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: 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.
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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!
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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.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
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WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
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