The late, legendary coach Jim Valvano coined the term “Survive and Advance” as his 1983 North Carolina State basketball team won the NCAA championship.
Without being too melodramatic, survive and advance may be the key to success in District 10 Region 5-AAA in 2013-14.
Farrell High boys basketball team did not shoot particularly well and made almost many turnovers as it committed; however the Steelers survived host Hickory, 67-62, Friday night at The Hive in Hermitage.
“It’s been ‘survive and advance’ for us forever, ’cause we’re gonna get the other team’s best effort every night,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse. “We try to prepare our guys for that. Teams are gonna play a little bit harder, they’re gonna make less mistakes.
“You have to raise your game up a level,” Shannonhouse insisted.
Farrell forged a 45-42 lead entering the 4th frame and led by as much as 56-47 with 6:18 remaining as Malik Miller fed Ike Jones. However Hickory rallied and ultimately assumed a 60-59 edge on Anthony Cannone’s conventional 3-point play with 3:04 left.
Nick Tantuo tallied a free throw as Hickory harvested a 61-59 lead with 2:16 left. But from beyond the arc Miller was fouled by Bubba Pryts and subsequently sank all 3 freebies, staking the Steelers to a 62-61 lead they never relinquished.
Tyrone Archie annexed half of his 12 points, despite playing the entire 4th quarter with 4 personals.
Archie and the Steelers’ other big, Jones, evenly divided 24 points and Miller mustered 10 markers for Farrell (1-0, 3-0). However the Steelers shot only 24 for 61 (39.3 percent) from the field and committed 21 miscues.
“You can’t relax, you can’t think that somethin’s not gonna happen or anticipate somethin’. You’ve gotta play the game to win it, and we struggled with that in the first half. I mean, I thought we laid over a little bit,” Shannonhouse admitted.
Hickory (0-1, 2-1) had at least as much difficulty as Farrell, as the Hornets hit only 20 of 69 floor shots (28.9 percent) and were guilty of 25 turnovers.
“Right now, we don’t have our legs, and I think you can see it. Offensively, we’re out of place right now. But that’ll come as the year goes, with getting all my football guys back,” assessed Hickory Head Coach Geoff Evans. “I was happy with our defense. I thought our effort was very good on the defensive end, and the offense will come in due time.
“I think Coach Shannonhouse does a great job, especially with this team. I think they play very well together, and they get after you defensively,” Evans continued. “I knew that they would come out and pressure us on the defensive end and that’s why we did turn it over twenty-five times. It wasn’t just because of us; they had a part in it, too.”
Cannone connected for a game-high 27 points — 8 during the 4th frame — but attempted 26 shots. Donté Green garnered a 12-point, 7-rebound effort, while Aaron Conley collected a game-high 13 caroms after sitting out last season.
Also for Farrell, Jamel Brown went without a bucket, but distributed 7 assists, and Terrance Holloway had a 9-point, 6-rebound, 2-assist outing, while Archie annexed 6 rebounds. Jones fouled out with 2:16 left as he, too, played in personal-foul trouble. Clifton McNair manufactured 7 points and 10 rebounds for Farrell, also.
Farrell forged a 16-13 first-quarter lead and maintained a 27-23 margin at intermission.
“When you get into this district, you’ve gotta make it happen, nothin’s gonna be taken for granted,” Shannonhouse said, quickly adding, “But I’ll take the win any day of the week, especially on the road, this early in the season. We’ll take it.”
“I think once we get our legs back and finish some plays off — we missed a lot of ‘bunnies’ (Friday) night, guards and big guys — we’ll be fine,” Evans said, relating after a post-game conversation with his mentor, former Hickory Head Coach Bill Dzuricsko,
“It was fun. I had a good time. It’s good to be back in the ‘Red and Black.’ I thought that our effort was there, I thought our senior Anthony Cannone, really stepped his game up and I’m happy to see him have a good game.
“We’re disappointed, but as I told (the Hornets), it’s marathon, not a sprint,” Evans concluded. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Sharon 61, Meadville 58 — At Sharon the host Tigers triumphed in their Region 5-AAA opener by rallying from a 27-17 halftime deficit.
Sharon (1-0, 2-1) scored 44 points during the game’s final 16 minutes en route to its 2nd straight success.
Jamal Waller went for a career-high 24 points for Sharon, while Mark Henry hit 10 tallies. However Sharon shot only 12 for 22 from the free-throw line.
Faizon McClure connected for 19 markers for Meadville and Jason Clune collected another 18 and Jake Gregor garnered a dozen for the Bulldogs (0-1, 1-3), who sank only 16 of 26 from the sin stripe.
ä Slippery Rock 72, George Junior Republic 57 — At “The Rock Box” in Slippery Rock, Camren Neal and Ryan Dutton both fired in 19 points in leading the Rockets (1-0, 3-1) past the Tigers (0-1, 1-2) in the Region 5-AAA lidlifter for both squads.
Matt Badger bucketed 17 for Slippery Rock and Brady Kadlubek added 12 markers.
Eric Fuller rifled in a game-high 23 points for GJR and Pearson registered 11 points and 5 assists. Also, Malik Gibson grabbed 11 rebounds and Fuller had 7 boards.
ä Grove City 57, Franklin 41 — At Grove City, coach Don Fee’s Eagles (1-0, 4-0) opened up Region 5-AAA play with a win over the Knights (0-1, 1-2).
