Farrell 71, Strong Vincent 69 — At Meadville Area Senior High’s “House of Thrills,” the venue lived up to its billing on Tuesday as the Steelers (21-3) rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Colonels (16-8) and advance to the District 10 championship game.
Farrell trailed by 18 points with 5 minutes left to play, but Steelers’ sophomore Malik Miller got red-hot and led the rally.
“We were waiting on him down the stretch and he played like a champion — the champion that he is,” said Farrell coach Roland Shannonhouse.
“I told them to get after it (concerning the 18-point deficit), play defense and if we got it to 10 (points) with two minutes to go, we’d win it.
“We’ve been telling them all year that offense is nice, but it’s defense that will win you a championship.”
Strong Vincent held a slim 13-10 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, but the Steelers put a run together and held a 29-26 lead at halftime.
The 3rd quarter was disastrous for Farrell as they were outscored 29-15, but the locals dug deep and posted a 27-14 scoring advantage in the final frame.
Chris James buried a trio of treys en route to a game-high 27 points for Farrell while Miller also drained 3 treys and finished with 16 points.
David Morris paced ESV with 25 points, Dahjere Pacely bucketed 17 and Kyle Pointer added 10 markers.
Farrell will face Erie East on Friday for the D-10 title at 8 p.m. Friday at Meadville. East beat Oil City, 53-41, on Tuesday at Edinboro University.
Farrell has been living on the edge in the D-10 playoffs thus far — pulling out the big win late Tuesday night and beating Girard, 63-60, in overtime in the quarterfinals.
ä Erie First Christian Academy 64, Kennedy Catholic 49 — The king is dead, long live the ... wait a minute, the king is still alive and only wounded.
Defending District 10 Class A champion Kennedy won’t be returning to their familiar place each year in the D-10 finals, but at least they have a shot to battle back in the consolation round Friday and still advance to the PIAA tournament.
“It’s a letdown for a Kennedy team not to be in the District 10 finals,” said a disappointed KC coach Rick Mancino shortly after the loss at Sharon High School Tuesday night. “But not everybody wins a district title and not everyone wins a state title.
“We’ve got to get back up and get ready. That’s why I wanted the kids to play had ’til the end and hustle. We need it to carry over.”
And play hard they did. Trailing 47-28 after three periods against the much bigger squad from the north, the Golden Eagles came out battling tough. Their press forced several turnovers and the team rattled off 9 straight points to cut the margin to 47-37 when Andre Campbell canned a pair of free throws with 5:30 remaining in the game.
But the EFCA Eagles hung in and began to break the press by throwing the ball in to 6-foot-11 Valentine Sangoyomi. And they held off Kennedy, despite a determined effort by the local squad.
“When your tallest guy is 6-1 going against 6-11 it’s pretty tough,” said Mancino.
Kennedy got off to a great start in the game, leading 11-9 after one period. In fact, it was 11-7 with the Golden Eagles playing for the final shot of the frame. However, a KC missed shot came too early and EFCA’s Luke Hess took an outlet pass speeding downcourt and put in a layup just before the whistle. “That wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said a dismayed Mancino.
That set the tone for a second quarter when the Golden Eagles were colder than the polar vortex. Despite some inside layup chances, the locals didn’t score a single bucket in the second period and were outscored before intermission 16-4.
The EFCA Eagles continued to pour it on in the third period, outgunning KC by 22-13. The lead was just too much for the gutsy Golden Eagles to overcome as Kennedy was forced to constantly foul in the late going and the Erie club made 13 of 15 from the charity stripe at crunch time.
Erie was led by Augustine Mathias with 18 points, while Hess canned 11. For KC, Campbell led with 18, while Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each hit for 9.
The big size difference in the clubs showed in the stats as Erie outrebounded Kennedy, 29 to 11.
“We just didn’t make shots and against a team that big, you have to make shots,” lamented Mancino. “We’ll have to do better in the next game.”
Their foe in the consolation finals will be Eisenhower, who lost 61-33 to Cochranton. The winner of that game will advance to the PIAA playoffs while the loser will go home. — By Herald Sports Editor Lynn Saternow.
ä Fairview 64, Reynolds 28 — At Edinboro University’s McComb Fieldhouse, the Tigers (22-2) rolled past the Raiders (15-8) in the District 10 semifinals Tuesday night.
Coach Keith Nies’ Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back as they advanced to Friday’s championship game.
Andy Niland rifled in 23 points for Fairview, Ben Kocan drained 4 treys en route to 14 points and Shannon Jackson tallied 11 points.
Garhett Frable led the way for Reynolds with 7 points while Jacob Leipheimer scored 6.
“I told the guys after the game that what happened, happened,” said Reynolds 3rd-year coach Dan Kilgore. “Whether you lose by 35 points or by one on a last-second shot, it doesn’t matter.
