—Going into last Thursday night’s showdown with Portersville Christian, A-C Valley’s Levi Orton was sixth on the all-time scoring list for Falcon boys hoopers. Orton entered the game needing 1 point to surpass Tim Orton, Levi’s dad, to move into the 5th spot. At the conclusion of the game, Levi had bucketed 15 points for a career total of 1,277 and left his “old man’s” 1,262 in the rearview mirror. Time will tell whether Orton can tally the additional 356 markers needed to become A-C Valley’s all-time leading scorer. Time will tell whether other teams will be able to field a defense to slow down Orton’s progress up the scoring list or whether the pandemic will take any additional toll. After A-C Valley’s season opener against Clarion, they were sidelined for 10 days due to a positive Covid diagnosis and the season may have been shortened by a game with the KSAC’s announcement to cancel the league championship game. Unlike in year’s past when District 9 qualified four Class A teams for the state tourney, this year, only the District Champion will advance. I was honored to see every game that Tim Orton played in high school. Just like his dad, Levi is one of the hardest workers in the league. Talent can take you a long way. Talent combined with a good work ethic can take you even further. Both Orton’s were blessed with talent along with a good work ethic. Personal goals aside, in a sport like basketball, team goals come first. Levi and his Falcon teammates have some work to do to top Tim’s 1984 A-C Valley squad. Tim led the Falcons to a District IX Class A 2nd place finish, losing to North Clarion in the final and then led A-C Valley to the Western Semi-Final and the PIAA Elite Eight before bowing out to the WPIAL champ and Vaughn Luton led Cornell High School. The Falcons had defeated Union of New Castle and Williamsburg in the 1st two round of the PIAA tournament. Good luck to Levi and his Falcon teammates for the remainder of the season.