Four local high schools will hit the hard court this weekend to compete in the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s 35th annual Mountain Cat Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association. This year’s tournament is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. Friday, December 14 at the campus’ Sports Center.
In the first game, Central Cambria will be paired against Shade-Central City. In the second game of the night, returning champions Conemaugh Township will be paired against Northern Bedford.
The second round of the tournament will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 15, beginning with a consolation game between the two losers in Friday’s competition and concluding with the championship bout between the two Friday evening game winners.
Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association members. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Association, which supports scholarships, programs and activities of the college.
The chairperson of this year’s tournament is Dr. Ernest J. Mantini (’79).
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.