Farrell High boys basketball team was like a boxer on the brink ... standing on wobbly legs, behind on all three judges’ cards, taking a standing-8 count from the referee.
Entering Wednesday night’s District 10 Region 5-AAA contest at The Hive in Hermitage, the Steelers’ season was slipping away: 7-7 overall, 4-4 in the region, and trailing by 11 markers at intermission.
Meanwhile, host Hickory had been unbeaten in the region (8-0).
However Marshawn Hyman hit 7 of his 10 second-half points in the 4th frame and Marquette Coleman collected another 6, and the Steelers stunned the ’Stingers, 54-53.
When Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse was ejected for being assessed back-to-back technicals with 47.1 seconds remaining to intermission, Hickory’s Matt Votino’s pair of freebies hoisted the Hornets to a 32-21 margin at intermission.
However Hickory had 10 second-half turnovers — 20 for the game — including a pair at the 12.7- and 6.7-second junctures of the final frame.
Malik Miller made a pair of free throws with 12 ticks to play, forging Farrell to a 54-51 lead. That offset Votino’s off-balance, banked, buzzer-beater from just inside the 3-point arc.
“What the kids showed, they grew up real quick and some of the adversity, they were able to respond. They fought, and that’s what we want them to do: Fight for every thirty-two minutes,” coach Bobby Stewart assessed. “They came out in denial and played the tough defense we’re capable of.”
In Shannonhouse’ absence, Stewart was speaking on behalf of his coaching counterparts Marco Miller, Tim Odem and Frank Sincek.
“All we knew is that it was the second half of the season and a new beginning,” Stewart said. “And we knew we had to get this one. We’re gonna take ’em one at a time, and when they come up we’re gonna do our best to try to take ’em down.
“Right now, it’s the second half, and if we can take a few of these games that we lost early in the season — which we were very capable of winning,” Stewart said. “We showed a little bit more maturity, were a little bit more patient, and we didn’t quit, that was the main thing.”
For Hornets’ headmaster Nick Cannone it was one that slipped away from his squad. In addition to the turnovers, free-throw marksmen Votino and Anthony Cannone were a combined 16-for-24.
“Those two things,” Coach Cannone said regarding turnovers and missed freebies. “We take pride in taking care of the ball with our guards, and we did shoot a high percentage from the foul line. And when you don’t have a dominant big guy ... but, still, you’ve gotta take care of the ball and you’ve gotta make your foul shots. That’s how we won eight games in the first half, and we didn’t do those things (Wednesday) night.
“We had some leads (39-26 with 5:30 remaining in the 3rd quarter on Anthony Cannone’s triple),” Coach Cannone continued. “Farrell made some plays.
“I thought we should’ve played loose, better. ... But that’s the way this region is,” Coach Cannone continued, admitting, “I’m just disappointed that we didn’t do a good job (with turnovers and free-throw shooting). You put those two things together and usually it spells defeat.”
Hyman and Coleman evenly divided 20 points for Farrell (5-4, 8-7), while Jamel Brown bucketed 11. Ike Jones’ 4-for-4 free-throw marksmanship and 3-for-4 performances by both Hyman and Coleman enabled the Steelers to shoot 16 for 22 (72.7 percent) from the line. Most significantly, after Farrell was forced into 9 first-half miscues by the Hornets’ 1-3-1 trap, the Steelers had only a handful of 2nd-half miscues.
For Hickory (8-1, 11-3), Votino’s game-high 17-point, 5-rebound, 4-assist line, Cannone’s 10 points, Donté Green’s 8-point, game-high 8-rebound effort, and Marcus Sonoga’s 7 points, 3 assists and handful of caroms were keys. However the Hornets hit only 19 of 29 freebies (65.5), offsetting their 17-for-34 accuracy from the floor. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Cochranton 62, Jamestown 40 — At Cochranton, the Region 3 Cardinals (9-6) outscored the Muskies 21-6 in the 2nd quarter to pull away for the non-region win.
