Friday nights usually are not reserved as “Ladies’ Night” in scholastic basketball, but this week was an exception.
Sharon High senior standout Tanayja Sanders surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau Friday night, leading the Lady Tigers to a 57-33 inter-region win over neighboring Farrell.
At Sharon, Sanders was served up a low-post pass by Mallory Torr with 1:44 remaining in the 3rd quarter. She converted — then following a brief ceremony in recogition of the milestone — added the subsequent free throw to complete the traditional 3-point play.
Sanders secured a game-high 18-point, 16-rebound double-double for District 10 Class AA playoff-bound Sharon (14-6).
“Not too many girls or boys get to that point. That’s a milestone for her and I’m just glad I was part of it,” said 2nd-season Sharon skipper Maria Joseph. “It’s difficult to get a thousand points, and you know, I think she’s number sixteen in Sharon to get it now, and I’m proud of her. I couldn’t be more happy for her. It’s well-deserved.
“I didn’t tell her how many (points) she was away, though she kept asking,” Joseph added with a sheepish smile. “But I told her, ‘Go out and get it.’ It’s an honor to do something like that, and she got it done.”
At the outset, Sharon was not so much concerned with ceremony, as the Lady Tigers found Farrell formidable. Bria Gambill garnered 13 first-period points, staking the visiting Lady Steelers to a 15-14 lead.
However during the 2nd stanza Kelsie McGranahan garnered game-tying buckets at 17 and 19. The teams traded leads once more before Sharon surged on Sanders’ 7 points, McGranahan’s handful — she and Mallory Torr tallied triples — and Delisa Smith’s 3.
In the 1st half’s waning seconds Smith passed to McGranahan, who subsequently found Mal Torr for a trey at the buzzer that enabled the Lady Tigers to take a 32-20 margin at intermission.
With Sanders scoring 6 points and Farrell misfiring on 14 of 16 floor shots, Sharon secured an insurmountable 43-26 edge through 3 quarters.
“Once we settled down and started playing our game, then we kind’ve made better passes, got some layups, and just got back to what we need to do,” Joseph said. “(McGranahan) comes to practice and works on those jumpers, because she knows that’s where she is on the floor She works at it every day, knocks ’em down, and I was happy for her. She played really well and knocked down some big shots for us.”
In addition to Sanders, Mal Torr tallied a 12-point, 5-rebound, 3-assist line, McGranahan grabbed 9 rebounds and scored 7, and ’Tina Jacoway joined in with a game-high 7 assists to go with a handful of rebounds and 5 points.
For Class A Farrell (6-13) and veteran skipper Eddie Turosky, Gambill got 18 points — tossing in 4 from beyond the arc — and snared 7 rebounds, while Whitney Murray mustered a team-high 11 rebounds and scored 7. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Hickory 69, Meadville 32 — At Meadville’s House of Thrills, all the thrills belonged to undefeated Hickory after the first quarter in the Region 5-AAA clash.
Meadville stayed with Hickory, trailing only 13-10 at the close of the opening frame, but the Hornets pumped in 26 points to only 5 in the second period and the rout was on.
“I thought that first quarter, Meadville came out with great intensity,” said Hickory coach Jeannette Whitehead. “But then we settled in and started clicking on all cylinders.”
Nikki Arbanas drilled in 7 treys en route to a 33-point performance for the Lady Hornets (10-0, 19-0). She also had 4 steals. Holly Grober hit for 14 points and had 4 steals, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Megan Chess had 3 steals and 3 assists; Nicole Lacava 6 rebounds, 3 steals.
For Meadville (2-7, 5-14), Kiashia Newsom had 14 points.
ä Mercer 61, Greenville 26 — At Mercer, coach Aaron Cook’s Lady M’s (8-2, 14-5) jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the opening quarter and rolled past the Lady Trojans (5-5, 8-10) in a Region 2-AA clash.
Alexis Arkwright and Jordan Fisher led the way for Mercer, which drained 12 three-pointers.
Arkwright had 5 treys en route to 25 points while Fisher, who drained 5 treys and scored 17 in a 59-21 win against Lakeview earlier this week, also fired in 5 from beyond the arc for 15 points.
Cameron Leary and Kayla Beilstein paced Greenville with 8 points each.
ä Commodore Perry 51, Lakeview 46 — At Stoneboro, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers improved to 11-9 with the non-region win against Lakeview (5-14).
The score was knotted at 10-all after the opening 8 minutes, but Lakeview took a 20-14 lead into halftime. The Lady Sailors led 37-29 after 3 quarters, but CP fought back and outscored the Lady Sailors 22-9 in the final frame for the win.
Emily Kitchen and Stephanie Vaughn had 16 points each for the Lady Panthers. Kitchen also had 8 rebounds and Autumn Campbell tallied 8 boards.
“I really challenged the girls at halftime,” said Messina. “We were playing a little bit flat, but they stepped it up and came through and I’m proud of them.”
