Author: Michael Love


Thomas Jefferson lineman Shep Turk committed to Pitt in May.
Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Thomas Jefferson’s Shep Turk
July 15, 2024
The start of high school football practices throughout the state begin in less than a month, and Thomas Jefferson two-way lineman Shep Turk has a singular focus when it comes to being ready to start his senior season.

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Plum’s Saphia Davis (right) will compete at at USA Wrestling’s U.S. Marine Corps Junior and 16U Nationals in Fargo, N.D., next week.
Alle-Kiski Valley sends crew to national 16U wrestling tourney
July 12, 2024
Garett Huff is no stranger to high-level wrestling competition.

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Kiski Area’s Shane Kuhn (right) attempts to take down Archbishop Ryan’s Joe Hansbury in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA championships at the Giant Center on March 6, 2014 in Hershey. Kuhn won by 12-2 major decision.
Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame set to induct Class of 2024
July 9, 2024
Shane Kuhn left it all out on the field and on the mat for the Kiski Area football and wrestling teams.

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Tonya Norman was named Valley’s girls basketball coach ahead of the 2024-25 season.
Valley turns to prominent basketball alumni to help restore luster to boys, girls programs
July 8, 2024
Brice Flenory and Tonya (Pryor) Norman wowed fans of the Valley basketball teams during their time on the high school hardcourt.

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Freeport pitcher Sydney Selker delivers against Southmoreland during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Gateway.
Freeport’s Sydney Selker selected Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of Year
June 22, 2024
Player of the Year

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham works past Dock Mennonite’s Ashley Lapp during the PIAA Class A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Riverview’s Lola Abraham selected Gatorade Pennsylvania Girls Soccer Player of the Year
June 21, 2024
Lola Abraham enjoyed one of the most prolific high school careers in WPIAL girls soccer history, and that included a 2023 senior season when she scored 77 goals and added 20 assists to help lead the Riverview girls soccer team to the WPIAL and PIAA title games.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack celebrates with coach Josh Shields after Hornack won the 127-pound weight class during the PIAA Class AA individual championship March 11, 2023, at Giant Center in Hersey.
Josh Shields hopes to stay close to Burrell wrestling program despite departure as coach
June 20, 2024
When Josh Shields stepped down as Burrell head wrestling coach a couple of weeks ago, he wanted to convey to the returning underclassmen that while he won’t have the same title, he wants to be present to help them reach their goals.

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Kiski Area’s Trinity Seibel takes a cut during Tuesday’s Western Pa. Softball All-Star Game at Plum.
Senior softball players enjoy relaxed atmosphere of inaugural all-star game
June 18, 2024
Temperatures hovered in the mid 80s under a setting sun as Team Gold and Team Black gathered Tuesday evening for a celebration of the 2024 WPIAL softball season.

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Freeport pitcher Sydney Selker delivers against Southmoreland during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Gateway.
Plum set to host inaugural senior all-star softball game
June 17, 2024
Many of the top senior softball players in the WPIAL will gather Tuesday evening for an all-star game at Plum High School.

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The Gateway boys bowling team competed at the U.S. High School Bowling Foundation’s National Championships on June 8-10 at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster. In front, from left, are assistant coach Tanya Bowman, Kai Jones, Alex Keeling-Oliver, Chase Owens and head coach Joe Bowman. In back are assistant coach Walt Oliver, Josh Zlokas, Landon Lohr, Allon Wallace Jr, and Joey Jurczak.
Gateway bowlers cap season with successful trip to national tournament
June 16, 2024
The Gateway boys bowling team finished fourth overall at the Pennsylvania State Championships in March at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster.

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Catcher Nino Ninemire of the Monroeville Junion American Legion baseball team plays against Murrysville on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.
Monroeville Junior Legion team working toward strong finish to season
The Monroeville Junior Legion baseball team concluded the 2023 season in the Pennsylvania state playoffs, capping a successful summer that saw them win 19 of 30 games.

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Plum’s Cameron Napierkowski slides under the tag to score against Charleroi during Junior American Legion action Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at Plum High School.
Junior Legion players show Plum pride during busy summer of baseball
Members of the Plum Junior League baseball team are playing a lot this month between their community team and travel baseball.

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Deer Lakes grad Michael Sullivan competes for the Pitt men’s soccer team during the 2023 season.
Division I players from A-K Valley come together for high-level summer soccer
June 15, 2024
Gabe Norris and Michael Sullivan have been friends for close to 16 years as they got to know each other on the soccer pitch at 5 or 6 years of age.

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Plum senior Mareana Pilyih averaged 219.4 through 10 games in the national championships this week.
Plum, Freeport bowling teams take on U.S. in tournament
June 12, 2024
The high school bowling seasons for the Plum boys and girls teams and the Freeport girls team didn’t end in March at the state championships.

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Mars senior setter/opposite hitter Liam Quinn (10) congratulates senior right side hitter Kaden Gratton (30) as junior outside hitter Derek Piatek (22) looks on during a PIAA Class 2A semifinal Tuesday.
In battle of unbeatens, Meadville knocks off Mars in PIAA 2A boys volleyball semifinals
June 11, 2024
The Mars and Meadville boys volleyball teams entered Tuesday’s PIAA Class 2A semifinal winners of a combined 39 matches without a loss.

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Norwin’s Josey Michalski celebrates with teammates after hitting a 2-run homer against Hempfield during the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals.
Softball seniors get 1 last hurrah with WPA all-star game
June 10, 2024
Brookelyn Kotch, Josey Michalski, and Bailey Snowberger were the only three seniors on a rather young Norwin softball team that upended No. 1 Hempfield in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals before suffering a 4-3 extra-inning heartbreaker to No. 2 Seneca Valley in the title game.

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Burrell’s Brayden Mell celebrates after defeating Mt. Pleasant in their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Gateway.
New Lower Burrell American Legion team gets rolling
June 9, 2024
The Burrell baseball team rose from the No. 14 seed for the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs to a top-four finish while earning a PIAA tournament berth for the first time since 2010.

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Gateway’s Dino Nadarevic finishes fifth in the WPIAL Class 3A boys discus during the WPIAL championships Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Slippery Rock University.
Gateway sports 2023-24 year in review: Boys tennis team continues to find success
The 2023-24 school year featured a number of standout moments for the Gateway School District athletic programs.

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Broadcaster and former Pirates player Neil Walker watches as players bat at a showcase Friday.
Neil Walker WPIAL Baseball Showcase gives athletes chance to shine
June 7, 2024
Norwin rising junior Jakob Howard toed the rubber Friday morning at No Offseason Sports in Russelton and fired 10 to 12 pitches in front of more than 40 local and regional college coaches.

