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.
Hickory High’s Rosy Hearns had heart during Tuesday’s District 10 Championships.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
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