Keystone Boys’ Knock Off Venango Catholic

| February 15, 2019


KNOX, Pa. (D9Sports) – Keystone’s balanced offensive attack led it to a convincing 67-45 victory over Venango Catholic.

(Photo of Andrew Lauer of Keystone. Photo by Mary Rearick)

Andrew Lauer scored a team-high 14 points and added eight rebounds while Issak Jones and Dawson Steele had 10 tallies apiece. Brooks LaVan dished out four assists.

Ben Gillispie had a game-high 20 points for Venango Catholic while Parker Slagle netted 14.

KARNS CITY 69, UNION 48

KARNS CITY, Pa. – Ethan McElroy exploded for a career-high 21 points while hitting five 3-pointers to lead Karns City to a 69-48 win over visiting Union in KSAC South action.

Nathan Waltman added a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Gremlins, while Austin Fahlor had 15 points and eight rebounds and Chase Beighley 15 points and seven assists.

Nolan Cumberland led Union with 14 points, Truman Vereb chipped in 10 tallies with Luke Bowser and Caden Rainey each scoring seven.

AML SEMIFINALS

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 61, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 35

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Led by 15 points from Regis Wortman, 11 different Elk County Catholic players scored while helping the Crusaders reach the AML Championship Game for the seventh straight season and for the 12th time in the 14 years of the game with a 61-35 throttling of visiting DuBois Central Catholic in the AML Semifinals.

ECC led 31-21 at halftime and then outscored the Cardinals 12-0 in the third quarter to take complete control of the game.

Ben Hoffman and Carter Lindemuth each added seven points in the win.

Jonathan Kurtz led DCC with 14 points with Justin Miknis scoring 13.

ECC will take on Ridgway for the fifth straight year in the AML Title game at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Marys High School. A year ago, Ridgway broke ECC’s run of three straight AML titles with a 48-37 win. The Crusaders beat the Elkers in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In all, ECC has gone 6-5 in AML Title Games winning titles in 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and finishing second in 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2018.

RIDGWAY 46, JOHNSONBURG 36

RIDGWAY, Pa. – Jake Reynolds hit three second-quarter 3-pointers on his way to 15 points, as defending AML Champion Ridgway advanced to the 2019 AML Title Game with a 46-36 win over visiting Johnsonburg in the AML Semifinals.

The Elkers trailed 11-10 after one quarter but behind Reynold’s hot shooting took a 23-20 halftime lead. Neither team scored much in the third quarter, but Ridgway was able to move its lead out to six points, 29-23, before the Elkers scored all 15 of their fourth-quarter points from the free-throw line going 15 of 23 from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes.

Matt Dush added 13 points in the win for Ridgway.

Austin Green scored a game-high 17 points for Johnsonburg.

Ridgway will rematch with ECC, who it beat, 48-37, in last year’s title game, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Marys High School. This will be the fifth straight AML Title game between the Elkers and the Crusaders with ECC winning in 2015, 2016 and 2017.


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