Testing the waters of a competitive non-conference schedule ultimately benefits a basketball team.
Such was the case during Thursday night’s District 10 Region 1-A girls tilt, as host Kennedy Catholic conquered Commodore Perry, 69-32.
Taylor Hood had a game-high 17-point, 9-assist, 7-rebound line to key Kennedy Catholic (2-0, 9-2), which has lost to Neshannock and Hollidaysburg, but beaten Franklin, Ursuline and Grove City, as well as Keystone, Ford City, Rochester and Beaver.
It was a wire-to-wire win for the Lady Golden Eagles, who erupted for a 25-4 first-quarter lead and were not challenged.
“I’m happy with where we’re at,” 1st-year KC Head Coach Chris Mele mused. “We’ve played a lot of road games, and that’s made us a better team. Our (non-conference) schedule’s been brutal, which has really, really helped us in the region, which has been good.”
In addition to Hood, Bekah Kish connected for a trio of treys to fire in 15 points, while April Bocian brokered an 8-point, 8-rebound, 6-blocked shots line. Also, Tatum Kress contributed 9 points, 5 caroms and 2 assists, and Liv O’Brien, who scored 6 and distributed another 4 assists.
“That’s one thing about this club — a very, very unselfish team ... sometimes to a fault,” assessed Mele. “Sometimes we’ll pass up a shot to get it to someone else. But that’s the mark of a good team. It’s fun coaching them.”
Kennedy Catholic connected on 24 of 56 floor shots (42.8 percent), but also sometimes became cavalier with its ballhandling. KC committed 15 miscues.
“(Thursday) night, we were a little bit sloppy at times, but Commodore Perry had a lot to do with that,” Mele said in praise of the Lady Panthers. “They’re always hustling and they play hard, so I tip my hat to them. They’re gonna be a team to reckon with in the (region).
“If we limit our turnovers, I think we’re a better basketball team,” Mele continued. “And that’s one thing we’ve gotta come out of this win with: Limit your turnovers. ... But, yeah, I’m very pleased with where we’re at.”
Commodore Perry (2-1, 8-5) had a 5-game win skein snapped.
“Commodore Perry’s a very good team,” Mele praised. “Coach Bob Messina does a really nice job with them. I’ve watched some of the opponents they’ve played. They’re for real, so give them credit. They work hard, have got some good players.
“I told coach before, ‘One thing we’re not gonna do is take Commodore Perry lightly,’ ” Mele continued. “(Messina’s) built a nice program there, the girls believe in him, and I think it was a credit to our girls, not losing focus on this team. It was good.”
The Lady Panthers were paced by Sarah Nagy, who notched 11 points and snared 7 caroms, Steph Vaughn, who scored 9 points, while Emily Kitchen collared a game-high 9 caroms and dished out a team-high 3 assists. However CP produced only 9-for-46 shooting from the field and was guilty of 20 turnovers. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Slippery Rock 33, Grove City 32 — At Grove City Thursday night, the visiting Rockets improved to 4-1 in Region 5-AAA by holding off Grove City (2-2, 7-5).
Grove City had a chance to win on the final possession of the game but a short runner in the lane by Hailey Hall missed with four seconds left and Slippery Rock's Jenna Whitmer secured the defensive rebound to seal the win.
“I thought the last possession, we played very well,” Slippery Rock head coach John Tabisz said. “This is Grove City-Slippery Rock. I knew it would be close. We did what we had to do to get the win and I’ll take that.”
Nicole Papley led Slippery Rock (8-2 overall) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Slippery Rock led 16-12 at halftime and did not trail in the second half.
Sophomore Brenna Deyarmin paced Grove City with 12 points while Alexis Deyarmin added six points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Grove City shot 13 for 38 (34 percent) from the floor while Slippery Rock went 12 of 35 (34 percent). Slippery Rock did hit four of its eight three-point attempts, led by Papley’s 3-for-5 effort. Grove City missed each of its five three-point attempts.
Slippery Rock owned a 27-23 edge in rebounds. Grove City committed just 10 turnovers while Slippery Rock had 16. Riley McGonigle recorded three assists for Slippery Rock and Grove City senior Arianna Sprando had three assists for the Eagles.
The setback marked Grove City’s second one-point defeat of the week. Monday night, Franklin earned a 45-44 win at Grove City after the Eagles could not covert on the final possession of the game.
“We knew that the region was going to be like this coming into the season,” Grove City head coach T.L. Eller said. “Obviously, it’s been a tough week for us, losing two close region games like that. We’ve proven that we can play with these teams. We’re seeing great improvement.” — By Herald correspondent Ryan Briggs.
ä Hickory 68, Oil City 35 — At Oil City’s “House of Hustle,” coach Jeanette Whitehead’s visiting Lady Hornets (5-0, 13-0) continued to roll past Region 5-AAA competition.
Nikki Arbanas drained 4 treys and finished with 30 points for Hickory. She also had 8 steals and 4 assists.
Also for the Lady Hornets, Holly Grober registered 8 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks, Jasmine Shephard dished out 3 assists and Nicole Lacava grabbed 9 rebounds. As a team, Hickory had 15 steals.
