There’s one certain method of jump-starting a basketball team’s lethargic offense — ratchet up the defensive intensity.
‘”I thought we started off a little sluggish, so we put them in a press ... and our guys responded. They picked the pace up, picked the tempo up, and it worked to our advantage,” assessed Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse.
Farrell forced visiting Slippery Rock into 17 first-half turnovers — 26 overall — and the Steelers streaked to a 67-44 District 10 Region 5-AAA rout of the Rockets Tuesday night.
ä Farrell 67, Slippery Rock 44 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the host Steelers swarmed Slippery Rock with relentless defensive pressure.
Farrell (2-0, 4-0) forced the Rockets into 17 first-half turnovers and a 5-for-19 shooting performance, flipping a 10-9 deficit into a 28-12 margin at intermission.
The Steelers shot only 4 for 14 during the 1st frame, but Farrell finshed 13 for 30 by the break.
“I think once we sped the game up and got the easy conversions — instead of standing around shooting jump shots — we started to get our confidence and knocked some shots down,” Shannonhouse said.
Ike Jones jolted Slippery Rock for a game-high 19-point performance, while Malik Miller mustered 10 markers and dished ou 4 assists. Also for Farrell, Tyrone Archie added 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds — 1 more than Jones — Jamel Brown bucketed 8 points, and Chris James joined in with 6 points and a team-high 4 dimes.
Farrell finished 28 for 58 from the floor (48.2 percent) and the Steelers were guilty of only 9 turnovers.
Slippery Rock (1-1, 3-2) was led by Jake Witmer, who went for 14 points, though he was the lone Rocket to record double digits. Camren Neal notched a game-high dozen caroms, while Matt Badger distributed 4 assists. However, Slippery Rock shot just 18 for 41 from the field (43.9).
“That’s all we’re asking for, and we tell ‘’em day in and day out — defense wins championships, and it’ll keep you in every game,” Shannonhouse concluded, admitting, “They’re gettin’ the message.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Reynolds 59, Saegertown 44 — At Saegertown, the visiting Raiders rolled to their 4th consecutive conquest of the young season.
Garhett Frable fashioned a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double and Kyle McConnell collected 10 more caroms for Reynolds (4-0), which roared to a 33-19 margin at intermission.
Also for Reynolds, Jake Leipheimer lent 10 tallies and McConnell 9.
Reynolds’ lone shortcoming was its 12-for-26 free-throw shooting.
However Head Coach Dan Kilgore said. “(Tuesday night’s win) was nice, but we start the real season Friday (Region 2-AA).
For Saegertown (0-4), Wood went for 11 points, but was the host Panthers’ lone double-figure point-producer.
ä Hickory 62, Meadville 61 — Meadville’s “House of Thrills” lived up to its nickname on Tuesday night as Geoff Evans’ Hickory Hornets (1-1, 3-1) edged the Bulldogs (0-2, 1-4) in a Region 5-AAA clash.
Ross Passalinqua grabbed a big rebound at the end of the game and was fouled. He missed the shot from the charity stripe and the Bulldogs fired a desperation full-court shot at the buzzer, which was no good.
Anthony Cannone buried 3 treys and scored 15 of his 17 points in the 4th quarter. Also, Aaron Conley scored 11 for Hickory and Andrew Pryts had 9 rebounds.
Jason Clune buried 4 treys en route to 23 points for Meadville and Faizon McClure scored 16 points.
ä Grove City 56, Oil Cit 46 — At Grove City, the host Eagles erupted for 37 second-half points — 22 during the 3rd period — and erased a stagnant 15-all halftime stalemate.
Derek Turner tallied a game-high 16 points for Grove City (2-0, 5-0) in the Region 5-AAA contest, while Spencer Marnich mustered 14 markers and Foster Reznor recorded 12 for veteran mentor Don Fee.
For Oil City (0-1, 3-1), Geir garnered 16 and Way went for 12.
ä West Middlesex 48, Kennedy Catholic 44 — At Hermitage, coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds (2-3) pulled out the non-region win by outscoring KC 20-13 in the 4th quarter.
The game was tied 10-all after the opening 8 minutes and KC led 25-21 at halftime and 31-28 after 3 before WM rallied for the win.
Christian Porterfield, Isaac Williams and Trey Staunch all had 10 points each for the Big Reds.
Andre Campbell fired in a game-high 15 for the Golden Eagles (3-2), Sam Crow registered a dozen points and Matt Hurton added 11 markers.
ä Mercer 74, Rocky Grove 57 — At The ’Grove, Mercer’s Jon Scheidhauer hammered home a career-high 30 points to pace the visiting Mustangs to the inter-region road rout.
Mercer (2-2) rallied from the Orioles’ opening-quarter 24-point outburst to forge a 39-37 margin at intermission as Logan Clarke canned 8 of his 13 points and Trenton Fowler fired in a pair of triples.
Scheidhauer hit for 20 of his game-high 30 points after intermission on 9 field goals and a pair of free throws, though he did not connect from beyond the arc.
Fowler finished with 10 for Mercer, and the Mustangs made 14 of 23 freebies.
Rocky Grove (1-4) was led by Davis’s 22 poins, but he was the lone double-figure scorer for the Orioles. Davis drilled 5 from beyond the 3-point line.
ä George Junior Republic 72, Franklin 70 — At The Castle, the visiting Tigers triumphed at the horn on Eric Fuller’s basket.
GJR trailed 70-69 with 5.1 ticks to play before Fuller provided the heroics.
Fuller finished with a 25-point, 7-rebound, 3-assist line for GJR (1-1, 2-2), while Tamair Holloway had 13 points and 6 rebounds and Hadari Baker bucketed 10.
For Franklin (0-2, 1-3), Ritchey rifled in 19, Rutherford 14, and Maxon 15 markers. The Knights knocked down 12 shots from beyond the arc, more than twice as many as GJR (5).
ä Franklin 52, West Middlesex 21 — At West Middlesex, the Big Reds fell to 1-1 with the loss.
Walter Drda (113), Mitchell Murray (120) and Jeffrey Spencer (285) posted falls for WM.
There’s one certain method of jump-starting a basketball team’s lethargic offense — ratchet up the defensive intensity.
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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
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
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.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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