January 4, 2013
The Western Pennsylvania Football Conference has announced its team champions and scholar athletes for the 2012 season.
The team champions are Bellwood-Antis (Class A), Richland (Class AA), Somerset (Class AAA) and Altoona (Class AAAA).
Jake Diviney, Altoona; Lucas Campbell, Bedford; Seth Worthing, Bellwood-Antis; Luke Bonus, Berlin Brothersvalley; Donnie Contorchick, Cambria Heights; Zach Mazzarella, Central Cambria; Brad Winegardner, Chestnut Ridge; Jeffrey R. Fisher, Conemaugh Township; Ryan Wysocki, Forest Hills; Connor Maust, Ligonier Valley; Alex Caton, Meyersdale; Brantley Rice, North Star; Alex Bevak, Punxsutawney; Derek Civis, Richland; Matthew Seifert, Rockwood; Cody Kiser, Shade-Central City; Brandon Williams, Somerset; Miles Stahl, United; Brady Sheehan, Windber.
The scholar-athletes are mostly senior players with the highest grade point average. There are schools that are members of the conference but did not submit a scholar-athlete.
The conference started in 1922 with one class — Lock Haven was the winner and won the first four years. In 1935, the conference went to two classifications and in 1986 to the present four classifications.
For a list of all the champs since 1922 and more history of the league, contact Bill Creps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berlin drops CR
NEW PARIS — Max Howard and Tanner Walker both had scores of 264 to lead the Berlin rifle team to a 1,218-1,137 win over host Chestnut Ridge Thursday.
Other top scoring Mountaineers were Shayla Howard 249, Wyatt Fisher 224 (personal best) and Patrick Jandik 217.
Leading scorers for Chestnut Ridge were Brad Lehman 250, Zach Mickle 229, Weston Darrow 228, Devin Rager 216 and Dakota Kaufman 214.
Berlin won the junior varsity match 258-256. High shooters were Berlin's Sarah Olczak and Chestnut Ridge's Koty Davis with 89 each.
Berlin's varsity team is now 1-1 while the junior varsity is 2-0.
Meyersdale pins CT
Meyersdale handed Conemaugh Township a 51-24 loss in junior high wrestling Thursday.
Easton Broadwater and Tristan Deal had falls for the Red Raiders.
Meyersdale (2-1) takes on Hyndman next Thursday.
Johnstown downs Somerset
SOMERSET — Greater Johnstown defeated Somerset 41-30 in girls junior high basketball Thursday.
Leading the Lady Eagles was Madison Reeping with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Meghan VanLenten added eight points and seven rebounds. Savannah Gross had five points, three assists and two steals.
The Lady Trojans also won the junior varsity game, 29-21. Eloise Rascona led the way with six points. Mia Dirienzo and Katie Foltz added four points each.
SOMERSET — The girls basketball game between Shanksville and Somerset girls at Somerset on Monday will be a varsity game only.
The game will start at 7 p.m., according to athletic director Scott Close.
BEDFORD — The Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Individual Wrestling Tournament scheduled for Saturday at Bedford has been canceled, according to Central Cambria athletic director Ron Stempka.
Indoor soccer tournament
BOSWELL — The North Star Soccer Boosters are hosting their first "Rage in the Cage" indoor soccer tournament on Feb. 23 at North Star High School.
The tournament will be accepting 10 high school boys teams.
For more information, please contact Danette Rhodes at 814-629-5674.
North Star 36, Hyndman 28
HYNDMAN — North Star's junior high wrestling team registered a 36-28 victory over Hyndman on Thursday.
Casey Tretter (110 pounds), Gus Strasiser (138), Travis Shaffer (155) and Dillion Charlton (165) led the 3-5 Cougars with pins.
Somerset 63, Johnstown 27
JOHNSTOWN — The Somerset junior high wrestlers improved to 6-0 on the season, defeating Johnstown 63-27 on Thursday.
The Eagles cruised, claiming eight pins and a decision. Daniel Balog was impressive in dominating his opponent.
Somerset wins title
BEDFORD — The 2012 Bedford junior high wrestling tournament was held over the weekend.
The Somerset Golden Eagles dominated the 10-team event. Somerset won the team title with 319 points over Clearfield 246. Other Somerset County schools participating were Berlin 4th, Meyersdale 6th and Conemaugh Township 9th.
The Eagles had seven individual champions: Derek Talley 75 pounds, Quinn Cole 95, Morgan Bell 105, Jansen Hemminger 110, Austin Hemminger 122, Zach Laue 130 and Chase Marple 165. Zach Tinkey 100 and Jack Hause 185 both placed 2nd.
Berlin had a champion at 90 pounds with Kyle Boyce as well as two runners-up wrestlers: Austin Lee 105 and Nathan Zanoni 210. Zanoni was defeated 3-0 by Tobin Cahill of Conemaugh Township in the highlight finals match of the tournament.
Meyersdale had a champ in Christian Hutzell 122 and a runner-up in Kenneth Sigler 145.
Somerset 6, Johnstown 1
JOHNSTOWN — The Somerset Golden Eagles varsity hockey team handed the Johnstown Trojans their first loss of the season with a 6-1 lopsided victory in LMHL action Wednesday at the Cambria County War Memorial arena.
The last meeting between these two teams went to Johnstown 2-1 when they won the LMHL championship last March.
Somerset played a solid and consistent game throughout the contest keeping the quality scoring chances for Johnstown to a minimum. Somerset's captain, senior Chris Yaros, deflected a perfect cross-crease feed from Swedish blue liner Gustav Thunborg off an odd-man rush to open the nights scoring late in the first period.
Thunborg netted a tally of his own on the power play early in the second with a blistering slap shot from the blue line assisted by junior forward Jacob Pile and sophomore winger Jordan Beistel. Two minutes later sophomore defenseman Steve Yaros found the twine with a slap shot assisted by junior winger Ian Mapes. Before the close of the second period, Chris Yaros picked off the puck from an errant Johnstown pass in the offensive zone and made goaltender Beau Sherriff pay netting his second goal of the night unassisted.
Chris Yaros drew first blood in the third scoring his third goal of the contest with a tricky backhander while on the penalty kill. Johnstown forward Brandon Cheskiewicz scored the only Trojan tally, sneaking a well-positioned five hole shot past Somerset netminder Sam Sujansky off a breakaway feed as he left the penalty box. Steve Yaros notched his second goal of the night late in the third sending an even strength slap shot to the back of the net assisted by Pile and Thunborg.
Sujansky turned aside all but one of the 35 Johnstown shots he faced in goal. Somerset's offensive attack generated 41 shots on goal.
"This was a statement game for us," a pleased Matt Cavrak said. "We remembered what a good team they are and what it felt like leaving here ten months ago on the short end of that championship game. I think for the most part we were prepared and carried out the game plan and played with a purpose. We are proud of the effort and we will continue to build off of it."
Somerset's varsity squad returns to the ice Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. at Planet Ice in their third match of the season against rival Richland. The teams played to a 6-6 tie in their first meeting this season while Somerset won 5-3 in the last matchup.