Fayette County, PAheraldstandard.com

Into the Hall: Jason Bodnar

Jason Bodnar has collected many medals and trophies over the years thanks to his outstanding running career. Despite garnering all those shiny objects, one of his most prized possessions is a used shirt he collected from a friend for winning a race back when he was in grade school. Bodnar,...
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Fayette County, PAheraldstandard.com

LH, Frazier lead FCCA basketball teams

Laurel Highlands and Frazier won section titles in boys basketball and those schools lead the way on the 2021 Fayette County Coaches Association boys and girls basketball All-County Recognition teams. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the FCCA was not able to hold a banquet to honor the teams in April but...
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Trojans name Xavier Thomas as girls basketball coach

The Greater Johnstown School District recently named Xavier Thomas as head girls basketball coach. A former boys basketball standout who was part of two District 6 championship teams and the 2005 PIAA Class 3A state runner-up squad, Thomas spent the past four seasons as an assistant to boys basketball coach Ryan Durham, whose teams have won three straight district titles.
Blairsville, PAIndiana Gazette

Board hires head coaches for River Valley

The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District moved forward with building the athletic department for the July 1 change to River Valley School District, hiring head coaches and an athletic director at a special meeting Tuesday. The board hired Jess Houser as head football coach on a vote of 6-3. Directors Molly Stiles,...

College signings: Demetri Miller: UPJ track and field

Why I picked UPJ: “Because It was the closest to home and cheapest. I have other former team members that run track there, so UPJ has familiar faces which will make it easier to fit in.”. Greatest high school achievement: District 6 champion for triple jump. Coach Lance Hudak’s quote:...
Portage, PAThe Tribune-Democrat

Six Portage seniors announce college commitments

PORTAGE – Six Portage Area High School seniors announced their plans to continue their academic and athletic careers on Wednesday. After leading the Mustangs with 149 kills in 2020, the middle hitter will take her talents to nearby Mount Aloysius College, a NCAA Division III member in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. A family connection helped attract her to the Cresson campus.
Fayette County, PAheraldstandard.com

Into the Hall: Adam Donnelly

Fayette County coaching great Adam Donnelly is part of the 2020/2021 class of inductees for the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame. Inductees and representatives will be recognized at a Hall of Fame Golf outing/Luncheon/Social starting at 9 a.m. on June 25 at Pleasant Valley Golf Club in Connellsville. Donnelly,...
Westmoreland County, PAwestmorelandsports.com

Monday's Westmoreland County Sports Notebook

Hempfield Area, Franklin Regional baseball advance to WPIAL Championships. A pair of Westmoreland County baseball teams will be playing for district gold this week, as Hempfield Area in 6A and Franklin Regional in 5A both advanced to the finals. The third-seeded Spartans secured their berth, the first in program history, courtesy of a 12-2 victory against No. 2 Norwin on Tuesday. The Spartans used a pair of explosive innings to dominate their rivals, as Hempfield Area scored five runs in the second inning, and tacked on six runs in the seventh to seal the outcome. Christian Zilli produced three hits and four RBIs, while Jayson Jacob, Phil Fox, Ryan Firmstone, and Carson Shuglie each had two-hit performances. Jake Kramer, meanwhile, worked into the sixth inning on the hill, limiting the potent Norwin lineup to just two runs on seven hits. Hempfield Area will face top-seeded North Allegheny on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Wild Things Park in Washington. Meanwhile, the Panthers secured their spot in the 5A title game, courtesy of a 9-1 win against No. 13 Peters Township last Tuesday. FR received a three-run homer by Caden Smith, while pitcher Brian Pirone earned the win, working six innings while allowing just one run on two hits, with three walks and five strikeouts. Franklin Regional will oppose No. 2 Bethel Park, Tuesday at 4:30 at Wild Things Park.
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Portage duo help hosts advance past Homer-Center

PORTAGE – Maryn Swank and Lauren Shaffer have been quite a combo for the Portage softball team this season and Tuesday afternoon’s District 6 Class 1A softball quarterfinal match up with Homer-Center proved to be no different. Swank went 62/3 innings before handing things over to Shaffer for the save...
Johnstown, PAThe Tribune-Democrat

Trojans recognize championship hoops team, college and military signees

More than two months after Greater Johnstown completed a stunning comeback over Bedford to win the District 6 Class 4A boys basketball championship, the game at Altoona Field House still stirs emotions and even prompted a proclamation on the Pennsylvania Senate floor. Coach Ryan Durham’s team was among the honorees...
Portage, PAMirror

Portage leaving WestPAC

Portage became the latest domino to fall in the on-going realignment of the WestPAC and Heritage Conferences on Tuesday. Following a recent announcement that the Blairsville and Saltsburg school districts will be combining into a school named River Valley starting next school year, Portage was approved by the Heritage Conference to leave the WestPAC and join the Heritage full-time in athletics starting in 2022-2023.
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Female Athlete of the Week | Taylor Rapsky

Academic achievements: In softball, earned three letters and 2019 Somerset County second-team selection; in volleyball, earned four letters, 2020 WestPAC champion, 2020 District 5 first-team pick, 2020 Somerset County first-team and second-team selection; in basketball, earned four letters, 1,000-point scorer and 2021 Somerset County first-team selection. Coach’s quote: “Taylor is...
Johnstown, PAThe Tribune-Democrat

Letter to the editor | Isenberg will always be remembered

The Greater Johnstown area has lost a sports legend, local sports writer Cory Isenberg. Her passing will be felt by many in and out of the sports world. Those of us involved in sports that reside in The Tribune-Democrat coverage area will miss the many columns and human interest stories that Cory wrote through the years. She covered baseball, football, basketball, track and field, cross country, volleyball – and the list goes on and on.
Portage, PAMirror

Athlete of the Week: Swank aids in Portage success

Athlete of the week achievement: Swank helped Portage go 4-0 for the week. Swank threw a two-hitter and struck out seven in a 12-2 win over Conemaugh Township and added a home run and three RBIs. She had 18 strikeouts, two hits and an RBI in a 7-4 win over Windber, and she had four hits and two RBIs and was the winning pitcher for Portage in a 19-3 win over North Star. She added three strikeouts in Portage’s 10-4 triumph over Penn Cambria.