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Looking back at recent Cager Classic results

| Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 10:15 p.m.
Plum's Nolan Cressler shoots a 3-pointer during the Cager Classic Skills Competition at Highlands High School in March 2012.
Plum's Nolan Cressler shoots a 3-pointer during the Cager Classic Skills Competition at Highlands High School in March 2012.
Riverview's Corey Bickert prepares to score the first two points for East during the Cager Classic at Highlands High School on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Bickert was unable to play the rest of the game due to injury.
Erica Hilliard  |  Valley News Dispatch
Riverview's Corey Bickert prepares to score the first two points for East during the Cager Classic at Highlands High School on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Bickert was unable to play the rest of the game due to injury. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch
The East team's Sterling Henry, of Kittanning, lines up a 3-pointer during the Cager Classic skills competitionc at Highlands High School on Friday March 22, 2013.
Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch
The East team's Sterling Henry, of Kittanning, lines up a 3-pointer during the Cager Classic skills competitionc at Highlands High School on Friday March 22, 2013.
Cager Classic East's Maddie Antone looks to score 3-pointers during the skills competition during the annual Cager Classic at Highlands High School on Friday March 22, 2013.
Cager Classic East's Maddie Antone looks to score 3-pointers during the skills competition during the annual Cager Classic at Highlands High School on Friday March 22, 2013.
Freeport's Brendan Lynch of the West team drives against Burrell's Pete Spagnolo during the Cager Classic on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Highlands.
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Freeport's Brendan Lynch of the West team drives against Burrell's Pete Spagnolo during the Cager Classic on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Highlands.
Apollo Ridge's Tre Tipton shoots a jump shot over Hampton's Jack Morrison during the Cager Classic on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Highlands.
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Apollo Ridge's Tre Tipton shoots a jump shot over Hampton's Jack Morrison during the Cager Classic on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Highlands.
Burrell's Sydney Bordonaro (left) drives against Hampton's Maddy Neligan during the Cager Classic on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Highlands.
Steven Dietz | Trib Total Media
Burrell's Sydney Bordonaro (left) drives against Hampton's Maddy Neligan during the Cager Classic on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Highlands.

The Cager Classic is celebrating its 20th year. Here is a breakdown of the last nine years of the event:

2007

Results: Boys — East 111, West 91; Girls — East 77, West 67.

MVPs: Boys — Nick Matviko, Leechburg (East)/Ahmed Abu-Elmagd, Fox Chapel (West); Girls — Jill Emberg, Kittanning (East)/Lizz King, Knoch (West).

Coaches: Boys — Greg Fox, Apollo-Ridge (East)/Mike Beale, Freeport (West); Girls — Erin Arnold, Leechburg (East)/Curt Vasas, Knoch (West).

Highlights: Recently crowned WPIAL champions Nick Matviko (23 points) and Steve Predebon (20), of Leechburg, combined for 43 points to lead the East, which attempted 114 shots. ... Forward Jill Emberg, Kittanning's all-time leading scorer, posted 26 points — 21 in the first half — and 15 rebounds to grab East MVP honors. Her frontcourt mate Tasha Reid, a Youngstown State volleyball recruit from Kiski Area, chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Boys boxscore

East 51 60 — 111

West 39 52 — 91

East

Ethan Altmire 1 0 0-0 2, Jarrad Barbarino 4 3 0-0 17, Matt Bickert 2 0 1-2 5, Jared Bowser 3 0 2-2 8, Ryan Hand 1 0 1-2 3, Steve Holeczy 1 0 0-0 2, Brad Lookabaugh 2 1 1-1 8, Nick Matviko 9 1 2-2 23, Ryan Orr 4 0 0-0 8, Steve Predebon 7 2 0-0 20, Steve Yarussi 0 3 0-0 9, Zack Ziemanski 3 0 0-0 6.

Totals 37 10 7-9 111.

West

Ahmed Abu-Elmagd 8 0 1-4 17, Ray Arch 1 0 2-2 4, Cory Ballard 0 0 1-2 1, Jon Bastian 1 0 0-0 2, Asa Braxton 2 1 4-6 11, Joe Cangilla 0 0 0-0 0, Chris Cassidy 1 0 0-0 2, John Hastings 5 2 2-3 18, Dane Porter 3 1 0-0 9, Brady Sherrieb 2 3 0-0 13, Nate Vertosick 0 1 0-0 3, Brian Zimmerman 3 1 2-2 11.

