The 23rd annual Big Red Cross Country Invitational is set for Saturday in West Middlesex.
The 34-team event will begin at 9 a.m. with girls’ and boys’ middle-school races, followed incrementally by varsity girls’ and boys’ races in two distinct PIAA enrollment classifications. Junior varsity girls’ and boys’ races will conclude the 1,185-competitor event.
Varsity races (by enrollment) will include:
Red Division: New Castle, Knoch, Oil City, Conneaut Area, Hickory, Ellwood City, Slippery Rock, Franklin, Titusville, Girard, Riverside, Sharon, Greenville, North East, Wilmington, Laurel, Cranberry.
White Division: Cambridge Springs, Lakeview, Maplewood, Neshannock, Sharpsville, West Middlesex, Union City, Reynolds, Youngsville, Rocky Grove, Cochranton, Union Twp., Kennedy Catholic, Commodore Perry, Jamestown, Tidioute Community Charter.
Red Division: New Castle, Knoch, Oil City, Conneaut Area, Slippery Rock, Girard, Ellwood City, Franklin, Hickory, Sharon, Titusville, Wilmington, North East, Riverside, Greenville, Reynolds, Sharpsville.
White Division: Laurel, Neshannock, Maplewood, West Middlesex, Cambridge Springs, Lakeview, Union City, Cranberry, Youngsville, Rocky Grove, Kennedy Catholic, Cochranton, Union Twp., Jamestown, Commodore Perry, Tidioute Community Charter.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Hickory 18, Sharon 45 — At Buhl Farm Park, Kyle Boyd (17:39) and Logan Griffen swept the top 2 spots in leading the Hornets past the Tigers in the season-opener for both squads. Matt Dilts finished 3rd for Sharon.
ä West Middlesex 25, Commodore Perry 32; West Middlesex 26, New Castle 29 — At West Middlesex, the Big Reds opened the season with a pair of wins over the Panthers and NC. Trevor Blackwell took 1st for NC in 17:26, CP’s Nate White was 2nd and Levi Canon placed 3rd for WM.
“That was the most competitive triangular meet I’ve seen in years at West Middlesex,” said coach Bob Morris.
ä Slippery Rock 23, Reynolds 36 — At Slippery Rock, the host Rockets rolled behind winner Andrew Maxwell, who copped a 68-second win over Reynolds runner-up Justin Pago.
ä Lakeview 15, Mercer 50 (forfeit) — At Brandy Springs Park in Mercer, the Mustangs did not field a full team. Alex Miller (19:11), Robbie Stringer and Chris Drozynski placed 1-2-3 for the Sailors.
ä Wilmington 25, Greenville 32 — At New Wilmington, Greenville’s Dylan Foley finished 1st in 18:12, but the Hounds captured 6 spots in the top 10. Calvin Gealy was 2nd for Wilmington in 18:23.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Hickory 18, Sharon 41 — At Buhl Farm Park, Lexi Bible (19:43), Jackie Abraham, Hailey Boyd and Bailey Brown finished 1-2-3-4 for the Lady Hornets. Xsila Powell finished 5th for the Lady Tigers.
ä West Middlesex 17, Commodore Perry 43; West Middlesex 19, New Castle 38 — At West Middlesex, Kristen White (20:20), Chloe Tyillian and Alyson Pierce swept the top 3 spots for the Ms. Reds. Shae Grinnell finished 3rd for CP and K. Seth was 6th for New Castle.
ä Slippery Rock 15, Reynolds 50 (forfeit) — Slippery Rock was led by Tabitha Donaldson (23:51); Reynolds did not field a full squad.
ä Lakeview 23, Mercer 33 — At Mercer, Andrea McConnell clocked in at 22:59 to finish 1st overall for Lakeview. Jamie Burdette took 2nd for the Lady M’s.
ä Wilmington 18, Greenville 39 — At New Wilmington, Kate Robb (21:17) and Allison Baldwin (21:54) captured the top 2 spots for the Lady Hounds. Nanami Mano (22:12) placed 3rd for the Lady Trojans.
ä Mercyhurst Prep 197, Hickory 206 — At Hickory VFW Golf Course, Georgia Capotis fired a 44 in leading the Lady Lakers past Hickory. Alena Lancia shot a 48 to lead the locals.
Mercyhurst Prep: Capotis 44, Grace Brozocyski 45, Nevada First 53, Rachel Loringer 55. Hickory: Lancia 48, Ashley Addicott, Annie Cricks 52s, Kristina David 54.
˝ Hickory returns to action today in the 4th Region 1 mega-match of the season, hosted by West Middlesex at Deer Creek Golf Course.
ä Lakeview 190, Greenville 190 — At The Greens of Greenville, coach Ralph Sundelin’s Sailors (2-3) beat the Trojans on 1st medalist score. Chris Palutro shot a 41 for Lakeview;e Nick Dietrich 43 for Greenville.
