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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 ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Christian Hack, St. Joseph’s Lizzy Celko
By William Whalen
Christian Hack School: Leechburg Class: Freshman Sport: Basketball Report card: Hack was the Blue Devils’ leading scorer at 10.3 points through 14 games. The ...
Valley News Dispatch local roundup: Leechburg girls record 8th victory of season
By Staff Reports
Leechburg’s freshmen girls basketball players barely were in grade school the last time the varsity team won eight games in a season. But after a 51-39 victory over Westinghouse on Thursday night, the current group has that many wins. Behind freshman guard Mikayla Lovelace’s 20 points and nine rebounds, Leechburg (8-8) ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Cameron Davies, Deer Lakes’ Zack Luniewski,
By William Whalen
Cameron Davies School: Leechburg Class: Freshman Sport: Basketball Report card: Davies is one of the eight rising freshmen who have injected new life into ...
Riverview’s zone defense slows Leechburg in important Section 2-A win
By Matt Grubba
With two teams battling for playoff position, Riverview planted its zone defense and never moved. Nico Sero and Ben Lazor scored 16 points each, and the Raiders produced season-best defensive performance to grab a win at Leechburg, 54-32, in a Section 2-A game Tuesday. Riverview (6-9, 4-3) limited Leechburg (4-9, 3-5) to ...
Riverview roars back to life in 2nd half, rips Leechburg, 60-39
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Much to its chagrin, visiting Riverview went into halftime tied with Leechburg on Monday night. Shots weren’t falling, and the offense grew sluggish. Then the second half started, and it was as if the team had awakened from a power nap. Riverview came out and played more aggressively before slamming the ...
Leechburg boys top Aquinas despite letting huge lead slip away
By Matt Grubba
It wasn’t so much a game of runs as Leechburg and Aquinas Academy each having a mini-marathon. Leechburg fell behind after taking a 23-point first-half lead Tuesday but regained control to win in Section 2-A, at Aquinas Academy, 62-55. Ryan McDermott had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Jordan Cominos had 13 ...
Apollo-Ridge uses 26-0 2nd half run to rout upstart Leechburg
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge girls basketball player Megan Bonelli wore Christmas socks in Monday night’s game, large Santa Clauses protruding from her high tops. The junior guard and her ...
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 ...

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