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Portage 67, Windber 63: In Portage, the Mustangs started the game on a 13-0 run and held off the Ramblers at the end for a key WestPAC North win on Wednesday.
Cody Randall topped the Portage scoring with 21 points while Michael Bryja added 17 and Jake Swank provided 10 for the Mustangs, still unbeaten at 9-0.
Windber’s Matt Barkley led all scorers with 22 points while Dan Tomlinson (17 points) and Joe Cominsky (11) also scored in double figures for the Ramblers (6-3).
“I thought our kids played extremely hard,” Portage coach Travis Kargo said. “Windber battled to the end. It was a great high school game in a great atmosphere and we were fortunate to come out on top.”
Somerset 69, Bedford 57: In Bedford, Jacob Heiple poured in 22 points to lead a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Golden Eagles in a road win over the Bisons.
George Coyle and Mike VanLenten each scored 13 points for Somerset (6-5), which also got 10 points from Elliott Dick. VanLenten and Dylan Barnes each had eight rebounds.
Bedford was led by 20 points from Alex Kendall while Conner Lazorka chipped in 10.
Bishop Carroll 71, Forest Hills 31: In Ebensburg, Brandon Martinazzi scored a game-high 25 points and teammate Marcus Lee added 21 as the Huskies belted the visiting Rangers to remain unbeaten at 9-0. Forest Hills got 14 points from Shareef Blough.
Richland 51, Bishop McCort 50: The Rams’ Jake Lushko scored a game-high 20 points to help edge the Crimson Crushers in a Laurel Highlands Division 2 showdown. Richland’s Matt Shaffer tallied 13 points in the win.
Nemo Trexler led Bishop McCort with 16 points. The Crimson Crushers’ Tyler Rugg and Nate Neiderhiser each scored 12 points.
Cambria Heights 49, Penn Cambria 46: In Cresson, the Highlanders’ A.J. Huber scored 12 points to help down the Panthers. Cambria Heights’s Shawn Lacue and Zach Strasser both tallied 10 points in the victory.
Penn Cambria’s Chad Tsikalas and Drew Slatko each scored 12 points.
Conemaugh Township 61, Conemaugh Valley 42: The Indians’ Jake Formica led the team with 13 points in a WestPAC North victory against the Blue Jays. Conemaugh Township’s Ben Wilson scored 12 points and Austin Speigle tallied 10 points in the win.
Conemaugh Valley’s Blake Furman scored a game-high 14 points and both Vince Vibostok and Anthony Verno had 11 points.
Greater Johnstown 58, Westmont Hilltop 41: Shaquan Reed had 24 points while Jeremy Updyke and Ryan Price scored 12 each to lead Greater Johnstown to a win at Westmont Hilltop.
Conor Mendelson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Andy Miller contributed 10 points.
Berlin Brothersvalley 78, Salisbury-Elk Lick 35: In Berlin, Zac Cooney scored 10 points, Jake Snyder added 17 and Trevon Ward had 13 to lead the Mountaineers.
Steve Lapinski and Brentson Harding scored 10 each for the hosts.
Nathan Bodes and Diori Pattison led Salisbury with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
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Berlin Brothersvalley 62, Salisbury-Elk Lick 14: In Berlin, Shelby Coughenour scored 20 points and Erica Craig had 13 to lead the Mountaineers.
Forest Hills 51, Central Cambria 46: In Ebensburg, Caitlyn Gallaher scored 14 points and Nicole Richards added 10 as the Rangers defeated the host Red Devils.
Central Cambria’s Taylor Boring led all scorers with 20 points and teammate Bri Wasser chipped in 12.
Conemaugh Valley 49, Conemaugh Township 43: The Blue Jay’s Emily McCray had a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a victory against the WestPAC North rival Indians.
Freshman Brooke McCleester added 12 points for Conemaugh Valley.
The Indians’ Kayla Luprek also collected a double-double (19 points, 15 rebounds) and Megan Boyer tallied 12 points.
United 48, Ligonier Valley 44: In Ligonier, United’s Eden Bloom scored a game high 21 points to help the Lions defeat the Rams in a Heritage Conference matchup. The Lions’ Taylor Mack scored 17 points in the win. The Rams’ Madison McLaughlin led the team with 14 points in the loss.
Blacklick Valley 50, Ferndale 47: In Nanty Glo, Josie Roberts scored 22 points and Allison Thomas added 16 to lead the Vikings. They also had 10 rebounds each.
Lindsay Olshewsky and Kayla Ohler led Ferndale with 18 and 10 points, respectively.
Shade 63, HOPE for Hyndman 30: In Hyndman, Shade’s Emma Spinelli scored a game-high 20 points to help the Panthers’ blow past HOPE for Hyndman. The Panthers’ Alexis Meck had 14 points.
HOPE for Hyndman’s Jelaina Snyder led with 10 points.
Shanksville-Stonycreek 41, Turkeyfoot 36, OT: In Shanksville, the Vikings’ had a pair of double doubles from freshman Trista Stutzman (15 points, 17 rebounds) and Gretchen Schultz (10 points, 15 rebounds) in an overtime win over Turkeyfoot. Shanksville-Stonycreek’s Aly Platt scored 10 points in the win.
