ä Slippery Rock 43, Sharpsville 36 — At Sharpsville, the visiting Rockets roared to a 15-2 first-quarter lead, then had to weather the Blue Devils’ rally in the inter-region affair.
Six-foot post Nicole Papley pumped in 13 points for Slippery Rock (2-1), while Eugena Davies drilled 11 and Emily Anderson added 10 for Sharpsville (1-3) while Maddie Przicina notched 4 assists and 7 rebounds; however, Sharpsville scored only 13 field goals, offsetting its 8-for-9 free-throw marksmanship.
ä Farrell 61, Brashear 30 — At Pittsburgh, the visiting Lady Steelers dominatd from the outset, building a 38-15 bulge by the break and never relenting.
Jacque Chambers checked in with a game-high 17 points and Bria Gambill garnered 15 for Farrell (2-3).
Jessica Kopko connected for 10 points for winless Brashear (0-5).
ä Greenville 35, Lakeview 28 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Lady Trojans triumphed by tallying a 26-16 lead through 3 quarters.
Casslyn Holder hit 10 points and Molly Montalvo added 10 markers for Greenville (1-0, 3-2) in the Region 2-AA season-opening affair.
Sam Womer went for a game-high 14 points to lead Lakeview (0-1, 2-3).
ä West Middlesex 68, Jamestown 28 — At West Middlesex, coach Mike Williams’ Ms. Reds (3-2) led 17-6 after the opening quarter, 30-13 at the break and rolled to the non-region win over the Lady Muskies (0-5).
Morgan Atterholt rifled in 21 points for WM, Noelle Murray bucketed 19 and Allie Staunch tallied 11 markers.
MiKayla Keyser was the leading point-getter for Jamestown with 6 points.
ä Saegertown 39, Reynolds 29 — At Saegertown, the visiting Lady Raiders fell to 0-5 with the 10-point non-region loss to the Lady Panthers (3-2).
Jessica Tomiczek fired in 19 points to lead Saegertown.
Rose Stoyer, Brooke Bresnan and Kayla Thompson all had 8 points each for the Lady Raiders.
ä Commodore Perry 38, Youngsville 34 — At Youngsville, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers (3-2) rallied from a 27-23 deficit after the 3rd quarter and outscored the hosts 15-7 in the final frame to pull out the non-region win.
Emily Kitchen had 17 points for CP and Sarah Nagy tallied 10 markers.
Kennedy Cratty led the way for Youngsville (2-3) with 13 points.
ä Butler 35, Grove City 33 — At Grove City, Butler ended the host Lady Eagles’ season-opening unbeaten skein at 4.
Butler built a 28-23 bulge entering the 4th frame, then weathered Grove City’s comeback bid.
DiPippa pumped in a game-high 16 points for WPIAL Quad-A Butler (3-1).
For Grove City (4-1), Corianna Hyduchak hit for 14 points. However, the Lady Eagles’ 7-for-12 free-throw shooting proved costly. Butler was not much better, sinking 9 of 15 attempts.
ä Sharon 80, VisionQuest 57 — At Sharon, the host Tigers tallied 29 first-period points en route to the inter-region rout.
Jason Austin annexed a career-high 26-point performance for Class AAA Sharon (3-1), which notched its 3rd consecutive conquest. Also, Mark Henry hit for 16.
For Class A VisionQuest (1-4), Jesse Robinson, Khazeem Brown and James White went for 17, 15 and 11 points, respectively.
ä Commodore Perry 49, Calvary Baptist Christian Academy 42 — At Sheakleyville, the host Panthers prevailed in the non-league outing.
Perry rallied from a 17-11 first-quarter deficit to draw within 30-29 by halftime. Then during the 2nd half the Panthers pounced defensively, limiting CBCA to just 12 points in 16 minutes.
Sean Britton bucketed 14 points and Tyler McCracken mustered 14 markers for Commodore Perry (2-3).
McCrillis collected a game-high 18 points for Calvary Baptist Christian Academy.
ä Titusville 116, Hickory 45 — The Hornets bowed to the perennial powerhouse Rockets. Top performers for Hickory were:
200 IM and 100 backstroke, Ryan Elsey, 1st in both; 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relays ( Kevin Hartenstein, Ryan Elsey, Trand Wright, Kyle Hartenstein), both 2nd; 100 and 50 freestyles, Wright, 2nd in both; 200 and 500 freestyles, Kevin Hartenstein, 2nd in both.
ä Titusville 89, Hickory 80 — The Lady Hornets dropped a close battle to the Lady Rockets.
Winning events for Hickory were: 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays (Breah Quatkemeyer, Devin Javens, Delaney Javens, Delaney Takoch); 200 freestyle, Takoch; 200 IM, 500 free and 100 butterfly, Delaney Javens; 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Devin Javens; 100 breaststroke, Paige Brown.
ä Brookfield 2200, Heartland Christian 1742 — At Hunt Club Lanes in Salem, Ohio, Adam Brooks rolled a 454, Bradley Bridge had a 352 and Nelson Swartz bowled a 351 in leading the Warriors past HC.
Patrick Finnegan (393), Solomon Driscoll (315) and Irina Wilson (239) were the top rollers for HC.
NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense
THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
Racing to fight cancer
Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
Full text of LeBron's essay in SI
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew
Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.
Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
Following are game reports:
The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary
Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.
SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11
THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
It is open to the public at no charge.
Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the academic year.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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