ä Hickory 74, Franklin 23 — Minimizing miscues ... making the extra pass ... memorable milestones. Hickory High girls’ basketball team was Mmm, Mmm, good Wednesday night.
Nikki Arbanas annexed the career 1,000-point milestone and she and Holly Grober garnered 23 points apiece, as the Lady Hornets humbled Franklin, 74-23, at The Hive in a Region 5-AAA affair.
Hickory humbled Franklin, the perennially proud program that has been the Lady Hornets’ District 10 nemesis in recent years.
The Lady Hornets (2-0, 10-0) led from the outset: 23-4 at the quarter, 42-12 by the break, and 62-19 through 3 periods. The clock continued winding with 3:44 left in the 3rd quarter and Hickory leading, 56-14.
Arbanas (1,020) joined Grober (1,243) in reaching scoring milestones thus far this season. Arbanas’ moment occured at the 4:27 mark of the 1st frame on the first of her trio of treys. After misfiring on her first 4 floor shots, she shot 8 for 17.
Grober grabbed 7 rebounds, as did teammate Nicole LaCava, who also lent 15 points, and Jasmine Shephard distributed a team-high 6 assists, 1 more than Arbanas and 2 more than Megan Chess. Arbanas annexed another 8 rebounds, also.
Grober garnered all 10 of her field-goal atempts, leading Hickory to a 29-for-55 (527 percent) shooting performance.
And Brandi Beader could be excused for contributing only one triple to Hickory’s offense, as she stymied Franklin’s 23-points-per-game scorer Angelina Starr, who scored 7 points on 2-for-14 shooting.
Eight Hickory players were credited with at least 1 assist, and Lady Hornets Head Coach Jeanette Whitehead said.
“Jasmine’s done that throughout the season. ... but that initial eight (player rotation), the girls are focused and it’s just a tribute to their discipline and where they’re at.
“We’re just working and practicing for one game at a time, and just hope the chips fall where they may,” Whitehead said. “The kids are working really hard, and it’s a credit to their overall focus and determination.”
For Franklin, 79-9 over the last several seasons and having lost just 2 games a year ago, post Abby Jones scored 10 points and hauled down a handful of rebounds, while Becca Gravatt gave out 3 assists. Hovever Franklin (1-2, 5-5) was frigid from the field, forging a 7-for-33 (21.2 percent) shooting performance. The Lady Knights were knocked off for the 3rd consecutive contest, and have lost games to Mercer County clubs Hickory, Kennedy Catholic and Grove City, as well as Slippery Rock and Canevin Catholic.
Hickory had 9 turnovers, compared with 21 for Franklin.—By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Sharon 71, Lakeview 32 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Lady Tigers (1-1, 4-5) only led 17-13 after the opening 8 minutes, but outscored the hosts 16-7 in the 2nd quarter to pull away in the Region 2-AA clash.
Mallory Torr fired in 20 points to lead Sharon, Tanayja Sanders tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds, Kristina Jacoway registered 12 points and 10 boards and Maggie Torr added 11 points.
Raygen Fischer was the leading scorer for the Lady Sailors (0-3, 3-5) with 10 points.
ä Commodore Perry, 45, Youngsville 43 — At Sheakleyville, Coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers prevailed in the inter-region affair.
Autumn Campbell converted a pair of free throws to knot the count at 43, then teammate Emily Kitchen connected for another pair with 9 ticks to play to propel Perry.
Stephanie Vaughn vaulted victorious Perry (6-4) with 12 points, equalling Kitchen’s output, and Sarah Nagy notched another 10. Campbell collected 8 caroms and Vaughn dished out 4 assists, Messina reported.
Youngsville (3-7) was led by a trio of double-digit scorers in Kennedy Cratty (16), Katie Chuzie (12) and Carissa Cratty (10). Chuzie chucked in 4 from beyond the arc. However visiting Youngsville shot 8 for 12 from the free-throw line, compared with Commodore Perry’s 12-for-20 performance.
ä Mercer 55, Wilmington 52 — At New Wilmington, the visiting Lady M’s made only 5 of 13 free-throw attempts, but survived the Region 2-AA affair as Wilmington went just 7 for 18 from the sin stripe.
The teams were tied at 33 at intermission, but Mercer mustered a 12-8 margin in the 3rd period, and weathered Tessa Sikora, who scored 8 of her game-high 19 points during the 4th frame.
Mercer (2-0, 7-3) and mentor Aaron Cook was led by Megan McKinney’s 13 markers, Aubrie Angermeier, who added 12, and Lexie Arkwright and Adelyn Cook, who claimed 10 apiece.
Wilmington (2-1, 8-3) was led by Sikora, while Dakota Naples notched another 10.
ä Kennedy Catholic 85, Jamestown 25 — At Jamestown, KC (1-0, 4-3) and the Muskies (0-1, 0-6) opened their Region 1-A schedules against each other with the Golden Eagles rolling to victory.
Andrew Campbell rifled in 21 points for KC, Sam Crow bucketed a dozen and Carmen Schuville tallied 11.
Kyle Melton paced the Muskies with 7 points.
ä Reynolds girls basketball — at Rocky Grove, Feb. 5 (varsity only), 7 p.m.; vs. Conneaut Area, Feb. 14.
ä Reynolds boys basketball — vs. Wilmington, Jan. 25 (JV 6 p.m.; varsity, 7:30); at Northwestern, Feb. 1, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
ä Reynolds wrestling — at Canton Central Catholic, Jan. 13, 5 p.m.
ä Commodore Perry girls basketball — vs. Farrell, Friday.
ä Greenville boys basketball — at Mercer, Saturday (JV, 1 p.m.; varsity, 2:30).
ä Farrell girls basketball — at Commodore Perry, Friday at 5:30 p.m. Varsity only.
ä Farrell boys basketball — at Franklin Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ä Farrell swimming — vs. Titusville Jan. 14; at Oil City Jan. 21.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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