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Trio of A-K Valley basketball teams make long-awaited return to postseason

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Leechburg’s girls basketball team has heard about the WPIAL playoffs. The larger crowds. The increased sense of urgency. The bracket-busting upsets. But the Blue Devils finally ...
A-K Valley roundup: Springdale girls finish on high note
By Staff Reports
Earlier this season, Springdale’s girls basketball team broke a 33-game losing streak. The Dynamos will look to start a winning streak next season. With a 52-23 ...
Springdale’s playoff season defined by late-game heroics in both wins and losses
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Springdale coach Seth Thompson said his playoff-bound boys basketball team should be called “The Cardiac Kids.” Not the most original tagline, but it does the job. The ...
Springdale’s Pane is a pain for Riverview
By George Guido
Alex proved to be too much of a “Pane” for the Riverview Raiders on Tuesday night. The senior guard poured in 29 points, including 22 in the first half, as the playoff-bound Springdale Dynamos downed Riverview, 46-41, in the Section 2-A finale for both teams. Pane, averaging 21.5 points coming in, had ...
A-K Valley high school roundup: Late layup carries Springdale boys past Leechburg
By Staff Reports
Springdale is getting a knack for winning close section games. Sam Carey made a go-ahead layup with under one minute remaining and sank two clinching free throws to lift Springdale to a 64-61 victory over Section 2-A rival Leechburg on Friday. Mike Zolnierczyk led the Dynamos (7-11, 3-6) with 20 points, and ...
A-K Valley high school basketball notebook: Springdale guard quietly having stellar season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Springdale’s home gymnasium is known as Donald McGhee Fieldhouse. This season, it has been more like the House of Pane. Senior guard Alex Pane has ...
A-K Valley high school roundup: Late-game basket leads Springdale boys to win
By Staff Reports
The chase for the final Section 2-A playoff spot is coming down to the wire, so it seemed appropriate a key game in that race did as well. Kodie Marchek hit a bank shot in the lane with 2 seconds remaining, giving host Springdale a 51-49 victory over St. Joseph in ...
A-K Valley basketball notebook: Springdale girls relish improvement
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Ask any coach, and most will come clean: moral victories are a poor substitute for real, on-court wins. But Springdale’s girls basketball team isn’t measuring ...
A-K Valley high school roundup: Pane’s 3-pointer seals win for Springdale
By Staff Reports
Alex Pane had a big night Wednesday, and he saved his best moment for last. Pane hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds, lifting Springdale to a 50-49 victory over Riverview and ensuring the rival Raiders would head back across the new Hulton Bridge still winless in Section 2-A play. A ...
A-K Valley roundup: Springdale girls snap 33-game losing streak
By Staff Reports
Springdale is taking small steps to get its girls basketball program back on track. The Dynamos took a big leap forward Tuesday. Springdale quelled two-plus years of losing with a victory over a program that also is looking to turn a corner. In the consolation game of the West Shamokin tournament, ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Deer Lakes’ Scott Kelly, Springdale’s Patience Ashaolu
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Scott Kelly School: Deer Lakes Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Report card: A key athlete in basketball and football, the 6-foot-4 forward had a breakout ...
A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Springdale’s Alex Pane, Highlands’ Nicole Boda
By William Whalen
Alex Pane School: Springdale Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Report card: Pane scored a career-high 27 points in the Dynamos’ 76-43 win over Northgate in the Springdale tip-off tournament. ...
Crop of young players bodes well for Springdale boys basketball team
By George Guido
The 2014-15 season for the Springdale boys basketball program can be described as a transitional year. Coach Seth Thompson began using varsity underclassmen he had developed ...
Springdale girls seeking fresh start after 0-19 year
By George Guido
When a team is coming off an 0-19 season and averaged just 11 points, a change in culture is certainly needed. That’s what John Broderick had ...
Shenango eliminates Springdale from playoffs for 2nd straight season
By Jerin Steele
A young Springdale team showed flashes Friday night, but it couldn’t get over the hump against senior-laden Shenango. Hunter Waskin scored two first-half touchdowns to lead No. 5 Shenango past 12th-seeded Springdale, 23-10, in the first round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs at Glenn “Pop” Johnson Stadium. Shenango beat Springdale, 35-7, ...
Late score seals Riverview’s upset of rival Springdale
By George Guido
It wasn’t exactly the springboard Springdale wanted to enter the  WPIAL playoffs next week. Riverview, crossing the new Hulton Bridge to go to a game for ...
Guido: Springdale’s twin soccer titles turn 50
By George Guido
Fifty years ago Wednesday, the Springdale Dynamos did something that hadn’t been done before, hasn’t been done since and might never be done again. The ...
Vincentian blanks Springdale in WPIAL Class A girls soccer playoff opener
By William Whalen
Going into Saturday’s WPIAL first-round playoff game, No. 11 seeded Springdale knew it was facing one of Class A’s best defensive teams in No. 6 Vincentian Academy. And by the end of the match, the Dynamos became the victim of Vincentian’s 10th shutout of the season, falling 2-0 ...
GCC offense unstoppable in lopsided win over Springdale
By Karen Price
Both Greensburg Central Catholic and Springdale can do damage on offense, but Friday night, only the Centurions mounted an effective defense. Greensburg Central Catholic scored on each of its first eight possessions en route to a 56-21 win over Springdale in a Class A Eastern Conference matchup in Greensburg. Junior running ...
Breaking down Alle-Kiski soccer teams in the WPIAL playoffs
By Doug Gulasy
Class AA boys Preliminary round No. 16A Freeport (11-7) at  No. 16B Mt. Pleasant (10-5-2) 6 p.m. Saturday Winner plays: No. ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Springdale girls soccer team clinches 3rd place in Section 4-A
By Staff Reports
The battle for third and fourth place in Section 4-A came down to the final minutes Monday, with Springdale coming out on top. Jillian Henley ...
Springdale’s Carey delivers on offense, defense in victory over Jefferson-Morgan
By Jerin Steele
When Springdale’s defense needed a big play in the fourth quarter, Sammy Carey stepped up — twice. After making an interception earlier in the quarter, Carey knocked the ball down near the goal line with a minute and a half remaining to end Jefferson-Morgan’s comeback bid. The Class A No. 9 Dynamos ...
Springdale pushes Monessen around
By Jeff Oliver
When Monessen’s Demond Jordan took the opening kickoff against Springdale and raced 84 yards for a touchdown, it looked like this might be the night ...
Springdale girls soccer team fights through injuries
By Doug Gulasy
Doing whatever he could to help his team avoid injuries this season, Springdale girls soccer coach Jerry Concannon overhauled his typical preseason training plan. ...
A-K Valley high school notebook: Playoff race fuzzy in Section 2-A boys
By Doug Gulasy
With the WPIAL soccer playoffs approaching, one of the most topsy-turvy races is in Section 2-A boys, which includes Alle-Kiski Valley teams Riverview, Springdale and  St. Joseph. Beginning the week, Aquinas Academy (6-3-1, 3-2-1) led the six-team section, followed by St. Joseph (8-4, 4-3) and Vincentian (4-7, 4-3) in a tie ...
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