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Laurel’s Mayci lang rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Bentworth in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2024 at Gateway.
Laurel gets its revenge, and another shot at Neshannock, with win over Bentworth
June 6, 2024
Bentworth and Laurel met for the second time in two weeks Thursday in a PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal at Gateway.

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Plum’s Emily Grubich celebrates with Rayla Smith after scoring the winning goal in overime against Latrobe on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at Plum.
Plum, 29 student-athletes, 2 coaches honored with Positive Athlete Western Pa. Awards
Plum athletic director Drew Karpen was not surprised with the number of student-athlete nominations for the Positive Athlete Western Pennsylvania Awards.

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Riverview’s Carlo Buzzatto breaks free against Jeannette during a game last season.
Riverview football standout Carlo Buzzatto excited to compete on global stage
June 5, 2024
Carlo Buzzatto graduates Thursday with the Riverview Class of 2024.

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Burrell baseball battles in PIAA 1st round loss to Fairview
June 3, 2024
The Burrell baseball team went down swinging in the seventh inning of Monday’s PIAA Class 3A first-round game against District 10 champion Fairview at Mercyhurst.

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Burrell pitcher Stevie Hasson threw a complete-game shutout against Neshannock in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals.
Burrell returns to PIAA baseball playoffs for 1st time since 2010
June 2, 2024
Current Burrell baseball players were 4 years old or younger when the program made its most recent trip to the PIAA playoffs.

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Gateway junior Dino Nadarevic found himself on the medals podium several times this season, including at the PIAA Class 3A championships May 24, 2024, at Shippensburg University where he placed seventh in the shot put.
Gateway’s Dino Nadarevic caps season with PIAA shot put medal
Last year, Dino Nadarevic didn’t make the WPIAL championship meet as he was starting out throwing the shot put and discus in his first season with the Gateway track and field team.

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A trio of Gateway tennis players, from left, junior Zidaan Hassan and Adam Memije and sophmore Logan Memije, reached the medals podium at the PIAA Class 3A championships May 25, 2024, at the Hershey Racquet Club. Hassan and Logan Memije placed third in the doubles tournament, while Adam Memije took fourth in singles tournament.
Gateway boys tennis concludes season with PIAA singles, doubles medals
In a way, it was déjà vu for Gateway in the PIAA Class 3A doubles tournament at the Hershey Racquet Club.

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The Riverview boys 3,200-meter relay team of (from left) Chris Barnes, Holden Deasy, Micah Ivy and Braden Longstreth just missed a 2024 PIAA medal, placing ninth overall in a time of 8:13.79.
Riverview relay falls just short of medal at PIAA championships
June 1, 2024
Members of the Riverview track and field teams competed in five events at the PIAA Class 2A championships in Shippensburg, and the boys 3,200-meter relay came the closest to making it onto the medals podium.

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Chartiers-Houston celebrates with the trophy after beating Union in the WPIAL Class A softball championship Friday, May 31, 2024, at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field.
Chartiers-Houston captures 9th WPIAL softball championship
May 31, 2024
The Chartiers-Houston softball team saw its goal of a WPIAL Class A championship dashed last year with a loss to eventual champion Union in the semifinals.

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OLSH’s Quinn Santelli is tagged out by Riverview’s Miles Duncan during a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal game May 20.
Riverview baseball team reflects on WPIAL playoff run
May 30, 2024
Riverview baseball coach Bill Gras said the mood was somber — as would be expected — after his team’s 1-0 loss to No. 2 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals May 20 at Seneca Valley.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Arianna Swanson
2024 WPIAL Class 4A softball championship preview: Elizabeth Forward vs. Hampton
May 29, 2024
2024 WPIAL Class 4A softball championship

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Bentworth freshman Sydney Gonglik struck out 14 in the semifinals.
2024 WPIAL Class 2A softball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Bentworth
2024 WPIAL Class 2A softball championship

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Retired Kiski Area football coach Dick Dilts performs the coin toss Aug. 24, 2018, at the new stadium on the school campus that bears his name. Dilts coached the Cavaliers from 1962-93. His Kiski Area teams won 214 games.
Longtime Kiski Area football coach Dick Dilts, remembered for lifelong impact, dies at 93
There was no greater compliment Tony Despotakis could pay Richard “Dick” Dilts than to compare him to Vince Lombardi. The former Kiski Area football coach shared many similarities to one the NFL’s greatest coaching minds.

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South Park’s Kaitlyn Polk rounds second base with a smile after hitting a home run against Ligonier Valley on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Penn-Trafford High School.
WPIAL postpones Wednesday’s softball championship games
Because of the forecast of rain at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field, Wednesday’s Class 6A, 3A and 1A softball champ­ionship games were postponed and moved to Friday.

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Adam Jackowski leads South Allegheny baseball past Burrell in WPIAL consolation game
May 28, 2024
Adam Jackowski shook off some early rough patches and started to cruise.

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Chartiers-Houston’s Lauren Rush tags out Claysburg-Kimmel’s McKenna Black during the PIAA Class A quarterfinals last season.
2024 WPIAL Class A softball championship preview: Union vs. Chartiers-Houston
2024 WPIAL Class A softball championship

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Burrell’s David Kleckner celebrates with Dylan McKallip after McKallip scored against Avonworth during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal May 21.
Recovered after tough WPIAL playoff loss, Burrell baseball team refocused for PIAAs
May 27, 2024
Burrell baseball players were given the day off last Wednesday, one day after a tough 2-1 loss to Avonworth in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals at North Allegheny.

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Gateway’s Jace Beam and Jacob Pawlowski play against Penn Hills Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Gateway High School.
Gateway boys volleyball players earn all-star honors after WPIAL playoff exit
May 26, 2024
The third time didn’t end up being the charm for the Gateway boys volleyball team against No. 1 Mars in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals May 16.

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Cochran was voted Section 3-3A MVP.
A-K Valley high school notebook: Deer Lakes’ Cochran named section MVP
May 25, 2024
Deer Lakes senior outfielder Ryan Cochran’s fielding and hitting made Section 3-3A coaches stand up and take notice this spring, and the Lancers veteran was awarded in a vote as the section’s MVP.

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Plum’s Jaiden Gentile tags out Shaler’s Ellie Nickel at second base during their April 24 game at Shaler.
Plum softball team look ahead to promising future after 1st-round loss
The Plum softball team has grown to not appreciate the field at Gateway High School, considering a trio of recent playoff fates there.

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Plum’s Colin Watson singles against Franklin Regional on April 30 at Haymaker Field in Murrysville.
Plum baseball uses early playoff exit as learning experience
When Trinity’s Logan Daniels tallied a two-run single for the final runs of a three-run top of the 11th inning in a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game May 15 at Gateway, No. 5 Plum had its collective backs against the wall.

