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A-K Valley students offer Franklin Regional ‘strong’ support

By R.A. Monti
A week ago, Valley High School English teacher Rachael Link got an email from a student calling for action. “Last Wednesday, Catherine Armstrong emailed me …

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Alle-Kiski roundup: Percic leads Apollo-Ridge over Burrell

Mike Percic made sure the Apollo-Ridge baseball team’s runs-allowed average fell further toward zero Monday. The Vikings, who allowed 20 runs in their first three games, kept Burrell off the basepaths during a 4-1 win in Section 3-AA. Percic, who …
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Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Burrell softball comes from behind to top Valley

After helping Valley’s cause with five errors across the first two innings, Burrell’s softball team recovered nicely to post its fourth straight win 8-5 in …
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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Baseball teams set to play at PNC Park

A trio of Alle-Kiski baseball teams will play games this weekend at PNC Park as part of the Pirates’ annual ticket fundraising program. Highlands will …
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Local baseball teams ready to resume schedule

High school baseball season is almost three weeks old, but you’d never know it by looking at the standings. Rain, snow and a lack of clear days to allow fields to dry out have conspired to keep teams off the …
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Alle-Kiski Roundball Classic notebook: Luther twins playing last games together

Hampton twins Ryan and Collin Luther have been playing together since they first touched a basketball. But the combination will come to an end soon. Ryan is headed for Pitt, and Collin remains undecided about which college he will attend. …
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Healthy Siegel using his head with Mercyhurst

Restoring a reputation as one of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s elite batters became the top priority for Mercyhurst outfielder Ryan Siegel as soon as …
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Alle-Kiski athletes branching out across the U.S.

It started as an unassuming trip to the West Coast. It ended an unforgettable, life-changing experience for Sydney Bordonaro. The junior basketball standout from Burrell, …
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Franklin Regional stabbing victim reunites with rugby teammates

Less than a week after an 8-inch knife plunged into the side of his chest, puncturing his lung and forever changing his once-unguarded perception of …
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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton gets offer from Toledo

Though considered a football player with Division I-level talent since his freshman season, Apollo-Ridge junior Tre Tipton fretted when spring came and he remained without …
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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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Leechburg only WPIAL baseball team yet to play a game

Stuck on the grassy hillside above its field for yet another practice Tuesday afternoon, Leechburg’s baseball team took solace in the fact that a game on artificial turf awaits Wednesday. While every other baseball team in the WPIAL has completed …
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Plum’s Cressler commits to Vanderbilt

From the time Vanderbilt called him — he said his phone rang a mere hour after his transfer from Cornell became official — up until …
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Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Riverview’s Dom Conte, Burrell’s Lizzie Weimer

Dom Conte School: Riverview Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Conte is a key player and team captain for the Raiders (6-0). As a pitcher he is 3-0 with 23 strikeouts, including a career-high 13 in a 4-1 win over …
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Another honor for Springdale soccer icon

Next stop for decorated soccer coach Dave Meloni — the WPIAL Hall of Fame. Meloni, who won nine WPIAL socccer titles in a 15-year span …
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Guido: 1934 Ken High team raised bar

Several weeks ago, the Burrell High School girls basketball team became the first Alle-Kiski Valley team to make the PIAA semifinals in the 21st century. Now might be a good time to take a look back at the first local …
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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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