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Lady Leps score late in 6-4 win over Southmoreland

By Donnie Tasser
The Belle Vernon Area softball team broke open a tight game with three runs in the top of the sixth inning en route to a 6-4 Section 3-AAA win over Southmoreland. Then BVA pitcher Lacey Washowich got out of a one out, bases loaded jam in the bottom of the …
HS Buzz: Belle Vernon hosting Military Appreciation Night
By Staff Reports
The Belle Vernon baseball team will hold its third annual Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday, when the Leopards host South Park at 7 p.m. at John DiVirgilio Sports Complex. All active, nonactive and retired personnel from the Mon Valley are invited to join the team for an evening of recognition …
No answers for Hixenbaugh, Leps
By Donnie Tasser
For the second day in a row the Belle Vernon Area baseball team dropped a section road game and for the second day in a …
Stranded runners take toll on Belle Vernon in 2-1 loss to West Mifflin
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area baseball coach Daryl Hixenbaugh did not hesitate when asked what cost the Leopards their contest with Section 4-AAA leader West Mifflin (7-2, 5-1). “We are not hitting well with runners in scoring position,” Hixenbaugh said. “We left, what, nine guys in scoring position today. You’re not going …
BVA holds off EF, 3-2
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area won its second straight game, edging Elizabeth Forward, 3-2, in Section 4-AAA. The Leps (6-2, 2-2) did all of their scoring in …
BVA nips Ringgold, 1-0, on Ruffolo’s hit
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area picked up its first Section 3 AAA win of the season, nipping rival Ringgold, 1-0, behind a spectacular pitching performance from senior …
BVA’s Bell grappling with success
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area sophomore wrestler Austin Bell is quickly making a name for himself nationally. Barely a month after he became BVA’s second WPIAL champ …
West Mifflin shuts down BV Area in 8-1 win
By Donnie Tasser
The Belle Vernon Area baseball team went into its Section 4 AAA opener Tuesday against West Mifflin trying to build off a 3-0 start. But …
Local flavor highlights Roundball Classic
By Jeff Oliver
The Annual Roundball Classic boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games will have a distinct local flavor this year. The event for high school seniors, which …
Banquet honors top prep players in Westmoreland County
By Paul Schofield
Some of the top student-athletes in Westmoreland County will be honored at the 58th annual awards banquet sponsored by county Judge John J. Driscoll on April 29 at Ferrante’s  Lakeview in Hempfield. The county’s 18 athletic directors, along with the Driscoll committee, reviewed this year’s candidates Thursday and voted on …
BVA girls suffer tough 1-0 loss
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area opened play in Section 3 AAA Thursday with a hard-luck 1-0 loss to West Mifflin. The Lady Titans (3-0, 1-0) scored the game’s lone run in the top of the seventh inning on Crystal Cook’s RBI single. The run, set up by an error, was unearned. BVA …
Experienced Leopards expected to contend
By Bill Hughes
It would be understandable if Daryl Hixenbaugh set the bar low for the Belle Vernon Area baseball team. After all, four seniors from last year’s …
Lady Leps hope to return to playoffs
By Bill Hughes
There was something missing from the 2013 WPIAL softball playoffs, and that something was the presence of the Belle Vernon Area Lady Leopards. After all, …
Belle Vernon coaches again team up on diamond
By Jeff Oliver
When Daryl Hixenbaugh was hired as Belle Vernon Area’s baseball coach in October, one of the first things he did was call and old friend …
BVA’s Hasson named to Dapper Dan team
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area senior Brendan Hasson became the fourth wrestler in school history to make the Dapper Dan Classic WPIAL team wrestling roster, but not …
Belle Vernon Area’s Hasson advances; teammates eliminated
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Belle Vernon Area senior 120-pounder Brendan Hasson sat back Friday and watched two teammates — freshman 145-pounder Jarod Verkleeren and sophomore 160-pounder Austin …
Verklereen gets easy victory in Hershey
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Belle Vernon Area freshman Jarod Verkleeren secured his first win at the PIAA Class AAA individual championships in the rarest of fashions Thursday …
Weather, other factors delay spring sports
By Donnie Tasser
Nobody told Mother Nature that it was time for the spring season. With baseball and softball practices permitted to kick off this week, local high …
Eyeing gold, not chocolate, in Hershey
By Donnie Tasser
Austin Bell, Brendan Hasson and Jarod Verkleeren of Belle Vernon Area and Devin Fallenstein and Doug Gudenburr of Ringgold will put their seasons on the …
Humbert is looking for numbers at BVA
By Jeff Oliver
Now that the dust has settled from his departure from Ringgold, new Belle Vernon Area football coach Matt Humbert says he sees exciting things with …
5 Belle Vernon Area wrestlers reach semifinals
By Jason Black
For Belle Vernon senior Brendan Hasson, it’s all about believing. Hasson had never advanced past the quarterfinals in the Class AAA WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional Championships, …
BVA, EF swimmers set for WPIALs finals
By Jeff Oliver
Several swimmers from Belle Vernon Area and Elizabeth Forward will be participating in the WPIAL swimming championships Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool. BVA’s contingent includes Gabrielle Kohr, David Mosco and the girls’ 400 free relay team of Kohr, Rachel Smith, Sarah Callaway, Mackenzie Ursiny and Maxine Brandt. Kohr, …
Humbert bolts Ringgold for BVA
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Matt Humbert endured three weeks of sleepless nights before ultimately obtaining his dream scenario. On Monday, Humbert was hired as head football coach at Belle …
Bentworth wrestlers advance
By Andrew John
Even though he was facing a much higher seed, Bentworth senior Matt Vickless was not deterred from wrestling his type of match. Vickless, the No. 12 seed at 126 pounds, was able to outlast Burrell freshman Anthony Marra by a 4-3 decision Friday in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class …
Big weekend on tap for area wrestlers
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area and Ringgold will compete in the Section 2 AAA individual wrestling tournament Saturday at Baldwin. The section tournament is the first step …

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