Totals 26 9 12-19 91.

Girls boxscore

East 41 36 — 77

West 33 34 — 67

East

Kelcy Altmire 1 0 0-0 2, Rebecca Lendyak 1 0 1-3 4, Katie Sheerer 3 1 3-4 12, Alyssa Young 3 0 0-0 6, Kara Marshall 2 0 2-2 6, Tasha Reid 6 0 3-4 15, Ashley Klingensmith 0 1 0-0 3, Amanda Kumar 1 0 0-1 2, Jill Emberg 7 0 12-3 26.

Totals 24 2 23-34 77.

West

Lindsay Carter 0 0 1-2 1, Abby Marshall 0 2 0-2 6, Erin Rapsinski 2 0 0-2 4, Gina Palermo 0 0 4-6 4, Tricia Adamczyk 2 4 0-0 16, Haley Geyer 3 0 2-2 8, Lizz King 5 2 0-0 16, Stephanie Clowes 1 1 0-0 5, Shimesha Colwell 1 0 1-2 3, Erin Szurszewski 2 0 0-0 4.

Totals 16 10 6-14 67.

2008

Results: Boys — East 95, West 88; Girls — West 72, East 59.

MVPs: Boys — Chris Betza, Burrell (East)/Steve Cress, Mars (West); Girls — Tara Powers, Ford City (East)/Jodie Luther, Hampton )West).

Coaches: Boys — Ben O'Conner, Fox Chapel (East)/Rich Falter, Highlands (West); Girls — Chris Kallock, Kiski Area (East)/Mary Bukovac, Hampton (West).

Highlights: Jodie Luther of Hampton scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to power the West girls to victory and earn MVP honors. ... Steve Meidus and Chris Betza scored 16 apiece as the East boys won for the third straight time. West MVP Steve Cress, of Mars, scored 20.

Boys boxscore

East 43 52 — 95

West 37 51 — 88

East

Steve Meidus 6 2 0-0 16, Shawn Vogel 0 2 2-2 8, Joe DeFrancis 3 0 0-1 6, Mike Hartford 0 0 0-0 0, Aaron Shriver 2 0 0-0 4, Andrew Snyder 0 2 2-3 8, Ben Kander 3 1 0-1 9, Anthony Della Salla 8 0 0-2 16, Chris Betza 6 1 1-3 16, Jake Sharick 1 2 0-1 8, Jake McAfoose 2 0 0-3 4, Damon Andring 0 0 0-0 0,

Totals 31 9 5-16 95

West

Matt Thimons 2 1 0-1 7, Kyle Reiser 0 0 1-2 1, Alan Rivera 0 0 0-0 0, Seth Johnson 3 0 0-0 6, Zach Palumbo 0 0 0-0 0, Dave Petruska 0 0 0-0 0, Pat Dill 3 0 2-2 8, Larry Alexander 1 3 5-8 16, Rob Briggs 5 0 3-4 13, Reece Maybery 3 1 0-0 9, Steve Cress 7 1 3-4 20, Mike Barkowski 2 1 1-4 8.

Totals 26 7 15-28 88.

Girls boxscore

West 42 30 — 72

East 23 36 — 59

West

Cassandra Walker 3 0 0-2 6, Kasara Nee 1 0 0-1 2, Jordan Dunn 1 1 0-0 5, Ellen Kenitz 6 0 0-0 12, Kristen Gagen 0 0 1-2 1, Samantha Campbell 1 0 3-7 5, C.J. Graham 4 0 0-0 8, Liz Angelhoff 2 0 0-0 4, Jocelyn Hatfield 1 0 0-0 2, Jodie Luther 9 0 2-7 20, Natalie Garda 1 0 1-2 3, Kim Knapek 2 0 0-2 4.

Totals 31 1 7-23 72.

East

Veronica Badway 2 1 0-0 7, Kaila Benson 0 1 0-2 3, Lauren Butler 1 0 0-0 2, Liz Lambert 0 0 0-0 0, Nikka Spina 1 0 1-4 3, Tara Powers 7 0 4-5 18, Kimi McCurdy 0 0 0-0 2, Nikki Becker 2 0 2-5 6, Emily Anderson 4 0 5-7 13, Hillary Jackson 2 0 0-0 4, Kelsey Antoniono 0 0 0-0 0, Jordan Guthrie 0 1 0-2 3.

Totals 19 3 12-27 59.

