ä Grove City 68, Hickory 66 — At Grove City, the visiting Hornets had an opportunity to tie, but a turnover in the closing 3 seconds spelled defeat in the Region 5-AAA showdown.
Grove City garnered an 11-10 first-quarter lead before Hickory harvested a 28-27 margin at intermission. The Hornets extended their edge to 48-45 through 3 quarters, but were outscored 23-18 during the final frame.
For Grove City (3-1, 8-1), Foster Reznor rifled in a game-high 27 points, while Derek Turner and Danny Torok tallied 17 and 16, respectively. The Eagles ended just 13 for 28 from the free-throw line, but compensated by drilling 8 from beyond the arc.
For Hickory (1-2, 5-2), Aaron Conley connected for a career-best 19 points and 11 rebounds and Bubba Pryts also pounded out a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Anthony Cannone contributed 13 points. However Hickory converted only half of its 14 free-throw attempts, Head Coach Geoff Evans reported.
ä Greenville 64, Conneaut Area 48 — At Linesville, the visiting Trojans triumphed in the inter-region affair, as Aaron Emmett ended with a 17-point, 9-rebound line. Also for Greenville (6-2), Matt Jones joined in with 15 points and Tyler Fattman fired in 10 for Head Coach Todd Nehlen.
For CASH (2-8), Tommy Detelich deposited 14 points and Taylor Williams went for 13, tossing in a trio of triples.
ä Meadville 67, George Junior Republic 60 — At Meadville Senior High’s “House of Thrills,” the Tigers (1-3, 3-5) led 27-21 at halftime, but the Bulldogs stormed back and outscored GJR 46-33 in the 2nd half to win the Region 5-AAA contest.
Trevor Clune fired in 25 points to lead Meadville while Faizon McClure bucketed 18 and Shequan Lindsey tallied 11.
Ron Pearson led the way for GJR with 20 points while Malik Gibson and Jamair Holloway had 10 each.
ä West Middlesex 62, Mercer 57 — At the County Seat, the visiting Big Reds rolled to the Region 2-AA road win by building a 31-21 bulge at the break, then withstanding Mercer’s late rally.
For West Middlesex (2-0, 5-4), Trey Staunch scored a game-high 26 points, while Ryan Dogan drilled 4 triples for 13 and Josh Porterfield pounded the paint for 10.
Staunch scored 9 fourth-period points, offsetting 8 by Logan Clarke.
For Mercer (0-2, 4-4), Clarke, Jake Schmid and Jon Scheidhauer scored 17, 15 and 14 points, respectively. The Mustangs mustered 11-for-12 free-throw marksmanship, compared with 5-for-12 for Middlesex.
ä Wilmington 57, Sharpsville 48 — At New Wilmington, the Hounds (1-0, 5-3) won their Region 2-AA opener over the Blue Devils (0-2, 3-6).
Jesse Hilliard fired in a game-high 17 points for Wilmington while Spencer DeMedal scored 11 and Travis Brumbaugh added 10 markers.
Sage Barringer scored 16 for the Blue Devils, Kyle Kennedy bucketed 15 and Greg Popatak tallied 10 markers.
ä Reynolds 38, Lakeview 37 — At Transfer, Garhett Frable gave the Raiders (2-0, 7-1) the lead on an offensive rebound put-back with 25 seconds left and Reynolds’ defense made it stand up in a thrilling 1-point Region 2-AA win over the Sailors (1-1, 4-5).
Frable notched a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Raiders.
Brandon Rice led Lakeview with 15 points and Austin Rice tallied 13.
ä Sharpsville 26, Greenville 18 — At Greenville, coach Jeff Hanley’s Lady Blue Devils (1-1, 4-5) won the defensive Region 2-AA struggle vs. the Lady Trojans (1-1, 4-4).
Eugena Davies led the way for Sharpsville with 12 points, 6 assists and 5 steals while Izzy Schell grabbed 8 rebounds.
Molly Montalvo was the leading scorer for the Lady Trojans with 8 points.
ä Hickory 69, Beaver Falls 20 — At Beaver Falls recently, the Lady Hornets improved to a perfect 9-0 with the rout.
Nikki Arbanas rifled in 22 points for Hickory, Holly Grober bucketed 17 and Nicole Lacava tallied 11 markers.
ä Brookfield 49, Sharon 41 — Ashley Kirila connected for 14 points and All-Tourney Team pick Danielle DiCristofaro finished with 16. Saxton also was selected All-Tourney.
For Sharon, Mallory Torr tallied a game-high 17 points and was chosen to the All-Tourney Team, along with Lady Tigers teammate Lexi Dabney, who deposited 11.
ä Lakeview 42, Sharpsville 27 — At Stoneboro, the Sailors captured 9 of the 14 matches over the Blue Devils (3-4).
Jake Heim (132) posted the lone fall for Lakeview while Owen Clayton (120), Cody Persch (138), Skyler Curry (145) and Marquis Spence (195) all won by decision.
Miles Bowser (160), Gage Priester (170) and P.J. Campoli (182) posted pins for Sharpsville.
Cancellations or postponements from Thursday night were:
ä Wrestling — Reynolds at Canton Central Catholic postponed to Jan. 13.
ä Boys Basketball — Sharon at Oil City, postponed, no makeup date set; Commodore Perry at Union City, postponed to Jan. 10.; Farrell at Franklin postponed to Jan. 25.
ä Girls Basketball — Hickory at Canfield canceled; Champion at Brookfield, postponed to Jan. 27.
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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.
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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.
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What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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