High school roundup: Apollo-Ridge sweeps tournament
The Apollo-Ridge basketball teams didn't let down their home fans Friday night as the boys and girls won titles at the Apollo Trust Company Christmas Tournament.
Tournament MVP Josh Reynolds scored 15 points, and Lucas Burrell added 13 as the boys (8-1) defeated Saltsburg, 70-41, in the finals. Mitchel Yard led Saltsburg with 19 points.
Tre Tipton made the all-tournament team for Apollo-Ridge, as did Yard.
The Apollo-Ridge girls needed overtime to push past Carlynton, 41-38.
Sisters Sarah and Megan Bonelli each scored 14 points for the Vikings (7-2).
Leechburg 73, Harvest Baptist 65 — Ben Richie came off the bench to hit eight 3-pointers and score a career-high 33 points as Leechburg won the consolation game of the Apollo Trust Tournament.
Randy Smail scored 16 points, and all-tournament pick Jacob Iellimo added 14 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (4-5).
Freeport 64, Ford City 44 — Brendan Lynch led Freeport (4-4) with 22 points as the Yellowjackets cruised to the victory in the round-robin Freeport Tournament.
Robbie Miller had 14 points and Tony Devivo grabbed 12 rebounds for Freeport. Ford City (2-7) was led by Jesse Sequeira with 17 points.
Knoch 65, Slippery Rock 35 — Matt Zanella scored a game-high 18 for Knoch (5-4, 1-2) in the round-robin Freeport Tournament. David Gallagher and Austin Miller chipped in 15 points each for Knoch.
Brentwood 60, Riverview 41 — Jason Pilarski's 27 points and a 25-6 third quarter run helped Brentwood (4-4) win the championship in the Riverview Tournament.
Sam Gonsowski scored 11 to lead Riverview (3-5).
Valley 51, Trinity Christian 36 — Chaz Cheatham scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Mike McNabb added 13 points to lead Valley (2-6) in the Riverview Tournament consolation.
Khannan Briggs added eight points and 10 rebounds for Valley, which held Trinity Christian to two points in the fourth quarter.
Plum 48, Erie Strong Vincent 47 — Plum overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to get past Erie Strong Vincent in the Seneca Valley Tournament.
Plum guard Nick Stotler scored a career-high 25 points a night after scoring 24 against Seneca Valley. His pair of free throws gave Plum a 48-45 lead inside the final minute.
Griffin Myers added 13 points for the Mustangs (4-5).
Burrell 39, Hollidaysburg 37 — Cole Bush scored a team-high 17 points, and Pete Spagnolo added 10 as Burrell won the consolation game of the State College Tournament.
The Bucs (7-2) took a 33-24 lead into the fourth quarter before holding on.
Zach Ottaway led Hollidaysburg with 21 points.
Beaver Falls 79, Fox Chapel 73 — Matt D'Amico scored 32 points, and Brian Papich finished with 24, but Fox Chapel (8-1) suffered its first loss in the Montour Tournament.
Drew Cook led four double-digit scorers for Beaver Falls (6-2) with 23 points.
Westinghouse 69, St. Joseph 58 — John Arcuri scored a career-high 37 points for St. Joseph (3-5), but the host Spartans fell in the St. Joseph Tournament.
Arcuri was 8 for 12 from the field and made all 12 of his free throws.
St. Joseph 53, Springdale 30 — Mallory Heinle had 28 points and seven rebounds as St. Joseph (5-2) rolled in the St. Joseph Holiday Tournament.
Madeline Glamp and Amanda Koprivnikar each had 13 points for Springdale (4-4). St. Joseph will play Deer Lakes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship game.
Deer Lakes 49, Avonworth 25 — Becca Babincak scored a game-high 23 points, and Danielle Kearns chipped in 13 to lead Class AA No. 3 Deer Lakes (7-0) past Avonworth (4-4) in the St. Joseph Tournament.
Knoch 49, Highlands 36 — All-tournament pick Sam Logan scored 10 points as Knoch (1-8) defeated Highlands (1-6) for its first win in the consolation game of the West Shamokin Tournament. Angela Cress scored a game-high 15 points for Knoch, and Nikki Misejka added 14 points for Highlands.
Plum 65, North Catholic 32 — Aly Weifenbaugh scored 17 points to lead Plum over North Catholic (4-4) in the North Allegheny Tournament.
Plum (7-3) had a commanding 29-10 halftime lead. Krista Pietropola added 15 points for Plum.
Shaler 47, Burrell 36 — A 30-14 halftime lead was too much for Class AA No. 4 Burrell (5-1) to overcome in the second half against Class AAAA Shaler (4-5) in the Hampton Tournament. Sydney Bordonaro and Kelsey Oddis finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Bucs.
Franklin 65, Fox Chapel 34 — A strong second half by Franklin (9-0) led to the first loss of the season for Class AAAA No. 4 Fox Chapel (8-1) in the Erie McDowell Tournament final. Erin Mathias led the Foxes with 17 points.
Three wrestling champions for KA
Matt McCutcheon was one of three Kiski Area wrestlers to win a championship at the Manheim Holiday Tournament.
McCutcheon scored a 17-2 technical fall over North Allegheny's Alex DiCiantis to defend his title in the 195-pound weight class.
Teammate Shane Kuhn (285) also defended his crown with a 4-2 decision.
Joining the pair was first-time winner Cole Landowski, who took the 145-pound title.
Kyle Skelly (160) finished second for the Cavaliers.