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Alle-Kiski roundup: Kiski Area boys basketball team keeps winning

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 12:12 a.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Burrell's Derrick Beattie restrains Ellwood City's Donnie Kerr during the 160-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.

With a playoff spot already secured and two Section 1-AAAA games left, Kiski Area isn't taking its eyes off the road.

The Cavaliers (13-4, 9-1) remained in the chase for a section title Wednesday with a 48-39 victory over visiting Connellsville (9-9, 3-6).

Kiski Area plays Penn-Trafford (5-13, 2-7) on Friday and Hempfield (15-2, 9-0) on Tuesday.

Michael Simmons led Kiski Area with 25 points, and Joe Brungo added nine in Wednesday's win.

Knoch 49, Highlands 35 — Knoch (14-3, 8-2) spread the scoring around with 10 players registering points in a Section 1-AAA win over Highlands (7-12, 2-7). Knoch's Chris Kier was the game's leading scorer with 11 points. Highlands had one player in double figures, Julian Flenory with 10.

Knoch will put its WPIAL-best defensive average (37.9 ppg) to the test Thursday night when it travels to take on Class AAA No. 1 Chartiers Valley (17-1), which averages 73.2 points.

Indiana 48, Valley 47 — Valley hit a late basket, closing the deficit to one, but couldn't pull ahead in a loss to Section 1-AAA-leading Indiana (17-1, 8-1), the No. 5-ranked team in Class AAA. Caleb Davis led Valley (6-10, 2-8) with a 11 points, tying a game high.

Girls basketball

West Shamokin 39, Ford City 37 — Kelly Clowser scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead West Shamokin (11-7, 7-2), which outscored Ford City (11-6, 6-3), 17-7, in the fourth quarter. Christina Davis led Ford City with 16 points. Ford City had leads of 24-11 and 30-22.

Highlands 36, Knoch 26 — Nicole Boda's game-high 22 points propelled Highlands (3-13, 1-8) to its first Section 1-AAA win against Knoch (2-14, 2-8).

Ally Riley had five points for the Knights.

Highlands outscored Knoch, 11-4, in the fourth quarter.

Wrestling

Jefferson-Morgan 46, Valley 36 — Valley fell in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. The Vikings posted pins by Sequawon Harris (106 pounds), Jihad Ratliff (120), Pat Dewitt (126) and C.J. Ragins (145).

Yough 51, Kittanning 24 — Kittanning dropped a first-round match in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. Yough led 35-9 after eight bouts.

Recruiting

Denny picks Columbia — Fox Chapel senior football player Pat Denny gave a verbal commitment to Columbia of the Ivy League. Denny, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman, said he'll likely play offensive guard in college.

He also considered Division III schools Johns Hopkins and Tufts (Mass.).

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