Cougars qual­ify for BCIAA play­offs

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The Kutz­town boys bas­ket­ball team earned a place in the BCIAA play­offs as the No. 8 seed thanks to an 8-2 fin­ish in Berks III and a 13-9 over­all record.

The Cougars’ suc­cess gave them the un­en­vi­able task of meet­ing No. 1 and Berks I cham­pion Read­ing in the quar­ter­fi­nals on Feb. 13.

Kutz­town was also de­nied a place in the District 3 Class 3A play­offs upon fin­ish­ing No. 9 in the fi­nal power rank­ings de­spite car­ry­ing a bet­ter record than two of the six teams in the field.

Kutz­town went 1-1 in the fi­nal week of the reg­u­lar sea­son, tak­ing a 73-51 de­feat to non­league Up­per Perkiomen be­fore drop­ping An­ti­etam 67-44 on Feb. 7.

Lorencz Jean-Baptiste (20 points) and Brady Tucker (11) led the way in the loss to Up­per Perk on Feb. 6.

Against An­ti­etam, Bray­den Eck scored 19 and Jean-Baptiste had 14 points and 14 re­bounds. Dane Fegely added 10.

FLEET­WOOD >> The Tigers saw their sea­son come to a close on Feb. 7 in a 50-44 de­feat to Twin Val­ley. Fleet­wood fin­ished the sea­son 1-9 in Berks II and 6-15 over­all.

The Tigers led the Raiders 29-23 at half­time but couldn’t com­plete the up­set de­spite 13 points from Tyler Chavoya, nine from Mar­ck­ens Grif­fon and eight from Ryan Miller.

Chavoya led the team in scor­ing this sea­son at 13.6 points per game, fol­lowed by Miller (9.0), Grif­fon (6.9) and Nate Mer­curi (6.3).

BRANDY­WINE HEIGHTS >> The Bul­lets con­cluded the sea­son 4-6 in Berks III and 8-14 over­all af­ter last week’s 58-50 win over Tulpe­hocken on Feb. 7 and 62-52 de­feat to non­league Lan­caster Chris­tian on Feb. 10.

Against Tulpy, Drew Miller scored 20 points and Ryan Tavares hit five 3-point­ers for 15 points to lead Brandy­wine. Noah Her­many added eight.

In the sea­son fi­nale, Miller hit for 16, Her­many scored 11 and John Har­ri­son 12 by LC’s Will Sloyer fired in 28.

Girls Bas­ket­ball

KUTZ­TOWN >> The Cougars con­cluded the sea­son 4-6 in Berks III and 7-15 over­all af­ter top­ping Up­per Perkiomen 60-22 on Feb. 6 and fall­ing to An­ti­etam 50-40 on Feb. 7 in their fi­nal week.

Kutz­town had four in dou­ble fig­ures against Up­per Perkiomen: Rachael McCoach (16), Ashley Donat (11), Syo San­ders (10) and Jil­lian Siefert (10).

In the sea­son fi­nale, Donat scored 18 and Gretta Bankes added 11.

Kutz­town ended the sea­son 10th in the District 3 Class 3A power rank­ings, miss­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the six-team field.

Bankes av­er­aged a team-high 13.0 points this sea­son, fol­lowed by Donat (11.2) and McCoach (8.2).

BRANDY­WINE HEIGHTS >> Brandy­wine closed the sea­son last week with a pair of de­feats – 50-46 to An­ti­etam on Feb. 2 and 4330 to Tulpe­hocken on Feb. 7 – and fin­ished 4-6 in Berks III and 9-13 over­all.

Han­nah Fen­ster­ma­cher led the team in scor­ing with 14.4 points per game, fol­lowed by MyKalan Men­doza (7.1), Sky­lar Miller (5.3) and Mar­ley Turbett (4.3).

FLEET­WOOD >> Along with ad­vanc­ing to the BCIAA semi­fi­nals (story on page 1), the Tigers qual­i­fied for the District 3 Class 5A play­offs as the No. 10 seed.

Fleet­wood (18-4) trav­els to No. 7 Dover for its first round game on Tues­day, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Wrestling

The in­di­vid­ual phase of the sea­son be­gins this week­end for lo­cal schools. Ham­burg is set to host a District 3 Class 2A sec­tional on Satur­day, Feb. 18. The event will fea­ture wrestlers from host Ham­burg, Brandy­wine Heights, ELCO, Kutz­town, Pe­quea Val­ley, Schuylkill Val­ley, Tulpe­hocken and Wy­omiss­ing. Three wrestlers from each weight class will ad­vance to the District 3 Cham­pi­onships, to be held at the Gi­ant Cen­ter in Her­shey on Feb. 24 and 25.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER

Kutz­town’s Lorencz Jean-Baptiste throws down a dunk dur­ing a game against An­ti­etam last week.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER

Kutz­town’s Rachael McCoach scores over an Up­per Perkiomen player dur­ing a game last week.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER

Kutz­town’s Dane Fe­g­ley drives and scores last week against An­ti­etam.

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