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Shoppers vexed by choice between getting best bargains, spending time with family

By Michael Divittorio
Major retailers already have opened their doors for Black Friday — and it’s still Thursday. Some businesses announced plans to open at 6 a.m. this ...

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Scoring record within reach for Clairton

Soon after Clairton had beaten Avonworth with another convincing victory in the Class A championship game to open the annual four-game WPIAL football extravaganza last …
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East Allegheny boys basketball team ready for fresh start in Class AA

The East Allegheny boys basketball team is starting fresh. Coming off a 2012-13 season in which they advanced to the postseason, the Wildcats failed to win a game last year, going 0-20 and 0-12 in WPIAL Section 4-AAA. But East …
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Same school, new team for Elizabeth Forward boys basketball coach Kosanovich

In three seasons as the coach of the Elizabeth Forward girls basketball team, Sam Kosanovich led the program to a 64-15 record and three consecutive playoff appearances. Now, Kosanovich has been tapped to lead the boys basketball team at Elizabeth …
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Athletic McKeesport boys basketball team features new coach, up-tempo style

The basketball season has yet to begin, but Gerald Grayson’s return to McKeesport already is drawing crowds. Open gym workouts have pulled in between 40 and 50 kids, a marked improvement from years past. “We do have a lot,” said …
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Norwin boys basketball looks to use fast pace, deep bench

After falling to North Allegheny in the opening round of last season’s WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs, the Norwin boys basketball team didn’t wait long to …
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Despite youth, Serra girls basketball team remains optimistic for postseason

Recently, the Serra Catholic girls basketball team knew what to expect at the beginning of each season. That’s not the case this season as the Eagles return only one starter from a team that qualified for the state playoffs. This …
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South Allegheny girls basketball team will rotate two lineups

It’s been chaos in the preseason around the South Allegheny girls basketball practices, and that’s the way first-year coach Shaun Johnston wants it. Johnston, a boys assistant coach last season, takes over the Class AA Gladiators girls program for Ashleigh …
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Steel Valley plans to play up-tempo under 1st-year coach Schifino

In his first year as coach of the Steel Valley boys basketball team, Drew Schifino has great expectations for the Ironmen. “We have major things like quickness and height,” said Schifino, 33, who left Waynesburg after one season (6-16) as …
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Thomas Jefferson girls bring hard-nosed play, intangibles to the court

Heading into his second season as coach of the Thomas Jefferson girls basketball team, Phil Shar welcomes back 13 players from last season’s WPIAL Class …
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Indiana whips West Mifflin, 42-12, earns shot at top seed Central Valley in next round

Right from the start, Indiana set the tone for a first-round playoff victory over West Mifflin on Friday night. The Little Indians pushed around the Titans on Indiana’s home field and secured a 42-12 victory in a WPIAL Class AAA …
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