The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

February 20, 2011

CORY ISENBERG | Three more milestone moments

JOHNSTOWN — The final week of the regular season saw three more basketball players ascend to the exclusive 1,000-point club, all seniors.

Forest Hills’ Tanner Thomas topped 1,000 points on Wednesday while Portage’s Sean Cronauer and Shade’s Chelsey Pongrac both reached the milestone on Thursday.

All three players head into the district playoffs, which begin today, with their respective squads.

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Long time coming: Three female basketball officials were presented with a unique opportunity on Thursday at Purchase Line High School.

Terri Piatak of Meyersdale, Sue Kovensky of Hollidaysburg and Vicki Markiewicz of Johnstown made history at when the trio officiated the Saltsburg-Purchase Line boys’ game, a 49-38 victory for the Red Dragons. It is believed to be the first time in Pennsylvania that the situation of three female officials overseeing a boys basketball game has occurred, according to Dr. Robert Lombardi with the PIAA.

“It was really a nice opportunity for me,” Markiewicz said.

“We got to ride up to the game together and all got our playoff assignments. Both of them have state playoff experience, so for me to step out on the court with them was really a great experience.”

Initially Markiewicz was reluctant to get on board.

“I turned them down the first time they asked me because at the time, I had a JV game,” Markiewicz said. “I finally broke to the peer pressure, and I’m really glad that I did.”

The concept of the three female officials at a boys game was the brainchild of Purchase Line Athletic Director Jim Klyap, who worked five years until it came to fruition on Thursday.

“Jim Klyap was great, he had everything laid out for us when we got there,” Markiewicz said.

“We got a great reception from the fans, from the players and from the coaches. I never thought something like this would happen.”

Scheduling conflicts and limited availability prevented history from happening until Thursday night, when the three came together at the Red Dragons gymnasium.

“The opportunity to come together is nice because a lot of people say there aren’t that many female officials,” Markiewicz said. “To even get three females on a female game, let alone a boys’ game, it’s an honor.

“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Markiewicz is hoping that the opportunity that they received will continue to open doors for the future.

“I hope it gives any girl who has played basketball the idea of becoming an official,” Markiewicz said.

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    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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    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.
    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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    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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