ä Mercer 4, West Middlesex 3 — At West Middlesex, Sarah Stevens scored with 4 minutes left to snap a 3-all tie and lift the Lady M’s (4-3) past the Ms. Reds (3-3-1).
Stevens had 2 assists for Mercer, Megan McKinney had a goal and an assist, Lexi Arkwright and Mindy Brown both had goals, Adelyn Cook notched an assist and Sami Carr made 3 saves in goal.
Riley Lyons led WM with a pair of goals and Molly Stonebraker scored. Delaney David recorded an assist and Brianna Spencer registered 14 saves in goal for the Ms. Reds, who were outshot 28-6 in the match.
JV: Mercer, 3-0.
ä Hickory 10, Meadville 0 — At Meadville, Jackie White fired home 4 goals and dished out 3 assists in leading the Lady Hornets (7-1) past the Bulldogs.
Sara Suler had a hat trick and 1 assists for Hickory, Lauren Bell notched 2 goals and 2 assists, Casey Zreliak registered a goal, M.K. Bair was credited with an assist and Morgan McBride made 1 save in posting her 4th shutout of the year.
ä Grove City 5, Titusville 0 — At Titusville, Julie DiStasi scored a hat trick in leading the Lady Eagles past the Lady Rockets.
Kalie Davis had the other 2 goals for Grove City. Olivia Andrews made 7 saves between the pipes for the shutout.
ä Kennedy Catholic 1, Sharon 0 — At Tiger Stadium, coach Tina Scoccia’s Lady Golden Eagles (3-3) evened their record at .500.
McKayla Fusco notched the lone goal of the match off an assist from Evita Scoccia. Elizabeth Volkay registered a dozen saves in net for KC.
ä Hickory 1, Commodore Perry 0 — At Thiel College’s Alumni Stadium recenlty, the Hornets picked up the win on a goal by Evan Montgomery. Donté Green made 13 saves in goal for Hickory.
ä Mercer 4, Slippery Rock 3 — At Slippery Rock, recently, Chase Hoffman had a pair of goals for Mercer — the 1st and last of the match to lead the Mustangs.
Slippery Rock led 3-2 at halftime.
Also for Mercer, Trenton Fowler and Zach Croll connected, and keeper Trevor Ference made 5 saves in goal.
Slippery Rock’s Mark Cessar, Josh Jones and Ben Magliocca garnered goals. Cessar assisted on 2 scores and Magliocca another, while goaler Jason Bluedorn made 3 saves.
ä Sharon 3, Sharpsville 2 (OT) — At McCullough Run recently,
Joey Zajac tallied twice for the Tigers, including the match winner in OT. Also for Sharon, Aaron Martwinski mustered a goal, assisted by Joey Rahn.
Goalkeeper Andy Rauch made 6 saves in approximately 75 minutes before sustaining injury, and Nick Ostheimer did not permit a goal during the last 5 minutes of regulation and OT.
ä Hickory 173, Mercer 178 — At Hickory VFW Golf Course, Nate Mastrian and Andrew Pursel fired 41s to lead the Hornets to a 5-stroke victory over the Mustangs (11-2).
Nate Guiler and Mark Peters led the way for Mercer as both shot 42.
Hickory: Mastrian, Pursel 41s, Billy Colbert 45, Ross Rosati 46. Mercer: Guiler, Peters 42s, Ian Ollila, Brock Watson 47s.
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.
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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