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SPORTS Straub's Mon Valley United F.C. Young Boys Bring Keystone Cup Back Home to the Mon Valley
Tribute to Mon Valley Coaching Legend Joe Anders Honors Contributions to Local Soccer
Following in the tradition and footsteps of the great club soccer teams established in the Mon Valley (Dunlevy, Belle Vernon, Gallatin, Belle Vernon, Charleroi, Elizabeth, and Monongahela), the Straub's Mon Valley United F.C. Young Boys brought the PA West Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League Keystone Cup Players pose with the Keystone Cup trophy at Highmark back home to the Mon Stadium. Kneeling: Matt Snyder; Brody Ruffner; Mike De Angelis; Carl Dei Cas; Nick Munnell; Travis Roades; Colin Pastor Valley by winning the Standing: Ian Herzig; Jack Bethune; Nick Gaudy; Mike championship game Bethune; Ryan Hunsburger; Ryan Gaudy; Aaron Frech against the Pittsburgh Care Bears by a 8- 0 score on Sunday November 6, 2016. The game took place at Highmark Stadium, home of the Riverhounds, in Pittsburgh.
On Saturday November 5, 2016, the Mon Valley United F.C. Club honored Joe Anders for his contributions to local soccer in the Mon Valley. Joe was the founder of the Belle Vernon High School team Joe Anders holds his tribute ball, signed by and coached them 78 players and alumni in attendance. for 18 successful seasons. Coach Anders also had significant into local youth, sandlot, and officiating programs. MVU and Seneca Valley played a tribute match at Belle Vernon Stadium with a touching pre-game ceremony, featuring many of his former players. Joe did the Walk of Fame with both teams and former players forming a reception line extending from the sidelines to the center circle. Tribute speeches were delivered by MVU-FC founders John and Greg Pastor, along with former players and district coaches Dave King and Dan Weight paying additional homage and tribute to former MVU players who recently passed away this year. These included former Belle Vernon Head Coach Paul Sasko and Former Charleroi Head Coach George Watkins. A special tribute ball signed by players and alumni in attendance (78 signees) was given to Joe along with gifts at the end of the ceremony.
Two Ringgold Student Athletes Continue Their Sports Careers
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One of Ringgold’s senior swimmers, Sarah Noll, signed with West Virginia Wesleyan. Pictured (l-r) are: Bethany Curzi (Head Swimming Coach), Sarah Noll, and Faith Noll (Mom). Sarah currently holds school records in 100 yard back, 100 yard butterfly, and her relay holds records in 200 medley, 200 freestyle, and 400 freestyle.
Ringgold’s tennis star, Olivia Warner, signed with Slippery Rock University. Pictured (l-r) on November 16 are: Front row – Ken Warner (Dad), Olivia Warner, and Jan Warner (Mom); Back row – Matt Meredith (Slippery Rock Head Coach) and Sally Phillips (Ringgold Head Tennis Coach).
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