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Birdie explains why he was wrong

By The Birdie
While the decision to go trick-or-treating or fly over some A-K Valley playoff games was an easy one for the Birdie because some area districts altered their goodie-grabbing schedules, he had a tougher time deciding whether to point out his off-kilter predictions for some teams and risk embarrassment. In the …
Apollo-Ridge, Beaver Falls bracing for Class AA shootout
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Watch enough Allegheny Conference football, and you’ll see its style of play is consistent and rather simplistic: Kick it short on a squib or out …
WPIAL playoffs have been tough on teams from Allegheny, Tri-County South
By Chris Harlan
There’s one sure way to fix the reputation of the Tri-County South, said coaches from the Class A conference. “You’ve got to win some ball …
Allegheny Conference teams get clean slate in WPIAL football playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Past struggles had no effect on the Allegheny Conference playoff draw after all. In fact, the WPIAL didn’t consider that the conference hasn’t won a …
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 …
Allegheny Conference football teams look to rebuild reputation in WPIAL playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Don’t blame Highlands or Apollo-Ridge for the Class AA Allegheny Conference’s ineffectiveness in the WPIAL football playoffs. Neither was around to contribute to the conference’s …
Apollo-Ridge fine-tunes for playoffs with 64-20 victory over Burrell
By William Whalen
Two teams entered the final game of the regular season heading in opposite directions. For No. 5 Apollo-Ridge, it simply was a business trip. Win the game, get out healthy and wait for the WPIAL playoff seedings Monday. For Burrell, the last game provided a glimpse into the future against …
Guido: Seeding already settled in Allegheny Conference
By George Guido
After all of the offseason hype, old rivalries renewed, new rivalries started, all of the scintillating games during the first half of the season — …
Apollo-Ridge offense earns rest period against Deer Lakes
By R.A. Monti
Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba wanted to put as many looks as possible on the game tape of his team’s 49-21 Allegheny Conference win over Deer …
Apollo-Ridge cruises past Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
For the first six weeks of the season, Apollo-Ridge’s offense received all the attention, the glare of the spotlight promoting the touchdown show and the …
A-K Valley football notebook: Apollo-Ridge to face different test in Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It didn’t take long for Apollo-Ridge to get branded with the fun-to-watch label this season. The Vikings (5-1) average 41.5 points per game, second most in the A-K Valley to Kittanning (42.7) and have made rousing plays a routine occurrence. The team’s explosive offense has also helped along a defense …
Leader Times Q&A: Apollo-Ridge’s Jonah Casella
By Matt Grubba
If there’s one thing Apollo-Ridge has no shortage of, it’s players capable of making big plays. Pitt recruit Tre Tipton and sophomore quarterback/running back Duane …
WPIAL players turn to social media to promote highlight clips
By Bill West
Central Catholic senior Bryan Glover sits through Saturday morning film sessions like players elsewhere in the WPIAL and reviews what he did Friday nights to …
No. 6 Apollo-Ridge races past Ford City
By Matt Grubba
Ford City wanted to play a grind-it-out game, while Apollo-Ridge wanted end-to-end action. The Vikings got their way. Jonah Casella and Duane Brown both scored …
Ford City visits Apollo-Ridge with upset in mind
By Matt Grubba
One team is coming off its biggest win of the season. The other is coming off its first loss. Ford City can establish itself as …
Highlands wins thriller over Apollo-Ridge
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands’ drop from Class AAA certainly didn’t mean a fall from grace, but it also didn’t mean anything would come easily. And Apollo-Ridge’s ascent from …
HS highlight reel: Pa. teams among nation’s winningest
By Tribune-Review
Four Pennsylvania high schools appeared this week on a MaxPreps-compiled list of those with the most football wins. The lone WPIAL member was New Castle at No. 46, listed with 707 wins. The others were No. 6 Mount Carmel (816), No. 15 Berwick (771) and No. 28 Steelton-Highspire (742). Valdosta, …
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Top Level AAU helps form competitive bond
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While the Top Level All-Stars AAU program brings many of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s top athletes together, it also helps ready them for the times in …
Allegheny Conference unbeatens Apollo-Ridge, Highlands set for clash
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With hardly any letup in what’s been somewhat of a front-loaded Allegheny Conference schedule, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge will meet Friday night in a matchup that’s …
Guido: Blowouts are nothing new to WPIAL football
By George Guido
With scores such as 85-0, 82-7 and 88-0, some superior high school football teams seem about to make their scoreboards explode. That leaves the question: When was the last time a WPIAL team hit triple digits in scoring in one game? The answer is 1930 when Wilkinsburg pounded Evans City, …
Brown’s 7 TDs power Apollo-Ridge past Shady Side Academy
By Doug Gulasy
“Little brother” came up big for Apollo-Ridge on Friday night. Sophomore Duane Brown, half of the Vikings’ two-headed quarterback monster with Tre Tipton, scored seven …
Through the years: Vikings rolled in hurricane-delayed game
By George Guido
Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Petrishen makes stop in Alle-Kiski Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Central Catholic standout Johnny Petrishen could be making his final football stop in the A-K Valley Friday at Fox Chapel. The Lower Burrell native, who …
Long wait is over for Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team
By Matt Grubba
Two weeks after the official start of soccer season, Apollo-Ridge raised the curtain on its newest program. The Vikings’ girls soccer team took the field …
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 …

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