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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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Logan Parker, Plum
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Logan Parker and Kelli Galbraith
Logan Parker

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George Guido: The 1989 baseball, softball playoffs were wettest on record
Last year was the wettest in the Pittsburgh region’s history.

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Freeport starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman throws against Deer Lakes Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
A-K Valley notebook: Freeport’s Heilman nears perfect game
Jarrett Heilman strung together plenty of dominant pitching performances during the regular season, but the junior reached another level in his first postseason start.

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High school notebook: Sections of McKee Stadium sod for sale
May 19, 2019
How much does Jeannette love its high school football?

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Freeport celebrates with Jarrett Heilman after Heilman hit a two-run walk off double to beat Deer Lakes in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Alle-Kiski Valley lookahead for week of May 20, 2019
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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat
Senior scholar-athletes awarded scholarships from sports hall of fame
Kyah Russell was a standout on the tennis court for the Gateway girls team, and her dedication to the sport was matched by her dedication to academics.

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Sophia Beining works out with the Kiski Valley rugby team Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby teams advance to state championship games
May 18, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby advanced to the Rugby PA Club Division II championship game for the second consecutive season with a 32-5 win over North Penn on Saturday at Penn State Berks.

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Molly Linhart Campbell will be inducted to the Fox Chapel Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.
2-sport standout Linhart racked up accolades at Fox Chapel
May 17, 2019
This is the fourth 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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North Hills’ Tyler Brennan runs the ball against Penn-Trafford defense on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in the WPIAL 5A playoffs at Penn-Trafford High School.
North Hills honors future college athletes
On May 10, North Hills High School sent off 16 of its student-athletes with its third annual College-Bound Student Athlete Recognition Reception, celebrating their significant accomplishment in securing a roster spot on a collegiate athletic team.

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