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ä Grove City 5, Rocky Grove 0 — The Eagles of coach Shawn Sowers moved to 2-0 in the region and 6-0 overall with the victory on Tuesday.
Singles: Matt Welker def. Trevor Irwin, 6-0, 6-0; Evan Lowers def. Henry Gent, 6-1, 6-1; Chris Adams def. Austen Barnett, 6-4, 6-2. Doubles: Dylan Motta-Ravi Patel def. Isaac Cora-Colton Miller, 6-2, 6-1; Kyle Yeakle-Frank Bassani def. Jace Junk-Damien Maxwell, 6-0, 6-1.
ä Grove City 5, Oil City 0 — At Oil City on Monday, the visiting Grovers garnered the road win.
No scores were reported, but Welker, Lowers, and Adams won singles matches, as did the doubles duos of Motta-Patel and Andrew McCracken-Frank Bassani.
ä Sharpsville 4, Reynolds 3 — At Sharpsville, Rachel Harenchar singled in the game-tying run in the 7th stanza, then scored the game-winner on a passed ball.
Maddie Shuttleworth won the pitchers’ duel, going the distance, allowing 10 hits and striking out 3. Reynolds’ Paige Baker scattered 7 hits and whiffed a dozen.
For Sharpsville (4-1), McKenzie Popatak singled and doubled and Megan Davis drilled 2 hits.
For Reynolds, Hailey Gearhart garnered 3 hits, Autumn Babcock banged a pair, and Sam Campbell clubbed a double.
ä Wilmington 6, Sharon 4 —At New Wilmington, right-hander Abby Sotter silenced Sharon’s sticks on a handful of hits. Sotter struck out 13 and walked 3 in a route-going performance.
With a 6-4 lead Sotter escaped a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the 7th after allowing a walk and pair of singles. She struck out back-to-back batters, then retired the side on a comebacker.
Also for Wilmington (1-0 Region 2-AA, 5-0 overall), Alanna Elliott ended with 3 hits, Megan Houyouse had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Courtney Cohen clouted a 2-run double, as did Lexie Donati.
For Sharon (0-1, 3-2), losing hurler Gabby Gadola gave up 6 runs on 11 hits, whiffed 2 and hit a batter. Kayla Reardon ripped a 2-run triple for the Lady Tigers, too.
ä West Middlesex 7, Kennedy Catholic 5 — At West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen pitched a complete game, whiffing 6, walking 1 and allowed 8 hits. She helped herself by stroking 2 hits.
Also for West Middlesex (1-0 region, 4-2 overall), Aly Andrusky added a 2-run double and Sara McFarland mustered a single and double.
Keying KC (0-1, 1-2) were Anna Benson, Abby Ferlin and losing hurler Emilee Taylor, each of whom ripped a pair of hits, and Courtney Sargent, who scorched a single and triple. Taylor also went the route, permitting 8 hits and striking out 3 while not issuing a walk
Kennedy committed 5 miscues, Middlesex 3.
ä Lakeview 4, Mercer 1 — At Brandy Springs Park, Mercer, the visiting Lady Sailors coasted on the complete-game, 3-hit pitching of Mahen, who mustered 9 strikeouts and walked only 2.
She threw 73 strikes out of 107 pitches, and aided her own cause by stroking a pair of hits, one of which was a home run.
Also leading Lakeview was McClelland, who muscled 2 hits, including a double.
For Mercer, losing moundsman M. Shoemaker allowed 5 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) in 4 frames. She whiffed 3 and walked 3. Cameron relieved, tossing 3 innings of 2-hit relief and striking out 6.
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NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense
THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
Racing to fight cancer
Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
Full text of LeBron's essay in SI
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew
Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.
Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
Following are game reports:
The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary
Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.
SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11
THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
It is open to the public at no charge.
Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the academic year.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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