High School Boys
Blacklick Valley 71 Conemaugh Valley 64
NANTY GLO – Dalton Cesarz poured in 31 points while Justin Paul added 18 and Johnny Sheesley scored 15 in leading Blacklick Valley.
Blake Furman’s 27 points topped the Blue Jays. Nick Roberts added 19 and Vince Vibostok scored 12.
North Star 34
BOSWELL – Matt Barkley scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as Windber dispatched North Star. Tyler Zabrucky also had 16 points while Cody Stenger and Dan Tomlinson added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Steve Pipon grabbed 10 rebounds for the Ramblers.
North Star was spurred by Von Yoder’s 18 points while teammate Jake Little pitched in 11.
Northern Cambria 69 Penns Manor 40
NORTHERN CAMBRIA – Adam Polites connected on a career-high eight 3-pointers on his way to 28 points in the Colts’ win over Penns Manor.
Jeff Hogan collected eight rebounds for the hosts.
Adam Tomayko’s 17 points led the Comets while J.T. Horwat added 10 more.
Portage 63 Claysburg-Kimmel 41
PORTAGE – Devin Brown netted 21 points, Michael Bryja tossed in 18 and Cody Randall tallied 11 points as the Mustangs dropped the Bulldogs.
Claysburg-Kimmel’s scoring punch was provided by Carter Cerully (14 points) and Austin Lamont (12 points).
Forest Hills 46
Kyle Flick scored 17 points, and Aaron Miller had 10 as Richland defeated visiting Forest Hills.
Joe Donoughe led Forest Hills with 16 points.
Richland jumped out to a 38-16 halftime advantage and led 53-23 through three quarters.
Turkeyfoot Valley 40
CAIRNBROOK – Wade Walker had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Nash Walker had 15 points as host Shade beat Turkeyfoot Valley.
Jeremy Pyles netted 13 points, Ryan Fyock had 12, and Brock Medva had four assists as Shade improved to 11-0. Brandon McClintock led Turkeyfoot Valley with 14 points.
Conemaugh Twp. 73 Ferndale 37
Jeff Fisher netted 15 points, and Dillon Boyer and Josh Burns each scored 11 as visiting Conemaugh Township defeated Ferndale.
Chad Eisenhuth had a game-high 21 points for the Yellow Jackets.
High School Girls
Forest Hills 47
Penn Cambria 33
SIDMAN – Casey Gallaher had 14 points and five assists while Caitlyn Gallaher scored 11 points and issued five assists in the Rangers’ win over Penn Cambria. Marlee Zubek tallied 10 points and totaled nine rebounds for the hosts.
Megan Wheeler’s 12 points led the Panthers.
Greater Johnstown 37
The Rams received matching 14-point nights from Morgan Instone and Sarah Pfeil on their way to victory over the host Trojans. Richland held Greater Johnstown to just three points in the second quarter to help build their eventual cushion.
Madison McKee’s 11 points led the Trojans and teammate Tashayla Smith pulled down 11 rebounds.
Bishop Guilfoyle 66 Bishop Carroll 24
EBENSBURG – Elyssa Ehredt and Halee Adams each had 16 points, and Devin Stessney had 12 as Bishop Guilfoyle beat host Bishop Carroll.
Haley Krug had a team-best nine points for Carroll.
Westmont Hilltop 66 Somerset 28
SOMERSET – Erin Rodgers’ 16 points headed a quartet of Hilltoppers scoring 10 or more points in a decisive win over Somerset. Paige Lamberson posted 15 points while Rachel Roper scored 11 and Alyssa Miller tallied 10.
Rodgers also had seven assists and six steals while Miller had eight rebounds.
Sydney Geary led the Golden Eagles with 11 points.
Central Cambria 50 Cambria Heights 38
PATTON – Taylor King-Brothers and Bri Wasser each scored 14 points, and Taylor Boring added 11 as Central Cambria beat host Cambria Heights.
Jamie Snedden had a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds for the Highlanders.
High School Boys
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
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