The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 29, 2013

Roundup: Hickory cops Sally Ward title; Farrell beats WM at Dresch-McCluskey


Herald staff

- — Like a runaway freight train or tropical storm, Hickory High girls’ basketball team has devastated everything in its path one-third of the way through the 2013-14 season.

The Lady Hornets humbled Mercer, 63-28, during Saturday’s matinee in the 4th annual Sally Ward Holiday Classic title tilt.

Tourney MVP Holly Grober garnered a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Nicole Lacava lent 14 points and snared 7 caroms, Youngstown State University-bound Nikki Arbanas added 14 points, and Megan Chess dished out a team-high 4 assists. Sharing the ball, a Hickory hallmark, also had Arbanas, Grober and Brandi Beader evenly dividing an additional 9 assists.

Class AAA Hickory (8-0) harvested 23 of 54 floor shots (40.7 percent) and outrebounded Mercer, 43-20. The Lady Hornets limited leading Lady M’s scorer Lexi Arkwright to only 5 points — more than 12 below her per-game average — and only 7 field-goal attempts.

“I think we implemented our game plan. We certainly were concerned. We needed to know where Arkwright was, she’s such a great ballplayer,” 18th-year Hickory Head Coach Jeanette Whitehead (261-164) said. “I thought Brandi Beader, with the support of her teammates, did a very nice job of focusing in where (Arkwright) was.

“We played very well from start to finish, a total team effort,” Whitehead continued. “When you can put eleven girls on the floor and not lose any (potency) at all, that’s a tribute to the kids being focused, being hungry — just that burning desire to do well.”

It was a wire-to-wire win, as Hickory led 17-5 at the quarter, built a 31-8 margin at intermission, and extended its edge to 50-22 through 3 quarters.

For Class AA Mercer (5-3), Adelyn Cook collected 11 points. However the Lady M’s made 20 miscues and misfired on 34 of 46 floor shots (26 percent) against Hickory’s variety of man-for-man and zone traps.

In addition to the Walsh University-bound Grober — who has scored 1,203 career points — Arbanas (975), Lacava, Arkwright, Gen. McLane’s Michelle Jahn, and Erie-Central’s Abby Klemm were chosen to the All-Tourney Team.

McLane mustered a 48-35 win in the consolation contest.

Hickory has a non-league game Monday at Beaver Falls — not Canfield, as originially scheduled, Whitehead noted — before it commences Region 5-AAA play in earnest Jan. 6 against Franklin.

“We’re takin’ it, clearly, one game at a time,” Whitehead emphasized. “In practice we’re just trying to work hard. Right now, we’re one-and-oh, and that’s where it’s at.

“That being said, seeing the parity out there, other teams that we’re gonna be facing, they’re doing very well. So we definitely have to be ready game by game. Anything can happen on a given night. We recognize there still are some flaws — there are — and we’re trying to patch those holes. We recognize where they are; I’m just hoping that we can get them patched before region play. That’s when it truly is what’s on the line.

“When it’s all said and done,” Whitehead concluded, “we’ve gotta be ready to put it together.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dresch-McCluskey Championship

ä Farrell 64, West Middlesex 58 —
The Steelers of coach Roland Shannonhouse held off a determined Big Reds squad in the final minutes to clinch the tourney title.

In a clash of two of the Mercer County area’s top clubs this season, the AAA Steelers prevailed over the defending District 10 AA titlists.

Despite the loss, it was a huge night for West Middlesex’s junior ace Trey Staunch. Staunch pumped in 30 points and went over the 1,000-point plateau for his career. He has a career total of 1,019. The state-ranked Big Reds fell to 4-4, but the losses have come against top competition.

Farrell moved to 8-0 and was led by Malik Miller with 26 points and Clifton McNair with 18.

Conneaut Area Boosters Championship

ä North East 51, Reynolds 45 —
The win streak of the Reynolds Raiders was halted at 6 straight by the Grapepickers as North East knocked down 10 3-pointers.

“They were all contested,” said Reynolds coach Dan Kilgore. “North East was on fire. They played really well and we didn’t play well at all ... lots of turnovers ... sloppy play.

“We start league play next week and this will take the pressure off a little bit. Sometimes it’s good to get knocked back down to Earth.”

The hottest player on the court was North East star Brenden Tinko who scored 28 points, canning 6 treys. McCauley added 10 points.

For Reynolds, Garhett Frable led the way with 18 points, while Cory Woods added 12.

