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.
Breese defends heavyweight title at PIAA Championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Move over Rod Wright!
Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
However after posting a game-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance in West Middlesex High basketball team’s 76-66 PIAA Class AA playoffs opening-round win over Neshannock Saturday night, Staunch said opponents may have been overlooking the Big Reds.
Hickory girls 26-0, oust Johnstown
SLIPPERY ROCK — At Morrow Field House Saturday evening, the Hickory Lady Hornets kept the perfect season alive with a 63-37 state playoff first round win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans from District 6.
“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
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