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Leader Times notebook: Pitt recruits to face off in Week 3

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:06 p.m.
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PINEHURST, NC - JUNE 17: Eleven-year old Amateur Lucy Li of the United States hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 69th U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 17, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

When Kittanning and Apollo-Ridge clash on the football field Sept. 12, Wildcats and Vikings fans might be joined by more than a few interested Pitt fans.

Apollo-Ridge all-state defensive back Tre Tipton made a verbal commitment to the Panthers and coach Paul Chryst while on campus Saturday, which made him the seventh member of Pitt's Class of 2015 and the second from Armstrong County after Kittanning wide receiver Nick Bowers committed in January.

“Coach Chryst said he couldn't wait for me to come in and put work in,” Tipton told Trib Total Media's Bill Beckner.

“I got to talk with (former Clairton star) Tyler Boyd (at the Pitt camp). He told me he felt like he could be a big help to me. He thinks we can work together well as teammates.”

It's not a common occurrence for two major conference Division I football players from Armstrong County to be in the same class, and it's more rare that they will line up directly across from each other before becoming teammates.

Tipton was recruited to Pitt as a wide receiver, and Bowers will be a tight end. When the Wildcats and Vikings meet this fall, however, Tipton will have to help cover Bowers in Kittanning's spread offense, and they could also cross paths with Tipton at receiver and Bowers at his linebacker spot.

As happy as Tipton is to have made a college decision, he also made it clear he's excited for Apollo-Ridge's first season back in the Class AA Allegheny Conference. The Vikings start with games against West Shamokin and Valley before the Week 3 showdown with Bowers and defending champ Kittanning.

“I can't wait to get started (at Pitt), but I have my senior left, and we want to keep winning and keep things going (at Apollo-Ridge),” Tipton said.

Klodowski barely misses

Carnegie Mellon rising sophomore and Kittanning alum Jordan Klodowski missed the cut by a single stroke Monday in the 114th West Penn Amateur Golf Championship at the Penn State Blue/White Golf Courses.

Klodowski shot rounds of 73 and 76 on the 36-hole first day to finish with a 7-over-par 149, a score that left he and five others outside of the top 36 who advanced to Tuesday's final round.

The missed cut didn't slow down Klodowski's summer, as he competed in the Boys “A” Division of the Keystone's Premier Golf Association's Region 2 Championship at Cedarbrook Golf Course on Tuesday. Klodowski finished third in his division with a round of 76.

Gabor adds final honor

Westminster graduate Haley Gabor, a Ford City product, ran her final collegiate track meet nearly a month ago, but she just added another conference honor.

Gabor was selected as one of the two Presidents' Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Month for May by the conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She graduated with a degree in chemistry and a 3.158 grade-point average.

The co-MVP of the 2014 PAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Gabor also was this year's recipient of Westminster's Marjorie A. Walker award, which is given to the school's outstanding female student-athlete.

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Grubba_Trib.

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