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Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Kiski Area’s Joey Blumer, St. Joseph’s Sabrina Bowman

By William Whalen
Joey Blumer School: Kiski Area Class: Sophomore Sport: Wrestling Report card: Blumer (33-6) finished second in the WPIAL Class AAA championships at 126 pounds ...

Penn State Fayette tops Maine-Machias in USCAA Tournament
By Staff Reports
The Penn State Fayette men’s basketball team got off to a strong start in the first round of the USCAA Tournament on Wednesday. Matt McKenna had a game-high 33 points and 10 rebounds as the 10th-seeded Roaring Lions beat seventh-seeded Maine-Machias,  100-86. Luke Williams scored 25 points, Jacob Bronder added 15, ...
Thomas Jefferson gymnasts ‘feel right at home’ at Premier
By Ed Phillipps
Megan Vanwormer remembers it well. In fact, it was the most memorable moment of her 2014-15 senior season when the gymnast stuck her final landing ...
Former assistant now leading Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse
By Nathan Smith
To find a new head coach for its girls lacrosse team, Chartiers Valley looked within the program. Former assistant Sarah Lawrence will guide the team this spring after former coach Julie Gould resigned. Lawrence coached with Gould the last four seasons. “I really got a feel for the ropes the last couples ...
Norwin girls bowling captures second straight WPIBL championship
By Alex Oltmanns
Heading into the WPIBL championships at Sims Lanes in Beaver Falls last week, the Norwin girls bowling team was out to prove that last season’s league title was not an anomaly. But after winning their second WPIBL title in as many years by posting 2,691 points in the finals, the ...
Herald Spotlight: Fox Chapel wrestler Mahon surpasses 30-win mark
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel sophomore wrestler Mike Mahon made it to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships Friday at 182 pounds. He compiled a record of 30-12 for the season. He has been wrestling since he was 5 years old and also played football as a freshman. For his ...
Plum girls third at WPIBL tournament
By Michael Love
For the third year in a row the Plum varsity girls bowling team scored a top-four finish at the WPIBL team tournament. The Mustangs finished third overall out of 18 teams with a three-game total of 2,303 at last week’s championships at Sims Lanes in Beaver Falls. Plum was fourth last year ...
Teams thinking warm thoughts as spring practices begin
By Michael Love
Snow was flying and temperatures were stuck in the low 20s as Monday morning progressed. Later in the day, the Gateway varsity spring sports teams began ...
Roundup: Horner picked for East-West
By Michael Love
The tradition of Gateway selections to the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star Game continues this year, as senior wide receiver and defensive back John McDonald-Horner is among a large contingent from the WPIAL picked to play in the game. The Indiana State recruit is one of 30 WPIAL players ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: South Fayette’s Mike Carr, Blackhawk’s Courtney Vannoy
By Ed Phillipps
Mike Carr School: South Fayette Year: Junior Sport: Wrestling Claim to fame: The 138-pounder has amassed a 40-0 record while claiming WPIAL and Southwest Regional ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Ethan McCoy, Blairsville’s Laurel O’Barto
By Andrew John
Ethan McCoy School: Latrobe Sport: Wrestling Year: Junior Claim to fame: McCoy (23-4) captured the 126-pound title after a 3-0 decision over Kiski Area’s Joe ...
Daily News spotlight athletes: South Allegheny’s Cody Jenkins, TJ’s Jennifer Hill
By Robert Stinner
Cody Jenkins School: South  Allegheny Year:   Sophomore Sport: Wrestling Claim to fame: Jenkins won his first three matches in the consolation bracket of the ...
Gilchrist fought good fight for rights
By George Guido
With the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma coming up this weekend and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act later this summer, ...
Armstrong County HS notebook: Spring sports teams get started indoors
By Matt Grubba
Whether you want to blame it on climate change or the curse of a rodent from Punxsutawney, the fact is spring weather is nowhere to ...
Shady Side Academy teams ready for PIAA swim meet
By Marty Stewart
The PIAA Class AA swimming championships will be held March 11-12 at Bucknell University, and the Shady Side Academy team has its lineup set for both days. On Wednesday, the Indians will compete in five events —200-yard girls medley relay (Caroline Colville, Heather Grune, Ashley Azzarello, Jeanne Lauer); the 200 ...
Fox Chapel hockey team defeated in PIHL first round
By Staff Reports
Fox Chapel and North Hills were tied late in the second period of their PIHL Penguins Cup playoff opener Monday night, but the game quickly went downhill for the Foxes. North Hills (10-10) scored five unanswered goals, including four in the third period, to defeat Fox Chapel (8-10-2), 7-2, in a ...
VND high school notebook: Cager Classic basketball rosters revealed
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Teams and coaches have been selected for the 19th annual Cager Classic all-star basketball games March 28 at Highlands. The coaches from Ford City, Al Davis ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: March 1, 2015
By Joe Sager
Aiden Albert School: Knoch Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Albert helped Knoch win a WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round playoff game and reach the ...
