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Pine-Richland competitive cheer team places at nationals
February 15, 2019
The Pine-Richland competitive cheer team put together a number of strong performances at the 2019 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla., surviving the cut to the the final round before collecting 11th place at the annual event. The solid finish marked a notable improvement for the Rams,

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The Herald Spotlight Athlete: Shady Side Academy’s Grady Munroe
Grady Munroe, a junior on the Shady Side Academy basketball team, was one of top performers on the team all season. The 6-foot-2 swingman averages 12 points and also is on the SSA golf team. He hopes to pursue film and/or writing in college. Here's a closer look at this

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Baldwin cheerleaders finish 3rd at national competition
Baldwin's Alaina Wodarek said it's every cheerleader's dream to finish among the top three teams nationally. andquot;And it doesn't happen often,andquot; she said. Baldwin's competitive cheerleading mat squad did just that, placing third in the Large Varsity Division 2 at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship held Feb. 8-10

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Charleroi, Deer Lakes boys looking for long-awaited playoff victory Saturday
History will be made Saturday afternoon at Keystone Oaks in a Class 3A first-round matchup between two programs starving for a postseason win. This is the seventh time this decade Charleroi has made the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs after finishing 11-10 and in third place in Section 4-3A. However, the

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Burrell breaks through for WPIBL girls championship
February 14, 2019
Burrell's girls bowling team picked up nice Valentine's Day presents on Thursday: WPIBL championship rings. The Buccaneers edged Butler, 2-1, for the title at AMF Noble Manor Lanes in Crafton. andquot;This is incredibly special,andquot; Burrell senior Carlee Hummel said. The victory avenged a loss to the Golden Tornado for last

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Shaler high school sports notebook: Bocce team gets 1st win
The Shaler unified bocce team scored its first-ever victory last Wednesday at Montour. The Titans defeated the Spartans, 2-1, and will have their first scheduled home match Feb. 22 against Hampton. Shaler's program is part of the Interscholastic Unified Sports program sponsored by the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania. The teams

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Dedication, positivity keys to success for TJ competitive spirit cheerleading squad
Thomas Jefferson's competitive spirit cheerleading squad experienced several andquot;firstsandquot; this season. The girls recently returned from their first trip and first appearance in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla. The Jaguars competed in the large varsity division and super game day division at Walt Disney World,

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Franklin Regional boys edge North Allegheny for WPIBL title
February 13, 2019
Spares win championships, and it came down to the arm of Franklin Regional junior anchor Alex Smith. Smith made his approach, rolled a strike and came back to pick up a spare to cap the 10th frame and lead the top-seeded Panthers to a 2-0 win over No. 3 North

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Finalists set for WPIBL boys, girls championships
February 12, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League will conduct its team championship tournaments Wednesday and Thursday. The boys event will be Wednesday at Nesbits Lanes in Plum, and the girls will bowl Thursday at AMF Noble Manor Lanes in Crafton. Each tournament is slated to begin at 3 p.m. The top

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George Guido: 17 A-K Valley basketball teams set for WPIAL playoffs
The 107th WPIAL basketball tournament is set to begin Friday. There are 17 Alle-Kiski Valley teams in this year's playoffs: nine boys teams and eight girls teams. First in the water will be the Class 2A Riverview girls at 6:30 p.m. Friday against South Side Beaver at Hampton. andquot;With all

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Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: St. Joseph’s Andrew Sullivan, Plum’s Shannon Small
Andrew Sullivan School: St. Joseph Class: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Report card: With the game on the line, Sullivan drained a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime in the Spartans' 65-59 come-from-behind win over Section 3-A rival Leechburg, which clinched the outright section title. A two-year starter

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Highlands cheer team has perfect ending, wins national title
February 10, 2019
The Highlands competition cheer squad might have been singing the blues following a rough outing at January's WPIAL competitive spirit championships, but the Rams were rocking in Cleveland to close the month. The Rams put their WPIAL woes behind them, regrouped and traveled north to the banks of Lake Erie

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A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Feb. 11, 2019
MONDAY Girls basketball: Deer Lakes and Freeport don't share the same section -- or even the same classification -- anymore, but will meet up in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader at Deer Lakes. Both the host Lancers and visiting Yellowjackets qualified for the WPIAL playoffs, Deer Lakes in

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Plum boys, Greensburg Salem girls win 1st Penn-Ohio bowling challenge
February 9, 2019
It was only fitting a first-year bowling tourney consisting of 29 schools would come down to two longtime rivals going head-to-head for a championship. That's the way the first annual Penn-Ohio High School Challenge shook out. Former WPIBL Southeast Division rivals Plum and Hempfield were the final teams wearing bowling

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A-K Valley notebook: PSAC football gets shot of local flavor
Some of the Alle-Kiski Valley's top football players will square off on a weekly basis next season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Signing Day on Wednesday had a heavy PSAC tilt, as six local players -- Deer Lakes' Colin Kadlick (Slippery Rock), Highlands' Seth Cohen (Clarion), Kiski Area's Jack

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Sewickley Academy’s Cox excels at Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championship
February 8, 2019
Experience gained at two USRowing camps gave Sewickley Academy freshman Georgia Cox an edge at the Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championship on Jan. 26 at Kingsley Association in East Liberty. Cox, a member of the Three Rivers Rowing Junior team on Washington's Landing, earned a gold medal in the high school

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Aquinas fencer cements commitment to Cleveland State
Pine Township resident and Aquinas Academy athlete Harry Hardman solidified his future path and accomplished one of his longtime goals by committing to fencing at Cleveland State. The senior's decision to fence for a Division I program represents a major accomplishment, but Hardman said he is more satisfied with his

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Ambridge, Quaker Valley rematch on final Friday of boys basketball schedule
We've reached the final Friday of the boys basketball regular season. However, Section 2 in Class 4A is still far from decided with Quaker Valley (17-2, 9-2), New Castle (15-4, 9-2) and Ambridge (13-7, 8-2) virtually tied for first. There's a crucial matchup Friday when Quaker Valley visits Ambridge at

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North Allegheny’s Korvink-Kucinski to join Texas rowing team
February 7, 2019
North Allegheny senior Cassandre Korvink-Kucinski will continue her rowing career with one of the top college programs in the nation. Korvink-Kucinski signed a letter of intent to join Texas next season. Korvink-Kucinski, a member of the Pittsburgh Rowing Club in Robinson, was one of 36 rowers and coxswains invited to

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Shaler high school sports notebook: Bonnette headed to Cal (Pa.)
Jeffrey Bonnette learned how to play football in less than ideal circumstances. The Shaler senior offensive lineman started playing in seventh grade, but the Titans didn't have the numbers to have a middle school team. So Bonnette had to play on the freshman team and lock horns with older, more

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