BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä Mercer 85, Reynolds 65 — At Mercer, the host Mustangs were led by distance standout Kevin Reno (1600, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay anchor) and thrower Joe Hess (shot put, javelin), as well as middle-distance ace Shipton (800-meter run, 4x8 relay leg).
Clayton Stoyer secured a pair of wins for Reynolds (800-meter run, long jump).
ä Wilmington 111, Sharpsville 34 — At New Wilmington, Slavi Pontius and Jared Kaufman were triple-event winners as the Hounds rolled past the Blue Devils.
Pontius swept the hurdles (17.6 and 50.9) and was 1st in the high jump (6 feet) while Kaufman copped the 400 (57.0), triple jump (37-7è) and long jump (18-0 1/4).
George Clark led Sharpsville by capturing the 100- (11.7) and 200-meter (24.8) dashes.
ä Grove City 116, Sharon 34 — At Forker Field, Grove City, the undefeated host Eagles (4-0) soared, led by distance ace Dan Jaskowak, jumper Mason DePeal, middle-distance standouts Ryan Whiteman and Alex Knaby, hurdler Kyle Trinch, and versatile Foster Reznor (javelin, mile-relay leg). Trinch also triumphed in the long jump.
Zack Porterfield produced a pair of wins (shot, disc) for Sharon, while Stovall sprinted to success in the 200 and lent a leg to the triumphant Tigers’ 4x1 foursome.
ä Lakeview 140, Kennedy Catholic 10 — At Stoneboro, Zac VanDusen took 1st in the 100 (11.4), triple jump (37-0) and long jump (17-8) in leading the Sailors (4-0) past KC.
Alex Miller (3200, 3200 relay), Tom Timlin (110 hurdles, high jump), Dalton Richael (400 and 1600 relays) and Trent Yates (300 hurdles, 1600 relay) won 2 events each for Lakeview.
ä Hickory 109, George Junior Republic 41; Hickory 142, Commodore Perry 7 — At Hornet Stadium, host Hickory (3-0) was led to the sweep by distance standout Marcus Sonoga (1600, 3200, 4x8 relay leg), hurdler Brandon Ward (highs, intemediates, mile-relay leg), thrower Matt Bell (shot, disc), jumper John Mudrey (6-6 in the high) Kevin Jancsar (distance- and mile-relay legs, 800), and versatile Matt Voytik (100-meter dash, javelin, 4x1 leg) and sprinter Kenny Ezi-Ashi.
GJR sprinter McNish mustered a sweep of the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä Reynolds 80, Mercer 70 — At Mercer, the visiting Lady Raiders rolled, led by sprinter Emily Moroco, distance acees Candi Arnold and Kristen Walski, and versatile Brooke Bresnan and Chloé Kendra, as well as thrower Morgan McDanel.
Moroco swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored Reynolds’ winning sprint-relay foursome.
ä Wilmington 105, Sharpsville 42 — At New Wilmington, Alexis King took 1st in 4 event as the Lady Hounds rolled past the Blue Darlings.
King took top honors in the 100 (12.7) and long jump (16-7 1/4) and ran on the winning 400 and 1600 relay squads. Brooke Hoy (hurdles, 1600 relay) and Tess Sikora (400 and 1600 relay, high jump) won 3 events each for the Hounds.
Dana Cerroni (1600), Maddie Przicina (800), Cassie Lukonic (3200) and Tatum Kress (javelin) won for Sharpsville.
ä Grove City 117, Sharon 33 — At Forker Field, the host Lady Eagles (4-0) eased to victory, led by hurdler Eliza Lowe, sprinter Courtney Corbin, middle-distance standouts Abby Casalnova and Lauren Decker, jumper McKenzie Fagan, and versatile Kelly Baglia (pole vault, triple jump).
Sharon’s Sabol Csatlos swept all 3 throws.
ä Hickory 150, Commodore Perry 0 — At Hornet Stadium, Jen Neider established a school standard in the shot put (46-8 1/4) to serve as the highlight for Hickory (2-0).
Also, Morgan Richards (open 1600, 3200 runs), Danielle Collier (intermediate hurdles, 4x4 relay leg), Jacqueline White (400, 800, mile-relay leg) and Lauren Lubarski (high jump, discus, javelin) set the pace, and Kristen Belko (high hurdles, triple jump, sprint relay leg), Madison Bell (100, sprint-relay anchor) and Alyssa McClure (long jump, 4x1 leg) also contributed.
ä Kennedy Catholic 3, Greenville 2 — In a battle of previously-unbeatens in Greenville, the visiting Golden Eagles (6-0) swept the doubles matches and Diego Rey won at No. 3 singles as KC edged the Trojans (5-1).
