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January 18, 2014

Roundup: Steelers top Tigers, 76-63, in Region 5-AAA action

- — More than a half-century ago Red Auerbach revolutionized professional basketball with his introduction and emphasis of the significance of the sixth man. The Boston Celtics went on to win 11 National Basketball Association championships in 13 years.

Some things never change.

Farrell High boys basketball team was on the short end of a 20-13 differential at Sharon Friday night.

Enter Clifton McNair.

McNair manufactued 12 second-period points to jump-start the stagnant Steelers, then Malik Miller made 4 second-half treys, forging Farrell to a 76-63 Region 5-AAA win.

McNair made all 7 of his floor shots, and while his contribution was key, he wasn’t the lone Steelers standout.

Miller misfired on 5 of his 7 first-half field-goal attempts, but made 5 of 7 after intermission en route to a game-high 21-point performance. Ike Jones joined in with 18 points — on 9-for-12 shooting — and 8 rebounds, Tyrone Archie added 9 points and 8 rebounds, and point guard Jamel Brown boarded a game-high 10 times, while dishing out 9 dimes and scoring another 9.

Farrell (6-1, 11-1) was flawless from the floor during the 4th frame, as the Steelers sank all 9 shots. Farrell finished 33 for 60 from the field (55 percent) and outrebounded the Tigers 36-30.

“I think the guys are startin’ to realize that it has to be a complete team effort,” said Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse. “It’s not gonna be one or two guys that’s gonna win this thing for us; we need seven, eight ... maybe nine guys to contribute to get us a win.”

Illustrating Shannonhouse’s contention was Sharon’s scoring distribution.

During a frenetic 1st-half pace, Mark Henry had 19 points — 2 more than the remainder of his Tigers’ teammates combined. During the 2nd half, Henry had just 4 free throws and missed his only pair of field-goal attempts.

And while Henry had a game-high 23-point performance that also included 6 rebounds and 4 assists, only ’Bray Jennings joined him in double digits with 13 — 10 after intermission. Curtis Seay and Carnell Hawkins evenly divided 14 points and added 4 assists and 8 rebounds, respectively.

“We told (the Steelers) that has to be a focus of attention, try to take (Henry) away and make somebody else beat us,” Shannonhouse related. “I can’t speak about (Henry’s) fatigue, I don’t know how tired he was. But I thought if we kept the pressure on him that the legs would go sooner or later, and I think that’s what happened.”

Sharon (4-2, 7-4) shot 12 for 28 during the 1st half — during which there were 11 lead changes and 4 deadlocks — and the Tigers trailed just 43-36 by the break; however during the 2nd half Sharon shot only 9 for 24 and finished 21 for 49 (42.8) from the floor.

“I thought that Farrell adjusted to the crowd. We were a little too hyped,” admitted Tigers’ taskmaster Jason Rankin. “I think the crowd got us out of our game-plan at the start. We were lookin’ to press, but it was more like a ‘containment’ press.

“We were caught, many times, in the wrong position. ... we overplayed here, overplayed there, and (the Steelers) took advantage. I think it was our young guys’ first time playing in a real, big game,” Rankin added.

“You can say in practice all you want, ‘We’re down five, down ten whatever.’ But you put two thousand people in the gym ... kids, you don’t know which way they’re gonna go, and that’s exactly what happened,” Rankin said. “They weren’t a hundred percent sure.

“We kept saying during time-outs, ‘We don’t have a ten-point play, so keep playing one possession at a time and we’ll get back in.’ But we passed up some good shots and took some tough shots and tried to make things happen and turned it over,” Rankin assessed.

The Tigers turned over the ball 16 times, once more than Farrell. But the Steelers’ scoring balance and overall depth — Chris James joined McNair off the bench, contributing 4 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds — took a toll on the Tigers.

“What I wanted to do was make (the Steelers) work to shoot and score; the problem was that we didn’t score in the second half,” Rankin related. “We took some bad shots, and some of our younger guys kind’ve panicked and instead of executing the offense, took some ill-advised shots.

