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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 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 …
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 …
Leader Times Q&A: Kittanning’s Brady Crissman
By Matt Grubba
With opposing pass defenses focused on Kittanning’s Nick Bowers, the window is open for the Wildcats’ other receivers to come up with big plays. No …
Kittanning tennis team eager to gain postseason experience
By Matt Grubba
It’s been nearly a decade, but Kittanning tennis is back in the postseason. The Wildcats clinched their first WPIAL team playoff berth since 2006 with a 4-1 win over Highlands on Monday, and that has Kittanning’s players eager to experience postseason tennis for the first time. The win over Highlands …
Kittanning girls soccer battles through low roster numbers
By Matt Grubba
Numbers are dwindling for Kittanning’s girls soccer team, but the effort on the field remains high. It hasn’t been the year the Wildcats hoped for …
Ground game carries Kittanning to victory over Freeport
By Matt Grubba
Caught up in a shootout during the first half, Kittanning turned the second half into an old-fashioned ground game battle. Zane Dudek rushed for 208 …
Leader Times roundup: Kittanning boys golf team returns to form
By Staff Reports
Showing no ill effects from tough day at the WPIAL Class AA individual golf finals, Kittanning’s boys team regrouped with a 193-231 victory over West Shamokin on Thursday, pushing the team’s record to 14-0 (13-0 in Section 1-AA). Noah Kunst led the way with a 1-over-par 36, and Christian Miller …
The Leader: Playoff picture will come into focus this week
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 5-2 (.714) Season: 21-6 (.778) The Leader doesn’t need glasses the size of Andrew McCutchen’s celebratory champagne goggles to see we’ve hit the midway point of the high school football season. Week 5 is when the playoff picture first comes into focus for WPIAL teams, and this week …
Kittanning, Freeport likely to rely more heavily on passing games
By Matt Grubba
For decades, games between Freeport and Kittanning have been grind-it-out affairs. This year, the football could be spending a lot more time in the air. …
Valley’s Licata ties for 5th at WPIAL Class AA golf tourney, advances to regionals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Nick Licata’s tee shot sailed into the right woods on the 385-yard 15th hole, leaving him limited options in the shadows of the tree-lined par …
Ford City volleyball blanks Kittanning to stay perfect at home
By Matt Grubba
When Ford City knocked off Kittanning in girls volleyball in their second meeting last season, it was considered an upset. The Sabers haven’t lost on …
High school notebook: Kittanning girls soccer team’s plan fails to pan out
By Bill Beckner Jr.  and Matt Grubba
Kittanning’s girls soccer team has been an independent the past two years, playing an exhibition schedule as it worked its way up from a start-up program to a full-fledged WPIAL member. The plan was for the team to join a WPIAL section this season and finally compete for something — …
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 …
No. 5 Highlands uses turnovers to beat No. 7 Kittanning
By Matt Grubba
The Highlands defense gave up more yardage and points than it was used to, but it made big plays when it needed them. Elijah Jackson …
The Leader: Tour of Armstrong County sports leaves longing for football
By The Leader
Last week: 6-1 (.857) Season: 16-4 (.800) The time had come for The Leader to broaden his horizons. Sure, it’s a great thing to be Armstrong County’s grandest expert of the gridiron, but the job mostly boils down to nine Fridays in the fall. Needing something to do during the …
Kittanning’s explosive offense to face stiff challenge from stingy Highlands defenders
By Matt Grubba
The only thing Kittanning coach Frank Fabian and Highlands coach Sam Albert definitively said about their teams’ game this week is that they’re impressed by …

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