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.
Tony Stigliano started for Hickory and pitched 4 innings. He fanned 2, walked 2 and gave up 4 earned runs on 6 hits. Tyler Cannon closed it out with 5 strikeouts, 5 walks, 1 hit and no earned runs.
Mitch Fyffe suffered the loss for Sharpsville, which used 7 pitchers. Offensively, Fyffe singled and doubled and Greg Popatak belted 2 home runs with 4 RBI.
ä Mercer 6, Sharon 5 — At Veterans Memorial Field at Brandy Springs Park in Mercer, Landon Glass fired a complete-game performance and Nate Guiler belted a 2-run homer as the Mustangs (1-1) edged the Tigers.
Glass struck out 8 batters, walked 1 and gave up 9 hits. Guiler was 2-for-3 with the home run and Nate Cameron was 3-for-3 (3 singles).
John Thiel, Thomas Wareham and Joey Rahn split time on the mound for Sharon, which was coming off a 7-4 win over Kennedy Catholic on Tuesday. The trio combined for 5 strikeouts, 5 walks and 9 hits.
Offensively for Sharon, Thiel ripped a pair of doubles and a single and Andrew Tomko and Matt Wallace both doubled and singled.
ä Reynolds 6, Commodore Perry 3 — At Transfer, Jacob Leipheimer fired a 6-hitter through 5 innings in leading the Raiders (2-1) to a Region 2-AA win over the Panthers.
Reynolds plated 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and pushed across another run in the 4th frame in the win. CP scored a run in the 4th inning and 2 in the 6th.
Leipheimer struck out 2, walked 2 and gave up 2 runs (1 earned). Nick Fuchs closed it out with 1 strikeout, 2 walks and gave up 1 run on 1 hit.
Offensively for Reynolds, Leipheimer was 2-for-4 with a double, Jacob Reimold went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Joe Yarzab turned in a 3-for-3 plate performance with an RBI.
ä West Middlesex 12, Wilmington 4 — At West Middlesex, Mark Colella and Aaron Webb belted home runs and the Big Reds (2-0) tallied 17 hits in the win over the ’Hounds.
Colella hit a 2-run homer, Webb was 2-for-4 with a solo shot, Trey Staunch went 2-for-5, Chaz Burger and Mike Comninos both went 2-for-4, Phillip Fusco was 3-for-3 and Andrew Long notched a 3-for-4 plate appearance with a triple. Collela started and went 5êinnings with 10 strikeouts, 1 walk and gave up all 4 runs on 6 hits. Dylan Fair closed it out with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Vince Pitzulo was tagged with the loss for Wilmington. At the dish, Nate Anthony went 4-for-4 with 3 doubles for the ’Hounds and Josh Fleeger was 2-for-3.
ä Brookfield 17, Lordstown 4 (5 inn.) — At Brookfield Twp. Park, the host Lady Warriors walloped Lordstown for 10 runs in the 5th frame to end it early.
Lauren Hawley hammered a grand-slam home run for Brookfield and added a double for 5 RBIs for Coach Ken Forsythe. Also, winning pitcher Alisha Quinlan helped herself by connecting for 2 doubles, and KenYana Ashley drove in 3. Destiny May, Kenzie Drapola, Hawley, Hayley Hogue, Ciara Rotunno and Lauren Pesa produced doubles, and Hogue, Rotunno and Pesa plated a pair apiece.
Quinlan KO’d 7 in firing a 5-hitter and did not issue a walk.
Lordstown pitcher H.Toporcer was tagged for 19 hits and walked 3, while Polansky and Hajnosz drilled doubles.
ä Sharpsville 9, Mercer 6 — At Brandy Springs Park in Mercer, Abby Piccirilli was 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI as the Lady Blue Devils (2-0) beat the Lady M’s.
Also for Sharpsville, Eugena Davies doubled, tripled and drove in 2 runs, Brittany Fitzgerald had a pinch-hit RBI double in the 5th inning and Leah Larocca went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Abby Ferlin went the distance for Sharpsville. She struck out 5 batters, issued 4 walks and gave up 9 hits.
Aubrie Angermeier suffered the loss for Mercer. She whiffed 4, walked 2 and gave up 13 hits in 5 innings. Emily Swartz led the Lady M’s at the plate with a home run.
ä Grove City 4, Sharon 1 — At Grove City, the Eagles improved to 4-1 while the Tigers fell to 0-2. Chris Adams and Evan Lowers notched singles wins for GC while Luke Rueberger won at No. 3 singles for Sharon.
