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.
Roundup: Rockets, Hornets, Blue Devils win
ä Slippery Rock 11, Grove City 3 — At Memorial Park in Grove City, Travis Lauster singled and tripled and reached base 4 times as the defending District 10 Class AAA champion Slippery Rock Rockets beat the Eagles.
Joe Barnhart went the distance for Slippery Rock. He gave up a dozen hits in earning the win. At the dish for Slippery Rock, Jackson Kerchis, Butler and Matt Badger all had 2 hits and Arrenzo doubled.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
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.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
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.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
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.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
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
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
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.
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