MERCER COUNTY —
ä Kennedy Catholic 5, Oil City 0 — At Oil City, coach Frank Bober’s visiting Lady Golden Eagles (7-3) eased to the win via a handful of straight-sets victories.
Oil City (1-9) won only 9 games in the 5 sets.
Singles: Kelsey George (KC) def. Mora McLaughlin, 6-3, 6-2; Monica Bober (KC) def. Michaela Lockwood, 6-0, 6-1; Rebecca Kish (KC) def. Allie Domer, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Jensen Kirila-Stephanie Moore (KC) def. Ashely Roth-Kate Dolecki, 6-0, 6-0; Meghan Boyd-Lanie O’Brien (KC) def. Rachelle Gove-Alyssa Woodling, 6-2, 6-0.
ä Hickory 5, Greenville 0 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets (9-1) harvested a handful of straight-sets wins, including Marissa Works, Allie Newmeyer and Sharon Mettee in singles and the tandems of Lauren Kizak-Nikki Morgenstern and Lauren McGonigle-Rachel Mettee. The Lady Trojans tumbled to 2-7.
Singles: Works (H) def. Jessica Burnett, 6-0, 6-0; Newmeyer (H) def. Amanda Davis 6-2, 6-3; S.Mettee (H) def. Brooke Marini, 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Kizak-Morgenstern (H) def. Kaela Reinhart-Cameron Leary, 6-1, 6-2; McGonigle-R.Mettee (H) def. Casslyn Holder-Jessica Fenton, 6-4 7-5.
ä Grove City 5, Franklin 0 — At Grove City, the host Lady Eagles (8-2) eased to the win, with Meredith Trent, Alexis Delligatti and Stephanie Krofcheck posting straight-sets singles wins.
Singles: Meredith Trent (GC) def. Lina Starr, 6-3, 6-1; Alexis Delligatti (GC) def. Mimi Terman 6-0, 6-0; Stephanie Krofcheck (GC) def. Lexi Weaver, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Hanna Stewart-Bri Rodgers (F) def. Maddie Jaswinski-Katie Kosick, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3); Molly Somora-Emily Krofcheck (GC) def. Caitlin Phipps-Beth Pfoph, 6-1, 6-1.
ä Lordstown 3, Brookfield 2 — At Lordstown, Ashley and Autumn Kirila claimed straight-sets wins at 1st and 2nd singles, but a defaulted doubles match cost the Lady Warriors (4-9). Lordstown improved to 13-1.
Singles: Ashley Kirila (B) def. Amber Dillard, 6-2, 6-2; Autumn Kirila (B) def. Hannah Lickwar, 6-4, 6-4; Marinia Patitucci (L) defl. Ana Zarlinski, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Daisy Free-Kaitlyn Ginkinge (L) def. Leah Bayer-Sharlene Shebeck, 6-0, 6-0. Mackenzie Guthrie-Christina Carrell (L) by default.
ä Jamestown 175, Greenvile 178 — At The Greens of Greenville, Muskies’ medalist Keamus Schuhlen shot 40 to lead the visitors.
Jamestown: Schuhlen 40, Jake Reaugh 42, Ronnie Meals 47, Chris Shultz 45. Greenville: Chad Ferguson 43, Nick Deitrich 44, Dan Addison 45, Colton McCright 49.
Grove City High’s boys’ and girls’ teams swept Wilmington recently, 15-50 and 22-37, respectively.
The Eagles ended 8th in the recent 40-team Spartans Invitational at Boardman, led by 3rd-place winner Dan Jaskowak, while the Lady Eagles ended 11th out of 45 squads led by Hannah Sanford’s 33rd-place finish in a 298-competitor field.
Also at the recent Red-White & Blue Invitational in Pittsburgh, Jaskowak’s 3rd-place berth enabled the Eagles to end 3rd among 60 teams, while Sanford and Katie Jaskowak finished 59th and 61st, respectively (423 entrants), as Grove City garnered 19th out of 47 schools.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
GROVE CITY 15, WILMINGTON 50
1. Dan Jaskowak (GC) 16:22; 2. Aaron Benka (GC); 3. Ian Brown (GC); 4. John Somora (GC); 5. Brandon Wise (GC); 6. Jared Thomas (W); 7. Cal Gealy (W); 8. Brett Whittly (W); 9. Jordan Smih (W); 10. Ryan Davis (W).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
GROVE CITY 22, WILMINGTON 37
1. Hanna Sanford (GC) 20:14; 2. Rikki Brumbaugh (W); 3. Katie Jaskowak (GC); 4. Lauren Decker (GC); 5. Allison Baldwin (W); 6. Olivia Lowe (GC); 7. Hannah Winters (W); 8. Madison Hamilton (GC); 9. Abigail Johnston (GC); 10. Kara McClain (GC).
ä Kennedy Catholic 7, Sharpsville 0 — At South Py, the visiting Golden Eagles (1-1 region, 6-1 overall) eased to the win as Jimmie D’Onofrio and Stephens Edge both tallied twice.
Also for KC, matt Wasielewski, Christian Riggle and Ethan Feldmiller garnered Golden Eagles’ goals. D’Onofrio was credited with 2 assists and Wasielewski and Gerald Zachar 1 apiece. Goalkeeper Gavin Cianci pitched the shutout.
ä Hickory 0, Sharon 0 (double OT) — At Hornet Stadium, neither club could score after 100 minutes of action. Hickory (2-3-2) outshot Sharon 14-12, as goalkeepers Donté Green of Hickory and Sharon’s Vinnie Shaffer both made 6 saves. JV: Hickory, 2-0.
ä Commodore Perry 2, West Middlesex 0 — At West Middlesex, Big Reds’ goalkeeper Ethan Thompson made 33 saves. No other details reported. JV: 0-0.
ä Wilmington 8, West Middlesex 0 — No other details reported.
MERCER COUNTY —
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
Spence, Sailors roll past Mercer, 52-21
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
Long gone basketball league leaves a costly legacy
If you want to mark yourself as a graying old-timer, bring up the American Basketball Association – the professional league that featured large Afros, slam dunk contests, three-point baskets and a red, white and blue basketball.
Oh, yes, it also had a great collection of players - perhaps the best on the globe - who brought athleticism, skill and excitement to a game that had become somewhat stodgy in the more established National Basketball Association.
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