Region 3 Mega-Match
Grove City senior Matt Gordon was named the region player of the year following Tuesday’s final mega-match at Wanango Country Club near Oil City. Gordon fired a 76 to earn medalist honors while Warren’s Andrew Gignac shot a 77.
Team scores: Warren 324, Meadville 328, Grove City 329, Slippery Rock 347, Oil City 348.
Warren: Gignac 77, Anthony Deppas 78, Nathan Sandberg 80, Nick Giambrone 89. Meadville: Charlie Holt 80, Kyle Luben 81, Dalton Zelasco 82, Owen Miller 85. Grove City: Gordon 76, Kyle Shingledecker 83, Jordan Anderson 84, Derek Saylor 86. Slippery Rock: Zac McCue 84, Sam Isacco 87, Matt Badger, Ken Rall 88s. OC: Troy McGregor 81, Jeremy Watson 82, Evan Klapec 92, Andrew Pikna 93.
All-Region 1st Team: Gordon, Gignac, Sandberg, Zelasco, Holt, Luben. 2nd Team: Matt Burchard, Deppas, Badger, McGregor, Isacco, McCue.
Region 2 Mega-Match
Hickory fired a 331 to win the event at Tanglewood Golf Course in Pulaski. West Middlesex had a 352, Sharon 363, Wilmington 375 and Sharpsville shot a 376.
Hickory leads the Region 2 standings with 20 points, followed by WM (15), Sharon (13), Sharpsville (6) and Wilmington (6).
Hickory’s Ross Rosati earned medalist honors by carding a 78. Riley Atterholt led Middlesex with an 84, Louis Wareham and Chris Franek shot 90s for Sharon, Nate Anthony had an 85 for the Hounds and Johnny Wolfe and Nate Hawthorne shot 92s for Sharpsville.
Colbert recorded an eagle on the 14th hole.
Hickory: Rosati 78, Billy Colbert 81, Nate Mastrian 83, Andrew Pursel 89. West Middlesex: Atterholt 84, Ryan Dogan 86, Chaz Burger 90, Aiden Bellucci 92. Sharon: Wareham, Franek 90s, Joe Faber 91, Chris Hartnagel 92. Wilmington: Anthony 85, Zeb Horchler 93, Matt Zimmer 97, Josh Bonnici 100. Sharpsville: Wolfe, Hawthorne 92s, Micah Smith 94, Brady Reefer 98.
ä Greenville 176, Kennedy Catholic 180 — On the par-36, 3,180-yard front nine at Tam O’Shanter, the visiting Trojans (2-3) triumphed, led by Colton McCright’s 40. He shared medalist honors with KC’s Teddy Haaz.
It was the 1st setback of the season for Kennedy Catholic (5-1).
Greenville: McCright 40, Nick Deitrich, Luke Seiver 45s, Bryar Wentling 46. Kennedy Catholic: Haaz 40, Jacob Wilson 41, Jesse Kirila 49, Paul Spondike 50.
ä Lakeview 176, Jamestown 188 — At Pleasant Acres, Jamestown, Chris Palutro fired a 2-over-par 38 in leading the Sailors (3-3, 4-4) past the Muskies. Chris Shultz and Ronnie Meals both carded 43s for Jamestown.
Lakeview: Palutro 38, Austin Milliren 45, Keith Kepner 46, Jared Coulter 47. Jamestown: Shultz, Meals 43s, Jake Reaugh 48, Shannon Potter 54.
ä Mercer 176, Reynolds 187 — At Spring Valley, Mercer, Mark Peters’ 41 paced the host Mustangs (6-1).
Mercer: Peters 41, Nate Guiler 42, Brock Watson 44, Matt Mathias 49. Reynolds: Zack Taylor 43, Jacob Reimold 46, Jake Palmeter 47, Sam Leposky 51.
ä Sharon 1, Oil City 0 — At Oil City, Emma Levitt, assisted by Ashlyn Zajac, scored the match’s lone goal to lift the visiting Lady Tigers to the road triumph. Also for Sharon (1-2), goalkeeper Kelsie McGranahan garnered 9 saves.
Oil City fell to 0-4.
ä West Middlesex 6, Maplewood 0 — At West Middlesex Monday, the Ms. Reds prevailed in a match delayed by lightning.
Molly Stonebraker and Searra McElrath each scored 2 goals for West Middlesex (2-1), while Riley Lyons and Kaitlyn Beck had one each. Gretch Elsey, Stonebraker and Jordan Pape had assists. Brianna Spencer had 5 saves in goal for her 2nd shutout. Kayla Ballard was cited for outstanding defensive play.
ä Grove City 2, Mercer 0 — At Forker Field, Grove City, on Monday, the Lady Eagles’ Kalie Davis and Kristen Bishop scored goals, while Julie DiStasi had an assist. Goalkeeper Olivia Andrews pitched the shutout.
ä Mercer 3, Grove City 0 — At Lamor Road Field Monday night, Chase Hoffman and Matt Juergens had goals for the Mustangs. The other score was an “own” goal by GC.
ä Kennedy Catholic 3, Wilmington 2 — At Buhl Farm Park, the host Lady Golden Eagles eased to a trio of straight-sets wins by Bekah Kish and Abby Lenhart and 2nd and 3rd singles, and the No. 1 doubles duo of Avi Danta and Jillian Dunn.
