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Man robs Kittanning convenience store early Tuesday

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A man wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and brandishing a pistol robbed the Honey Bear Mini Mart in Kittanning early Tuesday and escaped with an …

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Tipton helps lift Apollo-Ridge over Section 2-AA foe Shady Side Academy

His face framed in glee after his team’s best game of the season, Apollo-Ridge guard Tre Tipton passed the attention to his teammates. It is …
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Top-seeded Burrell wrestling sets gold standard

As much as circumstances changed around the Burrell wrestling program over nearly the past decade — four coaches, dozens of wrestlers, a handful of challengers …
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Davis scores career-high 31 to power Ford City girls

No matter what defense Deer Lakes threw at her Thursday night, Christina Davis found a way to beat it. Davis, Ford City’s senior guard/forward, scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Sabers (14-2, 8-2) to a 49-27 Section 1-AAA …
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Ford City battles, earns hard-fought 46-43 win over Wilkinsburg

Ford City’s big three played like three big players should. Blake Bower, Nate Baillie and Brandon Heilman attacked the offensive boards and accounted for all …
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High school wrestling notebook: Team tournaments could alter WPIAL seedings

The first stage of the WPIAL team wrestling playoffs is Wednesday night, when the seven sections in Class AAA and Class AA hold their tournaments. Among Alle-Kiski Valley teams, Burrell, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area and Kittanning will compete in the …
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Butler County spotlight athletes: Jan. 25, 2015

Matt Zanella School: Knoch Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Zanella is Knoch’s leading scorer. He had 21 points in a win over Freeport and added 13 in a loss to Hampton last week. When point guard Austin Hannes …
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Versatile sophomore Jonczak has Highlands in playoff hunt after 3-16 season

Ashlyn Jonczak grew up a cheerleader, a smiling girl who waved pom-poms and rooted Blessed Sacrament youth basketball teams on to victory. While she enjoyed her brief experience, she wasn’t totally sold. Her smile wasn’t quite authentic. There was something …
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VND high school notebook: Longtime volleyball coach Toy steps aside

Ellen Toy spent nearly 30 years on the sidelines at volleyball matches, but that won’t be the case next fall. She might be in the …
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Kittanning’s Bowers changes commitment from Pitt to Penn State

Almost a year to the day after initially making a college decision, Kittanning’s Nick Bowers has a new destination. Bowers made a verbal commitment to …
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Valley News Dispatch local roundup: Leechburg girls record 8th victory of season

Leechburg’s freshmen girls basketball players barely were in grade school the last time the varsity team won eight games in a season. But after a 51-39 victory over Westinghouse on Thursday night, the current group has that many wins. Behind …
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Plum’s turnovers spell doom in loss to McKeesport

McKeesport coach Gerald Grayson knew his team would have to interrupt Plum’s offensive flow in order to avenge a loss to the Mustangs last month. And the Tigers were able to make the most out of Plum’s 14 turnovers in …
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Riverview’s zone defense slows Leechburg in important Section 2-A win

With two teams battling for playoff position, Riverview planted its zone defense and never moved. Nico Sero and Ben Lazor scored 16 points each, and the Raiders produced season-best defensive performance to grab a win at Leechburg, 54-32, in a …
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Big 33 to be represented in Super Bowl again

The fake field-goal attempt by Seattle on Sunday in which tackle-eligible Garry Gilliam caught a 19-yard touchdown pass turned out to be the first step …
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Riverview defense puts clamps on St. Joseph

Riverview coach Keith Stitt thought his team took its foot off the gas pedal too early in its Section 2-AA game against St. Joseph on …
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