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Alle Kiski Valley high school notebook: Former Kiski Area standout Walker dies
November 15, 2018
Former Kiski Area and Penn State Behrend soccer star Dustin Walker died Sunday of natural causes at the age of 30, PSU Behrend announced Tuesday. A 2010 Behrend graduate and three-time All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference selection at Behrend, Walker holds school records with 30 shutouts and 69 games in goal.

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Deer Lakes defenders hope to maintain stellar performance in PIAA final
As Quaker Valley and Shady Side Academy made late, desperate pushes for the equalizing goal in the past two rounds of the PIAA boys soccer playoffs, the same force stood in their way: the Deer Lakes defense. Both times the Lancers' defenders shut the door on their opponents, much as

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Students learn values of sportsmanship at WPIAL’s 10th annual Summit
Even on the gloomiest of days, the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit can provide a glimmer of sunlight. Nearly 600 student-athletes and administrators from about 100 schools were represented Thursday morning at the 10th annual Summit on Sportsmanship at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. A number of

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WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit part of Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
November 14, 2018
The WPIAL will host a big event on the field Saturday as eight football teams head to Heinz Field to play for district gold. However, the WPIAL is hosting another big event Thursday, though it is off the field. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit,

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Westmoreland notebook: Busy signing day expected
November 13, 2018
Some of the WPIAL's top Division I college recruits from the area will make their commitments official by signing national letters of intent. The initial signing period for senior athletes in all sports except football begins Wednesday, and Westmoreland County will be well represented. Those expected to sign Wednesday or

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A-K Valley athletes of the week: Deer Lakes’ Jesse Greyshock, Freeport’s Mackensey Jack
Jesse Greyshock School: Deer Lakes Class: Senior Sport: Soccer Report card: Greyshock has loomed large between the goalposts for the Lancers all season. He gave up one goal in last Saturday's 2-1 win over Quaker Valley in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals. Greyshock has a 5-1 postseason record, including three

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George Guido: ’43 Aspinwall, ’68 Burrell football teams celebrate WPIAL title anniversaries
This week marks the anniversaries of two notable WPIAL football championship teams from the Alle-Kiski Valley: the 75th anniversary of Aspinwall's 1943 team that finished unbeaten, untied and unscored upon and 50 years since Burrell repeated as WPIAL champion. Aspinwall 1943 It's something no WPIAL team has done since, winning

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Trib HSSN athletes of the week: Avonworth’s Owen North, Shady Side Academy’s Krystyna Rytel
Owen North School: Avonworth Class: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: North converted a penalty kick with under seven minutes left in Avonworth's 2-1 win over Rockwood on Saturday in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal at Peters Township. North, who has scored six goals and has eight assists this season,

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Jake Sciorilli, Penn-Trafford’s Samantha Doherty
Jake Sciorilli School: Franklin Regional Sport: Soccer Class: Sophomore Claim to fame: Sciorilli scored from 12 yards out with 9 minutes, 38 seconds left to lead Franklin Regional (20-0-1) to a 1-0 win over Cathedral Prep in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal Saturday at Slippery Rock High School. andquot;I just

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Freeport, Knoch to play doubleheader in PIAA volleyball semifinals
November 12, 2018
Clarion Area High School will play host to an Alle-Kiski Valley doubleheader in the state semifinals. Freeport and Knoch, defending PIAA champions in Class AA and AAA, respectively, will play back-to-back at Clarion High School in the semifinals on Tuesday. Freeport will take on District 6 champion Bald Eagle Area

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PIAA soccer, volleyball semifinals set in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
Upon first glance, the western finals of the PIAA boys soccer playoffs look like a WPIAL pitch party. Seven of the eight teams playing for a spot in the state championships from the west side of the boys soccer bracket are from District 7, with Radnor from District 1 being

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Quaker Valley’s Jackson a part of Pitt football surge
Dane Jackson, a redshirt junior cornerback for the University of Pittsburgh football team, was a part of a balanced defensive effort Saturday in the Panthers' 52-22 victory over Virginia Tech. The Quaker Valley alum and Cornell High School grad was one of three to finish with six tackles. Five of

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school lookahead: Week of Nov. 11
November 11, 2018
Monday Hockey First place in PIHL Division II is on the line as Burrell (6-0) takes on Central Valley (5-1). The Bucs have 43 goals, 16 more than the second-highest total in Division II this season. Tyler Stewart and Dylan Zelonka have 23 points apiece. Knoch will try to keep

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Herald spotlight athlete: Shady Side Academy’s Molly Skvorak
November 9, 2018
Molly Skvorak, a junior on the Shady Side Academy girls soccer team, has been outstanding in goal all season as the Indians try to repeat as PIAA champions. She also is on the SSA basketball and softball teams. She began playing soccer at age 6. andquot;My brother played as a

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PIAA girls volleyball, soccer quarterfinals set in Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
While it was a great start to the state playoffs for soccer teams around the WPIAL, the same can't be said for district girls volleyball teams. Only five of 12 WPIAL teams were able to pick up victories in the opening round of the PIAA postseason on Tuesday. Among the

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Quaker Valley boys soccer dominates Westmont Hilltop in bounce-back victory.
November 7, 2018
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team produced quite the bounce-back performance Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs with a 6-0 win over District 6 champion Westmont Hilltop. The Quakers, who suffered a loss to Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL championship game last Saturday, got

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Trib HSSN athletes of the week: Seneca Valley’s Luke Rupert, North Catholic’s Dominique Felix
November 6, 2018
Luke Rupert School: Seneca Valley Sport: Soccer Class: Junior Claim to fame: Rupert, who has six goals and seven assists this season, scored twice to lead Seneca Valley (18-2-1) to a 5-2 win over Norwin (17-3-1) in the WPIAL Class AAAA title game at Highmark Stadium on Saturday. Seneca Valley,

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A-K Valley athletes of the week: AJ Dorman and Hannah Rowe
AJ Dorman School: Deer Lakes Class: Junior Sport: Soccer Report card: Coming off a tough loss 1-0 loss to section rival Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals, Dorman made sure it didn't happen again. A two-year starter, he had a hat trick to help Deer Lakes roll

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George Guido: A-K Valley football teams failed to surpass .500 record
For the first time since 1909, there are no Alle-Kiski football teams that finished over .500. Of course, there were only a handful of teams that were around in 1909 -- New Kensington, Tarentum, Ford City, Apollo, Aspinwall and Parnassus. Forbes Field opened that year, William H. Taft was in

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco, Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson
Anthony DiFalco School: Franklin Regional Sport: Soccer Class: Freshman Claim to fame: DiFalco, who has 11 goals this season, scored the only goal needed in the 33rd minute to lead No. 1 Franklin Regional (18-0-1) to a 1-0 win over West Allegheny (19-2) in the WPIAL Class AAA final at

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