Johnsonburg Men and Clarion Women Take Home Titles!

Ram Tough!

Relentless Pressure by Johnsonburg Seals Win Against Bridgeport.

2013 EQT Energy Classic Boys Tournament Winners

2013 Men's Champion— Johnnsonburg Rams

Speed, agility and two teams destined to prove their mettle to each other. In the end, it was the hometown favorite and defending Class-A state runner-up Johnsonburg Rams who rose to the top.

Showcasing the quickness and talented team play exhibited all three days of the event, the Rams ultimately cruised to a 20-point victory over the visiting Bridgeport Indians of West Virginia, 74-54, to claim the 2013 Men's Championship of the 4th annual EQT Energy Classic.

From the opening tip-off, both teams displayed the sharp passing, fast paced tempo that each used to get to the final round. After a fairly even first quarter, Johnsonburg began to exert itself and took a 12-point lead into the locker room.

But Bridgeport, who beat its first two opponents in the tourney by a combined 91 points, would never put together the sustained scoring streak that nearly everyone in the crowd expected to come given their offensive prowess in earlier games.

Shortly after the start of the third quarter, the Rams combined their "quicker than a cat" defense with the sharp-shooting skills of their two best players, Cameron Grumley and Cole Peterson, to deflate the Indians, matching them point for point in an explosive 8 minutes of action.

Still down by 12 entering the final quarter, the Rams refused to let up and the Indians ran out of steam.

Grumley finished with a game high 24 points and was named Tournament MVP. Peterson added 14 points and was named to the All-Tournament team along with Bridgeport's John Wilfong and Ryan Sprouse. Wilfong had a team-high 22 points for Bridgeport.

Re-Live the Excitement

ROOT Sports

Thrills and Highlights in Prime Time—the 2013 EQT Energy Classic highlights show will air three times in January all at 6:30 p.m. It's your time to shine St. Marys, so set your DVR's now to catch the action: Tuesday, Jan. 21, Thursday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 25.

Musical Chairs Game at  Halftime

Musical Chairs Game at Halftime

Cats Conquer Crusaders

Clarion Outduels Elk County Catholic to Capture Women's Crown.

2013 EQT Energy Classic Girls Tournament Winners

2013 Women's Champion— Clarion Lady Cats

A stifling defense and the spectacular all-around play of its junior point guard, Maci Thornton, allowed the Clarion Lady Cats to upend Elk County Catholic, 49-30, to earn the Women's Championship. The teams were separated by just one point, 12-11, after the first quarter, but from there on Clarion just got better while ECC struggled to find its game.

The Crusaders could not contain Thornton who, when she wasn't scoring herself, was dishing off to teammates like senior forward Kyla Miles who pumped in 13 points.

Thornton, who averaged just over 19/ppg for the tourney, had a game high 20 in the championship and was named Tournament MVP. She and Miles were also Women's All-Tournament Team selections.

Men’s Most Valuable Player

Men's Most Valuable Player— Cameron Grumley, Johnsonburg Rams

Women’s Most Valuable Player

Women's Most Valuable Player— Maci Thornton, Clarion Lady Cats

2013 Men’s Runner-Up

2013 Men's Runner-Up— Bridgeport Indians

2013 Women’s Runner-Up

2013 Women's Runner-Up— Elk County Catholic Crusaders

Men’s All-Tournament Team

  • Parker Housler, St. Marys Area
  • Andrew Pierson, Kane Area
  • Alek Schaffer, Kittanning Area
  • Ben MacDonald, Ridgway Area
  • Ellis Painter and Taylor Smith, Clarion Area
  • Cory Huff and Brandon Schlimm, Elk County Catholic
  • Ryan Sprouse and John Wilfong, Bridgeport, WV
  • Cameron Grumley, C.J. Herbstritt and Cole Peterson, Johnsonburg Area

Women’s All-Tournament Team

  • Jessica Kifer, Ridgway Area
  • Katelyn Moran, Kane Area
  • Rachel Bauer, St. Marys Area
  • Hannah Fetty, Bridgeport, WV
  • Chelsea Benson, Johnsonburg Area
  • Sydney Cloak and Emily Knepshield, Kittanning Area
  • Macy Neureiter, Erin Petrosky and Julia Sweeney, Elk County Catholic
  • Laken Ganoe, Kyla Miles and Maci Thornton, Clarion Area

Other Games:

Elk County Catholic [men] 66—Clarion 48

Senior Corey Huff had a game high 22 points for the Crusaders in their third-place win over the Clarion Bobcats. ECC never trailed in the game, racing out to a 16-7 first-quarter lead and ending the half with 12 unanswered points. The Bobcats trailed by as many as 24 in the fourth as the Crusaders were just too strong on the inside.

Ridgway [men] 55—Kittanning 43

In one of the more evenly matched games on the final day, the Ridgway Elkers managed to pull away from the Wildcats. Kittanning missed plenty of easy chances early, allowing the Elkers to open up a 13 point second quarter lead. But with three minutes remaining in the half, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run that put them within six heading into the locker room. Second half was all Elkers thanks to guard Joshua Roselli who finished with a game high 23 points, and Jeremy Breier who had 17. Senior Alek Schaffer had 14 for Kittanning.

Kane [men] 51—St. Marys 43

The Flying Dutchmen absorbed their third loss in the tournament falling to the Wolves. St. Marys trailed by only seven to start the second half, but that's as close as they would come as Kane controlled the pace when necessary with forward Jeff Kocjancic, 17, and Andrew Pierson, 12, combining for over half of the Wolves' points.

Parker Housler and Zach Reigel each had 12 points for St. Marys.

Kane [women] 42—Ridgway 22

Senior guard Katelyn Moran had 20 points to lead the Lady Wolves to victory over the Lady Elkers. Ridgway never got on track and trailed by 25 after the third quarter. Jessica Kifer was the Elkers lone bright spot with 12 points.

Bridgeport [women] 55—St. Marys 42

Hanna Fetty and Stephanie Alvaro poured in 13 and 11 points respectively for Bridgeport in their double-digit win over the Lady Dutch. The Indians started strong, netting 21 first-quarter points to St. Marys seven and never looked back. Sophomore forward Rachel Bauer had a game high 17 points for St. Marys.

Kittanning [women] 55—Johnsonburg 18

The Lady Wildcats looked more like stalking lionesses in a convincing beating of the Ramettes. Johnsonburg's lone field goal of the first half came with only 1:48 left in the second quarter. By then, Kittanning had amassed 34 points and the rout was on.

Air Elite

Airborne— Eric Locklin of Air Elite Acrobatic Dunk Team Slams it Home!

More Classic Moments from Day Three!

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