The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

March 1, 2014

Eagles eyeing district championship

JOHNSTOWN — A District 6 boys basketball title still eludes the Somerset Golden Eagles.

Not that the Golden Eagles have been without their chances.

In each of the last two seasons, Somerset has reached the District 6 Class AAA final only to fall to LHAC rival Greater Johnstown.

The opponent in today’s District 6-AAA title game is different. The venue has changed too.

This afternoon, the Golden Eagles (15-8) tip off against Huntingdon (15-8) at Mount Aloysius College with the same mission in mind: Bringing home a District 6 championship trophy and moving on to the PIAA tournament.

“I think we’ve been to the (championship game) four times in the last six years,” Somerset coach Scott Close said. “It’s nice to be there. Every time you get there, there’s always some phrase ... Worry about beating a Johnstown team three times in a year. There’s always something. You try to tell the guys: ‘Hey, just play our game. Go out and play our best and hopefully that’ll be good enough.’ ”

Somerset boasts three players averaging over 10 points per game with Jake Heiple’s 16.3 points setting the pace. Dylan Barnes (15.7) and Connor Zarefoss (10.1) follow Heiple’s lead atop the scoring list.

Given the Golden Eagles’ penchant to hoist 3-pointers – they’ve attempted 422 as a team – it’s no surprise that the same trio tops that category with Heiple hitting 36 of 90 attempts, Zarefoss connecting on 36 of 94 tries and Barnes going 30 of 102 behind the arc. Michael VanLenten ­– 6.5 points per game – has hit 27 of his 86 tries from behind the arc.

That isn’t all that the Somerset offense is though.

“We like to take the open outside shot if it’s there,” Close said. “If not, we will take a layup. Our thing is that we love layups, but we like 3s too. We either want a layup or we want a 3. If you’re going to take a 17-foot shot, might as well step 2 feet back and get an extra point for it.”

Stopping the Bearcats will involve containing Nate Gearhart and his 20.4 points-per-game average. While Huntingdon isn’t as prolific as Somerset in attempting 3-pointers, Gearhart is shooting at a 39-percent clip from distance, knocking down 52 of 133 tries.

Devon Claar’s 13.1 points per game and 10.1 more from Korben Frederick follow Gearhart’s scoring lead.

Gearhart’s 10 boards per game also leads Huntingdon.

The Golden Eagles eliminated District 8’s Carrick 64-51 in Wednesday’s semifinal at Central Cambria. The Bearcats dropped Greater Johnstown 51-39 in their 6-AAA contest, also at Central Cambria.

Shawn Curtis is the sports editor of The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/shawncurtis430.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
  • 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

  • lantzy north17.JPG North defense happy to get back to contact as Lantzy game approaches

    It’s been a while since organized live contact on the football field has been a concern for anyone suiting up to play in Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
    Talking to members of the North defensive unit, that long wait came with a satisfying end on Monday when teams went into contact drills in the week-long preparations for the 44th edition of the region’s football showcase.

    June 17, 2014 2 Photos

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