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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Arts & Ent. Features | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Oscars look for big ratings boost
LOS ANGELES — If the Oscars had doubled down on nominating films with actors named Ryan, the ceremony's chances for a ratings bounce might be as likely as host Jimmy Kimmel's Trump jokes. Saluting a blockbuster like Ryan Reynolds' “Deadpool” is the surest way to lure viewers. But ...

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Arts & Ent. Features | February 24, 2017
Bosh to be on ‘Players Only’ broadcasts
MIAMI — Chris Bosh is heading back to the NBA, this time as an analyst. Turner Sports announced Thursday that Bosh will be part of its “Players Only” team of analysts for five consecutive Mondays, starting Monday. Bosh will work from Turner’s studios in Atlanta, working alon...

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Verse of the Day | February 24, 2017
Verse
The LORD will fulfi ll [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever — do not abandon the works of your hands. ...

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Chuckle of the day | February 24, 2017
Chuckle
Life is trial and error, unless you’re an incompetent crook, in which case its error and trial. ...

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Town & County | February 24, 2017
Town and County
Items for Town & County should be submitted on weekdays no later than 4 p.m. the day before requested publication. ...

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Business Features | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Pipeline protesters arrested at camp
CANNON BALL, N.D. — Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting dozens of holdouts who had defied a government order to leave. It took 3 hours for about 22...

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Business Features | February 24, 2017
Coke says it supports WHO’s sugar guidelines
NEW YORK — Coke says it supports the World Health Organization’s guidelines for limiting added sugar, as the company works on repairing its image in public health circles and reshaping its business. Incoming CEO James Quincey also said the company has “outgrown” its namesake...

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Business Features | February 24, 2017
Poll: Keep enlarged Medicaid expansion
WASHINGTON — A new poll finds that 8 in 10 Americans say lawmakers should keep federal funding that has allowed states to add Medicaid coverage for 11 million low-income people. The survey released today by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation comes as the nation’s governors gather ...

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Bulletin Board | February 24, 2017
Bulletin Board
Today FISH FRY DINNER, baked or fried fish, 4 to 7 p.m., St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, 125 Buttercup Road. Takeout available. FREE COMMUNITY MEAL, 5 to 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St. REFORMERS UNANIMOUS ADDICTION PROGRAM, 7 to 9 p.m., Hannahstown Road Baptist ...

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Cranberry Eblast Only | February 24, 2017
DUI suspect arrested
ZELIENOPLE — A man was found in his vehicle allegedly under the influence of alcohol and with fresh cuts on his body. Police say Nicolas C. Brito, 24, was found lying in his Toyota Camry on the morning of Feb. 14 in the professional building parking lot by Route 19. He was identified with his...

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Cranberry Homepage Photos | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
SV band members perform in festival
Students in the Seneca Valley High School Marching Band participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 5 Band Festival held Feb. 9 to 11 at Butler Intermediate High School. ...

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Our Opinion | February 24, 2017
Finding fertile ground with our county’s farmers
The small, American family farm should be on the endangered species list. But at least here in Butler County they’re not going away quietly. On Tuesday night Butler County Commissioners had their first farm town hall event at Butler County Community College. Farmers jumped at the chance to ai...

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Charles Krauthammer | February 24, 2017
Trump and the ‘Madman theory’
At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practically...

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Robert Samuelson | February 24, 2017
Why Trump loves to hate the media
There was a brief moment after Donald Trump’s election when it was conceivable to ask whether he would strive to be a “uniter” or a “divider.” The moment passed quickly as Trump made it clear that he does not intend to abandon the style of politics — insulting and...

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Other Voices | February 24, 2017
Trump’s Cabinet knows what it takes to succeed
The world is watching as President Donald Trump lurches forward, and for many, the early signs suggest a blend of hubris and incompetence — creating chaos in the nation’s most elevated executive office. For those inclined to panic, I would ask: To what halcyon days are you yearning to r...

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Focus Features | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Knoch stages ‘42nd Street’
SAXONBURG — Knoch High School will present the musical “42nd Street” at 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. March 5. Reserved seat tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the school auditorium lobby from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 to to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5...