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Burrell’s Allison Smola (left) and Freeport’s Erin Schaeffer (right) will compete in the 100 hurdles at the PIAA championships.
Burrell’s Smola, Freeport’s Schaeffer hope to face off at PIAA meet
May 23, 2024
Burrell senior Allison Smola and Freeport senior Erin Schaeffer have lined up against each other numerous times in the 100-meter hurdles throughout their high school track and field careers.

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Kiski Area athletic director John Peterman works in his office May 21, 2024, at Kiski Area.
Kiski Area AD Peterman retiring after long career in athletic administration
May 22, 2024
Kiski Area senior Eliza Miller will run the 1,600 meters Friday morning and the 800 meters Saturday afternoon at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships at Shippensburg.

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Avonworth celebrates with Jack Dolan after his walk-off hit in the bottom of the eight inning to beat Burrell during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Tuesday at North Allegheny High School.
Avonworth sophomore delivers walk-off hit against Burrell in Class 3A semifinals
May 21, 2024
Sophomore third baseman Jack Dolan was the hero for Avonworth on Tuesday in its WPIAL Class 3A baseball semifinal game against Burrell at North Allegheny.

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OLSH players celebrate with Bruno Williams after his walk-off hit against Riverview in the seventh inning during a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Monday at Seneca Valley.
OLSH walks off Riverview to run win streak to 12, reach Class 2A semifinals
May 20, 2024
The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart baseball team won 11 games in a row to close the regular season.

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Gateway’s Dino Nadarevic finishes fifth in the WPIAL 3A boys discus during the WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Slippery Rock University.
Gateway’s Dino Nadarevic to compete in shot put, discus at PIAA championships
May 19, 2024
Dino Nadarevic went from non-WPIAL qualifier to a double PIAA qualifier in the span of 12 months.

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Gateway junior Adam Memije (right) congratulates North Allegheny’s Advaita Sircar at the WPIAL Class 3A singles championships April 10, 2024, at Glen Creek Tennis Club in South Park.
Gateway singles, doubles players look ahead to PIAA tournament
It’s been more than a month since Adam Memije punched his ticket to the PIAA Class 3A boys tennis singles tournament at the Hershey Racquet Club.

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Freeport’s Michael Braun has the early lead against Mohawk’s Javon Schoedel in the Class 2A 3,200-meter run Thursday at the WPIAL championships.
Allle-Kiski athletes overcome delay at WPIAL track championships
May 16, 2024
Normally, Michael Braun would’ve had about three hours in between WPIAL runs in the 1,600 meters and the 3,200.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller take third in the 1,600 during the WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday at Slippery Rock University.
Alle-Kiski Valley athletes battle elements, delays to win WPIAL gold; some events postponed
May 15, 2024
SLIPPERY ROCK — Mother nature spared Slippery Rock University for the first four hours of Wednesday’s WPIAL track and field championships with the sun coming out and temperatures rising to near 70 degrees.

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Freeport pitcher Sydney Selker delivers against Southmoreland during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Gateway.
A-K Valley softball playoff preview capsule: Game for May 16, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller enters the WPIAL track and field championships seeded first in the Class 3A 800 meters. She is the defending champion in the event.
Kiski Area’s Miller ready for final shot at winning WPIAL track gold
May 14, 2024
Eliza Miller has a faint memory of her first WPIAL event as a freshman in the fall of 2020 amid the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

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Freeport pitcher Sydney Selker celebrates her 500th career strikeout with catcher Reese Selker during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game against Southmoreland on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Gateway.
No. 12 Freeport softball upsets No. 5 Southmoreland in WPIAL Class 3A 1st round
Freeport made the WPIAL softball playoffs 12 straight seasons before missing out last spring.

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Connellsville senior Iris Burd delivers a pitch in the top of the seventh of a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game against Plum on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Gateway. Burd gave up nine hits and two walks while striking out 10 over seven innings in the Falcons’ 9-4 victory.
Connellsville jumps on Plum early in Class 5A 1st-round win
May 13, 2024
Gateway High School’s softball field isn’t the most popular place for Plum.

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Maddie Kee and her Deer Lakes teammates will face South Park on Tuesday in the WPIAL playoffs.
A-K Valley high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 14, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Leechburg football coach Randy Walters, at left, with former Blue Devils quarterback Dylan Cook, coaches at the 2023 Pitt 7-on-7 camp. Walters will coach the running backs on the U20 U.S. National Team at the International Federation of American Football’s World Junior Championship tournament June 23-30, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta.
Leechburg coach Randy Walters selected to coaching staff for U.S. Tackle National Team
Randy Walters was born and raised in Canada, a product of Grimsby, Ontario.

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Riverview’s 
Rece Stempfer
Riverview battle-tested for WPIAL baseball playoffs
May 12, 2024
The Riverview and Greensburg Central Catholic baseball teams met May 6 and 7 with second place in Section 3-2A on the line.

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Plum pitcher Riley Stephans celebrates a strikeout with Jaiden Gentile during their game against Shaler on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2024, at Shaler.
A-K Valley high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 13, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Gateway’s Kiki Pitts will compete at the WPIAL track and field championships May 15, at Slippery Rock.
Gateway notebook: Track and field athletes prepare for WPIAL meet
Coming down the stretch to the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships at Slippery Rock, there were several qualifying locks among the Gateway boys and girls teams.

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Valley’s Mason Simmons throws during the Willie Thrower camp Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Valley High School.
Willie Thrower camp continues to grow, honor legacy of barrier-breaking Valley QB
May 11, 2024
Willie Thrower would have stood on the Valley High Memorial Field turf and marveled at the talented quarterbacks and other position players at the third annual quarterback camp named in his memory.

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Riverview junior Rece Stempfer throws in practice May 8 at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
Tough section tests prepare Riverview for WPIAL baseball playoffs
The Riverview and Greensburg Central Catholic baseball teams met May 6 and 7 with second place in Section 3-2A on the line.

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Plum’s Antonino Walker ties up Parrish McFarland during the 152-pound match March 7 at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championship at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Plum notebook: Mustangs wrestlers make college decisions
Antonino Walker and fellow Plum seniors celebrated their high school wrestling careers and wrestling futures as they finalized decisions to compete at the next level.

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Plum’s Jaiden Gentile tags out Shaler’s Ellie Nickel at second base during their game April 24. Plum earned the No. 9 seed for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.
Class 5A features deep bracket for WPIAL softball playoffs
May 9, 2024
The Class 5A bracket was a hot topic of the WPIAL softball pairings show Thursday afternoon on TribLive HSSN.

