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New Kiski Area boys soccer coach embraces teaching the game

By Bill West
Sean Arnold’s abundance of soccer instincts allowed him to earn playing time at every position on the field, including goaltender, during his four-year career at …
A-K Valley rugby finds its feminine side
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Erica Catone resents the misguided and often inaccurate label placed on rugby, the one that suggests its players need a psychological evaluation to play the …
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Wagner, Boulton back on sidelines at Springdale
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Foes for a short time but friends forever, Chuck Wagner and Don “Pappy” Boulton will reunite on the Springdale football coaching staff this season. The …
Haney stepping down as Kiski Area’s softball coach after 22 years
By George Guido
After 22 seasons as Kiski Area’s softball coach, Dianne Haney has hung up her Navy blue and gold attire for a final time. Haney recently …
Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle
By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception …
Hoops rivals are diamond all-star teammates
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The last time Kiski Area’s Ryan Sciullo and Plum’s Nick Stotler played in the same game, it was during the WPIAL basketball playoffs and a …
VND high school notebook: Worthing building another profile in rugby
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Tyler Worthing said his wrestling coaches harbor fears. Fears that he could suffer an injury while playing rugby. Fears that he’s getting a little too close to his new sport, that — near-fall points don’t count here — he’s “falling in love” with the rough-and-tumble game. “Too late, I already …
West Allegheny routs Kiski Valley to reach rugby state finals
By Staff Reports
Kiski Valley finished one win short of the state championship match, falling 33-5 against West Allegheny in the Division 2 Club rugby semifinal Saturday at Cumberland Valley. Kiski Valley (8-3) could not overcome an early deficit, getting just one try across, by T.J. Travaglia. The Titans also fell to West …
Kiski Valley rugby looks to continue its strong postseason
By D.j. Vasil
The feeling of winning the first playoff match in team history was surreal for the Kiski Valley Rugby Club. Now, the focus is back to …
Sophomore Worthing helps Kiski Area rugby to state playoffs
By D.j. Vasil
From the time he first stepped on the field for a Kiski Valley practice, Tyler Worthing knew rugby was for him. Even though things got a little messy. Worthing emerged from a jagged pile of flying elbows and skinned knees with a smile on his face. “I had a big …
Top Level AAU basketball program making big strides
By Bill Beckner Jr.
What began as an idea four years ago has grown into a brand name in Pennsylvania AAU basketball circles. The Top Level All-Stars program started …
High school notebook: Showcase gives platform to Westmoreland football players
By Bill Beckner Jr.
College coaches will get a close-up look at some of the under-the-radar football players that Westmoreland County has to offer with the return of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Underclassmen Showcase. The event begins at 9 a.m. on May 17 at Hempfield High School. The second-year showcase, for the county’s …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Kiski Area’s Ben Kinnamon, Deer Lakes’ Maria Taliani
By D.j. Vasil
Ben Kinnamon Class: Senior School: Kiski Area Sport: Track and Field Report card: Kinnamon placed first in the 200 and 400 meters at the Westmoreland …
GCC’s Crouse, Kiski Area’s Kennedy honored at scholar-athlete banquet
By Paul Schofield
There are a lot of similarities between the 2014 winners of the Excellence Award at the 58th annual Westmoreland County Scholar Athlete banquet. Not only …
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Kiski Area’s Kennedy regains form at WCCA meet
By Staff Reports
Kiski Area senior Brent Kennedy missed most of cross country season last fall. A stress fracture in his tibia kept him sidelined from late September …
Kiski Area’s Kennedy hits stride at WCCA track meet
By Paul Schofield
Kiski Area senior Brent Kennedy didn’t compete during cross country season last fall. A stress fracture in his tibia kept him sidelined from late September …
Kiski Area coach to receive Lifetime Service to Wrestling award
By Bill West 11:18 p.m.
Unsure of whether he can fit all that he wants to say about his 35-season career as a wrestling coach into a five- to seven-minute …
Strong pitching, clutch defense help Connellsville edge Kiski Area
By Jason Black
Solid pitching by Ty Henry and strong defense were the main contributors in Connellsville’s victory at Kiski Area earlier this month, and in the rematch …
Norwin Knights shine in win over Kiski Area
By Dave Mackall
Playing without a full roster, the Norwin softball team still found its way to first place in Section 1-AAAA on Thursday. Christiana Skrabak homered and had three RBIs, and the Knights overcame the absence of four starters who were attending a school-sponsored trip to beat visiting Kiski Area 9-5. Erin …
Franklin Regional stabbing victim reunites with rugby teammates
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Less than a week after an 8-inch knife plunged into the side of his chest, puncturing his lung and forever changing his once-unguarded perception of …
Kiski Area’s Simmons, Burrell’s Bordonaro named Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kiski Area’s Mike Simmons and Burrell’s Sydney Bordonaro have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year Boys player of the …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Plum’s Nick Stotler, Kiski Area’s Kelsey Kinnamon
By D.j. Vasil
Nick Stotler Class: Senior School: Plum Sport: Baseball Report card: A Coker College (S.C.) recruit, he is a key member of the 3-1 Plum baseball …
Trusting path made by boys basketball team, Kiski Area baseball believes in new coach
By Bill West
A familiar notion came to Kiski Area senior Ryan Sciullo as he studied the Cavaliers baseball team this preseason. He noted the new coach. And …
Alle-Kiski athletes branching out across the U.S.
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It started as an unassuming trip to the West Coast. It ended an unforgettable, life-changing experience for Sydney Bordonaro. The junior basketball standout from Burrell, …

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