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Butler County spotlight athletes: Jan. 25, 2015

By Joe Sager
Matt Zanella School: Knoch Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Zanella is Knoch’s leading scorer. He had 21 points in a win over Freeport ...
Knoch boys adjusting after losing point guard Hannes to injury
By William Whalen
Like a resident living near California’s San Andreas Fault, Knoch sophomore basketball standout Austin Hannes always knew there was potential for the big one to ...
Kittanning girls win, keep playoff hopes alive
By Matt Grubba
In need of a win to stay in the playoff hunt, Kittanning girls basketball finally got its first of 2015. Liz Delp had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who snapped an eight-game losing streak by grabbing a critical win at Knoch, 52-31, in Section 1-AAA play Thursday. Emily Klingensmith ...
Highlands uses defense to key victory over Knoch
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands junior forward Lavontae Martin has two pet mini alligators that live in his house. “The one I just got tried to bite me the other ...
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Knoch boys secure key victory
By Staff Reports
Knoch played without its point guard Tuesday night, but that didn’t stop the Knights from posting a key section win. Matt Zanella scored a game-high 21 ...
Knoch girls basketball team knocking on the door
By William Whalen
The man who invented the phonograph, motion picture camera and light bulb, Thomas Edison, may have played a small part in the recent turnaround of ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Jan. 11, 2015
By Joe Sager
Zach Snyder School: Seneca Valley Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Snyder has averaged more than 20 points per game to help the Raiders ...
Mars’ tough defense rocks Knoch in 59-35 victory
By George Guido
While Hampton, Indiana and New Castle received much of the early hype in Class AAA, Mars has been putting together a stellar season. Knoch got a ...
Structure, talent, belief leading Alle-Kiski teams to better win totals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
What a difference a year can make. A number of Alle-Kiski basketball teams have made noticeable improvements over last season. Some already have equaled or surpassed ...
Valley high school roundup: Knoch tops Burrell 2 overtimes
By Staff Reports
P.J. Gourley made one of two free-throw attempts in the final seconds of double overtime, and Brendan Lettrich missed the ensuing shot from half court ...
Knoch’s Zanella doesn’t let shoulder injury mar senior season
By William Whalen
Knoch senior basketball player Matt Zanella’s final season was almost over before it started. During the Knights’ third practice of the season, Zanella was attempting a ...
Size, rebounding carry Knoch past Kittanning
By Doug Gulasy
The Knoch boys basketball team emphasizes rebounding in each practice. That extra work — and a notable size advantage — benefited the Knights on Friday ...
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 ...

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