When Sharon struggles with its shooting, it can always count on Tanayja Sanders supplying a shot in the arm.
Sanders scored 7 third-period points Monday night and Mallory Torr tallied a pair of clutch free throws, leading the Lady Tigers to a 35-30 Region 2-AA win over visiting Sharpsville.
Sanders, the senior post, secured an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double, staking Sharon (3-1, 6-5) to its 5th success in its last 6 games.
“She’s our leading scorer, so we wanted to get her the ball, dish down, and we were able to get her the ball in the second half,” summarized Sharon skipper Maria Joseph.
Conversely, Sharpsville (1-3, 4-7) suffered its 4th setback of the season by 5 points or less.
However it was the host Lady Tigers who were tight at the outset.
“ ... It was great atmosphere. ... I think we just had a little bit of nerves,” Joseph admitted. “We were open ... we just couldn’t get the ball to drop.”
In attempting to establish a perimeter game, Sharon misfired on its first 9 shots and connected on only 5 of 27 first-half field-goal attempts. With Kayla Kurelko connecting on a trey and Maddie Przicina’s put-back in the last 2 minutes, Sharpsville secured an 18-14 margin at intermission.
During the 3rd period, however, Sanders sat in the low post and produced 7 points. The Blue Devils did not take as great care of the ball as they did during the 1st half, committing as many miscues during the 3rd (7) as they did during the first 16 minutes. That helped enable Sharon to outscore Sharpsville 15-7 and take a 29-24 edge entering the final frame.
Sanders was whistled for her 3rd personal foul with 6:33 remaining and was forced to the sideline, and the Lady Tigers turned over the ball as many times (7) during the 4th frame as they did during the first 3 quarters combined.
Sharon led 33-30 and Sharpsville’s Eugena Davis had a good look at a potential game-tying, top-of-the-key triple with approximately a minute remaining. She missed, and Sanders secured the rebound.
Mallory Torr — who missed the front end of a 1-and-1 bonus free-throw situation with 36.3 ticks to play — made amends by knocking down both ends of another opportunity with 11.4 seconds.
“That was huge!” Joseph praised. “She just went up there and knocked ’em down.”
In addition to Sanders, Lexi Dabney deposited 9 points for Sharon, coming off the bench to toss in 2 treys during the 2nd stanza, while ’Tina Jacoway joined Sanders on the boards, snaring 7 as Sharon secured a 35-27 rebounding margin.
For Sharpsville, Emily Anderson annexed 10 caroms and she and Davies divided 14 points, while Kurelko connected for a team-high 9 for Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley.
But the bottom line for Sharon is, “We settle down in the second half and got back to playing our game,” Joseph assessed. “The second half we calmed our nerves and got it down. It wasn’t the prettiest, but I’m proud of the girls for how they played the second half.”
Notes: Neither Sharon (13 for 48, 27 percent) or Sharpsville (12 for 35, 34.2) shot well from the floor. The Blue Devils were guilty of 16 turnovers, 2 more than Sharon. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Hickory 69, Meadville 22 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, Nikki Arbanas’ scoring output alone equaled Meadville as the Lady Hornets rolled to a perfect 4-0 in Region 5-AAA and 12-0 overall with a win over the Lady Bulldogs (1-3, 2-9).
Arbanas, a YSU recruit, fired in 22 points and had 4 steals for Hickory, Holly Grober registered 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists, Nicole Lacava registered 12 points and grabbed 5 boards and Reganne O’Brien added 9 points and 4 rebounds.
Kiashia Newsome led the way for Meadville with 11 points.
ä Franklin 45, Grove City 44 — At Grove City, the Lady Knights notched a measure of vengence for an earlier loss to Grove City (53-50) at Conneaut Area’s Booster Club holiday tourney.
The host Lady Eagles were on the short end of a 35-29 margin entering the 4th frame, but outscored Franklin 15-10 before coming up shy in the Region 5-AAA affair.
Franklin forged almost flawless free-throw shooting, as Angelina Starr (10 for 10) and Becca Gravatt (8 of 9) garnered 18 of 19 attempts. Conversely, the Lady Eagles ended 13 for 21 from the sin stripe.
Starr scored a game-high 19 points and Gravatt got another 18 for Franklin (3-2, 7-5).
Danyelle Lucido led Grove City (2-1, 7-4) with 11 points. She tossed in a trio of triples.
ä Greenville 52, Mercer 46 — At Greenville, the Lady Trojans (2-2, 5-5) pulled off the Region 2-AA upset over the Lady M’s (3-1, 9-4).
Molly Montalvo notched 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists for Greenville while Casslyn Holder registered 10 points, 9 boards and 2 assists.
Also for the Lady Trojans, Jillian Herrick had 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, Cameron Leary ripped down 10 boards and Rebecca Fagley added 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.
Alexis Arkwright fired in a game-high 25 points for Mercer and Aubrie Angermeier posted 11 markers.
“It was an overall team effort,” said 1st-year Greenville coach Jen Fagley. “The girls worked together and we got them in foul trouble. It was a much-needed emotional win for the girls. They really battled and it was a very, very physical game.
“Their defensive effort was great. When a team has a player like Arkwright, it’s hard keeping her out of the paint. We contained her enough to get the win. We’ll take it.”
ä Commodore Perry 64, Jamestown 31 — At Sheakleyville, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers improved to 2-0 in Region 1-A and 8-4 overall with the victory over winless Jamestown (0-1, 0-10).
Sarah Nagy fired in 15 points to lead Commodore Perry and Emily Kitchen added 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Kaitlin Liszka scored 8 points to pace the Lady Muskies.
