ä Grove City 72, Farrell 69 — At Grove City, coach Don Fee’s Eagles moved to 8-7 in Region 5-AAA and 13-7 overall with the 3-point upset over the Steelers (10-3, 16-3).
GC jumped out to an 18-13 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but Farrell clawed back and held a slim 32-30 advantage at halftime. GC would then outscore Farrell 22-19 in the 3rd quarter and 20-18 in the 4th.
Derek Turner drained 6 treys en route to 29 points for Grove City while Danny Torok and Foster Reznor had 15 each.
Chris James led the way for Farrell with 21 points, Ike Jones bucketed 14 and Tyrone Archie added 10 markers.
ä Sharon 68, Slippery Rock 58 — At “The Rock Box” in Slippery Rock, the Tigers (6-8, 9-11) led 18-12 at the end of 1 and 43-26 at the break and held on for the Region 5-AAA victory.
Jason Austin rifled in a game-high 21 points for Sharon and Aubray Jennings registered a dozen points.
Ryan Dutton paced the Rockets (1-12, 5-14) with 19 points and Brady Kadlubek tallied 17.
ä West Middlesex 89, Mercer 50 — At West Middlesex, coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds drained 13 treys and rolled to a perfect 10-0 in Region 2-AA and 15-5 overall with the win over the Mustangs (6-5, 11-9).
Christian Porterfield buried 5 treys en route to 25 points for West Middlesex while Trey Staunch scored 21 and Ryan Dogan bucketed 17, which also included 5 three-pointers.
Staunch had a double-double with 14 rebounds and Josh Porterfield tallied 8 points and grabbed 11 boards.
Jake Schmid scored a dozen points to lead Mercer and Jonathon Scheidhauer contributed 10 points.
ä Erie First Christian Academy 79, Greenville 70 — At Erie, the Trojans (8-11) fired in 31 points in the 4th quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Greenville suffered a 9-point loss to EFCA (13-8).
Logan Kallay drained 5 treys en route to 17 points for EFCA, which beat Kennedy Catholic, 59-36, on Thursday night in Hermitage.
Also for Erie First, Romeo Kabongo and Luke Hess had 16 points each, Augustine Mathias bucketed 14 and Olusola Valentine Sangoyami, who is 6-foot-11, scored 10 points.
Tyler Fattman led the way for Greenville with 20 points while Trent McErlane tallied 15 and Matt Jones registered 11 markers.
ä Northwestern 49, Reynolds 48 (OT) — At Albion, the Region 4-AA Wildcats (9-11) won a 1-point thriller over the Raiders (14-6).
Coach Dan Kilgore’s Reynolds squad led 13-11 after the opening quarter and 24-19 at halftime. The Raiders led 40-32 after 3 quarters of play, but were outscored 10-2 in the 4th as NW forced the extra session and then were outscored 7-6 in OT.
Corey Shinko, Nate Tewell and Dylan Niedermeyer all had 12 points each for Northwestern.
Garhett Frable led the way for the Raiders with a game-high 17 points. Also, Cory Woods scored 13 and Jake Leipheimer added 10 for Reynolds.
ä Kennedy Catholic 38, Girard 37 — At Girard, the Lady Golden Eagles (16-2) trailed by 4 points with 28 seconds left, but Rebekah Kish scored all 5 of her points in a 10-second span to lift KC past Region 4-AA Girard (14-5).
With Girard leading 37-33 with 28 ticks left, Kish buried a 3-pointer and then made a steal on Girard’s possession and was fouled, reported 1st-year KC coach Chris Mele. Kish sank both free throws with 18 seconds left and then the Lady Yellowjackets failed to get off a shot under their own basket.
Tatum Kress led the way for Kennedy Catholic with 13 points and 4 rebounds while Taylor Hood registered 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
Also for the Lady Golden Eagles, Kish had 5 points and dished out 3 assists, April Bocian posted 6 points, 4 boards and 2 assists, McKayla Fusco had 2 assists and Alivia O’Brien contributed 2 steals.
Maria Welsh paced Girard with 12 points.
ä Sharpsville 50, Jamestown 16 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, the Lady Muskies (0-19) held a slim 7-6 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but Sharpsville (8-10) fought back to take a 25-11 lead at halftime and cruised to the non-region win.
Madison Przicina paced Sharpsville with 12 points, 6 assists and 6 steals while Izzy Schell scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
MiKayla Keyser was the leading scorer for Jamestown with 8 points.
ä West Middlesex 43, Greenville 25 — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds improved to 4-6 in Region 2-AA and 9-11 overall with the win over the Lady Trojans (5-6, 8-11).
Allie Staunch had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals to pace WM while Morgan Atterholt registered 12 points and 8 boards.
Cameron Leary scored 7 points to lead Greenville, Jessica Fenton grabbed 7 rebounds and Rebecca Fagley added 3 steals.
ä Ursuline 41, Brookfield 39 — At Youngstown, the Lady Warriors (14-6) only trailed 13-12 at halftime and the game was knotted at 36 after 3 quarters of play, but the Lady Irish (9-9) pulled out the win.
Ursuline’s Simone Comer sank 4 field goals and was 13-of-18 from the charity stripe and finished with a game-high 21 points.
Lauren Hawley scored 14 for lead Brookfield and Destiny May tallied 9 markers.
ä Sharon 64, Slippery Rock 3 — In the opener of a doubleheader dual match at Tiger Gymnasium Saturday — due to weather postponements — the Rockets forfeited 8 matches.
D.J. Templeton (126) and Cory Buchanan (160) won via pin for Sharon while Nick McClimans (152) registered a victory by major decision.
Zane Wolf won the lone match for Slippery Rock by decision at 195 pounds.
ä Sharon 59, West Middlesex 12 — In the nightcap, coach Dave Ciafre’s Tigers improved to 15-5 with the win over the Big Reds.
Markus Coxson (113), Jordan Templeton (132), McClimans (152), Beau Dignall (182) and Brice Laughlin (195) scored falls for the Tigers.
Mitchell Murray (120) and Gator Thompson (220) picked up wins via decision for WM.
ä Franklin 43, Hickory 27 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage Friday, the Knights topped the Hornets (9-3).
Zach Shearer (132), Hunter Cook (152) and Nathan Miller (195) posted pins for Franklin.
Justin Walter (120) and John Sims (160) registered falls for the Hornets, who wrapped up their dual-meet season and now await sections.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
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.
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