Lakeview: Palutro 41, Keith Kepner 46, Sean Carlson 51, Austin Milliren 52. Greenville: Dietrich 43, Brandon Beilstein 46, Colton McCright 49, Luke Seiver 52.
ä Kennedy Catholic 5, Franklin 0 — At Buhl Farm Park, the host Lady Golden Eagles eased to a handful of straight-sets wins, as visiting Franklin won only 15 games in 5 matches.
Singles: Jensen Kirila (KC) def. Mimi Terman, 6-4, 6-2; Rebekah Kish (KC) def. Lexi Weaver, 6-1, 6-3; Abby Lenhart (KC) def. Beth Pfohl, 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Avi Danta-Jillian Dunn (KC) def. Emily Lemanski-Kristen Curtis, 6-3, 6-2; Jessie Micco-Kendra Kneisl (KC) def. Reagan Scott-Cierra Barefoot, 6-0, 6-0.
ä Hickory 5, Wilmington 0 — At Westminster College, Marissa Works beat Alanna Elliott in a 3-hour, 3-set marathon (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) at 1st singles and Rachel Mettee (7-0) remained unbeaten this year as the Lady Hornets (6-0, 6-1) won the battle of previously undefeated region teams. The Hounds dropped to 4-1.
Singles: Works (H) def. Elliott, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Mettee (H) def. Lexi Donati, 6-3, 6-0; Anna Derloni (H) def. Nikki McCown, 6-3, 6-4. Doubles: Nikki Marone-Lauren McGonigle (H) def. Lydea Kraynak-Holly Vernon, 6-0, 6-1; Bailey McLaughlin-Annalise Bianco (H) def. Taylor Cox-Allison Krupa, 7-5, 6-0.
ä Grove City 5, Sharon 0 — At Grove City, the Lady Eagles improved to 3-2 with 5 straight-sets sweeps.
Singles: Claire Casalnova (GC) def. Jackie Bradshaw, 6-0, 6-1; Molly Somora (GC) def. Hannah George, 7-5, 6-1; Katie Kosick (GC) def. Isabella Scarmack, 6-2, 6-1. Doubles: Maddie Jazwinski-Morgan McCommon (GC) def. Lauren Wood-Natalie Liscio, 6-2, 6-2; Lauren Steele-Emily Krofcheck (GC) def. Erin Hosick-Monica Campbell, 6-0, 6-1.
ä Hickory 5, Sharpsville 0 — At the McCullough Run Complex, South Py Twp., Nick Tantuo had 2 goals and an assist in leading the Hornets to the win in the season lidlifter for both.
Zack Walters had a goal and 2 assists for Hickory and David Liszewski and Richard Murphy scored the other goals. Donté Green made 5 saves in net for the shutout. Brady Leunis and Justin Peidle were credited for their “outstanding defense” by Hickory coaches.
JV: Hickory, 10-0.
ä Slippery Rock 2, Waynesburg 1 — At the recent Hempfield tournament, Nick Statz and Luc LaChance tallied 2nd-half goals to lead the Rockets, who erased a 1-0 halftime deficit. Josh Statz assisted Nick Statz’s goal; LaChance’s was unassisted.
˝ Slippery Rock also edged Steel Valley, 1-0, on Josh Statz’s goal, assisted by LaChance, but bowed to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 3-0.
Jason Bluedon played in goal in all 3 matches. He made 2 saves in the win over Waynesburg, and made 13 saves against Central Catholic.
ä Hickory 5, Wilmington 0 — At New Wilmington, Sara Suler and Jackie White both had 2 goals and Morgan McBride notched the shutout for Hickory.
Suler also had 2 assists, Isabella Spadafora notched 3 assists, Lauren Bell scored a goal and McBride made 2 saves between the pipes.
ä West Middlesex 3, Sharon 0 — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds rolled, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.
West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 14 digs; Aly Andrusky 17 serving points (5 aces), 10 kills, 7 digs; Megan Hazlett 11 points (3 aces), 28 assists; Marissa Pursel 8 kills; Ariel Pratt 7 points, 7 kills. Sharon: Leah Smith 8 points; Iman Morgan 10 points, 7 blocks, 6 digs; Delisa Smith 7 points, 6 kills; Tanayja Sanders 6 kills; Jessica Talbert-Kirsch 9 assists.
JV: West Middlesex, 25-10, 25-16.
ä Mercer 3, Reynolds — At Transfer, the visiting Lady M’s mustered a 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 sweep.
Mercer: Maddie Hessman 11 points; Lindsey Miller 18 points; Nikki Redmond 13 points (6 aces), 5 digs, 5 kills; Taylor Moon 11 points; Melissa Shoemaker 13 points (5 aces), 15 assists; Kaitlyn Nemeth 9 points, 6 digs. Reynolds: No stats reported.
