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Cory Isenberg

January 16, 2012

Cory Isenberg | At area high schools, the 3-pointers were flying

Three-point field goals were certainly flying last Monday.

In the Westmont Hilltop boys game at Bedford, there were 15 treys by the two teams, 10 by the Hilltoppers including seven from Joe Glennon.

The Penn Cambria-Cambria Heights girls overtime game featured nine 3-pointers while the Windber girls had nine themselves in a win over Shade.

But the top bombadiers of that evening were in Cresson with Greater Johnstown and Penn Cambria combining for 21 3-pointers, including the gamewinner by the Trojans’ Phillip Madison at the buzzer.

The philosophies are interesting regarding the 3-point shot.

Coaches say they instruct their players to try to go down low for the layup, a much higher percentage shot than the trey, but with the option to then kick it back out for the 3-pointer.

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Midpoint maneuverings: Heading into the second half of the season, teams are settling into conference play.

In the Laurel Highlands boys standings prior to Monday’s games, it was quite crowded at the top of Section I with Bishop Guilfoyle, Penn Cambria, Bishop Carroll and Cambria Heights all at 2-1. In Section II, Johnstown is 3-0 while Bishop McCort and Westmont Hilltop are both 2-1.

In the LHAC girls standings prior to Monday, Bishop Guilfoyle and Penn Cambria are both tied at 3-0 in Section I with Forest Hills right behind at 2-1. Westmont Hilltop holds the top spot in Section II at 3-0 with Bishop McCort, Richland and Bedford all 2-1.

In the WestPAC North girls standings as of Jan. 12, Conemaugh Township tops the field at 5-0 with Windber and Conemaugh Valley just behind, both at 3-1 while Portage is 2-2.

In the South, Berlin is 5-0 followed by Shanksville at 3-1 with Meyersdale at 3-2 and Rockwood 2-2.

In the WestPAC North boys rankings Conemaugh Valley is 4-0 with Conemaugh Township at 3-1, Portage at 3-2 and North Star at 2-2 as of Jan. 12.

In the WestPAC South, Shanksville leads the way at 5-0, followed by Shade at 4-1, Rockwood at 3-2 and Berlin at 3-3.

In the girls Heritage standings, Blairsville tops the pack at 7-1 with Homer-Center and Ligonier Valley right behind at 5-1. In the Heritage boys standings, Northern Cambria is unbeaten and on top at 6-0 followed by Ligonier Valley at 4-1, Marion Center at 4-3 and Blairsville at 5-3.

In the Sideling Hills standings, Chestnut Ridge’s boys are 8-0 and Southern Fulton’s girls are 5-0.

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Omission: Windber junior defensive lineman Shane Almodovar was inadvertently omitted from last week’s list of Pennsylvania Football News Class A all-stars.

Almodovar was an honorable mention selection.

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