Author: Michael Love


Seventeen swimmers are representing Plum at the 2024 WPIAL Class 3A championships Feb. 29-March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool. In front, from left, are Elle Irwin, Amelia Faust, Dom Massie, Kaileigh Smith, Therese Schollaert, Giuliana Ricciuti, Delaney Hunsinger, Brooke Price and Charlotte Faust. In back are Connor Potochnik, Max Woltjen, Wade Keresztury, Zach Cooper, Maddox Sciullo, Aiden Irwin, Ethan Schohn and Ben Stricklin.
Plum swimmers aim to contend at WPIAL championship meet
February 24, 2024
Brooke Price will again swim the 100-yard backstroke Friday on the second day of the WPIAL Class 3A championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Plum’s Rayla Smith and North Hills’ Mallory Pierce fight for a loose ball on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at North Hills High School.
After WPIAL playoff exit, Plum says goodbye to senior quartet
In 2021, the Plum girls basketball team defeated Lincoln Park to snap a two-­decade-long win drought in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Highlands’ Tyarah Woody plays defense against Laurel Highlands in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.
Laurel Highlands pulls away from Highlands to advance to Class 4A girls semifinals
February 23, 2024
Last year, Laurel Highlands came to Highlands for a first-round playoff game and left with a 20-point defeat.

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Cheswick Christian senior Grant Rochkind and the Chargers will play for the SWCAC title Feb. 24, 2024.
Cheswick Christian Academy boys vie for 1st SWCAC title since 2015
The last time the Cheswick Christian boys basketball team won a Southwest Christian Athletic Conference championship was in 2015 when it captured the second of back-to-back league crowns.

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Burrell’s Macky Bennis (left) and Colter Christie (right) celebrate after defeating Shady Side Academy in the regular season Dec. 15.
No. 11 Burrell grinds out win over Shady Side Academy to reach Class 3A semifinals
February 22, 2024
The rubber matchup between Burrell and Shady Side Academy in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Thursday went the way of the Bucs.

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Monessen’s Sidney Campbell (right) and Riverview’s Katerina Tsambis fight for the ball during the WPIAL playoffs Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024.
Riverview girls sink Monessen in Class A, advance to semifinals
The Monessen girls basketball team wanted to avenge a 25-point loss to Riverview from earlier this season when the teams met in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Thursday at Fox Chapel.

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Highlands’ Katelyn Myers celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Knoch during a Jan. 22 game.
A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff capsules: Games for Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
WPIAL basketball playoffs

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Valley’s Tristin Goodwin fights for yardage against Apollo-Ridge in September. The Vikings will stay in the former Allegheny 6 conference in Class 3A for the next two seasons.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notes: Football teams learn new homes
February 21, 2024
Plum football coach Matt Morgan felt that when he saw which teams moved up, moved down, or remained in WPIAL Class 5A, his Mustangs would most likely be on the move out of the Big East Conference that was their home the past two seasons.

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Knoch players huddle around coach Shane McGraw during a WPIAL Class 4A first-round game against Belle Vernon on Tuesday.
Knoch girls lean on defense to earn victory over Belle Vernon in Class 4A 1st round
February 20, 2024
As the favorite with home-court advantage for its WPIAL Class 4A first-round game against No. 11 Belle Vernon, the Knoch girls basketball team had designs on sending the Leopards back on their long drive home with a not-so-excited feeling.

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta coaches during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 competition at Greater Latrobe High School last August.
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta named general manager for USA Football U20 team
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta will serve as the general manager for the U.S. Under-20 national tackle football team that will take part in this summer’s International Federation of American Football World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, USA Football announced Tuesday.

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Naturelle Ewing (left) and her Knoch teammates will face Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A first round.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school basketball playoff preview capsules for Feb. 20, 2024
February 19, 2024
WPIAL basketball playoffs

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham scores past St. Joseph’s Anna Kreinbrook on Feb. 8 at Riverview High School.
Riverview girls use time off to prepare for WPIAL quarterfinal matchup
February 18, 2024
With a No. 4 seed and a bye to the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals, the Riverview girls basketball players knew they were going to face a familiar foe as soon as the playoff brackets were released Feb. 12.

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Plum’s Will Beckner shoots a 3-pointer over Shaler’s Kaden Orga during their game Jan. 3 at Shaler.
Plum boys basketball turns attention to promising future
At the start of the season, Plum boys basketball coach Justin Walther said he felt his team was a playoff contender in Class 5A out of Section 2.

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Gateway freshman Aliya Rassiane cuts through the water during a workout Feb. 14, 2024 at the Furrie Sports Complex. Rassiane is highly-ranked in both the Class 2A 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Gateway freshman Aliya Rassiane looks forward to WPIAL championship debut
The WPIAL swimming championship meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool is fast approaching, and Gateway freshman Aliya Rassiane’s excitement for her first opportunity to compete against the best in the district grows with every workout in the pool.

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Gateway’s Bryson Pavlik attempts a driving layup agaisnt Latrobe on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Gateway boys refocus ahead of WPIAL playoffs
The Gateway boys basketball team came within one win of claiming a Section 3-5A co-championship.

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Michell Kropelak-Brownback is a member of Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2024.
A-K Valley high school notebook: Springdale alumnae Kropelak-Brownback going into UPJ Hall of Fame
February 17, 2024
Michelle Kropelak-Brownback, a standout track star at Springdale in the mid to late 1990s, is one of seven athletic greats who make up the 15th Athletics Hall of Fame class at Pitt-Johnstown.

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Keystone Oaks girls take down Burrell, get rematch with No. 1 Avonworth
Keystone Oaks will get another shot at No. 1

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Kiski Area junior Mark Gray works with sophomore Abram Taylor during a practice Feb. 13, 2024, in the wrestling room at Kiski Area High School. Gray is back in action after recovery from a torn labrum in his left shoulder suffered in September.
Kiski Area wrestler Gray eager for postseason after being sidelined by shoulder injury
February 16, 2024
Kiski Area’s Mark Gray made his season debut last Saturday at the Pine-Richland Duals.

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Burrell’s Julianna Fischer drives to the basket against Shady Side Academy on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024, in Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley high school basketball playoff preview capsules for Feb. 17, 2024
WPIAL basketball playoffs

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Plum’s Saphia Davis (right) wrestles Norwin’s Lillian Chaney on Jan. 31.
A-K Valley girls wrestlers ready for shot at WPIAL gold, spots in regionals
February 15, 2024
Ava Golding is undefeated against WPIAL opponents this season.

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Freeport junior Michael Braun is the second seed in the mile run at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor championships.
Top A-K Valley athletes gather for TSTCA indoor track championships
February 14, 2024
There are only 18 days until the start of preseason practices for the outdoor track and field season.

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love (left) and Valley’s Roman D’Argan (right) compete for a loose ball on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at Valley High School.
Deer Lakes boys lead A-K Valley basketball teams as No. 1 seed in WPIAL Class 3A
February 12, 2024
The Deer Lakes boys basketball team now knows its path to a defense of its WPIAL Class 3A championship.

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Gateway senior athletes signed letters of intent on Feb. 8, 2024, at the high school. From left, Remy Bose (Youngstown State), Anayla Jordan (La Roche College women’s basketball), Jaquon Reynolds (West Liberty State football) and Ahmad Harris (Wheeling University football) inked their decisions.
Gateway senior student-athletes celebrate signing letters of intent
February 11, 2024
Ahmad Harris’ confidence level is off the charts for his football future at Division II Wheeling in West Virginia.

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Seven Plum seniors who will continue their atheltic pursuits in college were celebrated Feb. 7 at Plum High School. Seated, from left are Pascale Olczak (Allegheny women’s basketball), Charlee Wastchak (Edinboro women’s lacrosse), and Aiyana Adams (Goldey Beacom track and field). In back are Nate Kondas (Grove City football), Sean Franzi (Edinboro football), Ethan Andrejeski (Pitt-Johnstown men’s soccer), and Tyler Yurisinec (Pitt-Johnstown men’s soccer).
Plum senior student-athletes set college plans
February 10, 2024
It was another day to celebrate for Plum seniors set to continue their athletic pursuits at the collegiate level.

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St. Joseph’s Anna Kreinbrook defends on Riverview’s Lola Abraham on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at Riverview High School.
St. Joseph girls get tough road win at Riverview in battle of playoff teams
February 8, 2024
The St. Joseph girls basketball team completed a clean sweep of Section 3-A on Thursday as it went into Riverview’s gym and came away with a 54-32 victory.

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Deer Lakes seniors, from left, Nick Rossi, Ryan Cochran, Derek Burk and Wayne Love will play football in the PSAC.
Quartet of Deer Lakes football standouts sign with PSAC schools
February 7, 2024
Derek Burk, Nick Rossi, Ryan Cochran and Wayne Love were among those at the center of a Deer Lakes football resurgence in 2023.

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The Plum girls basketball team huddles up during a game against Woodland Hills on Jan. 2.
A-K Valley girls basketball notebook: Plum, Indiana vie for section title
The Section 1-5A title is on the line for Plum on Thursday as it clashes with Indiana to conclude section play.

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Plum’s Megan Marston celebrates after scoring against Franklin Regional on Dec. 18, 2023.
Plum girls pull away from Kiski Area to keep pace in section
February 5, 2024
The Plum girls basketball team took care of business Monday in a 61-49 Section 1-5A victory over Kiski Area on senior night at Plum High School.

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Drake D’Angelo, with his daughters Gianna and Adelina at Burrell Buccaneer Stadium, is leaving Burrell soon to become the new athletic director at Greensburg Salem. D’Angelo served Burrell as its athletic director since July 2017.
D’Angelo winding down AD tenure at Burrell, set to take over at Greensburg Salem
February 4, 2024
Drake D’Angelo soon begins service to Greensburg Salem as its next athletic director.

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Meghan Marsh, Marshall Schmitt and Alyssa Fritz and members of the Gateway bocce team compete Jan. 4, 2024, at Plum.
Gateway unified bocce players finding success, enjoyment in 2nd season
Alyssa Fritz joined the Gateway unified bocce team in its inaugural season last year and helped the team make the playoffs.

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Luke Padezan, a former baseball standout at both Elizabeth Forward and Penn State Greater Allegheny, was hired Jan. 29, 2024, as the new Gateway head baseball coach.
Elizabeth Forward grad Luke Padezan takes reins as Gateway’s new baseball coach
Luke Padezan is ready to get going as Gateway’s new head baseball coach.

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Plum’s Alaina Claassen wins her match against Norwin’s Keiarra Leonard on Jan. 31 at Plum.
Plum girls wrestlers having strong seasons ahead of postseason tournaments
February 3, 2024
Alaina Claassen waited nearly nine months to get back into wrestling competition.

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Players from Plum compete in the 2023 high school powder puff flag football game last fall.
Plum adds girls flag football team for this spring
Seventeen schools throughout the Pittsburgh region were part of a high school girls flag football league last spring.

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Burrell’s Carter Thomas pins Bentworth’s Nick Krutules in the 114-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling quarterfinals Wednesday at Burrell High School.
Burrell wrestling moves step closer to getting back to top of WPIAL Class 2A
January 31, 2024
The Burrell wrestling team topped Hampton and Bentworth in the first two rounds of the WPIAL Class 2A team tournament Wednesday at Burrell High School.

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St. Joseph senior Anna Kreinbrook
St. Joseph girls basketball team wants to keep rolling
Senior Maggie Bernat understands where the veteran St. Joseph girls basketball team stands as it enters the final stretch of the regular season.

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Franklin Regional girls improve playoff positioning, beat Kiski Area
January 29, 2024
The Franklin Regional girls basketball team strengthened its position for a shot at a WPIAL playoff spot Monday with a 53-38 victory over Kiski Area in a Section 1-5A matchup.

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Gateway junior forward CJ Evans competes during the 2023-24 season.
Gateway seniors honored amidst unbeaten hockey season
January 28, 2024
The Gateway junior varsity hockey team is coming to the end of the regular season, and the Gators’ faithful had the chance to celebrate a group of five seniors who have helped the team to an undefeated record as the playoffs approach.

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Gateway’s Remy Bose practices will continue his football career at Youngstown State.
After missing senior season with injury, Gateway’s Remy Bose looks ahead to career at Youngstown State
Remy Bose had his sights set on a dominant senior season in all three phases of the game for the Gateway football team.

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Plum’s Nick Majors battles Blackhawk’s Matias Huber for the puck during their Nov. 6 game at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Plum notebook: Mustangs hockey team chasing Class A playoff berth
January 27, 2024
The Plum hockey team continues its fight for a spot in the PIHL Class A playoffs.

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Plum senior Antonino Walker headlocks Gateway senior Steele Dallas during their 160-pound match Jan. 20 at the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament.
After defending Allegheny County title, Plum wrestlers turn attention to WPIAL playoffs
The Plum boys wrestling team won last year’s Allegheny County Tournament title with two champions and a runner-up among 11 place finishers.

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Kiski Area swimmer Eliza Miller works out during a recent practice.
Burrell, Kiski Area swimmers set for WCCA meet as they ramp up toward WPIALs
January 26, 2024
At last year’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming championships, 12 individuals and relays produced times in eight events that surpassed previous meet records.

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Junior Arianna Bernard, right, works with freshman Lakayla Smith during a practice Jan. 22 at Valley High School.
Valley girls wrestling makes huge strides in program’s 1st few months of existence
January 25, 2024
Arianna Bernard made history Dec. 28 at the Powerade girls wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan.

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Burrell’s Julianna Fischer drives to the basket against Shady Side Academy on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024, in Fox Chapel.
With Clark back from concussion, Burrell girls continue on upward trajectory
January 24, 2024
Burrell junior guard Anna Clark suffered a concussion Jan. 4 against Section 3-3A leader Shady Side Academy.

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Highlands’ Katelyn Myers scores against Knoch on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024, at Highlands.
Despite being short-handed down stretch, Highlands girls hold off Knoch
January 22, 2024
In a close, intense game that went down to the wire, Highlands made key plays to hold off section rival Knoch in an important Section 1-4A clash Monday at Highlands High School.

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Gateway sports notebook: Gators boys bowling team moves to 6-1
January 21, 2024
The Gateway boys bowling team kept pace with East section leader Franklin Regional by sweeping Valley, 7-0, in a match last Wednesday (Jan. 17) at New Great Valley Lanes in North Versailles.

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Plum’s Will Beckner shoots a 3-pointer during their game Jan. 3 at Shaler.
After early setbacks, Plum boys look to right the ship in Section 2-5A
January 20, 2024
The Plum boys basketball team entered the new year with the momentum of a three-game winning streak.

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Riverview’s Nate Sprajcar, shown against Valley’s Jaden Wall during the Freeport Tip Off Tournament last month, set a single-game school record with 45 points Jan. 12 against Leechburg.
Riverview boys basketball works to rebuild early momentum
January 18, 2024
The Riverview boys basketball team knows there still is time to make a move and get into playoff contention in Section 3-2A.

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Plum’s Sam Snyder works in the top position against Kiski Area’s John Deluca at 127 pounds Wednesday.
Plum wrestlers come roaring back from early deficit to defeat Kiski Area
January 17, 2024
After five weights of Wednesday’s Section 1-3A match between Kiski Area and Plum at Plum High School, the visiting Cavaliers owned a sizeable lead thanks to a technical fall, two decisions and two forfeits.

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Highlands’ Kalleigh Nerone drives to the basket against North Catholic’s Sarah Loughry during their game Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at Highlands.
A-K Valley girls basketball notebook: Highlands, North Catholic set for rematch
The Highlands girls basketball team trailed Section 1-4A leader North Catholic by just two points early in the third quarter of their matchup Dec. 14 at Highlands.

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Indiana girls basketball team rallies in 4th quarter to beat Plum
January 15, 2024
First place in Section 1-5A was on the line Monday evening when the Plum and Indiana girls basketball teams matched up in the first of two meetings this season.

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Burrell sophomore Kendel Fenner works on her beam routine during training Jan. 9, 2024, at Ultimate Gymnastics in Delmont.
Gymnasts ramp up their performances in anticipation of WPIAL state competitions
January 14, 2024
Karcy Fennell attended last year’s WPIAL gymnastics championship at Moon High School.

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Plum senior Amelia Faust swims the freestyle in practice in January 2023 at Plum High School.
Plum swimmers add WPIAL cut times as competition heats up
The WPIAL performance lists for individual swimmers, relays and divers were released for the first time Jan. 9, and it was a welcomed sight for Plum competitors. It gave them a chance to see where they ranked in several events in Class 3A (girls) and Class 2A (boys) after the first group of meets through the opening week of the New Year.

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Plum senior Mareana Pilyih eyes up an approach during warmups before a match with Valley in January 2023 at Nesbit’s Lanes in Plum.
Off to strong start, Mareana Pilyih, Plum bowlers chasing WPIBL success
Plum senior Mareana Pilyih came into the season with clear goals, both for her own game and the fortunes of her team.

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Gateway senior Jake Pawlowski, top, spars with sophomore TJ Mitchell during practice Jan. 10, 2023, at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex.
Gateway wrestlers look forward to county tournament
The youthful Gateway wrestling team is on the cusp of a midseason measuring stick known as the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament, and coach Ryan Sula said he hopes to see his wrestlers make the most of the opportunity to see where they stand.

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Gateway sophomore Gunner Raymer cuts through the water during a practice Jan. 10 
at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex.
Gateway swimmers getting healthy ahead of key stretch of meets
Gateway swim coach Glenn Raymer said getting healthy and staying healthy is a main focus for team members as they move into the heart of their section meet schedule.

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Plum girls keep focus, rout Kiski Area to stay undefeated in section
January 12, 2024
With a monster battle for first place in Section 1-5A looming against Indiana on Monday, the Plum girls basketball team hoped to stay focused Friday at Kiski Area against a Cavaliers team seeking a win to stay even with three other teams in the race for the WPIAL playoffs.

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Burrell girls overcome hiccup in rout of Apollo-Ridge
January 11, 2024
Ahead by 15 points in the second quarter of Thursday’s Section 3-3A matchup at Apollo-Ridge, the Burrell girls basketball team had designs on widening its lead and running away with a victory.

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Highlands’ DeJamire Suber works against Knoch’s Braylee Ireland at 114 pounds on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at Highlands Middle School.
Highlands wrestling routs section rival Knoch
January 10, 2024
Highlands maintained its unblemished record in Section 5-2A Wednesday with victories in nine of the 13 contested bouts with rival Knoch at a packed Highlands Middle School gym.

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Plum’s Megan Marston scores against Franklin Regional on Dec. 18.
A-K Valley high school notes: Four reach 1,000 career points in basketball
A quartet of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s top basketball scorers this season reached the 1,000-point milestone.

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Penn-Trafford senior Bryce Kropczynski (19) looks to control the puck Oct. 3, 2023.
2024 PIHL all-star rosters released
January 9, 2024
Big games and big performances have filled the first three months of the PIHL regular season.

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Freeport junior Kira Schrecongost swims the freestyle during a workout Monday.
Kira Schrecongost leads way for Freeport swimmers
January 8, 2024
Kira Schrecongost again was an iron woman at the WPIAL and PIAA swimming championships.

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South Park’s Katie Jackovic won the 100 butterfly title at the WPIAL championships last season.
Before heading to Cincinnati, South Park’s Katie Jackovic aims for more WPIAL, PIAA success
January 7, 2024
Like many elite swimmers at the high school level, Katie Jackovic is versatile in what she can do in the water.

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Patton Graziano, Penn-Trafford
West Virginia-bound Patton Graziano an all-around performer for Penn-Trafford Water Warriors
Patton Graziano gained a second home in November as he signed a national letter of intent to swim at Division I West Virginia.

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Former Gateway boys basketball coach Daryn Freedman was hired to coach the men’s team at Penn State Greater Allegheny in 2020.
Former Gateway coach Daryn Freedman leads Penn State Greater Allegheny to No. 1 ranking
Daryn Freedman entered his fourth season as Penn State Greater Allegheny men’s basketball head coach in the fall, and his team had its sights set on making its mark in the Penn State University Athletic Conference and beyond.

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Gateway guard Vito Campolo gets set to take a fadeaway shot while being guarded by forward Alec Dunsmore during practice Jan. 3, 2023, at the Furrie Sports Complex.
Focus on defense fuels 8-1 start for Gateway boys basketball
The Gateway boys basketball team kicked off 2024 in winning fashion Jan. 2 with a 62-46 victory over McKeesport in its Section 3-5A opener.

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Plum’s Antonino Walker is off to a 16-1 start to the 2023-24 season.
Recovered from offseason injury, Plum’s Antonino Walker off to strong start to senior season
January 6, 2024
Antonino Walker’s summer of wrestling competition and also his preparation for the 2023-24 high school season came to a halt when he suffered a broken ankle at a tournament with Young Guns in Nashville, Tenn.

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Highlands girls step on gas pedal in win vs. Freeport
January 4, 2024
The Highlands girls basketball team carried a lot of momentum from a pair of wins at its holiday tournament into a Section 1-4A matchup with Freeport on Thursday at Highlands High School.

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Riverview junior Lily Bauer concentrates on the basket as she works on a free throw drill during practice Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024, at Riverview High School.
Riverview girls basketball team rounding into form
January 3, 2024
The Riverview girls basketball team got a later jump into the season than some others as several players who enjoyed a run to the state soccer finals in mid November didn’t get onto the court until two days after official practices began.

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Plum’s Megan Marston celebrates scoring her 1,000th career points against Woodland Hills with her mom, Colleen Connors Marston, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.
Megan Marston scores 1,000th career point to lead Plum girls past Woodland Hills
January 2, 2024
The Plum girls basketball team entered the New Year hoping to get back on the winning track after three straight losses to close out 2023.

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The Deer Lakes boys basketball team celebrates as time expires in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against OLSH on March 3 at Petersen Events Center.
2023 in A-K Valley sports: High school athletes make their championship dreams come true
December 30, 2023
The year 2023 will long be remembered for many monumental happenings, from a landmark announcement by the PIAA to A-K Valley athletes’ accomplishments and championship performances and teams bringing home gold at the district, regional and state levels.

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Kiski Area swimmer Amara Sterlitz works out during practice Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, at Kiski Area.
Kiski Area swimmers won’t rest on laurels
December 23, 2023
Landon Seman remembers it well.

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Fox Chapel’s Sarah Slember drives past Plum’s Megan Marston last season.
A-K Valley girls basketball notebook: Injuries pose another challenge for Fox Chapel
December 21, 2023
Fox Chapel coach Marty Matvey said his team had a strong offseason and had designs on claiming a section championship after just missing the playoffs a year ago.

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Valley senior defensive end Demetrius Ballard is congratulated by Vikings coach Mark Adams on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023 after Ballard signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Buffalo.
Valley defensive lineman Ballard signs to play football at Division I Buffalo
December 20, 2023
Demetrius Ballard was a focus of many offensive game plans during his senior season on the Valley defensive line.

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Indiana pulls away from Kiski Area girls in 2nd quarter to win section opener
December 19, 2023
The Kiski Area girls basketball team hoped to stop a two-game losing skid, which included a one-point loss to Mars last Friday, as it opened Section 1-5A play Tuesday against defending section champion Indiana.

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Penn-Trafford senor Ava Hershberger shows off her stick work in the PIAA Class 2A playoff game against Manheim Central on Nov. 7, 2023.
Quartet of WPIAL players selected to all-state field hockey teams
The Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association recently released its 2023 all-state teams, and while a majority of the players recognized are from the eastern side of the state, four from the WPIAL were honored with spots on the lists for both Class 2A and Class 3A.

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Plum’s Saphia Davis locks on Maddie Killmeyer as coach Dave Miller instructs during a workout session.
Plum girls wrestlers continue growth in 1st year as PIAA sanctioned sport
December 17, 2023
When the Plum school board voted to sponsor a girls wrestling program in June 2022, it got the ball rolling for new opportunities in a district rich with wrestling tradition.

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All of the members of the Gateway tennis team celebrated a successful season at the PIAA Class 3A team tournament May 19-20, 2023, in Hershey. The Gators, the WPIAL Class 3A champions, advanced to the PIAA semifinals before falling to eventual state champion Conestoga.
Gateway sports year in review: Boys tennis team makes program history
Paced by singles standouts in sophomores Adam Memije and Zidan Hassan and freshman Logan Memije, the Gateway boys tennis team captured the program’s first WPIAL team title in 35 years with a victory over North Allegheny in the Class 3A finals May 10 at Washington &Jefferson College.

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Deer Lakes quarterback Derek Burk throws a 62-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Cochran against Freeport, breaking the A-K Valley passing record Oct. 27.
A-K Valley all-time leading passer Derek Burk of Deer Lakes wins Valley News Dispatch offensive player of the year honors
December 16, 2023
Offensive player of the year

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Highlands’ Luke Bombalski (33) had 130 tackles and 11 sacks during the 2023 season.
Hard-nosed linebacker Luke Bombalski of Highlands named Valley News Dispatch defensive player of the year
Defensive player of the year

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Burrell’s Devin Beattie (11) looks for room to run against Valley on Sept. 8.
2023 Valley News Dispatch high school football all-stars
Parker Anderson

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco celebrates after hitting a three-pointer against Highlands on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at Highlands.
North Catholic starts section play with 20-point win vs. Highlands
December 14, 2023
With about four minutes left in the third quarter of Thursday’s Section 1-4A opener between Highlands and North Catholic, the host Golden Rams trailed by two points.

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Kiski Area’s Camdyn Pitts (left) grapples for position with Burrell’s Caylee Enciso on Wednesday.
Burrell, Kiski Area wrestlers celebrate sport with 1st A-K Valley girls dual, latest edition of boys rivalry
December 13, 2023
The final score of the history-making girls wrestling match between Kiski Area and Burrell — the first-ever in the Alle-Kiski Valley — was won by the Cavaliers, 30-12.

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Burrell’s Julian Bertucci had a crucial victory in the Bucs’ victory over Kiski Area last season.
Burrell wrestling looks to start its own streak against rival Kiski Area
December 12, 2023
The Burrell wrestling team waited 10 years to get back into the win column against rival Kiski Area.

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Gateway and Fox Chapel players take part in the season-opening Upper St. Clair tournament Dec. 1, 2023, at Upper St. Clair.
Gateway sports notebook: Boys basketball team earns pair of early-season wins
December 10, 2023
The Gateway and Allderdice boys basketball teams played close throughout their nonsection game Dec. 5 at Allderdice High School.

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Megan Marston, Plum
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Plum’s Megan Marston and Kiski Area’s Isaiah Gonzalez
December 9, 2023
Megan Marston

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Plum senior Giuliana Ricciuti finished seventh in the 200 freestyle at the WPIAL championships last season.
After strong WPIAL performance, expectations remain high for Plum girls swimmers
Last year’s WPIAL Class 3A championship meet was one to remember for the Plum girls swim team.

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Plum’s Megan Marston practices Dec. 6, 2023, at Plum.
Megan Marston’s hot hand helps Plum girls start 3-0
Megan Marston got off to a hot start for the Plum girls basketball team.

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Plum’s Saphia Davis holds onto teammate Maddie Killmeyer as Plum girls wrestling coach Dave Miller instructs during a workout session last season.
First official season for girls wrestling in Pennsylvania getting started
The date May 17, 2023, will not soon be forgotten by those who follow and have an affinity for girls wrestling locally and throughout Pennsylvania.

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Springdale coach Ryan Tempalski works with the team during preseason practice.
Springdale continues search for new football coach
December 7, 2023
Springdale continues its search for a new football coach, and the deadline for applications, according to a post on the WPIAL website, is Wednesday.

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Kiski Area senior Jason Flemm helps his teammates prepare for a nonsection game against New Castle on Tuesday.
Kiski Area basketball standout finding ways to help team after 2nd torn ACL
December 6, 2023
When Kiski Area senior Isaiah Gonzalez slashed to the basket or pulled up for a mid-range jumper in Tuesday’s 58-45 victory over New Castle, Jason Flemm got excited.

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North Allegheny’s Marin Dunaway celebrates with Avery Butcher after scoring against Pine-Richland on Oct. 19, 2023, at Pine-Richland High School.
WPIAL well-represented on Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association girls all-state teams
WPIAL players were well-represented on the all-state girls volleyball teams released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.

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Kiski Area girls hold off late push by St. Joseph to bounce back from loss
December 5, 2023
The Kiski Area girls basketball team bounced back from a tough loss to Armstrong Saturday and handed St. Joseph its first loss of the young season with a 44-35 victory Tuesday in a nonsection clash at Kiski Area High School.

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Plum girls basketball team starts season with victory over Freeport
December 1, 2023
Last year’s girls basketball season opener between Plum and Freeport at the Freeport Tip-Off Tournament went down to the wire with Mustangs combo guard/forward Riley Stephans hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer in her freshman varsity debut.

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Burrell girls wrestling coach Chris Harkins works with Cierra Molnar (left) and Cayla Brothers during practice Friday.
Burrell’s 1st girls wrestling team ready to debut
With high school girls wrestling growing at such a rapid rate in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, Burrell didn’t want to be left on the outside looking in.

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Riverview’s Jack Loughren drives around Valley’s Jake Staraniec during the first half of the Freeport Tip Off Tournament on Friday.
Riverview boys basketball rolls past Valley in opener behind Jack Loughren’s 18 points
Jack Loughren missed all of last year’s basketball season with a leg injury.

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Highlands’ Bradyn Foster averaged 19.4 points per game last season.
Starting 5: A primer for 2023-24 boys basketball season in the A-K Valley
November 30, 2023
The WPIAL boys basketball season opens Friday. Here are some of the top storylines, teams and players to watch this season in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Highlands’ Kate Myers hit 93 3-pointers last season.
Starting 5: A primer for 2023-24 girls basketball season in the A-K Valley
The WPIAL girls basketball season opens Friday. Here are some of the top storylines, teams and players to watch this season in the Alle-Kiski Valley”

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St. Joseph’s Anna Kreinbrook defends against Monessen’s Hailey Johnson during their WPIAL playoff game Feb. 23, 2023, at Monessen.
Loaded St. Joseph girls basketball team has eye on WPIAL finals
November 26, 2023
For the second straight year, the St. Joseph girls basketball team reached the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

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St. Joseph senior point guard Charlie Ross practices Nov. 21, 2023, at St. Joseph.
Underdog status doesn’t keep St. Joseph boys basketball team from aiming high
Charlie Ross hopes to be a central figure in St. Joseph boys basketball’s attempt this season to return to the WPIAL Class A playoffs.

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Gateway junior Nizaiah Heller works out during practice Nov. 20 at Gateway.
Gateway wrestling team bolstered by deep collection of athletes
When Ryan Sula looked out on the mat in the Gateway wrestling room during an early-season workout, he saw more than two dozen wrestlers taking part in drills, the most in his eight years as the Gators’ coach.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham celebrates her hat trick goal against Springdale on Oct. 16.
Riverview’s Lola Abraham named Valley News Dispatch girls soccer player of year
November 25, 2023
Player of the year

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Kiski Area’s Abbie Johns, Rikiya Garcia-Broaden and Gia DeVito work against Cavaliers coach Dave Williamson during practice Monday.
Kiski Area girls raring to go after snapping playoff drought
November 20, 2023
Abbie Johns has her plans set for next season as the Kiski Area senior recently signed a National Letter of Intent to join the women’s basketball team at Shippensburg.

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Kiski’s Isaiah Gonzalez works out during the Cavaliers’ practice on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, at Kiski Area.
Kiski Area boys look to build off near-upset in WPIAL playoffs
As the No. 14 seed for last year’s WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball tournament, Kiski Area was a decided underdog against a North Hills team searching for its first WPIAL title.

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Gateway senior Anayla Jordan works out Nov. 15, 2023, at Gateway.
Gateway girls ready to turn corner after challenging seasons
November 19, 2023
Senior Anayla Jordan had an optimistic tone when asked about the prospects for this year’s Gateway girls basketball team.

