By Ed Farrell
Herald Assistant Sports Editor
Brookfield High football team was unable to lay a loss on Liberty last night, but at least the Warriors gained a measure of satisfaction by actually leading the Leopards.
Mack O’Brien returned the game’s opening kickoff 87 yards, and 12 ticks into the season loaded Liberty was losing 7-0.
However the Leopards, led by tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint’s 19-carry, 117-yard rushing effort and Anthony Cleveland’s 5-for-8, 129-yard, 3-touchdown passing performance belted Brookfield 56-21 at Addison Field Thursday night.
The Leopards, with 21 letterwinners returning from a 6-4 team from a year ago boast as much raw talent as any team in the OHSAA, particularly for a Division III contingent. Reportedly, both Toussaint and Isaiah Bell are bound for the University of Michigan.
Liberty laid 377 total yards on the Warriors on only 42 snaps, an average of 8.9 yards per play.
“Heart-wise, we played the best we can play. Athletic ability? We had nothing for them,” admitted Brookfield bench boss Randy Clark. “They’ve got a nice team. Size-wise, athletic-wise, all around. I mean, they’re a good team.”
On Liberty’s ensuing drive following O’Brien’s kickoff return, Toussaint’s 4-yard TD tally culminated a 5-play, 49-yard drive necessitating less than 2 full minutes. The first of Matt Britton’s 7 PATs knotted the count at 7 with 9:22 remaining in the 1st frame.
The Leopards then led 35-13 by the break as Cleveland connected with Bell, Antonio Kinard and Toussaint for touchdown tosses of 16, 47 and 48 yards, respectively, and Cleveland capped a 6-play, 51-yard, 1-minute, 36-second march with a 1-yard plunge.
Sandwiched inbetween Liberty’s largesse was Matt Palumbo’s 65-yard scoring sprint on a 3rd-and-1 option keeper in which he outraced the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Bell who reportedly has 4.5 40-yard dash speed.
The teams traded 3rd-quarter TDs — Jamon Wagner jumped an attempted Palumbo pitch and sprinted 39 yards for the Leopards’ score, then Palumbo and O’Brien collaborated on a 31-yard scoring strike on a 4th-and-8 play, as well as the subsequent 2-point conversion.
By Ed Farrell
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.”
Wilson holds 2-stroke lead over Colbert at Herald-Tamie Junior Golf Championship
It’s never easy in a golf tournament when you are chasing the leader. It’s even more difficult when you are chasing history, as well.
Such is the case for Hickory High senior Billy Colbert who has a chance to become only the second golfer in history to become a 4-time champion of the prestigious Herald-Tam O’Shanter Junior Golf Championship.
ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK: County coaches can relax since Dunn is done!
REST EASY, Mercer County coaching fraternity. Joe Dunn played his final scholastic athletic contest Saturday evening.
After wreaking havoc on the area aggregation’s football and basketball teams during this past year’s District 10 playoffs, Girard High’s Dunn is bound for Penn State-Behrend to become a nurse anesthetist and play basketball.
For one series during the latter stages of the 3rd annual North-South All-Star Game, Dunn demonstrated his deadly demeanor.
SPORTVIEW: Polanco looks like he has been ready for the majors
IF IT WEREN’T so sad, it would be laughable. The Pirates declared that they kept Gregory Polanco in the minor leagues because he wasn’t ready for the Bigs.
Give me a break!
Of course that was the company line. If they had admitted that they didn’t bring him up because it saved them millions of dollars under baseball rules, they would have felt the wrath of the league and the players union.
Former Lakeview High product Miller wins NCAA javelin title
Very few high school athletes get the opportunity to go to Division I schools and even fewer excel on that national stage, but University of Florida junior track and field star Fawn Miller has done just that.
Miller, who was crowned PIAA champion twice during her high school days at Lakeview High in Stoneboro, won the javelin title on Wednesday night at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Kubiak guides Scrappers; open season tonight at Jamestown
NILES — If you’re an 18-, 19- or 20-year-old athlete attempting to break into professional baseball and you’re fortunate enough, your first manager will be Teddy Kubiak.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are commencing the 2014 Class A Short-Season tonight in Jamestown, N.Y. against the Jammers, and it will be the professional debut for many of the newest of the Cleveland Indians’ affiliate.
SPORTVIEW: Herald-Tamie junior tourney, First Tee of Sharon anniversary coming soon
THERE AREN’T many things that are free in this life, but that’s only one of the reasons the annual Herald-Tam O’Shanter Junior Golf Championship is so special.
It is an opportunity for any boy and girl to play free golf at a premier course, whether they have a chance to win the prestigious tourney title or not.
The event is open to any boy or girl, who doesn’t reach his or her 18th birthday by Sept. 1 and lives or goes to school in the Shenango Valley or Brookfield. It was started in 1949 as a collaboration between Tamie owner Jack Kerins and Herald Sports Editor Johnny Pepe.
Lady Hounds fall to BEA in PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — Whether it’s baseball or softball.
From Little League ... through the scholastic and collegiate ranks ... up to the professional and Olympics levels.
There’s one absolute.
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