Greenville Tourney

ä Mercer 81, Jamestown 9 —
At Greenville, the Mustangs stampeded out to a 35-2 first-quarter lead and never trailed.

Logan Clarke collected a game-high 23 points and 5 assists, Nate Guiler garnered 16 points, and Jon Scheidhauer tallied 10.

Mercer improved to 4-3; Jamestown fell to 0-5.

ä Greenville 71, Ft. LeBoeuf 34 — At Greenville, coach Todd Nehlen’s Trojans improved to 5-2 with the rout over the Bison.

Andy Emmett fired in 13 points for Greenville while Tyler Fattman, Andy Jones and Christian Riggle all scored 12. Andy and Matt Jones had 5 steals each.

Josh Greggs led the way for Ft. LeBoeuf with 10 points.

Grove City Christmas

Championship

ä Grove City 62, Harbor Creek 38 —
The host Eagles eased to the tourney title tilt triumph, tossing in 7 treys.

For Grove City (7-1), Derek Turner tossed in 17 points and Foster Reznor recorded 13. Turner and Reznor rifled in a trio of treys apiece. Also for veteran mentor Don Fee, Spencer Marnich and Danny Torok evenly divided an additional 18 points.

Malique Mitchell mustered 13 markers for Harbor Creek, but was the Huskies’ lone double-digit scorer.

Consolation

ä George Junior Republic 60, Sharpsville 58 —
Eric Fuller drilled a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to give GJR a thrilling victory over the Blue Devils.

GJR trailed 58-57 when Fuller pulled off the heroics in a game that was tight all the way through. The Tigers led 17-13 after one period and 30-28 at intermission. After three frames, it was GJR up 44-42.

George Junior (3-4) was led by Ron Pearson with 15 points, while Fuller, Hadari Baker and Qayshawn Oliver added 10 each and Malik Gibson 9. Fuller also had 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

For Sharpsville (3-5), Sage Barringer knocked down 26 points, while Kyle Kennedy added 14.

Franklin Consolation

ä Lakeview 46, St. Thomas More 45 —
Jake Doddo hit a driving floater at the buzzer to lift the Sailors to victory against the team from Toronto, Canada.

The Sailors trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter but fought their way back and won it at the end for coach Gary Burke.

Lakeview (4-4) was paced by Brandon Rice with 22 points, while Austin Rice added 10 and Doddo 9.

St. Thomas More, a quad-A size school, was led by Boorneck with 15 markers.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Commodore Perry Christmas Tourney

ä Commodore Perry 42, A-C. Valley 38 —
At Sheakleyville, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers trailed 15-8 after the opening 8 minutes and 25-15 at halftime, but rallied to beat the Lady Falcons of District 9.

Stephanie Vaughn scored 14 points to lead CP while Autumn Campbell had 2 points and 9 rebounds.

Erin Logue had a game-high 15 points for A.C. Valley and Rachael Viertel tallied 10 markers.

ä Commodore Perry 60, Calvary Baptist 28 — CP rolled in the 2nd game to improve to 5-4 overall. CP had to play twice in one day because several teams dropped out of the tourney.

Vaughn had 12 points, Sarah Nagy scored 10 and Devon Sernik dished out 5 assists for the Lady Panthers.

Susanna Pjecha tallied a game-high 13 points for Calvary Baptist Christian Academy, which is located in Meadville.

Brookfield Holiday Tourney

ä Sharon 66, Youngstown East 21 —
At Brookfield, Tanayja Sanders registered an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double as the Lady Tigers (3-4) rolled past East.

Mallory Torr bucketed a dozen points for Sharon and Maggie Torr had 11 markers.

Sharon plays the winner of Brookfield-Campbell Memorial in the title game at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

A full boxscore was not submitted to The Herald.

Greenville Holiday Championship

ä Fort LeBoeuf 41, Greenville 30 —
At Greenville, the visiting Bison bullied its way to the title.

For Greenville (4-3), Casslyn Holder had 7 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, Cameron Leary lent a half-dozen caroms, and Jillian Herrick dished out 5 assists and Kayla Beilstein 3, Trojans taskmaster Jen Fagley reported.

Penn State-Beaver Championship

ä Kennedy Catholic 50, Beaver Area 32 —
At the Beaver Golden Dome, KC (6-1) held a slim 9-7 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but went up 25-14 at the break and rolled past Beaver Area of the WPIAL.

