Tuesday, the setting was Sharpsville, but the night belonged to Lakeview.
Dalton Boggs broke the 1,000-point barrier, bringing bench boss Gary Burke his 200th win, as Lakeview High boys basketball team defeated the Blue Devils, 71-49, in a Region 2-AA affair.
Boggs’ left-wing triple with 2:38 remaining in the 4th frame enabled him to become the 2nd Sailor to surpass the career scoring milestone this season.
“It wouldn’t have mattered much if we didn’t get the ‘W.’ You’ve gotta get the ‘W’ first,” Boggs said
The somewhat bashful bucketed 10 tallies through 3 quarters, but also handed out a half-dozen assists. However he tossed in a trio of treys during the 4th frame to finish with a team-high 19.
“We were kind’ve making fun of him after the last game (against Rocky Grove),“ Burke related, “because he came out of the chute and had, like, four assists before he scored a point. And I was like, ‘You know, I’m glad you’re gonna score a thousand points, but you may go down in Lakeview history as one of the most unselfish thousand-point scorers, ever!’
“That’s just Dalton. He wants wins, he wants championships for him and his buddies, and it just says a lot about Dalton himself and his parents (7th-year Sailors’ assistant coach Larry and Amanda), too,” Burke continued. “They raised a great young man, and I’m just blessed to have him on the team.”
Lakeview (9-2, 18-3) led from the outset: 12-7 at the quarter, 25-18 by the break, and 47-30 through 3 quarters.
Bolstering Boggs were Casey Greggs, Coty Gander and Brandon Rice, who recorded 16, 14 and 12 points, respectively. Rice ripped down a game-high 10 caroms to post a double-double, and Gander garnered another 9 rebounds. Zach VanDusen dished out 4 assists, too.
Greggs garnered the 1,000-point milestone earlier this season, the first time in Lakeview roundball annals a pair of players have accomplished that achievement, according to Burke, who noted James Charlton (1,259) is Lakeview’s career leader.
“What an accomplishment for those two kids! We shoot about forty times a game (29 for 51, 56.8 percent Tuesday night). With my style of offense, ball-possession, getting the best shot each time the floor. So for these two guys to score a thousand each in our system is truly special, and it says a lot about their character and about all the time and effort they put into to be a basketball player.”
For Sharpsville (5-6, 11-10), Tyler Luchey led with a game-high 26-point, 6-rebound, 2-assist line, pouring in 15 fourth-period points. Also, Kyle Kennedy connected for 11 points (10 during the 2nd half) and snared 7 caroms, and Jake Bulick bucketed 10. However, Sharpsville shot only 20 for 50 from the floor, despite Luchey’s 11-for-22 largesse.
The college-bound Boggs — he is considering Pitt-Greensburg and Allegheny — called it a “special, a nice coincidence” that he and Burke achieved milestones on the same evening.
Burke said, “I’m just blessed to be able to teach and coach in a community where you have fantastic kids year in and year out. I didn’t win any games. I didn’t make one layup, I didn’t get one box-out, I didn’t get one defensive stop. These kids have worked hard for me for almost thirteen full years, and I just couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve accomplished in our thirteen years.
“We don’t have a big pool of kids, we don’t have a YMCA, we don’t have open-enrollment. We have kids who come to our school district who want to put in the time and effort each day in our gym each and ever day, and it’s really paid off for them,” Burke added.
But both Boggs and Burke agreed the Sailors’ ship is just setting sail.
“We’re just getting started, getting into the playoffs, and hopefully we’ll make a state playoff run,” Boggs said.
“Going into the year, I thought this could be a special year,” Burke admitted. “Now at eighteen-and-three, we wish we could’ve played Middlesex closer a couple times, but they have a team-of-a-lifetime over there in West Middlesex ...
“But we have a pretty good group of seniors, as well. And we’ll take our four seniors and if we’ve gotta play second-fiddle, we’ll do that until everything comes out in the wash at the end of the season.
“But I’d love to get a third chance (at West Middlesex),” Burke admited, concluding, “that’s our goal, right now: Keep getting better, keep working hard, and maybe seeing them in about two weeks.”—By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Hickory 63, Slippery Rock 57 — At Hermitage, the Region 5-AAA champion Hornets moved to 14-1 in the loop standings in a tight ballgame with the determined Rockets.
