Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Ambridge's Daylon Carter

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Name: Daylon Carter
School: Ambridge
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Carter had a big week last week, scoring 97 points in three Ambridge wins, while his teammates totaled 94. He scored 33 against Ellwood City, 37 against Hopewell, and 27 against Avonworth. He has been successful all year, averaging over 25 points per game, despite drawing the attention of every defense. He was especially dominant against Hopewell, scoring 25 in the first half and finishing with 13 rebounds and six steals in addition to his 37 points.


Alumni Update - Nick Goodell (Penn State)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Redshirt senior Nick Goodell highlighted the first EIVA Weekly Awards release of the season with EIVA Defensive Player ofGoodell PSU the week honors for his performances in the first two weeks of the 2015 slate.

The award is the first of the season for Goodell, who earned weekly conference recognition three times last year. Goodell recorded at least seven digs in three of the first four matches of the season, while also posting double figure kills in each match. Through four matches, he's tied for second on the team in blocks per set (0.53) and second on the squad in digs per set (1.76).

In the Outrigger Invitational, the Ambridge graduate kicked off the season with 10 kills and seven digs against No. 8 UC Irvine, before returning the next night to lead the team with 14 kills against No. 10 Hawaii.

Goodell highlighted last weekend with his first double-double of the season, posting 15 kills and 14 digs at Ball State. Facing the squad's third ranked team of the season, he put down 10 kills at No. 13 IPFW, while also adding two aces and three blocks.


(photo courtesy of Penn State University)


Boys Basketball: In a tough neighborhood, Ambridge holding its own

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Drew Karpen profiles the Ambridge boys basketball team.

2015 0115 Ambridge BBasketball(Photo: In his third season as a starter, Daylon Carter has become the cornerstone of the Ambridge Area boys basketball team. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"There always seems to be that one conference in the WPIAL that is deemed "the power conference."

From the moment realignment was announced last spring, it seemed like the WPIAL had its eyes on the newly reconstructed Class AAA Section 2.

The section includes 2014 WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA champion New Castle, defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Central Valley, and one of what had been one of the more prestigious Class AA boys basketball programs, Beaver Falls.

The Tigers and Red Hurricane sit atop the section at No. 1 and 2, respectively, but it is the team that currently sits in third that should have the rest of the section members biting their nails."


Girls Basketball: Ambridge faces big test Thursday against Beaver

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Ambridge is making a strong bid to become a force in the Class AAA grouping of the WPIAL girls basketball postseason.

With a 4-0 record against Section 2-AAA teams and an overall mark of 11-2, the Bridgers have a few days to get ready for a big section battle with Beaver, which is 3-1 in Section 2-AAA and 7-2 overall.

Ambridge has greatly helped itself, winning two out of three games at the KSA Classic Tournament last month in Orlando, Fla. At the C.J. Betters Tournament -- also played last month -- the Bridgers rolled to a 73-46 victory over Class A No. 2 Quigley Catholic and a 74-31 triumph over Montour.

Standing in Ambridge's way for a perfect section season is defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Blackhawk. Currently ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, Blackhawk is 3-0 in Section 2-AAA and 8-3 overall. The Bridgers and Cougars meet next Monday at Blackhawk. The two teams then close out the regular season on Feb. 6 at Ambridge.


Girls Basketball: Ambridge hosts District 6 foe Saturday

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Ambridge has enjoyed a fair amount of success this season with eight wins in its first 10 games. That has earned the Bridgers a No. 2 ranking in the Post-Gazette's WPIAL Class AAA rankings . Before resuming play in Section 2-AAAA -- a grouping it leads with a 4-0 record -- the Bridgers host Hollidaysburg, a District 6 team -- at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Hollidaysburg already has beaten WPIAL member Derry by a 69-30 score earlier this month. The Golden Tigers defeated Connellsville, 55-51, and then Greensburg Salem, 66-38, in the California University tournament this past weekend.

Ambridge returns to Section 2-AAA play on Jan. 8 when it hosts Beaver.