Singles: Chad Ferguson (G) def. Nico Teran, 7-6, 6-2; Sean McErlane (G) def. Mario Picciotto, 6-0, 6-1; Diego Rey (KC) def. Jake Hunker, 6-1, 6-2. Doubles: Jonathan David-Jacob Friedrich (KC) def. Aiden Overfield-Nathan Uzarski, 6-3, 6-2; Phillip Danta-Jonathan Hudson (KC) def. Zack Kussin-Brent Kytchar, 6-2, 6-1.
ä Hickory 4, Sharon 1 — At Buhl Park, Hornets Corey Schurko, Ross Rosati and Marc Caracci swept singles play, while the teams split doubles action. Dylan Cerroni and partner Doug McVehil won a 3-set marathon for Sharon (2-4); Chris Ramirez-Nelson Murphy won for Hickory (3-2).
Singles: Schurko (H) def. John Benedetto, 6-1, 6-0; Rosati (H) def. Justin Bucci, 6-1, 6-0; Caracci (H) def. Ben Rauch, 6-4, 6-2. Doubles: Cerroni-McVehil (S) def. Jake Thomas-Corey Powell, 6-7, 7-6, 10-5; Ramirez-Murphy (H) def. Steven Merchant-Darin Perozich, 6-2, 6-1.
ä Hickory 6, Kennedy Catholic 2 — At the Hornets’ Hive, host Hickory parlayed Steve Piston’s pitching. Piston, in 4 frames, allowed a run on only 4 hits, whiffed 1 and walked 4. Also, Andrew Schafer stroked 3 hits including a triple.
Losing pitcher Andrew Derrick yielded 5 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks in 2 innings and he struck out 1. Pat Shuber singled twice for KC.
ä Wilmington 16, Reynolds 6 (6 inn.) — At New Wilmington on Monday, the host Greyhounds erupted for a 6-run 5th frame to short-circuit the contest.
For Reynolds, Jack Mahlon singled and doubled, Collen Yake drilled a run-scoring double, and Paul Torok tacked on a 2-run single.
No others stats were reported to The Herald.
ä Sharon 10, Meadville 3 — At Wengler Field, the Lady Tigers evened their record to 5-5 as Gabby Gadola rifled a complete-game 3-hitter with 2 strikeouts and no walks.
Kristina Jacoway led the Lady Tiger offense by belting a 3-run homer and an RBI single. Also, Taylor Moore had 2 singles and 2 RBI and Gadola singled and doubled.
Billee Myers suffered the loss for Meadville. She gave up 4 runs on 2 hits in 2 1/3 innings. Cassidy Nottingham doubled for the Lady Bulldogs.
ä West Middlesex 16, Commodore Pery 1 (4 inn.) — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds improved to 6-0 in the region and 8-2 overall as Jordyn Allen fired a 2-hitter with 9 strikeouts and 2 walks.
For WM, Taylor Gilliland had 2 triples, Chelsey Reed and Brooke Parcetich had 2 singles each, Amanda Bowers ripped 3 singles and Megan Hazlett doubled.
Emily Sanner suffered the loss for CP. She fanned 2, issued 7 walks and gave up 13 hits. Autumn Campbell and Devin Sernik had singles for the Lady Panthers.
ä Sharpsville 12, Rocky Grove 0 (5 inn.) — At Franklin, Hanley Spencer only allowed 1 hit, fanned 7 and issued 1 walk as the Blue Darlings (5-2) rolled.
Megan Davis, Kristy Roberts, McKenzie Popatak, Spencer and Megan Whalen all had 2 hits and Molly Gill doubled. One of Popatak’s hits was a double and Whalen had a triple.
Shelby Latshaw went the distance for RG. She struck out 3 and walked 1.
ä Farrell 3, Beaver County Christian 2 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium Monday, the host Steelers edged the visitors by scores of 25-23, 12-25, 25-22, 21-25 and 21-19.
Farrell: Jalen Scott 11 kills, 6 assists; Anthony Pegues 8 assists; Trevor Austion 5 assists; Austin Pinkins 8 kills; Lawerence Hughes 10 kills; Anthony Perkins 7 kills; Tyrone Archie 8 kills, 8 blocks.
JV: BCC, 2-0.
Tuesday’s Kennedy Catholic-Brookfield softball game, cancelled.
Monday’s Grove City-Hickory tennis match postponed to Friday, 3:30 p.m.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
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NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense
THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
Racing to fight cancer
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.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
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
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
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.
Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
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.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
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).
Full text of LeBron's essay in SI
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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.
Following are game reports:
The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary
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.
SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11
THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
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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