Hickory outscored Slippery Rock (2-13, 3-18) in the final frame, 22-19, to hold off the upset bid.
Matt Votino led the victors with 19 points, while Marcus Sonoga was right behind with 18 and Donte Green added 16. Sonoga also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Vinnie Mastrian had 6 assists.
For the Rockets, Bobby Paczkowski set the pace with 22 markers, while Jake Whitmer added 13.
Hickory (18-3 overall) is honorable mention in the Class AAA rankings by the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
ä Farrell 62, Oil City 51 — At Oil City, the visiting Steelers notched the key Region 5-AAA to set up a huge final-season clash with backyard rival Sharon on Friday night.
The Steelers and Sharon are both tied at 10-5 in the region standings and battling with Franklin and Meadville for playoff slots and/or seedings behind league champion Hickory.
The Steelers broke open a close game in the fourth frame by outscoring the home squad, 20-13. Farrell (13-8) was led by Ike Jones with 15 points, while Jason Page added 12 and Tyrone Archie 10. For Oil City (5-10, 10-11), Andrew Williams led with 24 points.
ä Grove City 42, Meadville 41 — At Grove City, the host Eagles eased to the Region 5-AAA upset, despite not sinking a single free throw.
Meadville manufactured a 33-29 margin entering the final frame, but the Bulldogs bucketed only 8 points in the final 8 minutes.
Grove City (3-13, 5-16) got 5 and 4 points, respectively, from Foster Reznor and Jared Graham. Danny Torok and Reznor evenly divided 22 points for veteran mentor Don Fee, while Graham garnered 10.
For Meadville (10-5, 15-6), Zak Price pumped in 10, as did Donté Hollingsworth. But the ’Dawgs drained only 17 field goals and a trio of treys.
ä Sharon 70, George Junior Republic 65 — At Sharon’s Tiger Gymnasium, the Tigers (10-5, 12-9) trailed 17-12 after the opening 8 minutes, but outscored GJR 25-17 in the 2nd quarter and held on for the Region 5-AAA victory.
Sharon’s Khalil Hopson fired in 29 points one night after surpassing 1,000 for his career at New Castle Monday. Also, D’amond Crawford scored 14 and Darrell Stovall bucketed 13.
Malik Gibson led the Tigers of GJR (5-10, 7-13) with 18 points, Quamere Boggs bucketed 17 and Nafis Brown added 13 markers.
ä West Middlesex 98, Reynolds 57 — At Transfer, the visiting Big Reds cruised to lock up the Region 2-AA crown with a perfect 11-0 record.
Coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds (18-3) led 43-25 at halftime.
Matt Dogan led the Reds with 29 points before being pulled from the game in the 4th quarter so he can break the all-time Mercer County career scoring record at home Friday night.
“I’m looking forward to Senior Night, but I really don’t want to see (the seniors graduate),” said Mild. “But I’m happy for Matt. We want him to break the record before the home crowd. The student body has been so supportive of him.”
Dogan now has 2,019 points. The record is 2,022, set by Kennedy Catholic’s Kyle Randall in 2007-08.
Also for the Big Reds — ranked 6th in Class AA in the state by The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News Tuesday — Trey Staunch had 21 points, while Jerrod Palmer and Ryan Dogan each added 12.
For Reynolds, Kyle McConnell tallied 13.
ä Wilmington 76, Greenville 53 — At New Wilmington, the host Hounds humbled the Trojans in the Region 2-AA affair.
Ryan and Travis Brumbaugh bucketed 14 and 11 points, respectively, and Davis Smith scored 10 for Wilmington (5-6, 8-13), which won in a wire-to-wire fashion. Also Jesse Hilliard hit for a dozen for the Hounds and Nate Anthony added 10.
For Greenville (1-10, 4-16), Aaron Emmett ended with 11 points and Daniel Addison annexed 10.
ä Kennedy Catholic 83, Rocky Grove 28 — At Hermitage on Senior Night, the Golden Eagles of coach Rick Mancino moved to a perfect 8-0 in Region 1-A, 14-5 overall.
Kennedy was led by Mac Hartman with 22 points, while Chris James added 15, Jimmy D’Onofrio 11, Jeff Thompkins 10.
For Rocky Grove (4-4, 7-15), Gannoe garnered 9.
