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DuBOIS — The DuBois Area High School varsity boys basketball team is officially under new leadership for the first time in a decade, and freshly hired head coach Dave Bennett is excited to get to work.

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The Pennsylvania Sports Writers Girls All-State Basketball Teams were released Tuesday, and for the second straight year the recently crowned Tri-County Sunday/Courier Express Player of the Year was the lone local player to earn honors among the state’s six classifications.

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BRADFORD — The District 9 League released its 2017-18 All-Star teams on Monday, and both the boys and girls squads were filled with players from the Tri-County Area.

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KITTANNING — The Ridgway boys basketball team gave defending state champion Sewickley Academy all it could handle on Wednesday evening, but ultimately fell as a three-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime went long as the Elkers fell, 44-41, in the PIAA Class 2A second round at A…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Elk County Catholic boys basketball team never really found a solution to Bishop Carroll’s full-court press, and it resulted in well over 20 turnovers in a 57-47 loss to the Huskies on Tuesday evening in the second round of the PIAA Class A Tournament at Punxsutawney High School.

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While two of the three basketball teams left in the Tri-County area in the Elk County Catholic boys and the Brookville girls will tip off their second round games tonight, the Ridgway boys will play Wednesday.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Dream went to halftime down by just one point on Saturday evening against the Grand Rapids Danger, but the Danger outscored the Dream, 46-28, in the third quarter as DuBois fell to Grand Rapids, 144-115, at DuBois Central Catholic High School.

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I covered five games over the weekend at Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University –all three on Friday evening, and the two boys district championship games on Saturday.

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DuBOIS — The Punxsutawney girls basketball team used a strong second-half surge to put away St. Marys, 47-24, Wednesday night at DuBois Area High School to capture their second straight District 9 Class 4A title and four D-9 crown in a row.

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BROOKVILLE — The No. 5 Elk County Catholic girls basketball team never led on Wednesday evening, but gave top-seeded North Clarion all it could handle in a 43-31 loss in the District 9 Class A semifinals at Brookville High School.

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DuBOIS — Ridgway seized control of its District 9 Class AA semifinal game against Clarion in the first quarter Tuesday night, and the Bobcats were never able to recover as the Elkers reached the championship game with a 44-24 victory at DuBois Area High School.

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ST. MARYS — Three minutes into the District 9 AA boys basketball playoff game on Thursday between Curwensville and Coudersport, the Golden Tide held a lead and had not yet surrendered a basket. Once the Falcons scored, the switch was flipped, and they never looked back. By the end of the fir…

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HYDE — Given some of the happenings on, and off, the mat this season, Saturday is poised to be exciting day at the District 4/9 Class AAA Wrestling Championships at Clearfield Area High School.

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CLARION — A third matchup with backyard rival Clarion didn’t go like the first two games for the Clarion-Limestone Lions basketball team in Thursday night’s District 9 Class AA quarterfinals at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium.

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CLARION — The Brockway boys basketball team jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead Thursday night against Keystone, and that strong start proved to be the difference in the Rovers’ 46-42 victory in a District 9 Class AA quarterfinal game at Clarion University.

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BROOKVILLE — The Ridgway and Keystone girls basketball team’s had 13 lead changes in their District 9 Class AA quarterfinal game on Wednesday evening at Brookville High School, but the game changed as Lady Elker forward Emily Fullem picked up her fourth foul with a minute and a half to play …

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BROOKVILLE — After a 12-day layoff since their last game, the No. 6 Johnsonburg girls basketball team didn’t show any real sign of rust in the District 9 Class A quarterfinal game against A-C Valley on Wednesday evening.

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HYDE — After St. Marys took a brief 9-8 lead in the first quarter of Wednesday’s District 9 Class 4A boys basketball semifinal at Bison Gymnasium, Clearfield quickly regained the advantage and upped its lead to 18-12 by the end of the frame.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois girls basketball team knew it faced an uphill battle against Hollidaysburg in its District 6/8/9/ 5A semifinal game Tuesday night, a task made even harder when junior Chelsea DeSalve was lost to a non-basketball related injury over the weekend.

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EMPORIUM — The ninth-seeded DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team built a 10-point lead at halftime in their District 9 Class A first round game on Tuesday evening against No. 8 Cameron County.

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The area has seen a handful of athletes succeed in basketball at the next level so far this season.

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The District 9 basketball playoff brackets were finally released Sunday afternoon and most of the sites and times for the opening round matchups have been set.

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KANE — The DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team was once again overmatched by Kane for the third time this season, ending Thursday evening’s AML semifinal in a 57-33 loss to the Lady Wolves.

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BROOKVILLE — Call it a complete reversal for the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team. And, now it’s one win away from winning a district title.

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DuBOIS — The phrase “Stop, drop and roll” is used to teach elementary-school children what they should to if their clothes happen to catch fire.

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BROCKWAY — The Brockway girls entered Wednesday knowing they needed a victory over Curwensville to assure themselves of a trip to the District 9 Class A playoffs.

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DuBOIS — It’s been said that discretion is the better part of valor and it’s an idiom that usually holds true.

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BROOKVILLE — DuBois Central Catholic junior Justin Miknis is pretty good at two sports and he has plenty of reasons to back that up.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois girls came out of the gate strong and never looked back Monday in a 59-38 rout of Indiana for the Lady Beavers’ first win against the WPIAL foe since the schools started to play regularly in the 2011-12 season.

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BROCKWAY — Although Johnsonburg leading scorer Kacey Raubenstrauch was held to just three points, the Rams still got enough from the rest of the team in a 48-35 win over Brockway on Thursday evening.

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DuBOIS — In a tight game the whole way through, the DuBois Central Catholic boys basketball team fell to Curwensville, 62-55, on Tuesday evening at the Varischetti Sports Complex on DCC’s Senior Night.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois girls basketball team celebrated Senior Night Tuesday against Bradford, but the night proved to be anything but a cake walk as the Lady Beavers put together a workmanlike effort in a 62-53 victory.

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BROOKVILLE — Building a 14-point lead with 2:50 left in the game, the Johnsonburg Rams basketball team hung on for a 40-39 non-league win on the road at Brookville Monday night.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team finished a home-and-home series with Kane on Monday evening with a 51-29 loss to the Lady Wolves at the Varischetti Sports Complex.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team kept on its recent winning ways with a 61-48 victory over Johnsonburg on Wednesday evening at the Varischetti Sports Complex.

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DuBOIS –While the DuBois Area High School boys’ basketball team had no trouble dialing long distance against Elk County Catholic, it was ultimately their inability to hang on the line long enough that cost them a chance at a win as they fell to the Crusaders 63-55 Wednesday.

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BROCKWAY — One of the better players in District 9 found herself in the Brockway High School record books Monday, as Leah Lindemuth became just the fourth Lady Rover in school history to hit the 1,000-point plateau in a 45-33 loss against Kane.

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BROCKWAY — The Brockway girls basketball team was given what was probably their toughest test of the season against Kane on Monday evening.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Dream couldn’t have scripted a more fairy-tale beginning to season No. 2 than Saturday night’s 120-78 victory against non-conference foe Buffalo in front of a packed house at the DuBois Area Middle School.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Lady Beavers saw their six-game winning streak come to an end Thursday night in a tough 39-32 home loss to rival Punxsutawney.

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BROOKVILLE — Leading nearly the entire game, the Brookville Raiders basketball team limited visiting Punxsutawney to a poor shooting night while navigating through foul trouble in a 49-36 District 9 League win Wednesday night.