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High school notebook: WPIAL adjusts to accommodate Armstrong merger

By Chris Harlan
To accommodate the Ford City-Kittanning merger, the WPIAL slightly altered four football conferences and will schedule games next season with the City League. The WPIAL Board ...
Ford City rallies past East Allegheny, improves to 4-0
By Matt Grubba
Ford City needed a spark against East Allegheny, and it came on a big play by its tallest and shortest players. The Sabers came alive after ...
Through the years: Ken High, Apollo go out in style
By George Guido
With Kittanning and Ford City high schools closing out their football histories, the Valley News Dispatch is taking a look back at the final games ...
Ford City hangs tough but can’t conquer Mars in 48-39 loss
By Matt Grubba
In its debut in a Class AAA section, Ford City showed it’s ready to compete against anyone e_SEmD even the defending section champ. Mars forward Ali Goetz scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, but the Planets only pulled away at the foul line in the final two ...
Ford City ends rivalry with Kittanning by securing 3OT victory
By Matt Grubba
More than 100 years of basketball between Ford City and Kittanning never had produced a game quite like this. Brandon Heilman’s put-back with less than 40 ...
Kittanning, Ford City meet for final time on hardwood
By Matt Grubba
Less than two months after the curtain fell on their football rivalry, Kittanning and Ford City are prepared to meet one final time on the ...
Familiar names dot Armstrong coaching roster
By Matt Grubba
Armstrong High School has a lot of familiar names among its first set of coaches. Kittanning football coach Frank Fabian and Ford City volleyball coach Andrea ...
Armstrong loses, Freeport wins in hockey doubleheader
By Matt Grubba
Armstrong hockey knew it would be short-handed, but the team still put up quite a fight. Backup goalie Jacob Lorigan made 45 saves, but Moon scored four times in the final period for a 4-2 win over the Riverhawks in the second game of a varsity doubleheader Thursday at Belmont Complex. David ...
Armstrong bowlers set lofty goals
By Matt Grubba
The first team to claim a trophy for Armstrong High School is out to add to its collection. Though only a club team, the Armstrong bowling team got off to a flying start in its first year and hopes to build on last year’s success during the 2014-15 WPIBL season. The Armstrong ...
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 1:46 a.m.
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 ...

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