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Focus Features | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
SV presents 'Legally Blonde'
JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley High School will present the musical “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. March 3, 4, 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. March 5 at the Seneca Valley Intermediate High School auditorium, 126 Seneca School Road. Tickets — $8 for students and $10 for adu...

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Local News | February 24, 2017
Corrections
In the last paragraph of Wednesday’s city parking monetization article, the quote that was attributed to Butler City Councilman Corey Roche should have been attributed to Butler Mayor Tom Donaldson. ...

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Local News | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Man allegedly attacks woman
ADAMS TWP — Two motorists turned good Samaritans Wednesday to help a woman being attacked by her boyfriend on the side of a road, authorities said. Adams Township police later arrested Nicholas A. Brittner, 28, of Forward Township on assault and other charges. The incident played out shortly...

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Local News | February 24, 2017
Guatemalan DUI suspect arrested
ZELIENOPLE — A man was found in his vehicle allegedly under the influence of alcohol and with fresh cuts on his body. Police say Nicolas C. Brito, 24, was found lying in his Toyota Camry on the morning of Feb. 14 in the professional building parking lot by Route 19. He was identified with his...

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Local News | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Partners laud Mark Gordon’s appointment
Butler County’s economic development partners agree Mark Gordon is the right person to be the county chief of economic development and planning. Ken Raybuck, executive director of the Community Development Corporation of Butler County, said Gordon, 59, the retired AK Steel Butler Works genera...

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Local News | February 24, 2017
Volunteers needed for Jeep festival
The Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association is looking for volunteers for the seventh annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in June. The association is looking for 32 volunteers, ideally from three nonprofit organizations, to help with traffic control and the washing of Jeeps. “We’re loo...

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Local News | February 24, 2017
Officials mull plans for 276 apartments
CRANBERRY TWP — Township supervisors heard plans Thursday night for a new residential development on Brandt Drive that would bring more than 200 apartments to the heart of Cranberry. The plan calls for six buildings with 276 apartments on a 13.8-acre property that borders Brandt Road and Exec...

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Local News | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Man accused of firing shotgun during dispute
WEST LIBERTY — A borough man is accused of firing a shotgun blast Wednesday during an apparent domestic dispute at his Church Road home. Moments earlier, state police said, he had the gun pointed at three people who were trying to get away in a car. No one was hurt. Police arrested Andrew Ja...

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Local News | February 24, 2017
Heroin overdose suspected in 30-year-old man’s death
MUDDY CREEK TWP — A 30-year-old man died of an apparent heroin-related overdose Wednesday at a home in the township, authorities said. Kody A. Sarnese of Muddy Creek Township had been battling drug addiction for some time, according to his family. The family, in their obituary for Sarnese, a...

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Local News | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Suspected drug dealer arrested at school lot
ADAMS TWP — A suspected drug dealer is jailed after he was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a car full of narcotics and other contraband at a Mars Middle School parking lot. And judging by the number of calls and text messages the suspect got on his cell phone while police investiga...

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Local News | February 24, 2017
City passes intent against discrimination
An anti-discrimination resolution was passed 3-1 by Butler City Council at Thursday’s council meeting at the city building. The resolution was initially proposed in October by Mayor Tom Donaldson as a response to the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance created by Parents and Friends of Les...

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Local News | February 24, 2017
Council nixes study, for now
A motion to pay for a study relating to parking monetization was voted down 4-1 at Thursday’s Butler City Council meeting at the city building. HJA Strategies, which presented information on parking monetization to council at Tuesday’s forum meeting, offered to do a study on the city...

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Local News | February 24, 2017
City officer fired for misconduct
A Butler City police sergeant was fired Thursday for misconduct. Sgt. William Mayhugh, an anonymous source confirmed, was the officer terminated for misconduct in a motion passed by a 3-2 vote at the Butler City Council meeting at the city building. Mayhugh, who is president of Fraternal Order of...

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Local News | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Nearly 250 attend latest opioid crisis forum at SR
SLIPPERY ROCK TWP — Nearly 250 people packed the auditorium of Slippery Rock High School on Thursday night to hear the stories of recovering addicts and the advice of health care and law enforcement professionals on how they can help fight back against the county's opioid crisis. The program,...

