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.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
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Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
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