By Paul Schofield
Belle Vernon’s special 2015 wrestling season didn’t end the way the team had planned.
The Leopards were beaten in the WPIAL Class AAA finals by eventual ...
Freedom wrestlers riding high after winning Section 1 title By Jasper Wilson
Entering this season, a young Freedom wrestling team had high hopes. No one graduated, and everyone was expected to return.
“In the summer when we were working out, we talked about how we wanted to win WPIAL championships,” junior Dean Ward said. “We’d always talk about getting rings.”
A year ago, Freedom ...
Schwab’s 4 goals lead Freedom back to WPIAL girls soccer semis By Dave Mackall
Standing on a rain-soaked track outside the saturated turf, Freedom junior Alexa Schwab already was looking forward to the WPIAL semifinals, where the Bulldogs will face defending PIAA girls soccer champion Greensburg Central Catholic in a rematch of their loss in the 2014 PIAA semifinals.
Never mind Schwab had just completed ...
Trib Cup: Young Freedom girls soccer off to fast start By Alex Oltmanns
On paper, the Freedom girls soccer team’s starting lineup might appear at first glance to be one with young and inexperienced players in the midst of a rebuilding season.
But while the combined eight freshmen and sophomore starters might classify the Bulldogs as a young team, that lack of varsity ...
Experienced group returns for Freedom By Karen Kadilak
The Freedom football team is shaping into a playoff contender under third-year coach Tim Dubovi.
The Bulldogs return 18 letter winners.
“We’re definitely better,” Dubovi said. “We’re ...
No. 2 Burrell girls give Freedom no chance By George Guido
The only mystery left during Burrell’s 60-19 victory Tuesday night over Freedom was how soon Bucs forward Natalie Myers would break the 1,000-career point barrier.
Myers did it on a free throw with 4:52 left in the third quarter as Burrell cruised to the WPIAL Class AA first-round victory at North ...
Freedom enjoys unprecedented success as underdog By Brian Graham
The Freedom girls soccer team portrayed David in the “David versus Goliath” narrative for much of the 2014 season.
First-year coach Colin Williams accepted the role, and his Bulldogs came very close to slaying Goliath.
“To finish in the top four (in the PIAA) for Freedom is just phenomenal,” Williams said. “I ...
Previewing the PIAA soccer championships By Bill West
CLASS AAA BOYS
Peters Township vs. Great Valley
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium
Records: PT: 21-2; GV: 19-5-2
How they got here: WPIAL champ ...
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 Namey said. ...
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 young ...
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 nonverbal ...
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 a team ...
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 have confidence ...
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 ...