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 —
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
Raiders win 17th region title; 11 locals to Hershey
When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
KC beats Cochranton for 4th straight D-10 crown
MEADVILLE — Everybody is on April Bocian’s bandwagon — and rightly so. But Tatum Kress helped keep Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program atop District 10’s Class A competition.
Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
McLane rallies to beat Mercer in AA title tilt
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
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