The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

September 30, 2012

Big dates ahead for golf, tennis

JOHNSTOWN — The high school football season has reached the midway point, but several other scholastic sports seasons are starting to wind down.

In girls’ tennis, Westmont Hilltop has already clinched the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference title with a 14-0 league record and a 15-1 mark overall. In golf, Richland has claimed the LHAC regular-season title with a 9-0 record.

The District 6 tennis singles competition is set to get underway on Thursday at the Leopold Center in Altoona with the doubles tournament a week later. In District 5, the singles tournament will be Oct. 8 at Everett High School with the doubles a week later.

Last year, Song Lu of Bishop McCort won the singles title in District 6, while the Hilltoppers’ Brittany Carney and Hannah Gleason were the doubles champions. In District 5, Maria Snyder of Northern Bedford claimed the singles championship, while Windber’s Jill Penatzer and Cheyenne Feathers were the doubles champs.

The District 6 Western Sectional for golf is set for Tuesday at Summit Country Club with the championship set for Oct. 9-10 at Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg. In District 5, the individual championship will be held at Great Cove Golf Club in McConnellsburg will also be held on Tuesday.

Halfway: Several area squads got the winless monkey off of their backs this week including Bedford, which saw the return of Luke Campbell to its roster, Central Cambria and Meyersdale.

On the other end of the spectrum, the number of unbeaten schools decreased this week with only Berlin, Ligonier Valley and Richland carrying 5-0 marks. All three are currently ranked on top of their respective conferences. The Mountaineers are second in District 5-A while Richland moved to the top spot in District 6-AA and Ligonier is ranked third, just behind 4-1 Central from Martinsburg.

In my opinion, some of the pleasant surprises thus far have been Somerset, Portage and Blacklick Valley, none of whom were highly touted in the preseason and all sporting 4-1 records at the halfway point.

The Golden Eagles win over Greater Johnstown on Friday was their first since 2007, which coincidentally was their last winning season. Somerset is currently second behind unbeaten Clearfield in the District 5-6-8-9 Class AAA rankings. After facing Richland this week, the Golden Eagles close out with Bedford, Forest Hills, Cambria Heights and Penn Cambria.

With their upset of North Star in the season opener, the Mustangs opened many eyes to their potential, but they have a tough five games to finish with in order to make it into the elite eight in District 6-A. Portage hosts Blacklick Valley, which had to battle to overtime last week against Conemaugh Township. The Vikings have a slightly easier path to the playoffs than the Mustangs. After Portage, Blacklick faces Ferndale, Conemaugh Valley, North Star and Saltsburg in their final four games.

Cory Isenberg is sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at cisenberg@tribdem.com.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Penguins 0421 Penguins finish hot to grab 2-1 series lead

    Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Penguins from yet another two-goal deficit in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates 0421 Pirates walk off against Reds to halt home skid

    Ike Davis became the first player to hit grand slams for different teams in the same April, and Neil Walker had a winning run single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates twice overcame deficits to beat the Reds 6-5 Monday night.
    Pittsburgh trailed 2-0 before Davis’ fourth-inning homer off Mike Leake.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sitting Bulls bring home national sled hockey title

    The Johnstown Sitting Bulls disabled sled hockey team recently won a national championship.
    The team, comprised of disabled athletes from Cambria, Somerset, Indiana, Bedford and Blair counties, finished first in the Youth B Division at the USA Hockey National Disabled Hockey Festival held April 11-13 in Marlborough, Mass.

    April 21, 2014

  • Local Sports Briefs

    April 21, 2014

  • Pirates Brawl 0420 Brewers top Pirates in game highlighted by dustup

    Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
    Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Football team ends boycott of embattled coach

    Minnesota State University-Mankato’s football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
    Hoffner said he assured the players, who refused to take the practice field Wednesday, that interim coach Aaron Keen, who led the team in Hoffner’s absence, will continue in a major role with the team.

    April 20, 2014

  • Penguins 0420a Game 3 pivotal for both teams

    Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL.
    Now they’re heading home for tonight’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins, hoping to make even more history.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0419 Blue Jackets outlast Pens in double-OT

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
    Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury stuffed the initial shot by Cam Atkinson but Calvert stood all alone at the left post and wristed a shot into the open net to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game each.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates 0419 Brewers rally to clip Pirates

    Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.
    Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area runners gearing for Boston Marathon

    The time was 12:15 p.m. It was Monday April 19, 1897.  Tom Burke had drawn a line across the dirt road with his foot. Eighteen men gathered near Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland, Massachusetts.

    April 19, 2014

AP Video
Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide