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Passion for speed fuels Ligonier man’s slippery dash in winter rally

By Evan Sanders
To some, snow-covered roads, freezing temperatures and a rear-wheel drive vehicle sound horrible for traveling in a safe, timely manner. The story is different for Ligonier resident and Heavy Metal Motorsports driver Jason Smith and co-driver/navigator Jared Lantzy, formerly of ...

Belle Vernon grad hopes to make a mark with Stony Brook women’s soccer

By Bruce Wald
Belle Vernon Area High School graduate Lauren Kovalchuk hopes to make a significant contribution to Stony Brook (N.Y.) University’s women’s soccer team this fall. A 5-foot-7-inch sophomore defender, Kovalchuk appeared in nine games this past season for the Seawolves. She played ...

Plum inline hockey team records 16-0 mark

By Michael Love
There has been no sophomore slump for the Plum Middle School inline hockey team in its second season in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Roller Hockey League. The ...

McClellan Elementary phys ed teacher completes 300th marathon

By Jennifer Goga
Marie Bartoletti’s friends and fellow runners call her the “Energizer bunny” because she exhibits the same endless energy of the marketing mascot for Energizer batteries. ...

Franklin Regional skier returns to state championships

By Michael Love
Riley Pottinger was the youngest skier in the U14 girls division at this past weekend’s Pennsylvania Alpine Racing Association’s state championships at Seven Springs. The seventh ...

Vasquez could be back in ring by April

By Jeff Oliver
Sammy Vasquez Jr. got what he was looking for – a lengthy fight against a proven challenger Friday night when he won a 10-round unanimous ...

Monessen boxer Vasquez improves to 18-0 with unanimous decision

By Kevin Gorman
Sammy Vasquez didn’t score a knockout for the first time in almost two years, but he left no doubt. The Monessen welterweight remained undefeated with a 10-round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Lartey on Friday night in a main event at Consol …

St. Patrick’s Day fight card to enliven North Side

By Jerry DiPaola
Bathed by flood lights and serenaded by a pipe band and drum line, boxing fans will spill out of stretch limousines and walk across a red carpet. The setting won’t be the Las Vegas Strip, but narrow Pressley Street on ...

Lartey vows to be a ‘test,’ not a ‘cupcake’

By For The Valley Independent
Monessen’s own and Pittsburgh’s favorite undefeated welterweight, Sammy Vasquez Jr., tipped the scales at 147¼ pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in for Friday’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” ...

Vasquez says it’s too early to call fighters out

By The Valley Independent
Sammy Vasquez Jr. keeps knocking fighters out as he climbs the rankings in boxing’s welterweight division, but the undefeated Monessen native has managed to keep ...

Humble Cash savors giving back to community

By Dave Mackall
In many ways, obvious and not so obvious, Swin Cash is much like Chuck Cooper, trailblazers in their own right, both a bit of an ...

Quaker Valley youth wrestling success making way for high school program

By Gary Horvath
If the recent past is any sign, the future of Quaker Valley wrestling is bright. The Quaker Valley Wrestling Association (QVWA) was founded three years ...

North Allegheny grad rows to spot in World University Games

By Karen Kadilak
For the second time in two years, Zachary Petronic of Allison Park will compete for the United States men’s rowing team in the Summer World ...

TJ youth wrestler repeats as Keystone League champion

By Tribune-Review
The Keystone League youth wrestling championships took place Sunday in Saltsburg. For one young wrestler from Jefferson Hills, it was a chance to repeat as a ...

Horvath: Adults ruining things again

By Gary Horvath
Why is it that adults can’t seem to get things right? In case you haven’t heard, Little League International — the governing body for the Little League World Series — determined last week that this year’s U.S. Little League champs, Chicago-based ...

Israel junior hockey team stands united

By Chris Adamski
Immediately after taking his final shot of an afternoon practice session at RMU Island Sports Center on Tuesday, Maias Sabag was beaming. “Just like Crosby?” Sabag ...