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Butler County spotlight athletes: April 13, 2014

By Tribune-Review
Ori Rinaman School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Track and field Claim to fame: Rinaman swept the two sprints and two hurdles events in a meet …
Kittanning baseball team’s rally falls short
By Matt Grubba
It may have been a setback to open section play, but Kittanning showed its ability to battle against Knoch. The Knights took an early lead, but Kittanning scored two runs and loaded the bases in the seventh inning before falling 6-3 to Knoch in a Section 5-AAA game Wednesday at …
Knoch girls soccer standout keeps Gannon family tradition going
By D.j. Vasil
For Knoch senior Olivia Sharbaugh, committing to Gannon University was about more than playing soccer. It was about a family tradition. Sharbaugh’s sister, Amanda, was …
Knoch softball team strengthened by senior leadership
By D.j. Vasil
Knoch is ready to kick off the rust — and icicles — from a long offseason and redeem itself on the softball diamond. Knoch finished …
High school notebook: McNabbs enjoy ‘priceless’ moments at Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Ron McNabb enjoyed the brevity of an otherwise good-natured exchange with his father, an 80-year-old referee. Most people in attendance didn’t see the subtle-yet-innocent jawing …
Papich makes most of Cager Classic event
By George Guido
Cager Classic weekend was a productive one for Fox Chapel’s Brian Papich. The 6-foot-2 senior was part of a winning duet in the co-ed hot …
Butler County spotlight athletes: March 23, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Abby Jones School: Knoch Year: Sophomore Sport: Swimming Claim to fame: Jones placed second at the WPIAL championships and 15th at the PIAA championships in …
Knoch freshman making big throws in shot put, javelin
By D.j. Vasil
It was just another day for Knoch freshman Jordan Geist as he took his stance at the back of the shot put circle at the …
Knoch boys, Burrell girls send ‘big 3’ to Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Move over Miami Heat. Knoch senior Austin Miller wants the spotlight turned on his team’s trio. “We’re the real Big 3, not LeBron, D-Wade and …
Knoch’s Miner finishes second in WPIBL regionals
By D.j. Vasil
Brett Miner cleared his head, made a four-step approach and rolled his 16-pound bowling ball down the arrow on the far right side of the …
Butler County spotlight athletes: March 9, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Brooke Zukowski School: Knoch Year: Freshman Sport: Swimming Claim to fame: Zukowski claimed gold in the 100 breaststroke at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championship …
Knoch home-schooled freshman swimmer showing mettle
By D.j. Vasil
Knoch freshman swimmer John Wilson is like your typical student-athlete. He does school work throughout the day, before going to swim practice at the Butler …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Knoch’s John Wilson, Burrell’s Jaila Manga
By D.j. Vasil
John Wilson Class: Freshman School: Knoch Sport: Swimming Report card: A home-schooled student-athlete, Wilson made an immediate impact on the WPIAL postseason, placing fifth in …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Knoch basketball coach steps down
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Sean O’Donnell is getting married in July. He and coaching have decided to separate — at least for now. O’Donnell resigned as Knoch’s girls basketball coach after four seasons. “I had two goals when I started,” said O’Donnell, a St. Joseph graduate. “One was to grow the program in numbers …
A-K Valley swimmers punch state tickets
By Alex Oltmanns
Pitted against numerous older and more experienced athletes from across the district, it is quite difficult for freshmen swimmers to advance out of the WPIAL meet and onto the PIAA championships. But that’s what two Knoch swimmers were able to achieve Friday at the WPIAL Class AA championships at Pitt’s …
Highlands, Knoch freshmen steal WPIAL spotlight at swim championships
By Gary Horvath
Age wasn’t a factor Thursday at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool. Highlands freshman Bailey Bonnett took home the top spot …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Feb. 23, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Chris Kier School: Knoch Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Kier was the top defensive player for the Knights, who boasted the WPIAL’s top …
Knoch succumbs to Blackhawk in WPIAL 1st-round game
By George Guido
Blackhawk coach Andy Hedrick saw his game plan unraveling, with two key players in early foul trouble and Knoch using its height advantage. But the …
Alle-Kiski Valley preview: Tuesday’s WPIAL basketball playoffs
By Bill Beckner
WPIAL basketball playoff preview Tuesday’s games Boys Class AAA First round No. 6 Knoch (16-4) vs.  No. 11 Blackhawk (11-11) 8 p.m. at North Allegheny Winner …
Knoch swimmer Zukowski qualifies for WPIAL meet in 10 events
By D.j. Vasil 11:01 p.m.
During the third week of the WPIAL cross country season, Knoch freshman Brooke Zukowski suffered a stress fracture in her foot, slowing her preparation for …
Plum boys hope schedule strength carries weight
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Past success can play a part in the WPIAL seeding process, particularly any that teams had the previous season. Teams can develop reputations, even if …
Knoch freshman Zukowski qualifies for WPIAL meet in 10 events
By D.j. Vasil
During the third week of the WPIAL cross country season, Knoch freshman Brooke Zukowski suffered a stress fracture in her foot, slowing her preparation for …
Knoch knocks off Mars to claim share of section title
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Senior guard Austin Miller said he’d have done anything to help Knoch win a section championship, even if it meant giving away the shirt on …
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 …
32 WPIAL players headed to Division I-FBS schools
By Tribune-Review
Thirty-two WPIAL players and one from the District 6 Heritage Conference have accepted football scholarships from FBS schools. WR Troy Apke Mt. Lebanon, Penn State DE Rori Blair Upper St. Clair, Pitt TE Alec Bloom Ligonier Valley, UConn OL Alex Bookser Mt. Lebanon, Pitt DT Brock Boxen Beaver Falls, Akron …

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