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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 ...
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, ...

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