The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 27, 2014

CORY ISENBERG | Schools weathering conditions

The weather has not been kind to outdoor spring sports, but teams are still pulling themselves together and moving forward even as the season wanes.

Over the weekend, a number of baseball squads won tournament titles including Richland at the Homer-Center Tournament, Portage at its Mustangs Tournament and Ligonier Valley at the Boswell Jaycees Classic.

Softball crowns were claimed by Bishop Carroll in the Northern Cambria Tournament while Penn Cambria captured the title of its own tournament.

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On track: The Northern Bedford track and field invitational took place on Friday in less-than-ideal conditions, but the athletes soldiered on.

Today, the Bellwood-Antis Invitational will host a 19-team field including Bedford, Cambria Heights, Chestnut Ridge, Northern Cambria, Richland and United from the area.

On Friday, the 65th annual West Central Coaches Invitational Meet is set for Mansion Park in Altoona. According to the early entry list, the massive meet includes 33 Class AA teams along with 14 Class AAA teams.

Area teams that are participating on Friday include Bedford, Berlin Brothersvalley, Bishop Carroll, Cambria Heights, Central Cambria, Chestnut Ridge, Forest Hills, Northern Cambria, Penn Cambria, Portage, Somerset, United, Westmont Hilltop and Windber.

The track and field teams will head to conference meets next week with the Laurel Highlands championship at Somerset on May 6 and the Heritage at United on the same day. The WestPAC meet is at Conemaugh Township on May 7.

District 5 and 6 meets are set for the week of May 11 with the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg on May 23-24.

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Strikeout saga: Shade pitcher B.J. Spangler is 11 strikeouts away from 200 for his high school career.

The senior, who also plays first base for the Panthers, will face Ferndale today and will pitch the second game of a Friday doubleheader against Meyersdale in his quest.

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