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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
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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
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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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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:
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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.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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