Split lips ... sprained wrists ... bruises and contusions. Just another night in District 10 Region 5-AAA boys’ basketball.
Perhaps it’s fortuitous that many Mercer County schools are on a 2-hour delay this morning, owing to frigid temperatures. Ice will be the order for several players this morning to help with the healing process.
“Both sides weren’t givin’ in. It was just a matter of which one was going to stay the most disciplined to their system,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse, following Farrell High’s 69-57 win over Hickory Tuesday night.
At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, Malik Miller sustained a bruise to his shooting hand and Dewayne Burns a laceration to his mouth, while Jamel Brown was DQ’d on personal fouls. So Chris James enjoyed his initial breakout game for Farrell.
James, a Kennedy Catholic High transfer, scored a season-high 15 points for Farrell (7-1, 12-1) — 9 during the decisive 4th frame.
“Chris James did a wonderful job, great job, of keeping control of the game, controlling the ball and getting us some easy points,” Shannonhouse praised. “When we were struggling offensively, he came in and did an unbelievable job.
“We’ve been emphasizing that all nine, ten guys have gotta contribute,” Shannohouse said. “No one can take a night off. They’ve all gotta be ready to go, they’ve gotta be ready to contribute. So far, so good.”
Joining James (8 rebounds, 2 assists), were Miller (16 points, including a trio of treys, plus 3 assists), Clifton McNair (game-high 18 points on 9-for-12 shooting, plus 5 rebounds), Burns (8 points) and Tyrone Archie (6 points, 7 rebounds).
Farrell forged a pair of 15-point 1st-quarter leads and closed the quarter up 24-10 before the ’Stingers responded with a 21-point 2nd stanza.
Donté Green’s give to Brandon Rhoades and the latter’s subsequent free throw drew Hickory within 34-31 with 19.3 ticks to play in the half. Burns’ corner triple staked the Steelers to a 37-31 margin at intermission.
After sinking a triple early in the 3rd period, Miller missed most of the quarter with a contusion and did not score another field goal; Burns exited late in the same period due to a cut, and Brown incurred his 5th personal foul with 3:13 remaining. But James and McNair (6 fourth-period points) were the Steelers’ salvation.
Aaron Conley collected an 18-point, 9-rebound outing for Hickory (5-3, 9-3), including 11 second-half points. Also, Green garnered an 8-point, 6-rebound, 5-assist line, Bubba Pryts produced 10 points and a handful of rebounds, Nick Tantuo tallied a 9-point, 4-rebound, 3-assist outing, while Rhoades ripped down a half-dozen caroms.
However Hornets’ leading scorer Anthony Cannone could not connect from the floor, misfiring on all l1 of his floor shots and finished with 5 points.
“I thought our defense was good enough, I thought we played well defensively,” Shannonhouse assessed. “We didn’t do anything different, just played our normal defense, but switched some people up on him, tried to keep some fresh legs on him. We wanted to push him out (from the basket) a little bit.
“(The Hornets) fought hard and we fought hard,” Shannonhouse said. “I think, being at home, with the home crown, home-court advantage, may have helped us out a little bit, kept the guys positive, ’cause you know (Hickory) was gonna make runs.
“That’s what really helped us the most — we didn’t put our head down when they made a run; we stayed positive and hung on,” Shannonhouse said.
The Steelers swept the regular-season home-and-home series, having won at The Hive (67-62) prior to the holidays. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä George Junior Republic 61, Slippery Rock 42 — At Grove City, the Tigers (2-7, 4-9) snapped a 5-game losing streak with the 19-point Region 5-AAA win over the Rockets (1-8, 4-9).
Qayshawn Oliver fired in 16 points for GJR, Tamair Holloway scored 11 and both Ron Pearson and Malik Gibson had 10 points each. Also for GJR, Hadari Baker had 7 points, 8 assists, 5 steals and 6 rebounds and Gibson ripped down 13 boards.
Brady Kadlubek paced Slippery Rock with a game-high 17 points and Ryan Dutton added 11 markers.
ä Meadville 53, Sharon 30 — At Meadville Area Senior High’s “House of Thrills,” the Bulldogs (3-5, 5-8) notched the mild upset over the Tigers (4-3, 7-6).
Meadville jumped out to a 17-9 lead after the opening stanza, led 30-16 at the break and rolled to the Region 5-AAA victory.
Jake Gregor scored 11 points for Meadville and Jason Clune added 10.
Aubray Jennings fired in a game-high 18 points to lead Sharon. Mark Henry, the Tigers’ leading scorer, is still nursing a twisted ankle that he suffered in Saturday’s loss to Canfield.
ä West Middlesex 77, Sharpsville 52 — At West Middlesex, coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds improved to 6-0 in Region 2-AA and 9-4 overall with the win over the Blue Devils (3-4, 6-8).
Trey Staunch rifled in a season-high 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for WM, which is ranked 10th in Class AA by The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Also for WM, Ryan Dogan buried 3 treys en route to 12 points and Josh Porterfield added 10 markers.
Sage Barringer led Sharpsville with 14 points, Greg Popatak scored 13 and Kyle Kennedy bucketed 11.
