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Hockey: East Feature Athlete – Kiski Area senior Brandon Stephens

Written by Keith Barnes on .

 

Name: Brandon Stephens

School: Kiski Area

Grade: 12

Sport: Hockey

 

Background: Helped Kiski Area make the transition from junior varsity only program to Class A hockey. Leads the Cavaliers with 17 assists and has more than doubled his junior varsity scoring output from last season with 10 goals and 27 points. Has points in three of his last four games and had four goals in the team’s season-opening win against Greensburg Salem.

 

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Wrestling: Kiski Area wrestler weighing his options

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Kiski Area wrestler Tyler Worthing. Read his story below.

2016 0129 KiskiArea Wrestling(Photo: Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing, left, wrestles Jefferson-Morgan's Bill Bowlen in the Eastern Area Tournament Dec. 5 at Gateway. Worthing has been wrestling up in class. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

It's rare to see a wrestler drop a weight class after competing at a heavier weight class the year before. It's even more of a rarity to see a wrestler drop two weight classes.

Tyler Worthing is an exception to this unwritten rule.

Worthing, a senior at Kiski Area High School, competed in the 220-pound weight class the past two seasons, even though he could have easily wrestled in the 195-pound weight class.

In fact, Worthing was competing at 195 during his sophomore year when he decided to move up to 220 for the postseason tournaments. He was one of four standouts competing at 195.

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Hockey: Kiski a likely playoff team in first season after respite from varsity play

Written by Keith Barnes on .

 

It might be Kiski Area’s first season playing a full PIHL Class A schedule in several years, but the Cavaliers are only one game away from extending its season at least one more game.

 

With a victory in any of its last six games, Kiski Area (6-10-0) will lock up one of the six Eastern Conference playoffs slots. The Cavaliers will have a tough task in their first opportunity for advancement tonight when they host first place Franklin Regional (13-4-0) at Center Ice Arena.

 

In their first meeting, the Panthers rolled to a 5-0 win over the Cavaliers on Oct. 23.

 

Kiski Area has improved since the early part of the season. In their last game, the Cavaliers lost to Serra Catholic, 4-2, and held the PIHL’s leading goal scorer, Roman Kraemer without a goal in the period-and-a-half he played before he exited after picking up a game-misconduct for checking from behind.

 

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Hockey: Kiski Area short-handed on ice, but still battling

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Kiski Area hockey team.

"There was plenty of cautious optimism in the summer when Kiski Area first decided to move its hockey team out of junior varsity-only competition and play a full-fledged PIHL Class A slate for the first time in three years.

And things could not have started off better as the Cavaliers opened the season with a 15-goal statement win against Greensburg-Salem. Since then, however, things have cooled off.

Heading into the holiday break, Kiski Area (5-8-0) had settled into fifth place in the Eastern Conference, 12 points behind first-place Franklin Regional and just six ahead of Greensburg-Salem for the sixth and final PIHL Penguins Cup playoff slot.

"We've done well, but at times we only have 10 skaters, and that's the problem we've run into," Kiski Area coach Chuck Sites said. "We've even had a game where we've only played with nine, so it has been rough.""

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Hockey: Cavaliers adjusting well in return to varsity level

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It took a while, but Kiski Area is finally adapting to playing in the varsity level of the PIHL.

 

This season, the first for the Cavaliers in Class A after a lengthy period of fielding a junior varsity only program, they opened with a 15-goal victory over Greensburg Salem, then picked up a huge win over Freeport on Nov. 20.

 

Though Kiski Area (5-8-0) has a signature win against the Yellowjackets, they followed it up with a three-game skid that included back-to-back shutouts by Thomas Jefferson and West Allegheny. The Cavaliers just haven’t been able to completely put their stamp on the season just yet.

 

They will, however, have an opportunity on Monday, when they face another first-year returnee, Sewickley Academy (1-12-0), in their first game after the holiday break.