HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Stingers' Fetsko passes milestone
Marion Center’s Todd Fetsko passed the 1,000-point mark for his career, joining his mother, Denise Bence-Fetsko, to form the first parent-child combination of 1,000-point scorers in school history as the host Stingers dispatched Northern Cambria, 74-40, in a Heritage Conference boys’ basketball game Friday night.
Fetsko entered the game needing five points to reach the milestone. He reached the mark in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 18 points.
“It was nice for him to get it, and it was nice to get it early in the game, because Todd didn’t want to be a distraction,” said Marion Center assistant coach Nathan Johns, who also coached Fetsko in junior high school.
“Todd got down low a couple times and got his 1,000th on a tip-in. After that, shots started falling in the second quarter.”
The Stingers pulled away by outscoring the Colts 29-10 in the second quarter. Colton Fairman finished with 17 points, and Mikey Badzik scored a career-high 13 points on the strength of three 3-pointers.
Zach Lee led Northern Cambria with nine points, and Joe Olish added eight.
Both teams play Tuesday. Marion Center (5-4, 3-1 Heritage Conference) visits Penns Manor, and Northern Cambria (0-8, 0-4) welcomes Purchase Line.
HOMER-CENTER 75, UNITED 36: Homer-Center raced to a 14-point halftime lead, more than doubled up United in field goals and bounced back from its first loss of the year with a win in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
The Wildcats were coming off a 53-51 loss to Richland in a non-conference game Saturday.
Homer-Center’s Joe Capitosti led all scorers with 20 points. Aaron Berezansky had 12 points and six rebounds, Darren Carr chipped in 12 points and five rebounds, Robert Della Penna scored 11 points, and Cody Miller grabbed five rebounds.
Weylon McGeary scored a team-high 16 points for United.
United welcomes Blacklick Valley on Monday, and Homer-Center (9-1) plays host to Blairsville on Tuesday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 61, BURRELL 30: Apollo-Ridge improved to 9-1 and notched its third straight win by coasting past Burrell in a WPIAL Section 1-AA game in Spring Church.
Apollo-Ridge jumped out to a 15-point first-quarter lead, 19-4, before outscoring the Bucs 14-12 in the second quarter to take a 17-point halftime lead, 33-16.
The Vikings’ Alex Smith made three 3-point field goals and led all scorers with 18 points. Tre Tipton chipped in 17 points.
Apollo-Ridge, which ran its section mark to 2-0, plays host to Deer Lakes on Tuesday.
WEST SHAMOKIN 41, FORD CITY 38: Once-beaten West Shamokin built a five-point halftime lead and then held off a late push from Ford City to earn a win in a WPIAL Section 1-AA game in NuMine.
Point guard Zane Clowser made a pair of free throws with roughly a minute to play to give the Wolves a 40-36 lead.
Brandon Heilman answered for Ford City and banked in a layup on the ensuing possession to cut West Shamokin’s lead to 40-38.
West Shamokin guard Zac Horner then made 1 of 2 free throws with 11 seconds to go to stretch the Wolves’ lead to 41-38.
Ford City’s Jesse Sequiera committed a turnover with two seconds to play on the game’s last possession to seal West Shamokin’s fourth straight win.
“We took away their options for a 3 so he just went to the basket and we fortunately forced a turnover before he could dish a pass to the perimeter,” West Shamokin coach Mike Nagy said.
Clowser scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jake Hough chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, and Horner added 10 points and a game-high four assists.
West Shamokin (9-1, 1-1 section) travels to Summit Academy on Tuesday.
CALVARY BAPTIST 48, CENTRE COUNTY CHRISTIAN 20: Calvary Baptist scored the game’s first 20 points and notched its fifth straight win by breezing past Centre County Christian in a non-conference game in Clymer.
Joel Knupp scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Calvary Baptist. Tyler Chambers chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, a game-high three steals and a game-high three assists, and Andy Knupp scored 12 points.
Calvary Baptist (7-1) plays host to Clearfield Alliance on Tuesday.