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Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Valley boys capture opener

| Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 12:48 a.m.
St. Joseph's Sam Beaver (right) and Ford City's Brandon Heilman battle for a rebound Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at St. Joseph's High School in Natrona.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
St. Joseph's Sam Beaver (right) and Ford City's Brandon Heilman battle for a rebound Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at St. Joseph's High School in Natrona.

Mark Faulx didn't take long to get his first win as a head coach.

The leader of the Valley boys basketball program and his players took care of business on opening night, downing Northgate, 55-47, in the first game of the Springdale Tipoff Tournament.

Valley won three games last season.

Tyree Hampton led the Vikings with 15 points, Caleb Davis added 11 and D'Aundre Johnson had 10.

Valley will face Springdale in the final at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Springdale 32, Yough 15 — Taran Roesch scored 11 points to lead all scorers as Springdale shut down Yough in the Springdale Tournament.

Matt Matisko scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Dynamos.

St. Joseph 48, Ford City 45 — Down nine with two minutes left, St. Joseph scored seven points in 17 seconds on the way to an opening-round victory in the St. Joseph Tournament. Chris Gamble scored 18 points and had seven steals, John Ferguson scored 10 and Sam Beaver grabbed 12 rebounds for St. Joseph.

Jesse Sequeria scored 13 points, and Blake Bower added 11 for Ford City. St. Joseph will play Freeport in the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Freeport 55, Trinity Christian 48 — Ryan Weigold scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as Freeport advanced to the championship game of the St. Joseph Tournament.

Josh Beale added 12 points for the Yellowjackets, who outscored Trinity Christian, 22-8, in the fourth quarter. Freeport had 19 steals in the season-opening win.

Fox Chapel 75, OLSH 64 — Matt D'Amico scored a game-high 35 points, three shy of his career high, and went 18 for 20 at the free-throw line to lead Quad-A No. 4 Fox Chapel to a win in the North Hills Tournament. Bill Urso added 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and Brian Papich chipped in 15 points for Fox Chapel.

Cam Johnson scored 34 to lead OLSH.

Leechburg 66, Saltsburg 53 — Leechburg opened a 36-15 halftime lead and cruised in the opening round of its tournament.

Ben Richie led all scorers with 21 points, Jordan Cominos scored 14 and Randy Smail added 13 for the Blue Devils.

Steve Richards scored 16 points and crossed the 1,000-point mark for Saltsburg.

Leechburg will face Apollo-Ridge in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Apollo-Ridge 63, Winchester Thurston 49 — Three players scored in double-figures for Apollo-Ridge at the Leechburg Tournament.

Alex Smith led with a game-high 17, Duane Brown scored 11 and Eric Moran had 10 for Apollo-Ridge.

Kittanning 57, Riverview 44 — Noah Kunst scored a game-high 24 points, connecting on five 3-pointers, and Alek Schaffer chipped in 10 for the Wildcats in the opening round of the Kittanning Tournament.

Paul Knapp led Riverview with 13 points, Jason Anthony added 11 and Nick DiBucci had 10.

Kittanning will play Grove City in the championship game.

Deer Lakes 52, Shaler 47 — Deer Lakes didn't show any ill effects from losing a batch of seniors to graduation, brushing past Shaler in the Plum Tournament.

Scott Ventura led the Lancers with a game-high 17 points, and Cory Pampena added 10.

The Lancers will play host Plum in the finals at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Plum 63, Highlands 28 — Plum jumped out to a 40-9 halftime lead and didn't look back as it dominated Highlands in the opening round of the Plum Tournament. Austin Dedert scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half to lead a trio of Plum players in double figures.

Nick Stotler scored 13 points, and James Edwards added 11.

Girls basketball

Deer Lakes 63, Knoch 36 — Deer Lakes took a 31-16 lead into halftime and didn't let up in the second half in the opening round of the Springdale Tournament. Mackenzie Kacsur led a trio of Deer Lakes scorers in double figures with 14 points. Kristen Stanko scored 11, and Katie Gozzard chipped in 10.

Abbie Thrower led Knoch with 11 points.

Deer Lakes will face Apollo-Ridge in the championship game.

Apollo-Ridge 45, Springdale 21 — Apollo-Ridge connected on 25 of 31 free throws and cruised to victory in the Springdale Tournament. Ashley Emminger led the Vikings with 12 points.

Amanda Koprivnikar and Brittany Smajda had eight each to lead Springdale, which trailed 27-9 at the half.

Kittanning 57, Saltsburg 43 — Emily Klingensmith scored 14 points, and Abbie Okopal and Emily Knepshield added 12 apiece to pace Kittanning to a season-opening win in the KIttanning Tournament.

The Wildcats will play Hickory in the championship at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

St. Joseph 40, Ford City 37 — Mallory Heinle led all scorers with 21 points for tournament host St. Joseph in an opening-round win over Ford City.

Nikki Mielecki and Amanda Klawinski each added seven points for St. Joseph (1-0).

Alyson Cujas and Christina Davis each had a team-high 12 points, and Stephanie DeGregorio had 10 for Ford City (0-1).

Freeport 63, East Allegheny 34 — Freeport rolled in the first round of its tournament as Haley Connor scored 14 points to lead the 10 Freeport scorers.

Zoe Soilis scored 13 points and added six rebounds in the win. Freeport will play Karns City in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Penn-Trafford 55, Plum 50 (OT) — Krista Pietropola scored 18 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career, but the Class AAAA fifth-ranked Mustangs couldn't solve the team it lost to last season in the playoffs at the host's tournament.

Aquinas Academy 41, Leechburg 33 — The Blue Devils gave chase but fell short in the Aquinas Tournament.

Missy Jones had 15 points and Virginia Kummer grabbed seven rebounds for Leechburg.


Fox Chapel 5, Norwin 1 — Fox Chapel grabbed its first win of the season behind four goals from Anthony Veltri. Benjamin Friedland had three assists and Jasper Uricchio had two helpers for Fox Chapel (1-6-0).


After one day, Kiski Area and Plum are in the mix for a team title at the 20-squad Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Gateway.

Kiski Area, the five-time defending champ, is third with 75 points, and Plum is in fourth with 72. North Allegheny leads the tournament with 99.5 points.

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