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Strong winds rattle Alle-Kiski Valley

By Liz Hayes
Lower Burrell’s tax office was an unexpected victim of the high winds Monday. City Clerk Kelly Cook said they had to close the office next to ...

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Looking back on an eventful football season in A-K Valley

The local high school football season is over with three teams advancing past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. But Plum, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge …
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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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Ford City girls basketball aims to close program on top

For its final year, the Ford City girls basketball program gets a new challenge. The Sabers, a perennial playoff team and often a threat to reach the PIAA tournament in Class AA, make the jump up to Class AAA for …
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New Foxes girls coach O’Shea inherits talented team

New Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Jennifer Joyce O’Shea received a huge gift to coincide with the first official practice day on Nov. 17. Her commute from Brentwood High School, where she is a social studies teacher, to Fox Chapel …
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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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Kiski Area’s work on athletic facilities progressing

The turf installation for two new Kiski Area athletic facilities is nearing completion, but the overall work on those facilities might still be in the …
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Ford City, Kittanning winter teams look forward to ‘last ride’ before school merger

Kittanning billed its final football season as the “Last Ride.” That means Kittanning and Ford City’s winter sports teams could have called Monday the opening …
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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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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Track and field club coming to Leechburg

Mark Jones remembers how his son, Dan, would turn a trip to the family’s camp into target practice. The younger Jones, a sophomore at Leechburg, liked to find long sticks and whittle them with a hunting knife until they had …
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Plum’s Koch named to PAC all-time basketball list

Plum High School and Washington & Jefferson College graduate Jon Koch recently was honored with inclusion on the Presidents Athletic Conference’s 60th anniversary celebratory men’s basketball team. Koch, one of 60 players to be recognized on the list, finished his …
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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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