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Previewing the WPIAL soccer championships

By Bill West
CLASS AAA BOYS No. 1 Upper St. Clair vs. No. 3 Peters Township When: 8:15 p.m. Friday Records: Upper St. Clair (19-0-1), Peters Township (17-2) …
Charleroi can’t overcome 28-0 hole in loss to Freedom
By Jeff Oliver
Charleroi and Freedom played two football games Friday night at Charleroi Stadium. The Bulldogs won the first half in dominating fashion, 28-0. The Cougars commanded …
Riverview embracing underdog role in WPIAL first-round win
By Doug Gulasy
The Riverview boys soccer team is back in the underdog role it prefers. The No. 10 Raiders (13-5) kicked off the postseason Monday night with a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Freedom in a WPIAL Class A first-round game at Ambridge. “We almost like being that underdog,” Riverview coach Mickey …
Young Freedom team works to rebuild
By Karen Kadilak
Winless last season, Freedom continues to rebuild under second-year coach Tim Dubovi. “We started five freshmen last year,” Dubovi said. “I expect us to be …
Plum’s Gunsallus named Challis Award winner
By Staff Reports
Matt Gunsallus, a senior baseball player at Plum, has been selected as the sixth annual John Challis Memorial Award recipient by the WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association. Gunsallus was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in December 2012. He spent two weeks in Children’s Hospital, but an infection to his brain left him …
Freedom coaches working together to change mentality
By Adam Bittner
Tim Dubovi has lived in the Freedom School District for more than 20 years, so he knows the history. The Bulldogs haven’t won their conference since 1977 and haven’t had a winning record in almost a decade. But as the program’s new leader, he’s working to change the mentality of …
High school notebook: Minnie heads to PIAA for another hearing
By Chris Harlan
Lincoln Park’s Elijah Minnie will try again to convince a panel that he should be allowed to play basketball this season. Twice ruled ineligible by the WPIAL and once by the PIAA, the junior from Monessen will present his case Thursday afternoon during a PIAA appeals hearing in Mechanicsburg. “I …
WPIAL teams to face off for final playoff berths
By Chris Harlan
Belle Vernon fans will be rooting for Ringgold this weekend, and Freedom would surely welcome a New Brighton victory. It’s Week 9 of the WPIAL …
Freedom coach expects team to be competitive
By Meredith Qualls
Freedom coach Frank Hernandez had high hopes for his team last season but had trouble without quarterback Forrest Petcovic, who missed part of the season with a  broken leg. In 2011, the team notched only one victory, 35-20, over Mohawk. Hernandez believes this year will be different. “This is the …

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