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.
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.
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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.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move
ONE OF THE strangest NFL moves I’ve seen in a long time involved the Philadelphia Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is one of the top wide receivers in the league and a danger to score every time he touches the ball, including punt returns. But the big question is: Why was he just released? Couldn’t they find a trade at least to get some value back?
WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
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