Author: Greg Macafee


Deer Lakes’ Ryan Butler scores over Summit Academy’s Kysheem Woods during the Saint Joseph’s tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Saint Joseph’s.
Deer Lakes takes down Summit Academy to open up 2019-2020 season
December 6, 2019
It’s always nice to start the season off with a win and for the first time of Terence Parham’s tenure at Deer Lakes the Lancers gifted their coach with one in the first game of the season.

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Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni gives direction during a practice on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Mastroianni is nearing his 500th career win.
Quaker Valley basketball coach Mike Mastroianni chasing win No. 500
During his time at Quaker Valley, boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni has built a culture that has allowed the program to reach new heights of success.

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SSA head soccer coach Mary Lynch talks to team after win on Oct. 9, 2018 against Jeannette.
Shady Side Academy’s Mary Lynch named Regional Coach of the Year
Throughout the postseason, a few WPIAL soccer coaches have earned coach of the year honors. Earlier this week another one joined the group.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise practices last month.
Starting 5: A guide to the A-K Valley boys high school basketball season
December 5, 2019
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Highlands Luke Cochran works out during a recent practice Friday. Nov 22, 2019, during a recent practice.
Highlands boys basketball set to play Shaler at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland
The Highlands Golden Rams boys basketball team is headed to Cleveland later this season.

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Noah Linderman sets up a move on his practice partner during a practice on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley Class AA wrestling preview: Burrell looking to extend WPIAL championship streak
December 4, 2019
In order to win 13 straight WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships, there has to be some type of secret formula.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars’ Blair Gerlach named PSCA Class AAA Girls Soccer Coach of the Year
Postseason honors keep piling up for the Mars girls soccer team.

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Kiski Area wrestler Nick Delp (left) looks to set up a move on practice partner Enzo Morlacci during practice Tuesday.
A-K Valley Class AAA wrestling preview: Kiski Area ready to live up to expectations
December 3, 2019
For the past three years, Kiski Area has been the team to beat in Class AAA.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan named Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
November 30, 2019
Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett celebrates as time expires in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Taylor Hamlett named Trib HSSN Girls Soccer Player of the Year
To accomplish something as significant as winning a WPIAL and PIAA title in the same season, teams must come together and reach their peak ability.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter (center) and teammates get set to hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter named Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Not many people can say they had the type of senior year that Quaker Valley forward Dom Reiter did.

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The head referee asks Avonworth captain Drew Harper his choice for the coin toss ahead of the PIAA Class 2A semifinal matchup between WPIAL Champion Avonworth and District 10 champion Wilmington on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Avonworth punches ticket to Hershey for first time in program history with win over Wilmington
November 29, 2019
The Avonworth Antelopes will play for a state championship for the first time in program history.

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Kiski Area goaltender Eric Petika gets set to make a save against North Catholic at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area goalie Petika giving Cavaliers confidence
November 27, 2019
Throughout this hockey season, a solid defensive effort has led Kiski Area.

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Second-year Leechburg girls basketball coach Andre Carter gives direction during a practice on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Leechburg girls looking to prove people wrong
When Andre Carter took over the Leechburg girls basketball program last season, he was met with the challenge of replacing a full starting lineup that had produced the best stretch of success in Blue Devils history.

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Leechburg coach Damian Davies works on a big man drill with sophomore Eli Rich during a practice on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
With coach returning, Leechburg boys hope to continue to rise
For the past few years, the Leechburg boys basketball team has been on the rise.

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree catches his third touchdown pass next to Sto-Rox’s Traynell Paxton during the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Clairton and Farrell prepare for another high-profile matchup in PIAA semis
Clairton and Farrell have a storied history in the PIAA Class A football playoffs.

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Knoch guard Abbey Shearer makes a move to the basket during a scrimmage with Beaver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Knoch girls building on solid foundation
November 26, 2019
Most teams would love to be in the position the Knoch girls basketball team is in for the upcoming season.

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Knoch senior guard Scott Fraser goes up for a layup during a drill at practice on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.
Knoch boys aiming high after breakthrough season
The Knoch boys basketball team had great expectations for themselves last season, and after only losing two seniors from a team that went 18-6 and captured a share of the Section 1-4A title, the Knights have set their sights even higher this season.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise works out during a recent practice Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Strong senior cast has Highlands boys basketball thinking big
November 24, 2019
With eight minutes remaining in their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal matchup last season against New Castle, Highlands faced a 23-point deficit.

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Highlands’ Maria Fabregas works out during a recent practice Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Highlands girls basketball team looking to build off transition year
In her first year at the helm of the Highlands girls basketball team, Courtney Udanis, a former Golden Ram herself, set out to adjust the mentality of the program, something that had changed significantly since her time in Natrona Heights.

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Central Catholic kicker Jonathan Opalko watches his game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the Vikings’ PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal against State College Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic’s Johnathan Opalko makes another game-winning kick to down State College
November 22, 2019
Whether it’s on a soccer pitch or a football field, when the game is on the line, Central Catholic’s Johnathan Opalko wants the ball on his foot.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar chips onto the green on Hole 13 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
Fox Chapel’s Bitar set to play at Rolex Tournament of Champions in Florida
November 21, 2019
Fox Chapel golfer Scott Bitar is headed south.

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Mars girls soccer players celebrate during their PIAA playoff win over West Allegheny on Nov. 9, 2019, at Chartiers Valley.
Mars climbs in national rankings after state championship victory
November 19, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team has had an exciting past couple of days.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars captures 2nd PIAA title with win over Villa Joseph Marie
November 16, 2019
HERSHEY — During a preseason workout, Mars girls soccer coach Blair Gerlach told his players they would need to get a little bit stronger because Hershey’s chocolate is pretty heavy.

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Winchester Thurston’s Alex Hauskrecht tries to make a move around Moravian Academy’s Nikhel Mhatre during their PIAA state championship matchup at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Moravian Academy tops Winchester Thurston in PIAA Class A boys soccer final
HERSHEY — At the beginning of the season, the Winchester Thurston boys soccer team set out on a journey to make an appearance in the state championship game and bring home the title.

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Shady Side Academy coach Mary Lynch presents goalie Molly Skvorak with her runner-up medal and gives her a hug during the postgame ceremony.
District 3 champ Camp Hill blanks Shady Side Academy to capture first PIAA title
HERSHEY — The Shady Side Academy girls soccer team was on a mission to capture a second PIAA title in school history, but when the Indians stepped onto the field at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, they were met by a team equally as motivated.

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett (38) celebrates withGwen Howell after defeating Plum in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA Class AAA girls soccer finals primer: Mars vs. Villa Joseph Marie
November 15, 2019
Villa Joseph Marie (21-2-1) vs. Mars (21-0-1)

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Winchester Thurston’s Beck Buchanan works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Seth Skowronek during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A boys soccer finals primer: Winchester Thurston vs. Moravian Academy
Moravian Academy (23-1) vs Winchester Thurston (19-2)

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Shady Side Academy’s Callie Davis (5) celebrates her first goal with Emory Anderson (21) and Gabby Hill-Junke during their PIAA Class A state semifinal against Greensburg Central Catholic Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A girls soccer finals primer: Shady Side Academy vs. Camp Hill
Camp Hill (24-0) vs. Shady Side Academy (20-1)

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Members of the Quaker Valley boys soccer team hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley boys soccer captures 2nd state title in 3 years
HERSHEY — For the second time in three years, the Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading home with the PIAA Class AA state championship trophy in hand.

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WPIAL associate executive director Amy Scheuneman speaks to a crowd of more than 600 WPIAL student-athletes and athletic directors Nov. 14, 2019, at the 11th annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
WPIAL hosts hundreds of student-athletes at annual Sportsmanship Summit
November 14, 2019
For the 11th year in a row, the WPIAL hosted its annual Sportsmanship Summit at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum on Thursday morning.

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Dom Reiter scored Quaker Valley’s first goal Wednesday night.
Quaker Valley beats Mercyhurst Prep to make 3rd state finals appearance in 4 years
November 13, 2019
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading back to the PIAA Class AA state championship and they are starting to develop quite a sweet tooth.

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Villa Maria tops North Catholic girls in PIAA semifinals
As his team surrounded him during their postgame meeting, Villa Maria girls soccer coach Pete Wagner repeated the goal his team had set at the beginning of the season.

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Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale is a Lehigh commit.
Fox Chapel’s Carnevale commits to Lehigh after taking academy route with PA Classics
Since he was a little kid, Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale has dreamed of playing soccer at the next level.

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Blackhawk’s Marques Watson-Trent (23) stiff-arms Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt (26) during their game at Blackhawk High School on Nov. 1, 2019.
Northwest Eight: South Fayette has 6 players, coach named to all-conference team
November 12, 2019
South Fayette had six players named to the Northwest Eight all-conference team and coach Joe Rossi was tabbed as the conference Coach of the Year.

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Derry’s Justin Huss carries the ball during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals against Central Valley on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at North Allegheny.
Big East: North Catholic and Derry lead all-conference team; Huss offensive MVP
November 11, 2019
Derry’s Justin Huss, Gavin Adams and coach Tim Sweeney all won individual awards in the Class 3A Big East Conference.

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Springdale’s Ephrain Duku works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ethan Boyle during their boys PIAA Class A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Springdale boys soccer set to build on successful season
Over the course of the past three seasons, the Springdale boys soccer team has proved itself to be one of the best in WPIAL Class A.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes falls short but promises to come back stronger
November 10, 2019
After coming up just short in the PIAA Class AA state championship last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came into 2019 with unfinished business.

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Kiski Area wrestlers Jack Blumer and Stone Joseph placed second and third, respectively, in their weight classes at The Surge wrestling tournament at the University of PIttsburgh at Johnstown.
Kiski Area wrestlers prepare for season with The Surge
Kiski Area is heading into the wrestling season in search of its fourth straight Class AAA WPIAL title, and last weekend a few Cavaliers got to test their mettle at The Surge wrestling tournament at the Pitt-Johnstown.

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Mercyhurst Prep’s Jarrett Harry nets hat trick to propel Lakers past Deer Lakes.
November 9, 2019
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team wanted an opportunity to avenge its WPIAL Class AA championship loss to Quaker Valley.

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DiFalco’s 2-goal game leads Panthers past unbeaten Cathedral Prep
Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal matchup between Franklin Regional and Cathedral Prep was a battle of two unbeaten teams.

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Riverside and McGuffey captains take part in the coin toss before their WPIAL playoff game Nov. 8, 2019, at Montour.
Riverside’s postseason run continues with victory over McGuffey
November 8, 2019
While Riverside’s first round upset of No. 3 Burgettstown surprised a lot of WPIAL football fans, it wasn’t a surprise to the Panthers.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale has plenty of motivation heading into PIAA quarterfinal match with GCC
Heading into Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal matchup with WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic, the Springdale boys soccer team won’t lack competitive fire.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Defense fuels Deer Lakes on second straight state tournament run
November 7, 2019
Throughout the postseason, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has displayed a gift for possessing the ball, passing around opponents and finding a way to put the ball into the back of the net.

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Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan (9) dribbles down the sideline during the Lancers’ PIAA first round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Bald Eagle Area High School
Sullivan plays hero again, propels Deer Lakes into PIAA quarterfinals with overtime goal
November 5, 2019
Throughout their PIAA first-round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came within inches of scoring the go-ahead goal.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Reitler (27) battles Springdale’s Duncan Caltagarone for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale boys soccer looks to avenge playoff losses
November 4, 2019
It only has been two years since the Springdale boys soccer team made a run to the PIAA Class A tournament.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes boys soccer turns attention to PIAA tournament
Friday night brought a disappointing end to Deer Lakes’ quest for a WPIAL soccer championship.

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Elizabeth Forward shortstop Anna Resnik loses the ball as West Perry’s Tiara Johnson slides into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning of the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Penn State University.
Elizabeth Forward’s Resnik chooses Robert Morris
Elizabeth Forward’s Anna Resnik has decided where she’ll play collegiate softball, and she won’t have to travel too far to do so.

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Mars captains hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Plum in the girls Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars cruises by Plum to capture 1st WPIAL girls soccer title since ’15
November 2, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA championship the past two seasons but came up short in both attempts.

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The Quaker Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Deer Lakes in double overtime in the Class AA final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Quaker Valley beats Deer Lakes in 2OT for WPIAL boys soccer title
November 1, 2019
For the past four seasons, Highmark Stadium has been a blessing and a curse for the Quaker Valley boys soccer team.

