KSAC roundup

VOLLEYBALL

Clarion 3, Keystone 0

KNOX Clarion's Korrin Burns piled up 25 kills and nine digs to help lead the visiting Bobcats to a 26-24, 25-14, 25-18 win over Keystone in a KSAC tilt Oct. 21.

The win clinched the KSAC title for Clarion as the Bobcats finished regular season play with a 14-0 record.

Aryana Girvan added nine kills for Clarion while Adia Needham served for 16 points with three aces.

Noel Anthony had 33 assists and eight points for the Bobcats while Payton Simko had nine digs and seven points and Grace Ochs had seven digs.

Leah Exley paced Keystone with seven kills while Sydney Bell had five kills and four blocks. Alyssa Weaver added 10 assists, five digs and three points for the Panthers while Jozee Weaver had eight points and three kills.

A-C Valley 3, Union 0

RIMERSBURG A-C Valley's Meah Ielase had 10 kills and 10 digs to help the visiting Falcons to a 25-13, 26-24, 25-17 win over Union in KSAC action Oct. 21.

Lexi Ruckdeschel added seven kills and four blocks for A-C Valley while Paige Klingler had 13 digs and five aces. Jenna Stefanacci chimed in with 14 assists for the Falcons and Mackenzie Parks had 11 digs.

Dominika Logue paced the Golden Damsels with five kills, five digs and two aces while Hailey Kriebel and Cheyenne Dowling had three kills each. Union's Kennedy Vogle posted seven digs and two aces.

Clarion 3, Redbank Valley 0

NEW BETHLEHEM Clarion's Korrin Burns amassed 16 kills, five digs and three aces to help the visiting Bobcats to a 25-19, 25-11, 25-20 win over Redbank Valley in KSAC play Oct. 20.

Noel Anthony had 30 assists and 10 points with four aces for Clarion while Payton Simko had six kills and five digs.

Aryana Girvan provided the Bobcats with eight kills while Jordan Best had five points and five digs and Adia Needham had seven points.

Alivia Huffman paced the Bulldogs with six digs while Carlie Rupp had nine digs, Caylen Rearick had eight digs and Lilly Shaffer had nine assists.

GIRLS SOCCER

Clarion 6, Punxsutawney 0

CLARION Clarion's Anna Gribik had two goals and two assists to help the Bobcats to a 6-0 win over Punxsutawney Oct. 20.

Joyce Kim chimed in with a goal and three assists for Clarion while Alexis Coull had a goal and an assist.

Evelyn Lerch and Ruby Smith each had a goal for the Bobcats while Julianna Wilson had an assist.

Clarion netminder Chesney Boggess preserved the shutout.

CROSS COUNTRY

McNaughton wins individual crown at KSAC Invite

KARNS CITY Clarion-Limestone's Morgan McNaughton finished with a time of 20:21 to claim first place in the girls' race at the KSAC Invitational Oct. 21 at Karns City High School.

McNaughton's effort helped the Lions to a second place finish in the team standings behind Cranberry.

North Clarion's Brynn Siegel finished second overall and her teammate Jordyn Hendrickson finished ninth as the Wolves finished third in the team standings.

Also posting top ten finishes were Clarion's Bella Scott who finished eighth and Keystone's Cailyn Heilman finished 10th. Heilman's finish led the Panthers to a fourth place finish in the team standings.

A-C Valley/Union's Drew Whitcomb finished 14th overall.

In the boys' race, C-L finished second in the team standings behind Cranberry with the Lions' Logan Lutz and Jack Craig finishing eighth and ninth overall, respectively. The Lions' Ty Rankin added an 11th place finish while Cody Whitling was 17th and Corbin Coulson was 25th.

North Clarion's Kaine McFarland finished third overall and Aiden Thomas finished sixth as the Wolves finished third in the team standings. North Clarion's Gabriel Fair was 19th overall while Braden Custer was 24th and Parker Evans was 34th.

Payton Johnston led A-C Valley/Union with a 15th place finish while Keystone's Josiah Hansford was 20th and Clarion's Ryan Alston was 23rd.

KNOX - Due to illness, the Keystone boys' basketball team was unable to play or hold practice for a little more than two weeks but if the Panthers suffered any rust from the prolonged shutdown, it didn't show.

