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.
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.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
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.
How’s that working out, Dan?
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.
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.
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