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April 28, 2014

Furman to play for Penn Highlands

JOHNSTOWN — Conemaugh Valley’s Blake Furman will be taking his game to a gym not too far away from home.

On Monday, the 6-foot-2 senior guard finalized his decision to play basketball at Penn Highlands Community College.

The union of the Black Bears’ up-tempo style and Furman’s ability to score points in bunches appeared to be a perfect fit for a squad looking to add five to six freshmen to the roster while replacing a number of its top scorers, especially their long-range shooters according to Penn Highlands coach Landon Loya.

“I felt like I could fit in there,” Furman said. “Grant Spiegle was one of their top scorers last season. Their coaches said he was leaving and that I could come in and help out.”

Furman, who is also a key member of the Blue Jays’ baseball team, averaged 25 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a senior.

His prolific scoring reached its apex on Dec. 13 when he netted 54 points against Turkeyfoot Valley – a school record. 

He topped the 30-point mark three times after that outburst with 31 against Ferndale on Dec. 19, 37 points against Meyersdale on Jan. 30 and 35 on Feb. 7 against Blacklick Valley.

His scholastic career saw him average 17.1 points per game and 8.7 boards

He was a member of The Tribune-Democrat’s Fab Five while participating in the AmeriServ Senior Hoops Showcase, the SportsPower International Game and the Altoona Mirror Classic.

“(I hope) this will inspire more of our Conemaugh Valley student-athletes to excel both on and off the court,” Blue Jays coach Brandon Studer said.  “Blake is both a dedicated student and athlete.”   

Furman plans include majoring in pre-engineering with the goal of moving on to St. Francis to major in petroleum and natural gas engineering.

The school’s proximity to home was also enticing to Furman.

“It’s very close, it’s smaller so I felt that it would be a good starting point,” Furman said.

He is the son of Beth and Dave Furman of Johnstown.

“(I’m) very proud of Blake Furman on all of his accomplishments,” Conemaugh Valley Athletic Director Paula McCleester said. “He has worked very hard during the offseason to be successful.  He will be a solid addition to the Penn Highlands basketball program both academically and athletically.”


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