2009

Results: Boys — East 117, West 94; Girls — East 73, West 62.

MVPs: Boys — Troy Hill, Valley (East)/Harrison Smith, Fox Chapel (West); Girls — Katie Griffin, Plum (East)/Kehle Pellis, Mars (West).

Coaches: Boys — Bill Henry, Kittanning (East)/Chris Andreassi, Knoch (West); Girls — Paul Sylba, Riverview (East)/Dana Petruska, Deer Lakes (West).

Highlights: Valley's Troy Hill scored 19 points and snagged a Cager record 20 rebounds to take home MVP honors. He led six double-figure scorers as the East broke a Cager scoring record. ... Future San Francisco Giants draft pick Gus Benusa, of Riverview, also played for the East. ... Future Penn State guard-forward Marisa Wolfe, of Ford City, also played this year. She would later play in the NCAA Tournament.

Boys boxscore

East 55 62 — 117

West 40 54 — 94

East

Troy Hill 8 1 0-0 19, Derek Bandurak 1 0 0-0 2, Eric Steininger 1 0 0-0 2, Jeff Jackson 8 0 1-1 17, Gus Benusa 3 0 0-0 6, Andrew Cressler 7 1 2-2 19, Matt Shanty 2 0 0-0 4, Ryan Young 2 2 0-0 10, Brady Pacific 5 2 2-2 18, Brandon Schaber 3 0 0-0 6, Ryan Risch 2 0 0-0 4, Tyreese Collins 6 0 0-0 12.

Totals 48 6 5-5 117.

West

Eddie Sheerer 0 0 0-0 0, George Will 0 0 0-0 0, Alex Vargo 5 0 3-3 13, Michael Gallagher 1 1 0-0 5, Damon Porter 2 1 0-0 7, Hunter Waits 0 2 0-0 6, Harrison Smith 1 5 0-0 17, Jeff Sinclair 2 2 0-0 10, Greg Arch 3 0 1-2 7, Vinny Smith 6 0 0-0 12, Harrison Wood 1 3 1-3 12, Sean Carnahan 2 0 1-2 5.

Totals 23 14 6-10 94.

Girls boxscore

East 34 39 — 73

West 30 32 — 62

East

Kate Griffin 4 2 2-2 16, Kristie Monroe 2 1 0-0 7, Keri Barnes 2 0 2-4 6, Lindsay Niles 2 1 4-4 11, Caitlin Antonacci 1 0 0-2 2, Alicia Maust 1 1 0-0 5, Lynzee Panchik 3 0 3-3 9, Taylor Myers 0 0 2-4 2, Keri Neal 1 0 0-0 2, Marissa Wolfe 1 0 2-2 4, Ellen Reilly 1 0 4-7 6, Heather Hobbins 3 0 0-0 6.

Totals 21 4 19-28.

West

Clare Barkowski 3 1 0-0 9, Courtney Kordes 2 0 2-2 6, Raediah Lyles 2 0 2-2 6, Heidi Goeller 4 0 3-4 11, Holly Bourquin 2 1 0-0 7, Laurel Hansen 3 0 0-0 6, Courtney Chelecki 1 0 0-0 2, Breanne Goodman 0 0 0-2 0, Kehle Pelles 5 0 3-3 13, Jessica Klugh 1 0 0-0 2.

Totals 23 2 10-15 62.

2010

Results: Boys — West 102, East 96; Girls — West 86, East 45.

MVPs: Boys — Jerome Barnes, Shady Side Academy (East)/T.J. Brown, Hampton (West); Girls — Jenny Papich, Fox Chapel (West)/Chelsey Cosentino, Kiski Area (East).

Coaches: Boys — Todd Rosio, Cheswick Christian Academy (East)/Garrie Davies, Freeport (West); Girls — Brian Sharick, Burrell (East)/Bill Burkart, Freeport (West).

Highlights: The girls' halftime show featured a Michael-Jackson tribute dance performance by West guard Alex Isenberg, of Freeport, and the West boys went on to win a thriller. The West built a 14-point lead, but the East rallied to make it close thanks to a 66-point second half. The West hit 14 3-pointers to hold off the hard-charging East. Shady Side's Jerome Barnes had three slam dunks and scored 18 points to grab East MVP. ... In the girls game, Gannon recruit Jenny Papich (Fox Chapel) had a team-high 14 points for the West in the most lop-sided game in Cager history. The West rolled to a 41-point victory.