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Jeff Zelonka coached the Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team this season.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Apollo-Ridge pursues girls basketball coach
May 8, 2024
Apollo-Ridge School District and its athletics department are continuing the process that will lead to the hiring of a new girls basketball coach.

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Kiski Area’s Carson Heinle throws during last year’s Willie Thrower quarterback camp at Valley.
Top Western Pa. quarterbacks set to show skills at 4th Willie Thrower camp
More than 50 quarterbacks from the WPIAL and throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio will get a chance to show their stuff at the fourth annual Willie Thrower Memorial Award Foundation Quarterback Camp on Saturday at Valley High School.

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Knoch junior pole vaulter Kara Fennell
After coming up short twice, Knoch girls track and field team aims for WPIAL title
May 6, 2024
Two years ago, the Knoch girls track and field team qualified for the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals. The Lady Knights came up just short of their goal to advance to the finals.

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Norwin’s Troy Horvath serves against Penn Hills on April 11, 2024, at Norwin.
Shaler, Mars lead final 2024 WPIAL boys volleyball top-10 polls
The final week of the regular season is here for WPIAL boys volleyball teams, and there still are things to be decided in terms of playoff qualifiers.

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Freeport soccer player Camryn Woods competes in Costa Rica with the 2024 U.S. Olympic Development Program’s U15 national team.
Freeport’s Camryn Woods values experience with U.S. ODP national team
Camryn Woods found herself among some select soccer company.

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Gateway junior Dino Nadarevic throws during a meet in the 2024 season.
Gateway’s Dino Nadarevic, Kenny Lewis closing in on school records
May 5, 2024
Dino Nadarevic didn’t know what the South Fayette Invitational boys meet record was for the shot put before he competed in the event April 27.

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Gateway junior Kaitlyn Karpuszka takes part in a scrimmage April 7, 2024, at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Gateway flag football team continues unbeaten run
After Week 3 of the high school girls flag football season on April 28, Gateway stood tall in the East division at 6-0.

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Plum high jumper Owen Proskin
Plum’s Owen Proskin looks to contend for WPIAL medals in multiple events
May 4, 2024
During a high school track and field meet this season, Owen Proskin can be seen anywhere from the track to the jumps and to the throws.

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Plum Mountain Bike Team coaches, parents, and student riders gather at The Bike Lab shop in Plum on May 1, 2024, to talk about the upcoming season.
Plum Mustang mountain bike team gears up for season of growth, camaraderie
May 2, 2024
Jim Yurek gets excited when talking about the continued growth of the Plum Mustang mountain bike team.

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Avonworth’s Syndey Savatt beats the throw to Freeport’s Abby DeJidas on Wednesday.
Avonworth wins section with shutout of Freeport
May 1, 2024
The Avonworth softball team came into Wednesday’s Section 1-3A matchup against Freeport at Freeport Community Park in control of its own destiny to claim another outright section championship.

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Burrell pitcher Shelby Novak delivers against Deer Lakes on Monday, April 29, 2024, in Lower Burrell.
Freshman pitcher Shelby Novak helps Burrell softball lock up 18th straight playoff appearance
Shelby Novak said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue pitching.

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Burrell’s Bella Stewart watches her 2-run home run against Deer Lakes on Monday, Apr. 29, 2024, in Lower Burrell.
Junior trio leads Burrell softball team to key victory over Deer Lakes
April 29, 2024
Three was the magic number for the Burrell softball team in its Section 1-3A clash with rival Deer Lakes Monday evening at Bon Air Elementary.

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Pine-Richland’s Brady Weir hits against North Hills on April 9, 2024, at Pine-Richland High School.
North Catholic moves up to No. 2 in WPIAL boys volleyball coaches rankings
Only three section play dates are left in the 2024 WPIAL boys volleyball regular season, and teams in Class 3A and Class 2A are making final pushes for section titles, playoff positioning and postseason berths.

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Gateway’s Zidaan Hassan plays against Upper St. Clair during the WPIAL Class 3A doubles tennis championship Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at North Allegheny High School.
Gateway tennis again finds success in WPIAL doubles tournament
April 28, 2024
When Gateway junior Adam Memije advanced to the WPIAL Class 3A singles championship match April 10 and qualified for the PIAA tournament, and fellow Gators junior Zidaan Hassan lost in the semifinals, Hassan knew immediately that to win a second straight WPIAL doubles title, he would have to do it with a new partner.

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Gateway first baseman Grady Dunsmore collected a single and drew a walk in an 11-0 loss to Plum on April 23, 2024, at the Gateway Sports Complex.
Gateway baseball coach, players remain positive after narrow losses
One win in 12 games to start a season might cause one to speculate about how the team is developing over the course of time from the start to its current standing.

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Plum’s Brody Howell shoots and scores against Freeport on April 18 at Plum High School.
Advance Leader notebook: Plum boys lacrosse sets program record
April 27, 2024
The Plum boys lacrosse team routed Winchester Thurston earlier this month and did it with 17 goals, the most in the nearly decadelong history of the program.

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Fox Chapel freshman pitcher Jillian Haugh stops at third base en route to scoring a run in the first inning of a Section 1-5A game against Penn Hills on April 22, 2024.
Young Fox Chapel softball team finding stride ahead of WPIAL playoffs
The Fox Chapel softball team came as close as a team could to clinching a playoff spot from Section 1-5A when it dispatched Oakland Catholic, 20-5, last week to improve to 4-4 and remain one game behind third-place Plum in the section standings.

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Kiski Area’s Gianna DeVito took second in the girls high jump during the WCCA Tack and Field Championships on Thursday.
Kiski Area high jumper DeVito striving to soar higher as WPIAL meet approaches
April 26, 2024
Gianna DeVito leapt to a top height of 5 feet, 2 1/2 inches in the high jump at the Lady Spartans Invitational on April 13 at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.

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Knoch’s Brynne Smith gets an RBI against Highlands on Wednesday.
Knoch softball team prepares for huge section showdown
April 25, 2024
When Knoch softball coach Chris Gardner was asked in a preseason questionnaire what his expectations were for this season, his response was simple and to the point.

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Gateway’s Logan Memije plays against Upper St. Clair during the WPIAL Class 3A doubles tennis championship match Wednesday at North Allegheny.
New Gateway duo wins WPIAL doubles title; Montour team makes school history
April 24, 2024
When Gateway junior Adam Memije advanced to the WPIAL Class 3A singles championship match two weeks ago and qualified for the PIAA tournament, and fellow Gators junior Zidaan Hassan lost in the semifinals, Hassan knew immediately that to win a second straight WPIAL doubles title, he would have to do it with a new partner.

