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Wins take precedence over Berlin Brothersvalley duo's 3,570 career points

Feb. 15—Berlin Brothersvalley's senior all-state guards Pace Prosser and Craig Jarvis have combined to score 3,570 career points.

That gaudy total is even more impressive considering the veteran players' priorities rank the Mountaineers number of victories ahead of how many points either has scored in four seasons.

The approach has helped Berlin Brothersvalley reach two PIAA Class 1A title games in the previous three years — returning from Hershey with silver medals each time. The 20-2 Mountaineers begin their 2023-24 postseason on Friday in the semifinals of the Inter-County Conference playoffs at Claysburg-Kimmel High School.

"To be honest, scoring 2,000 points or 1,500 points means nothing to those guys," said Berlin Brothersvalley coach Tanner Prosser, Pace's father. "They're about winning and playing the game the right way.

"They both work really hard and put a lot of time into it. They have the ability to score the ball, but that's not what they're about. They're about playing the game the right way, playing for their team and playing for their teammates. Their goal was never about scoring points."

Pace Prosser, a Gannon University signee, tallied 37 points in Saturday's 67-60 overtime loss at Class 4A Uniontown and surpassed the 2,000-point mark. He followed with 32 points at Mountain Ridge in Frostburg, Maryland, on Wednesday night.

Prosser (2,049 points) is the seventh boys player to reach 2,000 points in Somerset County history and is the 11th overall to reach the milestone in the county, including girls hoops players. He joins fellow Berlin Brothersvalley standout Travis Eisentrout, who scored a county-best 2,824 points from 1998-2001.

The 6-foot-2 Jarvis is another all-state player with 1,521 career points. This season, Prosser (560 points) and Jarvis (481) have combined to tally 1,041 points in 22 games.

"It's been different with ICC," Tanner Prosser said. "We didn't play a conference schedule last year (after previously playing in the WestPAC). I like the structure and how the games are set this year.

"It's an opportunity for us to get at least one more game, hopefully two, because we have a really long break until the District 5 playoffs."

The District 5 Class 1A playoffs open on Feb. 22, but with a first-round bye, the top-seeded Mountaineers won't play until Feb. 27.

Tussey Mountain opened the season at 3-4, but finished with 12 wins in 13 games through Feb. 9, including seven in a row.

Both the Berlin Brothersvalley boys and girls programs will play in their respective semifinals during their debut season in the Inter-County Conference on Friday.

The conference's four semifinal games all will be played at Claysburg-Kimmel High School.

The schedule opens with girls semifinal contests featuring Williamsburg (21-1) against Everett (16-6) at 3:45 p.m.; and Southern Huntingdon (19-3) against Berlin (17-5) at 5:15.

Friday's boys games include Tussey Mountain (15-5) against Berlin Brothersvalley (20-2) at 6:45; and West Branch (20-2) against McConnellsburg (19-2) at 8:15.

The semifinal winners will play on Saturday, also at Claysburg-Kimmel. The girls championship is at 4:45, and the boys title game is at 6:45.

Coming off a state runner-up finish in 2022-23, the Berlin Brothersvalley boys begin the postseason after playing a strong nonconference schedule. The Mountaineers' only losses were at Greensburg Central Catholic (72-64 on Dec. 13) and at Uniontown.

Berlin Brothersvalley posted nonconference wins over Fort Hill, Perry Traditional Academy, Columbia, Steelton-Highspire, Greater Latrobe, Allegany, Bishop Canevin and Mountain Ridge. Allegany, Fort Hill and Mountain Ridge are all Maryland schools.

"We feel like we played a pretty challenging schedule," Tanner Prosser said.

The Berlin Brothersvalley girls won six of their past seven games to close the regular season. The lone setback was to Southern Garrett, a Maryland school.

The Mountaineers have relied on a balanced group led by seniors Ashley Brant, Taylor Hillegass and Regan Lauer; sophomores Mercy Sechler and Elsie Barna; and freshman Coral Prosser, who has Division I offers from Delaware and Iona.