Boys boxscore

East 30 66 — 96

West 44 58 — 102

West

Seth Edwards 1 2 0-0 8, Alex Isenberg 3 2 1-2 13, Darius Frantz 4 0 0-0 8, Brett Goldstein 3 4 0-0 18, Luke Gruber 1 0 0-0 2, David Marsili 1 0 0-0 2, Ben Mawhinney 0 0 1-2 1, Brian Shemenski 1 0 0-0 2, Ian Hindley 3 2 0-0 12, Ryan Stanko 5 1 0-0 13, Jake McTighe 3 1 0-0 9, T.J. Brown 3 2 2-2 14.

Totals: 28 14 2-4 102.

East

Mike Poydence 3 1 0-0 9, Andrew Kanaan 2 0 1-2 5, Jack Donahue 2 0 0-0 4, Dylan Klingensmith 4 0 0-0 8, Jon Chepkevich 2 0 0-0 4, Brandon Nichols 3 0 2-2 8, Neal McKown 7 0 0-0 14, Tarique Godson 4 2 3-3 15, Jerome Barnes 4 3 0-0 18, Emeka Okolo 2 0 0-0 4, Shawn Corson 2 0 1-2 5, Joe Diani 2 1 0-0 7.

Totals 37 6 7-9 96.

Girls boxscore

West 42 44 — 86

East 20 25 — 45

West

Adrianna Ferraro 8 0 0-0 16, Jenny Papich 6 0 2-2 14, Elaine Hasek 4 1 0-0 11, Ashley Lynch 1 2 0-0 8, Sara D'Amico 2 1 1-1 8, Sidney Grabigel 2 1 0-0 7, Hannah Novotny 2 1 0-0 7, Sara Katich 0 2 0-0 6, Brittanie Cassoni 0 1 0-2 3, Hannah Olinger 1 0 0-0 2, Erica Carnahan 1 0 0-0 2, Stephanie King 1 0 0-0 2.

Totals 28 8 3-5 86.

East

Chelsy Cosentino 5 0 2-3 12, Hannah Shaffer 2 1 0-0 7, Britta Emberg 2 0 3-3 7, Morgan Sharick 1 0 3-4 5, Hayley Rusz 2 0 1-3 5, Shea Liput 2 0 0-0 4, Caty Kumar 1 0 0-0 2, Samantha Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Casey Bonk 0 0 1-2 1.

Totals 16 1 10-15 45.

2011

Results: Boys — East 113, West 107; Girls — West 87, East 65.

MVPs: Boys — Nathan Stolitza, Kittanning (East)/Brian Heinle, St. Joseph (West); Girls — Delaney Fisher, Shady Side Academy (East)/Lindsey McKamish, Fox Chapel (West).

Coaches: Boys — Harry Rideout, Kiski Area (East)/Shawn Bennis, Highlands (West); Girls — Janelle Kotyk, Kittanning (East)/Meghan Ziemianski, Highlands (West).

Highlights: The boys' game dazzled fans as both teams topped 100 points for the first time in event history and combined for a record 220 points. The East's Nathan Stolitza of Kittanning broke the individual scoring record with 34. Brian Heinle of St. Joseph (24), Christian Locher of Mars (23) and Zach Barker of Kiski Area (20) also scored more than 20 in the fast-paced game. The West cruised in the girls game as Fox Chapel guard Lindsey McKamish grabbed MVP honors with 11 points, eight steals and six assists.

Boys boxscore

East 53-60 — 113

West 54-53 — 107

West

Brendan Duquette 9 0 0-2 18, Brad Weischedel 0 2 0-0 6, Bill Arch 1 0 0-0 2, Alex Schneider 0 0 0-0 0, Seth Goheen 0 2 1-2 7, Zac Capan 3 0 2-2 8, Andre Boone 2 0 0-0 4, Christian Locher 7 2 3-4 23, Jake Campbell 0 1 0-0 3, Nathan Junk 2 1 0-2 7, Kevin Bair 1 1 0-0 5, Brian Heinle 7 2 4-4 24.

Totals: 32 11 10-16 107.

East

Caleb Orendi 1 0 0-0 2, Anthony DiCarolis 1 0 0-0 2, Zac Shybloski 1 0 0-0 2, Shane Wingard 2 1 0-0 7, Brandon Wilhelm 6 0 0-0 12, Geoff Fuquay 5 0 3-4 13, Ken Kruszka 2 0 0-0 4, Cooper Handelsman 3 0 0-0 6, Zach Barker 7 1 3-4 20, Kyler Martin 3 0 0-0 6, Garrett Sigler 2 1 0-0 7, Nathan Stolitza 8 3 9-11 34.