April Bocian notched a 14-point, 16-rebound, 4-block double-double while Taylor Hood fired in 16 points and dished out 2 assists and had 2 steals and Rebekah Kish tallied 10 points.

Poffet rifled in a game-high 20 points for Beaver.

Hood was named the tourney MVP while her and Bocian made the all-tourney team.

“Beaver is a (Class) AA school and was 7-1, so we beat a quality team,” said 1st-year KC coach Chris Mele. “We had a good team effort and I was proud of the way we played defensively. We were able to get out and run in the second half and I think that was key to the win.”

Conneaut Area Championship

ä Conneaut Area 38, Grove City 25 —
The Grove City Lady Eagles of coach T.L. Eller fell behind 14-4 after one period and never recovered in the tourney title tilt.

The Lady Eagles (6-2) trailed 24-8 at the half.

K. Baker pumped in 17 to lead the winners. For Grove City, Brenna Deyarmin led the way with 11.

WRESTLING

Manheim Holiday Tourney


The Reynolds High Raiders of coach Casey Taylor made a solid showing at the annual tournament which features some of the top Class AAA teams in the state each year.

Led by freshman Gage Bayless, who won the 106-pound title, the Raiders had 8 place winners. The team finished fourth, while North Allegheny won the team title.

Bayless had a perfect 4-0 record with three pins and moved to 10-2 on the year. Both losses came in the prestigious Ironman Tournament.

Mike Millero (170) and Gene Ringer (285) each went 4-1 and copped third places. Finishing fourth were: Michael Bartolo (126), 3-2; Joel Leise (132), 3-2; Mason McCollum (152), 3-2; and Denton Zeronas (195), 4-2.

Keegan Miller (160) went 2-3 and placed 6th.

Other Raiders who didn’t place and their records: Seth Hogue (113), 2-1, didn’t make weight; Chaise Hauck (120), 1-2; Alex DiGregorio (138), 1-2; Damion Gearhart (145), 1-2; Trevor Griswold (182), 2-2; and Cole Richard (220), 1-2.

Raider state place-winner Levi Stoyer missed the tournament with an injury.

“This tournament always kind of defines your year and the direction you are going,” said Taylor. “The kids have done that and started to show signs of progress. It’s a tough tourney, but it allows kids to get a lot of mat time. It really gives them confidence for the rest of the season.”

Redbank Valley Tourney

Coach Dave Ciafre’s Sharon Tigers made strong showing with a third place finish at the annual tournament. Sharon had 154 1/2 points to finish behind Berlinbrothers Valley (264 1/2) and Redbank Valley (218) in the 12-team event. West Middlesex was 11th with 51 points.

Three Tigers finished 2nd in their weight classes. Joel Hicklin (106) lost to Ryan Kube of Redbank, 15-5; Austin Alfreno (126) bowed to Tanner Altobelli of Redbank, 5-3; and Troy Hejazi (138) was pinned by Caleb Young of Punxsutawney.

Placing third were Cory Buchanan (160) and Alan Porrecca (170). Andrew Campbell (132) and Bryce Laughlin (195) each placed fifth, with Laughlin notching 4 pins.

D.J. Templeton (120), Beau Dignall (182) and Tom Landers (220) each took 6th. Dignall was injured in the semis and had to default down to 6th.

Giovanni Volpe (152) was 7th, while Jason Clark (145) didn’t place.

“It was a good performance,” said Ciafre. “It’s early in the year and we made some December mistakes. But everything is fixable. We’ll go to work Monday, fix some problems and do better. We placed 11 of 12 kids, so I’m happy about that.”



GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hickory Sally Ward Championship

MERCER    5    3    14    6    28

HICKORY    17    14    19    13    63


MERCER — Arkwright 2-1-1-5, Cook 5-0-0-11, McKinney 2-1-3-5, Mills 0-0-0-0, Angermeier 1-0-0-3, Glass 1-0-0-2, Fedrochak 0-0-0-0, Edwards 0-0-0-0, Gault 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Cook 1, Angermeier 1. Totals: 12-2-4-28.

HICKORY — Arbanas 4-2-2-14, Chess 0-3-4-3, Hol. Grober 5-1-3-12, Lacava 6-2-2-14, Beader 3-2-2-8, Moore 2-1-2-5, Shephard 2-0-0-4, O’Brien 0-1-2-1, DeJulia 1-0-0-2, Whitehead 0-0-0-0, Heath. Grober 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Arbanas 4, Hol. Grober 1. Totals: 23-12-17-63.

