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Weather has hampered Apollo-Ridge baseball team’s progress

By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge has waited an offseason for a chance to build on its baseball success of a year ago. The team is hoping the wait is almost over. The Vikings entered the season as one of the favorites to win Section 3-AA, but after having their game against Summit Academy rained out ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Apollo-Ridge softball team ends 23-game losing streak
By Staff Reports
The Apollo-Ridge softball had reason to celebrate Wednesday night. Freshman Teresa Desimone and junior Mariah Laird combined for seven hits in seven at-bats as the ...
Guido: More hardware awaits Tipton at Hall of Fame banquet
By George Guido
We don’t know if two places will be set for Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton at the table with other student honorees at this year’s Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet. But the Vikings standout will receive dual awards May 16 at the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington. Tipton will be ...
Teams set mark for 3-pointers as East boys nip West, 110-109, in Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Playing with intensity down the stretch, the East boys outlasted the West, 110-109, to win the 19th annual Cager Classic on Saturday night at Highlands. More ...
Former Apollo-Ridge captain Bartha highlights Armstrong County Hall of Fame class
By George Guido
On March 9, 1991, the Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team defeated Brentwood, 54-51, to win the WPIAL Class AA title at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House. To date, ...
Area baseball teams relying on pitching to achieve ultimate goal
By Matt Grubba
If there’s a common thread between most of the county’s baseball teams, it is experience on the mound. Whether it is the title contenders or the ...
Bishop Canevin’s 3-point prowess dooms Apollo-Ridge, 63-54
By George Guido
Bishop Canevin continued its amazing turnaround Wednesday night. After winning just four games last season, the Crusaders used an early barrage of 3-pointers to down Apollo-Ridge, 63-54, at Northgate. Bishop Canevin (17-6) will take on top-ranked Aliquippa (22-0) in WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal play Saturday at a site and time to be ...
WPIAL basketball preview capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Wednesday’s games Boys Class AAAA First round No. 6 Plum (17-5) v s. No. 11 North Hill s ...
Apollo-Ridge squanders 13-point lead, loses to Frazier
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge rallied late and nearly completed a thrilling comeback, but, as their coach lamented, the Vikings probably should not have been in that position after ...
Apollo-Ridge holds off Ford City for Section 2 victory
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While the set dressing of senior night — shiny balloons and bright-colored flowers — didn’t quite match the sometimes unsteady play on the court, Apollo-Ridge still had reason to enjoy the outcome of its section finale. But it let out a collective whew, first. The Vikings finished tied for second ...
Apollo-Ridge’s late flurry thwarts West Shamokin, 46-41
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge’s season was 90 seconds from being over before its biggest run of the year began. Julia DeMeno scored a game-high 29 points e_SEmD 12 in the fourth quarter e_SEmD and the Vikings finished with an 11-1 run to clinch a playoff berth beating West Shamokin, 46-41, in the Section 2-AA ...
Area football players sign with local colleges
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Clad in a royal-blue dress shirt, yellow sweater-vest and navy slacks, Tre Tipton sure looked like a Pitt fan Wednesday morning. When he hit send ...
High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton says Pitt can’t dwell on lost recruits
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A little more than a week ago, Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton was sure Kittanning’s Nick Bowers would honor his commitment to Pitt and that Central Catholic’s ...
Tipton helps lift Apollo-Ridge over Section 2-AA foe Shady Side Academy
By Bill Beckner Jr.
His face framed in glee after his team’s best game of the season, Apollo-Ridge guard Tre Tipton passed the attention to his teammates. It is what ...
Apollo-Ridge boys seeking best performance
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Falling from favor in the rankings was the best thing that could have happened to the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team — at least that’s the ...
Apollo-Ridge’s defense clamps down in 54-38 victory over Freeport
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge had its struggles boxing out, but the Vikings kept Freeport’s top scorer boxed in. The Vikings relied on a box-and-1 defense to deny chances for ...
Apollo-Ridge steals last Ford City game in home gym with third-quarter rally
By George Guido
For more than 100 years, coaches whose teams escape Ford City with a victory are quick to say they’re glad to get out of town with a win. Add Apollo-Ridge’s Matt Gourley to that chorus. Sophomore Duane Brown’s 3-pointer with 31 seconds left lifted the Vikings to a 41-39 victory Tuesday in ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Smith sets school record in Apollo-Ridge’s victory over South Allegheny
By Staff Reports
Apollo-Ridge’s Alex Smith had a night to remember Friday. Smith sank a school-record 10 3-pointers, finishing with 37 points as the Vikings (8-4, 3-2) routed South Allegheny (3-9, 2-3), 80-37, in a Section 2-AA game Friday night. Smith shot 10 of 21 from 3-point range en route to breaking Michael Poydence’s ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Apollo-Ridge’s Julia DeMeno, Riverview’s Nico Sero
By William Whalen
Julia DeMeno School: Apollo-Ridge Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Report card: Through 10 games, DeMeno ranked first in scoring (13.0 ppg) and assists (3.4 apg) ...
Harlan: Narduzzi’s hiring thrills pair of Pitt recruits
By Chris Harlan
Tre Tipton has an advantage over most Pitt recruits. The Apollo-Ridge senior already has met the new Panthers coach and endorses him wholeheartedly. “I like the hire,” Tipton said. “I love the hire, actually.” He met Pat Narduzzi last summer in East Lansing, Mich. Tipton attended a Michigan State camp ...
Apollo-Ridge uses 26-0 2nd half run to rout upstart Leechburg
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge girls basketball player Megan Bonelli wore Christmas socks in Monday night’s game, large Santa Clauses protruding from her high tops. The junior guard and her ...
VND High school notebook: Tipton familiar with new Pitt coach Narduzzi
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge star Tre Tipton already said his commitment to Pitt is firm despite the departure of former coach Paul Chryst. And the hiring of Pat Narduzzi doesn’t change a thing. Tipton, a wide receiver who made the Class AA all-state team last week as an athlete, already was familiar with Narduzzi, who ...
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 8:54 p.m.
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 ...

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