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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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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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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