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Gateway’s Taili Thompson defends on Woodland Hills’ Chaz Cobbs during WPIAL boys 5A first-round action Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, at Gateway High School.
Gateway boys aim to continue trend of PIAA playoff appearances
Members of the Gateway boys basketball team were outdoors on the football stadium track last week for a series of conditioning runs just a couple of days before the start of official preseason practices.

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Eight Plum seniors celebrated their college decisions Nov. 8, 2023, at Plum High School. In front, from left, are Isabella DiFrancesco (Davis & Elkins women’s lacrosse), Allie Venanzi (Chatham women’s lacrosse), Megan Marson (Case Western Reserve women’s basketball) and Sophie Anderson (Frostburg State women’s lacrosse). In back are Ava Weleski (Robert Morris women’s soccer), Jack Anderson (Washington & Jefferson baseball), Colin Watson (Cal Pa.) baseball) and Jack Tongel (Pitt wrestling).
Plum, Riverview athletes ink plans for college careers
For many high school seniors throughout the WPIAL, Nov. 8 was the culmination of years or hard work, dedication and determination.

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DelCo Christian’s Cortez Cardone celebrates his lone goal next to Charleroi goalkeeper Nate Mazon and Gage Patterson during the PIAA Class A state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Delco Christian stops Charleroi in Class A state title game
November 18, 2023
Something had to give when Charleroi and District 1’s Delco Christian met to decide the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship Saturday afternoon at Cumberland Valley’s Eagle View Middle School in Mechanicsburg.

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Riverview head coach Sean Abraham hugs Lola Abraham after presenting her runner-up medal after the PIAA Class A state championship game against Dock Mennonite on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Riverview settles for silver after falling to Dock Mennonite in PIAA Class A girls soccer final
MECHANICSBURG — The Riverview girls soccer team’s history-making postseason run ended one win short of PIAA gold.

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Riverview’s Juliette Brun is mobbed by teammates after scoring during their PIAA Class A state quarterfinal against Springdale on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Plum High School.
Riverview girls soccer team ready for ‘last hurrah’ in PIAA championship game
November 17, 2023
Of the 140 PIAA schools to sponsor girls soccer at the Class A level, only two are left standing.

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Riverview goalkeeper Chiara Brun makes a save next to Springdale’s Molly Hurley during their game on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Riverview keeper Brun used trip to Belgium to expand her game, help Raiders reach state final
November 16, 2023
Chiara Brun spent last season taking classes and playing club soccer in Belgium.

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Deer Lakes’ Billy Schaeffer is “a kid who is up in the gym taking a thousand shots at 7 in the morning,” coach Albie Fletcher said.
Deer Lakes wants to build on last season’s breakthrough
Albie Fletcher was no stranger to coaching Deer Lakes boys basketball when he took over as coach last year.

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Deer Lakes’ Layne Loper scores past Burrell’s Casey Brancato last season.
Deer Lakes girls working hard to build winning culture
Despite winning just five games last year, Deer Lakes was in contention for a WPIAL playoff spot in Section 3-3A down to the final day of the section schedule.

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Freeport senior Josie Russo is one of 40 area girls volleyball players who will take part in the second annual We Serve First All-Star Classic on Dec. 2 at Kiski Area High School.
Players announced for 2nd annual We Serve First All-Star Classic girls volleyball event
November 15, 2023
After a successful inaugural We Serve First Foundation all-star girls volleyball event last year, many involved in the sport locally are gearing up for this year’s festivities Dec. 2 at Kiski Area High School.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham smiles after scoring her second goal against Springdale during their PIAA Class A state quarterfinal Saturday.
Lola Abraham does it again, scoring 4 to send Riverview to state championship game
November 14, 2023
The Riverview girls soccer team’s second trip to the Johnstown area in a week’s time was just as successful as the first.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Karter Schrock works out during practice on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, in Spring Church.
Apollo-Ridge boys basketball relishes health this season
November 13, 2023
The Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team hoped to be in the Section 3-3A mix last year, but injuries before and during the season quickly scuttled those plans.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Sophie Yard works out during practice on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, in Spring Church.
Apollo-Ridge girls basketball ready to take next step after strong run
The Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team won 19 games last year, finished runner-up to Shady Side Academy in Section 3-3A and hosted the first home playoff game by a Vikings basketball program, boys or girls.

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Riverview’s Juliette Brun is mobbed by teammates after scoring during their PIAA Class A quarterfinal against Springdale on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Plum High School.
Riverview girls hope to continue historic march through PIAA soccer playoffs
Last fall, Juliette Brun was watching Riverview girls soccer games, including the WPIAL Class A first-round matchup with Chartiers-Houston, from the stands, knowing that she along with others in her then-eighth grade class soon would get their chance to contribute.

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The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame enshrined six individual athletic greats at a banquet ceremony Nov. 4, 2023, at Edgewood Country Club. From left, are Ralph Guzzo, Shayla Scott, Dan Schmitt, Rob Kalkstein and Cam Saddler. Inductee Luke Nosbish was not able to attend.
Gateway welcomes newest class of Sports Hall of Fame honorees
November 12, 2023
Four years separated the opportunities for the Gateway athletics family to honor its own.

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Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse took third at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse caps high school career at PIAA championship meet
Two years ago as a sophomore, Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse placed 67th in the Class 3A boys race at the WPIAL cross country championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Riverview’s boys cross country team finished second at the PIAA Class A championship meet Nov. 4, 2023, in Hershey.
Riverview cross country caps season with 2nd-place finish at PIAA meet
November 11, 2023
An award-winning season for the Riverview boys cross country team ended with silver medals and a runner-up trophy at the PIAA Class A championships Nov. 4 on Hershey’s Parkview course.

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Plum’s Maksim Popienkofires a shot against Blackhawk on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Young Plum skaters getting up to speed in early going
Plum’s ice hockey season started well enough with a pair of victories and a combined 14 goals.

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Central Catholic’s Amari Shields and Sam Brackney celebrate a touchdown against Mt. Lebanon in the first half of their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal game Nov. 10, 2023, at Fox Chapel.
Central Catholic motors past Mt. Lebanon back into WPIAL championship game
November 10, 2023
Central Catholic is back in position to go after another WPIAL football championship.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham works against Springdale’s Lacey Shondeck during their game on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Neighborhood rivals Riverview, Springdale to battle for 3rd time in PIAA quarterfinals
The Springdale and Riverview girls soccer teams both had to make long trips to earn victories Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Zier Williams (32) and Wayne Love (16) celebrates after a touchdown on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at Deer Lakes High School.
After historic playoff win, Deer Lakes turns attention to defending PIAA champion Belle Vernon
November 8, 2023
Deer Lakes made history and made a statement Friday with its 30-point home victory over Southmoreland in a WPIAL Class 3A first-round football game.

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Uniontown native Gene Steratore, a former NFL official who now serves as a rules analyst for CBS Sports, talks to students at the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Nov. 8, 2023, at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.
Student-athletes learn importance of respect at 14th annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit
More than 400 student-athletes from schools throughout Western Pennsylvania gathered Wednesday morning to discuss and learn about what they can do to create a stronger leadership environment through sportsmanship on and off the field of competition.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham, shown in a game earlier this season, scored three times in Tuesday’s victory.
Riverview girls advance to PIAA Class A quarterfinals, rematch with Springdale
November 7, 2023
DAVIDSVILLE — Lola Abraham was struck in the face by a kicked ball four minutes into the second half of a PIAA Class A first-round game Tuesday at District 5 champion Conemaugh Township.

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Riverview goalkeeper Chiara Brun makes a save next to Springdale’s Molly Hurley during their game on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Riverview, Springdale girls soccer teams hit reset button for PIAAs; rematch could await
November 6, 2023
The Riverview and Springdale girls soccer teams could meet for a third time this season Saturday afternoon, provided they take care of business against district-champion opponents in their PIAA Class A first-round matches Tuesday.

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Freeport’s Alaina Whitlinger earns a kill past Beaver’s Zoe Ringer during the WPIAL 2A girls volleyball championship Saturday Nov. 4, 2023, at Peters Township High School.
After coming up short for WPIAL title, resilient Freeport heads to state volleyball tournament
November 5, 2023
The Freeport girls volleyball team is no stranger to taking on the best in the state at this point in a fall season.

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A quintet of captains lead the Gateway boys soccer team for the 2023 season. From left, are senior Keagan Kyper, senior Jack Kweder, junior Nick Lo Coco, senior Blake Marsh and senior Will Hansmann.
After 4th straight playoff appearance, Gateway boys soccer says goodbye to senior class
A fourth straight trip to the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs was in the preseason plans for the Gateway boys soccer team.

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Plum’s Gianna Revetta celebrates with Ava Weleski after scoring against Latrobe on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at Plum.
Plum girls soccer team reflects on accomplishments after strong season
The Plum girls soccer team sought a return trip to the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals for the fifth year in a row when it faced Montour in a quarterfinal rematch of a regular-season tie game.

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Plum goalkeeper Owen Zalewski celebrates as time expires in the Mustangs’ 1-0 win over Franklin Regional on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, at Plum.
After quarterfinal loss, Plum boys soccer looks ahead toward productive offseason
The Plum and South Fayette boys soccer programs were no strangers to each other before meeting Oct. 25 in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal at Plum High School.

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Deer Lakes’ Zach Grant (3) scores a touchdown against Southmoreland’s Wyatt Richter on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes routs Southmoreland for 1st playoff victory in school history
November 3, 2023
Something had to give Friday when Southmoreland and Deer Lakes met in a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game at Lancers Stadium.

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Riverview’s Mary Quinlan controls the ball against Springdale on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, in Springdale.
Riverview girls soccer team has chance to make history
November 2, 2023
Georgia Tsambis had a feeling.

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Riverview’s Christopher Barnes finishes fourth in the boys Class A race at the TSTCA cross country championship Oct. 19 at White Oak Park.
Riverview runners return to Hershey with team trophies in their sights
The Riverview boys and girls cross country teams both ran at the PIAA Class A championships last year.

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Kinoch’s Ethan Alwine is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week 10
November 1, 2023
Player of the week

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love pulls in a long pass past Freeport’s Madden Wisniewski to set up a second-quarter touchdown Friday, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes, Southmoreland each chasing 1st WPIAL playoff victory
When Deer Lakes and Southmoreland met for a nonconference game in Week 4 at Southmoreland, the Lancers came away with a 24-7 victory, scoring 17 second-half points to break open a game that was tied at halftime.

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Springdale’s Briana Ross defends on Freedom’s Morgan Keller during a WPIAL Class A semifinal Tuesday at North Allegheny.
Defending champ Freedom rallies past Springdale in Class A semifinals
Senior Shaye Bailey scored her 46th goal of the season with 10 minutes, 20 seconds left, and the score was the difference as No. 2 Freedom rallied past No. 6 Springdale, 3-2, in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Tuesday evening at North Allegheny.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham celebrates a goal against Springdale on Oct. 16.
Lola Abraham’s 5 goals against South Allegheny propel Riverview to 1st WPIAL title match
October 31, 2023
Lola Abraham had five shots in the first half of a WPIAL Class A semifinal against South Allegheny on Tuesday at North Allegheny.

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Burrell’s Tessa Mathabel is fouled by Mt. Pleasant’s Camden McCormick during overtime in their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal on Saturday.
A-K Valley WPIAL girls soccer playoff capsules: Games of Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023
October 30, 2023
WPIAL soccer playoffs

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The Burrell girls soccer team celebrates after the Lady Bucs’ first goal during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, at Mt. Pleasant.
Girls soccer teams from Springdale, Riverview, Burrell look to extend WPIAL title hopes
For several players on the Springdale girls soccer team, there is no secret to what it is like to be one game away from a WPIAL championship opportunity.

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Burrell’s Jayson Ireland plays against Winchester Thurston on Sept. 19, 2023, at No Off-Season.
A-K Valley WPIAL soccer playoff capsules: Games for Monday, Oct. 30, 2023
October 29, 2023
WPIAL soccer playoffs

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Riverview goalkeeper Quinlan Fischer collides with Springdale’s Alex Wylly during their game on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Riverview boys soccer team cites growth, improvement during ’23 season
Two years ago, the Riverview boys soccer team went winless in its return to the field after low numbers had put the program in a one-year hiatus.

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Gateway’s Shayla Scott competes during the 2002 season.
Gateway Sports Hall of Fame to induct Class of 2023
More than 50 years have passed since a group of Gateway long distance runners made their mark on area and region cross country courses.

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Gateway’s Steven Jenkins picks up yardage against McKeesport’s Anthony Boyd during their game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, in Monroeville.
After winning Big East title, battle-tested Gateway aims to make postseason run
The Gateway football team left no doubt as to who was the king of the Big East Conference when it rolled to a 48-20 victory over Norwin in the conference finale Oct. 20.

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Plum’s Wes Lorish watches his putt on Hole 15 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Oct. 2, 2023, at Valley Brook Country Club.
Plum golfer Wes Lorish motivated by finish at PIAA tournament
One of Wes Lorish’s main goals throughout the 2023 fall golf season was to make it back to states and have a shot at improving on last year’s tie for 10th place.

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Members of Highlands’ varsity football team take to the field against Hampton on Friday, at Highlands High School.
After strong finish, Highlands, Kiski Area ready for tough tests in WPIAL playoffs
October 28, 2023
Highlands and Kiski Area took care of business in their final two Greater Allegheny Conference games to punch their tickets to the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs.

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Deer Lakes quarterback Derek Burk throws a 62-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Cochran against Freeport in the second quarter Friday, breaking the A-K Valley passing record.
Deer Lakes blanks Freeport to clinch playoff spot; Derek Burk sets A-K Valley passing record
October 27, 2023
All Deer Lakes needed to do to qualify for its fourth trip to the WPIAL playoffs was to defeat rival Freeport in the teams’ Allegheny 6 Conference (Class 3A) finale Friday.

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Leechburg High School.
Mark Duriancik named athletic director at Leechburg
Leechburg again has an athletic director.

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Fox Chapel’s Pablo Linzoain (left) has 10 goals this season.
A-K Valley WPIAL soccer playoff capsules: Games for Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023
WPIAL soccer playoffs

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller takes the early lead from Penn-Trafford’s Amelia Barilla and never looks back as she wins the WCCA Cross Country Championship on Oct. 11.
Kiski Area’s Miller, A-K Valley’s top runners ready for WPIAL cross country meet
October 25, 2023
Kiski Area senior Eliza Miller sounded an optimistic tone on the eve of her final WPIAL Class 3A cross country championship race.

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Leechburg’s Jayden Floyd is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week 9
Player of the week

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love (16) hauls in a touchdown pass over Valley’s Derek Hassim on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Deer Lakes High School.
Freeport, Deer Lakes face off with WPIAL playoff berth in the balance
The regular season and the race for a WPIAL Class 3A playoff spot in the Allegheny 6 Conference is down to one head-to-head matchup for Deer Lakes and Freeport.

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Plum’s Emily Grubich fires a shot to score the winning goal in overime against Latrobe on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at Plum.
A-K Valley WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules: Games for Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023
WPIAL girls soccer playoffs

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Plans taking shape for return of Plum Sports Hall of Fame
The Plum Sports Hall of Fame is coming back in 2024.

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Springdale’s Briana Ross celebrates with Ariana Feizi after scoring against Sewickley Academy during their WPIAL Class A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, at Freeport.
Springdale girls earn emphatic victory over Sewickley in WPIAL Class A 1st round
October 24, 2023
Springdale junior Briana Ross was denied three times by Sewickley Academy goalkeeper Marie Bigi in a 45-second span in the first half of Tuesday’s WPIAL Class A first-round playoff game at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium.

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Plum girls net early goal, add on in defeating Kiski Area in soccer 1st-round game
October 23, 2023
The Plum girls soccer team scored in the eighth minute to open its WPIAL Class 3A first-round game against Kiski Area on Monday at Plum’s Mustangs Stadium.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham works past Springdale’s Brooke Taliani during their game on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, in Springdale.
A-K Valley WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules: Games for Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023
WPIAL soccer playoffs

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Montour captured its fourth Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League title Oct. 22, 2023, with victory over Plum at Mt. Lebanon’s Middle Field.
Montour claims 4th WPISL championship
The Plum slow-pitch softball team pulled off the upset of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League tournament.

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Freeport freshman Camryn Woods gets set to deliver a pass during a drill in practice Thursday at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium. Woods leads the team with 29 goals.
Freeport girls soccer team hopes 11th straight playoff appearance is a long one
October 22, 2023
The Freeport girls soccer team is no stranger to preparing for the WPIAL playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Bish celebrates his goal with Collin Rodgers during their game against Shady Side Academy on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, in Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley WPIAL soccer playoff capsules for Oct. 23, 2023
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Gateway’s Steven Jenkins celebrates after picking up a first down next to McKeesport’s Valdez Stuvaints during their game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, in Monroeville.
Gateway notebook: Gators to cap regular season against Central Catholic
Gateway’s football team is winless in four nonconference games in 2023 and will cap the regular season with another nonconference matchup against Class 6A power Central Catholic on Friday at Antimarino Stadium.

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Gateways’ Julia Beam during practice Thursday Sept. 14, 2023 at Gateway High School.
With 10 starters returning, Gateway girls soccer looks toward promising future
The Gateway girls soccer team finished eight points out of a playoff spot in Section 3-3A.

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Ryan Mason (right), Jack Guthrie and their Deer Lakes teammates have a shot to make the WPIAL playoffs.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Final week has playoff implications galore
October 21, 2023
Playoff spots are coming down to the wire in the Class 3A Allegheny 6 Conference.

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Burrell’s Billy Kowalkowski splits Winchester Thurston defenders on Sept. 19.
Floodgates finally open for Burrell in playoff-opening win over Greensburg Central Catholic
The Burrell boys soccer team delivered numerous shots and scoring chances in last year’s WPIAL Class A first-round game against Serra Catholic at Buccaneer Stadium.

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Riverview’s Carlo Buzzatto hurdles over Jeannette players and receives a penalty during a game Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Jeannette.
School-record rushing effort part of special season for Riverview’s Carlo Buzzatto
It was a bittersweet feeling for senior tailback Carlo Buzzatto on Oct. 14 after Riverview football’s heartbreaking 29-28 loss to Leechburg in a rivalry game at Riverside Park that had huge playoff ramifications.

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Plum’s Darian Nelson looks toward the sideline against Penn-Trafford on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.
After series of tough losses, Plum football aims to finish strong
The Plum football team, for the second year in a row, will cap its season Friday with a nonconference matchup against Indiana.

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Derry’s Colin Bush is knocked out of bounds against Burrell on Friday.
Derry outlasts Burrell, clinches playoff spot
October 20, 2023
Derry and Burrell both were held off the scoreboard in the third quarter of Friday’s Allegheny Conference clash on senior night at Burrell’s Buccaneer Stadium.

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The South Fayette girls basketball team celebrates after defeating Oakland Catholic in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
4 schools selected as WPIAL Sportsmanship Award recipients
Armstrong, Elizabeth Forward, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and South Fayette have been honored by the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League as the recipients of the WPIAL Sportsmanship Awards for the 2022-23 school year.

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North Allegheny’s Marin Dunaway and Ariana Schiller go up to block a shot by Pine-Richland’s Isabelle Hoppe on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at Pine-Richland High School.
                                North Allegheny’s Marin Dunaway
North Allegheny, Hampton, Freeport, Serra Catholic receive No. 1 seeds for WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs
The section and nonsection matches have concluded, and invitational tournaments are in the past.

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Riverview’s Carlo Buzzatto is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week 8
October 18, 2023
Player of the week

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Freeport’s Colton Ottoman is wrapped up by the Knoch defense late in the fourth quarter Friday, at Knoch.
No. 4 Knoch, No. 5 East Allegheny to clash for Allegheny 6 championship
The last time Knoch won a football conference title was in 2011, when the Knights went 6-0 and captured the Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference crown.

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Deer Lakes’ Collin Rodgers works between Shady Side Academy’s Mark Bence and Paul Benec during their game on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, in Fox Chapel.
Deer Lakes plots course to defend WPIAL boys soccer championship
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team lost just once in Section 2-2A play and finished the regular season 14-2.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham celebrates her hat-trick goal against Springdale on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, in Springdale.
Lola Abraham scores all 3 goals as Riverview girls soccer makes history with section title
October 16, 2023
The Riverview girls soccer team clinched a share of the Section 1-A championship when Springdale lost to Greensburg Central Catholic on Saturday.

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Highlands’ Bradyn Foster and Lincoln Park’s Dontay Green fight for a rebound during a WPIAL Class 4A boys semifinal Feb. 27, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Highlands’ Bradyn Foster verbally commits to Penn
Bradyn Foster is looking forward to the final few weeks of preparation for the upcoming Highlands boys basketball season.

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Freeport head coach Tom Phillips speaks to the team before playing Deer Lakes on Oct. 3, 2023, at Freeport Area Middle School.
Bishop Canevin regains top spot in final volleyball coaches association WPIAL Class A girls poll
North Allegheny, Hampton, Freeport and Bishop Canevin finish at the top of their respective rankings in the final Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association WPIAL girls top-10 polls released Monday morning.

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Freeport girls volleyball coach Tom Phillips said winning the National Federation of High School’s Pennsylvania Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year was the cherry on top of a great season in 2022.
PIAA names Freeport’s Phillips Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year for 2022
October 15, 2023
The Freeport girls volleyball team continued the storied tradition of the program in 2022, winning its 18th straight section title, its seventh WPIAL title since 2010, and the second state championship (2017) in school history.

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Gateway senior Kefimba Cisse placed third in the boys varsity race at the Division I, Section 4 championship meet Oct. 4, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse sets sights on returning to PIAA championships
Kefimba Cisse likes to run at White Oak Park.

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Gateway JV hockey captains for the 2023-24 season are, from left, seniors Noah Evans, Hayden Hines and Blake Marsh.
Gateway hockey off to strong start, hopes to make jump to varsity next season
Justin Evans is no stranger to the Gateway hockey program.

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Kiski Area’s quarterback Carson Heinle works out wearing new protective head gear during practice on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area football adds Guardian Caps for extra level of safety during practice
October 14, 2023
Kiski Area football players, coaches and fans witnessed a Laurel Highlands football player being carted off the field to an area medical facility after a collision late in a Sept. 8 nonconference game with the Cavaliers at Richard Dilts Stadium.

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Junior Holden Deasy hopes to help the Riverview boys cross country team qualify for the PIAA Class A championships for the eighth time in the past nine seasons when the Raiders run at WPIALs Oct. 26, 2023.
Riverview runners ready to contend for WPIAL medals, PIAA berth
PA Milesplit, a website which tracks and reports on cross country teams throughout the state, lists five teams as the primary contenders for the four PIAA qualifying spots from WPIAL boys Class A.

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Plum senior Gabriel Powell crosses the finish line fifth overall in the boys varsity race at the Division I, Section 4 cross country championship meet Oct. 4, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Plum runners prepare for WPIAL cross country championships
Gabriel Powell has the PIAA cross country championships on his mind as the days become fewer and fewer before the WPIAL’s top races of the year take center stage Oct. 26 at White Oak Park.

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Knoch’s Ethan Alwine makes a catch and runs for a touchdown against Freeport on Friday.
Knoch shuts out rival Freeport, improves to 7-1
October 13, 2023
After a lopsided shutout loss to rival Freeport last season, Knoch wanted to return the favor Friday at Knights Stadium in the latest installment of the battle for the Traveling Pike Trophy.

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Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League down to final weekend of regular season
The final weekend of the regular season for the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League is here, and it comes down to the final few games to determine the regular-season champ.

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Plum’s Ava Weleski celebrates with teammates after scoring on a penalty kick against Latrobe on Oct. 2.
Penalty kick sends Plum girls soccer team past Franklin Regional, clinches section title
October 11, 2023
The Plum girls soccer team clinched its fifth straight outright section championship Wednesday evening at Mustangs Stadium.

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Leechburg’s Jayden Floyd is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week 7
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<strong>MAIN:</strong> Knoch’s Codi Mullen (left) breaks up a pass intended for Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love on Sept. 29.<strong> INSET:</strong> Freeport sophomore quarterback Drew Ross tries to escape Mt. Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter during a Sept. 22 game.
Playoff future in the balance for Knoch, Freeport in Allegheny 6 clash
Eight and a half miles separate Knoch and Freeport high schools.

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Freeport girls volleyball sweeps Derry, moves closer to another section title
October 10, 2023
The Freeport girls volleyball team hadn’t allowed a Section 5-2A foe to win a set through 10 matches.

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Kiski Area players huddle up before playing Plum on Monday.
Kiski Area volleyball sweeps Plum in nonsection play
October 9, 2023
Plum and Kiski Area teams are no strangers to each other as the schools match up in multiple sports across fall, winter and spring.

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North Allegheny’s Mackenzie Jones sets against Shaler on Sept. 5, 2023, at North Allegheny High School.
Frazier new No. 1 team in Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class A rankings
Frazier girls volleyball remained undefeated in Section 2-A last Thursday with a 3-1 win over California.

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Gateway senior Kefimba Cisse crosses the finish line third overall in the boys varsity race at the Division I, Section 4 cross country championship meet Oct. 4, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Gateway notebook: Boys soccer edges Franklin Regional; Cisse takes 3rd at section meet
October 8, 2023
The Gateway boys soccer team needed almost the full 80 minutes, but a late penalty-kick goal from junior midfielder James LoCoco was the difference as the Gators topped Section 4-3A power Franklin Regional on Oct. 3 at home.

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Gateway pitcher Taili Thompson throws against Franklin Regional on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
While awaiting head coach, Gateway baseball team prepares for ’24 season
The process to hire a new varsity baseball coach at Gateway continues this month, but the program’s players, under the direction of several assistants from last spring, haven’t stopped gathering for workouts and fall games to stay sharp and on the same page with the 2024 season on their minds.

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Deer Lakes’ Zier Williams looks for room to run toward the sideline against Valley on Friday.
A-K Valley football notebook: Deer Lakes streaks into matchup with East Allegheny
October 7, 2023
The Deer Lakes football team won its fifth game of the season Friday night and evened its Allegheny 6 Conference record at 1-1.

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Senior Hailey Depkon digs a ball during a defensive drill while fellow senior Kate Joyce waits to take her turn during a Plum girls volleyball practice Oct. 4, 2023, at Plum High School.
Young Plum girls volleyball team growing up fast in time for WPIAL playoffs
When Rachel Satira was hired as head coach of the Plum girls volleyball team, she knew the team would be young with some growing to do to get to where it wanted to be.

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Plum’s Olivia Bigger works against Franklin Regional’s Eden Williams during their game on Sept. 18, 2023, in Murryville.
Plum sophomore girls soccer player steps into Bigger role with football team
One day a couple of years ago, Olivia Bigger was delivering soccer kicks toward a goal from about the 40-yard line.

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love (right) and Ryan Cochran celebrate a touchdown against Valley on Friday.
Deer Lakes uses fast start to roll past Valley
October 6, 2023
Deer Lakes wasted no time getting on the board in its Allegheny 6 Conference matchup with Valley on Friday at Lancers Stadium.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller wins the Division 1, Section 4 cross country championship Oct. 4, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Kiski Area’s Miller shines again at cross country sectional
October 4, 2023
Kiski Area senior Eliza Miller crushed her own Northmoreland Park course record Wednesday at the WPIAL Division 1, Section 4 cross country championship meet, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 22.80 seconds.

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Leechburg’s Jake Cummings is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week 6
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Deer Lakes’ Zier Williams (32) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Knoch High School.
A defensive battle the past 2 seasons, plenty on the line in Valley-Deer Lakes matchup
Points were at a premium in the past two meetings between the Deer Lakes and Valley football teams.

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Deer Lakes’ Laney Dineff sets against Freeport on Tuesday.
Freeport volleyball rolls past Deer Lakes, stays perfect in section play
The Freeport girls volleyball team didn’t let visiting Deer Lakes gain any momentum in a Section 5-2A match Tuesday at Freeport Middle School.

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Plum’s Emily Grubich (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning goal in overime against Latrobe on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at Plum.
Plum girls soccer defeats Latrobe in overtime thriller
October 2, 2023
The Plum and Latrobe girls soccer teams needed overtime to decide their Section 3-3A matchup Monday evening at Plum’s Mustangs Stadium.

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Deer Lakes’ Claire Cacurak connects on a header during a game against Burrell on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in West Deer.
Deer Lakes girls soccer learning on fly, gaining confidence
Deer Lakes sophomore Bryanna Simonetti spelled out a simple formula for the Lancers’ Section 2-2A clash with section power Freeport last Wednesday.

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The Canon-McMillan girls volleyball team captured the South Fayette tourament title Saturday, defeating Peters Township in the finals.
Girls volleyball rankings: Section races heat up for stretch run to WPIAL playoffs
There were no changes at the top in each of the four WPIAL classifications as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 5 polls Monday morning.

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The Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame celebrated and enshrined the Class of 2023 on Sept. 2 at the Greek Social Hall in Oakmont. In front (from left) are Lynn Walton Fleckenstein, Felicia Reid, Chelsy Cosentino and Victoria Brungo. In back are Mike Wagner, Brandon Faber, Sean Arnold and Matt McCutcheon. Andy Vida was honored posthumously.
Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2023
The Kiski Area athletic community gathered last month to celebrate a group of Cavaliers greats.

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Knoch’s Ethan Alwine (13) evades a tackle from Deer Lakes’ Nick Rossi (55) on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Knoch High School.
A-K Valley high school football notebook: Freeport shows grit despite loss
September 30, 2023
Despite his team not pulling out a victory in its Allegheny 6 opener against Shady Side Academy, Freeport coach John Gaillot reiterated Saturday the praise he had for his mix of youthful and veteran players in battling through adversity on and off the scoreboard in the 31-28 outcome.

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Players from Shady Side Academy and Freeport line up for the coin toss before their game Friday at Freeport.
Shady Side outlasts Freeport in Class 3A Allegheny 6 Conference opener
September 29, 2023
The Class 3A Allegheny 6 Conference was one of two in the WPIAL to have none of its teams play a conference game before Friday night.

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Angela Franke was hired as the Leechburg athletic director Aug. 9, 2023.
Leechburg athletic director Angela Franke resigns
Angela Franke’s brief tenure as athletic director at Leechburg has come to a close.

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Top 4 teams in WPISL standings pair off for Sunday doubleheaders
Mt. Lebanon brought previously undefeated Plum back to the pack in a doubleheader sweep of the Mustangs last Sunday in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League action.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week 5
September 27, 2023
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Deer Lakes’ Zach Grant (3) celebrates with Wayne Love after Love’s touchdown catch against Burrell on Sept. 1.
Conference title in focus when Knoch, Deer Lakes renew rivalry
Deer Lakes and Knoch waged a frantic, down-to-the wire battle last season at Lancers Stadium to open Allegheny 6 Conference play.

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St. Joseph senior setter and co-captain Jamie Noonan works in practice Monday.
St. Joseph volleyball keeps improving, sets sights on WPIAL playoff spot
September 25, 2023
In 2020, the St. Joseph girls volleyball team went 0-12 in section play. It was 0-14 the year before and in 2018.

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Freeport’s Grace Beach digs a volley against South Park during their match Aug. 28, 2023, at Freeport.
Serra Catholic ascends to No. 1 in coaches association WPIAL Class A girls rankings
There is a change at the top in Class A as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 4 WPIAL girls rankings Monday morning.

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Gateway’s Steven Jenkins Jr. had six catches for 198 yards and three TDs against Franklin Regional.
After slow start to season, Gateway offense gets on track in Big East opener
September 24, 2023
The Gateway football team was in an unfamiliar 0-3 hole after losses to Mt. Lebanon, Woodland Hills and North Hills.

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Jackson Bauman (left) and his Knoch teammates have not played a conference game yet.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Allegheny 6 about to enter conference play
September 23, 2023
The Class 3A Allegheny 6 Conference, of which Freeport, Deer Lakes, Valley and Knoch are members, is one of two in the WPIAL to not have any of its teams play a conference game through five weeks.

