Hickory High’s Rosy Hearns had heart during Tuesday’s District 10 Championships.
Hearns harvested the Class AA individual crown after winning a playoff against defending titlist Megan Moylan of North East. The two both shot 79 in regulation at Riverside Golf Club, Cambridge Springs.
However Hearns’ par on the 2nd hole of the sudden-death playoff earned her the crown and a berth in the PIAA Western Regional qualifier next week.
“She got better as the day went on,” gushed Hickory head coach Craig Antush. “She played consistent the entire day. She started out with five bogeys, but really settled in as the tourney went on.”
Hearns’ teammate, Alena Lancia, also made the cut after shooting 88, then winning a 2-hole playoff with Villa Maria’s Abby Fessler.
“It was the same with Alena. ... It’s kind’ve neat how both won on the same playoff hole — the second one,” Antush continued. “It was a great job by both girls.
“It’s a great moment for the girls. This is a special group,” Antush praised. “They really excelled this year. We have two seniors (Kelsey Dudash and Mikaela Hicks), and they made great progress through the season. Dudash improved by seventeen strokes from the (D-10) team championships last Saturday.”
Dudash shot 122 on Tuesday. Also competing for Hickory were Brianna Colbert (96) and Abby Hearns (105).
Other Mercer County competitors included Grove City’s Fontaine McFeaters, 94, and Reynolds’ Marie Clarke 99, Jamie Vamosi, 105; Izzy Schell, 107, and Taylor Yahner, 118.
˝ Slippery Rock High’s Brett Rinker and Mercyhurst Prep’s Sean Sculley captured the District 10 individual boys golf championships Tuesday at Grove City Country Club.
Sculley fired an 81 and beat teammate Steve Kearns in a 2-hole playoff to win the inaugural Class AA title. Rinker shot a 74 to capture the Class AAA crown by 3 strokes over Strong Vincent’s John Fosco.
Rinker, Fosco, Sculley, Kearns, Titusville’s Matt McCord (82), Cambridge Springs’ Trevor Rodgers (83), Ft. LeBoeuf’s Justin Latsko (83), North East’s Brian Ropiecki (83), Harbor Creek’s Teven Vargo (84) and North East’s Alex Hunter (85) all advance to the PIAA State Qualifier Tournament at Toms Run, Blairsville, on Oct. 15.
This marked the 1st year that the D-10 tourney was divided into 2 enrollment classes.
No other Mercer County qualifier made the cut. Locals who competed included Ben Lucas (Grove City) in AAA, and in AA Billy Colbert and Ross Rosati (Hickory); Nate Guiler (Mercer); Matt Dogan, Nate Anthony and Brady Byers (West Middlesex); Ronnie Meals and Keamus Schuhlen (Jamestown); Jack Evans and Pat Artac (Sharon); Dan Addison, Kendal King, Bryar Wentling and Chad Fergsuon (Greenville); Jacob Wilson (Kennedy Catholic), and Casey Greggs (Lakeview).
Lucas shot an 81 to finish 5th in AAA. In AA, the scores were: Ferguson 86 (tie 9th); Colbert, Anthony, Schuhlen 88s; Artac 89, Guiler, King 90s; Rosati 91; Wilson, Byers 92s; Greggs 96; Dogan, Addison 100s; Meals 102; Wentling 105; Evans and Vuich withdrew.
ä Grove City 5, Greenville 0 — At Grove City, the Lady Eagles improved to 12-2 with the sweep of the Lady Trojans.
Singles: Meredith Trent (GC) def. Jessica Burnett, 6-2, 6-2; Abby Casalnova (GC) def. Casslyn Holder, 7-5, 6-2; Reba Duran (GC) def. Amanda Dawes, 6-2, 6-3. Doubles: Alexis Delligatti-Stephanie Krofcheck (GC) def. Kaela Reinhart-Cameron Leary, 6-2, 6-3; Maddie Jazwinski-Courtney Corban (GC) def. Brook Marini-Jessica Fenton, 6-1, 6-2.
ä Hickory 4, Wilmington 1 — Hickory (12-2) secured a region co-championship by virture of Tuesday’s victory.
Allie Newmeyer and Sharon Mettee won straight-sets singles matches, as did the doubles duos of Lauren Kizak-Nicki Morgenstern and Lauren McGonigle-Rachel Mettee.