Totals: 41 6 13-19 113.

Girls boxscore

East 28-37— 65

West 41-46 —87

East

Celena Meighan 3 0 0-0 6, Ashlee Panchik 2 0 306 7, Maggi Russo 2 0 0-0 4, Sarah Ohm 4 0 1-4 9, Leah McKelvey 4 1 3-6 14, Mariah Hudzick 0 0 1-2 1, Beth Schrecengost 0 0 0-0 0, Anne Brady 0 0 0-0 0, Danielle Konopski 1 1 0-2 5, Lindsey Deemer 0 0 3-4 3, Delaney Fisher 7 0 2-3 16.

Totals: 23 2 13-26 65.

West

Anna Christy 0 1 2-2 5, Lindsey McKamish 3 1 2-5 11, Carly Clark 1 0 2-2 4, Maggie White 1 0 0-0 2, Nikki Blake 1 0 0-0 2, Shannon Dugan 3 1 3-7 12, Brandy Nickoloff 3 0 0-0 6, Abby Hetrick 2 0 3-7 7, Heather Cooper 2 0 0-0 4, Jessica Udanis 3 0 0-0 6, Alexa Lee 4 2 2-2 16, Megan Kohan 4 1 1-2 12.

Totals: 27 6 15-28 87.

2012

Results: Boys — West 118, East 97; Girls — West 66, East 54

MVPs: Boys — Micah Mason, Highlands (West)/Nolan Cressler, Plum (West); Girls — Shayna Panchik, St. Joseph (West)/Heather Davis, Ford City (East).

Coaches: Boys — Kelly Robinson, St. Joseph (West)/Matt Gourley, Apollo-Ridge (East); Girls — Desiree Syster, Apollo-Ridge (East)/Dan Slain, St. Joseph (West).

Highlights: One of the most anticipated individual matchups in event history did not disappoint as Highlands' Micah Mason and Plum's Nolan Cressler led their teams in another thriller. In a rare matchup of Division I recruits, Mason (Drake) went for 21 points and eight assists to grab West MVP, while Cressler (Cornell) broke the individual scoring record with 38 points and was named East MVP. Cressler shot 16 for 24. The West had seven players score in double figures, including Highlands' Tyler Kazmierczyk, who hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points, and Springdale's Joe Killian, who had 17 (4 3s) and grabbed 11 rebounds. The West's 118 points also broke a record for points by one team. The teams combined for a Cager record 31 3-pointers. Hampton's 6-foot forward Molly Luther scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the West to a 66-54 win in the girls game. St. Joseph's Shayna Panchik was named West MVP, while Ford City's Heather Davis grabbed the honor for the East.

Girls boxscore

West 39 27 — 66

East 19 35 — 54

West

Molly Luther 7 0 1-4 15, Shayna Panchik 3 1 2-2 11, Brooke Armahizer 3 0 0-0 6, Erin Gilmartin 2 1 2-4 9, Sara Witucki 0 0 1-2 1, Candace Scanga 3 0 1-4 7, Jessica McFadden 2 1 3-4 10, Randi Francis 0 0 1-2 1, Emilly Casello 2 0 0-0 4, Lauren Duffy 1 0 0-0 2.

Totals: 23 3 11-22 66.

East

Makenzie Zidek 5 0 0-0 10, Lexie Orlowski 1 1 0-0 5, Tatiana Sunseri 5 0 1-2 11, Heather Davis 3 1 0-0 9, Regan Donatelli 0 0 1-2 1, Erin Kennedy 2 0 1-2 5, Ryleesha Vining 0 2 1-2 7, Maria Prazenica 1 0 0-0 2, Mary Andrejko 2 0 0-0 4.

Totals: 19 4 4-8 54.

Boys boxscore

East 41-56 — 97

West 55-63 — 118

East

Jon Shanty 2 1 0-0 7, Tarique Ellis 5 0 2-2 12, D.J. Oberdorf 2 1 0-0 7, Alex Lamendola 1 2 0-2 8, Tom Weremeychik 1 1 0-0 5, Kyle Legters 0 2 0-0 6, Jake Milberger 2 0 0-0 4, Ty Lambert 0 0 0-0 0, Anthony Bozzarrelli 1 0 0-0 2.