ä Farrell 47, Rocky Grove 38 — At Farrell’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the Lady Steelers (1-1, 3-8) jumped out to a 13-6 lead after the opening 8 minutes and went on to capture the Region 1-A clash over the Lady Orioles (0-1, 6-6).
Bria Gambill scored 13 points to lead Farrell while Tatyana Page and Whitney Murray had 9 points each for Lady Steelers’ skipper Eddie Turosky.
Aleece Schiffer had a game-high 18 points for Rocky Grove and Amber Nerlich bucketed 11.
ä Kennedy Catholic 62, Reynolds 21 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles eased to the Region 1-A rout.
Bekah Kish connected for a game-high 15 points to key Kennedy Catholic (1-0, 8-2), while Taylor Hood had a 12-point, 7-assist, 4-steal effort, and Tatum Kress contributed an 8-point, 8-rebound outing. Also, Alivia O’Brien also added 4 steals for 1st-year mentor Chris Mele.
Rose Stoyer scored 7 for Reynolds (0-1, 1-10).
ä West Middlesex 54, Lakeview 41 — At West Middlesex, the host Ms. Reds recorded a substantial edge from the free-throw line to secure the Region 2-AA win.
Middlesex manufactured 28 of 54 free-throw attempts, led by Alyson Pierce’s 12-for-16 performance, while the visiting Lady Sailors shot just 10 times from the line, sinking 6.
Pierce produced a team-high 14 points for West Middlesex (2-1, 7-6) and 1st-year mentor Mike Williams, while Morgan Atterholt added 10.
Leading Lakeview (0-5, 3-7) was Sam Womer, who went for a game-high 19-point performance.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Hickory High indoor track & field teams got off to an outstanding start at the recent Youngstown State University high school meet.
Competing against a very strong field, the boys and and girls earned numerous medals and set two school records.
The 4x800 meter relay team (Haley Boyd, Lexi Bible, Jessica Garcia-Ramirez and Bailey Brown) posted a record time of 11:00.80 to finish runner-up in the meet.
Purdue University-bound Luke Lewis won the shot put in a school record of 61 feet, 3 1/4 inches. The throw also broke the YSU facility record. He broke the school mark in the weight throw (48-6) in finishing 3rd.
Kenney Ezi-Ashi just missed breaking the 200 mark by .48, running 24.48 to finish 4th.
Lewis and female shot putter Elena Marchand (37-0, 4th) both qualified for the Pennsylvania Indoor State Meet, set for Feb. 22 at Penn State University.
Hickory next will compete at the Spire Facility in Geneva, Ohio on Friday.
Following are other results for Hickory athletes at YSU:
ä 60 hurdles — Justin Peidle, 6th, 9.82; Bobby Marzano, 7th, 10.02.
ä 60-meter dash — Ezi-Ashi, 9th, 7.51.
ä 4x200 relay — Dozie Ezi-Ashi, Michael Steach, Charles Carr, Kenny Ezi-Ashi, 7th, 1:42.50.
ä Shot put — Austin Aikins, 5th, 47-7è.
ä Weight throw — Aikins, 7th, 36-6; Evan Blaire, 8th, 34-9; Tyler Bishop, 9th, 30-8.
ä Triple jump — Dom Zomparelli, 4th, 36-6.5.
ä 60 hurdles — Madi Bell, 8th, 10.36.
ä Mile — Bible, 2nd, 5:42.63; Boyd, 5th, 5:54.49.
ä 800 — Bible, 3rd, 2:35.44; Boyd, 4th, 2:41.52.
ä 200 — Lauren Bell, 8th, 28.75.
ä High jump — 6th, Katie Gustas, 6th, 4-6; Claire Malak, 9th, 4-4.
ä Pole vault — Olivia Fustos, 2nd, 8-0.
ä Long jump — Gustas, 8th, 14-1.
ä Triple jump — Alyssa Kostka, 6th, 30-5.75.
ä Shot put — Tori McKinley, 5th, 36-10.75; Cailen Blaire, 6th, 36-10è; Lauren Garthwaite, 9th, 32-6è; Hope Wilterdink, 10th, 32-4.
ä Weight throw — Blaire, 2nd, 39-5; McKinley, 4th, 32-11; Marchand, 5th, 31-10; Garthwaite, 6th, 23-3; Hope Wilterdink, 7th, 18-6.
North East Invitational
Grove City High girls established 4 school standards.
The 200 medley relay foursome of Meghan Terwillinger, Renee Decker, Kimmi Wendelschaefer and Emma Rastatter ended 2nd at the invite in a time of 155:47. Also, Decker placed as runner-up in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01, while Terwilliger took 2nd in the 100 butterfly in 1:01. And in the 100 breaststroke, Wendelschaefer went 1:10.46 to place 2nd and establish another Eagles’ mark.
“Six swimmers scoring over 150 points — that is incredible!” gushed Grove City Coach Karen Wendelschaefer. “These girls are having a great season and are going into the second half of the season with incredible confidence.”
Other Grove City placewinners were:
ä 200 individual medley — Terwilliger, 1st, 2:18.
ä 50 freestyle — Rastatter, 3rd, 25.86.
ä 500 freestyle — Wendelschaefer, 4th, 5:39
ä 200 IM — Erin Schmidt, 6th, 2:29.
ä 100 butterfly — Schmidt, 6th, 1:11.
ä 100 backstroke — Decker, 5th, 1:03; Cassie Wolowic, 9th, 1:09.
ä 400 freestyle relay — Grove City, 3rd.
When Sharon struggles with its shooting, it can always count on Tanayja Sanders supplying a shot in the arm.
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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Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
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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.
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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.
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Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
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