Hockey: Montour attempts to separate from cluster

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There is a mess in the PIHL Class 1A West Division and Montour is right in the middle of it.


Montour (10-6-1) is tied with South Fayette (10-5-1) for fourth place in the division, two points behind first-place Baldwin. The Spartans can finish anywhere first to fifth depending on how everything shakes out in the next week and they have some control over their destiny.

On Monday, Montour will finish out the regular season with Thomas Jefferson (11-6-0), which is currently tied with Chartiers Valley for second place, one point behind Baldwin and one in front of the Spartans. The Jaguars lost the first meeting between the two, 6-3, behind a Brandon Eisel hat trick.



Boys Basketball: Montour remains alive for playoff spot

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Last week, Montour appeared to have about as good a chance at making the playoffs as a football team down 21-3 at halftime. The New England Patriots, however, proved those odds aren't impossible.

The Spartans have now won three straight – defeating Mars, West Allegheny, and Beaver - by a combined 92 points. Montour has averaged almost 85 points per game in the streak, but that's barely above average – the Spartans are the highest-scoring team in the WPIAL with a 82.6 points per game average, the only team averaging over 80. In the streak, though, Montour has allowed just 54 points a game, well below the season average of 78 before the streak.

Montour is still a game behind for the final playoff spot currently held by Hampton, and the two teams have split so both would make the playoffs in case of a tie.

Hampton has games at home against Knoch and at Mars, while Montour has three games this week – a non-conference game at South Fayette and then home section games against Chartiers Valley and Moon. The Spartans lost both those games on the road earlier this season but momentum can make things that once seemed impossible possible.


Hockey: Montour seeking a breakthrough win

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Montour has had every opportunity to lock up a postseason spot, but keeps falling back to the pack.

On Monday, the Spartans dropped a key matchup with Sewickley Academy, 5-4, to remain in fifth place in the Class 1A West Division, just one point ahead of the Panthers with four games remaining. Only the top seven teams in each 10-team division qualify for the PIHL Class 1A Penguins Cup playoffs.

Montour, which is 0-2-1 in its last three, will have another opportunity to move closer to the postseason on Monday when it hosts South Park.


Girls Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Montour's Courtney Tomas

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Name: Courtney Tomas
School: Montour
Grade: 10
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard/Forward

Background: Tomas is a two-year starter for the Spartans. She hopes to play college basketball after she graduates from high school in 2019. She is averaging 17 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. In a 67-63 victory over West Allegheny this past Monday, Tomas scored a career-high 33 points: 17 in the first half and 16 in the second half. Tomas also played for the Montour girls soccer team that competed in the WPIAL championship game.


Hockey: West Feature Athlete - Montour's Brandon Eisel

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Name: Brandon Eisel
School: Montour
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey
Position: Forward

Background: Eisel was one of two Spartans players selected to play in the PIHL Class 1A all-star game on Sunday. Eisel did not score in his first appearance in the all-star game last season. He is second on the team with 10 goals and 21 points. He has one hat trick this season, a three-goal night in a 6-3 win over Thomas Jefferson on Dec. 19.