GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
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).
Brooke Bresnan bested the field in the high hurdles and javelin for Reynolds.
ä Hickory 125, Sharon 24 — At Hornet Stadium, Hermitage, host Hickory (2-0) was led by Lexie Bible (800, 1600, distance-relay leg), Jackie Abraham (3200--meter run, 4x8 and 4x1 relays), Heather Grober (intermediate hurdles, 200), and Katie Gustas (high, long jumps). Also, Madison Bell (high hurdles, sprint-relay leg).
ä Lakeview 112, Commodore Perry 28; Lakeview 88, Sharpsville 57; Mercer 89, Lakeview 56 — At Stoneboro, the host Lady Sailors swept 2 of 3 duals.
Lakeview was led by thrower Caitlin Casciotti, hurdler Tia Ray and sprinter Taylor Reed. Distance ace Shae Grinnell paced Commodore Perry, while hurdler Megan McKinney muscled Mercer to a win, aided by thrower Katie Brest, versatile Brown and distance standout Burdette.
ä John F. Kennedy 37, Kennedy Catholic 23 — At Warren, Emann Yacoub took 1st place in the 300 hurdles as KC suffered a loss.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä Wilmington 95, Reynolds 55 — At New Wilmington, Jared Masters and Dwight Scott were triple-event winners in leading the Hounds past the Raiders.
Masters won the 800, 1600 and ran the opening leg of the 1st-place 3200-meter relay team while Scott copped the 200, 300 hurdles and was part of the foursome that won the 400 relay.
Brett Whitty, Cody Cooper, Stefan Pontius, Kyle Slicker, Moses Morris and David Perrine were double-event winners for Wilmington.
Ryan McQuown (100), Curt Fowler (400), Austin Moffett (discus) and Tyler Gangloff (pole vault) earned wins for Reynolds.
ä Hickory 122, Sharon 27 — At Hornet Stadium, Hermitage, Matt Voytik (100, sprint-relay anchor), Luke Lewis (shot, disc), Kyle Boyd (1600, 3200, distance-relay leg), Bobby Marzano (intermediates, 4x1 and 4x4 legs) and Jordan Shimmin (long, triple jumps) led the host Hornets (2-0).
Thompson tallied Tigers’ triumphs in the 200- and 400-meter dashes for Sharon.
ä Lakeview 107.5, Mercer 42.5; Lakeview 128, Sharpsville 13; Lakeview 129, Commodore Perry 12 — At Stoneboro, Tanner and Blake Reddick, Connor Stankovich and Zach VanDusen were triple-event winners as the Sailors (4-0) earned 3 wins.
All 4 made up the winning 400 and 1600 relay teams, while Tanner Reddick also ran on the 3200-meter relay team, Blake Reddick won the 400, Stankovich copped the 800 and VanDusen won the long jump.
Jared Davis swept the hurdles for Mercer and also won the 100-meter dash. CP did not field a full team.
ä Kennedy Catholic 72, Warren JFK 37 — At Warren, Michael Kifer grabbed wins in 3 events for the Golden Eagles.
Kifer copped the 1600- and 3200-meter runs and also ran the anchor leg on the 1st-place 3200-meter relay squad.
ä Hickory 5, Sharon 0 — At Hermitage, the Hornets improved to 3-0 in Region 1 and 3-3 overall with the sweep of the Tigers.
Singles: Ross Rosati (H) def. Dylan Cerroni, 6-0, 6-0; John Smaltz (H) def. Skylar Villegas, 6-0, 6-0; Michael Funera (H) def. Luke Rueberger, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Zach Walters-Alex Georgescu (H) def. Andy Rauch-Andrew Campbell, 6-0, 6-0; Stephen Petrochko-Mark Dzapo (H) def. Aaron Martwinski-Joey Zajac, 6-2, 6-4.
ä Grove City 3, Titusville 2 — At Titusville, the visiting Eagles (1-1, 5-1) eeked out the win by sweeping the doubles competition, led by the tandems of Andrew McCracken-Frankie Bassani and Tanner McKnight-Steven Shi.
Singles: Eric McGinnis (T) def. Chris Adams, 6-2 7-6(1); Evan Lowers (GC) def. Shannon Daugherty, 6-1, 6-0; Harland Kester (T) def. Jacob Shilling, 6-1 6-3. Doubles: McCracken-Bassani (GC) def. Chase Upchurch-Ava Young, 6-1, 6-1; McKnight-Shi (GC) def. Cameron Daugherty-Ben Snyder, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
ä West Middlesex 16, Commodore Perry 0 (4 inn.) — At Sheaklevyille, Jordyn Allen and Tori Roth collaborated on a perfect — albeit abbreviated — game. Allen struck out all 9 hitters she faced.
Also, Allen singled and doubled, Aly Andrusky added a home run, single and drove in 3 runs, Olivia Slater slammed a round-tripper, and Hannah Havens had 2 hits for West Middlesex (1-0 region, 2-1 overall).
Brittany Shrock suffered the setback for Commodore Perry (0-1, 1-3).
ä Wilmington 6, Sharon 3 (10 inn.) — At Sharon recently, the Lady Greyhounds won the extra-inning contest.
A.Crawford had a pair of hits, including a double for Sharon, while Kelsie McGranahan also doubled. Maggie Torr, Kelsie McGranahan and Kristina Jacoway had stolen bases.
No stats submitted for Wilmington.
ä Beaver County Christian 3, Farrell 1 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the Steelers (1-2) suffered a 25-14, 25-14, 26-28, 25-19 loss to BCC, which is ranked 3rd in the WPIAL in Class AA.
Farrell stats: Austin Pickens 9 kills; Anthony Pegues 27 assists; Jacobi Greene 9 kills, 10 digs; Tyrone Archie 8 kills, 5 digs; Marcus McCoy 5 kills; Jaylin Gavins 7 kills; Angelo Jackson 12 digs; Chase Butler 6 digs.
JV: BCC, 25-15, 25-15.
Baseball — Sharpsville at Wilmington, to Saturday, 1 p.m.; Reynolds vs. West Middlesex, to April 14; Reynolds at Kennedy Catholic, to April 16; Fort LeBoeuf at Grove City, to April 15.
Softball — Jamestown at Wilmington, today; Mercer at Sharon, today, 4;15 p.m.; Reynolds vs. Grove City, April 11, to TBA; Farrell at Reynolds, to Friday, 4:15 p.m.; Slippery Rock at Grove City, today, 4 p.m.; Reynolds at Mercer, April 5 to April 28, 4:15; Wilmington v. New Castle, April 11, to TBA; Reynolds v. Grove City, April 11, to May 12.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense
THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
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.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
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
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
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.
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.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
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
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
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.
Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew
Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.
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:
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.
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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