Preseason practices officially began for spring sports teams in the area on Monday, including Redbank Valley and Union.
That would include baseball, softball, and track and field at Redbank Valley while Union added softball to its already established baseball and track and field programs.
Tentative opening dates on the schedules:
Track and field: Both teams host Armstrong, March 26
Baseball: March 27, at Karns City
Softball: March 27, at Karns City
Track and field: Both teams at Redbank Valley, March 28
Baseball: April 5 at Karns City
Softball: March 26 at Moniteau
Shaffer, Bish at PAJW Jr. High Tourney
JOHNSTOWN — Two Redbank Valley junior high wrestlers — Dalton Bish and Kristopher Shaffer — wrestled at last weekend’s Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
Kristopher Shaffer went 2-2 at 132 pounds while Dalton Bish went 1-2 at 117 pounds.
Shaffer started the tournament with two straight wins — a 2-0 decision over Wyatt Schmucker of Latrobe and an 8-3 sudden victory win over Saegertown’s Landon Caldwell.
Then Shaffer was pinned by North Allegheny’s Grant MacKay in the quarterfinals. MacKay went on to win the title, going 5-0.
In the consolations one win away from a top-eight medal finish, Shaffer dropped a 3-2 decision to Norwin’s eventual fifth-placer Chase Kranitz.
Bish won his opener in a 5-3 decision over Somerset’s Ethan Hemminger, but lost his next two in a 4-0 decision to Cathedral Prep’s Caleb Canavan and a 5-1 decision to West Chester Rustin’s Marek Seaman.
Among Area 5 teams, Clearfield wound up tied for seventh in the team standings with four top-eight medal finishers — Oliver Billotte and Mark McGonigal with fourth-place finishes and Nick Domico and Nolan Barr in eighth place.
DuBois’ Kolby Franklin won the title at 212 pounds, going 5-0.