The game was tied at 10-all after the opening 8 minutes, but GC outscored the Knights 22-2 in the 2nd quarter to pull away.
Derek Turner fired in 14 points to lead GC while Spencer Marnich added 11 markers.
Ritchie was the leading point-getter for Franklin with 11. — Box submitted by Herald correspondent Ryan Briggs.
ä Greenville 51, Commodore Perry 36 — At Greenville, CP (1-3) led 11-8 after the opening 8 minutes, but the Trojans (3-1) stormed back to take a 26-17 lead by the break and rolled to the non-region win.
Luke Houpt and Ben Reiser both had 11 points for Greenville. Reiser’s points all came in the 4th quarter when he was 11-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Jeremiah Small bucketed a dozen points for CP.
ä Kennedy Catholic 43, Mercer 41 — At Mercer, the Mustangs (1-2) led 18-10 after the 1st quarter, 26-21 at halftime and 36-32 after 3, but KC (3-1) took the lead late in the 4th quarter and held on for the non-region win.
Andre Campbell scored 13 to pace KC and Gerald Zachar tallied 12 points.
Jake Schmid and John Scheidhauer had 9 points each for Mercer.
“Gerald (Zachar) and Andre (Campbell) handled the ball well,” said KC coach Rick Mancino. “(Jacob) Feeney did a good job coming off the bench and got some big rebounds for us. We played well as a team.”
ä Reynolds 58, Rocky Grove 47 — At Transfer, the Raiders (3-0) outscored the Orioles 22-12 in the final frame to notch the non-region victory.
Cory Woods drained 5 treys en route to 18 points for Reynolds. Garhett Frable (14), Kyle McConnell (11) and Jake Leipheimer (10) also scored in double digits for the Raiders.
Strezywilk notched 11 points for Rocky Grove.
ä Sharpsville 67, Jamestown 18 — At Sharpsville, the Blue Devils (2-2) led 22-0 after the 1st quarter and cruised to the non-region win against the Muskies (0-1), who were playing their season-opener.
Sage Barringer fired in 19 points to lead Sharpsville and Kyle Kennedy bucketed 17 markers.
Ryan Livingston had 7 points for Jamestown and Kyle Melton tallied 6.
ä Lakeview 50, VisionQuest 47 — At Stoneboro, the host Sailors secured the inter-region win — their 1st of the season — by edging the Eagles from Franklin.
Brandon Rice rifled in a game-high 23 points to lead Lakeview (1-3).
Brown, J. Robinson and D. Robinson scored 13, 11 and 11 points, respectively, for visiting VisionQuest (0-4).
ä Brookfield 64, Youngstown Christian School 55 — At Brookfield, the Warriors (4-0) remained unbeaten in 2013-14 as they topped YCS.
Seth Wallace scored 16 to lead Brookfield while Caleb Hunkus had 13 and Jamar Tarver bucketed 10 points.
Darien Townsend rifled in 6 treys en route to a game-high 22 points for YCS and Tymere Dubose contributed 13 markers.
ä Kennedy Catholic 46, Ford City 35 — At Ford City, coach Chris Mele’s Lady Golden Eagles improved to 3-1 with the 11-point win over WPIAL Section 1-AA Ford City (2-2).
April Bocian scored 14 points to lead KC while Rebekah Kish sank 3 treys en route to 11 points and Tatum Kress tallied 10 markers.
Allyson Cujas fired in a game-high 16 points for Ford City.
ä Wilmington 58, Reynolds 31 — At Transfer on Thursday, the Lady Hounds improved to 3-1 with the non-region win over the Lady Raiders (0-4).
Cassidy Marett fired in 16 points to lead Wilmington while Tessa Sikora and Alanna Elliott had 14 each.
Rose Stoyer bucketed 10 for Reynolds and Brooke Bresnan tallied 9 points.
From the recent West Middlesex High vs. Grove City match, matmen Aidan Celluci and Jeff Spencer were incorrectly identified.
SWIMMING & DIVING
ä Hickory 167, Sharon 79 — Placewinners for Hickory, included (no Sharon results submitted):
200 individual medley relay—Devin and Delaney Javens, Delaney Takoch, Breah Quatkemeyer, 1st.
200-yard freestyle—Kayla Stuart, 1st.
200 IM—Delaney Javens, 1st.
50-yard freestyle—Annie Cricks, 2nd.
100-yard freestyle—Brenna Milankovich, 2nd.
500-yard freestyle—Quatkemeyer, 1st; Annalise Bianco, 2nd.
200-yard free relay—Delaney and Devin Javens, Quatkemeyer, Takoch, 1st; Haley Boyd,m Stuart, Paige Brown, Gia Pascarella, 2nd.
100-yard backstroke—Daleney Javens, 1st; Roni Stefanick, 2nd.
400 relay—Devin and Delaney Javens, Takoch, Quatkemeyer, 1st; Bianco, Brown, Boyd, Stuart, 2nd.
200 IM relay—Ryan Elsey, Kevin Hartenstein, Trand Wright, Vinnie Currie, 1st.
200-yard freestyle—Wright, 1st.
200 IM—Hartenstein, 2nd.
50-yard freestyle—Elsey, 1st.
100-yard butterfly—Wright, 1st.
200-yard free relay—Currie, Patrick Durisko, Parker Redmond, Connor Smith, 1st.
100-yard backstroke—Hartenstein, 1st.
100-yard breaststroke—Elsey, 1st.
400 relay—Elsey, Wright, Currie, Hartenstein, 1st.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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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