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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. 10:35 p.m.
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 ...
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Deer Lakes’ Ryan McGrath
By Doug Gulasy
Burrell received a large dose of the “Big Mac” attack in Week 4. Deer Lakes senior running back/linebacker Ryan McGrath (5-foot-10, 235 pounds) ran 30 ...
McGrath gains 259 yards, Deer Lakes holds off Burrell for 1st win
By R.A. Monti
Ryan McGrath performance was the definition of “workhorse” in Deer Lakes’ 35-20 Allegheny Conference win over Burrell (0-4, 0-4) on Friday night at Lancers Stadium. The senior ran for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries to give Deer Lakes (1-3, 1-3) its first win of the year. “He’s 240 ...
Knoch’s stellar ‘D’ sets tone in 6th straight shutout
By Doug Gulasy
With its two biggest section games of the season looming later this week, Knoch wanted to keep its hot streak going Tuesday night against Deer ...
Deer Lakes soccer coach can relate to his players
By Doug Gulasy
It’s only been seven years since Josh Potter last suited up for the Deer Lakes High School soccer team. But even though he finds himself ...
Romanchak wrecks Deer Lakes’ evening in Freeport’s 34-14 victory
By D.j. Vasil
One thing was clear during Freeport and Deer Lakes’ Allegheny Conference matchup Friday night: Yellowjackets quarterback Andrew Romanchak was in control. Romanchak picked apart the Deer Lakes’ defense with short and quick passes, finishing 18 of 25 for 190 yards and a touchdown as Freeport (2-1, 2-1) defeated Deer Lakes (0-3, ...
Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Deer Lakes’ Joe Dillner, Springdale’s Jillian Henley
By Alex Novickoff
Joe Dillner School: Deer Lakes Sport: Soccer Class: Senior Report card: Dillner has scored six goals and helped Deer Lakes win the season-opening Avonworth ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Deer Lakes boys soccer posts another shutout win
By Staff Reports
Deer Lakes was shut out of the WPIAL boys soccer rankings this week, but that hasn’t stopped the Lancers from shutting out opponents. Deer Lakes posted ...
Big plays propel No. 6 Highlands past Deer Lakes
By Doug Gulasy
Highlands’ defense and special teams are doing their best to keep up with the offense’s scoring pace. Both units scored touchdowns for the second straight week, ...
Alle-Kiski soccer notebook: Area teams begin section play this week
By Doug Gulasy
After the opening weekend of the 2014 WPIAL soccer season, Alle-Kiski Valley teams will begin section play this week. The majority of boys teams will play their section openers Tuesday, and most girls teams will play Wednesday. The Highlands girls will play their section opener Tuesday against Mars. “There’s a lot of ...
Deer Lakes golf team winning with a workmanlike approach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Some of the best golf teams in the WPIAL have players who grew up playing country clubs, some who still belong to them. Fox Chapel ...
QB leads Kittanning to season-opening victory over Deer Lakes
By D.j. Vasil
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 why ...

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