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Fox Chapel grad Papich makes jump into coaching

By Marty Stewart
Jenny Papich graduated from Gannon University last spring and left as one of their all-time greats in basketball. The 2010 Fox Chapel grad finished among ...
Plum athletic greats honored at induction banquet
By Michael Love
The Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame celebrated its 10th induction class last Thursday at a banquet ceremony at Edgewood Country Club in Churchill. The ...
Plum trio makes things final during early signing period
By Michael Love
A 180-degree turn for Andrew Reynolds brought him to the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period last week, and the ...
Looking back on an eventful football season in A-K Valley
By George Guido
The local high school football season is over with three teams advancing past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. But Plum, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Plum’s David Stonebraker, Freeport’s Cassandra Suran
By Alex Novickoff
David Stonebraker School: Plum Sport: Hockey Class: Senior Report card: Stonebraker leads the Mustangs with 12 points, tallying nine goals and three assists through ...
Freeport swimmer Otwell signs with Towson
By Doug Gulasy
Not even making her college commitment official kept Freeport senior Bria Otwell from getting her swim practice in Wednesday morning. Otwell woke before 5 a.m. ...
Plum baseball has strong fall season
By Dave Schrecengost
Plum fielded three teams in the Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League, and all of them enjoyed a successful fall season. The three Plum teams — one varsity and two junior varsity clubs — had a combined record of 27-6. “There’s no down side to winning. It allows you to build momentum going ...
Samarco fares well on Penn State Behrend volleyball team
By Michael Love
Alyssa Samarco, a Plum graduate, had a strong sophomore season as an outside hitter for the Penn State-Behrend women’s volleyball team. Samarco helped the Lions make it to the AMCC semifinals before the fifth-seed suffered a 3-2 loss to No. 1 Penn State-Altoona on Saturday. In the semifinal match, she hit ...
Plum football coach proud of effort in turnaround season
By Michael Love
Friday’s WPIAL Quad-A quarterfinal game between McKeesport and Plum was as physical as expected, Mustangs head coach Matt Morgan said. Key players left the game because ...
Backup QB, defense direct McKeesport past Plum
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport coach George Smith had his relievers warming up in the bullpen Friday night. With starting quarterback TyWann Smith shaken up and out of the lineup ...
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton helps teammates
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With the soft sunlight fading and the temperature dipping, two Apollo-Ridge football players remained on the practice field in Spring Church on Tuesday evening. ...
McKeesport offense to again test Plum ‘D’
By Michael Love
When the WPIAL Class AAAA playoff pairings were announced Oct. 27 and McKeesport coach George Smith saw his Tigers and Plum were slotted in the bracket, he said he gave a quick thought to a potential quarterfinal matchup between the teams and a rematch of a rugged Quad East clash ...
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Plum’s Wil Fuhrer
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Wil Fuhrer took over the starting quarterback duties last season and has played a key role in Plum’s incline to respectability ever since. The senior ...
The Birdie likes Plum’s character
By The Birdie
The Birdie has hidden his identity for decades, dating all the way back to the 1930s when he was depicted as Woody Woodpecker in this very newspaper. Recently, the A-K Valley’s high school football legend heard that Plum was out to unmask him and reveal his true character. “Not going to happen,” ...
WPIAL quarterfinals a prime time to see regular-season rematches
By Bill West
Plum coach Matt Morgan and his Mustangs walked off their home field after a 20-3 loss to McKeesport in Week 7 cognizant of how close ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top WPIAL quarterfinal matchups: Class AAAA 2-Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7-North Allegheny (8-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...
Plum Class of 2014 set for HOF induction
By Michael Love
The Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame will induct the Class of 2014 during a ceremony at Edgewood Country Club on Nov. 13. The nine-member group is Dave Blotzer, Craig Cooley, Joe Dellostritto, Michael John Kovalchick, Joe Manganello, Lisa Poeschl-Vavrek, Mark Pupilli, Jack Savage and Diane Sujansky-Taylor. The Plum Advance ...
Plum runner pleased after claiming medal at PIAA meet
By Michael Love
Last year, Jake Susalla came to the PIAA cross country championships wanting to make an impact, but nagging leg issues hampered his efforts on the Hershey Giant Center Complex course, and he had to drop out before he could complete the 3.1-mile run. But he knew he had another shot at ...
Plum girl continues to make strides in world of sled hockey
By Dave Schrecengost
Pittsburgher Dan McCoy gained national fame earlier this year as a member of the gold medal-winning United States sled hockey team at the 2014 Paralympic ...
Plum swimmers set for U.S. Olympic Training Center trip
By Michael Love
Plum residents Peyton Kondis and Sarah Mautino, both students and members of the girls swim team at Oakland Catholic, were chosen to travel to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for four days of training and coaching by members of the swimming coaching staff. Kondis and Mautino are two ...
Plum goes 1-1 in WPISL playoffs
By Michael Love
The Plum slow-pitch softball team concluded its 2014 season with two games in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League varsity playoff tournament on Oct. 25. The Mustangs, the No. 6 seed in the 12-team bracket, beat No. 11 Hampton, 20-15, in the first round for the program’s first-ever playoff victory. Plum suffered ...
Plum prepping for rematch with McKeesport
By Michael Love
The Plum football team spent the better part of two months showing the rest of the WPIAL it was for real. The Mustangs didn’t stop turning ...
HS highlight reel: Quarterfinal sites set for Friday night
By Tribune-Review
The WPIAL announced sites for Friday’s quarterfinal football games Monday. In Class AAAA, Pine-Richland-Altoona is at Gateway, Plum-McKeesport is at Norwin, Penn-Trafford-North Allegheny is at Fox Chapel and Central Catholic-Woodland Hills is at North Allegheny. In Class AAA, Central Valley-Indiana is at Butler, Hampton-Ringgold is at West Allegheny, Thomas Jefferson-Mars ...
Plum’s 1st-round stunner over Penn Hills re-energizes football program
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A purple haze has fallen over the WPIAL football playoffs. Plum turned a groggy, football-hungry community on its ear Friday night, stunning  No. 4 seed ...
Pair of A-K Valley runners earn all-state honors at PIAA cross country meet
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — You don’t have to win a race to be successful. Just ask Plum junior Jake Susalla or Riverview junior Molly Kennedy, who walked away from Saturday’s PIAA cross country championships with all-state honors and smiles. Susalla finished 17th in the Class AAA boys race, and Kennedy placed 15th in the ...

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