The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

May 5, 2013

CORY ISENBERG| Stakes rise as schedules shrink

JOHNSTOWN — There are fewer events on the daily high school sports schedules, but the stakes are going up for area athletes as the spring season heads into its final weeks.

In track and field, the three area conferences will hold their championship meets this week.

In Portage today, the WestPAC athletes will gather for their championships while the Laurel Highlands and Heritage meets will be on Tuesday at Somerset and United, respectively.

District track is the following week with the state championships set for May 24-25 at Shippensburg University.

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Tops in District 5: As of the most recent District 5 ratings, North Star holds the top spot in Class A baseball followed by Meyersdale, Southern Fulton, McConnellsburg, Berlin, Hope For Hyndman, Shade and Rockwood for the top eight spots.

In Class AA, Bedford is the leader in Class AA baseball with Everett, Northern Bedford, Chestnut Ridge and Windber all about .500.

In softball, Shade leads the Class A pack with Conemaugh Township, Fannett-Metal, Meyersdale, Hope For Hyndman, Rockwood, Tussey Mountain and Forbes Road rounding out the field of eight which automatically qualify for the playoffs.

Chestnut Ridge is in the driver’s seat in Class AA followed by Everett.

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Brightest at Bellwood: Richland’s Kelci Warshel was a double winner at last week’s Bellwood track and field invitational.

The junior won the 100 hurdles and the long jump.

The Rams’ 3200 relay foursome of Julius Eckroth, Michael Derricott, Nicholas Marx and Bobby Colvin set a meet record in the event. Colvin also won in the 800 while Linnie Joy was the victor in the shot put.

Bedford had three winners at the meet including Cody DeMoss (javelin), Josiah Koontz (discus) and Will Kachman (3200). Laurel Diehl, Jeri Rogish, Hannah Grimes and Carrie Baker of the Bisons claimed the girls 3200 relay title.

The other area winners were Gus Yahner in the pole vault and Derek Bearer in the 400, both from Northern Cambria.

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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.

    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

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG | Wooden bats make big impact on Legion

    All one has to know about wooden bat usage in the Cambria American Legion this season is that statistics don’t lie.

    June 23, 2013 1 Photo

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