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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 …
Tipton, Brown run for 518 yards to lead Apollo-Ridge past Kittanning
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Billed as a heavyweight fight, Kittanning and Apollo-Ridge made sure their Allegheny Conference clash lived up to the hype. The two-headed monster, as Apollo-Ridge coach …
The Leader: Big game attracts no TV respect
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 4-2 (.667) Season: 10-3 (.769) The Leader’s DVR might as well get thrown in the scrap heap. Knowing he had a prior engagement on this big Friday night, The Leader was geared up to record the battle between Pitt recruits Nick Bowers and Tre Tipton along with their …
Pitt recruits highlight matchup between Allegheny Conference heavyweights
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It’s an Allegheny Conference matchup that should come with its own hype poster, like a heavyweight fight. The poster boys would be easy choices. For …
Apollo-Ridge races past Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr
Even with the jaws of Valley’s defense opening around him, Duane Brown continuously found a way to escape and elude opposing players, one by one. …
Through the years: Friday night lights come to Apollo
By George Guido
Each Friday during high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are part …
Hungry Birdie stylin and profilin in Week 1
By The Birdie
The Birdie wore a tan suit — and his trademark sunglasses — last Friday night as he perused the A-K Valley for top-notch football. Always a sultan of style, he turned some heads and looked as important as the president. “People were staring at me,” Birdie said. “I told them …
Apollo-Ridge, Valley set to square off in Allegheny Conference
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While Apollo-Ridge’s offense popped with offensive fireworks in the season opener, Valley’s had all the characteristics of a dud firecracker. That’s not to say it …
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 …

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