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Conemaugh Valley 71, Blacklick Valley 36: The Blue Jays’ Blake Furman scored a game-high 29 points to help rout the Vikings. Conemaugh Valley’s Brandon Galasso tallied 11 points in the win.
Blacklick Valley’s Seth Ellis led the team with 15 points in the loss.
Central Cambria 72, Penn Cambria 56: In Ebensburg, Trevor Zearing had 26 points and Tanner Ambrisco had 22 points as Central Cambria beat visiting Penn Cambria.
Conner Homan had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Devils.
Chad Tsikalas and Adam George each had 11 points, and Mark Mardula had 10 points for the Panthers.
Conemaugh Township 59, Ferndale 34: In Davidsville, Jeff Callihan had 18 points, and Austin Speigle and Jake Formica each netted 10 as the Indians beat visiting Ferndale.
Ray Hinton led the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 21 points.
Windber 83, North Star 25: In Windber, Bryce Spak picked up a double double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to help Windber defeat North Star in a WestPAC matchup.
Dan Tomlinson scored 17 points and Devan Tomlinson tallied six points in the win.
Portage 60, Harmony 28: In Portage, the Mustangs’ Michael Bryja earned a double double scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to help Portage blow past the Owls.
Portage’s Cody Randall scored 11 points in the win. Harmony’s Logan Sral scored 11 points in the loss.
Richland 64, Westmont Hilltop 35: Four Richland players scored in double digits as the Rams beat visiting Westmont Hilltop.
Jacob Lushko had 13 points, Aaron Miller had 12, and Kyle Flick and Ryan Ball each netted 10 for the Rams, who won for the seventh time in eight games.
No Westmont players reached double-digit scoring.
Meyersdale 76, Salisbury-Elk Lick 50: In Meyersdale, Cole Clark had 21 points, and Connor Christner had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the host Red Raiders defeated Salisbury-Elk Lick.
Riley Christner had 17 points for the Raiders.
Nathan Bodes had 14 points for Salisbury-Elk Lick. Diori Pattison had 12 points.
High School Girls
Greater Johntown 53, Bedford 34: In Bedford, the Trojans’ Tashayla Smith scored 14 points and Robyn Madison had 12 points to help beat the Bisons.
Greater Johnstown’s Janay Myers scored 11 points in the win.
Bedford’s Allison Shuke scored a game high 20 points in the loss at home.
Bishop Carroll 69, Cambria Heights 66: In Ebensburg, Lea Sammarco scored 21 points and helped the Huskies edge the Highlanders in a LHAC matchup.
Bishop Carroll’s Brooke Mento and Britt Krug both scored 15 points in the victory.
The Highlanders’ Kara Cordell scored a game-high 22 points and Emily Crowell tallied 19 points in the loss.
Bishop Guilfoyle 55, Forest Hills 41: In Sidman, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Lilly Benzel scored a game-high 24 points and helped beat Forest Hills.
Macy Adams scored 17 points of her own in the win.
The Rangers’ Jill Scott scored 13 points and Caitlyn Gallaher tallied 12 points in the loss.
Johnstown Christian 56, Ferndale 48: Johnstown Christian’s Maddie Sprankle scored a game-high 22 points and helped beat Ferndale.
The Blue Jays’ Sam Haynes tallied 12 points in the win.
Ferndale’s Lauran Olshewsky led the team with 16 points and Lindsay Olshewsky scored 15 points in the defeat.
Westmont Hilltop 56, Richland 24: The Hilltoppers’ Alyssa Miller scored a game-high 11 points and Bridget Moyer had 10 points to help beat the Rams.
Westmont Hilltop improved its record to 8-1 on the season.
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Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Area wrestlers search for gold
Conner Buttry and Aaron Burkett will make their debuts in the PIAA Wrestling Championships this morning, but they are quite familiar with a state tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Each has been a fixture on the Chestnut Ridge squad that has made back-to-back appearances in the state dual-meet tournament. That familiarity could help them, along with returning state medalist Austin Buttry, when the three Lions hit the mats in Hershey this morning.
Johnstown's Andrews defends junior crown
Greater Johnstown eighth grader Carnell Andrews entered an elite club by successfully defending his Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling championship this past weekend in Greensburg.
Andrews placed first in the state at 124 pounds this year after winning the 115-pound state championship in 2013.
Cobaugh resigns as basketball coach at Greater Johnstown
Greater Johnstown High School boys basketball coach Neil Cobaugh turned in his resignation and the school district’s board of directors accepted the letter during a regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday night.
“We received a letter of resignation from our head boys basketball coach Neil Cobaugh,” Greater Johnstown Superintendent Dr. Gerald Zahorchak confirmed on Tuesday night. “The board accepted the letter and declared the position to be announced (as open).”
Freeport knocks Westmont out of Penguin Cup
A three-goal second period and a constant path to the penalty box proved to be too much for Westmont Hilltop to overcome as the Hilltoppers fell 6-2 to host Freeport Monday night at Belmont Ice Complex.
The loss eliminates the Hilltoppers from the PIHL’s Class A Penguin Cup tournament and ends their season at 13-7-3 in PIHL play.
Richland wrestler rebounds
Dried blood clung to Nick Naglic’s lip.
A cut to his right eyebrow had finally stopped bleeding but was in need of some stiches.
Richland boys defeat Central for District 6-AA crown
Matt Shaffer certainly did his part to update the décor at the Richland High School Sports Center.
The 6-foot-2 Rams senior had a monster effort in Richland’s 59-43 victory over Central in the District 6 Class AA championship game at DeGol Arena on Saturday night.
Westmont wins swimming title
Racking up 230 points during the weekend, Westmont Hilltop’s girls swimming team captured the District 6 Class AA team title while claiming four event titles at the district’s swimming and diving championship at Penn State University’s Natatorium.
Somerset was second with 175 points while Richland (163), Bellefonte (126) and Ligonier Valley (124) followed to round out the top five.
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