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The pairings for the upcoming District 9 basketball pairings were released Friday, and 14 teams (11 boys, 6 girls) from the Tri-County Area will be involved in postseason tournaments in five different classifications, all with one main objective in mind — reach the state playoffs.

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Kane senior Ella Marconi put together a huge all-around performance for the second night in a row Saturday to power the Lady Wolves to their second straight Allegheny Mountain League title with a 50-39 victory against Johnsonburg.

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HERSHEY — Brookville squared off against two teams ranked in the Top 4 in the state Friday at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships, and the 10th-ranked Raiders went 1-1 to advance to the final day of states at the Giant Center.

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HERSHEY — Brookville, which has two PIAA Class AA Team Championship titles on its resume, just put together one of the program’s most memorable trips to Hershey, going 2-1 on Saturday to cap a 4-2 weekend that culminated in a fourth-place finish.

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DuBOIS — The District 4/9 Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships belonged to District 4 Saturday at DuBois Area High School as Selinsgrove knocked off Williamsport, 39-33, in the finals to capture the title and earn a trip to Hershey later this week.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois girls basketball team got a career night by senior Chelsea DeSalve and a near perfect performance at the foul line, but that still wasn’t enough to end a two-game losing streak as visiting St. Marys upended the Lady Beavers, 50-45, Friday night.

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BROCKWAY — The Brockway wrestling team made quick work of an undermanned Johnsonburg squad Friday afternoon, routing the Rams 57-21 in a District 9 Class AA quarterfinal matchup.

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DuBOIS — For years the phrase “go big or go home” has been thrown around fairly often when it came to sports.

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DuBOIS — When an opponent is missing key players, the last thing a team what’s do is let that opponent hang around and feel it has a chance to win.

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RIDGWAY — Friday’s highly anticipated rematch between Elk County Catholic and Ridgway lived up the hype, and it was the Crusaders who handled the pressure of the “big-game” moment better in a 44-38 victory in front of a packed house in Ridgway.

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JOHNSONBURG — The old saying “patience is a virtue” couldn’t have rung more true for the Johnsonburg boys basketball team Friday night as the Rams displayed more poise, particularly on the defensive end, as they knocked off rival Ridgway in overtime, 37-31.

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BROOKVILLE — Making it three wins in a row, the Brookville Raiders basketball team used an 11-0 run in the second half to grind out a 53-48 non-league win over visiting Clearfield Friday night.

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BROCKWAY — One of the biggest problems when tinkering with a fuel mixture is finding the right blend.

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DuBOIS — The District 9 Competitive Spirit Championships where held Saturday at DuBois Area High School, and for the second straight year, Elk County Catholic and DuBois were the only local squads to earn a trip to the PIAA Championships in Hershey this weekend.

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ST. MARYS — Two minutes may not seem all that long in the grand scheme of a basketball game, but that short period of time proved to be the difference for Elk County Catholic Friday night against in a 66-42 victory against visiting DuBois Central Catholic.

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ST. MARYS — Johnsonburg and St. Marys each pulled out hard fought victories Friday afternoon at St. Marys High School to reach the finals of the Elk County Girls Basketball Holiday Tournament.

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ST. MARYS — The St. Marys girls basketball team got a huge night from junior Kaylee Muccio as the Lady Dutch handed Johnsonburg its first loss of the season, 41-31, Saturday evening to capture its third Elk County Holiday Tournament title in four years.

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BROOKVILLE — Trying to end an early-season slump, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team repeated its Christmas Tournament title with a pressure-filled 59-35 win over DuBois Central Catholic Friday night.

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ST. MARYS — The Elk County Catholic and Ridgway boys basketball teams each captured lopsided victories Friday to set up an early-season showdown of undefeated teams in the finals of the Elk County Holiday Tournament.

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DuBOIS — After seemingly putting things on ice with a big third quarter, the DuBois Area High School boys basketball team had to pick things up at the end to hold off Brockway, 59-44, in the championship game of the DuBois Holiday Tournament Saturday.

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MECHANICSBURG — The Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Football Teams for Class A, 3A and 5A were announced Friday, and the Clarion-Limestone junior duo of Austin Newcomb and Ben Smith were the lone players from the Tri-County Area to receive honors among those classifications.

