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Tipton helps lift Apollo-Ridge over Section 2-AA foe Shady Side Academy

By Bill Beckner Jr.
His face framed in glee after his team’s best game of the season, Apollo-Ridge guard Tre Tipton passed the attention to his teammates. It is what ...
Apollo-Ridge boys seeking best performance
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Falling from favor in the rankings was the best thing that could have happened to the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team — at least that’s the ...
Apollo-Ridge’s defense clamps down in 54-38 victory over Freeport
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge had its struggles boxing out, but the Vikings kept Freeport’s top scorer boxed in. The Vikings relied on a box-and-1 defense to deny chances for ...
Apollo-Ridge steals last Ford City game in home gym with third-quarter rally
By George Guido
For more than 100 years, coaches whose teams escape Ford City with a victory are quick to say they’re glad to get out of town with a win. Add Apollo-Ridge’s Matt Gourley to that chorus. Sophomore Duane Brown’s 3-pointer with 31 seconds left lifted the Vikings to a 41-39 victory Tuesday in ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Smith sets school record in Apollo-Ridge’s victory over South Allegheny
By Staff Reports
Apollo-Ridge’s Alex Smith had a night to remember Friday. Smith sank a school-record 10 3-pointers, finishing with 37 points as the Vikings (8-4, 3-2) routed South Allegheny (3-9, 2-3), 80-37, in a Section 2-AA game Friday night. Smith shot 10 of 21 from 3-point range en route to breaking Michael Poydence’s ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Apollo-Ridge’s Julia DeMeno, Riverview’s Nico Sero
By William Whalen
Julia DeMeno School: Apollo-Ridge Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Report card: Through 10 games, DeMeno ranked first in scoring (13.0 ppg) and assists (3.4 apg) ...
Harlan: Narduzzi’s hiring thrills pair of Pitt recruits
By Chris Harlan
Tre Tipton has an advantage over most Pitt recruits. The Apollo-Ridge senior already has met the new Panthers coach and endorses him wholeheartedly. “I like the hire,” Tipton said. “I love the hire, actually.” He met Pat Narduzzi last summer in East Lansing, Mich. Tipton attended a Michigan State camp ...
Apollo-Ridge uses 26-0 2nd half run to rout upstart Leechburg
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge girls basketball player Megan Bonelli wore Christmas socks in Monday night’s game, large Santa Clauses protruding from her high tops. The junior guard and her ...
VND High school notebook: Tipton familiar with new Pitt coach Narduzzi
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge star Tre Tipton already said his commitment to Pitt is firm despite the departure of former coach Paul Chryst. And the hiring of Pat Narduzzi doesn’t change a thing. Tipton, a wide receiver who made the Class AA all-state team last week as an athlete, already was familiar with Narduzzi, who ...
2014 Valley News Dispatch football all-stars
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Freeport’s Logan Thimons have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year for football, respectively. ...
Shady Side Academy torments Apollo-Ridge, moves to 3-0
By Matt Grubba
Shady Side Academy coach David Vadnais summed up the win that kept his team atop Section 2-AA with one word e_SEmD effort. Louis Berry scored 19 points and had six of his team’s 13 steals, and Shady Side Academy pulled away from Apollo-Ridge, 70-52, on Friday in Fox Chapel. Michael Ware added ...
VND high school roundup: Apollo-Ridge hands East Allegheny 1st loss of season
By Staff Reports
Apollo-Ridge ended East Allegheny’s hopes for an undefeated season. Briauna Fairman scored a game-high 16 points, and Julia DeMeno added 15 to lead the visiting Vikings to a 48-42 win over previously unbeaten East Allegheny on Thursday night in Section 2-AA girls basketball action. After jumping out to a 30-19 halftime ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls rally past Derry
By Staff Reports
Apollo-Ridge saved its best for last Wednesday night in a 41-40 girls basketball victory over visiting Derry Area (1-3). Trailing by nine points entering the fourth ...
High school notebook: Hazlett set for 2nd stint as head coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Coaches often leave their sports for personal reasons, which usually means they want to spend more time with their young families. For Todd Hazlett, that ...
Apollo-Ridge defense clamps down on Deer Lakes
By George Guido
It might be early in the season, but Apollo-Ridge’s defense looks close to midseason form. After an overwhelming win against Springdale on Friday, the Vikings ...
High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton named conference dual-award winner
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When coaches peeled away the drape to reveal award winners at Monday’s Allegheny Conference football banquet at the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington, one thing ...
Looking back on an eventful football season in A-K Valley
By George Guido
The local high school football season is over with three teams advancing past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. But Plum, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge ...
Apollo-Ridge basketball wants fast pace this season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge is busting at the seams with backcourt athleticism. So much, in fact, that coach Matt Gourley might be able to conserve his dry-erase markers. ...
Apollo-Ridge girls aim to repeat strong start, avoid lapses this season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Save for a bumpy, midseason patch on the schedule and a preliminary-round playoff loss, Jim Callipare is pleased with how his first season went as ...
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Local athletes shatter school football records
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Kittanning’s Nick Bowers, both Pitt recruits, would seem to be locks for the Big 33 All-Star football game but neither have been contacted nor invited to the game. The Big 33 has posted several prospect lists for potential players, but Tipton and Bowers have not been ...
Washington’s big-play offense ends Apollo-Ridge’s season with 58-30 win
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge got out-Apollo-Ridged. Instead of making the big plays, the Vikings watched Washington pile them on Friday night and saw their season come to a close ...
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton helps teammates
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With the soft sunlight fading and the temperature dipping, two Apollo-Ridge football players remained on the practice field in Spring Church on Tuesday evening. ...
Washington’s size up front to challenge smaller Apollo-Ridge
By Matt Grubba
It’s going to be Washington’s size against Apollo-Ridge’s speed in the trenches. The sixth-seeded Vikings have yet to face an offensive unit with the size ...
Leader Times Q&A: Apollo-Ridge’s Alex Smith
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge has made its way as a run-first style of team this season, but the Vikings also have players who know what to do when ...
Apollo-Ridge hopes high-scoring attack leads to semifinal berth
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge’s offense has been quite the spectacle this season, producing a touchdown display the A-K Valley hasn’t seen in some time. Talk about Showtime at ...

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