Northgate Head Coach Mike Pipak is flanked by Chase Staiger and Connor Doscher.

The Northgate Marching Band's woodwind section is especially pretty in pink at last Friday's football game.

Ryan Schmid opens a clear path for Jake Szolis.

Even upside down and doing a one-handed hand stand, Josh Douglas does not let go of that football.

Northgate quarterback Jon Girvin prepares to fire a pass to Rob Vickers.

Avonworth's Ricky Lawniczak takes advantage of some excellent blocking to gain yardage in Friday's win over Beth Center.

Ricky Lawniczak is pursued by a pack of Bulldogs.

Quarterback Brian Vales throws a pass to Andrew Niklaus.

Northgate's Frank Camello takes down a Raider.

Justin Parra is chased down by Riverview defenders.

A Leechburg running back doesn’t get far, thanks to Avonworth’s Dan Coulter.

The gazebo at Bayne Park was spruced up by volunteers.

More than 125 volunteers took to the streets and parks and lots and buildings of Bellevue last Saturday, accomplishing a long list of projects as part of the “Improve the Vue” project sponsored by the Bellevue Initiative for Growth (BIG).

There were notable wins both on and off the playing fields at both local high schools last Friday night. Pictured above, Northgate homecoming queen Bridgit Walters (center) was crowned at halftime of the Flames’ destruction of Wilkinsburg. She is flanked by the 2010 homecoming court (from left): Carolyn Denes, Amanda Sharlow, Julia Lauria, Emily Sybo, Sarah Dunn and Caitlyn Manion.

There was more than a little fun and excitement thrown in as Bellevue held a Health and Safety Day at Bayne Park last Saturday. Sponsored by the Bellevue police and fire departments, Allegheny General Hospital and NorthWest EMS, the event offered an afternoon full of educational and entertaining attractions for people of all ages. Pictured here, LifeFlight pilot Bryan Bly makes sure that Owen McKee, 4, of Ross, is strapped in tight in the helicopter seat.

Christopher Neal, 6, of Brighton Heights, demonstrates his agility in contests sponsored by the AGH sports medicine department.

Jonathan and Gabriella Pendrak think sharing the front seat of a Bellevue firetruck with grandpa Robert Shipman, a volunteer firefighter, is lots of fun.

Bellevue Police Sgt. Matt Lucas answers questions for Bailey Lubawski and Allysa Spezzano of Allentown, who were visiting Bellevue for the day.

NorthWest EMS's Matt McDanel explains to residents about the NorthWest EMS river rescue team.

Let's just put it this way, you don't ever want to be someplace that NorthWest EMS has to send this truck to help you, but if you are there, you're going to be very happy that the local ambulance service has these kinds of capabilities.

One of the LST vessels that put American troops onto the beaches of Normandy on D-Day was returned from Greece, and this week passed along the Ohio River in the North Boroughs, stopping in Emsworth Wednesday morning.

World War II “state-of-the-art” communications equipment has been restored in the LST, including a functioning Morse Code transmitter.

Arthur was absolutely shocked when Avalon swimming pool manager Catie Makatura told him that dogs are not allowed in the pool. Who made up that silly rule? Fortunately Arthur has his own pool at home, so he & Catie are still friends.

The Avonworth football team took home its first hotdog eating trophy in the third annual event last Friday. Pictured above with head coach Jason Kekseo, the Antelopes slipped past their Northgate opponents in a tie-breaking round. A number of people commented on how spiffy the ‘Lopes looked with their names on the back of their jerseys.