CLASS A GIRLS
Who: Kennedy Catholic (24-2) vs. Vincentian Academy (27-1).
What: Western Regional semifinals.
When: Today, 1 p.m.
Where: North Allegheny High, Wexford.
Players to Watch: Kennedy Catholic — Alex Ricketts, 5-11 Sr. forward (17.3 ppg.); Courtney Sargent, 6-2 Sr. post (13.1); Rachel Burns, 5-10 Sr. point guard (11.0); Taylor Hood, 5-7 Jr. 2-guard (7.4); Rebekah Kish, 5-7 Soph. 2-guard (7.0); April Bocian, 6-2 Fr. post (5.5). Vincentian Academy — Brenna Wise, 6-1 Soph. swingman (22.5); Kayla Key, 5-6 Jr. guard (6.7); Abbey Bartoszewicz, 5-6 Sr. guard (6.7); Ally Bartoszewicz, 5-11 Jr. swingman (5.7); Torrieonna Cash, 5-7 Fr. guard (5.1); Maia Joiner, 5-5 Fr. guard (5.0); Kiersten Elliott, 5-10 Fr. swingman (4.9); Sara Marusic, 5-9 Soph. guard.
Bonus Shots: KC gets a rematch of last year’s PIAA quarterfinal game when VA, which is located on McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, knocked the Lady Golden Eagles out of the playoffs with a 56-51 win at North Allegheny High. KC led 38-30 with 1:47 left in the 3rd quarter, but the Royals rallied. They outrebounded KC 50-32. Wise had 18 for VA (scored 10 in the 4th quarter before fouling out with 1:13 left) while Sargent (17) and Ricketts (10) scored in double digits for the locals. KC played that game without Rachel Burns, who had torn her ACL. ... After that game, VA lost to North Catholic (71-58), then NC went on to lose the PIAA title game to Steelton-Highspire (66-59). VA finished with a 28-2 record. ... KC lost to Vincentian (70-53) on Jan. 26 in the title game of the Penn State-Beaver Tournament. VA jumped out to a 28-14 first-quarter lead. Wise buried 6 treys en route to 30 points, Marusic 11 and Cash 10. For KC, Ricketts had 19, Kish 11 and Burns 10. KC played that game without Sargent, who was out with a sprained ankle. ... Cash is the niece of Swin Cash, who played hoops at McKeesport High, won national titles with UConn in 2000 and ’02 and now plays for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. ... KC coach Tom Burns (6th year, 114-34) has led his squad to 3 straight District 10 titles (4 overall). The KC girls program has won 17 D-10 crowns. ... VA is the 2-time defending WPIAL champs and have won 3 in 4 years. ... KC had a 1st-round bye in the D-10 playoffs, beat Commodore Perry (68-28) in the semis and Cochranton (67-45) for the crown. Kennedy beat North Catholic (45-36) in the 1st round of the PIAAs, then routed Port Allegany (70-21) in the quarterfinals Ricketts (17) and Sargent (14) scored in double digits vs. NC and Ricketts (21) and Sargent (17) led the way against Port Allegany. ... Coach Ron Moncrief’s (7th year) Vincentian squad beat West Greene (59-15), Winchester Thurston (76-59) and Quigley Catholic (57-38) in the WPIAL playoffs, then Serra Catholic (53-46) for the title. Wise had 18 points and 20 rebounds in the championship game. In the PIAAs, Vincentian ousted Keystone (58-31) and Berlin-Brothersvalley (44-42). Wise had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Ally Bartoszewicz notched 7 points and 11 boards vs. Keystone. Against Berlin-Brothersvalley Wednesday at Hempfield High, Wise had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Abbey Bartoszewicz scored on a rebound off her own missed shot as time expired to win it. ... The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News did not compile girls’ state rankings this season, but both KC and VA were ranked in the top 5 last season. ... KC has outscored its opponents 1,589 to 796 (793-point differential), while VA is at 1,803 and 1,073 (730). ... Wise has compiled 1,086 career points in only 2 seasons while Ricketts has 1,403 and Burns 1,071. Ricketts is an NCAA D-I Akron University recruit. ... The Bartoszewicz’s are cousins. ... Besides VA, KC’s only other loss was the season-opener Dec. 6 vs. 2-time defending D-10 Class AAA champion Franklin (62-45) in the Franklin Tipoff Tournament. ... VA’s lone loss came on Feb. 11 against Class AAAA Monroeville-Gateway (70-48), which ousted McDowell in the 1st round of the PIAAs, then fell to Chartiers Valley in the 2nd round. ... In the PIAAs last season KC beat Riverview (59-30) and Clarion Area (59-43) before losing to Vincentian. ... KC's last appearance in a PIAA championship game was in 2001 when the Lady Golden Eagles beat Pottsville-Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary (48-46). ... Vincentian’s last trip to the PIAA title game was in ’02 when it beat Camp Hill Trinity Catholic (45-37) in Class AA. Vincentian lost to Camp Hill Trinity (67-58) in the ’01 state championship. ... The game will be broadcast on NewsTalk 790 (WPIC AM), with Jeff Wimer and Roger Flynn calling the action. Airtime is 12:30 p.m. — By Rob Malsom, Herald sports writer.
