Ligonier Valley High School boys team celebrates back to back wins
The Ligonier Valley High School boys basketball team recognized the senior players at the last home game of the season. The Rams then won a landslide 64-29 victory against United. Two days earlier they travelled to Saltsburg and beat them, 58-40.
The seniors are captain Ty Ferlin, Max Joblounsky, Micah Tennant, Patrick Waugh and Zack Yeskey. Ferlin said he and the other seniors have been playing together since fourth-grade and they have taken great pride in playing for Ligonier Valley High School. “I love playing with these guys,” Ferlin commented. “I wouldn't want to play with anybody else. We have a fun group of guys.”
Ferlin said he plans to attend Westminster College. Joblounsky said he wants to major in engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Tennant will study engineering and has signed a letter of intent to play football at Lehigh University. Waugh said he plans to play football at Frostburg State. Yeskey said he is deciding between Waynesburg College, Westminster and Penn State Altoona where he may play basketball.
Coach John Berger described the seniors as irreplaceable. He explained that at the end of last season, there was an empty leadership role, which all of the seniors stepped into this season.
“These guys did it by committee and that's what we needed, especially with all the injuries we've had. They've all stepped up,” Berger said. “This is just a great group of guys. They are all going to do well in life. I'm going to miss them. I was glad I could share the last three years with them. They're good ball players, good athletes in general, overall just good kids.”
In the win against United, Yeskey led scoring with 24 points, shooting a perfect game from the foul line, as well as sinking four 3-point baskets. Tennant scored seven points. Joblounsky and Alec Bloom both scored six. Scott Fennell, Jordan Jones and Billy Turley scored five points. Waugh, Alex Tutino and Justin Hugo each scored two points.
All of the seniors with the exception of the injured Ferlin started the game. Berger also had them start the forth quarter, though after a minute and a half of game-play, he brought all the starters out of the game, putting in replacements from the junior varsity team, a symbol of the changing of the guard.
In the preceding game against Saltsburg, Jones led scoring with 13, followed by Bloom with 11, Yeskey with 10, Fennell, who scored nine, Tennant with eight points, Waugh three and two points for Tutino and Joblounsky.
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.