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Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Fox Chapel’s Brandon Mitchell, Burrell’s Melissa Mazzei

By Tribune-Review
Brandon Mitchell Class: Senior School: Fox Chapel Sport: Track and field Report card: At the Butler Invitational last week, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Mitchell took home …
FC grad helps push lacrosse team to 10-0 start
By Marty Stewart
As a freshman midfielder, 2013 FC grad Jessie Thiessen led the Allegheny soccer team and the North Atlantic Coast Conference in goals with 11 and …
Alle-Kiski Roundball Classic notebook: Luther twins playing last games together
By George Guido
Hampton twins Ryan and Collin Luther have been playing together since they first touched a basketball. But the combination will come to an end soon. Ryan is headed for Pitt, and Collin remains undecided about which college he will attend. Saturday night at the 11th annual Roundball Classic, the twins …
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Fox Chapel repeats as Butler Invite champs
By Staff Reports
Led by a long jumper and a hurdler, Fox Chapel’s boys track and field team defended its title at the Butler Invitational on Friday night. …
Fox Chapel grad Kolod a diving star at Virginia
By Marty Stewart
While at Fox Chapel, JB Kolod rewrote the record books with his diving skills. He’s now on a full-fledged assault on the diving records at …
Fox Chapel grad starting his boxing career at age 42
By Marty Stewart
At the age of 42, most boxers — with the exception of George Foreman and Evander Holyfield — are reminiscing about their careers. Jerry Schwickrath …
Returning talent good news for FC volleyball
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel volleyball team features a wealth of returning talent, and coach Phil O’Keeffe has a high level of optimism. “I believe that we can contend for a WPIAL title,” he said. “We have a lot of all-section performers returning, and we only lost one starter. Last year, we …
Fox Chapel’s Mathias named state’s player of the year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel 6-foot-3 center Erin Mathias capped a remarkable senior season with yet another honor Friday as she was named the Pennsylvania Sports Writers’ Class …
Fox Chapel Area grad starts at shortstop for Gannon softball team
By Marty Stewart
Jen Moran, a 2013 Fox Chapel Area High School graduate and a mainstay at shortstop for the FC girls softball team for the past few …
Fox Chapel track star signs with Robert Morris University
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel Area High School senior Tricia Panos has signed a letter of intent with Robert Morris University where she will continue her track career. …
Stewart: Baseball’s return makes mouths start to water
By Marty Stewart
I think the song “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” is a bit outdated. Well, just the part about buying me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. It needs to be changed to “Buy me some quiche and some bacon on a stick.” The revenue from hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and …
Fox Chapel Area’s Panos to be honored for work as athletic trainer
By Marty Stewart
John Panos, who has been the trainer at Fox Chapel Area High School for 25 years and the assistant athletic director for the past eight …
Fox Chapel grad Fuhrer enters AK Hall after long, celebrated golf career
By Bill West
At the apex of his golf career in the mid-1980s, Frank Fuhrer III spent about 350 days per year on a course either competing or …
Fox Chapel, Plum expect success with returning starters at setter
By Bill West
When Pittsburgh Volleyball Club coaches first approached him with the idea of changing his position to setter about three years ago, Fox Chapel junior Max …
Fox Chapel baseball team seeks to continue success from last season
By Marty Stewart
Last season, the Fox Chapel baseball team finished 12-8 overall and was 6-4 in section play. The Foxes made it to the WPIAL playoffs for …
Fox Chapel baseball, softball to shuffle sections next season
By Marty Stewart
The WPIAL recently announced its realignment for baseball and softball beginning in 2015. The move impacts the Fox Chapel baseball and softball teams. Coach Michael Frank’s baseball team will play in Section 3-AAAA, and the softball team will play in Section 2-AAAA. Both will play against teams based in the …
Fox Chapel hoops stars shine in Cager Classic
By Marty Stewart
The Cager Classic weekend began with the skills competition Friday at Highlands, and Fox Chapel’s Brian Papich had to hurry to get there. He ran …
McCrady steps up to lead Fox Chapel lacrosse in first varsity contest
By Marty Stewart
Megan McCrady, a freshman on the Fox Chapel lacrosse team, looked like a seasoned veteran in her first varsity game last week. She scored five …
Guido: Wild, record-setting basketball season comes to close
By George Guido
It’s time to put a lid on the 2013-14 local scholastic basketball season. The highlight of the campaign was the superb run by the Burrell girls …
High school notebook: A-K Valley players tabbed for Roundball Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Three Alle-Kiski boys and three local girls were selected to play in the Roundball Classic all-star basketball games April 12 at Geneva College. All six …
Papich makes most of Cager Classic event
By George Guido
Cager Classic weekend was a productive one for Fox Chapel’s Brian Papich. The 6-foot-2 senior was part of a winning duet in the co-ed hot …
Fox Chapel’s Papich finds shooting eye at Cager Classic skills competition
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel senior Brian Papich ran in a track and field meet Friday afternoon at Pine-Richland and was in a hurry to finish so he …
Fox Chapel’s Mathias brings star power to Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Plenty of talented players have appeared in the Cager Classic all-star basketball game over the years, many with impressive prep careers. But none seem to …
Fox Chapel track teams have high hopes
By Marty Stewart 9:00 p.m.
Last year was a successful one for the Fox Chapel track team. The boys and girls teams had good showings at the WPIAL championships, and …
Stewart: High school hoops player an inspiration
By Marty Stewart 10:02 p.m.
Sometimes, you just get tired of reading about athletes getting arrested or pouting about the injustice of multimillion-dollar contracts. Sometimes you want to read about an athlete who will inspire you and make you realize that there are some feel good stories out there. Here’s one: While the rest of …

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