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Franklin Regional wrestling rallies to top Belle Vernon, defends team title

By Bill West
Franklin Regional sophomore Ryan Deloach made sure to add a few extra “pleases” as he went through his prayer routine prior to his bout in ...
BVA cruises past Brownsville
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area coach Lisa Fairman had a dilemma going into Thursday’s Section 4-AAA game against Brownsville. It was BVA’s Senior Night and the problem is ...
BVA wrestlers head to semifinals
By Bill Hughes
For the first time in its program’s history, the Belle Vernon Area wrestling team is headed to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. “This is big for ...
BVA girls clinch playoffs, keep 4-AAA hopes alive
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area stayed two games behind front-running Elizabeth Forward in Section 4-AAA girls’ basketball with a 53-46 win over host Thomas Jefferson Wednesday night. The victory clinched a playoff spot for coach Lisa Fairman’s team. The Leopards (12-6, 6-3) kept their hopes of winning the section alive with the hard-earned victory. ...
Belle Vernon, Burrell get top seeds for WPIAL team wrestling tournament
By Paul Schofield
Class AAA Belle Vernon (17-0) and Class AA Burrell (10-3) were seeded No. 1 by the WPIAL wrestling committee Thursday for the upcoming team tournament.  The tournament starts Monday for Class AAA teams with four preliminary-round matches. Returning PIAA and WPIAL champion Franklin Regional (15-1) was seeded second, North Allegheny (11-1) third, ...
Top-seeded BVA home for WPIAL wrestling playoffs
By Jeff Oliver
On Wednesday, Belle Vernon Area hosted the Section 2-AAA wrestling tournament for the first time. Next week, BVA will be hosting playoff wrestling again when the ...
Connellsville wrestling team loses Section 2-AAA final to Belle Vernon, 39-20
By Bill Hughes
By the time Austin Bell stepped onto the mat for the last match of the night at the Section 2-AAA Tournament, Belle Vernon had clinched ...
Bell gets 100th as BVA defends 2-AAA title
By Bill Hughes
By the time Austin Bell stepped onto the mat for the last match of the night at the Section 2-AAA Tournament, Belle Vernon Area had ...
BVA looking to repeat as 2-AAA champs
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area’s undefeated wrestling team will be out to get the highest possible seed in the upcoming WPIAL Team Tournament by winning the Section ...
Belle Vernon Area girls get their ‘signature’ win over South Park
By Jeff Oliver
With a senior-laden team, Belle Vernon Area girls’ basketball coach Lisa Fairman came into the season with high expectations for her veteran squad. However, halfway through ...
BVA’s Slagus hits milestone
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area senior Kaitlin Slagus is now the third all-time leading scorer and rebounder following the Leopards’ 55-54 victory Saturday over McKeesport. Slagus reached 1,141 ...
Rich Gregory: 400 wins and not through yet
By Jeff Oliver
The Belle Vernon Area Middle School boys’ basketball team has won a lot of games in recent years. However, none was probably as big as the ...
Ringgold seniors finally get a win over BVA
By Bill Hughes
For the Ringgold seniors, the eighth time is the charm. Thanks to their “organized chaos,” the Rams downed Belle Vernon Area, 30-27, Thursday, giving Ringgold’s seniors ...
BVA pins Laurel Highlands to stay perfect
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area’s wrestling team made history with its first perfect regular season with a 65-12 win over Laurel Highlands, but BVA coach Mike Doppelheuer ...
Despite changes at top, BVA wrestlers thrive
By Jeff Oliver
The Belle Vernon Area wrestling team goes for history Wednesday night when the Leopards can cap the first perfect regular season in school history. Achieving that ...
Elizabeth Forward successfully changes up defenses on Belle Vernon’s Slagus, earns 63-60 win
By Dave Mackall
Elizabeth Forward couldn’t answer Kaitlyn Slagus’ scoring spree for Belle Vernon in the first half, though Warriors point guard Abigail Sporio did her best to ...
Upsets reign during Day 1 of Westmoreland County wrestling tournament
By Paul Schofield
There were more upsets than usual during Day 1 of the 62nd annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Friday at Franklin Regional. The biggest were ...
BVA 3rd after first day of Westmoreland tourney
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area sophomore Jarod Verkleeren stood at one end of the Franklin Regional gymnasium Friday and watched a couple of his teammates compete. Verkleeren is ...
Slagus, Rathway lead BVA past West Mifflin
By Bill Hughes
Belle Vernon Area routed West Mifflin Thursday night to gear up for Monday’s Section 4-AAA first-place showdown at Elizabeth Forward. Kaitlyn Slagus tallied 27 points, grabbed ...
Win over Quad-A team slips away for BVA
By Jeremy Sellew
It’s one thing to lose a game, but Belle Vernon Area girls’ basketball coach Lisa Fairman doesn’t want to lose the way her team did ...
Rams get pinned; BVA clinches 2-AAA title
By Bill Hughes
The Ringgold Ram wrestling program celebrated its annual Senior Night Wednesday, and for a while, it looked as if things had a chance to go ...
Belle Vernon guards giving opponents a reason to look beyond star forward Slagus
By Bill West
Senior Bria Rathway and fellow Belle Vernon guards grew tired of existing in the footnotes in opponents’ scouting reports. They’re determined this season to frustrate anyone ...
Ringgold earns big 4-AAA win over BVA
By Jeff Oliver
A lot of times, when talking to coaches after a game, it’s tough to tell who won and who lost. That was not the case Tuesday ...
Annual WCCA tourney to feature some of nation’s top high school wrestlers
By Paul Schofield
For years, the hotbed of high school wrestling in the WPIAL resided in Greene and Washington counties. Not any more. The hotbed shifted east to ...
BVA girls, Monessen boys defeated in lengthy trips
By Jeremy Sellew
Belle Vernon Area girls’ basketball coach Lisa Fairman was approached in the preseason by her six seniors who wanted to go on a trip for ...

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