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Local News | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
CUP founder honored for work
CRANBERRY TWP — Cranberry CUP founder and former president Cathy Cortazzo was honored at the township supervisors meeting Thursday night. Cortazzo recently stepped down as chairman of the Cranberry CUP to focus on her family. The founder of one of Cranberry's most celebrated nonprofits is st...

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Local News | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
In a tight spot
The driver and a passenger from a Buick SUV were checked for minor injuries after an accident involving three vehicles at the intersection of West New Castle and Mercer streets in Butler. The SUV ended up lodged between a utility pole and Tani's Pizza. Tani Balanca, owner of the restaurant, said he ...

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Pennsylvania | February 24, 2017
Motorist jumps off bridge to get away
NEW KENSINGTON — Police were searching for a motorist who sped away, got out of his car, then jumped off a bridge into the Allegheny River after police tried to pull over his car in Western Pennsylvania. Police tried to stop the vehicle in Springdale Township, but the man drove away into neig...

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National | February 24, 2017
Transgender case could go to high court
WASHINGTON — Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boys bathroom and the Virginia school board that won’t let him still want the Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute, even after the Trump administration retreated from an Obama-era policy on bathroom u...

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National | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Conservatives urged not to squander time
OXON HILL, Md. — President Donald Trump’s top aides on Thursday delivered one overriding message to the thousands of conservative activists gathered for their annual conference outside of Washington: Don’t blow it. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, White Ho...

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National | February 24, 2017
Justice Dept. to crack down on legal marijuana
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration’s strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Am...

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National | February 24, 2017
Chief of staff asked FBI to dispute Russia reports
WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official says. The official said that Pri...

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International | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Envoys try to lower tensions with Mexico
MEXICO CITY — There were promises of cooperation, of closer economic ties, and frequent odes to the enduring partnership between the U.S. and its southern neighbor. But there were no public mentions of that massive border wall or President Donald Trump’s plan to deport non-Mexicans to Me...

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International | February 24, 2017
Iraq strikes IS in Syria as Iraqi forces enter Mosul
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time today as Iraqi troops on the ground pushed into western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold held by the Sunni militant group in Iraq. Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the air...

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International | February 24, 2017
Malaysia: Deadly nerve agent used in killing
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The poison used to kill the estranged half- brother of North Korea’s leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said today. The revelation that VX nerve agent, deadly even in minute amounts, was u...

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Police Reports | February 24, 2017
Police Reports
These items have been collected from various police departments. Butler Police Tuesday — Police charged Patrick L. Duncan, 36, no known address, with cashing three forged checks last month at city stores. The checks were taken in a Jan. 21 burglary at a home in Butler Township. The o...

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News Extra | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Local Supercross racer dies
Dylan Slusser, 25, of Clay Township, a competitor in the Monster Energy Supercross Series, died of a severe brain bleed Friday morning in South Carolina. He was there to prepare for a Supercross event. His death was not race-related. ...

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Digital Media Exclusive | February 24, 2017
Motorcycle driver injured in Cranberry Township
A male motorcycle driver was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday night at the intersection of Franklin Road and Route 228 in Cranberry Township. The accident was reported at 6:48 p.m., according to county 911 records. The driver, whose name was not immediately available, was transported to a ...

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Digital Media Exclusive | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Girl scouts build small library
Girl Scouts from Troop 28843 of Butler built a small library that will allow local residents free access to books. After the plan's approval by the Connoquenessing Borough Council, the Scouts built the Little Free Library 48082 in the Connoquenessing Park. One of the Scout's grandfather assisted t...

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Digital Media Exclusive | February 24, 2017
Man arrested after firing shotgun during incident at West Liberty home
WEST LIBERTY — A borough man is accused of firing a shotgun blast Wednesday during an apparent domestic dispute at his Church Road home. Moments earlier, state police said, he had the gun pointed at three people who were trying to get away in a car. No one was hurt. Police arrested Andrew Ja...

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Death Notice | February 24, 2017
Death Notices
Joyce S. Brehm, Butler Lois M. Campbell, Fairview Linda A. Christie, Butler Dorothy Elizabeth Josephs Bankert Deller, Zelienople Mary Anne Varano Henry, formerly of Butler Kody A. Sarnese, Portersville ...

