The city’s traditional Thanksgiving Eve rivalry on the ice officially doesn’t have a catchy nickname.
Bishop McCort vs. Westmont Hilltop.
It wasn’t hard to find Westmont Hilltop’s Shyleigh Hughes on the field during the girls’ game of the Santa Fund Soccer Classic at Greater Johnstown High School.
The gifted goal-scorer, who netted 107 goals as a Hilltopper, wore her hair in a mohawk style with coloring to celebrate the holiday theme of the matches at Trojan Stadium.
It wasn’t hard to find Hughes on the scoresheet either. Her two goals helped the North All-Stars to a 3-0 win over the South on Saturday.
Using a trio of second-half goals as snow blanketed the pitch at Trojan Stadium, the South All-Stars defeated the North 4-0 in the boys’ half of the Santa Fund Soccer Classic doubleheader at Trojan Stadium.
Game MVP Austin Swihura of North Star netted the first goal in the 20th minute, gaining control in the penalty area before skipping a shot to the lower left.
For the Cougars senior, the game was solid way to end his high-school career, which saw two trips to the PIAA semifinals while playing under coach Chad Duryea.
Bishop McCort’s baseball team advanced to the PIAA playoffs the past three seasons, winning it all in 2011.
Three of the Crimson Crushers players reaped the benefits of the team’s achievements, announcing on Monday their plans to take their respective talents to the collegiate level.
Right-handed pitcher Justin Vardian will attend Penn State University, left-handed pitcher and outfielder Nathan Neiderhiser will head to Youngstown State and right-handed pitcher and infielder Bradley Coleman will play at Pitt-Johnstown. In the last three years, eight Crimson Crusher baseball players have moved on to play college ball.
Rosters have been finalized for the third Santa Fund Soccer Classic, which will be played at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium on Saturday.
The Classic benefits The Tribune-Democrat’s Santa Fund, a program which helps distribute Christmas gifts to needy children in the region.
Bishop McCort High School’s versatile senior Luke DiFrancesco used an all-around effort to earn the October Point Stadium Award nomination.
DiFrancesco accounted for 228 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Bishop McCort’s 55-20 victory over Westmont Hilltop on Oct. 5.
ALLISON PARK —
After losing in last year’s PIAA Championship game, a senior-led Sewickley Academy team has its eyes on the prize and Bishop McCort was the first bump in the road for the Panthers Tuesday in the first round of the Class A boys state soccer playoffs at Hampton High School.
The District 7 champions got a pair of goals from senior midfielder Connor Zierden and went on to a 5-1 victory over the Crushers, earning a berth opposite Mercyhurst Prep, a 3-2 winner Seton LaSalle on Saturday.
Sewickley was able to set the tone of the match from the outset.
JOHNSTOWN — Six area soccer teams – three boys’ and three girls’ squads – begin their respective battles for state championships tonight as the PIAA Championships get underway.
It might have taken Central Cambria a bit longer than it might have preferred but the Red Devils ensured themselves a District 6 Class AA playoff after posting a 26-15 victory over Bishop McCort in a Laurel Highlands Conference football game on Friday at Central Cambria Stadium.
Junior quarterback Will Seymour rushed for 120 yards, threw for one touchdown and added the two second-half touchdowns that helped Central Cambria wiped out a 15-13 deficit.