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Springdale’s Brianna Thompson (21) steals second base next to St. Joseph’s Stella Swanson during their game Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
George Guido: Public/private legislation stirs controversy
June 18, 2019
It didn’t take long for State House Bill 1600 to get into committee and to generate controversy.

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Five Alle-Kiski Valley student-athletes were recognized by former Steeler Hines Ward and the Positive Athlete Pittsburgh program Monday at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. From left are Fox Chapel’s Brent Brewster, Kiski Area’s Kierra Shreffler, Fox Chapel’s Kate Carnevale, Valley’s Greg Guzzo, Plum’s Isabella Stoll and Ward.
A-K Valley athletes honored at Positive Athlete Awards
When Gregory Guzzo was 13, he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, and open-heart surgery was needed to correct the issue.

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Student-athletes representing 30 boys and girls high school sports were presented scholarship awards by former Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward and Positive Athlete Pittsburgh on Monday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Positive Athlete Pittsburgh honors student-athletes with scholarships, awards
The Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum provided the setting Monday evening for the eighth annual Positive High School Athlete Awards.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tom Voelker scores against Homer-Center during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal Thursday, June 7, 2018, at North Allegheny. New legislation could have public and private schools playing in different playoff brackets.
How public-private legislation would alter Pa. high school sports landscape
June 15, 2019
In the hot-button debate over public and private school athletics, the PIAA has consistently said state legislation from 1972 prevents the organization from splitting the schools into separate playoffs.

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Baldwin’s Eric Koenig, with his parents Cristi and Eric, was presented with a 2019 scholarship award from the Baldwin Whitehall Athletic Booster Association.
Hale, Koenig earn Baldwin athletic scholarship awards
June 14, 2019
Macy Hale and Jared Koenig appear to be two-of-a-kind.

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Shaler Area coaches weigh in on public-private school playoff debate
June 13, 2019
Who the opponents are on the Shaler Area girls basketball team’s schedule is of no great concern to coach Cornelious Nesbit.

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Head coach Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors reacts in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.
George Guido: Raptors coach could join company of New Kensington’s Buddy Jeannette
June 11, 2019
If the Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals, it puts Raptors coach Nick Nurse into an elite group.

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Thomas Jefferson seniors planning to continue their athletic careers in college include, from left, Alex Weber, Josh Reynolds, Ridge Vlah, Dom Serapiglia, Sydney Moran, Haleigh Karcher, Jenna Clark, Alex Territ, Darius Barrett, A.J. Meshanko, Zach Wagner and Alexander Checcio. Missing from the photo is Max Shaw.
Thomas Jefferson athletes turn focus to collegiate sports
June 8, 2019
They’ve all experienced athletic success at the high school level.

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Brentwood’s Nick Czerwien earned second-team all-conference honors on the offensive line as a senior.
Czerwien was a man of all seasons for Brentwood
Add Nick Czerwien to the distinguished list of names of Mark Reider Award winners at Brentwood.

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Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman acknowledges the bench after a double against Franklin during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
A-K Valley notebook: Freeport’s Heilman to compete in Big 26 Classic
June 6, 2019
Jarrett Heilman, who helped the Freeport baseball team capture the Section 1-3A championship and qualify for the PIAA playoffs for the first time in 21 years, will represent the WPIAL on the Pennsylvania team for the Big 26 Baseball Classic on July 25-28, in Harrisburg.

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Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced
Katrina Streiner won a pair of WPIAL swimming championships in the 50-yard freestyle, added one in the 100 freestyle and was a PIAA medalist during her Gateway career.

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Moon’s Sofia Mancini is competing with the USA Rugby Girls High School All-American Sevens.
Moon’s Mancini relishes opportunity with USA Rugby All-American Sevens
June 4, 2019
Moon junior Sofia Mancini underwent a positive transformation during her first tour with the USA Rugby Girls High School All-American Sevens U18 team.

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Arnold High School graduate, Duquesne University and Washington Redskins football standout Al Demao made nine trips ferrying troops on a transport boat across the English Channel on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
George Guido: Remembering A-K Valley war hero, football legend
Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the shores of Normandy, France, that ultimately turned the tide of World War II.

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Gateway senior Brendan Majocha (center) is joined by athletic director Randy Rovesti (left) and principal Justin Stephans (right) at the WPIAL scholar-athlete banquet May 13, 2019.
Gateway’s Majocha caps high school career with WPIAL award
May 31, 2019
Gateway’s Brendan Majocha has proven to be a class act on and off the field.

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Brentwood’s Nick Czerwien snaps to John Milcic during practice Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Brentwood Stadium.
Czerwien, Wolf honored by Brentwood boosters
Brentwood seniors Nick Czerwien and Abby Wolf won’t soon forget the 63rd annual Brentwood High Athletic Boosters all-sports banquet.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins wins the girls Class AA 800 meter run final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
The Herald’s spotlight athlete: Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins
For the second straight year, Shady Side Academy sophomore Melissa Riggins had a flair for gold at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championships as she successfully defended her 800- and 1,600-meter championships. She set meet records in both events. A week later, she won the PIAA championships in those events for the second year in a row. Her winning time in the 800 set a PIAA meet record.

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North Hills senior linebacker Brandon Manning competes during a practice.
North Hills’ Manning, Babicz honored for dedication to 3 sports
May 30, 2019
North Hills seniors Brandon Manning and Natalie Babicz are two members of a dying breed, and on May 22, they were honored for it at the Northern Athletic Director’s Association Tri-Athlete Banquet at the Chadwick.

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Derry’s Justin Huss competed at the PIAA track and field championships May 24-25, at Shippensburg.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Derry’s Justin Huss, Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero
May 28, 2019
Justin Huss

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Daniel Kabala will be inducted into the Fox Chapel Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
Football serves as career choice for Fox Chapel Hall inductee Kabala
May 24, 2019
This is the fifth in a series of profiles of the 2019 Fox Chapel Sports Hall of Fame inductees. The banquet will be June 8 at Harmar House. For more information, contact Jim Perry at [email protected]

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Franklin Regional’s Jo-Michelle “JoJo” Huczko
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Jared Bannon, Franklin Regional’s Jo-Michelle Huczko
May 21, 2019
Jared Bannon

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