Simon, Lions lose
in CFL West Final
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Greater Johnstown High School graduate Geroy Simon caught six passes for 56 yards, but the defending Grey Cup champion British Columbia Lions fell 34-29 to the visiting Calgary Stampeders on Sunday in the Canadian Football League’s West Division Final.
Simon, who is the CFL’s all-time career receiving yardage leader, had a long reception of 26 yards but couldn’t find the end zone against Calgary. The Stampeders (13-6) limited the Lions (13-6) to a pair of touchdowns and five field goals.
Simon, who appeared in his 16th career CFL playoff game, played a key role in a drive that pulled the Lions within 17-16 at halftime. On a second-and-1 play late in the opening half, short-yardage quarterback Mike Reilly found Simon for a 26-yard completion. Veteran quarterback Travis Lulay hit Simon again and running back Andrew Harris for another first down before the Stampeders defense stiffened and forced a field goal.
Calgary’s Kevin Glenn had three touchdown tosses, as the Stampeders booked their ticket to the 100th Grey Cup.
District championship games scheduled
The PIAA football playoffs continue this weekend with two District 6 championship contests and a District 5 title game.
n In District 6-AA, sixth-seeded Forest Hills (9-3) will play top-seeded Richland
(12-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Mansion Park. The winner will advance to face the winner of the 10-AA championship game between Hickory (10-1) and Wilmington (9-2).
n In District 6-A, sixth-seeded Bishop McCort (9-3) will face top-seeded Bellwood-Antis (11-1) at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Mansion Park. The winner will advance to face the winner of the 3-A championship game between Delone Catholic (8-3) and Steelton-Highspire (8-3).
n In District 5-A, fourth-seeded North Star (10-2) will face second-seeded Berlin-Brothersvalley (10-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Somerset High School. The winner will advance to face the winner of the District 7 (WPIAL) championship game between three-time defending state champion Clairton (12-0) and Sto-Rox (11-1). Clairton has won 59 consecutive games, tying a state record.
n District 5-AA champion Chestnut Ridge (6-5) will face District 9 champion Karns City (9-3) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Clarion University. The winner will advance to face the winner of the District 7 (WPIAL) championship game between Washington (12-0) and Aliquippa (12-0).
Simon, Lions lose
- High School Sports
Shade softball thriving on Karl’s watch
Frank Karl coached the majority of the girls who comprise Shade High School’s softball team from the time they played T-ball and coach pitch.
Karl was there when the group, as elementary-school students, once rallied from an 18-run deficit to win a game, and he hoped to be there when the group reached the varsity level.
MIKE KOVAK| Blending schedules a challenge for athletic directors
Bishop McCort basketball gets it. So does Greater Johnstown basketball.
Go ahead and count Somerset baseball among the mix. The same goes for Ligonier Valley softball and Northern Cambria volleyball.
What is it that these different programs from various locations within The Tribune-Democrat coverage area get exactly?
CORY ISENBERG| Stakes rise as schedules shrink
There are fewer events on the daily high school sports schedules, but the stakes are going up for area athletes as the spring season heads into its final weeks.
In track and field, the three area conferences will hold their championship meets this week.
In Portage today, the WestPAC athletes will gather for their championships while the Laurel Highlands and Heritage meets will be on Tuesday at Somerset and United, respectively.
Seven Conemaugh Township athletes make commitments
Dillon Boyer entered Thursday’s scholastic baseball action ranked fourth in the state with a .688 batting average.
Boyer will take those impressive numbers a few miles North on Route 219 when he continues his career at the next level. The Conemaugh Township senior will attend Pitt-Johnstown and play NCAA Division II baseball for coach Todd Williams.
Four from Richland committed to UPJ
For Sabrina Wingard, the opportunity to play collegiate soccer with her sister, Savanna, was too great an opportunity to skip.
For Bobby Colvin, Curt Colvin and Ismail Ahmad, the idea of playing highly competitive soccer next to their high school campus made for an easy choice.
- Local sports in brief 4/4/2013
Subich, Dell recognized for football
Greater Johnstown High School senior Nick Subich earned the Joe Sarra Community Service Award and took a Scholar Athlete Award at the recent Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet.
The Joseph D. Sarra Community Service Award is named for the long-time chapter board member and former Penn State assistant football coach.
Trexler gets his 1,000th point in McCort victory
While much of the Northeast was belted by massive accumulations of snow, the Blizzard Nemo mostly spared the Johnstown area.
Another Nemo created a buzz on Osborne Street on Friday night, though the flurry of points had nothing to do with the winter weather.
Chestnut Ridge advances in PIAA Class AA team championship
Chestnut Ridge coach Greg Lazor expected District 3 champ Boiling Springs to push his team to the limit in Friday’s PIAA Class AA team wrestling quarterfinals.
And up to the end, it was a close one: Three matches went to overtime and the Lions carried a lead when the weight classes turned to the low end, but the Bubblers won four straight to end the quarterfinal round a winner, 32-25.
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