ä Brookfield 66, Champion 38 — At Brookfield, the Warriors whipped Champion.
For the Warriors (14-3), Jeremy Quinlan pumped in 30 points, while Jimmy Quinlan chiped in with 12. Miller had 11 for Champion (2-16), while Linger and Hall each added 10.
Brookfield was on top 31-18 at halftime.
ä VisionQuest 83, Commodore Perry 39 — At Franklin, the host Eagles (6-2, 9-12) led 31-12 after the opening quarter and rolled past the Panthers (1-7, 4-17) in Region 1-A play.
McLennan (21), Hunter (16), Robinson (13) and Adams (12) scored in double digits for VQ.
Sean Britton fired in 16 for CP and Paul Jewell registered 14.
ä Commodore Perry 52, Union City 36 — At Sheakleyville, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers (10-11) followed up Monday’s big Region 1-A win vs. Rocky Grove with a non-region rout of the winless Lady Bears (0-21).
Emily Kitchen and Kate Powell both had double-doubles for CP. Kitchen rifled in 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Powell scored 14 and ripped down 13 boards.
Morgan Peterson scored 13 to lead UC and Michaela Krause tallied 10 markers.
ä Pymatuning Valley 39, Brookfield 31 — At Andover Monday, Brookfield fell to 9-10 with the loss to Py Valley (19-2).
Ashley Kirila scored 11 points for Brookfield while Heather Brant bucketed 16 for Py Valley.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Numerous Hickory High athletes have been selected for the annual Tri-State Track & Field Coaches Assn. Indoor Championships Saturday at Edinboro University.
Heading Hickory’s contingent will a pair of multiple-event competitors in Victoria Russo (60- and 200-meter dashes) and Danielle Collier (60-meter hurdles, shot put).
Also competing for Hickory will be: MacKenzie Gruber (400-meter dash); Haley Boyd (3000-meter run); Alyssa Kostka (triple jump); Brianna Colbert, Breanna Garthwaite, Sophia Fustos, Hope Wilterdink, Cailen Blaire, Lauren Garthwaite, Luke Lewis, Jeremy Orlik and Austin Aikins (shot put), and Malayna Mason and Craig Belko (pole vault).
Also representing Hickory will be a pair of distance-medley relay teams, including Derek Work, Jarret Sonoga, Kevin Jancsar, Logan Griffen and Coulter Bishop, as well as Boyd, Russo, Gruber, Jackie Abraham and Kyra Henderson.
˝ Hickory coach Barb Dzuricsko also announced the Hornets will be represented by at least a pair of shot-putters — Fustos and Lewis — at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Assn. state championships, Feb. 23 at Penn State University.
At that time, former Hickory High 2-time state champion high-jumper Karen Krichko (1974-75) will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Track & Field Hall of Fame, joining previous Hickory inductee Andrew Rademacher (pole vault).
˝ Hickory athletes competed in a pair of recent invitationals.
Blaire set a school standard in the weight throw (40-8) at the Youngstown State University invite. There, shot-putters Lewis (55-10), Orlik (47-2è) and Aikins (44-6è) placed 3rd, 6th and 8th, respectively. At Geneva, Ohio’s Spire Institute, Fustos (39-4è), Lewis (57-8è), Orlik (48-1), Aikins (44-9è) and Blaire (31-8 3/4) finished 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th and 10th, respectively, in the shot.
Sharon boys and girls teams competed against Slippery Rock recently, hlough no final scores were submitted.
Sharon results showed: Dylan Cerroni as the lone Sharon winner, posting 52.66 in the boys 100 freestyle, while he also was runner-up in the 200 IM.
In the girls competition, getting third places were: the 200 medley relay (Savannah Barber, Hannah Rauch, Monique Lopez, Keri Mulvey); 200 free relay (Brienna Roys, Barber, Rauch, Mulvey); 400 free relay (Barber, Lopez, Mulvey, Rauch).
ä Brookfield 2066, Cardinal Mooney 1997 — At Boardman Lanes Monday, Bradley Bridge bowled a 378, Adam Brooks rolled a 355 and Nick Kerr had a 352 as the Warriors beat Mooney.
Cory Jenkins (393), Cory Stefanic (326) and Bob Ballone (310) were the top rollers for Mooney.