CLASS AA BOYS
Who: West Middlesex (24-3) vs. Conemaugh Twp. (24-3).
What: Western Regional semifinals.
When: Today, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Players to Watch: West Middlesex — Matt Dogan, 6-foot-6 Sr. combo guard (26.2 ppg.); Trey Staunch, 6-3 Soph. post (16.6); Jeremy Jancso, 6-5 Sr. forward (12.2); Jerrod Palmer, 5-11 Sr. 2-guard (8.2); Roman Klaric, 5-11 Sr. point guard; Christian Porterfield, 5-11 Jr. swingman (5.0); Mike Ginther, 6-6 Sr. post. Conemaugh Twp. — Dillon Boyer, 6-foot Sr. guard (14.2 ppg.); Jeff Fisher, 6-1 Sr. forward (12.7); Josh Burns, 5-9 Sr. guard (11.5); Jeremy Sotosky, 6-3 Sr. swingman (11.1); Austin Speigle, 6-1 Jr. guard (3.6); Jeff Callihan, 6-1 Jr. forward (5.4); Luke Maurer, 6-1 Soph. forward (3.1).
Bonus Shots: Ranked 2nd in the state behind Beaver Falls (Patriot-News), the Big Reds are riding a 20-game win skein and have not suffered a setback this calendar year, last losing in Farrell’s Dresch-McCluskey Holiday Classic finals to Youngstown East (55-52). ... 14th-year Middlesex mentor Chad Mild (234-130, 64.3 percent) — the program’s all-time winningest coach — has orchestrated a school single-season mark for wins that includes an undefeated Region 2-AA crown and 2nd straight District 10 title (single-A in 2012) via a 5-OT victory over fellow semifinalist Lakeview (71-65). ... The Big Reds recorded a 2nd straight OT win, outlasting the WPIAL’s Jeannette (55-50) in the PIAA lidlifter. ... Dogan, Mercer County’s career scoring leader (2,200), has posted double-digit games all but once this season, as has Staunch. Dogan has met or topped the 30-point plateau 7 times. .... Porterfield pumped in 11 points — 1 shy of his season high — in the Big Reds’ quarterfinal-round win over Bishop McCort (61-54), but it took Dogan’s 16-for-18 fourth-quarter free-throw marksmanship (20 for 23 overall) to secure the win. He has attempted almost 1,000 free throws during his scholastic career, and is 210 for 287 (73.1 percent) this season, followed by Staunch (142 of 185, 76.7) and Jancso (16 double-figure scoring games, 108 for 147, 73.4). Collectively, West Middlesex is 524 of 745 (70.3). ... Conemaugh Township’s program last advanced this far in ’02 when it competed in Class A. ... The Indians of 5th-year Head Coach Chuck Lesko (91-34) bested Brentwood (53-49) in the opening round as Boyer bombed 5 triples en route to a game-high 24-point performance. But the Tribe’s triumph was not secured until 7.9 ticks to play remained on Burns’ pair of free throws. In the quarterfinals the Indians blew out Northern Cambria (65-46), led by the double-digit scoring of Boyer (15), Callihan (14) and Sotosky (11) and Fisher’s 9-point, 11-rebound contribution. Northern Cambria’s quintet of seniors had won 80-plus games in 4 seasons, including 22 this year. ... Conemaugh Twp. conquered Tussey Mountain (68-55) and Northern Bedford (75-29) in the District 5 tournament, but had to win a play-in game against the Pittsburgh City League’s Westinghouse (54-44) to gain entry to the PIAA playoffs. ... The Tribe’s lone losses occurred to Penn Cambria (54-46) at the Central Cambria Tourney (Penn Cambria was ousted by Greensburg Central Catholic in the PIAA opener), Northern Bedford (61-53) in mid-December, and Shade (70-58) 2 months later. ... The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 96.7 (WLLF FM), with Mark Slezak and Bob Greenburg calling the action, beginning with a 2 p.m. pre-game show. It will be simulcast on NewsTalk 790 (WPIC AM) following completion of the Kennedy Catholic-Vincentian Academy girls’ game, and also streamed at www.790-wpic.com and www.sportsradio967.com.
