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BVA approves new district policy manual

By Chris Buckley 12:34 a.m.
A new school district policy manual – more than four years in the making – was approved by the Belle Vernon Area School Board despite the concerns of its president. Aaron Bialon told his peers he believed the policy manual …

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BVA falls to Hollidaysburg in OT

If anyone thought Hollidaysburg’s game at Belle Vernon Area didn’t mean anything, they forgot to tell both teams. The Golden Tigers and Leopards battled like …
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Geibel boys secure 4th straight shutout victory

Eight games into the season, the Geibel boys soccer team appears to have everything necessary to be a force in Class A. The Gators have the luxury of several accomplished goal scorers and are also stingy on defense. All of …
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Valley Independent roundup: California, Yough stay winless with routs

The beat goes on for California Area and Yough as both teams remained winless after respective conference losses Friday night. The Trojans (0-3, 0-2) were hammered by Beth-Center, 47-0, in a Class A Tri-County South game and the Cougars (0-3, …
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Charleroi suffers a ‘Devil’ of a time in Burgettstown

Coming into his first year as Charleroi’s football coach, Donnie Militzer promised good things for the Cougars. However, so far the only good things from Charleroi have been wins for their opponents. For the second straight week, a team that …
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Elizabeth Forward volleyball team keeps winning, despite new look

With only two returning starters, the Elizabeth Forward girls volleyball team is rebuilding. But coach Lindsay Lesofsky doesn’t look at it that way. “We have a lot of good talent,” she said. The Warriors (5-3 overall and 4-2 in Section …
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Frazier’s Turek a 50-year fixture as local cross country, track coach

When you love something, it’s hard to give it up. At least that’s the case for Joseph Turek. At 71, Turek is celebrating his 50th year of coaching cross country and track in the area, serving as the cross country …
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Monessen boys win battle of unbeatens against Geibel

Monessen soccer coach Sam Perry has joined rare company in the storied athletic history of the school. On Saturday, Perry joined a list that includes …
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Ringgold rolls over West Mifflin

The tone in West Mifflin coach Ray Braszo’s voice said it all. Ringgold dominated West Mifflin from start to finish Friday, earning a 40-6 victory …
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Yough girls soccer remains Section 1-AA power with deliberate, defensive style

To move forward as a program, the Yough girls soccer team got used to going backwards with the ball. The Cougars, who claimed their first section title in school history in 2012 and repeated the feat last season, have charged …
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