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CORY ISENBERG| Ramblers take back their tournament
An 11-year drought came to an end on Saturday night when the Windber boys basketball team defeated Conemaugh Township 57-48 in the title game of the Windber Rotary Tournament to capture the tourney title.
The Ramblers (5-2) had lost to the Indians (5-2) 68-64 on Dec. 17 and gained a measure of revenge with Saturday’s victory, which featured double-digit scoring from three players including Tournament MVP Bryce Spak.
Goodbye, good riddance to 2013
Most folks are relieved to see 2013 in our rearview mirror. I know I am. Here’s why:
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.
MICHELE M. BENDER | Shop until you drop
Is it my imagination, or have advertisers dialed back the Christmas hype this season?
Ebensburg offers Dickens of a good holiday time
Borough officials are “thinking Christmas” early as they plan the county seat’s eighth annual Dickens of a Christmas event.
Uneven play carries Steelers to victory
Watching the second quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 37-27 win over the Detroit Lions was a lesson in how lethal the Detroit offense can be.
It was also 15 minutes of “Same old Steelers.” At least the Steelers team that has stumbled more than it’s succeeded this season.
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.
CORY ISENBERG| Area fans treated to playoff dramas
Some of the most exciting high school football playoff games over the weekend came courtesy of area squads.
Shade’s hard-fought, dramatic victory over Northern Bedford in the District 5 Class A quarterfinal was a stunner, especially for the Black Panthers faithful, who were already planning for Saturday’s playoff game against Tussey Mountain.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Shaffer revitalizes Richland's passing game
Two years ago, Brandon Bailey saw potential in a tall, strong-armed quarterback looking to establish himself in the Richland High program.
Matt Shaffer was a sophomore splitting the quarterback duties with classmate Nico Pecora back then.
Clear the aisles! I’m back in the saddle again
Study this face carefully. If you ever … EVER … see me in your checkout line (with my walker or an electric cart), RUN … do not walk … RUN the other way.
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