ä Grove City 40, Sharpsville 37 — At the Devils’ Den in Sharpsville, the visiting Lady Eagles escaped with their record remaining unscathed; however it was not until the final 2.6 ticks to play.
With Sharpsville on the short end of a 38-37 margin, Grove City committed the last of its 7 second-half turnovers with 27 seconds left.
Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley hailed a timeout to diagram a play. But a missed layup with approximately 7.3 ticks resulted in Grove City gaining a loose-ball rebound. Alexis Deyarmin then knocked down both ends of a 1-and-1 bonus free-throw opportunity to ensure the Lady Eagles’ 4th consecutive conquest.
“We’re very excited to be 4-0, but obviously we’re trying to get ready for region play; it’s going to be very tough this year,” acknowledged Grove City Head Coach T.L. Eller. “We’ve played some tough teams early — Cochranton, Mercer and now Sharpsville — so these have been good confidence-building wins for us.”
Grove City garnered an 18-17 margin at intermission on Brenna Deyarmin’s pair of freebies after the 1st-half clock had expired. But Sharpsville secured a 31-30 edge through 3 quarters as Eugena Davies drained a triple with 31.5 seconds left in the period.
The teams were twice tied in the 4th frame. However the Blue Devils self-destructed, committing 9 fourth-quarter miscues. Conversely, Grove City struggled against Sharpsville’s 1-3-1 matchup zone. The Lady Eagles ended 13 for 44 (29.5 percent) from the field.
Corianne Hyduchak hit 10 of her game-high 13 points after intermission, while Jenn Ferguson fired in 10 tallies and Hailey Hall handed out 4 assists. The Lady Eagles ended 12 for 14 from the free-throw line.
For Sharpsville (0-2), Davies drilled 9 points, Madison Sloan scored 8 and Emily Anderson and Kayla Kurelko combined to evenly divide 14 more. Maddie Przicina, Davis and Kurelko dished out 3 assists apiece, but Sharpsville attempted only 26 shots. Przicina also pulled down a game-high 7 rebounds.
“We knew they were gonna really try to slow it down, try to dicate the tempo, and they did a very good job,” Eller assessed. “We had a hard time getting baskets, which gets us into our press. (The Blue Devils) kept it close, and we had to make some big plays down the stretch to pull it out.
“We got some good looks, but the ball just wasn’t going in the hoop for us. But for us to battle through that, make some big defensive plays and make some foul shots, that’s a nice win,” Eller summarized. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Hickory 75, Central Tech 34 — At Erie, the visiting Lady Hornets harvested the road rout, building a 28-13 bulge by the break, then erupting for 31 third-period points.
Brandi Beader bucketed a game-high 16 points, Nikki Arbanas added a 14-point, 7-steal, 6-rebound, 6-assist line, Holly Grober garnered 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, and Megan Chess and Jaz Shephard split 20 points. Chess chucked in 2 buckets from beyond the arc and added 4 steals. Beader bounded 5 times and Shawna Moore mustered 4 steals, and Nicole Lacava lent a game-high 10 rebounds and added 3 steals to pace Hickory (4-0).
ä Mercer 70, Farrell 40 — At the County Seat, the host Lady M’s mustered 31 first-period points and coasted to the inter-region rout.
Lexie Arkwright annexed a game-high 27 points and Megan McKInney and Adeyln Cook connected for 12 apiece for Mercer (2-2). Cook tossed in 2 treys.
Farrell (1-3) did not have a double-figure scorer.
ä Brookfield 43, West Middlesex 20 — At Brookfield, the host Lady Warriors (4-2) jumped out to an 11-3 lead after the opening 8 minutes and went on to notch the win over the Ms. Reds (2-2).
Danielle DiCristofaro fired in a dozen points to lead the way for Brookfield.
Alyson Pierce and Noelle Murray had 5 points each for WM.
ä Commodore Perry 59, Calvary Baptist Christian Academy 33 — At Sheakleyville, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers (2-2) led 10-9 after the 1st quarter and 31-13 at halftime and rolled past CPCA.
Emily Kitchen bucketed 15 for CP and Stephanie Vaughn tallied 10 markers.
Susanna Pjecha rifled in a game-high 19 points to lead Calvary Baptist.
ä Lakeview 66, Union City 34 — At Stoneboro, coach Jodi Seddon’s Lady Sailors (2-2) led 21-10 after the opening 8 minutes and rolled past the Lady Bears (0-2) in non-region action.
Raygen Fischer, Hailee Foster and Mariah Kasbee all scored 12 points for the Lady Sailors and Marla Holland notched an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double. Fischer also dished out 5 assists.
Williams led the way for Union City with 14 points.
ä Greenville 40, Jamestown 19 — At Jamestown, the visiting Lady Trojans triumphed, as Maddie Williams and Cameron Leary evenly divided 16 points and Molly Montalvo and Casslyn Holder hit 7 apiece in a balanced offense.
Savannah Miller scored 9 points to lead the Lady Muskies (0-4).
ä At Greenville on Wednesday, the Lady Oilers outscored the hosts 21-7 in the 2nd quarter to pull away for the 49-34 non-region win.
Riley Davis fired in 20 points to lead Oil City and Sarah McCauley scored 16.
Jillian Herrick led the Lady Trojans (1-2) with 10 points.
ä Wilmington 87, Commodore Perry 47 — At Sheakleyville Wednesday, the Hounds (2-1) rifled in 12 treys en route to the non-region win over CP (1-2).
Jordan Smith drained 4 three-pointers and finished with 27 points for Wilmington. Also, Rocco Fagan bucketed 5 treys en route to 19 points, Jesse Hilliard had 12 and Spencer DeMedal notched 10 points.
Cody Beachy was the only Panther in double digits with 14 points.
ä West Middlesex 39, Grove City 34 — At Grove City, the Big Reds notched an impressive Region 1 win over the Eagles (0-2).
Adrian Bellucci (126), Eric Lucich (182), Joey Trippy (195) and Jeff Springer (285) posted falls for WM.
Cory Bable (106) and Alex Drochetti (132) recorded falls for GC and Bryce Martin (113) won by major decision.
ä Correction — In the results of the Reynolds-McDowell match in Thursday’s Herald, two of the individual results were reversed in information obtained by The Herald. At 126, Reynolds’ Mike Bartolo defeated Benji Yates, 9-5, while at 132, McDowell’s Peterson defeated Joel Leise, 6-5.
ä Maplewood 2584, Brookfield 2085 — At Echo Lanes in Warren Wednesday, Nick Freeman (471), Mark McCoskey (455) and Justin Gardner (394) led the way for Maplewood.
Michael Katko (439), Bradley Bridge (336) and Adam Brooks (326) paced the Warriors.
ä Brookfield 1462, Maplewood 1321 — At Echo Lanes, Jessica Neral and Christine Lowers both rolled 255s and Christmas Rowlands had a 222 as the Lady Warriors topped Maplewood.
Courtney Peters (269), Megan Bockelman (237) and Danielle Elwood (213) led Maplewood.
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Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
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Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
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Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
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Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
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The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
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Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
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Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
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Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.
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It is open to the public at no charge.
Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the academic year.
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HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
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