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Tipton accounts for 4 TDs in Apollo-Ridge’s 41-21 victory over West Shamokin

By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge’s big-play ability showed up opening night. Pitt recruit Tre Tipton scored three touchdowns and passed for another, and five of the Vikings’ six scores …
Storylines galore dominate new football season
By Tribune-Review
It doesn’t seem that long ago that South Fayette topped Karns City in the PIAA quarterfinals to end the football season in Armstrong County and send The Leader to his winter home in Florida. Nearly nine months to the day has passed since that game, but The Leader has followed …
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Apollo-Ridge’s Duane Brown
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Duane Brown is one of those players who gives coaches and teammates a better sense of well being when he’s on the field. Apollo-Ridge coach …
Allegheny Conference newcomers Apollo-Ridge, West Shamokin are familiar foes
By Matt Grubba
One of the newcomers to the Allegheny Conference is about to begin their season 1-0. Former Class A Eastern Conference foes West Shamokin and Apollo-Ridge …
Natural rivalries, top-tier talent highlight realigned Allegheny Conference
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The stars have aligned. Or realigned, to be more exact. With the WPIAL fine-tuning its conferences and moving teams around like old furniture in a …
Apollo-Ridge has bevy of options at quarterback
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The names of Apollo-Ridge’s quarterback candidates might as well be written on bingo balls and dropped into the draw-tank. And coach John Skiba would rather …
Class AA breakdown: Revamped Allegheny Conference among many changes
By Bill West
Highlands coach Sam Albert wants his players to fixate on X’s and O’s, not A’s — as in Class AA instead of AAA. Realignment led …
HSFB preview by position: Central Valley’s Whitehead among nation’s best defensive backs
By Chris Harlan
With very little debate, Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead can be called the best playmaker in the WPIAL. The senior had 20 touchdowns last season, but …
Apollo-Ridge junior lineman gaining techniques to go with 6-6, 322-pound frame
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge football coach John Skiba said the potential of lineman Eric Moran is enormous. Appropriate word. Moran has been ducking through doorways and sitting out …
HSFB preview by position: Touches tough to come by for elite receivers
By Chris Harlan
one of the best receivers in the WPIAL had just 11 catches last season. Clairton’s Aaron Mathews, a talented 6-foot-5 junior, was in the backfield …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Ex-NFL star Christy helping Apollo-Ridge
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jeff Christy left Freeport a few years ago and moved his family to the South Butler School District. The former NFL lineman and Yellowjackets assistant has not gotten back into coaching at Knoch — where his son, Mac, is a promising sophomore — or anywhere else, for that matter. But …
Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle
By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception …
Apollo-Ridge’s Percic, Kittanning’s Schall named Leader Times Baseball, Softball Players of the Year
By Matt Grubba
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Mike Percic Apollo-Ridge, Junior, third base/pitcher Mike Percic didn’t post the biggest numbers among Armstrong County players, but his contribution was …
Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton, Freeport’s Pawlak named Valley News Dispatch Athletes of the Year
By Bill West
Tre Tipton Apollo-Ridge · Junior · Football/Basketball/Track and Field Tre Tipton is a Pitt football recruit because he can pull receptions out of the air, …
Apollo-Ridge WR Tipton commits to Pitt
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Tre Tipton said Pitt football made him feel like part of the family, and it was that trust and closeness that led to him to …
Pitt offers Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge junior wide receiver Tre Tipton made enough of an impression at the Pitt Prospect Camp on Friday to get a scholarship offer from the host Panthers — his seventh Division I offer to date. Pitt wants him as a wide receiver. Recruiting quickly is picking up steam for the …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton gets offer from Michigan State
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Usually, Tre Tipton is a step ahead of opposing players, in a prime position to elevate and make circus catches or intercept passes. This past …
PIAA track and field notebook: Valley’s Walters in running for 2 medals
By Bill West
Unlike a season ago, Valley junior Ameriah Walters finished her first day at the PIAA track and field championships without a sick feeling in her …
Alle-Kiski Valley spotlight athletes: Deer Lakes’ Dom Chiera, Apollo-Ridge’s Reannah Martin
By D.j. Vasil
Dom Chiera Class: Senior School: Deer Lakes Sport: Baseball Report card: Chiera helped the Lancers reach the WPIAL Class AA semifinals for the second straight …
Steel Valley pitcher tosses 1-hitter to down Apollo-Ridge
By Matt Grubba
Steel Valley pitcher Brandon Donovan showed how doing the least amount of work sometimes is a good thing. Donovan faced the minimum and struck out …
Freeport, Apollo-Ridge baseball teams lack postseason experience of opponents
By Matt Grubba
If there’s one common thread to Freeport and Apollo-Ridge’s opponents for the WPIAL baseball playoffs, it’s that they have the edge in postseason experience. The Yellowjackets received the No. 6 seed and will face Riverside at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Shaler. The Vikings will take on No. 3 Steel Valley …
Alle-Kiski basketball stars shine in WPIAL track and field’s jumping scene
By Bill West
A newcomer to track and field this spring, Apollo-Ridge junior Tre Tipton figured that with his ability to easily jam a basketball through a hoop …
Apollo-Ridge snaps 21-year baseball playoff drought with lopsided win
By Matt Grubba
The Vikings are about to explore uncharted territory. Austin Laird pitched a complete game and drove in three runs for Apollo-Ridge, which clinched its first …
Reliever Laird saves day as Apollo-Ridge nears playoff berth
By Matt Grubba
For six innings, Apollo-Ridge was cruising toward control of the Section 3-AA baseball playoff chase. In the seventh, that cruise became a bumpy ride. Burrell …
Alle-Kiski Valley track and field honor roll
By Tribune-Review
Boys (top 3) 100: Jesse Zelonka, Apollo-Ridge, 11.0; Mario Valletto, Knoch, 11.1; Evan West, Burrell, 11.16 200: Ben Kinnamon, Kiski Area, 22.79; Antione Malloy, Cheswick Christian, 23.32; Mario Valletto, Knoch, 23.49 400: Elias Graca, Fox Chapel, 51.11; Ben Kinnamon, Kiski Area, 51.25; Steve Hemmerle, Plum, 51.7 800: Elias Graca, Fox …

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