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High school notebook: Patient Lynch leading Freeport boys basketball

Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch
Freeport's Brendan Lynch (center) takes the ball to the hoop against Valley last week. A Freeport senior, Lynch is averaging over 20 points per game for the Yellowjackets.

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Freeport senior guard Brendan Lynch scored a game-high 33 points in a 72-67 win at Valley last week.

His reward?

A trip to the emergency room with a lacerated lip, which, after two hours of waiting, did not require stitches.

“I got tripped and landed on my lip and split it open — nothing major,” Lynch said. “I guess in order to need stitches in the lip, it has to be real bad.”

Lynch kept his patience, a trait with which the three-sport athlete appears to have been blessed.

Lynch is off to a strong start in basketball, averaging 22 points per game. That includes the performance against Valley and a 31-point effort against Apollo-Ridge.

Lynch was more of a facilitator in past seasons but has been asked to increase his scoring. That said, he hasn't lost his leadership role.

Coaches often say they want their floor leader to be their quarterback. Not a problem for Lynch, who started three seasons under center for the Yellowjackets' football team.

Just as patient in the pocket, Lynch was a dual-threat quarterback who waited for plays to develop.

He helped guide Freeport to a share of the Allegheny Conference title this season, rushing for 1,186 yards, passing for 628 yards and accounting for 21 touchdowns.

In all, Freeport posted 21 wins with Lynch at quarterback.

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Cheswick Christian Academy's boys basketball team might be the most balanced in the A-K Valley this season.

The Chargers (5-3) do not have a player averaging in double figures, and the team has had six different high-scorers in eight games.

Through seven games, Tyler Knupp and Antione Malloy were the top scorers at 9 points per game.

Local final?

The Hampton holiday girls basketball tournament could have an all-local final. With opening-round wins on Thursday, Burrell and Kiski Area could meet in the championship game.

Manheim time

The Kiski Area wrestling team will make its 10th consecutive appearance in the Manheim Central holiday tournament Dec. 27-28. The Cavaliers (8-0) and North Allegheny are the only WPIAL participants in the 14-team event. Kiski Area's Matt McCutcheon (195) and Shane Kuhn (285) are defending champions.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bbeckner@tribweb.com or 724-224-2696.

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