ä Mercer 6, West Middlesex 5 — At Veterans Field at Brandy Springs Park, Mercer, a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 7th inning gave the Lady M’s (2-0) the win.
Ali Cameron earned the win. She struck out 5, issued 1 walk and gave up 3 hits in pitching the final 4 innings.
Jess Province singled and doubled for Mercer and Heather Woods ripped 2 singles and a double.
Jordyn Allen suffered the loss for WM. She went the distance with 8 strikeouts, 6 walks and gave up 5 hits.
Offensively for the Ms. Reds, Taylor Gilliland belted a solo home run and doubled, Brooke Parcetich had 3 singles and Molly Stitt tripled.
ä Wilmington 13, Kennedy Catholic 3 (5 inn.) — At New Wilmington, Abby Sotter fanned 8, walked 1 and scattered 6 hits in a complete-game performance in lifting the Lady Hounds to a win in their season-opener.
Cassidy Marett ripped 3 singles for Wilmington and Alanna Elliott and Ashley Houk had 2 singles each.
Emily Taylor went the distance for KC. She whiffed 4, walked 3 and surrendered 12 hits.
Donique Marcella doubled and singled for KC.
ä Franklin 2, Reynolds 1 (8 inn.) — At Transfer, the Paige Baker fanned 17, issued no walks and only allowed 2 hits, but the Lady Knights were able to manufacture runs in the 5th and 8th innings to earn the win.
Alaura Straka had 2 singles and Samantha Campbell doubled for Reynolds (0-1).
Franklin’s Izzy Romanowski gave up 6 hits to earn the win. Julia Peiffer and Christine Rice doubled.
ä Sharon 19, Slippery Rock 4 (3 inn.) — At Wengler Field in Sharon, the Lady Tigers opened the season with a rout of the Lady Rockets.
Gabby Gadola pitched the 3 innings for Sharon. She fanned 1, walked 1 and gave up 4 hits.
Aubriana Dellibovi had 2 doubles and 5 RBI for the Lady Tigers, Kristina Jacoway ripped a 2-run double, Kelsey McGranahan singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs and Amelia Crawford added 2 singles.
Morgan Longdon went the distance for SR. She had 1 strikeout, 13 walks and gave up 9 hits. Jordan McCauley belted a 2-run homer for the Lady Rockets.
ä Brookfield 4, Grand Valley 1 — At Brookfield Twp. Park, Lindsey Berecek fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks as the Lady Warriors opened the season with a win.
At the plate for Brookfield, Haley Hogue had 2 singles and 2 RBI and Ashley Vivo ripped a pair of singles.
ä Grove City 9, Mercer 0 — At Memorial Park, Grove City, a quartet of Eagles’ pitchers permitted just 1 hit in the combined shutout.
Jesse Hodge started and worked 3 hitless innings, walking 2 and fanning 4 for the win. Jordan Anderson added 2 perfect innings of relief, and Brandon and Ryan Grace each tossed an inning.
Thorn suffered the mound setback.
Anderson annexed a 4-for-4 plate performance that included 2 RBI, and Ben Lucas lent 3 hits for Grove City (2-1). Also, Matt Gordon drilled a double.
ä Sharpsville 12, Lakeview 7 — At South Py, the host Blue Devils dented the scoreboard for 7 runs in the 2nd stanza en route to the win.
Ross Llewellyn led Sharpsville (1-1) with 3 hits, 3 runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Also, Jalen Mockabee and Tanner Morris each drove in 3 runs and Greg Popatak a pair. Mockabee had a hit and sac fly and Morris nad Popatak drilled doubles. Also, Tyler Wansack whacked 2 hits.
Winning pitcher Jake Bulick went 3ê innings, yielding 1 hit, fanning 5 and walking 4.
Slater suffered the Sailors’ mound setback, while Snyder stroked a double.
ä Wilmington 2, Reynolds 1 — At Transfer, Travis Brumbaugh pitched and battled the Hounds (1-1) to the win over the Raiders (0-1).
Brumbaugh fanned 11 and gave up the 1 run on 4 hits (all singles) in 6 innings on the mound. At the plate, he doubled and scored both runs for Wilmington.
Jack Mahlon took the loss for Reynolds. He struck out 6, walked 2 and gave up the 2 runs on 4 hits in going the distance.
Offensively, Paul Torok had 1 hit, 2 stolen bases and scored the lone run for the Raiders and Kellen Gursky had an RBI single.
ä Grove City 5, Oil City 0 — At Grove City Thursday, the Eagles (3-0) swept the Oilers.
