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A-K Valley high school notebook: Deer Lakes, Freeport to pick up where they left off

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Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:18 a.m.

The Deer Lakes and Freeport baseball teams will pick up Monday their rain-suspended game from one week earlier.

Freeport (5-4, 5-1) has had a recent upsurge to first place and leads Deer Lakes (7-3, 4-1) by a half game in Section 3-AA.

The game, which will resume scoreless and with Freeport batting in the bottom of the first and two outs, will start at 3:45 p.m. at Freeport's James Swartz Memorial Field.

Deer Lakes lost pitcher Dom Chiera in that inning when he took a line drive to the face. The ball sliced a small cut into his cheek that required stitches. Chiera sat out all of last week and is awaiting medical clearance for a return.

Deer Lakes set to hire

Deer Lakes has narrowed its search for a football coach and is expected to hire someone at Tuesday night's board meeting.

The position opened in February when T.J. Wiley resigned after one season and returned to coach at Northgate. Deer Lakes finished 0-9 under Wiley and allowed nearly 40 points per game.

Wiley coached two years previously at Northgate and was 10-9.

Meet you there

A pair of popular track and field meets will be this weekend with the Mars Invitational on Friday and the Westmoreland County Coaches Association meet Saturday at Latrobe.

At Mars, Springdale senior Emily Lelis will go for her third straight titles in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. She broke the meet record last season in the 300 with a time of 44.03 seconds.

Kiski Area won six individual titles and two relay titles last season at the WCCA meet. Returning boys winners are Brent Kennedy (3,200), Patrick Miller (800) and Ben Kinnamon (200). Kennedy broke a meet record in the 3,200 with a time of 9:27.50.

Girls winners who return are Megan Aller (1,600) and Lauren Smeltzer (3,200).

The boys' 400 and 3,200 relays have won back-to-back titles.

With honors

Fox Chapel is poised to have one of its finest boys track and field seasons, the proof of that beginning to form in a WPIAL honor roll dotted with names from the program. Senior Colin Martin has the best Class-AAA time in the 3,200 (9:25.34) and is third in the 1,600 (4:21,72), and teammate Brandon Mitchell has the top mark in the 300 hurdles (38.82 seconds) and the Foxes' 400 and 1,600 relays are second.

• Knoch freshman Jordan Geist is one to watch in the shot put and discus. He has the top Class AAA mark in the shot (61 feet, 4 inches) and is third in the discus (153-10).

Not all in a name

One might think Valley softball player Peyton Mann has an interesting backstory to her name, such as being named after NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning.

Not the case. But the freshman right fielder gets asked about it all the time, much to her chagrin.

“Most of us don't say anything about being named after (Manning),” sophomore third baseman Allie Aftanas said. “Because she gets very annoyed. Every once in a while, we have to joke about it, though.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at




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