Totals: 25 14 3-5 97.

West

Jordan Fragapane 1 0 0-0 2, Matt Roman 2 0 0-0 4, Joe Killian 2 4 1-4 17, Mike Connelly 3 1 1-2 10, Tavita Lio 3 2 0-0 12, Ryan Dunn 1 1 0-0 5, Micah Mason 5 3 2-2 21, David Klodowski 4 2 1-2 15, Tyler Kazmierczyk 3 4 0-0 18, Mark Pilarski 7 0 0-0 14.

Totals: 31 17 5-10 118.

2013

Results: Boys — East 95, West 83; Girls — East 70, West 61

MVPs: Boys — Sterling Henry, Kittanning (East)/Brendan Lynch, Freeport (West); Girls — Kristea Smith, Valley (East)/Sara Pilarski, Hampton (West)

Coaches: Boys — Mike Nagy, West Shamokin (East)/Jon McKay, Deer Lakes (West). Girls — Judd McCullough, West Shamokin (East); Tony Howard, Mars (West).

Highlights: Kittanning's Sterling Henry didn't settle for silver, winning a pair of skills contests before grabbing East MVP honors as his team won to regain the lead in the all-time series. Henry scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while the West's Brendan Lynch (Freeport) took home MVP honors for his team after scoring 22 points. The East hit 11 3-pointers, most of which helped repel West comebacks. Anthony Rocco, playing for West Shamokin, which made its debut in the Cager, added 14 points (4 3s) for the East, Nick Stone (Kiski Area) also scored 14 and David Lattanzio (Ford City) and Devin Whitman (Valley) had 10 apiece. Matt Getsy, a high-flying guard from Mars, chipped in 14 points for the West, while his 6-8 school and teammate Josh Goetz had nine points, including a dunk, and grabbed eight rebounds. In the girls game, which was one of the more intense and physical the Cager has seen, the East won 71-60, slowly pulling away late in the first half. Valley's Kristea Smith, who played on an undermanned team all season, was East MVP. Maddie Antone (Kiski Area) had 13 points, Smith and Alex Yaksich (Fox Chapel) had 12 apiece and Ashley Bruni (Riverview) added 11 in the win. Smith added seven steals and six rebounds. West 6-foot-1 MVP Sara Pilarski, who chose Cager game day to announce she was committing to Seton Hill, had 12 points and seven rebounds. Deer Lakes' Becca Babincak, a Point Park recruit, chipped in 11 points. The event was a sellout for the 17th straight season.

Boys boxscore

East 44 51 — 95

West 36 47 — 83

East

Dave Lattanzio 2 2 0-0 10; Vince Mead 2 0 1-2 5; Sterling Henry 7 2 0-0 20; Anthony Rocco 1 4 0-0 14; Adam Robison 1 0 0-0 2; Josh Reynolds 3 0 0-0 6; Nick Stone 5 1 1-1 14; Pete Spagnolo 1 0 2-2 4; Devin Whitman 2 2 0-2 10; Griffin Myers 3 0 0-0 6; Sam Gonsowski 1 0 0-0 2; Chris Swank 0 0 2-2 2. Totals: 28 11 6-9 95.

West

Matt Getsy 4 2 0-0 14; Tim Jaczesko 0 3 0-0 9; John Arcuri 4 0 3-4 11; Josh Goetz 4 0 1-2 9; J.J. Kowalkowski 0 0 0-0 0; Anthonee Jones 3 1 0-0 9; Charlie Guy 2 1 0-2 5; Nate Huwar 0 0 2-2 2; Brendan Lynch 8 2 0-0 22; Richard Ford 0 0 0-0 0; Marc Vaughan 1 0 0-0 2; Tyler Knupp 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 8 7-11 83.

Girls boxscore

East 37 34 — 71

West 20 40 — 60

East

Ange Borriello 1 0 0-0 2, Alexa Yaksich 6 0 0-0 12, Kristea Smith 6 0 0-0 12, Ashley Bruni 1 3 0-0 11, Bethany Mort 2 0 0-0 4, Jill Glover 1 2 1-2 8, Taylor Patterson 1 0 0-0 2, Maddie Antone 4 1 2-2 13, Rachel Ranii 0 1 0-0 3, Tara Stolarski 2 0 0-3 4. Totals: 25 6 2-5 71.

