ä Conneaut Area 3, Farrell 2 — On Senior Night at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the Steelers (5-7) dropped a hard-fought 20-25, 28-26, 24-26, 25-19, 15-12 decision to the Eagles of Conneaut Area.
“The kids really played tough, hard and together,” said Farrell coach Dan Dragicevic. “I have to own this loss. I didn’t have them ready and made too many changes in practice.
“The kids did everything possible and everything we asked them to. I feel bad. This is the best they’ve played as a team all year. They hustled and busted their butts for 5 games.”
Farrell stats: Anthony Pegues 6 kills, 20 assists, 5 blocks; Austin Pickens 18 kills; Trevor Austin 12 digs; Tyrone Archie 6 kills, 20 digs; Jaylin Gavins 5 kills, 5 digs; Chase Smith 7 digs; Chase Butler 15 digs; Leon Lewis 5 digs; Angelo Jackson 5 blocks, 7 digs; Jacobi Green 5 blocks, 10 digs; Marcus McCoy 9 kills, 5 digs.
The Steelers travel to Erie on Thursday to face McDowell and then will participate in the District 10 playoffs at Meadville Area Senior High School’s “House of Thrills.”
JV: Conneaut Area, 25-18, 23-25, 18-16.
ä Wilmington 17, Lakeview 0 (5 inn.) — At Stoneboro, Kayleigh Shenker fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 3 strikeouts and 4 walks as the Lady Hounds (7-0, 13-2) rolled to the Region 2-AA win.
Lexi Donati led Wilmington at the plate with a home run, triple, 2 singles and 6 RBI. Also, Chelsea Rogel and Ashley Houk both doubled and had 2 singles, Alanna Elliott ripped a pair of doubles, Cassidy Marett had 3 singles and Courtney Cohen added 2 singles.
Kala Mahen started for the Lady Sailors and only lasted 1 inning. Bronwyn Brocklehurst and Robin Shearer posted the lone hits — back-to-back singles in the 2nd inning.
ä Hickory 11, Grove City 3 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets harvested their 2nd win in as many nights.
Southpaw Megan Chess checked the Grove City bats, while Mikhaila Layshock launched a grand-slam home run for Hickory (8-1 region, 11-1 overall) and Head Coach Tanya McClafferty.
Sabrina Black closed up from the circle for Hickory, which visits West Middlesex today.
ä Hickory 6, Wilmington 2 — On Senior Night at New Wilmington Monday, the visiting Lady Hornets plated all 6 of their runs with 2 outs as they beat Wilmington.
Chelsea Marriott earned the win. She fanned 9, issued 4 walks and gave up 8 hits. Offensively for Hickory, Marriott belted a 2-run homer, Morgan McBride doubled and singled, Madison Collier and Hannah Gallagher both had 2-baggers and Alyssa Kostka banged out 2 singles.
For Wilmington, Shenker struck out 3, walked 1 and gave up 10 hits for the ’Hounds. Shenker hit a solo home run, Donati and Marett both doubled and Rogel tallied a pair of singles.
ä West Middlesex 12, Sharpsville 4 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the Ms. Reds improved to a perfect 8-0 in Region 1-A and 10-2 overall with the win.
Jordyn Allen went the distance for WM. She struck out 13 batters, walked 6 and gave up 6 hits. At the dish for the Ms. Reds, Olivia Slater doubled, singled and drove in 4 runs, Aly Andrusky ripped a triple and 2 singles, Noelle Murray doubled, Allen had 2 singles and Hannah Havens added 3 singles.
Abby Piccirilli went the distance for Sharpsville. She struck out 3, issued 1 walk and gave up 13 hits. Offensively for the Lady Blue Devils, Eugena Davies and Leah Larocca had 2 singles each.
ä Jamestown 3, Sharon 2 — At Jamestown, Erynn Williams rifled a complete-game 4-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks as the Lady Muskies (4-3, 5-4) edged Sharon (2-6, 4-12) in a Region 2-AA clash.
Hannah George went the distance for the Lady Tigers. She struck out 8 batters, issued 1 free pass and only allowed 6 hits.
Maggie and Mallory Torr both had doubles for Sharon.
ä Kennedy Catholic 13, Farrell 1 (6 inn.) — At Farrell, Emilee Taylor fired a 1-hit gem with 14 strikeouts and 3 walks in leading KC past the Lady Steelers.
At the dish, Taylor ripped a double, 3 singles, stole 3 bases and drove in 3 runs. Also, Taylor Moore had 2 singles and an RBI and Donique Marsella collected a single, 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
Tyler Lampkins suffered the mound loss for Farrell and Phillips had the lone hit (single).
OHSAA Div. III SECTIONAL
ä Brookfield 8, Grand Valley 0 — Lauren Hawley hammered a homer and drove in half of the winning Lady Warriors’ runs, also tonking a two-bagger.
Winning pitcher Alisha Quinlan KO’d 3 in firing a complete-game 5-hitter and did not issue a walk. Destiny May manufactured a triple, also, in the 1st-round win.
Losing pitcher K.Poskey was victimized by a dozen hits. She whiffed 2 and walked 3.
Brookfield plays the Lady Golden Flashes in Champion today at 4:30 p.m.
ä Sharpsville 7, Hickory 2 — At Hermitage, George Keck twirled a 5-hitter with 6 strikeouts and no walks in leading the Blue Devils (7-6) past the Hornets.
Sharpsville held a slim 3-2 lead in the top of the 7th inning when Tanner Morris ripped a 2-run triple to break the game open. Also for the Devils, Morgan Titus had a 2-run double, Chris Enos ripped an RBI double and Mitch Fyffe registered an RBI-single.
Tommy Cannon doubled for Hickory and Brady Leunis collected a pair of singles. Patrick Moldovan went 6 innings on the mound for Hickory, which scored both of their runs in the 1st inning. Moldovan fanned 5, walked 7 and gave up 5 hits.
ä Commodore Perry 3, West Middlesex 0 — At Sheakleyville, host Commodore Perry pitcher Adam Bartnicki baffled the Big Reds.
Bartnicki, in a complete-game performance, fired a 4-hitter, walking only 1. Offensively for the Panthers (5-6, 7-6), Lou Emmett ripped an RBI-double, Bryar Wentling and Tyler Fattman added sac-fly ribbies, and Matt Jones doubled.
West Middlesex moundsman Trey Staunch, in 6 stanzas, scattered a handful of hits, walked 2 and allowed 3 earned runs. He struck out 7 for the Big Reds (8-4, 9-4).
ä Grove City 8, Slippery Rock 1 — At Slippery Rock Monday, GC’s Matt Gordon fired a complete-game 1-hitter with 9 strikeouts and 2 walks as the Eagles topped the Rockets.
Offensively for Grove City, Gordon had an RBI-single, Jordan Anderson doubled and scored 3 times, Jesse Hodge was 1-for-1 with 2 stolen bases and Doug Horner collected an RBI single.
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).
Full text of LeBron's essay in SI
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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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