Brandon Vocco had an up-close view of Michael Bryja’s work on the Portage mound on Tuesday.
When Vocco came to the plate with the game on the line in the bottom of the sixth inning, he wasn’t about to let down his pitcher.
Few things went well for Portage on Tuesday night against visiting Blacklick Valley in their WestPAC North basketball matchup.
The Mustangs committed double-digit turnovers and were a dismal 11 of 27 from the free-throw line while playing without one of their 1,000-point scorers, senior Emily Chobany, who was out with a wrist injury.
But the fierce and speedy Portage defense got contributions from all 12 other girls on the roster, forcing 33 Vikings turnovers, holding the visitors to single-digit scoring in all four quarters and outrebounding undersized Blacklick Valley 63-29 in a 61-25 win.
Portage Area Mustangs basketball standout Olivia McCabe is taking her game to the next level, but she’s doing it close to home.
On Friday, McCabe signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Pitt-Johnstown under new coach Mike Drahos.
PORTAGE — Bishop Guilfoyle spotted Portage an early lead in Friday’s District 6-A semifinal contest, but Marauder quarterback Brandon Chadbourn responded by igniting his club with several big plays that turned the tide in Guilfoyle’s favor as they took control and pulled away en route to a 42-10 win.
Second opportunities don’t come along very often, especially not in a championship game against an arch-rival.
Bedford High School coach Kevin Steele and his players will seek redemption and some hardware against Chestnut Ridge in the District 5-8 Class AA subregion championship game at Northern Bedford’s Panther Community Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Somerset High’s defense has been the foundation of the Golden Eagles’ success throughout a 10-1 season.
The middle of the defense – with senior nose guard Matt Boyer, junior middle linebacker Logan Eller and junior tackle Colton Slayback – often forms an impenetrable wall.
The top-seeded Portage Mustangs came up with impact plays at crucial times in the first half to take control of Friday night’s District 6 Class A first-round playoff game against visiting Blairsville, and eventually pulled away to earn a 49-14 victory.
The Mustangs (10-1) advanced to the semifinals and will face the Penns Manor-Bishop Guilfoyle winner next weekend.