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Freeport High School students rise to the challenge

By Jodi Weigand 12:42 a.m.
A team of four Freeport Area Junior High School students took a bundle of tubes, syringes and wood pieces and transformed them into a machine ...

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Weather has hampered Apollo-Ridge baseball team’s progress

Apollo-Ridge has waited an offseason for a chance to build on its baseball success of a year ago. The team is hoping the wait is almost over. The Vikings entered the season as one of the favorites to win Section …
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A-K Valley roundup: Bordonaro scores 13 in Roundball Classic win

Burrell senior point guard Sydney Bordonaro was one of the showstoppers in the first of four Roundball Classic all-star games Saturday at Geneva College’s Metheny Fieldhouse. The two-time Valley News Dispatch Player of the Year and Pepperdine recruit scored 13 …
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High-scoring Deer Lakes softball not taking success for granted

Deer Lakes softball has high-stepped through Section 3-AA the past few years, coasting to double-digit-run victories as if the mercy rule was invented for it. This season is no different: The Lancers (8-1, 5-0) are scoring with the rapidity of …
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High school notebook: Final Kittanning-Ford City game rescheduled

The Kittanning/Ford City rivalry now is scheduled for a swan song under the lights. The nonsection baseball matchup between the Wildcats and Sabers, which is the final scheduled meeting between the schools in any sport, has been moved to a …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: Fox Chapel baseball team wins 5th straight game

Fox Chapel kept rolling Monday, as a three-run sixth inning lifted the Foxes (7-4) to their fifth straight win, a 10-7 decision over North Hills (8-4) in nonsection play. Josh Kieffer led off the bottom of the sixth with a …
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A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Valley’s Jesse Iellimo, Freeport’s Grace Ward

Jessie Iellimo School: Valley Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Iellimo, who committed to play baseball at Point Park, is a full-time catcher, part-time pitcher and occasional third baseman for the Vikings. The 5-foot-8 right-hander has a 1-0 record as …
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Valley News Dispatch high school notebook: Coach, players set for Roundball Classic

Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski didn’t hesitate when a Roundball Classic official called to ask him for a favor. Although, Stoczynski didn’t see it …
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Popular Kiski Area team manager gets his chance on tennis court

Stephen Winkle spends a lot of time on the sidelines at Kiski Area athletic events as a student manager, but before last week he wondered …
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Knoch football players to continue W&J tradition

It’s one thing for a high school football player to know where he’s going to play in college. It’s another for him to do so alongside his best friend. Senior standouts and long-time friends Cody Milsom and Matt Jaworski helped …
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Leechburg SS Reesman has aggressive attitude forged from hockey

Leechburg senior Miranda Reesman played ice hockey for six years, but it wasn’t because she liked the color of the uniforms or the thought of …
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Plum rebounds with key section win

One team was trying to build on a key victory in Section 2-AAAA from last week, while the other was hoping to bounce back from a tough section loss two days earlier. Gateway and Plum met for the first time …
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Riverview baseball team hits stride after slow start

Riverview baseball coach Rich Griser is like a scientist this season, experimenting with his lineups to try to find the right fit. Although early results …
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Humble Hyland cherishes fond basketball memories

Growing up in Cheswick during the late 1970s, there wasn’t a youth basketball league in which Janet (Kartovicky) Hyland could participate. Instead, she honed her skills on the street, playing against the boys in her neighborhood. “Playing against the boys …
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VND high school notebook: High-scoring Plum guard Edwards gaining interest

College basketball recruiting is picking up for Plum junior James Edwards. Edwards, a 6-foot-2 guard who led the A-K Valley in scoring this season at …
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