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Makenna Raabe, at left, and fellow seniors Madi Wells and Sophia Strasser are celebrated before their senior-day match with Deer Lakes on Sept. 18, 2023, at 3 Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills.
Plum girls golf team shows improvement in inaugural season
In past fall seasons, female golfers at Plum would get their opportunity to compete, but they would have to share the course with their Mustangs male counterparts and challenge for positions in the starting lineup.

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Plum goalkeeper Owen Zalewski makes a save against Franklin Regional on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, at Plum.
Plum boys soccer passes tests in 1st round of section play
It wasn’t easy — Raf Kolankowski would be the first one to say it never is — but the Plum boys soccer team passed all of its tests in the first cycle of Section 4-3A play and sits at the top of the standings in its quest for another section championship.

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Players from Plum and Gateway take part in the coin toss before their game Sept. 22, 2023, at Plum.
Gateway football makes short work of Plum on road
September 22, 2023
The Gateway football team is hitting its stride at the right time.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham celebrates her second goal with Hannah Hudock during their game against Springdale on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Lola Abraham’s 4 goals lift Riverview to dominant win over No. 1 Springdale
September 21, 2023
The Riverview girls soccer team rode a wave of momentum into its Section 1-A clash with unbeaten rival Springdale on Thursday.

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Freeport’s Michael Braun takes second at the Kiski Area Invitational on Sept. 16, 2022, at Northmoreland Park.
Best races are ahead for Freeport junior cross country runner Michael Braun
September 20, 2023
Michael Braun was the seventh-fastest underclassmen and the third fastest sophomore at last year’s WPIAL Class 2A cross country championships at Cal U (Pa.).

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Deer Lakes’ Derek Burk is a member of the 2023 football team.
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Leechburg’s Jake Cummings catches a pass late in the second quarter and runs for a Blue Devils touchdown Friday, at Springdale Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Leechburg aims for 1st victory against Eastern Conference rival Clairton
Leechburg returns home Friday hoping to add a second Eastern Conference victory.

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Springdale’s Hailey Marchlewski works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Riley Kerr during their game on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023, in Springdale.
Springdale girls soccer team building on last season’s success
September 19, 2023
The Springdale girls soccer team is the hunted this season coming off of what it did last year as a WPIAL Class A finalist and a PIAA quarterfinalist.

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Plum remains lone unbeaten team in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League
Plum swept Baldwin in a doubleheader Sunday to remain the lone unbeaten slow-pitch team in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League.

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Plum’s Alexis Rodda (21) and Allison Porter celebrate after scoring the lone goal against Franklin Regional on Monday.
Plum girls soccer earns tightly contested win over Franklin Regional
September 18, 2023
The Plum and Franklin Regional girls soccer teams met twice last year in section play, resuming a local rivalry that was dormant for three years.

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Abby Tucker (33) and Julia Murdy (16) compete for the Canon-McMillan girls volleyball team during the 2023 season.
Leaders hang on to top spots in latest coaches association WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
North Allegheny, Hampton, Freeport and Bishop Canevin each held on to their No. 1 rankings in the latest Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association WPIAL girls top-10 polls released Monday morning.

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Gateway’s Hayden Price during practice Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at Gateway High School.
Gateway girls soccer finding offensive rhythm in early going
September 17, 2023
Gateway girls soccer coach Caleb Kyper said his players were a little shell-shocked after a 6-0 loss to Plum, a 2022 WPIAL semifinalist and PIAA qualifier, in the season and Section 3-3A opener Aug. 28.

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Gateway boys soccer players learning from early-season tests
The Gateway boys soccer team has been up and down and everywhere in between so far in Section 4-3A play.

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Catie Hoolahan and Katerina Tsambis battle for the ball while Cailey Trosch looks on during a Riverview girls soccer practice Sept. 13, 2023, at Creekside Park in Oakmont.
High-scoring Riverview girls soccer ready for rivalry matchup with No. 1 Springdale
The Riverview girls soccer team couldn’t ask for a bigger opportunity Thursday evening under the lights at Riverside Park.

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Despite heavy graduation losses, Plum girls soccer off to strong start in section play
With new starters all over the field and other younger players getting their first taste of varsity experience, Plum girls soccer coach Jamie Stewart said he likes what he has seen out of his players in the early going as they hope to build off a strong start both in and out of Section 3-3A play.

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Plum’s Tim Pease competes against Franklin Regional on Sept. 13, 2023, at Meadowink Golf Club.
Plum golfers going low in section competition
The Plum boys golf team qualified for the WPIAL Class 3A team playoffs last season for the first time since 2013.

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Burrell’s Tyler Maglisco is wrapped up by Valley’s Charles Perkins (right) on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at Burrell High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Burrell shows its grit
September 16, 2023
When it comes to conference play in the WPIAL, the win is the thing, and Burrell delivered a victory in dramatic fashion Friday against Serra Catholic at Buccaneer Stadium in the Allegheny Conference opener for both teams.

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Springdale quarterback Chase Weihrauch is sacked by Leechburg’s Lucas Gamble (23) in the first half Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at Springdale Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Leechburg runs away from Springdale for conference win
September 15, 2023
Springdale possessed the football early in the fourth quarter down two possessions against Leechburg in both teams’ Eastern Conference opener Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Springdale.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller competes at the Kiski Invitational on Sept. 15, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller captures 3rd Kiski Invitational title
Three is the magic number for Eliza Miller.

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Kiski Area’s Max Mottura tees off during practice Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023 at Willowbrook Golf Club.
Kiski Area, Plum boys golf on collision course with playoff spot up for grabs
September 14, 2023
The Plum boys golf team snapped an eight-year WPIAL team playoff drought last year by finishing second to Central Catholic in Section 4-3A.

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Highlands’ Luke Bombalski (33) and Daniel Long sack North Catholic quarterback Jason Siket in the fourth quarter Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Highlands High School.
Highlands motivated to start Greater Allegheny Conference play against North Catholic
September 13, 2023
For the Highlands football team, the road to the WPIAL playoffs kicks into high gear Friday.

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Burrell’s Devin Beattie is a member of the 2023 football team.
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Freeport senior co-captain and defender Ava Slaugenhaupt works on her touches before the start of practice Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at Freeport High School.
Freeport girls soccer off to strong start despite heavy graduation losses
September 12, 2023
The Freeport girls soccer team earned a WPIAL playoff berth last year for the 10th season in a row. Only Plum, with 11, has a longer streak in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

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Plum, Bethel Park remain undefeated in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League play
Plum and Bethel Park are the only undefeated teams left after two weeks of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League season.

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Burrell middle hitter Addy Ruscek practices Monday, Sept. 11, 2023.
Burrell volleyball team hopes to keep momentum going with tough section schedule ahead
September 11, 2023
In starting 3-0 overall, 2-0 in Section 5-2A with victories over Ligonier Valley and the Neighborhood Academy, and earning a top-six finish against mostly higher-classification schools at Saturday’s Moon tournament, the Burrell girls volleyball team won 15 of 18 sets to start the season.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
With section play in full swing, teams in all four WPIAL girls volleyball classifications are making their move with impact victories on the court.

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Riverview’s Lily Bauer placed ninth at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
Riverview cross country program ready to build on success
September 10, 2023
The Riverview boys and girls cross country teams ended last season at the PIAA state meet in Hershey after strong finishes at the WPIAL championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse took third at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
Led by PIAA qualifier Kefimba Cisse, Gateway runners off to strong start
Kefimba Cisse is on a mission for his senior season on the Gateway boys cross country team.

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Gateway senior Noah Colberg works on his drive during a stop at Monroeville’s McDain Golf Center on Sept. 6, 2023.
Gateway golfers show early improvement in quest for playoff berth
Noah Colberg shot a nine-hole round of 50 in a match Aug. 16 at Willowbrook Country Club.

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Riverview’s Christopher Barnes finishes fifth at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
High expectations remain for Riverview runners
The Riverview boys and girls cross country teams ended last season at the PIAA cross country meet in Hershey after strong finishes at the WPIAL championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Plum’s Gabriel Powell takes second at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
Gabriel Powell, Aiden Steinagle return to lead Plum runners
When Connor Pivirotto and Nate Mienke, the top runners the last couple of years for the Plum boys cross country team, graduated following the 2022 season, a pair of rising seniors with experience — Gabriel Powell and Aiden Steinagle — were ready to take the reins of the team and lead the way.

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Burrell’s Stephen Hasson	celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown Friday.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Kiski Area, Springdale, Burrell get 1st wins
September 9, 2023
Kiski Area and Burrell swallowed the bitter pill of defeat the first two weeks, but the Cavaliers and Bucs experienced the thrill of putting one in the win column Friday.

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Freeport’s Peyton Los and Camryn Woods scored in a 2-1 victory over Burrell on Wednesday night.
Freeport girls soccer team withstands late pressure by Burrell
September 6, 2023
The Freeport girls soccer team scored a goal in each half of its Section 2-2A matchup Wednesday evening at rival Burrell.

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Highlands’ Aaran Randolph is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week 2
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Valley’s Charles Perkins (3) fights for extra yards against Apollo-Ridge’s Darnell Coaston (1) on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at Valley High School.
Valley, Burrell players amped up for annual ‘Battle of the Bypass’
Mark Adams served as an assistant at Valley under former coach Muzzy Colosimo in 2018 and 2019, and he was able to get a taste of the “Battle of the Bypass” rivalry between the Vikings and Burrell.

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Kiski Area senior Abbie Johns has verbally commited to play basketball at PSAC power Shippensburg.
Kiski Area’s Johns excited to commit to Shippensburg for basketball
September 5, 2023
Abbie Johns still feels the excitement and also the relief.

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Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League kicks off 2023 season
Plum, North Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon earned doubleheader sweeps during the opening Sunday of varsity action in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League.

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Burrell junior midfielder Maggie Nesko (left) dribbles the ball while being defended by freshman midfielder/defender Katie Kohler during practice Friday at Burrell’s Buccaneer Stadium.
Burrell girls soccer aims to keep momentum going vs. Freeport after long layoff
September 4, 2023
The Burrell girls soccer team kicked off its season Aug. 26 with a 2-1 victory over District 10 Class 5A McDowell at the South Park tournament.

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A quintet of captains lead the Gateway boys soccer team for the 2023 season. From left, are senior Keagan Kyper, senior Jack Kweder, junior Nick Lo Coco, senior Blake Marsh and senior Will Hansmann.
Playoff milestone within reach for Gateway boys soccer
September 3, 2023
The Gateway boys soccer team, and specifically the senior class, can make history this year.

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Gateway volleyball senior captains, from left, Michelina Estremera (defensive specialist/libero) and McKenna Brown (outside hitter), at practice Aug. 30, 2023.
Gateway girls volleyball to lean on deep lineup in quest for return trip to playoffs
The Gateway girls volleyball team was happy to finally kick off its regular-season competition schedule Tuesday (Sept. 5) against Woodland Hills after several weeks of workouts in the gym leading to the past three weeks of official season practices.

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Highlands quarterback Aaran Randolph had a 99-yard touchdown run in the Golden Rams’ victory Friday night.
A-K Valley high school football notebook: Highlands’ Randolph equals WPIAL record
September 2, 2023
Aaran Randolph tied a WPIAL record Friday.

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Riverview junior co-captain and midfielder Chris O’Toole practices Aug. 30, 2023, in Oakmont.
Riverview boys soccer to count on young roster
For the second time in three years, the Riverview boys soccer team is youthful with no seniors on the roster.

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Plum senior forward and captain Brady French works in an agility drill in practice Aug. 30, 2023, at Plum High School
Plum boys soccer team learns from early setback
The Plum boys soccer team had a most interesting, and exhausting, opening to its season Aug. 26.

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The Deer Lakes defense smothers Burrell’s Devin Beattie on Friday.
Deer Lakes dominates rival Burrell in shutout
September 1, 2023
Last year’s matchup between Burrell and Deer Lakes went to overtime before the Bucs pulled out a six-point victory.

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Highlands’ Luke Bombalski is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week 1
August 30, 2023
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Burrell running back Devin Beattie moves past Jeannette’s Hunter Blazowich on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at Burrell High School.
Deer Lakes aims to end 4-game losing streak to rival Burrell
The Burrell football team has won the last four games in the series with Deer Lakes, but three of the four went down to the wire.

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Kiski Area’s Makayla Keibler spikes against Norwin during the Pack the Park match Tuesday at the Ellen Toy grass court at Vandergrift’s Kennedy Park.
Under clear skies, Kiski Area defeats Norwin in Pack the Park volleyball match
August 29, 2023
Last year’s Pack the Park girls volleyball event between Norwin and Kiski Area didn’t make it to the Ellen Toy Grass Court at Vandergrift’s Kennedy Park as rain chased officials, fans and both teams inside to Kiski Area High School.

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Freeport’s Sydney Selker celebrates after defeating South Park during their match on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, at Freeport.
Freeport girls volleyball team ready to defend WPIAL, PIAA crowns
August 28, 2023
Every year around this time, Tom Phillips sees the landscape of WPIAL girls volleyball, both overall and in his classification, and knows his team is the hunted.

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A quartet of experienced players will serve as captains for the 2023 Gateway girls soccer team. From left, are Gracyn Fry, Hayden Price, Jada Settles, and Becca Ryan.
Despite small roster, Gateway girls soccer team chasing playoff berth
August 27, 2023
The Gateway varsity girls soccer team fields one of the smaller rosters in recent memory with just 20 active players for the 2023 season.

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Gateway graduate Marnie Giunta, the head coach of the Padua Academy girls cross country and track and field teams, is all smiles as she stands with a successful Pandas relay quartet at this past April’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Gateway grad Marnie Giunta named among top coaches in state of Delaware
Marnie Giunta is considered one of the top coaches in the history of athletics in the state of Delaware.

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Over the past two meetings with Kiski Area, Plum running back Nick Odom has rushed for a combined 354 yards and four touchdowns.
AK Valley high school football notebook: Plum celebrates 800th game with victory
August 26, 2023
Plum played the 800th game in program history Friday night, and the Mustangs celebrated with a win at rival Kiski Area.

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Seniors Georgia Tsambis, at left, and Lola Abraham will captain the Riverview girls soccer team for the 2023 season.
Riverview girls soccer hopes to maintain winning formula
The Riverview girls soccer team is after a playoff three-peat.

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Moon’s Kayla Leseck battles Plum’s Ava Weleski for a header during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Peters Township.
Despite graduation losses, Plum girls soccer aims to continue winning ways
The Plum girls soccer team enjoyed a strong four-year run through last season that included 72 victories in 83 games, four consecutive section championships, three WPIAL title-game appearances and three trips to the PIAA playoffs.

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The Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg football teams take part in the coin toss before their game Aug. 25, 2023, at Leechburg.
Schrock carries load for Apollo-Ridge in win over Leechburg
August 25, 2023
Karter Schrock missed almost the entire 2022 season with a left knee injury.

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Springdale’s Molly Hurley celebrates her goal against Waynesburg during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Peters Twp.
A-K Valley girls soccer preview: Springdale returns strong core in bid for repeat
August 24, 2023
Springdale coach Marc Bentley can’t help but smile when thinking back to last fall and his team’s run to the WPIAL Class A championship game at Highmark Stadium and its trip to the PIAA quarterfinals.

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Springdale’s Chase Weirhauch practices Aug. 23, 2023, at Springdale.
QB Chase Weihrauch aims to lead Springdale football team to bounce-back season
August 23, 2023
Chase Weihrauch made his starting quarterback debut in last year’s Week Zero game against Ligonier Valley.

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Plum quarterback Sean Franzi works out during practice Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023.
Plum, Kiski Area to work out the kinks in Week Zero rivalry matchup
Plum and Kiski Area passed each other last year when the WPIAL realigned its football conferences and classifications.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Karter Schrock is a member of the 2023 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2023 Week Zero
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Riverview senior quarterback Rocco Cecere directs the offense before running a play at practice Tuesday at Oakmont’s Riverside Park.
QB Cecere has Riverview football team ready for breakthrough
August 22, 2023
Rocco Cecere spent his freshman and sophomore seasons as a backup quarterback in the Riverview offense.

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Katie Jo Stobert officially was hired as Highlands’ next athletic director at Monday’s school board meeting.
Katie Jo Stobert named Highlands’ new athletic director
Katie Jo Stobert officially was hired Monday night as Highlands’ next athletic director.

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Freeport junior Michael Hanz has verbally committed to play baseball at West Virginia.
Recruiting process takes Freeport pitcher Michael Hanz to the place he belongs
August 21, 2023
Michael Hanz first made contact with the West Virginia baseball program a couple of summers ago.

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Springdale quarterback Chase Weihrauch works out during practice Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Springdale.
Springdale ready to show improvement after winless campaign
August 20, 2023
The graduation of 16 seniors from Springdale’s 2021 Class A quarterfinal-qualifying team left a void from which it was tough to recover.

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Riverview quarterback Rocco Cecere works out during practice Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Oakmont.
Energy, enthusiasm, winning help Riverview grow roster
Riverview won four games in 2022, the most victories for the program since 2015 when it also won four times.

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St. Joseph senior Julie Spinelli has given a verbal commitment to play basketball at Division II Frostburg State University.
St. Joseph standout hoopster Spinelli picks Frostburg State
Julie Spinelli has one more high school basketball season remaining at St. Joseph, and she has set expectations high herself and her team, which returns every player from last year’s WPIAL Class A semifinalist.

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Freeport senior Colton Otterman
Battle within the battle: A-K Valley defenses have challenge of facing various schemes, formations
Legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said, “Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.”

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Aliquippa’s Cam Lindsey works out on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
2023 WPIAL Class 4A football breakdown: Aliquippa begins quest for 3-peat
No team has three-peated as WPIAL champion in Class 4A since the WPIAL went to six classifications in 2016.

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Kiski Area’s Isaiah Gonzalez pulls in a touchdown pass during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition.
Isaiah Gonzalez relishes role as quarterback of Kiski Area defense
August 18, 2023
Isaiah Gonzalez earned a baptism by fire as a freshman when he stepped into the varsity lineup at cornerback against Penn Hills when then-senior and one of Kiski Area’s top players that year, Kenny Blake, was out with injury.

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Burrell’s Devin Beattie makes a catch during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 20, 2023, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell ready to run back into WPIAL playoffs
August 17, 2023
While some WPIAL offensive attacks look to incorporate both ground and air assaults, Burrell often loads up its tanks with the hopes of steamrolling opponents.

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Apollo-Ridge senior quarterback Karter Schrock throws during a 7-on-7 competition July 18, 2023, at Fox Chapel.
Apollo-Ridge aims to gain experience in a hurry
When asked to appraise his team’s expectations for this season, Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba didn’t pull any punches.

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Deer Lakes quarterback Derek Burk throws Friday, Aug. 11, 2023 at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes aims to build off playoff berth in Allegheny 6
August 15, 2023
Deer Lakes finished fourth in the Allegheny 6 Conference last year and earned a berth to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2015.

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Riverview seniors Rocco Cecere and Landon Johnson work in a defensive drill during Monday’s first two-a-day practice session at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Alle-Kiski high school football teams begin march toward playoffs
August 14, 2023
Rocco Cecere felt a ton of positive energy in the minutes and hours leading up to the Riverview football team’s first two-a-day practice Monday at Riverside Park in Oakmont.

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Ryan Cochran (left) and Wayne Love, both seniors, combined for more than 850 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last year.
Seniors Cochran, Love lead Deer Lakes receiving corps
Ryan Cochran caught 31 passes last year in a Deer Lakes uniform.

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Burrell’s Devin Beattie practices Friday at Burrell.
Big RB Beattie ready to carry load again for Burrell
August 13, 2023
Devin Beattie hopes to have another big season for the Burrell football team.

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Kiski’s Isaiah Gonzalez pulls in a touchdown pass during WCAA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
Young Kiski Area roster looks for bounce-back season
August 12, 2023
Kiski Area hoped to fare better last season in its Greater Allegheny Conference debut.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Spencer Sells practices Aug. 11, 2023, at Apollo-Ridge.
Apollo-Ridge lineman Spencer Sells making up for lost time
Spencer Sells didn’t come out for the Apollo-Ridge football team his freshman and sophomore seasons.

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Angela Franke was hired as the Leechburg athletic director Aug. 9, 2023.
Leechburg hires Angela Franke as new athletic director
August 11, 2023
Angela Franke said the past couple of days have been a whirlwind since the Leechburg School Board voted to officially hire her as athletic director Wednesday evening.

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Freeport’s Sydney Selker has committed to Akron after a coaching change at St. Francis (Pa.).
Freeport softball standout Sydney Selker headed to Akron after recruiting plans change
August 9, 2023
St. Francis’ loss is Akron’s gain.

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Valley’s Ben Carlisle goes for a kick past Greensburg Salem’s Seth Shoup during a soccer game Sept. 26, 2013, at Valley High School.
Former Valley player Carlisle will coach Vikings boys soccer team, which returns this fall
August 6, 2023
Ben Carlisle is no stranger to the experience of representing the Valley boys soccer team. He enjoyed a standout career with the Vikings before graduating in 2015.

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Plum’s Travis Marks works along the boards against Fox Chapel last season.
Plum grad excited to take over alma mater’s hockey program
August 4, 2023
Jon Gratton’s first foray into ice hockey coaching came three seasons ago when the 2009 Plum graduate accepted a varsity assistant coaching position on college teammate Cam Raidna’s staff at Fox Chapel.

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Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan dives for a fumble against North Allegheny on Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Central Catholic’s Cole Sullivan
August 2, 2023
Cole Sullivan received several dozen Division I offers during the college recruiting process.

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Fort Cherry quarterback Matt Sieg works out on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at the high school.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Fort Cherry’s Matt Sieg
July 27, 2023
To say Matt Sieg broke out in his first varsity football season would be an understatement.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger carries past Pine-Richland’s John Rottinghaus during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger
July 21, 2023
As a sophomore, Julian Dugger helped Penn Hills win the Northeast Conference Class 5A title and make it to the WPIAL semifinals.

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Burrell grad Faith Remich wrapped up her career at W&J with school records in the outdoor 800 meters and the indoor 600 and 1,600 relay.
Faith Remich hits ground running as Burrell’s new cross country coach
July 19, 2023
Faith Remich has come full circle.

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Kiski Area will meet Norwin in the third annual Pack the Park outdoor volleyball game Aug. 29 at the Ellen Toy Grass Court at Kennedy Park in Vandergrift.
3rd annual ‘Pack the Park’ game to open volleyball season with celebration of the sport
July 16, 2023
Dakoda Fickes knows all about the feel of playing an outdoor volleyball match on a grass court.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch throws a touchdown pass during the first quarter against Hempfield last season.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Gateway’s Brad Birch
July 15, 2023
The Gateway football team’s 2022 season ended sooner than expected with a close WPIAL Class 5A first-round home loss to Upper St. Clair at Antimarino Stadium.

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New Kiski Area volleyball coach Dakoda Fickes
Kiski Area’s Fickes eager to open his 1st season as varsity volleyball coach
July 14, 2023
Dakoda Fickes is in his first season as the girls volleyball coach at Kiski Area, but not that long ago, he ran some memorable practices at the school’s gym.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham
No rest for Pitt-bound Lola Abraham as she preps for senior year at Riverview
July 13, 2023
When Riverview’s Lola Abraham committed to play soccer at Pitt last November, she said the decision was only the beginning and she couldn’t rest on past accomplishments.

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Plum and Seton Hill graduate Rachel Satira, an assistant with the Mustangs’ girls volleyball program the past three years, is in her first season as head coach.
Transition to Plum volleyball head coach going smoothly for Rachel Satira
July 12, 2023
The day before Rachel Satira graduated from Seton Hill in May 2019, she got a call from then-Plum girls volleyball coach Kelsey Bonk about coming on board as an assistant and also working with the middle school team.

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Kiski Area boys head soccer coach Sean Arnold.
9 athletes to join Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame in Class of 2023
July 4, 2023
Sean Arnold graduated from Kiski Area in 1998 after a decorated varsity career with the Cavaliers that included nine varsity letters in soccer, football, basketball and track and field.

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer wins the boys 800-meter at the WPIAL Class 2A track and field championships May 17, 2023, at Slippery Rock University.
Riverview track champion Amberson Bauer selected Valley News Dispatch Boys Athlete of the Year
July 1, 2023
Amberson Bauer’s high school distance running career wasn’t entirely complete once he left Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University as the PIAA Class 2A boys 800-meter champion May 27.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller wins in the girls 800-meter run at the WPIAL Class 2A track and field championships May 17, 2023, at Slippery Rock University.
Multi-sport standout Eliza Miller repeats as Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year
Eliza Miller will combine her love of distance running and swimming along with a newer venture in cycle racing on the newly formed women’s triathlon team at Duquesne University.

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Burrell’s Braelyn Jones hits a three-run home run against Deer Lakes earlier this season.
Burrell softball ready to turn page after another successful season
June 25, 2023
It’s been three weeks since the Burrell softball team bowed out in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs with a 1-0 loss to eventual state runner-up Juniata.

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Gateway football coach Don Holl talks to his players during an on-field workout June 22 at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Gateway football players put focus on individual improvement during offseason workouts
Eight months removed from a close loss to Upper St. Clair in the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs and with just six weeks remaining until the start of heat acclimation workouts that usher in the start of the 2023 season, Gateway football team members are leaving no stone unturned in making sure they are in position to challenge for WPIAL gold.

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Burrell pitcher Katie Armstrong delivers during the sixth inning against Avonworth in their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Burrell’s Katie Armstrong repeats as Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of Year
June 24, 2023
2023 Valley News Dispatch Softball All-Stars

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Drew Karpen is looking forward to beginning work as Plum’s new athletic director.
New Plum athletic director Drew Karpen aims to bring stability to position
Drew Karpen is in the final days of transition from his time as athletic director at Highlands to his new appointment as the athletic director and coordinator of student activities at Plum.

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Members of the Monroeville Red Pandas baseball team are all smiles after defeating West End-Elliot on June 14. From left are Jordan Stancovich, Zach Lockwich, Luke Jackson, player/manager Donovan Baxter, Dalton Vojnik, Dylan Vojnik, Joe Schulte, Sonny Comunale, Jaired Lehman and assistant coach JT Taylor.
Monroeville baseball team lets Gateway grads stay in game
June 18, 2023
Donovan Baxter is feeling a wave of redemption this summer as a manager and player for the Monroeville Red Pandas in the Pittsburgh North American Baseball Association.

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Gateway’s M.J. Stevenson heaves up a shot after drawing a foul during the first half of Penn Hills’ victory over Gateway on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at Penn Hills.
Gateway shows championship mettle during 2022-23 school year
The 2022-23 school year featured a number of standout moments for Gateway athletic programs. Individuals and teams produced top results and raised the level of pride for those who support the Gators in black and gold.

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Shaler’s Jayla Antomachi is tagged out at home by Northern York catcher Kiera O’Brine during the PIAA Class 5A championship game Saturday at Penn State.
Shaler softball falls in state finals on 9th-inning play at the plate
June 17, 2023
In a game full of heart-stopping moments, Saturday’s PIAA Class 5A championship contest between Shaler and District 3 champion Northern York at Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park came down to a play at the plate.

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Brady Linhart gets set to make a defensive play at first base during a Plum Junior Legion game against Westmoreland County league rival Murrysville on June 6, 2023, at Plum High School.
Scrappy Plum Junior Legion team shows promise under new coach
The Plum Junior Legion baseball team picked up a key Westmoreland County league victory June 14 with a 10-9 triumph over Connellsville at Plum High School.

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Kiski Area’s Mark Gray works against Cooper Roscosky during practice before the 2022-23 season.
Highlands’ Reigard, Fox Chapel’s Katz, Kiski Area honored with Positive Athlete awards
June 16, 2023
Each year, Positive Athlete Western Pennsylvania seeks out those high school student-athletes who are making a difference in the arena of their chosen sport and also in the classroom and in their community.

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Freeport freshmen Rowan Wible, left, and Madyson Kirsch congratulate each other after a Team North goal during the PIHL girls hockey regular season.
Freeport teammates Madyson Kirsch, Rowan Wible make big impact in PIHL girls league
June 15, 2023
Madyson Kirsch familiarized herself with the new PIHL girls league last June when she and her father, Jim, attended the inaugural championship game at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township.

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Shaler pitcher Bria Bosiljevac celebrates after getting a strikeout against Armstrong during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal Monday at Gateway
Shaler softball uses big 8th inning to best Armstrong, punch ticket to state finals
June 12, 2023
In last Thursday’s PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal victory over WPIAL champion Trinity, Shaler scored all five of its runs on three home runs.

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Former Gateway soccer standout Mike Rugh, an assistant with the Gators boys program the past five years, takes over head coaching duties at his alma mater. He replaces Bernie Stiles who stepped down in the fall after six seasons at the helm.
Gateway grad Mike Rugh to lead Gators boys soccer team
June 11, 2023
Mike Rugh joined the Gateway boys soccer coaching staff as an assistant five years ago with the hopes of giving back to his alma mater while remembering all of the good memories he had when putting on the Gators uniform.

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Riverview’s Luke Migley celebrates his two-run double in the second inning of the WPIAL Class 2A playoff game against Charleroi.
Riverview baseball says good bye to deep, talented senior class
June 10, 2023
Riverview baseball coach Bill Gras said during the season and in the postseason, he knew his team could play with anyone.

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Plum’s Rayla Smith is a member of the 2023 girls lacrosse team.
Plum girls lacrosse team reflects on section championship season
The Plum girls lacrosse team had big things in mind for the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs and beyond after a regular season which saw it finish undefeated in section play for the first time and rack up a 14-3 overall record.

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Nineteen shooters represented Kiski Area in competition at the Pennsylvania State High School Clay Target League Championships on June 4 in Elysburg.
Kiski Area’s Hill earns state title in fast-growing sport of trap shooting
June 9, 2023
Taygen Hill didn’t have to look too far for influence and inspiration in the world of clay target shooting.

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Mallory Ketterer, shown filling in last January, will be Freeport’s new basketball coach in 2023-24.
New Freeport girls basketball coach Ketterer is familiar face
June 6, 2023
Mallory Heinle Ketterer knows the Freeport girls basketball program inside and out.

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Burrell senior first baseman Cassidy Novak stands ready during a PIAA Class 3A first-round playoff game at Juniata on Monday, June 5, 2023.
Burrell comes up short in pitchers’ duel in 1st round of PIAA softball playoffs
June 5, 2023
MIFFLINTOWN — With Fordham-bound junior Liz Gaisior in the circle for Juniata and senior Katie Armstrong, a Gannon commit, throwing for Burrell, an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel was expected Monday in a PIAA Class 3A first-round game at Juniata High School in Mifflintown.

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Burrell’s Abby Wilks followed by Pyper Ferres score against Waynesburg Central in the sixth inning during the WPIAL softball Class 3A consolation game May 30, 2023, at Gateway High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley PIAA softball capsule: Game for Monday, June 5, 2023
June 4, 2023
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Pitcher Katie Armstrong is one of four seniors for Burrell.
Burrell softball team wants long ride to start deep run
Burrell High School graduation is Thursday evening.

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Gateway sophomores Zidan Hassan, at left, and Adam Memije, placed third overall at the PIAA Class 3A doubles championships May 27, 2023, at the Hershey Racquet Club.
Gateway notebook: Gators tandem takes 3rd at PIAA doubles championships
Emily Levine wasn’t witness to her Gateway doubles team’s run to third place at the PIAA Class 3A tournament May 27, at the Hershey Racquet Club.

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Thomas Jefferson Zoe Krizan celebrates as she comes home after hitting a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Plum during WPIAL Class 5A softball playoff action Monday, May 15, 2023 at Gateway High School.
Gateway showcases ‘premier baseball and softball complexes’ during WPIAL playoffs
When the baseball and softball fields at the Gateway Sports Complex were still in the construction stage, Gateway athletic director Don Holl gazed into his crystal ball and saw the facility hosting a number of WPIAL playoff games.

