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Windy night gives Redbank Valley RB Hetrick chance to shine in win over Coudersport

By Jerin Steele
With the windy conditions Friday night, Wyatt Hetrick said he knew he was going to get opportunities to run the ball. Hetrick made the most of his chances. Hetrick’s 273-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance, coupled with a strong second half on defense, helped top-seeded Redbank Valley fend off Coudersport, 24-16, in the first ...
Bulldogs moving through checklist as Coudersport looms
By Jerin Steele
Redbank Valley had a few milestones it wanted to cross off its list this season. • Beat rival Clarion for the first time in over a decade. Check. • Win the school’s first KSAC Small School Division title. Check. There’s another huge item the Bulldogs would like put a ...
Through the years: Cowanshannock celebrates 1st win 75 years ago
By George Guido Through The Years
Editor’s note: Each Friday during the high school football season, the Leader Times will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are part of local scholastic history. Cowanshannock Township High School played its first football game Oct. 18, 1940, a 19-0 victory over ...
Three sets of identical twins punctuate roster at Redbank Valley
By Jerin Steele
If one is standing near the edge of the parking lot at Redbank Valley High School, the sound of the Redbank Creek can be heard ...
Veterans to help transition for new QB at Redbank Valley
By Jerin Steele
Replacing a four-year starter at quarterback is never easy at the high school level, especially one like Jake Dougherty, who set the Pennsylvania single-game record ...
Hinderliter sets personal best while winning PIAA gold in javelin
By Doug Gulasy
SHIPPENSBURG — Brooke Hinderliter didn’t have a particular distance in mind when she came to the PIAA track and field championships to compete in javelin ...
Redbank Valley falls in District 9 quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Redbank Valley’s 122-mile road trip didn’t have a win at the end of it. Brandon Brabham pitched the complete game and struck out eight to send ...
Karns City recovers to reach District 9 finals again
By Matt Grubba
It is back to the District 9 finals for Karns City softball. Gremlins pitcher Taylor Downs allowed two earned runs in seven innings and drove in ...
Redbank Valley baseball team prepares for long District 9 jaunt
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley baseball came a long way this year, but its reward is having to travel a long way to start the playoffs. The No. 6 Bulldogs (9-7) will make their first District 9 playoff appearance since winning the Class AA title in 2010 when they go on the road to ...
Bats awaken for Karns City softball team
By Matt Grubba
Karns City’s softball team walked off the bus and came out swinging. Clara Stoughton’s two-run double opened the scoring in a four-run first inning, and the Gremlins kept pulling away for a 9-0 win Wednesday in a KSAC-South game in New Bethlehem. Ashley Coon was 3 for 4 with two runs and ...
Redbank Valley’s Dougherty, Ford City’s Davis named Leader Times Players of the Year
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley’s Jake Dougherty and Ford City’s Christina Davis were named the Leader Times Basketball Players of the Year. JAKE DOUGHERTY Redbank Valley ...
Leader Times notebook: Redbank Valley’s Hinderliter earns all-state basketball honor
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley basketball player Brooke Hinderliter earned her third all-state honor in as many years by being named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AA ...
Leader Times notebook: Burrell girls soccer coach Heder anxious for season to start
By Matt Grubba  and Bill Beckner Jr.
Crystal Heder never got to coach girls soccer in a WPIAL section in her three years at Kittanning because the program remained at the club level. With Kittanning closing to merge with Ford City and girls soccer numbers down, Heder decided not to apply for the girls job at soon-to-be-formed ...
Undefeated Aliquippa proves too much for Redbank Valley, 70-36
By George Guido
Twenty-eight times this season, Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich has used the same pregame slogan: “If we do what we do, no one’s going to beat us.” It worked again Saturday as the Quips forced six turnovers on Redbank Valley’s first seven possessions, and Aliquippa was on its way to a 70-36 quarterfinal ...
Redbank Valley eager to take on undefeated Aliquippa in PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
By Matt Grubba
If the best postseason in Redbank Valley basketball history is to continue, it will take a monumental upset. The Bulldogs will attempt to extend their ...
Redbank Valley uses defensive changeup to top West Branch in PIAA 2nd round
By Matt Grubba
DuBOIS — Redbank Valley has relied on its defense all postseason, and more of it let the Bulldogs accomplish a first for their program. All five starters scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, who limited West Branch to just 13 second-half points in a 62-46 win in the PIAA Class ...
Redbank Valley hopes to exploit height advantage over West Branch in PIAA Sweet 16
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley is ready to play in the PIAA’s Sweet 16, and the challenge that lies ahead isn’t much different from the one it overcame ...
Redbank Valley wins 1st PIAA boys basketball playoff game since 1979
By Matt Grubba
The inside play that elevated Redbank Valley to the District 9 title carried over into the state tournament. Dalton Dougherty scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Zach Westover had 12 points and 14 boards and Redbank Valley got its first PIAA tournament win since 1979 by defeating Bellwood-Antis, 60-53, in ...
Redbank Valley bows to Carlynton, 45-33, in PIAA Class AA 1st-round game
By Matt Grubba
By the end of their first-round playoff game, Carlynton had added one player it didn’t start with while Redbank Valley lost three. Conor Richardson scored 14 points and injured center Abby Greiner entered in the second half to add five points and seven rebounds for Carlynton, which came away with a ...
Double the fun for Redbank Valley basketball teams
By Matt Grubba
After well more than a decade without one, Redbank Valley will have two state basketball playoff games in two days. The Bulldogs’ boys and girls team each claimed a spot in this year’s PIAA Class AA tournament, where the girls will face Carlynton at 6 p.m. Friday at Plum, and the ...
Karns City girls win 2nd straight District 9 Class AA basketball title
By Matt Grubba
Karns City’s girls basketball team provided something to smile about for a fan base with heavy hearts. Emily LoPresti came close to a triple-double with 12 ...
Redbank Valley boys claim 1st District 9 title since 1980
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley spent many years at the bottom of the District 9 standings. Finally, the Bulldogs got their season at the top. Zach Westover scored ...
High school notebook: Armstrong, Freeport know playoff opponents
By Matt Grubba
With a new format for the PIHL tournament, the two local teams already know their first matchups with the regular season still in progress. Armstrong will ...
Switching defenses turns tide for Redbank Valley
By Matt Grubba
One defensive switch made all the difference for Redbank Valley. The Bulldogs abandoned their 1-3-1 zone for man-to-man defense, and that turned a seven-point deficit into a 47-34 win over No. 3 Curwensville in the District 9 Class AA semifinals Wednesday at Clarion High School. Brooke Hinderliter had 22 points, 11 rebounds ...
Redbank Valley boys earn spot in District 9 title game, PIAA tournament
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley is headed to a game it played in last year and a tournament it hasn’t seen in 24 years. Jake Dougherty scored 17 points, ...
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