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  • By Andy Stine astine@thecourierexpress.com
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DuBOIS — It was only fitting that the Ridgway football team would put up one of their best defensive efforts of the season on Friday evening in the District 9 Class A championship game.

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DuBOIS — Curwensville’s Nick Stewart ran for 248 yards and scored a total of five touchdowns, including the business end of a 75-yard hook-and-ladder play, to lead the Golden Tide to a 46-13 victory over Redbank Valley Saturday evening at E.J. Mansell Stadium in the District 9 Class a semifinals.

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DuBOIS — A little adjustment was all it took for the Clarion High School volleyball team to keep its season alive with a four-set, 25-27, 25-20, 25-14, 25-16, victory over Northern Cambria in their PIAA Class A matchup Saturday.

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BROCKWAY — Clarion quarterback Spencer Miller missed last year’s District 9 Class AA championship game against Kane with an injury, but Miller, now a senior, made quite an impact on Friday in the Bobcats’ rematch with the Wolves.

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SLIPPERY ROCK — The Brockway boys soccer team continued its magical 2017 season Saturday, besting WPIAL runner-up Springdale 2-1 at Slippery Rock High School to earn a trip where no other Brockway soccer team has gone before — the state semifinals.

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STRATTANVILLE — In a seesaw battle in the quarterfinal round of the District 9 Class A playoffs between Coudersport and Clarion-Limestone, the Falcons made enough big plays on offense while making one more stop on defense to come away with a 44-40 victory at the C-L High School football fiel…

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BELLEFONTE — When Isaac Rumery plowed into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with eight seconds left in the first half, it looked like Clearfield was in great position in Friday evening’s District 5-6-9 Class 4A semifinal against Bellefonte.

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KANE — Just two weeks after their regular season meeting with Kane, the fourth-seeded Brockway football team allowed three first-half touchdowns against the top-seeded Wolves and never looked back as Kane defeated the Rovers, 28-14, eliminating Brockway from the District 9 Class AA playoffs …

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CLARION — For nearly two months, the possible rematch between the Clarion Bobcats and Brookville Raiders indeed happened in the District 9 Class AA semifinals.

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HERSHEY — The Elk County Catholic boys cross country team enjoyed another big day at the PIAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Parkview Cross Country Course. The Crusaders finished in second place in the Class A team standings for the second consecutive year.

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ST. MARYS — The DuBois girls volleyball team continued its magical 2017 season Saturday by beating rival Punxsutawney in four sets, 28-26, 23-25, 25-14, 26-24 at St. Marys Area High School to capture the program’s first District 9 title since 1999.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Coaches tell their players to play all 48 minutes in high school football and Clarion-Limestone’s 46-32 comeback victory over Punxsutawney is living proof why coaches make that statement.

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CURWENSVILLE — District 9’s all-time leading rusher Nick Stewart put on one last show for the home crowd in what was likely his last game at Riverside Stadium, carrying the ball 32 times for 324 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Golden Tide to a 48-19 win over Philipsburg-Osceola.

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BROOKVILLE — District 9 football chairman Bob Tonkin released the District 9 football brackets on Saturday, and eight teams out of the Tri-County Area will be competing in the Class A, AA, and AAAA tournaments.

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Clearfield’s Micah Heichel (15) hauls in a 36-yard touchdown catch with Karns City’s Donovan Timlin (15) draped on his back during fourth-quarter action Friday. Heichel gained control of the ball before sliding down inbounds in the back corner of the end zone. Heichel had two catches for 115…

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Clearfield’s Brett Zattoni (28) finds room to run Friday night against Karns City. Zattoni ran for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Bison’s 45-20 victory.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois football team stuck with Class 5A Hollidaysburg through the first half, but the Beavers eventually wore down late in the game in a 34-7 loss to the Tigers on Senior Night at E.J. Mansell Stadium.

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The DuBois cross country teams will be sending three runners to the PIAA Class AAA Championships in Hershey after competing in two different parts of the state on Saturday.

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RIDGWAY — The Elk County Catholic boys entered the District 9 Class A Cross Country Championships as a prohibited favorite Saturday, and the Crusaders more than lived up to those expectations at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway.

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RIDGWAY — High expectations and a hopeful outlook for Saturday’s District 9 Cross Country Championships applied to the St. Marys and Brookville teams at Francis Grandinetti Elementary School.

