Penn Cambria 2, Cambria Heights 1: In Cresson, Panthers’ senior pitcher Kelly Yusko topped the 100 strikeout mark this season in a narrow Laurel Highlands win on Monday over the Highlanders.
Yusko had 13 strikeouts against Cambria Heights and 111 thus far this season. She has 395 for her career.
Yusko helped her own cause with a triple and a double while teammate Kate Little supplied a triple and a single.
Caitlyn Sheehan had a double and MacKenzie McIntosh singled home the winning run in the bottom of the sixth for Penn Cambria, which remains unbeaten (13-0).
For Cambria Heights, Kalie Hoover provided a triple, Emily Lewis had a double and Allison Lidwell drove in the Highlanders run.
Conemaugh Valley 12, Portage 4: In Portage, the Blue Jays remained unbeaten belting the Mustangs.
Brooke McCleester led Conemaugh Valley going 2-for-4 with a double while teammate Lexi Novak went 2-for-5 with a double.
For Portage, Paisley Zatek went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Kaitlin Jubina had a triple and drove in two runs and Katie Nolan hit a double.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again today at Conemaugh Valley.
Shade 10, Ferndale 3: In Cairnbrook, Lexi Rapsky went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two RBI, and Mikayla Ott doubled and drove in two as Shade beat visiting Ferndale in a game shortened to five innings by rain.
Carrie Rager went 3-for-3 with a double and a homer for the Yellow Jackets.
Conemaugh Township 27, Salisbury-Elk Lick 5: In Salisbury, the Indians sent 21 players to the plate in the fifth inning in a five-inning WestPAC game.
Kayla Luprek was 3-for-4 with two doubles, scored five runs and drove in three runs for Conemaugh Township (5-6), which also got a 4-for-4 outing from Abbey Roberts and a 3-for-4 day from winning pitcher McKenna Daugherty.
Roberts drove in six runs and while Daugherty scored four and had two RBI. Erica Blank was 3-for-3, scored five runs and had three RBI for the Indians.
Kylee Short scored two runs for the Elks.
Windber 19, Rockwood 3 (3): In Windber, Sam Pcola went 4-for-4 and scored four runs while Ramblers teamate Meghan Moore was 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and five RBI in a three-inning victory.
Hanna Tomlinson had a hit, scored four runs and drove in three, including and inside-the-park home run, while Cassie Wentz and winning pitcher Brianna Sheehan each went 2-for-2.
Bishop Carroll 14, Forest Hills 4: In Ebensburg, sophomore winning pitcher Abby Simmons helped her own cause with a grand slam and five RBI as the Huskies defeated the Rangers in six innings in a Laurel Highlands game.
Brooke Mento was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for Bishop Carroll (8-2), which also got a home run from Sarah Gomish and a 3-for-5 outing from Courtney Link.
Kaylee Stigers was 2-for-3 with two RBI for Forest Hills.
Greater Johnstown 13, Westmont Hilltop 10: In a slugfest, the teams combined for 21 hits including four home runs as the Trojans outlasted the host Hilltoppers for a Laurel Highlands win.
Madison McKee was 2-for-3 with a home run while Shaylah Merriman, Lexi Lindrose and Lauren Spanko were all 2-for-5 for Johnstown (6-3).
Merriman scored two runs while Lindrose and Spanko had two doubles apiece.
Alyssa Miller, Taylor Hoover and Caitlin Miller each had a home run for Westmont. Alyssa Miller was 2-for-2 and scored four times while Tessa Weeks was 3-for-3 and scored a run.
Conemaugh Valley 15, United 0 (3): Anthony Verno was 4-for-4 with two doubles and drove in three runs as the Blue Jays shut out the Lions in three innings in a non-conference game.
Christian Aurandt and Blake Furman had two hits each for Conemaugh Valley (9-2) while Kolt Jarvis had a double for United.
Rockwood 7, Windber 6: In Windber, the Rockets scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then held off the host Ramblers for a WestPAC win.
Zac Shaulis had a two of his team’s three hits for Rockwood (4-3).
Brent Louder and Braxton Roxby each had two hits and Bryce Spak had a double for Windber.
Forest Hills 7, Bishop Carroll 6: In Sidman, the Rangers scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh with Logan Madison hitting a walk-off single for the winning run to defeat the Huskies in a Laurel Highlands clash.
Blaine Harteis had two hits with two RBI for Forest Hills (8-3). Zachary Shearman pitched 52⁄3 innings, giving up one earned run.
Luke Mento, Marty Lessard and Brandon Martinazzi had two hits apiece for Bishop Carroll, which also got two RBI from Ken Weiland.
Richland 4, Bishop McCort 0: Winning pitcher Tim Meyers struck out seven, walked two and scattered five hits as the Rams shut out the Crimson Crushers in a Laurel Highlands outing shortened to six innings by rain.
Jake Shirk had two hits and Nathan Ziants had two hits with a double and two RBI for Richland (11-3).
Jeremy Adams had a pair of hits for Bishop McCort (8-4).
Penn Cambria 3, Cambria Heights 0: In Patton, Mark Mardula went 2-for-3 and Gavin Martynuska drove in two runs as Zane Itle pitched a complete-game shutout.
Cody Baker had two hits for the Highlanders while Josh Serafin went the distance, striking out 12 in the loss.
Northern Cambria 15, Blairsville 9: In Northern Cambria, D.J. Olenchick had three hits, including two homers and seven RBI as Northern Cambria beat Blairsville.
Joe Frontino and Joe Olish each had three hits and two RBI for the Colts.
Blairsville’s Justin DiStefano had three hits and drove in two.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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