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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 Redhawks
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 8:34 p.m.
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 …

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