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
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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