Relentless Pressure by Johnsonburg Seals Win Against Bridgeport.
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
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
Cats Conquer Crusaders
Clarion Outduels Elk County Catholic to Capture Women's Crown.
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— Cameron Grumley, Johnsonburg Rams
Women's Most Valuable Player— Maci Thornton, Clarion Lady Cats
2013 Men's Runner-Up— Bridgeport Indians
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
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.
Airborne— Eric Locklin of Air Elite Acrobatic Dunk Team Slams it Home!
Up for Three—Johnsonburg’s Kevin Benson
Up for Three
Can Only Watch—Bridgeport Indians Logan Smith and James Harris
Can Only Watch
Super Stretch—Bridgeport’s Ryan Sprouse
Hands Full—Kanes’ Sydney Dyne
Tough to Follow—Ridgway Lady Elkers’ Jilly Mercer
Tough to Follow
Free for a Moment—Kane’s Jeff Kocjancic
Free for a Moment
Clear to Shoot—Kane’s Kevin Cleer
Clear to Shoot
Eyeing the Ball—St. Marys Dutchmen Zach Reigel
Eyeing the Ball
“Chairing” Them On—St. Marys cheerleaders and fan in musical chairs game
“Chairing” Them On
Looking for Help—Ramettes’ Kassa Kocjancic
Looking for Help
Over and Up—Clarion’s Laken Ganoe
Over and Up
Forcing Her to Pass—Clarion’s Grace Kroh
Forcing Her to Pass
Brilliant Ball Balance—Lady Crusaders’ Maddy Schneider
Brilliant Ball Balance
Charging Through—Johnsonburg’s Zane Hodgdon
Flying High—St. Marys Dutchmen Caleb Bennett
Road to It All—Scenic driveway to St. Marys High School
Road to It All
Listen and Learn—Kittanning Head Coach Janelle Kotyk
Listen and Learn
Classic Signage—Décor Around the Tournament