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Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

By Joe Sager
Ryan Giallonardo School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Giallonardo, a guard, helped Mars earn wins in its first five games to start ...

Daily Courier local roundup: Connellsville boys basketball earns first win of the season
By Staff Reports
Griffin Thompson scored a game-high 17 points as the Connellsville boys basketball team picked up a 49-48 victory over host Kiski in a Section 1-AAAA ...
Leader Times roundup: West Shamokin boys basketball team rolls over Mt. Pleasant
By Staff Reports
The West Shamokin boys basketball team had a pleasant Friday road trip. Ryan Dean led all scorers with 18 points, and Zac Horner added 11 for the Wolves in a 56-43 Section 3-AAA win at Mt. Pleasant. West Shamokin had a 32-14 lead at halftime, and six players scored at least six ...
A-K Valley roundup: Late surge lifts Knoch past Valley
By Staff Reports
Knoch and Valley were deadlocked entering the fourth quarter of their Section 1-AAA matchup Friday night. One run made the difference for the Knights. An ...
High school notebook: Armstrong County volleyball players net All-State honors
By Matt Grubba
Three of Armstrong County’s best this volleyball season received the state’s top individual honor. Senior Stephanie DiGregorio and junior Justyne Lasher of Ford City and junior ...
VND high school roundup: Apollo-Ridge hands East Allegheny 1st loss of season
By Staff Reports
Apollo-Ridge ended East Allegheny’s hopes for an undefeated season. Briauna Fairman scored a game-high 16 points, and Julia DeMeno added 15 to lead the visiting Vikings to a 48-42 win over previously unbeaten East Allegheny on Thursday night in Section 2-AA girls basketball action. After jumping out to a 30-19 halftime ...
Daily Courier roundup: Greensburg Salem tops Southmoreland in Section 1
By Staff Reports
Claire Oberdorf’s 20 points led Greensburg Salem past Southmoreland, 37-30, in a Section 1-AAA matchup Thursday. Oberdorf scored six of her 20 points from 3-point range for Greensburg Salem (5-2, 3-0). Olivia Porter had 11 points for Southmoreland (3-3, 1-2). Beth-Center 42, Frazier 35 — Anna Bartman’s 19-point effort led ...
LT High school roundup: Kittanning offense comes to life in win over Knoch
By Staff Reports
Kittanning’s offense came alive in a game that could be important to their playoff hopes this season. Tiffany Montgomery scored a game-high 22 points, and the Wildcats posted their highest point total of the season in a 66-47 win over Knoch in a Section 1-AAA game Thursday in Kittanning. Alaina Thomas scored ...
Valley New Dispatch spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Ashlyn Jonczak, Cheswick Christian Academy’s Ben Pollock
By William Whalen
Ashlyn Jonczak School: Highlands Class: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Report card: The 5-foot-9 guard-forward has been an integral part of a young Highlands team. Coach Ron Lang said Jonczak ...
Baldwin gymnastics team has high hopes
By Ed Phillipps
For most people, winning a state title is as good as it gets. For Josie Karabinos, it’s just the tipping point. The Baldwin senior gymnast returns ...
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Garda’s buzzer-beater lifts Burrell
By Staff Reports
His team down one and the final seconds ticking down, Max Garda crossed the midcourt line, squared up to the basket and let the shot ...
Leader Times roundup: Apollo-Ridge falls on buzzer-beater
By Staff Reports
Apollo-Ridge was buzzer beaten on its home floor. Max Garda’s 3-pointer from just across the midcourt stripe was good at the buzzer, and Burrell pulled off a surprise nonsection 52-50 win Wednesday. The game-winning shot came after a wild final sequence that saw Joey Cox hit a go-ahead 3-pointer to give Burrell ...
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland wrestlers earn wins
By Staff Reports
Austin Mears (152 pounds), Ethan Charlesworth (160), Sage Zider (182) and Josh Lind (heavyweight) each won by fall to help the Mt. Pleasant wrestling team pull out a 34-31 victory over host Derry in a Class AA, Section 2B match Wednesday. Mt. Pleasant was trailing by a point heading into ...
Leader Times roundup: West Shamokin uses defense to earn victory
By Staff Reports
The Wolves got down to their defensive roots to get in the win column in Section 3-AAA. West Shamokin limited Derry to four points in the first quarter and 13 in the first half on the way to a 47-28 win in Rural Valley on Tuesday. Zac Horner scored 14 points, and ...
A-K Valley roundup: Sero’s 22-point night catapults Riverview
By Staff Reports
Sophomore Nico Sero scored a game-high 22 points, including a 12-for-16 effort from the foul line, as the Riverview boys basketball team bounced Leechburg, 62-52, ...
Guido: Georgia Tech-bound twins hold A-K Valley ties
By George Guido
A pair of twins with local ties verbally committed to continue their football careers at Georgia Tech. Seniors Brad and Scott Morgan of Etowah High ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec, Baldwin’s Amanda Larkin
By Brian Graham
Phil Jurkovec School: Pine-Richland Year: Freshman Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Jurkovec scored 23 points, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the Rams ...
Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Jake Willochell, Belle Vernon’s Kaitlyn Slagus
By Andrew John and Kevin Lohman
Jake Willochell School: Latrobe Year: Senior Sport: Wrestling Claim to fame: He has a 9-1 record and reached the 145-pound finals at the King of the Mountain ...
Daily News spotlight athletes: McKeesport’s Demetrius Diggs, East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson
By Robert Stinner
Demetrius Diggs Year: Senior School: McKeesport Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Diggs led the Tigers with 18 points in a 45-39 overtime victory over Franklin Regional in a Section ...
