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Harmar eagles abandon their nest

By Mary Ann Thomas 10:32 p.m.
The Harmar bald eagles, which were believed to have been tending to at least one egg, have abandoned their nest on a bluff above Route …

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Teams set mark for 3-pointers as East boys nip West, 110-109, in Cager Classic

Playing with intensity down the stretch, the East boys outlasted the West, 110-109, to win the 19th annual Cager Classic on Saturday night at Highlands. More than 1,200 watched as the teams seesawed and let it fly, breaking the Cager …
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Burrell wrestler Beattie picks Pitt-Johnstown

Burrell senior heavyweight Al Beattie, the Valley News Dispatch Wrestler of the Year, committed Tuesday to Pitt-Johnstown, Burrell coach Josh Shields said. Beattie won his first PIAA Class AA individual championship this season, beating Southmoreland’s Jake Beistel in the final. …
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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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West Shamokin softball team improves to 2-0 by beating Ford City

In a game switched from at home to on the road, West Shamokin remembered to bring its bats. The Wolves put together an 11-hit performance, …
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Fox Chapel softball team off to hot start

Last year, the Fox Chapel softball team won one game. Less than a week into the season, this year’s Foxes have won three. Tom Wamsley, …
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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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Nominees announced for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete awards

Westmoreland County Senior Judge John J. Driscoll can still see Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Sid Bream sliding home to defeat the Pirates in the 1992 National League Championship Series. It was gut-wrenching loss for him and many Pirates fans. The …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: Kittanning softball team edges Valley

Kittanning committed eight errors Monday, but a timely miscue by Valley allowed the Wildcats to win. Ali Bowers scored the winning run on a throwing …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: Knoch baseball topples Hampton

Knoch’s baseball team lost three games to Hampton last season, including a season-ending defeat in the playoffs. The Knights got some payback this time. Cole …
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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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Plum junior varsity hockey captures PIHL title

The Plum junior varsity ice hockey team completed a season to remember last week as it captured the PIHL Tier 2 JV championship with a …
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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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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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