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Apollo-Ridge beats Leechburg behind senior RB Coleman

With running back Duane Brown recovering from an offseason knee injury, the Apollo-Ridge Vikings were looking for someone to pick up the slack. Enter Brett Coleman. The ...

The Birdie opens year with Zero expectations

The Birdie says the pressure's off for his first week of predictions. The Alle-Kiski Valley's gridiron guru isn't concerned about wins and losses. "The PIAA has ...

Don't-miss matchups in Week Zero

NONCONFERENCE 1-3A Aliquippa at New Castle 8 p.m. Saturday The buzz: The game is part of a four-team kickoff event at New Castle. In the first matchup, ...

Alle-Kiski Valley teams split on Week Zero

When it came time to decide whether to play a scrimmage or full-fledged game in the new "Week Zero," Springdale football coach Dave Leasure left ...

Leechburg football notebook: Solid offensive line crucial to Leechburg's prospects

Having capable runners such as quarterback J.B. Burtick and running back Cory Nulph is one thing, but having someone to pave the way for them ...

Leechburg football aims for 1st winning season since 1991

It isn't difficult for Leechburg football fans to spot senior Cory Nulph on the field with his long, curly hair flowing out the back of ...

The Birdie: Move to six classes, 'Week Zero' do more harm than good

Last season: 97-19 (.836) Twitter: @TheBirdie_VND The Birdie begins the season with his wing in a sling — from a game of Pokemon ...

Veteran quarterback Burtick to carry Leechburg

Entering his first start at quarterback as a sophomore two years ago, Leechburg's J.B. Burtick did not have any prior experience playing the position. When Burtick ...

Deer Lakes' Taliani named Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year

Player of the Year Maria Taliani DEER LAKES, SENIOR, LEFT FIELD After her historic, three-home-run, seven-RBI performance in last year's WPIAL Class AA championship game ...

A-K Valley pair earn all-state honors

While the local softball postseason ended earlier than any other had in the A-K Valley since 2006, individual talent from the area still was recognized ...

Smith takes reins of Leechburg boys basketball team emerging from scandal, tumult

Corey Smith is aware of the turbulence that has shaken the Leechburg boys basketball program in recent months. But the new coach of the Blue ...

Leechburg basketball in limbo after coach fired

The world as they knew it jolted by the loss of their mentor, Leechburg boys basketball players try to adjust to life without coach Damian ...

A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Highlands' Dom Martika, Leechburg's Kristen Knapp

Dom Martinka School: Highlands Class: Junior Sport: Track and field Report card: Because of a broken leg and dislocated ankle he suffered during football conditioning ...

Chartiers-Houston takes advantage of Leechburg errors in 1st-round win

Leechburg's accomplishment of making the WPIAL softball playoffs 30 straight years carries with it an air of mystique. The coaches and players know just getting ...

Catchers playing crucial roles for playoff-bound A-K Valley softball teams

Deer Lakes senior catcher Sarah Blinn is headed to Morehead State in Kentucky to study veterinary technology. She said she might join the school's equestrian ...

A-K Valley softball playoff capsules

Class AA No. 2 seed Deer Lakes (15-4) vs. No. 15 Carmichaels (11-8) 4 p.m. Wednesday at Hampton Community Park Winner plays: Laurel ...

Deer Lakes snags No. 2 seed for WPIAL softball tournament

For the most part, Section 3 softball drew favorably from the WPIAL — in the form of two of the top-5 seeds — when the ...

St. Joseph's postseason hopes stifled by playoff-bound Leechburg

It wasn't the ending St. Joseph was hoping for. The Spartans, in the playoff hunt on the final day of the section season for the first ...

A-K Valley roundup: Leechburg shuts out St. Joseph

Leechburg baseball ended section play on a winning note. Jarod Baker pitched a three-hit shutout Wednesday as the Blue Devils blanked St. Joseph, 5-0, in a ...

Leechburg softball secures WPIAL-record 30th consecutive playoff berth

It's 30 and counting for the Leechburg softball program. The Blue Devils set a WPIAL record Tuesday afternoon by securing their 30th consecutive softball playoff berth ...

Pierce living up to rich pitching tradition at Leechburg

Leechburg's Morgan Pierce has a daily reminder of last year's first-round playoff loss, and it greets her with a delicate sting each morning. Hanging in ...

Experienced pitcher, catcher will help lead Leechburg baseball team's revival

Leechburg baseball coach Drew Martin was happy the weather was cooperative enough late last week to play two scrimmages in two days. It was important because ...

Leechburg softball sets sights on record 30th consecutive postseason berth

It's finally here. This could be the year the Leechburg softball program sets a WPIAL record for most consecutive playoff appearances. The Blue Devils copped their 29th ...

Guido: From Mighty Elephants to memorable comebacks, basketball season had it all

It's time to wave goodbye to the local high school basketball season. At the start, it was speculated the Highlands boys and Burrell girls had ...

Leechburg gymnast Gard ready for WPIAL meet

With courage and fearlessness, Leechburg junior Miranda Gard has made an ascent to the upper echelon of WPIAL gymnastics. And that should come as no surprise ...


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