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March 12th, 2013
CLARION â€“Â Lincoln Park Charter spoiled the Ridgway Elkers' state playoff run for the second year in a row Tuesday with a 51-34 victory to advance to the Class A quarterfinals.
Ridgway last season advanced to the semifinal round before losing 65-46 March 20, 2012 to the Leopards.
"Our team played hard but after giving it everything they had and losing, they're hurting right now," Ridgway boys varsity basketball coach Anthony Allegretto said following the loss. "The first half went really well for us and our defense was doing very well. They played their hearts out and left it on the floor."
ALTOONA â€“ Johnsonburg girls basketball lost 47-26 to Bishop Guilfoyle in the first round of the PIAA Class A girls basketball playoffs held Saturday at Altoona High School.
Coming into the game, the Ramettes knew they would have a challenge coming in against the Lady Marauders (25-2), the District 6 champion.
"To play that tough with a No. 1 seed, I told my girls 'I've never been so proud of you,'" Johnsonburg coach Mike Zilkofski said. "You hung in with them all game. I told them I was proud of the season they had and what they accomplished and to not hang their heads low."
CLARION â€“ It didn't take long for Johnsonburg to assert its will over Eisenhower.
After an emphatic opening block from Cameron Grumley on the game's first sequence, the Rams sprinted to a 17-7 first-quarter lead en route to a 62-30 win over the Knights Friday night in the first round of the PIAA Class A boys' basketball playoffs held at Clarion University.
Grumley swatted an opening layup from Aaron Lundmark off the opening tip.
"I don't know if that took them out of the game right there but it was a message, sure," Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey said. "It was definitely a message."
CLARION â€“ The Ridgway Elkers overcame early foul trouble and a halftime deficit to drop Homer Center by a 63-39 score Friday night at Tippin Gymnasium on the Clarion University campus in the first round of the Class A state playoffs.
The Elkers were led by Sam Roselli, a strong force inside with nine field goals for 18 points, and standout senior Jesse Reynolds, who turned in 12 points for Ridgway.
CLARION â€“ Another Johnsonburg second-half comeback equaled a district championship 30 years in the making.
Johnsonburg boys basketball won their first district championship since 1983 with a 37-29 victory over Ridgway in the Class A title game held at Clarion University.
"These kids worked hard all year, that (a district title) was one of their goals," Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey said. "At halftime they said 'We're not going to be denied.' They came out and did what they had to do to win. In the last couple games, we've been a second-half team."
SHARON â€“ Brett Himes of Ridgway finished fourth at 126 pounds at the Northwest Regional Wrestling Championships which finished up Saturday at Sharon High School.
"I'm not ashamed of anything he accomplished," Ridgway coach David Fordoski said. "He accomplished more than anybody could have ever dreamed. Even if you lose, he was in it and that's a memory that he'll never forget. Being so close to being able to make it to states, kids would give anything to be in his shoes. He did the best he could when he had his chance. I'm really proud of him."
SHARON â€“ Ridgway wrestling advanced one wrestler to the Northwest Regional semifinals after action Friday at Sharon High School.
Brett Himes for Ridgway advanced with a 3-1 decision over Mason McCollum of Reynolds in the quarterfinal round.
CLARION â€“ Three area wrestlers advanced to the Northwest Regional Championships after the second day of the District 9 Individual Championships at Clarion University Saturday.
Alex Zimmerman finished second at 132 pounds for Johnsonburg to advance. Brett Himes (126) and Zac McKnight (145) each finished third in their respective weight classes.
The Johnsonburg Ramettes gave up an early lead, but then used a strong second half to defeat the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders 39-32 in a District 9 Class A quarterfinal playoff game on Thursday evening at Elk County Catholic High School. The win guaranteed the Ramettes a spot in the PIAA Class A state playoffs and eliminated the Lady Crusaders.
The only question left by the time the fourth quarter rolled around Tuesday night was not who was going to win but whether Ridgway would hit 100 points.
The Elkers came close.
Ridgway scored over 20 points three of the four quarter en route to a 96-45 win over Oswayo Valley Friday night in the first round of the District 9 Class A boys basketball playoffs.
All 13 players scored at least two points for the Elkers with Jesse Reynolds leading the way with 21 points. Robbie Byrd tallied 17 points and Sam Roselli finished with 16 points. Tony Leithner had 11 points for the Elkers.