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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 ...
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 ...

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