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Redbank Valley aims to match 2013 season success

By Matt Grubba
With all of the up-and-coming teams in Armstrong County last season, no team made a bigger improvement in the win column than Redbank Valley. The …
Benefits abound during 7-on-7 passing workouts
By Matt Grubba
In the era of more passing and spread offenses, many local high school football teams are putting in work while cutting the line out. Seven-on-seven …
Redbank Valley’s undersized Hornberger wins state medal in discus
By Bill West
SHIPPENSBURG — Though he lacks the stocky build that’s common among PIAA throwers, Redbank Valley junior Korbin Hornberger proved he can heave a discus about …
Redbank Valley falls in District 9 quarterfinals
By Matt Grubba
There were more runs scored in the rematch of last year’s District 9, Class AA softball final, but the result stayed the same. Curwensville pulled away with a seven-run seventh inning to defeat host Redbank Valley, 13-3, in the D-9 quarterfinals Monday. Tessa Troup tripled and drove in two runs …
District 9 softball matchups mirror last season
By Matt Grubba
Rematches from last year are on tap for this year’s District 9 Class AA softball tournament. Fourth-seeded Redbank Valley will begin the tournament on Monday by hosting No. 5 Curwensville in a rematch of last season’s title game, and No. 2 Karns City will host  No. 3 Cranberry in a …
Redbank Valley outlasts Kittanning in softball opener
By Matt Grubba
The weather might keep softball teams off the field, but that just leaves extra time for the batting cages. Lauren Rearick scored on an error …
Kittanning’s Nolf 1 win away from 3rd PIAA title
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Required to return to his corner to deal with blood trickling from his nose during his semifinal-round bout in the PIAA Class AA …
Redbank Valley wrestler edges familiar foe in PIAAs
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Redbank Valley senior 120-pounder Willis Gruver encountered a case of déjà vu during the first morning of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships …
Redbank Valley’s district title hopes dashed
By Matt Grubba
Not even the top seed in District 9 could stop Brookville’s run of upsets. The No. 6 Raiders finished their run to the D-9 Class AA title by knocking off top-seeded Redbank Valley, 52-37, in the championship game Friday night at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym. Brookville (11-14) outscored the Bulldogs, …
Karns City girls avenge loss to Redbank Valley to advance to D-9 title game
By Matt Grubba
Everything that went wrong for the Karns City girls basketball team in its lone loss of the season went right in the rematch. The No. 1 Gremlins shot well from outside and had 21 steals Thursday to run away from fifth-seeded Redbank Valley, 57-33, in the District 9 Class AA …
Redbank Valley edges Keystone in OT to reach D-9 finals
By Matt Grubba
Nothing seemed to be going Redbank Valley’s way, when a clutch shot from a sophomore changed everything. Sam Heeter’s 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining in overtime gave the Bulldogs the lead, and top-seeded Redbank Valley never trailed again on its way to win over No. 5 Keystone, 46-40, in the District …
Karns City, Redbank Valley gear up for runs in District 9 postseason
By Matt Grubba
With one playoff weekend already in the books for the WPIAL basketball teams, their counterparts from District 9 are ready to start the postseason. Sites …
Redbank Valley wins, clinches KSAC South title
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley officially has gone from worst to first. Jake Dougherty and Zach Westover had double-doubles to send Redbank Valley to a 57-42 victory Wednesday at Keystone, which gave the Bulldogs the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference’s South Division title and their first berth in the KSAC title game. The Bulldogs …
Redbank Valley hands Karns City 1st loss of season
By Matt Grubba
Facing Karns City for the second straight Monday, Redbank Valley put the lessons learned last week to good use. Brooke Hinderliter scored 20 points and …
Girls teams from Karns City, Redbank Valley have title aspirations
By Matt Grubba
One team has exceptional size. The other has plenty of speed. Both have a division title as their goal. The girls basketball teams at Redbank …
Karns City, Redbank Valley trending upward
By Matt Grubba
After looking up at the rest of the division last year, the Karns City and Redbank Valley boys basketball teams are ready to make an upward move. The Gremlins and Bulldogs shared the bottom spot last year in the South Division of the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference, but both bring …
Clarion pitches another shutout in D-9 title game
By Dave Yohe
Conditions at E.J. Mansell Stadium were more ideal for an outdoor hockey game than a District 9 title game, but that didn’t affect Clarion. No. …
Redbank Valley set to face heavily favored Clarion
By Matt Grubba
There are no betting lines on high school games, but anyone who doesn’t know Clarion is the heavy favorite to win the District 9, Class …
Redbank Valley to play for District 9 title
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley’s offense did the work in the first half, and its defense handled business in the second. The third-seeded Bulldogs scored all of their …
Redbank Valley defense knows it must stop Curwensville ground attack
By Matt Grubba
There aren’t many secrets about what lies in Redbank Valley’s path to the District 9 final. The No. 3 Bulldogs will be tasked with stopping …
Strothers helps Redbank Valley edge Ridgway
By Matt Grubba
Mark Strothers has been a big-play back for Redbank Valley all season, but when it mattered most, he showed he can get the tough yards, …
Previewing the District 9 football playoffs
By Tribune-Review
District 9 Class AA Semifinals 3-St. Marys (6-4) at 2-Karns City (9-1) 7 p.m. Friday Winner gets: No. 1 Kane or No. 4 Brookville in …
The Leader: Season winding down for Armstrong County teams
By Last Week 3-1 (.750) Season 58-12 (.829)
As the playoff field thins out, so do the number of games The Leader gets to set his sights on. Only Apollo-Ridge remains to represent Armstrong County in the WPIAL playoffs with Kittanning’s loss last week e_SEmD the first time your local prognosticator missed on a Wildcats game all season. …
Karns City, Redbank Valley prepare for playoff push
By Matt Grubba
Playoff time began last Friday in the WPIAL, and now it has spread north to District 9. The playoff brackets for the Class AA and Class A football tournaments in District 9 were released over the weekend, and both Karns City and Redbank Valley earned the right to begin their …
Leader Times Q&A: Redbank Valley’s Mark Strothers
By Matt Grubba
The PIAA doesn’t hand out an award for Comeback Player of the Year, but if it did, Mark Strothers would be on the short list. …

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