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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 …
Guido: Seeding already settled in Allegheny Conference
By George Guido
After all of the offseason hype, old rivalries renewed, new rivalries started, all of the scintillating games during the first half of the season — …
Apollo-Ridge offense earns rest period against Deer Lakes
By R.A. Monti
Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba wanted to put as many looks as possible on the game tape of his team’s 49-21 Allegheny Conference win over Deer …
Apollo-Ridge cruises past Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
For the first six weeks of the season, Apollo-Ridge’s offense received all the attention, the glare of the spotlight promoting the touchdown show and the …
A-K Valley football notebook: Apollo-Ridge to face different test in Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It didn’t take long for Apollo-Ridge to get branded with the fun-to-watch label this season. The Vikings (5-1) average 41.5 points per game, second most in the A-K Valley to Kittanning (42.7) and have made rousing plays a routine occurrence. The team’s explosive offense has also helped along a defense …
Leader Times Q&A: Apollo-Ridge’s Jonah Casella
By Matt Grubba
If there’s one thing Apollo-Ridge has no shortage of, it’s players capable of making big plays. Pitt recruit Tre Tipton and sophomore quarterback/running back Duane …
WPIAL players turn to social media to promote highlight clips
By Bill West
Central Catholic senior Bryan Glover sits through Saturday morning film sessions like players elsewhere in the WPIAL and reviews what he did Friday nights to …
No. 6 Apollo-Ridge races past Ford City
By Matt Grubba
Ford City wanted to play a grind-it-out game, while Apollo-Ridge wanted end-to-end action. The Vikings got their way. Jonah Casella and Duane Brown both scored …
Ford City visits Apollo-Ridge with upset in mind
By Matt Grubba
One team is coming off its biggest win of the season. The other is coming off its first loss. Ford City can establish itself as …
Highlands wins thriller over Apollo-Ridge
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands’ drop from Class AAA certainly didn’t mean a fall from grace, but it also didn’t mean anything would come easily. And Apollo-Ridge’s ascent from …
HS highlight reel: Pa. teams among nation’s winningest
By Tribune-Review
Four Pennsylvania high schools appeared this week on a MaxPreps-compiled list of those with the most football wins. The lone WPIAL member was New Castle at No. 46, listed with 707 wins. The others were No. 6 Mount Carmel (816), No. 15 Berwick (771) and No. 28 Steelton-Highspire (742). Valdosta, …
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Top Level AAU helps form competitive bond
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While the Top Level All-Stars AAU program brings many of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s top athletes together, it also helps ready them for the times in …
Allegheny Conference unbeatens Apollo-Ridge, Highlands set for clash
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With hardly any letup in what’s been somewhat of a front-loaded Allegheny Conference schedule, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge will meet Friday night in a matchup that’s …
Guido: Blowouts are nothing new to WPIAL football
By George Guido
With scores such as 85-0, 82-7 and 88-0, some superior high school football teams seem about to make their scoreboards explode. That leaves the question: When was the last time a WPIAL team hit triple digits in scoring in one game? The answer is 1930 when Wilkinsburg pounded Evans City, …
Brown’s 7 TDs power Apollo-Ridge past Shady Side Academy
By Doug Gulasy 7:23 p.m.
“Little brother” came up big for Apollo-Ridge on Friday night. Sophomore Duane Brown, half of the Vikings’ two-headed quarterback monster with Tre Tipton, scored seven …
Through the years: Vikings rolled in hurricane-delayed game
By George Guido
Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are …
Alle-Kiski Valley HSFB notebook: Petrishen makes stop in Alle-Kiski Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Central Catholic standout Johnny Petrishen could be making his final football stop in the A-K Valley Friday at Fox Chapel. The Lower Burrell native, who …
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 …

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