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Plum’s Erik Streussnig celebrates ates after driving in a run against Trinity during a WPIAL playoff game last season.
Plum baseball continues winning ways with shutout of Gateway
April 23, 2024
Plum is starting to hit its stride in Section 1-5A.

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Fox Chapel’s Brie Hnatow take a lead off of third base after a pitch is thrown in the bottom of the third of a Section 1-5A softball game with Penn Hills on Monday at Fox Chapel High School.
Playoff picture looking good for Fox Chapel after win over Penn Hills
April 22, 2024
The Fox Chapel softball team took one step closer to securing a spot in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs with an 11-0 win Monday afternoon.

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Gateway’s Mark DiPalma goes up for a block against Penn Hills on April 17, 2024, at Gateway High School.
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The boys volleyball stretch run to the end of section play May 9 and the WPIAL playoffs the following week has begun, and teams are making preparations to battle for postseason positioning and berths to the tournaments in both Class 3A and Class 2A.

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Gateway’s Jace Beam and Jacob Pawlowski play against Penn Hills Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Gateway High School.
Gateway boys volleyball making playoff push in Section 2-2A
April 21, 2024
The Gateway boys volleyball team found itself squarely in the mix of the Class 2A rankings from the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.

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                                Plum senior Jack Anderson gets set to throw to second base during a defensive drill in practice April 17 at Plum High School.
Plum baseball battling toward playoff berth in Section 1-5A
April 20, 2024
Carl Vollmer was quick to extol the virtues of baseball games in Section 1-5A, one that is filled with close, natural rivalries.

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Freeport’s Mackenzie Magness practices April 18, 2024, at Freeport.
Freeport freshman pole vaulter Magness already turning heads with her performance
April 19, 2024
If opposing teams didn’t already know about Mackenzie Magness through her accomplishments during the indoor track and field season, the Freeport freshman pole vaulter opened more eyes at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association outdoor championships last Saturday at West Mifflin High School.

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New Plum boys basketball coach Dave Pucka
Dave Pucka, one of Plum’s own, hired to coach boys basketball team
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Dave Pucka put his stamp on Plum athletics more than 25 years ago as a standout running back for the Mustangs, and he also was a member of the boys basketball team.

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Apollo-Ridge senior shortstop Camdyn Kowalczyk practices April 16, 2024, at Apollo-Ridge High School.
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The Apollo-Ridge softball team began the season with 11 players.

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Burrell builds momentum with win over Deer Lakes
April 15, 2024
Mother Nature’s rain overnight from Sunday into Monday necessitated a change in venue for Monday’s Section 1-3A softball clash for first place between rivals Burrell and Deer Lakes.

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Pine-Richland’s Ben Ward makes a defensive play against North Hills on April 9, 2024 at Pine-Richland High School.
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Shaler and North Allegheny remain the top two boys volleyball teams in the latest Western Pa. Volleyball Coaches Association Class 3A poll released Monday morning, and the Titans and Tigers finished last week in the championship match at the prestigious Koller Classic on Saturday at Central York High School.

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WPIAL Class 3A boys singles third-place finisher Zidaan Hassan and runner-up Adam Memije of Gateway and champion Advaita Sircar of North Allegheny pose after their matches April 10, 2024, at Glen Creek Tennis Club in South Park.
Gateway’s Adam Memije looks forward to PIAA tournament
April 14, 2024
Gateway junior Adam Memije entered the WPIAL Class 3A singles championship match last Wednesday at Glen Creek Tennis Club in South Park Township hoping to finish off a WPIAL-championship triple crown.

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Gateway sophomore Izzy Brown takes part in a scrimmage against Greensburg Salem on April 7, 2024, at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Gateway looks forward to promising 2nd flag football season
The foundation bricks for the Gateway girls flag football team were put in place last spring.

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Riverview senior Toby Green throws the shot put at practice April 9 at Riverside Park.
Returning athletes bolster Riverview track and field teams
April 13, 2024
The Riverview boys and girls track and field teams are fueled by a nucleus of returning, experienced talent, some of whom powered their way to last year’s WPIAL Class 2A championships at Slippery Rock.

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Plum’s Zoe Fulton runs the ball during a scrimmage against Penn Hills on April 7 at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Plum players learning, improving during inaugural flag football season
Anna Zanchi didn’t know much about American football before coming to Plum as an exchange student from Italy.

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Burrell junior catcher Bella Stewart tears out of the batter’s box after making contact during a 19-5 win over Valley on Tuesday.
Young Burrell softball team gets off to good start; tough tests await
April 10, 2024
The Burrell softball team won a section championship two years ago and finished runner-up last year.

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WPIAL boys singles tennis champions Advaita Sircar of North Allegheny and Severin Harmon of Sewickley Academy
North Allegheny freshman bursts onto scene, Sewickley Academy junior reaches goal in WPIAL tennis finals
Advaita Sircar made his WPIAL tournament debut Tuesday and continued his run Wednesday in the Class 3A singles championship match at Glen Creek Tennis Club in South Park Township.

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Valley junior Landon Harclerode returns a serve during practice Monday on the courts at Valley High School.
Valley junior’s quick rise up WPIAL tennis ranks fueled by love of sport
April 8, 2024
When Landon Harclerode picked up a tennis racket competitively for the first time two years ago, it was the start of a journey of discovery, of learning and of improving.

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Upper St. Clair’s Sierra Dupre called up to U.S. national team for international soccer tournament
Sierra Dupre, a sophomore at Upper St. Clair High School and a Riverhounds Development Academy player, will get the opportunity to represent the United States on the U16 Women’s National Team for their UEFA Friendship Tournament this week in Riva, Turkey.

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Shaler’s Zach Rosenwald blocks a shot against Butler next to Dante Palombo on Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2024, at Butler.
Close battles, big wins reflected in movement within WPIAL boys volleyball coaches polls
It was a busy week in WPIAL boys volleyball as teams in both Class 3A and Class 2A had strong showings and made their move in the rankings as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its latest top-10 polls Monday morning.

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Gateway sprinters practice their starts April 3, 2024, at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Gateway track and field athletes gear up for competition
April 7, 2024
The first couple of weeks of preseason practices for WPIAL sports teams contained several sunny days with temperatures reaching into the 60s with a couple getting near 70.

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Plum’s Gabrielle Layne earned two medals at the WPIAL championships last season.
Led by sprinter Gabrielle Layne, Plum athletes embark on 2024 track and field season
April 6, 2024
Gabrielle Layne capped her 2023 outdoor track season with some major accomplishments.

