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Alle-Kiski roundup: Percic leads Apollo-Ridge over Burrell

By Staff Reports
Mike Percic made sure the Apollo-Ridge baseball team’s runs-allowed average fell further toward zero Monday. The Vikings, who allowed 20 runs in their first three games, kept Burrell off the basepaths during a 4-1 win in Section 3-AA. Percic, who pitched 61⁄3 innings, held Burrell (3-5, 0-4) to two hits …
Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton gets offer from Toledo
By Bill West
Though considered a football player with Division I-level talent since his freshman season, Apollo-Ridge junior Tre Tipton fretted when spring came and he remained without …
Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton, Kittanning’s Knepshield named Leader Times Basketball Players of the Year
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton, Kittanning’s Emily Knepshield named Leader Times Basketball Players of the Year Boys player of the year Tre Tipton Apollo-Ridge Junior, Guard Of …
New Apollo-Ridge baseball coach awaits debut
By Matt Grubba
It’s not just the players who are eager to finally get out on the baseball field. First-year Apollo-Ridge coach Joe Rice was scheduled to have already made his debut in charge of the Vikings, but the rash of weather-related postponements that has wiped out much of the spring’s first week …
Kittanning softball team covets playoff berth after 2013’s near-miss
By Matt Grubba
One year after a four-team tiebreaker left Kittanning out of the WPIAL softball playoffs, the Wildcats are ready to avoid that scenario this year. The …
Cager Classic will be last game for many local players
By Matt Grubba
Some of the area’s top basketball seniors will take the court one last time this weekend. The 18th annual Cager Classic takes place Friday and …
Apollo-Ridge goalie Bonelli rises through ranks
By Matt Grubba
Even without being able to play for her school, Megan Bonelli has become one of the area’s top high school-aged soccer players. Bonelli, a sophomore …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Apollo-Ridge’s Alex Smith, Ford City’s Gina Batiz
By D.j. Vasil
Alex Smith Class: Junior School: Apollo-Ridge Sport: Basketball Report card: Always a 3-point threat for the Vikings, the 6-foot-2 guard averages 13 points per game. …
Cold shooting dooms Apollo-Ridge boys in playoff loss to Quaker Valley
By George Guido
The usually reliable shooting touch for the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team abandoned the Vikings on Wednesday night. Apollo-Ridge shot 19.2 percent (5 of 26) from …
A-K Valley basketball playoff capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Boyse_SFlbClass AA First rounde_SFlbNo. 7 Quaker Valley (20-2) vs. No. 10  Apollo-Ridge (19-3) 8 p.m. at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 2  Greensburg Central Catholic (19-2)/No. …
Trib Prospect: Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton
By Jason Mackey
Receiver or defensive back, Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton doesn’t care. Whatever gets him a free education. Still, it’s been a bit of a surprise that the …
Shift in strategy paves way for Apollo-Ridge’s victory
By George Guido
Trailing by one at the half, Apollo-Ridge coach Matt Gourley felt his team had to change its attack. Tre Tipton was moved from the backcourt to the frontcourt, and the move paid dividends. The Vikings collected a 52-38 victory over California in a WPIAL Class AA preliminary-round game at Elizabeth …
A-K roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls knocked out of WPIAL playoffs
By Staff Report
The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart girls basketball team always seems ready to start the WPIAL playoffs. OLSH (15-7) won its opening playoff game for the ninth consecutive season with a 39-28 victory over Apollo-Ridge on Friday night at Northgate. Sophomore Courtney Alexander led the Chargers with 15 points, …
Alle-Kiski Valley basketball playoff capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr. and Bill West
Friday’s games Boys Class AAA Preliminary round Kittanning (7-15) vs.  Mt. Pleasant (15-6) 8 p.m. Friday at Penn Hills Winner plays: No. 1 Chartiers Valley …
Armstrong County schools could cross top seeds in basketball playoffs
By Matt Grubba
If Section 1-AA is to repeat its two-semifinalist performance from last year’s boys basketball tournament, its teams will need to take out top seeds early. …
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Apollo-Ridge tops Jeannette in playoff primer
By Staff Reports
The Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team padded its playoff resume Friday night with a win over another postseason-bound program. The Vikings (13-7, 4-6), who finished fourth in Section 1-AA, claimed a 51-38 win over Jeannette (9-11, 7-5), which placed fourth in Section 3-AA. Apollo-Ridge jumped out to a 15-8 lead in …
After losing mother to cancer, Apollo-Ridge star Emminger returns to court
By Matt Grubba
Ashley Emminger is back to helping Apollo-Ridge win, but she does so while coping with the most tragic of losses. Emminger, a senior forward and …
Top 10 Western Pennsylvania recruits for the Class of 2015
By Chris Harlan
The top 10 Western Pennsylvania recuits for the Class of 2015, as picked by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: 1. Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley (above) 5-foot-11, 180 …
Ford City bounces back from tough loss, routs Apollo-Ridge
By George Guido
With WPIAL playoff berths already secured, Ford City and Apollo-Ridge were playing for postseason positioning on Thursday night at Red Mihalik Gym. Ford City was …
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Conference changes favor A-K Valley football teams
By Bill Beckner  and Bill West
Amid a busy afternoon schedule Tuesday, Apollo-Ridge football coach John Skiba made sure he kept an eye on Twitter. Once the news he sought for weeks finally popped up on his feed, Skiba sighed. Fearful about where the WPIAL football steering committee planned to put his Vikings in its realigned …
Allegheny Conference gets new look with Armstrong County teams
By Matt Grubba
The Allegheny Conference is now just as much an Armstrong conference. The WPIAL Board of Control approved fall sports alignments for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school year Tuesday, and the result is one Class AA football conference that lumps together five Armstrong County high schools e_SEmD Kittanning, Ford City, West …
Summit Academy’s ‘D’ defines comeback against A-R
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Adam Petrosky used to work in Burbank, Calif,, where he helped produce television commercials. On Friday night, the first-year coach of Summit Academy was having …
Alle-Kiski basketball notebook: Apollo-Ridge ready for Summit Academy rematch
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Their first meeting was a track meet, but the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team was the one with its head down and hands on its knees at the finish line. Host Summit Academy overcame a three-point deficit after three quarters and sprinted past Apollo-Ridge, 75-67, on Dec. 20 in the teams’ …
Apollo-Ridge boys take advantage of turnovers in win
By Matt Grubba
Ford City had a shot to pick up a road win in the section, but the ball — and the game — slipped from the Sabers’ grasp. The Sabers committed 28 turnovers, 19 of which came on Apollo-Ridge steals, as the Vikings held off visiting Ford City for a Section …
Guido: These 2nd-half games make can’t miss list
By George Guido
In between last week’s sub-zero temperatures and snowfalls that were enough to be annoying, the first half of the WPIAL section basketball season was completed on Tuesday night for many local schools. Several teams still are short of the halfway mark, but it’s time to look ahead to the second …

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