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.
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Racing to fight cancer
Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
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.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
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Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
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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What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
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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.
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The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary
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.
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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.
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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.
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