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Newcomers give A-K Valley basketball teams a lift

By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Leechburg girls coach Joel Ceraso watches his team play, he sees a young, wonder-filled group adjusting to varsity basketball with every bounce of the ...
High school notebook: Leechburg hoops coach pulls double duty
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Damian Davies’ initials these days could stand for double duty. The Leechburg boys basketball coach also is serving as a volunteer assistant coach with Leechburg’s ...
Quick start carries Riverview girls past Leechburg
By George Guido
After Riverview’s first setback of the season Saturday afternoon, Raiders coach Keith Stitt wanted his team to get off to a quick start against Leechburg. Riverview ...
Leechburg boys basketball team strives for more consistency this season
By William Whalen
After a roller-coaster season that saw the Leechburg boys basketball team start off hot, cool off and then finish with four wins in its last ...
Leechburg girls hope youth pays off
By William Whalen
It’s not often that optimism swirls around a varsity program that possibly could start five freshmen. But Leechburg girls basketball coach Joel Ceraso has no ...
Guido: New rule makes free throws more physical
By George Guido
With the emphasis on safety in recent years, at least one of the high school basketball rules changes for the upcoming season is curious. Starting this season, players lined up along the lane can now enter the key as soon as a foul shot leaves the shooter’s hand. That could cause ...
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Track and field club coming to Leechburg
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Mark Jones remembers how his son, Dan, would turn a trip to the family’s camp into target practice. The younger Jones, a sophomore at Leechburg, liked to find long sticks and whittle them with a hunting knife until they had sharp points. “Like a spear,” said Mark Jones, the athletic director at ...
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Freeport hockey rolls past Greensburg Salem
By Staff Reports
After three straight overtime games, Freeport’s hockey team found itself in a shootout. Stone Haberstroh had three goals and four assists to lead the Yellowjackets to a PIHL Class A win over Greensburg Salem, 11-6, at the Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg on Thursday night. Robbie Reichenbaugh added a goal and ...
Clairton runs past Leechburg for PIAA record
By Dave Whipkey
Leechburg coach Mark George can take solace in the fact his Blue Devils held Clairton to its lowest point total this season. But 54 points were more than enough for the Bears as the No. 2 team in WPIAL Class A rolled Friday night to a 54-6 win over Leechburg at ...
Guido: Seeding already settled in Allegheny Conference
By George Guido
After all of the offseason hype, old rivalries renewed, new rivalries started, all of the scintillating games during the first half of the season — ...
Senior RBs help Leechburg snaps 5-game losing streak
By William Whalen
Leechburg didn’t waste any time in ending its five-game losing streak Friday night. Senior running backs Jake Gard and Quinten Burtick each rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils past Eastern Conference rival Serra Catholic, 61-25, in front of a senior night crowd at Veterans Memorial ...
Robair’s big game lifts Riverview past Leechburg
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With a nickname like “Bear,” opponents should know it probably isn’t a good idea to mess with Ray Robair, Riverview’s hulking, yet happy-go-lucky transfer from ...
Quest for improvement boosts Barto’s golf game
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While most college golfers might be content with rounds in the mid-70s, Gannon freshman Matt Barto can’t stand them. In fact, rounds that he knows ...
Strong line play leads GCC past Leechburg
By Wes Crosby
Greensburg Central Catholic dominated the line of scrimmage on its way to a 27-7 win over Leechburg in an Eastern Conference matchup Friday night. The Blue Devils (1-5, 1-4) finished the game with minus-10 yards rushing and barely mustered more than 100 total yards. Greensburg Central Catholic (4-2, 4-1) allowed ...
Frazier routs Leechburg for 5th straight win
By Dave Yohe
Frazier had no intention of relinquishing its ranked status in a nonconference game Friday night against Leechburg. The Class A No. 9 Commodores (5-0) rolled to a 48-12 victory over host Leechburg on Friday at Veterans  Memorial Field. “We did execute and made big plays. We got some big chunks of yardage,” ...
Leechburg girls volleyball chasing history
By Doug Gulasy 5:36 p.m.
The Leechburg girls volleyball team saw its opportunity for the 2014 season well before the campaign even began. When the WPIAL released its fall 2014 ...
Monessen averts upset bid with 28-6 victory over Leechburg
By Ed Phillipps
A fast start gave way to a slow finish for Leechburg on Friday night, and the Blue Devils fell to visiting Monessen, 28-6, in a ...
Pryor watches as No. 6 Jeannette routs Leechburg
By Mark Katarski
In 2007, Jeannette featured a basketball-playing quarterback (Terrelle Pryor) and a running back with the last name Hall (Jordan Hall) en route to the school’s only PIAA football title. This year, although the season is only three games old, a basketball-playing quarterback and a running back named Hall have the Jayhawks ...
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Leechburg’s J.B. Burtick
By Matt Grubba
From being a backup running back a year ago, Leechburg sophomore J.B. Burtick already has his first win as a varsity starting quarterback. The first-year ...
Big play sparks Leechburg to victory
By Dave Yohe
Leechburg found a way to make the final big play when it needed it the most. The Blue Devils scored late, then held off rival Springdale ...
Wilkinsburg holds off Leechburg
By George Guido
After two years as a starter at center, Wilkinsburg’s Jonathan Carpenter sparkled in his debut at quarterback. Carpenter completed seven passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers posted a 24-14 victory in the season opener at Graham Field. Sophomore Robert Higginbotham caught a 73-yard pass from Carpenter to open ...
Bulked-up offensive line looks to anchor Blue Devils
By Dave Yohe
If Leechburg has improved in any area during the offseason, it’s the offensive line. And senior left tackle Jordan Cominos has been the anchor. “That’s a ...
New faces to dot skill positions for Leechburg
By Dave Yohe
The WPIAL did Leechburg no favors when it realigned football conferences in the spring. But the improving Blue Devils aren’t making excuses. “You can’t control the alignment. ...
Leechburg replaces veteran softball coach Oberdorf
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Leechburg parted ways with its most successful coach in school history Tuesday night, opening the position of softball coach, naming a replacement and relieving Jim ...
Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle
By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception is Kittanning and ...

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