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Alle-Kiski teams learn opponents for PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs

By Bill Beckner Jr/
Four Alle-Kiski hockey teams will open the PIHL postseason this week. The league released its playoff brackets on Saturday. In Class AA, Fox Chapel (8-9-2) will play North Hills (9-10) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at BladeRunners in Warrendale in a play-in game. In the first round, Armstrong (14-4-1) will play Moon ...
High school notebook: Armstrong, Freeport know playoff opponents
By Matt Grubba
With a new format for the PIHL tournament, the two local teams already know their first matchups with the regular season still in progress. Armstrong will ...
Armstrong boys bowling team comes up short in WPIBL championship
By Matt Grubba
Armstrong’s first crack at a major team bowling title in 2015 fell just short. Fresh off a Section 2 title, the Riverhawks placed fourth at this year’s Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League Boys Championship on Wednesday at New Great Valley Lanes in North Versailles. Armstrong finished with 3,022 pins, which trailed only ...
Armstrong boys, girls bowling teams make quick ascent into WPIBL powers
By Matt Grubba
In two seasons, Armstrong bowling has gone from a start-up program to a two-team title contender. The new school’s boys and girls teams both have a shot to claim Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League crowns this week when the boys championship is held Wednesday at New Great Valley Lanes in ...
Armstrong hockey team suffers crucial 3-2 loss to Shaler
By Staff Reports
A late comeback for Armstrong fell short, which puts the conference title out of reach. David Contrael scored a power-play goal in the final minute for Armstrong, but the Riverhawks fell to Shaler, 3-2, in a Class AA game Thursday at the Belmont Ice Complex. Alex Ficorelli scored two goals, including the ...
No. 1 Aliquippa runs past Ford City, improves to 22-0
By Matt Grubba
It took three quarters, but the Aliquippa run that Ford City feared finally appeared. The top-seeded Quips blew open an otherwise plodding game in the fourth quarter and knocked out 16th-seeded Ford City, 61-26, in the WPIAL Class AA first round Wednesday at Moon. Stephon McGinnis led the Quips (22-0) with 23 ...
Ford City’s girls basketball team bows out for good with playoff loss to Chartiers Valley
By Ed Phillipps
With 34 seconds remaining in Ford City’s WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game, a final substitution was made. The starters left the floor with tears ...
Guido: Ford City hoops spurs community pride
By George Guido
It was perhaps a final proud day for a proud community Saturday. The Ford City boys and girls both won WPIAL basketball playoff games in ...
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 ...
West Shamokin girls, Ford City boys step into rugged WPIAL Class AA matchups
By Matt Grubba
With a playoff win for each, West Shamokin’s girls and Ford City’s boys basketball teams are set up to face a pair of powerhouses. The ...
HS highlight reel: WPIAL approves winter alignments
By Chris Harlan
Armstrong’s boys and girls basketball teams both will compete in Section 2-AAAA next season, the WPIAL decided Monday. The WPIAL board of directors approved section alignments for winter sports in the 2015-16 school year. The WPIAL won’t fully realign sections until next year, but had to make a few changes ...
Davis takes advantage of open shots as Ford City downs Ellwood City 50-40
By Matt Grubba
Ford City found space in the Ellwood City defense, and more often than not, Christina Davis was the open player. Davis scored a game-high 28 ...
Behind stout front line, Ford City rallies past Frazier
By Matt Grubba
It was clear Ford City had an advantage inside against Frazier, but the Sabers nearly wasted that edge. Brandon Heilman scored 19 points and grabbed 17 ...
Saturday’s VND WPIAL basketball playoff capsules
By Tribune-Review
Boys Class AA Preliminary round • Ford City (12-10)  vs. Frazier (11-11) 3 p.m. at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 1 ...
Basketball playoffs have special meaning on several fronts
By Matt Grubba
For two teams, one coach and dozens of Armstrong County seniors, this year’s WPIAL basketball playoffs will be one last hurrah. The boys and girls teams ...
Leader-Times notebook: Armstrong players make impact
By Matt Grubba
Armstrong hockey’s scoring touch rubbed off on its all-star teammates. Riverhawks forward Christian Miller was one of six players with goals for the Eastern Conference, which ...
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 ...
Ford City girls win final home game
By George Guido
Ford City won its final girls basketball home game in school history Thursday with a 39-21 triumph over longtime rival Kittanning at Red Mihalik Gym. The ...
Ford City defeats South Allegheny, clinches playoff spot
By Matt Grubba
Since taking over the Ford City program four years ago, coach Greg Hutcherson has repeated to his players: “Hard work pays off.” Friday night was the ...
Armstrong scores late, topples Plum
By Matt Grubba
With a big third period, Armstrong made sure its senior night didn’t turn into another senior nightmare. Christian Miller scored twice, and Josh Oliver added ...
Hampton girls basketball team hustles past Ford City, 53-31
By Matt Grubba
What was a battle for second ended up not being much of a fight. Hampton scored the last eight points of the first quarter and continued to pull away throughout the game for a Section 1-AAA win over visiting Ford City, 53-31, on Tuesday. Jenn Lafko scored 12 points, and Laryn Edwards ...
Ford City battles, earns hard-fought 46-43 win over Wilkinsburg
By Matt Grubba
Ford City’s big three played like three big players should. Blake Bower, Nate Baillie and Brandon Heilman attacked the offensive boards and accounted for all but ...
Davis scores career-high 31 to power Ford City girls
By Doug Gulasy
No matter what defense Deer Lakes threw at her Thursday night, Christina Davis found a way to beat it. Davis, Ford City’s senior guard/forward, scored a ...
A-K Valley roundup: Ford City tops Shady Side Academy
By Staff Reports
Ford City’s offense struggled in the fourth quarter, but the Sabers defense paved the way for a Section 2-AA victory. Noah Nulph stole an outlet pass and scored the go-ahead layup with six seconds left, lifting Ford City (9-6, 4-4) to a 38-37 victory over Shady Side Academy (10-5, 6-2) ...
Mars ends Ford City’s win streak
By William Whalen
Riding a nine-game winning streak, Ford City traveled to Mars poised to knock off the No. 2-ranked Planets on Friday night, but the Sabers seemed to play tense from the outset and never really challenged Mars in a 55-39 loss in Section 1-AAA. “We came out a little sloppy,” Ford City ...

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