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Valley News Dispatch roundup: Fox Chapel boys wrap up playoff berth

By Staff Reports
Despite a slow start in Section 2-AAAA play, Fox Chapel boys basketball is heading back to the WPIAL playoffs. Mike Zappala’s free throw with three seconds left pushed Fox Chapel (10-7, 6-4) to a 61-60 victory Tuesday night over Penn Hills (5-14, 2-7). Billy Urso scored 14 points to lead ...
Former wrestling rivals meet in matchup between Kiski Area, Fox Chapel
By Doug Gulasy
Ron Frank and Chuck Tursky spent close to 30 years coaching against each other before circumstances ultimately separated them. The WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff match ...
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 ...
Fox Chapel’s Kopco fights his way to county wrestling final
By Bill West
The crusted blood around his mouth and elsewhere on his face suggested Fox Chapel’s Andrew Kopco took a beating this weekend at the Allegheny County ...
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 ...
Fox Chapel set to host Allegheny County tournament
By Marty Stewart
For fans of high school wrestling, Fox Chapel High School will be a hotbed of action this weekend. The Allegheny County Wrestling Championships will begin at 1 p.m. Friday and will culminate with the championship matches at 6 p.m. Saturday. “We have 434 competitors entered,” FC coach Ron Frank said. “It ...
Fox Chapel sophomore Badway boosts girls basketball team
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel sophomore Gabby Badway, a point guard for the girls basketball team, helped lead the Foxes to the Moon tournament championship with 13 points ...
Fox Chapel diver making waves after busy offseason
By Marty Stewart
In the final meet of the 2013-14 swimming and diving season, Fox Chapel’s Miranda Simon missed breaking the school record by half of a point. She wasted no time taking care of that unfinished business, setting the school record in her first diving meet of the 2014-15 season. The record ...
Quaker Valley rower wins Central Catholic biathlon
By Karen Kadilak
Competing for the fifth year, Quaker Valley senior Max Rom was happy to win for the first time at the Central Catholic Biathlon on Dec. 13. Rom, 17, completed 10,000 meters on an ergometer at the Three Rivers Rowing boathouse on Washington’s Landing and a six-mile run on a riverfront trail ...
Fox Chapel’s Graca commits to Penn
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel’s Elias Graca, a senior standout on the school’s track and cross country teams, has been accepted at the University of Pennsylvania. “It is ...
High school wrestling notebook: Fox Chapel savors early success
By Doug Gulasy
A rare losing season two years ago prepared the Fox Chapel wrestling team for what the Foxes hoped would be a strong 2014-15 season, and ...
Fox Chapel’s Urso adjusts quickly between football, basketball
By Marty Stewart
Taking off the shoulder pads in favor of sneakers and shorts is a ritual that Fox Chapel senior Billy Urso is accustomed to. He began ...
Fox Chapel wrestler Dietz pinning the competition
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel junior wrestler Derrin Dietz has been a starter for three years now. He wrestles at 170 pounds and last week posted a win ...
McKeesport boys remain unbeaten in section after win over Fox Chapel
By Ray Judy
So far, McKeesport coach Gerald Grayson is perfect in section play since returning to his alma mater. Grayson’s Tigers (3-2, 2-0) proved to be a bit ...
PIAA qualifier Simon leads talented group of Fox Chapel divers
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel diving team has been on an upswing for the past few years, and coach Vernon Yenick believes this year’s edition will also be a strong one. “The team looks great this year despite having no home pool due to construction,” he said. The team has been practicing ...
After slow start, Fox Chapel boys earn split at North Hills tournament
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel boys basketball team opened its season Friday and Saturday in the North Hills tournament. After falling to Hampton, 78-60, on Friday, the ...
Herald Spotlight: Fox Chapel junior Zappala tallies double-double in victory
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel junior Mike Zappala scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds to lead Fox Chapel to a 51-32 win over Baldwin in the consolation game of the season-opening North Hills tournament Saturday. For his efforts, he is The Herald Spotlight Athlete. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard has been playing ...
Fox Chapel hockey’s Friedland a team leader
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel hockey player Ben Friedland scored a goal and had two assists as the Foxes beat North Hills, 6-4, in their final game before ...
Experienced swimmers return for Fox Chapel
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel swim team will have a lot of experienced swimmers returning this season. Senior captains Noah Cagley for the boys and Franny Dean for the girls will be counted on to provide leadership and experience. “They will be instrumental in their team’s success,” FC coach Erin Bruni said. Also ...
Fox Chapel great returns to his roots as JV basketball coach
By Marty Stewart
Stu Lyon was the star player on the 1977 Fox Chapel basketball team that won WPIAL and state championships. It was the greatest team ...
Fox Chapel boys out to replace pair of 1,000-point scorers
By Marty Stewart
The big dilemma for followers of Fox Chapel boys basketball will be how to replace a pair of three-year starters who each scored more than ...
Fox Chapel girls prepare for life without state’s player of the year
By Marty Stewart
There will be a huge difference in the Fox Chapel girls basketball team this season. The Foxes will be without the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of ...
New Foxes girls coach O’Shea inherits talented team
By George Guido
New Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Jennifer Joyce O’Shea received a huge gift to coincide with the first official practice day on Nov. 17. Her commute ...
Fox Chapel boys basketball team will rely on rotation for scoring
By George Guido
After losing two of the top outside shooters in school history, Fox Chapel will look to play more of an inside game this season. Guards Matt ...
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 ...

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