It wasn’t a banner performance, but it was a benchmark evening for Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball coach Tom Burns.
Burns’ Lady Golden Eagles eased past visiting Grove City, 53-34, Thursday night in a District 10 inter-region affair.
By virtue of the victory KC secured Burns’ 100th career coaching win.
“A hundred wins in five-and-a-half years, it’s a testimony to the program. It’s really developed over the last five years,” Burns said. “I don’t play a single minute in any game, but it was nice to have led them to a hundred wins, and I feel very pleased and priviledged to have been here.”
At Hermitage, KC secured a 15-7 first-quarter lead and maintained a double-digit margin throughout. However Kennedy Catholic became cavalier with the basketball, and the Lady Golden Eagles ended with 22 turnovers.
“I think Grove City came out and they gave us great pressure early, but I think my girls weathered the storm,” Burns assessed. “We didn’t play a great game, but I don’t think we played a bad game. We probably didn’t look as good as we normally do because they played so well, not because we played so bad.
“So hats off to Grove City,” Burns praised regarding 1st-year interim head coach Mike Hostetler. “That program is doing well. ... We had some dumb turnovers and forced the ball a couple times when we didn’t need to,” Burns admitted. “We go through some growing pains sometimes and I don’t understand why we want to rush it when we’re winning by 20. The pressure’s not on us, it’s on (the opponent). I’m not really sure (of the reason) ... maybe the comfort of the lead,” Burns speculated.
Kennedy Catholic’s half-court traps proved problematic as the visiting Lady Eagles ended with 29 miscues and shot only 33 percent (11 of 33) from the field.
Corianne Hyduchak hit 11 points for Grove City (9-3), but was the Lady Eagles’ lone double-figure scorer.
Keying Kennedy Catholic (9-1) to its 8th consecutive conquest was Courtney Sargent, who scored a game-high 17 points and hauled down 8 caroms; Alex Ricketts, who recorded a 14-point, 5-assist, 4-rebound line, and Rachel Burns, who bucketed 10 points and handed out 3 assists, as did Taylor Hood.
KC connected on 19 of 46 floor shots and outrebounded Grove City — which had its 6-game win skein snapped — 29-23.
Notes: Former Grove City High head coach and Mercer County Hall-of-Famer Roger Flynn, who returned from retirement this season to assist Hostetler, guided Grove City to victory in the JV game, 37-33. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Mercer 54, Lakeview 33 —At Mercer, the host Lady M’s (3-0, 8-3) forced 33 turnovers and cruised to the Region 2-AA victory over Lakeview (0-4, 2-9).
The Lady Sailors actually trailed 8-6 midway through the 1st quarter before Mercer went on a 26-6 run over the rest of the 1st half.
Megan McKinney led all scorers with 25 points and 10 steals, while Lexi Arkwright tacked on 14 points, 7 steals and 4 assists.
Lakeview was led by Chelsea Davis and Raygan Fisher, who evenly split 16 points — Information submitted by sports correspondent Corey J. Corbin.
ä Sharpsville 50, Wilmington 30 — At New Wilimington, the visiting Lady Blue Darlings’ defense did not permit Wilmington to reach double figures in any one quarter until the finale.
Sharpsville (3-0, 5-5) clawed its way to the .500 mark, also.
“The region (2-AA) games are most important,” veteran Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley asserted. “We really need to focus in on them and start to make a run.”
For Sharpsville, Megan Davis delivered a career-high 22-point performance, McKenzie Popatak pumped in 18 points, Paige Scurpa secured a game-high 10 rebounds, and Natalie Henwood handed out 10 assists.
For Wilmington (1-3, 3-9), Tessa Sikora scored 11 points.
ä Greenville 57, Sharon 37 — At Greenville, the host Lady Trojans trounced Sharon in the Region 2-AA affair.
With the contest knotted at 33 entering the final frame, Greenville garnered 24 fourth-period points while Sharon scored 4.
