The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 22, 2014

High School Roundup: Sunbury Christian takes ACAA crown

By The Daily Item

JOHNSTOWN — For the last five years, Sunbury Christian has been the bridesmaid and not the bride, as the Eagles have finished as runners-up in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association Tournament each time.

In Sunbury Christian’s sixth straight trip to the ACAA finals, the Eagles finally broke through by taking a 33-21 victory over Juniata Mennonite on Saturday at Cambria County Christian School.

The ACAA championship is the first for Sunbury Christian (19-4) since 2002.

Torri Erdman helped bring the title back to Northumberland County with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds. Erdman was named the tourney’s MVP and a first-team ACAA All-Star for her efforts.

Becky Gingrich added nine points and seven rebounds for the Eagles and Faith Gingrich chipped in five points, with the latter also earning All-Star status.

Juniata Mennonite’s Molly Arnold scored seven points in the loss, and she joins Erdman and Gingrich as league All-Stars.

Meadowbrook Christian’s Maddison Burrows and Northumberland Christian’s Bethany Severn round out the season’s ACAA All-Stars.

District 3 Tournament

Halifax 71,

New Hope Academy 20

HALIFAX — The Wildcats shot 49 percent from the floor to cruise to the Class A quarterfinal win.

Kylee Sorichetti led Halifax (18-5) with 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and three assists.

Morgan Cox added 15 points for the Wildcats, plus Brianna Turner chipped in 14 points in the win.

Halifax next plays Upper Dauphin in a semifinal matchup Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Central Dauphin East High School.

Harrisburg Chr. 46,

Greenwood 19

HARRISBURG — The top-seeded Knights were just too much for the Wildcats after they held the No. 9 seed to just four second-half points in the Class A quarterfinal. Greenwood ends its season at 11-12, while Harrisburg Christian improves to 24-1.

Upper Dauphin 38,

Lancaster County Chr. 33

LANCASTER — Leading by eight points at the break, the Trojans needed to kick and scratch to keep that lead and pull out the Class A quarterfinal win.

Taylor Brown scored 17 points to lead No. 7 seed Upper Dauphin (13-10), which next plays Halifax in Tuesday’s semifinals.

ACAA Tournament

Norry Christian 40,

Centre County Chr. 17

JOHNSTOWN — With 12 players scoring at least two points apiece, the Warriors claimed fifth place in the ACAA Tournament on Friday.

Hannah Renno had four points and 11 rebounds for Northumberland Christian (19-8), and Bethany Severn added seven points.


ACAA Tournament

Meadowbrook Chr. 54,

Sunbury Christian 47

JOHNSTOWN — Winning ACAA tournament titles is becoming sort of a  habit for the Lions, who captured their seventh championship by edging their Eastern Division rivals.

Austin Schott led Meadowbrook (19-6) with 17 points, while Dakota Pickett and Tyler Baughman added 12 points apiece in the victory.

Jackson Snyder tallied 19 points and Blake Spangler-Jones had 14 to lead Sunbury Christian (16-11).

Baughman was the tournament MVP and a first-team ACAA All-Star for the Lions, who also had  Schott and Kurtis Klodnicki earn All-Star nods.

Spangler-Jones was also named an All-Star for the Eagles, plus Gabe Bahner was named to the team for Northumberland Christian.

District 3 Tournament

Hanover 69,

Upper Dauphin 35

HANOVER — The top-seeded Marauders put 25 points on the board in the third quarter to rout the Trojans in a Class AA quarterfinal game.

Matt Miller scored 11 points for No. 8-seeded Upper Dauphin, which ends the season at 13-11.


District 3 Tournament

HERSHEY — Upper Dauphin will be advancing two of its wrestlers to next week’s Southeast Regional Tournament after the Trojans finished 13th in the tournament with 44.5 points. Boiling Springs won the title with 201 points.

Coy Campbell won the 113-pound title for Upper Dauphin, while Connor Boyer was fifth at 106 pounds. The top five finishers advance to regionals.