The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

November 11, 2012

Will bye weeks help or hurt teams?

JOHNSTOWN — Nine area football teams remain alive in the high school postseason battles.

Once again, the old argument about whether it’s better to have a bye or to play comes up as the District 5 Class A playoffs continue.

Top-seeded Northern Bedford (9-1) will host North Star (9-2) on Friday night. This cat fight ensues after the Black Panthers had a bye week, while the Cougars shut out Shade 21-0 in a first-round game.

On Saturday, second-seeded Berlin Brothersvalley (9-1), which also had a bye, will host Windber (9-2). The Ramblers are coming off a hard-fought 34-28 victory over Tussey Mountain in the first round. Berlin and Windber met in Week 10 with the Ramblers spoiling the Mountaineers quest for a perfect regular season. Berlin, Windber and Portage all ended up with a share of the WestPAC title.

Fresh off of its District 5 Class AA championship, Chestnut Ridge (6-5) finds itself practicing for the next two weeks waiting for a District 9 champion to be crowned.

On Friday night, Karns City (8-3) plays Kane (7-3) in the District 9 title game at Clarion University. On Nov. 23 or 24, the Lions will face Friday’s winner in a subregional game at a neutral site to be determined, but likely to be DuBois High School or Clarion.

In District 6 Class A, Northern Cambria (8-3), which surprised second-seeded Portage by six points, travels to Point Stadium to face upstart Bishop McCort (8-3), a 32-29 winner over Penns Manor in a Saturday night semifinal. On Friday, top-seeded Bellwood-Antis hosts Bishop Guilfoyle. The Blue Devils defeated Glendale, 40-14 ,and the Marauders defeated Juniata Valley, 31-14.

In Class AA, top-seeded Richland (11-0) hosts Tyrone, which eliminated Cambria Heights, 14-7, in the Friday night game. On Saturday night, fresh off of its first playoff win in 27 years, Ligonier Valley (10-1) hosts Forest Hills (8-3). The Rams defeated Bald Eagle Area for the second straight week, 41-6, in the quarterfinal victory, while the Rangers came away with a 21-7 victory at Central.

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    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.

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  • Isenberg, Cory 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.

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    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.

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  • Isenberg, Cory 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.

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    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.

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  • Isenberg, Cory 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.

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  • Isenberg, Cory 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.

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