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Richland 69, Chestnut Ridge 39: In New Paris, Richland had four players score in double digits and the Rams connected for 10 3-point field goals in a win at Chestnut Ridge.
Matt Shaffer had 17 points. Jacob Lushko and Aaron Miller each had 12 points, and Kyle Flick netted 10 for the Rams. Lushko and Miller each had four 3-pointers.
Tyler Wiley had 11 points for Chestnut Ridge.
Bedford 50, Westmont Hilltop 47: Alex Kendall scored 19 points, and Conner Lazorka had 15 as visiting Bedford beat Westmont Hilltop.
Conor Mendelson had 16 points for Hilltop. Jordan Brant netted 11.
Somerset 60, Bishop McCort 51: In Somerset, Jacob Heiple scored 21 points, Mike VanLenten had 15, and Dylan Barnes scored 12 as host Somerset defeated Bishop McCort.
“We executed our game plan fabulously,” Somerset coach Scott Close said. “Mike VanLenten did a phenomenal job on the floor, especially guarding their best player. Great atmosphere to get everybody ready for the playoffs.”
Nemo Trexler led McCort with 23 points. The teams combined for 19 3-point field goals, with McCort hitting 10 from long range, and Somerset, nine.
High School Girls
Cambria County Christian 52, Clearfield Alliance Christian 16: In Mundys Corner, Taylor Campbell scored 22 points and Alexis Wolfe added 16 to lead Cambria County Christian. Campbell also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Westmont Hilltop 51, Greater Johnstown 30: The Hilltoppers’ Nina Foster scored 11 points in a LHAC victory against the Trojans.
Westmont Hilltop’s Alyssa Miller tallied nine points in the win. The Hilltoppers now have a 16-3 record and clinched section 2 in the LHAC.
Greater Johnstown’s Keke Burns led the team with nine points.
Bishop McCort 76, Richland 35: Mackenzie Barbin and Katie Wilson each scored 15 points, and Morgan Instone had 11 points as visiting Bishop McCort beat Richland.
Richland’s Emily Dabbs had 10 points.
Forest Hills 61, Central Cambria 46: In Sidman, Caitlyn Gallaher scored 19 points and had four assists, and Nicole Richards had 11 points as Forest Hills defeated visiting Central Cambria.
Olivia Gregorich had nine rebounds, and Jill Scott had three steals for the Rangers. Taylor Boring led Central Cambria with 12 points.
Penn Cambria 54, Bishop Carroll 42: In Ebensburg, Megan Wheeler’s 12 point game helped the Panthers defeat the Huskies.
Penn Cambria’s Alison Vincent tallied 10 points in the win.
Bishop Carroll’s Courtney Link led the team with 12 points and Brit Krug had eight points along with 13 rebounds in the loss.
Blacklick Valley 56, Rockwood 42: In Nanty Glo, the Vikings’ Allison Thomas scored a game-high 22 points in a win against the Rockets.
Blacklick Valley’s Josie Roberts had 19 points with nine steals.
Morgan Fenchak tallied seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win.
Rockwood’s Becky Zur led the team with 21 points in the loss.
Conemaugh Township 58, Salisbury-Elk Lick 34: In Davidsville, the Indians’ Kayla Luprek shot a game-high 20 points to help rout the Elks.
Conemaugh Township’s Megan Boyer scored 15 points in the win. The Indians are now 15-5 on the season.
Salisbury-Elk Lick’s Kylee Short led the team with 10 points and Emily Lowrey had nine points in the loss.
Shade 44, Conemaugh Valley 29: The Panthers’ Emma Spinelli scored 10 points and had seven steals in a win against the Blue Jays.
Shade’s Lexi Rapsky had 10 points and Natasha Meck grabbed 16 rebounds in the WestPAC victory.
Conemaugh Valley’s Emily McCray scored a game-high 12 points with 10 rebounds and Brooke McCleester had 10 points.
Windber 50, Meyersdale 29: In Windber, Kortney Lampel had 15 points, Kaitlyn Weaver added 11, and Lauren Vasas scored 10 as the Ramblers beat visiting Meyersdale.
Windber honored veteran players Steph Ponczek, who netted nine points, and Annalee Tokarsky, on senior night.
North Star 72, Turkeyfoot Valley 33: In Boswell, North Star’s Kayla Rice scored a game-high 20 points to help thwart Turkeyfoot Valley.
The Cougars’ Courtney Schrock tallied 18 points and Jackie Stanko had 17 points in the win.
The Rams’ Katie Ryan led the team with 15 points and Sadie Riskus earned 10 points in the loss.
Marion Center 49, United 28: In Armagh, the Stingers’ Chantel Glasser scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help beat the Lions in a Heritage Conference fray.
Marion Center’s Jenny Irvin tallied 13 points in the win. The Stingers’ now have an 18-3 record.
United’s Eden Bloom scored a game-high 20 points in the loss.
Ferndale 57, Shanks-ville-Stonycreek 55: The Yellow Jackets’ Cass Vivis scored 20 points to help edge the Vikings at home.
Ferndale’s Kayla Ohler had 14 points along with 14 rebounds. Ohler now has 500 career rebounds. The Yellow Jackets’ Lindsay Olshewsky tallied 11 points in the WestPAC win.
Shanksville-Stonycreek’s Trista Stutzman scored a game-high 22 points and Gretchen Shultz had 11 points.
Johnstown Christian 46, Belleville Mennonite 40: In Belleville, the Blue Jays’ Maddie Sprankle scored 16 points in a win against the Thunder.
Johnstown Christian’s Sam Haynes had nine points in the road victory.
Belleville Mennonite’s Mollie Morgan scored a game-high 23 points and Grace Teachey tallied 11 points in the loss.
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Four local wrestlers will compete tonight for a spot in the state finals at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
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Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence knows numbers can be deceiving.
For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
The game will not be made up.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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