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‘Cross on the Hill’ a special sight for residents

By Mary Ann Thomas
It’s a daily habit for Donnie Clark to glance out his eighth-story window at Rachel Carson Hall in Tarentum just before he falls asleep to …

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Apollo-Ridge pole vaulter thriving without expert guidance

As she watched a YouTube video of one world-class pole vaulter after another last season, Reannah Martin pieced together the tips and tricks she needed …
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Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Fox Chapel’s Brandon Mitchell, Burrell’s Melissa Mazzei

Brandon Mitchell Class: Senior School: Fox Chapel Sport: Track and field Report card: At the Butler Invitational last week, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Mitchell took home three first-place medals, in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 38.82 seconds, and the …
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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Baseball teams set to play at PNC Park

A trio of Alle-Kiski baseball teams will play games this weekend at PNC Park as part of the Pirates’ annual ticket fundraising program. Highlands will …
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Kittanning baseball scores 5 runs in 1 inning for win

What looked like a rivalry game headed down to the wire ended up being a comfortable win for Kittanning. Andy Fennell threw six scoreless innings, …
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Ford City edges Freeport in extra innings

In a game in which both teams missed plenty of chances, an opportunistic sprint from third made the difference. Anthony Falsetti scored from third when …
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WVU-bound Highlands gymnast picks prom over national championships

Few seniors at Highlands better understand how to thrill a crowd with smooth moves and stunning balance than gymnast Jordan Gillette. Gillette’s abilities on the beam, bars, vault and floor earned her a spot on the West Virginia gymnastics team, …
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Norwin Knights shine in win over Kiski Area

Playing without a full roster, the Norwin softball team still found its way to first place in Section 1-AAAA on Thursday. Christiana Skrabak homered and had three RBIs, and the Knights overcame the absence of four starters who were attending …
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Butler County spotlight athletes: April 13, 2014

Ori Rinaman School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Track and field Claim to fame: Rinaman swept the two sprints and two hurdles events in a meet …
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Leechburg only WPIAL baseball team yet to play a game

Stuck on the grassy hillside above its field for yet another practice Tuesday afternoon, Leechburg’s baseball team took solace in the fact that a game on artificial turf awaits Wednesday. While every other baseball team in the WPIAL has completed …
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Twins ‘Gooden’ enough to win as McKeesport edges Plum

McKeesport knew it had to play a good game to have any chance to avenge its only loss and knock off undefeated Plum. The Tigers had to settle for a Gooden game instead, and that was just fine with them. …
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Springdale’s Lock hits walk-off slam to give rival Riverview 1st loss

Springdale junior Adam Lock only watched the ball he laced down the left field line with the bases loaded long enough to see it curl …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: Valley sophomore keys doubleheader softball sweep

Allie Aftanas wore the base paths bare at Valley on Thursday. The sophomore third baseman didn’t have much down time during a doubleheader sweep of …
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A-K Valley roundup: St. Joseph’s Gamble tosses no-hitter in debut

St. Joseph’s Gamble paid off in a big way Friday. Senior right-hander Chris Gamble made the most of his mound debut, no-hitting Summit Academy in a 12-0, five-inning victory at Agan Park. Gamble struck out eight and walked one as …
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