Kendall Dickson notched 21 points to lead Cochranton while Garrett Adams and Josh Vanderhoof had 11 each.
Alex Boylan rifled in a game-high 23 points for the Muskies (1-12) while Ryan Livingston buried 4 treys en route to 14 points.
ä Shenango 61, Wilmington 51 — At New Wilmington, the WPIAL Section 2-AA Wildcats (6-10) led 19-15 after 8 minutes of play, 36-22 at the break and went on to beat the Hounds (4-10).
Ryley Ferrari had 21 points for Shenango while Brenton Booher bucketed 14 and Greg DePorzio added 11 markers.
Nate Anthony paced the Hounds with 14 points. Also, Rocco Fagan scored 12 and Jordan Smith had 10.
ä Lincoln Park 70, Kennedy Catholic 62 — At Midland, WPIAL Section 1-A Lincoln Park (11-4) jumped out to a 24-13 lead and held on for the win over KC (10-4).
Maverick Rowan (21), Elijah Minnie (17), Brian Skovranko (10) and Jaylyn Cottrill (10) all scored in double digits for Lincoln Park.
Keying Kennedy Catholic (9-3) were Mac Hartman (19), Jeffrey Thompkins (18) and Chris James (11), Thompkins sustained a knee injury of an undetermined severity and was to be evaluated, it was reported.
ä Franklin 43, Grove City 29 — At Grove City Tuesday, the Eagles (2-7, 4-10) led 8-6 after the 1st quarter, trailed 13-11 at halftime and 25-19 after 3 quarters and went on to fall to drop the Region 5-AAA clash to the Knights (7-2, 9-6).
Noah Jones fired in 18 points to lead Franklin while Kyle Ritchey added 12 markers.
Matt Thrasher led GC with 10 points.
ä The Campbell Memorial-at-Brookfield boys’ basketball game has been rescheduled for Feb. 19th.
ä Kennedy Catholic 69, Farrell 18 — At Hermitage, KC (4-0, 14-1) led 26-3 after the opening 8 minutes and rolled to the Region 1-A win over the Lady Steelers (2-2, 8-7).
Rebekah Kish drained 3 treys en route to a career-high 19 points for KC and also had 7 steals. Alex Ricketts had 18 points and 5 steals and Rachel Burns posted a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Whitney Murray led the way for Farrell with 5 points.
ä Sharon 38, Grove City 28 — At Tiger Gymnasium in Sharon, the Tigers improved to 8-4 with the win over the Eagles.
Jarray Norris (126) and DeMarco Hosch (160) registered falls for Sharon while Michael Bonner (138) rolled by technical fall.
Deandre Byers posted the lone pin for Grove City.
Coach Dave Ciafre noted that his squad hosts the Sharon Duals on Saturday. The event starts at 10 a.m.
ä Reynolds 62, Franklin 7 — On Senior Night in Transfer, the host Raiders (14-2) rolled as Nick Nottingham (126), Mason McCollum (132), Levi Stoyer (145), Austin Matthews (152), Jamar Henry (182) and Gene Ringer (285) posted pins. Matthew Leise (138) and Seth Hogue (106) added tech falls.
Also, Mike Bartolo (113), Mike Millero (160) and Chris Matthews (170) added major decisions.
FARRELL 13 8 17 16 54
HICKORY 19 13 8 13 53
FARRELL — Brown 4-2-6-11, Miller 1-2-2-4, Jones 2-4-4-8, Archie 0-0-0-0, Page 2-2-2-7, McNair 0-0-0-0, Coleman 3-3-4-10, Pratt 2-0-0-4, Hyman 3-3-4-10. 3-pt. goals: Brown 1, Page 1, Coleman 1, Hyman 1. Totals: 17-16-22-54.
HICKORY — Votino 4-9-14-17, Sonoga 3-1-2-7, Green 3-2-2-8, V.Mastrian 1-0-1-2, Cannone 2-7-10-10, Nardone 1-0-0-2, Pryts 1-0-0-2, N.Mastrian 2-0-0-5. 3-pt. goals: N.Mastrian 1, Cannone 1. Totals: 16-19-29-53.