“(Farrell’s) too good for that, and they’re gonna make you pay,” Rankin continued, adding, “Roland said last year that he was one year away, and basically he was right — he’s here! They’re eleven-and-one for a reason. They’re a good team.”

The Steelers suffered their lone setback earlier in the week at Oil City, and the success at Sharon satisifed Shannonhouse’s sense of his Steelers’ resolve.

“No two ways about it,” Shannonhouse asserted. “If there was one for us to drop, it would be up there (Oil City) ... this (Sharon) is not the one you wanted to lose. The guys really responded well, even the very next day after the Oil City game, at practice. They knew we didn’t execute and didn’t do the things we needed to do to win.

“They came back and practiced hard, kept a good attitude, focused in, and came over to Sharon — hostile environment, adverse conditions, it’s such a rivalry game — and got a win. I can’t be more proud of them,” Shannonhouse emphasized. “It’s the mark of a mature team.”

Similar to the Steelers, Sharon has to get up off the mat — tonight in a non-league game against Canfield (8-2).

“We’ll use this as a learning tool,” Rankin remarked. “We’ve got ten  more games in the league. ... It’s not over by a long shot. We’re not out of it, and I’m sure Roland is tellin’ his kids it was a good win, but they haven’t won it yet. They very well may win it, but they still have a long way to go, too.

“We’ve gotta get better, it’s just that simple,” Rankin continued. “(The Steelers) were better than us (Friday night). I think their composure was a little bit stronger and they were able to take advantage of some mistakes we made, and that was the difference in the game.

“It’s part of life: You have a bad day you don’t quit your job, you’ve gotta come back to work the next day,” Rankin reasoned. “And I stressed that to (the Tigers). Today’s a good day to forget about this, just go out and play ...

“I’ve got ‘puppies.’ Sophomores, juniors who didn’t play last year. I’ve got two very good seniors, great kids and very solid players,” Rankin said. “But when you look at the other side (Farrell), five or six lettermen and you add another guy who was a pretty good player for another team (James transferred from District 10 Class A titlist Kennedy Catholic), it’s tough to match up.

“But by the end of the year, if it means something and we go down there (Farrell), hey, we’ll be ready to play ’cause we’ll have had a whole year under our belt. We’ll keep pluggin’ and get better one day at a time,” Rankin concluded. — By Ed Farrell. Herald assistant sports editor.


ä Hickory 66, George Junior Republic 44 —
At Grove City, coach Geoff Evans’ visiting Hornets improved to 5-2 in Region 5-AAA and 9-2 overall with the win over the Tigers (1-6, 3-8).

Anthony Cannone buried 5 treys en route to a game-high 25 points for Hickory while Nick Tantuo bucketed 13. Also for the Hornets, Brandon Rhoades and Andrew Pryts grabbed 9 rebounds each and Cannone had 5 boards.

Ron Pearson led the way for George Junior Republic with 18 points. Qayshawn Oliver and Quadir McNeil had 7 rebounds each for the Tigers.

ä Greenville 63, Sharpsville 50 — At Greenville, the Trojans led 22-14 after the 1st quarter and 31-27 at the break, but outscored the Blue Devils 17-9 in the 3rd quarter to pull away for their first Region 2-AA win of the season.

Aaron Emmett fired in 18 points to lead Greenville (1-5, 7-6) while Ben Reiser scored 14 and dished out 7 assists, Trey VanAken bucketed 12 and Matt Jones added 6 assists and 9 rebounds.

Kyle Kennedy scored 13 for Sharpsville (3-3, 6-7) and Sage Barringer bucketed 12.

ä West Middlesex 51, Wilmington 44 — At West Middlesex, the host Big Reds recorded the Region 2-AA win in a battle of Route 18 neighbors who had been undefeated in league play.

But the Big Reds roared to a 17-8 first-quarter lead, and it was a wire-to-wire win for West Middlesex (5-0, 8-4), which has won 5 straight.

Trey Staunch scored 16 points for the defending District 10 titlists, while Andrew Long lent 13.

