The PIAA has postponed Saturday’s football state championship games because of expected inclement weather. Both games will be played Sunday at Hersheypark Stadium.
In Class AA, Imhotep Charter will meet South Fayette at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Class AAAA title game between Pittsburgh Central Catholic and St. Joseph’s Prep will follow at 6 p.m.
Both Sunday games will be shown live on Pennsylvania Cable Network.
Friday’s Class A and Class AAA championship games will be played as scheduled.
After losing two tough games in the Fairview tournament last week, Erie First bounced back with a convincing 81-45 win over Tidioute Charter. Valentine Sangoyami led the way with 14 points, while Luke Hess and Vitaliy Tserger each had nine points. Wednesday was also a rare home game for the Eagles, who play only five games in their own gym this season. Erie First travels to Iroquois on Monday and to Andrew-Osborne on Tuesday. An interesting game will take place Dec. 21 in an Erie BayHawks showcase as Erie First plays Strong Vincent.
•Central Tech is on a roll to start the season heading into a big non-region game Saturday. After splitting two games in the Meadville tournament, the Falcons edged General McLane 39-38 before beating Corry 55-44 on Thursday. Malik Brinson scored 22 points against the Beavers and is stepping up as big-time leader for Central. The Falcons will host Girard on Saturday before a rematch at East on Tuesday.
•The Hickory girls traveled to Erie Thursday and handled Class AAAA Central Tech 75-34. Brandi Beader scored 16 points, while Nikki Arbanas had 14 points and Holly Grober added 12. The Hornets won the Kittanning tournament championship last weekend before routing Rochester on Tuesday. Hickory has an interesting rivalry showdown with Sharon on Saturday before opening region play on Thursday at Slippery Rock.
•The swimming powerhouses in Region 3 all started the season with big wins on Thursday. Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria defeated Central Tech, while Mercyhurst Prep swept Meadville and McDowell swept Warren. Among the top performances was Villa freshman Kathleen Lynch, who set a school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 1.23 seconds.
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