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Shady Side Academy sneaks by GCC for 1st WPIAL girls soccer title since 2016
The Shady Side Academy and Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer teams split a pair of meetings in the regular season.

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Deer Lakes’ Tyler Tofil battles North Catholic’s Gabe Gallup for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes boys soccer searching for first WPIAL title
October 31, 2019
Since its loss in the PIAA Class AA championship game last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has been on a mission.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) has rushed for 1,338 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
Apollo-Ridge thrilled to stay at home on a Friday night
October 30, 2019
The Apollo-Ridge Vikings are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Owens Field this season. On Friday, they’ll get to do it in style by hosting their first home playoff game since 2014.

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Valley’s Jayden Richter (20) tries to drag down Apollo-Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy (10) Oct. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy
The Apollo-Ridge Vikings closed out their regular season schedule this past Friday with a 43-33 loss to Charleroi.

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Kiski Area’s Justin Hessom (52) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown earlier this season against Fox Chapel.
Bethel Park stands in way of elusive playoff victory for Kiski Area
It’s been 29 years since the last Kiski Area football playoff victory.

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Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan square off for WPIAL Class AAAA boys soccer championship
WPIAL Class AAAA Boys Soccer Championship

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley is presured by Freeport defenders in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley quarterbacks set the bar high in 2019
October 29, 2019
When the regular season ended this past Friday, seven quarterbacks from around the WPIAL had surpassed the 2,000-yard passing mark.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
A-K Valley boys soccer capsule for Oct. 30
Class A

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) looks to get by Valley’s Ricardo Simmons (28) October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Apollo-Ridge, Kiski Area, Fox Chapel learn playoff opponents at WPIAL football pairings meeting
October 28, 2019
When the seedings of the WPIAL football playoffs were released Monday evening at the annual pairings meeting, three A-K Valley teams found out who they would be facing in the first round Friday night.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis celebrates his goal with Nate Ward (12) next to Springdale’s Roman Liberati during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
WPIAL releases boys soccer championship dates, times
The dates and times for the WPIAL boys soccer championships at Highmark Stadium have been released for all four classifications, and they will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks the tackle of Derry’s Tanner Nicely in the first half. Scherer broke more then 1000 yards for the season during the second quarter Friday at Burrell Stadium Friday. Oct 25, 2019.
Burrell football is back on the map
October 26, 2019
Despite a 56-32 season ending loss to Big East Conference runner-up Derry on Friday night, it’s clear Burrell is a team on the rise in Class 3A.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer is wrapped up by Derry’s Max Malis during the first half at Burrell Stadium Friday, Oct 25, 2019.
Derry runs past Burrell in crucial Big East Conference matchup
October 25, 2019
Derry coach Tim Sweeney put it best earlier this week when he talked about senior running back Justin Huss as they headed into their WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup with Burrell.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
A-K Valley boys soccer playoff capsules for Saturday, Oct. 26
Saturday’s games

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West Allegheny girls soccer defeats Kiski Area to advance to first semifinal in program history
October 24, 2019
For the first time in school history, the West Allegheny girls soccer team is headed to the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes tops North Catholic in overtime to advance to boys soccer semifinals
October 23, 2019
The first 85 minutes of the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal matchup between No. 2 Deer Lakes and No. 7 North Catholic was a stalemate, but something was bound to break sooner or later.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (26) runs for a touchdown during their game against New Castle on Oct. 18.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Highlands’ Johnny Crise
Over the past few weeks, the Highlands football team has started to hit its stride, especially in the passing game.

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Burrell’s Josh Boak tackles Deer Lakes quarterback Aris Hasley for a loss during a game Sept. 27.
Derry provides tough final hurdle for Burrell’s playoff quest
Since their matchup with Deer Lakes on Sept. 27, the Burrell Bucs have been in playoff mode. They knew to secure their first playoff berth since 2012, they would have to get over some big humps, and it started during that matchup against the Lancers.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
A-K Valley boys soccer playoff capsules
October 22, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Plum’s Cole Kelly (right) said this year’s team is ready to advance past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Plum boys soccer is ready to push past postseason shortcomings
October 21, 2019
The Plum boys soccer team has enjoyed a storybook-type season heading into their WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal match with Upper St. Clair on Wednesday.

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Fox Chapel’s Zidane Thomas (3) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
After rough start, Fox Chapel is looking to close with 4 wins in row
October 19, 2019
Just a few weeks ago, the Fox Chapel football team was on the outside of the Class 5A playoff picture looking in.

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Springdale boys soccer gets past Chartiers-Houston in physical battle
Throughout the course of a soccer season there are certain moments when seniors feel the need to step up and make big plays.

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Fox Chapel receiver Warner Macklin (10) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel football team cruises by Armstrong for 3rd win in row
October 18, 2019
It didn’t start great, but with its playoff hopes on the line, Fox Chapel rebounded quickly from an early turnover and ran away with its Class 5A Northern Conference matchup against Armstrong, 41-14.

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Deer Lakes’ Ronan Renter (24) celebrates his first goal with Ryan Rodgers during their game against Valley on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Armed with playoff experience, Deer Lakes boys soccer is ready to make another run
Beginning on Saturday, boys soccer teams from around the area will begin their trek to the WPIAL championship game at Highmark Stadium.

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Captain Mike Mitchell will lead Springdale into a first-round playoff matchup with Chartiers-Houston on Saturday.
A-K Valley boys soccer matchups for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
Class AAAA

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Sewickley Academy’s Evelyn Safar reacts after winning a game during the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championship Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Sewickley Academy girls top Knoch for third straight WPIAL team tennis title
October 17, 2019
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team captured the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championship for the third straight year with a 3-2 victory over Knoch.

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Knoch’s Daniel Olean battles Plum’s Cole Kelly for a header during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Knoch.
Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
October 16, 2019
Here’s a look at the 2019 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs:

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Plum’s Bailey Walker (2) celebrates with Laura Pearlman (7) after scoring against West Mifflin on Sept. 18, 2019.
Plum boys and girls soccer teams earn premier seeds for WPIAL playoffs
The Plum boys and girls soccer teams enjoyed successful regular seasons and the WPIAL rewarded both with premier seeds on Wednesday when playoff brackets were unveiled.

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Fox Chapel quarterback Shane Susnak has 1,415 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
A-K Valley football Q&A: Fox Chapel’s Shane Susnak
A 42-0 loss to Upper St. Clair on Sept. 27 put Fox Chapel’s record at 1-5, but the Foxes felt the scoreboard that night did not indicate how they played and that better things were ahead.

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Jeremiah Nelson and the Highlands defense held Class 4A No. 2 South Fayette to 21 points last week.
Highlands ready to fight as New Castle pays a visit
Throughout this season, Highlands has displayed an ability to physically compete with teams every Friday night, but it hasn’t always resulted in wins.

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Leechburg’s Jake Schuffert (left) celebrates his goal with Elliot Weigand during their match against Ellwood City on Tuesday.
First-year Leechburg boys soccer shows improvement throughout season
October 15, 2019
The first year of the Leechburg boys soccer program started with a win and ended with a win.

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Burrell’s Nick Kariotis (right) throws a ball to Carson Ley (left) during practice Monday. The Bucs are 10-7 overall and 8-6 in the section.
Burrell boys soccer team clinches first playoff appearance since 2014
October 14, 2019
Over the last few years, the Burrell boys soccer team has taken its lumps. After some recent success, the Bucs are starting to bump back.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Oct. 12
Class AAAA

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Freeport’s Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrell’s Seth Fischbach as he tries to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School on Friday, Oct 11, 2019.
A-K Valley football notebook: WPIAL playoff picture rounding out
October 12, 2019
It’s getting to the point in high school football season when the playoff picture is starting to become clearer.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel’s Bitar named to AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America Team
It has been quite the season for Fox Chapel senior golfer Scott Bitar.

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Freeportճ Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrellճ Seth Fischbach as toys to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School Friday. Oct 11, 2019.
Burrell football team defeats Freeport in overtime thriller
October 11, 2019
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta has coached a lot of games in his career, but he said he has never coached one like Friday’s 36-35 overtime victory over Freeport.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan heads the ball in front of Shady Side Academy’s George Grune during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at in Fox Chapel.
Plum leads A-K Valley contingent into boys soccer playoffs
For the first time since 2005, the Class AAAA No. 1 Plum boys soccer team captured the Section 3-AAAA section title and will go into Monday’s nonconference regular-season finale against Allderdice with an undefeated record of 15-0-1.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber (right) shakes hands with Quaker Valley’s Aidan Bulger and Riverside’s Skyler Fox after shooting a 71 during the WPIAL Class AA team golf championship match Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Sewickley Academy boys golf team maintains winning tradition
For the seventh straight year and 10th time in program history, Sewickley Academy captured the WPIAL Class AA boys golf team championship last Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar putts on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA team golf championship match Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Fox Chapel boys finally get over the hump, capture WPIAL team gold
October 10, 2019
All season long, the Fox Chapel boys golf team has had a saying that its lived by every match.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Zambruno chips onto the green on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Field set for WPIAL golf championships at Cedarbrook
October 9, 2019
The field is set for the WPIAL team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Club on Thursday as six boys teams and four girls teams punched their ticket to the final round on Monday and Tuesday.

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Riverview’s Dean Cecere (22) rushes the ball during their game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Aug. 31.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Riverview’s Dean Cecere
Two weeks ago, Riverview got its first win, escaping with a 21-20 victory over Imani Christian. Zach Hanlon led the way with 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Aug. 30 at Derry Area High School.
Burrell-Freeport matchup loaded with playoff implications
Friday night’s WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup between Burrell and Freeport will pit two teams against each other that have a lot on the line.

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Highlands boys soccer coach Jason Norris goes over some statistics with Declan McIntire during a practice.
Highlands soccer implementing unique analytical approach
October 7, 2019
Professional sports teams often use anything they can to gain a competitive advantage, and in recent years, different forms of analytics have become a norm across the country.

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                                Will Meyer leads Deer Lakes into today’s WPIAL Class AA semifinal at River Forest.
Four A-K Valley boys golf teams look to punch their ticket to WPIAL championship
On Tuesday morning, four boys golf teams from around the Alle-Kiski Valley will travel to River Forest Golf Course to play in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal match and compete for a chance to play for the team championship.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Oct. 5
Class AAAA

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Freeport Area’s Matt Aulicino pulls in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday. Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport stays confident in must-win situations
October 5, 2019
For the second straight year, Freeport is in a position where it needs to win out to secure a playoff spot.

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Deer Lakes’ Isaiah Yoder attempts to pull in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday, Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport keeps playoff hopes alive with 3rd straight win
October 4, 2019
Deer Lakes will have to wait another year to see if it can sneak a win past longtime rival Freeport because from the first whistle Friday night, the Yellowjackets showed why they haven’t lost to their Class 3A Big East Conference rival since 2010.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber chips onto the green on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
WPIAL team golf championship sites and brackets announced
The brackets and competition sites for next week’s WPIAL boys and girls golf team championships were released Friday.

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Freeport leads the all-time series with Deer Lakes, 41-5.
Deer Lakes, Freeport prepare for Big East rivaly matchup with playoff implications on the line
Deer Lakes and Freeport have a storied history in football.

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Knoch’s Ally Bauer (left) celebrates with Libby Conlon after winning the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Knoch, Peters Township doubles teams capture WPIAL gold
October 3, 2019
When it came down to it on Thursday at the Oxford Athletic Complex, the Knoch doubles team of Ally Bauer and Libby Conlon did what they needed to do to come away with a WPIAL Class AA doubles championship.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel boys golf preparing for a WPIAL team title run
Over the course of the past few years, the Fox Chapel boys golf team have been strokes away from capturing the program’s fifth team championship.

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Knoch’s Libby Conlon (left) and Ally Bauer defeated Burrell’s Isabella Lane and Madyson Radvansky, 6-3, 6-2 in the Section 3-AA doubles finals Sept. 26, 2019, at Alpha Tennis and Fitness in Harmarville.
New girls tennis champs will be crowned in WPIAL doubles
October 2, 2019
New WPIAL champions will be crowned on Thursday when the doubles tournaments conclude at the Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.

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Freeport’s Daniel Lynch dribbles around the net while Derry defender Elysiah Lopez closes in during WPIAL boys’ soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Freeport boys soccer in thick of playoff conversation
With just four games remaining on its regular season schedule, the Freeport boys soccer team is in the thick of the playoff race.

