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Ford City defeats South Allegheny, clinches playoff spot

By Matt Grubba 12:22 a.m.
Since taking over the Ford City program four years ago, coach Greg Hutcherson has repeated to his players the motto: “Hard work pays off.” Friday …
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 ...
Apollo-Ridge steals last Ford City game in home gym with third-quarter rally
By George Guido
For more than 100 years, coaches whose teams escape Ford City with a victory are quick to say they’re glad to get out of town with a win. Add Apollo-Ridge’s Matt Gourley to that chorus. Sophomore Duane Brown’s 3-pointer with 31 seconds left lifted the Vikings to a 41-39 victory Tuesday in ...
Ford City defense carries the day in win over Kittanning
By Matt Grubba
With how much both coaches like to base their teams around defense, it was no surprise that baskets were hard to come by between Ford ...
High school roundup: Heilman, Ford City beat Serra
By Staff Report
Ford City’s boys basketball team surpassed its win total from last season while holding one of the WPIAL’s top scorers in check. Brandon Heilman erupted for ...
Structure, talent, belief leading Alle-Kiski teams to better win totals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
What a difference a year can make. A number of Alle-Kiski basketball teams have made noticeable improvements over last season. Some already have equaled or surpassed ...
Ford City’s defense clamps down in 42-31 victory over Highlands
By Matt Grubba
With not much going for either team’s offense, Ford City let its defense carry it to another win. The Sabers held Highlands to two first-half field ...
Guido: Final countdown is on for historic gymnasiums
By George Guido
Once our Eastern European friends are finished with their Christmas celebrations today, the holiday season will be over, and it will be time to look ...
Valley high school roundup: Late layup helps Ford City girls knock off Knoch
By Staff Reports
In a back-and-forth game, Ford City’s last shot made the difference. Catie Cujas hit a layup with four seconds left to lift Ford City (9-1, 4-1) to a 46-44 win over Knoch (6-6, 1-4) in Section 1-AAA. Kenzie Lasher, under pressure from the Knoch defense, hit Cujas from half-court for the wide-open ...
PIHL teams weather extended layoffs between games
By Matt Grubba
With the holiday season over, it should be time for hockey season to get restarted. For Armstrong and Freeport, however, the wait will be a bit ...
Defense vaults Ford City girls basketball past West Shamokin
By Matt Grubba
Defense ruled the day with Ford City and West Shamokin meeting in girls basketball for the final time. The Sabers limited West Shamokin to just eight second-half points and pulled away late at the foul line for a 43-32 win in a nonsection game Friday in Ford City. Abbey DiGregorio led Ford ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Ford City girls basketball team wins 5th in a row
By Staff Reports
The Ford City girls basketball team’s defense put on a strong second-half display in Friday’s nonsection game against West Shamokin. The Sabers (8-1) held West Shamokin ...
Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Ford City’s Christina Davis and Jared Shaner
By William Whalen
Christina Davis School: Ford City Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Report card: The 5-foot-7 team captain led the Sabers through seven games, averaging 17 points. She ...
A look back at the Alle-Kiski Valley’s notable wins, losses
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Another championship for one of the WPIAL’s wrestling dynasties. The end of a storied football rivalry. Tearful goodbyes to a sophomore football player, “Big Jake” and ...
Valley News Dispatch high school roundup: Ford City girls hold off Hampton
By Staff Reports
Ford City’s first season in Class AAA is still going strong. Christina Davis scored with 30 seconds left, and Abbey DiGregorio preserved the victory with a steal as the Sabers (6-1, 3-1) beat Section 1-AAA co-leader Hampton (5-2, 3-1), 39-38, on Monday. “This is all new territory for us because we ...
High school notebook: Armstrong County volleyball players net All-State honors
By Matt Grubba
Three of Armstrong County’s best this volleyball season received the state’s top individual honor. Senior Stephanie DiGregorio and junior Justyne Lasher of Ford City and junior ...
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 ...

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