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No injuries in Kiski Area school bus accident

By Chuck Biedka
No injuries were reported in a traffic accident involving a Kiski Area School District bus Wednesday morning in  Allegheny Township. Six Kiski Area High School students were on a bus that was hit in a chain-reaction crash at 7:25 a.m. …

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Birdie explains why he was wrong

While the decision to go trick-or-treating or fly over some A-K Valley playoff games was an easy one for the Birdie because some area districts altered their goodie-grabbing schedules, he had a tougher time deciding whether to point out his …
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Apollo-Ridge fine-tunes for playoffs with 64-20 victory over Burrell

Two teams entered the final game of the regular season heading in opposite directions. For No. 5 Apollo-Ridge, it simply was a business trip. Win the game, get out healthy and wait for the WPIAL playoff seedings Monday. For Burrell, …
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VND spotlight athletes: Alex Herman and Rachel Valotta

Alex Herman School: Deer Lakes Sport: Cross country Class: Junior Report card: Herman, who runs independently for Deer Lakes, qualified for the PIAA meet in his first year of WPIAL competition. He posted a time of 17 minutes, 48 seconds …
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Freeport, Ford City set for playoff battle

Fox Chapel is the site, but it will be an Armstrong County affair in the Class AA girls volleyball semifinals. Defending champion and top seed …
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Fox Chapel volleyball coach reflects on season

The Fox Chapel girls volleyball team finished its season Oct. 18 with a strong showing in a tournament at North Allegheny. “Despite losing our strongest hitter and one of our setters, Ana Spangenberg, to an injury at Plum, we were …
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Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Highlands’ Nathan McKinney

Nathan McKinney began lifting weights when he was in the seventh grade, but he didn’t participate in his first competition until last year. The years …
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After sluggish 1st half, McKeesport rolls past Kiski Area

McKeesport and Kiski Area’s matchup Friday night became the tale of two halves. Kiski Area kept pace with  No. 5 McKeesport in the first half, but the Tigers (8-1, 7-1) left the Cavaliers behind in the second half for a …
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The Leader: Week 10 offers lots of treats

Last week: 7-0 (1.000) Season: 50-11 (.820) It’s Halloween on Friday, but it’s also playoff time, and The Leader prefers the tricks and treats that …
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Knoch shuts down Yough, clinches playoff berth

With numerous playoff scenarios possible entering its game Friday against Yough, Knoch accomplished the one absolute necessity: A victory. Behind its strongest offensive and defensive …
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Clairton runs past Leechburg for PIAA record

Leechburg coach Mark George can take solace in the fact his Blue Devils held Clairton to its lowest point total this season. But 54 points were more than enough for the Bears as the No. 2 team in WPIAL Class …
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Springdale sets tone early, routs Riverview

Before the season, few observers thought the Springdale Dynamos could reach the upper echelon of the tough Eastern Conference. But Springdale walked off autumn-splashed Riverside …
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Springdale football team tackles adversity on path to postseason

At a media event at Heinz Field, Springdale football coaches talked about “stealing” a victory from one of the conference’s “Big Four” of Clairton, Jeannette, …
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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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