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Leechburg’s Burtick, Knapp developing rapport in passing game

By Jerin Steele
As a receiver, it is always nice to have a good rapport with the quarterback. Leechburg junior Dalton Knapp appears to have that with his quarterback, ...
Quarterback Burtick returns to lead Leechburg offense
By Jerin Steele
As a sophomore last season J.B. Burtick was thrust into the starting quarterback role when Josh Stearman went down with a season-ending injury during a ...
Birdie says heat is on for another season of football picks
By The Birdie
The Birdie likes to get up close and personal with the sport he covers so, despite his climbing age, he puts himself through the preseason ...
Leechburg grad Swarmer makes mark in D-I baseball
By Jerin Steele
Tyler Swarmer committed to Radford because he thought the coaches were putting the right pieces in place to win consistently. He wanted to pitch in big ...
VND high school roundup: Leechburg softball upset by Bishop Canevin
By Staff Reports
The No. 4-seeded Leechburg softball team cut a two-run deficit in half in the fourth inning but could not muster another hit for the rest ...
A-K Valley WPIAL playoff softball capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Class AAAA First round No. 8 Fox Chapel (11-5) vs. No. 9 Seneca Valley (14-3) 5 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway Winner plays: No. ...
A-K Valley softball teams using 2 pitchers more often
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Unlike baseball, which has rest rules for pitchers, softball has no such restrictions. The same girl could throw every inning of every game. “If you ...
Leechburg, Freeport send veteran softball teams into playoffs
By Matt Grubba
After first-round exits a year ago, Leechburg and Freeport are aiming for extended stays in this season’s WPIAL softball playoffs. The Blue Devils are the No. ...
Leechburg grad earns NCAA golf finals berth
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Only hours after an epic comeback in the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional golf tournament, Matt Barto was up early to take final exams in ...
Alle-Kiski softball teams lack experience against out-of-section foes
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Riverview’s Sadie Buchser and Jess Kelley of Freeport are used to travel softball where teams can play an excess of 50 games in one summer ...
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Leechburg softball clinches Section 3-A title
By Staff Reports
Leechburg extended its WPIAL playoff streak to 29 seasons earlier this week, and the Blue Devils added another accomplishment Wednesday. Morgan Pierce pitched a complete game ...
Leechburg softball wins, ties WPIAL record with 29th straight playoff berth
By George Guido
For Leechburg, making the WPIAL softball playoffs is a rite of spring. But Monday’s playoff clinching at Oakmont’s Riverside Park was a special one. Leechburg’s 4-1 victory ...
HS highlight reel: FC volleyball stays atop state rankings
By Tribune-Review
The Fox Chapel boys volleyball teams maintained it spot atop the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association’s Class AAA state rankings this week after improving to 9-0 ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Morgan Pierce, Deer Lakes’ Mark Febinger
By William Whalen
Morgan Pierce School: Leechburg Class: Freshman Sport: Softball Report card: The 5-foot-2 pitcher began the season with a 6-1 record with her only loss ...
Guido: Leechburg softball on verge of tying record
By George Guido
Leechburg High School softball is on the verge of tying a WPIAL record for most consecutive playoff appearances. The Blue Devils could, in the next several days, qualify for the WPIAL playoffs for the 29th consecutive season, tying the mark set by Sto-Rox two years ago. Soon after its 29th playoff ...
Leechburg SS Reesman has aggressive attitude forged from hockey
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Leechburg senior Miranda Reesman played ice hockey for six years, but it wasn’t because she liked the color of the uniforms or the thought of ...
Guido: Golden times for girls hoops
By George Guido
If you’re a girls high school basketball fan, these are the good old days. Three WPIAL players eclipsed the 2,000-career point mark this season: Chassidy ...
Former Leechburg standout Aiello welcomes chance to help mentor younger kids
By Jerin Steele
Scott Aiello might have moved to Ohio more than 15 years ago, but that doesn’t mean he has forgotten his roots. They run deep in ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Late rally leads Leechburg softball to victory
By Staff Reports
Brooke Blumer and Daesha Knight homered, and Leechburg rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge visiting Derry, 5-4, on Thursday in nonsection softball. Knight tied the game with a solo homer to open the seventh before Emily Bush singled to drive in Kaitlyn ...
Leechburg girls softball team dominates Riverview
By Staff Report
Miranda Reesman had a blast in Leechburg’s section opener. The senior shortstop hit a three-run homer during a seven-run fifth inning, and the Blue Devils pulled away for a Section 3-A win Friday over Riverview, 16-6, in six innings. The big inning broke open a game that was tied 6-6, and the ...
A-K Valley softball programs in transition under 1st-year coaches
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Change is in the air in A-K Valley softball. The season is scheduled to open Friday, and for the first time in more than two decades, ...
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 ...
Marks-led St. Joseph edges Leechburg, extends playoff streak
By George Guido
Nobody associated with the St. Joseph basketball team wanted to see their playoff streak end. The Spartans qualified for the WPIAL Class A playoffs for the ...
HS highlight reel: Playoff positions on the line
By Tribune-Review
The fates of several of boys basketball teams’ seasons hangs in the balance Friday night, when the bulk of WPIAL programs wrap up section play. Four teams from each section advance to the WPIAL playoffs, which begin next week — more than four can advance if head-to-head records fail to ...
Area basketball teams embrace opportunities to play for championships
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Damian Davies is reminded of it every day, from the banner in the gymnasium, to the autographed picture in his office, to his championship ring. “But ...

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