Singles: Matt Welker (GC) def. Randyll Bearer, 6-0, 6-0; Evan Lowers (GC) def. Louden Buchanan, 6-0, 6-1; Chris Adams (GC) def. David Crawford, 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Dylan Motta-Frankie Bassani (GC) def. James McCauley-Zach Shutty, 6-0, 6-0; Kyle Yeakle-Andrew McCracken (GC) def. Ian McLaughlin-Austin Dailey, 6-0, 6-0.
ä Grove City 4, Greenville 1 — At Grove City Wednesday, the Eagles rolled in the region opener.
Singles: Welker (GC) def. Chad Ferguson, 6-4, 6-4; Lowers (GC) def. Seth Jaussen, 6-4, 6-4; Joey Safner (G) def. Adams, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. Doubles: Motta-Bassani (GC) def. David Jeffries-Trent McErlane, 6-2, 6-3; Yeakle-McCracken (GC) def. Jing Wu-Jonathan Stapchuck, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä Wilmington 117, Farrell 28 — At New Wilmington, the host Greyhounds were led by Slavi Pontius (high hurdles, high jump), Jarod Thomas (800-, 1600-meter runs), Brandon Slicker (200-, 400-meter dashes), Jon Yohman (shot put, discus), and David Perrine (long, triple jumps).
Yohman put the shot 59 feet, 9 inches.
ä West Middlesex 115, Reynolds 35 — At West Middlesex, the host Big Reds rolled to their 2nd win in 3 days.
For Coach Ed Pikna, Clay Allen (100-, 200, long jump, sprint-relay anchor), Austin Mirizio (high, intermediate hurdles), and Luke Patten (400-meter run, pole vault), as well as Trevor Harrison (shot put, discus) set the pace.
Levi Stoyer (800-meter run, distance-relay leg) led the visiting Raiders.
ä Hickory 83, Grove City 66 — At Hornet Stadium, host Hickory hurdled Grove City’s prolific Dan Jaskowak en route to the season-opening win.
Jaskowak swept the 400-, 800- and 1600-meter runs and lent a leg to the Eagles’ victorious 4x4 relay team.
For Hickory, DeShawn Coleman (100-, 200, sprint-relay anchor), Luke Lewis (shot, disc) and Matt Marzano (long, triple jumps) led the way. Lewis put the shot 58-3è.
Also for Grove City, Kyle Trinch swept the high and intermediate hurdles.
ä Lakeview 105, Mercer 45 — At The County Seat, the visiting Sailors coasted to the win, led by versatile Zach VanDusen (long, triple jumpers, 100-meter dash) and sprinter Blake Reddick (200, 400), as well as thrower Joseph Armstrong (shot, disc) and distance ace Workman (3200-meter run, distance-relay leg).
For Mercer, Kevin Reno recorded a double-double in the 800- and 1600-meter runs.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä Wilmington 122, Farrell 18 — At New Wilmington, the host Greyhounds garnered multiple wins from Tessa Sikora (triple, high jumps, 200), Hannah Drake (long jump, distance- and mile-relay legs), Rikki Brumbaugh (3200-meter run, 4x8 and 4x4 relays), and Julie Falvo (shot, disc), as well as Kate Robb (1600, distance-relay leg).
ä West Middlesex 121, Reynolds 29 — At West Middlesex, Kristen White broke a 21-year old school record in the 1600-meter run to pace the Ms. Reds (2-0).
White clocked in at 5:27.7 to shatter the 1992 mark held by Beth Sanderbeck (5:33). White also won the 800 and 3200.
Also for WM, Kelsey Murray swept the hurdles and ran on the winning 1600 relay team, and Aerial Pratt swept all 3 jumps and was part of the foursome that captured the 400 relay.
Rose Stoyer was a double-event winner for Reynolds, finishing 1st in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
ä Hickory 75, Grove City 75 — At Hornet Stadium, the teams ended deadlocked.
Courtney Corban (100-, 200-meter dashes), Lauren Decker (400-, 800-meter runs, distance-relay leg), Mary Jaskowak (1600-, 3200-meter runs, 4x8 relay), and Mckenzie Fagan (triple, high jumps) led the visiting Lady Eagles.
For Hickory, Sophia Fustos put the shot 41-1è, while Madison Bell (high hurdles, sprint-relay leg) and Morgan Pellis (long jump, 4x1 relay leg) led the host Lady Hornets.
ä Lakeview 92, Mercer 68 — At Mercer, the visiting Lady Sailors secured the win, led by Marla Holland (100, 200), jumper Courtney King (high, triple).
