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Grumley, Merryman star in Sportsmanship I/Clarion County YMCA All-Star Games

CLARION — The night began with another high-scoring effort from the district’s leading scorer and ended with a bang in a 101-98 shootout Saturday night at the 14th Annual Sportsmanship I/Clarion County YMCA District 9 All-Star Games held at Clarion High School.

Cranberry’s Emily Merryman led her Black/Orange squad to an 83-58 win over the White/Purple and earned the game’s Most Valuable Player award. Then in the nightcap, the Blue Squad outlasted the Red, 101-98, in a thriller Johnsonburg’s Cameron Grumley earned MVP honors with a team-high 19 points for the winning Blue, making a key steal and layup as time ran out to preserve the win.

A total 40 senior boys and girls who represented 26 different District 9 schools participated in the games that served as a tribute to their scholastic careers and fund-raising event for the YMCA’s Camp Coffman.

Along with the MVP awards were Sportsmanship Awards that went to Bradford’s Ali Rinfrette of the White/Purple in the girls’ game while Karns City’s Tyler Kepple earned the same award for the Red Squad in the boys’ game.

In the 32-point shooting contest, the winners were Bradford’s Rinfrette and Oswayo Valley’s Keagen Goodliff.

At halftime of the boys’ game, veteran Keystone Panthers coach Greg Heath was presented with this year’s Western Pennsylvania Sportsperson of the Year award.

In the opening girls’ game, the Black/Orange led from start to finish. It led 44-28 at intermission of the 40-minute college-style game with two 20-minute halves. The White/Purple climbed to within six points after starting the second half on a 30-8 run, but that’s as close as it got the rest of the way.

Three other players on the Black/Orange reached double figures in scoring. Venango Catholic’s Lindsay Homan scored 13 points while Clarion’s Kyla Miles and Bradford’s Haley Vinelli each scored 12 points.

Vinelli made 6 of 9 shots and led the team with eight rebounds. Homan added six rebounds while Merryman added six steals and two assists to go along with her 8-of-17 shooting which included a 3-of-7 effort from beyond the 3-point line. Miles collected seven rebounds.

For the Purple/White, Rinfrette finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Punxsutawney’s Taylor Newcome hit three 3-pointers and led the team with nine points. Clarion-Limestone’s Abby Mellott, Johnsonburg’s Chelsea Benson and Austin’s Hannah Glover each scored eight points.

In the boys’ game, the Blue led for most of the game, including 87-77 with 5:37 left in the game before the Red stormed back. Kepple, who led all scorers with 25 points, gave the Red its first lead since the 8:23 mark of the first half when he sank a 3-pointer to put the Red up 94-93 with 2:19 remaining.

Kepple then converted a 4-point play when he was fouled on a 3-pointer with 1:01 left to put the Red up 98-97. As it turned out, that’s all the points the Red Squad scored as Keystone’s Adam Lencer hit a jumper to give the Blue a 99-98 lead with 35 seconds left.

Then after a timeout by the Red to set up a possible game-winning shot, Grumley stole a pass by his Rams teammate Cole Peterson and took it in for a layup to seal the win at 101-98 with four seconds remaining.

Grumley’s 19 points came on 8-of-17 shooting. He grabbed six rebounds with six assists and five steals. Lencer finished with 17 points, Kane’s Jeff Kocjancic had 14 points and six rebounds and Austin’s Kade Logue scored 10 points.

Also for the Blue, Elk County Catholic’s Brandon Schlimm and Punxsutawney’s Tyler Young each scored nine points. DuBois’ Hunter Lydick led the team with 11 rebounds.

For the Red, Kepple was 8-of-13 from beyond the 3-point line and hauled down seven rebounds. Four other players for the Red reached double figures in scoring. Clarion’s Antonio Troese and Punxsutawney’s Brandon Mancuso each scored 14 points, and Elk County Catholic’s Cory Huff and West Forest’s Logan McFarland both scored 10 points.

A-C Valley’s Jeff Eaton led the Red with 10 rebounds. East Forest’s Charles Rini finished with eight points and seven rebounds.



