Montrose takes down Foresters
BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI
Forest City Coach Luke Pisarcik and his Foresters took the long bus ride to Montrose high school Friday night to face off against the Meteors.
The Foresters are a young team with only one senior, Ricky Yankaukas, on the roster. They had their work cut out for them against the seasoned Montrose team with five seniors.
The Foresters came out swinging, by shooting from beyond the 3-point line and
were successful sinking two of them; one from Noah Fedak and one from Adam Kowalewski.
But those were the only baskets the Foresters were able to make in the first quarter and it wasn’t enough to stop the Meteors who outscored them 14-6 at the end of the period.
Troy Ely, Erik Burgh, and Cameron Dean each sank a 3-pointer and Dean put up an additional five points.
The Foresters had quite a bit more success in the second quarter by doubling their first quarter points to earn 12 points in the second quarter; Yankaukas put in 5, Matt Nevins added 5 more, and Fedak put in another 2.
But Montrose would not be stopped and beat their first quarter score also. Ely put in another 3-pointer, as did sophomore Justin Richel; and Frank Fruehan dropped in an easy lay-up.
Dean was on fire from the foul line making five of his six attempts. And a the half, the Meteors led 30-18.
A third quarter shooting slump for the Foresters only allowed them to put up four points in the quarter, falling further behind the Meteors who racked up another 20 points.
Burgh put in his second 3-pointer along with three more points; Jack Fruehan added six; Brenton Warner, Dean, Frank Fruehan, and Richel each added another two. When the clock ran out on the third quarter the Meteors were up 50-22.
During the most of the fourth quarter the Montrose starters sat while the bench came in to finish the game.
Cody Benedict added to his playing minutes and freshmen Devin Frey and Liam McGranaghan got their first playing opportunities of the season at the varsity level.
The Foresters were not ready to give up and posted their best quarter of the game, putting in 15 points.
Yankaukas, Nevins, and Fedak all scored again while John Darrencamp and freshman Jared Paulin also added points to the scoreboard for Forest City.
While it wasn’t enough to take the win, it was a great way to show their endurance and never say die attitude.
In the end Montrose earned the win 63-37.
The high scorer for Montrose Dean with 20, followed by Burgh with 13. Forest City’s high scorers were Fedak with 11 and Nevins with 10.