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) runs past Hampton’s Josh Andersson (33) Sept. 27 at Hampton.
A-K Valley football Q-and-A: Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake
Since their matchup with North Hills in Week 2, the Kiski Area Cavaliers have had a secret weapon in their backfield.

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School during WPIAL football against Freeport
Deer Lakes, Freeport prepare for Big East rivalry matchup with playoff implications on the line
Deer Lakes and Freeport have a storied history in football.

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Deer Lakes senior AJ Dorman poses with his football pads, saxophone and soccer goal.
Some high school athletes take on two sports in same season
September 30, 2019
In recent years, high school athletes have started to specialize in one sport in hopes of improving their chances at playing in college.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his drive on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Oakmont Country Club.
Fox Chapel golfers set to chase individual WPIAL title on home course
When 36 golfers take to the links at Fox Chapel Golf Club on Tuesday for the WPIAL Class AAA individual championship, three Fox Chapel team members will look to do something only four others have accomplished.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Sept. 28
Class AAAA

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Burrell’s Mike Scherer drives for yardage as Deer Lakes Austin Duddy attempts to make the tackle in the first half at Burrell Friday.Sept 27, 2019.
Big East Conference playoff picture getting murky
September 28, 2019
Just like they have in years past, the waters are getting murky in the Class 3A Big East Conference playoff picture.

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Burrell’s Mike Scherer drives for yardage as Deer Lakes Austin Duddy attempts to make the tackle in the first half at Burrell Friday.Sept 27, 2019.
Running game leads to big win for Burrell over Deer Lakes
September 27, 2019
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta is known for his creative offensive mind.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber shakes hands with Riverside’s Skyler Fox after winning the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy golf team building a championship tradition unlike any other
The Sewickley Academy boys golf team has a storied history.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber shakes hands with Riverside’s Skyler Fox after winning the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber captures WPIAL gold at Class AA boys golf championships
September 26, 2019
Riverside’s Skyler Fox was gunning to become the first golfer in WPIAL history to win four straight individual boys championships.

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Burrell’s Seth Fishbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaugh Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell, Deer Lakes to showcase high-octane passing attacks in Week 5 showdown
September 25, 2019
Friday night’s matchup between Deer Lakes and Burrell has the makings to be special.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell tackles Ricky Hunter on Sept. 13 at Warrior Stadium.
A-K Valley football Q&A: Freeport’s Ricky Hunter
Freeport got in the win column for the first time Friday night and did so in a dominating way, scoring touchdowns in all three phases of the game.

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Freeport’s Nico DiSanti skates with the puck past Montour’s Jeremy Freeman during their game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Belmont Ice Complex.
Belmont Ice Complex closure affects local hockey teams
The Freeport and the Armstrong hockey teams will be without a home arena for the next month.

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Plum’s Luke Gildea makes a run through a group of Norwin defenders during their Section 3-4A matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Plum takes down Norwin in clash of section rivals
September 24, 2019
After a tie with Norwin earlier this season, the Plum boys soccer team was on a mission to make a statement on Tuesday night when it met up with the Knights for the second time this season.

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Springdale Keeper Andrew Haus works with the varsity squad during a practice on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.
Springdale’s Andrew Haus is exceeding expectations in net
September 23, 2019
Before the 2019 soccer season started, Springdale boys soccer coach Cesareo Sanchez had a big hole to fill at the goalkeeper position.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 21
WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings

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Fox Chapel football Coach Tom Loughran, takes the field for the first day of heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
A-K Valley high school football notebook: Several teams finally get in win column
September 21, 2019
The first win of the season can be a pretty nice feeling, but Fox Chapel delivered an even bigger win for coach Tom Loughran on Friday.

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Seth Minor raises his hand to a classmate in the student section ahead of their Class 3A Big East Conference matchup against Mount Pleasant.
Lancers hold off Mount Pleasant in a exciting Big East Conference matchup
September 20, 2019
So far this season, Deer Lakes has had trouble finishing football games.

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A-K Valley High School Notebook: Golfers get set to tee it up; Bucs tab new softball coach
Earlier this week, golfers from around the WPIAL took to the links for an opportunity to qualify for the individual WPIAL tournament next week.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Plum boys soccer relying on chemistry during hot start
Sometimes, a year of rebuilding and blending a group of players is all it takes. At least that’s the case for the Plum boys soccer team.

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Shady Side Academy’s Hazem Hamda (11) celebrates his goal with Oz Curtis next to Deer Lakes’ Alex Rodgers during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side tops Deer Lakes in section soccer battle
September 19, 2019
Throughout the 2018 boys soccer season, Deer Lakes and Shady Side Academy established a rivalry that produced some pretty good soccer.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a serve during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Knoch’s Laura Greb captures third straight AA singles title; Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James wins AAA crown
For the third year in a row, Knoch’s Laura Greb went home with the WPIAL Class AA singles tennis crown, but this one had a different feel.

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Plum sophomore Jake Miller threw for 111 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first career start.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Plum’s Jake Miller
September 18, 2019
For the past three games, Plum sophomore Jake Miller has stepped into the position with a level of confidence every coach looks for in a quarterback.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba has guided his team to a 4-0 record heading into Friday’s game at Avonworth.
Matchup with Avonworth gives Apollo-Ridge chance to prove its mettle
When Apollo-Ridge and No. 5 Avonworth meet at Lenzner Stadium on Friday night, the teams will be battling for a lot more than just another mark in the win column.

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Fox Chapel’s Zane Ingram (21) competes against North Allegheny September 14, 2019 at North Allegheny.
With a team-first mentality, Zane Ingram is leading Fox Chapel to fast start
September 16, 2019
Ever since Zane Ingram joined the Fox Chapel boys soccer program as a freshman, he’s always put the team first.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 15, 2019
WPIAL boys soccer rankings

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher chooses Penn State
After delaying his decision in early August, Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher has made his college choice.

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Deer Lakes junior soccer players Devin Murray, Michael Sullivan and Colton Spence
Trio of juniors show Lancers boys soccer team value of chemistry
September 15, 2019
At the center of any successful team is a core group of players that allows the squad to reach new heights on the field and off of it.

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Knoch’s Matt Goodlin losses his helmet as he enters the end zone Friday, Sept 13, 2019 against Highlands at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium.
Led by special senior class, Knoch off to best start since 2012
September 14, 2019
With an undefeated start, two defensive shutouts and a stout running game, Knoch is having one of its best seasons in recent memory under first-year coach Brandon Mowry.

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Yough players watch their home game against Mt. Pleasant from the sidelines on Sept. 6.
More than a game: Coaches stress benefits of football as player participation dwindles
On Friday nights across the country, thousands of high school football players sprint onto fields to the cheers of students, relatives and — often — entire communities.

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Knochճ Matt Goodlin works for extra yardage against the Golden Rams In the first quarter at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium Friday. Sept 12, 2019.
Knoch gets past rival Highlands to stay undefeated
September 13, 2019
Knoch got off to a slow start in the first half, but its undefeated season is still alive.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James competes during a qualifying match September 12, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley High School Notebook: Knoch’s Greb tops teammate Bauer for second sectional title
September 12, 2019
For the second straight year, the Section 3-AA girls tennis singles championship had two teammates playing for a sectional crown. Knoch coach Nance Conlon said the score didn’t indicate the type of competitive match it was, but for the second year in a row, Laura Greb beat Brooke Bauer in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley is second in the WPIAL in passing yards, attempts, touchdowns and completions.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley
September 11, 2019
Deer Lakes football has gotten off to a rocky start this season, but senior quarterback Aris Hasley has led the passing game to new heights.

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Knoch’s Matt Goodlin works out during practice this summer.
Knoch, Highlands work up ‘a good dislike’ for each other
The Knoch and Highlands football teams are on opposite sides of the WPIAL Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference.

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Tribune-Review Riverview golfer Dan Donatucci hits a tee shot at Buffalo Golf Course on Monday as the Raiders continued their undefeated season with a 214-261 Section 1-AA win over Freeport.
Riverview taking undefeated season match by match
September 9, 2019
The Riverview boys golf team qualified for the WPIAL Class AA team tournament for the first time in quite a while last season, and with a starting line-up of five seniors and a junior, the Raiders are looking to do it again.

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Riverview Joey Flanick works with the varsity squad during a recent practice Thursday. Aug 22, 2019.
Riverview’s Joey Flanick leading the way for the Raiders
The Riverview boys soccer team is off to a strong start, and senior striker Joey Flanick has been at the center of their early season success.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles against North Penn’s Patrick O’Neill in the 160-pound first round class AAA bout during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer chooses West Virginia
September 8, 2019
One of the top wrestlers in the A-K Valley chose where he will call home for the next four years Sunday.

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Kiski Area’s Lebryn Smith losses control of the ball as North Hills’ Damon Thompson and William Fonzi make the tackle in the second half at Kiski Area on Friday, Sept 6, 2019.
Kiski Area battling through growing pains, still showing fight, potential
September 7, 2019
When teams go through a rebuilding phase, coaches often place young players at the core of it in order to build around them for the future.

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Kiski Area’s Luke Lander collides with North Hills’ Tyler Tomasic and Curtis Foskey in the second quarter Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
McDonough leads North Hills past Kiski Area in hard-hitting matchup
September 6, 2019
Heading into Friday night’s WPIAL Class 5A Northern Conference matchup between Kiski Area and North Hills, coaches Sam Albert and Pat Carey were expecting a battle, which was exactly what they got.

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Highlands’ Gabe Norris (right) had 23 goals and 20 assists in his first two seasons.
Highlands’ Gabe Norris is connecting the dots for the Golden Rams
Getting off to a good start is important for any young player and Highlands midfielder Gabe Norris is off to one of the best of his high school career.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado is ranked No. 20 among the state’s top 100 wrestlers, according to PA Power Wrestling.
A-K Valley wrestlers named among top 100 in junior class
When PA Power Wrestling, a media company that covers high school wrestling in Pennsylvania, released its Class of 2021 rankings earlier this week three wrestlers from the A-K Valley were among the top 100 in the state.

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Sean Adamski shot a hole-in-one on hole No. 4 vs Gateway last Thursday at Mcmurry golf course
A-K Valley H.S. notebook: Kiski Area golfer has career week
September 5, 2019
Kiski Area’s Sean Adamski has had a special senior season on the golf course.

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Springdale’s Christian Vokes works out during practice.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Springdale’s Christian Vokes
September 4, 2019
The Springdale football team is off to its best start of the Seth Napierkowski era, and senior Christian Vokes has been a vital piece.

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North Hills quarterback Dylan Pawling runs for a first-quarter touchdown against Fox Chapel on Aug. 30 at North Hills.
Kiski Area looking for consistency as North Hills pays visit
The first two weeks of the season have been a roller coaster for the Kiski Area Cavaliers.

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Springdale varsity assistant coach and junior high head coach Giulio Tommarello grabs a bite to eat with a few of his players. The Springdale football program hosts a dinner for varsity and junior high players once a week to get the their younger players accustomed to the varsity program.
Springdale football hopes to see long-term benefits from revival of junior high program
September 2, 2019
There are several crucial parts of a high school football team, but one of the most important — and the one that can produce long-term success — is the establishment of a reliable junior high program.

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Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jake Fello hands off to Logan Harmon during practice Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at the high school.
A-K Valley football notebook: Springdale beats Imani Christian for 1st time
August 31, 2019
As if their last-minute Week Zero win over Deer Lakes wasn’t enough, the Springdale Dynamos took it to another level Friday and took down Class 1A Eastern Conference opponent Imani Christian for the first time.

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Burrell coach Shawn Liotta looks over pre-game warmups with his team before their Class 3A Big East Conference matchup with North Catholic on Aug. 30, 2019.
North Catholic takes down Burrell for 1st win of the season
August 30, 2019
Although he lost his leading rusher and receiver from last year, North Catholic coach Pat O’Shea was confident in his team’s abilities heading into its season opener against Burrell on Friday night at J.C Stone Field in North Park.

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel golf, tennis start strong
August 29, 2019
While the Fox Chapel football team has gotten off to a rough start on the gridiron, the golf and tennis teams couldn’t be hotter.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon scored on a 96-yard fumble return last week. He also ran for 180 yards and three scores.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon
August 28, 2019
Leechburg was on Apollo-Ridge’s 4-yard line and trailing by a touchdown with a minute left in the first half of a Week Zero matchup.

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Freeport lineman Logan Manke
Derry, Freeport coaches expect another battle in Big East Conference opener
If you were to compare the Derry and Freeport football teams this season, you might not find many differences, and both coaches take pride in that sentiment.

