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Alle-Kiski Valley slips into the holiday spirit with Light Up Night festivities

By Tom Yerace
It’s no fun for Barb Magnetta when nature rains on her parade — especially when it’s raining ice. Magnetta, Tarentum’s recreation board chairman and a key ...

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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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End of an era for Ford City football and its coach; Bartolovic steps aside

When the next high school football season rolls around, it’s going to be without a fixture on the Armstrong County gridiron patrolling the sideline. John …
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New Foxes girls coach O’Shea inherits talented team

New Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Jennifer Joyce O’Shea received a huge gift to coincide with the first official practice day on Nov. 17. Her commute from Brentwood High School, where she is a social studies teacher, to Fox Chapel …
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Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Freeport hockey rolls past Greensburg Salem

After three straight overtime games, Freeport’s hockey team found itself in a shootout. Stone Haberstroh had three goals and four assists to lead the Yellowjackets to a PIHL Class A win over Greensburg Salem, 11-6, at the Kirk S. Nevin …
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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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Pair of A-K Valley runners earn all-state honors at PIAA cross country meet

HERSHEY — You don’t have to win a race to be successful. Just ask Plum junior Jake Susalla or Riverview junior Molly Kennedy, who walked away from Saturday’s PIAA cross country championships with all-state honors and smiles. Susalla finished 17th …
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Fox Chapel grad Papich makes jump into coaching

Jenny Papich graduated from Gannon University last spring and left as one of their all-time greats in basketball. The 2010 Fox Chapel grad finished among …
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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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