CUP falls to Bloomsburg, 31-15

BLOOMSBURG — Jeff Clemens threw for a career-high 247 yards while Mylique McGriff combined for 162 all-purpose yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Clarion Golden Eagles closed their football season with a 31-15 loss to Bloomsburg last Saturday.

The two teams met earlier in the season, with the Huskies edging out Clarion 29-20 back on Sept. 9.

This time around, the Golden Eagles got on the board first with a 44-yard strike from Clemens to Cameron Jefferies, making it 7-0 Clarion at the 6:01 mark in the 1st quarter.

Bloomsburg scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 17-7 lead into halftime, ultimately rattling off 31 unanswered points. Clarion closed the gap to 31-15 late in the third quarter when Clemens found Marcus McCoy for a 36-yard touchdown pass.

Unfortunately, for Clarion, a stalled drive and an interception in the fourth quarter sealed the game for the Huskies.

Clemens finished the day 16-of-29 passing for 247 yards to go along with two touchdowns and an interception.

McGriff was Clarion’s leading rusher and receiver, picking up 91 yards on the ground along with 71 yards through the air.

Brandon Vocco led the Clarion defense with 13 total tackles while Sam Fareri picked up his fourth interception of the season.

Clarion finished the season 1-10 overall and 1-6 in the PSAC while Bloomsburg finished 7-4 and 4-3 in the PSAC.

Wortman, Buffington lead Behrend XC at regionals

CARLISLE – Former Elk County Catholic standout Zach Wortman was named to the All-Freshman Team after finishing 42nd at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Mideast Regional last Saturday.

The Penn State Behrend men’s cross country team placed 16th out of 51 teams at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Dickinson on Saturday. The Lions finished with a team score of 496.

Wortman, who was tabbed Newcomer of the Year, led the Lions at NCAA Regionals with a time of 26:12.1. Senior and Brookville native Dylan Buffington, Ian Griffith and St. Marys’ Jarrod Lipsey finished second, third, and fourth for the Lions in 54th, 99th, and 118th respectively. Buffington finished in 26:32.5, Griffith crossed the line at 27:10.1, and Lipsey finished in 27:28.7.

The Lions wrap up another successful season that saw the program win its seventh straight AMCC Championship and 11th overall.

Brockway, Clarion teams

advance to final four

SLIPPERY ROCK — Both the Brockway boys’ soccer team and Clarion High School volleyball teams reached the state semifinals Tuesday at Slippery Rock.

Last Saturday’s 2-1 win over WPIAL runner-up Springdale put the Rovers in the Class 1A semifinals. It’s the first time a D9 boys’ soccer team reached the final four and just the third overall with the Karns City girls doing it twice in 2015 and 1996.

The 20-0 Rovers faced WPIAL champion North Catholic Tuesday with the winner advancing the finals on Saturday in Hershey against either District 3 champion Camp Hill or District 12 champion Masterman at 1:30 p.m. at Hersheypark Stadium.

In volleyball, Clarion has been a contender before, but the Lady Bobcats were the third-place finisher out of District 9 Class 1A. They reeled off two wins to get to within one win of the finals, including a five-set win over WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin and then a four-set win over District 6 champion Northern Cambria last Saturday.

Clarion won the 2012 Class 1A state title and it’ll get a chance again if it beat District 10 champion Maplewood at Slippery Rock High School on Tuesday. The winner gets either District 11 champion Marian Catholic or D6 runner-up Bishop Carroll in Saturday’s final held at Richland High School in Johnstown at 11 a.m.

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