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Kiski Area boys thump Norwin

| Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

Kiski Area's boys basketball team dominated the heart of the game and thumped Norwin, 63-50, Friday night in Section 1-AAAA action.

After falling behind 10-6 in the opening period, the Cavaliers outscored Norwin, 32-14, in the second and third quarters combined.

Senior point guard Alex Lamendola led second-place Kiski Area (9-3, 5-1) with 19 points, while Nick Stone and Joe Brungo contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively. Matt Stewart scored a game-high 21 points for Norwin (5-6, 2-4).

-- Highlands 50, Deer Lakes 48 (OT) -- Highlands senior guard Micah Mason sank two free throws with about five seconds left in overtime, and the Golden Rams (5-8, 3-3) escaped with a win over upset-minded Deer Lakes (2-10, 1-5) in Section 1-AAA. Deer Lakes outscored Highlands, 12-5, in the fourth quarter. Mason finished with a game-high 22 points, while Deer Lakes' Jordan Fragapane had 17 points.

-- Leechburg 70, Elderton 44 -- Leechburg senior guard D.J. Oberdorf scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter to lead the Blue Devils (4-7, 1-2) past Elderton (0-10, 0-3) in Section 4-A.

Oberdorf was 11 for 13 from the foul line. Chris Swank added 13 points for Leechburg, which outscored Elderton, 43-21, in the second half.

-- Ford City 71, Apollo-Ridge 57 -- Junior guard David Lattanzio and senior guard Jon Shanty scored 25 and 23 points, respectively, to guide Ford City (8-5, 2-3) to a Section 1-AA win over Apollo-Ridge (6-7, 1-5).

Josh Reynolds led Apollo-Ridge with 23 points, despite struggling at the foul line, where he was 3 for13.

-- West Shamokin 48, Freeport 47 -- Damon Craig sank the game-winning bucket in the low post with 11 seconds left for West Shamokin (6-7, 3-2), which trailed Freeport (6-4, 2-3) by as many as 15 points early in the fourth quarter of the Section 1-AA game. Freeport's Brendan Lynch scored a team-high 13 points, and Robbie Miller added 12 points.

-- Hampton 48, Valley 46 -- Valley (3-6, 3-3) rallied in the fourth quarter, but Hampton (10-3, 6-0) held on for the Section 1-AAA win. Valley senior guard Tre Duncan drained three 3-pointers, was 4 for 4 from the foul line and finished with a team-high 17 points.

The Vikings outscored Hampton, 21-15 in the fourth quarter, but David Huber made a couple of late foul shots to provide the winning points.

-- Mars 63, Kittanning 52 -- Kittanning junior guard Sterling Henry poured in a game-high 27 points, but the Wildcats (3-10, 0-6) fell short against Mars (9-3, 5-1) in Section 1-AAA.

-- Serra Catholic 86, St. Joseph 64 -- Senior guard/forward Mike Connelly netted 23 points for St. Joseph (6-5, 1-2) in a Section 4-A loss to Serra Catholic (9-4, 3-0). Chris Gamble made three 3-pointers and added 18 points, and John Arcuri chipped in 14 points for the Spartans. Shawn Menzies scored a game-high 28 points, and Brandon Camic had 25 points for Serra.

Girls basketball

-- Gateway 69, Plum 44 -- Krista Pietropola scored 15 points, and Angie Boriello added 13 points in a losing cause for Plum (8-6, 3-2) against Gateway (8-1, 5-0) in Section 2-AAAA. Baylor recruit Destiny Brown had a game-high 17 points and six assists for Gateway.

-- Ford City 43, Shady Side Academy 40 -- Heather Davis led all scorers with 17 points, as Ford City (11-2) squeaked by Shady Side Academy (5-7) in nonsection play. Maria Prazenica added 11 rebounds and six points for the Sabers.

Wrestling

-- Kiski Area topped the team standings with 92.5 points after advancing seven wrestlers to today's semifinals of the 59th Annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Tournament. The semifinals of the 18-team event are set for noon, and the finals for 7:30 p.m. The Cavaliers' semifinalists are Jake Ardellitz (126 pounds), Jim Bistline (145), Shawn McGowan (160), Zach Musco (170), Matt McCutcheon (195), Nick Insko (220), and Shane Kuhn (285). Also making it to the semis were Burrell's Steve Edwards (132), Derrick Beattie (170), Dakota DesLauriers (182), and former Burrell wrestler Zack Kelly (132), who is now at The Kiski School.

-- Fox Chapel's Shane Bialowas (138 pounds) and Anthony Brooks (182) advanced to today's semifinals of the 11th Annual Allegheny County Wrestling Championships. The semifinals are scheduled for 11 a.m., and the finals for 6 p.m. With those two leading the way, the host Foxes are in 11th place with 70.5 points in the 40-team tournament. Plum's John Marotto (138 pounds) and Central Catholic's Justin Alexander (132) and Perry Hills (195) also rolled into the semis. Alexander lives in Fox Chapel, and Hills in Plum.

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