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Curwensville’s Josh Terry makes a catch against Ridgway two weeks ago. On Friday, Terry hauled in four passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in a 23-14 loss to Bradford.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Limiting Punxsutawney to 129 yards and four first downs while turning three Chucks turnovers into 10 points and adding a safety, the Redbank Valley Bulldogs got defensive in a 33-7 win Friday night.

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CLARION — Clarion honored its seniors before Friday night’s contest against Union/ACV, but one stood out in the crowd. Quarterback Spencer Miller ran for four touchdowns and passed for another as the Bobcats took down the Falcon/Knights 47-0.

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DuBOIS — A lopsided home loss to Newport, coupled with wins by Bradford and Clearfield, ended the DuBois football team’s slim postseason hopes Friday night.

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RIDGWAY — Ridgway football snapped a two-game losing streak with a 41-0 victory over Elk County Catholic Friday night at Memorial Field in Ridgway.

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STRATTANVILLE — Ayden Wiles and Riley Hummell combined for 259 of Clarion-Limestone’s 344 rushing yards while quarterback Brenden Makray eclipsed the 4,000 yard passing mark as the Lions rolled past Keystone 64-12 on Senior Night.

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BROOKVILLE — Rolling out the scoring machine once again, the Brookville Raiders lit up the scoreboard in a 65-13 rout of St. Marys on Senior Night and Tackle for a Cure Pink Night Friday.

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WEST SUNBURY — Clarion-Limestone snapped its four-game losing streak in a big way as the Lions put up 36 first-quarter points on its way to a 68-8 rout of Moniteau Friday evening in West Sunbury.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Christian School boys soccer team saw its season come to end with a 2-0 loss to visiting Centre County Christian Friday evening.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Christian School girls soccer team finished off its magical 2017 regular season with a 7-1 Senior Night victory over Centre County Christian.

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HYDE — The Clearfield football team racked up 23 first downs and 442 total yards in Friday’s game against Bald Eagle Area at the Bison Sports Complex, while limiting the visitors to just 10 first downs and 261 yards from scrimmage.

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ST. MARYS — The Curwensville football team racked up 217 rushing yards and 36 first-half points behind the duo of Nick Stewart and Avery Francisco in a 43-12 win over Elk County Catholic on Friday at Dutch Country Stadium.

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CLARION — Clarion used a dominant second half effort to defeat Karns City, 44-17, on Friday night at Clarion University’s Memorial Stadium to remain undefeated and take home the KSAC Large School Division title.

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DuBOIS — DuBois drew a large crowd for Homecoming Friday night, and Beaver faithful were treated to wild 69-56 shootout victory over Franklin at Mansell Stadium.

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KARNS CITY — Clarion-Limestone dropped its third straight close decision and fourth straight overall as Clay Garing scored on a five-yard run with 35 seconds left, then added the clinching PAT kick to give Karns City a 35-34 victory over the Lions Friday evening at Diehl Stadium.

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BROCKWAY — While most associate a cleansing rain shower to be more of a spring or summer item, that wasn’t the case in Brockway Friday.

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BROOKVILLE — After giving up over 600 yards and still winning last week at Clarion-Limestone, the big focus leading into Friday night’s home game with Moniteau was on the defense.

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GROVE CITY — After hanging with Grove City for a little over a quarter, the DuBois football team gave up two late first-half touchdowns and never really recovered in a 42-0 loss on Friday evening at Grove City’s Forker Field.

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CURWENSVILLE — Curwensville took a huge step towards claiming the top seed for the District 9 Class A playoffs with a hard-fought, 14-11, win over Ridgway in a defensive slugfest between the top two teams in the Class A standings Friday night at Riverside Stadium.

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It was something we always did, or so it seemed. Now, looking back we see that we were very fortunate. Like many others then and even today, the rural lifestyle brought with it the opportunity to become involved in the field sports.

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CLARION – Clarion continued its unbeaten season and domination over KSAC opponents with a 41-7 win over Moniteau Friday night at CUP’s Memorial Stadium.

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RIMERSBURG — Already clinching the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference’s Small School Division title before Friday’s game at Union/A-C Valley, the Redbank Valley Bulldogs spoiled the Falcon Knights’ Homecoming and finished off a perfect division record with a 55-13 win.

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DuBOIS — Coming off a big 2-0 win Thursday at Hollidaysburg, the DuBois boys soccer team celebrated Senior Day in style Saturday with a convincing 3-0 win over Clearfield on the high school turf field.