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Softball league attracts ex-WPIAL talent

By D.j. Vasil
Graduating five years apart, Mark Cunningham and his brother, Mike, didn’t get to play football together at Knoch High School. For years, they wondered, what …
Knoch junior turns heads at baseball tryout
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Cole Shinsky considers himself fortunate to have discovered — all right, stumbled onto — the state’s top all-star baseball event for underclassmen. He had a …
Tim McNerney All-State Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing a big success
By D.j. Vasil
Golfers wielded towels and bag-tags with a common catchphrase etched on them: “Keep 5 Alive.” The No. 5 was in the shape of the Superman …
Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle
By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception …
Knoch’s Smith an All-WPIAL lacrosse selection
By D.j. Vasil
Athletic ability is just part of playing lacrosse. There also is the mental side of the game, and Knoch senior Kayla Smith takes that quite …
Knoch senior relentless on lacrosse field
By D.j. Vasil
Athletic ability is just one part of playing lacrosse. There also is the mental side of the game, and that is something Knoch senior Kayla …
Knoch grad going strong as La Roche baseball coach
By D.j. Vasil
Former baseball standout Chase Rowe was a curious 22-year-old when he graduated from Slippery Rock University and completed a stellar three-year playing career there. He …
Freshmen discus throwers find success at state track meet
By Bill West
Freshmen Jordan Geist and Lizzie Weimer left last week’s WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin somewhat shaken by their performances in the discus. Many …
Errors costly as No. 3 Hampton tops Knoch
By Alex Oltmanns
It didn’t take long for the Hampton baseball team to get to Knoch’s bullpen Monday in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal playoff game at North …
Alle-Kiski Valley spotlight athletes: Knoch’s Cole Shinsky, Highlands’ Cassidy Runyan
By D.j. Vasil
Cole Shinsky Class: Sophomore School: Knoch Sport: Baseball Report card: Shinsky helped Knoch reach the WPIAL playoffs as a hitter and pitcher. He’s delivered three …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: New Knoch basketball coach has high hopes
By Bill Beckner Jr. and Bill West
Dave Peters teaches vehicle collision repair at Butler County Area Vocational Technical School. As the new Knoch girls basketball coach, he will try to pop …
Knoch baseball team deals with 2-hour rain delay, then upsets Thomas Jefferson
By Jason Orfao
Because of Monday afternoon’s rainfall, Knoch waited almost two hours past the scheduled start time for the first pitch in its WPIAL Class AAA first-round baseball playoff game. The Knights bided their time with a pregame meal at McDonald’s. They didn’t waste any time, however, putting runs on the scoreboard. …
WPIAL softball tournament preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL softball tournament Class AA No. 12 seed Freeport (10-4)  vs. No. 5 Waynesburg Central (12-8) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hempfield Winner plays: No. 4 …
WPIAL baseball tournament preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL baseball tournament Class AA No. 6 Freeport (11-5)  vs. No. 11 Riverside (11-5) 3 p.m. Tuesday at Shaler Winner plays: No. 3 Steel Valley …
Butler County spotlight athletes: May 11, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Zachary Junk School: Knoch Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Junk is an outfielder and pitcher for the Knights, who qualified for the WPIAL …
Throwing a point of pride for Knoch track team
By Bill West
Judy Geist, the throwing coach for Knoch’s track and field teams, admits her early-season training regimen for her athletes doesn’t make the discus, shot put …
Prep school pays off for former Knoch lacrosse star
By Bill West
Last spring, as his friends and former classmates proceeded through Knoch’s graduation ceremony, Ben Tackett sat in the audience and watched. Up until that experience, …
With playoff berth secure, Knoch softball team focused on fundamentals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Indoor practices on drippy days often can be uneventful, even boring. But that doesn’t mean teams can’t be productive. Knoch softball likes to work on …
Butler County spotlight athletes: May 4, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Matt Rudzki School: Butler Year:  Senior Sport:  Volleyball Claim to fame: Rudzki has helped Butler’s volleyball team clinch a WPIAL playoff berth and challenge for …
Former All-American trains Knoch throwers to be among WPIAL’s best
By Bill West
Judy Geist, the throwing coach for Knoch’s track and field teams, admits the early-season training regimen for her athletes doesn’t make the discus, shot put …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel scoring standouts pick colleges
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel basketball standouts Matt D’Amico and Brian Papich, a pair that combined for more than 2,400 career points, have selected their college destinations. D’Amico, a four-year starter and the Foxes’ all-time leading scorer, committed to Division II Clarion. Papich, who started three years, is headed to John Carroll, a …
Valley star McNabb had hoops flair
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The rim, backboard and pole are gone, but the cement basketball court remains, now the floor of a garage in the backyard of a house …
Butler County spotlight athletes: April 27, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Abbie Thrower School: Knoch Year:  Junior Sport: Softball Claim to fame: She hit .414 through Knoch’s first nine games. Her five doubles tied for the …
Knoch’s King decides to play at W&J
By D.j. Vasil
Senior Kraig King’s days of protecting his quarterback’s blindside at Knoch are over. His days of getting in the familiar three-point stance and digging his …
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 …

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