For Mercer, Jenny Berger swept the high and intermediate hurdles and lent a leg to the Lady M’s winning sprint- and mile-relay foursomes. Also, Bowersox bested the field in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs.
ä Farrell 3, Ft. LeBoeuf 2 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium in Farrell, the Steelers rallied from a 2-game deficit to beat the Bison, 23-25, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, 15-12.
“It was a big win for the team,” said head coach Dan Dragicevic. “It was our home-opener and it was just a great team effort. They came together as a team. I couldn’t ask for anything else from them the last three games. They battled for every point.”
Farrell: Austin Pickens 17 kills; Ike Jones 7 kills; Anthony Pegues 15 assists; Tyrone Archie 15 kills; Trevor Austin 9 kills, Jacoby Green 7 digs; Leon Lewis 7 blocks; Diallo Lewis 5 aces; Jalen Scott 20 assists.
JV: Farrell, 23-25, 25-20, 16-14.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
WILMINGTON 117, FARRELL 28
3200 relay — Wilmington (Rhodes, Slicker, Thomas, Scott), 9:44; 110 hurdles — Slav. Pontius (W), 17.6; 100 — Scott (W), 11.9; 1600 — Thomas (W), 5:16.3; 400 — Slicker (W), 54.8; 400 relay — Farrell (Burns, Jackson, Sanders, Gavin), 47.9; 300 hurdles — Scott (W), 42.7; 800 — Thomas (W), 2:26; 200 — Slicker (W), 25.2; 3200 — Kurpa (W), 11:54.3; 1600 relay — Wilmington (Slicker, Scott, Perrine, Slav. Pontius), no time submitted; Shot put — Yohman (W), 59-9; Discus — Yohman (W), 164-8; Javelin — Donati (W), 151-6; Long jump — Perrine (W), 19-6è; Triple jump — Perrine (W), 38-11; High jump — Slav. Pontius (W), 5-8; Pole vault — Step. Pontius (W), no height submitted.
W.MIDDLESEX, 115, REYNOLDS 35
3200 relay — Reynolds (Stoyer, Breese, Gongloff, Arnold), 9:33.7; 110 hurdles — Mirizio (WM), 16.6; 100 — Allen (WM), 10.8; 1600 — Williams (WM), 5:02.5; 400 — Patten (WM), 52.8; 400 relay — WM (Grasso, Mirizio, Patten, Allen), 46.8; 300 hurdles — Mirizio (WM), 44.4; 800 — Stoyer (R), 2:15.8; 200 — Allen (WM), 22.5; 3200 — Canon (WM), 11:07.8; 1600 relay — Reynolds (Bondey, Stoyer, Breese, Woods), 3:59.3; Shot put — Harrison (WM), 44-1; Discus — Harrison (WM), 144-1; Javelin — Barris (WM), 113-8; Long jump — Allen (WM), 21-10; Triple jump — Patten (WM), 42-4è; High jump — Jancso (WM), 6-0; Pole vault — Patten (WM), 13-1.
HICKORY 83, GROVE CITY 66
3200 relay — Hickory (Work, Janscar, Griffen, M.Sonoga), 8:36.77; 110 hurdles — Trinch (GC), 15.53; 100 — Coleman (H), 11.38; 1600 — Jaskowak (GC), 4:43.40; 400 — Jaskowak (GC), 52.36; 400 relay — Hickory (Schmacher, Palumbo, Voytik, Coleman), 44.05; 300 hurdles — Trinch (GC), 40.66; 800 — Jaskowak (GC), 2:03.30; 200 — Coleman (H), 23.45; 3200 — Budnik (GC), 10:44.51; 1600 relay — Grove City (Whiteman, Somora, Jaskowak, Orowa), 3:40.39; Shot put — Lewis (H), 58-3è; Discus — Lewis (H), 144-3; Javelin — Reznor (GC), 150-9; Long jump — Marzano (H), 19-10è; Triple jump — Marzano (H), 40-11 1/4; High jump — Armstrong (GC), 5-4; Pole vault — Belko (H), 10-6.
