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Jackson brothers lead way as Highlands rolls in Class AA debut over Ford City

By George Guido
Highlands used splash plays to make a big splash in its WPIAL Class AA debut Friday night at Ford City. Five touchdowns on plays of …
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 …
Guido: Friday nights provide many storylines
By George Guido
The start of the area’s 116th high school football season is just two days away, and here’s a little primer on what to expect: • Many already know this will be the last season for the area’s two oldest programs — Ford City and Kittanning. The rivals will meet for …
Expectations high for final season at Ford City
By Matt Grubba
Ford City football wants a bounce-back year, and it will get one chance to do it. The final season for Ford City before it merges …
Century-old rivalry ending this season with Kittanning, Ford City meeting one last time
By Matt Grubba
A 100-year football tradition at the heart of Armstrong County is reaching its end. Kittanning and Ford City will meet to close out the regular …
Ford City tackle returns for senior season
By Matt Grubba
One of the key new faces on the line for Ford City isn’t really new at all. Senior tackle Chad Cloonan was one of the …
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 snaps 21-year baseball playoff drought with lopsided win
By Matt Grubba
The Vikings are about to explore uncharted territory. Austin Laird pitched a complete game and drove in three runs for Apollo-Ridge, which clinched its first …
Rivalry sparks solid efforts from Ford City, Kittanning in softball showdown
By Matt Grubba
The area’s biggest rivalry came together on the softball field, and the result was both teams winding down the season with one of their best …
Hall of fame inductee Kelly Morda met challenges head-on for Ford City
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kelly Morda has been, and probably always will be, the grinning kid at the top of the sliding board. Morda never backed down from a …
Kittanning baseball scores 5 runs in 1 inning for win
By Matt Grubba
What looked like a rivalry game headed down to the wire ended up being a comfortable win for Kittanning. Andy Fennell threw six scoreless innings, …
Ford City edges Freeport in extra innings
By Matt Grubba
In a game in which both teams missed plenty of chances, an opportunistic sprint from third made the difference. Anthony Falsetti scored from third when …
Local baseball teams ready to resume schedule
By Matt Grubba
High school baseball season is almost three weeks old, but you’d never know it by looking at the standings. Rain, snow and a lack of clear days to allow fields to dry out have conspired to keep teams off the field. But with warmer, sunnier days in the forecast, local …
Stewart ready to take spot in Armstrong hall
By Matt Grubba
According to the list of inductees for the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame, Dennis Stewart is being honored as a wrestling coach. That one …
Fox Chapel, Plum expect success with returning starters at setter
By Bill West
When Pittsburgh Volleyball Club coaches first approached him with the idea of changing his position to setter about three years ago, Fox Chapel junior Max …
West Shamokin, Ford City boys volleyball teams strive for same goal
By Matt Grubba
The challenges are different for West Shamokin’s and Ford City’s boys volleyball teams, but both hope to raise the level of their program in 2014. The Wolves are coming off a third-place finish in Section 2-AA, with only a few returning faces in the lineup. Their section rival, the Sabers, …
Ford City, Fox Chapel connect at Classic skills event
By Matt Grubba
An FC connection was a winning combination to end the Cager Classic’s skills competition. Ford City’s Ally Cujas and Fox Chapel’s Brian Papich combined for …
Kittanning softball team covets playoff berth after 2013’s near-miss
By Matt Grubba
One year after a four-team tiebreaker left Kittanning out of the WPIAL softball playoffs, the Wildcats are ready to avoid that scenario this year. The …
Cager Classic will be last game for many local players
By Matt Grubba
Some of the area’s top basketball seniors will take the court one last time this weekend. The 18th annual Cager Classic takes place Friday and …
Armstrong bowling team gets 2 top-10 finishes
By Staff Reports 6:58 p.m.
Armstrong’s first high school bowling season concluded with a pair of top-10 finishes. Jared Shaner placed sixth in the singles event, and Armstrong’s boys team was seventh in the team event at the Pennsylvania state championships, which were held Friday and Saturday at North Versailles Bowling Center. Shaner, a junior …
Armstrong suffers setback in PIHL semifinal
By Jason Orfao
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for Armstrong in the first period of its PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal against Erie Cathedral …
A-K Valley PIHL semifinal capsules
By Tribune-Review
Class AA Semifinals Armstrong (17-5-1) vs.  Erie Cathedral Prep (17-4-2) 7 p.m., Tuesday at RMU Island Sports Center Winner plays: Bishop Canevin/Hampton winner Players to …
Armstrong boys win bowling regional
By Staff Reports
It only took one season for Armstrong bowling to reach the top. The Riverhawks boys team captured its first trophy and extended its inaugural season by winning the Pennsylvania Western Regional Team Championship on Saturday at the North Versailles Bowling Center. Armstrong finished with a score of 3,993 from five …
Armstrong hockey advances to Penguins Cup semifinals in 1st year
By Joe Sager
Armstrong’s players united for one goal: a state championship. The Riverhawks hope to take another step toward it when they face Erie Cathedral Prep at …
Armstrong stops Latrobe to reach PIHL semifinals
By Matt Grubba
The PIHL’s newest program made its playoff debut by knocking off one of the league’s most successful teams. No. 3 Armstrong scored the game’s first …

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