Ryan Fyock and Nemo Trexler are two of the area’s top boys basketball players.
They’re also teammates on an AAU squad loaded with talent.
Shade’s Fyock and Bishop McCort’s Trexler each can be counted upon to make the big shot or clutch play when it counts most.
This season, unfortunately, they have one more thing in common.
Both Fyock and Trexler have been sidelined by injuries that have their coaches and area hoops fans concerned.
Fyock received some positive news on Thursday, according to his father Wade, who doubles as Shade’s successful head basketball coach.
After approximately two weeks of uncertainty, coach Fyock said there is reason to believe his son might soon return to the court.
“We found out Thursday that he has a broken bone in his foot,” Wade Fyock said. “He is going to be able to start practice next week as tolerated.
“The doctors have indicated that further complicating the injury is not something we have to worry about. He has shown improvement. We’re two weeks into the injury. We’re hoping in the next week we get to start testing it out a little bit and perhaps a return the following week.”
McCort coach Pat Hollern said the Crushers are waiting to learn the severity of the injury to Trexler, who left a hard-fought game at Penn Cambria on Wednesday night.
“In the third quarter of the Penn Cambria game Nemo went down,” Hollern said. “He went to cut. He went to plant, and he just tweaked it. We’re still waiting to hear back from an MRI. I don’t have an update on his status or length of time.”
Ryan Fyock is a 6-foot-1 senior who averages 27.9 points a game (251 points) while also pulling down 7.3 rebounds a night (66) and making 3.4 steals a game (31).
The first game he missed was on Jan. 15 against WestPAC South rival Shanksville, a 48-46 loss that is the only blemish on Shade’s record. He’s been out four straight games. The 14-1 Panthers, like all area teams, had their Friday game postponed by the snowy weather.
“I talked to my guys shortly after Ryan’s injury,” coach Fyock said. “I told them our program has never been about one player. This team isn’t about one player. Everybody is going to have to find a way to contribute in different ways. Roles are going to be different.
“Brock Medva and Nash Walker in particular have picked up some of the scoring,” he added. “There is a little bit of a learning curve there and I think we’ve responded well. In the end it could make us a better team. Ryan was leading our scoring. Hopefully when he comes back he’s able to contribute. The other guys, I don’t expect them to take a step back. Hopefully we’ll get a bit more even distribution of scoring and make us a better team.”
Trexler averages 19.2 points a game (250 points), scoring in double digits in all 13 games he played.
The 6-4 junior is a force underneath, grabbing 8.8 rebounds a game (114).
“Obviously you’re going to miss his ability to score and his athleticism,” Hollern said. “He’s a kid with a lot of game experience.
“We have capable guys that can go in and combine for his production. It wouldn’t fall on one kid,” he continued. “It would have to fall on a bunch of guys playing their role and playing their role well and taking care of the points per game and rebounds per game. I don’t think any coach is going to have a certified answer on how you replace him.”
Hollern said the 8-5 Crushers have had their share of adversity.
“We’ve had just a disaster of injuries,” Hollern said. “Ryan Price who was getting some varsity playing time at guard (was injured) at Christmas. In the Johnstown game Jordan Spangler aggravated an injury he’s had since last year and again in football. The (Stephen) Ingraham kid, who is our backup point guard, went down in a jayvee game. In the third quarter of the Penn Cambria game Nemo went down.
“We’re just trying to get ourselves healthy for February. Hopefully Nemo is ready to go and he’s OK.”
Ryan Fyock and Nemo Trexler are two of the area’s top boys basketball players.
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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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