Emily Merryman 8-17 0-0 19; Lindsay Homan 6-14 0-0 13; Kyla Miles 6-8 0-2

12; Haley Vinelli 6-9 0-0 12; Lily Port 3-5 0-0 7; Kylee Schaffer 3-6 0-0 6;

Kiana Hoohuli 2-3 0-0 5; Jenny Reed 1-6 3-4 5; Grace Kroh 2-7 0-0 4; Liz

Coppella 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-75 3-6 83.


Taylor Newcome 3-10 0-0 9; Hannah Glover 4-7 0-1 8; Chelsea Benson 4-9 0-1

8; Ali Rinfrette 3-7 2-3 8; Abby Mellott 4-10 0-0 8; Alissa Burns 3-5 0-0 6;

Emily Schumacher 2-7 0-0 5; Fontaine Glenn 2-10 0-0 4; Jill Wallace 1-3 0-0

2. Totals 26-68 2-5 58.

Girls Black Squad………….   44   39  –   83

Girls Purple Squad…………   28   30  –   58

3-point goals–Girls Black Squad 6-17 (Emily Merryman 3-7; Kiana Hoohuli

1-2; Lindsay Homan 1-2; Lily Port 1-2; Jenny Reed 0-2; Grace Kroh 0-1; Kyla

Miles 0-1), Girls Purple Squad 4-18 (Taylor Newcome 3-8; Emily Schumacher

1-2; Chelsea Benson 0-3; Ali Rinfrette 0-2; Fontaine Glenn 0-2; Jill Wallace

0-1). Fouled out–Girls Black Squad-None, Girls Purple Squad-None.

Rebounds–Girls Black Squad 45 (Haley Vinelli 8), Girls Purple Squad 42 (Ali

Rinfrette 11). Assists–Girls Black Squad 14 (Lindsay Homan 3), Girls Purple

Squad 14 (Fontaine Glenn 6). Total fouls–Girls Black Squad 6, Girls Purple

Squad 1. Technical fouls–Girls Black Squad-None, Girls Purple Squad-None.




Cameron Grumley 8-17 2-3 19; Adam Lencer 8-17 0-0 17; Jeff Kocjancic 7-13

0-0 14; Kade Logue 4-8 0-0 10; Brandon Schlimm 4-12 0-0 9; Tyler Young 4-7

0-0 9; Tim Kentoski 3-9 0-0 7; Ellis Painter 2-6 0-0 6; Dylan Clingan 3-5

0-0 6; Hunter Lydick 2-4 0-0 4; Christian Lezzer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 45-99 2-3


Tyler Kepple 8-14 1-1 25; Brandon Mancuso 5-11 0-0 14; Antonio Troese 6-10

0-0 14; Cory Huff 5-11 0-0 10; Logan McFarland 4-11 0-0 10; Charles Rini 4-8

0-0 8; Keagan Goodliff 2-5 1-2 6; Brett Gardner 2-9 0-0 4; Cole Peterson 1-9

1-1 3; Jeff Eaton 1-6 0-0 2; Nate Shirts 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 39-98 3-4 98.

Boys Navy Squad……………   48   53  – 101

Boys Red Squad…………….   46   52  –   98

3-point goals–Boys Navy Squad 9-31 (Ellis Painter 2-4; Kade Logue 2-5;

Tyler Young 1-2; Brandon Schlimm 1-6; Tim Kentoski 1-4; Adam Lencer 1-6;

Cameron Grumley 1-2; Jeff Kocjancic 0-2), Boys Red Squad 17-41 (Tyler Kepple

8-13; Brandon Mancuso 4-8; Antonio Troese 2-5; Logan McFarland 2-3; Keagan

Goodliff 1-3; Jeff Eaton 0-2; Cole Peterson 0-4; Brett Gardner 0-3). Fouled

out–Boys Navy Squad-None, Boys Red Squad-None. Rebounds–Boys Navy Squad 56

(Hunter Lydick 11), Boys Red Squad 60 (Jeff Eaton 10). Assists–Boys Navy

Squad 22 (Cameron Grumley 6), Boys Red Squad 22 (Cole Peterson 4; Antonio

Troese 4; Jeff Eaton 4). Total fouls–Boys Navy Squad 4, Boys Red Squad 2.

Technical fouls–Boys Navy Squad-None, Boys Red Squad-None.


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