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Freeport’s Pawlak finds home at Loyola

By Doug Gulasy
Zoe Pawlak looked at a lot of colleges for volleyball, but she kept coming back to Loyola (Md.). It stood out as the school she ...
VND high school roundup: Freeport routs Ford City, 10-1, in Section 3-AA opener
By Staff Reports
Freeport trailed by a run entering the bottom of the third inning of its Section 3-AA opener against Ford City, but the Yellowjackets broke out ...
Area baseball teams relying on pitching to achieve ultimate goal
By Matt Grubba
If there’s a common thread between most of the county’s baseball teams, it is experience on the mound. Whether it is the title contenders or the ...
Freeport’s Otwell achieves best finish at state meet
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — In her final high school race, Bria Otwell came close to her ultimate goal of a top-three finish at the PIAA championships. Although the Freeport senior came up short, her fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle marked her best placement in four trips to the state meet. Otwell finished ...
Highlands’ Bonnett strikes PIAA gold in 500 freestyle
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Bailey Bonnett wanted to set a new personal record in the 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA championships Thursday. She did more than that. Bonnett, a Highlands sophomore, won her first career state gold medal, swimming a career-best 4 minutes, 52.89 seconds to claim the 500 free title on the second ...
St. Joseph’s Bowman takes sliver in 100 fly for 2nd straight season
By Doug Gulasy
Sabrina Bowman finished in the same spot she did last season, but she still moved up. Bowman placed second in 56.71 seconds in the girls 100-yard butterfly on the first day of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships Wednesday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. Villa Joseph Marie’s Alexa Fabbri ...
Freeport’s Pawlak earns 1st medal at PIAA championship meet
By Doug Gulasy
Zoe Pawlak won her first state swimming medal Wednesday, but she already has a pretty good idea of where she’s going to put it. “(I’ll) probably put it with my collection of WPIAL medals,” Pawlak said. “I have a room where I keep all of my medals and ribbons and stuff ...
Mars’ persistence pays off in 7-0 victory over Freeport
By George Guido
Freeport withstood a barrage of first-period shots from Mars in Wednesday’s PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinal. But the Planets broke through with three goals in the second period and rolled to a 7-0 victory at BladeRunners in Warrendale. Paul Maust and Beau Heakins scored two goals each and Mars goaltender Tyler Spreng stopped ...
Alle-Kiski PIHL capsules
By Doug Gulasy
Wednesday’s games Class AA first round • E -3 Armstrong (14-4-1) v s. W-2 Moon (13-6) 8:30 p.m. , Airport Ice Arena Winner plays: North Hills/Shaler winner Players to watch: Armstrong: Christian Miller (39 goals, 23 assists); Moon: Nick Hart (7 goals, 14 assists) One-timers: For ...
Freeport hockey rolls past Bishop McCort for opening-round win
By Matt Grubba
Freeport’s offense took time to get rolling, but once it did, the Yellowjackets scored in bunches. Mickey Frazetta scored two goals, and the Yellowjackets recovered from ...
PIHL playoff capsules
By Tribune-Review
Class AA E-5 Fox Chapel (8-9-2) vs. W-4 North Hills (9-10) 8:30 p.m. Monday at Bladerunners-Warrendale Winner plays: E-1 Shaler (15-3), 7 p.m. on ...
Alle-Kiski teams learn opponents for PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr/ 12:32 a.m.
Four Alle-Kiski hockey teams will open the PIHL postseason this week. The league released its playoff brackets on Saturday. In Class AA, Fox Chapel (8-9-2) will play North Hills (9-10) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at BladeRunners in Warrendale in a play-in game. In the first round, Armstrong (14-4-1) will play Moon ...
Freeport senior Otwell changes routine, but success persists
By Doug Gulasy
Bria Otwell changed her training regimen in advance of the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, but her success stayed the same. Otwell, a Freeport senior and Towson recruit, qualified for the PIAA championships in a second event Saturday Pitt’s Trees Pool when she placed second in the 500-yard freestyle. She also ...
Freeport’s Pawlak, Otwell again qualify for PIAA meet
By Doug Gulasy
A volleyball tournament kept Freeport’s Zoe Pawlak from competing at the PIAA Class AA championships last season, even after she qualified in the 100-yard freestyle. This ...
Freeport gives Deer Lakes fits, earns tie
By Jerin Steele
Freeport coach Mel Reichenbaugh hoped to see his team become playoff-ready after a loss last week to Hempfield. The Yellowjackets got a taste of playoff hockey ...
Hempfield’s late flurry dooms Freeport hockey team, 5-2
By Jerin Steele
Freeport was tied with Hempfield after two periods, but the visiting Spartans took control with three third-period goals in a 5-2 PIHL Class A victory ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Freeport’s Hunter Kepple, Deer Lakes’ Katie Gozzard
By William Whalen
Hunter Kepple School: Freeport Class: Senior Sport: Hockey Report card: A two-time PIHL Class A All-Star, Kepple is the Yellowjackets’ leading scorer with 38 ...
Area football players sign with local colleges
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Clad in a royal-blue dress shirt, yellow sweater-vest and navy slacks, Tre Tipton sure looked like a Pitt fan Wednesday morning. When he hit send ...
Top 10 WPIAL recruits in the Class of 2016
By Chris Harlan
1. Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills (above) Twitter: @BoobieMiles_4 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, running back Sanders verbally committed to Penn State in July, but others continued to offer ...
Freeport’s Romanchak to sign with Robert Morris
By William Whalen
On Wednesday, Andrew Romanchak will sit down at Freeport High School with his family, coaches and school faculty to practice his autograph as he signs ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
By Joe Sager
Hunter Kepple School: Freeport Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: Kepple, who is second on the team in goals, scored twice in the team’s ...
Freeport QB Romanchak to get initial look on defense at RMU
By William Whalen
On Wednesday, Andrew Romanchak will sit down at Freeport High School with his family, coaches and school faculty and practice his autograph as he signs ...
Valley routs Freeport to keep playoff hopes alive
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There were technical problems with the national anthem at the start of the game, but Valley had no such on-court issues by the end of ...
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 ...

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