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Springdale Morgan Fitzgerald works out with the varsity team during a recent practice Monday. Aug19, 2019.
Springdale girls soccer hopes chemistry carries over under new coach
August 27, 2019
When any first-year coach takes over a program, there are certain goals they want to accomplish to have a successful start.

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Sophomore Andrew Haus is expected to take over as starting goalkeeper this season.
Springdale boys looking to use past 2 seasons as motivation
The Springdale boys soccer team had a big season last fall, and if everything goes right, they could accomplish bigger things this year.

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Drew Karpen dives into job as Highlands athletic director
August 26, 2019
Over the past few years, Drew Karpen has been waiting for the right opportunity to run an athletic department.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz reacts to a play against Laurel Highlands on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the WPIAL first round class 5A playoffs at Seton Hill University.
Perroz’s baseball-heavy summer pays off with commitment to IUP
August 25, 2019
Kiski Area senior Billy Perroz has been playing so much baseball this summer that, at times, coach Aaron Albert has told him he has been playing too much.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks the tackle of Valley’s Ricrdo Simmons in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell’s offense shines in season opener
August 24, 2019
Since he took over the Burrell football program last year, coach Shawn Liotta has been waiting for an opportunity to showcase his fast-paced, high-octane offense.

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Burrell’s Seth Fischbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaun Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday. Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell shuts out Valley to snap 6-game streak in ‘Battle of the Bypass’
August 23, 2019
Throughout the history of the “Battle of the Bypass,” Burrell and Valley have traded winning streaks.

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Kiski Area boys soccer coach Sean Arnold works with his players during practice.
Kiski Area boys hoping to build on chemistry established in 2018
Midway through last season, the Kiski Area boys soccer team hit its stride.

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Veteran coach Mike Spagnolo is in his first season at Kiski Area.
With experience and talent, Kiski Area girls soccer looks to improve
With a talented group of underclassmen, the Kiski Area girls soccer team made significant strides last season.

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Wide receiver/defensive back Vaun Ross will assume a leadership role for Valley.
Ross takes on leadership role for young Valley team
August 22, 2019
Leadership is a quality every coach looks for in his players. They look for players who can step up when the game is on the line or someone who leads with his voice and actions, a player who holds teammates to higher standards.

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Kiski Area junior wide receiver Jason Baker has not played football since seventh grade.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Kiski Area’s Jason Baker
August 21, 2019
In an effort to revamp his team, Kiski Area football coach Sam Albert dug into the depths of the high school to recruit student-athletes he believed could help improve their chances this season.

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Burrell’s Dom Holmes (right) will take on rival Valley in the Week Zero “Battle of the Bypass” on Friday.
Valley’s 6-game winning streak on line in ‘Battle of the Bypass’
There’s never a lack of excitement when Burrell and Valley get together for the “Battle of the Bypass.”

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Brownsville sophomore quarterback Hunter Assad competes during a seven-on-seven competiton July 18, 2019, at Connellsville High School.
Fichter more optimistic for 2nd season at Brownsville
August 19, 2019
Even before the 2018 season started, the Brownsville football team was facing an uphill battle.

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Deer Lakes’ Madeline Boulos aims a pass on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 during girls’ soccer at Burrell High School. Deer Lakes won 2-1.
Deer Lakes looking to build on historic 2018 season
The Deer Lakes girls soccer team won’t be short on fire power in 2019.

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Deer Lakes Ryan Butler, works with the varsity team during a recent practice Tuesday. Aug 13, 2019.
Deer Lakes enters season with ‘unfinished business’ mindset
Deer Lakes boys soccer made a historic run last season.

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West Allegheny’s Hendrick named to USA Baseball 18U national roster
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick has had an impressive summer.

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Valley’s Vaun Ross (left) tries to elude a Kiski Area defender during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Ross set to guide Valley’s young roster
Graduation can hit high school athletic programs. Valley knows that feeling.

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Burrell’s Seth Fishbaugh goes up for a pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell vows to ‘play fast,’ push the tempo
August 18, 2019
When the Burrell offense takes the field this season, don’t blink, because you might just miss the entire offensive series.

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Knoch’s Laura Greb competes during the WPIAL Class AA final Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Shady Side Academy.
Greb, Knoch tennis ready to take next step
When Knoch tennis coach Nance Conlon first saw Laura Greb during a summer clinic a few years ago, she quickly noticed the player’s potential.

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From left are A-K Valley quarterbacks Alex Arledge (Burrell), Cayden Quinn (Valley), Garrett Schaffhauser (Freeport), Legend Ausk (Springdale) and Ryan Aber (Riverview).
New A-K Valley quarterbacks face challenge of leading their offenses
August 17, 2019
Quarterback is one of the most complicated positions in football, and it takes a special type of player to bear all of the responsibilities that make an offense successful.

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Highlands quarterback Tyler Brezinski looks to pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Highlands ready to compete in Northwest 8 Conference
Every week in WPIAL’s Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference is a grind, and Highlands coach Dom Girardi would have it no other way.

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Kiski Area’s Peyton McCann drives for extra yardage as Fox Chapel’s Timothy Johnston attempts to bring him down in the first half at Richard J. Dilts Field on Friday, Sept 14, 2018.
McCann embodies Kiski Area’s hard-nosed mentality
August 16, 2019
After winning three of its first four games last season, the Kiski Area football team was ready to make a strong move in the right direction.

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Kiski Area’s Dylan Hutcherson participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Kiski Area continues to grow behind young, dedicated players
Kiski Area coach Sam Albert is no stranger to building a football program. He has done it with success at four schools in Western Pennsylvania.

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Highlands linebacker Brock White tackles a teammate during defensive drills.
Highlands’ Brock White feeling stronger after injury-shortened freshman season
August 15, 2019
Before last season began, Highlands coach Dom Girardi had high hopes for a freshman running back who displayed a lot of potential throughout summer and training camp.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his drive on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Oakmont Country Club.
Fox Chapel golf ready to take next step
August 14, 2019
Throughout his nine years of coaching at Fox Chapel, golf coach Bryan Deal has built a strong program that has produced two individual WPIAL champions. But a team title always has eluded Deal.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nick Hunnell competes during practice on Aug. 7, 2019.
WPIAL Class 3A football breakdown: Aliquippa to be challenged in defense of PIAA title
When Mike Warfield took over the storied Aliquippa program last season, the bar was set high for the first-year coach.

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Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire intercepts a pass during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa’s Devonshire making a name for himself at Kentucky
August 13, 2019
It looks like it didn’t take long for Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire, the 2018-19 Trib HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year to make a name for himself at Kentucky.

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Luke Lander and Kiski Area are coming off a playoff season.
Camp Preview: Alle-Kiski teams look to bounce back this season
August 12, 2019
Last season was a substandard year for high school football teams throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley.

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Burrell’s Logan Phillips runs after a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell’s Phillips provides leadership and versatility
August 11, 2019
Quarterback is the most important position on the field.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp works against Cam Connor during practice Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in the wrestling room at the high school.
Kiski Area’s Blumer and Delp sit among top 100 recruits in 2020 class
August 8, 2019
The Kiski Area Cavaliers had one of the best wrestling teams in the state last season.

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Fox Chapel wide receiver Sam Brown (2) gets yardage during home game against Mars on Oct. 12, 2018.
Fox Chapel’s Brown picks up first Division I offer
August 7, 2019
For high school athletes, there might not be a better feeling than the moment they receive their first scholarship offer to play their sport at the collegiate level.

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NFHS makes changes to lacrosse restart protocol
August 6, 2019
The National Federation of State High School Associations made a few rule changes for the 2019-20 boys lacrosse season.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne greets Terry Smith on the sideline after Smith’s 75-yard touchdown during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Archbishop Woood Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Chambersburg Area High School.
WPIAL football coaches honored at Steelers Family Fest
August 5, 2019
On Sunday, just one day before the start of high school football season, the Pittsburgh Steelers held their annual Steelers Family Fest at Heinz Field.

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Jett Roesing compets for First Love Christian Academy during the 2018-19 season.
First Love shooting guard Roesing commits to Duquesne
July 31, 2019
First Love Christian Academy shooting guard Jett Roesing has made his college decision and announced his commitment to Duquesne on Wednesday night.

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West Allegheny’s boys soccer team celebrates after winning the PIAA Class AAA title, 4-0, over Strath Haven on Nov. 16, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Book about West Allegheny soccer, ‘Unbeatable’ gains popularity in first month of release
The 2018 West Allegheny boys soccer season was a storybook-type campaign. It was so good in fact that Brent Dragisich, the father of Nathan and Johnny Dragisic, two West A players, decided to author a book about their extraordinary season.

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The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 girls lacrosse season
July 20, 2019
Winning a championship is a great feeling, but when a team captures a championship for the first time in school history, it’s an even greater accomplishment.

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Blackhawk’s Watson-Trent looks to bounce back after injury-shortened season
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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The Mars boys lacrosse team celebrates after winning a fourth straight WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 boys lacrosse season
July 19, 2019
The 2019 boys lacrosse season was one of historical feats.

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The 16U Western PA Bruins will compete in the Finals Tournament of the Under Armour Association girls AAU circuit beginning Tuesday, July 23, in Atlanta, Ga.
Western PA Bruins earn No. 5 seed for 16U national tournament
July 18, 2019
In the first year of its girls basketball league-style AAU circuit, the Under Armour Association has been providing players from around the country a unique opportunity they didn’t quite have before.

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The Penn Hills football team takes the field at the start of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Manheim Central Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pennsylvania ranked 7th-best state for high school football
July 17, 2019
High School Football America released its rankings for the top 10 states for high school football Wednesday, and Pennsylvania came in at No. 7.

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Plum’s Connor Moss practices Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at Plum High School.
Plum’s Moss continues to build on sophomore season
July 13, 2019
Last season was an interesting breakout performance for Plum point guard Connor Moss.

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Daniel Yates takes over a Deer Lakes program that went 
21-2-1 last season and won its first section title in 15 years.
Deer Lakes pegs Daniel Yates as new boys soccer coach
July 12, 2019
It’s not every day you see a coach change jobs after taking his team to the brink of a state title.

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The 16U Beadling Soccer Club team won the Eastern Regional tournament for the third straight year and will head to Overland Park, Kansas for the National Championship tournament during the last week of July.
Beadling Soccer Club 16U boys heading back to national championships
July 11, 2019
For the third straight year, the 16U team for Beadling Soccer Club will be competing for the US Youth Soccer national championship between July 21-28, in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Bradley Walker leads the Leechburg boys soccer team during a recent workout. The program is in its first season.
Leechburg, Apollo-Ridge boys soccer ready to take on WPIAL competition together
July 10, 2019
For the first time in the history of their schools, Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg will have a boys soccer program as the two schools have formed in a co-op agreement.

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Union’s Gunn is big man with even bigger work ethic
July 9, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Aliquippa’s Fisher ready to improve on breakout junior year
July 7, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls gymnastics season
July 5, 2019
Just like most of the gymnasts performing their routines, the 2018-19 gymnastics season had a lot of twists and turns that ultimately made it an extraordinary campaign.

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Jett Roesing compets for First Love Christian Academy during the 2018-19 season.
First Love’s Jett Roesing starting to stack up Division I offers
July 2, 2019
In a matter of 24 hours, former Sewickley Academy guard Jett Roesing added four more Division I offers to an ever-growing list.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Amonn Ohl of St. Joseph’s Academy in the 120-pound championship final in the PIAA class 2A southwest regional wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Kovalchik Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Burrell’s Oswalt competes on national stage
July 1, 2019
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt was ranked among the best wrestlers in his weight class this past season.

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Mars lineman Michael Carmody is ranked No. 117 on ESPN’s list of the top 300 seniors in high school football.
Mars O-lineman Michael Carmody looking to fine tune blocking before college
June 30, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski named Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year
Since she was a freshman, Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski has been a key contributor in three sports.

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Trib HSSN Rewind: A look back at the 2018 field hockey season
June 29, 2019
All teams seek the glory of capturing a WPIAL championship, whether it be in football, baseball, softball or field hockey. No matter what the sport, the feeling is always the same for any team that comes into contact with the WPIAL hardware.

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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 girls volleyball season
June 28, 2019
For the second straight year, the North Allegheny girls volleyball team went undefeated and captured both a WPIAL and PIAA championship.

