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Recalling 20 years of memories at Freeport Invitational

By Bill West
The Freeport International Baseball Invitational turned 20 this week. To recognize the anniversary, the Valley News Dispatch compiled 20 memories from regular participants of the area’s annual baseball carnival, an event that rests on a simplistic love-of-the-game approach and promotes …

Lee Supply victory shortened by rain

By Rick Bruni Jr.
As rain forced the stoppage of Wednesday’s girls’ game in the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball girls’ league, at least one player beckoned to …

West Mifflin Legion captures Region 6 title, advances to state tournament

By George Guido  and Mark Kaboly
There was no pileup on the mound. There was not much of a celebration at all. That’s because the day that Tom Simcho put together …

Bethel Park native Mathews turns putters into art

By Gary Horvath
Ray Mathews Jr. has merged function with form in the current display at the Sewickley public library. A series of United States Golf Association approved …

The Meadows to host 1st boxing card

By Kevin Gorman
One thing Sean Sullivan has learned from three decades working in the casino industry is that boxing is a mainstay, a draw that lures high rollers for the fight and gets them in good spirits. Sullivan experienced this while working …

Murrysville Legion to play for Region 7 title

By Staff Reports
Trailing by five after the first two innings, Murrysville used a two-run fourth inning and five runs in the eighth to earn a 7-5 victory over Beech Creek on Wednesday to advance to the Region 7 tournament championship. Ben Ramey …

Ross teens earn bronze in international ball hockey event

By Ed Phillips
Before embarking on a trip to the world championships with the U.S. under-18 ball-hockey squad, assistant coach Dan Gregory had a good feeling. It turned …

Fox Chapel Junior Open tennis tournament scheduled

By Staff Report
The 17th annual Fox Chapel Junior Open will be Aug. 4 to 8 this year. The event is open to anyone younger than 19 who enters by July 28. The Fox Chapel Racquet Club is again the sponsor, and tennis …

Edgeworth Club swimmers rack up accolades

By Gary Horvath
Alex Cook and Max Ginsberg walked away from the St. Clair Country Club with a box full of trophies last Tuesday. After the members of the Edgeworth Club swim team had left the Western Pennsylvania Country Club Swimming Association championship, …

QV 11-year-old baseball team wins, thrills

By Gary Horvath
John Vorberger’s philosophy for coaching the Quaker Valley 11-year-old All-Star baseball team has been to provide a little guidance, point the kids in the right …

St. Barnabas 5K set for Aug. 2

By Karen Kadilak
Because of an injury, a runner from Morgantown, W.Va., will not return to defend his title at the St. Barnabas Charities 5K Run/Walk on Aug. …

Youth hockey event in Richland highlighted by Pens prospects

By Deborah Deasy
Packing their own helmets, mouth guards and shin pads, more than 30 children recently played dek hockey with the Pittsburgh Penguins in Richland Community Park. …

Yough junior squad ends season with 2 tourney losses

By John Poole
While preparing for the Westmoreland Little League District 2 Junior Championship baseball tournament, the Yough Juniors all-star team had a bright outlook following a 13-2 …

Seton-La Salle boys’ soccer alumni game set for Aug. 9

By Ray Fisher
The 2014 Seton-La Salle boys’ soccer alumni game is set for Aug. 9 at Merrick athletic field. Game time is 5:30 p.m., which will be preceded by a registration/warmup session and recognition ceremony at 5 p.m. The cost per player …

Springdale Legion coach reflects on season

By Marty Stewart
The season ended sooner than Springdale American Legion manager Frank Sweeney would have liked, but he’s already looking ahead to next year. “We ended up …

South Hills track club members motivated via a fun approach

By Ed Phillipps
When South Hills Heat track coach Darryl Smith calls out to one of his athletes, don’t expect to find the name listed in the team …