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CLARION — On the college stage, literally, the Brookville Raiders wrestling team rode the strength of six pins and 11 wins in a 53-13 rout of Falconer-Cassadaga Valley, N.Y., Friday night at Clarion University’s Marwick-Boyd Auditorium.

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BROOKVILLE — Two days after a 25-point loss to Ridgway, the Brookville Raiders basketball team found itself staring at an eerily similar scenario.

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ST. MARYS — Coming off a tough overtime loss Tuesday at Hollidaysburg, the St. Marys girls basketball team bounced back in big way Friday in the Dutch Oven with a 53-39 victory against Brookville in its District 9 League opener.

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DuBOIS — The 2018 high school football season is in the rear view mirror, but it was one in which several area teams and individual athletes put together memorable years.

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BROOKVILLE — In a night where it mostly struggled shooting the ball, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team used a second-half surge to hold off Elk County Catholic for a District 9 League-opening 54-50 win Friday night.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois wrestling team added a new chapter to its storied rivalry with Clearfield, rallying from a 27-point deficit with five bouts remaining to pull out a thrilling 37-36 victory.

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DuBOIS — Senior Dalton Woodrow became the 12th member of the DuBois wrestling program’s Century Club Friday and did so in dramatic and memorable fashion by pinning Clearfield’s Bryce Daubs in 1:26 in the final bout of the night to give the Beavers a thrilling 37-36 come-from-behind victory.

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BROOKVILLE — Perhaps Warren’s Griffin Suppa’s half-court buzzer-beating 3-pointer just before halftime was a foreboding sign for the Brookville Raiders.

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JOHNSONBURG — After years of struggling to field competitors, the Johnsonburg wrestling program has seen its numbers increase in recent years — along with that has come more success on the mat.

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BROOKVILLE — Knocking off the two-time defending tournament champions and dealing North Clarion its first regular-season loss in almost two years, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team claimed its first tip-off title in three years with a 47-37 win Saturday night.

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BROCKWAY –Some big free-throw shooting down the stretch helped the DuBois Area High School girls’ basketball team hold off a late charge by Redbank Valley to pick up a 58-47 victory Friday and land itself in the title game of the Brockway Tip-Off Tournament.

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RIDGWAY — Coming off its first winning season in recent years, the Ridgway girls basketball team will look to a pair of returning starters and a few new players to lead them to another successful season on the hardwood.

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ST. MARYS — The St. Marys girls basketball team had a very young team last year, and while the Lady Dutch are still young, their experience level has increased ahead of this season.

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HAZLETON — Coming off back-to-back losses, the Penn State DuBois women’s basketball team responded in a big way by sweeping a pair of road Penn State University Athletic Conference games over the weekend.

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ST. MARYS — The St. Marys boys basketball team will have to find a way to replace a large senior class that graduated in order for the Dutchmen to find success on the hardwood this season.

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SLIPPERY ROCK — The Clearfield football team needed to play mistake free in Saturday evening’s PIAA Class 4A first-round playoff matchup to stay in the game with two-time defending state champion Cathedral Prep.

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DuBOIS — Turning over Brookville six times, the Brockway Rovers marched into the District 9 Class AA Championship game with a 38-18 win on a frigid Saturday night at E.J. Mansell Stadium.

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BRADFORD — Smethport used its potent ground attack to run past Curwensville, 28-0, Friday night at Bradford’s Parkway Field to reach its first District 9 Class A title game since winning the crown in 1998.

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BROCKWAY — Injuries are a part of football and no coach wants to see a player get hurt, especially a key player. Unfortunately, such an injury happened as Clarion-Limestone saw their season come to an end 22-12 to Coudersport at Varischetti Field in Brockway on Friday evening in the District…

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DuBOIS — While there were some flurries in the air, the only ones that mattered to Ridgway were the flurry of fourth-quarter points that it put on the board as it rallied for a 15-7 victory over Moniteau in the District 9 Class 2A semifinals at E.J. Mansell Stadium Saturday afternoon.

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ST. MARYS — It’s often said the postseason is an opportunity for teams to start with a clean slate, and that was certainly the case for Curwensville football team Friday night as they shut out Elk County Catholic, 26-0, in a District 9 Class A quarterfinal game.

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ST. MARYS — The Clarion volleyball program climbed back to the top of the mountain when it comes to District 9 Class A volleyball Saturday, as the Lady Cats pulled out a hard-fought sweep against Ridgway to capture its first district crown since 2015.