Alanna Elliott won for Wilmington (9-3) at 1st singles.
Singles: Elliott (W) def. Marissa Works, default; Newmeyer (H) def. Cheyenne George, 6-0, 6-0; S.Mettee (H) def. Lexi Donati, 6-4, 6-0. Doubles: Kizak-Morgenstern (H) def. Katie Chase-Nikki McCown, 6-2, 6-4; McGonigle-R.Mettee (H) def. Rebeccah Swardlow, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.
ä Mercer 3, Sharpsville 0 — At Lamor Road, Mercer, on Monday, the host Lady M’s of coach Eric Weller scored twice in the 1st half and once in the 2nd half. Megan McKinney had 2 goals for Mercer, Lexie Arwright 1; assists came from Sami Carr, Alexis Mills and Analise Whenry, and Whenry had 15 saves in goal, also.
Megan Whalen had 9 saves for Sharpsville.
ä Kennedy Catholic 10, Sharpsville 0 — At Butala Stadium, the Golden Eagles’ Ethan Feldmiller fired in a hat trick, while Stephens Edge and Josh Repas tallied twice each.
Also keying Kennedy (5-1-1 region, 10-1-1 overall) were: Jaylyn Greene, Guillermo Quinones and Drew Grabigel garnered goals. Anthony Panriello, Green and Erek Little lent 2 assists apiece, while Gerald Zachar and Edge added 1 apiece.
KC keeper Gavin Cianci secured his 7th shutout of the season, aided by defenders Nolan Cianci, Dominik Pfleger, Little and Mike Thomas.
ä Sharpsville 3, Reynolds 0 — At Sharpsville, the host Blue Darlings (8-0 region, 9-1 overall) dominated, 25-13, 25-18, 25-10.
Sharpsville: Paige Scurpa 7 serving points, 13 kills; Megan Davis 9 points, 5 kills; Rachel D’Auria 7 kills; Alex Ferrara 5 points; Emily Anderson 5 kills; Kristen Scurpa 16 points (5 aces), 29 assists. Reynolds: No stats reported.
JV: Sharpsville, 25-23, 25-19.
ä Kennedy Catholic 3, West Middlesex 0 — At West Middlesex, Yasir Muhammad had 14 points (6 aces), 17 assists, 5 blocks and 5 digs as KC (7-2) swept the Ms. Reds, 25-18, 25-21, 26-24.
KC: Brie Dickson 6 points, 10 digs, 11 kills; Courtney Sargent 8 points, 7 blocks, 9 digs, 9 kills; Sarah Summers 11 digs; Emilee Taylor 11 points. WM: No stats reported.
JV: Middlesex, 25-10, 25-10.
ä Lakeview 3, Jamestown 0 — At Jamestown, the visiting Lady Sailors (6-3) coasted to a 25-9, 25-11, 25-20 sweep on the road.
Jamestown: Alexis Goodlin 6 assists; Isabella Greenawalt 7 passes, 5 serving points; MacKenzie Adams, Natalie Foltz 9 passes each. Lakeview: Rachel McKean 9 kills; Tia Ray 8 kills; Lacey Weaver 6 kills; Taylor Reed 15 assists, 16 points (4 aces); Alex Ruediger 10 digs, 15 points (4 aces).
JV: Lakeview, 10-25, 25-19, 15-11.
ä Commodore Perry 3, Farrell 2 — At Sheakleyville, the Lady Panthers held off Farrell (4-7) for the win, 25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 17-15.
Farrell: Johntae Scott 14 digs, 7 points; Key-Asia Oatis 13 kills; Jakayla Samuels 7 points; Domoniq Savage 11 assists, 5 digs; Janee Avery 8 kills; Jazmine Pegues 17 assists; Whitney Murray 6 kills; Kimara Chapman 5 aces. CP: No stats reported.
JV: Farrell, 25-18, 27-29, 15-7.
ä Brookfield 3, Maplewood 2 — At Brookfield Monday, the host Lady Warriors (13-6) prevailed, 25-13, 25-17, 22-25, 22-25, 15-8.
