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).
Breese defends heavyweight title at PIAA Championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Move over Rod Wright!
Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
However after posting a game-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance in West Middlesex High basketball team’s 76-66 PIAA Class AA playoffs opening-round win over Neshannock Saturday night, Staunch said opponents may have been overlooking the Big Reds.
Hickory girls 26-0, oust Johnstown
SLIPPERY ROCK — At Morrow Field House Saturday evening, the Hickory Lady Hornets kept the perfect season alive with a 63-37 state playoff first round win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans from District 6.
“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
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