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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 treats that …
Kittanning football team hopes to prolong history, pull upset of Aliquippa
By Matt Grubba
An upset victim in the playoffs a year ago, Kittanning finds itself in a position where it needs a huge upset to continue its season …
Kittanning plays No. 2 Aliquippa in 1st round of WPIAL football playoffs
By Matt Grubba
It’s Armstrong County vs. Beaver County in the WPIAL Class AA football playoffs. Kittanning will go on the road to face No. 2 Aliquippa, and …
Kittanning routs Ford City in rivalry’s final game
By Matt Grubba
With emotions on both sides at a fever pitch, Kittanning made their school’s home finale a game to remember. Senior quarterback Braydon Toy threw for …
Kittanning-Ford City notebook: Late TD holds special meaning
By George Guido
It can be said Logan Slagle became the last Kittanning player to score a touchdown at Red Ullom Field. The senior receiver caught a 6-yard …
Guido: Kittanning-Ford City rivalry packed with memories
By George Guido
Each Friday during the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
Leader Times notebook: Tickets going fast for FC-Kittanning series finale
By Matt Grubba
The final football game between Kittanning and Ford City has been billed as a major community event, and advance ticket sales indicate that will be …
Top-seeded Freeport slips past Kittanning
By Matt Grubba
The start to Freeport’s WPIAL title defense wasn’t flawless, but it was effective. Zoe Pawlak had a match-high 17 kills and seven blocks to lead …
The Leader eager for Kittanning finale
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 5-2 (.714) Season: 43-11 (.796) After saying farewell to Ford City at home last week, now it’s Kittanning’s turn to say goodbye to its Wildcats on home turf. The Leader was overwhelmed by the display of support from the Sabers fans at Friday’s game against West Shamokin, and …
Ford City, Kittanning matchup to be part of SI.com’s ‘Underdogs’
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Kittanning football coach Frank Fabian heard Sports Illustrated was coming to town to film his team’s practice, he laughed it off, but did so with guarded optimism. This is Ford City week, after all. “I had to make sure this wasn’t one last prank from over there,” Fabian said …
Longtime rivals Kittanning, Ford City set for final act
By Matt Grubba
One hundred years of football history comes down to one night in Kittanning. Ford City and Kittanning will meet on the football field for the …
Birdie sad to see rivalry go
By The Birdie
Last week: 9-3 (.750) ·Season: 68-22 (.756) Twitter: TheBirdie_VND All good things have to come to an end, and this week, that pertains to the decades-long rivalry game between Ford City and Kittanning. (The Birdie sighs, a tear trickling out from beneath his favorite sunglasses that he bought at Sears …
High school football notebook: WPIAL might welcome another team next year
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL could use another football team. With the pending merger of Ford City and Kittanning, the WPIAL would be left with 123 teams next …
Playoff experience pays off for Kittanning in preliminary round win over Elizabeth Forward
By Matt Grubba
Kittanning has been in tight playoff games before, and that experience showed in this year’s postseason opener. Junior outside hitter Taylar Wolfe had a match-high …
Shady Side Academy tops Kittanning; both clinch playoff spots
By George Guido
After losing a close decision in what amounted to the Allegheny Conference title game to Kittanning a year ago, Shady Side Academy made sure this time around. The Indians used an explosive third quarter and rolled to a 28-14 victory over the Wildcats at Kittanning’s final homecoming. Jackson Fitzgerald ran …
Ford City volleyball clinches first place in section
By Matt Grubba
Ford City walked off the court at Kittanning having left no doubt who the top team was in Section 3-AA. The Sabers earned the outright …
The Leader says a proper home is key for Riverhawks
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 …
Different approach pays off for Valley’s Licata
By Paul Schofield
Valley senior Nick Licata did something different before Tuesday’s PIAA West Region Golf Championship at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville. …
Kittanning wears down Valley behind Toy, Dudek
By Thomas Zuck
Kittanning kept alive its hopes for a home playoff game with a hard-fought 34-19 victory over Valley in a key Allegheny Conference game at Valley …
Kittanning boys place 3rd at WPIAL golf finals
By Bill Beckner
The Kittanning boys golf team stayed in a hotel Wednesday night in Rostraver so it would be better rested and focused for the WPIAL championship. …
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 …
Kittanning aims to seize chance at WPIAL title
By Matt Grubba
Two rounds of golf are all that stand between Kittanning and its goal of a WPIAL title. The Wildcats’ senior-laden lineup will begin the postseason …
No. 10 Kittanning drops Burrell, 43-7, behind Toy, Dudek
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While there was quite a buildup to Saturday night’s football game — Burrell paired it with the city’s day-long 50th anniversary celebration — visiting Kittanning …
Kittanning tennis draws South Park in 1st round
By Staff Reports
Kittanning avoided the  WPIAL’s traditional tennis powers with its playoff draw, but it ended up with quite a lengthy road trip. The Wildcats will make their first appearance since 2008 in the WPIAL Class AA girls tennis tournament when they go on the road to face  No. 2 seed South …
The Leader expecting more surprises this week
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 4-3 (.571) Season: 25-9 (.735) The surprises never cease for The Leader. Just when he thought he had a feel for the football teams in Armstrong County, one of the banner programs e_SEmD Ford City e_SEmD shocks everyone by beating Shady Side Academy and taking what probably is …

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