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Leechburg basketball coach Damian Davies works with his Blue Devils varsity team during a practice Nov 29, 2021.
Leechburg boys basketball coach Damian Davies resigns
June 2, 2023
Damian Davies said it was time to step away as head coach of the Leechburg boys basketball team but said he leaves with many positive moments from the four seasons of his second stint with the program.

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Fox Chapel’s Sydney Schutzman was a unanimous All-WPIAL girls lacrosse selection for Class 3A.
WPIAL girls lacrosse all-star teams released
June 1, 2023
Fox Chapel’s Sydney Schutzman and Mt. Lebanon’s Addie Murdoch in Class 3A and Hampton’s Emi DiLiberto in Class 2A were unanimous selections to the All-WPIAL girls lacrosse teams released Wednesday.

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Penn-Trafford defeated Plum, 3-1, in the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game Wednesday, May 31, 2023.
Penn-Trafford earns spot in PIAA baseball playoffs with win over rival Plum
May 31, 2023
The first two meetings between baseball section rivals Plum and Penn-Trafford were close and low-scoring.

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Burrell starting pitcher Katie Armstrong strikes out Waynesburg Central’s Kendall Lemley during the WPIAL Class 3A consolation game Tuesday at Gateway High School.
Katie Armstrong strikes out 14 as Burrell blanks Waynesburg in WPIAL Class 3A third-place game
May 30, 2023
The Burrell softball team used small ball to pick up its first run of Tuesday’s WPIAL Class 3A third-place game against Waynesburg Central at Gateway.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Rodriguez drives home Makenzee Kenney against OLSH during the WPIAL Class 2A softball consolation game Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Gateway High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic holds off OLSH to advance to PIAA softball playoffs
In a win-or-go-home scenario Tuesday at Gateway, the Greensburg Central Catholic softball team survived.

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Burrell celebrates with Pyper Ferres after she hit a home run against Mt. Pleasant during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game. Burrell plays Waynesburg Central in the third-place game Tuesday at Gateway.
Spot in states secure, but Burrell softball team still plenty to play for in 3rd-place game
May 29, 2023
Last year, the Burrell softball team lost in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals, dropping it to the third-place consolation game against Montour with a trip to the PIAA playoffs on the line.

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Gateway senior Noah Passalinqua, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, was the Gators’ lone selection to the Section 2-2A first team.
Gateway boys volleyball uses playoff defeat as learning moment
May 28, 2023
On the road and down a set in its WPIAL Class 2A first-round match against No. 7 Montour on May 16, the No. 10 Gateway boys volleyball team punched back and scored a win in set two to even things up.

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All of the members of the Gateway tennis team celebrated a successful season at the PIAA Class 3A team tournament May 19-20, 2023, in Hershey. The Gators, the WPIAL Class 3A champions, advanced to the PIAA semifinals before falling to eventual state champion Conestoga.
Gateway boys tennis team caps special season in PIAA semifinals
The Gateway boys tennis team surged to the top of WPIAL Class 3A this season and made its mark with a run at the PIAA tournament.

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Gateway quarterback Rob Kalkstein led the Gators to Heinz Field for the 2009 WPIAL Class AAAA championship game.
5 athletes, coach, cross country team to join Gateway Sports Hall of Fame in class of 2023
The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame will induct its next class of Gators athletic greats this fall, and the first class since 2019 has been selected.

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Shaler celebrates defeating North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 3A boys volleyball championship game Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Peters Township.
Shaler wins 1st WPIAL boys volleyball championship, ending North Allegheny’s title run
May 25, 2023
The Shaler boys volleyball team arrived at Peters Township High School as Thursday’s Class 2A championship game was taking shape.

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North Catholic’s Trey Purnsley (Center) and teammates celebrate a victory over Ambridge in the WPIAL Class 2A boys volleyball championship game Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Peters Township.
North Catholic tops Ambridge for WPIAL boys volleyball title in clash of Class 2A rivals
There were no secrets when section rivals Ambridge and North Catholic met Thursday evening at Peters Township to decide the WPIAL Class 2A boys volleyball championship.

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Freeport’s Isaac Wetzel (left) finishes second to OLSH’s Antonio Votour in the 100-meter hurdles at the WPIAL Class 2A track and field championships on May 17 at Slippery Rock University.
Freeport track and field duo ready to tackle PIAA championships
May 24, 2023
Before Reese Skiba and Isaac Wetzel can throw and run Friday and Saturday at the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships at Shippensburg, the Freeport duo will take one of the most important walks of their lives.

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Avonworth’s Leah Kuban clears the bases with a triple next to Burrell’s Sabrina Hoover in the bottom of the sixth inning of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at North Allegheny.
One big hit enough for Avonworth to win pitchers’ duel over Burrell in softball semifinal
May 23, 2023
Avonworth cleanup hitter Leah Kuban fell victim to Burrell pitcher Katie Armstrong twice in Tuesday’s WPIAL Class 3A semifinal softball game at North Allegheny.

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Seton LaSalle’s Corey Meyers celebrates after driving in the go-ahead runs against Riverview during the sixth inning of their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Gateway.
Seton LaSalle erupts for 6-run 6th inning to surge past Riverview in Class 2A
May 22, 2023
Seton LaSalle collected four hits through five innings against Riverview starting pitcher Ben Hower in a Class 2A quarterfinal baseball playoff game Monday afternoon at Gateway.

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Burrell’s Pyper Ferres celebrates as she rounds first after a home run against Mt. Pleasant during WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff action Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Plum High School.
A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsule: Games for Tuesday, May 23, 2023
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Valley graduate Michael Odrey, at left, greets current Vikings senior Nick Bussard at the net during a training session May 7 on the courts at Valley High School.
Alumni help Valley boys tennis players prepare for postseason tournaments
The Valley boys tennis team qualified for the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class 2A tournament and faced North Catholic on May 8 with a spot in the semifinals and a berth to states on the line.

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Plum starting pitcher Makenzie Lang throws against Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL Class 5A softball playoff action May 15 at Gateway High School.
Plum senior trio caps career in WPIAL softball playoffs
May 21, 2023
As the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds for the WPIAL Class 5A softball playoffs, Thomas Jefferson and Plum, many expected, would play a close and competitive first-round game.

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Gateway’s Derick Jones earned medals in the 110 high hurdles and 300 hurdles at the WPIAL track and field championships May 17 at Slippery Rock.
Gateway 1st-year hurdler Derrick Jones earns trip to PIAA championship meet
A couple of months ago, a hurdle was a foreign object to Gateway senior Derrick Jones.

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The Class of 2023 of the Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame was inducted at a banquet ceremony Saturday at the Pittsburgh Shrine Center in Cheswick. In front, from left, are Mark Lamendola, Kerry McKinney Mills, Thomas Saulle, Emily Alcorn Taylor and Stefan Lundberg. In back are Erin Exler Bish, Thomas Slosky, R. Terry Thompson, Tom Phillips and Joseph Galli Jr.
A-K Valley greats relive memories at annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony
May 20, 2023
Kerry McKinney Mills is in quite the celebratory mood.

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Carmichaels senior Carlee Roberts doubled three times, drove in two runs and scored twice to help the No. 2 Mighty Mikes defeat No. 7 Leechburg in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game May 18, 2023, at Gateway.
Carmichaels softball routs Leechburg in Class A quarterfinals
May 18, 2023
The Carmichaels softball team scored 10 or more runs in 13 of its 16 regular-season games.

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Kiski’s Eliza Miller wins in the girls 800 meters at the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Slippery Rock.
Riverview’s Amberson Bauer, Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller lead WPIAL parade of A-K Valley gold medalists
May 17, 2023
Riverview senior Amberson Bauer finished fourth in the Class 2A boys WPIAL cross country championships in November.

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Burrell’s Bella Stewart celebrates with head coach Drake D’Angelo after hitting a home run against Mt. Pleasant during WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff action Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Plum High School.
A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games for Thursday, May 18, 2023
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Freeport sophomore Michael Braun is the No. 2 seed in the Class 2A boys 3,200-meter run at Wednesday’s WPIAL track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.
4 A-K Valley athletes take top seeds into WPIAL track meet
May 16, 2023
Fifty-four.

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A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games for Wednesday, May 17, 2023
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Thomas Jefferson’s Zoe Krizan hits a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Plum during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game Monday at Gateway.
Thomas Jefferson stuns Plum with walk-off grand slam in Class 5A 1st round
May 15, 2023
The Thomas Jefferson softball team possesses a gold chain with a dollar sign in sparkles designated for those who hit home runs.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee delivers against Freeport on Friday, April 21, 2023, at Deer Lakes. The Lancers face Central Valley in an 8-9 playoff matchup.
A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games for Tuesday, May 16, 2023
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Rich Macura spends time with his nephew, Wyatt Roder, at the 2017 Freeport Elementary basketball camp.
Freeport grad takes over boys basketball program
May 14, 2023
For more than two decades, Rich Macura served as an assistant coach in a number of scholastic boys basketball programs.

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Plum freshman Riley Stephans struck out nine in a five-inning perfect game against Fox Chapel on Monday, April 17, 2023.
A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, May 15, 2023
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Plum catcher Carson Svidron celebrates with pitcher Colin Watson after getting out of a jam during their game against Franklin Regional on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Plum.
Plum notebook: Mustangs baseball team captures section title
May 13, 2023
For the second time in three seasons, the Plum baseball team was able to add to its section-title banner in the main gymnasium.

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Latrobe’s Josh Havrilla digs against Hempfield on March 30.
Shaler, Latrobe earn top seeds for WPIAL boys volleyball playoffs
May 12, 2023
Shaler in Class 3A and Latrobe in Class 2A are the top seeds as the WPIAL released the boys volleyball playoff brackets Friday afternoon.

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Burrell’s Braelyn Jones hits a three-run home run against Deer Lakes on Wednesday.
Burrell, Deer Lakes enter WPIAL softball playoffs looking to reprise runs from 2022
May 11, 2023
Burrell and Deer Lakes made deep runs in the 2022 softball postseason.

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Burrell starting pitcher Katie Armstrong held Deer Lakes to two hits and struck out nine in six innings on Wednesday at Bon Air Elementary School. She also had three hits.
Armstrong leads Burrell softball to mercy-rule victory over Deer Lakes
May 10, 2023
Second place in Section 1-3A was on the line Wednesday as the Deer Lakes and Burrell softball teams met at Bon Air Elementary in Lower Burrell.

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Indiana wins softball section finale vs. Highlands in extra innings
May 8, 2023
The Highlands softball team had its back against the wall in a must-win situation as it hosted Indiana in its Section 1-4A finale Monday afternoon.

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South Fayette’s Elijah Hill scores between Seton LaSalle’s Justin Savko and Luke Masua on Monday, May 1, 2023, at South Fayette High School.
With WPIAL playoffs on horizon, volleyball coaches association releases final boys rankings
The final week of the WPIAL boys volleyball regular season is here as teams fight for the few remaining openings to both the Class 3A and Class 2A playoffs.

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Gateway junior Kefimbe Cisse hopes to move up the ranks in the Class 3A boys 3,200-meter run in advance of next week’s WPIAL championships at Slippery Rock University.
Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse rounds into form ahead of WPIAL championships
May 7, 2023
Kefimba Cisse is in the home stretch of preparation for the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships May 17 at Slippery Rock.

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Gateway’s Brandon Bell celebrates his leadoff double against Franklin Regional April 4 at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
Gateway snaps skid but falls short of playoff berth
The Gateway baseball team hoped for positive results as it closed out the Section 1-5A slate with series against Penn-Trafford and Penn Hills.

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Plum sophomore Natalia Burris trains on the balance beam during a workout May 3, 2023, at Elegance Elite Gymnastics in Delmont.
Plum gymnast Natalia Burris competes at Eastern Nationals
May 6, 2023
Natalia Burris was in select company over the weekend.

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Plum senior Kylie Fischer scored a team-best five goals in the Mustangs’ 18-9 Section 1-2A victory over Oakland Catholic on May 3, 2023, at Plum High School’s Mustangs Stadium.
After strong regular season, Plum girls lacrosse carries journey into WPIAL playoffs
The WPIAL girls lacrosse committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to hash out the WPIAL playoff pairings and also release the brackets for both Class 3A and Class 2A.

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Senior pitcher Anna Cibik throws during a workout May 2, 2023, at Leechburg High School.
Leechburg softball team proud to uphold playoff streak
May 3, 2023
Anna Cibik found herself in an unfamiliar position last week.

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Burrell’s Allison Smola competes in the girls high jump during the WCCA championships	April 27 at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Top A-K Valley squads chase WPIAL team track titles
Rain and cold temperatures at the start of May prompted the WPIAL to make changes to the schedule of the Class 3A and Class 2A track and field team championships.

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North Allegheny’s Varun Kaveti elevates for a kill against Pine-Richland’s Junior Krahe on April 18, 2023, at North Allegheny High School.
With 2 weeks left, WPIAL boys volleyball teams jockey for positions in section, coaches rankings
May 1, 2023
Two weeks remain in the WPIAL boys volleyball regular season, and teams in Class 3A and Class 2A are gearing up for the stretch run to the postseason.

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Geoff Dutelle, St. Joseph girls basketball
New St. Joseph coaches excited to take over basketball programs
April 30, 2023
Geoff Dutelle and Logan Acri are ushering in new chapters for the St. Joseph basketball programs, and both got a chance last week to meet and talk with each other about what the future holds on and off the court.

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Victory over Derry helps bolster Gateway boys volleyball team’s resume
The Gateway boys volleyball team toppled Armstrong and Deer Lakes to open Section 2-2A play, but consecutive section setbacks to Latrobe and Mars left the Gators at .500 in section and seeking a return to the win column.

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Plum sophomore Gabrielle Layne runs the track during practice April 26, 2023, at Plum High School.
After strong freshman season, Plum’s Gabrielle Layne ready to take next step
April 29, 2023
Gabrielle Layne came within an eyelash of making the finals of the Class 3A girls 100-meter dash at last year’s WPIAL championships at Slippery Rock.

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Leechburg celebrates with Anna Cibik after her grand slam against Greensburg Central Catholic in last season’s WPIAL playoffs.
A-K Valley softball notebook: Leechburg extends streak to 36 playoff berths
April 28, 2023
Leechburg officially clinched its WPIAL-record 36th consecutive WPIAL playoff appearance with Thursday’s 7-5 Section 3-1A victory at Jeannette.

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Kiski Area distance runner Eliza Miller runs the third leg of the 3,200-meter relay against North Catholic on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Kiski Area High School.
A-K Valley athletes hope to contend for medals at WCCA track and field championships
April 26, 2023
With just three weeks remaining until the WPIAL track and field championships at Slippery Rock, Thursday’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships at Latrobe Memorial Stadium serves as somewhat of an opening salvo for Kiski Area, Burrell and Valley in the stretch run of the regular season.

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Barbara Halli, flanked by her sons John (left) and Bill, touches the granite bench dedicated to her late husband, William “Bill” Halli, during a ceremony Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Kiski Area High School. William Halli was the former track coach and athletic director of Kiski Area.
Kiski Area dedicates track to former coach William Halli
April 25, 2023
William “Bill” Halli and Richard Dilts are together again.

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Greensburg Central’s Macee Magill steals second base under Apollo-Ridge’s Cassidy Ryan on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Seton Hill.
Greensburg Central Catholic prevails over Apollo-Ridge in wild, weather-affected game
April 24, 2023
When the Apollo-Ridge and Greensburg Central Catholic softball teams met at Apollo-Ridge on April 5, it was a low-scoring Section 2-2A affair won by the Centurions.

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North Allegheny’s Jax Whilhite hits against Pine-Richland’s Matteo Rotelli Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at North Allegheny High School.
Seneca Valley vaults into top 10 as volleyball coaches association releases latest WPIAL boys rankings
Shaler remained at the top in Class 3A as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 6 rankings Monday morning.

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Gateway sophomores Zidaan Hassan and Adam Memije teamed to win the Section 1-3A doubles title April 19, 2023, at Franklin Regional High School.
Gateway boys tennis captures long-awaited section championship
April 23, 2023
The last time the Gateway boys tennis team captured a section title, Bill Clinton was ramping up his campaign to become President of the United States, Duke has just routed Michigan to win the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, and “Jump” by the hip-hop duo Kris Kross was moving up the charts.

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Gateway’s Dallas Steele works upfield during the Gators’ game against Allderdice Monday, April 17, 2023, at Gateway.
Gateway lacrosse eyes improvement, progress in 2nd half of season
The Gateway boys lacrosse team last made the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs in 2019.

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Riverview junior Jack Loughren warms up his arm before an indoor practice April 18, 2023, at 10th Street Elementary in Oakmont.
Back from injury, Jack Loughren helping Riverview baseball contend for section crown
April 22, 2023
It was a long road to recovery for Riverview junior Jack Loughren.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee celebrates with teammates after getting a strikeout against Freeport on Friday.
Maddie Kee’s perfect game helps Deer Lakes to 4-inning win vs. Freeport
April 21, 2023
The Deer Lakes softball team hoped to return to the win column against Freeport in a Section 1-3A game Friday and finish the bounceback from Tuesday’s eight-run setback to Class 5A power Armstrong.

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Deer Lakes junior Maddie Kee pitches during a Section 1-3A game against Valley on Friday.
New-look Deer Lakes softball team challenges itself
April 19, 2023
The Deer Lakes softball team lost four starters to graduation from last year’s team, which finished runner-up to Avonworth in WPIAL Class 3A and made it the PIAA quarterfinals before falling to Bald Eagle Area.

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Hempfield coach Greg Meisner on Friday night Oct. 30, 2009, at Latrobe Area High School.
A-K Valley greats Thrower, Meisner among next class for Western Chapter of Pa. Sports Hall of Fame
April 18, 2023
Alle-Kiski Valley athletic greats Greg Meisner and the late Willie Thrower are among a group of 10 who will be enshrined in the Robert “Tick” Cloherty Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Pittsburgh Sheraton Station Square.

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Plum freshman Riley Stephans struck out nine in a five-inning perfect game against Fox Chapel on Monday, April 17, 2023.
Plum freshman tosses 5-inning perfect game in win over Fox Chapel
April 17, 2023
The Plum softball team put up three runs in the top of the first inning of a Section 1-5A game Monday in cool, drizzly and sometimes breezy conditions at Fox Chapel.

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Hempfield’s Gunner Wheaton scores against Latrobe’s Josh Havrilla during their match on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at Greater Latrobe High School.
WPIAL boys volleyball teams settling into playoff positions and spots in coaches rankings
The WPIAL boys volleyball section schedule for Class 3A and Class 2A is at or is nearing its midway point, and teams are settling into or moving into playoff position.

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Gateway senior Arontay Heningcamp signs his National Letter of Intent to wrestle at Division II power Pitt-Johnstown during a ceremony on April 13 at Gateway High School.
Gateway’s Arontay Heningcamp ready to take next step in wrestling career
April 16, 2023
Shane Valko knows the Pitt-Johnstown wrestling program and its traditions inside and out.

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Gateway pitcher Taili Thompson throws against Franklin Regional on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
Gateway baseball team looks to bounce back in Section 1-5A
The Gateway baseball team got a daily double April 3 with some timely offense and strong pitching and defense in a 3-1 victory over Franklin Regional at the newly refurbished field at the Gateway Sports Complex.

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Plum’s Mackenzie Lang was hitting .550 through eight games in 2023.
Young Plum softball team battling through challenging early schedule
April 15, 2023
The Plum softball team found itself in a hole at Shaler in a Section 1-5A game April 12.

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Plum’s Jack Anderson celebrates his double against Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, in Harrison City.
Plum baseball looks to build momentum after narrow victory over Penn-Trafford
Last year, the Plum baseball team lost seven games.

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Seniors Tira Waksmonski (foreground) and Anna Bokulich combined for three hits and three RBIs on Friday, and Waksmonski collected her first varsity home run.
Deer Lakes softball bounces back with win over Valley
April 14, 2023
The Deer Lakes softball team got back in the win column Friday, two days after suffering its first loss of the season.

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Deer Lakes senior Aidan Herman warms up for practice with a jog on the track April 13, 2023, at Deer Lakes’ Lancers Stadium.
Deer Lakes runner Aidan Herman circles goals on track calendar
April 13, 2023
Aidan Herman has his track and field future in his sights.

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Moon’s Anthony Lounder and Winchester Thurston’s Austin He won WPIAL boys singles tennis championships Wednesday, April 12, 2023.
Moon senior Anthony Lounder, Winchester Thurston freshman Austin He take WPIAL tennis titles
April 12, 2023
A senior playing his third WPIAL tournament and a freshman making his WPIAL debut took home boys tennis singles championships Wednesday afternoon at Bethel Park High School.

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Valley senior Nick Bussard serves during warmups for a Section 1-2A match with Indiana on APril 10, 2023, on the courts at Valley High School. The Vikings won the match, 3-2, to take sole possession of first place in the section standings.
After strong start, Valley boys tennis chasing section championship
The Valley boys tennis team already has clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class 2A team playoffs, which are set to begin May 1.

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Burrell softball catcher Bella Stewart again forms a battery with senior pitcher Katie Armstrong.
Burrell softball team has high standards this season
April 10, 2023
Alanna Miller said the Burrell softball players, two weeks into the season, are not where they want to be.

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Mars’ Kyler Robinson digs a volley against Deer Lakes on Thursday, April 6, 2023, in West Deer.
Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association releases Week 4 WPIAL boys polls
Teams in both Class 3A and Class 2A continue to jockey for position as the WPIAL boys volleyball spring season continues in the first cycle of section play.

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Junior Kiki Pitts, at left, and senior Daniella Garner form a strong 1-2 punch in the hurdles for the Gateway girls track and field team.
Gateway’s Kiki Pitts, Daniella Gardner taking on hurdles together
April 9, 2023
Kiki Pitts and Daniella Gardner form a formidable 1-2 hurdles punch for the Gateway girls track and field team, and both hope to make an impact over the next several weeks leading up to the WPIAL Class 3A championship meet.

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Amberson Bauer displays the first-place ribbons in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs from the Igloo Invitational on April 1 at Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium.
Riverview’s Amberson Bauer shines at Igloo Invitational
April 8, 2023
It’s been quite a positive last couple of weeks for Riverview senior distance runner Amberson Bauer.

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Plum girls lacrosse team captains for the 2023 season are (from left) juniors Rayla Smith and Allie Venzani, senior Kylie Fischer and juniors Sophie Anderson and Charlee Wastchak.
Plum girls lacrosse building momentum after slow start
The Plum girls lacrosse team hopes to continue its upward trend this spring, a year after the program captured its first WPIAL playoff victory.

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Mark Adams, who spent five seasons as Southmoreland’s head coach, was hired to coach Valley’s football team.
Adams returns to Valley as football team’s new head coach
April 4, 2023
Valley has a new head football coach.

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Franklin Regional’s Carli Ramchandran deliers against Kiski Area on Monday, April 3, 2023.
Franklin Regional blanks Kiski Area in section opener
April 3, 2023
Franklin Regional pitcher Carli Ramchandran didn’t give up any hits through five innings of Monday’s Section 2-5A opener at Kiski Area.

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Latrobe’s Sam Kiesel (11) celebrates a kill with Ruben Rojas during their match against Hempfield on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Shaler, Latrobe hold on to top spots in WPIAL volleyball coaches rankings
Shaler and Latrobe maintained their spots at the top of the Class 3A and 2A boys volleyball rankings, respectively, as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 3 polls Monday.

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Gateway boys volleyball team captains (from left) senior Noah Passalinqua and juniors Ryan Hoffner and Jace Beam hope to help the Gators to a second straight section championship this season.
Expectations high for Gateway boys volleyball team following section title
April 2, 2023
The Gateway boys volleyball team accomplished big things last spring with the program’s first section title since 1986 and also getting to within an eyelash of making the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals.

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Gateway sophomores Zidaan Hassan, at left, at Adam Memije met to decide the Section 1-3A boys singles title March 29, 2023, at Franklin Regional. Memije defeated Hassan in three sets, 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-2.
After finishing 1-2 at singles tournament, Gateway tennis eyes section team title
Gateway ruled the bracket for the WPIAL Section 1-3A singles tournament last week at Franklin Regional High School.

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Plum senior Ian Mawhinney sets a ball during practice March 29, 2023, at Plum High School.
Plum boys volleyball ready for new challenge in Class 3A
The Plum volleyball team’s final Class 2A match last year was a close five-set contest against Thomas Jefferson in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.

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St. Joseph’s Julie Spinelli is the 2022-23 Valley News Dispatch girls basketball player of the year.
Valley News Dispatch girls basketball all-stars: St. Joseph’s Julie Spinelli sparks run to PIAA tournament
April 1, 2023
Here are the 2022-23 Valley News Dispatch girls basketball all-stars:

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Plum’s Gabrielle Layne practices sprinting March 30 at Plum.
Plum adds roster depth to track and field teams
Plum track and field coach Stephanie Kennedy saw a growth in numbers for both the boys and girls teams from last year to this spring, and the mix of veteran and new talent has her excited for what can be accomplished between now and the championship events in the latter half of next month.

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Valley softball sets tone early, brings home win over Highlands
March 28, 2023
Valley jumped on Highlands for three runs in the first inning of a nonsection softball game Tuesday.

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The North Allegheny girls swimming and diving team captured its second PIAA Class 3A team championship in three years Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Bucknell University.
Led by trio of divers, North Allegheny girls win program’s 8th team title at PIAA swim meet
March 18, 2023
LEWISBURG — The North Allegheny girls swimming and diving team had a distinct points advantage even before the swimming consolation and championship finals began Friday afternoon at the PIAA Class 3A championships Bucknell University.

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The Fox Chapel girls 400-yard freestyle relay of (from left) sophomore Sarah Pasquella and seniors Talia Bugel, Payton O’Toole and Sophie Shao won gold at the PIAA Class 3A championships Saturday.
Fox Chapel girls relay squad takes home silver at PIAA
LEWISBURG — Talia Bugel couldn’t contain her excitement after she and her Fox Chapel teammates finished the 400-yard freestyle relay final Saturday afternoon at the PIAA Class 3A championships at Bucknell.

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Penn-Trafford junior Patton Graziano and North Allegheny junior William Gao take their marks Saturday for the final of the PIAA Class 3A boys 100-yard backstroke.
Franklin Regional’s Thomas shines in PIAA 100 backstroke
LEWISBURG — With only eight-tenths of a second separating the No. 1 and No. 8 seeds in the championship final of the boys 100-yard backstroke Saturday evening at the PIAA Class 3A championships, predicting the final order of finish was a little more difficult than one might have originally thought.

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Fox Chapel’s Jackson Hagler and Seneca Valley’s Isaiah Clerkley and Jeremiah Laslavic earned medals at the PIAA Class 3A diving championships Saturday, March 18, 2023.
Seneca Valley’s Isaiah Clerkley takes silver as 3 from WPIAL earn PIAA diving medals
LEWISBURG — Isaiah Clerkley hit his sixth and final dive – an inward 1½ somersault pike with a 2.4 degree of difficulty – to move into first place in Saturday’s PIAA Class 3A boys championship meet at Bucknell University.

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North Allegheny junior William Gao is the top seed for Saturday evening’s Class 3A boys 100-yard backstroke at the PIAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.
WPIAL swimmers set for championship heats on 2nd day of PIAA Class 3A meet
LEWISBURG – WPIAL swimmers in Class 3A are gearing up for consolation and championships heats Saturday afternoon and evening on the final day of the PIAA state meet from Bucknell University.

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Franklin Regional’s Holden Thomas (backstroke), Aiden Bunker (breast), Ben Holm (butterfly) and Jason Tosh (freestyle) won the 200 medley relay at the PIAA Class 3A swimming championships Friday, March 17, 2023.
Franklin Regional relay sets school record, wins state title
March 17, 2023
The Franklin Regional boys 200-yard medley relay team had some unfinished business as it arrived at Bucknell for the first day of the PIAA Class 3A swimming championships.

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Franklin Regional’s Holden Thomas (backstroke), Aiden Bunker (breast), Ben Holm (butterfly) and Jason Tosh (freestyle) won the 200 medley relay at the PIAA Class 3A swimming championships Friday, March 17, 2023.
Franklin Regional boys relay team makes jump from 3rd at WPIALs to state gold
The Franklin Regional boys 200-yard medley relay team had some unfinished business as it arrived at Bucknell University for the first day of the PIAA Class 3A swimming championships.

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Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao
PIAA meet brings ups, downs for Fox Chapel standout Sophia Shao
Sophie Shao and the 100-yard butterfly go hand in hand.

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North Allegheny’s Christina Shi won her third gold medal at the PIAA Class 3A diving championships March 17, 2023, at Bucknell.
North Allegheny’s Christina Shi captures 3rd straight PIAA diving title
LEWISBURG — The WPIAL populated the medals podium Friday afternoon at the PIAA Class 3A girls diving championships as all four entries from the district earned medals.

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The PIAA Class 3A swimming championships take place March 17, 2023, at Bucknell.
WPIAL swimmers position themselves for finals at PIAA Class 3A championships
LEWISBURG — WPIAL swimmers are positioned for several championship finals swims on Day 1 at the PIAA Class 3A championships at Bucknell.

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Joseph Roth of Riverside and Ellwood City won gold in the boys 100-yard backstroke at the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships Thursday, March 16, 2023, at Bucknell University.
WPIAL swimmers rack up 14 gold medals at PIAA Class 2A meet
WPIAL swimmers didn’t slow down Thursday as the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships continued at Bucknell University.

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Mt. Pleasant swimmers celebrate their PIAA Class 2A title Thursday.
Mt. Pleasant girls swimmers finish off PIAA team championship in style
March 16, 2023
LEWISBURG — After receiving their PIAA Class 2A championship trophy Thursday at Bucknell, the coaches and swimmers of the Mt. Pleasant girls team jumped into the water to celebrate.

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Kiski Area’s Parker Sterlitz won the 500 free at the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Kiski Area athletes swim to glory at PIAA meet
Parker Sterlitz finished outside the top 16 in last year’s Class 3A boys 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA swim championships at Bucknell.

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Burrell starting pitcher Katie Armstrong threw every inning last season.
A-K Valley softball preview: Realignment freshens local matchups
To Katie Armstrong, it seems like just yesterday the Burrell softball team was making its run in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs en route to a 14-3 final record.

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Northgate’s Ryan Hartle, West Allegheny’s Caleb Gnoth and Blackhawk’s Brecken Finkbeiner won medals at the PIAA Class 2A diving championships Thursday, March 16, 2023.
WPIAL trio claims PIAA Class 2A boys diving medals
A trio from the WPIAL took their places on the medal podium at the conclusion of the PIAA Class 2A boys diving championship meet Thursday afternoon at Bucknell University.

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Mt. Pleasant swimmers (fourth from left) compete in the 400-yard freestyle relay prelims March 16, 2023, at the PIAA championships at Bucknell.
Mt. Pleasant’s Lily King breaks state record in 100 freestyle in PIAA Day 2 preliminaries
LEWISBURG — After a strong opening day of the PIAA swimming championships Wednesday, WPIAL Class 2A boys and girls swimmers returned to Bucknell on Thursday morning and carried the momentum into some top preliminary swims in the 100-yard freestyle, 500 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 free relay .

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Mapletown’s Ella Menear repeated as state champ in the 200-yard individual medley at the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Bucknell University.
WPIAL swimmers claim 7 state titles on 1st day of PIAA Class 2A swim championships
March 15, 2023
WPIAL swimmers had a banner day Wednesday to open the PIAA Class 2A championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

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Southmoreland’s Henry Miller won a pair of gold medals at the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Southmoreland’s Henry Miller rocks PIAA competition with pair of gold-medal swims
A perk of being the No. 1 seed for a PIAA swimming finals heat is getting to pick the walk-up music that is played while the eight finalists make their way to the starting blocks.

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Kiski Area senior Levi Hansen, senior Parker Sterlitz, sophomore Justin Tucker and sophomore Riley Yute took fourth in the 200 free relay at the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Freeport’s Kira Schrecongost, other A-K Valley swimmers face best, score medals at PIAA meet
Freeport sophomore Kira Schrecongost and South Park junior Katie Jackovic know the power of Bedford junior Leah Shackley.

