The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 15, 2013

Bedford's Kachman runs away with title

Cory Isenberg

— The 19th annual Forest Hills Cross Country Invitational was run on Saturday with 581 runners from 34 schools.

Bedford’s Will Kachman set the standard of the day with a meet record of 15:49.5 for his run at the Forest Hills Middle School. The old record of 16:06 was set by Blairsville’s Curtis Houser back in 1995, before Kachman was even born.

Penn Cambria junior Arlee Simendinger was the top girls finisher in a time of 19:27.5.

The top boys teams were Somerset Area with 90 points, followed by Central Cambria with 94 and District 9 competitor Kane with 157. The Golden Eagles in the top 20 included Nick Bastian, fourth, Ravi Desai, eighth, and Shane Ickes, 20th.

Central Cambria was the top girls team with 39 points followed by Penns Valley with 130 and Somerset with 145. The Red Devils had five runners in the top 20 led by freshman Samantha Koss, who was second. The other Central Cambria runners in the lead pack were Sydney Gilkey (sixth), Jordan Hayward (seventh), Emma Wess (eighth) and Jackie Bracken (19th).

Tops at tourney: Richland defeated Northern Cambria to win the championship of the 13th annual St. Francis University Volleyball Invitational on Saturday downing the Colts 25-23, 25-21 to capture the title in the Gold Division of the 30-team field.

In the Silver Division, Forest Hills defeated Central Cambria and in the Bronze, United beat Conemaugh Valley.

Football rankings: With Central’s loss to Clearfield on Friday, the District 6 Class AA standings got shuffled.

After Week 3, the top four teams are unbeaten.

Bald Eagle Area, which will play at Chestnut Ridge this week, holds the top spot with 340 points. Richland moves up to the second spot with 320 followed by Mount Union with 310 and Ligonier Valley with 270.

Rounding out the top eight are Central Cambria, the Scarlet Dragons, Tyrone and Forest Hills.

In Class A, the top three squads are 3-0.

Williamsburg continues to impress, holding the top spot with 330 points, followed by Homer-Center and Penns Manor, each with 320. Ranked fourth through eighth are Bishop Carroll, Juniata Valley, Portage, Blairsville and Bellwood-Antis, respectively.

In the District 5-6-8-9 Class AAA rankings, Clearfield, University Prep and Somerset are all 3-0 and are the top three followed by Greater Johnstown at 2-1.

Mifflin County is undefeated in District 6-9 Class AAAA with DuBois just behind at 2-1.

In District 5, Bedford is 2-1 and holds the top spot in Class AA with Chestnut Ridge and Everett both at 1-2.

In Class A, the top three teams are 3-0 and Northern Bedford is ranked first followed by Berlin Brothersvalley and Meyersdale tied in second.

Tussey Mountain, Windber and North Star are all 2-1.

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at