VND high school notebook: Fox Chapel eyes Loughran to succeed Ravotti
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While several names have been attached to the Fox Chapel football head coaching vacancy, one appears to be a sure thing. Fox Chapel plans to recommend longtime South Park coach Tom Loughran as its next coach. He would replace Eric Ravotti, who resigned after four seasons. Loughran already met with incoming ...
High school notebook: Armstrong, Freeport know playoff opponents
By Matt Grubba
With a new format for the PIHL tournament, the two local teams already know their first matchups with the regular season still in progress. Armstrong will ...
Hempfield boys lacrosse set to officially join WPIAL
By Andrew John
When the Hempfield boys lacrosse team was created more than three years ago, there was one goal in mind: joining the WPIAL as a varsity sport. Last Monday, that goal came to fruition as the Hempfield school board decided to lift the boys lacrosse team from club team status, which ...
Armstrong boys bowling team comes up short in WPIBL championship
By Matt Grubba
Armstrong’s first crack at a major team bowling title in 2015 fell just short. Fresh off a Section 2 title, the Riverhawks placed fourth at this year’s Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League Boys Championship on Wednesday at New Great Valley Lanes in North Versailles. Armstrong finished with 3,022 pins, which trailed only ...
Baldwin’s Karabinos places second all-around at Pennsylvania Classic
By Ray Fisher
Baldwin senior Josie Karabinos ended her brilliant high school gymnastics career with a second-place state finish. Karabinos placed second in the diamond division all-around scoring at ...
Baldwin athletic director Sortino humbled by regional honor
By Ray Fisher
Vince Sortino has been selected as the 2015 Region IV athletic administrator of the year. Sortino has been employed by the Baldwin-Whitehall School District for 25 ...
Woodland Hills rifle team again on target in defending state title
By Alex Oltmanns
The Woodland Hills rifle program has an illustrious history, one filled with five WPIAL titles and three in the last four years. But before the 2014 season, the team still had not been able to win that ever-elusive state title. Yet, after departing the state meet last week, the Wolverines can now ...
Graw represents Franklin Regional rifle team at states
By Michael Love
Jack Graw put Franklin Regional back on the high school rifle map over the past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago at the WPIAL championships, Graw, the only shooter representing Franklin Regional, shot a 200-16x to place 10th overall out of 80 competitors. The WPIAL performance earned him a trip to the ...
Gateway girls bowlers earn playoff tiebreaker over East A
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls bowling team knew what it needed to do against Shaler last week in the Section 5 regular-season finale if it wanted ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Miranda Gard, Knoch’s Ben Lowery
By William Whalen
Miranda Gard School: Leechburg Class: Sophomore Sport: Gymnastics Report card: Gard received school board permission to represent the Blue Devils this season as the school’s ...
Burrell girls make AK history in WPIALs
By George Guido
Burrell’s game against Bishop Canevin on Tuesday marked the third straight season the Bucs girls had advanced to the WPIAL semifinals, an Alle-Kiski Valley record. Several programs had made two in a row (Deer Lakes, Ford City and Apollo-Ridge), but none have reached three. As for boys basketball, one has to ...
Long’s hat trick lifts Armstrong past Shaler
By Staff Reports
In what could have been a Penguins Cup final preview, Armstrong showed it can score with the best of them. Nick Long scored a hat trick on an empty-net goal, and the Riverhawks closed the regular season with an 8-5 win over Shaler at BladeRunners  Harmarville on Tuesday. Long had four ...
Carlynton’s lone gymnast finds success at WPIALs, states
By Nathan Smith
For Maddie Crown, the old saying “there is no ‘I’ in team” doesn’t ring true. The junior is the lone Carlynton gymnast, and while her opponents ...
Plum bowling teams each finish section play with 10-0 records
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys and girls bowling teams finished off a regular season no other school in the WPIBL could match. Both Mustangs squads finished 10-0 ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: South Fayette’s J.J. Walker, Pine-Richland’s Amanda Kalin
By Brian Graham
J.J. Walker School: South Fayette Year: Senior Sport: Wrestling Claim to fame: Walker defeated Beth-Center’s Jason Stay, 3-1, in the 160-pound WPIAL Class AA championship ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Derry’s George Phillippi, Latrobe’s Monica Sowinski
By Andrew John
George Phillippi School: Derry Sport: Wrestling Year: Junior Claim to fame: Phillippi (36-3) captured his third WPIAL Class AA title after 16-1 tech fall win ...
Geibel senior DiBiase defends Governor’s Cup championship
By Jason Black
Winning a championship of any kind is no easy task, but for Geibel senior Nelson DiBiase, the challenge was met, not once, but twice. For ...
Armstrong boys, girls bowling teams make quick ascent into WPIBL powers
By Matt Grubba
In two seasons, Armstrong bowling has gone from a start-up program to a two-team title contender. The new school’s boys and girls teams both have a shot to claim Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League crowns this week when the boys championship is held Wednesday at New Great Valley Lanes in ...