Tomas breaks record for most points scored in Montour history
Senior, Courtney Tomas currently holds the record for all time leading scorer at Montour with 1,307 points scored over her four year basketball career.
To achieve this accomplishment, Courtney has trained with many different groups, such as an AAU basketball group in the spring and summer months. She also played a heavy travel schedule with the Western PA Bruins this past summer that allowed her to travel to 6-8 different cities.
The Montour girls varsity basketball team played Thomas Jefferson and beat them with a score of 49-46, making their record 5-6.
Junior, Carly Agnew hit a three point to put the team up 47-46 with 1:26 to go. Another crucial moment came from Courtney Tomas when she blocked a three point attempt by Thomas Jefferson.
Martin says, “Freshman Olivia Lyscik, who is as fast as any center in our section, darted to the block and scored on a throw ahead pass from Ava Tambellini, to put the team in a further lead.”
This win is followed by a 40-42 loss on January 7 against Lincoln Park.
Coach Martin said, “There were moments where we executed, but could not do so down the stretch.”
With 1:13 left in the game, Courtney Tomas made a layup to tie the score at 40, but Lincoln Park was able to make several late plays to win the game.
Martin believes that “Everyone plays their role very well, but Courtney Tomas has really come into her own this season.”
The team captains for the season are Courtney Tomas and Mia Scrabis.
Martin believes that there are several freshman on the team that are playing larger roles and are doing well, but he looks to see them grow in the future.
The team likes to set smaller goals for each game, such as defensive rebounds or points per quarter, which Martin hopes will translate to victories later.
Martin believes that their competition is Moon and Lincoln Park because they are fairly evenly matched teams and the kids know one another.
According to Martin, “The team struggles with achieving balance scoring, but it takes time and experience to be a balanced team.”
The team played a summer league and participated in two shootouts to get some experience and train to improve its skills.
The team next plays Moon at home on January 15.
Montour Varsity Gymnastics nearly defeated Lower Burrell
The Montour Varsity Gymnastics team nearly defeated Lower Burrell at its meet with two-tenths of a point short.
Lower Burrell earned an overall score of 129.5 and Montour earned an overall score of 129.3.
Montour had an overall score of 34.3 for the vaults events. Junior student Sydney Patrus was highest scoring for Montour in this event with 8.7 points.
For the bars, Montour had an overall score of 29.45. Senior Alexia Stanley earned the highest score for Montour with 8.45 points.
On the beam, Montour had an overall score of 32.5 with Alexia Stanley having the high score for Montour with 8.65 points.
On the floor events, Montour gained an overall total of 33.05 with Alexia Stanley earning the highest score of 8.45.
Despite their loss, coach Tiffany O’Shea says the team was not discouraged.
“They had fun at the meet, and they were not discouraged by their loss.”
The team is looking forward to their invitational meet on Saturday, January 19 against Moon Area School District.
The Boys Varsity Basketball Team rolls through the week
The Spartans go on a hot streak of three straight section wins over this past current week.
The Montour Spartans managed wins over South Fayette(62-33), West Allegheny(44-42), and Chartiers Valley(57-48).
All these sections wins took place over a span of last week, starting with South Fayette on Tuesday.
The Spartans beat South Fayette last Tuesday at home to start off their run.
Head Coach Minear said, “This was a big win for us to start off our week. We needed some confidence going into this tough week of section play after the loss by Thomas Jefferson. The boys worked hard the two previous practices before this game and knew how big of a week this was for them”.
The Spartans beat West Allegheny the following day in another big section win. This was a back to back game for both teams, this was a rescheduled game due to the fact that Montour traveled to Florida earlier in the season.
Coach Minear said, “This was another huge win for our team. Every section game is big but considering the back to back and the chance of the boys being tired was big. We knew we had to dig down deep and push through in order to keep this successful win. Every player played well for us. Senior Jaden Nelson played very well for us leading us with 22 total points.”
Lastly, the boys finished off the week with a win over Chartiers Valley . Chartiers Valley was going into this game 4-1 in section and were ranked second in the section standings.
Senior Anthony Tambellini stated, “This was the biggest game of the season for us so far. This was a complete upset for us and no one except us expected us to win this one. We went into their house and took and big win. Montour has not beat Chartiers Valley in years and went in and got a big win by 9 points. They started out hot but we managed to come back pushing and fighting in order to pull off the win.”
The Montour Spartans will face another big week of section play next week starting with Moon on Tuesday and West Mifflin that Friday on January 18.