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DUI checkpoints take on dangerous drivers

By Chuck Biedka
Thanksgiving, the busiest travel holiday of the year, quickly is becoming the busiest for police and ambulance crews as well — outpacing Christmas and even ...

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High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton named conference dual-award winner

When coaches peeled away the drape to reveal award winners at Monday’s Allegheny Conference football banquet at the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington, one thing …
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Liotta, Petrishen represent AK-Valley at WPIAL football finals

Shawn Liotta has coached the Erie Explosion to back-to-back Continental Indoor Football League championships. He’s become somewhat of a household name in arena football circles and is known for his mad scientist-like approach to offense. Erie’s coach plans to return …
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Deer Lakes boys move into tough Class AAA section

With the biennial PIAA realignment taking effect, the Deer Lakes boys basketball team has made the move from Class AA to Class AAA. But third-year coach Jon McKay is familiar with competing against schools swith large enrollments. After all, he …
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Leader Times notebook: Online community holds buck pool

Armstrong County-based Living4theoutdoors, an online community for hunters and fishermen, conducted its first buck pool during the recently concluded archery season with 125 local hunters participating. Bryan Chvala of Ford City took first place and won the $550 first prize …
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Fox Chapel boys out to replace pair of 1,000-point scorers

The big dilemma for followers of Fox Chapel boys basketball will be how to replace a pair of three-year starters who each scored more than …
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Freeport boys focused on playing together to improve on 8-12 mark

Freeport boys basketball coach Mike Beale fully expects his team to share the basketball this season. That certainty comes not from a team strategy but from his players’ relationships. The Yellowjackets finished 8-12 last season, including 2-10 in section play, …
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Highlands boys put defense first

For many years, the route to WPIAL playoff berths from Section 1-AAA frequently passed through Highlands. The Golden Rams made the playoffs seven straight seasons and 12 out of 14 years at one stretch. But Highlands has sat out the …
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Kiski Area boys ready for encore

Kiski Area put together a season for the scrapbooks last winter, outsmarting the WPIAL seeding committee and rekindling basketball excitement from Avonmore to North Vandergrift, …
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Knoch’s new wrestling coach working hard to build foundation for program

Deep down, new Knoch wrestling coach Steve Carney always knew he would return to the sport he grew up loving. But with a busy family …
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Guido: New rule makes free throws more physical

With the emphasis on safety in recent years, at least one of the high school basketball rules changes for the upcoming season is curious. Starting this season, players lined up along the lane can now enter the key as soon …
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Plum wrestling hoping to solidify younger lineup

Plum is coming off one of its most successful wrestling seasons in recent years. The Mustangs went undefeated in section matches, qualified for the WPIAL …
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Guido: Two decades later, ‘Miracle at the Park’ still resonates

It was a typical mid-autumn day Nov. 12, 1994, as one of the largest crowds in Riverside Park history arrived in Oakmont. Average temperatures under overcast skies greeted fans as they filled the stands and crowded along the perimeter awaiting …
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Valley News Dispatch high school roundup: St. Joseph earns boys soccer victory

Jesus Munoz’s second-half goal proved to be the game-winner for St. Joseph in a 2-1 boys soccer victory over Springdale on Saturday, the Spartans’ first …
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