The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

November 19, 2007

Showcasing their skills a final time

The area’s top high school volleyball players will hold court one final time on Wednesday as the Conemaugh Township hosts the 21st annual Johnstown Area vs. Somerset Area All-Star Match.

North Star, which rolled through an unbeaten regular season before placing third at the PIAA Class A championships in York, placed two players on the Somerset Area side.

Amanda Schmidt and Nicole Pelesky will be under the tutelage of North Star coach Tony Crisafulli for the final time.

Crisafulli and Shade’s Mindy Leonard will coach the Somerset squad, which also includes players from Berlin Brothersvalley, Conemaugh Township, Meyersdale, Rockwood, Shanksville-Stonycreek, Somerset and Windber.

The Johnstown Area team will be led by Conemaugh Valley’s Lauren Hildebrand and Westmont Hilltop’s Tricia Hildebrand.

Lauren Hildebrand should see plenty of familiar faces as Conemaugh Valley has three players, the most of any school, with Kristen Emigh, Kirsten Garman and Kelsey Poborski.

Bishop Carroll, Bishop McCort, Ferndale, Forest Hills, Richland and Westmont also have players scheduled to participate.

Proceeds from the match, which begins at 7 p.m., will benefit WKYE’s 12 Wishes of Christmas program.

“They get to close out their senior seasons by playing with the people they competed against all year long,” said Teri Cruse of the Greater Johnstown Volleyball Club, who serves along with Don Civis as a match organizer. “It’s all for a good cause.”

Johnstown Area All-Stars

Michelle Morris Bishop Carroll OH

Brittany Genday Bishop McCort S/OH

Julie Morey Bishop McCort OH/MH

Kristen Emigh Conemaugh Valley OH

Kirsten Garman Conemaugh Valley OH

Kelsey Poborski Conemaugh Valley MH

Ali Russell Ferndale OH

Jodi Boyd Forest Hills S

Brittany Skyles Forest Hills OH

Lauren Brant Richland MH

Jass Mazur Richland OH/DS

Lauren Bambino Westmont Libero

Coaches: Lauren Hildebrand, Conemaugh Valley; Tricia Hildebrand, Westmont Hilltop.

Somerset Area All-Stars

Candace Croner Berlin OH

Emilie Lynch Berlin OH

Kayla Meyers Conemaugh Township MH

Chelsie Yutzy Meyersdale OH

Kara Yutzy Meyersdale MH

Nicole Pelesky North Star S

Amanda Schmidt North Star MH

Sarah Brewer Rockwood Libero

Emma Berkey Shanksville OH

Autumn Jano Somerset Libero

Julie Sloan Windber S

Sierra Stele Windber OH

Coaches: Tony Crisafulli, North Star; Mindy Leonard, Shade.

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