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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 …
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 …

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