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Early morning fire destroys East Deer home

By Braden Ashe
A swift-moving fire heavily damaged a house on Murrayhill Road in East Deer early Friday. The homeowner, Mary Jo McKay, escaped unharmed, according to police. …

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Storylines galore dominate new football season

It doesn’t seem that long ago that South Fayette topped Karns City in the PIAA quarterfinals to end the football season in Armstrong County and send The Leader to his winter home in Florida. Nearly nine months to the day …
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Through the years: Heard’s TD capped Valley rally

Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
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Former NFL lineman hopes to change direction at Deer Lakes

First-year coach Steve Sciullo has no desire to subdue the growing confidence and enthusiasm among his Deer Lakes players, but every once in a while, …
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Fox Chapel runners have big shoes to fill

Last season was one to remember for the Fox Chapel cross country team. The boys compiled an 8-0 section record and finished second at the WPIAL meet. They also qualified for the PIAA meet. The girls went 7-1 in the …
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Leader Times Q&A: Freeport’s Logan Thimons

It’s not common for a high school student to have their college picked out before their junior year, much less a student who is also …
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Natural rivalries, top-tier talent highlight realigned Allegheny Conference

The stars have aligned. Or realigned, to be more exact. With the WPIAL fine-tuning its conferences and moving teams around like old furniture in a …
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WPIAL coaches, quarterbacks have concerns about using newly approved footballs

South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh tossed around a lot of different footballs this summer — the Nike, the Wilson GST and the Spalding SB1. But …
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Knoch’s Farinelli primed for big year after working with QB guru Harris

Knoch quarterback Dan Farinelli is seeking to make his senior season memorable. Farinelli spent time refining his knowledge of the playbook, getting stronger in the …
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Bulked-up offensive line looks to anchor Blue Devils

If Leechburg has improved in any area during the offseason, it’s the offensive line. And senior left tackle Jordan Cominos has been the anchor. “That’s …
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H.S. Picks ‘tunes’ up for new season

H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review ace high school football prognosticator, has been heard around the sports department humming popular songs. When one of his colleagues heard him trying to hum the “Selfie” song, he yelled at Picks to stop. Another writer …
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Riverview boys have title aspirations

Riverview is getting aggressive in its pursuit of a WPIAL championship this season. Backed by a potentially explosive offense featuring two returning all-WPIAL players, the Raiders believe they have the potential to win the first WPIAL title in school history. …
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Springdale moves Lock to backfield to increase his touches

Position switches are nothing new — particularly at Class A schools. But Springdale’s Adam Lock is dealing with a pair of position switches. First, the …
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Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle

Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley …
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