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Damian Davies coached the Leechburg boys for 14 seasons in his first stint, including a WPIAL title in the 2006-07 season.
Leechburg brings back Damian Davies to head boys basketball program
After parting ways with boys basketball coach Corey Smith last week, the Leechburg School Board found its new coach, and the members didn’t have to look far.

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Butler scores over Summit Academy’s Kysheem Woods during the Saint Joseph’s tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Saint Joseph’s.
Deer Lakes takes down Summit Academy to open up 2019-2020 season
December 6, 2019
It’s always nice to start the season off with a win and for the first time of Terence Parham’s tenure at Deer Lakes the Lancers gifted their coach with one in the first game of the season.

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Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni gives direction during a practice on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Mastroianni is nearing his 500th career win.
Quaker Valley basketball coach Mike Mastroianni chasing win No. 500
During his time at Quaker Valley, boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni has built a culture that has allowed the program to reach new heights of success.

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SSA head soccer coach Mary Lynch talks to team after win on Oct. 9, 2018 against Jeannette.
Shady Side Academy’s Mary Lynch named Regional Coach of the Year
Throughout the postseason, a few WPIAL soccer coaches have earned coach of the year honors. Earlier this week another one joined the group.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise practices last month.
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December 5, 2019
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Highlands Luke Cochran works out during a recent practice Friday. Nov 22, 2019, during a recent practice.
Highlands boys basketball set to play Shaler at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland
The Highlands Golden Rams boys basketball team is headed to Cleveland later this season.

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Noah Linderman sets up a move on his practice partner during a practice on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley Class AA wrestling preview: Burrell looking to extend WPIAL championship streak
December 4, 2019
In order to win 13 straight WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships, there has to be some type of secret formula.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars’ Blair Gerlach named PSCA Class AAA Girls Soccer Coach of the Year
Postseason honors keep piling up for the Mars girls soccer team.

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Kiski Area wrestler Nick Delp (left) looks to set up a move on practice partner Enzo Morlacci during practice Tuesday.
A-K Valley Class AAA wrestling preview: Kiski Area ready to live up to expectations
December 3, 2019
For the past three years, Kiski Area has been the team to beat in Class AAA.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan named Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
November 30, 2019
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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett celebrates as time expires in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Taylor Hamlett named Trib HSSN Girls Soccer Player of the Year
To accomplish something as significant as winning a WPIAL and PIAA title in the same season, teams must come together and reach their peak ability.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter (center) and teammates get set to hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter named Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Not many people can say they had the type of senior year that Quaker Valley forward Dom Reiter did.

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The head referee asks Avonworth captain Drew Harper his choice for the coin toss ahead of the PIAA Class 2A semifinal matchup between WPIAL Champion Avonworth and District 10 champion Wilmington on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Avonworth punches ticket to Hershey for first time in program history with win over Wilmington
November 29, 2019
The Avonworth Antelopes will play for a state championship for the first time in program history.

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Kiski Area goaltender Eric Petika gets set to make a save against North Catholic at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area goalie Petika giving Cavaliers confidence
November 27, 2019
Throughout this hockey season, a solid defensive effort has led Kiski Area.

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Second-year Leechburg girls basketball coach Andre Carter gives direction during a practice on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Leechburg girls looking to prove people wrong
When Andre Carter took over the Leechburg girls basketball program last season, he was met with the challenge of replacing a full starting lineup that had produced the best stretch of success in Blue Devils history.

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Leechburg coach Damian Davies works on a big man drill with sophomore Eli Rich during a practice on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
With coach returning, Leechburg boys hope to continue to rise
For the past few years, the Leechburg boys basketball team has been on the rise.

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree catches his third touchdown pass next to Sto-Rox’s Traynell Paxton during the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Clairton and Farrell prepare for another high-profile matchup in PIAA semis
Clairton and Farrell have a storied history in the PIAA Class A football playoffs.

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Knoch guard Abbey Shearer makes a move to the basket during a scrimmage with Beaver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Knoch girls building on solid foundation
November 26, 2019
Most teams would love to be in the position the Knoch girls basketball team is in for the upcoming season.

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Knoch senior guard Scott Fraser goes up for a layup during a drill at practice on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.
Knoch boys aiming high after breakthrough season
The Knoch boys basketball team had great expectations for themselves last season, and after only losing two seniors from a team that went 18-6 and captured a share of the Section 1-4A title, the Knights have set their sights even higher this season.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise works out during a recent practice Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Strong senior cast has Highlands boys basketball thinking big
November 24, 2019
With eight minutes remaining in their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal matchup last season against New Castle, Highlands faced a 23-point deficit.

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Highlands’ Maria Fabregas works out during a recent practice Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Highlands girls basketball team looking to build off transition year
In her first year at the helm of the Highlands girls basketball team, Courtney Udanis, a former Golden Ram herself, set out to adjust the mentality of the program, something that had changed significantly since her time in Natrona Heights.

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Central Catholic kicker Jonathan Opalko watches his game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the Vikings’ PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal against State College Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic’s Johnathan Opalko makes another game-winning kick to down State College
November 22, 2019
Whether it’s on a soccer pitch or a football field, when the game is on the line, Central Catholic’s Johnathan Opalko wants the ball on his foot.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar chips onto the green on Hole 13 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
Fox Chapel’s Bitar set to play at Rolex Tournament of Champions in Florida
November 21, 2019
Fox Chapel golfer Scott Bitar is headed south.

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Mars girls soccer players celebrate during their PIAA playoff win over West Allegheny on Nov. 9, 2019, at Chartiers Valley.
Mars climbs in national rankings after state championship victory
November 19, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team has had an exciting past couple of days.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars captures 2nd PIAA title with win over Villa Joseph Marie
November 16, 2019
HERSHEY — During a preseason workout, Mars girls soccer coach Blair Gerlach told his players they would need to get a little bit stronger because Hershey’s chocolate is pretty heavy.

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Winchester Thurston’s Alex Hauskrecht tries to make a move around Moravian Academy’s Nikhel Mhatre during their PIAA state championship matchup at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Moravian Academy tops Winchester Thurston in PIAA Class A boys soccer final
HERSHEY — At the beginning of the season, the Winchester Thurston boys soccer team set out on a journey to make an appearance in the state championship game and bring home the title.

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Shady Side Academy coach Mary Lynch presents goalie Molly Skvorak with her runner-up medal and gives her a hug during the postgame ceremony.
District 3 champ Camp Hill blanks Shady Side Academy to capture first PIAA title
HERSHEY — The Shady Side Academy girls soccer team was on a mission to capture a second PIAA title in school history, but when the Indians stepped onto the field at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, they were met by a team equally as motivated.

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett (38) celebrates withGwen Howell after defeating Plum in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA Class AAA girls soccer finals primer: Mars vs. Villa Joseph Marie
November 15, 2019
Villa Joseph Marie (21-2-1) vs. Mars (21-0-1)

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Winchester Thurston’s Beck Buchanan works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Seth Skowronek during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A boys soccer finals primer: Winchester Thurston vs. Moravian Academy
Moravian Academy (23-1) vs Winchester Thurston (19-2)

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Shady Side Academy’s Callie Davis (5) celebrates her first goal with Emory Anderson (21) and Gabby Hill-Junke during their PIAA Class A state semifinal against Greensburg Central Catholic Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A girls soccer finals primer: Shady Side Academy vs. Camp Hill
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Members of the Quaker Valley boys soccer team hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley boys soccer captures 2nd state title in 3 years
HERSHEY — For the second time in three years, the Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading home with the PIAA Class AA state championship trophy in hand.

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WPIAL associate executive director Amy Scheuneman speaks to a crowd of more than 600 WPIAL student-athletes and athletic directors Nov. 14, 2019, at the 11th annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
WPIAL hosts hundreds of student-athletes at annual Sportsmanship Summit
November 14, 2019
For the 11th year in a row, the WPIAL hosted its annual Sportsmanship Summit at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum on Thursday morning.

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Dom Reiter scored Quaker Valley’s first goal Wednesday night.
Quaker Valley beats Mercyhurst Prep to make 3rd state finals appearance in 4 years
November 13, 2019
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading back to the PIAA Class AA state championship and they are starting to develop quite a sweet tooth.

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Villa Maria tops North Catholic girls in PIAA semifinals
As his team surrounded him during their postgame meeting, Villa Maria girls soccer coach Pete Wagner repeated the goal his team had set at the beginning of the season.

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Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale is a Lehigh commit.
Fox Chapel’s Carnevale commits to Lehigh after taking academy route with PA Classics
Since he was a little kid, Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale has dreamed of playing soccer at the next level.

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Blackhawk’s Marques Watson-Trent (23) stiff-arms Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt (26) during their game at Blackhawk High School on Nov. 1, 2019.
Northwest Eight: South Fayette has 6 players, coach named to all-conference team
November 12, 2019
South Fayette had six players named to the Northwest Eight all-conference team and coach Joe Rossi was tabbed as the conference Coach of the Year.

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Derry’s Justin Huss carries the ball during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals against Central Valley on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at North Allegheny.
Big East: North Catholic and Derry lead all-conference team; Huss offensive MVP
November 11, 2019
Derry’s Justin Huss, Gavin Adams and coach Tim Sweeney all won individual awards in the Class 3A Big East Conference.

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Springdale’s Ephrain Duku works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ethan Boyle during their boys PIAA Class A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Springdale boys soccer set to build on successful season
Over the course of the past three seasons, the Springdale boys soccer team has proved itself to be one of the best in WPIAL Class A.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes falls short but promises to come back stronger
November 10, 2019
After coming up just short in the PIAA Class AA state championship last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came into 2019 with unfinished business.

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Kiski Area wrestlers Jack Blumer and Stone Joseph placed second and third, respectively, in their weight classes at The Surge wrestling tournament at the University of PIttsburgh at Johnstown.
Kiski Area wrestlers prepare for season with The Surge
Kiski Area is heading into the wrestling season in search of its fourth straight Class AAA WPIAL title, and last weekend a few Cavaliers got to test their mettle at The Surge wrestling tournament at the Pitt-Johnstown.

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Mercyhurst Prep’s Jarrett Harry nets hat trick to propel Lakers past Deer Lakes.
November 9, 2019
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team wanted an opportunity to avenge its WPIAL Class AA championship loss to Quaker Valley.

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DiFalco’s 2-goal game leads Panthers past unbeaten Cathedral Prep
Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal matchup between Franklin Regional and Cathedral Prep was a battle of two unbeaten teams.

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Riverside and McGuffey captains take part in the coin toss before their WPIAL playoff game Nov. 8, 2019, at Montour.
Riverside’s postseason run continues with victory over McGuffey
November 8, 2019
While Riverside’s first round upset of No. 3 Burgettstown surprised a lot of WPIAL football fans, it wasn’t a surprise to the Panthers.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale has plenty of motivation heading into PIAA quarterfinal match with GCC
Heading into Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal matchup with WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic, the Springdale boys soccer team won’t lack competitive fire.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Defense fuels Deer Lakes on second straight state tournament run
November 7, 2019
Throughout the postseason, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has displayed a gift for possessing the ball, passing around opponents and finding a way to put the ball into the back of the net.

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Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan (9) dribbles down the sideline during the Lancers’ PIAA first round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Bald Eagle Area High School
Sullivan plays hero again, propels Deer Lakes into PIAA quarterfinals with overtime goal
November 5, 2019
Throughout their PIAA first-round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came within inches of scoring the go-ahead goal.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Reitler (27) battles Springdale’s Duncan Caltagarone for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale boys soccer looks to avenge playoff losses
November 4, 2019
It only has been two years since the Springdale boys soccer team made a run to the PIAA Class A tournament.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes boys soccer turns attention to PIAA tournament
Friday night brought a disappointing end to Deer Lakes’ quest for a WPIAL soccer championship.

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Elizabeth Forward shortstop Anna Resnik loses the ball as West Perry’s Tiara Johnson slides into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning of the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Penn State University.
Elizabeth Forward’s Resnik chooses Robert Morris
Elizabeth Forward’s Anna Resnik has decided where she’ll play collegiate softball, and she won’t have to travel too far to do so.

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Mars captains hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Plum in the girls Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars cruises by Plum to capture 1st WPIAL girls soccer title since ’15
November 2, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA championship the past two seasons but came up short in both attempts.

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The Quaker Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Deer Lakes in double overtime in the Class AA final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Quaker Valley beats Deer Lakes in 2OT for WPIAL boys soccer title
November 1, 2019
For the past four seasons, Highmark Stadium has been a blessing and a curse for the Quaker Valley boys soccer team.

