ä Hickory 18, Slippery Rock 0 (3 inn.) — At Slippery Rock, Chelsea Marriott and Megan Chess combined for an abbreviated 1-hitter and Madison Collier and Sabrina Black both drove in 5 runs as the Lady Hornets routed the Rockets.
Marriott pitched the first 2 innings. She fanned 3 batters, had no walks and allowed no hits. Chess closed out the final frame with 2 strikeouts, no walks and gave up the 1 hit.
At the plate for Hickory, Collier went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, a home run and 5 RBI while Black singled, doubled, homered and drove in 5. Also, Alyssa Kostka singled, doubled and collected 3 RBI and Morgan McBride had 2 singles and drove in a run.
Morgan Longdon started for Slippery Rock and only pitched 2/3 of an inning. She struck out 1, issued 2 walks and gave up 8 runs on 4 hits.
ä Wilmington 10, Mercer 7 — At New Wilmington, coach Tom Reed’s Lady Hounds improved to a perfect 10-0 with the win over the Lady M’s (3-4).
Kayleigh Shenker led the way for Wilmington. She fanned 2, walked 2 and gave up 7 hits in a complete-game performance. At the dish, she belted a solo home run in the 5th inning, ripped 2 singles and drove in 5 runs.
Also for Wilmington, Chelsea Rogel and Courtney Cohen had a double and 2 singles each and Lexi Donati added a pair of singlets.
Ali Cameron and Aubrie Angermeier split time on the mound for Mercer. They combined for 3 strikeouts, 2 walks and gave up 14 hits.
Offensively for Mercer, Angermeier and Emily McGhee both doubled.
ä Jamestown 6, Lakeview 3 — At Jamestown, Erynn Williams fired a complete-game 4-hitter with 13 strikeouts and 4 walks in leading the Lady Muskies (2-2) past the Lady Sailors.
Isabella Greenawalt singled, doubled and drove in 3 runs for Jamestown, Brenda Kaller went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and Heather Williams singled, doubled and scored twice.
Kala Mahen went the distance for Lakeview. She had 6 strikeouts, 2 walks and gave up 9 hits.
Katie McClelland collected a pair of doubles for Lakeview and Mahan had a 2-bagger.
ä Sharpsville 10, Commdore Perry 1 — At Sharpsville, the hosts bedeviled the Lady Panthers.
Rachel Harenchar hammered a 3-run home run and Abby Ferlin fashioned a solo shot. Both had 2 hits, and Ferlin drove in 2 runs.
Also for Sharpsville (5-4), Eugena Davies drilled 2 hits including a double, scored once and drove in a run, Megan Davis delivered 2 hits and scored once, and Kailee Scurpa scored twice, singled and doubled and plated a pair.
Right-hander Abby Piccirilli punched out 10 in a complete-game pitching performance, tossing a 2-hitter while walking 2.
Brittany Shrock struck out 6, but suffered the setback for Commodore Perry.
ä Corry 4, Grove City 3 — At Memorial Park in Grove City, Emily Zaczkiewicz drove in Shannon Baker with a sac fly in the top of the 7th inning to lift the Lady Beavers to victory.
Baker went the distance for Corry. She struck out 7, issued 4 free passes and gave up 9 hits.
At the plate for Corry, Baker had 3 hits with an RBI, Zaczkiewicz had the sac fly and Dingfelter and Shana Merkle had RBI singles.
Maddie Elberty went the distance for Grove City (5-6). She struck out 3, walked 4 and gave up 9 hits.
Offensively for the Lady Eagles, Taylor Shingledecker doubled, tripled and drove in 2 runs, Grace Dadzaa had 2 hits and 1 run scored and Jordan Malczak had 1 hit and scored a run.
ä Cathedral Prep 3, Hickory 2 — At Hermitage, Jonny Prichard, Michael Clark and Joe Armour swept singles play as the Ramblers (6-3) edged the Hornets (6-5).
Singles: Prichard (CP) def. John Smaltz, 6-0, 6-0; Clark (CP) def. Michael Funera, 6-0, 6-0; Armour (CP) def. Gerald Koledin, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-4). Doubles: Zack Walters-Mike Mettee (H) def. Alex Blatt-Nick Hardner, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(10-8); Stephen Petrochko-Jeremy King (H) won by forfeit.
ä Greenville 4, Grove City 1 — At Greenville, Seth Jaussen and Trent McErlane won at No. 1 and 3 singles, respectively, in leading the Trojans (8-1) past the Eagles (8-3).
Singles: Jaussen (G) def. Chris Adams, 7-5, 6-3; Evan Lowers (GC) def. Mercer Martin, 6-4, 6-3; McErlane (G) def. Frankie Bassani, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Doubles: David Jeffries-Jon Stapchuck (G) def. Andrew McCracken-Tanner McKnight, 6-4, 6-1; Jing Wu-Joey Safner (G) def. Jacob Shilling-Jed Grimm, 6-3, 6-1.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä Mercer 129, Reynolds 20; Reynolds 65, Commodore Perry 57 — At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders split.
McKinney, Brown, Young and Burdette led the visiting Lady M’s rout.
Toy, Foltz and Garansi led the Lady Raiders’ win against Commodore Perry, while Nagey notched multiple wins to pace the Lady Panthers.
ä Correction: Sharpsville High’s Keely Wheelan won the 800, 1600, 3200 and ran a leg on the winning 4X800 relay during the victory over Reynolds Tuesday.
Another name was erroneously reported in Wednesday’s Herald as winning those events.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä Mercer 89, Reynolds 61; Reynolds 114, Commodore Perry 35 — At Mercer, Jarred Davis led the Mustangs by capturing the 110 hurdles, 200-meter dash and was part of the foursome that won the 400 relay.
Ryan McQuown paced the Raiders with wins in the high jump and 1600 relay.
In the Raiders’ rout of Commodore Perry, versatile McQuown, McDanel and Faber, sprinter Fowler, and hurdler Garansi led Reynolds. Fowler, McQuown and McDanel teamed with distanceman Daniello to form a pair of winning relay teams (4x1 and 4x4).
Crop copped the 800 and Johnston the 3200 for Commodore Perry, and they were part of the Panthers’ winning distance-relay quartet.
GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
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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.
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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).
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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:
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.
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