Central Mountain Weekly Review: Winter break edition
By SHAREIK FLOWERS
MILL HALL- Before we dissect this condensed week, I’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and New Year’s. Sports are important, but it doesn’t compare with the quality time spent with family members and loved ones during the holiday season.
Now- back to athletics. The holidays limited Central Mountain to just two events this week, a boys basketball game Monday and a wrestling tournament over the weekend. The scarce games mean this week’s recap will be shorter than usual, so let’s dive into wrestling first.
The Central Mountain Wildcats wrestled this weekend in the Conestoga Valley Wrestling Tournament down in Lancaster. The Wildcats had a solid outing, finishing fifth in the team standings after accumulating 143 points.
Individually, Central Mountain boasted seven place-winners. Gino Serafini and Derek Keen brought home silver medals. Lane Porter (152) and Nik Miller (195) each claimed a bronze, while Taylor Weaver took sixth at 126 pounds, Cyrus McCarl took seventh at 285 pounds, and Braylen Corter continues to impress in his freshman season with a seventh-place finish.
Central Mountain boys basketball played one game this week, a late Monday afternoon game versus the Loyalsock Lancers, a team that out-scored them 32-0 in the first quarter a season ago. Central Mountain fared better this time around, but ultimately dropped the game, 64-51. Cayde McCloskey and Zane Probst each posted double figures with 10 points each. Teammates Aidan Major, Ujjval Adroja and Jack Hanna each added another eight. Trevor Adair chipped in another five and Evan Baker rounded the scoring with another four points.
Central Mountain sits at 2-4 on the season, but there’s reason for optimism given they didn’t earn their second win of the season last year until a 49-44 victory against Selinsgrove on Jan. 8. With an inexperienced team, they’ll only continue to develop as the season progresses.
“We’ve experienced various styles of play and have been forced to navigate numerous situations, all of which are new to many of our guys,” Central Mountain coach Tyler Bardo said. “The next step is to develop familiarity with those situations and better handle ourselves and mature as the season continues. We need to avoid the repetitive mistakes and continue on our path of consistent, team-first basketball. If we can maintain that trend we will have opportunities to put ourselves in positions to be successful.”
Like with the swimming team, girls basketball had the week off and they deserved it. The team is 3-2 on the season and showing the traits of being a quality-basketball team.
“The holiday break has enabled us to first take a few days to rest some weary bodies and heal a few nagging injuries,” coach Scott Baker said. “Second, it has given us the opportunity to spend some time installing some X and O things that we’ve wanted to install but hadn’t had the opportunity to do so in the early part of the season.
“Our start so far has been a generally positive one, due in large part to the fact that a number of our key players have matured and improved their skills from a year ago. We are still quite young overall and understand that much growth should still lie ahead. We are working everyday to continue to progress. We are just taking it one day at a time and looking to be better today than we were yesterday.”
PLAYER(S) OF THE WEEK
There’s not a long list of choices here, but given their success in this weekend’s tournament, Gino Serafini and Derek Keen get the nod
TEAM OF THE WEEK
I’m going to switch it up this week and award this honor to the Central Mountain 8th grade girls basketball team. Last Sunday, the team won the CM Junior High Girls Holiday Basketball Tournament with a 47-27 win over Mount Nittany Middle School. Ava Renninger dominated the competition with an absurd 31 points per game, as this group of athletes figure to have a promising high school career starting next year.
Lebanon Valley’s Collin Jones posted seven points and two rebounds in yesterday’s game versus Randolph-Macon College. Outside of Jones, most alumni athletes had the week off for winter break.
Central Mountain boys basketball travels to Sunbury Friday for an away contest versus Shikellamy.
The wrestling squad has a home matchup Thursday versus Milton, then returns for another Saturday morning Tournament at 10 AM
Swimming heads back to the pool Friday with an away matchup against Lewisburg at Bucknell University.
Girls basketball looks for its fourth win of the season Thursday when they travel to Wingate Tuesday to face Bald Eagle Area. They have another Saturday away game against Shikellamy at 1:30 p.m.