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Monessen mayor: Bickering out, blight fight in

By Chris Buckley
Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis and city council have found the enemy, and it’s not each other. It’s blight. That was the message Mavrakis delivered during an abbreviated and calm council session that came on the heels of bitterly conducted meetings …

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Belle Vernon: This is no meaningless game

Every coach has his own view on preparing and playing in nonconference games. For example, when unbeaten Knoch visited Ringgold last week, Knoch coach Mike …
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Frazier’s defense dominant in shutout of Bentworth

Frazier’s defense bullied Bentworth quarterback Josh Hughes play after play during the first half of Friday’s Tri-County South game. The Commodores sacked Hughes four times, returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and knocked the sophomore out of game …
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Valley Independent roundup: California, Yough stay winless with routs

The beat goes on for California Area and Yough as both teams remained winless after respective conference losses Friday night. The Trojans (0-3, 0-2) were hammered by Beth-Center, 47-0, in a Class A Tri-County South game and the Cougars (0-3, …
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Charleroi Soccer Hall will welcome Duritza

Don Duritza certainly left his mark at Charleroi Area High School. As a student/athlete, Duritza played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Cougars before he graduated in 1982. His career spanned four years in soccer, three in basketball and two …
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Elizabeth Forward holds off pesky Trinity, 33-28

The Elizabeth Forward defense remains a work in progress. Luckily, it didn’t see much playing time against Trinity on Friday. A bruising Elizabeth Forward rushing attack controlled play early and often as the Warriors escaped with a 33-28 victory in …
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H.S. Picks catches Bucco Fever

Even though it’s high school football season, H.S. Picks has the Pirates on his mind. Maybe that explains his subpar performance so far. Picks was 33-7 in Week 3, which leaves him 99-21 for the season. At least the Pirates …
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Monessen, Geibel to battle for 4-A top spot

When Monessen hosts Geibel in a Section 4 A game Saturday, there will be plenty on the line. It will be a battle of two of Class A’s three remaining undefeated teams as the Greyhounds (6-0, 5-0) and Gators (7-0, …
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Ringgold outlasts Knoch, 20-12

Ringgold topped Knoch Friday behind a balanced attack featuring Nico Law and Chacar Berry. Turnovers plagued Knoch throughout the game, and a fumble on the …
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Yough girls soccer remains Section 1-AA power with deliberate, defensive style

To move forward as a program, the Yough girls soccer team got used to going backwards with the ball. The Cougars, who claimed their first section title in school history in 2012 and repeated the feat last season, have charged …
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