ä Mercer 66, Reynolds 63 (OT) — At the County Seat, the host Mustangs mustered the Region 2-AA win, as Jake Schmid scored 6 of his 12 points during the extra session.
Reynolds roared to a 25-14 first-quarter lead before the Steads staged a rally and drew within 36-32 by the break.
The Raiders recorded a 45-43 lead entering the final frame, but Mercer mustered another comeback, led by Jon Scheidhauer’s 4 points.
For Mercer (3-4, 7-7), Logan Clarke collected 21 points, while Scheidhauer, Schmid and Trenton Fowler fired in 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Reynolds (3-3, 9-4) was led by Cory Woods, who went for a game-high 28-point performance that included 6 shots from beyond the arc. Also, Garhett Frable fired in 14, and Jake Leipheimer lent another 14, including 2 treys.
ä Greenville 40, Lakeview 35 — At Greenville, coach Todd Nehlen’s Trojans (2-5, 8-6) jumped out to a 12-4 lead after the opening 8 minutes and held on for the Region 2-AA win.
Aaron Emmett scored 15 points to lead Greenville while Brandon Rice had 13 for Lakeview (1-5, 5-9).
“It was a really good defensive game by all the kids,” said Nehlen. “Luke (Houpt) really stepped up. He hit a big three at a crucial point and he couldn’t even walk at practice yesterday. He twisted his ankle for the second time this season and really gave us solid minutes.”
ä Kennedy Catholic 85, Rocky Grove 70 — At Hermitage, the Golden Eagles remained a perfect 4-0 in Region 1-A play and improved to 7-5 overall with the win over the Orioles (1-2, 3-9).
Andre Campbell matched a season high with 24 points for KC while Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow scored 19 each and Nolan Cianci contributed 10 markers.
James Davis and Gannoe had 16 points each for RG while while White had 15 and Kirwin added 11.
ä Springfield Local 51, Brookfield 35 — At Brookfield, the host Warriors went cold from the field, as Brookfield brokered only 12 buckets.
Springfield Local (7-4), which led from the outset, was paced by Graham Mincher’s 17 markers.
For Brookfield (8-5), Nate Johnson scored 11.
ä Greenville 57, Wilmington 46 — At Greenville Monday night, the Lady Trojans (3-2, 6-6) notched the Region 2-AA upset vs. the Lady Hounds (4-2, 10-5).
Greenville led 14-10 after the opening quarter and 27-25 at halftime. The game was tied at 42-all after 3 quarters and the Lady Trojans would outscored the Hounds 15-4 in the final frame.
Casslyn Holder rifled in a game-high 19 points to lead Greenville while Tess Sikora bucketed 13 for Wilmington.
ä Rocky Grove 45, Commodore Perry 35 — At Sheakleyville Monday night, the visiting Lady Orioles overcame a 2-point 1st frame to post the Region 1-A road win.
Schiffer scored a game-high 17 points to pace The Grove (2-1, 8-6), wile Amber Nerlich notched another 12.
Commodore Perry (2-2, 8-6) did not feature a double-digit scorer.
Rocky Grove got the better of the free-throw line, sinking 15 of 23, compared with Commodore Perry’s 7 of 15.
The Brookfield Warrior wrestling team competed in the 45th Howland Invitational Wrestling Tournament over the weekend. The Warriors placed 3, including senior 170-pound star Zach Jamieson who placed 2nd.
Unfortunately, he suffered a broken wrist in the finals and fell to 18-1 on the season. He may be out for the rest of the year.
Sophomore Zach Hackett (195) also lost in the finals, moving to 13-6. Senior Rico Rotunno (132) placed 3rd to go to 13-7 on the season.
ä Franklin 69, Sharon 51 — At The Franklin YMCA Monday, the Tigers fell to the Knights.
1st place winners for the Tigers were: Dylan Cerroni (200IM, 2:14.71 and 500 free, 5:10.16); Travis Shirley (100 back, 1:42.72) and Luch Tomasello (200 free, 2:06.73).
ä Franklin 91, Sharon 50 — At Franklin Monday, the Lady Knights completed the sweep.
Leah Gaston (100 back, 1:43.22), Brienna Roys (100 breast, 1:44.16) and the team of Savannah Barber, Gaston, Anna Beckert and Keri Mulvey (400 medley relay, 5:2108) were 1st-place winners for Sharon.
In Tuesday’s edition of The Herald, Kennedy Catholic’s Evita Scoccia had 6 rebounds and 4 assists in a 62-43 girls basketball win at Farrell. Her name was erroneously listed as Angelica.
Split lips ... sprained wrists ... bruises and contusions. Just another night in District 10 Region 5-AAA boys’ basketball.
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move
ONE OF THE strangest NFL moves I’ve seen in a long time involved the Philadelphia Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is one of the top wide receivers in the league and a danger to score every time he touches the ball, including punt returns. But the big question is: Why was he just released? Couldn’t they find a trade at least to get some value back?
WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
Buddy Guerino Tourney winding down
Hoops action continued on Friday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Tournament at Sharpsville High and Elementary Schools.
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