The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

February 26, 2012

CORY ISENBERG| Lasky part of Daytona victory

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown native Justin Lasky removed a major item from his personal bucket list this past Saturday.

The Bishop McCort graduate was part of the winning team in the DRIVE4COPD 300-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Daytona International Speedway.

The 29-year-old University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown graduate watched from the pits as rookie James Buescher, a part-time competitor in the Nationwide Series, scored a storybook win at the 2½ mile tri-oval after race leader Kurt Busch crashed coming off of Turn 4, eliminating the top six front-runners.

Buescher, a former ARCA Daytona winner, who was running in the 11th position when the accident occurred, maneuvered his way through the melee to capture the win.

Lasky, who works as a road mechanic for Turner Motorsports of Mooresville, N.C., is the grandson of the late Stanley “Piney” Lasky, former owner of Jennerstown Speedway, and the son of current Motordrome Speedway promoter Stan Lasky.

A district driver also fared well in the Nationwide race, as Benny Gordon of DuBois came home 12th in the contest.

Gordon was a former champion in the Hooters Pro Cup series, which competed regularly at the Jennerstown Speedway.

One item that seems to have gone unnoticed in the Nationwide race was the fact that while Danica Patrick did finish a disappointing 38th, she was not the highest-placing female competitor.

That honor went to 19-year-old rookie driver Johanna Long of Pensacola, Fla., the youngest female to ever compete in the Nationwide Series, who was 21st.

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Pat on the back: District 6 basketball chairman T.J. Kakabar is to be commended for the scheduling for this year’s playoffs.

The district has taken great pains to try to keep boys and girls teams together. Teams have either been scheduled at the same venue or close enough that the crowds following a certain school can easily move down the road.

Also, with the price of gas skyrocketing, the actual site selections have been very reasonable and I have heard very few rumblings regarding that issue.

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    The South’s 48-18 victory over the North in Friday night’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game was an entertaining evening of football for the reported crowd of close to 4,500 at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
    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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

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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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    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.

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

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