JV — Hickory beat Central Tech, 44-38. Reganne O’Brien 14, Marissa DeJulia 10 for Hickory. Alexis Rivera 11 for Central Tech.

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Commodore Perry Tourney

A.C. VALLEY    15    10    6    7    38

COMM. PERRY    8    7    13    14    42


A.C. VALLEY — Viertel 5-0-0-10, Logue 7-0-0-15, Cratty 2-2-2-6, Kaufman 1-3-4-5, McNany 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goal: Logue 1. Totals: 16-5-6-38.

COMMODORE PERRY — Campbell 1-0-0-2, Kitchen 2-0-2-4, Vaughn 6-1-2-14, S. Nagy 1-7-11-9, S. Grinnell 2-0-0-4, Shrock 2-5-10-9. 3-pt. goal: Vaughn 1. Totals: 14-13-25-42.

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CALVARY BAPT.    9    6    6    7    28

COMM. PERRY    12    16    16    16    60


CALVARY BAPTIST — Pjecha 6-1-6-13, Bashor 1-0-0-2, Copeland 2-1-2-5, Emmler 1-2-8-4, Orndorff 2-0-2-4. Totals: 12-4-18-28.

COMMODORE PERRY — Campbell 3-0-2-6, Kitchen 3-0-0-6, Beachy 3-0-0-6, A. Nagy 1-0-0-2, Sernik 1-0-0-2, Vaughn 6-0-0-12, S. Nagy 5-0-0-10, Stringert 1-0-0-2, S. Grinnell 3-0-0-6, Shrock 4-0-0-8. Totals: 30-0-2-60.

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Greenville Holiday Tournament Championship

FT. LeBOEUF    x    x    x    x    41

GREENVILLE    6    6    7    11    30


FT. LeBOEUF — No stats reported.

GREENVILLE — Holder 7, Williams 2, Montalvo 7, Leary 6, Beilstein 6, Fenton 2, Marini 0, Herrick 0, Fattman 0.

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PSU-Beaver Championship

KENNEDY    9    16    10    15    50

BEAVER AREA    7    7    8    10    32


KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Kress 2-0-0-4, Hood 6-4-5-16, Kish 4-0-0-10, O’Brien 0-0-0-0, Burns 0-0-0-0, Moroco 0-0-0-0, Zacherl 2-2-2-6, Scoccia 0-0-0-0, Fusco 0-0-0-0, Bocian 6-2-4-14, Volkay 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Kish 2. Totals: 20-8-11-50.

BEAVER AREA — Poffet 7-3-5-20, Neeley 1-0-0-3, Onuska 1-0-0-2, Herald 0-0-0-0, Justice 0-0-0-0, Buchinick 2-1-4-5, Kelly 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Poffet 3, Neeley 1. Totals: 12-4-9-32.

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Conneaut Area Championship

GROVE CITY    4    4    7    9    25

CONNEAUT AREA    14    10    7    7    38


GROVE CITY — Hall 0-0-0-0, Lucido 0-0-0-0, A. Deyarmin 0-0-0-0, B. Deyarmin 4-2-3-11, Hyduchak 3-1-2-7, Jaskowak 0-0-0-0, Wyllie 1-1-2-3, Ferguson 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: B. Deyarmin 1. Totals: 10-4-7-25.

CONNEAUT AREA — Clement 2-4-8-9, Baker 7-3-4-17, Litwin 3-1-2-7, Shidelmantle 2-1-2-5, Boyce 0-0-0-0, Phelps 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Clement 1. Totals: 14-9-16-38.



BOYS BASKETBALL

Conneaut Area Championship

REYNOLDS    9    13    10    13    45

NORTH EAST    12    8    23    8    51


  REYNOLDS — Frable 9-0-2-18, McDanel 0-0-2-0, Leiphemier 0-1-2-1, Woods 2-7-8-12, Reimold 1-0-0-3, McConnell 4-0-2-9, Beck 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Woods 1, Reimold 1, McConnell 1. Totals: 17-8-16-45.

   NORTH EAST — Terrin 1-0-0-3, Brenden Tinko 10-2-4-28, Land 1-0-0-3, McCauley 4-0-1-10, Smith 1-2-2-4, Wisniewski 1-0-0-2, Kitchen 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goals: Tinko 6, McCauley 2, Land 1, Terrin 1.  Totals: 28-5-9-51.

