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2 dead in New Kensington shooting; woman says male victim her son

By Chuck Biedka 1:10 a.m.
A New Kensington man and an unidentified woman were found shot in the street within 20 feet of each other on Wednesday morning along Fourth …

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HSFB preview by position: Central Valley’s Whitehead among nation’s best defensive backs

With very little debate, Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead can be called the best playmaker in the WPIAL. The senior had 20 touchdowns last season, but it’s how he scored them that makes him dangerous. A cornerback, tailback and kick returner, …
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Sturdy Burrell running back Sowol ready for encore

After a few games as Burrell’s featured running back last season, Ryan Sowol heard his name mentioned in the same breath as his direct predecessor, …
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Deer Lakes playmaker Burns hopes to come out hot

Hunter Burns’ surname change while in elementary school led to more play-on-words opportunities for those who observed his athleticism. The Deer Lakes student-athlete knew he just needed to give people highlights to discuss. One year removed a breakout season with …
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Ford City tackle returns for senior season

One of the key new faces on the line for Ford City isn’t really new at all. Senior tackle Chad Cloonan was one of the …
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Fox Chapel boys soccer looks to replace 10 graduates with talent-laden group

The Fox Chapel boys soccer team had another successful season last year, compiling a 16-2 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class …
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Freeport’s Hochbein twins bring experience on both sides of ball

Freeport’s Hochbein twins have given teachers headaches by showing up at each other’s classes and have fooled football coach John Gaillot by trading their helmet …
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Highlands WR serves as speedy complement to his RB brother

From Pee Wees to Wasps, Jeremy Jackson made his mark in Highland Hornets youth football as a running back, routinely returning to the hive with …
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VND high school notebook: Rugby club eyes trip to Ireland

Kiski Valley Rugby Club is feeling lucky. The team is in the early stages of planning a trip to Ireland in 2016 and thinks it …
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HSFB preview by position: Versatility key for tight ends

The best tight end in the WPIAL doesn’t actually play tight end. At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Kittanning’s Nick Bowers has ideal size for the position. …
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Knoch thrower Geist medals at USATF national championships

In a few years, Jordan Geist might grow into one of the most impressive shot put and discus throwers in Pennsylvania history. But as he enters the tail end of his first summer as a high school student at Knoch, …
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Leechburg replaces veteran softball coach Oberdorf

Leechburg parted ways with its most successful coach in school history Tuesday night, opening the position of softball coach, naming a replacement and relieving Jim …
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Plum football ready to defy skeptics, start winning tradition

Last week, previewed all of the football teams in the Quad East and provided a predicted order of finish. Plum, in its first year …
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Riverview coach Cappa heeds the lessons of his father

Given that he spent most of his life observing the preferences and philosophies of football coaches, Jason Cappa knew he’d copy at least one of …
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Close friendship, football helping Springdale’s Wagner battle Alzheimer’s

Chuck Wagner and Don “Pappy” Boulton sat side by side on a weight bench under an orange-and-black sign in the Wagner-Boulton Strength Room at Springdale …
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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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