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CM Week in Review: Wildcats’ football, tennis teams having success

Central Mountain football is 2-0 for the first time in 12 years, the girls’ tennis team continues its dominance and volleyball played its first match of 2020.

The football team held on late to defeat Selinsgrove on Friday night at home to move to 2-0 for the first time since 2008. Brett Gerlach eclipsed 100 yards passing and Ryan Pentz rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown in the win. On the defensive side of the ball, Kaden Falls had a stellar game, as the safety had an interception to go with three tackles in the win.

The Wildcats (2-0) will travel to Jersey Shore (2-0) on Friday.

Volleyball hit the court for the first time as they went 2-1 to begin the season. The Wildcats rattled off two wins in-a-row after dropping its match, 3-1, to West Branch on Sept. 14. After the loss, they picked up wins over Bellefonte (3-1) and Shamokin (3-0) on back-to-back days. Up next is an away match today as the Wildcats travel to Hollidaysburg.

The girls’ tennis team now sits at 9-1 after it went an impressive 3-0 last week. Two of the Wildcats three victories came against Williamsport, beating the Millionaires, 5-0, both times on Tuesday and Thursday. The team’s other win came Wednesday as the Wildcats rolled past Jersey Shore, 5-0. Carolina Carpenetti, Olivia Anastos and Kati Kwiatek have been impressive all season.The trio went unbeaten last week. The tennis team will host Mifflinburg on Wednesday before traveling to Altoona on Thursday compete at districts.

Boys soccer is now 2-2 on the season after an 0-2 start. Nate Brinker had a big week as the sophomore netted the game-winning goal in the team’s first win at Malinak Stadium this season. Brinker’s double-overtime goal Saturday gave the Wildcats a 4-2 win over Montoursville. Aside from the double-overtime victory, they also defeated Shikellamy, 4-2, Thursday.

Selinsgrove is the team’s next challenge as the Wildcats host a good Seals team at home Tuesday.

Girls soccer had a rough week record wise, but played three quality opponents in Williamsport, Shikellamy and Milton. The Wildcats lost, 4-1, to Williamsport on Monday, 4-1 to Shikellamy on Wednesday and 7-1 to Milton on Saturday.

Despite the 7-1 loss to Milton, the game served as the team’s senior day. Abby Brinker scored the lone goal for CM.

Griffin Walizer shot a 39 in nine-hole competition as the golf team defeated Shikellamy at the Clinton County Country Club on Tuesday. The golf team will compete at sSectionals Thursday in Altoona.

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Kaden Falls (football)

Falls made a big play for the CM defense when he plucked the ball out of the air for an interception and to keep the CM lead. The ball-hawking safety has made an impact on both defense and special teams this year for the Wildcat defense. Falls and Co. will be tested in the team’s next game as they face a high-powered offensive attack in Jersey Shore.

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TEAM OF THE WEEK

Football (2-0)

Central Mountain’s football team has yet to allow a point in the first half of games throughout its first to games of the 2020 season. A defense that is allowing just 4.5 points per game, has completely shut down opposing team’s offenses. The defense is anchored by Anton Stratts and Cyrus McCarl up front on the defensive line, the pair has been getting after opposing team’s quarterbacks and stopping the run.

Behind Stratts and McCarl is linebacker Micah Walizer, who has been great as both a pass-rusher and run-stopper for the Wildcats. Its leader in the secondary is Falls.

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