'It's grown': Cambria County Senior Showcase to wrap up high school hoops season April 7

Mar. 30—The region's scholastic basketball season officially will conclude with the third annual Cambria County Senior Showcase doubleheader at Central Cambria High School April 7.

The Cambria County Basketball Coaches Association organizes the senior all-star boys and girls basketball games. The coaches also recognize all-Cambria County teams as well as all-academic teams comprised of letterwinners with a 3.5 grade point average. Those honorees will be recognized during the Showcase.

The girls game will begin at 1 p.m. at the Red Devils gymnasium, with the boys contest to follow at approximately 3 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door at $1 for students and $3 for adults.

"We started the coaches association a couple years ago to have our own county celebrate all the basketball teams," said Forest Hills High School girls basketball coach Carol Cecere, the president of the Cambria County Basketball Coaches Association. "We have some good basketball in the county. When the AmeriServ (Senior Hoops Showcase) game slowed down (during the two COVID-19 impacted seasons), we thought we had to create our own game so those kids could get the notoriety they deserved."

Portage coach Lance Hudak will lead Team 1 and Penn Cambria's Josh Himmer will mentor Team 2 in the girls game.

Conemaugh Valley coach Tre'von Williams will lead Team 1, and Greater Johnstown's Ryan Durham will spearhead Team 2 in the boys contest.

"It's a really cool opportunity for the local basketball players to be seen in their communities. They will have the opportunity to have their fans be there with those fans knowing it's their last game," said Dom Vescovi, the Forest Hills boys coach and secretary of the Cambria County Basketball Coaches Association. "In the playoffs, you never know whether or not it's your last game going into it, unless you make it to the state championship game. This is really cool for the families, fans and the community."

The girls Team 1 includes Blacklick Valley's Tressa Fatula and Kaydence Killinger; Forest Hills' Arissa Britt, Anna Burkey, Lexi Henderson, Mackenzie Johns and Addison Schirato; Northern Cambria's Ella Miller; Portage's Brooke Bednarski, Cami Burkett, Jenna Burkett, Alex Chobany and Ashlyn Hudak; and Westmont Hilltop's Beth Buettner.

Bishop Carroll Catholic's Ali Heinrich, Tatum Laughard and Lydia Myers; Bishop McCort Catholic's Karalyn Bailey and Gianna Gallucci; Central Cambria's Ally Kudlawiec and Lauren Lockard; Conemaugh Valley's Julia Stiffler; Greater Johnstown's Kylan Kelly; Penn Cambria's Izzy Andersen, Kaylee Harpster and Kyra Vinglish; and Richland's Sasha Garnett and Emma Matejovich make up the girls Team 2.

The boys Team 1 is made up of Bishop Carroll Catholic's Parker Alexander and Luke Repko; Bishop McCort Catholic's Shakile Ferguson and Mason Pfeil; Blacklick Valley's Gino DiPaolo and Alex Reba; Conemaugh Valley's Landon Percinsky and Bryton Yackulich; Ferndale's Derrick Buchkoski and Aeden Hrivnak; and Westmont Hilltop's Noah Brownlee and Jonathan Crocco.

Cambria Heights' Parker Farabaugh and Reese Garrison; Central Cambria's George Dill and Connor Serenko; Forest Hills' Si McGough; Glendale's Connor Potutschnig; Greater Johnstown's Jahmir Collins and Dion Dixon; Northern Cambria's Dawson Shutty; Penn Cambria's Easton Semelsberger; Portage's Brennan Kunko; and Richland's Braden Hirsch and Luke Raho comprise Team 2 for the boys contest.

"Each year, it's grown," Vescovi said. "This is the third year and I'm hoping it's a full gym. It's really good that the coaches in Cambria County are willing to put together their time and their effort to showcase our local athletes."