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
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
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.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
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!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
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.
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