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Hockey: Warriors looking to make late charge towards playoffs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

If Central Valley was playing in the Class C Southern Conference it would be in a first place tie and in a battle for the PIHL playoffs.

As it stands, however, the Warriors play in the loaded Northern Conference. And qualifying for the playoffs is closer to becoming a fantasy.

 

Though Central Valley (5-6-2) won its first game after the 23-day holiday break, 5-2, on Jan. 15 against John Marshall, it may have dug itself too a big a hole to climb from. The Warriors currently sit eight points behind second place Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (10-3-0) and, though they have two games left with the Chargers, they also have to play undefeated Carrick (14-0-0) twice, including a game tonight at 8:40at the Ice Castle in Castle Shannon.

 

Central Valley did, however, receive some good news on Wednesdayas junior defenseman Spencer D’Hondt was selected to play in his second PIHL all-star game. Though he will be joined by sophomore Cameron Drake and coach Walt Scott, they will be on opposite teams because of the format of the games, which will be played Feb. 8at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex.

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Alumni Update - Seairra Barrett (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Seairra Barrett aided California's 73-65 comeback win over Seton Hill last week in just 18 minutes of action off the bench.Barrett CalU

 

The freshman forward netted 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 in the second half.

 

The Central Valley product also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, three offensive, while adding one block and one assist in the win.


Her performance earned her PSAC West Freshman of the Week.

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)

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Boys Basketball: Central Valley bouncing back from football

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The defending WPIAL Class AAA champions got off to a very slow start this season, thanks primarily to another WPIAL title. Central Valley pulled off the rare double feat of winning in basketball last year and football this year but, in so doing, showed just how tough it is.

With the football team still playing, the basketball team got off to an 0-4 start and, even after the football players were back at practice, it took quite a while for them to get into basketball shape. The Warriors have just started to come together as a team and the success has followed quickly.

Central Valley has now won three of its last five games, losing only to Beaver Falls and South Fayette, and are riding a two-game winning streak. Playing in one of the toughest sections in the WPIAL, the Warriors face an uphill battle just to return to the playoffs but, as they round more and more into a basketball team, they could earn a chance to defend. Central Valley won its first Section 2-AAA game Friday over Ellwood City and faces a big week with road games at Blackhawk and Ambridge.

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Football: 2014 Post-Gazette Player of the Year - Jordan Whitehead

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Mike White profiles the 2014 Post-Gazette Player of the Year, Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead.

"Jordan Whitehead remembers his youth-league football days quite well.

"Back then, I was so much faster than everybody," Whitehead said. "It seemed like almost every time I touched the ball, I scored on a long run."

For Whitehead, his senior year of high school football imitated his youth-league days.

Whitehead played at Central Valley and many Warriors opponents got plenty of good looks at his back. Game after game, he sped by defenders and scored touchdowns on big plays. In 16 games this season, he scored 35 touchdowns and did it five different ways. The average length of those touchdowns was 43.7 yards. Whithead ran the ball 148 times this season and scored a touchdown once every six times."