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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 …
Ford City, Kittanning matchup to be part of SI.com’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 …
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 …
Birdie sad to see rivalry go
By The Birdie
Last week: 9-3 (.750) ·Season: 68-22 (.756) Twitter: TheBirdie_VND All good things have to come to an end, and this week, that pertains to the decades-long rivalry game between Ford City and Kittanning. (The Birdie sighs, a tear trickling out from beneath his favorite sunglasses that he bought at Sears …
WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games
By Bill West
When asked about the WPIAL’s efforts to schedule football rivals against each other in Week 9, executive director Tim O’Malley went right into an explanation …
High school football notebook: WPIAL might welcome another team next year
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL could use another football team. With the pending merger of Ford City and Kittanning, the WPIAL would be left with 123 teams next …
West Shamokin spoils Ford City festivities
By Matt Grubba
A night that began as a celebration for Ford City football ended with one for West Shamokin. Wolves quarterback Alex Lasslo scored both touchdowns and …
Ford City volleyball clinches first place in section
By Matt Grubba
Ford City walked off the court at Kittanning having left no doubt who the top team was in Section 3-AA. The Sabers earned the outright …
The Leader says a proper home is key for Riverhawks
By The Leader
Last week: 7-0 (1.000) Season: 38-9 (.809) The Leader has a call in to the Audubon Society after reading earlier this week about a group of homeless ‘Hawks. It’s almost a year until the Armstrong Riverhawks are scheduled to make their debut on the football field, but the team already …
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Ford City’s Zeke Walker
By Doug Gulasy
In a season full of big plays, Zeke Walker made one of his biggest last week. Walker, a senior running back for Ford City, caught …
Ford City looks to stay in playoff hunt in last ever home game
By Matt Grubba
Ford City will turn up the lights for the Sabers’ last ever home game Friday night. West Shamokin hopes the night ends with the lights …
Ford City volleyball team clinches share of section title
By Staff Reports
In the final game on its home floor, Ford City volleyball made sure it will get the banner it wanted to add to the wall …
Ford City volleyball team earns share of 1st section title by beating Greensburg Salem, 3-0
By Matt Grubba
In the final game on its home floor, Ford City volleyball made sure it will get the banner it wanted to add to the wall …
Guido: Ford City gearing up for possible dream showdown
By Tribune-Review
Ford City is preparing for its final home game Friday against West Shamokin at 7 p.m. But it might not be the last scholastic football …
Late touchdown lifts Ford City past Deer Lakes
By William Whalen
Ford City junior quarterback Anthony Falsetti connected with Zeke Walker for an 18-yard touchdown with seven seconds remaining Friday to give the Sabers a 34-27 Class AA Allegheny Conference win over Deer Lakes at Lancer Stadium. “I saw Zeke (Walker) had a little separation and he could probably outjump him, …
Allegheny Conference games heating up for The Leader
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 6-0 (1.000) Season: 31-9 (.775) It’s do-or-die time in the  Allegheny Conference. With a jumbled middle of the pack in the league — six of the 10 teams fall between 4-2 and 2-4 — and only Highlands and Apollo-Ridge rising above the morass, there are eight teams with …
Sabers shut down Wolves; in tie for 1st place
By Matt Grubba
Ford City’s route to its first volleyball section title is a clear path. Justyne Lasher had a match-high 15 kills to lead the Sabers to a 3-0 Section 3-AA win Tuesday at West Shamokin, which puts Ford City in sole possession of first place with just three matches remaining. The …
No. 6 Apollo-Ridge races past Ford City
By Matt Grubba
Ford City wanted to play a grind-it-out game, while Apollo-Ridge wanted end-to-end action. The Vikings got their way. Jonah Casella and Duane Brown both scored …
The Leader expecting more surprises this week
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 4-3 (.571) Season: 25-9 (.735) The surprises never cease for The Leader. Just when he thought he had a feel for the football teams in Armstrong County, one of the banner programs e_SEmD Ford City e_SEmD shocks everyone by beating Shady Side Academy and taking what probably is …
Ford City visits Apollo-Ridge with upset in mind
By Matt Grubba
One team is coming off its biggest win of the season. The other is coming off its first loss. Ford City can establish itself as …
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 …

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