Who: Lakeview (23-4) vs. Beaver Falls (25-3).
What: Western Regional semifinals.
When: Today, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Players to Watch: Lakeview — Dalton Boggs, 6-1 Sr. combo-guard (15.8 ppg.); Casey Greggs, 6-6 Sr. swingman (14.5); Coty “Big Country” Gander, 6-2 Sr. post (8.9); Brandon Rice, 6-2 Jr. forward (8.2); Zach VanDusen, 6-0 Jr. 2-guard; Andrew Fowler, 6-3 Sr. guard; Austin Rice, 5-9 Fr. guard. Beaver Falls — Elijah Cottrill, 6-3 Jr. combo-guard (16.4 ppg.); Drew Cook, 6-2 Sr. guard (15.9); Zach Miller, 6-0 Sr. guard; Micoy Mason, 5-9 Sr. guard; Danny Stratton, 6-2 Jr. swingman; Miciah Akins, 5-7 Jr. guard; Tristen Nesmith, 6-3 Soph. forward.
Bonus Shots: Coach Gary Burke (13th season, 205 career wins) has skippered the Sailors to the best season in program annals, including PIAA playoff wins over Quaker Valley (44-40) and Greensburg Central Catholic (49-41). Lakeview is ranked 8th in the state by The Patriot-News. ... This is the Sailors’ 2nd 20-win season brokered by Burke, and 8th winning season in the last 9. ... Boggs (24), Greggs (18), Gander (15) and Rice (10) have supplied consistent double-digit scoring. But the Sailors’ stifling defense and patient offense have combined to enable Lakeview to allow only a pair of opponents to post 50-plus points this season ... Boggs and Greggs surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau this year a 1st for the program, according to Burke. ... James Charlton (1,259) is Lakeview’s career scoring leader. According to available archives at The Herald, Greggs has garnered 1,211. ... D-10 runner-up Lakeview has lost only 3 of its last 20 games — all to West Middlesex. ... Coach Doug Biega (14th year, 302-81, 78.7 percent) and Beaver Falls have been belting postseason opponents, including Bishop Canevin (78-37), Brentwood (66-36), Apollo-Ridge (71-39) and Burrell (61-33) in the WPIAL Tournament, and Bald Eagle Area (92-48) and Mercyhurst Prep (53-39) in the PIAA playoffs — a 31.5 ppg. nightly differential. In the blowout of Bald Eagle Area — the Tigers tallied 31 second-period points to break open a tight 20-17 tilt after 8 minutes — Cook (20 points, 8 assists), Cottrill (18 points, 8 rebounds) and Miller (16), Mason (15) and Stratton (12) scored in double digits as the Tigers tossed in 13 triples. Against Prep, Cottrill collected a game-high 27 points as Beaver Falls forged a 26-16 haftime lead after trailing 8-2 after 8 minutes. ... Beaver Falls forged a 14-0 ledger en route to the Section 2-AA crown. ... The proud program has played for a half-dozen WPIAL titles during the past dozen years. It claims a trio of PIAA crowns (1970, ’94 and ’05), losing last year to Imhotep Charter (56-54, OT), and the Tigers are seeking their 4th trip to state in 9 years. A year ago the Tigers mauled Lakeview (69-37), Conemaugh Twp. (77-52) and Quaker Valley (55-45) en route to 28 triumphs and a berth on the statewide stage. ... The state’s top-ranked AA team (Harrisburg Patriot-News) has suffered setbacks to undefeated AAA New Castle (80-59), Montour (70-62, at the latter’s holiday tourney), and 2-time single-A state finalist Lincoln Park (69-56) on Jan. 12 at the Coaches vs. Cancer Clash of the Titans. ... The game will be simulcast on NewsTalk 790 (WPIC AM) and SportsRadio 96.7 (WLLF FM), with Ryan Briggs and Chris Burtch calling the action, and streamed at www.790wpic.com and www.sportsradio967.com. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor; research compiled by Rob Malsom, Herald sports writer.
CLASS A GIRLS
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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.
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
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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.
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.
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