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North Catholic’s Maggie Foley took second at the PIAA Class 2A diving championships Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
North Catholic’s Maggie Foley collects 3rd silver medal in PIAA Class 2A girls diving
North Catholic senior Maggie Foley had gold on her mind Wednesday afternoon at the PIAA Class 2A girls diving championships at Bucknell University.

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Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University will be buzzing Wednesday afternoon and evening for the PIAA Class 2A boys and girls consolation and championship finals.
                                Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University will be buzzing Wednesday afternoon and evening for the PIAA Class 2A boys and girls consolation and championship finals.
WPIAL swimmers earn No. 1 seeds for PIAA Class 2A finals
The WPIAL will be well represented Wednesday afternoon and evening in the championship finals at the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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Ford City’s head coach John Bartolovic celebrates as Ford City wins it’s first ever Class AA quarterfinal game against Burrell Oct. 14, 2014, at Deer Lakes High School.
Armstrong Sports Hall of Fame to welcome 12 new members
March 14, 2023
The Armstrong Sports Hall of Fame is back.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Sarajo Gardner takes fourth in the WPIAL Class 2A girls 100-yard backstroke during the WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship Friday, March 3, 2023 at Tress Pool.
Mt. Pleasant swimmers gearing up for medal haul at PIAA championships
Mt. Pleasant sophomore Lily King reigned supreme at the WPIAL swimming championships March 2 and 3 as a strong contingent of Westmoreland County and Alle-Kiski Valley Class 2A and Class 3A competitors made their marks at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Gateway sophomore Hunter Raymer finished third in the 500-yard freestyle at the WPIAL championship meet.
Gateway swimmers hope to finish season strong at PIAA championships
March 12, 2023
Members of the Gateway boys and girls swim teams are at Bucknell this week competing at the PIAA Class 3A and 2A championships, and they hope to build on strong individual and relay performances from the WPIAL meet at Pitt two weeks ago.

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Gateway softball coach Donny Holl speaks with his players at the close of practice March 8, 2023, at Gateway High School.
After tough season, Gateway softball seeks improvement in ’23
When the Gateway softball team faced Thomas Jefferson for the first of two Section 2-5A matchups last year, the Jaguars stung the young Gators, 15-0, in three innings.

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Early deficit too much for Highlands girls to overcome in 1st PIAA playoff game
March 11, 2023
The Highlands girls basketball team dug itself an early hole in a PIAA Class 4A first-round playoff game Saturday against District 6 champion Penn Cambria at Mt. Aloysius.

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Junior Jack Loughran mans second base during a Riverview baseball practice March 7 at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Experienced Riverview baseball team adjusts to Class 2A competition
The Riverview baseball team lost just two starters from last year’s WPIAL playoff qualifier.

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Plum senior Brady Dojonovic takes a lead off first base in a baserunning drill during practice March 8 at Plum High School.
Plum baseball preparing for promising season with Florida training trip
The Plum baseball team is in Florida this week for some practice time and game play under sunny skies and in temperatures expected to reach the upper 70s.

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Riverside Park near Riverview High School in Oakmont.
Riverview unable to field softball team this spring
March 10, 2023
Faced with roster numbers that would be far fewer than required, Riverview softball will not field a team at the varsity level this spring.

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Highlands’ Tyarah Woody (20) attempts a shot against North Catholic’s Ava Walker (24) in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, at Gateway High School.
A-K Valley PIAA basketball playoff capsules: Games for March 11, 2023
PIAA basketball playoffs

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Gateway senior Alyssa Fritz plays during a Unified Champion Schools Three Rivers Region bocce match against Ligonier Valley on Jan. 25 at Gateway High School.
Three Rivers Unified Bocce regional tournament set for Thursday at Geneva College
March 8, 2023
Ten high school Unified bocce teams will gather Thursday at Geneva College’s Metheny Fieldhouse for the Three Rivers Region playoffs.

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Foreign exchange students Augustina Gutierrez-Collado (Chile) and Camille Gigon (France) have grown this winter as members of the Highlands girls basketball team.
Exchange students from France, Chile savor Highlands girls basketball playoff run
Camille Gigon and Augustina Gutierrez-Collado became fast friends when they met in August and joined the Highlands girls volleyball team.

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Kiski Area’s Kyle Guido celebrates with Ethan Bombalski after scoring the winning goal against North Hills in their PIHL Class A playoff game on Monday, March 6, 2023, at RMU.
Kiski Area hockey beats North Hills in PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinals
March 6, 2023
The Kiski Area hockey team rallied twice against Avonworth last week to claim a PIHL Penguins Cup Class A first-round victory.

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The Allderdice girls fencing team hoists the championship trophy after claiming the Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association team title March 3, 2023, at Allderdice High School.
Shady Side Academy boys, Allderdice girls claim Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association team titles
A several-month long series of matches culminated last Friday in the Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association playoffs at Allderdice High School, and the Allderdice girls and Shady Side Academy boys claimed team championships.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lily King wins the WPIAL Class 2A girls 100-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Swimming Championship on March 3, 2023, at Pitt’s Tress Pool.
PIAA releases preliminary qualifiers for swimming and diving championships
March 5, 2023
The PIAA released the at-large (time) qualifiers Sunday afternoon for the Class 2A and Class 3A state swimming championships March 15-18, at Bucknell University.

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Plum’s Rayla Smith gets is fouled by Montour’s Jordyn Wolfe Wednesday, Feb.16, 2023 at Plum HIgh School.
Plum girls value experience in WPIAL basketball playoffs
Plum girls basketball coach Rich Mull said he knew his team had its work cut out for it when it took on No. 1 South Fayette in a WPIAL Class 5A first-round matchup Feb. 21.

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Gateway’s Kaleb Pryor drives past Woodland Hills’ Chaz Cobbs during WPIAL boys 5A first-round action Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 at Gateway High School.
Gateway boys turn attention to PIAA basketball playoffs
Kaleb Pryor still feels the sting of the Gateway boys basketball team’s loss to top-seeded Peters Township in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Feb. 25.

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Gateway senior Nate Demchak gets set to throw to first base during a workout March 1, 2023, at the Gateway Sports Complex.
Gateway hopes confidence carries over after strong performance in last year’s baseball playoffs
The Gateway baseball team entered last year’s WPIAL Class 5A playoffs as the 15th seed after tying for fourth place in Section 1 with McKeesport at 3-7.

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The Mt. Pleasant swimming team poses with the 2023 WPIAL 2A team championship trophy Friday at Trees Pool.
Mt. Pleasant girls repeat as WPIAL Class 2A swimming champions
March 3, 2023
The Mt. Pleasant girls swim team completed Friday what they started Thursday.

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The WPIAL Class 2A boys team championship trophy is awarded to Kiski Area on Friday at Trees Hall at University of Pittsburgh.
Kiski Area boys rally, win team title at WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships
The Kiski Area boys swim team trailed Indiana by 12 points heading into the 400-yard freestyle relay Friday at the WPIAL Class 2A championships.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Kiersten O’Connor swims in the WPIAL Class 2A 200-yard medley relay Thursday.
Mt. Pleasant girls put on clinic at WPIAL swim championships
March 2, 2023
The Mt. Pleasant girls swim team is halfway to back-to-back WPIAL Class 2A titles.

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Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao swims the backstroke leg of the WPIAL Class 3A girls 200-yard IM on Thursday.
Fox Chapel’s Shao keeps adding to WPIAL swimming medal count
Fox Chapel senior and Brown commit Sophie Shao had another big day at the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Freeports’ Isabella Barton and Kira Schrecongost swim at Fox Chapel Area High School pool Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Kiski Area, Freeport, Fox Chapel swimmers chasing gold at WPIAL championships
March 1, 2023
Title defenses, breakout performances and cheering crowds, oh my.

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North Catholic’s Ava Walker (left), Kaitlyn Tavella (right) and Tori Drevna (center) celebrate after Drevna scores on an and-one in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023 at Gateway High School.
North Catholic girls handle Highlands to earn another trip to WPIAL finals
February 28, 2023
There weren’t many secrets Tuesday at Gateway as section rivals North Catholic and Highlands met in a WPIAL Class 4A girls semifinal with a trip to Saturday’s championship game on the line.

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Lincoln Park’s Dontay Green and Highlands’ Bradyn Foster fight for a rebound during WPIAL Class 4A boys semifinal action Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff capsules: Games for March 1, 2023
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Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association playoffs set
The Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association concluded regular-season play Friday, and the final qualifiers and seeding for Friday’s league playoffs at Allderdice were determined.

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St. Joseph junior guard/forward Julie Spinelli surpassed 1,000 points for her varsity career during Monday’s WPIAL Class A semifinal against Union at North Allegheny High School. The milestone points came on a 3-pointer with about three minutes left in the first half. Spinelli scored a team-best 16 points, but the Spartans suffered a 55-40 loss to the No. 1 Scotties. St. Joseph will face Bishop Canevin on Wednesday in the third-place consolation.
Union girls take care of St. Joseph to earn 1st trip to WPIAL championship game
February 27, 2023
The St. Joseph girls basketball team took down the top seed in last year’s WPIAL Class A quarterfinals.

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Highlands’ Tyarah Woody grabs a rebound from Elizabeth Forward’s Alyssa Terza during WPIAL Class 4A girls quarterfinal action Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, at Moon Area High School.
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Apollo-Ridge coach Ray Bartha talks with Brinley Toland during a game against St. Joseph’s on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at Apollo-Ridge High School.
Ray Bartha retires after 579 wins as Apollo-Ridge girls basketball coach
February 26, 2023
Ray Bartha said he knew it was time.

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St. Joseph’s Julie Spinelli defends against Monessen’s Madison Johnson during their WPIAL playoff game Feb. 23, 2023, at Monessen.
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Gateway senior Ayva Harris swims the breaststroke in practice at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex.
Gateway’s Hunter Raymer ready to defend gold medal at WPIAL swimming championships
Gateway sophomore Hunter Raymer is the defending WPIAL Class 3A champion in the boys 500-yard freestyle.

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Riverview’s Nathan Sprajcar scores past Indiana’s Trevor Todd during the St. Joseph Holiday Tournament Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2022 at Walter Dlubak Athletic Center.
Narrow section losses proved costly for Riverview boys basketball
Riverview boys basketball coach Phil McGivney hoped to be involved in on-court playoff activities instead of recalling what could’ve been from the regular season.

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Sophomore Giulianna Ricciuti swims the backstroke in practice on Feb. 22 at Plum High School.
Plum swimmers ready to contend at WPIAL championship meet
The Plum girls swim team will be taking one of its largest groups to the WPIAL Class 3A championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Oakland Catholic senior guard Alex Washington, a Monroeville resident, led the Eagles with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, in a 53-16 WPIAL Class 5A first-round win over Kiski Area on Feb. 21, 2023, at Fox Chapel High School.
Oakland Catholic’s Alexa Washington aims to cap high school career on high note
Alexa Washington felt a tinge of emotion rise to the surface last week when talking about the inevitable conclusion of her high school basketball career levied against the excitement of her Oakland Catholic team’s opportunities in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Fox Chapel senior Lawrence Liu, left, and Allderdice sophomore Jacob Burgos compete during their teams’ Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association match Feb. 10 at Allderdice High School.
Fencing develops into tight-knit community for high school athletes
February 25, 2023
Sophomore Jake Burgos scored a big victory in the Allderdice boys fencing team’s 5-4 victory over rival Fox Chapel on Feb. 10 at Allderdice High School.

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Highlands’ Jocelyn Bielak celebrates with Katelyn Myers after Myers hit a 3-pointer against Elizabeth Forward in the fourth quarter during a WPIAL Class 4A girls quarterfinal Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, at Moon Area High School.
Highlands girls beat Elizabeth Forward, clinch program’s 1st PIAA spot
February 24, 2023
The Elizabeth Forward girls basketball team averaged 60.5 points during the regular season en route to a Section 3 title, 17 victories and the No. 3 seed for the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst brings the ball up the floor against Hampton in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023.
Highlands boys make good on third shot at Hampton, advance to semifinals
February 23, 2023
The third time was the charm for the Highlands boys basketball team.

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Kalleigh Nerone and Highlands are in the WPIAL quarterfinals for the second year in a row. The Golden Rams face Elizabeth Forward on Friday.
A-K Valley basketball playoff capsules: Games for Feb. 24, 2023
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St. Joseph coach Dennis Jones talks to his team between the third and fourth quarters of a nonsection game against Aquinas Academy on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Walter Dlubak Athletic Center. Aquinas topped the Spartans, 45-32.
St. Joseph coach Dennis Jones continues recovery from series of medical issues as team reaches quarterfinals
February 22, 2023
Dennis Jones watched St. Joseph girls basketball’s first-round playoff victory over Geibel on the team’s Hudl account.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst is fouled by Elizabeth Forward’s Andrew Cook during WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball first-round action Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, at Highlands High School.
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Kiski Area graduate Ben Fiore, at left, has been hired as the new Kiski Area boys soccer coach.
Kiski Area grad Ben Fiore to lead boys soccer team at alma mater
Ben Fiore is coming home.

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Oakland Catholic’s Alexa Washington handles the ball during a 2021 game against North Allegheny.
Oakland Catholic firing on all cylinders in Class 5A first-round win over Kiski Area
February 21, 2023
Senior-laden Oakland Catholic didn’t waste any time in taking control of its WPIAL girls basketball Class 5A first-round game against Kiski Area on Tuesday at Fox Chapel.

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St. Joseph’s girls storm to dominant first-round victory over Geibel
February 20, 2023
Junior Julie Spinelli hit a 3-pointer for St. Joseph just 14 seconds into Monday’s WPIAL Class A first-round girls basketball game with Geibel Catholic at St. Joseph’s Walter Dlubak Athletic Center.

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Pascale Olczak (right) and the Plum girls face Class 5A top seed South Fayette tonight.
A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff capsules: Games for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023
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Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association regular season concludes Friday
The Fox Chapel boys fencing team scored two wins during Friday’s Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association matches at Allderdice High School, and the Foxes moved into a second-place tie with Peters Township and Shady Side Academy.

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Freeport’s Melaina DeZort brings the ball upcourt during a game against Fox Chapel on Dec. 3, 2022, at Freeport.
Cager Classic all-star festivities return, scheduled for March 23-25
February 19, 2023
The WPIAL boys and girls basketball playoffs are in full swing, but officials with the Cager Classic have been planning ahead for when the postseason concludes.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson (5) denies a pass attempt from Shady Side’s Eli Teslovich (3) during the fourth quarter of the team’s loss to Shady Side Academy on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at Shady Side Academy.
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Gateway bowlers earn trip to regional championships
The youthful Gateway boys bowling team collected 2,561 pins through three games and finished 15th out of 24 teams at the WPIBL boys team championship tournament Feb. 15, at Sims Lanes in Beaver Falls.

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No. 11 Mohawk upsets No. 6 Apollo-Ridge in 1st round, gets rematch with Neshannock
February 18, 2023
The Mohawk girls basketball team had a long ride home from Apollo-Ridge after a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game Saturday afternoon.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Sydney McCray drives to the basket against Mt. Pleasant on Monday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Apollo-Ridge High School.
A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules for games of Feb. 18, 2023
February 17, 2023
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Plum’s Megan Marston is fouled by Montour’s Sterling McCleaster on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2023, at Plum High School.
Plum girls oust Montour in preliminary round, advance to face No. 1 South Fayette
February 16, 2023
Before the Plum girls basketball team could focus on No. 1, it had to make sure it took care of business against No. 17.

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Highlands’ Ava Nitowski drives past Knoch’s Hattie McGraw Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 at Knoch High School.
Senior grabs starting spot, makes impact in paint for Highlands girls
February 15, 2023
Ava Nitowski scored 14 points and added 11 rebounds Jan. 4 as the Highlands girls basketball team topped rival Freeport by 11.

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Plum’s Pascale Olczak celebrates after defeating Franklin Regional, 40-38, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Murrysville.
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Former Mars football coach Scott Heinauer argues a call during a 2018 game against Penn Hills.
Plum hires former Mars football coach, athletic director Scott Heinauer as interim AD
February 14, 2023
The Plum School Board on Tuesday appointed former Mars athletic director and football coach Scott Heinauer as interim athletic director and coordinator of student activities.

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Freeport Area’s Kira Schrecongost swims at the Fox Chapel Area High School pool Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Freeport Area swimmers in good position to make waves at WPIALs
The Freeport Area girls swim team earned a fifth-place finish at last year’s WPIAL Class 2A championship meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Bryce Robson and his Deer Lakes teammates will play Ellwood City in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Handful of A-K Valley basketball teams get No. 5 seeds in WPIALs
February 13, 2023
The WPIAL boys and girls basketball “second season” now is set as the 12 brackets were revealed Monday afternoon.

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Allderdice teams, Shady Side girls wrap up spots for high school fencing league playoffs
The Shady Side Academy and Allderdice girls and the Allderdice boys all clinched playoff spots as the Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing League hosted matches Friday at Allderdice High School.

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Plum’s Megan Marston drives against Franklin Regional’s Brooke Schirmer in December.
Plum girls basketball team excited to earn playoff spot
February 12, 2023
It was quite the roller-coaster final week of section play for the Plum girls basketball team.

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Gateway boys basketball coach Alvis Rogers makes a substitution of Tra Williams (3) during the first half of Gateway’s loss to Penn Hills Jan. 24.
With section championship behind them, Gateway boys eye WPIAL playoff goals
The Gateway boys basketball team again is a section champion, claiming its first such crown since 2017.

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Players and coaches from the Gateway boys basketball 2011 and 2012 WPIAL Quad-A championship teams reunited and were honored during Gateway’s game with Kiski Area on Feb. 3, 2023, at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex. From left, are Marvin Wright, Tony Maniccia, Henry York, Devon Cottrell, DJ Boyce, Devantae Butler, Shamari Thomas, Tommy Kromka, Nick Paolino and Verne Benson.
Gateway basketball alumni gather to celebrate WPIAL championship victories
The Gateway boys basketball program made it to the WPIAL Quad-A championship game three straight seasons from 2010-12 and won back-to-back titles in the final two years under the tutelage of the late Mitch Adams.

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Plum junior Antonino Walker controls Kiski Area’s Mark Gray during a match Jan. 18, 2023, at Kiski Area High School.
Recovered from neck injury, Plum’s Antonino Walker ready to make run at postseason medals
February 11, 2023
Plum junior Antonino Walker won 11 of his first 12 wrestling matches this season and hoped to add to it when the Mustangs competed at Saturday’s Pine-Richland Duals.

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Riverview girls make 6th straight playoff appearance
The Riverview girls basketball team is in the WPIAL playoffs for the sixth year in a row and for the 13th time in 14 seasons.

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League leaders to meet in Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association action
February 10, 2023
The Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association is just three weeks away from the playoffs, and teams in the boys and girls divisions are gearing up for the stretch run.

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Burrell’s Jules Fisher scores against Deer Lakes’ on Thursday.
Burrell girls down Deer Lakes, earn section’s final playoff spot
February 9, 2023
In game that was winner-takes-all, the Burrell girls basketball team stood tall.

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Kiski’s Lexi Colaianni shoots a 3-pointer against Mars on Dec. 15, 2022.
Kiski Area girls come together to end playoff drought
February 8, 2023
The last time the Kiski Area girls basketball team earned a spot in the WPIAL playoffs was the 2011-12 season when it went 16-7 overall and finished 8-4 in section play.

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Plum junior Mareana Pilyih eyes up an approach during warmups before a match with Gateway at New Great Valley Lanes in North Versailles.
WPIBL releases qualifiers for team, singles championship tournaments
February 7, 2023
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League’s regular season wrapped up Feb. 1, and after examining all of the scores, stats, averages and records, the league has released who will be competing in the team and singles championships over the next two weeks.

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Gateway’s Anez Jordan (7) is up-ended after a short completion against Upper St. Clair on Nov. 4, 2022, at Gateway.
Gateway seniors sign on to continue football careers
February 5, 2023
Leonard Sherrod, Racari El, Anez Jordan and Malachi Moore shared in the celebration of senior football teammates Matt Brooks and Dallas Harper when they finalized their decisions to attend Division I Duquesne and Youngstown State, respectively, on the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period in December.

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The Burgettstown wrestling team celebrates after defeating Burrell to claim the WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling title Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Burgettstown wrestlers get vengeance, win WPIAL team title
February 4, 2023
Burrell had gotten the better of Burgettstown four times in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs over the past decade.

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Plum seniors Kaden Thomas, at left, and Eryck Moore-Watkins finalized their decisions to join the football teams at Edinboro and Slippery Rock, respectively, during the first day of the National Letter of Intent regular signing period on Feb. 1, 2023, at Plum High School.
Plum’s Moore-Watkins, Thomas sign on to continue football careers
Needing 151 yards to become Plum’s all-time leader in career rushing yards, senior tailback Eryck Moore-Watkins exploded in the 2022 season finale against Indiana.

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Plum’s Zach Miller (62) celebrates his hat trick goal with Nick Majors during their game against Fox Chapel in October at Alpha Ice Arena in Harmar.
After battling injuries, Plum’s Miller relishes chance to finish high school career on the ice
Zach Miller hasn’t taken lightly the opportunity to suit up this year for the Plum varsity ice hockey team.

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Burrell’s Luke Boylan earns a 4-0 decision over Laurel’s Chase Tinstman in the 215-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A team quarterfinals Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at Burrell High School.
Burrell wrestling seeks revenge against Quaker Valley in WPIAL semifinals
February 3, 2023
The last time the Burrell wrestling team didn’t make it to at least the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals was in 2000.

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Burrell’s Cam Martin beats Laurel’s Ryan Dimuccio in the 189-pound bout during the WPIAL team wrestling quarterfinals Tuesday.
Burrell wrestlers open WPIAL team tourney with 2 victories
February 1, 2023
The WPIAL wrestling pairings committee slotted Burrell as the No. 3 seed for the WPIAL Class 2A tournament.

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Freeport coach Fred Soilis talks with Melaina DeZort during a game against Fox Chapel in December.
A-K Valley girls basketball teams jockeying for playoff position
It is crunch time with one week left in section play, and several girls basketball teams in the Alle-Kiski Valley have either safely secured their spot in one of the six WPIAL tournaments or are fighting to join the party over their final section games.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson celebrates after scoring against Burrell in the fourth quarter Tuesday.
Deer Lakes boys avenge earlier loss to Burrell
January 31, 2023
When the Burrell and Deer Lakes boys basketball teams met Jan. 6, neither escaped the 40s as the Bucs held on for a one-point victory in overtime.

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Highlands’ Kalleigh Nerone scores against Freeport last season.
Highlands girls pull away from Freeport, clinch spot in playoffs
January 30, 2023
The Highlands girls basketball team knew a victory over rival Freeport in Monday’s Section 1-4A matchup would give it an official berth to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Allderdice’s Abby Walsh makes an attack against Faith Kellogg from Pine-Richland during a match Jan. 27, 2023, at Peters Township High School.
Allderdice girls remain undefeated in Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association competition
The Allderdice girls fencing team remained undefeated in Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association meets with a pair of wins last Friday during competition at Peters Township.

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Gateway senior Arontay Heningcamp, at left, works with sophomore Luke Pawlowski during a practice Nov. 30 2022, at Gateway High School.
After medal-worthy performance at Allegheny County tournament, Gateway’s Heningcamp focused on postseason
January 29, 2023
Last year, Arontay Heningcamp fell short in his bid to claim a medal at the Allegheny County tournament.

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Gateway’s Marshall Schmidt competes against Ligonier Valley during a bocce match Jan. 25, 2023, at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex.
Gateway’s 1st-year unified bocce program providing ‘positive, uplifting’ experience
Gateway athletic director Don Holl first saw what a unified bocce program was all about while at Seneca Valley, and he felt it would be something to consider at Gateway.

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Riverview sophomore Anthony Tigano is a member of the 2022-23 wrestling team.
Riverview’s Anthony Tigano displays improvement with medal at Allegheny County tournament
January 28, 2023
With a medal on the line at the Allegheny County tournament Jan. 21 at Fox Chapel, Riverview sophomore Anthony Tigano got the job done.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst scores over Hampton’s Robert Coll on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, at Hampton High School.
Hampton boys earn season sweep of Highlands in key section matchup
January 27, 2023
The Highlands boys basketball team scored 23 points in the first half of Friday’s clash with Hampton, a matchup of the top two teams in Section 1-4A.

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Freeport pitcher Sydney Selker delivers against Highlands on Friday, April 22, 2022, at Highlands High School.
Freeport ace wastes no time in committing to St. Francis (Pa.)
Sydney Selker has two more softball seasons to play at Freeport, but the Yellowjackets standout also is looking further down the road at an opportunity she’s wanted for a long time.

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Kiski Area junior Eliza Miller is the top seed for both the girls 500-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke for Saturday’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association meet at Derry.
Kiski Area, Burrell swimmers, divers excited to leave mark at WCCA meet
January 26, 2023
Ten records fell at last year’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming championships at Derry.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Sydney McCray drives to the basket against Mt. Pleasant earlier this season.
Apollo-Ridge girls look forward to rematch with Shady Side Academy
January 25, 2023
Sydney McCray feels that the Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team didn’t show its best in the first meeting with highly ranked Shady Side Academy on Jan. 2.

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Plum’s Megan Marston watches her shot over Franklin Regional’s Brooke Schirmer during their game on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Murrysville.
A-K Valley girls basketball notebook: Plum closes in on return to WPIAL playoffs
Plum’s girls basketball team has been on a roller-coaster ride throughout the 2022-23 season as it seeks to return to the WPIAL playoffs after missing out a year ago.

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Taylor Allderdice’s Jake Burgos (left) fences against Winchester Thurston’s Brett Leeper.
Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association teams busy with regular-season matches
January 24, 2023
The Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association is nearing the heart of its 2023 season, and competitions continued this past weekend at the Corsair Fencing Club in Etna.

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Highlands’ Ava Nitowski drives past Knoch’s Hattie McGraw on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at Knoch High School.
Knoch girls avenge earlier loss to Highlands as Shaw scores 22
January 23, 2023
When the Highlands and Knoch girls basketball teams met at Highlands on Dec. 19, the Golden Rams prevailed by 10.

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Plum junior Sarah Kvortek won the all-around gold medal in the Gold division at the PA Classsic high school state championship meet Feb. 19, 2022, at Moon High School.
Plum gymnast Sarah Kvortek suffers season-ending foot injury
Plum senior Sarah Kvortek hoped for one final solid performance at the WPIAL individual gymnastics championships Feb. 11 to close out her high school career.

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Gateway’s Morgan Holmes is a Bloomsburg recruit.
Gateway swimmers eye WPIAL cut times as season kicks into high gear
January 22, 2023
Gateway swimming and diving coach Glenn Raymer said his boys and girls teams jumped into a busy January ready to work and compete after a challenging series of practices between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Plum’s Giuliana Ricciuti competes in the girls 100-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships Friday, March 4, 2022, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Plum swimmers seeing results after ‘intense holiday training’
January 21, 2023
Plum swim coach Shawn Haupt chuckled when he talked recently about the vibe among the boys and girls team members as some “moaning and groaning” with a lot of tiredness from some heavy-duty practice sessions.

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Plum’s Sarah Kvortek won the PA Classic all-around title in 2022.
Plum gymnast Sarah Kvortek ups degree of difficulty in quest for more success
Sarah Kvortek smiles when she thinks back to last year’s PA Classic state title in the all-around at Moon High School.

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North Catholic’s Anna Waskiewicz scores past Highlands’ Ava Nitowski in the second half Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at Norwin High School.
North Catholic girls rally to sink Highlands in key section matchup
January 19, 2023
North Catholic girls basketball coach Molly Rottman knew Thursday’s rematch between her Trojanettes and host Highlands would not be as one-sided as the first Section 1-4A meeting Dec. 15 when North Catholic won by 28 points.

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Freeport’s Morgan Croney brings the ball upcourt during a game against Fox Chapel on Dec. 3, 2022, at Freeport.
Freeport girls basketball team working to make playoffs without injured senior Soilis
January 18, 2023
The Freeport girls basketball team has made the WPIAL playoffs six years in a row. But the Yellowjackets have some work to do to make it seven straight.

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Deer Lakes senior Michael Butler
Deer Lakes boys beat Shady Side Academy in final seconds
January 17, 2023
Round 1 goes to Deer Lakes.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Sophia Yard drives to the basket past Mt. Pleasant’s Riley Gesinski during their game on Monday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Apollo-Ridge High School.
Apollo-Ridge girls hold serve with win over Mt. Pleasant
January 16, 2023
The Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team protected sole possession of second place in Section 3-3A and also defended its home court Monday evening with a 60-40 victory over Mt. Pleasant.

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Gateway senior Mea Johnson works to the basket against fellow senior Marina Grado during a practice Jan. 11, 2023, at Gateway High School.
Gateway girls look to bounce back after narrow section losses
January 15, 2023
The Gateway girls basketball team started 0-4 in Section 1-5A play, but it was in position to turn some of those games into victories rather than the setbacks they experienced.

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Plum’s Andrew Claassen wrestles Ligonier Valley’s Jesse Turner at 189 pounds on Dec. 10, 2022.
Plum wrestlers look forward to Allegheny County tournament
January 14, 2023
Last year, the Plum wrestling team took home 10 place medals and a third-place team finish from the Allegheny County tournament at Fox Chapel.

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Plum girls hold off furious Kiski Area rally to win
January 12, 2023
With 3 minutes, 41 seconds left in Thursday’s Section 1-5A girls basketball game at Plum, the host Mustangs held a 15-point lead on Kiski Area and hoped to put the game on ice.

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Riverview’s Nathan Sprajcar scores past Indiana’s Trevor Todd during the Saint Joseph Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2022, at Walter Dlubak Athletic Center.
Riverview boys find winning formula with balanced scoring effort
The Riverview boys basketball team collected just six wins all of last season and was unable to secure a spot in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.

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St. Joseph’s Julie Spinelli is averaging 19.9 points this season.
St. Joseph’s Julie Spinelli doing a little bit of everything
January 11, 2023
Julie Spinelli wants to win basketball games.

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Freeport’s Ava Soilis (right) is averaging 9.8 points this season.
A-K Valley girls basketball notebook: Status uncertain for Freeport’s Ava Soilis
Freeport senior guard Ava Soilis missed her team’s 55-36 nonsection victory over Riverview last Saturday after suffering a knee injury while battling for a rebound against Section 1-4A rival Highlands two days earlier.

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Kiski Area senior Bella DeVito and freshman Ava Golding have worked to help build the school’s still-young girls wrestling program.
Freshman, senior leading charge for Kiski Area girls wrestling
January 9, 2023
It was an all-Kiski Area final in the 126-pound bracket at the high school girls Powerade Tournament on Dec. 28 at Canon-McMillan High School.

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Gateway seniors Matt Brooks (Duquesne), at left, and Dallas Harper (Youngstown State) signed Division I National Letters of Intent on Dec. 21 at Gateway High School. With Brooks and Harper is Gateway football coach and athletic director Don Holl.
Gateway’s Matt Brooks, Dallas Harper look forward to future in football
January 8, 2023
Matt Brooks didn’t wait around for his college experience to begin.

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The installation of artificial field turf and other changes have been made to the baseball and softball fields at Gateway High School.
Renovations moving quickly for Gateway’s state-of-the-art baseball, softball fields
Two weeks ago, outfield walls similar to what is seen at PNC Park were installed on the baseball and softball fields at Gateway High School.

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Highlands’ Shelby Wojcik is a member of the 2022-23 girls basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Highlands’ Shelby Wojcik, Kiski Area’s Isaiah Gonzalez
January 7, 2023
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Plum’s Saphia Davis wrestles during a match against Fox Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, at Plum High School.
Plum’s girls wrestling team shows improvement in early-season matches
The Plum School District sanctioned girls wrestling in June — the 47th district to do so in Pennsylvania — and since then, the program has made significant strides. Its wrestlers, coach Dave Miller said, are making progress both in the practice room and on the competition mat.

