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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 ...
Redbank Valley’s Truitt, Kittanning’s Robb win PIAA 1st-round bouts
By Bill West
HERSHEY — As much as it pleased him to see Redbank Valley in the PIAA Class AA team tournament brackets in 2013 and ’14, Bulldogs ...
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 12:02 a.m.
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, ...
2 Redbank Valley wrestlers win District 9 titles
By Staff Reports
Tanner Altobelli and Keshon Truitt have added their names to Redbank Valley’s list of district champions. Altobelli, a junior, won the 126-pound weight class, and Truitt, a senior, won at 160 pounds as both claimed their first district gold at the District 9 Class AA Tournament on Saturday at Clarion. A third-place ...
Redbank Valley tops Brookville to clinch spot in D-9 semifinals
By Matt Grubba
The Bulldogs finally shook off their struggles at Tippin Gym. Jake Dougherty had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Zach Westover had nine points and 11 boards, and No. 2 Redbank Valley came away with a 54-46 win over No. 7 Brookville in the District 9, Class AA quarterfinals Thursday at Clarion ...
Redbank Valley boys, Karns City girls seeking more hardware
By Matt Grubba
With division titles in hand, the Karns City girls and Redbank Valley boys now have conference titles on their mind. The Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference basketball championships will be decided Friday at Clarion University, where Karns City faces Venango Catholic in the girls game at 6 p.m. and Redbank Valley ...
Redbank Valley starts fast for 1st-year coach
By Matt Grubba
A last-minute coaching hire hasn’t stopped Redbank Valley from starting its girls basketball season on a roll. The Bulldogs are off to a 5-0 start, despite ...
Brockway runs past Redbank Valley into D-9 semifinals
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley was unable to stop the run, and as a result, Brockway ran them out of the District 9 playoffs. Anthony Benson ran for ...
Redbank Valley hopes to right ship in football playoffs
By Matt Grubba
Redbank Valley would like nothing more than to snap a pair of streaks. The fourth-seeded Bulldogs can end their two-game losing streak by knocking off No. ...
The Leader: Week 10 offers lots of treats
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 7-0 (1.000) Season: 50-11 (.820) It’s Halloween on Friday, but it’s also playoff time, and The Leader prefers the tricks and ...
Leader Times Q&A: Redbank Valley’s Wyatt Hetrick
By Matt Grubba
Picking out one of Redbank Valley’s many talented receivers is a tough task, but Wyatt Hetrick stood above the crowd last week. Hetrick posted his ...
Leader Times football notebook: Redbank Valley makes most of time off
By Matt Grubba
Midseason off weeks are common in the NFL and college football, but in Pennsylvania high school football, they’re practically unheard of. Redbank Valley is bucking that ...

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