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Shady Side Academy sneaks by GCC for 1st WPIAL girls soccer title since 2016
The Shady Side Academy and Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer teams split a pair of meetings in the regular season.

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Deer Lakes’ Tyler Tofil battles North Catholic’s Gabe Gallup for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes boys soccer searching for first WPIAL title
October 31, 2019
Since its loss in the PIAA Class AA championship game last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has been on a mission.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) has rushed for 1,338 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
Apollo-Ridge thrilled to stay at home on a Friday night
October 30, 2019
The Apollo-Ridge Vikings are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Owens Field this season. On Friday, they’ll get to do it in style by hosting their first home playoff game since 2014.

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Valley’s Jayden Richter (20) tries to drag down Apollo-Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy (10) Oct. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy
The Apollo-Ridge Vikings closed out their regular season schedule this past Friday with a 43-33 loss to Charleroi.

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Kiski Area’s Justin Hessom (52) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown earlier this season against Fox Chapel.
Bethel Park stands in way of elusive playoff victory for Kiski Area
It’s been 29 years since the last Kiski Area football playoff victory.

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Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan square off for WPIAL Class AAAA boys soccer championship
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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley is presured by Freeport defenders in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley quarterbacks set the bar high in 2019
October 29, 2019
When the regular season ended this past Friday, seven quarterbacks from around the WPIAL had surpassed the 2,000-yard passing mark.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
A-K Valley boys soccer capsule for Oct. 30
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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) looks to get by Valley’s Ricardo Simmons (28) October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Apollo-Ridge, Kiski Area, Fox Chapel learn playoff opponents at WPIAL football pairings meeting
October 28, 2019
When the seedings of the WPIAL football playoffs were released Monday evening at the annual pairings meeting, three A-K Valley teams found out who they would be facing in the first round Friday night.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis celebrates his goal with Nate Ward (12) next to Springdale’s Roman Liberati during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
WPIAL releases boys soccer championship dates, times
The dates and times for the WPIAL boys soccer championships at Highmark Stadium have been released for all four classifications, and they will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks the tackle of Derry’s Tanner Nicely in the first half. Scherer broke more then 1000 yards for the season during the second quarter Friday at Burrell Stadium Friday. Oct 25, 2019.
Burrell football is back on the map
October 26, 2019
Despite a 56-32 season ending loss to Big East Conference runner-up Derry on Friday night, it’s clear Burrell is a team on the rise in Class 3A.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer is wrapped up by Derry’s Max Malis during the first half at Burrell Stadium Friday, Oct 25, 2019.
Derry runs past Burrell in crucial Big East Conference matchup
October 25, 2019
Derry coach Tim Sweeney put it best earlier this week when he talked about senior running back Justin Huss as they headed into their WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup with Burrell.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
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West Allegheny girls soccer defeats Kiski Area to advance to first semifinal in program history
October 24, 2019
For the first time in school history, the West Allegheny girls soccer team is headed to the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes tops North Catholic in overtime to advance to boys soccer semifinals
October 23, 2019
The first 85 minutes of the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal matchup between No. 2 Deer Lakes and No. 7 North Catholic was a stalemate, but something was bound to break sooner or later.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (26) runs for a touchdown during their game against New Castle on Oct. 18.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Highlands’ Johnny Crise
Over the past few weeks, the Highlands football team has started to hit its stride, especially in the passing game.

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Burrell’s Josh Boak tackles Deer Lakes quarterback Aris Hasley for a loss during a game Sept. 27.
Derry provides tough final hurdle for Burrell’s playoff quest
Since their matchup with Deer Lakes on Sept. 27, the Burrell Bucs have been in playoff mode. They knew to secure their first playoff berth since 2012, they would have to get over some big humps, and it started during that matchup against the Lancers.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
A-K Valley boys soccer playoff capsules
October 22, 2019
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Plum’s Cole Kelly (right) said this year’s team is ready to advance past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Plum boys soccer is ready to push past postseason shortcomings
October 21, 2019
The Plum boys soccer team has enjoyed a storybook-type season heading into their WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal match with Upper St. Clair on Wednesday.

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Fox Chapel’s Zidane Thomas (3) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
After rough start, Fox Chapel is looking to close with 4 wins in row
October 19, 2019
Just a few weeks ago, the Fox Chapel football team was on the outside of the Class 5A playoff picture looking in.

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Springdale boys soccer gets past Chartiers-Houston in physical battle
Throughout the course of a soccer season there are certain moments when seniors feel the need to step up and make big plays.

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Fox Chapel receiver Warner Macklin (10) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel football team cruises by Armstrong for 3rd win in row
October 18, 2019
It didn’t start great, but with its playoff hopes on the line, Fox Chapel rebounded quickly from an early turnover and ran away with its Class 5A Northern Conference matchup against Armstrong, 41-14.

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Deer Lakes’ Ronan Renter (24) celebrates his first goal with Ryan Rodgers during their game against Valley on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Armed with playoff experience, Deer Lakes boys soccer is ready to make another run
Beginning on Saturday, boys soccer teams from around the area will begin their trek to the WPIAL championship game at Highmark Stadium.

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Captain Mike Mitchell will lead Springdale into a first-round playoff matchup with Chartiers-Houston on Saturday.
A-K Valley boys soccer matchups for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
Class AAAA

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Sewickley Academy’s Evelyn Safar reacts after winning a game during the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championship Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Sewickley Academy girls top Knoch for third straight WPIAL team tennis title
October 17, 2019
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team captured the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championship for the third straight year with a 3-2 victory over Knoch.

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Knoch’s Daniel Olean battles Plum’s Cole Kelly for a header during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Knoch.
Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
October 16, 2019
Here’s a look at the 2019 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs:

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Plum’s Bailey Walker (2) celebrates with Laura Pearlman (7) after scoring against West Mifflin on Sept. 18, 2019.
Plum boys and girls soccer teams earn premier seeds for WPIAL playoffs
The Plum boys and girls soccer teams enjoyed successful regular seasons and the WPIAL rewarded both with premier seeds on Wednesday when playoff brackets were unveiled.

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Fox Chapel quarterback Shane Susnak has 1,415 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
A-K Valley football Q&A: Fox Chapel’s Shane Susnak
A 42-0 loss to Upper St. Clair on Sept. 27 put Fox Chapel’s record at 1-5, but the Foxes felt the scoreboard that night did not indicate how they played and that better things were ahead.

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Jeremiah Nelson and the Highlands defense held Class 4A No. 2 South Fayette to 21 points last week.
Highlands ready to fight as New Castle pays a visit
Throughout this season, Highlands has displayed an ability to physically compete with teams every Friday night, but it hasn’t always resulted in wins.

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Leechburg’s Jake Schuffert (left) celebrates his goal with Elliot Weigand during their match against Ellwood City on Tuesday.
First-year Leechburg boys soccer shows improvement throughout season
October 15, 2019
The first year of the Leechburg boys soccer program started with a win and ended with a win.

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Burrell’s Nick Kariotis (right) throws a ball to Carson Ley (left) during practice Monday. The Bucs are 10-7 overall and 8-6 in the section.
Burrell boys soccer team clinches first playoff appearance since 2014
October 14, 2019
Over the last few years, the Burrell boys soccer team has taken its lumps. After some recent success, the Bucs are starting to bump back.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Oct. 12
Class AAAA

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Freeport’s Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrell’s Seth Fischbach as he tries to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School on Friday, Oct 11, 2019.
A-K Valley football notebook: WPIAL playoff picture rounding out
October 12, 2019
It’s getting to the point in high school football season when the playoff picture is starting to become clearer.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel’s Bitar named to AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America Team
It has been quite the season for Fox Chapel senior golfer Scott Bitar.

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Freeportճ Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrellճ Seth Fischbach as toys to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School Friday. Oct 11, 2019.
Burrell football team defeats Freeport in overtime thriller
October 11, 2019
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta has coached a lot of games in his career, but he said he has never coached one like Friday’s 36-35 overtime victory over Freeport.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan heads the ball in front of Shady Side Academy’s George Grune during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at in Fox Chapel.
Plum leads A-K Valley contingent into boys soccer playoffs
For the first time since 2005, the Class AAAA No. 1 Plum boys soccer team captured the Section 3-AAAA section title and will go into Monday’s nonconference regular-season finale against Allderdice with an undefeated record of 15-0-1.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber (right) shakes hands with Quaker Valley’s Aidan Bulger and Riverside’s Skyler Fox after shooting a 71 during the WPIAL Class AA team golf championship match Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Sewickley Academy boys golf team maintains winning tradition
For the seventh straight year and 10th time in program history, Sewickley Academy captured the WPIAL Class AA boys golf team championship last Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar putts on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA team golf championship match Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Fox Chapel boys finally get over the hump, capture WPIAL team gold
October 10, 2019
All season long, the Fox Chapel boys golf team has had a saying that its lived by every match.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Zambruno chips onto the green on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Field set for WPIAL golf championships at Cedarbrook
October 9, 2019
The field is set for the WPIAL team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Club on Thursday as six boys teams and four girls teams punched their ticket to the final round on Monday and Tuesday.

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Riverview’s Dean Cecere (22) rushes the ball during their game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Aug. 31.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Riverview’s Dean Cecere
Two weeks ago, Riverview got its first win, escaping with a 21-20 victory over Imani Christian. Zach Hanlon led the way with 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Aug. 30 at Derry Area High School.
Burrell-Freeport matchup loaded with playoff implications
Friday night’s WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup between Burrell and Freeport will pit two teams against each other that have a lot on the line.

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Highlands boys soccer coach Jason Norris goes over some statistics with Declan McIntire during a practice.
Highlands soccer implementing unique analytical approach
October 7, 2019
Professional sports teams often use anything they can to gain a competitive advantage, and in recent years, different forms of analytics have become a norm across the country.

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                                Will Meyer leads Deer Lakes into today’s WPIAL Class AA semifinal at River Forest.
Four A-K Valley boys golf teams look to punch their ticket to WPIAL championship
On Tuesday morning, four boys golf teams from around the Alle-Kiski Valley will travel to River Forest Golf Course to play in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal match and compete for a chance to play for the team championship.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Oct. 5
Class AAAA

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Freeport Area’s Matt Aulicino pulls in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday. Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport stays confident in must-win situations
October 5, 2019
For the second straight year, Freeport is in a position where it needs to win out to secure a playoff spot.

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Deer Lakes’ Isaiah Yoder attempts to pull in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday, Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport keeps playoff hopes alive with 3rd straight win
October 4, 2019
Deer Lakes will have to wait another year to see if it can sneak a win past longtime rival Freeport because from the first whistle Friday night, the Yellowjackets showed why they haven’t lost to their Class 3A Big East Conference rival since 2010.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber chips onto the green on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
WPIAL team golf championship sites and brackets announced
The brackets and competition sites for next week’s WPIAL boys and girls golf team championships were released Friday.

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Freeport leads the all-time series with Deer Lakes, 41-5.
Deer Lakes, Freeport prepare for Big East rivaly matchup with playoff implications on the line
Deer Lakes and Freeport have a storied history in football.

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Knoch’s Ally Bauer (left) celebrates with Libby Conlon after winning the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Knoch, Peters Township doubles teams capture WPIAL gold
October 3, 2019
When it came down to it on Thursday at the Oxford Athletic Complex, the Knoch doubles team of Ally Bauer and Libby Conlon did what they needed to do to come away with a WPIAL Class AA doubles championship.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel boys golf preparing for a WPIAL team title run
Over the course of the past few years, the Fox Chapel boys golf team have been strokes away from capturing the program’s fifth team championship.

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Knoch’s Libby Conlon (left) and Ally Bauer defeated Burrell’s Isabella Lane and Madyson Radvansky, 6-3, 6-2 in the Section 3-AA doubles finals Sept. 26, 2019, at Alpha Tennis and Fitness in Harmarville.
New girls tennis champs will be crowned in WPIAL doubles
October 2, 2019
New WPIAL champions will be crowned on Thursday when the doubles tournaments conclude at the Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.

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Freeport’s Daniel Lynch dribbles around the net while Derry defender Elysiah Lopez closes in during WPIAL boys’ soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Freeport boys soccer in thick of playoff conversation
With just four games remaining on its regular season schedule, the Freeport boys soccer team is in the thick of the playoff race.

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) runs past Hampton’s Josh Andersson (33) Sept. 27 at Hampton.
A-K Valley football Q-and-A: Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake
Since their matchup with North Hills in Week 2, the Kiski Area Cavaliers have had a secret weapon in their backfield.

