High School Sports

Today in high school sports: Dec. 9, 2017

Everything you missed in high school sports — and isn’t listed elsewhere in the CDT — from Saturday:

Girls’ basketball

Penns Valley off to hot start

SPRING MILLS In 25 years of coaching, Penns Valley coach Karen McCaffrey said her team’s never quite had a start like this one.

The Lady Rams slipped past Juniata Valley 51-50 Saturday night to notch an important girls’ basketball win in the season opener. Juniata Valley is coming off a season in which it finished as the Ckass A runner-up at states — and returned all of its starters.

“This really jump-starts our team this year,” McCaffrey said. “I’m just so happy because we’ve been telling them to believe, and I’m not sure they always do. So I think that gives them a lot of confidence, knowing we can play with everybody.”

With less than 10 seconds left in regulation, trailing 50-49, Penns Valley’s Isabella Culver was fouled in a one-and-one situation. She nailed both free throws to give her team the lead — and Juniata Valley then missed the buzzer-beater in the paint. Culver and Emma Butler finished with 12 points apiece, while Hannah Montminy had 13 and Jordan Andrus had 10.

“I couldn’t be prouder of them,” McCaffrey said.

State College wins tourney title

SIDMAN The Lady Little Lions picked up the title for the Forest Hills Tip Off Tournament after defeating Bishop Guilfoyle 53-48 in overtime.

Isabelle Leazier — the tournament MVP — paced State College with a game-high 19 points. Elizabeth Czekaj, who made the all-tournament team, added 13 points in the winning effort.

State College (2-0) will next take on Central Dauphin East at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

SJCA cruises

BOALSBURG Behind 20 points from Denaya Poston-Cooper, St. Joseph’s cruised past St. John Neumann for a 57-38 victory.

SJCA started the game off on a 24-8 run and never let up. Brynn Hershbine added 11 points, and Selena Mann had nine.

Boys’ basketball

SJCA routs Grace Prep

BOALSBURG RJ Marsh led the charges for St. Joseph’s on Friday, as he finished with a game-high 12 points in his team’s 66-19 win over Grace Prep.

Ten players scored for the Wolves in the winning effort. Zac Sechler paced Grace Prep with 12 points.

Wrestling

P-O wins tournament

PHILIPSBURG The Mounties’ wrestling team came away with the title in their own JJ Powell Mountain Tournament on Saturday by beating out seven other teams in the field.

Among the Philipsburg-Osceola wrestlers to win their respective individual titles were Hunter Weitosh (132), Matt Johnson (152), Ian Klinger (170) and Josh Hubler (220). Runners-up included Chase Chapman (126), Matt Shimmel (160) and Brandon Anderson (195).

P-O, which finished first in the team standings with 210 points, was followed by runner-up Neshaminy with 191 points and General McLane with 186 points.

SJCA finishes 3rd at Classic

ST. MARYS St. Joseph’s 120-pound wrestler Zach Witmer was named the St. Mary’s Kickoff Classic’s Outstanding Wrestler after winning his respective weight class, as his team finished in third place in the seven-team field.

Other SJCA champions included Ammon Ohl (106), Malachi DuVall (126), Jacob Powers (132) and Caleb Dowling (138). Runners-up included Ethan Kauffman (113) and Keegan Rothrock (152).

Chestnut Ridge won the tournament title, while host St. Mary’s finished second.

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