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.
It wasn’t a banner performance, but it was a benchmark evening for Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball coach Tom Burns.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
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Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
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.
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