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Plum’s Megan Marston watches her shot over Franklin Regional’s Brooke Schirmer during their game on Dec. 19 in Murrysville.
Plum basketball finding its way
Rich Mull saw ups and downs from a youthful Plum girls basketball team in his first season as head coach last year.

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Franklin Regional’s Colin Masten scores against Kiski Area on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional keeps Kiski Area in check, leans on Rowell in 4th to pull out win
January 6, 2023
Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Jesse Reed said Friday’s Section 3-5A home contest with Kiski Area wasn’t the prettiest of performances from his team, but he was pleased the Panthers were able to produce a 43-36 victory over the Cavaliers.

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3 players score in double digits as Highlands girls hold off Freeport for 3rd straight win
January 5, 2023
The Highlands girls basketball team went three for three Thursday in a Section 1-4A matchup at Freeport.

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Junior Megan Marston leads Plum by averaging about 17 points.
Young Plum girls team might be finding way in new year
January 4, 2023
Rich Mull saw ups and downs from a youthful Plum girls basketball team in his first season as coach last year.

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Shady Side Academy’s Jonna Burke celebrates her 500th career coaching victory with her team Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.
Shady Side Academy coach Jonna Burke hits 500 career wins with victory over Apollo-Ridge
January 3, 2023
Not too often do opposing basketball coaches combine to own nearly 1,100 career victories.

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The Freeport girls volleyball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating York Catholic in the PIAA Class 2A final Nov. 19 at Cumberland Valley.
Alle-Kiski Valley’s top 10 sports stories of 2022
December 31, 2022
The year 2022 will long be remembered for many monumental happenings, from A-K Valley athletes’ accomplishments to championship performances and teams bringing home gold at the district, regional and state levels.

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The St. Joseph girls basketball team poses with the trophy after winning its holiday tournament Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022.
Julie Spinelli sparks St. Joseph girls to statement win over Freeport
December 28, 2022
There’s something about playing Freeport that sparks St. Joseph junior Julie Spinelli.

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Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace
Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace, Apollo-Ridge’s Nick Curci carry A-K Valley flag on signing day
December 21, 2022
Braylan Lovelace and Nick Curci may be headed to different colleges, but the two Alle-Kiski Valley football standouts on Wednesday shared a similar celebratory atmosphere.

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Highlands’ Kalleigh Nerone pulls down a rebound past Kiski Area’s Cora Coleman during a Dec. 8 game at Highlands High School.
Win over nemesis Knoch gives Highlands girls basketball team shot of confidence
December 20, 2022
The Highlands girls basketball team was back at it in practice Tuesday afternoon, one day after a big Section 1-4A victory over Knoch and one day before a nonsection clash with undefeated Armstrong.

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Plum’s Pascale Olczak celebrates after defeating Franklin Regional, 40-38, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Murrysville.
Second-half surge powers Plum girls past Franklin Regional
December 19, 2022
With 2 minutes, 2 seconds left in the third quarter Monday night, the Franklin Regional girls basketball team held a three-point lead over Section 1-5A rival Plum and hoped to extend its advantage.

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Gateway JV hockey team shattering expectations
December 18, 2022
The Gateway junior varsity hockey team registered eight points in 15 regular-season games last year.

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Gateway’s MJ Stevenson smiles during practice last season.
Gateway boys basketball has date with Laurel Highlands circled on calendar
The Laurel Highlands boys basketball team won its second WPIAL Class 5A title in three years last season and had high hopes for a run in the PIAA tournament.

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Plum junior Mareana Pilyih eyes up an approach during warmups before a match with Gateway at New Great Valley Lanes in North Versailles
Big things ahead for Plum bowling team
Mareana Pilyih stands head and shoulders above the girls East section in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League after four games.

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Freeport’s Jacksen Reiser takes out Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin during WPIAL Class 3A semifinal action Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Gateway High School.
2022 Valley News Dispatch Defensive Player of the Year: Freeport’s Jacksen Reiser
December 17, 2022
Jacksen Reiser was focused on making the most of his senior season with the Freeport football team.

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Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace stretches the ball into the end zone ahead of Clairton’s Taris Wooding in the fourth quarter Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 at Neil C. Brown Stadium.
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Here’s a look at the Valley News Dispatch’s 2022 football all-stars:

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Mars’ Olivia Donnelly (left) celebrates with Vita Vargo after defeating Kiski on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Furious fourth-quarter rally lifts Mars girls past Kiski Area
December 15, 2022
With 5 minutes, 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s nonsection girls basketball game between Kiski Area and Mars, the Cavaliers led by nine and had designs on putting the game away.

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Burrell head coach Josh Shields talks with his team during practice last month at Kiski Area High School.
Class 2A Burrell values longstanding wrestling rivalry with 3A Kiski Area
December 13, 2022
The Burrell wrestling team last beat neighboring rival Kiski Area in 2011.

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Fox Chapel’s Isabella Barbour scores past Plum’s Camryn Rogers during their game on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, at Plum.
Fox Chapel girls add to win streak, hand Plum its first loss
December 12, 2022
The Fox Chapel girls basketball team lost its season opener, falling by seven to Highlands at the Freeport Tip-Off on Dec. 2.

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Juniors Josie Russo (left) and Grace Beach are all smiles as they hold Freeport’s PIAA Class 2A championship trophy shortly after the Yellowjackets’ title victory over District 3 champion York Catholic on Nov. 19<ins>, 2022,</ins> at Cumberland Valley High School.
Freeport girls volleyball players go from young fans to state champions
At a gathering at Freeport Middle School shortly after the Yellowjackets girls volleyball team captured the 2017 PIAA Class 2A championship, then-sixth graders Josie Russo and Grace Beach posed for photos holding the title trophy.

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Junior Alex Keeling-Oliver is the captain of the Gateway boys bowling team for the 2022-23 season. He represented the Gators at both the WPIBL and Western Regional singles tournaments last year.
Alex Keeling-Oliver leads Gateway bowlers into 2022 season
December 11, 2022
Alex Keeling-Oliver finished seventh in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League’s East section last year with a 184.03 average with a high game of 242 and a top series of 644.

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Plum’s Sam Snyder (top) and Rylen Campbell work on a drill during practice at Plum High School.
3 Plum wrestlers claim Eastern Area titles
Plum wrestling coach Mike Supak said the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 2 and 3 at Gateway was a strong first step for his young but experienced group.

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Plum senior Nina Ricciuti cuts through the water during pratice. Ricciuti, along with sophomore Giuliana Ricciuti and junior Reese Schollaert return from last year’s 200-yard medley relay which earned an eighth-place medal at the WPIAL Class 3A championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Plum girls swim team boasts talent, depth
Plum swim coach Shawn Haupt looks up and down his girls roster and is excited for what could transpire throughout the 2022-23 season.

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Kiski Area’s Sydney Joyce is one of four Cavaliers who will play in the inaugural We Serve First All-Star Classic girls volleyball event this weekend.
Inaugural We Serve First all-star event is ‘celebration of volleyball’
December 8, 2022
You can’t fault Sydney Joyce if she gets a little emotional or is overcome with nostalgia when she takes the court Friday and Saturday as part of the inaugural We Serve First All-Star Classic girls volleyball event at Kiski Area High School.

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Freeport’s Kira Schrecongost competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships March 3 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Freeport sophomore headlines swim season in A-K Valley
December 7, 2022
Freeport’s Kira Schrecongost didn’t let the bright lights and pressurized atmosphere of the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships get to her last year as swam to gold in the 100-yard butterfly and second in the 200 individual medley as a freshman at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman sets up a score during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Garnet Valley on Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
WPIAL well represented on PVCA all-state girls volleyball teams
December 6, 2022
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association recognized the top players from each of the four girls volleyball classifications Tuesday with the release of the all-state selections.

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St. Joseph coach Dennis Jones talks to his team between the third and fourth quarters of a nonsection game against Aquinas Academy on Monday at St. Joseph’s Walter Dlubak Athletic Center. Aquinas topped the Spartans, 45-32.
Aquinas Academy tops St. Joseph, makes early statement in Class A girls basketball
December 5, 2022
The St. Joseph girls basketball team hoped to build on Friday’s victory over Class 4A Belle Vernon at the Play 4 Mae Tournament at Woodland Hills as it hosted Aquinas Academy on Monday in an early season clash of top five Class A teams.

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Gateway senior Arontay Heningcamp, at left, works with sophomore Luke Pawlowski during a practice Nov. 30 2022, at Gateway High School.
Gateway wrestlers aim for postseason success
December 4, 2022
Arontay Heningcamp broke out last year for the Gateway wrestling team.

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Gateway sophomore Hunter Raymer cuts through the water during a practice Nov. 30, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Gateway’s Hunter Raymer ready to defend WPIAL swimming title
Hunter Raymer entered his high school freshman season last December already experienced in a number of high-level club swim meets.

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Hanes heads the ball in front of Harbor Creek defenders during their PIAA Class 2A state playoff game on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in West Deer.
Deer Lakes’ Ryan Hanes named 2022 Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
December 3, 2022
Postseason honors have been piling up for Deer Lakes senior Ryan Hanes.

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Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger works against Moon’s Lillian Snyder during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Nov. 1, 2022, at Gateway.
Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger named 2022 Valley News Dispatch Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Kaitlyn Killinger works with a girl in her neighborhood, a member of the Plum youth soccer program, on several aspects of the game.

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Plum’s Pascale Olczak (right) fights for a rebound against Freeport’s Melanie DeZort (left) and Gracenta Pugleese on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at Freeport Middle School.
Freshman Stephens banks in 3-pointer at buzzer to lift Plum girls to win over Freeport
December 2, 2022
The bank was open late for Riley Stephens, and the Plum freshman made a deposit she won’t soon forget.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst works against Penn Hills’ Noah Barren during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, at Penn Hills High School.
Starting 5: A primer for high school hoops season in the A-K Valley
December 1, 2022
The WPIAL basketball season opens Friday. Here are some of the top players, teams and storylines to watch this winter in the A-K Valley.

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Plum’s Annabel Arhin works against Moon’s Gabby Larson during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Peters Twp.
After 4 years of success, Plum senior soccer players cap careers in PIAA playoffs
November 20, 2022
Only one team had scored a goal against the Moon girls soccer team before the Tigers faced Plum in a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal Nov. 12 at Peters Township’s Confluence Financial Partners Stadium.

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A plaque honoring Gateway Hockey’s 36 coaches over its 50-year history is presented to Gateway School District during the alumni golf outing in August. From left, are Sean Biancaniello, alumnus and coach; Gateway Superintendant Dr. William Short; Steve Biancaniello, coach; Michael Colarusso, coach.
Gateway hockey selects trio for 2022 Honor Roll
The 50th anniversary year of the inaugural season of Gateway hockey will culminate Dec. 26 with the program’s annual alumni event at Palmer Imaging Arena in Delmont.

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Gateway wide receiver Dallas Harper (5) tumbles into the end zone during the first half of the Gators’ 24-21 loss to Upper St. Clair on Nov. 4, 2022, at Gateway.
Gateway football players earn postseason honors
The Upper St. Clair football team was to take on Pine-Richland at Norwin on Saturday for the WPIAL Class 5A title.

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The Freeport girls volleyball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating York Catholic in the PIAA Class 2A final on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Freeport sweeps York Catholic to claim PIAA Class 2A girls volleyball crown
November 19, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — Josie Russo celebrated her 17th birthday Saturday, and she couldn’t have asked for a better gift.

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Freeport’s Autumn English goes up for a block against Highlands last season.
Freeport’s run to PIAA volleyball finals gives junior middle hitter chance to get back on court
November 18, 2022
Autumn English was a key part of the Freeport girls volleyball team’s early-season surge and its rise to the No. 1 spot in the Class 2A state rankings.

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Players selected for We Serve First All-Star Classic girls volleyball event
November 17, 2022
The inaugural We Serve First All-Star Classic girls volleyball event will be Dec. 10 at Kiski Area High School, and the 36 seniors set to take part have been selected.

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Freeport girls volleyball team outlasts Philipsburg-Osceola, reaches state final
November 16, 2022
A pair of district champions battled for five games Wednesday at Punxsutawney High School with a trip to the PIAA Class 2A girls volleyball championship on the line.

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Riverview junior Lola Abraham has given a verbal commitment to join the women’s soccer team at the University of Pittsburgh.
Pitt’s the pick for Riverview scoring sensation Lola Abraham
Riverview junior Lola Abraham has put together an impressive resume of on-field soccer results the past several years with her Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy club and with her high school teammates.

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Burrell sophomore guard Anna Clark listens to coach Shaun Reddick during an open gym workout Tuesday.
Experienced lineup, drop to Class 3A could spark Burrell girls
November 15, 2022
The Burrell girls basketball team was on the move in the offseason, dropping down to Class 3A.

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Burrell’s Macky Bennis shoots a 3-pointer against Valley on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Jeannette High School.
Burrell boys eye return to postseason after dropping to Class 3A
A new section with new opponents in a new classification doesn’t change the goals of the Burrell boys basketball team.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Sydney McCray scores past St. Joseph’s Trinity Lockwood-Morris last season.
With roster intact from playoff team, Apollo-Ridge girls expect big season
November 14, 2022
Not a single member of last year’s Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team was lost to graduation.

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Apollo-Ridge senior forward Gage Johnston
Excitement building for boys basketball season at Apollo-Ridge
The Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team started last season with three wins over its first five games.

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Freeport’s Josie Russo drives a kill past Shenango’s Emilee Fedrizzi (left) and Makenna Emerick during the WPIAL Class 2A volleyball championship.
Freeport volleyball team prepares for state semifinal matchup
Normally, team banquets are designated for the end of a high school season when the program looks back at all its accomplishments.

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Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse takes second in the in the Section 4-3A championships Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at Northmoreland Park.
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November 13, 2022
Kefimba Cisse began his cross country season by winning the Gateway Invitational in early September at Boyce Park.

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Gateway seniors Madi Jesih (Robert Morris University women’s soccer), Marina Grado (Washington & Jefferson women’s basketball) and Emily Mannion (Clarion University women’s soccer) were celebrated at a ceremony marking college signing day Nov. 9, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Gateway’s Madi Jesih ready to continue soccer career at Robert Morris
Madi Jesih dreamed for many years of an opportunity in soccer beyond high school.

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer runs at the Gateway Invitational at Boyce Park on Sept. 3, 2022.
Riverview runners finish 5th at PIAA championships
The WPIAL represented itself well in the PIAA Class A boys cross country championship meet in Hershey on Nov. 5.

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Plum’s Ethan Rose works against Franklin Regional’s Danny Christafano during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Plum High School.
After capturing 4 section titles, Plum seniors cap high school careers in PIAA playoffs
For the first time in 17 years, the Plum varsity boys soccer team played in a PIAA tournament game.

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Moon’s Hailey Longwell celebrates her first goal with teammates during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal against Plum on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Peters Twp.
Hailey Longwell’s hat trick lifts Moon past Plum, sets up rematch with Mars
November 12, 2022
In rainy and chilly conditions at Peters Township, Moon put a damper on Plum’s attempt to unseat the undefeated Tigers in a PIAA Class 3A girls soccer quarterfinal Saturday afternoon.

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Freeport’s Parker Lucas pulls in a pass past West Mifflin’s Shai Newby during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Freeport High School.
Freeport trounces West Mifflin in WPIAL quarterfinals
November 11, 2022
Freeport didn’t let persistent rain showers or West Mifflin slow it down in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Friday at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium.

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Plum’s Ava Weleski controls the ball against Moon during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at Gateway.
Plum girls soccer team ready for another crack at Moon in PIAA playoffs
The Moon girls soccer team did to Mars what no other team had done in 80 previous matchups with the Planets.

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Freeport quarterback Gavin Croney has thrown 11 touchdown passes this year.
Freeport QB Croney acquitting himself well as starter
November 10, 2022
Gavin Croney’s only varsity snap as a quarterback last year didn’t quite go as planned

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Kiski’s Levi Hansen will swim for Cincinnati next year.
Alle-Kiski Valley athletes join in national signing day
November 9, 2022
Levi Hansen hopes to swim like a king in the Queen City.

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Freeport players huddle up before facing Corry in a PIAA Class 2A first-round volleyball match Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.
Freeport girls volleyball team sweeps into state quarterfinals
November 8, 2022
The Freeport girls volleyball team celebrated what likely was its final home game of the season in dominant fashion.

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Plum’s Ava Weleski controls the ball against Moon during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at Gateway.
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Freeport’s Cassidy Dell spikes past Shenango’s Angela Butchelle during the WPIAL Class 2A volleyball championship Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at UPMC Events Center.
After WPIAL title, Freeport volleyball team seeks second state championship
November 6, 2022
Freeport girls volleyball hasn’t lost to a Class 2A team this season.

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Gateway’s Demetrius Harper intercepts a pass during the second quarter against Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
Gateway rides strong finish into postseason
The Gateway football team transitioned from a wild and hectic regular season to the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs Friday as it was slated to host Upper St. Clair in the first round at Antimarino Stadium.

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Riverview’s Carlo Buzzatto runs the ball against Beth-Center on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 in Oakmont.
Steady ground game helps Riverview football continue to improve
The Riverview football team took a step forward in 2022 as it captured four victories in a season for the first time since 2015.

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The Freedom girls soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Springdale in the Class A final on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Highmark Stadium.
Freedom girls soccer team rolls past Springdale for WPIAL Class A title
November 4, 2022
The Freedom girls soccer team is back on top in WPIAL Class A.

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Apollo-Ridge sophomore Gabe Kavulic placed 13th in the Class A boys race at the WPIAL cross country championships Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal (Pa.)
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Gabe Kavulic didn’t run cross country last year as a freshman.

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Springdale’s Molly Hurley has scored twice in the playoffs.
Springdale girls soccer team seeks 3rd WPIAL title
November 3, 2022
Springdale’s Molly Hurley has had a knack for scoring goals in her breakout sophomore season.

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Deer Lakes’ Ruger Beer battles South Park’s Colin Kinevy for possession during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Peters Twp.
Deer Lakes carries growing confidence into WPIAL finals matchup with Beaver
November 2, 2022
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team made an early exit from the WPIAL playoffs last year, falling as the No. 7 seed to East Allegheny, 2-1, in the first round.

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Deer Lakes senior Nick Cristillo
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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Bianco and Corbin Johnston will play Keystone Oaks in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs.
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Mars’ Julia Lishia battles Latrobe’s Robin Reilly for a header during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at Gateway.
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South Fayette’s Sydney Westfall blocks the shot of Latrobe’s Ryley Quinn during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Tuesday.
South Fayette beats Latrobe in WPIAL volleyball semis
November 1, 2022
It’s been 15 years since the South Fayette girls volleyball team last played for a WPIAL championship.

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Deer Lakes’ Ruger Beer celebrates his goal with Ryan Hanes during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal against South Park on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Peters Twp.
Deer Lakes boys post another 1-0 win, go back to WPIAL soccer final
October 31, 2022
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team is heading back to the WPIAL championship game.

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Springdale’s Grace Gent celebrates her hat-trick goal with teammates during their WPIAL Class A semifinal against Waynesburg on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Peters Twp.
Springdale girls soccer blanks Waynesburg to achieve WPIAL championship game goal
Last year, the Springdale girls soccer team was denied a trip to Highmark Stadium to play for a WPIAL championship with a loss to Steel Valley in the semifinals.

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Plum’s Kaley Simqu battles Kiski Area’s Madison Bachar for a header during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at Plum High School.
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Springdale’s Brooke Taliani works past Mohawk’s Amara Puglia during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
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Gateways’ McKenna Brown plays against Plum in September, at Gateway High School.
Gateway volleyball says goodbye to senior class after playoff loss
The Gateway and Laurel Highlands girls volleyball teams were paired up as the No. 16 and No. 17 seeds in a WPIAL Class 3A preliminary-round game Oct. 24 at Hempfield High School.

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Gateway’s Nick LoCoco plays against Plum Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Gateway boys soccer season comes to close in WPIAL 1st round
The Gateway boys soccer team went toe-to-toe with No. 5 Kiski Area into the second half of a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game Oct. 22 at Kiski Area before the Cavaliers netted a pair of goals to score a 2-0 victory.

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Plum’s Dannika Susko spikes against Gateway Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Plum’s girls volleyball season concludes in WPIAL playoffs
The Plum girls volleyball team saw its season come to a close last Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Montour in a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game at Montour High School.

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Plum’s Eryck Moore carries the ball during a game against Kiski Area Aug. 26 at Plum.
Late-season victory helps Plum bounce back from 4-game slide
Faced with a four-game losing streak and needing a spark, the Plum football team got what it was looking for in a Week 8 game against Hempfield on Oct. 21.

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Leechburg’s Tim Andrasy runs the ball against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Greensburg Central Catholic.
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October 29, 2022
Call it the Avenue to Acrisure.

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Apollo-Ridge senior Jacob Mull hauls in a long pass and steps through an ankle tackle from Burrell’s Charles Shinko on his way to a touchdown Friday.
Apollo-Ridge soundly defeats Burrell in conference finale
October 28, 2022
Apollo-Ridge controlled its own destiny for a spot in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs heading into Friday’s Allegheny Conference finale at Burrell.

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The Shaler slowpitch softball team defeated North Allegheny in the championship game of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League playoff tournament Oct. 23, 2022, at Mt. Lebanon’s Middle Field.
Shaler tops North Allegheny to win slow-pitch softball league title
The Shaler and North Allegheny slow-pitch softball teams finished the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League regular season as the top two squads in the 14-team standings.

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We Serve First Foundation to host inaugural girls volleyball all-star event
Area high school girls volleyball seniors, and the game itself, will be celebrated Dec. 10 as the inaugural We Serve First All-Star Classic will be at Kiski Area High School.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class 2A girls cross country championship race on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal.
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October 27, 2022
Brownsville senior Jolena Quarzo became the 12th girl to win three WPIAL cross country titles when she won the Class 2A race Thursday at Roadman Park at Cal (Pa.).

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer passes Winchester Thurston’s Eli DeSimone at the finish line during the WPIAL Class A cross country championship Thursday at Cal (Pa.).
Riverview boys, girls earn top 3 finishes, PIAA berths at WPIAL cross country meet
For the first time since 2018, both the Riverview boys and girls cross country teams will run at the PIAA meet in Hershey after they each claimed third place in their Class A races at the WPIAL championships Thursday on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.).

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer runs at the Gateway Invitational at Boyce Park on Sept. 3, 2022.
Riverview boys try to defend their WPIAL Class A cross country title
October 26, 2022
The Riverview boys cross country team struck WPIAL gold last year as it won the Class A crown after five straight runner-up finishes to Winchester Thurston.

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Apollo-Ridge senior Nick Curci
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Highlands’ Chandler Thimons throws a touchdown pass to Rondeal Hewlett in the third quarter Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Highlands High School.
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Shady Side Academy’s Harran Zureikat works gainst Deer Lakes’ Joey Kushon during their game on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in West Deer.
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Kiski Area girls head soccer coach Dave Anderson.
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October 25, 2022
Dave Anderson will be front and center Wednesday evening as a varsity assistant for the Kiski Area boys soccer team as it hosts Montour at 6:30 in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal at Richard Dilts Stadium.

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Plum’s Tristan Ralph celebrates his goal with Benjamin Pittman during their WPIAL Section 4-3A game against Franklin Regional on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in Murrysville.
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Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger works against Kiski Area’s Alexis Zidek during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at Plum High School.
Plum girls soccer team cruises past Kiski Area in first-round playoff game
October 24, 2022
The Plum girls soccer team left no doubt in its WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game with Kiski Area on Monday at Mustangs Stadium.

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Freeport’s Addy Kristofik, left, and Nora Mahan are members of the girls soccer and cross country teams.
Freeport duo will compete in girls soccer playoff game, WPIAL cross country this week
Freeport senior Nora Mahan and sophomore Addy Kristofik have a busy week ahead of them.

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Burrell’s Miley Kariotis works against Freeport’s Crystal Zembrzuski during their game on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at Burrell High School.
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Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger battles Franklin Regional’s Leah Brockett for possession during their game on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, at Plum High School.
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Plum’s Zach Miller celebrates his secoind goal with David Westbrook and Brody Howell during their game against Fox Chapel on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, at Alpha Ice Arena in Harmar.
Plum hockey rebounds from tough start, looks ahead to promising season
Plum ice hockey coach Phil Mains knew his team was better than what it showed in an 11-0 season-opening loss to defending PIHL Class A champion Norwin on Oct. 10.

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Plum’s Wes Lorish watches his putt on hole 18 during the WPIAL team golf championships on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Plum’s Wes Lorish relishes experience at PIAA golf championships
Plum sophomore Wes Lorish missed out on a trip to states last year, so coming into this season, one of his main missions was to get to Penn State and face the best in the state.

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Solid finish sends Gateway girls soccer team’s seniors out on high note
Gateway girls soccer coach Caleb Kyper wanted to see fight and determination from his team in the Section 3-3A and season finale at Latrobe on Oct. 18.

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Springdale girls soccer team holds off Sewickley Academy in playoff opener
October 22, 2022
The Springdale girls soccer team is moving on to the quarterfinals.

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Apollo Ridge Jacob Mull dives short of the end zone against Ligonier Valley Friday Sept 16, 2022 at Apollo Ridge Owens Field.
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With five WPIAL playoff spots available in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference, there still are things to be decided.

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Anders Bordoy (left) and Cole Fluman celebrate after Kiski Area’s WPIAL Class 3A first-round win over Gateway on Oct. 22, 2022.
Kiski Area rides strong 2nd half to playoff win
The Gateway boys soccer team had designs, as the No. 12 seed, of taking down No. 5 Kiski Area in a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game Saturday at Kiski Area’s Richard Dilts Stadium.

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Kiski Area’s Nathaniel Coleman (18) celebrates with Anders Bordoy after scoring the winning goal against Mars on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Adams.
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Freeport’s Ava Soilis digs a shot against North Allegheny in their Aug. 29 match. Freeport drew the No. 1 seed for the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.
Freeport girls look to add Class 2A WPIAL volleyball crown to collection
The Freeport girls volleyball team isn’t technically defending a WPIAL championship. The Yellowjackets moved back to Class 2A after winning the Class 3A crown last year, but the goal remains the same as they begin a quest for a seventh WPIAL title since 2010.

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Freeport’s Cassidy Dell sets against North Allegheny in a volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
Volleyball powers get a look at their path to gold as the WPIAL announces playoff pairings
North Allegheny, North Catholic, Freeport and Serra Catholic drew No. 1 seeds as the WPIAL released the four girls volleyball playoff brackets Friday afternoon.

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Knoch’s girls tennis team won the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A championship on Oct. 20, 2022, at Washington & Jefferson.
Knoch, Mt. Lebanon claim WPIAL girls tennis team titles
October 20, 2022
The Knoch girls tennis team is back on top in WPIAL Class AA.

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Shawn Bennis coached the Burrell boys basketball team for six seasons.
Former Burrell boys coach takes over Highlands girls basketball program
After three years away from serving as a head basketball coach at the high school level, Shawn Bennis is back.

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Plum’s Camryn Rogers celebrates with Annabel Arhin after Arhin scored during their game against Franklin Regional on Sept. 19.
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October 19, 2022
Despite temperatures in the low 40s Wednesday accompanied by rain and wind, 16 Alle-Kiski Valley boys and girls soccer teams felt the warmth of discovering the whos, whens and wheres of the upcoming WPIAL playoff tournaments.

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Freeport’s Colton Otterman is a member of the 2022 football team.
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Valley wide receiver Darnell Coaston stiff-arms Deer Lakes’ Ryan Cochran on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
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Kiski Area senior Riley Koziatek works for control of the ball during a Section 1-3A home game with Mars.
Kiski Area girls soccer has been in playoff mode
October 18, 2022
Kiski Area girls soccer coach Dave Anderson said his team played several must-win games down the stretch as it fought to keep its WPIAL playoff-appearance streak intact.

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Plum’s girls soccer team gathers after playing Penn-Trafford on Monday.
Plum girls soccer wins at home to clinch section crown
October 17, 2022
The Plum girls soccer team controlled its own destiny Monday to finish off its fourth straight section championship.

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Kiski Area senior Parker Sterlitz will swim for West Virginia next year.
Kiski Area senior swimmer chooses West Virginia
Parker Sterlitz made his first visit to West Virginia University about a year ago.

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Freeport’s Natalie Volek chases down the ball against North Allegheny in a volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
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Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League teams ready for playoff tournament
Montour, North Allegheny, Bethel Park, Baldwin and Shaler each recorded doubleheader sweeps Sunday as the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League nears the conclusion of its regular season and prepares for its playoff tournament.

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Deer Lakes senior Anna Yourish will compete at the PIAA Class 2A girls golf championships Monday and Tuesday at Penn State.
Deer Lakes’ Yourish leads A-K Valley contingent into PIAA golf championships
October 16, 2022
Anna Yourish looked on a couple of years ago as her older brother, Josh, represented Deer Lakes at the PIAA championships in track and field.

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                                Gateway’s Remy Bose runs drills with his teammates during practice Aug. 10, 2022 at Gateway Senior High School.
Big-play potential part of the process for Gateway linebacker Remy Bose
Gateway led Penn-Trafford, 14-3, in the fourth quarter of their Victory Bell rivalry game Oct. 7, at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.

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Gateway’s Colton Corrie plays against Plum Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Gateway players confident ahead of WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
The Gateway boys soccer team enters the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs hoping to make some noise, and senior forward Colton Corrie says the Gators are set up to do just that.

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Leechburg ball carrier Braylan Lovelace gains some yards before being tackled by Jeannette defense on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Jeannette High School.
Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace passes 4,000-yard mark
October 15, 2022
Leechburg senior running back and Pitt commit Braylan Lovelace needed 217 yards against Riverview on Friday in an Eastern Conference matchup to become just the fifth Alle-Kisk Valley runner to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark for a career.

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Franklin Regional’s Joey Bayne battles Plum’s Tyler Yurisinec for possession during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Plum High School.
Plum boys soccer team ready for postseason
It’s time for a postseason rumble, and the Plum boys soccer team is ready, coach Raf Kolankowski said.

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Latrobe’s Robin Reilly battles Plum’s Kemyll Walker for possession during their game on Sept. 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
Plum girls aim to make another long run in WPIAL soccer playoffs
The Plum girls soccer team is no stranger to postseason pressure and opportunity, and the Mustangs will get a chance in the coming days to prove it.

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Penn-Trafford’s Conlan Greene warms up before playing Plum on Oct. 14, 2022, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford football team rebounds to beat Plum
October 14, 2022
The Penn-Trafford football team got that winning feeling back Friday after last week’s tough loss to rival Gateway.

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Dear Lakes’ Kylie McCoy fights through Valley’s Zhyaire Trammel (6) and Leah Taliani on Wednesday at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes girls soccer gets crucial win vs. Valley
October 12, 2022
The Deer Lakes girls soccer team was in must-win mode Wednesday as it hosted Valley in a Section 2-2A game at Lancers Stadium.

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Leechburg’s Brandin Gilmer is a member of the 2022 football team.
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Freeport’s Jacob Bollinger lead blocks for Ben Lane against East Allegheny in the first quarter Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Freeport Area High School.
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Freeport girls volleyball coach Tom Phillips talks to his team before its Section 5-2A match with Derry on Tuesday at Freeport Middle School.
Freeport girls volleyball rolls past Derry to remain undefeated in Section 5-AA
October 11, 2022
The Freeport girls volleyball maintained its two-game lead on the rest of Section 5-2A Tuesday evening with a dominant 3-0 victory over Derry at Freeport Middle School.

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Valley senior Jordan Kirkwood concentrates on her footwork during a practice session Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at Valley High Memorial Stadium in New Kensington.
Valley girls soccer closes in on rare playoff berth
The Valley girls soccer team has a chance to set a record and do what only one other team has done in the program’s 20 years.

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Burrell senior outside hitter Avery Bain gets set to serve in practice Monday at Burrell High School.
Burrell girls volleyball ready for regular season’s pivotal closing stretch
October 10, 2022
The Burrell girls volleyball team visits Deer Lakes and hosts Freeport next week to close out Section 5-2A play.