Jessica Burnett bucketed a game-high 17 points for Greenville (3-1, 4-5), Casslyn Holder hit 15, while Maddie Williams went for 11.
Lexi Dabney deposited a 14-point, 7-rebound, 3-steal line for Sharon (2-1, 6-4) and Kayla Reardon recorded a dozen.
ä Hickory 66, Titusville 12 — At Titusville, the visiting Lady Hornets humbled the Lady Rockets in a Region 5-AAA rout.
Rebounding from its lone loss of the season, Hickory (2-1, 9-1) was led by Jenna Placzek’s 11-point, 11-rebound, 3-steal line, Nikki Arbanas’ 14 points and half-dozen steals, Holly Grober’s 18-point, 9-steal, 5-rebound, 3-assist outing, and Megan Chess’ 7 assists and 7 points. Also, Brandi Beader and Nicole LaCava lent a half-dozen caroms between them.
Titusville remained winless in region play (0-4) and tumbled to 1-10 overall.
ä Conneaut Area 43, Reynolds 14 — At Crawford County, the host Lady Eagles eased to the inter-region rout.
For Conneaut Area (9-2), Kristen Baker bucketed a game-high 15 points, Lindsey Shidemantle scored 10 and Challen Litwiler lent another 10 tallies.
Reynolds fell to 2-8 overall.
ä West Middlesex 42, Jamestown 20 — At the “Fish Tank” in Jamestown, the Ms. Reds moved to 4-7 with the non-region win over the Lady Muskies (0-10).
Molly Stitt scored 10 to lead WM while Kasey Mitchell and Savannah Miller had 4 points each for Jamestown.
ä Lakeview 70, Cambridge Springs 44 — At Cambridge Springs, coach Gary Burke’s Sailors improved to 10-2 with the non-region rout over the Blue Devils (2-8).
Brandon Rice fired in 19 points to lead Lakeview, Dalton Boggs bucketed 15 and Coty Gander added 14 markers.
Marcus Palmero had 13 to lead Cambridge Springs.
ä Lakeview 40, West Middlesex 34 — At West Middlesex Wednesday, the visiting Sailors of coach Tom Tingley prevailed in a tight match that saw 7 weight classes forfeited.
Notching falls for Lakeview were Evan Clayton (106) and Sam Breese (285). Picking up pins for West Middlesex were: Gavin Kroesen (138), Eric Lucich (170), Jeff Spencer (220).
ä Maplewood 2234, Brookfield 1985 — At Bell-Wick Lanes, Maplewood prevailed. Maplewood was paced by Justin Gardner with a 404 total.
Brookfield individual scores were: Adam Brooks 150-224—374, Bradley Bridge 154-165—319, Nick Kerr 156-140—296, Joey Grandon 133-158—291, Jacob Yereb 96-122—218.
JV — Maplewood 1725-1512.
ä Hickory-Red 5, Meadville 1 — Hickory-Red was led by Rachel Mettee (203) and Danielle Logan (171), while Elaina Snyder rolled a 225 game for Meadville.
ä Kennedy Catholic 6, Hickory-Black 0 — Keying Kennedy were Brianna Gibbs (164), Holly Salcedo and Brittany Orlando, while Shanchi Dholu (141) led Hickory-Black, aided by Jessica Flynn and M.K. Bair.
GROVE CITY 7 8 9 3 34
KENNEDY 15 13 15 10 53
GROVE CITY — Sprando 2-0-0-5, Hyduchak 4-3-4-11, Wyllie 0-4-6-4, Ferguson 0-0-2-0, Hall 1-1-2-4, Lucido 0-0-0-0. A.Deyarmin 2-0-0-4, B.Deyarmic 2-2-2-6, Young 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Sprando 1, Hall 1. Totals: 11-10-16-34.
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Burns 3-2-2-10, Ricketts 5-2-2-14, Sargent 7-3-5-17, Kish 1-2-2-5, Bocian 2-0-0-4, Hood 1-1-2-3, Kress 0-0-0-0, O’Brien 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Burns 2, Ricketts 2, Kish 1. Totals: 19-10-13-53.
