Tennis: Warriors’ Dietrich takes second

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One season after not making it out of the first round of the section singles tournament, George Dietrich qualified for the WPIAL tournament.

The Central Valley senior made it to the finals of the Class AA Section 2 tournament this week before falling to Blackhawk’s Jonah Cooper in straight sets.

Dietrich lost in the first round last season,10-2, to Neshannock’s Max Watters.

The WPIAL Class AA tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday.


Baseball: West Feature Athlete - Bob Suder, Central Valley

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Name: Bob Suder
High School: Central Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop

Background info: Central Valley was able to get its early games in, finishing the first week at 3-1 and much of that was due to the steady play of shortstop Bob Suder. A left-handed hitter who bats third in the Warriors' batting order, Suder had three hits, scored three times, and threw a runner out at the plate in a 10-0 win over Laurel. In Central Valley's only loss of the season, he had another three hits and a key triple. His baseball success is a family tradition, though. His grandfather, Joe Suder, pitched every inning for the 1944 Aliquippa WPIAL championship team.


Boys Basketball: Central Valley's landmark season comes to a close

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Craig Meyer's feature on the Central Valley boys basketball team.

"With his team a game away from playing for the state championship, Brandon Ambrose had already seen what the Central Valley boys' basketball program could accomplish.

But on Monday, walking into the school's gym, he saw the sort of impact that his team has made this season, the kind that perhaps even he hadn't anticipated.

Ambrose was doing a workout with a group of seventh, eighth and ninth graders getting ready for AAU ball and was surprised to see about 30 of them in the gym. To him, that unusually large turnout happened for a reason.

"That says a lot about the way they're inspired by what the older kids are doing," Ambrose said. "Typically, you don't have that type of attendance in the offseason and already, you've got young kids ready to play because they watch these guys. They want to be a part of it and hope that someday, that might be them.""



Boys Basketball: Central Valley getting the job done late

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Tonight, Central Valley takes on Susquehanna Township at Altoona in the PIAA Class AAA semifinal and the Warriors have gotten there the old-fashioned way – they've earned it. In both games last week, Central Valley came back from big first half deficits to win.

Against Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday, the Warriors trailed by nine in the first half and seven in the second to win 61-51 and that was the easy game. Friday against Farrell, Central Valley trailed by 16 at the half before coming back to win, 69-62.

Susquehanna is more of an unknown for Central Valley than any opponent since the season opener against Damascus (MD), so it may be a good time to stop spotting their opponents points. The Warriors' opponents, though, probably has more of a problem preparing for them.


Boys Basketball: Central Valley faces another challenge

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It's not at all uncommon for a WPIAL champion to falter in the first round of the playoffs – the Penn-Trafford girls can attest to that. After playing in front of a packed house at a college setting, playing at a high school a week later doesn't always get the juices flowing as quickly.

Lincoln Park, in fact, trailed in the first quarter before blowing Johnsonburg away and Central Valley had a similar start. After one quarter, Central Valley was tied with Mars 16-16 and led only 29-27 at intermission.

Central Valley eventually took control in the second half with its senior leadership – seniors Mike Sims and Matt Kline led the way with 17 points apiece.