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Late 3-pointer sends Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls to finals

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic needed a prayer. It got a Hail Mary. Freshman guard Mary Cassamassa popped out behind the arc and fired in a ...
Seniors the glue for feisty Riverview girls
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Hannah Larkin gave a speech to her Riverview teammates before they took the court against California on Monday night at Norwin. It’s somewhat of a locker-room custom for the Lady Raiders’ senior guard. “I told them no one expects us to go out there and win,” Larkin said. But sixth-seeded ...
Riverview girls basketball squeaks past California, 42-38, in overtime
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There’s something about Riverview and the WPIAL Class A girls basketball quarterfinals. The last time the Raiders played in Class A — the girls spent the ...
Valley News Dispatch basketball playoff preview capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
WPIAL playoff preview capsules Monday’s games (Postponed from Saturday) Boys Class AAAA Quarterfinals No. 12 Fox Chapel (15-8) vs. No. 4 Hempfield (20-2) 8 p.m. at Norwin ...
Defense fuels Riverview win over Fort Cherry
By Doug Gulasy
It took some time for Riverview’s offense to get going Wednesday night, but the Raiders’ defense more than made up for it. No. 6 Riverview forced 26 turnovers and held Fort Cherry without a field goal for more than 16 minutes, allowing the Raiders to run away with a 47-28 ...
Wrestlers from small rosters ready to make it big at WPIALs
By Doug Gulasy
Riverview senior Kenny McKeag qualified as the odd man out in the Raiders’ wrestling room this season. With just five wrestlers on the roster this ...
WPIAL basketball preview capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Wednesday’s games Boys Class AAAA First round No. 6 Plum (17-5) v s. No. 11 North Hill s ...
Batts scores 30 points to lead Jeannette past Riverview
By Bill Beckner
Jeannette boys basketball coach Adrian Batts told his players they would have a pingpong tournament to pass time between playoff games. “It’s a team-bonding thing,” the ...
High school wrestling notebook: Trio seek to defend section titles
By Doug Gulasy
With the team wrestling season over, focus will shift to the individual portion of the campaign. WPIAL individual season will get underway this weekend with Class AA sectionals. The Section 3-AA tournament, featuring Burrell, Highlands, Kittanning, Riverview and Valley, will begin 11 a.m. Saturday at Avonworth. The top five wrestlers in each ...
Lazor scores career-high 20 points as Riverview seals playoff berth
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With St. Joseph denying Riverview leading scorer Nico Sero the basketball and holding him in check for much of the night, the Raiders had to ...
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 ...
Riverview defense puts clamps on St. Joseph
By Doug Gulasy
Riverview coach Keith Stitt thought his team took its foot off the gas pedal too early in its Section 2-AA game against St. Joseph on ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Apollo-Ridge’s Julia DeMeno, Riverview’s Nico Sero
By William Whalen
Julia DeMeno School: Apollo-Ridge Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Report card: Through 10 games, DeMeno ranked first in scoring (13.0 ppg) and assists (3.4 apg) ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Riverview earns 4th victory
By Staff Reports
It took Riverview 13 games before it posted its fourth win last season, but the Raiders are ahead of that pace this time around. With a 40-39 win over Trinity Christian on Saturday at the Riverview tournament, the Raiders improved to 4-4. Raymar McCombs scored the game-winning basket with 7 seconds left ...
Riverview girls basketball uses late run to beat Shady Side Academy
By George Guido
It took the Riverview Raiders more than three quarters to find their shooting touch. But when they did, it was enough to rally Riverview to a ...
Several A-K Valley basketball schools face new surroundings this season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Some basketball coaches get an uneasy feeling when they eyeball the WPIAL’s biannual realignment. That is because their place in the WPIAL pecking order mostly ...
A-K Valley roundup: Sero’s 22-point night catapults Riverview
By Staff Reports
Sophomore Nico Sero scored a game-high 22 points, including a 12-for-16 effort from the foul line, as the Riverview boys basketball team bounced Leechburg, 62-52, ...
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Teams try to fill out their lineups
By Doug Gulasy
Less than two weeks into the 2014-15 season, some Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling teams are looking to fill out their lineups. In its section opener last week against Avonworth, Riverview filled just five of 14 weight classes. The Raiders forfeited three matches, and five bouts weren’t held because neither Avonworth nor ...
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 ...
Though the years: Har-Brack, Tarentum go out quietly
By George Guido
With Kittanning and Ford City recently closing out their football histories, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the final games of ...
Riverview girls basketball team returns 5 starters
By Doug Gulasy 11:25 p.m.
With a bevy of returning players to count on, the Riverview girls basketball team isn’t shying away from lofty goals this season. However, for the ...
Riverview players showing determination to turn program around
By Doug Gulasy 11:25 p.m.
It didn’t take long for new Riverview boys basketball coach Joe Farrell to notice his team’s determination. With a two-season playoff drought — and a ...
Guido: Two decades later, ‘Miracle at the Park’ still resonates
By George Guido
It was a typical mid-autumn day Nov. 12, 1994, as one of the largest crowds in Riverside Park history arrived in Oakmont. Average temperatures under ...
Pair of A-K Valley runners earn all-state honors at PIAA cross country meet
By Paul Schofield 11:38 p.m.
HERSHEY — You don’t have to win a race to be successful. Just ask Plum junior Jake Susalla or Riverview junior Molly Kennedy, who walked away from Saturday’s PIAA cross country championships with all-state honors and smiles. Susalla finished 17th in the Class AAA boys race, and Kennedy placed 15th in the ...

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