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A-K Valley high school football notebook: Burrell, Freeport match dual-threat QBs

Burrell and Freeport will match two of the area's top run-first quarterbacks Friday night at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium. But with the way things have ...

A-K Valley Q&A: Apollo-Ridge's Daylon Wells

Daylon Wells was all over the field Friday in Apollo-Ridge's 48-34 win over Class 3A Allegheny Conference rival Burrell. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior lined up ...

The Birdie asks:Where has the defense gone?

The Birdie knows the game of football enough to make his weekly picks — "Yeah, right," yells a news writer — but he's been wondering ...

Brown scores five touchdowns in return to lead Apollo-Ridge

Senior Duane Brown returned with relentless potency — at a new position and, self-admittedly, at around 90-percent speed — and Apollo-Ridge fed off his energy ...

Touchdown Brown set to return as Apollo-Ridge hosts Burrell

Duane Brown was all dressed up with no place to go last week. Call it a dress rehearsal for the real thing this week — ...

Birdie says it's time for high school teams to release depth charts

Rule changes never sit well with the Birdie, who, as evidenced by last week's picks column, resists change. He'd rather be happy than harried. "It ...

Fantastic freshmen step up for A-K Valley soccer teams

With Highlands facing a 2-0 deficit in the second half of a Section 3-AAA game against Indiana last week, coach Brad Walker turned to his ...

Apollo-Ridge dominates Shady Side Academy

Apollo-Ridge evened its record while posting its first conference win of the season, but coach John Skiba still is not satisfied. "We won 40-21, but we ...

A-K Valley HSFB notebook: Steel Valley's Ford a familiar foe for Valley

Valley can't seem to avoid Paris Ford. The star wideout and defensive back wreaked havoc on the Vikings last season when he played at Seton-La ...

First-half interception sparks Beaver Falls to win over Apollo-Ridge

Apollo-Ridge was moving the ball and looked as if it would cut its deficit in half heading into halftime. But that changed in one minute. ...

High school notebook: Verkleeren to wrestle at Iowa State; Lee wins world title

Former Belle Vernon wrestler Jarod Verkleeren, who is enrolled at Hempfield for his senior year, has made a verbal commitment to Iowa State to continue ...

Apollo-Ridge's Brown commits to RMU

Duane Brown suited up for football practice after school Tuesday with a lot less on his mind. The on-the-mend Apollo-Ridge standout can now continue his road ...

Deer Lakes sails past Apollo-Ridge in season opener

Deer Lakes rolled out its new carpet for the first time in a game and also introduced quarterback David Fleming, several new players and an ...

New playing surface, new script for Deer Lakes-Apollo-Ridge matchup

There was some jovial talk this week at Deer Lakes that said the reason the football team had its artificial turf replaced was to erase ...

Birdie turning up the heat for Week 1 games

The Birdie may have been hit with some karma last Friday night when he cramped up and fell off his chair in the Springdale press ...

Apollo-Ridge beats Leechburg behind senior RB Coleman

With running back Duane Brown recovering from an offseason knee injury, the Apollo-Ridge Vikings were looking for someone to pick up the slack. Enter Brett Coleman. The ...

A-K Valley high school football notebook: Kiski Area chooses starting quarterback

Football season opens Friday night with the mysterious Week Zero, but there no longer is any mystery as to who will start at quarterback for ...

Freshman quartet will fuel Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team

To judge the success of last season's Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team by wins and losses would be shortsighted and unfair. In their first season as ...

The Birdie opens year with Zero expectations

The Birdie says the pressure's off for his first week of predictions. The Alle-Kiski Valley's gridiron guru isn't concerned about wins and losses. "The PIAA has ...

Alle-Kiski Valley teams split on Week Zero

When it came time to decide whether to play a scrimmage or full-fledged game in the new "Week Zero," Springdale football coach Dave Leasure left ...

Apollo-Ridge star RB Brown vows to return this season

A few weeks ago, Duane Brown said he might sit out the entire football season after surgery and rehab for a torn ACL and MCL ...

The Birdie: Move to six classes, 'Week Zero' do more harm than good

Last season: 97-19 (.836) Twitter: @TheBirdie_VND The Birdie begins the season with his wing in a sling — from a game of Pokemon ...

A-K Valley signal-callers with varying styles set to lead teams

Brayden Thimons knows his Highlands football. He has followed recent team history with a careful curiosity, and always with an eye toward the future — ...

WPIAL Class 4A breakdown: Lots of unknowns in redesigned 4A

Before they took the field against Apollo-Ridge last season, Sam Albert told his Highlands football players to enjoy the atmosphere. For those of his players ...

Brown's status Apollo-Ridge's biggest question mark

Apollo-Ridge already knows what life is like without Duane Brown. The skilled running back and defensive back missed three games last season with a concussion. The ...


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