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Nominees announced for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete awards

By Paul Schofield
Westmoreland County Senior Judge John J. Driscoll can still see Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Sid Bream sliding home to defeat the Pirates in the 1992 National League Championship Series. It was gut-wrenching loss for him and many Pirates fans. The manager of that Pirates team, Jim Leyland, who also managed ...
Connellsville shakes off layoff, routs Kiski Area, 10-4
By Jason Black
A week-long stretch without a game wasn’t what Connellsville softball coach Felicia Domasky was hoping for following her team’s season-opening 15-0 win over Ringgold. ...
Kiski Valley girls rugby team committed to building 1st-year program
By Jerin Steele
After a match against Moon on March 21, the Kiski Valley girls rugby team posted a picture on Twitter with the words “First black eye” above it. The girl pictured was Kiski Area sophomore and team co-captain Lauren Westcoat. She doesn’t mind having a shiner. In fact she wears it like ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Kiski Valley routs North Park
By Staff Reports
Kiski Valley began its divisional rugby schedule in dominant fashion Friday. Tyler Worthing led the way with four tries as the Titans (2-1, 1-0) routed North ...
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 ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Shoupe’s single lifts Kiski Area to extra-innings win
By Staff Reports
Korey Shoupe had three hits Monday, and he saved the biggest for last. Shoupe’s go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning scored Michael Depanicis, ...
A-K Valley softball programs in transition under 1st-year coaches
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Change is in the air in A-K Valley softball. The season is scheduled to open Friday, and for the first time in more than two decades, ...
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 ...
Burrell’s Beattie savors PIAA title
By Bill West
HERSHEY — A referee raised Burrell senior Al Beattie’s hand for the 157th time in the heavyweight’s high school wrestling career Saturday at Giant Center. Yet ...
Burrell’s Beattie, Southmoreland’s Beistel to wrestle again in PIAA finals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Burrell senior Al Beattie slapped hands with Southmoreland junior Jacob Beistel as the two passed each other in a hallway Friday night at ...
PIAA first-round wins fashionable for Kiski Area wrestlers, Burrell’s Beattie
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Kiski Area’s Joey Blumer and Tyler Worthing made sure nothing about their first day at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships got ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Kiski Area’s Joey Blumer, St. Joseph’s Sabrina Bowman
By William Whalen
Joey Blumer School: Kiski Area Class: Sophomore Sport: Wrestling Report card: Blumer (33-6) finished second in the WPIAL Class AAA championships at 126 pounds ...
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notebook: Veterans, newcomers set for PIAA tournament
By Doug Gulasy
Seven Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers will compete at the PIAA championships this weekend, and it’s an almost even split between competitors making their first appearance and those returning. Burrell senior heavyweight Al Beattie, Kittanning junior 220-pounder Jacob Robb and Kiski Area junior 220-pounder Tyler Worthing all have experience at the PIAA individual ...
Kiski Area’s Worthing wins 2nd WPIAL Class AAA wrestling title
By Doug Gulasy
Tyler Worthing finally got his shot at Fred Mantsch, and he made the most of it. Worthing, a Kiski Area junior, won his second consecutive WPIAL ...
Kiski Area heavyweights advance to WPIAL Class AAA semifinals
By Doug Gulasy
Kiski Area’s higher-weighted competitors began calling their corner of the Cavaliers’ wrestling room “the fat cave” a couple seasons ago. “We just claimed it,” junior ...
Kiski Area freshman Reid closes in on PIAA tournament berth
By Doug Gulasy
As heavyweights go, Isaac Reid was a late bloomer. It hasn’t taken nearly as long for the Kiski Area freshman to make an impact in ...
Wrestlers hope to benefit from numbers increase at PIAA championships
By Doug Gulasy
Chad Kuhn admits he was upset when he first heard about PIAA wrestling rule change that took effect this season. Now he just wants to ...
Kiski area wrestlers flex muscles in section finals
By William Whalen
Coming off a runner-up finish in last year’s Section 1-AAA individual tournament, Kiski Area junior wrestler Alex Delp would not be denied this time. Delp (26-6), ...
Kiski Area swimmer has unfinished business
By Doug Gulasy
When Nolan Pepka was a freshman, his time in the 100-yard breaststroke sat about eight seconds behind the best mark in Kiski Area swimming history. ...
Several big rematches are likely for WPIAL Class AAA postseason
By Bill West
About a month ago, Hempfield senior Sam Krivus and Penn-Trafford sophomore Cameron Coy ceased training together when they crossed paths at Young Guns Wrestling Club ...
Bachners diving into WPIAL championships with Kiski Area
By D.j. Vasil
Kiski Area’s Blake and Paige Bachner have an opportunity that many high school athletes never get to experience. The brother-sister duo will look to make ...
High school recruiting notebook: Kiski Area runner commits to Pitt
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kiski Area is known for producing high-level college talent in track and field and cross country. Senior Stephanie Lednak is the latest runner to be a part of that tradition. Lednak committed to run track and cross country at Pitt on Friday. She said she soon will sign a letter of intent. An ...
Kiski Area boys basketball team falls to Latrobe, 64-57, in overtime
By George Guido
Heartbreaking losses have been all too common for the Kiski Area boys basketball team this season. But Tuesday night’s setback against Latrobe might have been the toughest to swallow. Two Mike Simmons free throws with 5.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave Kiski Area a three-point lead. But Latrobe’s ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Kiski Area girls snap 37-game losing streak
By Staff Reports
Staring at a possible second straight winless season, the Kiski Area girls finally tasted victory Tuesday night with a  37-30 victory over Albert Gallatin in a Section 1-AAAA game. The last Cavaliers victory was Feb. 7, 2013, and their losing streak had reached 37 in a row. “I feel better for the ...
Kiski Area’s playoff hopes are still alive despite latest loss to Norwin
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Smiles, hugs and high-fives. Even a few woo-hoos echoed off the walls of the locker room. What else would you expect Kiski Area players and coaches ...

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