ä Sharon 44, Girard 38 — At Tiger Gymnasium in Sharon, coach Maria Joseph’s Lady Tigers improved to 8-5 with an impressive non-region win over the Lady Yellowjackets (9-3).
Sharon led 7-3 at the end of the opening quarter, but trailed 18-11 at halftime. The Lady Tigers then outscored Girard 12-8 in the 3rd quarter and 21-12 in the 4th to capture the victory.
Tanayja Sanders posted a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double for Sharon while Mallory Torr contributed 13 points and 7 boards.
Maria Welch fired in a game-high 19 points to lead Girard, who is still coached by Larry Seneta (36th year, over 700 wins).
ä Kennedy Catholic 58, Cardinal Mooney 45 — In Hermitage Saturday afternoon, coach Chris Mele’s Lady Golden Eagles improved to 10-2 with the 13-point win over Cardinal Mooney.
Kennedy Catholic took a 14-8 lead after the opening quarter, led 29-22 at halftime and then outscored Mooney 29-23 in the 2nd half.
Taylor Hood and April Bocian both had 15 points to lead KC while Rebekah Kish and Taylor Zacherl had 11 points each.
Bocian had a double-double with 13 rebounds, Tatum Kress registered 11 boards and 6 assists, Alivia O’Brien dished out 3 assists and Hood had 3 steals.
Deminico had a game-high 18 points for Cardinal Mooney, which included 12-of-17 marksmanship from the charity stripe, and Yankle bucketed 16 points.
ä Slippery Rock 55, Greenville 31 — At “The Rock Box” in Slippery Rock, the Region 5-AAA Lady Rockets improved to 9-2 overall with the win over the Region 2-AA Lady Trojans (5-6).
Coach John Tabisz’s Slippery Rock squad led 25-7 after the opening quarter and rolled to victory.
Marissa Siebka fired in 16 points to lead the Lady Rockets and Nicole Papley added 14 markers.
Jillian Herrick was the leading point-getter for Greenville with 10.
ä Lakeview 65, Jamestown 16 — At Jamestown, the Lady Sailors (4-8) led 19-2 after the opening quarter and rolled to the non-region win.
Raygen Fischer scored 15 points to lead Lakeview while Caitlin Casciotti and Sam Womer had 10 points each.
Kaitlin Liszka and MiKayla Keyser had 4 points each for the winless Lady Muskies (0-12).
ä Grove City 66, George Junior Republic 44 — At “The Eagle’s Nest” in Grove City, coach Don Fee’s Eagles (6-2, 11-2) jumped out to a 19-9 lead after 8 minutes of play and rolled past the Tigers of George Junior Republic in a Region 5-AAA clash.
Danny Torok fired in 19 points to lead Grove City, Derek Turner scored 17 and Spencer Marnich added 10 markers.
Ron Pearson paced GJR (1-7, 3-9) with 15 points, Qayshawn Oliver bucketed 13 and Malik Gibson registered 11 points.
This game was originally scheduled for Jan. 7 but had been postponed due to the brutal cold temperatures on Jan. 6 and 7.
Grove City was off Friday night while GJR suffered a home loss to Hickory. The score of that game was identical to Saturday’s score.
ä Reynolds 59, Union City 50 (OT) — At Transfer, coach Dan Kilgore’s Raiders improved to 9-3 with the non-region overtime win against the Bears (6-7).
Union City led 12-10 after the opening 8 minutes and 27-22 at halftime, but Reynolds outscored the visitors 23-18 in the 2nd half to force OT. The Raiders then registered a 14-5 scoring differential in the extra session.
Garhett Frable rifled in 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double to lead Reynolds while Cory Woods added 13 points.
Lonnie Maynard scored 13 to pace Union City and Alex Hoban tallied a dozen markers.
Mercer VFW Tourney
Jamestown captured the team title and 6 area matmen won individual titles on Saturday during day 2 of the 1st annual Mercer VFW Tournament.
Hunter Goodlin (106) and Farris Messia (120) won titles for the Muskies, Luke Walter (132), Dalton Meals (138) and Jared Sample (145) grabbed individual crowns for Grove City and Jeffery Spencer took 1st place at heavyweight for West Middlesex.
Team standings were Jamestown (198), Mercer (169), Cochranton (146), Meadville (146), Grove City (144.5), Cambridge Springs (138.5), West Middlesex (113), Westmont-Hilltop (110), Franklin (105), Commodore Perry (70.5), Slippery Rock (52), Coudersport (48) and Bradford (22).
