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DUI checkpoints take on dangerous drivers

By Chuck Biedka
Thanksgiving, the busiest travel holiday of the year, quickly is becoming the busiest for police and ambulance crews as well — outpacing Christmas and even ...

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Looking back on an eventful football season in A-K Valley

The local high school football season is over with three teams advancing past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. But Plum, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge …
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Liotta, Petrishen represent AK-Valley at WPIAL football finals

Shawn Liotta has coached the Erie Explosion to back-to-back Continental Indoor Football League championships. He’s become somewhat of a household name in arena football circles and is known for his mad scientist-like approach to offense. Erie’s coach plans to return …
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Deer Lakes boys move into tough Class AAA section

With the biennial PIAA realignment taking effect, the Deer Lakes boys basketball team has made the move from Class AA to Class AAA. But third-year coach Jon McKay is familiar with competing against schools swith large enrollments. After all, he …
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Ford City girls basketball aims to close program on top

For its final year, the Ford City girls basketball program gets a new challenge. The Sabers, a perennial playoff team and often a threat to reach the PIAA tournament in Class AA, make the jump up to Class AAA for …
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Fox Chapel boys out to replace pair of 1,000-point scorers

The big dilemma for followers of Fox Chapel boys basketball will be how to replace a pair of three-year starters who each scored more than …
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Freeport boys focused on playing together to improve on 8-12 mark

Freeport boys basketball coach Mike Beale fully expects his team to share the basketball this season. That certainty comes not from a team strategy but from his players’ relationships. The Yellowjackets finished 8-12 last season, including 2-10 in section play, …
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Highlands boys put defense first

For many years, the route to WPIAL playoff berths from Section 1-AAA frequently passed through Highlands. The Golden Rams made the playoffs seven straight seasons and 12 out of 14 years at one stretch. But Highlands has sat out the …
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Kiski Area’s work on athletic facilities progressing

The turf installation for two new Kiski Area athletic facilities is nearing completion, but the overall work on those facilities might still be in the …
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Ford City, Kittanning winter teams look forward to ‘last ride’ before school merger

Kittanning billed its final football season as the “Last Ride.” That means Kittanning and Ford City’s winter sports teams could have called Monday the opening …
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Knoch’s new wrestling coach working hard to build foundation for program

Deep down, new Knoch wrestling coach Steve Carney always knew he would return to the sport he grew up loving. But with a busy family …
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Guido: New rule makes free throws more physical

With the emphasis on safety in recent years, at least one of the high school basketball rules changes for the upcoming season is curious. Starting this season, players lined up along the lane can now enter the key as soon …
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Plum wrestling hoping to solidify younger lineup

Plum is coming off one of its most successful wrestling seasons in recent years. The Mustangs went undefeated in section matches, qualified for the WPIAL …
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Guido: Two decades later, ‘Miracle at the Park’ still resonates

It was a typical mid-autumn day Nov. 12, 1994, as one of the largest crowds in Riverside Park history arrived in Oakmont. Average temperatures under overcast skies greeted fans as they filled the stands and crowded along the perimeter awaiting …
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Valley News Dispatch high school roundup: St. Joseph earns boys soccer victory

Jesus Munoz’s second-half goal proved to be the game-winner for St. Joseph in a 2-1 boys soccer victory over Springdale on Saturday, the Spartans’ first …
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