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JOHNSONBURG â€“ The monkey is finally off Mike Zilkofski's back.
Now in his eighth season as head coach of the Johnsonburg girls varsity basketball team, Zilkofski was on the winning side against Elk County Catholic for the first time in his career after Wednesday night's 47-44 victory in Johnsonburg.
The Johnsonburg Rams spoiled the season opener for the Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team with a 47-37 victory Tuesday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Rams were able to take advantage of two runs in the first quarter which moved them out to a 14-6 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
After the Crusaders had taken the early 4-0 lead, the Rams came back on a 8-0 run to make the score 8-4. They outscored Elk 6-2 the rest of the quarter making the score 14-6.
"Johnsonburg has a good team and they are well-coached," said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub.
Ridgway girls basketball lost 48-2 to DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The Lady Elkers struggled offensively and got their only two points of the game in the fourth quarter with 4:27 remaining as Sierra Kos drained two free throws.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Needing bonus points all throughout the night along with a little help after forfeiting three upper weights, the Johnsonburg Rams managed to start their dual meet season off on the right foot in a 37-36 win over Cameron County.
The match was decided on a tiebreaker which went all the way down to "Criteria H," which grants the victory to the team that has the "greater number of first points in each match." Cumulatively, the Rams scored four first-point takedowns for eight points while the Red Raiders notched three first-point takedowns for six points.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Bradford girls basketball was able to outscore Johnsonburg 12-3 in the fourth quarter to take a 62-53 win Monday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Johnsonburg was able to play even with the defending District 9 Class AAA champions who were 24-1 last season and undefeated in the regular season. The two teams were tied at 50 after three quarters.
DuBOIS â€“ It turned out to be a perfect weekend for Johnsonburg boys basketball at the Cardinal Classic.
Johnsonburg would win both of their games at the Classic, culminating the weekend with a 70-33 victory over host DuBois Central Catholic Saturday night at DuBois Central Catholic High School.
Johnsonburg won 60-45 over North Catholic Friday night in the season opener at DCC.
DuBOIS â€“ At the season's onset, Ridgway senior point guard Jesse Reynolds had the added responsibility placed upon him of leading the scoring load.
After Saturday's game against North Catholic, he showed he can handle that and then some.
Reynolds led the Elkers with 35 points and nearly carried Ridgway to overtime singlehandedly before a late field goal gave North Catholic a 60-58 overtime win over Ridgway Saturday night at the Cardinal Classic hosted by DuBois Central Catholic High School.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg girls basketball won 46-41 over St. Marys Friday night at Johnsonburg Area High School in the season opener for both teams.
"It was an ugly win for as many turnovers as we had," Johnsonburg coach Mike Zilkofski said. "They were just out of sync. I practiced breaking the press all week and it was just out of sync. We threw the ball around."
The Elkers are hoping one year won't make too much of a difference.
Last season, the Ridgway boys' varsity basketball team played their way to an amazing 29-2 season, a journey highlighted by several pivotal moments: a 45-38 win Dec. 30, 2011 over Johnsonburg to win the county's holiday basketball tournament; a 49-46 win Feb. 18 over the Rams to win the Allegheny Mountain League [AML] crown; and a 40-37 win March 3 against the Rams in Clarion to earn the District 9 Class title.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys basketball brings back virtually its entire team from last season and looks to be one of the D-9 preseason favorites after a 23-6 record in 2011-2012.
The Rams come off a year which they were the D-9 runner-up and advanced to the second round of the PIAA Class A Playoffs, falling 50-45 in double overtime to West Middlesex at Clarion University.