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Kittanning soccer snaps 33-game losing streak

By Matt Grubba
The Kittanning boys soccer team ended its 33-game losing streak, but it had to put in overtime to do it. Nash Matson scored off a back-heeled assist from Dylan Duttry in the 91st minute to give the Wildcats the win over West Shamokin, 1-0, in a Section 2-AA match on …
Freeport holds on for 28-26 victory over West Shamokin
By William Whalen
Freeport found out wins don’t come easily in the Allegheny Conference. The Yellowjackets led 14-0 at halftime Friday but had to stave off a comeback by West Shamokin, prevailing 28-26 at James Swartz Memorial Field. “Down 14-0 at the half, we could have packed it in,” West Shamokin coach Jon …
Kittanning volleyball humbled by West Shamokin in 3-set loss
By Matt Grubba
Kittanning’s first in-section trip to West Shamokin in three years wasn’t a pleasant one for the Wildcats. The Wolves jumped out early on a Wildcats team plagued by errors to win 3-0 on Tuesday and move into a three-way tie with Derry and Ford City for first in Section 3-AA. …
Highlands defense dominates West Shamokin
By Matt Grubba
Highlands’ first-team defense turned in another first-rate  performance. The Class AA No. 6 Golden Rams scored a defensive touchdown, and their starters didn’t allow an …
Ford City beats West Shamokin to take Section 3-AA lead
By Matt Grubba
The time when Ford City volleyball can fly under the radar might have ended Thursday. The Sabers gutted out two sets that reached extra points to come out with a 3-0 win over West Shamokin and take sole possession of first place in Section 3-AA. Justyne Lasher had a match-high …
Turnovers lead No. 5 Kittanning past West Shamokin
By Matt Grubba
The first home game of Kittanning’s final season had no shortage of highlights for the Wildcats’ fans. Sophomore Zane Dudek rushed for three touchdowns and …
Near miss gives The Leader room to improve
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 6-1 (.857) Season: 6-1 (.857) Leechburg left The Leader feeling a little blue Saturday. After a perfect 6-0 start to the season Friday night, a road win by the Blue Devils in Wilkinsburg would have made it a 7-0 start to the year and made a statement to …
County neighbors Kittanning, West Shamokin renew rivalry
By Matt Grubba
For all the hype around the season-ending Ford City-Kittanning matchup, the Armstrong School District’s other high school will be the first to get a shot …
Tipton accounts for 4 TDs in Apollo-Ridge’s 41-21 victory over West Shamokin
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge’s big-play ability showed up opening night. Pitt recruit Tre Tipton scored three touchdowns and passed for another, and five of the Vikings’ six scores …
Storylines galore dominate new football season
By Tribune-Review
It doesn’t seem that long ago that South Fayette topped Karns City in the PIAA quarterfinals to end the football season in Armstrong County and send The Leader to his winter home in Florida. Nearly nine months to the day has passed since that game, but The Leader has followed …
Allegheny Conference newcomers Apollo-Ridge, West Shamokin are familiar foes
By Matt Grubba
One of the newcomers to the Allegheny Conference is about to begin their season 1-0. Former Class A Eastern Conference foes West Shamokin and Apollo-Ridge …
West Shamokin QB Lasslo perfect maestro for Wing-T attack
By Matt Grubba
With spread offenses letting high school quarterbacks throw all over the field, West Shamokin’s Alex Lasslo looks like a throwback in comparison. Lasslo, a senior, …
West Shamokin hoping recent history repeats itself
By Matt Grubba
The Wolves made history last season, but will 2014 be an encore performance? Only five players graduated from a West Shamokin team that posted the …
West Shamokin builds stronger softball feeder system
By Matt Grubba
The game played Tuesday night at the West Shamokin softball field quite likely was a preview of the Wolves’ intrasquad scrimmage in 2017. The West …
Dean leads five West Shamokin players on all-section volleyball
By Staff Reports
Five West Shamokin boys volleyball players were honored for their play this spring with spots on the all-Section 2-AA teams chosen by the section’s coaches. Junior outside hitter Ryan Dean was the lone first-team selection from the Wolves, who again reached the WPIAL playoffs this season. He was the only …
West Shamokin bows out of boys volleyball playoffs
By Matt Grubba
West Shamokin was knocked out of the WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball playoffs by Thomas Jefferson, 3-0, in a first-round game Tuesday at Penn-Trafford. It was the second straight first-round exit for the Wolves, who lost in straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-15 and 25-19. Ryan Dean and Brendon …
Wolves given little time to prepare for tourney
By Staff Reports
There’s not going to be much preparation time for West Shamokin’s boys volleyball playoff action. The Wolves were given the 10th seed Monday, and will face No. 7 Thomas Jefferson at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Penn-Trafford High School in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA tournament. West Shamokin …
Relatively inexperienced West Shamokin hopes to perform well in playoffs
By Matt Grubba
With West Shamokin locked into another boys volleyball playoff spot, the Wolves hope to make something happen when the postseason begins. The Wolves have a …
Local baseball teams ready to resume schedule
By Matt Grubba
High school baseball season is almost three weeks old, but you’d never know it by looking at the standings. Rain, snow and a lack of clear days to allow fields to dry out have conspired to keep teams off the field. But with warmer, sunnier days in the forecast, local …
West Shamokin, Ford City boys volleyball teams strive for same goal
By Matt Grubba
The challenges are different for West Shamokin’s and Ford City’s boys volleyball teams, but both hope to raise the level of their program in 2014. The Wolves are coming off a third-place finish in Section 2-AA, with only a few returning faces in the lineup. Their section rival, the Sabers, …
West Shamokin’s Clowser lights up Cager Classic
By George Guido
West Shamokin senior guard Zane Clowser is headed to Pitt-Johnstown this fall to study electrical engineering. Saturday night, Clowser helped lead an electrifying comeback as …
Ford City, Fox Chapel connect at Classic skills event
By Matt Grubba
An FC connection was a winning combination to end the Cager Classic’s skills competition. Ford City’s Ally Cujas and Fox Chapel’s Brian Papich combined for …
Kittanning softball team covets playoff berth after 2013’s near-miss
By Matt Grubba
One year after a four-team tiebreaker left Kittanning out of the WPIAL softball playoffs, the Wildcats are ready to avoid that scenario this year. The …
Cager Classic will be last game for many local players
By Matt Grubba
Some of the area’s top basketball seniors will take the court one last time this weekend. The 18th annual Cager Classic takes place Friday and …
Newcomers find Class AA wrestling regionals daunting, but they’re still alive for states
By Bill West
Kittanning sophomore 220-pounder Jacob Robb noticed just the largeness and loudness of Cambria County War Memorial when he stood in the middle of the Johnstown …

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