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Kiski Area’s Isaiah Gonzalez wins the boys hot shot shooting contest in the skills competition during the Cager Classic on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Highlands High School.
A-K Valley shooters on target at Cager Classic skills competition
April 5, 2024
The top senior talent in the Alle-Kiski Valley and surrounding communities gathered Friday at Highlands to match shooting skills in a competition to kick off the two-day Cager Classic all-star celebration.

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Highlands’ Bradyn Foster (right) will play in the Cager Classic this weekend.
Basketball foes become teammates at Cager Classic
April 4, 2024
The Highlands and Hampton boys basketball teams played nine times over the past four seasons, including a third time last year in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs.

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April 3, 2024
The Plum softball team rallied from the first inning on during last Friday’s nonsection home game against Highlands at Plum High School

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Penn-Trafford’s Nathaniel Rugh eyes up a dig against Bethel Park during their match March 26, 2024, at Bethel Park.
Mars, Shaler maintain top spots in latest WPIAL boys volleyball coaches rankings
April 1, 2024
A couple of teams in Class 3A changed positions as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 3 Top-10 polls and Players of the Week on Monday morning.

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Gateway’s Logan Memije plays in a match with the Gators’ tennis team March 27, 2024, at Gateway.
Gateway boys tennis sets course on WPIAL title defense
March 31, 2024
Six of seven starters returned from last year’s Gateway boys tennis team which captured the program’s first WPIAL title since 1988 and made it all the way to the PIAA Class 3A semifinals.

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Gateway junior Hunter Raymer earned PIAA medals in the Class 3A boys 200-yard medley relay and 500 freestyle at the championship meet March 13 and 14, 2024, at Bucknell University.
Gateway swimmers pleased with performance at state championships
The final Gateway swim in the final event of the final day of the PIAA swimming championships at Bucknell University resulted in a podium finish and a state medal.

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St. Joseph’s Julie Spinelli shoots a 3-pointer against Union during the WPIAL Class A championship game.
St. Joseph’s Julie Spinelli headlines Valley News Dispatch girls basketball all-stars
March 30, 2024
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Riverview senior pitcher and infielder Jack Loughren is an island unto himself in that he’s the only senior on a youthful Raiders baseball team.

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Plum won the Western PA Regional girls team bowling championship March 9.
After impressive postseason, Plum bowlers head to national championships
Plum was the only WPIBL program to have both its boys and girls bowling teams qualify for the Pennsylvania state championships.

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Plum’s Max Grice tries to block the shot of Shaler’s Brandon London on Jan. 3.
Again searching for new boys basketball coach, Plum seeks stability, return to prominence
March 29, 2024
For the second time in less than two years, Plum is looking for a new boys basketball coach.

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Freeport’s Sydney Selker warms up during a game at Armstrong on March 27, 2024.
Freeport pitcher Sydney Selker healthy, aims to make final season memorable
March 27, 2024
Sydney Selker wasn’t accustomed to sitting out a softball game, no matter at what level.

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Plum pitcher Riley Stephans delivers against Derry on Monday, March 25, 2024.
Plum softball team bounces back from opening loss to blank Derry
March 25, 2024
The Plum softball team’s season debut against Ligonier Valley on Friday was, in the eyes of the coaches and players, not their best outing.

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After busy tournament weekend, Shaler, Mars remain atop coaches’ volleyball polls
Shaler captured the Meadville Tournament championship Saturday, and the victory strengthened the Titans’ hold on the No. 1 spot in the latest Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class 3A poll released Monday morning.

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Indiana won the boys team title at the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships Saturday, March 16, 2024.
WPIAL swimmers claim 6 more golds to wrap up successful PIAA Class 2A meet
March 17, 2024
WPIAL swimmers brought home six more PIAA Class 2A state championships Saturday evening to cap a highly successful two-day meet at Bucknell University.

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Knoch’s Giona Lavorini stands atop the 100 breaststroke podium at the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships Saturday, March 16, 2024.
Knoch’s Giona Lavorini wins duel for gold at PIAA Class 2A swim meet
March 16, 2024
Knoch junior Giona Lavorini bested rival Peyton Scott, a junior from Indiana, for the WPIAL Class 2A title March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Mt. Pleasant won the PIAA Class 2A girls team title Saturday, March 16, 2024.
Mt. Pleasant girls repeat as PIAA Class 2A team swimming champions
The Mt. Pleasant girls 400-yard freestyle relay of Lainey Brown, Maddie Barrick, Riley Shinsky and Lily King took fifth (3 minutes, 36.90 seconds) in the championship heat Friday night at Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University.

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Earning medals at the PIAA Class 2A girls diving championships March 16, 2024, at Bucknell were, from left, Lilia Mackenzie, Kaitlyn Blackmer, Ruby Olliffe and Gabby Elk.
Hampton’s Gabby Elk takes 2nd at PIAA Class 2A diving championships
LEWISBURG — Hampton sophomore Gabby Elk sat in fifth place after the second round of dives Saturday afternoon at the PIAA Class 2A championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

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Indiana’s Peyton Scott is the defending state champ in the 100 breaststroke.
5 WPIAL swimmers, 2 relays to go for PIAA Class 2A gold as top seeds after Day 2 prelims
LEWISBURG — Day 2 of the PIAA Class 2A swimming championship Saturday morning at Bucknell University brought more fast times from WPIAL swimmers, and they will be well-featured in this evening’s championship heats in the 100-yard freestyle, 500 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 free relay.

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Plum’s Antonino Walker ties up Parrish McFarland during their 152-pound match March 7 at the the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament at Hershey’ Giant Center.
Plum seniors cap careers at PIAA wrestling tournament
Mike Tongel wrestled at the PIAA Class AAA tournament as a senior in 1984.

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Indiana’s Preston Kessler knows nothing but PIAA championships in the Class 2A boys 200-yard freestyle.

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March 15, 2024
WPIAL individual swimmers and relays captured nine out of a possible 12 state titles on the first day of the PIAA Class 2A championships Friday at Bucknell University.

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Freeport’s Kasey Schrecongost, Kira Schrecongost, Caitlyn Brennan and Mary Ann Altman
Freeport’s Schrecongost takes PIAA silver in 100 butterfly
Leah Shackley is fast.

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Derry junior Jacob Hauser (sixth) and Blackhawk senior Braden Finkbeiner (third) won medals at the PIAA Class 2A boys diving championships Friday, March 15, 2024.
Blackhawk, Derry divers medal at PIAA Class 2A championships
Blackhawk senior Brecken Finkbeiner and Derry junior Jacob Hauser finished 1-2 at the WPIAL Class 2A diving championships Feb. 23 at North Allegheny.

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WPIAL swimmers in good position after Class 2A preliminary swims at PIAA meet
WPIAL Class 2A swimmers took the baton from their Class 3A counterparts Friday morning at the PIAA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University.

