Snow postpones action; find out new game times
Jan 09, 2010
Heavy snow ruined Friday night’s slate of high school boys basketball games.

Seven games, along with the MAC wrestling tournament, were postponed because of the severe storm that ripped across the region. Four of those basketball games have been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9.

A pair of WPIAL Section 2-AAA matchups will be held Saturday as Blackhawk (2-0 section, 5-2 overall) will travel to New Castle (1-2, 2-8) at 3 p.m., while Ellwood City Lincoln (0-2, 2-7) entertains Beaver (0-3, 2-8).

New Castle and Blackhawk split last season’s series, with the home team claiming each matchup.

“Blackhawk is always solid,” Red Hurricane coach Mark Stanley said after a 48-46 section win Tuesday at Beaver. “I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to coming in and getting us. That would be a big win to get if we could take care of our home business.”

Laurel (1-2, 4-4) visits Mohawk (1-1, 4-6) at 7:30 p.m. today in a Section 2-AA contest.

In District 10 action, West Middlesex travels to Wilmington (4-4) for a nonregion clash.

The MAC grappling tournament will be held at 11 a.m. today with the finals slated for 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The Western Beaver-Neshannock contest was moved to 7:30 p.m. Monday on the Lancers’ home floor. It’s the Section 1-A opener for each school. The Golden Beavers boast a 5-1 mark, while Neshannock is 7-3.

Shenango (0-2, 1-9), losers of six straight, will travel to Rochester (3-0, 10-1) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in its makeup encounter.

Winchester Thurston was slated to battle Union in a nonsection matchup. That game was postponed and no makeup date has been set.

On the girls side, Wilmington’s matchup at Reynolds was pushed up to 2 p.m. today. The game was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Thursday’s New Castle at Ambridge tilt was postponed to 3 p.m. today. It’s the Section 2-AAA opener for both schools. The Lady Bridgers (5-1) posted the lone section win over the Lady ’Canes (8-0) last year, which was a 58-56 home decision in the section opener.

Monday, New Castle will honor former standout Lorri Johnson in a pre-game ceremony in a section matchup against Center. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House.

Johnson, who played just three years because she tore her ACL and missed a season, ranks second all-time in the county in scoring with 2,110 points. Ellwood City’s Anne Malkowiak is the county’s all-time girls scoring leader at 2,370 markers.

“Lorri scored over 2,100 points in three years with a boys ball and no three-point line,” said first-year Lady ’Canes coach Jason Rankin in the preseason. “I want to honor Lorri because her numbers are tremendous. To score that many points in three years is mind-boggling when you think about it.”
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