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Freeport gives Deer Lakes fits, earns tie

By Jerin Steele
Freeport coach Mel Reichenbaugh hoped to see his team become playoff-ready after a loss last week to Hempfield. The Yellowjackets got a taste of playoff hockey ...
Weiss’ 39-point effort powers McGuffey past Deer Lakes
By George Guido
There are only certain players with the ability to take over a game. McGuffey’s Sammie Weiss is one of them. The senior guard scored her team’s final 14 points of the first half en route to a 39-point performance as the Highlanders rolled past Deer Lakes, 68-44, in a Class AAA ...
Saturday’s VND WPIAL basketball playoff capsules
By Tribune-Review
Boys Class AA Preliminary round • Ford City (12-10)  vs. Frazier (11-11) 3 p.m. at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 1 ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Freeport’s Hunter Kepple, Deer Lakes’ Katie Gozzard
By William Whalen
Hunter Kepple School: Freeport Class: Senior Sport: Hockey Report card: A two-time PIHL Class A All-Star, Kepple is the Yellowjackets’ leading scorer with 38 ...
Deer Lakes qualifies for playoffs after beating Highlands, 60-39
By Doug Gulasy
Deer Lakes could have clinched a WPIAL playoff berth by winning one of its final two section games. The Lancers took care of business at ...
Davis scores career-high 31 to power Ford City girls
By Doug Gulasy
No matter what defense Deer Lakes threw at her Thursday night, Christina Davis found a way to beat it. Davis, Ford City’s senior guard/forward, scored a ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Cameron Davies, Deer Lakes’ Zack Luniewski,
By William Whalen
Cameron Davies School: Leechburg Class: Freshman Sport: Basketball Report card: Davies is one of the eight rising freshmen who have injected new life into ...
Valley high school roundup: Deer Lakes girls lose lead, not game
By Staff Reports
Deer Lakes let a double-digit lead slip away Monday night, but the Lancers battled back to earn a 55-50 Section 1-AAA victory. Cassidy Chmura’s go-ahead layup ...
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Deer Lakes captures host tournament title
By Staff Reports
Deer Lakes came up short in two previous tries to win its holiday basketball tournament, but the Lancers finished the job this year. Tournament MVP Scott ...
Longtime Deer Lakes coach Tatrn feels future is uncertain
By Bill West
Rick Tatrn sat in the Deer Lakes gym in late September and stared at the banners on the wall. Tatrn, Deer Lakes’ boys volleyball coach for ...
Deer Lakes rally falls just short against Mars
By Jerin Steele
Deer Lakes rallied from a four-goal deficit but fell just short and saw its eight-game winning streak end with a 5-4 loss to Mars on Monday at Ice Connection. Trailing late, the Lancers received a power play when Mars Goalie Tyler Spreng tripped a Lancer in front of the net. ...
Valley boys basketball dominates boards, improves to 3-0
By George Guido
Last year, Valley won its first three games but sputtered to a 6-13 mark. This year, the Vikings are hoping a 3-0 start is a springboard to a playoff season. Caleb Davis led three players in double figures with 15 points, and Tyson Hill had a monster night with 23 rebounds as ...
High school notebook: Hazlett set for 2nd stint as head coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Coaches often leave their sports for personal reasons, which usually means they want to spend more time with their young families. For Todd Hazlett, that ...
Apollo-Ridge defense clamps down on Deer Lakes
By George Guido
It might be early in the season, but Apollo-Ridge’s defense looks close to midseason form. After an overwhelming win against Springdale on Friday, the Vikings ...
Deer Lakes boys move into tough Class AAA section
By George Guido
With the biennial PIAA realignment taking effect, the Deer Lakes boys basketball team has made the move from Class AA to Class AAA. But third-year coach ...
Deer Lakes girls basketball set for AAA competition
By George Guido
The Deer Lakes girls basketball team acquired a new address during the offseason. After a considerable number of seasons playing in Class AA, the Lancers reside ...
Deer Lakes’ Rupprecht scoring goals in bunches
By Doug Gulasy
Mitchell Rupprecht knew he was piling up goals at a high rate during a game against Greensburg Salem earlier this week. He just didn’t realize ...
VND spotlight athletes: Alex Herman and Rachel Valotta
By Alex Novickoff
Alex Herman School: Deer Lakes Sport: Cross country Class: Junior Report card: Herman, who runs independently for Deer Lakes, qualified for the PIAA meet in ...
West Shamokin dominates Deer Lakes
By R.A. Monti
West Shamokin’s all-time winningest class ended its high school football careers in style Friday night with a 34-20 win over Deer Lakes at Jack E. Boyer Stadium. Behind four-year starting running back Zac Horner, the Wolves (4-5, 3-4) picked up the 26th win in program history. Half of those have come ...
Deer Lakes hockey team seeks stronger defense to complement offense
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With three of the top scorers in Class A returning from a team that made the PIHL playoffs, Deer Lakes knew it would have the ...
VND High school notebook: Deer Lakes senior scores 7 goals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes hockey player Mitchell Rupprecht had his own personal stairway to seven last week. Rupprecht kept shooting, and the puck kept going in. The senior ...
Apollo-Ridge offense earns rest period against Deer Lakes
By R.A. Monti
Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba wanted to put as many looks as possible on the game tape of his team’s 49-21 Allegheny Conference win over Deer ...
Late touchdown lifts Ford City past Deer Lakes
By William Whalen
Ford City junior quarterback Anthony Falsetti connected with Zeke Walker for an 18-yard touchdown with seven seconds remaining Friday to give the Sabers a 34-27 Class AA Allegheny Conference win over Deer Lakes at Lancer Stadium. “I saw Zeke (Walker) had a little separation and he could probably outjump him, ...
Berry, SSA run past Deer Lakes in shutout
By William Whalen
Shady Side Academy senior running back Louis Berry’s 208-yard, three-touchdown first-half performance was more than enough as the Indians rolled past Allegheny Conference foe Deer Lakes, 39-0, on Saturday night at Michael J. Farrell Stadium. The win keeps Shady Side Academy (4-2, 4-2) in the Class AA playoff hunt. The Indians ...
Valley keeps McGrath in check to key win over Deer Lakes
By Doug Gulasy
Valley wanted to be physical in its Allegheny Conference matchup against Deer Lakes and rugged running back Ryan McGrath on Friday night. The Vikings succeeded on ...

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