Softball: Central Valley keeps postseason hopes alive

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Central Valley has already matched its section win total from a year ago of three. Now the mission for the Warriors is to finish strong over their final four games and improve on their 3-7 finish in Section 1-AAA last year. A 3-7 record was good enough for fifth place in the section last season, if the Warriors want to contend for the playoffs they will need at least five wins as they trail Blackhawk (5-1, 4-1), Ambridge (4-2, 4-2) and New Castle (4-2, 3-2) and are currently tied with Ellwood City (5-3, 3-3).

If Central Valley wants to hang with the elite of Section 1-AAA they will need more big games like the ones senior Jessica Koshinski and junior Hannah Daman came up with against Hopewell. In a five-inning shortened game, both Koshinski and Daman drove in five runs. Koshinski was 2 for 3 with two home runs while also pitching and striking out three. Daman drove in her five runs on three hits including one home run.


Track: West Feature Athlete - Nicole Bartoletta, Central Valley

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Name: Nicole Bartoletta
High School: Central Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field
Events: 100 hurdles, 200, 400 relay and 1,600 relay

Background Info: Bartoletta reached the WPIAL Class AAA championships in the 100-meter hurdles in 2013. She also finished first at the 2013 Warrior Track Classic and 2013 Beaver County Championships.


Tennis: Warriors’ Dietrich takes second

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One season after not making it out of the first round of the section singles tournament, George Dietrich qualified for the WPIAL tournament.

The Central Valley senior made it to the finals of the Class AA Section 2 tournament this week before falling to Blackhawk’s Jonah Cooper in straight sets.

Dietrich lost in the first round last season,10-2, to Neshannock’s Max Watters.

The WPIAL Class AA tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday.


Baseball: West Feature Athlete - Bob Suder, Central Valley

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Name: Bob Suder
High School: Central Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop

Background info: Central Valley was able to get its early games in, finishing the first week at 3-1 and much of that was due to the steady play of shortstop Bob Suder. A left-handed hitter who bats third in the Warriors' batting order, Suder had three hits, scored three times, and threw a runner out at the plate in a 10-0 win over Laurel. In Central Valley's only loss of the season, he had another three hits and a key triple. His baseball success is a family tradition, though. His grandfather, Joe Suder, pitched every inning for the 1944 Aliquippa WPIAL championship team.


Boys Basketball: Central Valley's landmark season comes to a close

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Craig Meyer's feature on the Central Valley boys basketball team.

"With his team a game away from playing for the state championship, Brandon Ambrose had already seen what the Central Valley boys' basketball program could accomplish.

But on Monday, walking into the school's gym, he saw the sort of impact that his team has made this season, the kind that perhaps even he hadn't anticipated.

Ambrose was doing a workout with a group of seventh, eighth and ninth graders getting ready for AAU ball and was surprised to see about 30 of them in the gym. To him, that unusually large turnout happened for a reason.

"That says a lot about the way they're inspired by what the older kids are doing," Ambrose said. "Typically, you don't have that type of attendance in the offseason and already, you've got young kids ready to play because they watch these guys. They want to be a part of it and hope that someday, that might be them.""