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.
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
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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.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move
ONE OF THE strangest NFL moves I’ve seen in a long time involved the Philadelphia Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is one of the top wide receivers in the league and a danger to score every time he touches the ball, including punt returns. But the big question is: Why was he just released? Couldn’t they find a trade at least to get some value back?
WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
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