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ST. MARYS â€“ Game MVP Maxx Rynd of Venango Catholic scored 26 points to go with five rebounds and three steals to lead White to a 100-66 win over Blue in the 12th annual Alice R. Kozel Foundation District 9 Boys All-Star Basketball Game played Saturday night at Elk County Catholic High School.
Rynd became the first All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com District 9 Player of the Year to also earn Kozel Game MVP honors with his performance.
ST. MARYS â€“ Game MVP Jenna Matzinger of Coudersport scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Blue Team to a 92-76 win in the 12th annual Alice R. Kozel Foundation District 9 Girls All-Star Basketball Game played Saturday night at Elk County Catholic High School.
Blue used a 15-5 run at the end of the first half to build a 47-36 halftime lead and then built the lead to as many as 23, 86-63, late in the second half before White made a late run getting within 10, 86-76, with 42 seconds to play.
Force native Jim Brunelli has been involved with basketball since his childhood days on the playground. Throughout his high school and college years, he never lost his connection with the sport, and now helps others develop their own skills and love of the game as head womenâ€™s basketball coach at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C.
â€śI love basketball. I love college athletics. There is nothing more pure than college sports,â€ť Jim said.
The 38th annual Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic will be played Saturday, Aug. 6 at Parkway Field in Bradford.
Ricky Pearsall, a 5-11, 165-pound running back and safety for the Crusaders of coach Travis Skrzypek, has been named to the Pennsylvania squad.
Pearsall was selected to the Olean Times Herald Big 30 All Star team in both 2009 and 2010, and is a two-time Allegheny Mountain League All Star.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg track and field team opened the season against Oswayo Valley Tuesday at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Johnsonburg won in the girlsâ€™ events by a team score of 80-66. Oswayo Valley won 87-46 in the boysâ€™ events.
In the girlsâ€™ events, Chelsea Benson of Johnsonburg won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.5. Teammate Carissa Imdorf was second with a 19.57 and Tracey Ecklund was third at 20.59.
In the javelin, Kiesha Dornish of Johnsonburg won with a mark of 116-11 1/4. Cody Anderson was second with a 93-0.
LOCK HAVEN â€“ Clarion junior shortstop Jerico Weitzel (Ridgway/Ridgway) is the PSAC West baseball Player of the Week after helping the Golden Eagles split a pair of games against Mercyhurst Saturday.
Weitzel, who is hitting .293 on the season, hit .625 (5-for-8) with three runs scored and four RBIs in the doubleheader while also stealing a pair of bases in as many tries.
Playing a key role in Clarionâ€™s 11-8 eight-inning, second-game win, Weitzel was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs. He had a key RBI single and scored a run in a four-run eighth inning that gave Clarion the win.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusaders opened the 2011 tennis season on Tuesday afternoon with an 8 to 1 victory over the Johnsonburg Area High Rams in a match played at Benzinger and Memorial Parks.
"This was a good start to the season," said ECCHS Head Coach Nick Caggiano. "We definitely wanted to come on strong and I believe we accomplished that. In singles, Ben and Jarid played strong tennis and imposed their game well. They were patient when they had to be and aggressive when they had to be."
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic track and field teams opened their season Tuesday by hosting the Punxsutawney squads.
The Punxsy team swept the Elk Catholic squads. The Chucks beat the Crusaders 82-68 while the Lady Chucks edged the Lady Crusaders 76.5 to 73.5.
â€śWe had a good opening meet today,â€ť said ECCHS coach John Schneider.
Ridgway baseball enters the new season with a senior-laden team ready to compete in District 9.
Ridgway started last season with an 8-3 record but faded in the second month of the season, finishing 4-5 in the final nine games. Ridgway lost in the first round of the playoffs to eventual District 9 champion Elk County Catholic.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ For Johnsonburg head baseball coach Jeff Peterson, inconsistency was the difference between his squad being a good team rather than a great team.
â€śInconsistency was our problem last year with the older kids,â€ť coach Peterson said. â€śMy older group was the group that I needed to rely on and I didnâ€™t get a whole lot out of them except for maybe the pitching department a little bit.
â€śOther than that, I was pretty satisfied coming away at .500 last year because I really wasnâ€™t expecting to do that well.â€ť