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Local roundup: St. Joseph's bounces back with tournament win

| Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 11:08 p.m.

The St. Joseph boys basketball team missed playing in the championship game of its Spartan Holiday Tournament for the first time since 1997.

The Spartans made sure they didn't go winless in the tournament with a 72-45 victory over Cheswick Christian Academy on Saturday night in the consolation game at Walter Dlubak Center.

Senior guard John Arcuri continued his torrid scoring with a game-high 25 points — a night after scoring a career-high 37 in a loss to Westinghouse — to make the all-tournament team.

Teammate Sam Predebon added 10 points, six rebounds, eight blocks, and also was an all-tournament pick.

The Spartans (5-4) doubled-up the Chargers (5-5) through two quarters, taking a 44-22 lead into halftime.

Tyler Knupp scored a team-high 12 points for Cheswick Christian.

Obama Academy 73, Highlands 31 — Highlands remained winless, falling to 0-10 after a loss in the round-robin Shady Side Academy Tournament.

D.J. Porter tallied 19 points, and David Jones added 18 for Obama Academy (5-1).

All-tournament selection Elijah Jackson and Aquelay Frison each scored 10 points for Highlands.

Girls basketball

Avonworth 55, Springdale 47 — Avonworth (5-4) defeated Springdale (4-5) in the consolation game of the St. Joseph Tournament behind a 15-point effort from Monteea Hunter.

Springdale entered the fourth quarter down, 40-31, but a late rally fell short.

Maddy Glamp scored 16 points and Amanda Koprivnikar added 14 for the Dynamos.

Wrestling

Southmoreland Holiday Classic — Valley had five wrestlers earn medals, including junior Terrell Fields, who took second at 182 pounds.

Junior Patrick Dewitt took third at 126, and freshman Jihad Ratliff (106) and senior Josiah Hughes (120) carded fourth-place finishes.

Junior Dylan Clarke was eighth at 170.

Steve DeAugustino Holiday Classic — At West Mifflin, Fox Chapel's Tyler Heasley finished second at 152 pounds, while teammates Jared Rice (106), Rich Giovanetti (182) and Tyler Lever (285) earned third-place honors.

Plum finished fourth in the team standings, led by Jake DiGuillio, who placed second at 220.

Also for the Mustangs, Eric Green took third at 138, Zach Martin finished fourth at 152, and Andrew McRandal was fourth at 170.

Nate and Stephen Turchick finished fifth at 182 and 285, respectively.

Football

Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson threw two touchdown passes for the North all-stars in Saturday's 38-13 Chesapeake Bowl victory in Landover, Md.

A dozen players from the WPIAL were chosen for the game which matches high school seniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware against those from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

This was the event's third year.

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