“It was nice to win at home. It was a good game, and we’re just movin’ on from it,” mused Middlesex mentor Chad Mild.

For Wilmington (4-1, 8-4), Travis Brumbaugh bucketed a game-high 17  points and Rocco Fagan fired in 10.

ä Kennedy Catholic 58, Commodore Perry 40 — At Hermitage, the Golden Eagles (3-0, 6-5) trailed 12-8 after the opening 8 minutes, but rallied in the 2nd quarter to snap a 2-game losing streak.

KC lost at Cochranton on Monday (51-30) and fell to Central Tech (75-46) on Wednesday.

Andre Campbell fired in 24 points, dished out 6 assists and had 8 steals for Kennedy Catholic while Sam Crow tallied a dozen points.

Jeremiah Small scored 17 to pace CP and Tyler McCracken added 11 points.

ä VisionQuest 88, Jamestown 20 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, the visiting Eagles (2-1, 3-8) jumped out to a 19-4 lead after the opening 8 minutes and never looked back in beating the winless Muskies (0-4, 0-10) in a Region 1-A affair.

Marcus Foster rifled in 28 points for VisionQuest and Jessie Robinson added 23. Brown (14) and Dark (10) also scored in double digits for the visitors from Franklin.

Kyle Melton scored 7 points for Jamestown and Todd Dupree had 6.


ä Grove City 70, Titusville 34 —
At Grove City, the host Lady Eagles eased to the Region 5-AAA road rout in the makeup game.

Grove City garnered a 28-6 first-quarter lead and never trailed.

Breanna Deyamin deposited 18 points and Jordyn Wyllie went for another 11 for the Lady Eagles (3-2, 8-5).

Titusville (0-5, 3-10) was le dby Donovan’ 10 tallies.

ä Rocky Grove 61, Jamestown 28 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown Thursday night, the Lady Muskies fell to 0-2 in Region 1-A and 0-11 overall with the loss to RG (1-1, 7-6).

Aleece Schiffer rifled in 20 points to lead the Lady Orioles and Amber Nerlich scored 17.

Kaitlyn Liszka was the leading scorer for Jamestown with 8 points.


1st Mercer VFW Tournament

A total of 28 area wrestlers have advanced to today’s semifinals at the 1st annual Mercer VFW Wrestling Tournament in the County seat.

Jamestown leads in team points with 89. They are followed by Mercer (76), Cochranton (74), Grove City (70.5), Cambridge Springs (61), Meadville (47), West Middlesex (46), Westmont-Hilltop (45), Franklin (44), Commodore Perry (33.5), Slippery Rock (20), Coudersport (19.5) and Bradford (10).

Here are today’s semifinal pairings:

103: Hunter Goodlin (Jamestown) vs. Austin King (Mercer); Austin Armagost (Comm. Perry) vs. Devan Davis (Cochranton).

113: Aaron Ehrgott (Meadville) vs. Mitchell Murray (West Middlesex); Preston Hoover (Mercer) vs. Logan Blackburn (Westmont-Hilltop).

120: Farris Messai (Jamestown) vs. Shane Reiser (Cochranton); Nate Spielvogel (Franklin) vs. Ben Shaffer (Mercer).

126: Kyle Luben (Meadville) vs. John Mott (Comm. Perry); Drake Dorian (Westmont-Hilltop) vs. Nate Kline (Cochranton).

132: Luke Walter (Grove City) vs. Brock Ridgeway (Meadville); Trevor Fowler (Mercer) vs. Jared Morrison (Cochranton).

138: Jake Reaugh (Jamestown) vs. Brandon Dick (West Middlesex); Dalton Meals (Grove City) vs. Brock Wilson (Coudersport).

145: Jared Sample (Grove City) vs. Jake Yarnell (Cochranton); Devin Randall (Jamestown) vs. Tony Leonard (Comm. Perry).

152: Robert Boozer (Cochranton) vs. Zach Krein (Cambridge Springs); Eli Rutter (Mercer) vs. Chet Simoni (Grove City).

