ä Brookfield 5, Sharpsville 4 — At Brookfield Twp. Park, the Lady Warriors (8-3) scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to post a thrilling win over the Blue Darlings.
Trailing 4-3 in their final at-bat, Ashleigh Vivo walked and was sacrificed to second base by Ciara Rotunno. Alisha Quinlan doubled home Vivo to tie it at 4-all and Kenyana Ashley singled home a pinch-runner from second for the game-winner.
Quinlan had the RBI double, Lyndsey Berecek ripped 2 doubles and drove in 3 runs and Destiny May was 2-for-4 with a triple.
Berecek earned the win on the mound. She struck out 7, walked 3 and only allowed 3 hits.
Maddie Shuttleworth was tagged with the loss for the Blue Darlings. She whiffed 2 batters, walked 4 and allowed 9 hits.
McKenzie Popatak belted a homer in her first at-bat. Sharpsville’s other 2 hits were singles.
ä Wilmington 15, Union 0 (3 inn.) — At New Wilmington, Abby Sotter and Kayleigh Shenker combined to pitch an abbreviated no-hitter as the Lady Hounds (10-2) rolled past the Scotties.
Sotter fanned 5 batters and walked 1 while Shenker had 1 strikeout.
Offensively for Wilmington, Alanna Elliott tripled and doubled, Cassidy Marett and Chelsea Rogel had 2 singles each, Aryn Boyer doubled and singled and Courtney Cohen had a 2-bagger.
No stats were submitted on Union.
ä Corry 7, Hickory 3 (7 inn.) — At Hermitage, the Lady Beavers took the lead in the 4th inning and closed out the victory against the Lady Hornets.
Madison Collier led the Hickory offense with a home run in the 6th inning. Danielle Collier and Hannah Gallagher doubled.
Chelsea Marriott and Lauren Kizak split time on the mound for Hickory. Marriott pitched 4 innings with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Kizak tossed the final 3 frames with 1 walk and yielded 4 runs on 5 hits.
Shannon Baker pitched all 7 innings for Corry. She fanned 6, walked 6 and surrendered 3 runs on 6 hits.
At the plate for the Lady Beavers, Baker had 2 hits, including a homer, and 2 RBI, Hannah Kondrlik notched 3 hits (1 homer) and 3 RBI and Rikki Gillihan added 2 hits and drove in a run.
ä West Middlesex 17, Mercer 2 (5 inn.) — At Veteran’s Field in Brandy Springs Park in Mercer, coach Jerry Novosel’s Big Reds pounded out 18 hits and rolled past the Mustangs.
Christian Porterfield led the way for WM by going 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and Jerrod Palmer and Trey Staunch were both 3-for-4. Also for the Big Reds, Mark Colella, Sage Pope and Brandon Dick were all 2-for-4 with a double.
Riley Atterholt picked up the mound win. He struck out 11 batters, walked 2 and only allowed 5 hits.
Logan Clarke singled and doubled for Mercer and Brayton Edwards belted a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. Danny Miller was the losing pitcher.
ä Grove City 5, Sharon 0 — At Grove City, the Eagles improved to 13-1 with the sweep of the Tigers.
Matt Welker, Evan Lowers and Chris Adams swept singles play for GC while Frankie Bassani and Dylan Motta and Kyle Yeakle and Andrew McCracken teamed up to sweep the doubles matches.
Singles: Welker (GC) def. Dylan Cerroni, 6-0, 6-0; Lowers (GC) def. Brandon Bittler, 6-0, 6-0; Adams (GC) def. Steven Merchant, 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Bassani-Motta (GC) def. Jack Evans-Ryan Wagner, 6-3, 6-3; Yeakle-McCracken (GC) def. Skylar Villegas-Ross Ballard, 6-2, 6-3.
TRACK & FIELD
Coach Ed Pikna’s West Middlesex boys team placed 4th on Friday at the Mars Invitational. They finished behind Seneca Valley, Gateway and Hampton.
Speedster Clay Allen led the way for WM. He won the 200-meter dash (22.27), placed 2nd in the 100 (11.04), ran the anchor leg on the 3rd-place 400 relay squad (44.16) and was 4th in the long jump (20-8 1/2).
Sebastian Grasso, Austin Mirizio and Luke Patten were the other members of the 400 relay team.
Patten captured 1st place in the pole vault (14 feet) and Trevor Harrison was 2nd in the discus (146-6).
Roundup: WM girls beat UC; Sharpsville, KC fall
ä West Middlesex 52, Union City 27 — At Union City, coach Mike Williams’ Region 1-A Ms. Reds improved to 2-1 with a win over the Lady Bears of Region 4-AA.
Alyson Pierce scored 15 to lead WM, Noelle Murray registered 13 points and Allie Staunch bucketed 10 markers.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
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THE CLEVELAND Browns quarterback position has been a revolving door this season, but at least one of the more successful signal-callers is back. Jason Campbell is recovered from a concussion and will start.
Does it really matter?
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Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
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ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
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