Local roundup: Connellsville rolls to 4th consecutive win
The Connellsville boys basketball team has seemingly hit its stride. On Tuesday, the Falcons toppled visiting Penn-Trafford, 60-50, for a Section 1-AAAA victory.
It was Connellsville's fourth straight win.
Trent Bauer led the Falcons (6-11, 2-5) with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Jade Maher came through with 15 points. Caleb Pittsment tallied 12 points, and Jim Leichliter notched 11 points.
Connellsville held a three-point lead at the half and outscored the Warriors, 39-32, in the second half. The win avenged an 81-57 loss to Penn-Trafford earlier this season.
Dorian Stevens led the Warriors (11-6, 4-4) with 14 points. Andy Abreu and Corey Stanford each tossed in 13 points. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Penn-Trafford.
California 74, Frazier 41 — Tanner Huffman scored a game-high 28 points, and Ryan Fisher followed with 19 points as the Trojans (14-2, 9-0) stayed perfect in Section 5-AA with a win over host Frazier. Roger Cline led the Commodores (3-10, 2-6) with 22 points.
Derry 64, Southmoreland 53 — Andy Panizzi scored 22 points and Lucas Maloy notched 15 points as the Trojans (8-7, 4-4) picked up a Section 3-AAA win over host Southmoreland. Nick Clayton scored 12 points, and Matt Basinko added 10 points.
Zac Black led the Scotties (0-15, 0-8) with 15 points. Ben Niemiec and Randy Ohler each finished with nine points.
Uniontown 76, Yough 44 — Jordan Pratt scored 19 points as the Red Raiders (13-2, 7-1) beat visiting Yough for a Section 3-AAA victory. Drehar Winfrey tallied 15 points, and Xavier Ellis posted 13 points. Roman Viecelli led the Cougars (6-10, 3-5) with 18 points, and Ben Damico had 13.
Connellsville vs. Derry — Connellsville came up short in both meets against visiting Derry in nonsection action.
Collin Mastowski, Jimmy Manges, Travis Patterson and Shane Beneke won the 200 freestyle relay (1:43.15) and the 200 medley relay (1:55.44), but the Connellsville boys team was defeated, 99-83. Mastowski also won the 50 freestyle (24.96) and the 100 freestyle (55.12). Beneke was a winner in the 500 freestyle (5:36.42). Luke Kisiel took first in diving.
In the girls meet, Rachel Barczyk won the 200 freestyle (2:06.40) and the 500 freestyle (6:29.94), but Connellsville lost, 99-86. Alyson Urie was a winner in the 100 butterfly (1:07.40) and Bayle Shreve earned top honors in the 100 backstroke (1:09.14). Kait Nedrow was the top diver.
Penn State Fayette 89, Penn State DuBois 61 — Kasey Ruble scored a game-high 22 points, and Caitlin Wontroba added 14 points as Penn State Fayette (7-7, 6-1) beat host Penn State DuBois in a PSUAC game. Stephanie Longo and Tara Neely each contributed 13 points. Carly Gruss added 11 rebounds. Karly Carnovale led Penn State DuBois with 18 points. Karlee Cyphert notched 14 points. Kiley Lewis tallied 12 points to go along with 14 rebounds.
Penn State DuBois 80, Penn State Fayette 77 — Brandon Cunningham led all scorers with 27 points, but Penn State Fayette (7-11, 6-4) lost to host Penn State DuBois in a PSUAC contest. James Pratt scored 20 points, and Derek Jones knocked down 10 points. Kai Ahmad led Penn State DuBois with 21 points, and Kashawn McLaughlin scored 19. John Hau scored 17 points, and Woody Mitchell pulled down 10 rebounds.