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.
Roundup: Rockets, Hornets, Blue Devils win
ä Slippery Rock 11, Grove City 3 — At Memorial Park in Grove City, Travis Lauster singled and tripled and reached base 4 times as the defending District 10 Class AAA champion Slippery Rock Rockets beat the Eagles.
Joe Barnhart went the distance for Slippery Rock. He gave up a dozen hits in earning the win. At the dish for Slippery Rock, Jackson Kerchis, Butler and Matt Badger all had 2 hits and Arrenzo doubled.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
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