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VND high school notebook: Longtime volleyball coach Toy steps aside

By Doug Gulasy
Ellen Toy spent nearly 30 years on the sidelines at volleyball matches, but that won’t be the case next fall. She might be in the stands, ...
Connellsville holds off Kiski Area for big win
By Jason Black
Under ideal circumstances, the Connellsville boys basketball team would have taken the large lead it built in the third quarter against Section 1-AAAA rival Kiski ...
Connellsville seniors shine as Falcons rout Kiski Area 58-17
By Jason Black
Connellsville’s girls basketball team has had its share of tough times this season, but Thursday’s Section 1-AAAA game against Kiski Area turned out to be ...
Kiski Area wrestlers take third in Section 1-AAA
By Paul Schofield
Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky said he’s expecting no worse than a No. 5 seed when the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team pairings are announced ...
Franklin Regional wrestling states case for No. 1 seed
By Paul Schofield
The Franklin Regional and Latrobe wrestling teams turned in quite a battle in the Section 1-AAA team tournament Wednesday at Franklin Regional. Returning PIAA and WPIAL ...
Freshmen wrestlers help Alle-Kiski Valley teams maintain tradition
By Doug Gulasy
Corey Christie remembers watching Burrell wrestling teams from years past win WPIAL championships, and he made it his mission to contribute as soon as he ...
High school wrestling notebook: Team tournaments could alter WPIAL seedings
By Doug Gulasy
The first stage of the WPIAL team wrestling playoffs is Wednesday night, when the seven sections in Class AAA and Class AA hold their tournaments. Among Alle-Kiski Valley teams, Burrell, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area and Kittanning will compete in the sectional tournaments. All four teams already have clinched spots in next ...
A-K Valley roundup: Kiski’s Simmons hits milestone in loss
By Staff Reports
Kiski Area senior Michael Simmons reached the 1,000-point plateau Friday night, but a late spurt by Class AA No. 2 Hempfield (14-1, 7-0) propelled the ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Fox Chapel’s Gabby Badway, Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid
By Marty Stewart and William Whalen
Gabby Badway School: Fox Chapel Class: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Report card: Badway, a point guard, helped lead the Foxes to the Moon tournament ...
Burrell’s Beattie ends school’s short WCCA title drought
By Doug Gulasy
It took until Al Beattie’s senior season for him to win a Westmoreland County championship. But when the Burrell heavyweight’s moment finally came, it didn’t take ...
Kiski Area wrestling coach Tursky pins down 500th career victory
By Doug Gulasy
Chuck Tursky checked off the last goal of his high school wrestling coaching career Wednesday night. Already the WPIAL’s career wrestling wins leader, Tursky picked up his 500th career victory as Kiski Area (9-2, 3-1) downed Penn Hills, 64-12, in Section 1-AAA competition Wednesday. “There’s not many times when you can ...
Norwin senior sinks game-winning shot to finish comeback vs. Kiski-Area
By George Guido
Norwin senior guard Logan Deri was at the right place at the right time. With the score tied in the final seconds, Deri grabbed a loose ball and scored the winning basket just before the buzzer sounded to hand the Knights a 53-51 victory over Kiski Area in Section 1-AAAA. The victory ...
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area’s Worthing among defending WCCA champs
By Doug Gulasy
Westmoreland County coaches like to call their county the best in Pennsylvania for wrestling. Their wrestlers will get a chance to show why at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament Friday and Saturday at Franklin Regional High School. The tournament features nearly every wrestling team from the county, including ...
Franklin Regional wrestling team tops Kiski Area, 48-21
By Doug Gulasy
Unlike last season, bonus points didn’t decide Saturday’s wrestling match between Franklin Regional and Kiski Area — but there were still plenty of them to ...
Class AAA Kiski Area wrestling team uses five pins to knock off Class AA power Burrell
By Doug Gulasy
Kiski Area’s wrestling schedule is filled with WPIAL contenders. On Thursday night, the Cavaliers showed the tenacity necessary to beat that type of competition. On the ...
Through the years: Bell-Avon rings out in program’s finale
By George Guido
With Kittanning and Ford City high schools closing out their football histories, the Valley News Dispatch has been taking a look back at the final ...
Burrell, Kiski Area wrestling teams set to battle for bragging rights
By Doug Gulasy
Joey Blumer feels his nerves bubble up before big wrestling matches like the WPIAL or PIAA championships. Thursday night’s nonsection match at Burrell may bring ...
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 ...
Kiski Area junior Worthing wrestling with tough decision
By Doug Gulasy
Tyler Worthing was talking to the Penn State rugby coaches on a recent visit to the university when the Nittany Lions’ wrestling coach, Cael Sanderson, ...
Plum avenges playoff loss with 43-26 win over Kiski Area
By Bill Beckner Jr.
As far as good Class AAAA boys basketball games go, this one isn’t making any all-time great lists. Not even close. But Plum coach Ron Richards ...
Versatile backcourt players spearhead changing of guard in AK Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Both skilled shooters with so-called “handles,” Mike Simmons and Sydney Bordonaro were lauded last season for what they could do with the basketball in their ...
Kiski Area wrestling looking up in section, Class AAA
By Doug Gulasy
Unlike other wrestling teams, Kiski Area doesn’t have to travel several hours to find quality competition. There’s plenty of it in the Cavaliers’ section. Section ...
Kiski Area boys ready for encore
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kiski Area put together a season for the scrapbooks last winter, outsmarting the WPIAL seeding committee and rekindling basketball excitement from Avonmore to North Vandergrift, ...
Kiski Area girls brace for rough season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Nick Ionadi has only eight players on his varsity roster, but don’t expect the third-year Kiski Area girls basketball coach to look for the “Break ...
Kiski Area’s work on athletic facilities progressing
By Doug Gulasy
The turf installation for two new Kiski Area athletic facilities is nearing completion, but the overall work on those facilities might still be in the ...

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