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Kiski Area students reach out to community for Global Youth Service Day

By R.A. Monti
Jamilyn Dykes looked at the chair she’d just assembled backstage in the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift and decided it was time. “I’m going to test ...

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Weather has hampered Apollo-Ridge baseball team’s progress

Apollo-Ridge has waited an offseason for a chance to build on its baseball success of a year ago. The team is hoping the wait is almost over. The Vikings entered the season as one of the favorites to win Section …
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Teaching fueled Burrell’s Henderson into A-K Sports Hall of Fame

The narrative of Tom Henderson’s coaching career has to begin with the description he gave himself when it all started 26 years ago. “I was a lost soul,” Henderson said. A one-year stint at George Mason didn’t work out for …
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Deer Lakes boys basketball coach resigns

Jon McKay doesn’t do things in a halfhearted fashion, especially when it comes to coaching basketball. So when he felt like he was “becoming someone …
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Resilient Kittanning softball steals one from Ford City

Wild pitch walk-offs are becoming a Kittanning tradition. Just as their baseball team did Monday against Yough, the Wildcats’ softball team notched a comeback win …
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Fox Chapel baseball team’s defense responds, keys win over Kiski Area

It looked as if Fox Chapel was headed for a frustrating Section 3-AAAA loss Friday, punctuated with baserunning miscues. Instead, a bases-loaded single by junior …
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A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Valley’s Jesse Iellimo, Freeport’s Grace Ward

Jessie Iellimo School: Valley Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Iellimo, who committed to play baseball at Point Park, is a full-time catcher, part-time pitcher and occasional third baseman for the Vikings. The 5-foot-8 right-hander has a 1-0 record as …
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Valley News Dispatch high school notebook: Coach, players set for Roundball Classic

Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski didn’t hesitate when a Roundball Classic official called to ask him for a favor. Although, Stoczynski didn’t see it …
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Montgomery’s home run lifts Knoch baseball team

Dustin Montgomery has missed considerable time this season with a shoulder injury. On Friday, the senior shouldered the load for the Knoch baseball team — with one heroic swing. Montgomery led off the bottom of the seventh inning by blasting …
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Leechburg SS Reesman has aggressive attitude forged from hockey

Leechburg senior Miranda Reesman played ice hockey for six years, but it wasn’t because she liked the color of the uniforms or the thought of …
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Plum rebounds with key section win

One team was trying to build on a key victory in Section 2-AAAA from last week, while the other was hoping to bounce back from a tough section loss two days earlier. Gateway and Plum met for the first time …
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Riverview baseball team hits stride after slow start

Riverview baseball coach Rich Griser is like a scientist this season, experimenting with his lineups to try to find the right fit. Although early results …
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Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Springdale’s offense finally awakens in win

After being shut out in consecutive games to begin the season, Springdale (1-2) scored seven runs in the fourth inning of a 13-11 nonsection victory …
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VND high school notebook: High-scoring Plum guard Edwards gaining interest

College basketball recruiting is picking up for Plum junior James Edwards. Edwards, a 6-foot-2 guard who led the A-K Valley in scoring this season at …
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