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A-K Valley high school notebook: Liotta still on the move

Shawn Liotta has about 125,000 miles on his 2012 Chrysler 200. He said he's had four sets of tires put on the vehicle since he ...

Deer Lakes' Taliani named Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year

Player of the Year Maria Taliani DEER LAKES, SENIOR, LEFT FIELD After her historic, three-home-run, seven-RBI performance in last year's WPIAL Class AA championship game ...

Freeport's Pastorek named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year

Player of the Year Nathan Pastorek FREEPORT, SENIOR, PITCHER Nathan Pastorek's Freeport jersey number came via process of elimination. As a freshman on the Yellowjackets' 2013 ...

Burrell graduate Hydock awash in water polo talent

Gannon water polo coach Sean Morphy said his team is comprised of players from high school and Olympic development programs. Incoming senior Jessica Hydock, however, ...

Kiski Area thrower Johnson notches career best at PIAA meet

SHIPPENSBURG — Naudia Johnson came to track and field out of necessity after she and friend Liz Debich were cut from the Kiski Area softball ...

Burrell's Scherer sets WPIAL 200 record

Nikki Scherer didn't get the result she wanted in the 100-meter dash. That only pushed her harder in her next race. After the Burrell junior ...

Steel Valley softball outlasts Burrell for 1st round win

As Burrell's Paige Beattie raced toward third base to complete a one-out triple in the bottom of the eighth inning, Steel Valley pitcher Maddie Cotter ...

Keystone Oaks ace Riggle blanks Burrell in playoff opener

Burrell didn't know much about first-round opponent Keystone Oaks when the WPIAL released the baseball playoff brackets. Any amount of research probably couldn't prepare the Bucs ...

Burrell sprinter Scherer chasing WPIAL records

Nikki Scherer was enjoying her experience running the 200 meters at the WPIAL Class AA track and field qualifiers last week. Then the lights went out. "I ...

A-K Valley baseball playoff capsules

Class AAAA No. 13 Kiski Area (11-7) vs. No. 4 Hempfield (14-6) 2 p.m. Monday at Fox Chapel Winner plays: Bethel Park (14-6)/Franklin Regional ...

Catchers playing crucial roles for playoff-bound A-K Valley softball teams

Deer Lakes senior catcher Sarah Blinn is headed to Morehead State in Kentucky to study veterinary technology. She said she might join the school's equestrian ...

A-K Valley softball playoff capsules

Class AA No. 2 seed Deer Lakes (15-4) vs. No. 15 Carmichaels (11-8) 4 p.m. Wednesday at Hampton Community Park Winner plays: Laurel ...

Alle-Kiski Valley baseball teams relying on aces to advance in WPIAL postseason

Although he never expects to learn too much, Nate Pastorek typically will look up his expected mound opponent before big games. Call it a matter of ...

A-K Valley baseball teams enter playoffs as underdogs

The path ahead of his team in the WPIAL baseball playoffs appears daunting, but Springdale coach Jim Hastings found reason for optimism. As the No. 15 ...

Deer Lakes snags No. 2 seed for WPIAL softball tournament

For the most part, Section 3 softball drew favorably from the WPIAL — in the form of two of the top-5 seeds — when the ...

A-K Valley roundup: Burrell softball takes down Plum

In a game with several swings of momentum, Kasey Wolford provided the biggest swing of all. Wolford hit a third-inning grand slam, helping Burrell defeat ...

Bolstered by 7-game winning streak, Burrell qualifies for postseason

Brendan Lettrich didn't want to see it happen. Not again. As a member of the only Burrell baseball team in nearly two decades to miss ...

Burrell ready for track final after odd tied meet

The buzz keeps going. Burrell coach Steve White heard from plenty of people over the past week about the Bucs' unusual advancement to Monday's WPIAL Class ...

Alle-Kiski roundup: Roundtree, Scherer win events at Baldwin Invitational

A pair of Alle-Kiski Valley athletes ran to first-place finishes at the Baldwin Invitational track and field meet Friday. Kiski Area senior Jace Roundtree and Burrell ...

A-K Valley roundup: No. 5 Burrell softball shines under the lights

Burrell put on a show under the lights Thursday. In a night game against rival Valley, the Bucs needed just three innings to post a 16-1 ...

A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Valley's Jordan Frame, Burrell's Paige Beattie

Jordan Frame School: Valley Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: In his second season as the Vikings' captain, the 6-foot-2 Frame pitched a no-hitter ...

A-K Valley high school roundup: Burrell girls advance to track finals via 3-way tie

It wasn't until the bus ride home that Burrell found out the good news. The Bucs' girls track and field team finished in a three-way tie ...

Deer Lakes softball avenges loss to Burrell, moves into first in Section 3-AA

After back-to-back section losses and an accompanying lesson in humility, Deer Lakes went back to basics, pounding softballs into the night at practice and putting ...

Burrell baseball tops Apollo-Ridge to clinch playoff berth

When Apollo-Ridge got two runners into scoring position — including the tying run — with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Burrell ...

Burrell, Freeport softball emerge as challengers to Deer Lakes for Section 3-AA title

Deer Lakes senior center fielder Maureen Hutchinson was her school's homecoming queen this past fall. Her softball team also might be waiting in suspense to ...


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