160: Colton Noble (Cambridge Springs) vs. Kenny Bable (Grove City); Dalton Hillard (Slippery Rock) vs. Garrett Morgan (Jamestown).

170: Dakota Geer (Franklin) vs. Troy Sagulla (Mercer); Devin Simpson (Cambridge Springs) vs. Louis Crawford (Meadville).

182: Mohamed Messai (Jamestown) vs. Eric Lucich (West Middlesex); Nate Miller (Franklin) vs. Colin Baron (Westmont-Hilltop).

195: Zach Stafford (Cambridge Springs) vs. Zane Wolf (Slippery Rock); Jon Hennegan (Mercer) vs. William Shappee (Jamestown).

220: Jason Shappee (Jamestown) vs. Lane Hall (Cochranton); Luke Carr (Meadville) vs. Ryan East (Cambridge Springs).

285: Jeffery Spencer (West Middlesex) vs. Evan Miller (Cochranton); Brian Phillips (Mercer) vs. Mike McCool (Franklin).


ä Titusville 122, Sharon 39 —
At Sharon Thursday, the Rockets rolled past the Tigers.

200 MR: Deeter Leach, Pettit Mehlenbacher (T), 2:01.40.

200 free: Luke Tomasello (S), 2:07.10.

200 IM: Dylan Cerroni (S), 2:09.59.

50 free: Ryan Burton (T), 25.75.

100 fly: Pettit (T), 59.28.

100 free: Cerroni (S), 50.85.

500 free: Pettit (T), 5:26.03.

200 relay: Mac Coat, Cody Sines, Logan Sines, Leach (T), 1:49.88.

100 back: Austin Deeter (T), 1:04.57.

100 breast: Jay Bleday (T), 1:12.13.

400 relay: Deeter, Sines, Mehlenbacher, Pettit (T), 4:01.96.

ä Grove City 106, Hickory 39 — At Hickory recently, the Hornets notched a pair of 1st-place finishes in the loss. Hickory results are:

200 free: Connor Smith, 2nd

200 IM: Ryan Elsey, 1st.

50 free: Kevin Hartenstein, 1st.

200 free relay: Patrick Durisko, Vinnie Currie, Sam Kirila, Connor Smith, 2nd.

100 breast: Ryan Elsey, 2nd.

200 free relay: Parker Redmond, Hartenstein, Elsey, Vinnie Currie, 2nd.


ä Titusville 128, Sharon 31 —
At Sharon, the Lady Rockets completed the boys-girls sweep of the Tigers.

200 MR: Foley Hutchinson, Leach Klingler (T), 2:14.69.

200 free: Ava Young (T), 2:13.81.

200 IM: Megan Bowser (T), 2:39.03.

50 free: Tori Baldwin (T), 29.72.

100 fly: Cara Hutchinson (T), 1:12.62.

100 free: Brienna Roys (S), 1:04.75.

500 free: Sarah Hasbrouck (T), 6:32.

200 relay: Foley, Young, Bowser, Leach (T), 1:52.75.

100 back: Natalie Klingler (T), 1:15.12.

100 breast: Anna Beckert (S), 1:20.47.

400 relay: Whiting, Neely, Seib, Kinney (T), 3:52.89.

ä Hickory 87, Grove City 73 — At Hickory recently, the Lady Hornets notched the win as Breah Quatkemeyer led the way with 3 2nd-place finishes and a 1st. Hickory results:

200 MR: Breah Quatkemeyer, Haley Boyd, Devin Havens, Delaney Takoch, 2nd.

200 free: Takoch, 2nd.

200 IM: Havens, 1st.

50 free: Quatkemeyer, 2nd.

100 butterfly: Javens, 2nd.

100 free: Quatkemeyer, 2nd.

500 free: Takoch, 1st.

200 free relay: Annalise Bianco, Paige Brown, Chelsea Panin, Kayla Stuart, 2nd.

100 breast: Brown, 2nd.

400 free relay: Takoch, Javens, Stuart, Quatkemeyer, 1st; Patricia McQuiston, Brenna Milankovich, Ronnie Stefanik, Bianco, 2nd.

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