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 —
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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