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Protest planned Monday at Plum Borough High School

By Karen Zapf
Protesters plan to defy warnings from police and school officials against posting on social media about the sex abuse investigation involving teachers at Plum Senior High School, and the school board has scheduled an executive session for Monday night. Fliers posted ...

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Alle-Kiski Valley track honor roll

Track honor roll Boys • 100: Kianta Britton, Kiski Area (10.8) • 200: Mark Febinger, Deer Lakes (22.35) • 400: Awaun Morris, Valley (54.3) • 800: Elias Graca, Fox Chapel (1:53.78) • 1,600: Elias Graca, Fox Chapel (4:22) • 3,200: …
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VND high school roundup: Burrell uses 16-hit attack to turn away Freeport

Burrell’s offensive performance even surprised its coach Thursday. Freshman catcher Ashley Pometo’s three-run homer highlighted a 16-hit effort as the Bucs (3-4, 3-4) beat Freeport, …
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No. 1 Deer Lakes breezes past Freeport

Teammates say Rachel Tanilli can run like the wind. But she also can use the wind to her advantage. The Deer Lakes junior right fielder …
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Big 2nd inning proves just enough for Sabers

It took less than two innings for a game between Armstrong neighbors to hit its turning point. Ford City scored four times and batted around in the second inning after West Shamokin left the bases loaded in the top half, …
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Gorman: Recruitment was on the fly for Carlier

If Aidan Carlier was a WPIAL quarterback committing to a top-25 program, his recruiting story would be big news. Instead, the Fox Chapel senior plays the fly-half, the rugby equivalent to a signal caller. Rugby is a club sport at …
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High school notebook: WCCA showcase returns

A football recruiting platform that worked well the past two years is back for another year. The third annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Underclassmen Showcase, which features the county’s incoming sophomore and junior players, will begin  9 a.m. May 16 …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: Highlands baseball team wins at PNC Park

Highlands baseball team didn’t get to play a full game at PNC Park on Sunday, but the Golden Rams were glad to return home with a win. Highlands (2-10) got offensive contributions from several players in an 11-1, five-inning win …
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VND high school roundup: Kiski Area’s Kennedy named track MVP at WCCA championships

Kiski Area sophomore Eric Kennedy picked up a pair of wins and was named track MVP at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field …
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Kittanning baseball eyes 1st section title since 1993

As Kittanning High School winds into its final weeks, an unexpected candidate to add to the school’s championship banners has emerged. The Wildcats baseball team …
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Gorman: Knoch’s Jordan Geist sets sights on record believed to be unbreakable

Ron Semkiw lives with a record and regret, that it is only for the WPIAL and not the world. As a senior at Baldwin in …
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Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Morgan Pierce, Deer Lakes’ Mark Febinger

Morgan Pierce School: Leechburg Class: Freshman Sport: Softball Report card: The 5-foot-2 pitcher began the season with a 6-1 record with her only loss coming against Class AAA Knoch. She struck out 16 in a 12-3 victory over Apollo-Ridge. The …
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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Plum baseball leans on deep pitching staff

As Plum baseball rises in the rankings, its team ERA keeps getting lower. Plum (14-1), off to its best start since 2007, has eight pitchers, …
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Despite low numbers, Riverview softball team keeping it together

Jim Ashbaugh works as an office manager at SiGenix, an electronics engineering company in Monroeville. He has been asked to perform tasks that differ from his job description such as improving their web site and organizing a slide-show presentation. He’s …
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Humble Hyland cherishes fond basketball memories

Growing up in Cheswick during the late 1970s, there wasn’t a youth basketball league in which Janet (Kartovicky) Hyland could participate. Instead, she honed her skills on the street, playing against the boys in her neighborhood. “Playing against the boys …
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VND high school notebook: Valley softball team going through tough season

The season has not gone as planned for Valley’s softball team, which returned some key players and had higher hopes. But with their pitcher back, the Vikings plan to stage a strong finish. Desperately needing to get back on track, …
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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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