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.
ä Commodore Perry 61, Maplewood 35 — At Sheakleyville Wednesday night, the Panthers (7-7) rebounded from a 66-56 loss vs. VisionQuest on Tuesday with a non-region rout over the Region 3 Tigers (2-13).
Sean Britton scored 14 points to pace CP, Tyler McCracken bucketed 12 and Phillip Stringert added 11.
Dustin Delo led the way for Maplewood with 14 points.
WILMINGTON 11 15 13 17 56
SHARON 9 17 20 20 66
WILMINGTON — Sikora 5-2-2-12, Elliott 7-0-0-18, Drake 3-1-2-9, Marett 5-0-2-10, Thompson 3-1-2-7, Naples 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Elliott 4, Drake 2. Totals: 23-4-8-56.
SHARON — Mallory Torr 4-4-9-12, Jacoway 4-0-3-8, Sanders 7-5-8-19, Maggie Torr 3-1-2-9, McGranahan 2-0-0-4, Delisa Smith 4-2-2-10, Reed 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Maggie Torr 2. Totals: 26-12-24-66.
JV — Wilmington, 35-32. Dakota Naples 11 points, Lexi Brumbaugh 10 for Wilmington; Delisa Smith 18 for Sharon.
COMM. PERRY 7 10 8 12 37
REYNOLDS 11 3 8 20 42
COMMODORE PERRY — Kitchen 1-0-0-2, Beachy 1-0-0-2, Vaughn 8-0-3-17, Nagy 3-0-1-6, Grinnell 1-0-0-2, Shrock 3-1-3-8. 3-pt. goals: Vaughn 1, Shrock 1. Totals: 17-1-7-37.
REYNOLDS — Stoyer 3-1-2-9, Babcock 1-0-0-2, Thompson 3-5-6-13, Bresnan 5-7-12-17, Napadano 0-1-4-1. 3-pt. goals: Stoyer 2, Thompson 2. Totals: 12-14-24-42.
JV — Reynolds, 27-24.
JAMESTOWN 9 9 7 17 42
FARRELL 28 17 13 19 77
JAMESTOWN — Miller 7-0-0-20, Waite 2-2-4-6, Robinson 0-1-2-1, Bish 1-0-2-2, Anderson 2-0-0-4, McGlaughlin 1-1-2-3, Keeser 1-2-2-4, Gillespie 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Miller 6. Totals: 15-6-12-42
FARRELL — Smith 1-5-6-7, Otis 0-1-2-1, Avery 2-1-4-5, Gambill 5-7-9-19, Wade 6-1-4-14, Shelton 0-0-2-0, Evans 4-4-6-12, Chambers 2-1-4-5, Murray 4-3-13-11, Barber 2-0-1-4. 3-pt. goals: Gambill 2. Totals 26-18-51-77.
JV — Farrell, 45-30. Jacque Chambers 17 points for Farrell.
KENNEDY 10 12 17 14 53
ROCKY GROVE 7 1 10 13 31
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Zacherl 6-6-6-18, Shannonhouse 0-0-2-0, Kress 1-4-6-7, Hood 5-0-0-10, Kish 2-0-0-6, O’Brien 0-0-0-0, Morocco 0-0-0-0, Burns 0-0-0-0, Fusco 2-0-0-4, Scoccia 0-0-0-0, Bocian 2-4-6-8, Volkay 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Kish 2, Kress 1 Totals 18-14-20-53.
ROCKY GROVE — Vincent 0-0-0-0, Holden 1-0-0-2, A. Nerlich 5-9-10-19, K. Nerlich 0-0-2-0, Keaf 0-0-2-0, Larson 0-0-0-0, Rudicas 0-0-2-0, Schiffer 2-2-6-7, Taylor 0-0-0-0, Swatsworth 1-1-4-3. 3-pt. goal: Schiffer 1. Totals: 9-12-26-31.
MIDDLESEX 7 3 3 12 25
SHARPSVILLE 8 9 4 16 37
WEST MIDDLESEX — Atterholt 3-0-0-6, Haven 0-0-0-0, Richards 0-0-0-0, Pierce 2-3-6-9, Murray 1-2-2-5, Staunch 0-0-1-0, White 1-1-0-0-5, Elsie 0-0-0-0. Totals: 4-4-5-9-25
SHARPSVILLE — Shuttleworth 0-0-0-0, Davies 2-8-15-13, Falconi 0-0-2-0, Przicina 2-1-2-6, Sloan 1-3-6-5, Anderson 4-5-6-13, Schell 0-0-2-0. 3-pt. goals: Daisy 1, Przicina 1. Totals: 9-17-33-37.
