From staff reports
HALIFAX - Brock Anders tells it like a fairy tale: Nick Lorenz came into the East Juniata gym as a young boy, saw the names on the wall and decided he wanted to join them there.
Monday, he did one better - he put his name at the top of the list.
Lorenz needed 28 points going into the Tiger boys' Tri-Valley League game against Halifax. A layup that fell with 20 seconds left on the clock pushed him over by a point.
His 1,361-point career total - with six regular-season contests and the playoffs still to go - broke a record that has stood since 1962.
Anders said Charles Seiber, who now is No. 1 all-time, has visited, has spent time with the youngster who owns the top line today.
"You need to put in a lot of time," Anders said. "Nick has evolved as an all-around player at both ends of the floor.
"This has been one of his goals, a personal goal he set long ago."
Lorenz' 29 included a 9-of-10 effort at the line Monday. And he was nearly matched on the scoreboard by Bailey Coder, whose 26 points leaves him 42 shy of being the second to go over 1,000 this season.
The Tigers' 16-0 start makes them, for the third straight year, the best in school history. Their 12-0 TVL record has them all but certified as the league champs (Greenwood, which the Tigers swept, still has a chance).
And Halifax didn't make it easy, with a trio of double-digit scorers on the floor.
"That team is a good team. They're going to be very good in the coming years," Anders said.
"Jeremy Pannebaker needs a little bit of credit," the coach explained. "He asked about switching up some defenses. We went with it and it ended up working out really well."
It wasn't a perfect night - the Wildcats won the JV game, 50-40. East Juniata travels to rival Juniata Thursday.
But this night is one that the Tigers will remember for a long time.
"I think it started six years ago whenever I took the job," Anders said. "Going through that first season was very difficult for us.
"To sit back and see the rewards, the accomplishments and the good thing happening for our program makes me very happy."
Juniata 63, Line Mountain 62
HERNDON - Juniata sophomore guard Justin Mingle made a free throw with four seconds left in overtime and lifted Juniata past Line Mountain 63-62 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Monday night.
Mingle had 17 points on the night to supplement Tyler Clark's game-high 19.
The two underclassmen accounted for 36 points and all seven 3-pointers Juniata made.
"It's great for us to get those guys playing with confidence," Juniata coach Al Ream said. "Justin and Tyler were both on. The kids hung in there tonight."
The game turned into a bit of a 3-point shootout with both teams draining seven shots from beyond the arc.
"It wasn't our plan, but it ended up being that way," Ream said. "Tyler got hot from the 3-point line."
Juniata's 18-point third quarter extinguished a three-point halftime deficit.
"It was a good high school basketball game," Ream said. "The guys played hard."
Juniata (7-7, 5-6 TVL) will be back at it Wednesday night when the Indians host West Perry.
Mount Union 74, West Branch 62
MORRISDALE - Mount Union was on fire on the offensive end Monday, putting up big points in a 74-62 victory over West Branch in an Inter-County Conference boys basketball game.
"We had five guys in doubles - all five starters," Trojans coach Joe Komir noted. "I think we're clicking again. We needed this."
Leading the way was Kole House with 21 points and three long balls. Shak Walker added 16 and Klayton Heffner 14; below the teens were Anthony Gilbert (12) and B.J. Loner (10).
West Branch won the JV game, 36-30.
Mount Union (8-8, 6-3) travels to Southern Huntingdon Wednesday.
Selinsgrove 49, Greenwood 40
SELINSGROVE - Isaiah Rapp's 20 points were enough to lift the Seals in a 49-40 non-league boys basketball win over Greenwood Monday.
Greenwood's struggles were rooted in exhaustion, coach Kent Houser said.
"It was our ninth game in 18 days and we looked like it," he said.
Adam Harrison scored 13 and Tyler Fegley 12 for the Wildcats.
Selinsgrove also won the JV game, 35-32.
Greenwood (13-5) hosts Carson Long Saturday.
Danville 51, Midd-West 34
MIDDLEBURG - The good news, Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger notes, is that his team tied Danville in the second half.
The bad news is that the Ironmen had a solid first half, winning the Heartland Conference boys basketball contest 51-34.
"We'll take the positive," Ettinger said. "I thought our defense improved mightily in the second half."
It was a matter, he said, of limiting rebounds for Danville's Phil Stem (15 points, eight of them on second chances), and keeping the ball away from Austin Renz (10 points, with a pair of threes).
Andrew Karchner led the Mustangs with 15.
Danville also won the JV game, 52-12.
Midd-West (3-10, 0-7) heads to Jersey Shore Wednesday.
Mount Union 37, West Branch 29
MOUNT UNION - Tynita White scored 20 points to lead Mount Union in a 37-29 Inter-County Conference win over West Branch in girls basketball Monday, a game that was moved ahead due to today's scheduled District 6 wrestling in Mount Union.
White broke 1,000 points for her career in the game - she needed 16 points going in.
After falling behind at the half and trailing after three, the Trojans outscored the Warriors 17-1 in the fourth.
Penns Valley 37, East Juniata 33
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata couldn't overcome 27 turnover and fell to Penns Valley 37-33 Monday night in a nonleague girls basketball game.
"We just didn't take care of the basketball," East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. "They played their butts off though. I couldn't ask for anything more from the girls."
The Tigers did shoot the ball well from the free throw line, going 13-of-16, and got a game-high 17 points from Kasi Horning, who contributed a 7-for-9 effort from the line.
East Juniata (8-6, 6-5 TVL) takes on Midd-West Wednesday at home.
Juniata Mennonite 27, Meadowbrook Christian 23
PORT ROYAL - Alexis Hahn-Kline's 10-point night led Juniata Mennonite in a 27-23 victory over Meadowbrook Christian in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball game Monday.
The Lions had a strong third quarter, overcoming a halftime deficit by holding the visitors without a point to post a six-point lead heading into the final stanza. Most notably, coach Andy Meiser said, was that his team held Meadowbrook sharpshooter Madison Burrows to five.
"It's a game we probably don't win last year. We're playing situations a lot better," he said. "We made some adjustments on our matchup zone at halftime that really worked."
Juniata Mennonite (8-2, 5-1) travels to Sunbury Christian tonight.