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Spring really sprung for Mid-Mon Valley sports teams

By Jeff Oliver
An argument could be made that 2015 has been the best season ever in the Mid-Mon Valley for spring sports, particularly softball and baseball. Softball rivals ...
BVA rallies to earn spot in title game
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area freshman Bailey Parshall is already one of the WPIAL’s top pitchers, landing a scholarship to Penn State before she ever fired a ...
Top-seeded Belle Vernon rallies for walk-off win over Southmoreland
By Jason Black
Taking down two higher seeds in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs is something the members of the Southmoreland softball team can be proud of this ...
BV Area leads 2-AAA All-Section list
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area made a late charge to get into the WPIAL baseball playoffs. And judging by the results of the Section 2 AAA All-Section Team, chances of the Leopards being in the playoff chase the next couple of years look pretty good. That’s because BVA placed seven players on the team ...
One hit is enough for BV Area in 1-0 win
By Jeff Oliver
South Fayette hurler Ashley Iagnemma thought enough about her pitching ability that she posted a seven-minute video on YouTube displaying all of her pitches. Being that ...
‘Running with Ryan’ set for July 11
By The Valley Independent
The third annual Running with Ryan 5K Memorial will be held July 11 at DiVirgilio Park at the Rostraver Municipal Complex located near the entrance ...
Golden showings by Gaul, Sitton
By Jeff Oliver
The area didn’t return home empty-handed from Thursday’s WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin. Belle Vernon Area and Monessen both saw athletes come away with ...
BVA returns to playoffs with splash
By Bill Hughes
Belle Vernon Area returned to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs for the first time in three years Wednesday, and rolled to an 11-1 five-inning win ...
No. 2 Knoch returns to WPIAL Class AAA baseball quarterfinals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There is air guitar and then there is “air archery.” Knoch’s baseball team prefers the latter. Players like to make a motion in the dugout like ...
Softball strikeout specialists prove to be game changers in WPIAL
By Bill Hartlep
It wasn’t long ago that a talented pitcher led Yough to a WPIAL softball championship. With a mix of power and finesse, Nicole Sleith struck out ...
HS highlight reel: WPIAL announces softball playoff pairings
By Tribune-Review
Hempfield (Class AAAA), Belle Vernon (AAA), Deer Lakes (AA) and Chartiers-Houston (A) earned the top seeds Thursday when the WPIAL released pairings for its postseason softball tournament. Play begins Monday with preliminary-round games and Tuesday and Wednesday with first-round games. All four WPIAL championship games are scheduled for May 28 at ...
BVA gets top seed in AAA
By Jeff Oliver
On April 15, Belle Vernon Area and Yough squared off in an attractive nonsection softball game that the Leopards pulled out by a 3-2 score. You ...
BVA qualifies 16 for AAA track championships
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area will be well represented at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 14 at Baldwin. Sixteen Leopards qualified Thursday at the ...
Two-out lightning for BVA in 6-2 win
By Jeff Oliver
Ask any softball coach what puts a smile on his or her face, and you can be sure that one of the more common answers ...
Leopards win two; clinch playoff berth
By Jeff Oliver
The late Ernie Banks made popular a baseball expression, “Let’s play two.” That’s exactly what Belle Vernon Area and Ringgold did in Section 4-AAA baseball Monday. The ...
BVA honors seniors in rout
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area softball coach Tom Rodriguez marked senior day Thursday by starting all eight of his seniors around freshman hurler Bailey Parshall. The results were ...
BVA boys, Ringgold girls win titles
By Jeff Oliver
The Ringgold girls and Belle Vernon Area boys came away as the team winners in the 14th annual Scott Frederick Mid Mon Track and Field ...
Belle Vernon softball tops Thomas Jefferson
By Jeff Oliver
Earlier this week when Thomas Jefferson hosted Belle Vernon Area in a Section 3-AAA softball contest, the Leopards smacked the Jaguars, 11-2. The rematch a couple ...
BV Area holds annual athletic awards banquet
By For The Valley Independent
Seventy-five Belle Vernon Area School District senior athletes representing 16 varsity sports and cheerleading were honored at the annual awards banquet at the Willow Room ...
BVA, Monessen girls pick up big softball wins
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area remained a half-game behind Trinity in the race for first place in Section 3-AAA softball with an 11-2 win over host Thomas ...
BVA comes back for big 4-AAA win
By Jeff Oliver
With a young baseball team and a slow start to the season, Belle Vernon Area found itself in dire need of an uplifting win. The Leps may have gotten it Saturday night. BVA (3-4, 3-3) defeated visiting South Park (6-7, 4-3) at DiVirgilio Complex, 4-3, with three runs in the bottom of ...
Frederick’s homers lead Belle Vernon softball over Elizabeth Forward
By Jeremy Sellew
Even with a six-game winning streak, Belle Vernon Area softball coach Tom Rodriguez knew his team’s bats had to wake up at some point. The Leopards ...
BVA, Parshall keep rolling in 3-AAA action
By The Valley Independent
Freshman hurler Bailey Parshall keeps firing goose eggs and the Belle Vernon Area girls’ softball team keeps winning. Parshall fired a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts as ...
BVA’s Gaul captures gold in discus
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Belle Vernon Area senior Gianna Gaul competed without her teammates Saturday at the prestigious Tri-State Invitational at West Mifflin. And Gaul was just fine flying solo, ...
Rush, Slagus named AP All-State
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen junior Lavalle Rush and Belle Vernon Area senior Kaitlyn Slagus were named to the Associated Press All-State teams for boys’ and girls’ basketball. Rush was ...

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