Sports

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Jeremiah Josephs leads the Gateway Gators onto the field as they prepare to play the McKeesport Tigers in a WPIAL 5A Semifinal Playoff game at Norwin High School on November 10th, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Belle Vernon Area's Cole Naylor celebrates with teammate Jake Rathway (left), Assistant Coach Ken Seliga, and teammate Logan Petrosky after hitting a walk-off hit against Thomas Jefferson on April 28th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport's Deamontae Diggs takes a mid-range jump shot against Mars on December 12th, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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the Serra Catholic Eagles and Carlynton Cougars square off as a torrential downpour comes down around them on September 21st, 2018. (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Lance Robinson hauls in a pass for the McKeesport Tigers against Penn-Trafford on September 14th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Elizabeth Forward's Alyssa Craig goes upside down while competing in the pole vault at the Mid-Mon Valley Track Meet at Ringgold High School on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Leesha Wagner watches her shot go in the net as Burrell scores another goal against the Charleroi Cougars at Plum High School on October 23rd, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Jake Swartz pitches for the California Trojans against Serra Catholic at the Boston Field in Elizabeth, PA on March 26th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Elizabeth Forward QB Zach Benedek tries to evade being tackled by defenders from Deer Lakes on August 31st, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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The Belle Vernon Area Leopards take the field at James Weir Stadium on September 7th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Jordan Grayson lets out a scream after the McKeesport Tigers defeat the Trinity Hillers on January 23rd, 2018 (Mike Darnay, Mon Valley Independent)

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South Allegheny's Eli Webb dives for extra yardage against Frazier on August 24th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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The sun sets behind the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver, PA as the Belle Vernon Area Leopards and West Mifflin Titans finish a game on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Yough's Dustin Shoaf carries the ball while evading a tackle against Serra Catholic on August 24th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport's Tobias Green celebrates a slam dunk against Armstrong at Gateway High School on February 20th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Izzy Laurita watches her shot go in the net, scoring a goal for the Belle Vernon Area Leopards against Ringgold on September 20th, 2018

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Ethan Bender fields a punt for Deer Lakes against Elizabeth Forward on August 31st, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Ringgold's Ashley Briscoe looks on in tears after the Ringgold Rams lost to the Gateway Gators at Baldwin High School on February 16th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Zack Miklos drags the dirt in the infield during a snow squall at the Boston Field in Elizabeth, PA as the Serra Catholic Eagles prepare to host the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles in a scrimmage game on March 13th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Dominic Fundy looks on from the bench in defeat as the Beth-Center Bulldogs fall to the Serra Catholic Eagles in a WPIAL 2A Playoff game on November 3rd, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Ethan Bowser battles to keep possession for Elizabeth Forward against McGuffey on September 25th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Joey Folino uses his head to score a goal for Serra Catholic on September 6th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport QB Konota Gaskins sprays himself down with water during a break in PIAA-mandated heat acclimation workouts on August 6th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Conner Gielarowski celebrates scoring a goal for Peters Township against Plum in the PIHL AAA Penguins Cup Playoffs at the Printscape Arena at Southpointe in Canonsburg, PA on March 6th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Hockey Digest)

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North Catholic's Rashod Allen fights for more yardage while being pulled down by the jersey at Warrior Stadium in Elizabeth, PA on October 5th, 2018