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Leechburg hosts vigil to halt drugs, violence in the community

By Mary Ann Thomas
Clergy, residents, public officials and police officers held a vigil and prayer service Friday evening at the Veterans Plaza on Market Street in Leechburg to ...

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Former Apollo-Ridge captain Bartha highlights Armstrong County Hall of Fame class

On March 9, 1991, the Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team defeated Brentwood, 54-51, to win the WPIAL Class AA title at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House. To date, the Vikings are the only Armstrong County school to win a WPIAL girls basketball …
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Burrell’s Beattie named Valley News Dispatch Wrestler of the Year

Al Beattie hates gym class, and he isn’t fond of Monopoly, either. He doesn’t have anything against dodgeball or the Boardwalk, necessarily, but playing games …
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Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Plum’s Ethan Winesburgh and Deer Lakes’ Shae Robson

Ethan Winesburgh School: Plum Class: Junior Sport: Baseball Report card: A 6-foot-2 outfielder and pitcher, Winesburgh came back from a season-opening road trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., with a .545 batting average, including two doubles, three triples, six RBIs and …
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Guido: Thumbs down to 6 class proposal

North Allegheny and North Hills have played each other in a conference football game every year since 1964 when the old West Penn Conference was …
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Perennial boys volleyball powers to face challenges

There’s a sentiment going around the WPIAL that if you want to be the best in boys volleyball, then you have to beat the best. …
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Freeport’s Pawlak finds home at Loyola

Zoe Pawlak looked at a lot of colleges for volleyball, but she kept coming back to Loyola (Md.). It stood out as the school she …
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Cager Classic notebook: Highlands, Mars players bury hatchet for the weekend

Highlands and Mars played three times this season in boys basketball. Mars won all three pressure-packed games, by a combined 10 points. The Planets posted 60-55 and 61-60 wins in their Section 1-AAA meetings with the Golden Rams and a …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: Kiski Valley routs North Park

Kiski Valley began its divisional rugby schedule in dominant fashion Friday. Tyler Worthing led the way with four tries as the Titans (2-1, 1-0) routed …
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Kittanning senior Kunst shoots lights out at Cager Classic skills event

Noah Kunst came into the Alle-Kiski Valley’s basketball all-star weekend with extra motivation. It wasn’t a chip on his shoulder; more like pride on his sleeve. As the last Kittanning boys player to make the Cager Classic on the eve …
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Alle-Kiski track and field athletes aim to take next step

Elias Graca had success competing in indoor track and field this winter without a lot of strenuous workouts. With the outdoor season ready to begin, …
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Leechburg girls softball team dominates Riverview

Miranda Reesman had a blast in Leechburg’s section opener. The senior shortstop hit a three-run homer during a seven-run fifth inning, and the Blue Devils pulled away for a Section 3-A win Friday over Riverview, 16-6, in six innings. The …
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Soccer career continues for Springdale grad Weimerskirch

From humble beginnings in Harmar youth leagues to a decorated four-year career at La Roche — after he wasn’t sure he’d even play in college — soccer has been good to Bryan Weimerskirch. And the game has taken him places. …
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Tough seasons to end on high note for girls at Cager Classic

Senior Rachel McKaveney enjoyed plenty of success with the Springdale girls soccer team, which never is left out of the WPIAL playoff conversation. But basketball season was a much different story. It was predictable and anticlimactic, and rough around the …
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Highlands’ Bonnett strikes PIAA gold in 500 freestyle

LEWISBURG — Bailey Bonnett wanted to set a new personal record in the 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA championships Thursday. She did more than that. Bonnett, a Highlands sophomore, won her first career state gold medal, swimming a career-best 4 …
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