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 —
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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