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Ford City upsets No. 9 Shady Side Academy behind Walker’s 5 TDs

By William Whalen
Zeke Walker’s career-high five-touchdown performance coupled with two late defensive stands with less than two minutes to go gave Ford City a 34-33 upset over No. 10 Shady Side Academy in front of a spirited homecoming crowd at Ford City Athletic Field. “You can see the maturity, our guys are …
Ford City volleyball blanks Kittanning to stay perfect at home
By Matt Grubba
When Ford City knocked off Kittanning in girls volleyball in their second meeting last season, it was considered an upset. The Sabers haven’t lost on …
Late FG again wins it for Valley
By George Guido
Valley seems to be kicking its way into Allegheny Conference contention. For the second time this season, a field goal by senior kicker Rory Baker …
Ford City girls volleyball playing for 1st section banner
By Matt Grubba
A look around the venerable gym at Ford City displays quite a list of championships. Banners hanging in the gym show a WPIAL-record 33 section …
The Leader: Tour of Armstrong County sports leaves longing for football
By The Leader
Last week: 6-1 (.857) Season: 16-4 (.800) The time had come for The Leader to broaden his horizons. Sure, it’s a great thing to be Armstrong County’s grandest expert of the gridiron, but the job mostly boils down to nine Fridays in the fall. Needing something to do during the …
Leader Times Q&A: Ford City’s John Bittner
By Matt Grubba
In the long history of Ford City football, there have been many good linemen and many players who can make things happen in the kick-return …
Ford City does little wrong in blanking Burrell
By R.A. Monti
Ford City’s defense was almost flawless in the Sabers’ 27-0 win over Burrell on Friday at Burrell  Stadium. The Sabers (1-2, 1-2) held the Bucs …
Ford City beats West Shamokin to take Section 3-AA lead
By Matt Grubba
The time when Ford City volleyball can fly under the radar might have ended Thursday. The Sabers gutted out two sets that reached extra points to come out with a 3-0 win over West Shamokin and take sole possession of first place in Section 3-AA. Justyne Lasher had a match-high …
Leader Times notebook: Ford City volleyball off to sterling start
By Matt Grubba
It won’t show up in their overall record, but Ford City girls volleyball turned in another impressive performance over the weekend. The Sabers knocked off Class AA No. 5 Seton-La Salle by set scores of 26-24 and 25-21 to win the championship Saturday at the sixth annual Kiski Area Tournament. …
Late touchdowns propel Freeport to 19-0 victory over Ford City
By Bill Whalen
Freeport’s offense finally found the gas pedal and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 19-0 shutout victory over Ford City on Friday night in the final  Class AA Allegheny Conference matchup between the schools in Ford Cliff. “They tried to be too calm, and you can’t play this game calm,” …
Kittanning Leader Times Q&A: Ford City’s Garrett Virostek
By Matt Grubba
Losses in Week 1 might cause some football players to panic, but Ford City’s Garrett Virostek knows as well as anyone there’s a long season …
Near miss gives The Leader room to improve
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 6-1 (.857) Season: 6-1 (.857) Leechburg left The Leader feeling a little blue Saturday. After a perfect 6-0 start to the season Friday night, a road win by the Blue Devils in Wilkinsburg would have made it a 7-0 start to the year and made a statement to …
Guido: New kickoff time leaves fans squinting
By George Guido
Friday night lights turned into Friday night glare for Highlands fans attending the team’s Class AA debut at Ford City. One unintended consequence of moving …
Leader Times notebook: Hutcherson joins Kiski Area Hall of Fame
By Matt Grubba
Ford City boys basketball coach Greg Hutcherson had a chance to revisit his high school days last weekend. Hutcherson was inducted into the Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday along with two of his former teammates who, like Hutcherson, have made their way into coaching. A 2003 graduate, …
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, …

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