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Leader Times Q&A: Freeport’s Logan Thimons

By Matt Grubba 12:21 a.m.
It’s not common for a high school student to have their college picked out before their junior year, much less a student who is also …
Returning starters to help Freeport rebound
By Bill West
The anxiety set in before Freeport quarterback Andrew Romanchak’s first start and lasted for several weeks during the 2013 season. Now a senior returning starter, …
Class AA breakdown: Revamped Allegheny Conference among many changes
By Bill West
Highlands coach Sam Albert wants his players to fixate on X’s and O’s, not A’s — as in Class AA instead of AAA. Realignment led …
Freeport’s Hochbein twins bring experience on both sides of ball
By Bill West
Freeport’s Hochbein twins have given teachers headaches by showing up at each other’s classes and have fooled football coach John Gaillot by trading their helmet …
HSFB preview by position: Size isn’t the only measure of LBs’ talent
By Chris Harlan
North Allegheny’s Layne Skundrich was the leading tackler on a Class AAAA state championship team, but Alabama won’t be calling him. West Allegheny’s Armand Dellovade, …
Freeport linebacker makes early impression
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Logan Thimons is an outdoors-loving kid. He often helps his father, Jim, work on the family farm. And there aren’t many things he enjoys …
Freeport’s Thimons continues to move forward
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Logan Thimons is an outdoors-loving kid. He often helps his father, Jim, work on the family farm. And there aren’t many things he enjoys …
High school football coaches put premium on safety of their players
By Matt Grubba
While one local team deals with tragedy, the PIAA and area football coaches are still hard at work with player safety as the top priority. …
Freeport LB Thimons commits to West Virginia
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Logan Thimons isn’t quite comfortable with the term “late bloomer,” which was attached to him because he didn’t start playing football until the seventh grade. “That’s motivation for me,” Thimons said. “It’s a kick in the butt; I need to get working and get better every day. I have …
Leader Times high school notebook: Freeport junior LB impresses at WVU
By Matt Grubba
Logan Thimons added his name to the growing list of Armstrong County’s Division I football prospects. Thimons, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker and rising junior at Freeport, received his first D-I scholarship offer from West Virginia after attending the Mountaineers’ prospect camp Saturday. West Virginia assistants Tom Bradley and Tony Gibson …
Freeport grad picks PSAC’s Mercyhurst
By Matt Grubba
One of Armstrong County’s top hitters is taking his bats to the north. Freeport graduate Matt Swartz, a WPIAL Class AA all-star, will attend Merchyhurst in the fall to join one of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s top baseball programs. Swartz was a Leader Times all-star the last two seasons …
Freeport LB gets WVU offer
By Bill West
Freeport linebacker gets WVU offer Out of the dozens of football players at West Virginia’s prospect camp Saturday, Freeport linebacker Logan Thimons came away with the MVP honor. Yet the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Thimons still hadn’t anticipated what followed moments after he garnered the recognition. Thimons, who will be a junior …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Ex-NFL star Christy helping Apollo-Ridge
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jeff Christy left Freeport a few years ago and moved his family to the South Butler School District. The former NFL lineman and Yellowjackets assistant has not gotten back into coaching at Knoch — where his son, Mac, is a promising sophomore — or anywhere else, for that matter. But …
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’s Tipton, Freeport’s Pawlak named Valley News Dispatch Athletes of the Year
By Bill West 10:53 p.m.
Tre Tipton Apollo-Ridge · Junior · Football/Basketball/Track and Field Tre Tipton is a Pitt football recruit because he can pull receptions out of the air, …
Heading to Wooster paves way for successful baseball career for Freeport grad
By Jason Orfao
When a recruiter from The College of Wooster approached Jarrod Mancine after one of his high school games at Freeport, the standout baseball player had …
Freshman a key part of Freeport’s lacrosse foundation
By Bill West
As he slips by imaginary defenders and fires balls into the lacrosse goal on a field by himself several afternoons a week, Peyton Manko pays …
PIAA track and field notebook: Valley’s Walters in running for 2 medals
By Bill West
Unlike a season ago, Valley junior Ameriah Walters finished her first day at the PIAA track and field championships without a sick feeling in her …
Riverside bunts to bump out Freeport
By Bill West
The players on Freeport’s baseball team likely only noticed if they looked at their opponents closely, but several Riverside Panthers wore superhero-themed T-shirts under their jerseys Friday during the teams’ WPIAL Class AA first-round matchup. The shirts were part of an ongoing gag enjoyed by the Riverside players, who chose …
Freeport’s Pawlak qualifies for states in 3rd different sport
By Bill West
Freeport sophomore Zoe Pawlak swam her way to a spot in the PIAA championships this past winter. Her skills might have come in handy had …
Waynesburg outslugs Freeport to advance to second round
By Matt Grubba
Even short-handed, Freeport was able to produce runs, but the Yellowjackets couldn’t keep Waynesburg off the scoreboard. Both offenses were clicking, but fifth-seeded Waynesburg was …
Freeport stresses positives after 3rd place finish
By Matt Grubba
Even though Freeport isn’t adding another trophy to its case, track coach John Gaillot has zero complaints about the way his girls team carried on …
WPIAL softball tournament preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL softball tournament Class AA No. 12 seed Freeport (10-4)  vs. No. 5 Waynesburg Central (12-8) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hempfield Winner plays: No. 4 …
WPIAL Class AA girls track team final preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL girls  team track final Class AA 4 p.m. Monday  at Baldwin Competing teams: Freeport, Beaver, Mohawk, South Fayette About the contenders: Freeport is bidding …
Freeport’s Roenigk takes balding condition in stride, excels in softball
By Bill West
Though her head is a subject of intrigue for almost anyone who sees her on the softball field or elsewhere, Freeport senior Alexis Roenigk still …

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