Weather pushes playoffs back
Wintry weather has claimed another collection of area basketball games, this time Tuesday’s District 5 and 6 playoff games.
Tuesday’s District 6 playoff games will be played today – the district’s built-in weather day – at the same sites and times. District 5’s Class A and AA boys games also will be played today, pushing the A and AA girls games scheduled for the day to Thursday.
A District 6 doubleheader at Richland High School with Central Cambria facing Tyrone in a AA girls game and Bishop McCort squaring off against Central Cambria in a AA boys first-round clash marked the district’s only action affecting area teams.
Tuesday’s District 5-A games involving area teams were Meyersdale at Berlin Brothersvalley, Rockwood at Shade and Fannett-Metal at Shanksville-Stonycreek. Chestnut Ridge’s trip to Windber and Tussey Mountain’s visit to Conemaugh Township were the Class AA games nixed by the weather.
Title on line tonight at UPJ
No. 15 Pitt-Johnstown will celebrate its senior night and put its 11-match winning streak on the line against No. 8 Mercyhurst at 7 p.m. tonight in the Sports Center. A win by Pitt-Johnstown gives the Mountain Cats a share of the PSAC Title, while a Mercyhurst victory gives the Lakers an outright championship.
Prior to the match, Pitt-Johnstown will recognize seniors Dave Fogle, Dave Cawley, Gary Lantz and Zak Newton.
The Mountain Cats, ranked fourth in Super Region I, come in with a 13-1 record and a 5-1 mark in the PSAC after Sunday’s 33-8 victory at Shippensburg.
Mercyhurst is ranked second in the region with a 17-1 overall record and a 6-0 record in the PSAC. The Lakers have won their last 12 dual meets, including a 26-20 home victory over Ashland on Thursday.
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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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