North East Tourney
The Sharon High matmen placed 3rd out of 20 teams on Saturday at the North East Tournament.
Redbank Valley won the team title with 208.5 points, followed by Kane (178), Sharon (145.5), North East (133) and Lakeview (126).
For Sharon, Marcus Coxson (113), Austin Alfreno (126), and Cory Buchanan (160) earned 2nd-place medals. Troy Hejazi (138) and Beau Dignall (182) finished 3rd and Nick McClimans (152) and Bryce Laughlin (195) both placed 5th.
ä Greenville 68, Bellwood Antis 6 — At Bellwood, Pa., the Trojans rolled over the Blue Devils in the dual meet.
Blake Reynolds (132), Gavin Wilkerson (138), Gage Gladysz (160) and Mason Horne (285) posted falls for Greenville and Derek Watt (145) won via tech fall.
Jeremy Wilson won the lone match for Bellwood Antis at 152 with a pin.
GEORGE JUNIOR 9 13 14 8 44
GROVE CITY 19 14 12 21 66
GEORGE JUNIOR REPUBLIC — Pearson 6-0-0-15, Oliver 5-3-5-13, Baker 1-0-2-3, Love 1-0-0-2, Gibson 4-2-6-11. 3-pt. goals: Pearson 3, Gibson 1. Totals: 17-5-13-44.
GROVE CITY — Cline 0-2-2-2, Marnich 4-2-2-10, Young 1-5-5-7, Turner 8-1-2-17, Torok 7-0-0-19, Record 0-2-2-2, Reznor 3-0-2-7, Polkabla 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Torok 5, Reznor 1. Totals: 24-12-15-66.
JV — GJR, 46-43.
UNION CITY 12 15 13 5 5 50
REYNOLDS 10 12 11 12 14 59
UNION CITY — Burgess 1-6-6-8, Mangel 4-0-0-8, Hoban 4-2-2-12, Russell 0-1-2-1, Maynard 3-4-6-13, Daugherty 2-0-0-4, Ossa 2-0-2-4. 3-pt. goals: Maynard 3, Hoban 2. Totals: 16-13-18-50.
REYNOLDS — Frable 10-6-8-26, Leipheimer 1-4-8-6, Woods 3-6-6-13, Reimold 0-0-1-0, McConnell 3-3-3-9, Beck 2-1-3-5. 3-pt. goal: Woods 1. Totals: 19-20-29-59.
JV — Reynolds, 44-28. Jake Hart 11 for Reynolds.
CARD. MOONEY 8 14 8 15 45
KENNEDY 14 15 12 17 58
CARDINAL MOONEY — Deminico 3-12-17-18, Welsh 0-0-0-0, Santisi 1-0-0-2, Yankle 4-6-7-16, Reardon 2-0-0-4, Ellis 0-0-0-0, Monahan 2-1-2-5. 3-pt. goals: Yankle 2. Totals: 12-19-26-45.
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Zacherl 4-3-4-11, Shannonhouse 0-0-0-0, Kress 2-2-3-6, Hood 7-0-2-15, Kish 4-1-2-11, O’Brien 0-0-0-0, Burns 0-0-0-0, Fusco 0-0-0-0, Scoccia 0-0-0-0, Bocian 5-5-8-15. 3-pt. goals: Kish 2, Hood 1. Totals: 22-11-19-58.
JV — KC, 43-17. Shannonhouse 14, Zacherl 10 for KC.
GREENVILLE 7 2 10 12 31
SLIPPERY ROCK 25 6 15 9 55
GREENVILLE — Fagley 2-0-0-4, Montalvo 2-2-3-6, Herrick 4-2-2-10, Leary 2-1-1-5, Holder 1-4-7-6. Totals: 11-9-13-31.
SLIPPERY ROCK — Whitmer 3-1-2-7, Siebka 6-2-3-16, Boyd 1-0-0-2, Dietz 1-0-0-2, Novak 1-0-0-2, McGonigle 0-0-0-0, Guy 1-0-0-2, Bertozzi 0-0-0-0, Campbell 3-1-2-7, Croll 0-3-4-3, Papley 6-1-2-14. 3-pt. goals: Siebka 2, Papley 1. Totals: 22-8-13-55.
JV — No score reported.
