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Bentworth again turns to Skiles to head football program

By Bruce Wald
For the third time in 33 years, Bentworth School Board has hired alumnus Ron Skiles as its head varsity football coach. The 70-year-old Skiles’ first head coaching stint with the Bearcats was from 1981-88. He compiled a 53-26 record in those eight seasons. The 1984 Bearcats won 10 games and …
Bentworth’s Rothka on familiar ground
By Bill West
Bentworth senior Jake Rothka fought his way through a consolation bracket in the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional championships last season to secure a spot …
Skiles back at Bentworth again
By Jeff Oliver
Perhaps, for Ron Skiles and Bentworth, the third time will be the charm. Skiles was hired Tuesday night to coach the struggling Bearcats football program. …
High school roundup: Gateway, Ambridge, Bentworth hire football coaches
By Staff Reports
Gateway School Board members officially hired Tom Nola as the district’s varsity football coach Wednesday night, selecting the longtime Clairton coach to replace Donnie Militzer, …
Charleroi hosting Sec. 2 wrestling tourney
By Jeff Oliver
Wrestlers from Charleroi, Yough and Bentworth will be vying to reach the WPIAL championships next week Saturday when the AA Sectional Tournament is held at …
Wrestling section tourneys today
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area, Ringgold, Yough and Bentworth embark on the first leg of the WPIAL section team wrestling tournaments today. BVA and Ringgold will be competing in the Section 2 AAA tourney, while Yough and Bentworth are in the Section 2 AA event. The Section 2 AAA tournament is at …
HS Buzz: WPIAL wrestling Century Club getting crowded
By Staff Reports
Fourteen WPIAL wrestlers entered this season with more than 100 wins. Eight more joined the Century Club before this weekend’s tournaments — Waynesburg’s AC Headlee (101 wins), North Hills’ Jonathan Avon (102), South Fayette’s Grant Fetchet (103), Chartiers-Houston’s Richie McGinnis (106), Canon-McMillan’s Dalton Macri (108), Valley’s Pat Dewitt (108) and …
Charleroi gets 1st win in romp over Bentworth
By Donnie Tasser
After two disappointing losses to start the season, the Charleroi boys’ basketball team broke out of its slump in a big way Friday night, recording its first win of the season in dominating fashion. The Cougars (1-2, 1-0) scored early and often en route to a 73-30 victory over Bentworth …
Bent-Ell team celebrates a belated 50th
By Ron Paglia
Better late than never. That could have been the theme of a belated 50th anniversary reunion of Bentleyville-Ellsworth (Bent-Ell) High School’s WPIAL Class B championship …
Many story lines in soccer pairings
By Bill Hughes
The WPIAL released its 2013 soccer playoff brackets Wednesday, and there is a lot of local flavor in the pairings for the “second season.” Eight …
Frazier blanks Bearcats
By Donnie Tasser
It was hard to say which group had a better game in Frazier’s 38-0 road thrashing of Bentworth: the Commodores’ defensive line or their offensive skill position players. Charles Manack, Nick Smalich and Zach Mastowski accounted for 390 yards of offense, but the boys in the trenches really set the …
Bentworth coach Niziol preaches patience, hard work
By Bill Hughes
Second-year Bentworth head football coach Bob Niziol is trying to revitalize the Bearcats program, but he knows there is a lot of work to do …
Bentworth again battling shorthanded roster
By Bill Hughes
As is usually the case with Class A schools, Bentworth enters the season hurting for players. Last season, then first-year coach Bob Niziol and his staff had 27 players, but nine graduated. “We are only replacing (the nine seniors) with seven new bodies,” Niziol said. “Most of the new bodies …
Monessen’s Ward, other girls to cap ‘grand’ basketball careers at Roundball Classic
By Jeff Oliver
Getting picked to play in a prestigious all-star game could certainly be called a grand experience. And for four of the six area girls who …
Cal duo, Levine in Roundball Classic
By Jeff Oliver
Tanner Huffman and Brian Fisher have played basketball together for so long, it would seem strange to see one on the court without the other. …
Bentworth’s Bizet to Alderson-Broaddus
By For The Valley Independent
John Bizet’s commitment to Alderson-Broaddus College was a decision he knew would shape more than just his college career, but the foundation for his next …
Charleroi wins on buzzer beater
By Jeremy Sellew
After Charleroi forward Eric Johnson committed a costly turnover with under a minute remaining, Charleroi assistant Coach Ryan Encapera told the junior not to hang …
9 Commodores on T-C South Team
By Jeff Oliver
Frazier placed nine players on the 2012 Tri-County South Conference Football Team that was released Tuesday. Headlining the list for the Commodores are five juniors: …
Mon Valley stars chosen for all-star honor
By The Valley Independent
The high school soccer season may be over in the Mon Valley, but a select few players have one more game. Eleven players representing five …
West Shamokin volleyball stops Bentworth
By Bill West
West Shamokin girls volleyball coach Justin Nolder, normally stoic on the sideline, raised his voice loud enough for people in the stands to hear after his Wolves lost the second game of their match against Bentworth on Thursday night at Freeport High School. “I said a few things I probably …
Riverside ends Bentworth’s season, 3-2
By Jeff Oliver 12:22 p.m.
For the better part of Monday’s WPIAL Class A first round boys’ soccer playoff game between Riverside and Bentworth, the Panthers controlled the tempo of …
‘Two-headed monster’ leads Bentworth to section title
By Chris Adamski
Talented and senior-laden heading into the season, the Bentworth boys soccer team had some high expectations — if it could fill a couple of crucial …
Bentworth trying to make some noise
By Jeff Oliver
It’s been a long time since the Bentworth Bearcats were on the winning end of a game like the one they were involved in last week. Bentworth beat Vincentian, 57-28, for the team’s first win of the season. How strange was it for a Bentworth team to score 57 points? …
Bentworth hopes to bounce back after 1-win season
By Jeremy Sellew
With the departure of former coach Lou Rood, the task of rebuilding Bentworth’s football program falls to Bob Niziol. The 28-year-old, who was a Bearcats’ assistant the past three years, will look to bring a new mentality to his team. “I’m hoping we’re a little more competitive, for sure,” Niziol …

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