Penn Cambria 68, Cambria Heights 34: In Patton, Kaitlyn Krug scored a game-high 18 points to lead the visiting Panthers to a win over the Highlanders.
A trio of Penn Cambria players - Kaley Strittmatter, Alison Vincent and Megan Wheeler – added 10 points each.
Kara Cordell had 14 points for Cambria Heights.
Portage 66, Windber 38: In Portage, Paisley Zatek had 15 points, five assists and four steals to lead the Mustangs.
Olivia McCabe had 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks for the hosts while Abby Chobany scored 10 points and Emily Chobany had six assists and three steals.
Kortney Lampel and Lauren Vasas topped Windber with 10 points each.
East Stroudsburg 74, Pitt-Johnstown 65: The Warriors overcame a 12-point first-half deficit and closed with a 14-5 flourish to down host Pitt-Johnstown on Wednesday.
Allison Howard netted 20 points while Jessica Martin scored 25 points and grabbed 12 boards for East Stroudsburg (7-7). Audrey Stapleton also scored 11 points for the guests, who forced 20 Lady Cats turnovers.
“(East Stroudsburg) got a little confidence going,” Pitt-Johnstown coach Mike Drahos said. “We panicked a little bit down the stretch offensively and turned the ball over, which has kind of been a bug on us all year. Kind of one of those things where we didn’t make plays down the stretch and they did.”
Mount Aloysius 91, Pitt-Greensburg 90: In Cresson, Shawn Greenfield scored a game-high 33 points to lead Mount Aloysius to a win over Pitt-Greensburg.
The Mounties led 49-42 at the break, but solid outside shooting allowed Pitt-Greensburg to battle back and gain a five-point second half lead.
Greenfield, who was named this week’s AMCC Player of the Week, connected on a 3-pointer, and then stole the ball on the ensuing possession and scored a traditional three-point play with just over three minutes to play to give the lead back to Mount Aloysius.
Dameon Turner, who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, blocked Pitt-Greensburg’s final shot of the game to seal the victory. Dillon Bender added 21 points for the Mounties.
Community College of Beaver County 106, Penn Highlands 91: In Monaca, Germaine Graves scored a game-high 37 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Black Bears, who came up just short of the hosts.
Delonte Fennell added 17 points and nine boards and Javon Graves had 11 points for Penn Highlands.
Nehemiah Fisher and Trey Brown scored 35 and 33 points, respectively for the Beaver County school.
It was 52-51 CCBC at the half.
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McCort pitcher wins May Award
Bishop McCort High School’s Brad Coleman earned the May Point Stadium Award nomination based on his performance in a District 6 Class A playoff victory on May 22.
Coleman pitched a seven-inning, complete game in a 7-2 win over Homer-Center in the 6-A semifinal round. With the win, McCort clinched its fourth consecutive state tournament playoff berth.
Richland pole vaulter decides on Red Flash
Maddison Feather has sailed to great heights throughout her scholastic career at Richland High School.
Feather – a pole vaulter – takes away a District 6 title and an appearance in the PIAA championship meet from her senior season with the Rams.
Area players get PHSBCA nods
Brad Coleman and Alex Sobecky were part of an amazing four-year run by the Bishop McCort High School baseball team.
Jack Shirk is an underclassman who stood out on a Richland squad that also has been one of the best in the LHAC in recent seasons.
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.
Local stars shine in Ken Lantzy Finest 40 game
While the Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game brings football standouts from across the region to Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium, Friday night’s contest took on a distinct Richland flavor as the South toppled the North 48-18 in the 44th edition of the summer football contest.
Former coach honored for long service
The venerable Jerry Page, former coach of Laurel Valley, always preached that football was so much more than just a game.
Page, whose son Greg of Homer-Center was the North squad coach Friday at the 44th Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game, was honored prior to the start of the game.
North offense shows big gains during Lantzy practices
As the North offense prepared for tonight’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game at Trojan Stadium on the campus of Greater Johnstown High School, tightening up issues with timing and terminology was at the top of the unit’s to-do list.
If the North’s offense takes the field and operates with machine-like precision tonight, it can thank the intersquad scrimmage on Tuesday as the breakthrough point of the group’s progress during the week.
Three quality quarterbacks bolster South’s chances in Lantzy Game
The South squad has an impressive arsenal of offensive talent on hand for Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game, set for 7 p.m. at Trojan Stadium.
The Rebels have three skilled quarterbacks on the roster who have combined for nearly 5,000 yards passing and another 2,000 yards on the ground.
South changes defense after last year’s loss
After being thrashed 41-7 last year by the North, the South is hoping to rise again as it prepares for Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game set for 7 p.m. at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
On defense, those plans will evolve around the change in defensive schemes that has been instituted with teams now required to run a 4-3.
North defense happy to get back to contact as Lantzy game approaches
It’s been a while since organized live contact on the football field has been a concern for anyone suiting up to play in Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
Talking to members of the North defensive unit, that long wait came with a satisfying end on Monday when teams went into contact drills in the week-long preparations for the 44th edition of the region’s football showcase.
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