JV — Hickory, 43-42. Andrew Pryts 14, Brandon Rhoades 10 points for Hickory; Tionte Davis 11, Dewayne Burns 9 for Farrell.
JAMESTOWN 14 6 11 9 40
COCHRANTON 16 21 14 11 62
JAMESTOWN — Kilgore 1-0-0-2, Boylan 10-3-5-23, Livingston 4-2-4-14, Graham 0-1-2-1, Moss 0-0-0-0, Adams 0-0-0-0, Potter 0-0-0-0, Depree 0-0-0-0, Bauer 0-0-0-0, Lorigan 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Livingston 4. Totals: 15-6-11-40.
COCHRANTON — Saunier 2-1-2-5, Villamar 1-1-2-4, G. Adams 3-4-8-11, Dickson 8-2-2-21, Herzberger 3-1-2-7, Vanderhoof 5-1-2-11, Wigton 1-0-0-2, Wagner 0-1-2-1, Roche 0-0-0-0, Bridge 0-0-0-0, Buchan 0-0-0-0, Custead 0-0-0-0, W. Adams 0-0-0-0, Sekersky 0-0-0-0, Staudt 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Dickson 3, Villamar 1, G. Adams 1. Totals: 23-11-20-62.
JV — No game.
SHENANGO 19 17 12 13 61
WILMINGTON 15 7 16 13 51
SHENANGO — DePorzio 3-4-4-11, Tanner 1-1-2-3, Ferrari 8-1-3-21, Jacobs 1-3-4-5, Booher 5-2-4-14, McCormick 2-0-0-5, Conner 1-0-0-2, Pherson 0-0-0-0, Micco 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Ferrari 4, Booher 2, DePorzio 1, McCormick 1. Totals: 21-11-17-61.
WILMINGTON — Fagan 5-1-2-12, Hilliard 3-3-6-9, Anthony 5-3-4-14, J. Smith 4-2-2-10, R. Brumbaugh 0-0-0-0, Taylor 0-0-0-0, Onestak 0-0-2-0, D. Smith 0-0-0-0, Bloise 0-0-0-0, Martini 0-0-0-0, T. Brumbaugh 2-2-2-6. 3-pt. goals: Fagan 1, Anthony 1. Totals: 19-11-18-51.
JV — Shenango, 58-51 (OT). Ryan Smith 20, James Micco 13 for Shenango. Josiah Bloise 15 for Wilmington.
FRANKLIN 6 7 12 18 43
GROVE CITY 8 3 8 10 29
FRANKLIN — Rutherford 3-1-3-9, McCoy 0-0-2-0, Ritchey 4-4-6-12, Mooney 0-2-2-2, Maxon 1-0-0-2, Jones 6-6-10-18, Russell 0-0-0-0, Mook 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Rutherford 2. Totals: 14-13-23-43.
GROVE CITY — Marnich 0-0-0-0, Turner 3-0-0-7, Torok 1-0-0-3, Thrasher 4-1-1-10, Reznor 1-1-2-3, Polkabla 1-0-0-2, Dolan 1-0-0-2, M. Young 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Turner 1, Torok 1, Thrasher 1. Totals: 12-2-3-29.
JV — No score reported.
KENNEDY 13 14 15 19 62
LINCOLN PARK 24 12 15 19 70
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Brewer 3-2-4-9, Zachar 1-0-0-2, Thompkins 6-0-0-13, D’Onofrio 1-1-3-4, James 5-0-1-11, Crow 1-2-4-4, Hartman 6-7-8-19, Hurton 0-0-0-0, Leipheimer 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Brewer 1, Thompkins 1, D’Onofrio 1, James 1. Totals: 23-12-20-62.
LINCOLN PARK — Kellem 3-2-3-8, Skovranko 5-0-0-10, Rowan 7-6-7-21, Minnie 5-6-8-17, Loedding 1-0-1-2, Cottrill 4-2-3-10, Tomassetti 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Rowan 1, Minnie 1. Totals: 26-16-22-70.
