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A-K Valley roundup: Late surge lifts Knoch past Valley

By Staff Reports
Knoch and Valley were deadlocked entering the fourth quarter of their Section 1-AAA matchup Friday night. One run made the difference for the Knights. An ...
High school basketball notebook: Plum grad Cressler returns as volunteer assistant for Knoch
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Former Plum swingman Andrew Cressler, who played college basketball at Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown, is a volunteer assistant this season at Knoch. Cressler finished playing ...
Plum grad Cressler makes coaching debut
By Michael Love
On Dec. 5 at the season-opening Plum boys basketball tournament, Andrew Cressler was on the bench at Plum High School and his team was facing ...
Knoch keeps poise after slow start
By George Guido
After losing seven seniors from last season’s section champion team, Knoch coach Ron McNabb hoped his younger players matured quickly. That maturation rate was on display ...
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Teams try to fill out their lineups
By Doug Gulasy
Less than two weeks into the 2014-15 season, some Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling teams are looking to fill out their lineups. In its section opener last week against Avonworth, Riverview filled just five of 14 weight classes. The Raiders forfeited three matches, and five bouts weren’t held because neither Avonworth nor ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Knoch girls basketball team tops Highlands with 4th-quarter surge
By Staff Reports
Knoch trailed by as many as 19 points Monday night, but the Knights rallied to earn their first Section 1-AAA victory. Sarah Armahizer scored 17 points, and Knoch (3-2, 1-1) outscored Highlands, 21-8, in the fourth quarter to earn a 43-40 victory. The Knights snapped a two-game losing streak with ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
By Joe Sager
Justice Lewandowski School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Lewandowski scored 19 points in both of Butler’s tipoff tournament wins. How nice is ...
High school basketball notebook: Knoch forward makes speedy recovery
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Matt Zanella made a much quicker return to the Knoch boys basketball lineup than expected. The 6-foot-3 senior forward, recovering from a torn labrum in his right shoulder, began the season with the team at last week’s Plum Tip-off Classic. Zanella’s return was unclear, and there was talk he might miss substantial ...
Knoch boys deal with early-season injury
By George Guido
Defending Section 1-AAA champion Knoch was expecting three-year starter Matt Zanella to “shoulder” a significant amount of scoring and rebounding this season. Instead, Zanella is recovering from a shoulder injury, and his return to the lineup is uncertain. The 6-foot-3 forward averaged nearly 13 points per game last season as the Knights ...
Knoch girls putting focus on defensive end
By George Guido
New Knoch girls basketball coach Dave Peters teaches auto collision repair by day at Butler County Vocational-Technical School. He’ll now have a major challenge in getting ...
Knoch’s new wrestling coach working hard to build foundation for program
By William Whalen
Deep down, new Knoch wrestling coach Steve Carney always knew he would return to the sport he grew up loving. But with a busy family life ...
Pair of A-K Valley runners earn all-state honors at PIAA cross country meet
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — You don’t have to win a race to be successful. Just ask Plum junior Jake Susalla or Riverview junior Molly Kennedy, who walked away from Saturday’s PIAA cross country championships with all-state honors and smiles. Susalla finished 17th in the Class AAA boys race, and Kennedy placed 15th in the ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Nov. 2, 2014
By Joe Sager
Max Freyermuth School: Knoch Year: Sophomore Sport: Cross country Claim to fame: Freyermuth finished fifth at the WPIAL Class AA championship meet to help Knoch ...
Return to playoffs satisfying for Knoch football team
By Doug Gulasy
After seeing its four-season WPIAL football playoff streak end last year, Knoch made it a goal to return in 2014. The Knights did it the hard ...
West Allegheny’s stout defense paves way for 38-0 victory over Knoch
By Doug Gulasy
Knoch rode a strong defense to the WPIAL playoffs, but the Knights ran into an even stingier unit in the first round. Class AAA No. 3 West Allegheny (9-1), the two-time defending WPIAL champion, held Knoch to 78 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers in a 38-0 first-round victory ...
Knoch shuts down Yough, clinches playoff berth
By Doug Gulasy
With numerous playoff scenarios possible entering its game Friday against Yough, Knoch accomplished the one absolute necessity: A victory. Behind its strongest offensive and defensive effort ...
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Seton-La Salle volleyball edges Knoch
By Staff Reports
Morgan Henderson had eight kills, and her fifth-seeded Seton-La Salle Rebels rallied to win the final two sets and down No. 12 Knoch, 3-2, in ...
South Park boys soccer team makes quick work of Knoch
By George Guido
Knoch got an up-close look at one of the WPIAL’s elite soccer teams Thursday. Top-seeded South Park tallied four goals in the game’s first 17 minutes and cruised to a 5-0 victory in a Class AA quarterfinal at Canonsburg Memorial Stadium. Justin Minda scored three goals, and Duquesne-bound Brandon Walbert added two ...
Knoch’s boys, girls make program history at WPIAL meet
By Doug Gulasy
Knoch’s day at the WPIAL cross country championships got off to a strong start Thursday, but the Knights had an even better finishing kick. After the ...
WPIAL playoff soccer capsules
By Doug Gulasy
Girls Class AAA quarterfinals No. 9 Fox Chapel (15-2-2)  vs. No. 1 Seneca Valley (19-0) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mars Winner plays: Winner of No. ...
High school notebook: Plenty to play for in GAC in Week 9
By Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep
Just 11 of 64 possible WPIAL football playoff positions remain open heading into the final week of the regular season, and many teams have plenty ...
Knoch suffers tough loss to Central Valley in overtime
By George Guido
Knoch took defending state champion Central Valley into overtime in Saturday’s Class A girls soccer opening round. But a goal midway through the overtime period by ...
Knoch cross country teams step up in class
By William Whalen
Don’t mistake the Knoch boys and girls cross country teams’ youth as a weakness. It’s a strength. “We’re pretty young, but we’re battle-tested and experienced,” Knoch ...
Big night from Stapleton brothers carries No. 9 Indiana over Knoch
By Kyle Pillar
On senior night, it was Indiana’s senior wide receiver Riley Stapleton who shined brightest under the lights at Andy Kuznesky Field. But younger brother, Dylan, wasn’t too far behind. The No. 9 Indians (5-3, 4-3) held on for a 28-25 victory over Knoch in Greater Allegheny action Friday evening. The Stapleton brothers, ...
A-K Valley football notebook: Knoch back in playoff race
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Knoch was just about an afterthought following a rough patch on its schedule, one that had the team reeling and struggling to score points. The ...

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