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Ligonier Valley sending 4 players to Ken Lantzy All-Star game
February 14, 2019
Four Ligonier Valley football players have been picked to play in the 49th annual Ken Lantzy All-Star game June 14 in Johnstown. St. Francis (Pa.) recruit and state-record holding wide receiver Aaron Tutino heads the list that includes quarterback John Caldwell, defensive back Zack Beitel and lineman Blake Bridge. Tutino

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High school basketball notebook: LV guard Marinchak serves 1-game suspension
Ligonier Valley junior guard Michael Marinchak missed the Rams' regular-season finale Thursday at Bedford but he will return for the start of the District 6 playoffs. Marinchak had to serve a one-game suspension for his ejection in the Rams' last game. He picked up two technicals in the Heritage Conference

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Westmoreland County frontcourt players making impact away from the post
Marrek Paola doesn't try to buck trends. Sometimes, it just happens. The 6-foot-8 senior basketball player from Ligonier Valley likes to be stylish but can't always find clothes to fit. Skinny jeans Forget about it. andquot;It can be tough,andquot; Paola said. andquot;T-shirts aren't too bad, but pants can be a

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Ligonier Valley boys repeat as Heritage champions
February 8, 2019
Now that Marrek Paola knows he hopefully will be playing college basketball next season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, he found new meaning in playing a high school game at IUP's Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. The Seton Hill-bound 6-foot-8 senior scored 31 points Friday night to lead the

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Ligonier Valley, West Shamokin boys set for Heritage title game
February 7, 2019
For the third season in a row, the Heritage Conference boys basketball championship game comes down to a matchup involving Ligonier Valley, which will be facing its third opponent in the title game at 8 p.m. Friday at IUP. This time, West Shamokin takes a crack at the short-handed Rams,

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Ligonier Valley shows focus, advances to Heritage Conference title game
February 5, 2019
Ligonier Valley's run at another District 6 boys basketball championship got off to a fast start in the Heritage Conference semifinals on Tuesday night. Marrek Paola scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Ligonier Valley to a dominating, 80-58 victory over visiting Purchase Line, sending the Rams to

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: FR’s Kobus among many thriving 1st-year coaches
January 31, 2019
Anthony Kobus thought a player was joking during a Franklin Regional girls basketball practice when she mentioned the team had not won a section title since 1979. andquot;I laughed at first,andquot; Kobus said. andquot;Then I noticed she was right. It's up there on the banner (beside the scoreboard in the

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Westmoreland notebook: Derry’s DeLuca picks Merychurst for football
January 27, 2019
Dom DeLuca is one of the top multisport athletes in the state, so the Derry senior had plenty of options when it came to college recruiting. He is an all-state linebacker in football, a state championship-caliber wrestler and you could do a lot worse as far as volleyball front-liners go.

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak, Derry’s Destiny Roberts
January 22, 2019
Michael Marinchak School: Ligonier Valley Sport: Basketball Class: Junior Claim to fame: Marinchak tied a school record with 44 points to lead Ligonier Valley (15-1, 9-0) to a 91-60 win over Purchase Line in District 6 Heritage Conference action Jan. 16. Dick Knupp has held the school record since 1958.

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Marinchak brothers are double trouble for Ligonier Valley opponents
January 12, 2019
Matthew Marinchak was leaving the Ligonier Valley locker room last season after a game, and a fan came up and congratulated him for playing well. He thanked the person and continued to leave the gym. But Matthew, who was in eighth grade, was taking praise for his older brother, Michael.

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