GIRARD 3 15 8 12 38
SHARON 7 4 12 21 44
GIRARD — Davenport 1-0-0-2, Byham 1-0-0-2, Bonnett 3-0-0-7, Welsh 8-1-1-19, Oas 0-1-2-1, Dunn 2-3-6-7. 3-pt. goals: Welsh 2, Bonnett 1. Totals: 15-5-9-38.
SHARON — Mal. Torr 4-3-4-13, Mag. Torr 1-4-6-6, Jacoway 0-0-0-0, McGranahan 1-0-0-2, Reed 1-0-0-3, D. Smith 2-2-2-6, Sanders 5-4-7-14. 3-pt. goals: Mal. Torr 2, Reed 1. Totals: 14-13-19-44.
JV — Girard, 18-16.
LAKEVIEW 19 19 11 16 65
JAMESTOWN 2 8 2 4 16
LAKEVIEW — Fischer 6-3-4-15, Riddle 2-5-9-9, Foster 2-0-0-5, Casciotti 2-6-7-10, M. Kasbee 2-1-3-5, Holland 3-0-0-6, McIntire 1-1-2-3, Womer 5-0-1-10, Gravatt 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goal: Foster 1. Totals: 24-16-26-65.
JAMESTOWN — Miller 1-0-0-2, Anderson 1-0-0-2, Liszka 2-0-0-4, Keyser 2-0-0-4, Gillespie 1-0-0-2, Harnett 1-0-0-2. Totals: 8-0-0-16.
JV — Lakeview, 34-28.
Mercer VFW Tourney
106: Hunter Goodlin (Jamestown) pinned Austin Armagost (CP) in 2:43.
113: Aaron Ehrgott (Meadville) dec. Logan Blackburn (Westmont-Hilltop), 5-2.
120: Farris Messia (Jamestown) pinned Ben Shaffer (Mercer), 1:40.
126: Kyle Luben (Meadville) pinned Nate Kline (Cochranton), 3:29.
132: Luke Walter (Grove City) dec. Jared Morrison (Cochranton), 8-2.
138: Dalton Meals (Grove City) dec. Jake Reaugh (Jamestown), 10-6.
145: Jared Sample (Grove City) dec. Devin Randall (Jamestown), 8-6.
152: Robert Boozer (Cochranton) dec. Chet Simoni (Grove City), 9-0.
160: Colton Noble (Cambridge Springs) maj. dec. Dalton Hilliard (Slippery Rock), 21-9.
170: Dakota Geer (Franklin) maj. dec. Louis Crawford (Meadville), 11-0.
182: Colin Barron (Westmont-Hilltop) dec. Eric Lucich (West Middlesex), 6-5.
195: Zach Stafford (Cambridge Springs) dec. Jon Hennegan (Mercer), 7-4.
220: Luke Carr (Meadville) dec. Jason Shappee (Jamestown), 1-0.
285: Jeffery Spencer (West Middlesex) pinned Brian Phillips (Mercer), 3:36.
GREENVILLE 68, BELLWOOD ANTIS 6
160 — Gage Gladysz (G) pinned Caleb Knisley, 3:18; 170 — Zachary Miller (G) dec. Nick Torsell, 6-1; 182 — Matthew Johnson (G) dec. Bruce Knisley, 6-2; 195 — Justin Reynolds (G) forfeit; 220 — James Wilkerson (G) dec. Ethan Hunter, 6-4; 285 — Mason Horne (G) pinned Cameron Nagle, :50; 106 — Michael Lineman (G) forfeit; 113 — Jase Paxton (G) forfeit; 120 — Joseph Safner (G) forfeit; 126 — Brandon Moss (G) forfeit; 132 — Blake Reynolds (G) pinned Josh Wilson, 3:57; 138 — Gavin Wilkerson (G) pinned Jonathan Waite, 1:18; 145 — Derek Watt (G) tech. fall Nate Claar, 16-0, 5:42; 152 — Jeremy Wilson (BA) pinned Jacob Rickert, 3:40. JV: No score reported.
Breese defends heavyweight title at PIAA Championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Move over Rod Wright!
Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
However after posting a game-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance in West Middlesex High basketball team’s 76-66 PIAA Class AA playoffs opening-round win over Neshannock Saturday night, Staunch said opponents may have been overlooking the Big Reds.
Hickory girls 26-0, oust Johnstown
SLIPPERY ROCK — At Morrow Field House Saturday evening, the Hickory Lady Hornets kept the perfect season alive with a 63-37 state playoff first round win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans from District 6.
“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
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