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Penn State Fayette hosts high school basketball shootout Dec. 5-6

12/2/2008 —
High school basketball will be center stage this weekend when Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus plays host to seven high school games on Dec. 5 and 6.

The 2008 Fayette County Coaches Association AAA-AAAA Challenge presented by Penn State Fayette will bring four boy’s teams and six girl’s teams to the campus over the two-day event.

Penn State Fayette Athletic Director Vince Capozzi says, “We are really delighted to bring high school basketball back to our campus. The Fayette County Coaches Association and Mark John are great to work with and they always do a great job with this event. We are thrilled that we can partner with them to showcase these games in our Main Arena, the same site that will host the USCAA Championships in March.”

The girl’s portion of the challenge will be known as the C. Vivian Stringer AAA-AAA Challenge in honor of the Edenborn native, who is currently the head women’s basketball coach at Rutgers University. Stringer holds the distinction of being the only men’s or women’s coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Cheney, Iowa and Rutgers).

On Friday, Dec. 5, action will be split between the Penn State Fayette Campus and Laurel Highlands High School.

At Penn State Fayette, action begins with a boy’s game at 6:15 p.m. featuring Uniontown and Connellsville, followed at 7:30 p.m. by a girl’s game between Albert Gallatin and Uniontown.

Laurel Highlands High School will host two games on Dec. 5. At 6:15 p.m. the Laurel Highlands Fillies will face the Connellsville Lady Falcons, followed by a boy’s game at 7:45 p.m. between Laurel Highlands and Albert Gallatin. The school will honor its 1968 boy’s basketball team, which captured the state championship.

All action Dec. 6 will take place at Penn State Fayette, with the C. Vivian Stringer Challenge taking center stage for the first three games. At 1:30 p.m., Laurel Highlands will face Albert Gallatin, followed by Uniontown and Connellsville at 3 p.m. Geibel and Brownsville close out the girl’s portion of the event with a 4:30 p.m. tipoff.

The action closes with a pair of boy’s games. At 6 p.m. Laurel Highlands will face Connellsville, followed by Uniontown and Albert Gallatin in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap.

Admission to all of the games at Penn State Fayette will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, contact the Penn State Fayette athletic office at 724-430-4100, Ext. 4514.

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