MERCER COUNTY —
The defending champion Reynolds High Raiders are the top seed for the District 10 Wrestling Class AA Dual Meet Championships, set for Saturday, Feb. 1, at Sharon High School.
Eight teams will compete in the tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. Quarterfinals at 9 show the Raiders of coach Casey Taylor facing Youngsville, while Saegertown takes on Cambridge Springs.
At 11 a.m., No. 2 seed Fort LeBoeuf faces Cochranton, while No. 3 Greenville meets Franklin.
Semifinals are slated for 3 p.m. and the championship match and consolation finals (semifinals losers) set for 5.
Three teams advance into further tournament action. The D-10 champ moves on to the PIAA State Duals in Hershey the following weekend. The runner-up and No. 3 finisher will compete Monday for a right to move to state.
The second-place team will be host to District 7 No. 3, while the D-10 3rd team travels to the District 9 runner-up.
Reynolds has won the D-10 title 11 of the first 14 years. The only other team to win has been Fort LeBoeuf. In last year’s finals, Reynolds defeated LeBoeuf in a thriller, 28-24.
At state last season, the Raiders lost in the finals to Bethlehem Catholic, which is again the top-ranked team in the state.
The 4-team District 10 AAA Duals will be held Wednesday at Erie Central Tech. Seeded teams are 1 McDowell, 2 Cathedral Prep, 3 Gen. McLane and 4 Meadville.
The halftime interlude can be integral to a team’s success.
Sharon High girls’ basketball team remained in its locker room for only approximately 2è minutes Thursday night, then the Lady Tigers conducted an on-court, impromptu pow-wow before commencing the 2nd half.
Seniors Tanayja Sanders and Mallory Torr took the Tigers by the tale, so to speak, resulting in a 66-56 Region 2-AA win over Wilmington.
Sanders scored 14 second-half points and Torr tallied 7 as Sharon (6-1, 10-5) surged to its 7th straight success and 9th in its last 10 outings.
“ ... I have no idea what that little pow-wow was all about,” admitted Lady Tigers’ taskmaster Maria Joseph, who added, “I know I liked it.
“I kept it short and sweet with them. They’re mature enough to know what they’re doing right and wrong. ... Bringing them together as a team is something a coach likes to see.”
Maggie Torr took a pass from her sister and drilled a trey from the corner with 3.6 ticks to play in the 1st half, enabling the Lady Tigers to tie Wilmington at 26-all.
After intermission Sanders, situated on the low block, dominated (finishing with 19 points, 17 rebounds), while Mallory Torr and Delisa Smith — who scored all 10 of her points — offset Alanna Elliott’s 16-point performance that included 4 fielders from beyond the arc. Also, Mallory Torr tallied the front end of a trio of 1-and-1 bonus free-throw situations and finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
“That’s what seniors are for,” Joseph said regarding Mal Torr, Sanders, Kelsie McGranahan and Leah Smith. “It’s the last time they’re gonna play Wilmington at home, it’s the last time they’re gonna play these teams, unless you see ’em in the playoffs, and they responded.”
Elliott ended with 18 points for Wilmington (4-3, 10-6). Enabled by Elliott, Wilmington was making a run, but Maggie Torr tallied a triple with 1:39 left, staking Sharon to a 61-55 lead it never relinquished.
Junior Kristina Jacoway joined in with a 6-point, 9-assist, 10-rebound line despite some personal-foul problems that limited her 4th-quarter minutes.
“She doesn’t get a lot of acknowledgement, but she just plays hard,” Joseph praised. “She does the little things, she’s all over the place. She’s quick, she’s athletic, she defends, she rebounds. She’s a good, all-around player. Great player to have on the team.”
Eliminating Elliott’s 6-for-9 long-range shooting, Wilmington was 5 for 18 from the floor during the 2nd half and the Lady Greyhounds were guilty of 11 turnovers — 18 in all.
Tessa Sikora secured a 12-point, 16-rebound double-double for the ’Hounds, while Hannah Drake drilled 2 treys and finished with 9 points and 6 caroms and Cassidy Marett mustered 10 points and dished out 7 assists.
However Wilmington went down for the 3rd consecutive time and is 4-5 in its last 9 games; conversely, Sharon is surging at the season’s most opportune time.
“I wouldn’t say ‘best’ ball, but we’re playin’ pretty well,” Joseph said, noting, “We don’t want to peak yet. We want to get better each day, each night, each practice.
“But I’m proud of them, they worked hard,” Joseph admitted. “We’re back at it (tonight, hosting Lakeview), so they’ve gotta come back out ready to play.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Reynolds 42, Commodore Perry 37 — At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders of coach Will Juranovich outgunned the Lady Panthers in the final frame, 20-12, to record the Region 1-A victory.
The win moved Reynolds to 3-1 in the region, 4-10 overall. CP is 2-3, 8-7.
Brooke Bresnan led the winners with 17 points, while Kayla Thompson added 13. Stephanie Vaughn pacced CP with 17.
ä Farrell 77, Jamestown 42 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the host Lady Steelers streaked to a season-best 77 points en route to the Region 1-A rout.
Bria Gambill garnered 19 points for Farrell (2-3, 4-11), while Kiara Wade went for 14, Matyra Evans ended with 12 and Whitney Murray mustered 11 for Lady Steelers’ skipper Eddie Turosky.
Jamestown (0-4, 0-14) was led by Savannah Miller, who manufactured a game-high 20 markers, including 6 shots from beyond the 3-point line.
ä Kennedy Catholic 53, Rocky Grove 31 — At the ’Grove, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles eased to the Region 1-A road rout for 1st-year mentor Chris Mele.
April Bocian bucketed an 8-point, 11-rebound line, while Taylor Hood had 10 points and handed out 5 assists and Taylor Zacherl zeroed in on a career-high 18 points to key Kennedy (4-0, 12-2).
For Rocky Grove (2-2, 8-7), Amber Nerlich notched 18 points.
ä Sharpsville 37, West Middlesex 25 — At Sharpsville, the Blue Devils’ defense yielded just 13 points during the game’s first 24 minutes, then Sharpsville surged to a closoing 16-12 spree.
Eugena Davies drilled 13 points, as did Emily Anderson for Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley, while Maddie Przicina posted a 6-point, 10-rebound, 3-assist line to lead the Blue Devils (3-4, 6-8).
Middlesex (2-4, 7-9) did not muster a double-digit scorer.
ä Hickory 41, Slippery Rock 22 — At The Hive, the host Lady Hornets harvested the Region 5-AAA win, shutting out Slippery Rock during the 3rd period.
Holly Grober garnered a game-high 16 points and Nikki Arbanas bucketed 10 for Hickory (7-0, 15-0).
Slippery Rock (5-2, 10-3) — swept in the home-and-home regular-season series — did not have a double-figure scorer.
ä Brookfield 47, Hubbard 26 — At Brookfield in the border battle, the Lady Warriors prevailed.
Brookfield moved to 11-4 on the season, while Hubbard is 0-10.
Autumn Kirila led the way for the winners with 17 points, while Danielle DiCristofaro added 9. Emily Manion had 17 for Hubbard.
ä Greenville 32, Lakeview 17 — At Greenville, the host Lady Trojans triumphed in the Region 2-AA affair by limiting Lakeview to single digits in each quarter.
Raygen Fisher fired in a game-high 13 points to lead Lakeview (0-7, 5-9).
Greenville (4-2, 7-6) did not boast a double-figure scorer, but Cameron Leary lead the Lady Trojans of Coach Jen Fagley with 9.