Bedford sophomore Will Kachman was running on the fast track Saturday morning at the PIAA Cross Country Championships on the Parkview Course.
Kachman finished third in a time of 16:38 in the Class AA contest.
The final regular season game between the Penn Cambria Panthers (2-7) and homestanding Somerset Golden Eagles (9-1) was a somewhat expected result, a 28-2 Somerset win.
It was senior Golden Eagles’ recognition night with 12 football players, four cheerleaders, and nine band members being recognized prior to the start of the game.
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.
Penn Cambria defeated Westmont Hilltop 33-8 on Friday night in a LHAC game between two teams hoping for some late-season success.
Penn Cambria won for the second time in nine weeks.
Westmont Hilltop still is looking for its first victory with one week remaining.
Penn Cambria (2-7) got its offense rolling on its second possession of the game behind junior tailback Tyler Strasser. Strasser broke free for a 16-yard run on the opening play of the possession before rattling off a 48-yard touchdown run on the second play.
The Panthers broke the game open in the second quarter as quarterback Chad Tsikalas found his groove. Penn Cambria’s first possession of the quarter saw Tsikalas hook up with two long strikes to Jake Hurley setting up a 1-yard Payton Behe touchdown plunge.
Later in the quarter, Tsikalas led a 9-play, 55-yard scoring drive completing two more long passes, this time to Mark Mardula and Dante Delerme respectively. The drive was capped off by a Mike Eckenrode 4-yard touchdown run and the Panthers went to the half up 19-0.
Bishop Carrol’s Brody Shuty began the season catching passes for the Huskies.
Now, the senior captain is throwing them.