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Generous Leechburg boy receives Christmas surprise from secret Santa

By Braden Ashe
It was two Sundays before Christmas and all through Angie King’s Leechburg house, not a creature was stirring — not even their two dogs and ...

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Alle-Kiski roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls rally past Derry

Apollo-Ridge saved its best for last Wednesday night in a 41-40 girls basketball victory over visiting Derry Area (1-3). Trailing by nine points entering the …
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Valley News Dispatch roundup: Garda’s buzzer-beater lifts Burrell

His team down one and the final seconds ticking down, Max Garda crossed the midcourt line, squared up to the basket and let the shot …
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Valley boys basketball dominates boards, improves to 3-0

Last year, Valley won its first three games but sputtered to a 6-13 mark. This year, the Vikings are hoping a 3-0 start is a springboard to a playoff season. Caleb Davis led three players in double figures with 15 …
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High school notebook: WPIAL adjusts to accommodate Armstrong merger

To accommodate the Ford City-Kittanning merger, the WPIAL slightly altered four football conferences and will schedule games next season with the City League. The WPIAL …
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Fox Chapel’s Urso adjusts quickly between football, basketball

Taking off the shoulder pads in favor of sneakers and shorts is a ritual that Fox Chapel senior Billy Urso is accustomed to. He began …
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Junior forward Beale scores 30 points as Freeport wins 4th straight

Josh Beale’s big night extended Freeport’s strong start to the season. The junior forward scored a game-high 30 points, and the Yellowjackets extended their winning streak to four games with a nonsection win over Karns City, 61-50, at Freeport on …
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Valley New Dispatch spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Ashlyn Jonczak, Cheswick Christian Academy’s Ben Pollock

Ashlyn Jonczak School: Highlands Class: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Report card: The 5-foot-9 guard-forward has been an integral part of a young Highlands team. Coach Ron Lang said Jonczak can play every position on the court. Through five games, she led …
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Through the years: Bell-Avon rings out in program’s finale

With Kittanning and Ford City high schools closing out their football histories, the Valley News Dispatch has been taking a look back at the final …
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Plum grad Cressler makes coaching debut

On Dec. 5 at the season-opening Plum boys basketball tournament, Andrew Cressler was on the bench at Plum High School and his team was facing Gateway. It was a familiar feeling for Cressler, but this time, he wasn’t in uniform …
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Quick start carries Riverview girls past Leechburg

After Riverview’s first setback of the season Saturday afternoon, Raiders coach Keith Stitt wanted his team to get off to a quick start against Leechburg. …
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Plum boys win section opener, girls fall to Fox Chapel

The Plum boys and girls basketball squads each found themselves in tight section openers Friday night, but only one team emerged victorious. The Plum boys …
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Several A-K Valley basketball schools face new surroundings this season

Some basketball coaches get an uneasy feeling when they eyeball the WPIAL’s biannual realignment. That is because their place in the WPIAL pecking order mostly is out of their control. “We have five starters back, which is nice,” Riverview girls …
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Kiski Area’s Lange, Springdale’s Hughes named Valley News Dispatch Players of the Year

Kiski Area’s Dakota Lange and Springdale’s Casey Hughes have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch’s Soccer Players of the Year. Boys player of the year Dakota Lange | Senior forward, Kiski Area As he prepared for a kickoff in …
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A-K Valley roundup: St. Joseph upsets No. 2 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

St. Joseph coach Kelly Robinson found himself getting emotional after the Spartans’ Section 2-A opener at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic on Friday. His team gave …
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