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May 10, 2014

Roundup: Hickory netters fall to Fairview in D-10 Team Championships

- — The Hickory High boys tennis team suffered a 5-0 loss to Fairview on Friday at the District 10 Class AA Team Championships at Pennbriar Athletic Club, Erie.

Warren beat Harbor Creek, 3-2, in the other semifinal and then Fairview swept the Dragons, 5-0, for the crown.

McDowell swept Cathedral Prep, 5-0, for the D-10 Class AAA crown.

Fairview and McDowell play on Tuesday with a trip to Hershey on the line. The Tigers battle Valley at 1 p.m. at Pennbriar in Erie. The Trojans face District 7 champion Shady Side Academy at 2 p.m. at Lakevue Athletic Club in Valencia.

Fairview-Hickory match

Jon Oskin (F) def. Ross Rosati, 6-2, 6-1; Mike Siegel (F) def. John Smaltz, 6-2, 6-1; Ben Westcott (F) def. Michael Funera, 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Austin Fiedler-Tris Tuttle (F) def. Alex Georgescu-Jeremy King, 6-1, 6-2; Simon Yahn-Dan Pakulski (F) def. Mark Dzapo-Michael Mettee, 6-1, 6-3.


ä Hickory 7, Union City 0 (5 inn.) —
At Hermitage, the Lady Hornets (9-1) plated 5 runs in the 3rd inning and notched the win in a game that was called due to rain.

Megan Chess and Bailey Haines combined on a 4-hitter. Chess started and went 4 innings with 3 strikeouts, 4 walks and gave up 3 hits. Haines pitched the 5th inning. She walked 1 and gave up 1 hit.

Offensively for Hickory, Chelsea Marriott belted a grand slam and Morgan McBride doubled and singled. The Lady Hornets have hit 22 home runs this season.

Noelle Wienczkowski pitched 4ê innings for Union City in the loss. She fanned 4, issued 6 walks and gave up 5 hits. The Lady Bears only had 4 singles by 4 different players.

ä Lakeview 3, Rocky Grove 0; Lakeview 6, Rocky Grove 2— At Stoneboro, Kala Mahen fired a complete-game 6-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks as the Lady Sailors blanked Rocky Grove.

Megan McIntire had 3 hits, including a home run and 2 RBI, to lead Lakeview while Katie McClelland had 2 hits.

Jillian Shull went the distance for RG. She struck out 7 batters, walked 1 and gave up 7 hits. P. Phillips had 2 hits for the Lady Orioles.

˝ In the nightcap, the Sailors secured the sweep as  Mahen managed to scatter 9 hits in a complete-game performance. Mahen threw 93 pitches, 73 for strikes.

Lakeview unloaded wih a 4-run 3rd inning.

Brockleburst banged 2 hits and S.Stutzman and R.Gravatt drove in runs. The Lady Sailors swiped 5 bases, including a pair by McClelland.

J.Black started in the circle for the Lady Orioles, but yielded 3 hits, 3 walks and 3 earned runs in an inning. Shull shut down Lakeview, striking out 6 in 5 frames of 2-hit relief.

L.Swatzler swatted 3 hits and drove in a run, and Shull and Hanna hit doubles for Rocky Grove.

Both teams committed a trio of miscues.

ä Sharon 1, Lakeview 0 — At Wengler Field recently on Senior Night, Mallory Torr doubled down the right field line in the 4th inning to drive in the game's only run.

Sharon's freshman pitcher, Hannah George, took a perfect game into the 5th inning, then weathered a 7th-inning rally by the Lady Sailors which included hits by Statzman, Brocklenhurst and Shearer. 

For Sharon, Kristina Jacoway went 2-for-3  with a double. Seniors Kelsey McGranahan and Danielle Steiner each added singles and Kayla Reardon played stellar defense at 2nd base with 6 putouts.

 For Lakeview, Mahan took the loss, but pitched well, striking out 9 in 6 innings.


ä Slippery Rock 89.5, Hickory 50.5 —
Recently at Slippery Rock, the visiting Hornets concluded the dual-meet campaign at 3-3 in the region and overall.

Josh Jones swept the 800- and 1600-meter runs and contributed to a pair of Slippery Rock’s winning relays, while Shane Kirkwood copped the 200- and 400-meter dashes and Porter produced a pair of wins in the long and triple jumps.

Matt Voytik (100, sprint-relay anchor) and Evan Blaire (shot, disc), as well as Bobby Marzano (high, intermediate hurdles) led Hickory.

˝ Hickory High co-Head Coach Barb Dzuricsko noted there were 2 school standards set during the recent Mercer County Invitational.

Luke Lewis put the shot 65-6 1/4 to surpass his own record — set earlier this season — by approximately 4 feet.

Also, the Lady Hornets’ sprint-relay foursome posted a 50.31 clocking.

“Quite amazing!” Dzuricsko praised.

The team of Nikki Arbanas, Lauren Bell, Victoria Russo and Heather Grober collaborated to surpass the 2003 mark (50.54) set by the quarter of Tara Mooney, Dana Gaines, Cheré Marshall and Cathy Powell. That foursome placed 7th at that spring’s PIAA Class AA Championships, Dzuricsko recalled.

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  • On to baseball GC coach Bell retired — sort of!

    You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
    Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
    “My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Johnny Football claims he has learned from his 'rookie mistakes'

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    Usually rookie mistakes for most NFL newbies are throwing into coverage or fumbling the football because you don’t tuck it tightly to your side.

    July 27, 2014

  • 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.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fighting cancer 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.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.”

    July 20, 2014

  • Sky 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.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sharon Football scramble 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.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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).

    July 13, 2014

  • LeBron James 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.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 10, 2014

  • 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.

    July 8, 2014

  • County champs 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:

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Cook 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.

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    June 29, 2014

  • Tri-Athletes 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.

    June 22, 2014 1 Photo

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