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Daily News Q&A: Steel Valley’s Diego Lopez

By Dave Mackall
Rod Steele continually is looking for a few good men. In Diego Lopez, the Steel Valley football coach knows he’s found at least one. Steele ...
Steele trying to mold Ironmen into championship contender
By Dave Mackall
On the eve of the team’s final preseason scrimmage, Steel Valley football coach Rod Steele was demanding accountability for a lackadaisical approach to Thursday’s afternoon ...
Steel Valley counting on veteran leadership
By Dave Mackall
When Rod Steele inherited a team dominated by seniors in his first season as coach at Steel Valley in 2010, he quickly appreciated its value. The ...
HSFB preview by position: Stable of running backs are game-day stars
By Chris Harlan
A consensus four-star recruit, Miles Sanders is the best all-purpose back in the nation, according to Rivals’ rankings. That’s remarkable, but the Woodland Hills senior ...
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 ...
WPIAL champion Neshannock routs Steel Valley in state quarterfinals
By Dave Mackall
With the PIAA baseball playoffs moving closer to the championship round, Neshannock coach Mike Kirkwood hopes the Lancers are peaking at the right time. It sure ...
Steel Valley scores 5 runs in 10th to secure PIAA 1st-round win
By George Guido
ERIE — It started out as an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel at an old-fashioned baseball stadium. But after standouts Brandon Donovan of Steel Valley and Chris ...
Group of WPIAL baseball teams look toward PIAA playoffs
By Dave Mackall
Armed with their top pitchers, Steel Valley and Serra Catholic managed to rally their way into the 2015 PIAA baseball playoffs with come-from-behind victories ...
Steel Valley uses late rally to beat Keystone Oaks, advance to PIAA playoffs
By Kevin Lohman
Steel Valley rallied for three runs in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s WPIAL Class AA consolation game to gain a 3-2 victory over rival Keystone Oaks. Eagles ace Nick Riggle, who earned two wins during the regular season against Steel Valley (12-6), kept the defending Class AA champs’ bats quiet through ...
Seton-La Salle edges Steel Valley in extra innings to advance to PIAA tourney
By George Guido
Seton-La Salle pitcher Lauren Zola said she has no plans on becoming a trapeze artist. But she put on quite a high wire act in Tuesday’s ...
Steel Valley softball gets 3rd try at Seton-La Salle
By Kevin Lohman
To get this far in the WPIAL Class AA softball playoffs, Steel Valley has had to overcome difficult tests. The 12th-seeded team pulled off upset ...
Steel Valley baseball gets another chance to advance
By Kevin Lohman
The Steel Valley baseball team was denied a chance to defend its WPIAL Class AA title after losing to Neshannock in the semifinal round, 10-2. Yet, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any goals left for the Ironmen to accomplish. With the disappointment of being ousted from the playoffs still lingering ...
Deer Lakes softball reaches WPIAL Class AA title game after routing Steel Valley, 10-0
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes’ softball season started at the beach. Now, the Lancers are California dreaming — again. Another big offensive output propelled the team to its fourth ...
Neshannock pulls past Steel Valley, reaches WPIAL baseball finals
By Kevin Lohman
For the first time since 2012, Neshannock will be playing for the WPIAL Class AA championship. It was a team performance for the Lancers (15-5), with eight of the team’s nine batters recording hits and seven players chalking up an RBI to defeat defending champ Steel Valley, 10-2, in the semifinals ...
Steel Valley softball continues unlikely playoff run
By Jerin Steele
There’s an old adage coaches preach to their players: Don’t take what happens on the field with you to the plate. Steel Valley pitcher Maddie Cotter exemplified that Tuesday. After giving up a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh, Cotter laced a triple down the right-field line to ...
High school notebook: WPIAL honors scholar-athletes
By George Guido
The vastly expanded WPIAL scholar-athlete luncheon Monday included 20 individuals who received $1,000 each in scholarship money to their chosen colleges. The program honored two or four athletes in its previous 23 years. Girls receiving scholarships at the Green Tree DoubleTree hotel were Maria Fleck (Mohawk), Madeline Holmberg (Hempfield), Victoria Kocsuta (Montour), ...
Steel Valley rallies for 8 runs in final inning to knock off Brownsville
By Kevin Lohman
For the first six innings of his team’s WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal matchup against Brownsville, Steel Valley coach Tim Vickers likely was pondering a melancholy ...
Steel Valley baseball, softball teams await playoff foes
By Kevin Lohman
After winning their first-round matchups by one run apiece, the Steel Valley baseball and softball teams will each enter the second round of WPIAL Class ...
Donovan strikes out 16 as Steel Valley clinches playoff berth
By Dave Mackall
Earlier this season, Steel Valley fireballer Brandon Donovan struck out a career-high 19 and edged Seton-La Salle in a dominating eight-inning performance. He might have been ...
Daily News spotlight athletes: South Allegheny’s Brandon Ruffing, Steel Valley’s Krista Bayus
By Robert Stinner
Brandon Ruffing School: South Allegheny Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Ruffing pitched a nine-strikeout complete game to help the Gladiators (6-1, 3-1) get ...
Steel Valley volleyball seeking deep playoff run
By Dave Mackall
A WPIAL section title was nice, but Steel Valley boys volleyball coach Alex Hinsey doesn’t deny the Ironmen want more this season. Much more. “I’m not saying we necessarily expect to win a WPIAL championship,” Hinsey said. “We’d certainly like to, and we think we have a team capable of making ...
Gorman: Donovan’s Ks rule day
By Kevin Gorman
The plan was for Brandon Donovan to pitch backwards, using his nasty curve and slider to set up a fastball that touches in the low 90s. “It was an illusion, if you will,” Steel Valley coach Tim Vickers said. “His fastball looked every bit of 91-92 mph at that point. ...
Daily News spotlight athletes: EF’s Will Scott, Steel Valley’s Maddie Cotter
By Robert Stinner
Will Scott School: Elizabeth Forward Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Scott went 3 for 4 to lead Elizabeth Forward (1-3, 1-3) to a ...
Steel Valley softball shuts out East Allegheny
By Staff Report
Maddie Cotter struck out 13 to lead Steel Valley to a Section 4-AA shutout win over East Allegheny, 3-0, on Friday. Chelsea Rohan and Krista Bayus drove in a run each for the Ironmen (2-2, 2-2), who struck twice in the first inning and again in the sixth. Both of ...
Steel Valley softball team confident it can return to postseason
By Dave Mackall
It’s an inexperienced bunch at Steel Valley this season, but softball coach Matt Janov thinks there’s a strong chance for continued success along the way. The Ironmen made the WPIAL Class AA playoffs a year ago, then lost four starters. But five others return, including two at key positions. In 2014, right-hander ...

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