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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 …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Ben Ritchie, Burrell’s Natalie Myers
By D.j. Vasil
Ben Ritchie Class: Senior School: Leechburg Sport: Basketball Report card: Ritchie is leading the Blue Devils (4-2) in scoring this season, averaging 20.6 points per …
Ford City’s offense awakens in nonsection win over Leechburg
By Matt Grubba
Ford City had been struggling to score points, while Leechburg hadn’t had scoring troubles. On Monday night, those trends reversed. The Sabers came out with their best offensive performance of the year, and Leechburg was unable to match them in a nonsection win at home for Ford City, 72-47. Jesse …
Apollo-Ridge boys outlast host Leechburg to win tipoff tournament
By George Guido
In an era when rivalry games are increasingly rare, the best formula sometimes is to just outlast your opponent. That’s what Apollo-Ridge did Saturday night …
Leechburg boys basketball team seeks stability
By Dave Yohe
Leechburg boys basketball coach Damian Davies never fails to be enthusiastic about his team, and this season is no different. “Our goals are always to …
Leechburg girls basketball team seeks respectability
By Dave Yohe
Success for the Leechburg girls basketball team won’t be based on wins and losses this season. “I think the big thing for us is attitude, …
AK Valley athletes make early college commitments
By Bill West
Almost two weeks before the holiday’s arrival, several Alle-Kiski Valley athletes went ahead and had their Thanksgivings. Thankful for scholarship offers from colleges, they gave …
North Catholic routs Leechburg, wraps up perfect regular season
By R.A. Monti
For the first time in 16 years, and only the second time in school history, North Catholic finished the regular season undefeated. The No. 2 Trojans  (9-0, 8-0) secured the feat by defeating Leechburg, 35-14, in Friday’s Eastern Conference game. “That was one of our goals this year, to go …
Finally, The Leader is perfect
By Last Week 7-0 (1.000) Season 48-11 (.814)
It took eight weeks, but The Leader finally channeled his inner Don Larsen. (Kids, if that baseball reference is too old for you, just replace it with Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and keep reading.) A perfect Week 8 has given The Leader a sterling winning percentage for the year, but the …
The Birdie: ‘You do the math’
By The Birdie
The Birdie always likes to take the easy way out. Therefore, it’s no surprise he was a C student. When he was in high school, he hated advanced math classes because, “We’re never going to use this stuff.” He was wrong. The A-K’s foreteller of football foolery didn’t realize he’d …
Leechburg dispatches Brentwood in preliminary round
By Matt Grubba
Leechburg was one of the last teams in the WPIAL volleyball playoffs, but the Blue Devils will be sticking around for a second match. Kassidi …
VND high school roundup: Leechburg tops Brentwood in WPIAL playoffs
By Matt Grubba
Leechburg was one of the last teams in the WPIAL volleyball playoffs, but the Blue Devils will be sticking around for a second match. Kassidi …
Fox Chapel’s Sheerer takes 10th at PIAA golf finals
By Paul Schofield
YORK — It turned out to be quite a season for Fox Chapel senior Patrick Sheerer. He capped his senior season with a 10th-place finish Tuesday at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. While the PIAA title went to Upper St. Clair senior Grant Engel, who …

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