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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 …
The Birdie needs a week off
By The Birdie
The Birdie drove to a few games last week in a Penske truck that he rented because his Chevette is in the shop. “I saw a coach from Valley driving one to a game and it gave me the idea,” Birdie said. “I like the bright yellow color and the …
Valley News Disaptch Q&A: Kittanning’s Braydon Toy
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It’s fourth down and 11 yards to go from the Apollo-Ridge 31-yard line. A blitzing defense bears down on Kittanning QB Braydon Toy and a …
Guido: Friday night lights brighter for Pirates
By George Guido
There was a time when the Bucs playing at home on a high school football night was a death knell to Pirates attendance. But that’s …
Kittanning volleyball humbled by West Shamokin in 3-set loss
By Matt Grubba
Kittanning’s first in-section trip to West Shamokin in three years wasn’t a pleasant one for the Wildcats. The Wolves jumped out early on a Wildcats team plagued by errors to win 3-0 on Tuesday and move into a three-way tie with Derry and Ford City for first in Section 3-AA. …
Valley senior Licata, 4 from Kittanning advance out of Section 1-AA boys golf qualifier
By Matt Grubba
Noah Kunst was one of the first golfers off the course, but he was the last to know he was moving on to the WPIAL …
High school notebook: Kittanning girls soccer team’s hopes of joining WPIAL dashed
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kittanning’s girls soccer team has been an independent the last two years, playing an exhibition schedule as it worked its way up from a start-up …
Apollo-Ridge’s pair of dual-threat QBs shine in instant classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
John Skiba wore glasses Friday night, presenting a new, studious in-game look for the brawny Apollo-Ridge football coach. “I needed to be able to see …
Tipton, Brown run for 518 yards to lead Apollo-Ridge past Kittanning
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Billed as a heavyweight fight, Kittanning and Apollo-Ridge made sure their Allegheny Conference clash lived up to the hype. The two-headed monster, as Apollo-Ridge coach …
HS highlight reel: Knoch plans to rest starters this week
By Tribune-Review
Knoch is stealing a page from Highlands this week. The Knights (2-0), ranked No. 5 in Class AAA, plan to rest some key players Friday …
The Leader: Big game attracts no TV respect
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 4-2 (.667) Season: 10-3 (.769) The Leader’s DVR might as well get thrown in the scrap heap. Knowing he had a prior engagement on this big Friday night, The Leader was geared up to record the battle between Pitt recruits Nick Bowers and Tre Tipton along with their …
Birdie flying solo; going no-huddle to change it up
By The Birdie
When the Birdie makes his weekly predictions, he often gets input from people around the newsroom, from the veteran scribblers and picture-takers, to the sports part-timers and night janitor. Usually, he’s all about collaboration — even though he takes all the credit when he wins. But when he’s losing, he …
Pitt recruits highlight matchup between Allegheny Conference heavyweights
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It’s an Allegheny Conference matchup that should come with its own hype poster, like a heavyweight fight. The poster boys would be easy choices. For …

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