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Cory Isenberg

February 25, 2013

CORY ISENBERG | District basketball moves into Week 2

JOHNSTOWN — The first week of the district basketball playoffs was filled with excitement and its share of surprises in District 6.

All of the first and second seeds survived the first week’s challenges, but No. 3 seeds were not as fortunate as several sixth-seeded teams advanced to the semifinals in Class A and AA boys and girls.

The Class A semifinals are today at Hollidaysburg Senior High and at Central Cambria.

Second-seeded Portage, which survived its first-round encounter with West Branch, will play upset-minded Juniata Valley, the sixth seed, in the opener at 6 p.m. at Hollidaysburg. The second game pits top-seeded Bishop Carroll against No. 5 Juniata Valley.

The other games at Central Cambria feature the Bishop Guilfoyle girls and boys playing Heritage Conference squads Penns Manor and Homer-Center, respectively.

The championships in Class A are Friday at St. Francis with the girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30.

On Tuesday, the Class AA semifinals will be played at Richland and Hollidaysburg Senior High.

Second-seeded Bellwood-Antis will face No. 3 Westmont Hilltop in the opener at Richland followed by the Laurel Highlands battle between No. 2 Penn Cambria and sixth-seeded Bishop McCort.

At Hollidaysburg, the top-seeded Bald Eagle girls and boys will face Blairsville and Northern Cambria, respectively.

Also on Tuesday, there will be a pair of District 6-8 Class AAA girls’ first-round contests at Central Cambria with Carrick facing Huntingdon in the first game and Westinghouse taking on Greater Johnstown in the nightcap.

The Class AAA boys semifinal pits Somerset and Bedford at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Richland.

On Thursday at a site and time to be determined, Forest Hills, the Class AAA girls top seed, will play the Carrick/Huntingdon winner while Ligonier Valley will play the Westinghouse/Johnstown victor.

Class AA and AAA boys and girls title games will be Saturday at St. Francis with times to be determined.

In District 5, all of the seeds have fallen in line in both the Class AA and Class A boys and girls brackets.

The D-5 semifinals are set for Tuesday for the Class A boys. No. 4 Berlin will take on top-seeded Shade at Shanksville-Stonycreek while in the other bracket, second-seeded Shanksville plays No. 3 Hope for Hyndman at Chestnut Ridge. Both games are set for 7 p.m.

On Wednesday in District 5, Class AA boys’ semifinals will be played at top-seeded Conemaugh Township, which faces No. 4 Tussey Mountain, and at second-seeded Northern Bedford, which hosts No. 3 Chestnut Ridge.

The Class A girls also play on Wednesday . Southern Fulton, the top seed, will play fourth-seeded Northern Bedford at Everett starting at 5:30 p.m.. On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Berlin and No. 3 Conemaugh Township square off at North Star, also at 5:30 p.m.

Championships in District 5 are on Friday for the Class AA girls and Class A boys at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively. On Saturday, the Class A girls and Class AA boys will battle it out, also at 6 p.m. and 8, preceeded by a Class A girls’ consolation at 4 p.m.

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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.
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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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    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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