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Homemade hockey rink popular in Lower Burrell

By Jason Bridge 8:25 p.m.
“If you build it, they will come.” That famous line from “Field of Dreams” applies not only to baseball, but to hockey. Fred Lukac of ...

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High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton says Pitt can’t dwell on lost recruits

A little more than a week ago, Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton was sure Kittanning’s Nick Bowers would honor his commitment to Pitt and that Central Catholic’s Johnny Petrishen would choose to join him next season on the Panthers’ football roster. But …
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Burrell wrestling wins 9th straight Class AA team title

Each wrestling season, Josh Shields hears whispers that Burrell’s WPIAL Class AA championship streak might end. It hasn’t happened. No. 1 Burrell (11-5) won its …
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Davis scores career-high 31 to power Ford City girls

No matter what defense Deer Lakes threw at her Thursday night, Christina Davis found a way to beat it. Davis, Ford City’s senior guard/forward, scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Sabers (14-2, 8-2) to a 49-27 Section 1-AAA …
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Ford City defeats South Allegheny, clinches playoff spot

Since taking over the Ford City program four years ago, coach Greg Hutcherson has repeated to his players: “Hard work pays off.” Friday night was the Sabers’ payoff. Brandon Heilman scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: Fox Chapel boys basketball team posts 5th straight win

Senior guard Billy Urso was the game’s only double-digit scorer, with 16 points, on Saturday as Fox Chapel reeled off its fifth straight win, 49-28, …
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Freeport’s Romanchak to sign with Robert Morris

On Wednesday, Andrew Romanchak will sit down at Freeport High School with his family, coaches and school faculty to practice his autograph as he signs his letter of intent to play Division I football for Robert Morris. At the same …
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Late run seals WPIAL playoff berth for Highlands

With the 1995 WPIAL championship team watching from the stands, the Highlands boys basketball team did something that seemed unlikely a month ago. Highlands clinched a Class AAA playoff berth with a 66-50 victory over Valley in a Section 1 …
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Kiski Area’s playoff hopes are still alive despite latest loss to Norwin

Smiles, hugs and high-fives. Even a few woo-hoos echoed off the walls of the locker room. What else would you expect Kiski Area players and …
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Armstrong scores late, topples Plum

With a big third period, Armstrong made sure its senior night didn’t turn into another senior nightmare. Christian Miller scored twice, and Josh Oliver added the winning goal in the final period to give the Riverhawks a 4-3 win over …
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Butler County spotlight athletes: Jan. 25, 2015

Matt Zanella School: Knoch Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Zanella is Knoch’s leading scorer. He had 21 points in a win over Freeport and added 13 in a loss to Hampton last week. When point guard Austin Hannes …
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Area basketball teams embrace opportunities to play for championships

Damian Davies is reminded of it every day, from the banner in the gymnasium, to the autographed picture in his office, to his championship ring. …
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High school basketball notebook: Playoff picture comes into focus

The WPIAL basketball playoff picture is coming into focus with just more than a week left in the regular season. Four local boys teams have clinched playoff spots: Plum and Fox Chapel in Class AAAA, Knoch in Class AAA and …
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Riverview’s zone defense slows Leechburg in important Section 2-A win

With two teams battling for playoff position, Riverview planted its zone defense and never moved. Nico Sero and Ben Lazor scored 16 points each, and the Raiders produced season-best defensive performance to grab a win at Leechburg, 54-32, in a …
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Valley News Dispatch roundup: Springdale keeps playoff hopes alive

St. Joseph had a chance to clinch a WPIAL playoff berth Friday night. Instead, Springdale kept its own postseason hopes alive. The Dynamos (5-13, 4-7) scored nine of their 11 points in overtime from the free-throw line, outlasting the Spartans, …
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A-K Valley roundup: St. Joseph notches 3rd straight road win

Late free throws and sound defense propelled the St. Joseph boys basketball team to its third straight road victory, 65-60, over Trinity Christian on Wednesday night in nonsection play. John Ferguson made two free throws with 20 seconds remaining to …
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