For Lakeview, Sam Womer had a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double and Raygen Fischer also scored 10 points.
ä Central Tech 34, Grove City 24 — At Erie, the Lady Eagles (12-8) suffered through a 2nd straight night of low scoring and dropped a 10-point non-region loss to the Lady Falcons (11-9).
Brenna Deyarmin scored 10 points to lead Grove City, which only scored 25 points on Thursday night in a 39-25 loss at “The Castle” in Franklin.
Courtney Barney and Abby Klemm had 11 points each for Central Tech.
ä West Middlesex 67, Greenville 51 — At West Middlesex, the Trojans came out red hot in taking a 26-16 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds (9-0, 14-5) battled back to earn the Region 2-AA win.
Trey Staunch led WM by rifling in 27 points while Christian Porterfield bucketed 12 and Isaac Williams and Jake Porterfield added 11 each.
Luke Houpt scored 15 to lead Greenville (2-8, 8-10) and Trent McErlane scored 11 markers. But the Trojans tallied only 25 points during the game’s final 24 minutes.
ä Lakeview 56, Rocky Grove 46 — At Rocky Grove in the non-region clash, the Rice was cookin’ — the Rice basketball brothers, that is. Austin Rice drilled in 20 points and Brandon Rice 18 to power the Sailors (9-12) to victory.
For Rocky Grove (7-11), Garrett Gannoe had 15 points and Casey Young 12.
ä Kennedy Catholic 43, Commodore Perry 37 — At Sheakleyville, the visiting Golden Eagles escaped with the Region 1-A road win, erasing a 22-19 halftime deficit.
KC copped a 33-31 edge entering the 4th frame, then outlasted the pesky Panthers during the final 8 minutes.
The backcourt of ’Dre Campbell and Gerald Zachar keyed Kennedy Catholic (7-0, 12-8) with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Commodore Perry (1-4, 8-10) was led by Cody Beachy, who bucketed 17, and Tanner Hildebran, who hit for 11.
The free-throw line was Kennedy Catholic’s salvation, as the Golden Eagles ended 15 for 24, led by Campbell’s 6-for-7 marksmanship and Gavin Cianci’s 6-for-8 outing.
Conversely, Commodore Perry converted only 2 of 5 freebies.
ä Mercer 62, Wilmington 61 — At New Wilmington, Logan Clarke converted a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to lead the visiting Mustangs to the Region 2-AA upset.
Clark’s clutch freebies completed a 15-point, 11-rebound, 6-assist, 2-steal evening for Mercer (6-4, 11-8). Also, Jon Scheidhauer secured a game-high 20-point, 10-rebound double-double for the ’Steads, while Nate Guiler garnered 14 points.
Mercer’s marksmanship was a mediocre 12 for 20 overall, but the Mustangs made 5 freebies during the finale frame, including Clarke’s 4-for-6 shooting.
Wilmington (6-4, 11-9) was led by double-digit scorers Travis Brumbaugh and Spencer DeMedal, who divided 26 points, Jordan Smith scored 12, and Rocco Fagan fired in 2 treys and finished with 11.
The Greyhounds hit 14 of 20 free-throw attempts, but were 2 for 4 during the final canto.
ä Reynolds 61, Sharpsville 52 — At Transfer, the host Raiders won the Region 2-AA contest that saw a wild scoring 4th quarter.
Reynolds led 10-5 after one period and 22-11 at halftime. At the 4th-quarter turn, the Raiders were on top 35-15. In the final frame, both teams were scoring almost at will as Sharpsville tallied 27 points and Reynolds 26.
For Reynolds (7-4, 15-5), Garhett Frable seet the pace with 22 points, while Cory Woods added 18.
For Sharpsville (3-7, 7-12), Kyle Kennedy hit for 19 points, Mitch Fyffe 12 and Sage Barringer 10.
ä VisionQuest 64, Jamestown 37 — At Franklin, VQ improved to 4-3 in Region 1-A and 5-12 overall with the win over the Muskies (0-7, 1-14).
Jessie Robinson rifled in 27 points for the Eagles.
Kyle Melton led the way for Jamestown with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Also, Todd Depree had 10 boards, William Graham grabbed 7 rebounds and Andrew Moss collected 5 steals.
ä Brookfield 55, Conneaut 39 — At Conneaut, the “Road Warriors’ were wire-to-wire winners.
Brookfield burst to a 13-9 first-quarter lead, then built its bulge to 29-16 by the break and 38-28 through 3 periods.
For Brookfield (10-7), Brian Hiner hit for 14 points.
Conneaut (0-12) — coached by Tim Tallbacka, who was Brookfield’s bench boss back in 2005-06 (ending 6-15) — was led in scoring by Jacob Spees’ 13 points and Ryan Oatman’s 11.
Friday nights usually are not reserved as “Ladies’ Night” in scholastic basketball, but this week was an exception.
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Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
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WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
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Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
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.
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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.
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