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Fire ravages 2 buildings in downtown New Kensington

By Brian C. Rittmeyer 2:24 a.m.
Firefighters worked early Friday to extinguish a fire that appeared to have heavily damaged two buildings in New Kensington’s business district. Figuring out how the …

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Through the years: Vikings rolled in hurricane-delayed game

Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
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Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Petrishen makes stop in Alle-Kiski Valley

Central Catholic standout Johnny Petrishen could be making his final football stop in the A-K Valley Friday at Fox Chapel. The Lower Burrell native, who has 31 Division I scholarship offers, is a standout wide receiver and safety. He will …
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Knoch’s stellar ‘D’ sets tone in 6th straight shutout

With its two biggest section games of the season looming later this week, Knoch wanted to keep its hot streak going Tuesday night against Deer Lakes. The Knights came away not entirely satisfied with their performance but happy with the …
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Ford City girls volleyball playing for 1st section banner

A look around the venerable gym at Ford City displays quite a list of championships. Banners hanging in the gym show a WPIAL-record 33 section …
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Herald roundup: Shady Side Academy girls soccer downs rival Springdale

The Section 3-AAA singles tennis tournament was held Sept. 10-11 and Shady Side Academy’s Ananya Dua won the title. Fox Chapel and Shady Side Academy each placed two players in the semifinals. Fox Chapel’s Laurel Shymansky defeated West Mifflin’s Chelsea …
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Valley News Dispatch roundup: Freeport’s Clawson reaches WPIAL Class AA golf championship

Freeport junior Audrey Clawson advanced to the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship for the third straight time after finishing second at the Section 1-AA tournament Wednesday at Norvelt Golf Club. Clawson, the top scorer this season for Freeport, shot …
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Kittanning’s explosive offense to face stiff challenge from stingy Highlands defenders

The only thing Kittanning coach Frank Fabian and Highlands coach Sam Albert definitively said about their teams’ game this week is that they’re impressed by …
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Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Kiski Area Megan Aller, Riverview’s Cole Wilson

Cole Wilson School: Riverview Sport: Soccer Class: Senior Report card: Wilson, a four-year starter and team captain, helped the Class A No. 2 Raiders to a strong start. He leads the team with seven goals and two assists. Riverview advanced …
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The Leader: Tour of Armstrong County sports leaves longing for football

Last week: 6-1 (.857) Season: 16-4 (.800) The time had come for The Leader to broaden his horizons. Sure, it’s a great thing to be Armstrong County’s grandest expert of the gridiron, but the job mostly boils down to nine …
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Mars girls extend section win streak to 62

The players keep changing, but Mars’ Section 2-AA undefeated run keeps going. Class AA No. 4 Mars (7-1, 6-0) extended its section unbeaten streak to 62 games with a 3-0 victory over Knoch (6-2, 5-1) on Wednesday night at Knoch. …
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Pryor watches as No. 6 Jeannette routs Leechburg

In 2007, Jeannette featured a basketball-playing quarterback (Terrelle Pryor) and a running back with the last name Hall (Jordan Hall) en route to the school’s only PIAA football title. This year, although the season is only three games old, a …
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HS highlight reel: Plum suspends soccer coach for season

Plum girls soccer coach Mike Proviano has been suspended for the rest of the season by the school district after his ejection from a game at Kiski Area, which ended in a scoreless tie, Saturday. Proviano was ejected for arguing …
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Early score sets dominant tone in Springdale’s victory over Wilkinsburg

All Springdale needed was the game’s first 13 seconds to set the tone and put away Wilkinsburg, 31-0, in a Class A Eastern Conference game Friday at Veterans Memorial Field. Springdale (2-1, 2-1) running back Michael Banachoski picked up a …
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Veteran coaches having mixed results while leading new teams

Tom Nola admittedly finds himself in a situation he’s not used to one-third of the way through the regular season. After racking up almost unprecedented …
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Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle

Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley …
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