The District 10 soccer tournament commences next week, and Mercer County will be well represented.
In Class AA, Hickory boys will meet Slippery Rock, 7 p.m. Monday at Franklin High. The winner of that pairing of at-large entrants will meet Region 5 champion Harbor Creek on Wednesday at a site and time to be announced. Also Wednesday, Region 2 titlist Wilmington will meet the winner of Monday’s Warren-vs.-Girard match, again, with the site and time TBA.
˝ In boys’ single-A action on Tuesday, at-large Commodore Perry meets Region 3 champion Mercyhurst Prep, 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Erie, while Region 1 titlist Mercer meets at-large North East at 7 p.m. at Franklin.
ä In the girls’ AA bracket, Region 2 champion Hickory will wait until Wednesday to learn its opponent — Region 5 champ Harbor Creek or at-large Villa Maria — who square off 5 p.m. Monday at Veterans Stadium. Also Monday, Grove City faces Fort LeBoeuf, 5 p.m. at Franklin, with the winner meeting Region 4 champion Mercyhurst Prep on Wednesday.
ä Mercer County has no AAA representatives. In the boys’ bracket. Cathedral Prep faces Central Tech 7 p.m. Monday at Vets Stadium, with the winner meeting McDowell Thursday, site and time TBA, for the title. In the girls’ AAA bracket, Region 6 champion McDowell met at-large Strong Vincent Thursday night in Erie, with the winner advancing to next week’s PIAA playoffs, Tuesday at Brockway.
ä Hickory 10, Oil City 0 — At “The Oil Field” in Oil City Thursday night, Lauren Bell notched 5 goals and 1 assist and Jackie White had 3 goals, 2 assists and broke a pair of school records in leading the Lady Hornets (10-0, 16-1-1) to victory.
White broke the single-season assists mark (24) and career assists record (59). Both were previously held by 2012 graduate Lauren Costello (24, 58).
Also for Hickory, Sara Suler had 1 goal and 1 assist, Marissa DeJulia registered 1 goal and 2 assists, Isabella Spadafora collected 3 assists, M.K. Bair was credited with 1 assist and Morgan McBride posted her 13th shutout of the season in goal and 42nd of her career.
Region 2 champion Hickory opens the D-10 Class AA playoffs Wednesday at a site and time TBD. They play the winner of Monday’s Harbor Creek vs. Villa Maria match.
ä Hickory 5, Mercer 0 — At Hermitage Wednesday night, the Lady Hornets blanked Mercer. Suler had 4 goals, Bell 1 and Spadafora and White each had 2 assists. McBride earned the shutout.
Coach B.J. Rudge recognized McBride, Chesa Panin and Sophia Fustas on Senior Night for their hard work and dedication to the team.
ä Franklin 6, Sharpsville 3 — At Franklin Thursday, the Knights (5-13) and Blue Devils closed out their seasons.
Ted Richards and Isaac Drain had 2 goals each for Franklin. Ty Mooney and Dia Beggs had the other goals. Richards (2), Beggs and Smith had assists. Eric Mallard made 2 saves in goal for Franklin.
No stats were reported by Sharpsville.
ä Sharon 4, West Middlesex 0 — At Tiger Stadium, Wednesday, “Senior Night” saw Sharon surge to the shutout.
Seniors Joey Zajac and Eric Mastrianno sparked Sharon (7-10). Zajac tallied once and assisted on 2 scores, while Mastrianno mustered a goal and another senior, Dylan Cerroni, secured an assist. Also for Sharon, Isaiah Pinckney and Aaron Martwinski garnered goals as Sharon shot 27 times. Conversely, Tigers’ goalkeeper Mike Piccirilli faced only 2 shots.
In addition to Zajac, Mastrianno and Cerroni, Jason Clark is Sharon’s 4th senior.
ä Slippery Rock 1, Commodore Perry 0 — Recently at Slippery Rock, Luc LaChance, assisted by Mark Cessar, scored with 18 seconds remaining in regulation for the match’s lone goal to snap a scoreless stalemate.
Slippery Rock goalkeeper Jason Bluedorn made 4 saves, while his Commodore Perry counterpart Kinser DeMarco made 11 saves.
ä Grove City 3, Hickory 0 — At “The Eagle’s Nest” in Grove City, GC celebrated “Pink Out Night” with a 26-24, 25-21, 25-14 sweep of Hickory (9-3, 10-4) to wrap up the Region 3 championship.
Hickory: No stats reported. GC: Belle Chiodo 8 points; McKenzie Fagan 5 kills, 10 blocks; Stephanie Risch 19 passes; Jenn Ferguson 12 points, 5 kills; Corianne Hyduchak 12 kills; Jordyn Wyllie 7 kills, 8 blocks; Arianna Sprando 21 assists.
JV: Hickory, 26-24, 25-23.
ä West Middlesex 3, Farrell 0 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, coach Nicki Nych’s Region 1 champion Ms. Reds (14-0, 16-0) swept Farrell, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23.
WM: Tori Roberts 8 points, 11 digs; Aly Andrusky 5 points, 7 kills, 6 digs; Megan Hazlett 22 assists, 8 digs; Marissa Pursel 6 points, 9 kills; Ariel Pratt 8 points; Saige Campbell 5 kills, 5 blocks. Farrell: No stats reported.
JV: WM, 25-21, 13-25, 15-7.
ä Sharpsville 3, Kennedy Catholic 1 — On Senior Night at Sharpsville, coach Rosemary Ferguson’s Lady Blue Devils (11-3, 11-6) beat KC, 25-16, 20-25, 25-7, 25-20.
Sharpsville: Madison Przicina 24 assists, 10 points, 6 aces, 6 blocks; Miley Sikorski 5 points, 5 kills; Rachel D’Auria 14 points, 7 kills; Kara Morrin 7 points, 6 kills; Rachel Harenchar 8 digs, 7 points; Olivia Shuttleworth 8 digs, 9 points; Emily Anderson 11 kills; Leah Larocca 5 kills. KC: No stats reported.
JV: Sharpsville, 25-21, 22-25, 15-7.
The District 10 soccer tournament commences next week, and Mercer County will be well represented.
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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