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School during WPIAL football against Freeport
Deer Lakes, Freeport prepare for Big East rivalry matchup with playoff implications on the line
Deer Lakes and Freeport have a storied history in football.

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Deer Lakes senior AJ Dorman poses with his football pads, saxophone and soccer goal.
Some high school athletes take on two sports in same season
September 30, 2019
In recent years, high school athletes have started to specialize in one sport in hopes of improving their chances at playing in college.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his drive on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Oakmont Country Club.
Fox Chapel golfers set to chase individual WPIAL title on home course
When 36 golfers take to the links at Fox Chapel Golf Club on Tuesday for the WPIAL Class AAA individual championship, three Fox Chapel team members will look to do something only four others have accomplished.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Sept. 28
Class AAAA

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Burrell’s Mike Scherer drives for yardage as Deer Lakes Austin Duddy attempts to make the tackle in the first half at Burrell Friday.Sept 27, 2019.
Big East Conference playoff picture getting murky
September 28, 2019
Just like they have in years past, the waters are getting murky in the Class 3A Big East Conference playoff picture.

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Burrell’s Mike Scherer drives for yardage as Deer Lakes Austin Duddy attempts to make the tackle in the first half at Burrell Friday.Sept 27, 2019.
Running game leads to big win for Burrell over Deer Lakes
September 27, 2019
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta is known for his creative offensive mind.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber shakes hands with Riverside’s Skyler Fox after winning the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy golf team building a championship tradition unlike any other
The Sewickley Academy boys golf team has a storied history.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber shakes hands with Riverside’s Skyler Fox after winning the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber captures WPIAL gold at Class AA boys golf championships
September 26, 2019
Riverside’s Skyler Fox was gunning to become the first golfer in WPIAL history to win four straight individual boys championships.

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Burrell’s Seth Fishbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaugh Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell, Deer Lakes to showcase high-octane passing attacks in Week 5 showdown
September 25, 2019
Friday night’s matchup between Deer Lakes and Burrell has the makings to be special.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell tackles Ricky Hunter on Sept. 13 at Warrior Stadium.
A-K Valley football Q&A: Freeport’s Ricky Hunter
Freeport got in the win column for the first time Friday night and did so in a dominating way, scoring touchdowns in all three phases of the game.

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Freeport’s Nico DiSanti skates with the puck past Montour’s Jeremy Freeman during their game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Belmont Ice Complex.
Belmont Ice Complex closure affects local hockey teams
The Freeport and the Armstrong hockey teams will be without a home arena for the next month.

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Plum’s Luke Gildea makes a run through a group of Norwin defenders during their Section 3-4A matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Plum takes down Norwin in clash of section rivals
September 24, 2019
After a tie with Norwin earlier this season, the Plum boys soccer team was on a mission to make a statement on Tuesday night when it met up with the Knights for the second time this season.

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Springdale Keeper Andrew Haus works with the varsity squad during a practice on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.
Springdale’s Andrew Haus is exceeding expectations in net
September 23, 2019
Before the 2019 soccer season started, Springdale boys soccer coach Cesareo Sanchez had a big hole to fill at the goalkeeper position.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 21
WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings

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Fox Chapel football Coach Tom Loughran, takes the field for the first day of heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
A-K Valley high school football notebook: Several teams finally get in win column
September 21, 2019
The first win of the season can be a pretty nice feeling, but Fox Chapel delivered an even bigger win for coach Tom Loughran on Friday.

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Seth Minor raises his hand to a classmate in the student section ahead of their Class 3A Big East Conference matchup against Mount Pleasant.
Lancers hold off Mount Pleasant in a exciting Big East Conference matchup
September 20, 2019
So far this season, Deer Lakes has had trouble finishing football games.

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A-K Valley High School Notebook: Golfers get set to tee it up; Bucs tab new softball coach
Earlier this week, golfers from around the WPIAL took to the links for an opportunity to qualify for the individual WPIAL tournament next week.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Plum boys soccer relying on chemistry during hot start
Sometimes, a year of rebuilding and blending a group of players is all it takes. At least that’s the case for the Plum boys soccer team.

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Shady Side Academy’s Hazem Hamda (11) celebrates his goal with Oz Curtis next to Deer Lakes’ Alex Rodgers during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side tops Deer Lakes in section soccer battle
September 19, 2019
Throughout the 2018 boys soccer season, Deer Lakes and Shady Side Academy established a rivalry that produced some pretty good soccer.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a serve during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Knoch’s Laura Greb captures third straight AA singles title; Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James wins AAA crown
For the third year in a row, Knoch’s Laura Greb went home with the WPIAL Class AA singles tennis crown, but this one had a different feel.

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Plum sophomore Jake Miller threw for 111 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first career start.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Plum’s Jake Miller
September 18, 2019
For the past three games, Plum sophomore Jake Miller has stepped into the position with a level of confidence every coach looks for in a quarterback.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba has guided his team to a 4-0 record heading into Friday’s game at Avonworth.
Matchup with Avonworth gives Apollo-Ridge chance to prove its mettle
When Apollo-Ridge and No. 5 Avonworth meet at Lenzner Stadium on Friday night, the teams will be battling for a lot more than just another mark in the win column.

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Fox Chapel’s Zane Ingram (21) competes against North Allegheny September 14, 2019 at North Allegheny.
With a team-first mentality, Zane Ingram is leading Fox Chapel to fast start
September 16, 2019
Ever since Zane Ingram joined the Fox Chapel boys soccer program as a freshman, he’s always put the team first.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 15, 2019
WPIAL boys soccer rankings

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher chooses Penn State
After delaying his decision in early August, Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher has made his college choice.

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Deer Lakes junior soccer players Devin Murray, Michael Sullivan and Colton Spence
Trio of juniors show Lancers boys soccer team value of chemistry
September 15, 2019
At the center of any successful team is a core group of players that allows the squad to reach new heights on the field and off of it.

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Knoch’s Matt Goodlin losses his helmet as he enters the end zone Friday, Sept 13, 2019 against Highlands at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium.
Led by special senior class, Knoch off to best start since 2012
September 14, 2019
With an undefeated start, two defensive shutouts and a stout running game, Knoch is having one of its best seasons in recent memory under first-year coach Brandon Mowry.

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Yough players watch their home game against Mt. Pleasant from the sidelines on Sept. 6.
More than a game: Coaches stress benefits of football as player participation dwindles
On Friday nights across the country, thousands of high school football players sprint onto fields to the cheers of students, relatives and — often — entire communities.

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Knochճ Matt Goodlin works for extra yardage against the Golden Rams In the first quarter at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium Friday. Sept 12, 2019.
Knoch gets past rival Highlands to stay undefeated
September 13, 2019
Knoch got off to a slow start in the first half, but its undefeated season is still alive.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James competes during a qualifying match September 12, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley High School Notebook: Knoch’s Greb tops teammate Bauer for second sectional title
September 12, 2019
For the second straight year, the Section 3-AA girls tennis singles championship had two teammates playing for a sectional crown. Knoch coach Nance Conlon said the score didn’t indicate the type of competitive match it was, but for the second year in a row, Laura Greb beat Brooke Bauer in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley is second in the WPIAL in passing yards, attempts, touchdowns and completions.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley
September 11, 2019
Deer Lakes football has gotten off to a rocky start this season, but senior quarterback Aris Hasley has led the passing game to new heights.

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Knoch’s Matt Goodlin works out during practice this summer.
Knoch, Highlands work up ‘a good dislike’ for each other
The Knoch and Highlands football teams are on opposite sides of the WPIAL Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference.

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Tribune-Review Riverview golfer Dan Donatucci hits a tee shot at Buffalo Golf Course on Monday as the Raiders continued their undefeated season with a 214-261 Section 1-AA win over Freeport.
Riverview taking undefeated season match by match
September 9, 2019
The Riverview boys golf team qualified for the WPIAL Class AA team tournament for the first time in quite a while last season, and with a starting line-up of five seniors and a junior, the Raiders are looking to do it again.

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Riverview Joey Flanick works with the varsity squad during a recent practice Thursday. Aug 22, 2019.
Riverview’s Joey Flanick leading the way for the Raiders
The Riverview boys soccer team is off to a strong start, and senior striker Joey Flanick has been at the center of their early season success.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles against North Penn’s Patrick O’Neill in the 160-pound first round class AAA bout during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer chooses West Virginia
September 8, 2019
One of the top wrestlers in the A-K Valley chose where he will call home for the next four years Sunday.

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Kiski Area’s Lebryn Smith losses control of the ball as North Hills’ Damon Thompson and William Fonzi make the tackle in the second half at Kiski Area on Friday, Sept 6, 2019.
Kiski Area battling through growing pains, still showing fight, potential
September 7, 2019
When teams go through a rebuilding phase, coaches often place young players at the core of it in order to build around them for the future.

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Kiski Area’s Luke Lander collides with North Hills’ Tyler Tomasic and Curtis Foskey in the second quarter Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
McDonough leads North Hills past Kiski Area in hard-hitting matchup
September 6, 2019
Heading into Friday night’s WPIAL Class 5A Northern Conference matchup between Kiski Area and North Hills, coaches Sam Albert and Pat Carey were expecting a battle, which was exactly what they got.

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Highlands’ Gabe Norris (right) had 23 goals and 20 assists in his first two seasons.
Highlands’ Gabe Norris is connecting the dots for the Golden Rams
Getting off to a good start is important for any young player and Highlands midfielder Gabe Norris is off to one of the best of his high school career.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado is ranked No. 20 among the state’s top 100 wrestlers, according to PA Power Wrestling.
A-K Valley wrestlers named among top 100 in junior class
When PA Power Wrestling, a media company that covers high school wrestling in Pennsylvania, released its Class of 2021 rankings earlier this week three wrestlers from the A-K Valley were among the top 100 in the state.

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Sean Adamski shot a hole-in-one on hole No. 4 vs Gateway last Thursday at Mcmurry golf course
A-K Valley H.S. notebook: Kiski Area golfer has career week
September 5, 2019
Kiski Area’s Sean Adamski has had a special senior season on the golf course.

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Springdale’s Christian Vokes works out during practice.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Springdale’s Christian Vokes
September 4, 2019
The Springdale football team is off to its best start of the Seth Napierkowski era, and senior Christian Vokes has been a vital piece.

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North Hills quarterback Dylan Pawling runs for a first-quarter touchdown against Fox Chapel on Aug. 30 at North Hills.
Kiski Area looking for consistency as North Hills pays visit
The first two weeks of the season have been a roller coaster for the Kiski Area Cavaliers.

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Springdale varsity assistant coach and junior high head coach Giulio Tommarello grabs a bite to eat with a few of his players. The Springdale football program hosts a dinner for varsity and junior high players once a week to get the their younger players accustomed to the varsity program.
Springdale football hopes to see long-term benefits from revival of junior high program
September 2, 2019
There are several crucial parts of a high school football team, but one of the most important — and the one that can produce long-term success — is the establishment of a reliable junior high program.

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Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jake Fello hands off to Logan Harmon during practice Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at the high school.
A-K Valley football notebook: Springdale beats Imani Christian for 1st time
August 31, 2019
As if their last-minute Week Zero win over Deer Lakes wasn’t enough, the Springdale Dynamos took it to another level Friday and took down Class 1A Eastern Conference opponent Imani Christian for the first time.

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Burrell coach Shawn Liotta looks over pre-game warmups with his team before their Class 3A Big East Conference matchup with North Catholic on Aug. 30, 2019.
North Catholic takes down Burrell for 1st win of the season
August 30, 2019
Although he lost his leading rusher and receiver from last year, North Catholic coach Pat O’Shea was confident in his team’s abilities heading into its season opener against Burrell on Friday night at J.C Stone Field in North Park.

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel golf, tennis start strong
August 29, 2019
While the Fox Chapel football team has gotten off to a rough start on the gridiron, the golf and tennis teams couldn’t be hotter.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon scored on a 96-yard fumble return last week. He also ran for 180 yards and three scores.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon
August 28, 2019
Leechburg was on Apollo-Ridge’s 4-yard line and trailing by a touchdown with a minute left in the first half of a Week Zero matchup.

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Freeport lineman Logan Manke
Derry, Freeport coaches expect another battle in Big East Conference opener
If you were to compare the Derry and Freeport football teams this season, you might not find many differences, and both coaches take pride in that sentiment.