LAKEVIEW 105, MERCER 45
3200 relay — Lakeview (Workman, Williams, Richael, Kinsey), 10:38.16; 110 hurdles — Stringer (L), 18.8; 100 — VanDusen (L), 11.4; 1600 — Reno (M), 4:48.4; 400 — Reddick (L), 54.5; 400 relay — Lakeview (no names submitted), 47.2; 300 hurdles — Hoffman (M), 45.5; 800 — Reno (M), 2:00.3; 200 — Reddick (L), 23.6; 3200 — Workman (L), 11:25.1; 1600 relay — Lakeview (Stanek, Kinsey, Stringer, Reddick), 3:40.2; Shot put — Armstrong (L), 40-4; Discus — Armstrong (L), 121-5; Javelin — Sterling (L), 152-9; Long jump — VanDusen (L), 19-3 1/4; Triple jump — VanDusen (L), 38-6 3/4; High jump — Kaster (M), 5-6; Pole vault — Bachman (L), 8-6.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
WILMINGTON 122, FARRELL 18
3200 relay — Wilmington (Drake, Robb, Brumbaugh, Behm), no time submitted; 100 hurdles — Schwenke (W), 19.1; 100 — Gardner (W), 13.5; 1600 — Robb (W), 6:29; 400 — Baldwin (W), 1:04.5; 400 relay — Wilmington (Farrell disqualified); 300 hurdles — Winters (W), 53.9; 800 — Baldwin (W), 2:37.4; 200 — Sikora (W), 28.0; 3200 — Brumbaugh (W), 15:29.9; 1600 relay — Wilmington (Drake, Winters, Hahn, Brumbaugh), no time submitted; Shot put — Falvo (W), 36-3; Discus — Falvo (W), 102-9; Javelin — Winters (W), 90-4; Long jump — Drake (W), 16-0è; Triple jump — Sikora (W), 33-1è; High jump — Sikora (W), 5-0; Pole vault — Thompson (W), 7-0.
W.MIDDLESEX 121, REYNOLDS 29
3200 relay — West Middlesex (Tyillian, Aubel, Weimer, A. Zrile), 11:30.1; 100 hurdles — Murray (WM), 17.0; 100 — Stoyer (R), 14.2; 1600 — White (WM), 5:27.7; 400 — Pierce (WM), 1:04.9; 400 relay — West Middlesex (Buchanan, Dambaugh, Roberts, Pratt), 59.2; 300 hurdles — Murray (WM), 50.6; 800 — White (WM), 2:32.4; 200 — Stoyer (R), 29.2; 3200 — White (WM), 12:22.6; 1600 relay — West Middlesex (Pierce, Perelli, Murray, Pape), 4:30.6; Shot put — DeMaria (WM), 36-1 1/2; Discus — DeMaria (WM), 119-4; Javelin — Lucich (WM), 111-0 1/2; Long jump — Pratt (WM), 14-5 1/4; Triple jump — Pratt (WM), 31-10; High jump — Pratt (WM), 4-7; Pole vault — Garrett (WM), 7-0.
HICKORY 75, GROVE CITY 75
3200 relay — Grove City (Decker, McClain, Jaskowak, Casalnova), 9:59.83; 100 hurdles — Bell (H), 17.35; 100 — Corban (GC), 13.54; 1600 — Jaskowak (GC), 5:33.69; 400 — Decker (GC), 1:01.8; 400 relay — Hickory (Russo, Arbanas, Pellis, Bell), 54.79; 300 hurdles — DePew (GC), 52.89; 800 — Decker (GC), 2:34.23; 200 — Corban (GC), 28.47; 3200 — Jaskowak (GC), 12:29.25; 1600 relay — Grove City (Decker, Jaskowak, Corban, Treiber), 4:22; Shot put — Fustos (H), 41-1è; Discus — Garthwaite (H), 104-3; Javelin — Colbert (H), 92-11; Long jump — Pellis (H), 15-3; Triple jump — Fagan (GC), 34-1è; High jump — Fagan (GC), 5-0; Pole vault — Beck (H), 8-6.
LAKEVIEW 82, MERCER 68
3200 relay — Lakeview (no names submitted), 11:55; 100 hurdles — Berger (M), 15.8; 100 — Holland (L), 13.2; 1600 — Bowersox (M), 6:27.8; 400 — Watson (L), 1:01.6; 400 relay — Mercer (Young, Stanton, McKinney, Berger), 52.2; 300 hurdles — Berger (M), 48.6; 800 — Kiester (L), 2:57.4; 200 — Holland (L), 27.8; 3200 — Bowersox (M), 14:25; 1600 relay — Mercer (Berger, Young, Brown, McKinney), 4:33.6; Shot put — Brest (M), 28-7è; Discus — Rudeiger (L), 91-6è; Javelin — Casciotti (L), 98-5è; Long jump — Swartzbeck (M), 14-2 3/4; Triple jump — King (L), 32-1è; High jump — King (L), 5-2; Pole vault — Platt (M), 8-6.
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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