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A-K Valley high school notebook: Deer Lakes, Freeport to pick up where they left off

By Bill Beckner Jr.
The Deer Lakes and Freeport baseball teams will pick up Monday their rain-suspended game from one week earlier. Freeport (5-4, 5-1) has had a recent upsurge to first place and leads Deer Lakes (7-3, 4-1) by a half game in Section 3-AA. The game, which will resume scoreless and with …
Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Baseball teams set to play at PNC Park
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A trio of Alle-Kiski baseball teams will play games this weekend at PNC Park as part of the Pirates’ annual ticket fundraising program. Highlands will …
Deer Lakes softball powers past Burrell
By George Guido
The Deer Lakes softball team showed Friday why it is favored to make a fourth straight deep run into the WPIAL playoffs. Deer Lakes, ranked …
Softball coaches finding keys to championship success
By Gary Horvath
Riverside softball coach Pam McCarty didn’t miss a beat when asked the secret to building a winning program. “If you surround yourself with the right …
Postseason experience key for Deer Lakes softball
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Its three-year run of success not quite ready to be over and a number of graduation losses notwithstanding, Deer Lakes still is the A-K Valley’s …
Realignment juggles A-K Valley baseball, softball teams
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The WPIAL baseball and softball seasons are just beginning, but some coaches already are thinking about next year with the 2015-16 realignment coming out earlier this week. The most notable local baseball changes are in Class AAA, where Deer Lakes and Freeport move up from Class AA, while Kittanning gets …
Alle-Kiski Valley baseball preview: Deer Lakes seeking four-peat
By Bill West
When fourth-year Deer Lakes baseball coach Jon Pedrosky discusses rival programs Burrell and Freeport, he still speaks with considerable reverence for the Section 3-AA foes. …
TJ goalie’s strong play keys playoff win over Deer Lakes
By Mark Kaboly
It’s said that the goalie is your best penalty killer. Actually, that’s what Bill Crousey said following Thomas Jefferson’s 5-4 PIHL Class A quarterfinal win …
Quick start sparks Freeport to win over Deer Lakes
By Jason Orfao
One week ago, Freeport trailed Deer Lakes by two goals through two periods in a PIHL Class A clash but rallied for a two-goal win. …
Deer Lakes loses football coach to Northgate
By Bill West
Discouraging times continue for the Deer Lakes football program. The coach Deer Lakes hired in January 2013 to turn its struggling football program around, T.J. Wiley, finished his first season winless. The district opened its head football coach position Monday night at about the same time Northgate approved Wiley as …
High school notebook: Nola’s move to Gateway among many coaching changes Monday
By Josh Yohe Bill West  and Doug Gulasy
The man who led the Clairton football team into national prominence is leaving Class A for one of the WPIAL’s glamour jobs. Sources confirmed to …
Long-struggling Deer Lakes hockey gains notice
By Bill West
Unafraid to share the pride he has in his players, Deer Lakes hockey coach Todd Luniewski believes a sixth Lancer should have made the PIHL …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Scott Ventura and Brooke Zukowski
By D.j. Vasil
Scott Ventura Class: Junior School: Deer Lakes Sport: Basketball Report card: Ventura quietly has been one of the most productive scorers in the Valley this …
Freeport hockey team posts 7th straight win
By George Guido
The Freeport hockey team continued its torrid midseason pace in PIHL Class A on Tuesday night. The Yellowjackets won their seventh consecutive game with a …
Deer Lakes’ Marzolf trio supportive, no matter which sister shines in pool
By Bill West
On a daily basis, Deer Lakes’ Marzolf sisters test the verity of the saying about blood being thicker than water. Swimming pools serve as trial …
Alle-Kiski Valley Spotlight athletes: Tom Lisowski and Savanna Steffan
By Dj Vasil
Tom Lisowski Class: Senior School: Deer Lakes Sport: Hockey Report card: The senior forward is second in scoring for the Lancers (5-5) with 23 points, …
High school basketball notebook: Holiday tournament named for booster
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Every time Deer Lakes junior guard Cory Pampena goes to the foul line, he takes a moment to think about his father, Don, who died in May after a long illness. He was 56. Not only did the elder Pampena help his son hone his shot in the family driveway, …
Valley high school roundup: Deer Lakes boys use 3-pointers to end losing streak
By Staff Reports
Deer Lakes let the 3-pointers fly on the way to breaking a five-game losing streak. The Lancers boys basketball team fired in 10 3-pointers and …
New PIAA cutoffs change local Alle-Kiski Valley sports landscape
By Bill West
New PIAA cutoffs change local sports landscape The PIAA released statewide school enrollment numbers and classification cutoffs for its next two-year alignment cycle Monday, and the Alle-Kiski Valley’s basketball scene shifted considerably. On the boys side, Burrell and Deer Lakes will move up a class to AAA. Riverview and Springdale …
Graduation-ravaged Deer Lakes boys basketball tries to rebuild on run
By George Guido
Here’s some advice for Deer Lakes fans heading to a boys basketball game this season — buy a program. After a season that saw the …
Lancers coach embraces challenge of new season
By George Guido
After a great run with teams that compiled a 58-13 record over the past three seasons, Deer Lakes girls basketball coach Dana Petruska is looking …
Faces of Alle-Kiski Valley headed to Heinz for title games
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Burrell won the WPIAL Class AA football championship in 1995 at Three Rivers Stadium, J.J. Cosentino was just a newborn baby. His father, Mark, …
Burrell outlasts winless Lancers
By D.j. Vasil
There was plenty of offense to go around as Burrell defeated Deer Lakes, 49-32, in the Class AA Allegheny Conference finale for both teams Friday night at Lancers Stadium. In a game that featured 689 yards rushing, it was Burrell junior running back Ryan Sowol who stole the show, gaining …
Guido: Through the years
By George Guido
Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
Deer Lakes falls to West Allegheny, 3-0
By Dave Yohe
Deer Lakes shook off the pressure of a long playoff drought, but knew what lay ahead in the postseason. The No. 9-seeded Lancers dropped their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal match to No. 1 seed West Allegheny, 3-0, on Thursday night at chilly Chartiers Valley. “We knew what kind of team …

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