski Valley is just a day away, so let's set the stage for the new season.

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New coach Andrew Kariotis hopes to boost Burrell boys soccer
August 21, 2017
When Andrew Kariotis found out the boys soccer coaching job at his alma mater, Burrell, was vacant, he likely was the first to jump in.

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Burrell's Morgan Weeter, works out with the girls varsity soccer team during a recent practice at Kotecki Park. Friday August 18, 2017.
Burrell girls soccer wants to build off last year’s success
It was a feel-good story of the 2016 soccer season. Before an Oct. 3 home game against Highlands, the recording of the national anthem malfunctioned

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no. 28 Jake Blumer, runs with the ball after recieving a hand-off during heat acclimation practice on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Underclassmen set for bigger roles with Leechburg football team
August 18, 2017
As Leechburg struggled toward a 1-9 finish last year, two underclassmen who seized the opportunity for playing time are ready to make their mark as

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Guido: It’s a season of change for high school soccer
August 15, 2017
High school soccer players can now kick the ball in any direction to begin play. That new kickoff procedure is one of eight changes approved

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Fox Chapel's Head Coach Tom Loughran works with Quarterback Nick Gizzo during the first practice at Fox Chapel High School.Monday August 7, 2017.
Gizzo, Morris hope to help Fox Chapel carry momentum built at end of 2016 season
August 14, 2017
The itch to switch salvaged the 2016 season to a respectable level for Fox Chapel. After the Foxes lost their first five games, coach Tom

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Guido: High school football players to be greeted by new rules
August 8, 2017
A blindside block is pretty much a thing of the past in high school football. The prohibition and definition of the blindside block are among

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