1. Kayla Stockenus. The senior from Shanksville-Stonycreek became just the third girls basketball player from the area to score 2,000 career points. She accomplished the feat Tuesday in a home loss to Windber.
Stockenus reached the milestone after grabbing a defensive rebound and driving the length of the court for a layup.
|Shanksville Stonycreek's Kayla Stockenus|
“When I got that rebound and saw the open court I thought, ‘This is my chance. I don’t want to screw this up,’ ” an excited Stockenus said while addressing a small group of newspaper and TV reporters after the game. “Then everyone started cheering and I was like, ‘All right, now I really have to do it.’ Then I was lucky enough and got the and-one (free throw).”
2. Westmont Hilltop girls basketball. The Hilltoppers are one of two area girls teams unbeaten in section play - Berlin-Brothersvalley is the other. They also appear to be peaking at the appropriate time as Westmont prepares for Saturday's LHAC championship game against Bishop Guilfoyle.
3. Juniors topping 1,000 points. Two players – Ferndale's Elizabeth Chobany and Richland's Kyle Flick – could reach the 1,000-point mark on Monday. Chobany needs six points as the Yellow Jackets host Conemaugh Valley. Flick needs 16 as the Rams play a tough nonconference game at Conemaugh Township.
When Flick hits the mark, he'll be the fourth junior this season to do so. Bishop McCort's Nemo Trexler got there during Friday's win against Richland. Olivia McCabe and Emily Chobany, both of Portage, also hit the milestone earlier this season.
And, yes, Portage's Chobany and Ferndale's Chobany are cousins.
1. The Varsity Club. This blog dedicated to high school sports in The Tribune-Democrat coverage area has been subject to sporadic updates lately. The main culprit? The blog author is working on a move inside the borders of Flood City and several snags have hindered the progress not only of the move, but the blog.