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A-K Valley high school roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls earn playoff berth

By Staff Reports
Holding on to a five-point lead at halftime, Apollo-Ridge girls basketball needed a strong second half to clinch its third consecutive WPIAL playoff appearance. A dominant third quarter defensively proved to be enough. Apollo-Ridge held Shady Side Academy without a field goal in the third quarter, then staved off a fourth-quarter rally ...
A-K Valley high school notebook: Thimons, Bonelli to ink letters on intent
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Logan Thimons has been enrolled and living on campus at West Virginia for almost a month. But the linebacker recruit from Freeport won’t become an ...
Burrell thwarts Apollo-Ridge upset bid, wins 51-36
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Burrell is beginning to fine-tune its game as it starts the descent toward the end of the regular season. But the Bucs, despite blossoming into ...
A-K Valley high school notebook: Apollo-Ridge girls open eyes with win over GCC
By Bill Beckner Jr. 11:24 p.m.
The Apollo-Ridge girls turned heads Monday night when they upset Greensburg Central Catholic, a team they have struggled to play close for years, 37-36. The ...
A-K Valley roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls score key victory
By Staff Reports
Check one off of Jim Callipare’s wish list for 2016. The Apollo-Ridge girls basketball coach had never beaten perennial power Greensburg Central Catholic in his two-plus seasons leading the Vikings, but that changed Monday in Spring Church. Playing without 6-foot-1 sophomore Megan Ost, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, the Vikings ...
Galloway’s late free throw, key block send host Apollo-Ridge into tournament title game
By George Guido
Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg didn’t play each other the way the Leechburg Tip-off tournament fell earlier this month. But the two Kiski Valley rivals more than made ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team downs South Allegheny
By Staff Reports
Playing well in the third quarter is turning into the Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team’s specialty. The latest example came Monday night. Apollo-Ridge blanked South Allegheny in ...
2015 Valley News Dispatch football all-stars
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge’s Duane Brown and Freeport’s Logan Thimons have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year for football, respectively. ...
A-K Valley roundup: Apollo-Ridge chooses to play up
By Staff Reports
Apollo-Ridge will join several of its former Allegheny Conference rivals in Class AAA football next season. Slotted by the PIAA as a Class AA team under ...
High school notebook: Few WPIAL teams choose to play up
By Staff Reports
Only three WPIAL football and boys basketball teams have chosen to move up in classification for the next two years, when the PIAA will move ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team scores 1st section win
By Staff Reports
Apollo-Ridge got off to a slow start in its Section 2-AA game Monday against Freeport, but the Vikings’ strong finish gave them their first section ...
A-K Valley roundup: Apollo-Ridge boys clip Freeport in OT
By Staff Reports
Duane Brown didn’t get an opportunity to play against Freeport during football season because of a concussion. On Tuesday night, he showed the Yellowjackets what he ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Highlands girls basketball team stays perfect
By Staff Report
Apollo-Ridge concentrated its defensive effort to slow down Highlands leading scorer Ashlyn Jonczak on Monday, but Nicole Boda helped keep the Golden Rams’ hot start ...
Apollo-Ridge kicker Bonelli just one of the guys
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Megan Bonelli admitted she was unexpectedly hit during a football game this season after one of her kickoffs. The Apollo-Ridge senior’s only regret? She couldn’t ...
VND high school notebook: Football classification changes affect rivalry dynamic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The Allegheny Football Conference could look a lot different next season, much to the chagrin of an A-K Valley following that got used to short ...
Apollo-Ridge girls enter season talented but inexperienced
By George Guido
After making the WPIAL playoffs the past two seasons, Apollo-Ridge coach Jim Callipare is excited about the program’s direction. But with returning talent somewhat inexperienced, Callipare ...
Apollo-Ridge fits offense to changing personnel
By George Guido
Practically since the advent of the 3-point shot in 1986, Apollo-Ridge has had its share of outstanding long-range shooters. But things might be different this season ...
Last-gasp TD run sends Beaver Falls past Apollo-Ridge
By Doug Gulasy
The fates of a football game can turn quickly. For Apollo-Ridge, they also turned cruelly. The No. 13 Vikings gave Beaver Falls all it could handle and had an upset victory in their grasp, but Beaver Falls junior Derrell Carter’s tackle-breaking 4-yard touchdown with 3.5 seconds remaining lifted the No. 4 ...
A-K Valley football notebook: Game-managing QBs might need to throw in playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While it has been one of the most impressive statistical seasons in years for local running backs, some A-K Valley teams are hoping to be ...
Apollo-Ridge football team steams into WPIAL playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba stood on a muddied field at Burrell in Week 4, the Buccaneers’ touchdown cannon still smoldering behind him, after the Bucs ...
Apollo-Ridge beats West Shamokin to clinch playoff spot
By Jerin Steele
After being held to just 12 yards rushing in the first quarter and 64 yards at halftime, Duane Brown wasn’t worried. He knew his team just needed to get into a rhythm. Once Apollo-Ridge got rolling, Brown started scoring and didn’t stop. Brown scored seven touchdowns, including four in the third ...
Offensive lineman paving way for Alle-Kiski Valley RBs success
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When football coaches start using terms like “log-rolling” when discussing their offensive linemen, you know they are using some serious inside jargon. Deer Lakes coach ...
Valley News Dispatch/Leader Times Q&A: Apollo-Ridge’s Lloyd Galloway
By William Whalen
If Apollo-Ridge standout running back Duane Brown is the sports car in the Vikings’ offense, then senior tight end Lloyd Galloway is the hybrid vehicle. ...
Pirates’ Walker visits Apollo-Ridge football team
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge’s football team had a surprise guest speaker on Monday. Pirates second baseman Neil Walker showed up and gave the team an early-week pep talk ...
Record day could elevate Apollo-Ridge RB Brown among recruiters
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge junior Duane Brown watched game film Saturday morning of his WPIAL-record rushing performance but brought his telestrator. “We did some good things but need ...
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