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New Kensington event hopes to spark community renewal

By Liz Hayes
From a temporary stage in an empty New Kensington lot, Miss Freddye Stover encapsulated the atmosphere at Saturday’s Better Block event when she sang, “Every ...

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Ford City baseball erases 7-run deficit, moves to brink of playoffs

In a five-inning span, the Ford City baseball team went from dead and buried to one win from the playoffs. The Sabers gave up the …
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Surging Burrell softball locks up playoff spot

The turnaround for Burrell softball is complete. Krista York homered, Abby Nitkowski drove in three runs, and Brittany Dunn’s second RBI single ended the game for the Bucs, who clinched a playoff spot with a Section 3-AA win over Kittanning, …
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Left-handers are playing leading role for trio of Alle-Kiski Valley teams

Deer Lakes pitcher Ryan Petrone checks the Section 5-AAA box scores regularly and not just to see how the Lancers are faring in the race for the WPIAL playoffs. He also is looking for the names of Knoch’s Cole Shinsky, …
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Fox Chapel’s Urso to take on 2 sports in college

Billy Urso, a standout on the Fox Chapel football and basketball teams, will be attending Allegheny in the fall. In a throwback to days past, he will play two sports. “That was one of the things that cemented my choice,” …
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Freeport track teams back in familiar territory

Part of the problem for section opponents and a key ingredient for the Freeport track and field program: Tradition never graduates. “There’s a rich tradition here,” Freeport coach John Gaillot said. “(We) don’t get the publicity that the big sports …
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High school baseball teams relish opportunity to play at PNC Park

In the midst of playing a baseball game at PNC Park, Hempfield catcher Eric Loucks permitted his mind to drift. Accustomed to less glamorous surroundings …
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Kiski Valley rugby team ready for playoffs to begin

Kiski Valley rugby coach Seth Erwin is not a fan of the waiting game. The Titans clinched their second consecutive Rugby PA Blue Division title …
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Valley News Dispatch roundup: Leechburg softball clinches Section 3-A title

Leechburg extended its WPIAL playoff streak to 29 seasons earlier this week, and the Blue Devils added another accomplishment Wednesday. Morgan Pierce pitched a complete …
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Gorman: Plum’s Amato runs for mother who can’t

Ashley Amato always heard her mother’s voice and saw her sprinting outside the track fence as the Plum junior raced in the 100-meter hurdles. Ashley …
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Riverview baseball team locks up playoff berth

It’s back to the WPIAL baseball playoffs for Riverview. Riverview secured its 12th postseason berth in the past 15 years with a 10-2 victory Friday afternoon at Springdale. The Raiders had just four hits but took advantage of nine Springdale …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: Valley tennis advances in WPIAL playoffs

Valley opened the WPIAL Class AA boys tennis postseason smoothly. The team didn’t even have to play a third set. The Vikings blanked Beaver, 5-0, …
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Alle-Kiski roundup: St. Joseph freshman Edgar hits for cycle

Serena Edgar made her varsity pitching debut Monday, but she made her biggest impact in the batter’s box. The freshman hit for the cycle, finishing …
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