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Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Carrick’s Anthony Manuel

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Anthony Manuel
School: Carrick
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey

Background: Manuel was named one of the four Highmark Players of the Month for December. The senior scored 10 goals and added 11 helpers in five games, all wins, for the undefeated Bears. In the five games in December, Manuel had two 4-goal game, including a seven-point outburst against Ringgold. In Carrick’s only game in January, a 12-2 victory over Trinity, Manuel chipped in two goals. Overall, he his third on Carrick, and third in Class C, with 42 points (22 goals, 20 assists).  

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Photo Journal: Girls Basketball - Obama Academy vs. Seneca Valley The Pittsburgh Classic (Jan. 17)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Obama Academy and Seneca Valley meet in a match up at the Pittsburgh Classic Girls Basketball Tournament held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Ambridge High School.  Seneca Valley goes home with the win defeating Obama Academy 44.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice faces challenging week

Written by Brad Everett on .

Allderdice has lost just once this season and appears to be one of the most talented teams in Western Pennsylvania.

The Dragons (12-1) will get an even better gauge of how good they are over the next few days.

Coach Buddy Valinsky's team will be challenged this week as they face a trio of excellent opponents.

The first two contests are against non-section foes. The Dragons travel to Seneca Valley (11-4) tonight and then host Indiana (14-0) tomorrow night. Indiana is the top-ranked team in WPIAL Class AAA.

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Girls Basketball: Littlejohn again a big scorer for Carrick

Written by Brad Everett on .

When it comes to scoring, there's nothing little about Littlejohn.

Chardonnay Littlejohn, a 5-foot-4 senior guard at Carrick, leads the City League league in scoring with 20.4 points per game.

Littlejohn scored a season-high 30 points against Perry last week and added 28 against Obama Academy Tuesday.

Littlejohn has been one of the bright spots for a Carrick team that has struggled. The Raiders are 3-8 overall and 0-3 in league play.

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Boys Basketball: Obama content to be City title contender

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Obama Academy boys basketball team.

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"Every once in a while Devas Simmons likes to quiz his Obama Academy boys basketball team.

The typical two-part questions usually start out with the coach asking who won the previous year's NBA championship or which school captured the NCAA men's basketball tournament?

"Then I ask them if those teams went undefeated?" Simmons said. "The answer's 'No.' I remind them that winning a championship is much more important than being undefeated and that even the best teams lose."

Obama Academy, however, learned that lesson the hard way last year. After winning 22 games in a row, the Eagles suffered their lone loss of the season in the City League championship game against Allderdice."

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Boys Basketball: City League Feature Athlete - Allderdice's Ramon Creighton

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Ramon Creighton
School: Allderdice
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Point Guard

Background: Creighton, a 6-foot-1 point guard, is considered to be one of the top juniors in Western Pennsylvania. He's among the leading scorers for an Allderdice team that is 8-1 and hoping to successfully defend its City League title. Creighton scored 14 points in helping the Dragons defeat host Carrick, 71-50, in the league opener for both teams Tuesday. A big scorer in AAU competition, Creighton has transitioned to more of a pass-first point guard in high school.

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Alumni Update - Eric Mallinger (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Thiel College men's basketball team held on in the final minutes to defeat theMallinger Thiel Thomas More Saints 84-82 in a Presidents' Athletic Conference contest Saturday.

Three Tomcats scored double figures, led by senior forward Eric Mallinger.

Mallinger, an Allderdice graduate, scored 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. Mallinger also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. 

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

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Alumni Update - Henri Wade-Chatman (Edinboro)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MANSFIELD, Pa. – Trailing by two points at 66-64 in the closing seconds of a PSAC Crossover matchup on Sunday afternoon,Wade Chatman Boro

 

The Fighting Scots dropped to 6-7 on the season, including a 3-6 ledger in PSAC play. The Mountaineers improved to 6-7 overall and 4-5 in the conference.

 

Henri Wade-Chatman led all scorers with 29 points, one point shy of a career-high. He connected on 12 of 21 field goals, including 2 of 6 3-pointers to go along with 3 of 4 free throws.


The 6'2'' guard from Brashear High School matched a team-high with five rebounds and dished out a team-high four assists, as well. 

 

(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice stands tall, turns back Carrick

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett covered Tuesday's game between Carrick and Allderdice.

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"Allderdice didn't shoot particularly well Tuesday against Carrick, so the Dragons decided to feed the ball inside to capitalize on their considerable height advantage.

It worked to perfection.

For a team hungry to repeat as City League champions and be considered one of the best teams in Western Pennsylvania, feasting on its opponent in the league opener is exactly what Allderdice cooked up. Lamone Dixon came off the bench to score 18 points -- all in the second half -- and Ramon Creighton added 14 to help Allderdice improve to 8-1 for the second consecutive season after a 71-50 win at Carrick.

"We came out here with a mindset that we had to set the tone in the city," Creighton said. "Right now, everybody has us winning [the City League title] again, but we know we have a target on our back. City League to WPIAL teams to everybody; everyone wants to beat us right now, no matter who you are.""

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Obama Academy vs. Fox Chapel (Dec. 27)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Obama Academy and Fox Chapel are paired in a match at the Shady Side Academy Boys Basketball Tournament, Saturday, December 27, 2014.  As Fox Chapel would take the lead, Obama Academy would catch up to keep it close throughout.  Fox Chapel prevails, defeating Obama Academy 61-55.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice wins four-overtime thriller

Written by Brad Everett on .

The best basketball game involving WPIAL or City League teams in 2014 might have been the final one played of the year.

Allderdice's showdown with Beaver Falls in Tuesday's C.J. Betters Tournament grey division championship was expected to be a great game, but nobody figured it would play out like it did.

Led by Ramon Creighton's 26 points, Allderdice outlasted Beaver Falls, 69-63, in four overtimes at the Community College of Beaver County.

The game lasted more than 2 1/2 hours of real time -- it didn't end to about 11:15 p.m. -- and the 48 total minutes played equaled that of an NBA game.

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Boys Basketball: Carrick could be a contender for City crown

Written by Brad Everett on .

Allderdice is the defending City League champion and favorite to win again this season.

Obama Academy was last year's regular-season champion and appears to have another excellent squad.

The success that those two teams are experiencing isn't surprising, but the strong play of one of their rivals is.

Carrick has asserted itself as a top-tier City League team this season. The Raiders are 6-2 and finished the calendar year with a very impressive 67-61 win against previously undefeated Bishop Canevin in the championship of the Bishop Canevin tournament.

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Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Carrick’s Nathan Norkevicus

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Nathan Norkevicus
School: Carrick
Grade: 10
Sport: Hockey

Background: Norkevicus has been almost unbeatable in net for 13-0 Carrick this season. The sophomore netminder is 7-0 on the season with five shutouts, a 0.43 goals-against average and .963 save percentage. He has allowed just five goals on the season. Last season as a freshman, Norkevicus made the Open Class all-star game, finishing 9-5 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. 

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Alumni Update - Marcus Johnson (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Freshman wide receiver Marcus Johnson, a University Prep graduate, was named the PAC Newcomer ofJohnson Thiel the Year on Monday, Nov. 17. Johnson racked up 827 receiving yards in 2014, the third most in the conference, on 46 catches.

His eight touchdown receptions tied him for the fifth most in the PAC.

 

Johnson also averaged 109.9 all-purpose yards per game, the eighth most in the league.

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)