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Leader Times notebook: Online community holds buck pool

By Matt Grubba
Armstrong County-based Living4theoutdoors, an online community for hunters and fishermen, conducted its first buck pool during the recently concluded archery season with 125 local hunters ...
Ford City girls basketball aims to close program on top
By Matt Grubba
For its final year, the Ford City girls basketball program gets a new challenge. The Sabers, a perennial playoff team and often a threat to reach the PIAA tournament in Class AA, make the jump up to Class AAA for their final season, and coach Al Davis’ squad has hopes ...
Ford City boys basketball coach brings winning personality for final season
By Matt Grubba
Ford City’s boys basketball program is the school’s most decorated, with a record 33 section titles, three WPIAL titles and two PIAA runner-up finishes. Adding to ...
End of an era for Ford City football and its coach; Bartolovic steps aside
By Matt Grubba
When the next high school football season rolls around, it’s going to be without a fixture on the Armstrong County gridiron patrolling the sideline. John ...
Ford City, Kittanning winter teams look forward to ‘last ride’ before school merger
By Matt Grubba
Kittanning billed its final football season as the “Last Ride.” That means Kittanning and Ford City’s winter sports teams could have called Monday the opening ...
Armstrong High School sorting through prospective varsity coaches
By Matt Grubba
With the school’s opening nine months away, Armstrong High School should have its first coaches in place by year’s end. A committee installed to select varsity head coaches for the new school will begin to interview candidates for fall sports positions next week, and their target is to have hiring recommendations ...
High school notebook: New school records established throughout Armstrong County
By Matt Grubba
The Ford City/Kittanning merger ensured that this would be a historic season for football in Armstrong County, but outstanding individual performers wrote entries into local ...
A-K Valley Spotlight Athletes: Justyne Lasher and Christian Miller
By Alex Novickoff
Justyne Lasher School: Ford City Sport: Volleball Class: Junior Report card: An outside hitter, Lasher helped lead Ford City to a WPIAL Class AA championship, ...
Ford City falls short in school’s 1st trip to PIAA tournament
By George Guido
Ford City’s first and only PIAA Class AA volleyball appearance was short-lived. The WPIAL champion Sabers fell 3-2 to Corry on Tuesday in a closely contested battle. The Beavers broke a 14-14 stalemate with two quick points to sew up the victory. Neither team had more than a five-point lead at any ...
Fresh off WPIAL title win, Ford City preps for PIAA tournament
By Matt Grubba
For Ford City’s players, the celebration of their first WPIAL Class AA volleyball championship already has ended. Two days after winning the title with a ...
Ford City volleyball captures school’s 1st WPIAL championship since 1988
By Doug Gulasy
Ford City put an exclamation point on the final girls volleyball season in school history. The No. 4 Sabers (18-1) won the first WPIAL volleyball ...
WPIAL volleyball finals: Three new champions, Baldwin, Ford City, GCC, crowned
By Staff Reports
For the second straight season, Bishop Canevin and Greensburg Central Catholic needed five sets to decide the WPIAL Class A volleyball champion. It was the ...
Ford City volleyball set to clash with Thomas Jefferson
By Doug Gulasy
Class AA No. 4 Ford City (17-1) vs.  No. 2 Thomas Jefferson (17-0) 3:30 p.m. Saturday Baldwin High School Quick sets: Ford City upset No. 1 Freeport, 3-1, in the semifinals to advance to the championship for the first time in school history. The Sabers dropped the opening set ...
Ford City’s teamwork, emotion take center stage in semifinal win over Freeport
By Matt Grubba
The Ford City girls volleyball team caught an emotional wave and rode it right past the defending WPIAL champs. The fourth-seeded Sabers bounced back from dropping ...
Freeport, Ford City set for playoff battle
By Matt Grubba
Fox Chapel is the site, but it will be an Armstrong County affair in the Class AA girls volleyball semifinals. Defending champion and top seed ...
Ford City volleyball team advances to WPIAL semifinals with 3-1 win over Seton-La Salle
By Matt Grubba
A hiccup midway through its WPIAL quarterfinal couldn’t stop Ford City from extending its final volleyball season. The fourth-seeded Sabers dropped the second set but recovered ...
Freeport, Ford City prepare for volleyball quarterfinals
By Matt Grubba
Ford City vs.  Seton-La Salle 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Chapel What’s at stake: A semifinal against the Freeport/Montour winner and a berth in the ...
Kittanning routs Ford City in rivalry’s final game
By Matt Grubba
With emotions on both sides at a fever pitch, Kittanning made their school’s home finale a game to remember. Senior quarterback Braydon Toy threw for ...
Kittanning-Ford City notebook: Late TD holds special meaning
By George Guido
It can be said Logan Slagle became the last Kittanning player to score a touchdown at Red Ullom Field. The senior receiver caught a 6-yard ...
Guido: Kittanning-Ford City rivalry packed with memories
By George Guido
Each Friday during the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are ...
Leader Times notebook: Tickets going fast for FC-Kittanning series finale
By Matt Grubba
The final football game between Kittanning and Ford City has been billed as a major community event, and advance ticket sales indicate that will be ...
The Leader eager for Kittanning finale
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 5-2 (.714) Season: 43-11 (.796) After saying farewell to Ford City at home last week, now it’s Kittanning’s turn to say goodbye to its Wildcats on home turf. The Leader was overwhelmed by the display of support from the Sabers fans at Friday’s game against West Shamokin, and only ...
Ford City, Kittanning matchup to be part of’s ‘Underdogs’
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Kittanning football coach Frank Fabian heard Sports Illustrated was coming to town to film his team’s practice, he laughed it off, but did so with guarded optimism. This is Ford City week, after all. “I had to make sure this wasn’t one last prank from over there,” Fabian said ...
Ford City volleyball team reaches quarterfinals
By Matt Grubba
Ford City had no problem getting back to work after celebrating its first section title. Christina Davis and Justyne Lasher had 12 kills each to send No. 4 Ford City to its first playoff win since 2004, beating No. 13 Central Valley, 3-0, in a WPIAL Class AA girls volleyball first-round ...
Longtime rivals Kittanning, Ford City set for final act
By Matt Grubba
One hundred years of football history comes down to one night in Kittanning. Ford City and Kittanning will meet on the football field for the final ...

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