CLARION - There would have been no shame for the Clarion Area girls' basketball team to come up short in their KSAC crossover against visiting Moniteau Friday night (Jan. 14) seeing as how the Bobcats had two consecutive games postponed and Clarion was taking on the Warriors under the direct…

COUDERSPORT - The Clarion and Redbank Valley wrestling teams traveled to the county seat of Potter County last Saturday (Jan. 8) for the Coudersport Duals. Each team wrestled five matches; the Bobcats posting a 2-3 record and the Bulldogs going 3-2.

FRILLS CORNERS - It's been a number of years since the Union High School girls' basketball team was a force in the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference and District 9 but on Thursday night (Jan. 6), the Golden Damsels announced their return.

CLARION TWP. - Rebuilding the Clarion-Limestone girls' basketball team has been a long and arduous process for Lions' head coach Gus Simpson but if C-L's game Dec. 22 is any indication, the Lions' rebuild is nearing completion.

FRILLS CORNERS - In a year where the KSAC Small School landscape is in a state of flux, the North Clarion boys' team made a statement they might be the team to beat when it is all said and done.

CLARION - What the 2021-22 Clarion boys' basketball team lacks in experience they make up for in heart as was evidenced Friday night (Dec. 17).

CLARION - The 2021-2022 Clarion wrestling team is young and lacking any veteran grappler with a postseason pedigree. Despite this, head coach Lee Weber enters this year's campaign optimistic; he has almost a full squad, which should make the Bobcats more competitive in duals than the squad t…

The Golden Damsels struggled from the field down the stretch of a 46-39 setback to Elk County Catholic

Redbank Valley's bid for a PIAA Class A title falls shy with a 21-14 loss to Bishop Guilfoyle in the championship final

Today (Dec. 9), the Redbank Valley football team will be attempting to do something no District 9 football team has ever done; win a state title.

WHEELING, W.Va. The Golden Eagle volleyball team's historic 2021 season came to a close on Thursday night (Dec. 2), as fifth-seeded Clarion fell to fourth-seeded Edinboro 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 20-25, 18-25) in the opening round of the NCAA Atlantic Regional. Clarion (22-10) took the first set a…

PITTSBURGH - Maybe the perfect quote to sum up the Redbank Valley football team's 2021 season would be, "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow."

CLARION - It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Clarion University's Memorial Stadium Friday night (Nov. 26) as the snow was falling at a healthy clip and even though there was no tree or tinsel, the Redbank Valley football team got what they were wishing for.

EAST STROUDSBURG The Golden Eagle volleyball team claimed the third Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship in program history on Saturday afternoon, defeating top-seeded Gannon 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-17) at East Stroudsburg's Koehler Fieldhouse. It is the Golden Eagles' fi…

MECHANICHSBURG - To win a state title is special in itself but to win two in a row puts a team in rarified air.

CLARION - Redbank Valley's bid for a second-straight District 9 Class A title was at a crossroads late in the Bulldogs' title tilt with Union/A-C Valley as Redbank Valley was tied at 21-21 with the Falcon Knights and faced a fourth-and-11 at the Union/A-C Valley 21 but the Bulldogs' Tate Min…

SLIPPERY ROCK - For about a half an hour Tuesday night (Nov. 16), the Clarion Area High School volleyball team looked like they were in serious trouble as WPIAL champ Bishop Canevin went on a 9-3 run to take a 20-14 lead in Game One of the PIAA Class A semifinals but in the end, the Bobcats …

SLIPPERY ROCK - You'll have to excuse the Clarion Area High School volleyball team if they weren't awed by the PIAA quarterfinal stage on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 13) at Slippery Rock Area High School but the Bobcats have been here before.

RIMERSBURG - For three-straight years, the Union/A-C Valley football team was close to breaking into the playoff win column but the Falcon Knights always seemed to fall short.

KNOX - Familiarity plays a significant role when it comes to a team's comfort on a playoff stage which is what likely aided the Keystone High School volleyball team in their District 9 Class 2A semifinal against Karns City.

CLARION - Clarion is headed back to the District 9 Class A championship game and the PIAA playoffs after a convincing 3-0 sweep of rival Clarion-Limestone Tuesday night, Nov. 2, at Clarion High School.