High School Boys
Richland 69, Chestnut Ridge 39: In New Paris, Richland had four players score in double digits and the Rams connected for 10 3-point field goals in a win at Chestnut Ridge.
Matt Shaffer had 17 points. Jacob Lushko and Aaron Miller each had 12 points, and Kyle Flick netted 10 for the Rams. Lushko and Miller each had four 3-pointers.
Tyler Wiley had 11 points for Chestnut Ridge.
Bedford 50, Westmont Hilltop 47: Alex Kendall scored 19 points, and Conner Lazorka had 15 as visiting Bedford beat Westmont Hilltop.
Conor Mendelson had 16 points for Hilltop. Jordan Brant netted 11.
Somerset 60, Bishop McCort 51: In Somerset, Jacob Heiple scored 21 points, Mike VanLenten had 15, and Dylan Barnes scored 12 as host Somerset defeated Bishop McCort.
“We executed our game plan fabulously,” Somerset coach Scott Close said. “Mike VanLenten did a phenomenal job on the floor, especially guarding their best player. Great atmosphere to get everybody ready for the playoffs.”
Nemo Trexler led McCort with 23 points. The teams combined for 19 3-point field goals, with McCort hitting 10 from long range, and Somerset, nine.
High School Girls
Cambria County Christian 52, Clearfield Alliance Christian 16: In Mundys Corner, Taylor Campbell scored 22 points and Alexis Wolfe added 16 to lead Cambria County Christian. Campbell also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Westmont Hilltop 51, Greater Johnstown 30: The Hilltoppers’ Nina Foster scored 11 points in a LHAC victory against the Trojans.
Westmont Hilltop’s Alyssa Miller tallied nine points in the win. The Hilltoppers now have a 16-3 record and clinched section 2 in the LHAC.
Greater Johnstown’s Keke Burns led the team with nine points.
Bishop McCort 76, Richland 35: Mackenzie Barbin and Katie Wilson each scored 15 points, and Morgan Instone had 11 points as visiting Bishop McCort beat Richland.
Richland’s Emily Dabbs had 10 points.
Forest Hills 61, Central Cambria 46: In Sidman, Caitlyn Gallaher scored 19 points and had four assists, and Nicole Richards had 11 points as Forest Hills defeated visiting Central Cambria.
Olivia Gregorich had nine rebounds, and Jill Scott had three steals for the Rangers. Taylor Boring led Central Cambria with 12 points.
Penn Cambria 54, Bishop Carroll 42: In Ebensburg, Megan Wheeler’s 12 point game helped the Panthers defeat the Huskies.
Penn Cambria’s Alison Vincent tallied 10 points in the win.
Bishop Carroll’s Courtney Link led the team with 12 points and Brit Krug had eight points along with 13 rebounds in the loss.
Blacklick Valley 56, Rockwood 42: In Nanty Glo, the Vikings’ Allison Thomas scored a game-high 22 points in a win against the Rockets.
Blacklick Valley’s Josie Roberts had 19 points with nine steals.
Morgan Fenchak tallied seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win.
Rockwood’s Becky Zur led the team with 21 points in the loss.
Conemaugh Township 58, Salisbury-Elk Lick 34: In Davidsville, the Indians’ Kayla Luprek shot a game-high 20 points to help rout the Elks.
Conemaugh Township’s Megan Boyer scored 15 points in the win. The Indians are now 15-5 on the season.
Salisbury-Elk Lick’s Kylee Short led the team with 10 points and Emily Lowrey had nine points in the loss.
Shade 44, Conemaugh Valley 29: The Panthers’ Emma Spinelli scored 10 points and had seven steals in a win against the Blue Jays.
Shade’s Lexi Rapsky had 10 points and Natasha Meck grabbed 16 rebounds in the WestPAC victory.
Conemaugh Valley’s Emily McCray scored a game-high 12 points with 10 rebounds and Brooke McCleester had 10 points.
Windber 50, Meyersdale 29: In Windber, Kortney Lampel had 15 points, Kaitlyn Weaver added 11, and Lauren Vasas scored 10 as the Ramblers beat visiting Meyersdale.
Windber honored veteran players Steph Ponczek, who netted nine points, and Annalee Tokarsky, on senior night.
North Star 72, Turkeyfoot Valley 33: In Boswell, North Star’s Kayla Rice scored a game-high 20 points to help thwart Turkeyfoot Valley.
The Cougars’ Courtney Schrock tallied 18 points and Jackie Stanko had 17 points in the win.
The Rams’ Katie Ryan led the team with 15 points and Sadie Riskus earned 10 points in the loss.
Marion Center 49, United 28: In Armagh, the Stingers’ Chantel Glasser scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help beat the Lions in a Heritage Conference fray.
Marion Center’s Jenny Irvin tallied 13 points in the win. The Stingers’ now have an 18-3 record.
United’s Eden Bloom scored a game-high 20 points in the loss.
Ferndale 57, Shanks-ville-Stonycreek 55: The Yellow Jackets’ Cass Vivis scored 20 points to help edge the Vikings at home.
Ferndale’s Kayla Ohler had 14 points along with 14 rebounds. Ohler now has 500 career rebounds. The Yellow Jackets’ Lindsay Olshewsky tallied 11 points in the WestPAC win.
Shanksville-Stonycreek’s Trista Stutzman scored a game-high 22 points and Gretchen Shultz had 11 points.
Johnstown Christian 46, Belleville Mennonite 40: In Belleville, the Blue Jays’ Maddie Sprankle scored 16 points in a win against the Thunder.
Johnstown Christian’s Sam Haynes had nine points in the road victory.
Belleville Mennonite’s Mollie Morgan scored a game-high 23 points and Grace Teachey tallied 11 points in the loss.
High School Boys
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Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Bishop Carroll boys continue in playoffs
Bishop Carroll trailed just once on Friday in its PIAA Class A first-round contest against Clarion-Limestone at Richland High School.
After that early 3-0 deficit, the Huskies never looked back rolling to a dominating 81-42 victory over the Lions.
North Catholic rolls over Berlin in Class A
Berlin Brothersvalley had a hot start and an uptempo finish in the PIAA Class A boys’ basketball playoffs on Friday night at Pitt-Johnstown.
But Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic rode 6-foot-9 senior center Dominic Robb inside, and used an 11-0 spurt to open the third quarter to pull away in a 56-44 victory at the Sports Center.
Somerset eliminated from Class AAA tourney
Lancaster Mennonite unleashed its offensive arsenal against Somerset on Friday night in first-round PIAA Class AAA basketball tournament action at Richland High School.
The second and fourth quarters were the downfall for the Golden Eagles who fell behind in the second and could never quite get back on track, falling 70-44.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
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