High School Boys
Bishop Guilfoyle 53
Central Cambria 46
EBENSBURG – Central Cambria led by a point at halftime, but visiting Bishop Guilfoyle used a 14-3 third-quarter scoring advantage to earn a win.
Zach Petterson had 19 points, and Sam McCloskey had 14 for the Marauders.
Tanner Ambrisco netted 17 points for the Red Devils, while Will Seymour and Trevor Zearing each scored 11.
Windber 57, Everett 55 (OT)
EVERETT – Matt Barkley scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Windber squeak past Everett in overtime.
Tyler Zabrucky’s 12 points aided the Ramblers cause while Dan Tomlinson registered 10 points.
Trevon Ward’s 18 points topped the Warriors and Spencer McInroy picked up 14 points in the loss.
Shanksville-Stonycreek 68 Salisbury-Elk Lick 17
SHANKSVILLE – Shanksville-Stonycreek didn’t have a letdown following Tuesday night’s big WestPAC victory.
The Vikings routed visiting Salisbury-Elk Lick as Carter Slade netted 18 points, and Ryan Platt and Nathan Gardner each had 13.
Shanksville shut out the Elks 22-0 in the third quarter. Salisbury netted five 3-pointers, including three by team leading scorer Nathan Bodes, who had nine points.
Bishop Carroll 62
Forest Hills 30
SIDMAN – Twenty points from Brandon Martinazzi helped mush the Huskies past host Forest Hills. Marcus Lee scored 17 points and Scott Ranck added 10 for the guests.
Greater Johnstown 67 Westmont Hilltop 36
Johnstown used a 25-4 third-quarter scoring advantage to pull away from rival Westmont Hilltop at Doc Stofko Gymnasium.
Phillip Madison led the Trojans with 12 points. Daniel Barfield scored 11, and Roshon Fields had 10 points.
Mike Vliet led Westmont with a game-high 21 points.
Ligonier Valley 74
Purchase Line 28
LIGONIER – Ligonier Valley stormed to a 28-6 first-quarter advantage in a one-sided win over visiting Purchase Line.
Zack Yeskey had 21 points, Jordan Jones had 16 points, Alec Bloom had 11, and Scott Fennell, 10, for the Rams.
Bishop McCort 43
Host Richland overcame an 11-point deficit after a quarter to trump rival Bishop McCort. Matt Shaffer’s 15 points led the Rams attack while Luke Shertzer scored a dozen.
Nemo Trexler’s 17 points topped the Crimson Crushers while Billy Hipp notched 12 points.
Somerset 74, Bedford 58
SOMERSET – Jake Close hit seven of Somerset’s 13 3-pointers and tallied 25 points as the Golden Eagles beat visiting Bedford.
Brent Barron netted 14 points, and Zane Helsley had 10 for the Eagles.
Bedford’s Tyler Black had 17 points, and Zack Kendall scored 12.
Northern Cambria 64
SALTSBURG – Adam Polites scored 31 points and Nick Lee grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Northern Cambria.
Steve Richards’ 14 points topped the hosts.
High School Girls
Westmont Hilltop 73
BEDFORD – Paige Lamberson had five 3-pointers and 19 points, and Westmont used a 28-point second quarter to pull away from host Bedford.
Erin Rodgers scored 17 points, and Rachel Roper and Bridget Sheehan each scored 10 for Hilltop.
Blacklick Valley 70
NANTY GLO – Five players scored in double digits as host Blacklick Valley defeated Harmony.
Josie Roberts led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Vikings teammates Breanna Rege and Allison Thomas with 13 each, and Jackie Sheesley with 10 points.
Lindsay Weltheroth led Harmony with 10 points.
Conemaugh Valley 46
North Star 31
BOSWELL – Lexi Hody’s 24 points led the way for the Blue Jays in a WestPAC win over North Star.
Jamie Cekada had six steals in the victory.
Kayla Berkebile netted 10 points for the Cougars.
Portage 73, Ferndale 20
PORTAGE – The Mustangs raced out to a 32-0 lead in the first half and saw 10 of its 11 players score in a win over Ferndale.
Emily Chobany’s 16 points paced the Mustangs while Olivia McCabe scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Paisley Zatek notched 12 points and registered six steals while Katie Nolan tallied 10 points.
Shade 50, Rockwood 44
ROCKWOOD – Emma Spinelli scored a career-high 31 points – with a 10-for-10 clip from the free-throw line in the second half – as Shade held on to beat the Rockets. Lexie Meck’s eight rebounds led the Panthers on the glass while Spinelli had nine steals.
Sam Emert’s 21 points led Rockwood.
Mount Aloysius 65
CRESSON – Pitt-Greensburg upset top-ranked Mount Aloysius.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, and were able to extend that margin to 38-29 at the break.
Mount Aloysius struggled from the field in the first half, shooting just 23 percent.
Trailing 65-67, with 22 seconds to play, Mount Aloysius had an opportunity to tie the game.
But guard Jeff Stem was called for an offensive foul on the play. Pitt-Greensburg was able to seal the victory at the free throw line.