Daily Courier roundup: Gators, Scotties come away with wins
By Staff Reports
Kyle Toth tallied 23 points, and Bailey Miller added 19 as the Geibel boys basketball team cruised past host Mapletown, 65-35, in a Section 3-A game Tuesday. James Ewing scored 12 points for the Gators (4-1, 2-0). Ben Boone led the Maples (0-5, 0-2) with 17 points. Southmoreland 64, Kittanning 51 ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Knoch girls basketball team tops Highlands with 4th-quarter surge
By Staff Reports
Knoch trailed by as many as 19 points Monday night, but the Knights rallied to earn their first Section 1-AAA victory. Sarah Armahizer scored 17 points, and Knoch (3-2, 1-1) outscored Highlands, 21-8, in the fourth quarter to earn a 43-40 victory. The Knights snapped a two-game losing streak with ...
LT high school roundup: Ford City girls basketball collects 1st section win in rout
By Staff Reports
Ford City’s first section win of the girls basketball season was a rout. Kenzie Lasher scored 17 points, and Christina Davis added 15 for the Sabers in a dominating 70-14 win at Valley in a Section 1-AAA game Monday. Catie Cujas had 10 points for the Sabers (4-1, 1-1), and Abbey DiGregorio ...
Daily Courier roundup: Southmoreland girls edge LH
By Staff Reports
Olivia Porter scored 19 points as the Southmoreland girls basketball team erased a 24-23 halftime deficit and went on to defeat host Laurel Highlands, 52-49, in a Section 3-AAA game on Monday. Addy Nicholson tallied 14 points for the Scotties (3-2, 1-1). Ashley Galderisi led the Fillies (2-4, 0-2) with 17 ...
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant girls basketball upends Uniontown
By Staff Reports
Alexa Szelong scored 15 points to lead the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team to a 38-24 victory over host Uniontown in a Section 3-AAA game Saturday. Khai Harris scored a game-high 16 points to pace the Red Raiders (3-1, 1-1). Uniontown hosts Derry on Monday. The Vikings (4-1, 2-0) will host ...
WPIAL makes mark during national cross country race
By Bill Hartlep
Forty of the top high school girls cross country runners in the nation gathered for a race Saturday at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Nearly ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Burrell’s Beattie wins wrestling title at King of the Mountain
By Staff Reports
Allan Beattie said he thought the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament would test his team “the perfect amount, maybe more.” The Burrell senior wrestler didn’t ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
By Joe Sager
Justice Lewandowski School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Lewandowski scored 19 points in both of Butler’s tipoff tournament wins. How nice is ...
High school notebook: PIAA heat acclimation rules under review
By Chris Harlan and Bill West
The state-mandated heat acclimation period for football teams would increase from three days to five under a proposal the PIAA Board of Directors reviewed at this week’s meeting in Mechanicsburg. The PIAA board members voted to take the plan back to their individual districts for discussion, said WPIAL president Jack Fullen, ...
A-K Valley roundup: St. Joseph upsets No. 2 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
By Staff Reports
St. Joseph coach Kelly Robinson found himself getting emotional after the Spartans’ Section 2-A opener at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic on Friday. His team gave ...
Leader Times roundup: Redbank Valley downs Union-Rimersburg
By Staff Reports
Redbank Valley had to hold off a late surge, but the Bulldogs capped a doubleheader road sweep. Devin Shumaker scored 16 points to lead Redbank Valley, which came away with a 57-52 win over Union-Rimersburg in the second game of a girls/boys doubleheader Friday. Sam Heeter added 11 points for Redbank Valley ...
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant tops Derry in section opener
By Staff Reports
Zach D’Amico scored 16 points, including two 3-pointers, and Mt. Pleasant opened Section 3-AAA play with a 46-42 win over Derry in boys basketball action Friday night. Aaron Bunting had eight points for the Vikings (3-1, 1-0). Ryan Maloy scored 18 to lead Derry (0-4, 0-1). Norwin 71, Connellsville 48 ...
Trib Cup: West Allegheny girls off to fast start under veteran coach
By Brian Graham
West Allegheny’s first-year girls basketball coach, Reggie Wells, has won his share of high school basketball games and has the hardware to boot. Wells — the former South Park boys and girls coach — brings with him a pair of WPIAL titles and one PIAA title. Keeping his team motivated ...
Leader Times roundup: Lovelace’s 17 pace another Leechburg win
By Staff Reports
Only one week into the season, it’s shaping up to be a banner year for Leechburg girls basketball. Mikayla Lovelace had a game-high 17 points, and the Blue Devils picked up a blowout Section 2-A win over Springdale, 52-11, on their home court Thursday. Cameron Davies knocked down four 3-pointers on the ...
Daily Courier roundup: Frazier girls basketball team wins section opener
By Staff Reports
Hannah Kline scored 12 points to lead the Frazier girls basketball team to a 54-35 victory over host Bentworth on Thursday in a Section 4-AA game. Jamie Muccioli tallied 10 points for the Commodores (1-1, 1-0). Heather Chester netted 12 points for the Bearcats (2-2, 0-1). Mt. Pleasant 64,  Derry 23 ...
A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Stone Haberstroh and Ryane Corwin
By William Whalen
Stone Haberstroh School: Freeport Class: Junior Sport: Hockey Report card: Haberstroh is ranked ninth in Class A in goals (12) and points (21). The forward ...