ä Cardinal Mooney 1907, Brookfield 1783 — At Boardman Lanes, Clara-Marie Angeloff (371), Christian Dama (346) and Courtney Unger (321) led CM to victory.
Heather Stanish led Brookfield with a 355, Jessica Neral had a 311 and Kourtney Husnick rolled a 264.
SLIPP. ROCK 12 15 11 19 57
HICKORY 18 12 11 22 63
SLIPPERY ROCK — Bell 0-0-0-0, Elder 0-0-0-0, Currie 2-0-0-4, Paczkowski 9-0-0-22, Rummel 0-2-2-2, Whitmer 5-1-3-13, Northcott 3-0-0-6, Mellot 2-0-0-6, Kahl 2-0-0-4, Pelletier 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Paczkowski 4, Whitmer 2, Mellot 2. Totals: 23-3-5-57.
HICKORY — Cantuo 0-1-2-1, Votino 4-8-10-19, Mastrian 2-2-2-7, Sonoga 8-0-1-18, Pasaclina 0-0-0-0, Nardone 0-0-0-0, Cannone 0-2-3-2, Rhoades 0-0-0-0, Green 7-2-2-16. 3-pt. goals: Votino 3, Sonoga 2, Mastrian 1. Totals: 21-15-20-63.
JV — Hickory, 55-27. Nick Tantuo 20, Ross Pasalinqua 11.
FARRELL 14 15 13 20 62
OIL CITY 12 10 16 13 51
FARRELL — Jones 5-5-6-15, Coleman 2-0-2-4, Burns 2-0-0-4, Miller 3-2-2-9, Page 5-1-2-12, Brown 3-0-0-8, Archie 4-2-2-10. 3-pt. goals: Brown 2, Miller 1, Page 1. Totals 24-10-14-62.
OIL CITY — Barklay 0-1-2-1, Way 2-3-6-7, French 2-0-0-5, Williams 7-5-10-24; Karl 1-2-2-4, Deib 4-0-0-10. 3-pt. goals: Williams 5, French 1, Deib 2. Totals: 16-8-11-22.
JV — Farrell, 51-48. Burns 15, Terrance Holloway 11.
GJR 17 17 13 18 65
SHARON 12 25 18 15 70
GEORGE JUNIOR REPUBLIC — Gibson 5-8-8-18, Boggs 8-0-0-17, N. Brown 3-6-9-13, Curtis 3-3-6-9, Toney 3-0-0-7, McKinley 0-0-0-0, Cooper 0-0-0-0, Pearson 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goals: Boggs 1, N. Brown 1, Toney 1. Totals: 22-18-24-65.
SHARON — Hopson 10-9-10-29, Hawkins 1-2-2-4, Crawford 7-0-0-14, Jennings 1-0-0-2, Porterfield 3-0-0-6, Dar. Stovall 5-3-6-13, Lampkins 1-0-0-2, Henry 0-0-0-0, Robinson 0-0-0-0, Austin 0-0-0-0. Totals: 28-14-18-70.
JV — GJR, 68-47. Robert 14 for GJR. Jason Austin and Aubray Jennings 13 for Sharon.
MEADVILLE 8 16 9 8 41
GROVE CITY 8 8 13 13 42
MEADVILLE — Gregor 0-0-0-0, Hollingsworth 4-2-4-10., McClure 0-1-2-1, Anderson 4-0-0-8, Price 4-0-0-10, T.Clune 3-1-2-8, J.Clune 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Price 2, T.Clune 1. Totals: 17-4-8-41.
GROVE CITY — Turner 1-0-4-2, Torok 5-0-1-11, Thrasher 3-0-0-6, Reznor 5-0-0-11, Graham 5-0-0-10, Marnich 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Torok 1, Reznor 1. Totals: 20-0-5-42.
JV — No score reported.
W.MIDDLESEX 19 24 27 28 98
REYNOLDS 14 11 17 15 57
WEST MIDDLESEX — C. Porterfield 2-0-0-6, Palmer 4-1-2-12, Williams 1-0-0-3, Ginther 1-0-0-2, J. Porterfield 0-0-0-0, Jancso 1-6-8-8, Staunch 6-9-14-21, R. Dogan 5-0-0-12, Klaric 1-0-0-3, M. Dogan 11-2-4-29. Bachetti 0-2-2-2. 3-pt. goals: M. Dogan 5, Palmer 3, R. Dogan 2, C. Porterfield 2, Klaric 1, Williams 1. Totals 32-20-30-98.
