The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

February 17, 2013

CORY ISENBERG | District basketball playoffs set to tip

JOHNSTOWN — With the conference championships in our rear-view mirrors, the district basketball playoffs in 5 and 6 get underway this week.

District 6 opens this evening with doubleheaders at four different sites.

In District 5, action begins Thursday with four first-round Class A boys’ games and a pair of Class AA girls’ semifinals. All games are set for 7 p.m.

WestPAC champion Shade (22-1) is the defending Class A boys’ champion and the top seed for the playoffs. The Panthers will host No. 8 McConnellsburg. On the other side of the bracket, Shanksville-Stonycreek is the second seed and plays host to No. 7 Forbes Road. The other two pairings have No. 5 Rockwood at fourth-seeded Berlin and No. 6 Fannett-Metal at No. 3 Hope for Hyndman.

The semifinals are set for Feb. 26 with the final at Pitt-Johnstown on March 1.

The Class AA girls’ semifinals are also slated for Thursday and there will be a new champ this year because Conemaugh Township, the reigning champion, is now in Class A.

Everett, the top seed, hosts No. 4 North Star and third-seeded Windber plays at second-seeded Tussey Mountain.

The championship is also March 1 at UPJ.

On Friday in District 5, four first-round matchups in Class A girls are set with top-seeded and defending champion Southern Fulton hosting Fannett-Metal while second-seeded Berlin hosts No. 7 McConnellsburg. The other pairings are No. 6 Shade at third-seeded Conemaugh Township and No. 5 Meyersdale at fourth-seeded Northern Bedford. The semifinals are Feb. 27 and the finals are March 2 at UPJ.

Also on Friday, the Class AA boys have first-round games. Top-seeded and defending champ Conemaugh Township and second-seeded Northern Bedford receive byes. The other games feature No. 6 Windber at third-seeded Chestnut Ridge and No. 5 Southern Fulton at No. 4 Tussey Mountain. The semifinals are Feb. 27 with the title games at UPJ on March 2.

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  • Isenberg, Cory 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.

    December 29, 2013 1 Photo

  • 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.

    December 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory 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.

    November 17, 2013 1 Photo

  • 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.

    November 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory. 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.

    October 13, 2013 1 Photo

  • 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.

    September 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • 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.

    September 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 14, 2013

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG | Rare double duty for Cernic’s Bizjak

    Hunter Bizjak has been doing double duty thus far this baseball season.

    June 30, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory 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.

    June 23, 2013 1 Photo


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