Clarion 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.
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.
Clarion finished the season 1-10 overall and 1-6 in the PSAC while Bloomsburg finished 7-4 and 4-3 in the PSAC.
Waynesburg blanked by W&J in finale
WASHINGTON — The Waynesburg University football team wrapped up its season last Saturday, losing 42-0 to 10th-ranked Washington & Jefferson.
W&J (10-0, 8-0) clinched a share of the Presidents Athletic Conference title with the victory.
Waynesburg was led by junior linebacker John-Glen Davis, who piled up a team-high 12 tackles, seven of which were solo stops. Davis also totaled a game-high 3.0 tackles for loss. Sophomore safety VaShon Graham added 10 tackles on the afternoon.
Freshman JaWuan Jones led the Waynesburg offense with four catches for 66 yards. Jones also returned a punt for 14 yards and took two kicks back for 37 yards.
Redbank Valley’s Jake Dougherty started at quarterback for the Yellowjackets, completing 10 of 19 passes for 100 yards with two interceptions. He also carried the ball 17 times for 13 yards, five of those attempts actually being sacks totaling 28 yards in losses.
For the year, the junior Dougherty started the final three games at quarterback and completed 22 of 38 passes for 233 yards. He also rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns while catching nine passes for 99 yards and a score.
Slippery Rock women drop openers
CINCINNATI, Ohio — After going 0-2 in the season-opening PSAC-CIAA Challenge in Richmond, Va., last weekend, the Slippery Rock University women’s basketball team dropped an 85-52 decision in an exhibition game with NCAA Division I foe Cincinnati Monday night.
Redbank Valley’s Brooke Hinderliter scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes. She grabbed five rebounds while going 3-for-6 from the 3-point line.
Over the weekend, Slippery Rock lost to Virginia State (82-55) and Lincoln (78-72). Hinderliter scored four points and made five rebounds in 20 minutes against Virginia State while leading the team with 18 points and eight rebounds on 7-of-13 shooting in 32 minutes in the loss to Lincoln.
Next up for SRU is its PSAC openers at home this weekend against Shippensburg Saturday and Kutztown Sunday.
— Also in basketball at Waynesburg University, Redbank Valley’s Sam Heeter starts his sophomore year Friday when the Yellowjackets open against Whitman University in Walla Walla, Wash., followed by a matchup with Whitworth in Spokane, Wash.
Next Wednesday, Waynesburg has its home opener against Fredonia.
Heeter averaged 2.8 points per game in 18 games for the Yellowjackets, who were 6-19 last year.
— At Chatham University in Pittsburgh, the Cougars open their season Wednesday at home against Franciscan. Junior Devin Shumaker appeared in 24 of the team’s 26 games last year, averaging 1.4 points in limited playing time.
Chatham was 10-16 last year.
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.
Jr. High girls’ basketball win tourneys
NEW BETHLEHEM — Coming off a weekend tournament title weekend at home, both Redbank Valley junior high girls’ basketball teams beat Clarion Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs beat Clarion in the A game, 40-27, as Caylen Rearick scored 11 points and Ryleigh Smathers added eight points. In the B game, Arissa Bish scored seven points.
The A team improved to 10-0 while the B squad is 6-4 going into Wednesday’s home game against Cranberry. Friday, the Lady Bulldogs visit North Clarion.
In other games:
Teams sweep to tourney titles
Both Redbank Valley junior high girls’ basketball teams went 5-0 at Saturday’s tournament at home.
The eighth-graders notched wins over Union (55-46), DuBois (35-20), Karns City (36-20) and Nittany Valley (46-31). In the championship game win over Union, Caylen Rearick and Alivia Huffman scored 17 and 11 points respectively.
The seventh-graders beat Union (39-28), DuBois (26-22), Karns City (28-19) and St. Francis (25-15). In the final win against DuBois, Ember Hetrick scored 17 points.
Lady Bulldogs sweep C-L
In last Wednesday’s games against Clarion-Limestone, the Lady Bulldogs won the A game 38-17 and the B game 27-18. Alivia Huffman and Katie Davis scored 14 and 10 points respectively in the A game while Ember Hetrick finished with 21 points in the B game.
Big Buck tickets on sale
NEW BETHLEHEM — The annual New Bethlehem Area Big Buck Contest tickets are on sale through Nov. 26 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office, various businesses in the New Bethlehem area or any local fireman.
Tickets are $5 each with $10 for three and $30 for a full book of 10.
As usual, buck weigh-ins are scheduled at the New Bethlehem Fire Hall Nov. 27-28 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the remainder of the season from 6 to 8 p.m.
The final drawing will be held at the fire hall Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.