Archive - Feb 2011 - Sports Article
CLARION â€“ Ridgway finished with three district champions and Jesse Wolfe claimed his first for the Johnsonburg Rams at the District 9 Individual Wrestling Championships Saturday at Clarion University.
Ridgway wrestling will send six to the Northwest Regional Championship and Johnsonburg will send two. The Elkers finished second in the team score with 145 points. Johnsonburg was 11th with 47 points. Brookville was the team winner with 197.5 team points.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusaders advanced to the semifinals of the District 9-A Tournament with a thrilling 55-52 victory over the Coudersport Falcons on Saturday night at the Aaron J. Straub Gym at Elk Catholic.
The Crusaders tied the game at 47-all on a Tyler Herzing trey with 17 seconds left in regulation. The Elk County defense then prevented the Falcons from getting a good shot off, thus forcing the game into overtime. In the overtime period the Crusaders outscored the Falcons 8-5 (six by Pearsall and two by Simons) to lock up the win and advance on in the playoffs.
Ridgway twice had the opportunity to win the game with the last possession but both times the Elkers were unable to find the hoop as DuBois Central Catholic exploded in the second overtime period Friday night for a 68-59 win in the quarterfinal round of the Class A District 9 playoffs.
Down by 10 points at halftime, the Elkers were able to claw their way back into the game to force overtime at 50-all at the end of regulation.
RIMERSBURG â€“ Johnsonburg was the team that wouldn't go away the whole game.
In the end, a tying field goal was not in the cards for the Rams as Union held on for a 49-46 victory over Johnsonburg Friday night in the quarterfinals of the District 9 Class playoffs at Union High School.
"We felt we could compete with anyone in District 9," Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey said. "It's heartbreaking to lose. We had opportunities to win this game. It boils down to who made the shots, who made the plays. Union did and we didn't."
CLARION â€“ Area wrestlers competed in the opening day of the District 9 Individual Wrestling Championships Friday at Clarion University.
For Ridgway, Corey Bush is in the semifinals at 119 pounds along with teammate Slade Horner at 135, Kyle Caggiano at 140, Jake Himes at 152, D.J. Skraba at 160, Seth Stahl at 171 and Jesse Sheasley at 285-- for Johnsonburg, Jesse Wolfe at 125 and Max Zimmerman at 135 are in the semifinals.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusaders won the Allegheny Mountain League boys basketball championship with a 65-55 victory over Ridgway Saturday night in the "Dutch Oven" at St. Marys Area High School.
It is Elk County Catholic's second consecutive league championship and capped a week in which the Crusaders defeated Brookville, Bradford, DuBois Central Catholic and Ridgway.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Max Zimmerman would never again have the same opportunity that he was presented with Thursday night; Senior Recognition Night, the last dual match of the season and the opportunity to come away with his 100th high school victory on his home mat.
The star senior grappler from Paper City didn't disappoint, grappling his way to a victory by fall over Clarion's Rick Elliot at the 1:23 mark of the second period.
HERSHEY â€“ Ridgway wrestling may not have come away with any dual victories Friday.
The Elkers still leave with the satisfaction of being among the last 10 teams left in the state tournament this year.
Ridgway finished 0-2 in the second day of the PIAA Team Wrestling Championship, falling in the consolation round 41-18 to Pen Argyl.
Ridgway opened up action in the state quarterfinal with a 39-27 loss to Towanda Friday afternoon.
HERSHEY â€“ It wasnâ€™t about how Ridgway wrestling started Thursday, it was how the Elkers finished.
After a slow start, Ridgway closed with nine straight wins in a 54-21 dual victory over Lower Moreland in the second round of the PIAA Team Wrestling Championship.
Ridgway now faces Towanda in the state quarterfinals at noon Friday. Towanda won over Ridgway 40-23 at the Towanda Duals on Jan. 8.
Of the nine wins to close out the dual, five of them were pin. Ridgway had six pins overall along with two technical falls and two major decisions.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ With a pinfall victory just 47 seconds into his match, Johnsonburg senior Max Zimmerman strutted off the mat Thursday night with 99 career wins to his credit. While the Rams lost 58-11 to visiting Kane, Johnsonburg head wrestling coach Tom Launer had nothing but praise for his senior standout.