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Keeping his eyes squarely on the prize

By Jeff Oliver 12:01 a.m.
Usually, the week leading up to a fight for Sammy Vasquez Jr. is filled with one thing – training. However, even the 28-year-old welterweight boxer admitted that this week has been like no other in his budding professional career. Vasquez …

Former heavyweight champ Tyson enjoying second act

By Bill West 12:02 a.m.
From the hallway leading to the Brackenridge Heights Golf Course’s restaurant, Tables on the Green, came shouts of “Have no fear, Iron Mike is here!” …

PSU grad Rohanna pursues PGA Tour dream

By Chuck Curti
Robert Rohanna stood behind his golf ball and surveyed the shot. Distance to the flag: approximately 180 yards. Club selection: 9-iron. Choosing a 9-iron from …

Seton-La Salle athletes merit scholarship consideration

By Jennifer Goga
Seton-La Salle seniors Cameron Cox, Henry Glitz, Connor Leach and Liz Wildenhain have more than 10 varsity letters among them in sports ranging from fencing, …

Jefferson Hills, Greensburg natives claim gold at boardercross nationals

By Justin Criado
Ale Hakala remembers coming out of the gates during her final run earlier this month at this year’s USASA National Championships in Copper Mountain, Colo. …

Paynter girls compete in national wrestling championships

By Jennifer Goga
The future of girls wrestling appears bright in Baldwin. Brooklyn Lucas, 7, and Maleah Pacella, 9, both hail from Baldwin and both recently captured state …

Penn Hills HOF to induct fitness, girls hoops teams

By Staff Report
Each week in April, the Progress will partner with the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame to present biographies of this year’s inductees. The induction …

Seton-La Salle’s Diop shares MVP accolade at Roundball Classic

By Ray Fisher
Seton-La Salle senior Yacine Diop reeled in most valuable player honors at the 11th annual Roundball Classic held Saturday at Geneva College. Diop, a 5-foot-9 …

Franklin Regional grad asks endurance athletics community to rally behind district

By Doug Gulasy
Darren Miller woke up on Sunday — his 31st birthday — with the idea of doing something to honor both America and his alma mater. …

Televised boxing card set for Friday

By Michael Love
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Showtime Sports, along with the Monroeville Convention Center, have pooled their efforts for several weeks and are on the cusp of bring a highly anticipated card, dubbed “Pittsburgh Power,” to local boxing fans Friday …

Hall inductee Girdano set, met his life goals

By Matt Grubba
If there was one certain thing about Michael Girdano, it was that when he set a goal, he was going to reach it. A standout …

Salka eyes big fight against Collado

By Bill Hughes
Bunola native “Lightning” Rod Salka has moved past a controversial split-decision loss in his most recent fight, and he is one win from a major …

Some ‘food for thought’

By Jeff Oliver
Here’s a little food for thought to help get you over the hump: • I find it almost laughable whenever I come across someone who calls me a “Pirates hater” because of some of the critical statements I have made …

Hall lauds Sulava for football contributions

By Jason Orfao
There aren’t many ways to keep seven boys happily occupied. For Frank Sulava and his six brothers, a football always seemed to do the trick. …

Kumar built Hall of Fame career at Riverview

By D.j. Vasil
The play was a thing of beauty, a 32-dive out of the T-formation. With the quarterback under center and a running back to either side …

Ford City bowler gets call to Armstrong County Hall

By R.A. Monti
For John Simensky, the journey to the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame started at a small, eight-lane bowling alley in Ford City. “On Sundays, …