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Knoch cross country runners continue to push each other

By Doug Gulasy
Brandon Grumski usually doesn’t need to look far to find one of his Knoch cross country teammates during a race. That runner usually is ahead, ...
Knoch tailbacks look to ‘take it and run with it’ in battle for No. 5 jersey
By William Whalen
Some football players play for the name on the backs of their jerseys. At Knoch, the starting running back plays for the jersey number. In ...
Unsung heroes step up for Knoch
By William Whalen
It’s not about how many holes Knoch has to fill heading into training camp. It’s the key positions that need an identity before the season ...
Birdie says heat is on for another season of football picks
By The Birdie
The Birdie likes to get up close and personal with the sport he covers so, despite his climbing age, he puts himself through the preseason ...
Knoch’s Stobert commits to successful Florida junior college
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Alex Stobert went to his grandparents’ house Friday for a visit and to announce — to those who didn’t already know — where he is ...
VND high school notebook: Knoch pitcher Stobert poised to make college choice
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Knoch baseball standout Alex Stobert is weighing several college scholarship offers, but he has committed to the day he plans to pick one. Stobert has designated ...
Knoch ace Shinsky commits to Ohio
By Bill Beckner Jr.
After getting Cole Shinsky in its corner, Ohio University won’t have to wait in line to see Southpaw. Shinsky, the hard-throwing lefty pitcher from Knoch, ...
High school notebook: Christy will join Knoch football staff
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It looks like Knoch is adding a Super Bowl champion to its football coaching staff. Jeff Christy, a Freeport and Pitt graduate who won a ring ...
Sparked by members of Knoch’s PIAA title team, Saxonburg Legion squad continues success
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Validation never was an issue, but the Saxonburg Legion baseball team admitted to feeling a tinge of pressure to win a championship after eight of ...
Knoch’s Hannes already testing surgically repaired knee
By William Whalen
It’s in Knoch basketball standout Austin Hannes’ character to be early in most everything he does, which is why nobody is surprised that the junior ...
VND high school notebook: Freeport Invitational to honor Knoch state-title team
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The Freeport International Baseball Invitational returns to the A-K Valley this week, and while the event doesn’t recognize winners due to its noncompetitive nature, organizers ...
High school notebook: Knoch pair picked for national showcase
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Cole Shinsky and Alex Stobert, Knoch’s dynamic pitching duo, extended their run of success from the spring into the summer. And what’s more American than ...
Knoch athletes, teams savor most successful year in school’s history
By William Whalen
After decades of coming up short and playing second fiddle to other programs in Class AAA, Knoch finally has taken the next step, breaking through ...
Knoch’s Shinsky named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
By Doug Gulasy
Player of the Year Cole Shinsky KNOCH, JR., P/1B Despite making all kind of program history this spring, the Knoch baseball ...
Central Catholic’s DeRenzo named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
PLAYER OF THE YEAR DOMENIC DERENZO Central Catholic, Senior, Catcher When Central Catholic’s season ended, Domenic DeRenzo hurried off to Martha’s Vineyard for a ...
From fall to spring, Knoch had year to remember
By William Whalen
After decades of coming up short and playing second fiddle to other programs in Class AAA, Knoch finally has taken the next step, breaking through ...
Knoch champion thrower Geist goes national
By Doug Gulasy
Jordan Geist won every meet in which he participated during his sophomore track and field season, but his competition will take a major step up ...
State champion Knoch traces success to players backing up teammates
By Doug Gulasy
To Knoch sophomore center fielder Dom Bucko, his decision to dive for Tyler Ksiazek’s line drive in the bottom of the fourth inning of the ...
PIAA Class AAA baseball championship notebook: Long wait over for Knoch assistant
By Doug Gulasy and George Guido
UNIVERSITY PARK — Knoch assistant coach Steve Hall was part of the school’s first baseball team in 1990 as a player. Now he has a championship team as a coach. That inaugural team finished 9-7. Knoch had three players taken in the MLB Draft before the school even sponsored a team. The program ...
Knoch wins 1st PIAA baseball championship
By Doug Gulasy
UNIVERSITY PARK — For once, Knights will wear a crown. Knoch put the finishing touches on a historic season, winning the first state title in school ...
Title-hopeful Knoch baseball sticks to plan
By Doug Gulasy
One of Knoch’s season-long mantras reached a necessary conclusion Wednesday. All season long, the Knights preached the value of focusing on the next game — whether ...
PIAA Class AAA baseball championship capsule: Knoch vs. Abington Heights
By Tribune-Review
PIAA Class AAA baseball championship Knoch (22-2) vs. Abington Heights (18-3) Noon Friday, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, University Park Coaches: George Bradley, Knoch; ...
Bench players step up to seal Knoch’s victory
By Bill Beckner Jr.
CRESSON — When Knoch junior pitcher Alex Stobert said “everybody” on the team played a part in Wednesday’s 8-2 win over Donegal in the PIAA ...
Knoch advances to 1st PIAA title game with victory over Donegal
By Doug Gulasy
CRESSON — Knoch put two days worth of weather postponements to good use before its PIAA semifinal game Wednesday afternoon. “We basically hit a ton,” ...
Guido: Banner season for Knoch athletics
By George Guido
It’s been a busy school year for Knoch’s Mike King. The athletic director/football coach has spent a considerable amount of extra time working with nine ...

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