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Former Apollo-Ridge captain Bartha highlights Armstrong County Hall of Fame class

By George Guido
On March 9, 1991, the Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team defeated Brentwood, 54-51, to win the WPIAL Class AA title at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House. To date, ...
Area baseball teams relying on pitching to achieve ultimate goal
By Matt Grubba
If there’s a common thread between most of the county’s baseball teams, it is experience on the mound. Whether it is the title contenders or the ...
Bishop Canevin’s 3-point prowess dooms Apollo-Ridge, 63-54
By George Guido
Bishop Canevin continued its amazing turnaround Wednesday night. After winning just four games last season, the Crusaders used an early barrage of 3-pointers to down Apollo-Ridge, 63-54, at Northgate. Bishop Canevin (17-6) will take on top-ranked Aliquippa (22-0) in WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal play Saturday at a site and time to be ...
WPIAL basketball preview capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Wednesday’s games Boys Class AAAA First round No. 6 Plum (17-5) v s. No. 11 North Hill s ...
Apollo-Ridge squanders 13-point lead, loses to Frazier
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge rallied late and nearly completed a thrilling comeback, but, as their coach lamented, the Vikings probably should not have been in that position after ...
Apollo-Ridge holds off Ford City for Section 2 victory
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While the set dressing of senior night — shiny balloons and bright-colored flowers — didn’t quite match the sometimes unsteady play on the court, Apollo-Ridge still had reason to enjoy the outcome of its section finale. But it let out a collective whew, first. The Vikings finished tied for second ...
Apollo-Ridge’s late flurry thwarts West Shamokin, 46-41
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge’s season was 90 seconds from being over before its biggest run of the year began. Julia DeMeno scored a game-high 29 points e_SEmD 12 in the fourth quarter e_SEmD and the Vikings finished with an 11-1 run to clinch a playoff berth beating West Shamokin, 46-41, in the Section 2-AA ...
Area football players sign with local colleges
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Clad in a royal-blue dress shirt, yellow sweater-vest and navy slacks, Tre Tipton sure looked like a Pitt fan Wednesday morning. When he hit send ...
High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton says Pitt can’t dwell on lost recruits
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A little more than a week ago, Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton was sure Kittanning’s Nick Bowers would honor his commitment to Pitt and that Central Catholic’s ...
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. 1:55 p.m.
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 ...

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