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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
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 …
Freeport’s Bria Otwell, Kittanning’s Morgan Joseph eye WPIAL swimming titles
By Matt Grubba
For local swim teams entering the WPIAL championships, it’s about quality, not quantity. Even with a limited number of area entrants, standouts such as Freeport …
Armstrong’s first-year bowling program rolls into championships
By Matt Grubba
The trophy case at the new Armstrong High School might not be complete, but this week could yield the new school’s first prize to showcase. The first-year bowling program playing under the Riverhawks banner qualified its boys and girls teams for this week’s Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League’s team championships. …
Armstrong hockey team displays scoring prowess in victory
By Matt Grubba
With a chance to lock up the No. 3 seed in the Class AA playoffs, high-scoring Armstrong showed it can get things done in its own zone. The Riverhawks took 15 total penalties but finished 12 for 12 on the penalty kill to pick up a 6-3 win over West …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Apollo-Ridge’s Alex Smith, Ford City’s Gina Batiz
By D.j. Vasil
Alex Smith Class: Junior School: Apollo-Ridge Sport: Basketball Report card: Always a 3-point threat for the Vikings, the 6-foot-2 guard averages 13 points per game. …
Laurel tops Ford City for 1st postseason win in 11 years
By Jason Orfao
Friday night was 11 years in the making for the Laurel girls basketball program. The Spartans regrouped after a second-half rally from Ford City to secure a 43-37 victory in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA girls basketball playoffs at Butler High School. Laurel’s previous postseason appearance was …
Plum hockey rallies past Armstrong
By Matt Grubba
Facing a two-goal deficit in the third period, Plum’s big guns came through. David Stonebraker scored twice in the third, and Joe Randazzo completed his …
Alle-Kiski Valley basketball playoff capsules
By Bill Beckner Jr. and Bill West
Friday’s games Boys Class AAA Preliminary round Kittanning (7-15) vs.  Mt. Pleasant (15-6) 8 p.m. Friday at Penn Hills Winner plays: No. 1 Chartiers Valley …
Guido: WPIAL pairings place some notable schools on sideline
By George Guido
Pairings for the 102nd WPIAL basketball tournament were issued Tuesday night, and three of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s most successful programs will be sitting at home for this year’s postseason. Ford City, which has made the playoffs 48 times in the past, fell short this season. Springdale and Freeport, second best …
Armstrong County schools could cross top seeds in basketball playoffs
By Matt Grubba
If Section 1-AA is to repeat its two-semifinalist performance from last year’s boys basketball tournament, its teams will need to take out top seeds early. …
Armstrong players make noise in Class AA All-Star Game
By George Guido  and Andrew John
It was a banner day for the PIHL’s newest team, the Armstrong Riverhawks, in the league’s Class AA All-Star Game on Sunday at the RMU …
Ford City’s Blaniar commits to IUP
By Matt Grubba
Ford City senior kicker/punter Tyler Blaniar made a verbal commitment Wednesday to join the football team at Indiana (Pa.) University. Blaniar said IUP’s coaches are interested in using him as a punter, and that he will have a chance to compete for the starting job in the fall. He chose …
Kittanning girls hold on to topple Ford City
By Matt Grubba
The strength of Ford City’s girls basketball is on the interior, but Kittanning met the Sabers’ challenge down low. Tiffany Montgomery scored a game-high 14 …

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