JV — Grove City, 37-33. Rachel Hughes 16 points, Alexis Deyarmin 9 for Grove City; Rebekah Kish 12, Taylor Hood 11 for Kennedy Catholic.
SHARPSVILLE 4 14 15 17 50
WILMINGTON 6 5 7 12 30
SHARPSVILLE — Davis 8-0-0-22, Popatak 7-4-4-18, Henwood 2-0-0-5, Kurelko 2-0-0-5, Whalen 0-0-0-0, Davies 0-0-0-0, Przicina 0-0-0-0, Scurpa 0-0-0-0, Schell 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Davis 6, Henwood 1, Kurelko 1. Totals: 19-4-4-50-.
WILMINGTON — Christofferson 1-0-0-2, Slonaker 2-0-0-4, Sikora 2-7-9-11, Marett 2-2-4-6, Drake 1-0-0-2, Thompson 1-0-0-2, Elliott 1-0-0-3. 3-pt. goal: Elliott 1. Totals: 10-9-13-30
JV — Sharpsville, 28-14.
LAKEVIEW 6 10 11 6 33
MERCER 18 16 14 6 54
LAKEVIEW — Womer 2-1-2-5, Foster 2-0-0-4, Adams 0-0-0-0, Davis 2-4-4-8, Casciotti 1-0-0-2, Fischer 4-0-0-8, Stringer 3-0-5-6, Scott 0-0-0-0, McKean 0-0-0-0, Ruediger 0-0-0-0, K.Kasbee 0-0-0-0, M.Kasbee 0-0-0-0. Totals: 14-5-10-33.
MERCER — Whenry 1-0-0-2, Arkwright 6-0-0-14, Mills 2-0-0-4, Cook 2-0-0-4, Ryder 1-0-0-3, McKinney 9-5-10-23, Fisher 0-0-0-0, McCann 0-0-0-0, Garrett 0-0-0-0, Ferguson 0-0-0-0, Angermeier 1-0-0-2, Shoemaker 1-0-0-2, Zacherl 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Arkwright 2, Ryder. Totals: 23-5-10-54.
JV — Mercer, 29-25.
SHARON 7 12 14 4 37
GREENVILLE 7 16 10 24 57
SHARON — Chester 1-0-0-2, Dabney 6-2-4-14, McGranahan 0-0-0-0, Reed 0-0-0-0, Reardon 4-0-0-12, Steiner 0-0-2-0, Coryea 0-0-0-0, Sanders 3-3-4-9. 3-pt. goals: Reardon 4. Totals: 14-5-10-37.
GREENVILLE — Fagley 0-4-11-4, Williams 5-1-4-11, Herrick 1-0-0-2, Burnett 7-3-6-17, Montalvo 3-0-0-6, Holder 6-3-4-15, Leary 1-0-0-2. Totals: 23-11-25-57.
JV — Greenville, 35-23. Rebecca Fagley 11 for Greenville.
HICKORY 10 28 17 11 66
TITUSVILLE 2 4 3 3 12
HICKORY — Placzek 5-1-2-11, Bible 0-0-0-0, Arbanas 4-2-2-14, Chess 3- 0-0-7, Moore 0-0-0-0, Gustas 0-0-0-0, Marchand 1-0-0-2, Zreliak 0-0-0-0, Beader 2-0-0-6, White 1-0-2-2, Lacava 3-0-0-6, Grober 8-2-4-18. 3-pt. goals: Arbanas 4, Beader 2, Chess 1. Totals: 27-5-10-66.
TITUSVILLE — G.Champion 1-2-2-5, F.Champion 0-0-0-0, Kriner 2-0-1-4, Harger 1-0-0-2, Scott 0-1-2-1, Mabugu 0-0-0-0, Edwards 0-0-0-0, Moore 0-0-0-0, Donovan 0-0-0-0, Jacobs 0-0-0-0, Hernandez 0-0-0-0, Galmish 0-0-0-0, Popham 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: G.Champion 1. Totals: 4-3-5-12.
