High school roundup: Richie scores 33 off Leechburg bench
Though he competed in the consolation game rather than the title showdown of the Apollo Trust Company Chrismas Tournament, Leechburg junior guard Ben Richie still stole the spotlight Friday night at Apollo-Ridge.
Richie came off the bench to make eight 3-pointers and score a career-high 33 points during the Blue Devils' 73-65 win over Harvest Baptist. Richie scored nine points in the first quarter for Leechburg (4-5), and he had 14 more in the third.
Randy Smail contributed 16 points, and Jacob Iellimo added 14 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Apollo-Ridge 70, Saltsburg 41 — Josh Reynolds and Lucas Burrell scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, to lead Apollo-Ridge (8-1), which cruised to the championship in the Apollo Trust Company Christmas Tournament. Ten different players scored for the Vikings.
Freeport 64, Ford City 44 — Brendan Lynch led Freeport (4-4) with 22 points, and Robbie Miller added 14 for the Yellowjackets, who earned a victory in their tournament. Tony DeVivo grabbed 12 rebounds and contributed eight points.
Jesse Sequeira scored a team-high 17 points for Ford City (2-7).
Vincentian 90, West Shamokin 70 — Anthony Rocco scored 24 points, and Damon Craig and Andy Stover added 13 and 10, respectively, for West Shamokin (4-5) in the championship game of the Wolves' tournament.
Ryan Wolf had a game-high 26 points for Vincentian (8-0), which led, 39-33, at halftime.
West Shamokin 48, Shady Side Academy 27 — Kelly Clowser made three 3-pointers during a game-best 15-point performance, and Jill Glover finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for West Shamokin (4-5) in the championship game of its tournament.
Audrey Koi scored 14 points to lead Shady Side Academy (4-6).
Apollo-Ridge 41, Carlynton 38 (OT) — Sarah and Megan Bonelli each scored 14 points to lead the Vikings (7-2), who trailed, 14-10, at halftime but railled to force overtime in the championship game of the Apollo Trust Company Christmas Tournament.
Powerade Christmas Tournament — With three wins via pin, Kittanning junior 132-pounder Jason Nolf advanced to the semifinals of his weight class. The No. 1 seed, he will wrestle No. 4 Dennis Gustafson, a senior from Forest Park (Va.), Saturday at Canon-McMillan for a spot in the championship bout.
Senior 152-pounder Taylor Jack is the only other Kittanning wrestler remaining in the tournament. He won two bouts to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost to No. 1 seed Russell Parsons, a Blair Academy (N.J.) senior. Jack will begin Saturday with a consolation bout against Pittsburgh Central Catholic junior Kyle Coniker.
Blair Academy senior Addison Knepshield, a Manor Township native who attends the New Jersey boarding school, is in the 182-pound semifinals after he won with two pins and a 10-2 major decision. Knepshield, the No. 6 seed, will meet McGuffey senior and No. 2 seed Brent Blacharcyzk Saturday.