“It’s a tough loss, but we just have to shake it off and get ready for the consolation game. We’ll learn from it, shake it off, have a couple strong days of practice and that will put ourselves into position to get out of District 10. If we let the loss linger, we’ll be in trouble.
“Fairview is a tremendous team. If they play like they played tonight, they’ll give anyone a run.”
Reynolds ousted Seneca, 47-43, in the D-10 quarterfinals while Fairview defeated Wilmington, 61-55.
Fairview advances to the championship game against West Middlesex on Friday while the Raiders will play Mercyhurst Prep in the consolation game.
Fairview lost to West Middlesex, 58-48, in the semifinals last year. They were then denied entry into the PIAA playoffs with a loss to Mercyhurst Prep in the D-10 consolation game.
OHSAA DIV. III PLAYOFFS
Canton Regional Bracket
ä Brookfield 68, Garretsville-Garfield 57 — The playoff run of the Brookfield Warriors continued with the victory and next up is Newton Falls at 7 p.m. Friday at Newton Falls High School.
In a previous meeting at Newton Falls just two games ago, the Warriors of coach Bill Kovach dropped a 59-49 decision.
Against Garfield, the Warriors led 19-12 after one period and moved to a 35-21 margin at intermission. By the close of the third frame, Brookfield was on top by 45-39.
Brookfield (13-9) was led in scoring by Nate Johnson with 17 points and Jamar Tarver with 14. For Garfield (7-14), Chase Chapman had 16, Nick Jurcevic 12 and Anthony Workman 11.
DISTRICT 10 SEMIFINALS
VINCENT 13 13 29 14 69
FARRELL 10 19 15 27 71
STRONG VINCENT — Pointer 4-2-4-10, Gillespie 1-1-2-3, Morris 8-8-8-25, Pacely 7-3-5-17, Wofford 2-2-4-7, Green 2-0-0-4, Hatkevich 1-0-0-2, Miller 0-1-2-1, Williams 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Morris 1, Wofford 1. Totals: 25-17-25-69.
FARRELL — Burns 2-0-0-4, Jones 1-5-6-7, Brown 1-5-6-7, McNair 2-1-3-5, Miller 3-7-8-16, James 10-4-5-27, Archie 2-1-2-5, Holloway 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Miller 3, James 3. Totals: 21-23-30-71.
REYNOLDS 6 7 10 5 28
FAIRVIEW 17 18 18 11 64
REYNOLDS — Frable 2-3-3-7, Leipheimer 2-0-0-6, Woods 2-1-2-5, Reimold 1-3-4-5, Beck 2-0-0-5. 3-pt. goals: Leipheimer 2, Beck 1. Totals: 9-7-9-28.
FAIRVIEW — Kocan 5-0-0-14, Niland 9-2-2-23, Welch 1-0-2-2, Coles 3-1-2-7, Corbin 3-1-4-7, Jackson 4-3-5-11. 3-pt. goals: Kocan 4, Niland 3. Totals: 25-7-15-64.
EFCA 9 16 22 17 64
KENNEDY 11 4 13 21 49
FIRST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY — Kabono 4-0-0-9, Hess 4-2-4-11, Wariboko 3-0-0-6, L. Kallay 1-2-2-5, H. Kallay 0-6-6-6, Sangoyomi 2-5-6-9. 3-pt. goals: Hess 1, L. Kallay 1, Kabongo 1. Totals: 21-19-23-64
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Campbell 7-2-2-18, Zachar 2-5-8-9, Crow2-4-4-9, Nolan Cianci 3-0-0-7, Gavin Cianci 0-2-4-2, Feeney 1-2-4-4, Hurton 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Campbell 2, N. Cianci 1, Crow 1.Totals: 15-15-22-49.
OHSAA DIV. III PLAYOFFS
Canton Regional Bracket
GARFIELD 12 9 18 18 57
BROOKFIELD 19 16 10 20 68
GARFIELD — Bissler 0-0-0-0, Evans 1-0-0-3, Maxem 3-2-2-8, Workman 5-1-2-11, Jurcevic 4-4-4-12, Chapman 6-0-0-16, Butler 3-0-0-7. 3-pt. goals: Chapman 4, Evans 1, Butler 1. Totals: 22-7-8-57.
BROOKFIELD — Kraml 2-0-0-5, Hunkus 3-0-0-7, Dickson 3-0-0-6, Johnson 6-4-5-17, Englehart 0-0-0-0, Tarver 6-2-4-14, Wallace 6-3-6-15, Hiner 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Kraml 1, Hunkus 1, Johnson 1. Totals: 28-9-15-68.
NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense
THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
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.
Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew
Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.
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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