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Elkers down ECC in front of overflow crowd

January 7, 2013

Ridgway boys basketball used a strong third quarter to overtake the Elk County Catholic Crusaders 48-41 Saturday night in front of an overflow crowd at Ridgway Area High School.
Although the Crusaders kept within striking distance of Ridgway throughout the game, ECC was unable to pull even with Ridgway after the first quarter.
"Ridgway has an excellent team," Elk County Catholic coach Aaron Straub said. "They're extremely well-coached. They're extremely talented. They are awfully difficult to beat. We look forward to the next opportunity to play them."

Elkers down AML South foe Brockway

January 5, 2013

Ridgway boys basketball used an early second-half run to take control of Friday night's AML South game against Brockway en route to a 65-42 victory over the Rovers at Ridgway Area High School.
Brockway was able to stick with the Elkers for much of the 1st half and was within four at 28-24 after a free throw from Dausen Crawford. Ridgway ran a set play after a timeout on the last possession of the first half and it paid off as senior Sam Roselli was able to score inside with six seconds left to give the Elkers a 30-24 lead at halftime.

Rams dominate Kane with punishing offensive onslaught

January 5, 2013

JOHNSONBURG – Talk about scoring points in bunches.
On a night where everything seemed to be going in, the Johnsonburg Rams (8-1) stretched their winning streak to four games with an 80-54 win Friday over the visiting Kane Wolves (3-6).
Kane's Kevin Cleer led all scorers with 20 points, thanks largely to a nine-point fourth quarter, but the night belonged to a quartet of Rams who crossed over into double figures.

Dutch wrestlers down Ridgway Elkers, 58-13

January 4, 2013

The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling team raised their dual-match record to 2-1 on the season with a 58-13 victory over the Ridgway Elkers Thursday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutchmen recorded two pins, six forfeits, a major decision and two decisions to account for their points last night.
"I thought we wrestled pretty good tonight," said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra."I thought we wrestled to our abilities. I thought Bill Gabor did a nice job at 160 against Sheesley." .
"We're going to move on. We wrestle DuBois on Tuesday in a big District 9 match," added Surra.

Rams use defense to defeat Bradford

January 3, 2013

JOHNSONBURG – The old cliche says "defense wins championships."
For Johnsonburg boys basketball, defense also won Wednesday's game against Bradford.
The Rams held Bradford to four points in the last quarter and a half en route to a 46-30 victory over the Owls Wednesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.

Johnsonburg wins boys county tournament title

December 31, 2012

ST. MARYS – Ridgway ended 2011 with a win in the Elk County Holiday Tournament over Johnsonburg.
Johnsonburg returned the favor to end 2012.
The Rams scored the final 13 points in the fourth quarter to take a 36-23 win over Ridgway in the championship game of the tournament Saturday night at St. Marys Area High School.
It's Johnsonburg's second tournament title in four years, the Rams also won the county title in 2009.
"It feels good for the kids I'm sure," Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey said. "I feel very proud that I was able to be a part of this."

Lady Crusaders win county tournament

December 31, 2012

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team successfully defended their Elk County Girls' Holiday Basketball Tournament crown by defeating the Johnsonburg Ramettes by a 44-27 score in the 2012 championship game played Saturday night at St. Marys Area High School.
The Lady Crusaders' defense was the key to the game as they limited the Ramettes to seven points in the second half of play.
"Holding Johnsonburg to seven points in the second half was definitely the key," said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner.

Ridgway advances to tourney title game

December 29, 2012

ST. MARYS – Ridgway boys basketball advanced to defend their Holiday Tournament title with a 64-48 victory over St. Marys in the nightcap of the first day of the Elk County Holiday Basketball Tournament Friday night at St. Marys Area High School.
A strong start in the first quarter ultimately proved to be the difference in the game as Ridgway burst out to a 25-8 lead at the end of the opening eight minutes.

Rams advance to tournament finals with 60-33 win over Crusaders

December 29, 2012

ST. MARYS – The Johnsonburg Rams advanced to the championship game of the Elk County Boys' Holiday Basketball Tournament with a 60-33 victory over the Elk County Catholic Crusaders Friday night at St. Marys Area.
The Rams will meet the Ridgway Elkers tonight at 8 p.m. for the county tournament crown. Elk Catholic will meet St. Marys Area this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the consolation game. Ridgway defeated St. Marys 64-48 in the other contest.

Ramettes make quick work of Ridgway

December 29, 2012

ST. MARYS – The Johnsonburg Ramettes coasted to an easy 59-13 victory over winless Ridgway in the first round of the Elk County Holiday Basketball Tournament.
With the win, Johnsonburg will play today in the title game against Elk County Catholic. The starting time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Ramettes own a 47-44 victory Dec. 12 over ECC, the first win over their county rival in Johnsonburg head girls varsity basketball coach Mike Zilkofski's eight-year career.

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