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3 charged with selling heroin that killed Lower Burrell woman

By Chuck Biedka
John Donati has waited for more than a year to hear that police found the people who allegedly sold a powerful heroin mix that killed ...

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Bishop Canevin’s 3-point prowess dooms Apollo-Ridge, 63-54

Bishop Canevin continued its amazing turnaround Wednesday night. After winning just four games last season, the Crusaders used an early barrage of 3-pointers to down Apollo-Ridge, 63-54, at Northgate. Bishop Canevin (17-6) will take on top-ranked Aliquippa (22-0) in WPIAL …
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Burrell freshman Christie aided by bracket change at wrestling regionals

Burrell freshman Corey Christie’s mother checked the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional championship brackets just after their release early in the week and informed the 120-pounder that he’d wrestle Chestnut Ridge freshman Justin McCoy, a District 5 champion, in the …
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Freeport gives Deer Lakes fits, earns tie

Freeport coach Mel Reichenbaugh hoped to see his team become playoff-ready after a loss last week to Hempfield. The Yellowjackets got a taste of playoff …
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High school notebook: Armstrong, Freeport know playoff opponents

With a new format for the PIHL tournament, the two local teams already know their first matchups with the regular season still in progress. Armstrong …
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VND high school notebook: Fox Chapel eyes Loughran to succeed Ravotti

While several names have been attached to the Fox Chapel football head coaching vacancy, one appears to be a sure thing. Fox Chapel plans to recommend longtime South Park coach Tom Loughran as its next coach. He would replace Eric …
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Freeport senior Otwell changes routine, but success persists

Bria Otwell changed her training regimen in advance of the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, but her success stayed the same. Otwell, a Freeport senior and Towson recruit, qualified for the PIAA championships in a second event Saturday Pitt’s Trees …
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Highlands can’t recover from turnovers in playoff loss to South Fayette

With five playoff games, Highlands got a strong taste of the WPIAL’s new play-in format to determine state playoff spots. All told, though, the Golden Rams are ready to cleanse the palate. “We’re going to use it to learn from …
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Kiski Area heavyweights advance to WPIAL Class AAA semifinals

Kiski Area’s higher-weighted competitors began calling their corner of the Cavaliers’ wrestling room “the fat cave” a couple seasons ago. “We just claimed it,” junior …
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Kittanning’s Robb hoping for rematch with West Branch’s Maines in final

For Kittanning junior 220-pounder Jacob Robb, the first day of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan went just as he planned. …
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Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Miranda Gard, Knoch’s Ben Lowery

Miranda Gard School: Leechburg Class: Sophomore Sport: Gymnastics Report card: Gard received school board permission to represent the Blue Devils this season as the school’s lone gymnast. In her first WPIAL meet, the 5-foot-2 sophomore finished first in the all-around. …
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Plum inline hockey team records 16-0 mark

There has been no sophomore slump for the Plum Middle School inline hockey team in its second season in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Roller Hockey League. …
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Late 3-pointer sends Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls to finals

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic needed a prayer. It got a Hail Mary. Freshman guard Mary Cassamassa popped out behind the arc and fired in a …
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HS highlight reel: Playoff positions on the line

The fates of several of boys basketball teams’ seasons hangs in the balance Friday night, when the bulk of WPIAL programs wrap up section play. Four teams from each section advance to the WPIAL playoffs, which begin next week — …
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Highlands sophomore Bonnett golden again

Even after defending a title for the second straight day at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, Highlands sophomore Bailey Bonnett is looking for ways …
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