JV — Sharpsville, 31-18. Madison Sloan 15 points for Sharpsville.
SLIPPERY ROCK 9 7 0 6 22
HICKORY 10 10 13 8 41
SLIPPERY ROCK — Dietz 2-0-0-4, Papey 3-0-0-7, Siebka 3-0-2-7, Campbell 1-0-0-2, Whitmer 1-0-0-2, McGonigle 0-0-0-0, Boyd 0-0-0-0, Bertozzi 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Papay 2, Siebka 1. Totals: 10-0-2-22.
HICKORY — Arbanas 2-4-4-10, Chess 1-0-0-3, Shephard 0-1-3-1, Beader 2-0-0-5, LaCava 3-0-2-6, Grober 5-6-7-16, Moore 0-0-0-0, O’Brien 0-0--0. 3-pt. goals: Arbanas 2, Chess 1, Beader 1. Totals: 13-11-16-41.
JV — Slippery Rock, 30-25.
HUBBARD 6 13 3 4 26
BROOKFIELD 10 10 14 13 47
HUBBARD — Thomas 0-2-2-2, Grande 0-0-2-0, Smith 1-2-5-4, Peachock 1-0-0-3, Manion 1-3-6-7-17, Kist 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Manion 3, Peachock 1. Totals: 6-8-16-26.
BROOKFIELD — Hawley 1-0-0-3, Aut. Kirila 7-3-4-17, Quinlan 0-2-3-2, DiCristofaro 3-2-2-9, Ash. Kirila 0-5-6-5, May 0-0-0-0, Saxton 3-0-0-6, Gauding 0-0-0-0, Hiner 1-1-2-3, Drapola 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Hawley 1, DeCristofaro 1. Totals: 16-13-18-47.
JV — Brookfield 48-25.
MAPLEWOOD 8 9 6 12 35
COMM. PERRY 18 14 13 16 61
MAPLEWOOD — Maloney 0-1-2-1, Klingensmith 3-1-2-8, Delo 7-0-1-14, Bishop 3-0-1-6, Welmon 1-1-1-3, Lawrence 1-0-0-3. 3-pt. goals: Klingensmith 1, Lawrence 1. Totals: 15-3-7-35.
COMMODORE PERRY — Beachy 1-2-2-4, Small 2-0-0-5, Britton 6-2-4-14, Stringert 5-1-2-11, McCracken 4-1-2-12, Hildebran 2-0-0-4, Kiser 0-3-6-3, Cropp 1-0-0-2, Jewell 1-4-6-6. 3-pt. goals: McCracken 3, Small 1. Totals: 22-13-22-61.
JV — Commodore Perry, 33-19.
LAKEVIEW 5 2 5 5 17
GREENVILLE 7 10 9 6 32
LAKEVIEW — Fischer 3-5-6-13, S. Riddle 1-0-0-2, Foster 0-0-0-0, Casciotti 1-0-0-2, Womer 0-0-0-0, M. Kasbee 0-1-2-1, Holland 0-0-0-0, Gravatt 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Fischer 2. Totals: 5-6-8-17
GREENVILLE — Fagley 3-1-4-7, Montalvo 2-2-2-6, Herrick 2-0-0-4, Leary 2-5-6-9, Holder 2-0-0-4, Marini 1-0-0-2, Fenton 0-0-0-0, Beilstein 0-0-0-0. Totals: 12-8-10-32.
JV — Lakeview 34, Greenville 29. Raygen Fischer 11 for Lakeview; Kayla Beilstein 12 for Greenville.
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.
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.
Raiders win 17th region title; 11 locals to Hershey
When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
KC beats Cochranton for 4th straight D-10 crown
MEADVILLE — Everybody is on April Bocian’s bandwagon — and rightly so. But Tatum Kress helped keep Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program atop District 10’s Class A competition.
Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
McLane rallies to beat Mercer in AA title tilt
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
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