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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 ...
A-K Valley roundup: Freeport uses 10 3s to sink Ford City
By Staff Reports
Freeport isn’t far from Ford City, but the Yellowjackets dialed long distance against the Sabers on Wednesday night. Freeport connected on 10 of 15 shots from behind the 3-point arc and held off Ford City, 56-51, in a boys basketball nonsection game in Buffalo Township. Josh Beale led Freeport (11-6) with 20 ...
Freeport boys use hot shooting to sink Burrell
By George Guido
With two losses last week, Freeport approached Tuesday’s game at Burrell with a sense of urgency. Freeport used solid outside shooting and held the Bucs to just three first half field goals en route to a 58-46 victory. Josh Beale had 23 points and nine rebounds as the Yellowjackets connected on eight ...
Freeport QB/DB Romanchak commits to RMU
By Doug Gulasy
Freeport senior Andrew Romanchak committed Wednesday to play football for Robert Morris. Romanchak said he was offered a scholarship to Robert Morris after he took an official visit to the campus over the weekend. It was his first offer. Romanchak passed for a school-record 1,922 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2014, leading ...
VND high school roundup: Freeport hockey remains hot, scores 4 unanswered goals to beat Mars
By Staff Report
The Freeport hockey team continued its hot streak Monday night by picking up its biggest victory of the season. Stone Haberstroh and Hunter Kepple scored two ...
Apollo-Ridge’s defense clamps down in 54-38 victory over Freeport
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge had its struggles boxing out, but the Vikings kept Freeport’s top scorer boxed in. The Vikings relied on a box-and-1 defense to deny chances for ...
A-K Valley notebook: Freeport’s Romanchak offered by Robert Morris
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Andrew Romanchak was hoping college football recruiting would pick up after he had a career season. Slowly but surely, that is beginning to ...
Freeport’s Beale eyeing college future in basketball, baseball
By William Whalen
The sound of whistles blowing and basketballs bouncing on the hardwood is white noise to Freeport junior Josh Beale. As a youngster, he arrived at ...
Highlands boys basketball stays hot, beats Freeport
By George Guido
Less than three weeks ago, Highlands was winless. But the Golden Rams continued their hot streak Friday night with a big fourth-quarter surge to overcome ...
Valley News Dispatch High school roundup: Freeport girls earn key victory
By Staff Reports
Don’t count Freeport out of the WPIAL girls basketball playoff chase yet. Freeport picked up an important Section 2-AA victory Thursday night to stay in the postseason hunt. The host Yellowjackets held off East Allegheny, 50-43, as junior standout guard Zoe Soilis scored a game- and career-high 29 points. Soilis also grabbed ...
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Freeport’s Soilis scores 28 in victory over South Allegheny
By Staff Reports
Junior guard Zoe Soilis scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Thursday to lead Freeport’s girls basketball team to a 55-47 victory over South Allegheny. Soilis made four 3-pointers for Freeport (3-8, 2-4), which held on despite a 21-point fourth quarter by the Gladiators (1-12, 0-6). Jenna Manke pulled down ...
High school basketball notebook: Father-son duos lead Section 1-AAA teams
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It’s a family affair in boys Section 1-AAA. Three of the section’s top five teams have coaches whose sons are among their leading scorers. At Freeport, there’s coach Mike Beale and his son, junior 6-foot-3 guard/forward Josh, who leads the Yellowjackets with 19.5 points per game. Mars’ Rob Carmody coaches his ...
PIHL teams weather extended layoffs between games
By Matt Grubba
With the holiday season over, it should be time for hockey season to get restarted. For Armstrong and Freeport, however, the wait will be a bit ...
Freeport boys beat Kittanning for 2nd consecutive win
By Matt Grubba
After two straight games decided in the final seconds, Freeport put one away before the final quarter began. Josh Beale scored 22 points for the Yellowjackets, ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
By Joe Sager
Josh Beale School: Freeport Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Beale and Freeport are enjoying breakout seasons as the team was 6-1 through its ...
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Last-second basket lifts Freeport past Avonworth
By Staff Reports
Four days ago, Freeport lost at the buzzer. On Friday night, the Yellowjackets won in the final seconds. Codey DiGiacobbe made a layup with 2 seconds left to lift Freeport to a  47-46 victory over Avonworth on the first day of Freeport’s holiday boys basketball tournament. Mason Eddinger put together a strong ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Freeport’s Zoe Soilis, Plum’s Tommy Zummo
By William Whalen
Zoe Soilis School: Freeport Class: Junior Sport: Basketball Report card: Freeport’s leading scorer averaged 16.6 points through five games. The 5-foot-6 guard-forward came up two points shy ...
Guido: Freeport, Kiski saying goodbye to classic stadiums
By George Guido
Suddenly, local high school football programs are on the move. In the past two weeks, the Freeport School Board decided to move the Yellowjackets games ...
Valley boys top Freeport at buzzer
By George Guido
Sometimes, the best timeouts are the ones never called. With Valley holding the ball for a last shot in the final 50 seconds of regulation, Vikings coach Mark Faulx resisted the temptation to call a timeout. The non-strategy worked as Mike McNabb hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Valley to ...
2014 Valley News Dispatch football all-stars
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Freeport’s Logan Thimons have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year for football, respectively. ...
High school notebook: Armstrong County volleyball players net All-State honors
By Matt Grubba
Three of Armstrong County’s best this volleyball season received the state’s top individual honor. Senior Stephanie DiGregorio and junior Justyne Lasher of Ford City and junior ...
Junior forward Beale scores 30 points as Freeport wins 4th straight
By Matt Grubba
Josh Beale’s big night extended Freeport’s strong start to the season. The junior forward scored a game-high 30 points, and the Yellowjackets extended their winning streak to four games with a nonsection win over Karns City, 61-50, at Freeport on Wednesday. Mason Eddinger added 13 points and nine rebounds for Freeport (5-1), ...
Freeport’s Otwell, Knoch’s Zukowski ready for another duel in the pool
By Doug Gulasy
Bria Otwell knows to expect a difficult race when competing against Brooke Zukowski. The Freeport senior grew up swimming with Zukowski, a Knoch sophomore, at ...
Freeport repels late Highlands rally
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Nobody ever has confused Highlands and Freeport for a pair of close friends who exchange Christmas cards. The schools have enjoyed their share of physical ...
A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Stone Haberstroh and Ryane Corwin
By William Whalen
Stone Haberstroh School: Freeport Class: Junior Sport: Hockey Report card: Haberstroh is ranked ninth in Class A in goals (12) and points (21). The forward ...

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