• Harry Rideout is taking an interesting approach to coaching in his first season with the Kiski Area boys basketball team. Rideout, a federal law enforcement officer, is enamored with the team concept and does not promote individuality. Rideout didn't permit his players to have their names on the back of their shooting shirts and doesn't let the players get crazy during pregame introductions. In fact, unlike most teams, after Cavaliers players shake hands with an opposing coach, they don't run to center court for a rowdy huddle. Instead, Rideout has them return to the bench. Kiski Area is 6-3 overall and 2-1 in Section 1-AAAA.
• Shady Side Academy wrestling coach Tim Giel reached a milestone at last weekend's Valley Duals Tournament in New Kensington. Giel, from West Deer and in his 28th season with the Indians, posted his 300th career victory. Shady Side held off Valley, Avella, Knoch, Summit Academy and McGuffey to take the title. Giel also guided the Indians in the Powerade Christmas Tournament. Lower Burrell resident Nick Ciesielski, a heavyweight, placed fourth.
• Burrell basketball is having a "pink out" tonight for the girls game against Deer Lakes and Tuesday's boys game against Riverview. Fans are asked to wear something pink for breast cancer awareness. One dollar from each ticket sold will go to the Susan Koman Cure for breast cancer. Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle and a halftime shooting contest also will benefit the Koman fund.
• West Shamokin first-year girls basketball coach Kirk Lorigan will coach against his former Freeport team for the first time tonight in Section 1-AA. Lorigan led Freeport to a WPIAL Class AA runner-up finish in 2004.
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