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Past, present, future WPIAL standouts competing at USA Diving Junior and Senior Nationals

By Karen Price
Three current WPIAL diving champions, one former champ and several potential future winners are among a contingent of Western Pennsylvania athletes competing at the USA ...

High school notebook: Baseball standouts showcase their skills for pro scouts
By Staff Reports
A trio of WPIAL baseball standouts are hoping they made a memorable impact last week during their trip to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Union’s ...
O’Neil jumps right in to AD duties at Kiski Area
By Doug Gulasy
Dan O’Neil’s drive to become an athletic director again outweighed a different type of drive. Kiski Area’s new athletic director will make a 90-minute commute from ...
Gateway’s Wilson vows to ‘power through’ latest injury
By Devon Moore
Gateway multi-sport athlete David Wilson hasn’t been able to run since his shoulder surgery June 10. He hadn’t been able to drive up until last week. But that hasn’t stopped him from working with sports. Turns out spending time at Gateway coach Daryn Freedman’s summer basketball camp has given him a ...
QV lacrosse standout Foster leaves her mark
By Andrew John
Even though lacrosse is a team sport, one way to be recognized on an individual basis is by being named an Academic All-American. This is ...
Guido: Plum’s Hall class features 8 worthy inductees
By George Guido
Once upon a time, Plum boys basketball struggled — and mightily. Two of the players who helped lead the big turnaround will be part of the Plum Sports Hall of Fame’s 11th class. Bobby Franklin, a 2003 graduate, will be one of eight inductees at this year’s banquet, along with the ...
High school senior, Eagle Scout designs Armstrong cross country course
By Jerin Steele
Nathan Goldner spent a long time contemplating what he should do for his Eagle Scout service project. To complete the project, Goldner had to plan, ...
VND notebook: Leg injuries sideline Highlands’ Martinka
By Bill Beckner Jr. and Doug Gulasy
Dom Martinka had a legitimate chance to be the featured running back for Highlands this season, a formidable replacement for standout Elijah Jackson, a 1,700-yard ...
High school notebook: Freeport’s Pawlak makes nationals again
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport volleyball standout Zoe Pawlak took her game to a national stage again this summer. As a member of the Renaissance Volleyball Club’s 17-under team, ...
Hinish family members synonymous with athletic success
By Jennifer Goga
The Hinish families of Whitehall and Baldwin are well-aware that their name has become synonymous with successful athletes. Baldwin High School graduates, Kurt (1984), and his ...
High school notebook: PIAA continues debate over 6 football classes
By Chris Harlan
The PIAA narrowed its options Tuesday, but the ultimate decision whether to have four or six football classifications wasn’t settled. In a joint meeting in Mechanicsburg, the strategic planning committee and football steering committee approved a new formula for counting non-brick-and-mortar students and voted to shorten the football ...
Guido: New high school football staffs ready to roll
By George Guido
The high school football season brings three new coaches and three new assistant coaching staffs. One coach, however, isn’t actually a newcomer. Frank Fabian was with ...
VND high school notebook: Freeport Invitational to honor Knoch state-title team
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The Freeport International Baseball Invitational returns to the A-K Valley this week, and while the event doesn’t recognize winners due to its noncompetitive nature, organizers ...
Guido: New rules take hard look at blindsiding
By George Guido
As has been the case in recent years, high school football rule makers continue to look at ways to make the game safer. A measure to eliminate blindsiding was paramount among the six rules changes for the coming season. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has included the ...
Kiski Area hires O’Neil as athletic director
By Doug Gulasy
Dan O’Neil is returning to the Alle-Kiski Valley as an athletic director. The Kiski Area School Board voted Monday to hire O’Neil, the former athletic director at Deer Lakes and Beaver. He replaces Ryan Berberich, who resigned in May after 10 years as Kiski Area’s athletic director. “I’m thrilled,” O’Neil said. “It’s ...
High school notebook: Knoch pair picked for national showcase
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Cole Shinsky and Alex Stobert, Knoch’s dynamic pitching duo, extended their run of success from the spring into the summer. And what’s more American than ...
Seton-La Salle grad Mallon, a military buff, lands ROTC scholarship to Penn State
By Ed Phillipps
When he was in third grade, James Mallon and his family went on a trip to the beach for vacation. To pass the time ...
Shady Side Academy 2-sport standout prepping for football season
By Marty Stewart
Shady Side Academy rising senior Doc Szlachetka excelled at football and lacrosse since his freshman year. He will return as the starting quarterback on the ...
