Apollo-Ridge Sports

New playing surface, new script for Deer Lakes-Apollo-Ridge matchup

There was some jovial talk this week at Deer Lakes that said the reason the football team had its artificial turf replaced was to erase ...

Birdie turning up the heat for Week 1 games

The Birdie may have been hit with some karma last Friday night when he cramped up and fell off his chair in the Springdale press ...

Apollo-Ridge beats Leechburg behind senior RB Coleman

With running back Duane Brown recovering from an offseason knee injury, the Apollo-Ridge Vikings were looking for someone to pick up the slack. Enter Brett Coleman. The ...

A-K Valley high school football notebook: Kiski Area chooses starting quarterback

Football season opens Friday night with the mysterious Week Zero, but there no longer is any mystery as to who will start at quarterback for ...

Freshman quartet will fuel Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team

To judge the success of last season's Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team by wins and losses would be shortsighted and unfair. In their first season as ...

The Birdie opens year with Zero expectations

The Birdie says the pressure's off for his first week of predictions. The Alle-Kiski Valley's gridiron guru isn't concerned about wins and losses. "The PIAA has ...

Alle-Kiski Valley teams split on Week Zero

When it came time to decide whether to play a scrimmage or full-fledged game in the new "Week Zero," Springdale football coach Dave Leasure left ...

Apollo-Ridge star RB Brown vows to return this season

A few weeks ago, Duane Brown said he might sit out the entire football season after surgery and rehab for a torn ACL and MCL ...

The Birdie: Move to six classes, 'Week Zero' do more harm than good

Last season: 97-19 (.836) Twitter: @TheBirdie_VND The Birdie begins the season with his wing in a sling — from a game of Pokemon ...

A-K Valley signal-callers with varying styles set to lead teams

Brayden Thimons knows his Highlands football. He has followed recent team history with a careful curiosity, and always with an eye toward the future — ...

WPIAL Class 4A breakdown: Lots of unknowns in redesigned 4A

Before they took the field against Apollo-Ridge last season, Sam Albert told his Highlands football players to enjoy the atmosphere. For those of his players ...

Brown's status Apollo-Ridge's biggest question mark

Apollo-Ridge already knows what life is like without Duane Brown. The skilled running back and defensive back missed three games last season with a concussion. The ...

Apollo-Ridge center Sells paves road for explosive offense

Matt Sells has a new tattoo on his right shoulder. It's a tribal lion, regal and poised. "So I call him The Lion King," Apollo-Ridge coach ...

Apollo-Ridge football notebook: Travel schedule will be kind to Vikings

While some Alle-Kiski Valley teams will wear out highways with lengthy road trips, Apollo-Ridge was blessed with a schedule that includes half of its regular-season ...

HSFB preview by position: Running backs target 5,000 yards

The 4,000-yard club remains special, but 5,000 yards quickly has become the new milestone in the WPIAL. Three of the WPIAL's top rushers, ...

Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Apollo-Ridge's Neal showcases talent in Bradenton

Recent Apollo-Ridge graduate Brady Neal returned last week from Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla., where the catcher took part in the Baseball Factory National World ...

Storylines abound as A-K Valley football teams enter new-look WPIAL

High school football's motor will rumble to life Monday when training camps open around the Alle-Kiski Valley and WPIAL. A new season is about to ...

Apollo-Ridge graduate lands D-III baseball coaching gig

Phill Shallenberger plans to apply his experience as an intrepid leadoff hitter to his coaching style at Cairn University, where he was hired as baseball ...

Football recruits waver on quick college commitments

Duane Brown stood with his teammates in a summer downpour Thursday at Kiski Area during the second annual A-K Challenge 7-on-7 competition. Only Brown wasn't ...

Apollo-Ridge football star Brown progressing well after surgery

It has been nearly four months since Apollo-Ridge football star Duane Brown tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during a seven-on-seven practice ...

Pitt's Tipton granted redshirt after injury-shortened season

Tre Tipton turned 20 on Tuesday. He got a new shirt for his birthday — and an extra year of football. Tipton learned recently that Pitt ...

Apollo-Ridge's Megan Bonelli named Valley News Dispatch Female Athlete of the Year

With a goalie jersey collection that includes Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Superman, Megan Bonelli can be hard to miss on ...

Freeport's Pastorek named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year

Player of the Year Nathan Pastorek FREEPORT, SENIOR, PITCHER Nathan Pastorek's Freeport jersey number came via process of elimination. As a freshman on the Yellowjackets' 2013 ...

Burrell baseball tops Apollo-Ridge to clinch playoff berth

When Apollo-Ridge got two runners into scoring position — including the tying run — with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Burrell ...

A-K Valley high school notebook: Andring returns to coach basketball at Apollo-Ridge

Damon Andring coached only one season of high school basketball in North Carolina — at the junior varsity level, no less — but that was ...


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