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.
Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56
When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.
The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.
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.
SPORTVIEW: Browns, Steelers will both lose
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?
Roundup: Opening-weekend tipoff tourneys conclude
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.”
2013-14 hoops season begins with tipoff tourneys
Farrell Julius McCoy Tipoff Tourney
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.
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