REYNOLDS — Woods 2-2-2-6, Torok 1-0-0-3, Frable 4-0-1-8, McConnell 4-5-6-13, Beck 2-0-3-4, Gursky 3-0-0-8, Reimold 2-0-0-5, McDonald 0-0-0-0, Rodemoyer 1-0-0-2., Breese 0-0-0-0, Thompson 1-0-0-3, Sankey 0-0-0-0, Giles 2-0-0-5, Trott 0-0-0-0, Robinson 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Torok 1, Gursky 2, Reimold 1, Thompson 1, Giles 1. Totals: 28-7-12-57.
JV — West Middlesex, 84-27. For WM, Isacc Williams 14, Josh Porterfield 29, Ryan Dogan 11; For Reynolds, Reimold 12.
GREENVILLE 12 18 10 13 53
WILMINGTON 18 19 21 18 76
GREENVILLE — Fattman 1-2-2-4, Houpt 1-0-0-2, M.Jones 0-1-2-1, Ferguson 2 0-0 6, Addison 3-4-5-10, Reiser 2-0-0-4, A.Jones 3-3-5-9, VanAken 2-0-0-4, Emmett 4-3-4-11, McErlane 1-0-0-2, McCartney 0-0-0-0, Riggle 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. Ferguson 2. Totals: 19-13-18-53.
WILMINGTON — Hilliard 5-1-2-12, R.Brumbaugh 5-4-4-14, Onestak 1-0-0-2, D.Smith 3 4-5 10, Taylor 0-0-0-0, Fagan 1-2-2-5, J.Smith 3-0-0-7, Bloise 0-0-0-0, T.Brumbaugh 5-0-0-11, Anthony 4-2-2-10, Martini 2-0-0-5, Bush 0-0-2-0. 3-pt. goals: Fagan 1, Hilliard 1, J. Smith 1, T. Brumbaugh 1, Martini 1. Totals: 29 13-17 76.
JV — Wilmington, 47-45. Dimitri Martin 17 points, Travis Bruimbaugh 10 Wilmington; Trent McErlane 14 for Greenville
ROCKY GROVE 2 13 7 6 28
KENNEDY 22 16 29 16 83
ROCKY GROVE — Young 0-0-0-0, White 2-0-0-5, Streczywick 1-0-0-2, Curwen 0-3-4-3, Gannoe 2-5-6-9, C. Schneider 0-0-1-0, Sharp 0-0-0-0, B Schneider 2-2-2-6, Rembold 0-0-2-0, Morrison 1-0-0-3. 3-pt. goals. White 1, Morrison 1. Totals: -8-10-15-28.
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Brewer 0-0-0-0, Zachar 2-0-2-4, Thompkins 5-0-0-10, D’Onofrio 3-3-4-11, Feeney 1-0-0-2, Hurton 1-0-0-3, James 7-0-0-15, Weldon 1-0-0-2, Crow 2-0-0-4, G. Cianci 2-0-0-4, Wassil 3-0-1-6, Hartman 8-6-7-22. 3-pt. goals: D’Onofrio 2, Hurton 1, James 1. Totals: 35-9-14-83.
JV — Rocky Grove, 55-52 OT. Perrico 23 for KC; Gannoe 21 for RG.
CHAMPION 7 11 3 17 38
BROOKFIELD 19 12 20 15 66
CHAMPION — Miller 4-0-0-11, Linger 3-1-2-10, Skelton 2-0-0-5, Hall 4-0-0-10, Simsa 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Miller 3, Linger 3, Skelton 1, Hall 2. Totals: 14-1-2-38.
BROOKFIELD — Hunkus 0-0-0-0, Ji. Quinlan 5-2-2-12, Harkulich 5-1-3-12, Dickson 1-0-0-3, Je. Quinlan 10-7-7-30, Mosora 2-0-0-5, Tarver 1-2-2-4, Wallace 0-0-0-0, Smoot 0-0-0-0, Sims 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Harkulich 1, Totals: 24-12-14-66.
JV — Brookfield 41-28. Jacob Jackson 12 for Brookfield; Cochran 14 for Champion.
