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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. …
Former Oakmont High standout Cady immersed in charity endeavors
By R.A. Monti 1:25 p.m.
It has been 34 years since N.W. “Skip” Cady walked into what is now the Clarion Hotel. The only time the former Oakmont High School …
Riverview wins season opener
By Staff Reports
Joe Gent and Shane Slebrich each knocked in a pair of runs, and Jake Paradise had two hits, including a double, to lead Riverview to a 6-4 nonsection victory over East Allegheny on Friday in the season opener for the baseball teams at Riverside Park. Riverview (1-0) had six hits, …
Standout WPIAL pitchers learn importance of changing speed
By Bill West
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay broke onto the WPIAL baseball scene three seasons ago with a curveball that baffled and two fastball variations that zoomed past all …
West Shamokin girls prevail over Riverview
By Bill West
Though they hope the play-by-play particulars of their WPIAL Class AA preliminary round game will fade from people’s memories, members of the West Shamokin girls …
Alle-Kiski Valley basketball playoff capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr. and Bill West
Friday’s games Boys Class AAA Preliminary round Kittanning (7-15) vs.  Mt. Pleasant (15-6) 8 p.m. Friday at Penn Hills Winner plays: No. 1 Chartiers Valley …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Riverview boys basketball team edges St. Joseph in OT
By Staff Reports
Riverview wasn’t looking for style points when it traveled to St. Joseph on Saturday night. The Raiders just wanted a win, regardless of how it looked. Doing just enough to earn a passable grade on both sides of the ball, they squeezed past St. Joseph, 60-58, in overtime and won …
South Allegheny boys continue climbing Section 4 ladder
By Mark Kaboly
South Allegheny basketball coach Tony DiCenzo wasn’t particularly thrilled that his team let Riverview cut a 14-point first-half lead in half near the end of …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Riverview girls down Avonworth
By Staff Report
The Riverview girls basketball team could feel the game slipping away, but the Raiders maintained their composure to post their third win in four games. …
Guido: Riverview grad giving back in ’Bama
By George Guido
As a child in Oakmont, 2002 Riverview graduate Dimitri Facaros grew up in a houseful of brothers. Now, as U.S. Army captain, the former Raiders student-athlete is a brother of a different sort. Facaros, a chief of military justice for the Staff Judge Advocate’s office at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, …
Lacking experience, Riverview girls will rely on sophomore guard Buchser
By D.j. Vasil
Being young and inexperienced typically doesn’t bode well for high school basketball teams. The Riverview girls, however, will turn to speed, talent and knowledge to …
Riverview boys return 3 senior guards to help rebound from 5-17 season
By D.j. Vasil
It might not be wise to underestimate the Riverview boys basketball team this season. Don’t be fooled by the Raiders’ youth and lack of size; …
Riverview coach Massack steps down
By Bill West
Just after the conclusion of Riverview’s football season, coach Todd Massack made the choice to prioritize his program’s future over his pride. After seven seasons …
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 …
Riverview’s Kennedy places 8th in WPIAL heavy PIAA Class A meet
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Riverview sophomore Molly Kennedy did something she didn’t expect — place at the PIAA Class A cross country championships. Kennedy finished eighth Saturday at the Parkview Cross Country Course in a race dominated by runners from the WPIAL. Nine girls placed in the top 25, including champion Marianna …
State finals are ultimate proving ground for local runners
By Bill West
When the time came for Kiski Area senior Brent Kennedy to educate his younger brother, Eric, a freshman, about the PIAA cross country championship meet …
Springdale delivers complete effort, rocks Riverview in season finale
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Springdale isn’t a WPIAL playoff team for the first time in 11 years, but the Dynamos sure looked like one Saturday afternoon in Oakmont. Playing …
High school notebook: Wagner, Boulton set for classic reunion
By Bill Beckner Jr.
From their youthful one-on-one battles that often lasted until darkness fell over the local church playground, to their head-to-head coaching showdowns that personally upped the …
Fox Chapel’s Martin brothers wage battle for cross country title
By Bill Beckner Jr.
SLIPPERY ROCK — The Brothers Martin finally have a WPIAL gold medal in cross country. And the winning twin knows exactly where the medallion is …
Rally falls short for Riverview boys soccer team
By Bill West
Even after it fell behind top-seeded Sewickley Academy late in the first half of Thursday’s WPIAL Class A quarterfinal, Riverview’s boys soccer team refused to …
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 …
Riverview breakout runner Kennedy wiser in second season
By Bill West
Many of cross country’s subtleties only recently became apparent to Molly Kennedy, who picked up the sport after dropping volleyball slightly more than a year …

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