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Valley News Dispatch roundup: Freeport’s Clawson reaches WPIAL Class AA golf championship

By Staff Reports
Freeport junior Audrey Clawson advanced to the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship for the third straight time after finishing second at the Section 1-AA tournament Wednesday at Norvelt Golf Club. Clawson, the top scorer this season for Freeport, shot 4-over-par 76. She made three birdies. Clawson took fourth in …
Romanchak wrecks Deer Lakes’ evening in Freeport’s 34-14 victory
By D.j. Vasil
One thing was clear during Freeport and Deer Lakes’ Allegheny Conference matchup Friday night: Yellowjackets quarterback Andrew Romanchak was in control. Romanchak picked apart the Deer Lakes’ defense with short and quick passes, finishing 18 of 25 for 190 yards and a touchdown as Freeport (2-1, 2-1) defeated Deer Lakes …
Through the years: Milestone win for Freeport coach
By Tribune-Review
Each Friday during high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are part …
Freeport twins inseparable at West Virginia Wesleyan
By D.j. Vasil
Twins are said to be inseparable. Freeport’s Jack sisters are no exception. Having run track and played soccer together at Freeport, Dava and Erica Jack …
Freeport sweeps past Knoch in playoff rematch
By Doug Gulasy
Although the atmosphere at Tuesday night’s Section 4-AA match at Knoch sometimes resembled a gymnastics meet, the Freeport girls volleyball team wasn’t about to take …
Late touchdowns propel Freeport to 19-0 victory over Ford City
By Bill Whalen
Freeport’s offense finally found the gas pedal and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 19-0 shutout victory over Ford City on Friday night in the final  Class AA Allegheny Conference matchup between the schools in Ford Cliff. “They tried to be too calm, and you can’t play this game calm,” …
Pawlak returns to lead defending WPIAL volleyball champion Freeport
By Matt Grubba
This isn’t the first time Freeport has been looked at as the team to beat in girls volleyball, but the Yellowjackets might be more prepared …
Freeport once again team to beat in WPIAL Class AA volleyball
By Matt Grubba
This isn’t the first time Freeport has been looked at as the team to beat in girls volleyball, but the Yellowjackets might be more prepared …
NA, Freeport, Bishop Canevin volleyball teams to be challenged
By Andrew Erickson
North Allegheny girls volleyball heads into the 2014 season searching for answers. The Tigers knew they needed to replace key seniors like outside hitters Ashley …
Freeport twins take same collegiate path
By D.j. Vasil
Twins are said to be inseparable. Freeport’s Jack sisters are no exception. Having run track and played soccer together at Freeport, Dava and Erica Jack didn’t want their run to end there after they graduated last summer. So, the pair took their talents to West Virginia Wesleyan and both will …
Quick start fuels Shady Side Academy to opening win over Freeport
By William Whalen
Big plays and key injuries proved too much to overcome as Freeport dropped its Allegheny Conference opener to No. 8 Shady Side Academy, 23-7, on Friday night at James Swartz Memorial Field. “(Shady Side Academy) has 10 starters back from last year,” Freeport coach John Gaillot said. “I could not …
Leader Times Q&A: Freeport’s Logan Thimons
By Matt Grubba
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 …

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