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50-plus: Conemaugh Valley senior Blake Furman shattered a single-game school record that had stood 31 years during Friday’s 86-47 win over visiting Turkeyfoot Valley.
Furman scored 54 points, surpassing the previous Blue Jays’ record of 50 set by Bob Stepien in 1982. Furman also had 12 rebounds and four steals.
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Lions roar: The United girls’ program opened 4-0 with 5-7 senior Eden Bloom averaging 18.3 points and 10.8 rebounds a game.
The Lions won the Windber Area Athletic Boosters Association Tip-Off Tournament and followed up with wins over Saltsburg and Northern Cambria. All four wins have been on the road.
United finally plays at home on Monday against Blairsville.
The quick start is even more impressive because United went 12-12 last season after posting marks of 6-16, 5-13, 3-20 and 0-23 in the four previous years, respectively.
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Panthers prowl: Shade won its first five games entering Saturday’s championship contest against Blairsville in the Mountain Cat Tournament at UPJ.
Shade won the Chestnut Ridge season-opening tournament and followed with convincing wins over Meyersdale and Salisbury-Elk Lick before defeating Forbes Road in the opening round of the Mountain Cat Tournament.
Jeremy Pyles, a 5-10 junior, averaged nearly 21 points a game. Senior Nash Walker is a catalyst on the team, scoring 12 points a game while dishing out 5.5 assists and grabbing 5.5 rebounds a game.
The Panthers are defending 5-A champions coming off a 26-2 season and state playoff appearance.
Shade graduated standouts Wade Walker, Ryan Fyock and Brock Medva from that team but still has put together a solid start.