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March 19th, 2014
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg junior varsity girls basketball team was honored with a banquet recently at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Junior varsity head coach Ellie Kocjancic spoke about the teamwork displayed by the players this season.
â€śWe had a small team but they all played very well together,â€ť Kocjancic said. â€śNobody ever gave up. We had a lot of injuries. Everybody stepped up when they needed to. I think we had a great season.â€ť
CLARION â€“ Turnovers and missed opportunities would hurt Ridgway boys basketball as the Elkers lost 58-43 to North Catholic in the second round of the boys PIAA Class A playoffs Tuesday night at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
Ridgway trailed 28-22 at halftime after an 11-2 deficit to open the game. Ridgway took their first and only lead of the game at 31-30 after Ben MacDonald finished up a 3-point play near the five-minute mark of the third quarter. Ridgway outscored North Catholic 9-2 in the opening three minutes after halftime.
HERSHEY â€“ The Kane Wolves wrestling team only sent two wrestlers to the PIAA Class AA Championship Tournament last week, but those two wrestlers put on a clinic on how to perform under pressure by going 9-1 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Evan DeLong won the state title one year after finishing as runner-up. DeLong rolled through the 170-pound weight class. On Thursday, the Wolvesâ€™ senior opened up his tournament with a technical fall over Chartiers-Houstonâ€™s Derek Hull. DeLong ended the match in 3:32 with a takedown and two back points to get him the 17-2 win.
CLARION â€“ When the dust settled Friday night, the Ridgway Elkers (21-6) were the lone District 9 Class A team still alive in the state playoffs.
"I know ECC and Johnsonburg were ahead of us, especially at the beginning of the season, but this team really grew and we have some leadership that really grew throughout the season, and it carried us through," Ridgway head coach Anthony Allegretto said following the win. "We want to keep this going."
PITTSBURGH â€“ An emphatic statement was made in the second quarter by Lincoln Park Friday night.
There would be no celebration at the Leopardsâ€™ expense this year.
Lincoln Park outscored Johnsonburg 35-13 in the second quarter en route to a 96-46 win over the Rams Friday night at North Hills High School in the first round of the PIAA Class A boys basketball playoffs.
Current Johnsonburg track and field athlete Gabbi Benninger has signed a letter of intent to compete at Duquesne University.
Benninger is a senior at Ridgway Area High School and competes for Johnsonburg under the co-op agreement between the two schools.
CLARION â€”Â The Ridgway Elkers captured the District 9 Class A boys basketball championship Saturday night by defeating the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 48-41 score in the title game played at Clarion Universityâ€™s Tippin Gymnasium.
The Elkers had built a seven-point lead at the end of three quarters. In the final eight minutes of play, Ridgway used the foul line to their advantage as they converted 10 of 15 foul shots to help secure the victory. The Elkers were 17 of 26 from the sin strip for the game while Elk Catholic was nine of 13.
CLARION â€“ Knowing the PIAA playoff scenarios ahead of time, Johnsonburg knew a victory Saturday meant a rematch with No. 1 ranked Lincoln Park.
The Rams wanted that challenge.
Johnsonburg defeated Clarion-Limestone 57-54 Saturday afternoon at Tippin Gym on Clarion University in the District 9 Boys Class A consolation game.
The Ridgway varsity girls basketball team was honored with a banquet Friday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Varsity head coach Stacy Kifer said the team is improving and knows it wonâ€™t be an overnight fix.
The Ridgway junior varsity girls basketball team was honored with a banquet Tuesday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Junior varsity head coach Dina Fullem expressed appreciation to assistant coaches Billie Jo Amacher and Charlie Jaques as well as varsity head coach Stacy Kifer and Joe Kemick for his help. Fullem was most appreciative of the fans' support.