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VND high school notebook: Fox Chapel eyes Loughran to succeed Ravotti

By Bill Beckner Jr.
While several names have been attached to the Fox Chapel football head coaching vacancy, one appears to be a sure thing. Fox Chapel plans to recommend longtime South Park coach Tom Loughran as its next coach. He would replace Eric Ravotti, who resigned after four seasons. Loughran already met with incoming ...
Pinpoint free-throw shooting carries North Allegheny to 1st finals since 1999
By Doug Gulasy
North Allegheny wanted no part of another Fox Chapel upset. An airtight defense and nearly flawless free-throw shooting prevented it from happening. The No. 1 Tigers (23-2) shot 39 of 45 from the free-throw line, nearly equaling Fox Chapel’s point total, in a 71-44 win in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal ...
Fox Chapel hockey, ready for its 1st postseason, scores four vs. Plum
By Jerin Steele
Ben Friedland scored a pair of goals as the Fox Chapel hockey team concluded the PIHL Class AA regular season with a 4-2 win over ...
Fox Chapel playing with an open mind
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Open-mindedness in what’s been called a wide-open playoff field. It’s what Fox Chapel has thrived on as it has navigated its way through the WPIAL ...
Fox Chapel moves on after pulling off another upset against Hempfield
By Paul Schofield
Fox Chapel pulled off its second consecutive upset of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. After taking down No. 5 Pine-Richland last week, No. 12 Fox Chapel ...
Alle-Kiski basketball games rescheduled
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The WPIAL postponed all of Saturday’s basketball playoff games because of the snow storm and moved the games to Monday. That included the local girls-boys quarterfinal doubleheader at Norwin. The Riverview and California girls will play at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Class A with the Fox Chapel and Hempfield ...
High school basketball notebook: Fox Chapel boys excited to be healthy for playoff run
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel boys basketball coach Zach Skrinjar finally got his wish: a healthy starting lineup. Now he’s able to apply it to the WPIAL playoffs. So ...
Valley News Dispatch basketball playoff preview capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
WPIAL playoff preview capsules Monday’s games (Postponed from Saturday) Boys Class AAAA Quarterfinals No. 12 Fox Chapel (15-8) vs. No. 4 Hempfield (20-2) 8 p.m. at Norwin ...
HS highlight reel: Oakland Zoo seats to be closed for WPIAL title games
By Chris Harlan
The zoo will be closed. For logistical reasons more important than atmosphere, WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley supports arena management’s decision to keep courtside seats ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Fox Chapel boys basketball team upsets Pine-Richland
By Staff Reports
Billy Urso scored 18 points, going 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter as the No. 12-seeded Fox Chapel boys basketball team upset No. 5 Pine-Richland, 49-35, in a Class AAAA first-round game Wednesday at North Allegheny. The Foxes held a 4-2 advantage after the first ...
WPIAL basketball preview capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Wednesday’s games Boys Class AAAA First round No. 6 Plum (17-5) v s. No. 11 North Hill s ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Armstrong basketball teams slotted in Section 2-AAAA
By Staff Reports
Armstrong’s boys and girls basketball teams will compete in Section 2-AAAA next season, the WPIAL decided Monday. The WPIAL board of directors approved section alignments for ...
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 ...
WPIAL players selected to play in Big 33 game
By Staff Reports
Twelve senior players from the WPIAL have been selected to play in the 58th annual Big 33 Football Classic on June 20 at Hersheypark Stadium. The team includes Central Catholic tight end Graham Adomitis (Princeton), linebacker Bryan Glover (Eastern Michigan) and defensive back John Petrishen (Penn State); Penn Hills lineman ...
Fox Chapel’s Lundy helps team to key victory
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel senior Jack Lundy scored 13 points on Friday to help lead the Foxes boys basketball team to a key section win at Gateway. “No player that I’ve coached works harder and is a better kid than Jack,” FC coach Zach Skrinjar said. “He may not get the mention, ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Fox Chapel boys basketball team posts 5th straight win
By Staff Reports
Senior guard Billy Urso was the game’s only double-digit scorer, with 16 points, on Saturday as Fox Chapel reeled off its fifth straight win, 49-28, ...
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 2:53 p.m.
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 ...

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