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CORY ISENBERG| Ramblers take back their tournament
An 11-year drought came to an end on Saturday night when the Windber boys basketball team defeated Conemaugh Township 57-48 in the title game of the Windber Rotary Tournament to capture the tourney title.
The Ramblers (5-2) had lost to the Indians (5-2) 68-64 on Dec. 17 and gained a measure of revenge with Saturday’s victory, which featured double-digit scoring from three players including Tournament MVP Bryce Spak.
CORY ISENBERG| Basketball season getting interesting
While it’s still very early in the high school basketball season, there have already been some interesting matchups.
In girls play, Westmont Hilltop knocked Forest Hills out of the ranks of the unbeaten while Bishop Guilfoyle, which lost all five starters from last season, handed Bishop McCort its first loss. The Crushers, who play at troublesome Penn Cambria this evening, entertain the Rangers on Thursday.
CORY ISENBERG | Three schools from area remain in football
Just three area football teams remain alive in postseason play and all three will play in 7 p.m. contests on Friday night.
Showing that it was no fluke the first time around, Chestnut Ridge (9-3) powered its way past Bedford for the second time this season in the District 5 Class AA championship. The Lions earned a berth in the PIAA playoffs opposite District 9 champ Karns City (11-1), which defeated Kane 49-21 in the title game.
CORY ISENBERG| Area fans treated to playoff dramas
Some of the most exciting high school football playoff games over the weekend came courtesy of area squads.
Shade’s hard-fought, dramatic victory over Northern Bedford in the District 5 Class A quarterfinal was a stunner, especially for the Black Panthers faithful, who were already planning for Saturday’s playoff game against Tussey Mountain.
CORY ISENBERG | Fall sports coming to an end
The autumn leaves are cascading to the ground and the fall high school sports are moving right along.
Conference and district champions have already been crowned in golf, which heads to PIAA regional action this week.
The West Region Class AA championships are set for Wednesday at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville.
CORY ISENBERG| Ferndale going week by week
Ferndale’s football game against Shade on Friday was halted at halftime when the Yellow Jacket ranks fell to just 11 available players.
According to Athletic Director Steve Clawson, the decision of whether to play Saturday’s game against Meyersdale will be determined today.
CORY ISENBERG| Berlin's Fochtman rushes under the radar
Berlin Brothersvalley sophomore Braden Fochtman is not an imposing figure when you see him standing on the sideline, but he certainly gets a team’s attention when he is on the field.
Listed as 5-foot-8, 162 pounds on the Mountaineers preseason roster, the wiry No. 3 is following in the footsteps of some pretty impressive Berlin rushers, including Drew Glotfelty, Ian Sayler and Eric D’Carrion.
CORY ISENBERG | How local Legion team lost spot in tournament
The final spot in the American Legion Region 7 tournament will be on the line tonight in Bedford, even if it wasn’t supposed to be that way.
CORY ISENBERG | Rare double duty for Cernic’s Bizjak
Hunter Bizjak has been doing double duty thus far this baseball season.
CORY ISENBERG | Wooden bats make big impact on Legion
All one has to know about wooden bat usage in the Cambria American Legion this season is that statistics don’t lie.
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