The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

February 10, 2013

CORY ISENBERG| No love lost in hoops rivalries

JOHNSTOWN — Valentine’s Day is this Thursday. I received my gift last month when my sweetheart bought me new front tires for my car so I can get around on the area roads to cover sports events.

It may not seem romantic to some, but it let me know that I was loved.

This week may be all about romance, but since it is the last week of the regular season, there will be no love lost on the basketball courts as teams battle to earn berths in conference title games set for Saturday.

In the WestPAC, defending champion Berlin Brothersvalley girls are returning to the title game. The Mountaineers, who represent the South, will face Portage or Conemaugh Township from the North. The Mustangs need a victory tonight at North Star in order to advance to their first WestPAC championship game.

On the boys side in the WestPAC, Conemaugh Township has earned the opportunity to defend its crown, representing the North. In the South, Tuesday’s game between rivals Shade and Shanksville-Stonycreek at the Vikings’ gym will determine the winner of the section and the Indians’ opponent on Saturday.

The WestPAC games are set for Saturday at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.

In the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference, the girls from Westmont Hilltop (Section 2) and Bishop Guilfoyle (Section 1) have punched their tickets for Saturday’s championship set for 6 p.m. at Richland.

Neither spot has been nailed down yet by the LHAC boys.

Bishop McCort and Greater Johnstown are tied for the top spot in Section 2 and are slated to play on Wednesday on the Trojans court with the winner taking the spot. The Crimson Crushers downed Johnstown earlier this season at home.

In Section 1, despite a Saturday loss to Bishop Guilfoyle, Bishop Carroll still controls its chances, but the Huskies face a tough task, hosting Penn Cambria on Wednesday.

Defending champions in the LHAC are the Forest Hills girls and the Johnstown boys.

In the Heritage, the Blairsville girls have clinched the top spot. For the boys, Northern Cambria must defeat Homer-Center on Tuesday to earn a chance to tie with the Wildcats for the title.


Upcoming playoffs: The district 5 and 6 basketball playoffs open next week.

The cutoff date for District 6 was Friday and brackets should be out early this week. In District 5, the cutoff is Saturday and the seedings meeting is set for Sunday.

Fifteen and counting: Thus far this season there have been 15 1,000-point scorers from the area with two more on the horizon today.

Senior Elizabeth Chobany of Ferndale is six shy of the mark as the Yellow Jackets host Conemaugh Valley tonight. Richland junior Kyle Flick needs 16 more to reach the milestone as the Rams head to Davidsville to face Conemaugh Valley tonight.

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat.


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    The point total for the Rebels equaled the output of the South squad in the 30th edition of the game but is behind the 51 scored by the Yankees in the 1992 contest and the 50 points tallied by the South in the 39th game.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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