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.
Tuesday, the setting was Sharpsville, but the night belonged to Lakeview.
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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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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