Local roundup: Cheswick Christian advances to title game
Thanks to Thursday's win over Neighborhood Academy, the Cheswick Christian Academy boys basketball team has a chance to avenge a rare loss — and claim hardware in the process.
Cheswick Christian (20-6, 14-0) topped Neighborhood Academy, 59-36, in the Southwest Christian Athletic Conference semifinals to earn a spot in the championship game, where it will meet Harvest Baptist, the team that handed Cheswick Christian its only loss in its last 16 games.
The finals begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Penn State New Kensington.
Antione Malloy scored 24 points to lead a trio of scorers in double figures for Cheswick Christian, which led, 35-21, at halftime. Ian Swartz added 14 points, and Tyler Knupp followed with 12.
David Ingram scored 14 points to lead Neighborhood Academy.
Plum 4, Kiski Area 0 — James Borriello and Taylor Cestra split time in net to share the shutout for Plum (8-9-1). Borriello made 15 saves, while Cestra had four.
David Stonebraker scored two goals in the Class-AA matchup, while Joe Randazzo scored one goal and added two assists.
Ben Crawford finished with 22 saves for Kiski Area (4-13).
Freeport 8, Bishop McCort 1 — Cole Hepler scored two goals and added an assist as Freeport (15-4-1) cruised by Bishop McCort (3-18) in Class A action. Gregory Newman added a goal and an assist, while Michael Frazetta finished with a goal and two assists. Katie Hill made six saves in net.
Ford City 14, Connellsville 0 — Seven different players scored for Ford City (16-2-1) in the Open Class win. Jesse Valasek tallied four goals and three assists, while Joe Cippel had a goal and five assists.
Thomas Clark had 44 saves for Connellsville (1-18).