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Serra Catholic new No. 1 in coaches association’s WPIAL Class A volleyball rankings
A dominant run atop the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association’s Class A top-10 rankings has come to an end.

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Slow-pitch softball teams enter final week of WPISL regular season
Bethel Park, Baldwin, Mt. Lebanon, Shaler, Penn-Trafford and North Hills each recorded doubleheader sweeps in game play from last Wednesday to Sunday as teams jockey for position in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League.

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Gateway’s Ashlee Young plays against Plum on Sept. 13, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Team play helps Gateway girls volleyball with turnaround season
October 9, 2022
A key goal for the Gateway girls volleyball team at the start of the 2022 season was to improve on last year’s 2-10 record in section play.

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Gateway freshman Gianna Laurenti finished ninth in the girls varsity race at the Division I, Section 4 cross country championships Oct. 5, 2022, at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.
Gateway runners tune up for WPIALs at Section 4 championships
Members of the Gateway girls cross country team tested their mettle at the Division I, Section 4 championships Oct. 5 at Northmoreland Park, and the Gators took fourth in the team standings as a pair of runners earned medals for top-15 performances.

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Chandler Thimons and his Golden Rams teammates are 7-0 and average 32.1 points.
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October 8, 2022
It’s never an easy proposition playing a football game at the venerable Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer took fifth place at the McQuaid Invitational in 15 minutes, 39 seconds.
Riverview runners shine at McQuaid Invitational in New York
Each year, the Riverview cross country teams venture beyond the borders of Pennsylvania to test themselves at a high-level meet.

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Plum’s Connor Pivirotto takes sixth in the WPIAL 3A Section 4 Championship Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2022 at Northmoreland Park.
Plum runners battle at Section 4 championships
The Plum boys cross country team challenged the top teams in Division I, Section 4 at the league championships at Northmoreland Park on Oct. 5, and the Mustangs rallied together for third place.

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Valley quarterback Tristan Goodwin throws a pass under pressure against Deer Lakes on Friday.
Deer Lakes rallies for win in low-scoring battle with Valley
October 7, 2022
Last year’s Allegheny Conference matchup between Valley and Deer Lakes was low scoring at Lancers Stadium as the Lancers came away with the win thanks to a single touchdown accounting for the only points.

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Kiski’s Eliza Miller with her first place medal after winning the WPIAL Division I, Section 4 girls meet Wednesday at Northmoreland Park.
Eliza Miller leads Kiski Area girls cross country team back to section top spot
October 5, 2022
For the first time since 2015, the Kiski Area girls cross country team is section champion.

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Plum’s Nick Odom is a member of the 2022 football team.
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Highlands’ Aaran Randolph stiff-arms Mars’ Cole Yoshioka during the second quarter of last week’s Rams victory.
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Springdale’s Grace Gent battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Addison Vacanti for possession during their game on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Springdale.
A-K Valley girls soccer notebook: Springdale maintains section lead despite tough loss
October 4, 2022
The Springdale girls soccer team still is in the driver’s seat in Section 1-A with a full-game lead, but the Dynamos’ grip was loosened Monday with a 5-1 loss at Seton LaSalle.

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Deer Lakes senior outside hitter Maddy Friess gets set to deliver a serve during practice Monday at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes volleyball finding success and stability under 1st-year coach Nypaver
October 3, 2022
Four seasons, five coaches. The seniors on the Deer Lakes girls volleyball team have been through it all the past couple of years.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman hits against Freeport volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
Hampton takes over as Class 3A No. 1 in latest volleyball coaches association WPIAL rankings
There is a new No. 1 in Class 3A this week as the Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association released its latest WPIAL girls volleyball top-10 rankings.

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Several teams score doubleheader sweeps as slow-pitch softball league pushes toward playoffs
West Allegheny, Penn-Trafford, Montour, Mt. Lebanon, Baldwin and North Allegheny all recorded doubleheader sweeps in game play from last Thursday to Sunday as the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League continues its stretch run to the playoff tournament.

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Gateway junior Kefimba Cisse placed 15th in the Class 3A boys race at the Red, White & Blue Invitational on Sept. 10 at White Oak Park.
Gateway runner Kefimba Cisse gains confidence ahead of postseason races
October 2, 2022
Kefimba Cisse made his Gateway cross country debut last year after playing soccer as a freshman in the fall of 2020.

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Gateway junior varsity ice hockey team captains for the 2022-23 season are, from left, juniors Blake Marsh, Hayden Hines and Noah Evans.
Deep lineup returns for Gateway JV hockey team
Gateway junior varsity ice hockey coach Shawn Jesih sounded the bell of optimism when talking about a team filled with experience and hungry to make its mark in the PIHL’s JV Tier 3 this season.

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Kiski Area’s Connor Flemm is taken down during a game against Plum on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Plum.
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October 1, 2022
Connor Flemm rarely leaves the field for the Kiski Area football team.

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Plum’s Eryck Moore carries the ball during a game against Kiski Area on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Plum.
Plum building toward run at WPIAL playoffs
It’s three down and two to go for the Plum football team in Big East Conference play in its quest to qualify for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Knoch and Deer Lakes players meet for the coin toss before their game Sept. 30, 2022, at Deer Lakes.
Deer Lakes holds off Knoch’s furious rally
September 30, 2022
The Deer Lakes and Knoch football teams put the pedal to the metal in the fourth quarter of their Allegheny 6 Conference opener Friday at Deer Lakes’ Lancers Stadium.

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Burrell’s Miley Kariotis celebrates next to goalkeeper Ali Hughes after defeating Deer Lakes, 1-0, on Sept. 12, 2022, at Burrell High School.
Burrell girls soccer in top form heading into tough stretch of games
September 29, 2022
The Burrell girls soccer team suffered a 2-0 setback at Section 2-2A rival Knoch on Sept. 9.

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Freeport senior Crystal Zembrzuski scored the lone goal in Freeport’s 1-0 victory over Deer Lakes on Sept. 28, 2022, at Deer Lakes’ Lancers Stadium
Freeport tops rival Deer Lakes to complete girls soccer section sweep
In the first meeting between the Deer Lakes and Freeport girls soccer teams at Freeport on Sept. 1, the Lancers led by two goals before the Yellowjackets rallied with three scores to win the game.

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Riverview junior Carlo Buzzato
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September 28, 2022
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Plum’s Eryck Moore carries the ball during a game against Kiski Area on Aug. 26.
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Leechburg’s Macy Kubla (20) celebrates after defeating Trinity Christian, 3-1, on Monday in Forest Hills.
New cast of characters has Leechburg volleyball again competing for section title
September 26, 2022
The Leechburg girls volleyball team entered the season a younger group than the one that tied for last year’s Section 4-A title with Greensburg Central Catholic and made it all the way to the WPIAL semifinals.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ella Spena deflects the ball back toward Derry during the Penn-Trafford volleyball tournament Sept. 17, 2022, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Top WPIAL teams hold on to spots in Volleyball Coaches Association rankings
The WPIAL girls volleyball section schedule has reached the midway point, and races in all four classifications are heating up.

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Shaler leads way as Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League enters stretch run
Shaler leads the pack of 14 varsity teams as the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League enters the stretch run to the league playoffs.

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Plum freshman Saphia Davis locks on fellow freshman Maddie Killmeyer as new Plum girls wrestling head coach Dave Miller instructs during a workout session Sept. 19, 2022, at Plum High School.
Excitement building for 1st Plum girls wrestling season
September 25, 2022
No workouts are yet official, but a number of girls at Plum are meeting in the high school wrestling room twice a week for sessions as excitement continues to build for the first Mustangs girls wrestling season in November.

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Gateway’s Daniel Garner plays against Plum Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Gateway boys soccer team confident entering season’s 2nd half
Gateway boys soccer coach Bernie Stiles has a feeling of confidence as his team enters the stretch run to what he hopes is a WPIAL playoff spot.

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Plum’s Owen Zalewski plays against Gateway Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Key early-season wins have Plum boys soccer off to another strong start to season
The Plum boys soccer team is right where it hoped it would to be as it laid out its goals and expectations before the season.

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Freeport’s Zach Clark breaks the tackle of Mt Pleasant’s Tyler Reese in the second half Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley high school football notes: Several teams bounce back with wins
September 24, 2022
It was bounce-back Friday for a number of Alle-Kiski Valley teams.

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Plum and Gateway players gather for the coin toss before their game Sept. 23, 2022, at Gateway.
Gateway holds off Plum’s big rally
September 23, 2022
Gateway appeared to have a comfortable halftime lead Friday in a Big East Conference clash with Plum at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.

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Highlands continues unexpected search for girls basketball coach
September 22, 2022
The hiring process to find a new girls basketball coach at Highlands is in its second week after Jason Kerr suddenly stepped down from the position after one year.

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Freeport’s Gavin Croney is a member of the 2022 football team.
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September 21, 2022
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Apollo-Ridge’s Nick Curci is tackled by Ligonier Valley’s Nick Lonas and Mason Mohnkern on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Apollo-Ridge’s Owens Field.
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Class 5A Big East Conference

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Freeport senior Akina Boynton controls the ball during a drill in practice Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at Freeport High School.
Freeport girls soccer team uses grit to chase section title
September 20, 2022
In the first game of the year on the first day of this month, the Freeport girls soccer team faced a sizeable deficit to rival Deer Lakes.

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Plum’s Ava Weleski (second from right) celebrates her goal with teammates during their game against Franklin Regional on Monday.
Plum girls soccer team gets tough win against Franklin Regional
September 19, 2022
The Plum and Franklin Regional girls soccer teams met Monday for the first time since 2018 as they battled for a first-place spot atop Section 3-3A.

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Freeport’s Sydney Selker gets set to deliver a kill against North Allegheny in a nonsection match Aug. 29, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
4 top teams hold spots in latest WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
All four teams atop their respective rankings — North Allegheny (Class 4A), Moon (Class 3A), Freeport (Class 2A), and Bishop Canevin (Class A) — held on to their spots in the new Western PA Coaches Association WPIAL girls volleyball top-10 polls released Monday.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Jacob Mull dives short of the end zone against Ligonier Valley on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Apollo Ridge’s Owens Field.
Apollo-Ridge’s Jake Mull puts best foot forward in multiple sports
September 18, 2022
Throughout the WPIAL, there are athletes who play a sport in every season.

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Gateway’s Dallas Harper scores his second touchdown against Mt. Lebanon during the third quarter on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Monroeville.
Athleticism, instinctiveness help Dallas Harper make impact for Gateway defense
Gateway needed a play early in the fourth quarter at North Hills on Sept. 9.

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Plum’s Emily Bologna spikes against Gateway Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Plum girls volleyball aims to ‘seize the opportunity’ again
The Plum girls volleyball team faced a measure of déjà vu this past offseason as it looked to transition after losing seven seniors from the 2021 season.

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Kiski Area’s Anders Bordoy is a member of the 2022 boys soccer team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller, Anders Bordoy
September 17, 2022
Eliza Miller

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Springdale and Leechburg captains take part in the coin toss before their game Sept. 16, 2022, at Leechburg.
Lovelace helps Leechburg sprint past Springdale
September 16, 2022
With a big Eastern Conference clash looming next Friday at Clairton, Leechburg coach Randy Walters hoped his players would remain focused and take care of business Friday against Springdale in the conference opener for both teams.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller wins the Kiski Area Invitational on Sept. 16, 2022, at Northmoreland Park.
Kiski Area’s Miller, Fox Chapel’s Gwin capture Kiski Invitational titles
After going through massive changes to format two years ago because of the covid pandemic and not being able to run last year, organizers of the fifth Gingerbread Man Kiski Invitational cross country meet at Allegheny Township’s Northmoreland Park were hoping for the best as more than 20 area high school gathered again Friday for one of the region’s top high school events.

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Burrell’s Carmen Bires works against Deer Lakes on Sept. 12.
Alle-Kiski Valley girls soccer notebook: Section 2-2A looking fierce
September 15, 2022
Deer Lakes, Burrell and Freeport have waged some fierce girls soccer battles for several years in Section 2-2A.

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Burrell’s Ryan Croushore is a member of the 2022 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2022 Week 3
September 14, 2022
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Burrell’s Mason Jones carries the ball during a game against Valley last Friday. Burrell faces Serra Catholic on Friday.
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Kiski Area’s Madeline Joyce (4) celebrates with Sydney Joyce and Laci Safranyos (14) after defeating Norwin on Aug. 29, 2022, at Kiski.
Joyce sisters enjoying time together with Kiski Area volleyball
September 12, 2022
Maddie Joyce started playing organized volleyball in sixth grade, and at the time, she was hitting the ball around with older sister Sydney and mom, Robin, who enjoyed a standout career at Duquesne in the 1990s.

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Freeport’s Ava Soilis digs the ball out of danger during a match against North Allegheny on Aug. 29, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Moon jumps to No. 1 in the Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association rankings
The Moon girls volleyball team opened Section 2-3A play with convincing victories over South Fayette, 3-1, and Oakland Catholic, 3-0, before going 10-0 and winning its own tournament on Saturday.

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The new Gateway Sports Hall of Fame launched on Aug. 31, 2022.
New website displays history of Gateway Sports Hall of Fame
September 11, 2022
The journey to the formation and implementation of the new Gateway Sports Hall of Fame website — gshof.com — had its genesis more than two decade ago when the first class of Gators greats — the 1969 championship football team, the late Curtis Bray, Michelle Chow, Richard Adipotti, Mel Nash, Cliff Parsons, Henry J. Furrie and Walter “Pete” Antimarino — was inducted.

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Riverview sophomore Lily Bauer crosses the finish line at the Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3, 2022, at Plum’s Boyce Park.
Riverview boys cross country begins quest to defend WPIAL title
Amberson Bauer and Christopher Barnes finished near the top — third and fourth, respectively — at the traditional season-opening Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3 at Boyce Park in Plum.

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Plum senior Nate Mienke closes in on the finish line at the Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3, 2022, at Plum’s Boyce Park.
Plum runners off to strong start after performance at Gateway Invitational
Plum’s Connor Pivirotto and Riverview’s Christopher Barnes were next to each other down the final straightaway to the finish line in the boys varsity race at the Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3 at Boyce Park.

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Gateway junior Kefimba Cisse captured the boys varsity race at the Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3, 2022, at Plum’s Boyce Park.
Kefimba Cisse claims title at host Gateway Invitational
Kefimba Cisse finished second to the now-graduate Brady Sundin in Gateway cross country races last year.

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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Wetzel nearly sets Freeport field goal mark
September 10, 2022
Early in the second quarter of Friday’s 61-7 victory over Quaker Valley, the Freeport offense faced a fourth-and-6 from the Quakers 40.

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Freeport’s Brady Stivenson warms up before taking on Quaker Valley on Sept. 9, 2022, at Freeport.
Freeport cruises past Quaker Valley, 61-7
September 9, 2022
Freeport wasted no time taking control of its nonconference game against Quaker Valley on Friday at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium.

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New coach Albie Fletcher plans ‘business as usual’ for Deer Lakes boys basketball program
September 8, 2022
Albie Fletcher joined the Deer Lakes varsity coaching staff under Terence Parham for the 2018-19 season.

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Freeport senior Crystal Zembrzuski
Freeport girls soccer snaps winless streak against rival Burrell
September 7, 2022
Close and intense soccer is expected when the Freeport and Burrell girls teams meet.

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Burrell’s Devin Beattie is a member of the 2022 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2022 Week 2
Devin Beattie

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Aiden Fletcher and Deer Lakes look for their first win of the season as they take on Apollo-Ridge.
A-K Valley don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 2
Nonconference

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North Catholic tops Class 3A in latest WPIAL girls volleyball coaches rankings
September 6, 2022
WPIAL section play begins for girls volleyball Tuesday evening, and leading into the numerous matchups on the docket, the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 2 top-10 rankings.

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Freeport’s Ava Soilis with a dig against North Allegheny in a volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
Freeport volleyball sets sights on 18th straight section title
September 5, 2022
The Franklin Regional girls volleyball tournament has established itself as one of the premier events in the early fall season, and Freeport, a regular participant, knew it again would be tested against some of the top teams in the WPIAL.

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Plum’s Annabel Arhin with a header during practice Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 at Plum High School.
Plum again takes aim at trip to WPIAL girls soccer finals
September 4, 2022
The WPIAL girls soccer championship games will be back at Highmark Stadium for the second year in a row, and Plum hopes to again reserve a spot in the Class 3A game in early November.

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Gateway senior Avrey Ferczak sets to teammates during practice Aug. 31, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Gateway volleyball makes smooth transition to new head coach
There weren’t many introductions needed when Nicole Riley met her Gateway girls volleyball players on the first day of preseason camp Aug. 15.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham scored 43 goals in 2021.
Riverview girls look to build on trip to WPIAL playoffs
For the Riverview girls varsity soccer team, 2021 certainly was a year of growth.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba works with his team during a preseason practice.
A-K Valley H.S. football notebook: Apollo-Ridge weathers storm in emotional victory
September 3, 2022
Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba was overcome with emotion, tears flowing down his face, after speaking with his team following a highly emotional 34-19 home victory over Valley on Friday.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Landon Harmon warms up before a game against Valley on Sept. 2, 2022, at Apollo-Ridge.
Nick Curci runs for 249 yards to lift Apollo-Ridge past Valley
September 2, 2022
Facing a halftime deficit and another one in the fourth quarter and also facing adversity with several key injuries, Apollo-Ridge dug deep for a 34-19 victory over Valley in a nonsection contest Friday at Owens Field in Apollo.

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Freeport senior Jacksen Reiser helps instruct during practice Aug. 30, 2022, at Freeport High School.
Freeport senior Reiser vows to help team after injury
September 1, 2022
Jacksen Reiser was hoping to have a big senior season with the Freeport football team.

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Kiski Area’s Domanick Simmons makes a catch against Plum last week.
A-K Valley don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 1
August 31, 2022
Nonconference

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Riverview’s Landon Johnson is a member of the 2022 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2022 Week 1
Luke Bombalski

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Freeport celebrates with the trophy after beating Hampton for the WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball championship, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris University’s UPMC Events Center.
Volleyball coaches association releases 2022 Week 1 WPIAL girls rankings
August 29, 2022
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its inaugural WPIAL top-10 poll for the 2022 girls volleyball season Monday morning, and North Allegheny (Class 4A), Thomas Jefferson (Class 3A), Freeport (Class 2A) and Bishop Canevin (Class A) are at the top of their specific rankings.

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Kiski Area’s Kate Wigton (left) and Norwin’s Natalie Bertani battle at the net Sept. 13, 2021, at Kennedy Park. The same two teams will meet Monday for the outdoors Pack the Park Volleyball Classic.
Kiski Area, Norwin volleyball teams ready to play outdoors again
August 28, 2022
The Kiski Area and Norwin girls volleyball teams kick off their seasons Monday evening, and for the second year in a row, the rivals will take their nonsection matchup outside.

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Gateway junior goalkeeper Jada Settles practices Aug. 23, 2022, at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Gateway girls soccer under new leadership
The Gateway girls soccer program experienced transition in the offseason as Kelly Bender stepped down as varsity head coach after six seasons to concentrate on family and professional work changes.

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Gateway boys soccer players, junior Will Hansmann (left) and senior Brendan Strawser (right), battle for possession during practice Aug. 23 at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
High-scoring Strawser leads Gateway boys soccer into 2022 campaign
Gateway boys soccer coach Bernie Stiles said championship victories at a pair of winter indoor tournaments — futsal events at Deer Lakes and Penn Hills — were sparks that fueled the team in its offseason preparation for the 2022 season.

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Riverview sophomore midfielder Drew Hunter practices Aug. 24, 2022, at McKinley Field in Verona.
Experienced Riverview boys soccer team hopes to continue turnaround
The Riverview boys soccer team went winless in 2021.

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Plum’s Lucas Pittman goes through drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 at Plum High School.
Plum boys soccer team motivated to reach WPIAL championship game
The Plum boys soccer team has had some heart-wrenching playoff results the past three seasons.

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Burrell junior RB Devin Beattie (11) rushes for a touchdown past Jeannette’s Noah sunder (80) during the fourth quarter of Burrell’s 31-10 victory Friday, August 26, 2022, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette.
AK Valley football notebook: Running game powers Burrell to opening win
August 27, 2022
Physical play on both sides of the ball is the calling card for Shawn Liotta-coached teams, and he said he was pleased with what he saw on film from Burrell’s 31-10 victory at Jeannette on Friday.

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Leechburg and Apollo-Ridge prepare for a Week Zero game Aug. 26, 2022, at Apollo-Ridge.
Apollo-Ridge fends off rival Leechburg in opener
August 26, 2022
After a two-year hiatus, the Leechburg and Apollo-Ridge football teams renewed their neighboring rivalry Friday night for a Week Zero clash at Owens Field.

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Plum’s Kaley Simqu possesses the ball during practice Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 at Plum High School.
A-K Valley girls soccer preview: Plum driven to add to impressive resume
The WPIAL girls soccer championship games will be back at Highmark Stadium for the second year in a row, and Plum hopes to again reserve a spot in the Class 3A game in early November.

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A-K Valley girls soccer preview: Plum driven to add to impressive resume
August 25, 2022
The WPIAL girls soccer championship games will be back at Highmark Stadium for the second year in a row, and Plum hopes to again reserve a spot in the Class 3A game in early November.

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Kiski Area’s Dom Dininno is a member of the 2022 football team.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2022 Week Zero
August 24, 2022
Dom Dininno

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Freeport players run through drills at Freeport High School, Friday Aug 14, 2022.
A-K Valley’s don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week Zero
Nonconference

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Springdale sophomore Garrett Myers sets up to run a pass route during pracrtice Aug. 24, 2022, at Springdale High School.
Springdale sophomore tight end poised for breakout season
Garrett Myers attended Redeemer Lutheran school in Penn Hills through eighth grade.

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Highlands shortstop Jimmy Kunst plays against Knoch on April 6, 2022, at No Offseason Sports in Russelton.
Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst commits to play baseball at Eastern Michigan
Jimmy Kunst took an unofficial visit to the campus of Eastern Michigan a couple of months ago, and several aspects of the trip, including a tour of the Eagles baseball facilities, drew him closer to making his recent verbal commitment.

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Riverview senior Kevin Tomlinston warms up before practice Tuesday at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Senior Kevin Tomlinson driven to restore Riverview pride
August 23, 2022
Riverview senior Kevin Tomlinson has grown 5 inches in height since his freshman football season.

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Kiski Area quarterback LeBryn Smith throws a pass during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament July 21 at Latrobe.
No time to waste as senior quarterback takes reins of Kiski Area offense
August 22, 2022
Playing three sports at Kiski Area, Lebryn Smith doesn’t have much down time.

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Springdale head coach Ryan Tempalski works with his team during practice on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Springdale.
New coach brings wide-ranging changes to Springdale program
It was a busy senior night last fall for the Springdale football team.

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Riverview’s Liam McElligott works with his team during a recent practice Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Riverview rebuilding project could pay off this season
Riverview has struggled in and out of Eastern Conference play with just seven victories over the past five seasons.

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Aliquippa quarterback Quentin Goode throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp in July at Valley High School.
WPIAL Class 4A football breakdown: Aliquippa ready for another heavyweight fight
August 20, 2022
In winter 2020, Aliquippa challenged the PIAA assertion, under the competitive-balance rule, that it should move up from Class 3A to Class 4A.

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Leechburg senior running back/linebacker Braylan Lovelace has committed to Pitt.
Devil in the details: Pitt-bound Braylan Lovelace leading Leechburg to success on the field and off
Braylan Lovelace earned 13 Division I football offers throughout the college recruiting process, and three of them came from the Ivy League.

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta with quarterback Chase Fenner during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell ready to take on new challenges in Class 2A
August 19, 2022
After several years in Class 3A, Burrell made the move down a classification in the new two-year cycle.

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Freeport Area multi-year starting linebackers (from left) seniors Parker Lucas and Jacksen Reiser and junior Colton Otterman, combined for 19 sacks in 2021.
Veteran linebacking corps lights fuse for Freeport Area defense
August 17, 2022
The Freeport Area defense created havoc for opposing offenses throughout the 2021 season.

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Freeport’s Payton Westendorf hits the tackle wheel as coach John Gailot rolls it out during a recent practice Friday, Aug. 14, 2022, at Freeport High School.
Freeport could have plenty to celebrate in program’s 100th season
The Freeport football program celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022, and this year’s coaches and players hope to make it one for the record books.

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Deer Lakes offensive cordinator Seth Napierkowski shares a moment with quarterback Derek Burk during a recent practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes in position to return to playoffs
Deer Lakes came as close as a team can to making the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs last year.

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Springdale lineman collide during practice at Springdale High School on Monday, Aug 15, 2022. It was the first official practice of the 2022 season.
A-K Valley football teams eager to get to work as official practices open
August 15, 2022
Ryan Tempalski experienced numerous first official football practice days as an assistant coach at schools throughout the region.

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Junior Derek Burk is entering his third season as Deer Lakes starting quarterback.
Deer Lakes father, son unsatisfied with missing playoffs
Derek Burk didn’t wait long to try and make improvements after last year’s close home loss to Burrell.

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Senior linemen Ian Quinn, left, and Aaron Mele will anchor both the offensive and defensive lines for Burrell.
Burrell to lean on pair of senior linemen
August 14, 2022
Ian Quinn started organized tackle football in third grade in the Lower Burrell Flyers youth football organization.

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Kiski Area quarterback Lebryn Smith throws a pass during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Kiski Area brings new-look roster into Class 4A competition
When Kiski Area moved down from Class 5A to Class 4A and into the Greater Allegheny Conference, coach Sam Albert knew one of the league matchups would carry extra meaning.

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Familiar face set to lead Gateway girls volleyball program
There is a reunion of sorts taking place within the Gateway varsity girls volleyball program.

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Highlands grad Alan Crise (left) earned Mountain East Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year honors for 2021 at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Highlands grad Alan Crise aims to help local student-athletes navigate recruiting path
August 8, 2022
Alan Crise went through the college recruiting process during his senior year at Highlands in 2011-12, and the football, basketball and track and field participant remembers having a lot of questions throughout the journey that ultimately led to a track and field scholarship at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan.

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Plum sophomore Wes Lorish competed in the 46th Jr. PGA Championship on Aug. 2-4 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Palos Park, Ill.
Plum sophomore’s game grows heading into high school golf season
August 7, 2022
Wes Lorish said he didn’t play his best golf last week at the 46th Junior PGA Championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Palos Park, Ill., but the Plum sophomore and returning WPIAL individual semifinalist said he was grateful for the opportunity to test his mettle with some of the top junior golfers in the United States and internationally.

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The Ellen Toy Grass Court at Kennedy Park in Vandergrift was dedicated last summer in memory of the longtime area volleyball coach and mentor.
Positive resolution sought in volleyball theft at Vandergrift court dedicated to late coach
August 3, 2022
Tim Toy beams when he talks about the return of the Pack the Park high school girls volleyball game between Norwin and Kiski Area set for Aug. 29 at Ellen Toy Grass Court in Vandergrift’s Kennedy Park.

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Plum’s Dannika Susko was an all-WPIAL Class 3A player last season.
Plum’s Susko recovering from injury but ready for another multi-sport school year
July 31, 2022
Dannika Susko has taken a detour this summer in her preparation for her senior season with the Plum girls volleyball team.

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Kiski Area baseball coach Aaron Albert hits groundballs to his team during a 2021 practice.
Citing schedule concerns, Kiski Area baseball coach steps down after 4 seasons
July 27, 2022
Citing growth in his real estate career, particularly as it pertains to increased responsibilities in the spring housing market, Aaron Albert resigned Wednesday as Kiski Area head baseball coach after four seasons with the program.

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The Burrell wrestling assistant coaches recently were selected the Pennsylvania Assistant Staff of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. In row two, from left, are Jake Gromacki and Isaac Greely. In back are head coach Josh Shields, Steve Ansani, Chris Como and Ethan Wissler.
Burrell wrestling staff honored as top assistant coaches in state
July 25, 2022
The Burrell wrestling team continued its high level of success this past season with a 19th consecutive section championship, another appearance in the WPIAL Class 2A title match, a trip to the PIAA tournament and several individual standout performances at the section, WPIAL, regional and state levels.

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First-year Springdale boys soccer head coach Paul Palo instructs senior Chris Mitchell during a workout July 20, 2022, on the soccer field near Springdale High School.
Springdale boys soccer team has smooth transition to new coach Palo
July 20, 2022
Paul Palo didn’t need to have the Springdale boys soccer players fill out name-tag stickers when he took over as the Dynamos coach earlier this year.

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Blackhawk graduate Michael Turconi, a redshirt junior this past season with the Wake Forest baseball team, was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the MLB Draft on July 19, 2022.
Blackhawk grad Michael Turconi selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 15th round
July 19, 2022
Michael Turconi is among the latest Western Pennsylvania products to be selected in the 2022 MLB Draft.

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Highlands girls soccer coach Matt Skoda
New coach Skoda eager to help Highlands girls soccer team get back on track
July 17, 2022
Preseason practices for the girls soccer season at Highlands begin in less than a month, and Matt Skoda said there is much work to be done before that first official workout.

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Plum rising freshman Saphia Davis competes at the Break the Chains tournament June 12 in Cheswick.
Excitement builds as Plum joins growing girls wrestling movement
When it became official last month that Plum will sanction a girls wrestling program, Saphia Davis was excited, but she was not 100% sure of the validity of the news.

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Gateway rising senior lineman Matt Brooks works on a blocking-sled drill during a workout July 13 at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Gateway lineman Matt Brooks finds perfect fit with Duquesne
Matt Brooks struck up a strong connection while talking with new Duquesne defensive line coach Reggie Wells Jr.

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Amanda Noel was hired as the Springdale athletic director in April.
New AD charting course for future of Springdale athletic programs
July 14, 2022
Amanda Noel is three months into her new role as Springdale athletic director, and she said she is equally as excited with what has been accomplished so far and with what is yet to come as the fall sports season begins in less than a month.

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Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca works out during practice before last season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca
July 12, 2022
Editor’s note: 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 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen threw 28 touchdowns and rushed for 18 last season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen
July 9, 2022
Editor’s note: 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 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Deer Lakes’ Justin Brannagan
Deer Lakes’ Justin Brannagan named 2022 Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
June 25, 2022
2022 Valley News Dispatch Baseball All-Stars

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Burrell’s Katie Armstrong
Burrell’s Katie Armstrong earns 2022 Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year honors
2022 Valley News Dispatch Softball All-Stars

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Burrell freshman Ellie Jarrett helped the East team captured the inagural PIHL girls hockey championship June 11, 2022, at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Burrell’s Jarrett relishes being part of 1st PIHL girls hockey season
June 24, 2022
Ellie Jarrett was smiling ear to ear after the PIHL girls hockey championship game June 11 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township.

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Deer Lakes coach Terence Parham reacts to a play against Lincoln Park in a 2020 WPIAL playoff game.
Coach who built Deer Lakes boys basketball into perennial playoff team steps down
June 23, 2022
Terence Parham called it one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch throws a pass against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Gateway’s Brad Birch
June 20, 2022
Editor’s note: 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 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Dietrich Zeisloft controls the ball during a scrimmage against East Allegheny before the start of the 2021 season.
Gateway’s Zeisloft adds Positive Athlete Award to resume
June 19, 2022
Dietrich Zeisloft was a leader on the field for several seasons for the Gateway boys soccer team with his ability to put the ball in the back of the net, help control possession and facilitate his teammates on the attack from his midfield position.

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Plum basketball coach Mark Marino.
Local basketball coach Mark Marino set to lead U.S. team in Greece
June 18, 2022
Mark Marino is no stranger to coaching basketball teams from the United States in overseas competition.

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Apollo-Ridge girls soccer coach Sarah Bonelli Christopher works a minicamp for kids Wednesday.
Apollo-Ridge brings back familiar face to coach girls soccer
June 15, 2022
Sarah Bonelli Christopher graduated from Apollo-Ridge in 2013 and went on the play four years as a midfielder at Lock Haven.

