High School Boys
Richland 76, Bedford 58: The Rams’ Kyle Flick scored a game-high 23 points to help defeat Bedford and improve their record to 10-1.
Richland had multiple players that scored double figures.
Ryan Ball scored 12 points, Matt Shaffer and Jacob Lushko both had 11 points and Aaron Miller tallied 10 points in the win.
Bedford’s Conner Lazorka led the team with 21 points and Alex Kendall scored 17 points.
Bishop Carroll 66, Central Cambria 44: In Ebensburg, Bishop Carroll used a 24-11 third-quarter advantage to break open a game against crosstown rival Central Cambria.
Brandon Martinazzi had 21 points, Marcus Lee had 14, and Scott Lucas netted 10 for the undefeated Huskies.
Tanner Ambrisco led Central Cambria with a game-high 23 points.
Bishop McCort 40, Westmont Hilltop 33: Nemo Trexler and Steve Ingram scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the visiting Crimson Crushers.
Conor Mendelson’s game-high 17 points fronted Hilltop.
Windber 68, Blacklick Valley 32: In Windber, Dan Tomlinson scored 15 points, and Devon Tomlinson had 12 as the host Ramblers beat Blacklick Valley.
Nathan Smith led Blacklick Valley with 13 points.
Forest Hills 45, Cambria Heights 44: In Sidman, Forest Hills’ Richard McClellan scored the game-winner with 15 seconds left as the Rangers beat Cambria Heights.
McClellan led the Rangers with 11 points.
Josh Serafin had a game-high 15 points, including five 3-pointers, and Shawn Lacue had 14 points.
Portage 50, Conemaugh Valley 45: Jake Swank had 16 points as visiting Portage edged Conemaugh Valley.
The Mustangs improved to 11-1, while Conemaugh Valley is 4-8.
Blake Furman 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Jays.
Ferndale 71, North Star 45: Ferndale’s Ray Hinton scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a WestPAC victory against North Star.
The Yellow Jackets’ Isaiah Sajatovich tallied 21 points in the win.
North Star’s Von Yoder led his team with 14 points.
Bishop Guilfoyle 54, Penn Cambria 37: In Cresson, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Damon Rickens scored 10 points to help beat Penn Cambria.
The Marauders’ Josh McCloskey had nine points in the win.
Penn Cambria’s Drew Slatko led the team with 12 points and Zach Chirdon scored 10 points.
Shanksville-Stonycreek 56, Rockwood 41: In Shanksville, Tanner Ferko and Joe Hudak scored 16 points each to lead the Vikings.
Ben Bittner added 10 points for the hosts, while Jake Wilt grabbed 13 rebound and had four assists.
Shade-Central City 61, Salisbury-Elk Lick 27: In Salisbury, Nash Walker scored 17 points and Jeremy Pyles had 13 to lead the visiting Panthers.
None of the Elks reached double figures.
High School Girls
Bedford 37, Chestnut Ridge 27: In Bedford, Allison Shuke scored 18 points as the host Bisons defeated Chestnut Ridge.
Samantha Knisely led the Lions with 10 points.
Greater Johnstown 57, Conemaugh Township 48: The Trojans’ Lexi Lindrose scored 19 points with seven assists and six rebounds to help overcome Conemaugh Township.
Greater Johnstown’s Tashayla Smith earned a double double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
The Trojans’ Robyn Madison had 14 points in the win.
The Indians’ Kayla Luprek scored a game-high 20 points in the loss.
Shade-Central City 64, Salisbury-Elk Lick 40: In Salisbury, the Panthers’ Emma Spinelli earned a double-double (21 points, 11 assists) in a WestPAC victory against Salisbury-Elk Lick.
Shade-Central City’s Kailey Karl had 11 points and Alexis Meck tallied 10 points along with seven rebounds in the win.
Salisbury-Elk Lick’s Kylee Short had a game-high 22 points.
Brynne Kemp scored seven points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.
United 50, Penns Manor 34: In Armagh, United’s Eden Bloom earned a double double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in a Heritage Conference matchup.
The Lion’s Kylee Surike scored a game-high 14 points and Hope Hixson had 11 points in the win.
The Comets’ Sarah Dabella earned a double double (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Mary Roach led the team in scoring with 12 points.
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.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
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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