Greensburg Salem ready for Clearfield
It's been two weeks since the Greensburg Salem boys basketball team has played a game. That's a good thing, as it's allowed the Golden Lions to get healthy.
Since losing to Hampton on Feb. 20, some of the players on the team have been battling the flu.
So when the Golden Lions open the PIAA Class AAA tournament against District 9 champion Clearfield at 5 p.m. today at Clarion University, Greensburg Salem coach Paul Sapotichne fully expects his team to be ready. He's not too concerned about the two-week layoff.
"We've been hit by the flu," Sapotichne said. "We didn't scrimmage anyone, but we've had some good practices. I'm blessed with some players who work hard. We'll be prepared."
Sapotichne got to watch Clearfield in person, and he came away impressed.
"They are guard oriented and have good athletes," Sapotichne said. "We will be challenged. We'll try to attack their weaknesses."
Clearfield is led by Matt Shine, who averages 18.5 points per game. Jarrin Campman (15 ppg) and Parker Herrington (11 ppg) are the Bisons' other top scorers.
Greensburg Salem is led by point guard Chris Klimchock, guard Jake Matthews, forward Jerry Cooley and 6-foot-7 senior Bobby Davis.
The Jeannette girls also will be in action today. They battle District 6 champion Bishop McCort at 6 p.m. at Richland High School in Class AA action.
On Saturday, the Jeannette and Monessen boys will play in Class AA action. Jeannette faces Reynolds at 1:30 p.m. at North Allegheny, and Monessen tangles with Central Cambria at noon at Chartiers Valley. Central Cambria is led by Jordan Miller, who averages 36 points per game.
The Mt. Pleasant girls will make their first PIAA appearance when they take on District 9 champion Saint Marys at 4 p.m. Saturday at Clarion University, while Indiana will face Westinghouse at noon at Peabody.