Alanna Elliot, at 1st singles, and the tandem of Lydia Zoeller-Taylor Kish won for Wilmington.
Singles: Elliot (W) def. Jensen Kirila, 6-1, 6-2; Kish (KC) def. Lexie Donati, 6-1, 6-0; Lenhart (KC) def. Nikki McCown, 6-3, 6-4. Doubles: Danta-Dunn (KC) def. Lydia Kraynak-Holly Vernon, 6-3, 7-5; Zoeller-Cox (W) def. Jessie Micco-Kendra Kneisl, 6-4, 6-1.
ä Hickory 5, Sharon 0 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets (5-0 Region 1, 8-0 overall) swept 5 Pro-set format matches as Sharon fell to 1-6, 1-8, respectively.
˝ Monday’s Hickory-McDowell match was interrupted by rain and will be completed at a later date, Coach Joe Bender reported.
Singles: Marissa Works (H) def. Hannah George, 8-0; Rachel Mettee (H) def. Bella Scarmack, 8-0; Lauren McGonigle (H) def. Lauren Wood, 8-3. Doubles: Nikki Marrone-Anna Derloni (H) def. Natalie Liscio-Erin Hosick, 8-2; Bailey McLaughlin-Annalise Bianco (H) def. Monica Campbell-Andrea Steiner, 8-0.
ä Brookfield 3, Niles 2 — At Stevens Park in Niles, the Lady Warriors swept the singles matches and improved to a perfect 9-0. Niles fell to 0-10.
Singles: Ashley Kirila (B) def. Danielle Mendenhall, 6-1, 6-1; Autumn Kirila (B) def. Delaney Sagan, 6-1, 6-3; Alexandra Plyler (B) def. Shayla Rader, 6-0, 6-1. Doubles: Sierra Boyle-Erica Jones (N) def. Leah Bayer-Samantha Zigler, 6-4, 6-1; Sam Sandy-Courtney Preston (N) def. Alyssa Austin-Kristie Zachar, 6-0, 6-1.
ä West Middlesex 3, Commodore Perry 0 — At Sheakleyville, the visiting Ms. Reds posted a 25-7, 25-17, 25-17 sweep.
West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 5 digs; Aly Andrusky 7 serving points; Megan Hazlett 18 digs; Marissa Pursel 16 points; Arieal Pratt 7 points, 9 kills. Commodore Perry: No stats reported.
JV: Commodore Perry, 15-25, 25-19, 15-12.
ä Grove City 3, Sharon 0 — At Grove City, the host Lady Eagles eased to a 25-12, 25-7, 25-13 sweep.
Grove City: McKenzie Fagan, Corianne Hyduchak 5 kills apiece; Stephanie Risch 10 digs; Adrianna Adams 11 serving points; Taylor Shingledecker 5 points; Arianna Sprando 15 assists; Jenn Ferguson 18 points (8 aces), 9 digs; Jordyn Wyllie 10 points, 7 kills. Sharon: No stats reported.
JV: Grove City, 25-17, 25-17.
ä Sharpsville 3, Jamestown 1 — At Sharpsville, the host Blue Darlings (1-0 region, 1-1 overall) posted a 25-12, 25-15, 27-29, 25-16 win.
Sharpsville: Rachel D’Auria 15 kills; Mylee Sikorski 6 kills, 10 serving points (5 aces); Kara Morris 6 kills, 6 points; Emily Anderson, Leah LaRocca 5 kills apiece; Madison Przicina 26 assists, 5 kills; Rachel Harenchar 6 digs; Megan Davis 14 points (6 aces). Jamestown: No stats reported.
JV: Sharpsville, 25-13, 25-20.
ä Lakeview 3, Farrell 0 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the visiting Lady Sailors (1-0, 2-0) secured a 25-18, 25-11, 25-14 sweep.
Lakeview: Taylor Reed 19 assists; Rachel McKean 5 kills, 20 points; Tia Ray 6 digs; Kaitlyn Casciotti 5 kills; Sam Riddle 8 digs. Farrell: No stats reported.
JV: Lakeview, 25-23, 26-24.
ä Reynolds 3, Kennedy Catholic 1 — At Transfer, Jenna Gardill had 22 serving points (7 aces) in leading the Lady Raiders (1-1) to a 25-13, 25-16, 20-25, 25-22 road win over KC (0-3).
Reynolds: Brooke Bresnan 16 points (7 aces), 5 digs; Casey Rhoads 10 points; Rachel Harnett 9 points (7 aces). Kennedy Catholic: J’Shawna Thompkins 5 points, 12 digs, 8 kills; Tatum Kress 15 digs, 7 kills; Emilee Taylor 7 points (5 aces), 8 digs, 6 kills; Noelle Milan 19 points (8 aces), 9 assists, 6 digs; Hannah Burns 13 assists; Khalidah Muhammad 5 digs; Tori Bremick 7 points, 5 digs; Taylor Hood 5 points.
JV: KC, 25-27, 22-25
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Racing to fight cancer
Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
Full text of LeBron's essay in SI
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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.”
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