The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

February 13, 2012

Cory Isenberg | Crunch time for area hoop teams

The regular season winds down this week with conference championships for the Laurel Highlands and WestPAC set for Saturday and district playoffs to follow.

The Northern Cambria boys (17-4) heading into Monday’s 80-47 loss to Tyrone, have already wrapped up the Heritage Conference title. The Colts and Golden Eagles are the unofficial top seeds in their respective classes in District 6, Class A for Northern Cambria and Class AA for Tyrone.

In the WestPAC, the Conemaugh Township girls will represent the North Section while Berlin Brothersvalley once again is the South winner. The Indians will face the Mountaineers in the title game at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center. Township won the regular-season meeting of the two teams, 61-43 back in December.

In the WestPAC boys title game, Shanksville-Stonycreek has nailed down the South Section title, but the North spot is between Conemaugh Township and Conemaugh Valley. The Indians have the upper hand and could take the spot if they defeat Windber on Wednesday.

In the Laurel Highlands, the boys from Penn Cambria and Greater Johnstown have earned their spots in the title game. The championship will mark a rematch of the Trojans and Panthers thriller won on a winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the game by Johnstown, 68-67 in early January.

In the LHAC girls championship, Westmont Hilltop has its ticket stamped and is awaiting the Section 1 winner, either Forest Hills or Bishop Guilfoyle. The Rangers, who lost to Bishop Guilfoyle at home, made the section race interesting by handing the Marauders their first LHAC loss in their Pleasant Valley gym since they joined the conference in the 2007-08 season. Forest Hills defeated Penn Cambria on Friday and faces Cambria Heights this week. If the Lady Rangers win that one, they will play in their first LHAC final.

The Hilltoppers have an interesting history with both Guilfoyle and Forest Hills so that championship matchup should also be an intriguing one.

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  • lantzy22 color Cory Isenberg | Big numbers posted all around in Lantzy game

    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.

    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

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