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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Ex-NFL star Christy helping Apollo-Ridge

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jeff Christy left Freeport a few years ago and moved his family to the South Butler School District. The former NFL lineman and Yellowjackets assistant has not gotten back into coaching at Knoch — where his son, Mac, is a promising sophomore — or anywhere else, for that matter. But …
Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle
By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception …
Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton, Freeport’s Pawlak named Valley News Dispatch Athletes of the Year
By Bill West
Tre Tipton Apollo-Ridge · Junior · Football/Basketball/Track and Field Tre Tipton is a Pitt football recruit because he can pull receptions out of the air, …
Heading to Wooster paves way for successful baseball career for Freeport grad
By Jason Orfao
When a recruiter from The College of Wooster approached Jarrod Mancine after one of his high school games at Freeport, the standout baseball player had …
Freshman a key part of Freeport’s lacrosse foundation
By Bill West
As he slips by imaginary defenders and fires balls into the lacrosse goal on a field by himself several afternoons a week, Peyton Manko pays …
PIAA track and field notebook: Valley’s Walters in running for 2 medals
By Bill West 10:46 p.m.
Unlike a season ago, Valley junior Ameriah Walters finished her first day at the PIAA track and field championships without a sick feeling in her …
Riverside bunts to bump out Freeport
By Bill West
The players on Freeport’s baseball team likely only noticed if they looked at their opponents closely, but several Riverside Panthers wore superhero-themed T-shirts under their jerseys Friday during the teams’ WPIAL Class AA first-round matchup. The shirts were part of an ongoing gag enjoyed by the Riverside players, who chose …
Freeport’s Pawlak qualifies for states in 3rd different sport
By Bill West
Freeport sophomore Zoe Pawlak swam her way to a spot in the PIAA championships this past winter. Her skills might have come in handy had …
Waynesburg outslugs Freeport to advance to second round
By Matt Grubba
Even short-handed, Freeport was able to produce runs, but the Yellowjackets couldn’t keep Waynesburg off the scoreboard. Both offenses were clicking, but fifth-seeded Waynesburg was …
Freeport stresses positives after 3rd place finish
By Matt Grubba
Even though Freeport isn’t adding another trophy to its case, track coach John Gaillot has zero complaints about the way his girls team carried on …
WPIAL softball tournament preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL softball tournament Class AA No. 12 seed Freeport (10-4)  vs. No. 5 Waynesburg Central (12-8) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hempfield Winner plays: No. 4 …
WPIAL Class AA girls track team final preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL girls  team track final Class AA 4 p.m. Monday  at Baldwin Competing teams: Freeport, Beaver, Mohawk, South Fayette About the contenders: Freeport is bidding …
Freeport’s Roenigk takes balding condition in stride, excels in softball
By Bill West
Though her head is a subject of intrigue for almost anyone who sees her on the softball field or elsewhere, Freeport senior Alexis Roenigk still …
Freeport, Apollo-Ridge baseball teams lack postseason experience of opponents
By Matt Grubba
If there’s one common thread to Freeport and Apollo-Ridge’s opponents for the WPIAL baseball playoffs, it’s that they have the edge in postseason experience. The Yellowjackets received the No. 6 seed and will face Riverside at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Shaler. The Vikings will take on No. 3 Steel Valley …
Alle-Kiski basketball stars shine in WPIAL track and field’s jumping scene
By Bill West
A newcomer to track and field this spring, Apollo-Ridge junior Tre Tipton figured that with his ability to easily jam a basketball through a hoop …
Sophomore pitcher shines as Deer Lakes avenges earlier loss to Freeport
By Bill West
Every few days during the past two weeks, Deer Lakes baseball coach Jon Pedrosky came across another reminder of his team’s lopsided loss to Section …
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Freeport tops Apollo-Ridge for 4th straight win
By Staff Reports
Matt Van Tine didn’t get the no-hitter he was looking for Tuesday against Apollo-Ridge, but the junior will put aside style points for Freeport baseball’s fourth straight win. Van Tine struck out six, walked two and allowed three hits as Freeport cruised past Apollo-Ridge, 13-2, in five innings for a …
Freeport baseball riding high atop Section 3-AA
By Matt Grubba
Freeport baseball took a big step last year by winning a playoff game for the first time in 15 years. With some new cast members, …
Valley News Dispatch high school roundup: Freeport beats Valley, enhances playoff chances
By Staff Reports
It took extra innings, but Freeport made a significant step toward a return to the WPIAL softball playoffs with its fifth straight victory Thursday. The …
Freeport baseball team gets welcome relief in win over Deer Lakes
By Bill West
With inherited runners at first and second base, Freeport sophomore Nathan Pastorek put himself in an even tougher spot Monday afternoon when, as a relief …
Last Frontier beckons Freeport hockey standout
By D.j. Vasil
Firing blistering slap shots and wicked wrist shots that often found the back of the net was a common practice for senior Cole Hepler while …
Ford City edges Freeport in extra innings
By Matt Grubba
In a game in which both teams missed plenty of chances, an opportunistic sprint from third made the difference. Anthony Falsetti scored from third when …
Healthy Siegel using his head with Mercyhurst
By Bill West
Restoring a reputation as one of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s elite batters became the top priority for Mercyhurst outfielder Ryan Siegel as soon as …
Local baseball teams ready to resume schedule
By Matt Grubba
High school baseball season is almost three weeks old, but you’d never know it by looking at the standings. Rain, snow and a lack of clear days to allow fields to dry out have conspired to keep teams off the field. But with warmer, sunnier days in the forecast, local …
Burrell softball rallies past Freeport
By Matt Grubba
Freeport’s bats started out hot, but Burrell’s kept connecting to the finish. The Bucs scored four runs in the sixth and three more in the …

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