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Harrison fire victim helps others while on road to recovery

By Chuck Biedka
Nearly five months after a fire nearly killed her, Tina Slomkoski’s life still revolves around helping others. On July 30,  Slomkoski, who has put together many ...

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2014 Valley News Dispatch football all-stars

Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Freeport’s Logan Thimons have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year for football, respectively. …
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Class AAA Kiski Area wrestling team uses five pins to knock off Class AA power Burrell

Kiski Area’s wrestling schedule is filled with WPIAL contenders. On Thursday night, the Cavaliers showed the tenacity necessary to beat that type of competition. On …
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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: Armstrong County volleyball players net All-State honors

Three of Armstrong County’s best this volleyball season received the state’s top individual honor. Senior Stephanie DiGregorio and junior Justyne Lasher of Ford City and junior Zoe Pawlak of Freeport were selected to the Class AA All-State team, announced last …
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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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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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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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A-K Valley roundup: Late surge lifts Knoch past Valley

Knoch and Valley were deadlocked entering the fourth quarter of their Section 1-AAA matchup Friday night. One run made the difference for the Knights. An …
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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’s defense seals win over McKeesport

Plum trailed McKeesport by six points at the end of three quarters. That signaled it was time for the Mustangs’ top-rated defense to clamp down. The Mustangs (5-1, 2-0) shut out the Tigers (3-3, 2-1) the last 7:05 of the …
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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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