Chris Dugan

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Chris Dugan has been covering local sports for more than 30 years and has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986. He was named sports editor in 2006. Before joining the O-R, he was sports editor at the Democrat-Messenger in Waynesburg. He is a former member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Jul 2017


Huntington needs to be patient as trade deadline approaches

The rumors have been increasing in recent days as baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Because the Pirates are five games below .500 and in fourth place in the National League’s Central Division they are considered to be in selling mode. Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole are the names most often mentioned in discussions about the Pirates’ bargaining chips on the trade market.

The biggest problem for general manager Neal Huntington is figuring out if his team is still in playoff contention or not. The NL Central is a division filled with flawed teams. The Pirates are seven games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. It might be wise for Huntington to have some patience before deciding if the Pirates will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.

There is still reason to watch baseball, especially for the next week, when the Pirates play NL Central opponents. Pittsburgh opens the season’s second half with seven home games against division rivals, three this weekend against St. Louis and four next week against Milwaukee.


Jun 2017


Title turns West Greene from hunted to hunters

CALIFORNIA – One popular sports axiom says it’s tougher to defend a championship than it is to win one for the first time.

Another such belief is that it’s difficult to beat a good team three times in a season.

The West Greene High School softball team destroyed both of those theories Thursday afternoon with an impressive 10-0 thumping of Monessen in the WPIAL Class A championship game at California University, even if Pioneers coach Bill Simms says nothing about this season has been easy.