Singles: Adams (GC) def. Dylan Cerroni, 6-1, 6-1; Lowers (GC) def. Aaron Martwinski, 6-0, 6-0; Rueberger (S) def. Jacob Shilling, 6-7, 7-5, 7-5. Doubles: Andrew McCracken-Frankie Bassani (GC) def. Andy Rauch-Christian Sumner, 6-1, 6-0; Tanner McKnight-Steven Shi (GC) def. Eric Mastrianno-Joey Zajac, 6-3, 6-2.
ä Hickory 3, Greenville 2 — At Greenville, Ross Rosati, John Smaltz and Michael Funera swept the singles matches as the Hornets (2-3) handed the Trojans (2-1) their 1st loss of the season.
Singles: Rosati (H) def. Seth Jaussen, 6-3, 6-0; Smaltz (H) def. Mercer Martin, 6-1, 7-5; Funera (H) def. Trent McErlane, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Doubles: John Shapcuck-David Jefferies (G) def. Zack Walters-Alex Georgescu, 6-4, 6-4; Joey Safner-Jiang Wu (G) def. Stephen Petrochko-Jeremy King, 6-2, 6-3.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä Hickory 80, Grove City 70 — At Forker Field on Tuesday, the visiting Hornets harvested the season-opening win.
Hickory (1-0) was led by multiple-event winners Matt Voytik (100-, 200-meter dashes, sprint-relay anchor), Bobby Marzano (intermediate hurdles, sprint-relay leg), and Luke Lewis (shot, disc).
Ryan Budnik swept the 800-, 1600- and 3200-meter runs for host Grove City.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä Hickory 106, Grove City 44 — At Forker Field on Tuesday, the visiting Lady Hornets (1-0) were led by Madi Bell (high hurdles, 4x1 relay leg), Heather Grober (intermediate hurdles, 100-meter dash, mile-relay leg), Nikki Arbanas (200, sprint- and mile-relay anchor), Lexi Bible (distance-relay leg, open 1600-meter run), Haley Boyd (4x8 relay leg, open 800-meter run), and Lauren bell (sprint- and mile-relay legs).
Olivia Lowe (400), Mary Jaskowak (3200), McKenzie Fagan (high jump) and Hailey Hall (pole vault) were winners for Grove City.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
HICKORY 80, GROVE CITY 70
3200 relay — Grove City (no names submitted), 8:53; 110 hurdles — Moretti (H), 16.6; 100 — Voytik (H), 11.4; 1600 — Budnik (GC), 4:56; 400 — Bishop (H), 55.9; 400 relay — Hickory (Lewis, Ezi-Ashi, Marzano, Voytik), 46.0; 300 hurdles — Marzano (H), 44.2; 800 — Budnik (GC), 2:06; 200 — Voytik (H), 23.7; 3200 — Budnik (GC), 10:39; 1600 relay — Grove City (no names submitted), 3:51.8; Shot put — Lewis (H), 59-3; Discus — Lewis (H), 152-2; Javelin — Marlowe (GC), 142-4; Long jump — Gagliardi (H) 18-6; Triple jump — Shimmin (H), 36-9; High jump — Fagan (GC), 5-2; Pole vault — Andrzejewski (H), 11-0.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
HICKORY 106, GROVE CITY 44
3200 relay — Hickory (Garcia-Ramirez, Bible, Abraham, Boyd), 10:35; 100 hurdles — M.Bell (H), 16.8; 100 — Grober (H), 12.5; 1600 — Bible (H), 5:27.5; 400 — Lowe (GC), 1:06.4; 400 relay — Hickory (Russo, L.Bell, M.Bell, Arbanas), 53.1; 300 hurdles — Grober (H), 48.5; 800 — Boyd (H), 2:39; 200 — Arbanas (H), 27.6; 3200 — Jaskowak (GC), no time reported; 1600 relay — Hickory (Russo, Grober, L.Bell, Arbanas), 4:30.6; Shot put — Marchand (H), 40-4; Discus — Fustos (H), 112-8; Javelin — Wilterdink (H), 88-4è; Long jump — Gustas (H), 14-8; Triple jump — Malak (H), 31-6è; High jump — Fagan (GC), 5-1; Pole vault — Hall (GC), 10-6.
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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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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).
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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.
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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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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.
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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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