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Andrew Grimm TAKES THE SHOT – Brooke’s Jason Varney takes a photo in front of Madonna’s Santo DoBraska and teammate Cole Sperlazza during Wednesday’s game at the Brooke Wellness Center.

WELLSBURG – Brooke knew Madonna would try to kidnap Alex Isinghood and slow things down at Wednesday’s meeting inside the Brooke Wellness Center.

The Blue Dons did too, limiting the Bruins’ superiority to just four points and playing an even, weak first quarter.

However, Brooke showed he was far from a one-round pony as Cole Sperlazza exploded for 33 points in the game, nine in a second quarter in which Brooke took a double-digit lead and failed. never looked back, and led the Bruins to a 63-47 win and a 2-0 start.

“Coach (George) Vargo has been around for a long, long time, they were up to our game against Oak Glen.” Brooke’s coach Adam Shinsky said. “Oak Glen managed to slow things down a bit by running Georgetown, I told the guys in the locker room Coach Vargo saw him and they will be running Georgetown. They did, but we put pressure on the defense and Cole got hot and we were able to speed up the game.

“Cole has worked a lot, he’s changed and is playing as a double guard this year after being a point guard last year. He’s put in so much work over the summer, working with coaches in Wheeling, playing in any league. he could. I’m happy for him.

Jason Varner, who scored 17 points, supported Sperlazza’s big night.

“Jason, he does everything to win basketball games, but usually doesn’t show up in the stat book,” Shinsky said. “(Wednesday) he did it in a big way.”

While limited in the scoring column, Isinghood found other ways to impact the game, racking up highs in rebounds (10) and assists (seven).

“We don’t win this match without him” Shinsky said. “He is one of the best scorers in the Valley. He had only four points, but he controlled Evan Bone in the second half, did the little things and took the rebounds.

“I know it’s only 2-0, but Brooke hasn’t been 2-0 for a long time and they’re 2-0 because everyone has accepted their role and embraced it.”

After the game was tied 10-10 after one, Brooke drove 12-2 in the second quarter to pull away. Madonna reduced the deficit to six in a fairly played third quarter, but the Bruins led to 20 and had their biggest offensive production of the night in the final eight minutes.

“We hunted, hunted and hunted all night long, but my children never gave up” Madonna’s veteran coach Vargo said. “I am proud of the children. They’re probably one of the best Brooke teams I’ve seen in 10 years. Sperlazza, Knox, Isinghood are just good ball players and (Varner) kept the pace for them.

“We hustled, we never gave up until the last whistle.”

Madonna was led by Evan Bone, who made his way through 15 points, mostly all in paint. Matt Amaismeier had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Santino Arlia provided six assists.

“I’m proud of Bone, he looked like an all-state that went into the paint, stayed in the paint, and finished.” Vargo said. “Matt gave us great defense and ended up being the second leading scorer tonight.

“We did a few sores, but Brooke caused them. If we play like this the rest of the season, everything will be fine.


Local enemies were playing in front of a large and noisy crowd.

“It was a great atmosphere” Shinsky said. “I liked it. We didn’t have crowds like that last year. Madonna is a good team and will do a lot of damage in Class A. I have a lot of respect for them.

Both coaches appreciated.

“I thank the Brooke fans and the Brooke administration”, Vargo said. “It was a good game for the counties, it was a good game for the kids. I loved. It was a good game to train and I think that prepares us for the future.

“It was a great atmosphere, it was a tournament atmosphere. The fans really came out.


Madonna: Welcomes Catholic Central in their home opener on Friday.

Brooke: Is set to host Big Red on Friday.

Brooke 63, Madonna 47

Madonna 10-8-14-15 – 47

Brooke 10-18-14-21 – 63

MADONNA (1-1): L. Amaismeier 1 0-0 2; Mascio 30-0 6; Do Brasko 0 4-4 4; Arlia 1 0-0 2; Dietrich 20-0 4; Muzio 10-0 2; M. Amaïsmeier 6 0-1 12; Os 6 3-4 15. TOTALS: 20, 7-9; 47.

BROOKE (2-0): Taylor 2 0-0 4; Knox 2 1-3 5; Isinghood 1 2-2 4; Sperlazza 13 2-3 33; Orban 0 0-0 0; Varner 70-0 17; Cipoletti 0 0-0 0; Fuscardo 0 0-0 0; Sperringer 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 25, 5-9; 63.

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