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.
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.
Cambria Heights entered what might be the last Coal Bowl for some time with only one victory and on a seven-game losing streak.
That didn’t matter when border rival Northern Cambria visited on Friday night.
The Highlanders, led by Josh Fees’ 196 rushing yards and two touchdowns, defeated the Colts 17-13.
Richland’s 25 seniors will be recognized tonight for extraordinary contributions to a program that has emerged as an area powerhouse the past two seasons.
Those seniors will have one more huge challenge as they try to make history this regular season.
The Rams (9-0) face another perennial District 6 power Bellwood-Antis (8-1) at Herlinger Field, with a chance to notch back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, something that hasn’t been done at Richland since the 1957, 1958 and 1959 teams each finished 9-0.
Penn Cambria’s Arlee Simendinger and Westmont Hilltop’s Hannah Dorian were first-time champions at Saturday’s District 6 Cross Country Championships, but the winning tradition is something that the Central Cambria team is very familiar with.
“This is the ninth consecutive district championship and the 12th in my 14 years,” said Red Devils coach Randy Wilson after his team claimed the Class A crown. “This has to be one of the sweetest. We have no seniors on the team in the top seven.
Bedford’s Will Kachman won his first District 6 Class AA individual cross country title on Saturday at the Forest Hills Middle School.
But the talented sophomore, who won in 16:18.6 and will make his second trip to the state championships set for Saturday in Hershey, had a little left in the tank at the end of the run.