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Senior stars set for BeeGraphix clash

By Jeremy Sellew
A local contingent of senior high school football players will get something they craved in late November and December. Just one more game. Fifteen local …
WPIAL diamond all-stars compete
By George Guido
The Class AAA all-stars and the Class AA squad came up winners Sunday in the 11th annual WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association doubleheader at Butler’s Kelly Automotive Park. Class AAA 4, Class AAAA 3 — A two-run single by Belle Vernon’s Dylan Pietrantoni drove in Keith Gannon of Mars and Uniontown’s …
Verklereen grappling with success
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area freshman Jarod Verkleeren will look to make a name for himself on the international wrestling stage this summer. Verkleeren qualified for the …
High school roundup: Football coaching carousel complete
By Staff Reports
It has been quite a busy offseason for high school football coaches looking for jobs in Western Pennsylvania. With 22 positions open in the WPIAL and City League, hundreds of interviews were held during the past five-plus months. This week, the final two open positions were filled at Charleroi (Donnie …
Belle Vernon Area suspends baseball coach for 2 games
By Jeff Oliver
When Belle Vernon Area’s baseball team takes the field next season, it will play its first two games without head coach Daryl Hixenbaugh. Hixenbaugh, who …
Cal’s Clancy sweeps WPIAL titles again
By Trib Total Media
Kailyn Clancy’s domination of the Class AA girls’ throwing events continued Thursday at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships. Weather was a factor at Baldwin High School as heavy rains hampered most events. Several were postponed until 10 a.m. Saturday, including some running events, the pole vault and a portion …
Tasser, Garcia end wrestling seasons
By Bruce Wald
Two local wrestlers produced solid seasons for NCAA Division I programs this past season. University of Pittsburgh senior heavyweight wrestler and Belle Vernon Area High School graduate P.J. Tasser concluded his collegiate career by qualifying for the NCAA Division I National Championships for the second time in three years. Tasser …
5-4 win keeps EF in playoff race, knocks out BVA
By Donnie Tasser
In a must-win game for both schools, the Elizabeth Forward baseball team kept its playoff hopes alive and eliminated Belle Vernon Area’s postseason hopes with a 5-4 Section 4-AAA road win. “Still alive and fighting,” EF coach Frank Champ said. “We have two to win still, but we are only …
Belle Vernon bests Carrick in 9 innings
By Donnie Tasser
Nolan Stulock pitched a gem and designated hitter Jordan Zilka broke a scoreless tie with a ninth-inning homer as Belle Vernon Area kept its playoff hopes alive with a 4-0 win Friday at Carrick. BVA (10-4, 6-4) is a half-game behind Thomas Jefferson and South Park for second place in …
Oliver: Would Hulkster last at Belle Vernon Area?
By Jeff Oliver
On Monday, the Belle Vernon Area School Board accepted the resignation of varsity wrestling coach Tyler Nauman and opened the position of swimming coach Rob Reda. Normally, these actions might not raise many eyebrows, but in this case they do. In the space of a year, BVA has either let …
Nauman out at BV Area
By Jeff Oliver
For the second time in less than a year, Belle Vernon Area is looking for a new head wrestling coach. Tyler Nauman, who was hired …
Belle Vernon Area holds off Ringgold
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on Ringgold Thursday and withstood a fourth-inning rally to hold on to an important 5-4 …
Belle Vernon Area, baseball coach face WPIAL hearing
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area baseball coach Daryl Hixenbaugh, along with district administrators, will have a hearing with the WPIAL May 14 to discuss comments Hixenbaugh made …
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 …

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