JV: Reynolds, 25-10, 29-27.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
SLIPPERY ROCK 23, REYNOLDS 36
1. Andrew Maxwell (SR) 18:24; 2. Justin Pago (R); 3. Wil Henry (SR); 4. Mack Taylor (SR); 5. Dominic Rimer (R); 6. Jacob Geiger (R); 7. Jonathon Sosa (SR); 8. Dan Masterson (SR); 9. Bradley Yarington (SR); 10. Nick Shea (R).
HICKORY 18, SHARON 45
1. Kyle Boyd (H), 17:39; 2. Logan Griffen (H); 3. Matt Dilts (S); 4. Jonathan Walter (H); 5. Adam Krider (H); 6. Ken Hartenstein (H); 7. Colton Moretti (H); 8. Brett McBride (H); 9. Maxx Palisin (S); 10. Vince Desmond (S).
W.MIDDLESEX 25, C.PERRY 32
W.MIDDLESEX 26, N.CASTLE 29
1. Trevor Blackwell (NC), 17:26; 2. Nate White (CP); 3. Levi Canon (WM); 4. David Johnson (WM); 5. Mike Mazzanti (NC); 6. Chad Peterson (CP); 7. Brett Kirk (WM); 8. Eric Johnston (CP); 9. C. Mazzanti (NC); 10. Dylan Long (WM); 11. J. McFall (NC); 12. Jared Germani (WM); 13. E. Green (NC); 14. Jacob Unverdorven (WM); 15. E. McCanlis (NC).
WILMINGTON 25, GREENVILLE 32
1. Dylan Foley (G) 18:12; 2. Calvin Gealy (W); 3. Bretty Whitty (W); 4. Ryuji Mano (G); 5. Jared Masters (W); 6. Mercer Martin (G); 7. Stefan Pontius (W) 19:57; 8. Derek Craig (W); 9. Ryan Davis (W); 10. Kyle Tumpak (G).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
HICKORY 18, SHARON 41
1. Lexi Bible (H), 19:43; 2. Jackie Abraham (H); 3. Hailey Boyd (H); 4. Bailey Brown (H); 5. Xsila Powell (S); 6. Brianna Roys (S); 7. Zhena Davis (S); 8. Kyra Henderson (H); 9. Krista Marie (H); 10. Jessica Garcia (H).
W.MIDDLESEX 17, C.PERRY 43
W.MIDDLESEX 19, N.CASTLE 38
1. Kristen White (WM), 20:20; 2. Chloé Tyillian (WM); 3. Alyson Pierce (WM); 4. Shae Grinnell (CP); 5. Anna Zrile (WM); 6. K.Seth (NC); 7. Sophia Kachulis (WM); 8. C.Adamo (NC); 9. Helena Zrile (WM); 10. R.Paul (NC); 11. Samantha Oakes (CP); 12. Katelyn Adams (CP); 13. N.DeVincetes (NC); 14. R. McNickel (NC); 15. K.Rechionne (NC).
LAKEVIEW 23, MERCER 33
1. Andrea McConnell (L), 22:59; 2. Jamie Burdette (M); 3. Kaitlin Conner (M); 4. Marla Holland (L); 5. Marissa Schell (L); 6. Alyssa Dosch (L); 7. Hannah Jacob (L); 8. Kaitlin Perrine (M); 9. Emily McGhee (M); 10. Chelsea Combs (L).
WILMINGTON 18, GREENVILLE 39
1. Kate Robb (W) 21:17; 2. Allison Baldwin (W); 3. Nanami Mano (G); 4. Rikki Brumbaugh (W); 5. Hannah Winters (W); 6. Lexi Brumbaugh (W); 7. Emily Marshall (G); 8. Maddie Thrasher (G); 9. Hannah Drake (W); 10. Julianne Eppley (G).
The 23rd annual Big Red Cross Country Invitational is set for Saturday in West Middlesex.
Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56
When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.
The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.
Roundup: WM girls beat UC; Sharpsville, KC fall
ä West Middlesex 52, Union City 27 — At Union City, coach Mike Williams’ Region 1-A Ms. Reds improved to 2-1 with a win over the Lady Bears of Region 4-AA.
Alyson Pierce scored 15 to lead WM, Noelle Murray registered 13 points and Allie Staunch bucketed 10 markers.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
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THE CLEVELAND Browns quarterback position has been a revolving door this season, but at least one of the more successful signal-callers is back. Jason Campbell is recovered from a concussion and will start.
Does it really matter?
Roundup: Opening-weekend tipoff tourneys conclude
Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
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Farrell Julius McCoy Tipoff Tourney
ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
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