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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 ...
Guido: Vikings raid local scoring marks
By George Guido
Apollo-Ridge is continuing its assault on local scoring records. The Vikings rolled up 58 points Friday in their big victory over perennial WPIAL playoff contender ...
Apollo-Ridge stands tall in 58-40 victory over Beaver Falls
By George Guido
After 95 years, Apollo’s Owens Field finally hosted a home playoff win. Four touchdowns by Jonah Casella and two more by Tre Tipton and Duane Brown ...
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 Valley ...
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 games ...
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 playoff ...
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 sixth-seeded ...
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 ...

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