Today in high school sports: Dec. 16, 2017

Checking out Saturday’s action in Centre County high school sports:


St. Joseph’s wins Panther tourney team title

With a pair of tournament titles and seven medalists, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy captured the team championship at the Panther Holiday Tournament at Mount Aloysius College on Saturday.

Amonn Ohl and Zach Witmer captured the top spots at 106 and 120 pounds, respectively. Ohl pinned his first four opponents before wrapping up the title with a 6-0 decision against Joseph Fischer of South Park. Witmer completed his run with a 3-1 decision against Mount Union’s Josh Boozel. Both had 5-0 records.

Three more Wolves had lost in championship matches for runner-up results: Malachi Duvall dropped a 7-2 decision to Garret Cornell of Everett at 126, Jacob Powers lost a 4-2 decision to Devin Pietkiewicz of Shamokin at 132, and Caleb Dowling was pinned in 5:19 by Tommy Traver of Tunkhannock at 138. Keegan Rothrock battled back for third at 152, scoring a major decision over Seth Link of Cambria Heights in the third-place match. Ethan Kauffman added a fifth-place finish at 113, and the Wolves had 192.5 team points, well ahead of Tunkhannock’s 150 in second place.

Penns Valley finished 14th with 87 points in the 44-team field, as Baylor Shunk took fourth at 113, Abraham Allebach was fifth at 160, Dylan Covalt was seventh at 220, Clayton Royer was seventh at 132 and Clayton Upcraft was eighth at 152 for the Rams.

Bald Eagle Area’s Seth Koleno takes King of the Mountain title

Seth Koleno notched his 100th career win and captured the title at 138 pounds to highlight Bald Eagle Area’s day at the King of the Mountain tournament.

The Eagles finished ninth with 102 points in the 32-team event at Central Mountain. Chestnut Ridge won with 168.5. Bellefonte was 28th.

Koleno notched a 5-0 decision in the final over Cody Harrison of Philipsburg, N.J. In the semifinals, Koleno earned a 15-6 major decision over Joe Klock of Muncy to hit the century mark in victories.

Three other Eagles placed at the tournament, including fourth-place results for Garrett Rigg and Gage McClenahan. Rigg dropped a 5-3 decision to Paul Feite of Northern York in the third-place bout, and McClenahan was decisioned 4-2 by Dan Mancini of Owen J. Roberts. At 113 pounds, Garrett Giedroc was edged 5-3 by Braden Ricchini of Council Rock South in his final bout to finish sixth.

Track & field

State College wins Dickinson titles

State College captured the team titles on both the girls’ and boys’ sides at the Dickinson Invitational on Saturday. The Little Lion boys dominated with five wins and 109 points, well ahead of Urbana’s 47. The Lady Little Lions won with 65 points, 13 ahead of Urbana.

Cohen Russell was a double winner on the boys’ side, racing to first in the 55-meter dash in 6.56 seconds and the 200 in 23.69. The team of Joe Messner, Erik Botheius, Calvin Kroczynski, Mitchell Etter finished in 8:45.31 in the 3,200 relay. Etter also won the 3,200 in 9:40.50, and the team of Chase Longenecker, Stan Hamilton, Sam Knipe and Messner won the 1,600 relay in 3:45.55.

The girls got wins from Taylor Givens at 7.32 in the 55-meter dash and 17-5 1/2 inches in the long jump, and Esther Seeland in 1:00.31 in the 400.

Boys’ basketball

Clearfield Alliance tops CCCA

Chad Weaver and Octavio Mallare scored in double figures but Centre County Christian Academy fell 43-32 to Clearfield Alliance on Friday.

Weaver netted 13 and Mallare 10 for the Bulldogs.

Bryce Shaw was a force for Clearfield Alliance with 32 points.