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Roundball Classic next for Johnson

| Friday, April 1, 2011

Cleaning out the notebook:

• Monessen's Cam Johnson and Greensburg Central Catholic's Jesse Reed and Jacob Swan played against each other in two of their basketball team's biggest games this season.

Johnson scored 12 points in helping lead the Greyhounds to a convincing 63-43 victory over the Centurions in the WPIAL Class AA title game at Duquesne University's Palumbo Center.

Eighteen days later, Reed scored 22 points and Swan hit all eight of his points in the decisive fourth quarter as the Centurions got even with a 64-61 win at Gateway in the PIAA West final to advance to the PIAA championship contest three days later at Penn State.

The next time Johnson, Reed and Swan hit the hard floor they'll be teammates in the Roundball Classic at Geneva College April 16 on the Class AA all-stars.

Five other players who Johnson opposed during the campaign will be teammates: Jeannette's Jordan Batts, Wilkinsburg's Robert Taylor, Sto-Rox's Shawn Smith, Fort Cherry's Nate Bellhy and Ellwood City's Ryan Horgan.

Johnson is expected to hit the junior college route.

Coaching the Class AA stars will be Greensburg Central's Greg Bisignani.

Monessen's Joe Salvino turned down a request to coach the team, which will face the top seniors from Class A at 6 p.m.

One area cager will be playing in the 8 p.m. finale. Elizabeth Forward's Lou Simon will be on the Class AAA team, going against the best from Class AAAA.

The long day of basketball will start at 2 p.m. with the Class A and AA girls colliding at 2 p.m., followed by the Class AAA girls against Class AAAA at 4 p.m.

Charleroi's Morgan Iacovino is playing on the Class AA team.

• Monday is the day the Stepoli brothers, Terrance and Josh, have to be at the WPIAL office to tell why they transferred back to Monessen after spending nearly seven months at Greensburg Central Catholic, where they played football and basketball.

They left the basketball team late in the regular campaign.

• Donora's Stan Musial, 90, was one of six St. Louis Cardinals' Hall of Famers at the Redbirds Opening Day game at Busch Stadium 48 hours ago.

The other five were Red Schoendienst, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Ozzie Smith and Whitey Herzog.

• California University's baseball team won't have any home field advantage this season.

The Vulcans' home doubleheader with Mercyhurst , which has been postponed two straight days because of inclement weather, will be Sunday at Pullman Park in Butler.

On Tuesday the Vulcans' home twinbill with Shippensburg will be in Johnstown at Point Stadium.

Consol Energy Park, formerly known as Falconi Field and the home of the Washington Wild Things, has been the Vulcans' home since 2003 and is currently being worked on.

California's first two home doubleheaders this year were played at Washington & Jefferson College's adjacent Ross Memorial Park.

• The newest PSAC West men's basketball coach is Mike Nestor at Lock Haven.

Nestor had spent the last 11 years as an assistant at Shippensburg the last 10 years under former California University aide Dave Springer.

Kurt Kanaskie, Penn State's associate head coach for two seasons after six years as an assistant in the Nittany Lions' program, withdrew his name from the Lock Haven list last week.

Kanaskie was successful in the PSAC as coach at Lock Haven and Indiana before moving up the major college ranks with seven years at Drake University.

• And thanks to Dennis Stitch, of North Charleroi, who says to grow tall spiritually, a man must first learn to kneel!

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