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In Memoriams | February 24, 2017
Louise (Herold) Knauf
Louise (Herold) Knauf February 24, 1985 Our mother and grandma They say there is a reason They say that time will heal. But neither time nor season will change the way we feel For no one knows the heartache that lies behind our smile. No one knows how many times we have broken down and cried,...

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Photo Gallery | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
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Professional Auto Racing | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Hamlin, Elliott win qualifiers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin didn’t need a Toyota teammate to grab another win at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin charged past Dale Earnhardt Jr. with one lap remaining Thursday night to deny Earnhardt a victory a 150-mile qualifying race that Earnhardt dominated. Earnhard...

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Professional Football | February 24, 2017
Cowboys, Cards in HOF game
CANTON, Ohio — Dallas and Arizona will play in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3. With Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner being inducted into the hall this year, the matchup makes sense. For the first time, the game will be played on a Thursday night, two da...

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Professional Hockey | February 24, 2017
Penguins deal for Hainsey
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford turned to an old friend to give his team’s injury ravaged defense a needed boost. The Penguins acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from Carolina on Thursday. Pittsburgh sent minor-league forward Danny Kristo and a draft pick to...

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College Basketball | February 24, 2017
No. 1 Gonzaga hikes record to 29-0
SAN DIEGO — Josh Perkins and Jordan Mathews scored 15 points apiece, and Johnathan Williams had 14 points and 19 rebounds for No. 1 Gonzaga, which overwhelmed San Diego 96-38 on Thursday night to improve to 29-0 and clinch the West Coast Conference title. The 58-point victory margin was the b...

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High School Basketball | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Experience pays off for Blackhawk, 67-44
WEXFORD — In a three-point game midway through the third quarter, the Freeport girls basketball team was trying to pull off an upset. Things were going the Yellowjackets’ way. Freshmen Sidney Shemanski was scoring. Junior Jenna Manke was dominating on the glass and Blackhawk was reeling...

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High School Basketball | February 24, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Finishing kick works for Gremlins
CLARION — Needing a spark, a familiar contributor for Karns City's boys basketball team rose to the occasion. The Gremlins had scored just three points in the second quarter and trailed at halftime of Thursday's District 9 Class AAA semifinal against Moniteau. Senior forward Chandler Turner ...

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High School Wrestling | February 24, 2017
Mars’ Hornfeck only local top seed
One thing is certain about the Section 3 Individual Wrestling Championships Saturday at Fox Chapel High School. It will be a battle. Only one Butler County wrestler — Mars 126-pounder Alex Hornfeck (26-1) — has a No. 1 seed in the tournament. Stellar matmen like Seneca Valley’s L...

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High School Round Up | February 24, 2017
Breen’s 31 sparks CWNC girls, 51-45
Sam Breen scored 31 points and the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls basketball team survived a scare with a 51-45 win over Central Valley in the WPIAL 4A quarterfinals Thursday night. The Trojanettes, the defending PIAA champion, led by 11 at the half with Breen scoring 16 points, but Central Va...

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Horseshoes | February 24, 2017
Horseshoe League
Hooker Horseshoe Winter League Standings Team #2 254-12, Team #3 24-12, Team #4 23-13, Team #1 21-15, Team #5 20-16, Team #8 12-24, Team #6 10-26, Team #7 10-26 Week 6 Results Team #1 5, Team #3 1 Team #2 5, Team #4 1 Team #5 4, Team #7 2 Team #6 3, Team #8 3 Individual Results Team #1: Bob...

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In Brief | February 24, 2017
In Brief
Mavericks’ trade targeting future DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks made two plays for the future, acquiring big man Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers before the trading deadline and waiving point guard Deron Williams to clear the way for rookie Yogi Ferrell. The Mavericks se...

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Trivia | February 24, 2017
Trivia
What pitcher has the most 200-strikeout seasons in Pittsburgh Pirates history? ...

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Scoreboard | February 24, 2017
Events
Friday Boys Basketball WPIAL Class 5A Playoffs Mars vs. Laurel Highlands, 8 p.m., at Canon McMillan Girls Basketball District 9 Playoffs Karns City vs. Moniteau, 7:30 p.m., at Clarion University Wrestling Slippery Rock, Grove City in District 10 championships at Sharon Swimming WPIA...

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