Updated: Mar 5, 2020
As we approach the beginning of March, the calendar has once again rolled around to my favorite time of the sports year. The high school basketball playoffs have begun and the NCAA’s March Madness is soon to follow. Karns City dropped a first-round decision to Clarion, 54-48, in District IX “AA” play. Chase Beighley led the Gremlins with a 21-point effort. Moniteau also lost in the first round with a 53-42 loss to Kane. The Warriors’ Ethan McDeavitt tallied 17 points in the loss. And, Union’s girls bowed out of the playoff with a 51-33 defeat at the hands of Elk County Catholic. Dominika Logue paced the Golden Damsels with 21 points. Beighly led District IX in scoring during the regular season by putting up 24.5 points per game. A-C Valley’s Levi Orton followed close behind and was 2nd with a scoring average of 22.8/game. Other locals in the top 25 were Cranberry’s Matt McQuaide (10th, 18.9) and McDeavitt (22nd, 14.8). On the girl’s side, Logue was the leading local finishing 5th in District IX at 17 points per game. Moniteau’s Aslyn Pry (8th, 15.9), Keystone’s Emily Lauer (9th, 14.6), Cranberry’s Ava Ferringer (13th, 14.2)
Moniteau’s Kristin Auvil (17th, 12.6) and Karns City’s Emma Johns (18th, 12.6) also cracked the top 25. As I’ve noted before, basketball is a team sport and I’m sure each of these individuals would acknowledge that they couldn’t score as many points as they do without the help of their teammates. Good luck to all who remain in the playoffs.