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Leader Times Q&A: West Shamokin’s Zac Horner

By Matt Grubba
When Zac Horner and his fellow seniors step off the field for the final time Friday at Curwensville, they will do so as the winningest ...
West Shamokin dominates Deer Lakes
By R.A. Monti
West Shamokin’s all-time winningest class ended its high school football careers in style Friday night with a 34-20 win over Deer Lakes at Jack E. Boyer Stadium. Behind four-year starting running back Zac Horner, the Wolves (4-5, 3-4) picked up the 26th win in program history. Half of those have come ...
The Leader eager for Kittanning finale
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 5-2 (.714) Season: 43-11 (.796) After saying farewell to Ford City at home last week, now it’s Kittanning’s turn to say goodbye to its Wildcats on home turf. The Leader was overwhelmed by the display of support from the Sabers fans at Friday’s game against West Shamokin, and only ...
West Shamokin girls volleyball team falls short in playoffs
By Ed Phillipps
For the past 17 years, the Beaver girls volleyball team has been a playoff team. Yet the Bobcats had not made it out of the first round since 2007. They broke their second-round drought at the expense of No. 6 West Shamokin with a 3-2 victory in the first round ...
West Shamokin spoils Ford City festivities
By Matt Grubba
A night that began as a celebration for Ford City football ended with one for West Shamokin. Wolves quarterback Alex Lasslo scored both touchdowns and ...
The Leader says a proper home is key for Riverhawks
By The Leader
Last week: 7-0 (1.000) Season: 38-9 (.809) The Leader has a call in to the Audubon Society after reading earlier this week about a group of homeless ‘Hawks. It’s almost a year until the Armstrong Riverhawks are scheduled to make their debut on the football field, but the team already suffered ...
Ford City looks to stay in playoff hunt in last ever home game
By Matt Grubba
Ford City will turn up the lights for the Sabers’ last ever home game Friday night. West Shamokin hopes the night ends with the lights ...
West Shamokin stays positive in defeat
By George Guido
Many Armstrong County observers wondered how West Shamokin and Apollo-Ridge would do moving up to Class AA after both had successful Class A seasons last year. While Apollo-Ridge has already secured a Class AA playoff berth, West Shamokin has showed it can compete in the Allegheny Conference. Case in point was ...
Playoff implications loom as West Shamokin heads to Shady Side Academy
By Matt Grubba
Though their records are opposite, West Shamokin and Shady Side Academy have very good reasons to view their meeting as a must-win. The Wolves are the ...
Allegheny Conference games heating up for The Leader
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 6-0 (1.000) Season: 31-9 (.775) It’s do-or-die time in the  Allegheny Conference. With a jumbled middle of the pack in the league — six of the 10 teams fall between 4-2 and 2-4 — and only Highlands and Apollo-Ridge rising above the morass, there are eight teams with a ...
Sabers shut down Wolves; in tie for 1st place
By Matt Grubba
Ford City’s route to its first volleyball section title is a clear path. Justyne Lasher had a match-high 15 kills to lead the Sabers to a 3-0 Section 3-AA win Tuesday at West Shamokin, which puts Ford City in sole possession of first place with just three matches remaining. The Sabers (11-1, ...
West Shamokin uses effective running game to beat Valley
By R.A. Monti
West Shamokin coach John McCullough thinks his team is peaking at the right time. That was apparent Friday night, as the Wolves beat Valley, 35-28, in ...
West Shamokin’s ground game too much for Burrell
By R.A. Monti
West Shamokin’s thunder-and-lightening ground attack was too much for Burrell to overcome Friday night. Wolves (1-4, 1-4) running backs Zac Horner (134 yards on 22 carries) and Andrew Wingard (139 yards on 16 carries) combined for 273 of the team’s 395 rushing yards in the 41-13 win over the Bucs ...
Leader Times Q&A: West Shamokin’s Brandon Stover
By Matt Grubba
Brandon Stover hasn’t posted the numbers of senior backfield mates Zac Horner and Andrew Wingard, but the West Shamokin junior running back/safety has done a ...
WPIAL programs familiar with Carlynton’s player shortage
By Bill West
Thrust into the top leadership spot after his predecessor resigned three games into Carlynton’s football season, coach Scott Yoder strived to create a reassuring environment ...
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 McCullough. “That ...
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. Outside hitter ...
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 offensive ...
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 12 kills, ...
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 ...
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 came ...
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 ...

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