Clarion U. wrestling hits road

DEKALB, Ill. — The Clarion University wrestling team continues its early-season schedule this weekend with a trip on Saturday to Northern Illinois for a three-match schedule.

The Golden Eagles start with Utah Valley at noon, the hosts at 2 p.m. and Harper at 4 p.m.

From there, it’s off to the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas Nov. 30. The PSAC Championships are Dec. 8 at Kutztown University.

The Golden Eagles don’t return home until Dec. 21 when they host Pittsburgh at Marwick-Boyd Auditorium.

CUP football ends season

CLARION — Finishing the year with six straight losses, the Clarion University football dropped a 23-17 decision at home to East Stroudsburg last Saturday.

The season ended at 4-7 for the Golden Eagles, who lost four of their last seven by margins of seven or less points. East Stroudsburg scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Both the Golden Eagles and the Warriors were beset with poor weather, as high winds and low temperatures affected the early part of the game.

East Stroudsburg made the better of it early on, building a 16-3 lead midway through the second quarter, but Clarion scored 14 straight points to take the lead by the end of the third quarter. The Warriors re-took the lead with 11:08 remaining and held off two prime Golden Eagles scoring opportunities in the fourth quarter, including a goal line stand on fourth down, to take the win.

Scott Florence was a revelation on offense, producing his best game of the season with 111 rushing yards, 48 receiving yards and a rushing touchdown.

GCC makes postseason

DANBURY, Conn. — For the first time in 21 seasons, the Grove City College football team has qualified for postseason play. Monday afternoon, the Wolverines learned that they will host Morrisville State (N.Y.) in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III James Lynah Bowl. Kickoff this Saturday at Robert E. Thorn Field will be 1 p.m.

Grove City enters Saturday’s bowl game on a six-game win streak. Last Saturday, Grove City (7-3) concluded the regular season with a 42-15 home win over Thiel in the 35th Mercer County Cup game. The Wolverines’ 7-3 overall record is the program’s best since the 1997 team went 9-1 and hosted the ECAC Southwest Bowl.

Each of the six consecutive wins came in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play. Grove City (6-3 PAC) set a program record for single-season conference wins.

Morrisville State (6-4) enters the James Lynah Bowl having won four of its last five games.

Several District 9 players are on the Wolverines’ roster, including Redbank Valley’s Connor Shoemaker and Brookville’s Seth Ray. Shoemaker, a junior, has appeared in four games as a special-teamer. Ray, a sophomore, appeared in one game on special teams as well.

Senior Ethan Conto, a senior outside linebacker, ranks fifth on the team in tackles.

PIAA fall playoffs continue

While District 9 has no teams remaining in the volleyball or soccer state playoffs, here’s a quick look at what’s left going into this week:

— D9 Class 1A volleyball champion Clarion was eliminated in the second round last Saturday against District 6 runner-up Northern Cambria, which beat the Lady Cats for the second time this year. This time around, it was a four-set win at Punxsutawney High School. Northern Cambria faced D6 champion in the semifinals Tuesday in Altoona. On the other side, it was District 5 champion Berlin playing District 11 champion Pottsville Nativity. The winners advance to Saturday’s final at Cumberland High School at 10:30 a.m.

In Class 2A, defending state champion Freeport, which swept Redbank Valley in the first round last week, faced District 6 champion Bald Eagle Area Tuesday at Clarion High School. The winner heads to the finals on Saturday also at Cumberland Valley starting at 1 p.m. against either D3 champion Delone Catholic or D2 champion Holy Redeemer.

In Class 3A, it was D10 champion Warren facing WPIAL champion Knoch at Clarion also on Tuesday. The winner faces either D3 champion West York or D11 champion Allentown Central Catholic Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

— In soccer, girls’ semifinal matchups on Tuesday with winners headed to Hershey on Saturday:

Class 1A: East Juniata (D4 runner-up) vs. Southern Columbia (D4 champion); Freedom (WPIAL champion) vs. Shady Side Academy (WPIAL third).

Class 2A: Lewisburg (D4 runner-up) vs. Boiling Springs (D3 runner-up); South Park (WPIAL champion) vs. Bedford (D5 champion).

Class 3A: Villa Joseph Maria (D1 champion) vs. Mechanicsburg (D3 runner-up); Blue Mountain (D11 champion) vs. Oakland Catholic (WPIAL champion).

Class 4A: Ephrata (D3 runner-up) vs. Pennridge (D1-third place); Peter Township (WPIAL runner-up) vs. Souderton (D1-runner-up).

Boys semifinal matchups:

Class 1A: Faith Christian (D1 champion) vs. Millville (D4 champion); Avonworth (WPIAL champion) vs. Greensburg Central Catholic (WPIAL runner-up).

Class 2A: Midd West (D4 runner-up) vs. Fleetwood (D3 runner-up); Shady Side (WPIAL champion) vs. Deer Lakes (WPIAL third place).

Class 3A: Strath Haven (D1 champion) vs. Archbishop Wood (D12 champion); West Allegheny (WPIAL runner-up) vs. Franklin Regional (WPIAL champion)

Class 4A: Unionville (D1 fourth place) vs. Wilson (D3 runner-up); Radnor (D1 fifth place) vs. Seneca Valley (WPIAL champion).

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