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North Allegheny celebrates after winning the girls team title at the PIAA Class 3A swim meet Thursday, March 14, 2024.
With brilliant final session, North Allegheny girls win back-to-back PIAA team titles
A trio of North Allegheny divers got the ball rolling Thursday afternoon with points scored in the PIAA Class 3A competition.

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Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford swimmers end illustrious careers side by side on PIAA medal stand
March 14, 2024
Holden Thomas owned the top seed in the Class 3A boys 100-yard backstroke and had his sights set on big things in the preliminaries Thursday morning on Day 2 of the PIAA swimming championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

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North Allegheny’s Natalie Sens and Fox Chapel’s Sarah Pasquella finished 1-2 in the Class 3A 100 breaststroke at the PIAA swim meet Thursday, March 14, 2024.
Fox Chapel junior’s best time good for 2nd to North Allegheny star at PIAA swim meet
Fox Chapel junior Sarah Pasquella entered the finals of the girls Class 3A 100-yard breaststroke Thursday evening at Bucknell University as the second seed to North Allegheny’s Natalie Sens.

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PIAA Class 3A girls diving medalists from the WPIAL, from left, North Allegheny’s Juliet Hood (second), Mars’ Emily Mueller (sixth) and North Allegheny’s Lola Malarky (third)
Tigers still populate podium after North Allegheny reign ends in PIAA Class 3A girls diving
A new PIAA Class 3A girls diving champion was guaranteed to be crowned Thursday afternoon at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

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Day 2 of the PIAA Class 3A swimming championships is held March 14, 2024, at Bucknell University.
Mt. Lebanon’s Sylvia Roy, North Allegheny’s Natalie Sens earn top times at PIAA swimming Day 2 prelims
LEWISBURG — WPIAL swimmers will go after titles and additional medals Thursday evening on Day 2 of the PIAA Class 3A championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Sylvia Roy
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March 13, 2024
Sylvia Roy won silver in the 50-yard freestyle at last year’s PIAA Class 3A swimming championships.

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The Latrobe 200 free relay team of Lauren Bell, Destini Homan, Hannah Carasia and Maggie Elder
Latrobe relay team outswims seed to earn PIAA medal
The Latrobe girls 200 free relay of Lauren Bell, Destini Homan, Hannah Carasia and Maggie Elder arrived at the PIAA Class 3A swim championships at Bucknell University on Wednesday seeded 14th.

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The Fox Chapel 400 free relay team of Sarah Pasquella, Josephine Stanczak, Charlotte Rusche and Grace Kovach
Fox Chapel swimmers start medal collection on 1st day of PIAA meet
Fox Chapel junior Sarah Pasquella swam a time of 1 minute, 51.08 seconds in the preliminaries of the girls 200-yard freestyle Wednesday on Day 1 of the PIAA Class 3A championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

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Seneca Valley’s Isaiah Clerkley tops the podium at the PIAA Class 3A boys diving championships Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Fox Chapel’s Jackson Hagler was third and Mt. Lebanon’s Macolm Thompson was eighth.
Seneca Valley senior goes out on top with PIAA diving gold
Seneca Valley senior Isaiah Clerkley ended his high school diving career on the highest of high notes.

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Swimmers on the blocks for the third heat of the 200 IM at the PIAA swimming championships Wednesday, March 13, 2024. North Allegheny sophomore Tori Tieppo is in Lane 2.
WPIAL swimmers off to fast start at PIAA meet
WPIAL swimmers fared well in Day 1 preliminary swims at the PIAA Class 3A championships Wednesday morning at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

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Franklin Regional’s Holden Thomas (right) stands atop of the podium after winning the 100-yard backstroke during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Franklin Regional, Mt. Pleasant swimmers among high seeds for PIAA championship meet
March 12, 2024
Holden Thomas made his PIAA debut three years ago at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, 70 miles from Bucknell, the traditional site of the state swimming and diving championships.

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Kiski Area’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of (from left) Leah Kunkle, Abby King, Eliza Miller and Amara Sterlitz earned gold at the WPIAL meet.
After celebrating WPIAL title, Kiski Area swimmers turn attention to PIAA meet
For Abby King, it was like mother, like daughter at the WPIAL Class 2A championships March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Mark Dipalma and the Gateway boys 400 free relay finished ninth at the WPIAL Class 3A championships.
Gateway swimmers find success at WPIAL meet, earn berths to state competition
March 10, 2024
Gateway sophomore Gunner Raymer briefly faced a measure of adversity right before his 200-yard freestyle swim at the WPIAL Class 3A championships Feb. 29 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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The Gateway boys bowling team captured the Western Regional team title March 2 at AMF Noble Manor Lanes. From left are head coach Joe Bowman, Jordan Trenga, Kai Jones, Joey Jurczak, captain Alex Keeling-Oliver, Allon Wallace Jr., Chase Owns, Landon Lohr and assistant coach Walt Oliver.
Gateway bowlers celebrate regional title, look ahead to state competition
When the Gateway boys bowling team wrapped up the Western Regional championship title March 2 at AMF Noble Manor Lanes, coach Joe Bowman got a message from two members of the last Gators team to qualify for the state tournament.

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St. Joseph’s Julie Spinelli shoots a 3-pointer against Union during the WPIAL Class A championship game March 2.
St. Joseph earns 1st state playoff win in seniors’ last game on home court
March 9, 2024
There was history being made by both St. Joseph teams coming into their PIAA Class A first-round game Saturday in Natrona Heights.

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Senior Amelia Faust and the Plum girls 200 freestyle relay finished sixth at the WPIAL championship meet.
Plum swimmers earn berth to PIAA championships
The Plum girls swim team fared well in a number of events at the WPIAL Class 3A championships Feb. 29 and March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Plum freshman Maksim Popienko fires a shot against Blackhawk in a game Nov. 6 at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Plum hockey hopes to build off turnaround season
It was quite a turnaround this season for the Plum hockey team.

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Burrell’s Macky Bennis celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Deer Lakes during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, Mar. 1, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
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Knoch’s Karlee Buterbaugh (center) battles Highlands’ Kalleigh Nerone for a rebound earlier this season.
A-K Valley girls basketball teams hit reset button heading into state tournament
March 6, 2024
Coming off WPIAL consolation wins over Section 1-4A rivals Greensburg Salem and Knoch, the Highlands girls basketball team is preparing for what lies ahead in PIAA tournament play.