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Springdale Morgan Fitzgerald works out with the varsity team during a recent practice Monday. Aug19, 2019.
Springdale girls soccer hopes chemistry carries over under new coach
August 27, 2019
When any first-year coach takes over a program, there are certain goals they want to accomplish to have a successful start.

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Sophomore Andrew Haus is expected to take over as starting goalkeeper this season.
Springdale boys looking to use past 2 seasons as motivation
The Springdale boys soccer team had a big season last fall, and if everything goes right, they could accomplish bigger things this year.

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Drew Karpen dives into job as Highlands athletic director
August 26, 2019
Over the past few years, Drew Karpen has been waiting for the right opportunity to run an athletic department.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz reacts to a play against Laurel Highlands on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the WPIAL first round class 5A playoffs at Seton Hill University.
Perroz’s baseball-heavy summer pays off with commitment to IUP
August 25, 2019
Kiski Area senior Billy Perroz has been playing so much baseball this summer that, at times, coach Aaron Albert has told him he has been playing too much.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks the tackle of Valley’s Ricrdo Simmons in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell’s offense shines in season opener
August 24, 2019
Since he took over the Burrell football program last year, coach Shawn Liotta has been waiting for an opportunity to showcase his fast-paced, high-octane offense.

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Burrell’s Seth Fischbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaun Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday. Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell shuts out Valley to snap 6-game streak in ‘Battle of the Bypass’
August 23, 2019
Throughout the history of the “Battle of the Bypass,” Burrell and Valley have traded winning streaks.

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Kiski Area boys soccer coach Sean Arnold works with his players during practice.
Kiski Area boys hoping to build on chemistry established in 2018
Midway through last season, the Kiski Area boys soccer team hit its stride.

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Veteran coach Mike Spagnolo is in his first season at Kiski Area.
With experience and talent, Kiski Area girls soccer looks to improve
With a talented group of underclassmen, the Kiski Area girls soccer team made significant strides last season.

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Wide receiver/defensive back Vaun Ross will assume a leadership role for Valley.
Ross takes on leadership role for young Valley team
August 22, 2019
Leadership is a quality every coach looks for in his players. They look for players who can step up when the game is on the line or someone who leads with his voice and actions, a player who holds teammates to higher standards.

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Kiski Area junior wide receiver Jason Baker has not played football since seventh grade.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Kiski Area’s Jason Baker
August 21, 2019
In an effort to revamp his team, Kiski Area football coach Sam Albert dug into the depths of the high school to recruit student-athletes he believed could help improve their chances this season.

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Burrell’s Dom Holmes (right) will take on rival Valley in the Week Zero “Battle of the Bypass” on Friday.
Valley’s 6-game winning streak on line in ‘Battle of the Bypass’
There’s never a lack of excitement when Burrell and Valley get together for the “Battle of the Bypass.”

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Brownsville sophomore quarterback Hunter Assad competes during a seven-on-seven competiton July 18, 2019, at Connellsville High School.
Fichter more optimistic for 2nd season at Brownsville
August 19, 2019
Even before the 2018 season started, the Brownsville football team was facing an uphill battle.

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Deer Lakes’ Madeline Boulos aims a pass on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 during girls’ soccer at Burrell High School. Deer Lakes won 2-1.
Deer Lakes looking to build on historic 2018 season
The Deer Lakes girls soccer team won’t be short on fire power in 2019.

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Deer Lakes Ryan Butler, works with the varsity team during a recent practice Tuesday. Aug 13, 2019.
Deer Lakes enters season with ‘unfinished business’ mindset
Deer Lakes boys soccer made a historic run last season.

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West Allegheny’s Hendrick named to USA Baseball 18U national roster
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick has had an impressive summer.

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Valley’s Vaun Ross (left) tries to elude a Kiski Area defender during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Ross set to guide Valley’s young roster
Graduation can hit high school athletic programs. Valley knows that feeling.

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Burrell’s Seth Fishbaugh goes up for a pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell vows to ‘play fast,’ push the tempo
August 18, 2019
When the Burrell offense takes the field this season, don’t blink, because you might just miss the entire offensive series.

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Knoch’s Laura Greb competes during the WPIAL Class AA final Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Shady Side Academy.
Greb, Knoch tennis ready to take next step
When Knoch tennis coach Nance Conlon first saw Laura Greb during a summer clinic a few years ago, she quickly noticed the player’s potential.

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From left are A-K Valley quarterbacks Alex Arledge (Burrell), Cayden Quinn (Valley), Garrett Schaffhauser (Freeport), Legend Ausk (Springdale) and Ryan Aber (Riverview).
New A-K Valley quarterbacks face challenge of leading their offenses
August 17, 2019
Quarterback is one of the most complicated positions in football, and it takes a special type of player to bear all of the responsibilities that make an offense successful.

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Highlands quarterback Tyler Brezinski looks to pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Highlands ready to compete in Northwest 8 Conference
Every week in WPIAL’s Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference is a grind, and Highlands coach Dom Girardi would have it no other way.

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Kiski Area’s Peyton McCann drives for extra yardage as Fox Chapel’s Timothy Johnston attempts to bring him down in the first half at Richard J. Dilts Field on Friday, Sept 14, 2018.
McCann embodies Kiski Area’s hard-nosed mentality
August 16, 2019
After winning three of its first four games last season, the Kiski Area football team was ready to make a strong move in the right direction.

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Kiski Area’s Dylan Hutcherson participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Kiski Area continues to grow behind young, dedicated players
Kiski Area coach Sam Albert is no stranger to building a football program. He has done it with success at four schools in Western Pennsylvania.

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Highlands linebacker Brock White tackles a teammate during defensive drills.
Highlands’ Brock White feeling stronger after injury-shortened freshman season
August 15, 2019
Before last season began, Highlands coach Dom Girardi had high hopes for a freshman running back who displayed a lot of potential throughout summer and training camp.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his drive on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Oakmont Country Club.
Fox Chapel golf ready to take next step
August 14, 2019
Throughout his nine years of coaching at Fox Chapel, golf coach Bryan Deal has built a strong program that has produced two individual WPIAL champions. But a team title always has eluded Deal.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nick Hunnell competes during practice on Aug. 7, 2019.
WPIAL Class 3A football breakdown: Aliquippa to be challenged in defense of PIAA title
When Mike Warfield took over the storied Aliquippa program last season, the bar was set high for the first-year coach.

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Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire intercepts a pass during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa’s Devonshire making a name for himself at Kentucky
August 13, 2019
It looks like it didn’t take long for Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire, the 2018-19 Trib HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year to make a name for himself at Kentucky.

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Luke Lander and Kiski Area are coming off a playoff season.
Camp Preview: Alle-Kiski teams look to bounce back this season
August 12, 2019
Last season was a substandard year for high school football teams throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley.

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Burrell’s Logan Phillips runs after a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell’s Phillips provides leadership and versatility
August 11, 2019
Quarterback is the most important position on the field.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp works against Cam Connor during practice Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in the wrestling room at the high school.
Kiski Area’s Blumer and Delp sit among top 100 recruits in 2020 class
August 8, 2019
The Kiski Area Cavaliers had one of the best wrestling teams in the state last season.

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Fox Chapel wide receiver Sam Brown (2) gets yardage during home game against Mars on Oct. 12, 2018.
Fox Chapel’s Brown picks up first Division I offer
August 7, 2019
For high school athletes, there might not be a better feeling than the moment they receive their first scholarship offer to play their sport at the collegiate level.

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NFHS makes changes to lacrosse restart protocol
August 6, 2019
The National Federation of State High School Associations made a few rule changes for the 2019-20 boys lacrosse season.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne greets Terry Smith on the sideline after Smith’s 75-yard touchdown during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Archbishop Woood Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Chambersburg Area High School.
WPIAL football coaches honored at Steelers Family Fest
August 5, 2019
On Sunday, just one day before the start of high school football season, the Pittsburgh Steelers held their annual Steelers Family Fest at Heinz Field.

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Jett Roesing compets for First Love Christian Academy during the 2018-19 season.
First Love shooting guard Roesing commits to Duquesne
July 31, 2019
First Love Christian Academy shooting guard Jett Roesing has made his college decision and announced his commitment to Duquesne on Wednesday night.

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West Allegheny’s boys soccer team celebrates after winning the PIAA Class AAA title, 4-0, over Strath Haven on Nov. 16, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Book about West Allegheny soccer, ‘Unbeatable’ gains popularity in first month of release
The 2018 West Allegheny boys soccer season was a storybook-type campaign. It was so good in fact that Brent Dragisich, the father of Nathan and Johnny Dragisic, two West A players, decided to author a book about their extraordinary season.

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The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 girls lacrosse season
July 20, 2019
Winning a championship is a great feeling, but when a team captures a championship for the first time in school history, it’s an even greater accomplishment.

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Blackhawk’s Watson-Trent looks to bounce back after injury-shortened season
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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The Mars boys lacrosse team celebrates after winning a fourth straight WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 boys lacrosse season
July 19, 2019
The 2019 boys lacrosse season was one of historical feats.

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The 16U Western PA Bruins will compete in the Finals Tournament of the Under Armour Association girls AAU circuit beginning Tuesday, July 23, in Atlanta, Ga.
Western PA Bruins earn No. 5 seed for 16U national tournament
July 18, 2019
In the first year of its girls basketball league-style AAU circuit, the Under Armour Association has been providing players from around the country a unique opportunity they didn’t quite have before.

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The Penn Hills football team takes the field at the start of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Manheim Central Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pennsylvania ranked 7th-best state for high school football
July 17, 2019
High School Football America released its rankings for the top 10 states for high school football Wednesday, and Pennsylvania came in at No. 7.

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Plum’s Connor Moss practices Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at Plum High School.
Plum’s Moss continues to build on sophomore season
July 13, 2019
Last season was an interesting breakout performance for Plum point guard Connor Moss.

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Daniel Yates takes over a Deer Lakes program that went 
21-2-1 last season and won its first section title in 15 years.
Deer Lakes pegs Daniel Yates as new boys soccer coach
July 12, 2019
It’s not every day you see a coach change jobs after taking his team to the brink of a state title.

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The 16U Beadling Soccer Club team won the Eastern Regional tournament for the third straight year and will head to Overland Park, Kansas for the National Championship tournament during the last week of July.
Beadling Soccer Club 16U boys heading back to national championships
July 11, 2019
For the third straight year, the 16U team for Beadling Soccer Club will be competing for the US Youth Soccer national championship between July 21-28, in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Bradley Walker leads the Leechburg boys soccer team during a recent workout. The program is in its first season.
Leechburg, Apollo-Ridge boys soccer ready to take on WPIAL competition together
July 10, 2019
For the first time in the history of their schools, Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg will have a boys soccer program as the two schools have formed in a co-op agreement.

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Union’s Gunn is big man with even bigger work ethic
July 9, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Aliquippa’s Fisher ready to improve on breakout junior year
July 7, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls gymnastics season
July 5, 2019
Just like most of the gymnasts performing their routines, the 2018-19 gymnastics season had a lot of twists and turns that ultimately made it an extraordinary campaign.

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Jett Roesing compets for First Love Christian Academy during the 2018-19 season.
First Love’s Jett Roesing starting to stack up Division I offers
July 2, 2019
In a matter of 24 hours, former Sewickley Academy guard Jett Roesing added four more Division I offers to an ever-growing list.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Amonn Ohl of St. Joseph’s Academy in the 120-pound championship final in the PIAA class 2A southwest regional wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Kovalchik Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Burrell’s Oswalt competes on national stage
July 1, 2019
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt was ranked among the best wrestlers in his weight class this past season.

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Mars lineman Michael Carmody is ranked No. 117 on ESPN’s list of the top 300 seniors in high school football.
Mars O-lineman Michael Carmody looking to fine tune blocking before college
June 30, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski named Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year
Since she was a freshman, Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski has been a key contributor in three sports.

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Trib HSSN Rewind: A look back at the 2018 field hockey season
June 29, 2019
All teams seek the glory of capturing a WPIAL championship, whether it be in football, baseball, softball or field hockey. No matter what the sport, the feeling is always the same for any team that comes into contact with the WPIAL hardware.

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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 girls volleyball season
June 28, 2019
For the second straight year, the North Allegheny girls volleyball team went undefeated and captured both a WPIAL and PIAA championship.

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Damian Davies coached the Leechburg boys for 14 seasons in his first stint, including a WPIAL title in the 2006-07 season.
Leechburg brings back Damian Davies to head boys basketball program
After parting ways with boys basketball coach Corey Smith last week, the Leechburg School Board found its new coach, and the members didn’t have to look far.

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