West

Teresa Dallatore 1 0 0-2 2, Nichole Kearns 0 2 0-0 6, Samantha Logan 2 0 2-6 6, Becca Babincak 3 0 5-6 11, Heather Schrecengost 2 0 0-0 4, Jessica Aulicino 4 0 2-3 10, Madeline Glamp 2 0 0-6 4, Nikki Misejka 1 0 3-4 5, Sara Pilarski 5 0 2-2 12. Totals: 20 2 14-29 60.

2014

Results: Boys — West 112, East 109; Girls — East 81, West 64

MVPs: Boys — Brian Papich, Fox Chapel (East)/Zane Clowser, West Shamokin (West); Girls — Krista Pietropola, Plum (East)/Mallory Heinle, St. Joseph (West).

Coaches: Boys — Zach Skrinjar, Fox Chapel (East)/Ron McNabb, Knoch (West); Girls — Meghan Ziemianski, Burrell (East); Meghan Meabon, Fox Chapel (West).

Highlights: Combining for a Cager-record 221 points, the boys teams put on a show with a back-and-forth second half, which saw the West score 75 points and rally for a 112-109 win. Fox Chapel's Brian Papich scored a game-high 27 points for the East to earn MVP honors, a day after winning the co-ed hot shot contest with Ford City's Aly Cujas. But Zane Clowser (West Shamokin) scored 24 on the way to West MVP honors and teammate Austin Miller (Knoch) added 18 points, including six 3-pointers in the win that evened the all-time series 9-9. East 6-6 forward Austin Dedert of Plum rose up for several thrilling dunks and finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds. McNabb's 80-year-old father, Ron Sr., officiated the game. He had been refereeing games for more than four decades. In the girls game, Burrell's trio of Jaila Manga, Kelsey Oddis and Jessica Cercone, fresh off their school's best season (28-2) combined for 29 points on 13-of-15 shooting, and Plum's Krista Pietropola scored a game-high 17 points in the East's 81-64 win. Oddis had 14 points (7 for 8) and Manga 11 (5 for 5), and the Cager committee honored Burrell's team at halftime. Oddis also won the girls 3-point contest. The Bucs made the WPIAL finals and PIAA semifinals. Pietropola, a Youngstown State recruit, added six rebounds and five assists. She also won the girls' hot shot contest. Mallory Heinle of St. Joseph was the West MVP with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Duke recruit Erin Mathias of Fox Chapel, the Gatorade PA Player of the Year who also received special recognition from the Cager crew, added 12 points and eight rebounds for the West.

Boys boxscore

West 112, East 109

East 50-59 — 109

West 37-75 — 112

East

Ben Ritchie 1 0 0-2 2, Joey Brungo 5 0 3-8 13, Alek Schaffer 3 1 0-2 9, Jesse Sequeira 2 0 0-2 4, Shawn Lamberton 0 1 0-0 3, Zach Lesnick 3 0 1-1 7, Austin Dedert 10 0 3-4 23, Matt D' Amico 5 0 3-4 13, Brian Papich 9 2 3-3 27, Dominic Schrecengost 2 1 1-1 8. Totals: 40 5 24-36 109.

West

Austin Miller 1 6 2-2 22, Jack Obringer 2 0 4-6 8, Chris Gamble 1 1 0-0 5, Zane Clowser 4 4 4-5 24, Owen Nearhoof 2 4 2-4 18, Ian Swartz 2 0 0-0 4, Hayden Seserko 2 1 2-2 9, Chris Kier 2 0 2-4 6, David Gallagher 0 3 1-2 10, Matt Matisko 1 1 0-0 5, Julian Flenory 0 0 0-0 0, JaJuan Malloy 1 0 0-2 2. Totals: 19 19 17-26 112.

Girls boxscore

East 81, West 64

East 41-40 — 81

West 25-39 — 64

East

Jaila Manga 4 1 0-0 11, Jessica Cercone 2 0 0-2 4, Kelsey Oddis 7 0 0-0 14, Emily Knepshield 1 0 0-0 2, Ashley Emminger 1 0 2-2 4, Aly Wiefenbaugh 2 0 0-0 4, Lashay Madison 4 0 5-7 13, Ally Cujas 3 0 0-0 6, Krista Pietropola 6 1 2-2 17, Anyssa Sanchez 2 0 0-0 4, Madison Long 1 0 0-0 2, Ariel Festa 0 0 0-2 0. Totals: 33 2 9-11 81.

