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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 …
Guido: Leechburg alumni celebrate glory years
By George Guido
Football memories from several generations were prominent Saturday night at the Leechburg Football Alumni reunion. Nearly 100 Blue Devils alumni from seven decades celebrated their …
Leechburg exits softball playoffs with loss to South Side Beaver
By Matt Grubba
Leechburg and South Side Beaver both had a chance for a big second inning, but only one was able to cash in. South Side Beaver scored three runs in the bottom half of the second and never gave up the lead on its way to a win over the Blue …
Valley-area WPIAL softball capsules: Highlands faces Elizabeth Forward; Leechburg takes on South Side Beaver
By Tribune-Review
Thursday’s games Class AAA First round No. 10 seed Highlands (7-4)  vs. No. 7 Elizabeth Forward (11-5) 2 p.m. at Hempfield Winner plays: No. 2 …
Leechburg to meet familiar foe in softball playoffs
By Matt Grubba
It isn’t deja vu that Leechburg softball is experiencing. History really is repeating itself. Leechburg will open this year’s WPIAL Class A playoffs with the …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Riverview’s Evan Lesnick, Leechburg’s Miranda Reesman
By D.j. Vasil
Evan Lesnick Class: Junior School: Riverview Sport: Track and Field Report card: Lesnick tied the Riverview pole vault record with a height of 13 feet, …
Walk-off hit lifts Leechburg over Vincentian
By Matt Grubba
The playoff streak is all but secure, and now second place is in sight for the Leechburg softball team. Monica Emricko’s two-out hit dropped in fair territory behind first base, which let Miranda Reesman score in a walk-off win for the Blue Devils, 7-6, over visiting Vincentian in a Section …
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Leechburg takes down Vincentian on walk-off
By Staff Reports
Monica Emricko’s two-out pop-up dropped in fair territory behind first base, allowing Miranda Reesman to score the winning run in a walk-off win for the Leechburg softball team, 7-6 over visiting Vincentian Academy in a Section 3-A game Friday. The win means the Blue Devils (7-3, 6-3) can clinch their …
Guido: Leechburg closing in on postseason record
By George Guido
Leechburg is on the brink of its 28th consecutive WPIAL softball playoff appearance. The Blue Devils (5-3, 4-3) have only played seven of their 12 Section 3-A games but are in third place. The top three teams from each section make the playoffs. A key game will take place Wednesday …
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Leechburg baseball team collects wild win
By From Staff Reports
Talk about stealing one at home. In a few chaotic seconds Tuesday afternoon in West Leechburg, one team celebrated while another looked on in disbelief in Leechburg’s wild 2-1 baseball victory over Section 4-A-leading North Catholic. With two outs in the top of the seventh inning and North Catholic down …
Several groups of local sisters, led by Carlow’s Youngs, pair up at college level
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When umpires work Carlow University softball games, they are extra cautious before they make a safe call — as in, is it safe to go …
Leechburg only WPIAL baseball team yet to play a game
By Bill West
Stuck on the grassy hillside above its field for yet another practice Tuesday afternoon, Leechburg’s baseball team took solace in the fact that a game on artificial turf awaits Wednesday. While every other baseball team in the WPIAL has completed at least one game this season, the Blue Devils remained …
Leechburg grad excited for opportunity as defensive coordinator at Arkansas
By George Guido
For Leechburg native Robb Smith, one coaching door closing led to another opening. Smith, a 1993 Leechburg High School graduate, lost his job as linebackers …
Jeannette tops Leechburg in early-season section battle
By Matt Grubba
The race between Leechburg and Jeannette softball was neck-and-neck last year, and it seems as though this year will be no different. Nicole Hall allowed one run and struck out nine for the Jayhawks, who took the early lead in Section 3-A by getting a 3-1 win Friday at Leechburg-Gilpin …
Kittanning softball team covets playoff berth after 2013’s near-miss
By Matt Grubba
One year after a four-team tiebreaker left Kittanning out of the WPIAL softball playoffs, the Wildcats are ready to avoid that scenario this year. The …
Cager Classic will be last game for many local players
By Matt Grubba
Some of the area’s top basketball seniors will take the court one last time this weekend. The 18th annual Cager Classic takes place Friday and …
Ford City, Kittanning girls to share Section 1-AAA
By Matt Grubba
The Ford City/Kittanning rivalry will be a double-dip next season in girls basketball. The Sabers and Wildcats were placed together in Section 1-AAA in the WPIAL’s new winter sports alignments released on Tuesday for 2014-15 and 2015-16. The rivals will be joined in the section by Deer Lakes, Hampton, Highlands, …
Leechburg boys run away from St. Joseph
By George Guido
After experiencing some frustrating losses in Section 4-A play this season, the Leechburg boys basketball team put it all together Friday night before one of …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Plum girls post road victory
By Staff Reports
Krista Pietropola scored a game-high 27 points, Aly Weifenbaugh added 14, and Courtney Zezza had 13 to lead the Plum girls basketball team to a …
Allegheny Conference gets new look with Armstrong County teams
By Matt Grubba
The Allegheny Conference is now just as much an Armstrong conference. The WPIAL Board of Control approved fall sports alignments for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school year Tuesday, and the result is one Class AA football conference that lumps together five Armstrong County high schools e_SEmD Kittanning, Ford City, West …
Ford City girls basketball team defends shutout win
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Ford City junior guard/forward Christina Davis said the word “shutout” never was mentioned in a team huddle Monday night when Ford City plunked Leechburg, 56-0, in a Section 1-AA girls basketball game. But Ford City did hold visiting Leechburg scoreless — for 32 minutes — and the rare occurrence had …
Leechburg’s Morandini continues rise through Phillies coaching ranks
By George Guido
Mickey Morandini continues to climb the Philadelphia Phillies’ organizational ladder. The Leechburg native has been named to the coaching staff of the Lehigh Valley Iron …
Rivalry nets another close thriller as St. Joseph edges Leechburg
By George Guido
It was proven again Friday night why the St. Joseph-Leechburg rivalry is one of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s best over the last 36 seasons. The Spartans …
Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team extends tournament run
By George Guido
Another season, another tournament win for Apollo-Ridge. The Vikings won their Apollo Trust Tournament for the sixth consecutive year Saturday with a 77-40 victory over …

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