CM Weekly Review: Winning limited for Wildcats during the week
By SHAREIK FLOWERS
Inclement weather postponed events during the early portion of Central Mountain’s schedule last week, but despite the wintry mix each sports club was able to return to their respective sport and log in at least one event.
Let’s begin this week’s column with the girls basketball team, who jump started the Wildcat schedule Monday with an away contest against the surging Tyrone Golden Eagles. Central Mountain lost the contest, 55-29, as the 26-point loss was its second largest margin of defeat this season. The ‘Cats showed grit in the battle and five players recorded figures in the game. Avery Baker tallied a Wildcat-high 11 points and posted a game-high three 3-pointers.
The team’s Wednesday game versus Selinsgrove was postponed, so they ended the week Saturday night in a nailbiting 43-41 loss to Jersey Shore. Jersey Shore outscored CM 15-3 in the first quarter, but the resilient Wildcats responded to outscore the Bulldogs, 29-17, the next two periods to even the game at 32-all entering the fourth. An 11-9 fourth-quarter edge for the Dawgs erased CM’s comeback as the Wildcats fell 43-41 at home. Seven players recorded figures for Central Mountain. but the scoring was dominated by Quinlynn McCann with 16 points and eight rebounds, and Avery Baker with another 12 points.
The girls basketball team has lost three consecutive game now. Their record stands at 4-5, but head coach Scott Baker believes there’s a brighter future ahead for CM.
“We have had a couple of close losses of late,” Baker said. “Last Saturday at Shikellamy we dropped an overtime game and then Saturday night to lose by two is disappointing. At the same time we recognize that we are getting close. It’s the little things right now that are keeping us from getting over the top on a consistent basis. We will continue to work toward that. We know good things lie ahead in the second half of the season.”
The boys basketball team’s schedule was condensed to one game this week, a Friday night home scrap versus rival Jersey shore. The game lived up to its billing, but the Bulldogs pulled away late as CM exited the night with a 67-52 loss. Ujjval Adroja posted a team-high 17 points, while Zane Probst chipped in 12 and Conner Soo added another 11.
The Wildcats begin the year at 2-6 for the second straight season. And with six scheduled games in the upcoming 10 days, the week and a half stretch will likely determine the Wildcats’ fate this season.
“When you have stretches like this with a lot of games in a short time, the first concern is operating in a way that keeps players as healthy as possible,” CM coach Tyler Bardo said. “That said, to this point we have had some stretches in every game where we have looked really good. We have identified our areas of weakness and we work towards improving those every rep of practice and every possession in a game. In most games it’s the team that makes the fewest mistakes that has the best chance to win. So as a coaching staff and collective team, we need to stay in the moment and focus on winning possessions.”
The Wildcat wrestling team returned to the mat Thursday for its third home dual meet of the season. The team suffered its first lost of the year, 37-18, to the undefeated Mifflin County Huskies. Sophomore Taylor Weaver’s pin highlighted the boxscore for Central Mountain.
The squad returned Saturday for the annual Dallastown Duals where the team finished in third place. Central Mountain went 2-1 in the tournament, posting wins over Penn Manor and Emmaus and suffering its lone defeat to Cumberland Valley.
Central Mountain defeated Emmaus, 46-27, in the third-place bout. CM got wins from Gino Serafini (106), Derek Keen (113) Braylen Corter (120), Taylor Weaver (126), Kaden Falls (145), Lane Porter (152), Caleb Porter (170), Gage Sutliff (195), Nik Miller (220) and Cyrus McCarl (285).
The swim team had a productive meet against Penns Valley and Bellefonte on Thursday. The swimmers picked up four wins as each the boys and girls racked up a pair of victories. The Central Mountain girls won 59-34 over a strong Penns Valley team. They also won 62-42 over the Bellefonte Red Raiders. The boys picked up their first wins this year against Penns Valley, 41-19, and Bellefonte 40-32.
Leisher Gugino stood out with a win in the 200-freestyle. Kylie Garman swam for the first time in the 100-butterfly and had a promising performance. And versatile athlete Evie Rembold swam in four races and contributed major points for the Wildcats.
Across the pool from the Wildcats was Tony Edmondson, an assistant coach for the Bellefonte Red Raiders. Edmondson was the former Lock Haven YMCA swim coach and Central Mountain High School’s first swim coach 20 years ago.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Winning was scarce this week, so I’ll dip into the junior high program for this award. Kudos go the the CM Junior High wrestling squad for taking home the Championship at the Dallastown Duals this weekend with a 3-0 showing.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Gotta go with Ujjval Adroja. Week-in and out Adroja plays with intensity, and on Friday he enjoyed a career best 17-point performance against rival Jersey Shore.
Brody Baker started three games at point guard for the Penn College basketball team this week. Baker tallied five points versus Pitt-Greenburg, eight versus Cazenovia and six against Morrisville State yesterday. Overall he shot 4-of-8 from downtown and grabbed 10 rebounds during the week.
Collin Jones had a breakout performance for the Lebanon Valley College basketball team. He’s exploded for a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds against Hood College, and added another 13 points and seven boards against Alvernia.
Hunter Weaver has a 12-6 record this season wrestling Luther College. Younger brother Tanner, who also wrestles at Luther, has a 5-9 record.
The Central Mountain boys basketball team returns tonight with a home matchup versus Huntingdon. They travel to Danville on Wednesday, to Selinsgrove on Thursday and then host Shamokin on Friday.
Girls Basketball travels to Danville on Tuesday and then hosts Milton on Friday.
Wrestling hosts State College (6-2) on Tuesday.
Swimming hosts Central Columbia on Tuesday and travels to Hollidaysburg on Friday.