The Tiger matmen finished 4th with a 3-2 record on Saturday at the 10-team Sharon Duals inside Tiger Gymnasium.
Franklin Regional went 5-0 to win the duals crown. They were followed by McGuffey (4-1), Fox Chapel (4-1), Sharon (3-2), Brockway (3-2), Valley (2-3), Shaler (2-3), Meadville (1-4), Smethport (1-4) and North East (0-5).
Troy Hejazi (138 pounds) and Cory Buchanan (160) led the way for Sharon with perfect 5-0 records while Markus Coxson (113), Andrew Campbell (132), Giovanne Volpe (170) and Beau Dignall (182) all went 4-1.
Also for the Tigers, Austin Alfreno (126) and Brice Laughlin (195) posted 3-2 records, Jordan Templeton (132-138) was 2-1, D.J. Templeton (120) and Nick McClimans (152) were 2-3, Jason Clark (145) was 1-1 and Thomas Flanders went 0-5 at 220 pounds.
Sharon’s record is now 11-5.
Fred Bell Tournament
Lakeview High heavyweight Sam Breese, who captured the gold medal at the PIAA Championships in Hershey last March, was the only local to win his weight class at the annual Fred Bell Tournament at Grove City High School on Saturday.
Breese recorded the only fall in the finals matches by pinning Cody Cooper of Stroudsburg in 3:12 at 285 pounds.
Jamestown’s Hunter Goodlin and Mohammed Messai both advanced to the finals, but lost. Goodlin dropped a tough 3-0 decision to Alex Lynch of Seneca at 106 pounds while Messai suffered a 5-1 decision to Stroudsburg’s James Palmisano at 182.
Stroudsburg had 8 matmen in the finals (4 wins, 4 losses) and captured the team title with 235 points. They were followed by Redbank Valley (203.5), Gen. McLane (169), Seneca Valley (151), Penns Valley (131), Jamestown (107), St. Marys (105.5), Titusville (105), Cochranton (102.5) and Warren (96.5).
Here’s the results of the other 11 finals matches not mentioned above:
113: Joe Wheeling (Gen. McLane) maj. dec. Jake Jones (Stroudsburg), 11-2.
120: Willis Gruver (Redbank Valley) dec. Matt Wheeler (Northwestern), 4-1.
126: Nick Zoria (Seneca Valley) dec. Tanner Altobelli (Redbank Valley), 7-4.
132: D.J. Fehlman (Warren) dec. Kyle Lukowich (Conneaut Area), 3-1.
138: Mike Cassano (Stroudsburg) maj. dec. Kyle Pecht (St. Marys), 15-5.
145: Shane Jones (Stroudsburg) dec. Mitch Blose (Redbank Valley), 4-3.
152: Taylor Ellis (Conneaut Area) dec. Seth Decker (Penns Valley), 3-2.
160: Kyle Bova (Coudersport) dec. Ehrin Lee (Titusville), 6-5.
170: Jake Jakobsen (Stroudsburg) dec. Dakota Geer (Franklin), 6-5.
195: Chris Laird (Gen. McLane) dec. Patrick Pierson (Stroudsburg), 5-2
220: Cal Haines (Redbank Valley) dec. Kevin Hughes (Stroudsburg), 7-3.
Lariccia’s See Them Rise Showcase
ä Hickory 66, Struthers 34 — At the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, YSU recruit Nikki Arbanas drained 6 treys en route to 24 points and dished out 5 assists and had 5 steals as coach Jeanette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets improved to a perfect 16-0 on the season with the rout over the Lady Wildcats.
Another Ohio college recruit Holly Grober (Walsh) registered 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Also, Nicole LaCava had 7 points and 6 boards, Megan Chess collected 5 points and dished out 8 assists and Jasmine Shephard added 2 points and 3 steals.
Brittaney Zupko led the way for Struthers with 15 points.
ä Seneca 52, Greenville 37 — At Greenville, coach Jen Fagley’s Lady Trojans dropped to 7-7 on Saturday with the non-region loss to the Lady Bobcats (10-3).
Amanda Sonney fired in 21 points to lead Seneca and Katie Teed added 11 points.
Casslyn Holder was the leading point-getter for the Lady Trojans with 13.
ä Saturday’s Girard at Sharpsville non-region game was postponed due to the weather. No makeup date was announced.
ä Farrell 70, Franklin 60 — At “The Castle” in Franklin Saturday night, coach Roland Shannonhouse’s Steelers improved to 9-1 in Region 5-AAA and 14-1 overall with the 10-point win over the Knights (3-6, 6-8).
Chris James fired in 22 points to lead Farrell while Ike Jones bucketed 15 and Clifton McNair added 13 markers.
Clayton Maxon drained 6 treys en route to a game-high 28 points for Franklin and Kyle Ritchey added 13 markers.
