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High school notebook: Deer Lakes lineman lands unexpected call from RMU

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Nate Morrissey’s life changed in less than 24 hours. The big lineman from Deer Lakes was pondering playing college football at Division II schools, perusing his ...
Boda’s hot start propels Highlands girls past Deer Lakes
By Jerin Steele
Highlands coach Drew Jonczak’s game plan going into Thursday night was to get Nicole Boda involved early in the game. The plan worked to perfection. ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Deer Lakes clamps down on Knoch girls
By Staff Reports
Team defense could be what carries Deer Lakes into the postseason. For the 11th straight game, the Lancers held an opponent under 50 points as they rode a fast start to a 62-46 victory over Knoch on Thursday night in Section 1-AAA girls basketball. Deer Lakes (11-5, 6-2), winners of six ...
A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Deer Lakes’ Jessica Philistine, Burrell’s Damon Greenwald
By William Whalen
Jessica Philistine School: Deer Lakes Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Report card: A three-year starter and second-year team captain, Philistine is coming off a 16-point ...
Bench plays key role as Deer Lakes girls hold off hard-charging Highlands
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Using hockey-like lineup changes late to keep a fresh five on the floor, the Deer Lakes girls basketball team held off hard-charging Highlands to post ...
Balanced attack lifts improving Deer Lakes past Freeport
By George Guido 9:08 p.m.
Deer Lakes coach Terence Parham likes the improvement he sees in his team from the opening night of the season five weeks ago. The Lancers parlayed that improvement into a 56-45 victory over host Freeport on Friday in Section 1-AAA action. Zach Butler led three Deer Lakes scorers in double figures ...
Mother gets best of son as Mars girls take down Deer Lakes
By Doug Gulasy
Mars coach Dana Petruska hugged all of Deer Lakes’ assistants immediately after the Planets’ Section 1-AAA victory over the Lancers on Monday night. She saved the ...
Petruska family split when mother, son meet on opposite sides of court
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Simple customs such as exchanging presents and counting down the seconds to a new year teetered on the edge of awkwardness for the Petruskas this ...
A-K Valley roundup: Deer Lakes makes lineup changes, bounces back in tournament
By Staff Reports
After seeing his team fall to Springdale in the late stages of Tuesday’s game, Deer Lakes boys basketball coach Terence Parham sent a message to ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Deer Lakes’ Scott Kelly, Springdale’s Patience Ashaolu
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Scott Kelly School: Deer Lakes Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Report card: A key athlete in basketball and football, the 6-foot-4 forward had a breakout ...
Guido: Early start for high school basketball season
By George Guido
The high school basketball season got underway last weekend, a rather early start. Ordinarily, there are two weeks between the WPIAL football finals at Heinz Field and the various tip-off tournaments. But since Easter weekend falls earlier than usual (March 25-27) in 2016, the PIAA wanted to get winter sports ...
Armstrong boys victorious in team’s inaugural basketball game
By George Guido
Armstrong came up a winner Friday night in its inaugural boys basketball game. Brandon Heilman scored 18 points and had eight rebounds and four blocked shots ...
Parham set to lead Deer Lakes boys in challenging Section 1-AAA
By Doug Gulasy
Never one to back away from a challenge, Terence Parham scheduled the defending state champion for his first game at Shady Side Academy in 2004 ...
Deer Lakes girls want to hit the ground running
By Doug Gulasy
Deer Lakes is experiencing a noticeable uptick in running during preseason practices. “We don’t like it now, but we look ahead at times (to) the ...
Plum baseball standout Kirilloff ends wait, joins Liberty
By Doug Gulasy
Alex Kirilloff put it mildly when he called his signing a national letter of intent to play baseball at Liberty “a long time coming.” After verbally ...
Deer Lakes roughed up by rugged Washington in 1st round of playoffs
By D.j. Vasil
Deer Lakes coach Steve Sciullo knew his team faced a tough task when it faced Washington in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. He was right. No. 14 Deer Lakes fell to No. 3 Washington, 52-7, on Friday night in the Lancers’ second playoff game in school history. Deer ...
Birdie says pass to win
By The Birdie
Last week: 8-2 (.800) · Season: 89-17 (.840)   Twitter: TheBirdie_VND The Birdie has enjoyed watching area teams run the football this season. He has been riveted by the 200-, 300-, even 400-yard rushing performances; the 40-plus carries a night; the multiple-touchdown ...
Valley News Dispatch high school notebook: New basketball coaches set to take over
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A pair of local girls basketball programs will have new coaches this season. One coach will take over for his mother. Another will get to coach ...
Deer Lakes beats Burrell, waits, qualifies for playoffs
By Doug Gulasy
Even after celebrating a victory Friday night, Deer Lakes needed to wait for its big party to begin. For the second time in school history, the ...
Offensive lineman paving way for Alle-Kiski Valley RBs success
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When football coaches start using terms like “log-rolling” when discussing their offensive linemen, you know they are using some serious inside jargon. Deer Lakes coach ...
Deer Lakes’ Herman, Morrison ready for WPIAL cross country championships
By Doug Gulasy
Alex Herman felt unsure at last season’s WPIAL Class AA cross country championships, the lone Deer Lakes runner among hundreds of competitors from other schools. A ...
Apollo-Ridge’s Brown sets WPIAL rushing mark, scores 8 TDs in win over Deer Lakes
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It’s like a broken record to Apollo-Ridge: Duane Brown has no Division I scholarship offers. His coaches and teammates are tired of hearing it. But ...
Alle-Kiski notebook: A-R vs. Deer Lakes showcases top RBs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Two of the top running backs in the Alle-Kiski Valley and WPIAL will be on display Friday night in West Deer. The potential exists for the ...
Deer Lakes volleyball gets set for long-awaited playoff appearance
By Doug Gulasy
Deer Lakes had a delayed reaction to clinching its first WPIAL girls volleyball playoff berth since 2001. At first, there was no reaction, mainly because as ...
Freeport’s classic comeback marks final regular-season game at James Swartz Memorial Field
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Afterimages of the final regular-season football game at James Swartz Memorial Field will stay with Freeport long after this season. Long after the new multimillion-dollar ...
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