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A-K Valley seniors take swing in WPIAL All-Star game

By Doug Gulasy
Deer Lakes senior Scott Ventura didn’t have a particularly good time in his two previous games at Washington & Jefferson’s baseball field. The Lancers played at ...
Guido: PIAA classification proposals miss larger point
By George Guido
The PIAA’s six-classfication football idea passed its first hurdle, albeit in an unusual way. The PIAA Board of Directors last week forwarded eight proposals dealing with expanding the number of football classifications. All eight six-class proposals passed on the first reading and were forwarded to a planning committee that will decide ...
A-K Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel baseball making history
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel was fortunate to get in the maximum 20 games during the WPIAL baseball regular season. And coach Mike Frank made sure his team ...
Guido: Springdale celebrates record-setting coach
By George Guido
For many years in boys soccer, the Springdale Dynamos were dynamite. And the coach who guided the program through an unforgettably glorious era will be honored by the school district. Dave Meloni, who led Springdale to nine WPIAL titles during his 15-year tenure, will be celebrated by the Allegheny Valley School ...
Riverview baseball team locks up playoff berth
By George Guido
It’s back to the WPIAL baseball playoffs for Riverview. Riverview secured its 12th postseason berth in the past 15 years with a 10-2 victory Friday afternoon ...
Humble Hyland cherishes fond basketball memories
By Jerin Steele
Growing up in Cheswick during the late 1970s, there wasn’t a youth basketball league in which Janet (Kartovicky) Hyland could participate. Instead, she honed her ...
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Springdale’s offense finally awakens in win
By Tribune-Review
After being shut out in consecutive games to begin the season, Springdale (1-2) scored seven runs in the fourth inning of a 13-11 nonsection victory ...
Godfrey’s football journey abetted by friends, family, coaches
By William Whalen
Former Springdale and Slippery Rock football standout Brian Godfrey’s hall of fame journey is just as much an athletic feat as it is a personal ...
Soccer career continues for Springdale grad Weimerskirch
By Bill Beckner Jr.
From humble beginnings in Harmar youth leagues to a decorated four-year career at La Roche — after he wasn’t sure he’d even play in college ...
Tough seasons to end on high note for girls at Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Senior Rachel McKaveney enjoyed plenty of success with the Springdale girls soccer team, which never is left out of the WPIAL playoff conversation. But basketball season ...
HS notebook: Springdale girls basketball coach steps down
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While his patience never wore thin, George Vlassich committed to a struggling girls basketball program at Springdale for as long as another important commitment would ...
Alle-Kiski spotlight athletes: Kiski Area’s Paris Krug, Springdale’s Collin Hurley
By William Whalen
Paris Krug School: Kiski Area Class: Junior Sport: Swimming Report card: Krug broke two of her school records at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming ...
HS highlight reel: Playoff positions on the line
By Tribune-Review
The fates of several of boys basketball teams’ seasons hangs in the balance Friday night, when the bulk of WPIAL programs wrap up section play. Four teams from each section advance to the WPIAL playoffs, which begin next week — more than four can advance if head-to-head records fail to ...
Shorthanded Springdale forced to postpone game
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Springdale’s girls basketball team had to postpone Tuesday night’s home Section 2-A game against St. Joseph because it didn’t have enough players to fill out a lineup. Already down to five total players due to injuries and vacancies left by players quitting the team, a fifth starter missed school Tuesday with ...
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Springdale keeps playoff hopes alive
By Staff Reports
St. Joseph had a chance to clinch a WPIAL playoff berth Friday night. Instead, Springdale kept its own postseason hopes alive. The Dynamos (5-13, 4-7) scored nine of their 11 points in overtime from the free-throw line, outlasting the Spartans, 54-48, in a Section 2-A game. Alex Pane scored a game-high ...
Big 33 to be represented in Super Bowl again
By George Guido
The fake field-goal attempt by Seattle on Sunday in which tackle-eligible Garry Gilliam caught a 19-yard touchdown pass turned out to be the first step ...
Kiski Area’s Lange, Springdale’s Hughes named Valley News Dispatch Players of the Year
By Doug Gulasy
Kiski Area’s Dakota Lange and Springdale’s Casey Hughes have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch’s Soccer Players of the Year. Boys player of ...
Springdale girls hope to overcome small roster
By Dave Yohe
A lack of talent never has been a problem for the Springdale girls basketball team. Volume of players, on the other hand, has become an ...
Springdale boys basketball poised for soft landing
By Dave Yohe
A drop to Class A couldn’t have come at a better time for the Springdale boys basketball program. After spending several years playing up in ...
Liotta, Petrishen represent AK-Valley at WPIAL football finals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Shawn Liotta has coached the Erie Explosion to back-to-back Continental Indoor Football League championships. He’s become somewhat of a household name in arena football circles ...
Shenango thumps Springdale for 1st playoff win in 12 years
By Dave Yohe
Springdale’s long trip home felt a lot longer after the Dynamos’ first-round playoff game at Shenango on Friday night. Class A No. 10 Springdale traveled more than 100 miles round-trip and fell 35-7 to No. 7 Shenango in the WPIAL playoff opener at Frank Bongivengo Field. “We couldn’t handle them up front,” ...
Springdale football team tackles adversity on path to postseason
By Bill Beckner Jr.
At a media event at Heinz Field, Springdale football coaches talked about “stealing” a victory from one of the conference’s “Big Four” of Clairton, Jeannette, ...
Springdale sets tone early, routs Riverview
By George Guido
Before the season, few observers thought the Springdale Dynamos could reach the upper echelon of the tough Eastern Conference. But Springdale walked off autumn-splashed Riverside Park ...
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Springdale’s Austin Kline
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It took Austin Kline some time to adjust to life in Springdale. He was born in Daytona Beach, Fla., and lived in Dawsonville, Ga. before ...
Springdale secures another playoff berth
By Dave Yohe
Springdale is postseason-bound for the 12th time in 13 years after a 14-12 upset of Class-A No. 7 Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field. The Dynamos’ win, coupled with Monessen’s loss to Clairton, clinches a playoff berth in the Eastern  Conference. “We were coming in thinking we have ...

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