JV — KC, 61-16.
FARRELL 3 4 5 6 18
KENNEDY 26 17 16 10 69
FARRELL — Scott 1-1-2-3, Oatis 0-0-2-0, Avery 0-0-0-0, Chambers 0-0-0-0, Gambill 0-0-0-0, Polk 2-0-0-4, Page 1-1-2-3, Sharper 0-1-2-1, Lampkins 0-0-0-0, Smith 1-0-0-2, Murray 1-3-4-5. Totals: 6-6-12-18.
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — O’Brien 1-0-0-2, Yacoub 0-0-0-0, Kress 3-0-0-6, Hood 3-2-2-8, Kish 8-0-0-19, Burns 5-1-2-14, Scoccia 0-0-0-0, Ricketts 7-1-1-18, Bocian 1-0-0-2, Volkay 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Kish 3, Burns 3, Ricketts 3. Totals: 28-4-5-69.
JV — KC, 52-19. April Bocian 17, Taylor Hood 10 for KC.
SHARON 38, GROVE CITY 28
152 — Chet Simoni (GC) dec. Cory Buchanan, 8-2; 160 — DeMarco Hosch (S) pinned Logan Pryor, 1:31; 170 — Deandre Byers (GC) pinned Isaiah Chavez, 1:23; 182 — double forfeit; 195 — Beau Dignall (S) dec. Stephen Boyle, 7-3; 220 — Austin Stelene (GC) forfeit; 285 — Anthony Leak (S) forfeit; 106 — Chad Bable (GC) forfeit; 113 — Cody Buchanan (S) forfeit; 120 — Austin Alfreno (S) forfeit; 126 — Jarray Norris (S) pinned Ryan Grace, 3:26; 132 — Luke Walter (GC) maj. dec. Jason Clark, 10-2; 138 — Michael Bonner (S) tech. fall Jared Sample, 23-8, 5:52; 145 — Trey Maher (GC) dec. Andrew Campbell, 7-4.
REYNOLDS 62, FRANKLIN 7
113 — Mike Bartolo (R) major dec. Zach Sharrer, 18-9; 120 — Alex Reiter (R) dec. Dieux Harper, 8-6; 126 — Nick Nottingham (R) pinned Dusty Bell, 2:17; 132 — Mason McCollum (R) pinned Hunter Cook, 3:40; 138 — Matthew Leise (R) tech. fall Tyler Emrick, 15-0, 4:04; 145 — Levi Stoyer (R) pinned Tyler Carey, 3:58; 152 — Austin Matthews (R) pinned Dakota Geer, 2:23; 160 — Mike Millero (R) major dec. Derek Steetle, 15-7; 170 — Chris Matthews (F) major dec. Austin Moffett, 13-2; 182 — Jamar Henry (R) pinned Nathan Miller, 2:59; 195 — Daniel Geer (F) dec. Denton Zeronas, 7-1; 220 — Logan Rickert (R) tech. fall Jeff Rial, 16-1, 4:43; 285 — Gene Ringer (R) pinned Chris Poundfoot, 0:48; 106 — Seth Hogue (R) tech. fall Nathan Spielvogel, 15-0, 5:26. JV: Reynolds, 15-0.
Farrell High boys basketball team was like a boxer on the brink ... standing on wobbly legs, behind on all three judges’ cards, taking a standing-8 count from the referee.
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.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
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.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
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.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
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.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
Spence, Sailors roll past Mercer, 52-21
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
Long gone basketball league leaves a costly legacy
If you want to mark yourself as a graying old-timer, bring up the American Basketball Association – the professional league that featured large Afros, slam dunk contests, three-point baskets and a red, white and blue basketball.
Oh, yes, it also had a great collection of players - perhaps the best on the globe - who brought athleticism, skill and excitement to a game that had become somewhat stodgy in the more established National Basketball Association.
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