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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 …
Travel softball players willing to sacrifice summer activities to showcase talent
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There’s a reason it’s called travel softball. Miles are just a number for the players, coaches and followers who flock from town to town and …
Riverview’s Anthony named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
By Bill West
PLAYER OF THE YEAR JASON ANTHONY RIVERVIEW, SENIOR, CENTER FIELDER Jason Anthony plans to study engineering at West Virginia University, but the 2014 Riverview grad …
Father figure: Farrell looks to restore winning ways at Riverview
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Joe Farrell isn’t quitting his day job, he’s just making his extended family larger. Riverview’s new boys basketball coach is proud to say he’s a …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Riverview hires boys hoops coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Former Fox Chapel assistant Joe Farrell is the new boys basketball coach at Riverview. Farrell, 47, replaces Kevin Krajca, who was not retained after 12 …
Dedication to karate pays off for Riverview senior
By Jason Orfao
Julie Taormina has dedicated countless hours to karate. And the practice is paying her back with the trip of a lifetime. Taormina, a 17-year-old Riverview …
Riverview baseball team falls short in bid for PIAA berth
By Bill West
Equal parts excitement and exhaustion hung in the air around Sewickley Academy’s dugout during the moments immediately following Thursday’s WPIAL Class A baseball consolation game. In Riverview’s dugout, there was exasperation. With a spot in the PIAA Class A playoffs on the line, Riverview and Sewickley Academy answered each other’s …
Guido: Cappa always made his point
By George Guido
It was upsetting to learn of Jake Cappa’s death late Monday night after getting to know him from covering so many of his games as Riverview’s football coach over the years. One reason he was so popular with the media is that he was to the point and didn’t mince …
Former Riverview coach, teacher, athletic director Cappa set example for sons
By George Guido
High school football fans knew Jake Cappa best as a successful coach who has been inducted into several halls of fame and whose teams were …
WPIAL baseball consolation game preview capsules
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL baseball Consolation games Class AA No. 5 Deer Lakes (16-5) vs. No. 2 Quaker Valley (17-3) 4 p.m. Tuesday at W&J’s Ross Memorial Park Winner plays: the District 6 champion in PIAA first round Extra bases: Both teams lost heartbreakers in the semifinals, as Deer Lakes squandered a lead …
High school notebook: Deer Lakes, Riverview baseball chase state playoff berths
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The Riverview baseball team had a forgettable experience in the WPIAL Class A semifinals. But the Raiders haven’t forgotten their season isn’t over yet. The …
Riverview unravels in semifinal loss to Carmichaels
By Bill West
The site of the WPIAL Class A baseball championship, Consol Energy Park, sat just a parking lot away from both Riverview and Carmichaels’ teams, a …
Fun-loving Riverview on brink of finals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
So “those kind” of games are fun, huh? The Riverview baseball players say they enjoy the occasional slugfest, where the end result often comes down …
Riverview wins back-and-forth game over Union
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With the top of its order coming to the plate in a three-ring-circus of a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal playoff game, Riverview knew anything was …
Riverview strikes early, beats Serra Catholic in 1st round
By Mark Kaboly
Riverview didn’t know much about Serra ace Cole McCombs besides that he was a freshman and he was a pretty good pitcher. Not being fully …
WPIAL baseball tournament preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL baseball tournament Class AA No. 6 Freeport (11-5)  vs. No. 11 Riverside (11-5) 3 p.m. Tuesday at Shaler Winner plays: No. 3 Steel Valley …
Deer Lakes, Plum, Riverview hope to learn from midseason setbacks
By Bill West
At different points this baseball season, Deer Lakes, Plum and Riverview — three teams that entered the preseason as WPIAL title contenders on paper — …
Alle-Kiski notebook: Recruiting picking up for Petrishen
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Lower Burrell native Johnny Petrishen, a junior wide receiver and safety at Central Catholic, is attracting a wealth of college attention heading into his senior season. Petrishen (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), who has started since his freshman year, has 11 college offers from Division I schools. Those that have offered include: …
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, …
Bottom of Springdale’s order delivers in victory
By Bill West
Too often this season, Springdale sophomore Dante Mahlmeister found himself pulling his head and looking down the third-base line before his bat made contact with …
North Catholic deals Riverview 3rd loss in last 4 games
By Bill West
Rain continued to fall and the air temperature dropped into the 40s Monday afternoon as Riverview baseball coach Rich Griser assessed his team’s loss to …
Springdale’s Lock hits walk-off slam to give rival Riverview 1st loss
By Bill West
Springdale junior Adam Lock only watched the ball he laced down the left field line with the bases loaded long enough to see it curl …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Riverview’s Dom Conte, Burrell’s Lizzie Weimer
By D.j. Vasil
Dom Conte School: Riverview Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Conte is a key player and team captain for the Raiders (6-0). As a pitcher …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Field changes not slowing down Riverview baseball
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Defensive shifts are becoming a trendy thing to do in baseball, the old-but-new concept trickling down from the big leagues. But a home-field shift? Now …
South Allegheny softball has similar look of 2011 PIAA qualifier
By Mark Kaboly
They aren’t quite Hal’s Gals yet. But Hal Minford’s South Allegheny softball team could be heading down the path of the team of three years  ago affectionately known as ‘Hal’s  Gals’ that advanced to the WPIAL semifinals and qualified for the state  playoffs for the first time in school history. …

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