Dameon Turner topped Mount Aloysius with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Demetrius Davis added 14 points and Stem had 12 points.
The loss is just the second conference setback on the season.
The Mounties will look to bounce back on Saturday when they travel to Medaille College.
Potomac State 92
Penn Highlands 76
KEYSER, W.Va. – Reggie Baker scored 32 points to lead Potomac State past visiting Penn Highlands on Wednesday.
The Black Bears were led by Jordan Swogger’s 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Rashaud Kelley had 12 points and 12 boards for Penn Highlands.
Mount Aloysius 62
CRESSON – Sophomore Olivia Rupp hit a free throw with 1.4 seconds to play to give Mount Aloysius a victory over Pitt-Greensburg.
The Lady Mounties trailed 32-17 at the intermission, but were able to put together an 18-2 run midway through the second half and take a 50-48 lead.
The teams exchange the lead for remainder of the game until Rupp's free gave Mount Aloysius the final advantage.
Junior Lindsy Sammarco led Mount Aloysius with a game-high 29 points. Rupp had 14 points.
Kayla Dames paced Pitt-Greensburg with 13 points. Emily Nelson and Chianti Sivek each scored 11 points.
Mount Aloysius outrebounded Pitt-Greensburg 36-34.
St. John’s 61, Pitt 32
PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s basketball team could not overcome a poor shooting effort, falling at St. John’s at Carnesecca Arena.
Redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs was the lone Pitt player in double figures with 10 points. The Panthers shot 20.3 percent in the contest. Pitt falls to 9-7 on the season, 0-3 in Big East action.
St. John’s forward Shenneika Smith led all scorers with 14 points. The Red Storm moved to 3-0 in the Big East, their best start since 1983-84.
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Two from Somerset earn all-state honors
Defensive lineman Bryce Mostoller and linebacker Logan Eller each played a large part in the resurgence of Somerset football over the last two seasons.
Their efforts during the 2013 season – the junior campaigns for both – landed the pair on the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAA All-State Team, which was released on Thursday.
No players from The Tribune-Democrat’s coverage area were selected to the Class A squad, also released on Thursday.
Northern Cambria volleyball coach inducted into hall of fame
With 400-plus wins, two PIAA Class A girls volleyball championships and nine District 6 crowns amassed, Mike Hogan can add another accolade to his ongoing coaching legacy at Northern Cambria: Hall of famer.
Hogan, the girls and boys coach at Northern Cambria, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier in the month, allowing the veteran coach to join a number of players and coaches who influenced his own path through the sport.
- High school basketball in brief | Dec. 20, 2013
CORY ISENBERG| Basketball season getting interesting
While it’s still very early in the high school basketball season, there have already been some interesting matchups.
In girls play, Westmont Hilltop knocked Forest Hills out of the ranks of the unbeaten while Bishop Guilfoyle, which lost all five starters from last season, handed Bishop McCort its first loss. The Crushers, who play at troublesome Penn Cambria this evening, entertain the Rangers on Thursday.
Central Cambria, Richland wrestlers win titles
Central Cambria and Richland each had a pair of champions on Saturday in the Sheetz Holiday Classic wrestling tournament at Penn Cambria while Berlin Brothersvalley didn’t have any titlists but finished second in the team standings.
Max Murin (106 pounds) and Tom Opdenhoff (132) won championships for the Red Devils while Adam George (126) and Nico Pecora (170) captured titles for Richland. Cambria Heights heavyweight Aaron Gill was the other local winner.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Huskies hot again this season
Cosie Aliquo heard people talking about how talented his Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team is this season.
He’s read the preseason news clippings and certainly noticed that the Huskies were ranked third in the state in one Class A preseason poll.
Shade falls short in Mountain Cat Tournament
The Shade Panthers shot the ball often during Saturday’s championship of the 36th Mountain Cat Tournament at Pitt-Johnstown.
Wade Fyock’s team just couldn’t get those attempts to fall – shooting 29.2 percent from the floor and just 33 percent from the free-throw line – during Blairsville’s 55-37 win over the Panthers.
Berlin taking Tussey Mountain seriously
The District 5 Class A championship – played tonight at Bedford Area High School – pits a perennial power and an upstart.
That upstart – Tussey Mountain – may be short on championship pedigree, but the Titans (10-2) have done more than enough to impress Berlin Brothersvalley coach Doug Paul.
Richland, Central to vie for district title
The score of Central’s PIAA District 6 Class AA semifinal victory over Forest Hills certainly caught Brandon Bailey’s attention.
The Scarlet Dragons put up 62 points against Forest Hills while allowing the Rangers only 14.
CORY ISENBERG | Three schools from area remain in football
Just three area football teams remain alive in postseason play and all three will play in 7 p.m. contests on Friday night.
Showing that it was no fluke the first time around, Chestnut Ridge (9-3) powered its way past Bedford for the second time this season in the District 5 Class AA championship. The Lions earned a berth in the PIAA playoffs opposite District 9 champ Karns City (11-1), which defeated Kane 49-21 in the title game.
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