BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 15, Lakeview 49 — At West Middlesex, Levi Canon finished 1st in 18:21 as the Big Reds swept the top 6 spots. Chuck Miller placed 7th to lead the Sailors.
ä Commodore Perry 18, Reynolds 45 — At Temple Grove, Transfer, the visiting Panthers prevailed, led by the 1-2 placement of Nate White (19:29.7) and Chad Patterson (20:13.5).
ä Grove City 17, Wilmington 45 — At New Wilmington, Grove City’s Aaron Benka broke the course record in a time of 16:42, followed by mates Ryan Budnik and Ryan Whiteman. Calvin Gealy finished 4th for Wilmington.
ä Greenville 19, Sharon 41 — At Greenville, the host Trojans triumphed, led by the 1-2 finish of Dylan Foley (18:02) and Ryuji Mano (18:36). Matt Dilts placed 3rd for Sharon (18:44).
ä Hickory 22, Slippery Rock 37 — At Slippery Rock, Andrew Maxwell finished 1st overall for the Rockets in 17:57 while Kyle Boyd of Hickory (3-0) placed runner-up in 18:30.
ä Sharpsville 15, Mercer 50 (forfeit) — At Sharpsville, Brad Calleja (19:58) and Logan Lukonic (20:47) placed 1-2 in the exhibition.
˝ Dr. Peter Vilasi, Sharpsville coach and meet director, announced the field for Saturday’s Blue Devil Invitational in Buhl Farm Park:
DuBois, West Middlesex, Corry, Wilmington, Sharon, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Central Valley, New Castle Christian Academy, Gen. McLane, Girard, Highlands, Hickory, Saegertown, Slippery Rock, Norwin, Cambridge Springs, Cochranton, Neshannock, Commodore Perry, Sharpsville, Moniteau, Greenville, Tidioute, Fairview, New Castle, Laurel, Central Tech, Strong Vincent, Ellwood City, Conneaut Area, Kennedy Catholic, Franklin, McDowell, Fort Leboeuf, Moon, Jamestown, Iroquois, Grove City, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Oil City, Warren, Union City, North East, Mercer, Meadville, Maplewood, Youngsville, Rocky Grove.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 17, Lakeview 46 — At West Middlesex, Kristen White (20:19), Chloé Tyillian and Allyson Pierce finished 1-2-3 for the Ms. Reds. Andrea McConnell placed 4th for Lakeview.
ä Commodore Perry 17, Reynolds 42 — At Temple Grove, Transfer, Shae Grinnell gobbled the course in 22:48.2 to lead the visiting Lady Panthers.
ä Grove City 24, Wilmington 31 — At New Wilmington, Grove City’s Mary Jaskowak jetted around the course in 19:48, 21 ticks ahead of Wilmington’s Kate Robb.
ä Greenville 28, Sharon 29 — At Greenville, Maddie Thrasher (21:38) placed 12 ticks ahead of Lady Trojans’ teammate Nanami Mano, while Xsila Powell placed 3rd for Sharon.
ä Hickory 18, Slippery Rock 43 — At Slippery Rock, the Lady Hornets improved to 3-0 with the win. Lexi Bible (20:40), Jackie Abraham and Hailey Boyd swept the top 3 spots for Hickory. Tabitha Donaldson placed 4th for SR.
ä Sharpsville 15, Mercer 50 — At Sharpsville, the host Blue Darlings dominated the top 5 berths, led by winner Maddie Przicina (21:16).
ä Meadville 197, Hickory 204, Reynolds 227 — At Meadville Country Club, the Lady Bulldogs’ Lacey Latta and Hickory’s Alena Lancia shared medalist honors in the tri-match by carding 46s. Izzy Schell shot a 54 to lead Reynolds.
Meadville: Latta 46, Kailey Malady, Abby Moore 48s, Michaela Perischini 55. Hickory: Lancia 46, Abby Hearns 48, Kristina David, Ashley Addicott 55s. Reynolds: Schell 54, Taylor Yahner, Brittany Fitzgerald 56s, Jamie Vamosi 61.