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Deer Lakes’ Giovanni Porco (left) celebrates his goal with Ryan Grunden during their PIHL Varsity D2 playoff game against Carrick on Tuesday at the Ice Castle.
Deer Lakes tops division champ Carrick in PIHL D2 playoffs, sets up meeting with Burrell
March 5, 2024
Something had to give as the Carrick and Deer Lakes hockey teams came into Tuesday’s PIHL Varsity D2 quarterfinal at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon riding multi-game win streaks.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Kiersten O’Connor smiles for a photo while standing atop of the 100-yard backstroke podium during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships Friday, March 1, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool. Hampton’s Lainey Sheets, left, and Freeport’s Kasey Schrecongost, right, were also top finishers.
WPIAL swimmers to swap gold, silver medals after 100-yard backstroke review
A change has been made to the order of finish between Mt. Pleasant junior Kiersten O’Connor and Hampton sophomore Lainey Sheets after their Class 2A 100-yard backstroke race Friday at the WPIAL championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Norwin’s Dom Costantino celebrates after scoring against Fox Chapel during their PIHL AA playoff game on Monday, Mar. 4, 2024, at Palmer Imaging Arena.
Norwin comes alive in 3rd period to beat Fox Chapel, reach PIHL 2A semifinals
March 4, 2024
The Norwin and Fox Chapel hockey teams have gotten to know each other pretty well over the past three years, both in the regular season and in the Penguin Cup playoffs.

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Union’s Kylie Fruehstorfer fights for a loose ball with Riverview’s Katerina Tsambis during the WPIAL Class A semifinals Feb. 26, at North Allegheny High School.
Riverview girls turn attention to PIAA playoffs
March 3, 2024
“It almost was a Cinderella story.”

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Plum’s Owen Proskin won two TSTCA medals at the meet Feb. 17 at Edinboro.
Plum, Riverview athletes benefit from indoor track and field season
Owen Proskin finished as one of the top scorers for the Plum boys basketball team this season.

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Franklin Regional’s Drew Devola attempts a shot with pressure from Gateway’s Mykel Bruce-McCrommon on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, at Norwin.
Gateway boys earn berth to PIAA tournament
The Gateway boys basketball team faced a do-or-die scenario for a trip to the PIAA playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love is a senior on the 2023-24 basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Freeport’s Kira Schrecongost, Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love
March 2, 2024
Kira Schrecongost

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Franklin Regional’s Holden Thomas swims in the 100-yard backstroke during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Franklin Regional’s Holden Thomas, Mt. Pleasant pair earn WPIAL swimming titles
March 1, 2024
Holden Thomas earned a bronze medal last year in the boys Class 3A 100-yard backstroke.

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The Kiski Area girls swim team poses for a photo with the first-place trophy during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships Friday.
Kiski Area girls capture WPIAL team swimming title
Last year, the Kiski Area boys swim team captured the WPIAL Class 2A team title at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Mt. Pleasant’s David Mutter reacts to setting a WPIAL record with a time of 48.30 seconds in the 100-yard fly during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Mt. Pleasant girls, boys shine on Day 1 of WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships
February 29, 2024
Mt. Pleasant’s attempt to claim a third straight WPIAL Class 2A team championship started with a bang Thursday afternoon at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Freeport’s Kira Schrecongost (right) stands atop the podium after winning the 100-yard fly during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships Thursday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Freeport’s Kira Schrecongost reclaims gold in 100 butterfly at WPIAL Class 2A championships
Freeport junior Kira Schrecongost and South Park senior Katie Jackovic have developed quite the WPIAL rivalry in the girls 100 butterfly.

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Fox Chapel’s Sarah Pasquella reacts to winning the 200-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships Thursday.
Fox Chapel swimmers win in record times at WPIAL championships
Fox Chapel junior Sarah Pasquella settled into her Trees Pool surroundings Thursday morning at Pitt and prepped for her 200-yard freestyle race.

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Fox Chapel’s Sarah Pasquella practices Feb. 26, 2024, at Fox Chapel High School.
A-K Valley swimmers hope to turn high seeds into gold at WPIAL championships
February 28, 2024
Sarah Pasquella accomplished a lot in her two previous trips to the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Highlands’ Kalleigh Nerone will play for fifth place in WPIAL Class 4A on Thursday.
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Riverview’s Katerina Tsambis takes the ball from Union’s Mire Gunn during the WPIAL Class A semifinal game Monday, at North Allegheny High School.
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Union’s Kylie Fruehstorfer scores past Riverview’s Lily Bauer during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Monday at North Allegheny High School.
Top-seeded Union girls overpower Riverview, earn return trip to WPIAL Class A final
February 26, 2024
If you give the Union girls basketball team an inch, it usually takes a mile.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the girls 3,200 meters during the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 26, 2023, at Shippensburg.
Butler’s Drew Griffith, Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter defend state indoor titles in mile
Drew Griffith initially was ruled ineligible to run in Sunday’s boys one mile event at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association championship meet at Penn State.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
A-K Valley WPIAL basketball playoff capsules: Games for Feb. 27, 2023
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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.
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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.
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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.
2022 Valley News Dispatch Football All-Stars
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.
Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse strong cross country season comes to close at PIAA meet
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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November 7, 2022
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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.)
Apollo-Ridge’s Gabe Kavulic will cap 1st foray into cross country at PIAA championships
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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October 30, 2022
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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.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo joins elite company as 3-time WPIAL cross country champ
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.
Dave Anderson happy with decision to pull double coaching duty at Kiski Area
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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Tuesday’s games

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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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October 23, 2022
Monday’s games

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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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Soccer ball at corner marker of soccer field
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.
A-K Valley high school football notebook: Apollo-Ridge firmly in Allegheny Conference playoff race
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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October 21, 2022
Saturday’s games

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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.
Plum, Springdale among top seeds from A-K Valley focused on 1st-round WPIAL playoff foes
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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Chase Fenner

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Valley wide receiver Darnell Coaston stiff-arms Deer Lakes’ Ryan Cochran on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
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Class 5A Big East

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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.
North Allegheny, Hampton, Freeport, Serra Catholic atop final coaches association volleyball rankings
It’s about that time.

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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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Class 5A Big East

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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.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Highlands takes care of business
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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Class 5A Northeast

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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.
Kiski Area’s Flemm overcomes injuries, mother’s bout with cancer to become stalwart for football team
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
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2022 Week 5
September 28, 2022
Carlo Buzzato

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Plum’s Eryck Moore carries the ball during a game against Kiski Area on Aug. 26.
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Class 5A Big East

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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.
A-K Valley football players to watch in 2022 Week 4
September 21, 2022
Gavin Croney

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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.
A-K Valley don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 4
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
Ryan Croushore

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Burrell’s Mason Jones carries the ball during a game against Valley last Friday. Burrell faces Serra Catholic on Friday.
A-K Valley don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 3
Class 5A Big East

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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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