MERCER COUNTY —
ä Grove City 1, Wilmington 0 — At New Wilmington Tuesday, the Eagles broke a scoreless tie when Peter Conley sprinted down the sideline turned in off a defensive mistake, and fired a shot past keeper Derek Nichols. Jed Grimm, GC goalkeeper, was under constant pressure from Matt Balczon and Travis Brumbaugh, but Grove City’s defense held strong for the shutout. Grove City had 5 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks and 8 fouls. Wilmington had 13 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks and 6 fouls with one resulting in a yellow card.
ä Kennedy Catholic 5, Sharpsvile 0 — At McCullough Run on Tuesday, Ethan Feldmiller, Nolan Cianci, Anthony Panierello, Mike Thomas and Josh Repas garnered goals for the Golden Eagles (7-6-1).
ä Hickory 12, Meadville 0 — At Hornet Stadium, host Hickory (12-1-1) had hat tricks from Lauren Bell and Sara Suler. Also, Casey Zreliak and Marissa DeJulia deposited 2 goals each and M.K. Bair and Laura Dillon 1 apiece. Suler was credited with 4 assists, Jackie White 2, and Bell, and Isabella Spadafora 1 each.
Goalkeeper Morgan McBride made 2 saves.
ä Wilmington 9, Sharpsville 2 — At McCullough Run, Anna Heartwell’s hat trick led the Lady Greyhounds. Also, Kyler Lum and Leanne Wynder went for 2 each and Allie Mays and Madison Huff 1 goal apiece.
Rose Stoyer scored Sharpsville’s 2 goals, assisted by Aislinn Frazier. Also, Rachel Toy and Julianna Sickafus split time in goal for Sharpsville.
ä Slippery Rock 15, Oil City 0 — For Slippery Rock (7-2 region), Jenny Dudek drilled 5 goals and Molly Joyce 3. Also, Jenna Whitmer and Loran Leonberg 2 each and Skyler Hinchberger, Emily DiSanti and Charlene Doerr 1 apiece. Abby Magliocca and Whitmer were credited with 3 and 2 assists, respectively. Dudek and Joyce had assists, also, while goalkeeper Hannah Willison made 6 saves.
ä Brookfield 3, Campbell Memorial 0 — At Brookfield, the host Lady Warriors (12-10) won, 25-19, 25-16, 25-9, led by Delaney Saxton’s 11-kill, 11-serving points (7 aces) double-double.
Also for Brookfield: Brooke Hiner 7 kills; Madison Bonekovic 13 digs, 9 points (3 aces), Katie McMullin 10 digs; Megan Nicholson 5 blocks; Katie Bender 26 assists, 9 points (3 aces).
Brookfield Coach Bob Calvin reported the Lady Warriors will meet LaBrae in the opening round of the OHSAA sectional playoffs at a site and time to be announced.
ä Lakeview 3, Commodore Perry 0 — At Sheakleyville, the visiting Lady Sailors of Coach Lisa Herrick coasted to a 25-19, 25-10, 25-13 sweep, led by Taylor Reed’s 7-dig, 5-kill, 19-assist, 17-serving point (5 aces) line.
Also for Lakeview: Ashley Ray 15 digs, 20 serving points (5 aces); Sam Riddle 11 digs, 8 points; Tia Ray 9 digs, 9 kills, 6 points; Rachel McKean 8 kills, 10 points (3 aces); Salena Stutzman 12 points. Commodore Perry: No stats reported.
ä Hickory 3, Greenville 0 — At Greenville, the visiting Lady Hornets (6-2 region, 7-3 overall) handed Greenville a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 loss.
Hickory: Danielle Collier 6 kills; Katie Gustas 12 kills; Nicole Lacava, Allyssa Kostka 5 kills apiece. Greenville: No stats reported.
JV: Greenville, 25-21, 19-25, 15-11 (Lexa Henwood 6 kills for Hickory).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Slippery Rock 26, Wilmington 32 — At Slippery Rock Tuesday, the Rockets were led by Maxwell in a time of 17:55.
ä Jamestown 15, Sharpsville 50 (forfeit) — On Tuesday, Jamestown’s Christian McElhaney won the exhibition in a time of 17:35.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Wilmington 20, Slippery Rock 35 — At Slippery
Rock Tuesday, the Lady Rockets’ Tabitha Donaldson won the race ahead of Allison Baldwin of Wilmington, but the Lady Hounds 5 of the top 6 finishers to cop the team victory.
ä Sharpsville 15, Jamestown 50 (forfeit) — On Tuesday in Jamestown, Sharpsville’s Maddie Przicina won the exhibition in 21 minutes flat.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
WILMINGTON 20, SLIP. ROCK 35
1.Tabitha Donaldson (SR) 22:18; 2. Allison Baldwin (W), 3. Rikki Brumbaugh (W), 4. Hannah Winters (W), 5. Hannah Drake (W), 6. Lexi Brumbaugh (W), 7. Dietz (SR), 8. Burkhart (SR), 9. Novak (SR), 10. Schaefers (SR).
SHARPSVILLE 15,JAMESTOWN 50
1. Maddie Przicina (S) 21:00; 2. Cassie Lukonic (S); 3. Lindsey Anderson (J); 4. Kaitlin Liszka (J); 5. Emily Robinson (J); 6; Eugenia Davies (S); 7. Allie Vilasi (S); 8. Casie Scott (S); 9. Emma Messett (S); 10. Emily Spatava (S).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
SLIP. ROCK 26, WILMINGTON 32
1. Maxwell (SR) 17:55; 2. Calvin Gealy (W), 3. Henry (SR), 4. Jared Masters (W), 5. Taylor (SR), 6. Ryan Davis (W), 7. Stefan Pontius (W), 8. B.Yarington (SR), 9. Sosa (SR), 10. Courson (SR).
JAMESTOWN 15,SHARPSVILLE 50
1. Christian McElhaney (J) 17:35; 2. Caleb Bickel (J); 3. Logan Lukonic (S); 4. Jon Hobson (J); 5. Skylar Saulsbery (J); 6. Jarron Mihoci (J); 7. Jason Liszka (J); 8. Andrew Moss (J); 9. Tim Bruce (J); 10. Tyler Daugherty (S).
MERCER COUNTY —
GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
SPORTVIEW: Johnny Football claims he has learned from his 'rookie mistakes'
HERE ARE some thoughts from a guy who might have made a few “rookie mistakes” in his life, ala Johnny Manziel.
Johnny Football admitted this past week that he made some rookie mistakes. Really?
Usually rookie mistakes for most NFL newbies are throwing into coverage or fumbling the football because you don’t tuck it tightly to your side.
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.
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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.
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