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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 …
Top-seeded Seton-La Salle girls eliminate West Shamokin in first round of Class AA playoffs
By Matt Grubba
There was no stunning upset to be had for West Shamokin, but the Wolves didn’t let themselves get mowed over by Class AA’s top team. No. 1 Seton-La Salle started its path toward a repeat appearance in the WPIAL final by pulling away from No. 16 West Shamokin in the …
Ford City, Kittanning girls to share Section 1-AAA
By Matt Grubba
The Ford City/Kittanning rivalry will be a double-dip next season in girls basketball. The Sabers and Wildcats were placed together in Section 1-AAA in the WPIAL’s new winter sports alignments released on Tuesday for 2014-15 and 2015-16. The rivals will be joined in the section by Deer Lakes, Hampton, Highlands, …
Hockenberry makes history for West Shamokin wrestling
By Bill West
Call him the beneficiary of timing or a small bracket, but West Shamokin sophomore Bill Hockenberry still goes in the books as the Wolves’ first section title winner. With two wins Saturday at Avonworth, Hockenberry (21-6) became champion of Section 3-AA’s 106-pound class. He beat Burrell freshman Dean Edwards, 14-13, …
West Shamokin girls prevail over Riverview
By Bill West
Though they hope the play-by-play particulars of their WPIAL Class AA preliminary round game will fade from people’s memories, members of the West Shamokin girls …
Armstrong County schools could cross top seeds in basketball playoffs
By Matt Grubba
If Section 1-AA is to repeat its two-semifinalist performance from last year’s boys basketball tournament, its teams will need to take out top seeds early. …
New coach tries to right West Shamokin’s boys soccer program
By Matt Grubba
It has been a school year in which West Shamokin’s football team and basketball programs have excelled, and Joe Treglia hopes he can help another of the school’s programs turn into a success story. Treglia, an assistant principal at West Shamokin High School, became the school’s boys soccer coach after …
Big rally sends West Shamokin girls basketball team to key victory
By Matt Grubba
A big second half ensured that West Shamokin’s girls will finish second. Kelly Clowser scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Wolves, who clinched at least a share of second place in Section 1-AA with a come-from-behind win over Ford City, 39-37, on Wednesday night. The win snapped …
Allegheny Conference gets new look with Armstrong County teams
By Matt Grubba
The Allegheny Conference is now just as much an Armstrong conference. The WPIAL Board of Control approved fall sports alignments for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school year Tuesday, and the result is one Class AA football conference that lumps together five Armstrong County high schools e_SEmD Kittanning, Ford City, West …
Apollo-Ridge shows depth to hold off West Shamokin
By Matt Grubba
Tre Tipton put his team in front, and his Apollo-Ridge teammates handled business in the fourth quarter. The Vikings got 17 points from Tipton before he left the game with a shoulder injury, and Apollo-Ridge picked up a Section 1-AA win at West Shamokin, 57-44, in a battle of one-loss …
Ford City girls surge past West Shamokin with second-half runs
By Matt Grubba
Trailing by three at halftime, the Ford City girls basketball team went into the locker room and came out looking like a different team. The …
9 matches end in pins as Kittanning tops West Shamokin
By Matt Grubba
It was a match with the type of wrestling one would have seen at the ancient Olympics e_SEmD bouts ended only when someone was on …
West Shamokin boys control tempo, claim Section 1-AA win
By Matt Grubba
Tempo made all the difference between West Shamokin and Ford City. The Wolves dictated a slower pace of play long enough to build an 11-point …
West Shamokin girls squeak past Apollo-Ridge in section opener
By Matt Grubba
West Shamokin led the whole way Thursday night against Apollo-Ridge, but the lead rarely was comfortable. The Wolves made just enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the visiting Vikings, 40-38, in the Section 1-AA opener for both. Tristan Cribbs and Lizzy Cornish scored 11 points each for …
Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Allegheny Conference could feature more local teams
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While the WPIAL has not released its new football alignments for next season, there is speculation among local schools that a Class AA conference with up to eight Alle-Kiski Valley teams could happen. It has been confirmed that two local teams will join the Double-A ranks. Highlands will drop from …
Leader Times roundup: West Shamokin wins 1st tipoff tournament since ’08
By Staff Reports
West Shamokin opened the boys basketball season by bringing home a trophy. Zane Clowser scored 17 points to lead the Wolves to a win over Marion Center, 52-32, in the championship game of the Marion Center Tournament on Saturday. Jake Hough added 13 points and Alex Lasslo 11 for the …
West Shamokin’s success depends on blend of old, new players
By Matt Grubba
A large senior class walked out the door last year for the West Shamokin boys basketball team, but the Wolves have plenty of young players …
Stability should aid West Shamokin girls basketball team
By Matt Grubba
The team’s leading scorer is gone, but nearly everything else remains the same for the West Shamokin girls basketball team. The Wolves return four starters …
Returning wrestlers provide optimism for West Shamokin
By Matt Grubba
With powerhouses Burrell and Kittanning sharing the same section, West Shamokin knows the best thing for its wrestling team to do is attempt to make progress. The Wolves come into this season with a larger turnout for their team, and among that group are plenty of young wrestlers putting in …

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