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QB leads Kittanning to season-opening victory over Deer Lakes

By D.j. Vasil 1:02 a.m.
Kittanning quarterback Braydon Toy put on a show at Lancers Stadium Friday night. The senior dual-threat quarterback rolled up 303 total yards as Kittanning showed …
Former NFL lineman hopes to change direction at Deer Lakes
By Bill West
First-year coach Steve Sciullo has no desire to subdue the growing confidence and enthusiasm among his Deer Lakes players, but every once in a while, …
Deer Lakes playmaker Burns hopes to come out hot
By Bill West
Hunter Burns’ surname change while in elementary school led to more play-on-words opportunities for those who observed his athleticism. The Deer Lakes student-athlete knew he …
Softball players earn all-state honors
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year Jordan Seneca of Plum and first-team all-star pitcher Tiffany Edwards of Deer Lakes were honored with all-state …
Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle
By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception …
Travel softball players willing to sacrifice summer activities to showcase talent
By Bill Beckner Jr. 3:26 p.m.
There’s a reason it’s called travel softball. Miles are just a number for the players, coaches and followers who flock from town to town and …
Guido: Mother Nature gets another laugh in wild ’14 season
By George Guido
Only in 2014 can you have a high school baseball game called off because of flooded dugouts. After a spring filled with rain-outs, snow-outs, mini-blizzards, …
Errors costly for Deer Lakes softball team in PIAA loss
By George Guido
After being shut out in the WPIAL championship game, Deer Lakes went back to their accustomed offensive prowess Monday. But errors proved to be the Lancers undoing as Wilmington took advantage of six Deer Lakes miscues for a come-from-behind, 8-7 victory in an PIAA Class AA opening-round playoff game at …
PIAA Class AA softball capsule
By Tribune-Review
PIAA Class AA softball playoffs First round Deer Lakes (18-1) vs. Wilmington (16-3) 4:30 p.m. Monday at  Penn State Behrend Winner plays Bald Eagle (19-4)/Seton-La …
Deer Lakes softball team remains focused after WPIAL title-game loss
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Tears welled up in the eyes of Deer Lakes senior first baseman Sierra Sarver, her voice weakening a bit, as she gave am interview following …
Deer Lakes-Beaver notebook: Bobcats use ‘small ball’ to perfection
By George Guido 1:32 a.m.
The Beaver Bobcats took “small ball” to another level in Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Deer Lakes in the WPIAL Class AA softball title game. The …
Beaver wins its 1st WPIAL Class AA softball championship
By Bill Beckner Jr.
CALIFORNIA — Beaver sophomore pitcher Casey Farkasovsky was glad to see three full fan buses arrive early for the WPIAL Class AA softball championship game …
Senior Sarver leads undefeated Deer Lakes into 3rd straight WPIAL final
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Sierra Sarver has been a WPIAL championship hero, a three-time section champion and has only witnessed nine losses in 78 games as a member of …
Miscues cost Deer Lakes berth in PIAA baseball playoffs
By Bill West
The waiting game between Deer Lakes’ and Quaker Valley’s baseball teams ended with a wild pitch. Two programs reliant on stubbornly solid defenses squared off in the WPIAL Class AA consolation game Tuesday evening, and breakdowns — though rare — determined the outcome. Freshman courtesy runner Jack Hendricks raced to …
Deer Lakes meets Beaver in battle of unbeatens for softball title
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Deer Lakes played Beaver in the WPIAL softball semifinals last season, Beaver jumped on Tiffany Edwards’ pitching early and built a seven-run lead after …
Breaking down the WPIAL softball championships
By Compiled By Jason Mackey
Class AAAA Canon-McMillan vs. Shaler 7 p.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.) No. 1 Canon-McMillan (18-3) Coach: Michele Moeller No. Name Pos. Yr. 0 Linda Rush SS So. 34 Brittney Crawford LF Fr. 13 Abby McCartney CF Jr. 8 Olivia …
WPIAL baseball consolation game preview capsules
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL baseball Consolation games Class AA No. 5 Deer Lakes (16-5) vs. No. 2 Quaker Valley (17-3) 4 p.m. Tuesday at W&J’s Ross Memorial Park Winner plays: the District 6 champion in PIAA first round Extra bases: Both teams lost heartbreakers in the semifinals, as Deer Lakes squandered a lead …
Underclassmen providing an added boost for Deer Lakes
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The makeup of Deer Lakes’ softball roster is noticeably uncommon, particularly for a team about to play for a WPIAL championship. It consists of one …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Softball unbeatens clash in AA title game
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes’ softball team will play Beaver Area in the WPIAL Class AA championship game at 2 p.m. on Thursday at California (Pa.). The battle of unbeatens — Deer Lakes is 18-0, Beaver is 15-0 — conjures memories of the teams’ thrilling semifinal game last season. The game, which has …
Deer Lakes routs Seton-La Salle to earn trip to finals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Now there’s that offense Deer Lakes softball fans have been waiting for. An offense that hadn’t shown up in two previous playoff games came out …
Seton-La Salle advances to WPIAL title game
By George Guido
Seton-La Salle has “walked-off” its way to the WPIAL Class AA championship game. For the second consecutive game, the Rebels pulled out an extra innings …
Deer Lakes teams get extra practice after postponements
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The WPIAL erred on the side of caution Wednesday with pending rain and storms in the forecast, postponing all baseball and softball playoff games. Bad …
Deer Lakes baseball eyes history
By George Guido
The Deer Lakes baseball program will try to make history Wednesday at 3 p.m., when the Lancers take on Seton-La Salle at Fox Chapel. A …
Deer Lakes softball proving it can win low-scoring games, too
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes softball coach Craig Taliani joked that his team’s WPIAL semifinal game might be played in Virginia or Ohio after the Lancers had to …
Deer Lakes advances to semifinals with 2-0 win
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Katie Gozzard said she was uncomfortable moving to second base early in her high school softball career because it took her away from her natural position at shortstop. But the Deer Lakes junior is back in her comfort zone at short and apparently feels at ease when she faces hard-throwing …

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