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Pittsburgh-area drivers roll with rising pump prices

By R.A. Monti
Like most drivers, Dave Miller doesn’t like the soaring price of gas. “You have to get around,” said Miller of Kittanning, while filling up a …

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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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Bases-loaded free passes prove big in Deer Lakes’ softball victory over Burrell

Top-ranked Deer Lakes was the beneficiary of a pair of three-run homers in Tuesday’s 12-5 victory over Burrell. While the Lancers enjoyed the blasts, it …
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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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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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Freeport baseball team gets welcome relief in win over Deer Lakes

With inherited runners at first and second base, Freeport sophomore Nathan Pastorek put himself in an even tougher spot Monday afternoon when, as a relief …
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Former coach promotes game overseas

Former Leechburg coach and Highlands student-athlete Ed Jenkins stepped down as Charleroi football coach Monday. But the move won’t affect the trip for WPIAL football players to Italy next year that will be facilitated by Jenkins. Jenkins resigned at Charleroi …
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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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Valley News Dispatch roundup: Leechburg baseball team collects wild win

In a few chaotic seconds Tuesday afternoon in West Leechburg, one team celebrated while another looked on in disbelief in Leechburg’s wild 2-1 baseball victory over Section 4-A-leading North Catholic. With two outs in the top of the seventh inning …
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Plum baseball hopes hitters can pitch in more

With rain clouds sagging from the sky and water puddled on its baseball field, Plum took it indoors Tuesday for extra hitting practice. Its much-anticipated Section 2 game against Quad-A No. 2-ranked Baldwin (8-0, 5-0) had to wait a day …
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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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