Riley Davis led the Lady Oilers (1-4, 8-4) with 10 points.
ä Reynolds 42, Farrell 28 — At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders recorded the Region 1-A rout, as Brooke Bresnan bucketed a game-high 11 points, Rose Stoyer scored 10, Alex Napadano notched a team-high 7 rebounds, and Kayla Thompson dished out a handful of assists for Reynolds (1-1, 2-10).
“We’re finally starting to play some Class A teams. We had a brutal schedule, playing double-A and triple-A,” related Reynolds Head Coach Wilbur Juranovich. “The girls always give the effort, and they believe in themselves.
“We’re realistic,” Juranovich continued. “We know we can play and win eight out of ten games in our region, and we’re gonna battle to try to win all eight of those. If it doesn’t work out, it won’t be for lack of effort.”
For Farrell (1-2, 3-9), Tatyana Page produced 9 points.
ä Sharpsville 45, Lakeview 36 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Blue Devils decisioned the Lady Sailors in the Region 2-AA affair.
Sharpsville outscored the Lady Sailors 16-9 during the final frame.
Emily Anderson annexed a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Blue Devils (2-3, 5-7), while Madison Przicina produced a 17-point, 4-steal outing and Eugena Davies distributed a half-dozen assists for Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley.
Leading Lakeview (0-6, 3-8) Hailee Foster fired in 10 and Sam Womer went for another 9.
ä Wilmington 74, West Middlesex 57 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Lady Greyhounds garnered the Region 2-AA road rout, outscoring the Ms. Reds 41-22 after intermission.
For Wilmington (4-1, 10-3), Tessa Sikora scored a game-high 20 points, Cassidy Marett mustered 14, and Hannah Drake drilled 13, while Alana Elliott and Dakota Naples evenly divided another 16.
For Middlesex (2-2, 7-7), Morgan Atterholt annexed 15 points and 16 rebounds for a double-double, Noelle Murray manufactured 10 markers, and Alyson Pierce produced a 7-point, 8-assist, 5-steal line.
ä Pymatuning Valley 43, Brookfield 34 — At Brookfield, the visiting Lady Lakers remained undefeated.
Py Valley produced a 30-17 lead through 3 periods before Brookfield burst for 17 points in an ill-fated 4th-frame comeback bid.
Geena Gabriel garnered a game-high 15 points for PV (13-0), while Kelsea Brown bucketed another 15. Gabriel and Brown collaborated for 20-for-27 free-throw shooting.
Brookfield (10-4) was led by Ashley Kirila, who connected for 14 points, but the Lady Warriors were guilty of 17 miscues and shot just 14-for-40 from the floor. Delaney Saxton secured a 6-point, 8-rebound, 3-assist line for Brookfield, also.
ä Mercer 34, Lakeview 30 — In the County Seat, the host Mustangs mustered the Region 2-AA win, outscoring the visiting Sailors 13-5 during the decisive 4th frame.
Logan Clarke collected a game-high 14 points for Mercer (2-4, 6-7) and mentor Doug Schmid.
Brandon Rice recorded a dozen points to lead Lakeview (1-4, 5-8)
ä Greenville 73, Ashtabula-Edgewood 6 — At Greenville, the Trojans rolled to the win.
Brandon Moss (120), Gavin Wilkerson (138), Jacob Rickert (152), Gage Gladysz (160), James Wilkerson (195) and Randall Peabody (220) posted falls for the Trojans.
ä West Middlesex 39, Commodore Perry 36 — At Sheakleyville, the Big Reds (2-8) edged the Panthers.
Jason Ash (160) and Joey Trippy (170) registered falls for WM.
Austin Armagost (106) and John Herman (132) had falls for CP.
ä Hickory 52. Lakeview 24 — At Stoneboro Wednesday, the visiting Hornets of coach Carl Wombacker notched 5 pins and a couple of forfeits en route to the victory.
Recording falls for Hickory were John Sims (170), Robbie Thomas (182), Dominic Vadala (106), Justin Walter (113) and Mason Dean (126).
Picking up pins for the Sailors of coach Tom Tingley were Owen Clayton (120), Marquis Spence (195), Andrew Clayton (220) and Sam Breese (285).
ä Warren Harding 1897, Brookfield 1456 — At Crest Lanes, Harding was led by Briana Nolen (202 high game). For Brookfield it was: Jessica Neral (150), Kourtney Husnick (123) and Christine Lowers (138).
ä Warren Harding 2097, Brookfield 1585 — At Crest Lanes, Jason Nolen notched games of 234 and 277 and James Nolen rolled 267 and 214 for Harding. Also, Addison Daugherty delivered a 244 game for the Raiders.
Brookfield was led by Nick Kerr, Bradley Bridge and Michael Katko, who rolled respective high games of 179, 176 and 173, while Adam Brooks threw a 162.
ä Titusville 122, Sharon 39 — At Sharon, 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 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.
Testing the waters of a competitive non-conference schedule ultimately benefits a basketball team.
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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.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
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
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
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.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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