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ST. MARYS — The burden of carrying streaks can be cumbersome, but the Elk County Catholic High School boys’ basketball team will hope to start some of their own this season.

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BROOKVILLE — With virtually all of its ammunition back from last year, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball will take a shot at taking things deeper into the postseason this year.

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BROOKVILLE — Hearing a coach talk about his roster needing to get healthy has a cliche feel to it many times. For Brookville Raiders second-year head coach Dalton Park, it’s a real concern.

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JOHNSONBURG — Last season the Johnsonburg girls basketball team was knocked out of the District 9 Class A tournament in the quarterfinals in a 51-42 loss to A-C Valley as they finished the year 10-13 overall and fell short of a trip to the PIAA playoffs.

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RIDGWAY — As Ridgway looks to continue its success on the hardwood, the Elkers will need their upperclassmen to step up and lead on and off the court in place of a large departed senior class from last season.

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DuBOIS – A wealth of returning talent, and a deep roster, has DuBois Central Catholic optimistic entering this season.

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BROCKWAY — Imagining a shapeless world might seem to be something confined to the field of theoretical physics, but it may actually have some real-world applications for the Brockway High School girls basketball team this season.

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DuBOIS — It’s often said about a team that finished the previous season with 15 losses, but the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals are a team on the rise.

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DuBOIS — It’s always easier to add some polish and buff out some imperfections than it is to build something from scratch.

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DuBOIS — While the DuBois Area High School girls basketball team will have a lot of questions to answer, one thing that they won’t have to do is try to reinvent the wheel.

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DuBOIS — The Penn State DuBois women’s basketball team led from start to finish on their way to a 74-63 victory over visiting Butler County Community College Monday night.

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DuBOIS — The Penn State DuBois men’s basketball team rallied from two different double-digit deficits in the second half Monday night against Butler County Community College (BC3) only to suffer a tough shootout loss in the end to the Pioneers, 110-103.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Area High School varsity boys basketball team is officially under new leadership for the first time in a decade, and freshly hired head coach Dave Bennett is excited to get to work.

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The Pennsylvania Sports Writers Girls All-State Basketball Teams were released Tuesday, and for the second straight year the recently crowned Tri-County Sunday/Courier Express Player of the Year was the lone local player to earn honors among the state’s six classifications.

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BRADFORD — The District 9 League released its 2017-18 All-Star teams on Monday, and both the boys and girls squads were filled with players from the Tri-County Area.

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KITTANNING — The Ridgway boys basketball team gave defending state champion Sewickley Academy all it could handle on Wednesday evening, but ultimately fell as a three-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime went long as the Elkers fell, 44-41, in the PIAA Class 2A second round at A…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Elk County Catholic boys basketball team never really found a solution to Bishop Carroll’s full-court press, and it resulted in well over 20 turnovers in a 57-47 loss to the Huskies on Tuesday evening in the second round of the PIAA Class A Tournament at Punxsutawney High School.

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While two of the three basketball teams left in the Tri-County area in the Elk County Catholic boys and the Brookville girls will tip off their second round games tonight, the Ridgway boys will play Wednesday.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Dream went to halftime down by just one point on Saturday evening against the Grand Rapids Danger, but the Danger outscored the Dream, 46-28, in the third quarter as DuBois fell to Grand Rapids, 144-115, at DuBois Central Catholic High School.

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I covered five games over the weekend at Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University –all three on Friday evening, and the two boys district championship games on Saturday.

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DuBOIS — The Punxsutawney girls basketball team used a strong second-half surge to put away St. Marys, 47-24, Wednesday night at DuBois Area High School to capture their second straight District 9 Class 4A title and four D-9 crown in a row.

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BROOKVILLE — The No. 5 Elk County Catholic girls basketball team never led on Wednesday evening, but gave top-seeded North Clarion all it could handle in a 43-31 loss in the District 9 Class A semifinals at Brookville High School.

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DuBOIS — Ridgway seized control of its District 9 Class AA semifinal game against Clarion in the first quarter Tuesday night, and the Bobcats were never able to recover as the Elkers reached the championship game with a 44-24 victory at DuBois Area High School.

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ST. MARYS — Three minutes into the District 9 AA boys basketball playoff game on Thursday between Curwensville and Coudersport, the Golden Tide held a lead and had not yet surrendered a basket. Once the Falcons scored, the switch was flipped, and they never looked back. By the end of the fir…

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HYDE — Given some of the happenings on, and off, the mat this season, Saturday is poised to be exciting day at the District 4/9 Class AAA Wrestling Championships at Clearfield Area High School.

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CLARION — A third matchup with backyard rival Clarion didn’t go like the first two games for the Clarion-Limestone Lions basketball team in Thursday night’s District 9 Class AA quarterfinals at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium.

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CLARION — The Brockway boys basketball team jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead Thursday night against Keystone, and that strong start proved to be the difference in the Rovers’ 46-42 victory in a District 9 Class AA quarterfinal game at Clarion University.

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BROOKVILLE — The Ridgway and Keystone girls basketball team’s had 13 lead changes in their District 9 Class AA quarterfinal game on Wednesday evening at Brookville High School, but the game changed as Lady Elker forward Emily Fullem picked up her fourth foul with a minute and a half to play …

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BROOKVILLE — After a 12-day layoff since their last game, the No. 6 Johnsonburg girls basketball team didn’t show any real sign of rust in the District 9 Class A quarterfinal game against A-C Valley on Wednesday evening.

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HYDE — After St. Marys took a brief 9-8 lead in the first quarter of Wednesday’s District 9 Class 4A boys basketball semifinal at Bison Gymnasium, Clearfield quickly regained the advantage and upped its lead to 18-12 by the end of the frame.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois girls basketball team knew it faced an uphill battle against Hollidaysburg in its District 6/8/9/ 5A semifinal game Tuesday night, a task made even harder when junior Chelsea DeSalve was lost to a non-basketball related injury over the weekend.

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EMPORIUM — The ninth-seeded DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team built a 10-point lead at halftime in their District 9 Class A first round game on Tuesday evening against No. 8 Cameron County.

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The area has seen a handful of athletes succeed in basketball at the next level so far this season.

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The District 9 basketball playoff brackets were finally released Sunday afternoon and most of the sites and times for the opening round matchups have been set.

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KANE — The DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team was once again overmatched by Kane for the third time this season, ending Thursday evening’s AML semifinal in a 57-33 loss to the Lady Wolves.

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BROOKVILLE — Call it a complete reversal for the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team. And, now it’s one win away from winning a district title.

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DuBOIS — The phrase “Stop, drop and roll” is used to teach elementary-school children what they should to if their clothes happen to catch fire.