Meadville Tribune

Sports

February 19, 2014

Reds, Devils meet in Class AA quarterfinals

MEADVILLE — The Cambridge Springs boys basketball team and head coach Kevin Kurt aren’t harboring any delusions about where they stand heading into tonight’s District 10 Class AA quarterfinal game against West Middlesex.

“It’s a David-and-Goliath type of game,” said Kurt. “Nobody is giving us much of a chance. But we dont mind. We’ll accept the underdog role. Come 6:30 at Slippery Rock (University), we’ll be there.”

Cambridge Springs enters the contest with an at-large bid that was secured after finishing the regular season with a record of 8-13.

West Middlesex enters via an automatic bid thanks to winning the Region 2 title while finishing the season with a 17-5 record. The Big Reds are also looking to secure their third straight D-10 title. They won Class A two years ago in overtime against Kennedy Catholic. Then last year, they won a five-overtime game over Lakeview in the Class AA final.

So, the chips would seem stacked against the Blue Devils, both in wins and losses and postseason experience. Yet, these games are played for a reason. And Kurt believes his team hasn’t played its best contest yet. Should they find it tonight, the Devils could have a chance to post their first postseason victory since 1997, the year they finished runner-up to Greenville after a double OT loss in the title game.

“We’re still improving,” Kurt said. “We’re still waiting for that breakout game where the kids get hot. We have three or four kids that can get hot behind 3-point line. Hopefully they can do that on Thursday. We have the capability. We did it in the summertime. It just hasn’t been there this season. Hopefully we saved our best game for the playoffs.”

Cambridge indeed has some weapons. Senior forward Austin Porter is leading the team with 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season. Junior Josh Huff is scoring 8.5 points a game. Sophomore Steve Reisenauer averages 7.7 points and 3.1 assists per game. And senior Gavin Hohn chips in 6.8 points per game. Any of those guys are capable of having a big night.

“Austin has been the leader of that group,” said Kurt. “We’ge going to be relying on his leadership Thursday night. Stevie Reisenauer, our point guard, he’s had a great year for us. We’re going to be relying on him a lot. (West Middlesex) likes to trap. They’re very aggressive. He’ll  have to have his head up and see the floor and make good decisions with the ball.”

Should Cambridge gets its offense right, they’ll also have a tall task to face on defense — tall being the key word of that sentence.

“They’re very big, very long, very athletic,” Kurt said about the Big Reds. “We’re going to have work cut out for us.”

Among West Middlesex’s leaders is junior Trey Staunch, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. Staunch is among Mercer County’s top scorers this season with 477 points, an average of 21.7 per game. The Reds also have some pivotal scorers in sophomores Ryan Dogan (9.7 ppg.) and Josh Porterfield (9.5 ppg.).

“Trey Staunch, he is a beast, muscular, athletic” said Kurt. “Stopping him inside is going to be a chore. And if we stop them inside, then we have to stop their shooters. Dogan and some of those other guys can shoot. We’ll have to close out on them at the 3-point line.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • District 1 District 1 girls enjoy day off

    It was a tense day for many of the teams participating in the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hawley scores District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey

    Pitchers often get the most credit in shutout victories. And Emma Osborne, Katy Dunn and Emily Beddick have certainly been deserving for District 1.
    Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sliding into second District 1 remains unbeaten after two routs

    Becca Siple’s response to a question on Twitter may have said it all.
    “Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers camp Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
    Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 dominates at East Regional

    Outscoring its opponents 32-0, District 1 moved to 3-0 at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Monday with a pair of wins.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal

    There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
    And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

    July 26, 2014

  • Teen doping Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
    The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
    The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

    July 25, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 looking forward to bigger goals

    The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Poll

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks