The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

February 19, 2014

Berlin beats Meyersdale in Dist. 5-A

BERLIN — Berlin Brothersvalley got the three-peat on Wednesday night against rival Meyersdale.

The Mountaineers had beaten the Red Raiders twice during the regular season and held off their stubborn southern neighbors 62-46 in a District 5 Class A first-round game.

Berlin won 84-56 and 82-32 in the earlier games, so it was the closest the Red Raiders have gotten.

“I didn’t really want to see them again to tell you the truth,” said Berlin coach Tanner Prosser, whose top-seeded team will face No. 4 Shade on Friday in semifinal action at Somerset High School.

 “We played well enough to win at this point in the season and survived and move on.”

First-year Meyersdale coach Aaron Beiler was pleased with his team’s perseverance.

“I thought the kids played hard and we had a good game plan coming in,” Beiler said.

 “I felt we competed and it was a very respectable basketball game. I thought tonight we came out with 100 percent effort and the first two times we played them, we were kind of lackluster. I don’t think we really understood the effort that it takes to play with a team the quality of Berlin. I’m really proud of my kids for the effort they put in tonight.”

Berlin’s Jake Snyder led all scorers with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Teammate Zac Cooney added 12 points and Nick Stockwell grabbed eight rebounds.

“It was a tough game for us and it was nice to get the win,” Cooney said. “To beat any team three times is nice, but when it’s a rival like Meyersdale, it’s even better and a good way to start off the playoffs.

“We have five guys that are capable of scoring and can make plays for us.”

The Mountaineers (21-2) dashed out to an 8-0 lead before Nick Cerrata got Meyersdale on the board at the 4:38 mark, but Berlin ended the first with a 14-4 lead.

The Berlin defense kept pouring it on in the second quarter forcing 10 turnovers and turning them into points on the other end of the floor helping the Mountaineers build a 34-14 halftime advantage.

“We were able to create some things and get some easy buckets which got us the lead early,” Prosser said.

“I think that took a little bit of pressure off of us.”

Berlin stretched its lead to 26 points to open the third quarter before the Red Raiders (7-15) were able to narrow it to 18, but trailed 50-30 heading into the fourth. Meyersdale outscored the Mountaineers 16-12 in the fourth.

“We didn’t play our best in the second half,” Prosser said. “Tonight I thought we got a lead and had a couple of poor possessions and they made some nice shots and did a good job of going to the basket. We did enough to win.”

Cole Clark topped the Meyersdale scoring with 16 points, including 10 in the second half while Jason Ritchey came off the bench to add 13 points and Jacob Knott grabbed seven boards.

“We didn’t play great tonight and our kids know that,” Prosser said. “It was our first playoff game and it was here at home. There may have been some nerves. We will have to play better on Friday night, I know that.”

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at @CoryIsenbergTD.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
  • Blairsville pegged as team to beat

    As Heritage Conference football coaches assembled at United High School during Wednesday’s media day event at Thomas J. Madill Field, the near-consensus opinion is that Blairsville – under second-year coach Rick Artley – is going to be the team to beat once the season begins on Aug. 29.
    After the Bobcats, the forecasted picture gets a little foggier.

    July 30, 2014

  • coleman2 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.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • maddison 4 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.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • mccort27 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.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • lantzy22 color 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.

    June 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • lantzy 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.

    June 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • jerry 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.

    June 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • north20 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.

    June 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • soff 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.

    June 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • South D.JPG 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.

    June 17, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
Order Photos


Photo Slideshow

House Ads