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AK Valley firefighters brush up in high-rise drill

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
If there were ever a fire at Springdale Manor, Dolores Quarles for a long time thought she’d be among the first out the door. That’s not ...

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Birdie says heat is on for another season of football picks

The Birdie likes to get up close and personal with the sport he covers so, despite his climbing age, he puts himself through the preseason …
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Size up front a boost for Deer Lakes

There’s a saying in football that it all starts up front. If that’s true, Deer Lakes has to like its chances for success this season. …
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High school senior, Eagle Scout designs Armstrong cross country course

Nathan Goldner spent a long time contemplating what he should do for his Eagle Scout service project. To complete the project, Goldner had to plan, …
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Fox Chapel hopes to establish run game under Loughran

After a highly successful run as head coach at South Park that included two WPIAL titles, two PIAA championships, 186 wins and 14 playoff appearances, Tom Loughran will be looking for continued success in his first season at Fox Chapel. …
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HSFB preview by position: WPIAL full of game-changing kickers

The WPIAL’s kickers had a remarkable season a year ago with some game-winning kicks and standout performances fit for the record books. Yet this upcoming season could be just as good as many of those talented kickers return. Among them, …
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Class AA breakdown: Dynamic offense to again lead 2-time PIAA champion South Fayette

South Fayette football coach Joe Rossi is certain that other teams are looking at the Lions, now without record-setting quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, and thinking they’re vulnerable. “When you lose a player of that caliber that’s the way it is,” Rossi …
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Kiski Area leaders provide silver lining after winless season

When Dave Heavner became Kiski Area’s coach in 2012, he brought freshmen Lincoln Clayton and Chad Kuhn up to the varsity team. Three seasons later, he’s counting those two, and the rest of their senior classmates, to provide a big …
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No rest for ex-Kittanning wrestler Nolf

Jason Nolf didn’t know if he would follow one piece of advice his Penn State wrestling coaches had for him this summer. “The coaches want …
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Unsung heroes step up for Knoch

It’s not about how many holes Knoch has to fill heading into training camp. It’s the key positions that need an identity before the season …
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Quarterback Burtick returns to lead Leechburg offense

As a sophomore last season J.B. Burtick was thrust into the starting quarterback role when Josh Stearman went down with a season-ending injury during a …
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Standard of success set at Riverview

Riverview had a winning campaign at 5-4 in coach Jason Cappa’s first year last season. But Cappa is measuring his team’s accomplishments in ways other than the win/loss column. “Without looking at wins and losses in our record, it was …
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Springdale to be strong in the trenches

After a one-year absence, it was back to the WPIAL playoffs for Springdale. The Dynamos were a postseason staple for 11 consecutive seasons before coming …
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A-K Valley seniors take swing in WPIAL All-Star game

Deer Lakes senior Scott Ventura didn’t have a particularly good time in his two previous games at Washington & Jefferson’s baseball field. The Lancers played …
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