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Cory Isenberg

September 23, 2013

CORY ISENBERG| Ferndale going week by week

JOHNSTOWN — 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.

Clawson, along with coach Chip Ryan, athletic trainer Matt Lushko and Principal Dr. Brian McDermott, will make that assessment based on the number of healthy players available to go against the 3-1 Red Raiders.

“It will become a week-to-week decision for us,” Clawson said.

Because Ferndale was slated to play Rockwood in Week 6 and the Rockets disbanded their program at the beginning of the season, the Jackets will have an off week before hosting Blacklick Valley in Week 7.

Ferndale is scheduled to play at Windber on Oct. 18 before hosting Conemaugh Township the next week and finishing the season at Glendale.

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Top of the heap: With Meyersdale’s loss to Portage on Friday, the ranks of the area unbeaten high school football teams continues to shrink.

Berlin Brothersvalley, Ligonier Valley, Richland and Somerset are the area teams left with 4-0 marks.

Other regional unbeaten teams include Homer-Center, Northern Bedford and Penns Manor in Class A, Mount Union in Class AA, Clearfield and University Prep in Class AAA and Mifflin County in Class AAAA.

Bedford, Bishop Carroll, Central Cambria, North Star, Portage and Windber are all

3-1.

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Filling in nicely: In his preseason questionnaire, Richland golf coach J.J. Vasilko commented that his defending Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference squad had to replace some key members of the team in order to be successful this year.

That appears to be working out well for the Rams, who have already clinched the conference championship this season with an 8-0 record.

In other LHAC sports, the battle for the top spot in volleyball in the Laurel Highlands should really begin to heat up.

Defending champion Penn Cambria, Bishop Carroll and Bishop Guilfoyle all remain unbeaten with 6-0 records.

In cross country, the Richland boys are 6-0 and Somerset’s boys are 4-0 with Central Cambria right behind at 4-1.

The 5-0 Lady Red Devils are the top girls harriers.

Westmont Hilltop’s girls top the tennis standings at 12-0.

The Hilltoppers face second-place Forest Hills (10-1) on Tuesday and could clinch their second straight title.

The boys soccer standings show Westmont Hilltop and Bedford both unbeaten at 5-0, followed by Somerset at 7-1 and Bishop McCort at 5-2.

On the girls side, Bishop Guilfoyle and Westmont Hilltop are 8-0 and 6-0, respectively. Somerset is 7-1 and Bedford is 5-2.

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/CoryIsenbergTD.

 

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