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Kiski Area’s Mason Ross celebrates his three-run home run with Blake Fritz during their game against Beaver on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Hardy Field in Brighton.
WPIAL athletes across all sports honored for positive impact on community
June 14, 2022
Kiski Area athletic director John Peterman knows his school’s student-athletes are energetic competitors on the field and make a difference off the field, both in the classroom and the community.

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Kim Johnson will serve as the Valley athletic director for the 2022-23 school year.
Valley school board removes interim tag, names Kim Johnson full-time AD
June 13, 2022
For two months this spring, Kim Johnson balanced her duties as a ninth-grade honors biology and AP biology teacher at Valley High School with newly gained responsibilities as the interim athletic director after the resignation of Muzzy Colosimo in March.

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Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley (11) is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a two-run homer against South Allegheny during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal.
Deer Lakes softball reflects on impressive season
June 12, 2022
Deer Lakes softball coach Rick Cerra saw the pieces for a strong season and postseason run come together back in September, six months before preseason practices began.

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Gateway senior Deanna Gratton earned second-team All-Section 2-5A honors at third base for the 2022 season.
Gateway softball hopes to build from progress made this spring
When one looks just at the scores of a majority of the games for the Gateway softball team this spring, thoughts might develop of a team that went nowhere in developing on the field.

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Burrell starting pitcher Katie Armstrong throws against Beaver during PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Mars Area High School.
Future looks bright for Burrell softball
June 11, 2022
A youthful lineup this spring didn’t stop the Burrell softball team from reaching the playoffs for the 17th season in a row, and when the Bucs arrived in the postseason, they made the most of their opportunity.

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Deer Lakes softball team bows out of state playoffs
June 9, 2022
Deer Lakes entered Thursday’s PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal matchup with Bald Eagle hoping to punch its ticket to the state semifinals for the first time since 2015.

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Deer Lakes’ Jenna Bisegna celebrates with catcher Tia Germanich during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against South Allegheny on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deer Lakes wants to continue PIAA postseason journey
June 8, 2022
A quartet from the Deer Lakes softball team — Jenna Bisegna, Reese Hasley, Keeghan Cook and Lydia Guthrie — took one of the biggest walks of their lives and graduated Wednesday evening.

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Deer Lakes’ Shayne Cerra catches the final out against Waynesburg during the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals May 19.
A-K Valley PIAA softball playoff capsules for June 9, 2022
Today’s games

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Burrell’s Cassidy Novak makes a running catch on a ball hit by Montour’s Angelina Lamarca in theWPIAL 4A consolation game.
Burrell softball team faces juggernaut Beaver in PIAAs
June 7, 2022
The Beaver softball team currently owns one of the longest winning streaks in WPIAL history.

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Burrell freshman third baseman Bray Jones stands ready against Villa Maria in a PIAA Class 4A first-round game Monday, June 6, 2022 at Penn State Behrend.
Burrell rides early offense, Armstrong’s arm into PIAA softball quarterfinals
June 6, 2022
ERIE — It was déjà vu for the Burrell softball team Monday afternoon in its PIAA Class 4A first-round game against District 10 champion Villa Maria Academy at Penn State Behrend.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee delivers against South Allegheny during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deer Lakes softball faces tough road in PIAA tournament
June 5, 2022
District champions, when they enter the PIAA playoffs, always are afforded the opportunity to play their first game in their home district.

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Burrell’s Caroline Dynka scores behind Montor catcher Payton Wiernik in the first inning during the WPIAL Class 4A consolation game at Mars Area High School.
A-K Valley PIAA softball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, June 6, 2022
Class 4A

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Riverview’s John Patsey finished 14th in the 300 hurdles at the PIAA Class 2A championships May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg.
Riverview runners cap special season at PIAA meet
Riverview’s boys 3,200-meter relay runners stood on the medals stand at last year’s PIAA Class 2A championships having just completed a strong performance on the track at Shippensburg University.

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Riverview catcher Taylor Zellefrow is one of two senior starters on the 2022 baseball team.
After quarterfinal loss, Riverview baseball looks forward to next season
Riverview baseball players had winning playoff experiences under their belts as they began this year’s WPIAL Class A tournament with a first-round matchup against Bishop Canevin.

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Gateway senior Amaya Robinson finished 14th in the 100 dash at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 28 
at Shippensburg.
Gateway’s Robinson caps high school career at PIAA track championships
Amaya Robinson graduated from Gateway on Wednesday.

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Gateway graduate Shelly Jones of Clarion finished eighth in the shot put at the PSAC championships.
Times Express campus clippings: Gateway grad honored for strong softball season at Waynesburg
Gateway graduate Kayla Gratton, a sophomore on the Waynesburg University softball team, enjoyed a strong season at shortstop, and she was rewarded for her efforts with selection to the Presidents Athletic Conference all-star team as an honorable-mention pick.

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Burrell’s Bella Stewart hits an RBI single against Montour in their WPIAL consolation game.
Burrell softball team eyes 1st PIAA win in decade
June 4, 2022
With its season on the line and a trip to the PIAA playoffs at stake, the Burrell softball team came up big Tuesday against Montour at Mars.

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Head coach Shawn Liotta talks to Terrell Owens (81) of the Knights of Degen during the second half against the 8OKI during Fan Controlled Football Season v2.0 Week 7 on May 28, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga.
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta, brother Jeremy key cogs of innovative Fan Controlled Football League
June 3, 2022
Shawn Liotta’s passion for coaching football and striving for success has no downtime.

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Deer Lakes seniors with the runner up trophy for the WPIAL 3A softball championship Wednesday June 1, 2002 at California University.
Deer Lakes softball players turn attention to states after WPIAL title game loss
June 2, 2022
Jenna Bisegna was at the meeting point between disappointment over Deer Lakes’ 8-1 loss to Avonworth on Wednesday in the WPIAL Class 3A softball title game and getting energized for Monday’s PIAA first-round game as the Lancers met for practice Thursday afternoon.

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Avonworth celebrates with the trophy after beating Deer Lakes in the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship Wednesday, June 1, 2002, at Cal (Pa.).
Avonworth tops Deer Lakes to claim WPIAL Class 3A softball crown
June 1, 2022
Avonworth softball is back on top of the WPIAL Class 3A mountain.

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Burrell catcher Bella Stewart (left) celebrates with starting pitcher Katie Armstrong after beating Montour in the WPIAL Class 4A consolation game Tuesday at Mars Area High School. Armstrong struck out 16.
Katie Armstrong leads Burrell into PIAA softball playoffs for 1st time in 11 years
May 31, 2022
For the first time in 11 years, the Burrell softball team will be a part of the PIAA playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Shayne Cerra celebrates the first out of the seventh inning against South Allegheny during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deer Lakes softball players hope to add another title to program’s legacy
Anna Bokulich remembers Deer Lakes’ 2015 WPIAL softball championship well.

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Burrell freshman Bella Stewart makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by Freeport’s Natalie King.
Fresh faces have Burrell softball team 1 win from PIAA playoffs
May 30, 2022
Bella Stewart said it all was a bit nerve-wracking at first when she jumped in head first as the Burrell softball team began the season.

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Senior Will Kromka is one of Gateway boys volleyball’s four Section 2-2A first-team all-stars.
Gateway boys volleyball coach reflects after special season
May 29, 2022
The Gateway boys volleyball team was on the doorstep of a big victory in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal match against Ambridge on May 19 at North Allegheny.

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The hall of fame room at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex.
Gateway Sports Hall of Fame plans to honor Class of 2022
Plans are in motion for the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame to resume honoring athletic greats this year.

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Missed opportunities prove costly for Plum baseball team
May 28, 2022
The Plum baseball team was no stranger to a close game even before it played its WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game against No. 6 Shaler on May 17 at North Allegheny.

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Plum’s Dani Pici singles against Kiski during a game on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Strong finish helped Plum cap season in WPIAL playoffs
The Penn-Trafford softball team will play for a WPIAL Class 5A title against Armstrong on Thursday at Cal (Pa.).

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Elizabeth Forward’s Grace Smith runs the bases asgainst Burrell in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
Elizabeth Forward puts end to Burrell’s softball title hopes
May 25, 2022
While the Burrell softball team failed to reach one of its goals Wednesday, another one remains very much in play.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy wins the Class 2A 1,600 meters at the WPIAL track and field championships.
Alle-Kiski sends plenty of track athletes to PIAAs
Deer Lakes senior Carson McCoy doesn’t have to wait long to run at the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee is mobbed by teammates after defeating South Allegheny, 5-4, in their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday.
Deer Lakes softball holds off South Allegheny, reaches WPIAL Class 3A final
May 24, 2022
The Deer Lakes softball team is back where it has been several times over the past decade.

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Caroline Dynka is the lone senior on the Burrell softball team.
A-K Valley WPIAL playoff softball capsule: Game for Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Class 4A

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Burrell’s Carolina Dynka plays against Belle Vernon in a WPIAL Class 4A softball quarterfinal Monday, May 23, 2022 at Norwin.
Burrell’s lone senior, Caroline Dynka helps lead Bucs to playoff win
Caroline Dynka didn’t want her varsity career to end Monday on the turf at Norwin High School.

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Burrell’s Rae Seibert lays down the winning bunt against Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals Monday.
Burrell softball advances with grueling 11-inning win vs. Belle Vernon
May 23, 2022
The Burrell and Belle Vernon softball teams went well beyond regulation to decide their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal game Monday at Norwin.

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Ashlyn Ferderbar (right) and her Springdale teammates will play No. 1 West Greene in the WPIAL Class A semifinals Tuesday.
Alle-Kiski Valley softball playoff capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Class A semifinals

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Bray Jones and her Burrell teammates will play Belle Vernon in the Class 4A quarterfinals Monday.
A-K Valley softball playoff capsules: Games of Monday, May 23, 2022
May 22, 2022
Class 4A quarterfinals

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The Riverview boys 3,200-meter relay of, from left, Ty Laughlin, Chris Barnes, Parker Steele and Amberson Bauer, competed at the WPIAL championship meet May 18, at Slippery Rock University.
Riverview runners take aim at state medals
Riverview junior Amberson Bauer and senior teammates Ty Laughlin and Parker Steele were a part of last year’s boys 3,200-meter relay which set a school record and brought home WPIAL gold.

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Plum’s Connor Pivirotto competes in the 3,200-meter run during WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
Plum’s Brooks, Domke earn WPIAL track and field medals
The Plum boys and girls track and field teams were well represented at the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships last week at Slippery Rock University.

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Gateway junior Daniella Garner runs the anchor leg of the girls Class 3A 1,600-meter relay at the WPIAL track and field championships May 18 at Slippery Rock University.
Gateway’s Robinson sprints to berth at PIAA championship meet
Next spring, Amaya Robinson hopes to make an impact on the track at Slippery Rock University as a member of The Rock women’s track and field team.

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The AK Valley Hall of Fame Class of 2022 comprises: front, left to right :Doug Kriston (for Rich Kriston), Harry Crytzer, Lizzie Suwala Sheaffer and Dianne Haney; back, left to right: Bob White, Terry Preece, Robert Foster, Frank Phelps, and Jeff Cortileso.
A-K Valley Hall of Fame honors 10 inductees
May 21, 2022
Bob White was a three-year football standout at Freeport who went on to star at Penn State and captain the 1986 Nittany Lions to the national championship.

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Southmoreland surges past Ellwood City into WPIAL Class 3A semifinals
May 19, 2022
Facing an early deficit against Ellwood City in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Thursday at North Allegheny, the Southmoreland softball team responded in a big way.

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Greensburg Central Catholic players celebrate with teammate Isabella Marquez after she drove in the winning run Thursday.
Greensburg CC gets past Leechburg to make 1st semifinal trip in a decade
The Greensburg Central Catholic softball team will play in a WPIAL semifinal game for the first time in 10 years.

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Deer Lake’s Carson McCoy wins the boys Class 2A 800 meters during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Slippery Rock University.
Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy adds WPIAL gold to his medal collection
May 18, 2022
Carson McCoy won state gold last year in the 1,600-meter run, and now he can display that hardware with a pair of WPIAL individual gold medals.

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Springdale pitcher Alexis Hrivnak (32) and her battery mate, catcher Bri Thompson, are greeted by coach Anthony Pototo as they come off the field after the bottom of the fifth during a win over Leechburg, 4-3, on April 25, 2022, at Gilpin Leechburg Park.
After another long layoff, Springdale softball ‘all about keeping the momentum going’
The Springdale softball team’s 3-1 victory over rival Leechburg on May 11 gave it an outright section title for the first time since the 1998 team went 14-0 in section play and made the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

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Leechburg’s Matt Curfman can’t get the tag on Greensburg Central Catholic’s Zach David in the sixth inning during a WPIAL Class A first-round game Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Plum High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic beats Leechburg for elusive 1st-round win
May 17, 2022
Last year, the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team earned the No. 2 seed for the WPIAL Class A playoffs and secured a first-round bye.

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Highlands’ Zach Balog scores against Knoch on April 6, 2022, at No Offseason Sports.
A-K Valley WPIAL playoff baseball/softball capsules: Games for Wednesday, May 18, 2022
BASEBALL

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<strong>New Highlands football coach Matt Bonislawski</strong>
Former Highlands QB hired to coach Golden Rams football team
May 16, 2022
Matt Bonislawski is a Golden Ram once again.

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Deer Lakes’ Danny Geis scores against Derry on April 25.
A-K Valley WPIAL baseball and softball playoff preview capsules for May 17, 2022
Baseball

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Riverview junior Amberson Bauer is the third seed in the Class 2A boys 800 at the WPIAL championships.
Alle-Kiski Valley well represented at WPIAL track and field championships
Greg Klingensmith owns the Apollo-Ridge boys school record in the discus at 156 feet 9 inches recorded in placing third at last year’s WPIAL Class 2A track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.

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Olivia Navari (right) and Plum take a 13-3 record into the WPIAL playoffs.
Optimistic Plum girls lacrosse team seeks 1st playoff victory
May 15, 2022
Heading into this season, the Plum girls lacrosse team already had experienced the WPIAL playoffs three times in its young history.

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Riverview junior Amberson Bauer recently broke a 41-year-old school record in the 800-meter run.
Riverview’s Bauer hopes to build on school-record time in 800 at WPIAL meet
Amberson Bauer qualified, along with several of his Riverview track and field teammates, for the WPIAL Class 2A championships at Slippery Rock University.

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Plum’s Dani Pici singles against Kiski Area during a game on April 27.
Plum notebook: Softball team grabs final berth, earns trip to Class 5A playoffs
It has been an up and down season for the Plum softball team, but last Tuesday against Penn Hills, the Mustangs were able to enjoy a victory which clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Gateway senior libero Aiden Colberg warms up before a Section 2-2A match with Plum on May 10.
Gateway savors elusive section volleyball title
The 36-year wait to put another number on the boys volleyball section-title banner in the gym at the Gateway Furrie Sports Complex has ended. Head coach Phil Randolph and his players couldn’t be more excited.

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Deer Lakes’ Evan Rothrauff hits against Derry’s Cameron McNichol during their match on April 5.
Deer Lakes, Plum expect tough matches in 1st round of WPIAL boys volleyball playoffs
May 13, 2022
Last year, the Plum boys volleyball team was the No. 9 seed for the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs, and it defeated No. 8 Trinity in the first round before a matchup with eventual champion Seton LaSalle in the quarterfinals.

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Seneca Valley, North Allegheny take top 2 seeds in Class 3A WPIAL volleyball bracket
Seneca Valley and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart are the No. 1 seeds in Class 3A and 2A for the WPIAL playoffs as both brackets were revealed Friday afternoon.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee celebrates with catcher Tia Germanich after defeating Valley on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Valley High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley trio rewarded with WPIAL playoff byes
May 12, 2022
Three Alle-Kiski Valley softball teams — Burrell, Deer Lakes and Springdale — earned byes into the quarterfinals as the WPIAL playoff brackets and pairings were released Thursday at Triblive HSSN.

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Apollo-Ridge’s April Earnest hits against Seton LaSalle on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Apollo-Ridge overcomes obstacles, eager for WPIAL Class 2A playoffs
May 11, 2022
Eric Kowalczyk saw promise in his young Apollo-Ridge softball team when the season started in late March.

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Senior Nick Killinger warms up before facing Gateway on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Gateway boys volleyball fends off Plum challenge, finishes undefeated in section
May 10, 2022
The Plum boys volleyball team hoped to play spoiler and prevent visiting Gateway from finishing its Section 2-2A slate undefeated as the teams met in the section finale Tuesday at Plum.

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Deer Lakes senior Carson McCoy runs the track during a workout May 9, 2022, at Lancers Stadum.
Deer Lakes’ McCoy riding high after Baldwin win
May 9, 2022
Carson McCoy just missed out on gold in the 800-meter run at last year’s Baldwin Invitational.

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Derry’s Ethan Frye battles Deer Lakes’ Kyle Penn at the net during their match on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Derry Area High School.
No changes in final WPIAL Boys Volleyball Coaches Association top-10 polls
WPIAL boys volleyball section play concludes Thursday evening, and the playoff brackets and pairings are scheduled to be released Friday.

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Ford City grad Lizzie Suwala-Sheaffer drives to the basket during a game against Leechburg as a freshman in 2002. Her 2,266 career points are the most for a girls basketball player from the Alle-Kiski Valley.
Ford City grad Lizzie Suwala-Sheaffer ‘honored’ to take spot in A-K Valley HOF
May 7, 2022
Lizzie Suwala-Sheaffer could hit a shot from anywhere on the basketball court.

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Vince Shook is one of Riverview’s top pitchers and hitters, and he helped the Raiders reach the WPIAL Class A championship game last season.
Riverview baseball ready for another playoff run
Riverview and Springdale are rivals in every sport, and baseball this spring is no exception.

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Burrell starting pitcher Katie Armstrong threw a shutout against Freeport on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Charles A. Huston Middle School.
Burrell’s Armstrong outduels Freeport’s Selker as Bucs softball team earns 1-0 win
May 5, 2022
Second verse, same as the first.

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Valley head coach Carol Perroz coaches against Deer Lakes during a game on April 28, 2022, at Valley High School.
Valley softball enjoying continued renaissance
May 4, 2022
Morgan Dunkel was ready to take the ball, toe the rubber in the pitching circle and have a breakout freshman season for the Valley softball team.

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Highlands’ Kassidy Cambal collides with Burrell catcher Bella Stewart to score during their game on Monday in Lower Burrell.
Highlands knocks off Burrell, heating up race for section softball title
May 2, 2022
The Burrell softball team had an outright Section 1-4A championship in its sights as it hosted Highlands on senior night Monday evening at Bon Air Field in Lower Burrell.

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OLSH returns to top of Class 2A in latest boys volleyball coaches’ rankings
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is back on top of the Class 2A rankings as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 6 WPIAL boys top-10 polls Monday morning.

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Plum pitcher Makenzie Lang delivers against Kiski during a game on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Plum softball team making final playoff push
May 1, 2022
Despite a sometimes-rocky trip through the Section 1-5A schedule this spring, the Plum softball team still was alive for a WPIAL playoff spot as it entered its home stretch of games.

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Valley senior captain Nate Clarke chases down a volley during a scrimmage against Kiski Area on Thursday.
Kiski Area, Valley, Highlands gear up for WPIAL team tennis tournament
April 29, 2022
The Kiski Area boys tennis team opens the WPIAL Class 3A team tournament Tuesday as the No. 9 seed, and the Cavaliers, the runner-up to Franklin Regional in Section 1, will take on No. 8 Central Catholic at 3 p.m. at Norwin.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee celebrates with catcher Tia Germanich after defeating Valley on Thursday.
Pitcher plays key role as Deer Lakes tops Valley, clinches share of section title
April 28, 2022
Maddie Kee was key for the Deer Lakes softball team in its Section 1-3A clash at rival Valley on Thursday afternoon.

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Kiski’s Isabel Ramos connects on a 2-run single against Plum during the fifth inning on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area defeats Plum, clinches WPIAL playoff berth
April 27, 2022
The Kiski Area softball team missed the WPIAL playoffs in 2019 and ‘21 after a run to the quarterfinals in ‘18.

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Springdale pitcher Alexis Hrivnak (32) and her battery mate, catcher Bri Thompson, are greeted by coach Anthony Pototo as they come off the field after the bottom of the fifth. Hrivnak gave up four hits, walked three and struck out 16 as the Dynamos topped Leechburg, 4-3, in a Section 3-1A clash Monday at Gilpin Leechburg Park.
Springdale softball takes advantage of Leechburg miscues, holds off late rally
April 25, 2022
The Leechburg and Springdale softball teams ended long weather-related layoffs Monday with the resumption of a Section 3-A rivalry that has produced its fair share of close and competitive outcomes.

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North Allegheny’s Varun Kaveti scores during a match against Butler on April 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny, North Catholic hold on to top rankings in boys volleyball coaches’ poll
North Allegheny and North Catholic kept their places at the top in the Class 3A and Class 2A boys volleyball rankings, respectively, as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 5 top-10 polls Monday morning.

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Gateway’s Chris Livsey wins the boys 100-meter dash during a meet against Franklin Regional and Woodland Hills on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Murrysville.
Gateway athletes battle adversity in quest for WPIAL qualifying marks
April 24, 2022
When breaking down early-season progress of his boys and girls track and field teams, veteran Gateway coach Tom LaBuff said that his athletes have worked hard to cut through adversities such as less-than-stellar weather and the fight to stay healthy in the quest to meet their goals and expectations.

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Frank Phelps has enjoyed a 42-year coaching career with the Burrell track and field program and has helped numerous individuals and relays achieve WPIAL and PIAA gold.
A-K Valley Hall of Fame nominee Phelps continues to have impact, success with Burrell
April 23, 2022
Ray Sharick was just beginning his Burrell varsity track and field career as a freshman when he met Frank Phelps.

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Plum third baseman Caden Norcutt looks to make a play during the first inning of a Section 2-5A game at Woodland Hills on April 20, 2022. The Mustangs defeated the Wolverines, 11-0.
Plum baseball rebounds after dropping series to Mars
The Plum and Mars baseball teams set the standard for close and competitive games the past two seasons.

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Highlands’ Jaycee Haidze smiles as she rounds the bases after hitting her first solo home run against Freeport on Friday.
Highlands softball shakes off rust, builds momentum with win over Freeport
April 22, 2022
The Highlands softball team returned to game action Friday after a nine-day, weather-related layoff, and it put a second win on the board against Section 1-4A rival Freeport.

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Freeport’s Sydney Selker works out during practice on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Freeport Area High School.
Back from broken wrist, sophomore Selker fuels strong start for Freeport softball
April 20, 2022
Sydney Selker made the most of her first varsity season with the Freeport softball team.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Dizon works with his players during a practice Nov. 29, 2021, at Kiski Area High School. Dizon announced Monday he is stepping down as head coach of the Cavaliers varsity girls team after four years and will be the new women’s coach at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Nick Dizon steps down as Kiski Area’s girls basketball coach to lead Penn State Greater Allegheny program
April 19, 2022
Nick Dizon called it a very tough decision, but after four years as coach of the Kiski Area girls basketball team, he is stepping away to lead the women’s program at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

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North Allegheny’s Jack Birch scores during a match against Butler on April 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Catholic regains top spot in volleyball coaches association’s Class 2A rankings
April 18, 2022
A section clash last week between WPIAL heavyweights produced a change at the top of the latest Western Pa. Volleyball Coaches Association Class 2A rankings released Monday morning.

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Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger battles Mars’ Katherine McEnroe for possession during their PIAA Class 3A semifinal Nov. 16, 2021, at Shaler Stadium.
Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger commits to Pitt women’s soccer
Pitt is it for another Plum girls soccer standout.

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Plum’s Bella Difrancesca works against Chartiers Valley’s Regan Bruggeman during their game on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
Plum girls lacrosse in hunt for Section 2 championship
April 17, 2022
The Plum girls lacrosse team reached the midpoint of its Section 1-2A slate in contention for the section title.

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Gateway senior Amaya Robinson will run in college at Division II Slippery Rock. With Amaya are her parents, Selenea and Jared. Standing is Gateway athletic director Don Holl.
Gateway sprinter Amaya Robinson to continue career on a familiar track
Amaya Robinson is building on the past and making the most of the present while lending an eye to the future.

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Gateway baseball team earns split with Penn-Trafford
The Gateway baseball team split last year’s Section 1-5A series with Penn-Trafford on the way to a 6-4 record and a trip to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Junior Jack Betler leads a contingent of Riverview track and field runners in a workout April 13, 2022, at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Riverview runners working toward more WPIAL success
April 16, 2022
Parker Steele has high hopes the Riverview boys 3,200-meter relay can defend its WPIAL Class 2A title from a year ago.

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Plum’s Bella Difrancesca works against Chartiers Valley’s Regan Bruggeman during their game on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
Plum girls lacrosse in hunt for Section 2 championship
The Plum girls lacrosse team reached the midpoint of its Section 1-2A slate in contention for the section title.

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Knoch’s Eli Sutton steals third base as Burrell’s Quade Kirchartz applies the tag Friday, April 15, 2022, at No Offseason Sports.
Stallsmith’s 6-RBI game helps Knoch beat Burrell in Section 1-4A
April 15, 2022
Burrell took Game 1, but the Knoch baseball team returned the favor in a big way Friday afternoon in a Section 1-4A rematch at sun-splashed No Offseason in Russellton.

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Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley is a senior member of the Lancers’ softball team.
Deer Lakes softball team off to good start in pursuit of section title
April 13, 2022
Early last season, Deer Lakes suffered a 6-3 loss to Valley, and that ended up playing a big part in costing the Lancers a share of the Section 1-3A championship.

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North Allegheny’s Sam Kinzler and Varun Kaveti go up for a block against Butler’s Kaleb Proudfoot during their match on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny, OLSH maintain top spots in WPIAL Volleyball Coaches Association rankings
April 11, 2022
North Allegheny (Class 3A) and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Class 2A) held on to their respective No. 1 spots in the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association’s Week 3 WPIAL boys top 10 polls released Monday morning.

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Gateway senior Ryan Bozicevic hits the ball down to fellow senior Gabriel Sha during warm-ups before a nonsection match against Trinity on March 31, at Gatweay’s Furrie Sports Complex.
Gateway boys volleyball ready to make its mark in Class 2A
April 10, 2022
The Gateway boys volleyball team got a chance to show its potential at the early-season Seneca Valley tournament on April 2.

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Gateway’s Nate Demchak was a second-team all-section selection in 2021.
Gateway baseball team off to strong start after extra-inning victory
With five seniors and several other returning underclassmen to fuel the machine, the Gateway baseball team’s optimism for the 2022 season grew in the weeks leading up to the season opener at Pine-Richland on March 29.

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Dianne Haney will be inducted into the A-K Valley Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022.
A-K Valley HOF inductee Haney was coach of year in 2006
April 9, 2022
When Dianne Haney stepped down as Kiski Area softball coach in 2014, she had completed 22 years at the helm of the Cavaliers and helped the program to 248 victories, 12 section championships, 15 playoff appearances, four undefeated regular seasons and a 1995 WPIAL runner-up finish.

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Plum senior outside hitter Cameron Moss and sophomore middle blocker Jackson Newland await instruction during a practice April 6, 2022, at Plum High School.
Plum boys volleyball hunting for Section 2 championship
The Plum boys volleyball team has goals and aspirations of claiming the Section 2-2A championship.

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Plum senior Jake George works on a hurdles drill during practice April 6, 2022, at Plum Mustangs Stadium.
Promising performances highlight start of season for Plum track and field
Plum boys and girls track and field coach Stephanie Kennedy witnessed a plethora of promising performances from the more than two dozen athletes who competed at the early-season Altoona Igloo Invitational on April 2 at Altoona’s Mansion Park.

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Armstrong junior Cadin Olsen is the recipient of the second annual Willie Thrower Memorial Award honoring the top quarterback in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The award also honors the legacy and memory of New Kensington native Willie Thrower as the first black quarterback in professional football history. With Olsen is Willie Thrower’s son, Melvin Thrower.
Armstrong’s Olsen winner of 2nd Willie Thrower Award as top QB in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Cadin Olsen stood tall, literally and figuratively, among a wide-ranging crop of talented quarterbacks in the WPIAL and City League.

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Golden Gloves Western Pa. finals set for Saturday in Monroeville
April 8, 2022
The Western Pennsylvania Golden Gloves winter and spring 2022 schedule comes down to Saturday evening and a card full of championship bouts at Pro Sports in Monroeville.

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Burrell junior Katie Armstrong gets set to deliver a pitch in practice April 6, 2022.
Burrell’s Armstrong guides young, determined squad
April 6, 2022
Katie Armstrong’s freshman softball season was over before it got a chance to get going.

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Highlands softball team pounds 5 HRs among its 20 hits in win over Freeport
April 4, 2022
After scoring single runs in losses to Shaler and Laurel to open its season, the Highlands softball team broke out in a big way Monday in the Section 1-4A opener against Freeport at Freeport Community Park.

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is Class 2A’s new No. 1 in coaches association volleyball rankings
There’s a change at the top of the Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association’s WPIAL Class 2A rankings released Monday morning.

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Gateway’s Hunter Raymer, top, and Kiski Area’s Parker Sterlitz, line up against one another in the boys 500 freestyle during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships Friday, March 4, 2022, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Gateway swimmers send off coach at PIAA championships
April 3, 2022
The 2021-22 season is the last for Sherry Sonetti as head coach of the Gateway swim teams, and she also is retiring from the Gateway School District at the end of the academic year in June.

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Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley picks off a loose ball from Kiski Area’s Karly Keller during the Cager Classic All-Star game Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Highlands High School.
West girls edge East in double OT in record-setting Cager Classic
April 2, 2022
At the midway point of the first overtime of Saturday’s 25th Cager Classic girls all-star game at Highlands, a loose ball off a missed shot caused a mad scramble involving a couple of players from both the East and West squads.

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Knoch’s Madilyn Boyer drives to the basket against Highlands on Jan. 10, 2022, at Highlands High School.
Knoch’s Maddie Boyer named Valley News Dispatch Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Maddie Boyer

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan scores past Central Catholic’s Payton Wehner during their game on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Alumni Hall in Oakland.
Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan takes Valley News Dispatch Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors
Eli Yofan

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Highlands graduate Robert Foster won several titles and set numerous records on the track with the Golden Rams and at the University of Houston.
Highlands’ Foster sprinted to Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame
When Robert Foster began running track and field at Highlands, he wasn’t sure where the sport would take him.

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Plum’s Rylen Campbell pins Fox Chapel’s Landon Funk during the quarterfinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships. Campbell led the Mustangs with 30 wins.
After strong season, future bright for Plum wrestling program
Seven Plum wrestlers took part in the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class 3A tournament March 4 and 5 at Canon-McMillan High School.

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Plum’s Giuliana Ricciuti competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships Friday, March 4, 2022, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Plum swimmers cap special season at PIAA championships
Sam Schohn was one of the top performers in the Class 2A boys 100-yard breaststroke all season.

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Penn Hills High School
Penn Hills stands by decision for teams to not play Kiski Area this spring over racism accusations
April 1, 2022
The Penn Hills School Board on Wednesday reaffirmed the district’s stance that its high school sports teams will not play Kiski Area opponents this spring after allegations that Kiski Area fans subjected Penn Hills players to racist taunts at a March 2 middle school volleyball game.

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Dom Girardi compiled a 21-26 record as Highlands football coach, guiding the Rams to the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs last season.
Highlands searches for new football coach after Girardi steps down
March 31, 2022
Dom Girardi stepped down as Highlands football coach Thursday, ending a five-season tenure with the Golden Rams.

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New Springdale coach Ryan Tempalski oversees an offseason conditoning workout Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
New coach to Springdale football team: ‘Show me what ya got’
March 29, 2022
Ryan Tempalski is ready to generate a spark for the Springdale football program.

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