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Cheswick super fan, 90, has had season tickets for almost 70 years

By R.A. Monti 10:16 a.m.
Josephine “Jo” Szwarc has missed only a handful of Steelers home games since 1946, but it doesn’t take long for the 90-year-old to respond when ...

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Apollo-Ridge girls enter season talented but inexperienced

After making the WPIAL playoffs the past two seasons, Apollo-Ridge coach Jim Callipare is excited about the program’s direction. But with returning talent somewhat inexperienced, …
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Burrell boys basketball team will rely on defense to slow foes

Burrell boys basketball coach Shawn Bennis was an assistant on the Buccaneers’ football team this season. One of his duties was coaching defensive backs. That only amplified his defensive-minded thinking heading into basketball. “Our focus has to be on defensive …
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Parham set to lead Deer Lakes boys in challenging Section 1-AAA

Never one to back away from a challenge, Terence Parham scheduled the defending state champion for his first game at Shady Side Academy in 2004 …
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Ford City graduate Huska hitting his stride as Slippery Rock kicker

Ford City graduate Andrew Huska was a wing-T running back for the Ford City Eagles youth football team before he switched to kicker in the …
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Fox Chapel boys look to define roles

Last year, the Fox Chapel boys basketball team plodded through the first half of the season. The team’s record hovered around the .500 mark. Things …
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Guido: Time for A-K Valley’s postseason awards

It’s time to put the local high school football season to rest. And with all that happened, we might need a rest. Freeport made a memorable run to the Class AA semifinals, Apollo-Ridge’s Duane Brown kept statisticians and scoreboard operators …
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Backcourt trio to fuel Highlands boys basketball team’s offense

Remember this feeling. That was the message from coach Tyler Stoczynski to his Highlands boys basketball players last season after they walked off the court with long faces and dashed hopes after a playoff exit. “A lot of us were …
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Kiski Area boys a team in transition after graduation of top scorer

One change will lead to several others for the Kiski Area boys basketball team this season. In recent years, the Cavaliers could rely on big-time scorers like Joey Brungo and Mike Simmons. But after the graduation of Brungo after 2013-14 …
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Merger sparks position battles at Armstrong

Plenty of mystery exists throughout WPIAL Class AAA about what Armstrong will look like. But the uncertainty isn’t limited to opposing locker rooms. The merger …
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High school notebook: Knoch CF Bucko commits to Kent State

Knoch’s state championship baseball team has another college recruit. Junior center fielder Dom Bucko gave a verbal commitment to Kent State. He is the second …
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Through the Years: Leechburg, Oakmont won WPIAL titles a half-century ago

Editor’s note: Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events …
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Preview: Mix of veterans, newcomers fuels Plum boys and girls swim teams

Plum head swim coach Shawn Haupt witnessed a record-setting performance at WPIALs last year, as the boys 200 medley relay broke a decade-old mark on …
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Riverview boys, girls cross country teams prepare for PIAA meet

As prepared as it is for every race, Riverview knew it faced an uphill challenge for both its cross country teams to record top-three finishes …
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Shenango eliminates Springdale from playoffs for 2nd straight season

A young Springdale team showed flashes Friday night, but it couldn’t get over the hump against senior-laden Shenango. Hunter Waskin scored two first-half touchdowns to lead No. 5 Shenango past 12th-seeded Springdale, 23-10, in the first round of the WPIAL …
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Plum baseball standout Kirilloff ends wait, joins Liberty

Alex Kirilloff put it mildly when he called his signing a national letter of intent to play baseball at Liberty “a long time coming.” After verbally committing to the Flames as a freshman at Plum, Kirilloff had to wait three …
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