Brookfield: Delaney Saxton 19 kills, 24 digs, 24 serving points (6 aces); Ali Harpster 12 kills, 31 digs; Sarah Egercic 5 blocks, 19 points; Tori Thompson 19 assists; Katie Bender 23 assists. Maplewood: Amanda Accordins 17 assists, 15 points; Brooke Dawson, 8 kills, 9 blocks.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 15, Kennedy Catholic 50 — At West Middlesex, David Johnson clocked in at 18:06 to capture 1st place and the Big Reds swept the top 9 spots. KC’s Billy Flynn was 10th.
ä Wilmington 23, Slippery Rock 32 — At New Wilmington, the host Hounds prevailed, led by top-10 finishes by frosh Jared Thomas, Calvin Gealy, Ryan Davis, Zach Paden and Derek Craig.
Slippery Rock’s Caleb Bickel bested the field in 18:10, 14 seconds ahead of Thomas.
ä Commodore Perry 15, Mercer 50 (forfeit) — At Hadley, the host Panthers’ Nate White won the exhibition in 17:53, 4 ticks ahead of Mercer’s Kevin Reno. The Mustangs did not field a full squad.
ä Jamestown 15, Sharpsville 50 (forfeit) — At Sharpsville, the visiting Muskies’s Christian McElhinny (18:01) mustered the exhibition.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Commodore Perry 22, Mercer 36 — At Hadley, Shanna McGowan won in a time of 25:28 to pace the host Lady Panthers.
ä West Middlesex 15, Kennedy Catholic 50 (forfeit) — At West Middlesex, KC did not field a full team. WM’s Kristen White captured 1st place in 20:39. KC’s Grace Garcia finished in 27:09.
ä Wilmington 20, Slippery Rock 35 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds’ Rikki Brumbaugh, Hannah Drake, Hannah Winters and Kate Robb roared to the top 4 berths. Brumbaugh bested the field in 21:39, and their pack time was 6:05.
ä Sharpsville 27, Jamestown 29 — At Sharpsville, the host Blue Darlings’ Madison Przicina posted a 21:20 clocking, less than a minute ahead of teammate Cassie Lukonic.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
W. MIDDLESEX 15, KENNEDY 50
1. David Johnson (WM), 18:06; 2. Jared Germani (WM); 3. Brett Kirk (WM); 4. Levi Canon (WM); 5. Aaron Wilson (WM); 6. Isaac Williams (WM); 7. R.J. Gilliland (WM); 8. Aaron Fitzgerald (WM); 9. Dylan Long (WM); 10. Billy Flynn (KC).
WILMINGTON 23, SLIPP. ROCK 32
1. Caleb Bickel (SR) 18:10; 2. Jared Thomas (W); 3. Calvin Gealy (W); 4. Will Henry (SR); 5. Ryan Davis (W); 6. Zach Paden (W); 7. Derek Craig (W); 8. Aaron Eilenfeldt (SR); 9. Andrew Maxwell (SR); 10. James Eilenfeldt (SR).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
COMM. PERRY 22, MERCER 36
1. Shanna McGowan (CP) 25:28; 2. Kaitlyn Conner (M); 3. Katlyn Adams (CP); 4. Carley Smith (M); 5. Claire Blausser (CP); 6. Sam Oaks (CP); 7. Casey Kimball; 8. Walker (M); 9. Sierra Gibson (M); 10. Jess Grinnell (CP).
WILMINGTON 20, SLIPP. ROCK 34
1. Rikki Brumbaugh (W) 21:39; 2. Hannah Drake (W); 3. Hannah Winters (W); 4. Kate Robb (W); 5. Lauren Dietz (SR); 6. Becca Novak (SR); 7. Annie Cravener (SR) ; 8. Becky Anna (SR); 9. Rebecca Masterson (SR); 10. Isabel Sherwood (W).
SHARPSVILLE 27, JAMESTOWN 29
1. Maddie Przicina (S) 21:20; 2. Cassie Lukonic (S); 3. Lindsey Anderson (J); 4. Katelyn Liszka (J); 5. Emily Robinson (J); 6. Alexa Gladis (J); 7. Allie Vilasi (S); 8. Emily Spatara (S); 9. Cassie Scott (S); 10. Emma Messett (S).
Hickory High’s Rosy Hearns had heart during Tuesday’s District 10 Championships.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
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ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
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ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
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Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
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Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
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SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
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ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
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