West

Tristan Cribbs 3 1 0-0 9, Kelly Clowser 2 0 2-2 6, Michaela Bowser 0 0 0-0 0, Christina Grzybek 0 1 1-2 4, Erin Mathias 5 0 2-3 12, Savanna Steffen 1 0 0-0 2, Amanda Koprivnikar 1 0 0-0 2, Mallory Heinle 5 1 1-1 14, Amanda Reese 1 0 1-2 3, Jordan Busshaus 1 0 0-0 2, Paige Castora 2 0 1-2 5, Nikki Mielecki 1 0 2-2 5. Totals: 21 4 10-12 64.

2015

Results: Boys — East 110, West 109; Girls — East 79, West 72

MVPs: Boys — Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge (East)/Billy Urso, Fox Chapel (West); Girls — Sydney Bordonaro, Burell (East)/Ali Goetz, Mars (West).

Coaches: Boys — Greg Hutcherson, Ford City (East)/Joe Lafko, Hampton (West); Girls — Al Davis, Ford City (East)/Mary Bokovac, Hampton (West).

Highlights: Pepperdine recruit Sydney Bordonaro scored 18 of her game-high 25 points, and overcame a nasty, crowd-hushing fall as her head collided with the floor, to lead the East. The East, which trailed 34-24 at the half, erupted for 55 second-half points, one shy of the girls' Cager record. Tiffany Montgomery, the last Kittanning girl to play in the Cager, hit four 3-point baskets in the second half — including one in the waning moments. Mars' Ali Goetz scored 15 to lead the physical West team. In the boys game, the teams combined for a Cager record 33 3-pointers, including 19 from the West. Former AAU teammates Mike Simmons (23), MVP Tre Tipton (17) and Alex Smith (14) combined for 54 points and soon-to-be Armstrong coach Greg Hutcherson picked up the win for the East in the final Cager for players from Ford City and Kittanning players. Tipton, a Pitt football recruit who also grabbed 13 rebounds, gave his MVP trophy to a small fan after the game. Hampton's Jack Morrison scored a game-high 24 points for the West, including five 3-pointers in the first half. West guard Billy Urso of Fox Chapel scored 23 and became the sixth boy from his school to take Cager MVP honors.

Boys boxscore

East 110, West 109

East 49-51 — 110

West 53-56 — 109

East

Tre Tipton 6 1 2-2 17, Mike Simmons 6 3 2-2 23, Alex Smith 4 2 0-0 14, Noah Kunst 4 1 0-0 11, Mike McGuire 1 2 0-0 8, Joey Cox 2 3 0-0 13, Wil Fuhrer 2 0 0-0 4, Caleb Davis 0 1 0-0 3, Ryan McDermott 1 1 0-0 5, Zac Horner 6 0 1-2 13. Totals: 29 14 5-6 110.

West

Jack Kramer 1 0 0-0 2, Jack Morrison 3 6 0-0 24, Billy Urso 5 4 1-1 23, Jack Lundy 2 2 0-0 10, Codey Diagiacobbe 1 1 0-0 5, Matt Zanella 6 0 0-0 12, Scott Ventura 0 4 0-0 12, Kaison Branch 4 2 2-2 16, John Ferguson 1 0 0-0 2, Rob Friel 0 0 1-2 1. Totals: 28 19 4-5 109.

Girls boxscore

East 79, West 72

East 24 55 — 79

West 34 38 — 72

East

Leah Sero 1 2 0-0 8, Tiffany Montgomery 0 4 1-2 13, Alyssa Zezza 0 0 1-2 1, Claire Broman 1 1 0-0 5, Sydney Bordonaro 5 3 6-7 25, Kyjiah Peterson 1 0 2-4 4, Lizzie Cornish 3 0 3-7 9, Courtney Zezza 6 0 1-2 13. Totals: 17 10 15-25 79.

West

Sara Getsy 5 1 1-4 14, Natalie Donegan 2 0 1-2 5, Kristen Stanko 4 0 4-5 8, Vanessa Blazer 2 0 0-1 4, Julie Hetu 0 1 0-0 3, Ali Goetz 2 1 8-10 15, Maddy Nelligan 1 1 1-3 6, Erica Hunter 2 0-1 4, Shannon Bernardi 1 0 1-2 3, Macy Smolic 2 0 6-11 10. Totals: 19 4 22-39 72.

— Bill Beckner Jr.

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