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Knoch’s Geist motivated to win gold

By Doug Gulasy
As if Jordan Geist needed any more motivation after the WPIAL track and field championships, he got some from a statement his father overheard. “Somebody saw ...
Freeport freshman Sarah Smilowitz earns theater on ice gold in Paris
By Jerin Steele
Almost every weekend, Freeport freshman Sarah Smilowitz and her mother, Carrie, make a five-hour trip to the Hartland Ice House near Detroit, where she skates ...
Alle-Kiski athletes set records at WPIAL meet
By Doug Gulasy
Elias Graca, Evan Lesnick and Tre Tipton didn’t break their own personal records Thursday. They did eclipse some more significant marks. All three Alle-Kiski Valley ...
Three Kittanning-area athletes win at WPIAL Class AA track and field meet
By Matt Grubba
It was a golden day for a trio of local athletes Kittanning’s Nick Bowers, Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Freeport’s Dylan Hochbein won events at the ...
Carmichaels pitcher stifles Freeport offense
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Talk about small ball. Putting Freeport in mind of one of its top pitchers from the recent past, Carmichaels senior pitcher Erica Burns — all 5-foot of her — stood tall for the Mikes just like 5-foot-2 Alyssa Meta once did for the Yellowjackets. “They’re very similar players,” Freeport coach Sam Ross ...
A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoffs capsules
By Tribune-Review
Class AAA First round No. 15 Knoch (8-8) v s. No. 2 Yough (1 4-3) 4 p.m. Wednesday at Latrobe Winner plays: No. 7 ...
Leader Times notebook: Track athletes learn seeds for WPIALs
By Matt Grubba
With the dust settled from qualifiers, local athletes now see where they stack up in the running for WPIAL medals. Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Freeport’s twin hurdling duo of Dylan Hochbein and Brandon Hochbein enter as the top seeds in their respective events for the WPIAL Class AA Track and Field ...
Leechburg, Freeport send veteran softball teams into playoffs
By Matt Grubba
After first-round exits a year ago, Leechburg and Freeport are aiming for extended stays in this season’s WPIAL softball playoffs. The Blue Devils are the No. ...
Freeport teams impressive at WPIAL track championships
By Matt Grubba
Freeport couldn’t snag a title, but its track tradition carried on with another strong WPIAL finals performance. Beaver swept both team titles, while Freeport’s boys placed ...
Winning a tradition for Freeport track team
By William Whalen
Part of the problem for section opponents and a key ingredient for the Freeport track and field program is this: tradition never graduates. “There’s a ...
Freeport track teams back in familiar territory
By William Whalen
Part of the problem for section opponents and a key ingredient for the Freeport track and field program: Tradition never graduates. “There’s a rich tradition here,” ...
HS highlight reel: Familiar teams to compete for track titles
By Tribune-Review
Monday’s WPIAL team track and field championships will feature some familiar teams. On the boys side, two-time reigning Class AAA champ North Allegheny will try for a three-peat, while recent champs Hempfield, Canon-McMillan and Butler also will compete. The group has combined to win the past nine titles. In Class AA, ...
High school notebook: WCCA showcase returns
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A football recruiting platform that worked well the past two years is back for another year. The third annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Underclassmen Showcase, which features the county’s incoming sophomore and junior players, will begin  9 a.m. May 16 at Hempfield. The showcase — organizers stop short of calling it ...
Ex-Freeport star dealing with ‘scary’ ailment returns to Mercyhurst baseball team
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The third out came and went in unremarkable fashion and the college baseball teams switched sides. Mercyhurst reclaimed the field in between innings at Johnstown’s ...
No. 1 Deer Lakes breezes past Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Teammates say Rachel Tanilli can run like the wind. But she also can use the wind to her advantage. The Deer Lakes junior right fielder ...
Freeport track team excels at 1st-year meet
By Doug Gulasy
The Section 7-AA track and field championships were a success for Freeport in more than one way. Not only did the first-year event, hosted by ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Freeport baseball team downs 1st-place Deer Lakes
By Staff Reports
Freeport junior Nathan Pastorek did everything but sell programs at the gate Tuesday at Deer Lakes. “He had one heck of a day,” Freeport baseball coach ...
A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Valley’s Jesse Iellimo, Freeport’s Grace Ward
By William Whalen
Jessie Iellimo School: Valley Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Iellimo, who committed to play baseball at Point Park, is a full-time catcher, part-time ...
Knoch continues hot streak in section play, beats Freeport 4-2
By Doug Gulasy
An important week for Knoch is off to a good start. The Knights (6-1, 4-1) won their second Section 5-AAA game in as many days Tuesday afternoon, dispatching Freeport, 4-2, at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler. With another key game remaining Friday against Mars, Knoch is looking for a strong finish ...
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: New track meet coming to Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Local track and field athletes in WPIAL Section 7-AA can look forward to a new championship meet at the end of this month. Section coaches agreed ...
A-K Valley flavor to WPIAL Hall of Fame class
By George Guido
Of all the great football teams Kiski Area has had, the one that wasn’t expected to have much success is headed to the WPIAL Hall ...
Freeport AD O’Shell to resign at end of school year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport on Wednesday night accepted the resignation of athletic director Todd O’Shell, who is leaving to take a position with ABC Transit, a bus company in Etna. O’Shell, 45, was the Yellowjackets’ athletic director for five-plus years. He’ll serve as AD until June 30. O’Shell has worked as a transportion director for ...
Freeport shows passion for lacrosse
By Doug Gulasy
It took longer than Jarvis Lindsay expected, but lacrosse is catching on at Freeport. A year after Freeport fielded a high school boys team for ...
Freeport wins innings, game against Kittanning, 7-3
By Matt Grubba
The Freeport softball team bounced back from its first loss by handing Kittanning its first defeat. Yellowjackets pitcher Jess Kelley struck out seven and helped her own cause with a two-run triple to give Freeport a 7-3 Section 3-AA win over Kittanning on Wednesday at Jud Field. Morgan McCarthy went 4 ...
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 ...

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