June 3, 2013
The host team PA Blue Thunder freshman girls' basketball team recently won the 2013 PA Blue Thunder Hoop Start Basketball Tournament held in Johnstown at the Richland High School on May 18-19. The team competed in the high school 10th grade division finishing with a 6-0 tournament record and the championship. The girls beat the Central PA Renegades Basketball Club in the tournament title game. The team is coached by Pat Gruss and Mark Surike. Team members are: front row, Tahlyn Miller (Bishop McCort), Taylor Boring (Central Cambria), Haley Thomas (St. Andrews), Taylor Mack (United), Lexi Leysock (Homer Center), and back row, Kylee Surike (United), Abbey Roberts (Conemaugh Township), Carly Hajjar (Bishop McCort), Mikayla Tomkowski (Bishop McCort) and Katie Weaver (Windber). Emma Spinelli (Shade) was absent.