The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

March 11, 2013

CORY ISENBERG | Nine area basketball teams still alive in PIAA playoffs

JOHNSTOWN — Following the opening weekend of the PIAA basketball playoffs, nine area teams - six boys and three girls squads - remain in the march toward Hershey.

On Tuesday, three boys teams will face second-round opponents at two different sites.

At Hempfield High School in Greensburg, District 6 Class A runner-up Bishop Carroll will play WPIAL champion Vincentian Academy in a 5 p.m. game. Then, in a Class AAA contest set for approximately 8 p.m., five-time District 6 champion Greater Johnstown will play District 7 runner-up Chartiers Valley.

The Huskies handed the Royals their lone loss, an 83-81 setback in January in Pittsburgh, while the Trojans advanced to the second round of the state playoffs for the fourth straight season.

The other area game on Tuesday, is the clash of District 9 champ Johnsonburg and District 5 champion Shade in a single game at Bald Eagle High School in Wingate. Both squads are having impressive seasons. The Rams (27-2) had a one-point loss to Smethport, which was avenged in the district semifinal, and a loss to Ridgway, which was avenged in the district title game. The Panthers (26-1) lone loss came against rival Shanksville-Stonycreek.

On Wednesday, a pair of area Class AA squads will square off at Richland High School at 7 p.m. as District 5-AA champ Conemaugh Township takes on District 6-2 Northern Cambria. Since the loss to Shade in the WestPAC title game, the Indians have won four straight, including PIAA victories over District 8 champ Westinghouse in a play-in game and the opening-round victory over District 7-5 Brentwood. The Colts (22-5) senior group have 80 victories during their high school careers and have advanced to the state playoffs all four years.

The Bishop McCort boys also will play a Class AA game on Wednesday, facing District 10 champion West Middlesex at 7:30 p.m. at Clarion University. The Big Reds had to go five overtimes against Lakeview to win 71-65 in the district title game, then had another overtime tussle against Jeannette in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

In girls’ action on Wednesday, District 5-3 Class A Berlin Brothersvalley makes its way to the second round for the first time under coach Rachel Prosser. The Mountaineers opponent is the very physical District 7 champion Vincentian Academy, which shot poorly but rebounded well in its opening round win over Keystone. Berlin will face the Royals in a 6 p.m. game at Hempfield.

Also in Class A, District 5-A champion Conemaugh Township will play District 9 champ Clarion Area at 6 p.m. at Indiana High School. The Indians, who were in Class AA last season, advanced to the second round for the second straight season.

The other game on Wednesday has the District 6-AAA champion Forest Hills girls facing District 7-4 Blackhawk in a 7:30 game at Hempfield. Freshman Jill Scott hit the game-winning 3-pointer to lift the Rangers to their first-round win over District 7-5 Hampton. The Cougars crushed District 9 champion Bradford 86-46 in the opening round.

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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

  • 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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