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Springdale Township standoff ends peacefully

By Tom Yerace 12:19 a.m.
An apparent police standoff at a residence on Butler-Logan Road in Springdale Township ended peacefully at about 12:20 a.m. Thursday. Police were called to 1296 Butler-Logan Road at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. The initial call was for a report of …

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Bishop Canevin’s 3-point prowess dooms Apollo-Ridge, 63-54

Bishop Canevin continued its amazing turnaround Wednesday night. After winning just four games last season, the Crusaders used an early barrage of 3-pointers to down Apollo-Ridge, 63-54, at Northgate. Bishop Canevin (17-6) will take on top-ranked Aliquippa (22-0) in WPIAL …
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Burrell girls make AK history in WPIALs

Burrell’s game against Bishop Canevin on Tuesday marked the third straight season the Bucs girls had advanced to the WPIAL semifinals, an Alle-Kiski Valley record. Several programs had made two in a row (Deer Lakes, Ford City and Apollo-Ridge), but …
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Freeport gives Deer Lakes fits, earns tie

Freeport coach Mel Reichenbaugh hoped to see his team become playoff-ready after a loss last week to Hempfield. The Yellowjackets got a taste of playoff …
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High school notebook: Armstrong, Freeport know playoff opponents

With a new format for the PIHL tournament, the two local teams already know their first matchups with the regular season still in progress. Armstrong …
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Pinpoint free-throw shooting carries North Allegheny to 1st finals since 1999

North Allegheny wanted no part of another Fox Chapel upset. An airtight defense and nearly flawless free-throw shooting prevented it from happening. The No. 1 Tigers (23-2) shot 39 of 45 from the free-throw line, nearly equaling Fox Chapel’s point …
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Freeport senior Otwell changes routine, but success persists

Bria Otwell changed her training regimen in advance of the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, but her success stayed the same. Otwell, a Freeport senior and Towson recruit, qualified for the PIAA championships in a second event Saturday Pitt’s Trees …
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Highlands can’t recover from turnovers in playoff loss to South Fayette

With five playoff games, Highlands got a strong taste of the WPIAL’s new play-in format to determine state playoff spots. All told, though, the Golden Rams are ready to cleanse the palate. “We’re going to use it to learn from …
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Kiski Area freshman Reid closes in on PIAA tournament berth

As heavyweights go, Isaac Reid was a late bloomer. It hasn’t taken nearly as long for the Kiski Area freshman to make an impact in …
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Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Miranda Gard, Knoch’s Ben Lowery

Miranda Gard School: Leechburg Class: Sophomore Sport: Gymnastics Report card: Gard received school board permission to represent the Blue Devils this season as the school’s lone gymnast. In her first WPIAL meet, the 5-foot-2 sophomore finished first in the all-around. …
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Plum inline hockey team records 16-0 mark

There has been no sophomore slump for the Plum Middle School inline hockey team in its second season in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Roller Hockey League. …
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Late 3-pointer sends Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls to finals

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic needed a prayer. It got a Hail Mary. Freshman guard Mary Cassamassa popped out behind the arc and fired in a …
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HS highlight reel: Playoff positions on the line

The fates of several of boys basketball teams’ seasons hangs in the balance Friday night, when the bulk of WPIAL programs wrap up section play. Four teams from each section advance to the WPIAL playoffs, which begin next week — …
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Highlands sophomore Bonnett golden again

Even after defending a title for the second straight day at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, Highlands sophomore Bailey Bonnett is looking for ways …
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