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Butler County spotlight athletes: Oct. 26, 2014

By Joe Sager
Andrew Romanchak School: Freeport Year: Senior Sport: Football Claim to fame: Romanchak set a school record when he passed for 443 yards in a win …
Valley, Freeport provide special moment for Clarke in regular-season finale
By Thomas Zuck
In a season filled with frustration for Valley and Freeport, the teams conspired to end the season on an exhilarating high at James E. Swartz …
A-K Valley football notebook: Christy has best of both worlds as coach, father
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jeff Christy is a volunteer assistant football coach at Apollo-Ridge, but he hasn’t seen the Vikings play once all season — sans a scrimmage against …
Top-seeded Freeport slips past Kittanning
By Matt Grubba
The start to Freeport’s WPIAL title defense wasn’t flawless, but it was effective. Zoe Pawlak had a match-high 17 kills and seven blocks to lead …
VND spotlight athletes
By Alex Novickoff
Eric Kennedy School: Kiski Area Class: Sophomore Sport: Cross country Report card: Kennedy, who qualified for the PIAA championships as a freshman, has been hampered …
Freeport’s Clawson claims 3rd at PIAA golf
By Paul Schofield
YORK — Freeport junior Audrey Clawson knew she had to put together another solid round if she hoped to return home with a Class AA gold medal from the PIAA golf championships. But Clawson had to settle for her best finish in three tries at the tournament Tuesday at Heritage …
Freeport volleyball team’s other foe is complacency
By Matt Grubba
The WPIAL volleyball playoffs begin this week, and for the first time, defending Class AA champ Freeport is the team to beat — on paper. …
Freeport volleyball team fights another foe — complacency
By Matt Grubba
The WPIAL volleyball playoffs begin this week, and for the first time, defending Class AA champ Freeport is the team to beat — on paper. …
Freeport falls prey to Montour firepower
By Matt Grubba
Freeport’s stay in the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs was short, but its coaches hope it also was meaningful. Victoria Kocsuta scored four goals, and Jane Schleicher had two to lead No. 5 Montour to a win at home over the 12th-seeded Yellowjackets, 8-1, in the WPIAL Class AA first round …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
By Joe Sager
Anthony Werth School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Werth, a forward, helped Butler get back to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Butler …
Freeport QB sets passing mark in rout
By Doug Gulasy
Freeport quarterback Andrew Romanchak thought the pass fell incomplete. Coach John Gaillot worried it might get intercepted. Instead, the ball deflected off intended receiver Justin …
Standout kickers around the WPIAL offer valuable, reliable service
By Chris Harlan
Nobody at West Allegheny considers D.J. Opsatnik “only” a kicker. The sophomore made two field goals and all four extra-point tries last week, including the …
Different approach pays off for Valley’s Licata
By Paul Schofield
Valley senior Nick Licata did something different before Tuesday’s PIAA West Region Golf Championship at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville. …
Valley high school soccer notebook: Area coaches waiting to learn playoff fates
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL Soccer  Committee will release the playoff bracket Wednesday, and Alle-Kiski Valley coaches will be waiting to see who their teams draw in the first round. Eleven local teams qualified for the postseason: the boys teams from Burrell, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area, Knoch and Riverview, and the girls teams …
Apollo-Ridge cruises past Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
For the first six weeks of the season, Apollo-Ridge’s offense received all the attention, the glare of the spotlight promoting the touchdown show and the …
Kittanning boys place 3rd at WPIAL golf finals
By Bill Beckner
The Kittanning boys golf team stayed in a hotel Wednesday night in Rostraver so it would be better rested and focused for the WPIAL championship. …
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Freeport golf team makes WPIAL finals
By Staff Reports
Freeport’s boys golf team advanced to the WPIAL finals for the third straight year, while Kittanning and Fox Chapel qualified for the second consecutive time. Freeport and Kittanning advanced out of the Class AA semifinals. Freeport posted a score of 422 to take third out of 10 teams at Indian …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
By Joe Sager
Ben Andrews School: Knoch Year: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Andrews is the leading scorer for the Knights, who closed out September with four …
Difficult schedule preps Freeport girls volleyball squad for playoffs
By William Whalen
Great coaches always continue to be students of the game. Freeport girls volleyball coach Tom Phillips attended the 2008 WPIAL girls’ Class AA volleyball championship …
Highlands swats down Freeport aerial attack
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Elijah Jackson wasn’t expecting to receive a deep kickoff late in the first half because Freeport had attempted a pair of onside-kicks earlier — a …
Strength of schedule boosts Freeport volleyball
By William Whalen
Great coaches always continue to be students of the game. Freeport coach Tom Phillips attended the 2008 WPIAL Class AA girls volleyball championship game, not …
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Thimons cousins set to face one another
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands sophomore quarterback Brayden Thimons remembers when he and his cousin, Logan Thimons, would wrestle at family get-togethers. No broken lamps or vases, just light horseplay. On Friday night, the pair will get reacquainted on in a much more serious setting, although expect plenty of family members to be there. …
HS highlight reel: Playoff rematches at ‘PIHL Premiere’
By Tribune-Review
A pair of playoff rematches featuring perennially strong teams Monday at Robert Morris University’s Island Sports Center highlights the “PIHL Premiere,” an inaugural event which opens the 2014-15 high school hockey season. Canon-McMillan and Seneca Valley will meet at 7:15 p.m. to follow up their first-round clash in the 2013-14 …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Freeport’s Isaac Bigenho, Riverview’s Molly Kennedy
By Alex Novickoff
Isaac Bigenho School: Freeport Sport: Soccer Class: Sophomore Report card: Bigenho leads Freeport with 14 goals, the second-best total in the A-K Valley. He began …
Highlands looks to stay undefeated against pass-happy Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport likes to spread the field and use multiple-receiver sets to give quarterback Andrew Romanchak spacing and options. The plan of attack has transformed the …

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