Quaker Valley Hall of Fame honors school’s first swimming champion
By Matt Grubba
Quaker Valley had its first boys swimming star before it even had its first boys swimming team. Kevin Langer, a 1994 QV grad, was the first WPIAL and PIAA champion for the school as a standout in the 100- and 50-yard freestyle events, and his achievements in the pool have ...
Sewickley Academy’s Bowles honored by US Lacrosse
By Karen Kadilak
Patrick Bowles worked hard to improve as a member of the Sewickley Academy boys lacrosse team. A national award he won this month proves it, he ...
Carlynton drops golf, adds cross country
By Nathan Smith
Carlynton athletics is going to look a bit different moving forward. At a school board meeting last month, the motion was passed to drop golf as a varsity sport. In its place will be cross country. “We had to drop the golf schedule last year,” Carlynton athletic director Nate Milsom said. “Our ...
High school notebook: Highlands’ Dezort selected for 2 elite camps
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Mitch Dezort is getting a big jump on the college recruiting process with two years of high school left. The incoming junior basketball player at Highlands ...
Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton, Connellsville’s Wiltrout are Pittsburgh Trib’s Athletes of the Year
By Bill Beckner Jr. 10:14 p.m.
Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Connellsville’s Madison Wiltrout have been named the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Athletes of the Year. Tre Tipton Apollo-Ridge · Senior ...
Penn-Trafford’s Aunkst, Jeannette’s Batts named Greensburg Tribune-Review Athletes of the Year
By Paul Schofield 10:15 p.m.
Penn-Trafford senior Casey Aunkst and Jeannette senior Julian Batts have been selected as the Greensburg Tribune-Review Athletes of the Year. Casey Aunkst Penn-Trafford ...
Ford City’s Davis, Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton named Valley News Dispatch Athletes of the Year
By Doug Gulasy 10:15 p.m.
Ford City’s Christina Davis and Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton have been named the 2014-15 Valley News Dispatch Athletes of the Year. CHRISTINA DAVIS FORD CITY ...
‘Grimm’ task: Finding 3 new head coaches for Ringgold
By Jeff Oliver 9:49 a.m.
Laura Grimm knew before she took over as athletic director at Ringgold that she would have to find one varsity head coach. That’s because to be ...
New Freeport AD brings passion for job
By Bill Beckner Jr.
You might say Shawn Stivenson already has plenty of experience as an athletic director — just look at his kids’ sports schedules. His 10-year-old son, Brady, ...
Deer Lakes athletes going cross country
By Doug Gulasy
Alex Herman won’t feel nearly as alone running this fall. After spending two years trying to create a cross country program at Deer Lakes and another ...
Armstrong athletic directors tackle big job
By Jerin Steele
It’s still a couple of months before the first school bell rings at new Armstrong High School, but as each summer day passes by, the ...
TJ’s Grassi, Risley planning to embark on engineering careers
By Jennifer Goga
Tim Grassi and Paige Risely, both of Jefferson Hills, were among the top scholars who graduated recently from Thomas Jefferson High School. Grassi was valedictorian and ...
Brine tournament provides unique opportunity for area lacrosse players
By Wynston Wilcox
High school students from around the nation had the opportunity to participate in the Brine National Lacrosse tournament from June 29-July 2. This year, more than 1,700 student-athletes representing 31 states competed in the tournament, held at the River City Sportsplex in Midlothian, Va. The purpose of the tournament was to ...
Ellis School’s Muse honored by U.S. Lacrosse
By Alex Oltmanns
With the girls lacrosse season over and postseason accolades being handed out, Olivia Muse was not only honored for her work on the field but in the classroom, as well. The Ellis School rising senior midfielder and Sewickley resident was named a high school Academic All-American by U.S. Lacrosse. The honor is ...
Shady Side Academy graduate Harchelroad excels in 3 sports
By Marty Stewart
Recent Shady Side Academy graduate Gabby Harchelroad left behind a legacy of a three-sport star. She has been playing basketball, field hockey and lacrosse since her ...
Guido: 48 years later, Armstrong School District down to 2 high schools
By George Guido
Wednesday is the first official day for the new Armstrong High School. There won’t be any classes, but the school officially comes in existence as ...
Knoch athletes, teams savor most successful year in school’s history
By William Whalen
After decades of coming up short and playing second fiddle to other programs in Class AAA, Knoch finally has taken the next step, breaking through ...
Players, friends, family turn out for Asmonga
By Jeff Oliver
When Don Asmonga coached basketball and baseball for Belle Vernon Area, he was known as a strict disciplinarian. Asmonga was tough on all of his players, ...