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Pittsburgh diocese campaign big success

By Chris Buckley
Catholic parishes in six southwestern Pennsylvania counties that participated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Our Campaign for the Church Alive! initiative more than doubled the ambitious fiscal goals set for them. But three of eight parishes in the Mid-Mon Valley failed ...

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Top-seeded BVA home for WPIAL wrestling playoffs

On Wednesday, Belle Vernon Area hosted the Section 2-AAA wrestling tournament for the first time. Next week, BVA will be hosting playoff wrestling again when …
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Frazier, Beth-Center lead Tri-County South football squad

Frazier and Beth-Center dominated the Tri-County South All-Conference Team with nine and 10 players selected, respectively. It should come as no surprise that the two teams led the way with the most picks as the Bulldogs won the conference crown …
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With early-season injuries mostly in the past, California girls looking to contend for title

After a long-awaited breakthrough season featuring a team full of underclassmen in 2013-14, the California girls basketball squad was expected to be a strong contender …
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Valley Independent roundup: Charleroi gets huge road victory over Waynesburg

Charleroi went to Waynesburg Friday hoping to keep its head above the pack in Section 4-AA. The Cougars came home with a character-building 48-45 win. …
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Elizabeth Forward successfully changes up defenses on Belle Vernon’s Slagus, earns 63-60 win

Elizabeth Forward couldn’t answer Kaitlyn Slagus’ scoring spree for Belle Vernon in the first half, though Warriors point guard Abigail Sporio did her best to match the 6-foot-2 Slagus’ 21 points, getting 15 of her own. Behind Slagus, the Leopards …
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4th quarter run, Arnold vault Cougars

The Charleroi Cougars and Frazier Commodores played a competitive, entertaining game in Section 4-AA Tuesday night. The difference in the game could have been a 10-1 run the Cougars put on the Commodores in the fourth quarter that turned a …
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First quarter nightmare for Monessen

Going into Sunday’s game against undefeated Aliquippa, the top-ranked Class AA team in the state, Monessen coach Joe Salvino was hoping to get a good barometer of his team before the Greyhounds enter the WPIAL Class A playoffs in February. …
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Ringgold survives, stays in playoff hunt

Ringgold holds sole possession of fourth place in the Section 4-AAA playoff race after Thursday’s sluggish 39-34 win over visiting Brownsville. “A win is a win, even when it is ugly,” second-year Ringgold coach Laura Grimm said. “Credit to Brownsville …
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Bunting’s late steal, free throw lift Mt. Pleasant past Yough

One small defensive adjustment had the biggest impact Wednesday’s Section 3-AAA boys basketball game between Mt. Pleasant and visiting Yough. With 6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 46-46, Mt. Pleasant first-year coach Donnie Porter …
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