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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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Roundup: Rockets, Hornets, Blue Devils win
ä Slippery Rock 11, Grove City 3 — At Memorial Park in Grove City, Travis Lauster singled and tripled and reached base 4 times as the defending District 10 Class AAA champion Slippery Rock Rockets beat the Eagles.
Joe Barnhart went the distance for Slippery Rock. He gave up a dozen hits in earning the win. At the dish for Slippery Rock, Jackson Kerchis, Butler and Matt Badger all had 2 hits and Arrenzo doubled.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
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.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
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.
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