JV — Hickory, 45-14.
REYNOLDS 5 2 2 5 14
CONNEAUT 9 12 10 12 43
REYNOLDS — McDanel 0-0-2-0, Bresnan 0-0-2-0, Stoyer 1-1-2-4, Napadano 2-0-0-4, Thompson 0-0-2-0, Babcock 0-0-2-0, Burnworth 1-2-2-4, Toy 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goal: Stoyer 1. Totals: 5-3-12-14.
CONNEAUT AREA — Zarembinski 0-0-1-0, Krider 3-0-0-6, Litwiler 4-2-4-10, Baker 7-1-2-15, Litwin 1-0-0-2, Shidemantle 4-2-4-10. Totals: 19-5-11-43.
JV — Reynolds, 21-17.
W. MIDDLESEX 2 13 11 16 42
JAMESTOWN 3 4 4 9 20
WEST MIDDLESEX — Murray 1-2-10-4, Atterholt 0-2-6-2, Stitt 4-0-7-10, Summers 2-3-6-8, Pierce 2-4-4-8, White 2-2-2-6, Nitsche 1-2-2-4. 3-pt. goals: Stitt 2, Summers 1. Totals: 12-15-37-42.
JAMESTOWN — Harnett 1-3-6-5, Miller 2-0-0-4, Mitchell 2-0-0-4, Robinson 0-1-2-1, Greenawalt 1-0-0-2, Keyser 0-1-2-1, Sankey 1-1-2-3. Totals: 7-6-12-20.
JV — WM, 28-25. Logan Nitsche 11 for WM.
LAKEVIEW 26 9 17 18 70
CAMB. SPRINGS 12 8 16 8 44
LAKEVIEW — Partridge 0-0-0-0, VanDusen 3-1-3-7, Fowler 0-0-0-0, Greggs 3-2-2-9, Bigley 0-2-2-2, J. Drozynski 0-0-0-0, A. Rice 0-4-4-4, Boggs 4-6-6-15, B. Rice 6-7-8-19, Gander 5-4-6-14. 3-pt. goals: Greggs 1, Boggs 1. Totals: 21-26-31-70.
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Risenauer 0-1-2-1, Hohn 2-0-0-4, Huff 0-0-0-0, Hockenberry 2-0-0-4, Drake 0-0-0-0, Ferris 3-0-1-6, Palmero 6-1-2-13, Krzyiak 0-1-2-1, Porter 2-2-2-7, Duda 1-0-0-2, Smith 2-0-0-4, Feily 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goal: Porter 1. Totals: 19-5-9-44.
JV — Lakeview, 50-45. Matt Partridge 21 for Lakeview.
LAKEVIEW 40, W.MIDDLESEX 34
285 - Sam Breese (L) pinned Jake Keller, 0:05; 106 - Evan Clayton (L) pinned Mitchell Murray, 5:03; 113 - Aidan Bellucci (WM) forfeit; 120 - Jake Heim (L) forfeit; 126 - Jazmin Johnson (L) forfeit; 132 - Brandon Dick (WM) major dec. Trevor Williams, 17-7; 138 - Gavin Kroesen (WM) pinned Dustin Schliefer, 4:58; 145 - Brandon Persch (L) major dec David Cook, 11-2; 152 - double forfeit; 160 - Luke Hemminger (WM) forfeit; 170 - Eric Lucich (WM) pinned Tony Jones, 1:49; 182 - Kyle Canon (L) forfeit; 195 - Andrew Clayton (L) forfeit; 220 - Jeff Spencer (WM) pinned Marcus Bowser, 3:18.
It wasn’t a banner performance, but it was a benchmark evening for Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball coach Tom Burns.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
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ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
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ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
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Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
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SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
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ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
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