˝ The next Region 2 Mega-Match is Thursday at 3 p.m. at Deer Creek Golf Course, Hubbard, hosted by West Middlesex. The Lady Hornets are a perfect 6-for-6 in those events.
ä Grove City 165, Lakeview 185 — At Grove City Country Club, the host Eagles (9-5) eased to the win, led by medalist Matt Gordon’s 40.
Grove City: Gordon 40, Jake Cline 42, Jordan Anderson, Derek Saylor 42s; Lakeview: Chris Palutro 43, Sean Carlson 45, Jared Coulter 48, Ryan Pecil 49.
ä Mercer 184, Jamestown 197 — At Spring Valley Golf Course in Mercer, Nate Guiler fired a 43 to earn medalist honors for the Mustangs (7-1, 9-1) in the Region 1 dual-match. Ronnie Meals carded a 45 for the Muskies.
Mercer: Guiler 43, Brock Watson 45, Mark Peters 46, Landen Glass 50. Jamestown: Meals 45, Jake Reaugh 46, Chris Shultz 49, Trey Lamont 57.
Region 2 Mega-Match
ä Hickory 333, West Middlesex 350, Wilmington 357, Sharon 372, Sharpsville 379 — At Hickory VFW, the host Hornets harvested the win, led by medalist Billy Colbert’s round of 78.
Undefeated Hickory (25) won the region championship, outdistancing West Middlesex (19), Sharon (15), Wilmington (9), and Sharpsville (7).
Colbert (72) and teammate Ross Rosati (80.5), Wilmington’s Nathan Anthony (82), West Middlesex’s Riley Atterholt (84) and Ryan Dogan (86) and Hickory’s Greg Galbo (86.75) qualified for the District 10 tournament.
Hickory: Colbert 78, Rosati 80, Nate Mastrian 86, Andrew Pursel 89. West Middlesex: Jace Burger 83, Atterholt 84, Dogan 89, Chaz Burger 84. Wilmington: Anthony 95, Matt Zimmer 88, Josh Bonnici 91, Collin Duffy 93. Sharon: Joe Faber, Chris Franek 92s, Louis Wareham 93, Gavin Maule 95. Sharpsville: Johnny Wolfe 89, Matthew Wiesen 93, Brady Reefer 98, Micah Smith 99.
ä Kennedy Catholic 5, Oil City 0 — At Buhl Park, the Lady Golden Eagles rolled to the sweep over the Lady Oilers.
Singles: Jensen Kirila (KC) def. Allie Domer, 6-1, 6-1; Rebekah Kish (KC) def. Julia Serbati, 6-2, 6-0; Abby Lenhart (KC) def. Jen Stevenson 6-4, 6-0. Doubles: Avi Danta-Jillian Dunn (KC) def. Jenny Williams-Leisel Kober, 6-2, 6-4; Kendra Kneisl-Jessie Micco (KC) def. Ashlee Roth-Katie Dolecki, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
ä Hickory 3, Greenville 2 — At Greenville, the visiting Hornets (9-1 region, 9-2 overall) got straight-sets singles wins from Anna Derloni and Lauren McGonigle, and the doubles duo of Nikki Marrone-Bailey McLaughlin.
Cameron Leary, at 2nd singles, and the Trojans’ twosome of Lauren Faber-Mady Gentile got Greenville wins.
Singles: Derloni (H) def. Amanda Dawes, 6-3, 6-4; Cameron Leary (G) def. Rachel Mette, 6-2, 1-6 (ret.); McGonigle (H) def. Nikki Perry, 6-4, 6-2. Doubles: Marrone-McLaughlin (H) def. Brooke Marini-Jessica Fenton, 6-4, 6-2; Faber-Gentile (G) def. Erin Hunter-Annalise Bianco, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6(7-3).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
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.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
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.
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