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Greenville Tourney

MERCER    35    23    19    3    81

JAMESTOWN    2    5    2    0    9


MERCER — Schmid 3-0-0-7, Bequeath 2-1-2-5,  Clarke 9-3-4-23,  Guiler  7-0-0-16, Fowler 1-0-0-2, Leonard 3-0-0-6, Watson 1-1-2-3, Wegrzynek 2-0-0-4, Scheidhauer 4-2-2-10, VanWaert 2-1-3-5. 3-pt. goals: Guiler 2, Schmid 1, Clarke 1. Totals: 34-13-8-81

JAMESTOWN — Melton 0-1-2-1, Graham 2-0-0-4, Deal 0-0-0-0, Potter 0-0-2-0, Wade 1-0-0-2, Lorigan 2-0-4-2. Totals: 5-1-3-9.

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FT. LeBOEUF    6    4    18    6    34

GREENVILLE    20    7    25    19    71


FT. LeBOEUF — Greggs 3-2-4-10, Paluh 1-0-1-2, Miller 1-1-3-3, Galvin 2-0-2-6, Young 0-0-0-0, Landers 0-0-0-0, Dizzi 1-4-8-6, Hashim 2-0-0-5, Confer 0-0-0-0, Boyd 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Greggs 2, Galvin 2, Hashim 1. Totals: 11-7-8-34.

GREENVILLE — Fattman 5-0-0-12, M. Jones 3-2-4-8, Kozminski 0-0-0-0, VanAken 2-1-2-5, A. Jones 5-2-4-12, Reiser 1-2-4-4, Riggle 4-3-4-12, McCartney 0-1-2-1, Clark 0-0-0-0, A. Emmett 5-3-4-13, McErlane 0-0-0-0, Simcoe 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Fattman 2, Riggle 1. Totals: 27-14-24-71.

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Grove City Championship

HARBOR CREEK    10    12    9    7    38

GROVE CITY    20    15    11    16    62


  HARBOR CREEK — Rocco 0-0-2-0, Mitchell 5-1-1-13, Harayda 2-0-0-5, Mazua 2-0-0-5, Dobbs 1-0-0-2, Matson 2-3-4-7, Whitcomb 2-0-2-4, Krusiewski 0-0-1-0, Kugan 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Mitchell 2, Harayda 1, Mazua 1. Totals: 15-4-10-62.

  GROVE CITY — Young 3-0-1-6, Marnich 4-1-2-9, Turner 6-2-2-17, Torok 4-0-1-9, Reznor 5-0-0-13, Yarletts 1-0-0-2, Polkabla 2-1-2-5, Albuquerque 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goals: Turner 3, Reznor 3, Torok 1. Totals:  25-5-10-62.

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Grove City Consolation

SHARPSVILLE    13    15    16    14    58

GEORGE JUNIOR    17    13    14    16    60


  SHARPSVILLE — Kennedy 6-1-1-14, Morris 2-0-0-4, Henwood 2-0-2-4, Smith 1-0-0-2, Popatak 4-0-1-8, Barringer 10-5-6-26. 3-pt. goals: Kennedy 1, Berringer 1. Totals 25-6-10-58.

  GEORGE JUNIOR REPUBLIC — Pearson 7-0-0-15, Baker 5-0-0-10, Fuller 4-1-2-10, Oliver 5-0-3-10, Jerry 2-0-0-4, Gibson 4-1-2-9. 3-pt. goals: Pearson 1, Fuller 1. Totals: 28-2-7-60.

  JV — GJR, 53-32. Kelly 10, Hogg 14, Holloway 10, McNeal 10 for GJR. Smith 12 for Sharpsville.

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Franklin Consolation

ST. THOMAS    11    10    15    9    45

LAKEVIEW    7    12    11    16    46


ST. THOMAS MORE — Clark 1-1-4-3, Boorneck 5-5-5-15, Cockett 2-0-0-4, Robinson 0-0-0-0, J. Clark 1-0-0-2, Ellis 3-2-2-9, Fournier 0-0-0-0, Butera 1-0-0-2, LePore 0-0-0-0, Igniuan 2-2-2-6, Cunningham 1-0-1-3, Grilli 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Boorneck 1, Ellis 1, Cunningham 1. Totals: 16-10-14-45.

LAKEVIEW — Patridge 2-0-0-4, Van Dusen 0-0-2-0, A. Rice 3-3-4-10, Bigley 0-1-2-1, Doddo 4-1-4-9, B. Rice 9-4-6-22. 3-pt. goals: A. Rice 1. Totals 18-9-18-46.

JV — Lakeview, 40-16.