COMM. PERRY 12 14 8 5 39
VISIONQUEST 31 30 18 4 83
COMMODORE PERRY — Jewell 6 2-5 14, Beachy 0 1-4 1, Britton 8 0-0 16, Stringert 1 0-0 3, Matisko 1 0-0 2, Kiser 0 1-2 1, Becker 1 0-0 2. 3-pt. goals: Stringert 1. Totals: 17-4-11-39.
VISIONQUEST — Broomer 1 0-0 3, Adams 6 0-0 12, Hunter 7 1-2 16, Amin 1 1-2 4, Gonzales 1 1-4 3, Robinson 4 2-2 13, Bigelow 1 0-0 2, Harris 2 0-0 5, McLennan 9 3-4 21, Foster 1 0-0 2, Rigney 1 0-0 2. 3-pt. goals: Robinson 3, Broomer 1, Hunter 1, Amin 1, Harris 1. Totals: 34-8-14-83.
JV — No score reported.
BROOKFIELD 6 3 15 7 31
PY VALLEY 8 9 6 16 39
BROOKFIELD — Hawley 1-1-2-3, Boyer 0-0-0-0, DiCristofaro 2-1-2-5, Ash. Kirila 4-3-6-11, Thompson 2-2-2-6, Harpster 1-0-0-2, Corns 0-0-0-0, Foster 0-0-0-0, Saxton 2-0-0-4. Totals: 12-7-12-31.
PYMATUNING VALLEY — Brown 2-5-7-9, Hamilton 0-0-0-0, Dillon 0-0-0-0, Gabriel 2-4-7-8, Stech 3-0-2-6, Skleres 0-0-0-0, Brant 4-8-9-16. Totals: 11-17-25-39.
JV — Brookfield, 23-21.
UNION CITY 6 12 13 5 36
COMM. PERRY 20 12 17 3 52
UNION CITY — Peterson 3-7-8-13, Krause 5-0-0-10, Williams 0-4-6-4, Patchen 2-0-0-5, Kinney 2-2-4-6. 3-pt. goal: Patchen 1. Totals: 12-13-18-36.
COMMODORE PERRY — Powell 5-4-9-14, Campbell 2-1-4-5, L. Grinnell 3-3-6-9, Kitchen 9-3-4-22, S. Grinnell 0-0-1-0, Vaughn 0-1-3-1, Sernik 0-1-2-1, S. Nagy 0-0-4-0. 3-pt. goal: Kitchen 1. Totals: 19-13-33-52.
JV — Commodore Perry, 44-22. Sarah Nagy 12 for CP.
Tuesday, the setting was Sharpsville, but the night belonged to Lakeview.
LOCAL COLLEGE SPORTS: Thiel's Schafer picked for NCAA Pathway Program
Thiel College assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator Amy Schafer was one of just 12 individuals recently selected for the NCAA 2014 Pathway Program.
The Pathway Program exists to assist minority and/or female administrators who wish to become director of athletics as their next career step through education, training and mentoring. The program is designed to provide national exposure to its participants and to generate the opportunity to glean information and career guidance from the leadership of intercollegiate athletics administrators throughout the country.
Reynolds 20-year home mat streak halted
They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!
The Raiders of coach Casey Taylor dropped a tough 30-25 decision to Erie McDowell Tuesday night at Reynolds, the first home loss for the Raiders since 1993.
The Class AAA Trojans (2-0) last year rallied from a large deficit to beat Class AA Reynolds in Erie, 38-33. On Tuesday, the northerners also rallied from a 25-21 deficit in the final two matches to halt the streak.
Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56
When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.
The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.
Roundup: WM girls beat UC; Sharpsville, KC fall
ä West Middlesex 52, Union City 27 — At Union City, coach Mike Williams’ Region 1-A Ms. Reds improved to 2-1 with a win over the Lady Bears of Region 4-AA.
Alyson Pierce scored 15 to lead WM, Noelle Murray registered 13 points and Allie Staunch bucketed 10 markers.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
SPORTVIEW: Browns, Steelers will both lose
THE CLEVELAND Browns quarterback position has been a revolving door this season, but at least one of the more successful signal-callers is back. Jason Campbell is recovered from a concussion and will start.
Does it really matter?
Roundup: Opening-weekend tipoff tourneys conclude
Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
2013-14 hoops season begins with tipoff tourneys
Farrell Julius McCoy Tipoff Tourney
ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
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