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.
NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense
THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
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
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
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.
Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew
Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.
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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