Farrell was coming off a 64-45 win at Slippery Rock on Friday night while the Knights lost to George Junior Republic, 68-55, in Grove City on Friday.
ä Reynolds 50, Wilmington 41 — At Transfer Saturday night, the Raiders (4-3, 11-4) held a slim 9-7 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but outscored the Hounds 20-12 in the 2nd quarter to pull away for the Region 2-AA victory.
Kyle McConnell and Garhett Frable both had double-doubles for the Raiders. McConnell scored a game-high 17 points and had 11 rebounds while Frable tallied a dozen markers and grabbed 10 boards.
Rocco Fagan scored 10 points to pace Wilmington (4-2, 9-7).
Reynolds routed Jamestown, 70-20, on Friday night in Transfer while the Hounds topped VisionQuest, 86-70, on Friday in New Wilmington.
ä The West Middlesex vs. Canfield game at the Lariccia’s “See Them Rise Showcase” at the Covelli Centre didn’t tip off until 8:30 p.m. and results were not reported prior to deadline.
Lariccia’s See Them Rise Showcase
At Covelli Centre, Youngstown
HICKORY 24 12 19 11 66
STRUTHERS 6 10 6 12 34
HICKORY — DeJulia 0-2-2-2, Greenburg 0-0-0-0, Arbanas 9-0-0-24, Chess 2-0-0-5, Moore 2-0-0-4, He. Grober 0-0-0-0, Whitehead 1-0-0-2, Shephard 1-0-0-2, O’Brien 0-0-0-0, Beader 1-0-0-3, LaCava 3-1-2-7, Rush 0-0-0-0, Ho. Grober 8-1-1-17, Wilson 0-0-0-0, Groom 0-0-0-0, Wagner 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Arbanas 6, Chess 1, Beader 1. Totals: 29-4-5-66.
STRUTHERS — Ryan 3-2-5-9, Ciccone 0-0-0-0, Brown 0-0-0-0, M. Shives 3-0-0-6, K. Shives 0-0-0-0, Boeznai 0-0-0-0, Zupko 5-5-5-15, T. Smrek 0-0-0-0, A. Kane 0-0-0-0, H. Kane 0-2-2-2, H. Smrek 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goal: Ryan 1. Totals: 12-9-12-34.
JV — No game.
SENECA 19 12 9 12 52
GREENVILLE 6 6 12 13 37
SENECA — Braine 3-0-0-6, Sonney 10-0-0-21, H. Wright 1-0-0-2, Teed 3-4-6-11, Snarski 1-0-0-2, Dleil 1-0-0-2, Barnett 3-0-0-6, Koeth 1-0-0-2, Bender 0-0-0-0, J. Wright 0-0-0-0, Wilzeynski 0-0-0-0, Heverly 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Sonney 1, Teed 1. Totals 23-4-6-52.
GREENVILLE — Holder 3-6-11-13, Fagley 3-0-0-6, Herrick 3-1-2-7, Leary 2-2-9-6, Beilstein 1-0-0-2, Marini 1-0-0-3, Fenton 0-0-0-0, Montalvo 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Holder 1, Marini 1. Totals 13-9-22-37.
JV — Seneca, 33-13.
FARRELL 17 16 21 16 70
FRANKLIN 14 15 17 14 60
FARRELL — Burns 2-1-2-6, Jones 6-3-5-15, Brown 2-2-4-6, Holloway 1-0-0-2, McNair 5-1-1-13, Davis 1-0-0-2, James 9-2-2-22, Archie 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: McNair 2, James 2, Burns 1. Totals: 28-9-14-70.
FRANKLIN — Rutherford 1-3-4-5, Ritchey 4-5-8-13, Russell 0-1-3-1, Maxon 10-2-2-28, Drain 2-5-6-9, Spaid 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Maxon 6. Totals: 19-16-23-60.
JV — Franklin, 58-50. Marcus McCoy 18, Malik Thomas 13 for Farrell.
WILMINGTON 7 12 4 18 41
REYNOLDS 9 20 4 17 50
WILMINGTON — Bloise 0-0-0-0, Hilliard 4-1-3-9, Fagan 4-0-0-10, Brumbaugh 2-1-2-6, Smith 2-0-0-5, Danus 1-1-1-3, DeMedal 4-0-0-8. 3-pt. goals: Fagan 2, Brumbaugh 1, Smith 1. Totals: 17-3-6-41.
REYNOLDS — Frable 4-4-5-12, McDanel 0-2-2-2, Leipheimer 2-3-3-8, Woods 3-3-6-9, McConnell 7-3-7-17, Beck 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goal: Leipheimer 1. Totals: 17-15-23-50.
JV — Reynolds, 61-36. Jake Hart 12 and Sam Faber 10 for Reynolds. Nichols 16 for Wilmington.
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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