district 6 4A championship capsules
D6 4A girls championship
Teams: Huntingdon Lady Bearcats (14-8); Forest Hills Lady Rangers (19-3).
Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 1 p.m. today
The coaches: Huntingdon — Patrick Cassidy (45-45 in four years at Huntingdon). Forest Hills — Carol Cecere (total record unavailable in 24 years).
Path to the finals: Huntingdon — defeated Juniata, 76-50, in the semifinals. Forest Hills — defeated Bedford, 44-22, in the semifinals.
Starting lineups: Huntingdon — G Kynnedy Miller, jr., 3; G Allie Troup, jr., 21; G Emily Kurtz, sr., 14; F Kait McElroy, jr., 13; F Rin Reamer, jr., 11. Forest Hills — G Carly Stigers, sr., 25; F Kayla Stohon, 32; G Jordyn Smith, 22; F Maddie Cecere, 40; F Victoria Koeck, sr., 15.
Key reserves: Huntingdon — F Maddie DeForrest, jr., 12; F Rachel Kyle, jr., 10. Forest Hills — G Haley Croyle, so., 23, G Maggie Stains, sr. 21.
Who they get: The winner plays the fifth-place team from the WPIAL. The loser will take on the WPIAL runner-up.
Notable: Huntingdon returns to the district championship game for the first time since it defeated Johnstown, 38-35, for the Class 3A title on March 1, 2014. … The Lady Bearcats and Forest Hills have already punched their tickets to the state playoffs, as this bracket is sending two teams to states for the first time in years. … Forest Hills has played Huntingdon just once in the past 10 years, a 74-25 playoff victory on Feb. 28, 2013. … Carly Stigers is the Lady Rangers’ leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game. … Huntingdon lost to Bedford, 52-37 in last year’s semifinals.
— Michael Boytim
D6 4A boys championship
Teams: Huntingdon Bearcats (23-0); Central Scarlet Dragons (18-5).
Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 2:30 p.m. today
The coaches: Huntingdon — Nick Payne (136-75, ninth year). Central — Reggie Nevins (452-242, 27th year)
Path to the finals: Huntingdon — defeated Juniata, 69-39, in the semifinals. Central — defeated Tyrone, 35-33, in the semifinals.
Starting lineups: Huntingdon — G Nick Rigby, sr., 35; G Owen Lane, sr., 25; G Nate Gearhart, jr., 13; F Jackson Ritchey, jr., 5; F Will Sulesky, sr., 32. Central — G Thad Albright, sr., 31; G Noah Muthler, sr., 3; G Braden Kitt, jr., 5; F Lleyton Kling, so., 34; F Hunter Klotz, so., 44.
Key reserves: Huntingdon — F Andrew Miller, jr., 4; G Chad Brindle, sr., 11. Central — F Devon Boyles, fr., 45.
Who they get: The winner gets the third-place finisher from the WPIAL.
Notable: Huntingdon won both regular season matchups, though they were some of the closest games the Bearcats played all season. On Dec. 21, Huntingdon won 57-54 at Penn State Altoona. Central then dropped a 46-38 game on Jan. 29 in Huntingdon. … The Bearcats are the defending champions. They defeated Johnstown, 65-48, and then won two state playoff games. … Only the winner moves on to the state playoffs. … The Bearcats defeated Central, 57-49, in the semifinals last year to end the Scarlet Dragons’ season. … These games were originally planned to be played at Penn State Altoona before the snow and ice changed the schedule around on Wednesday.
— Michael Boytim