MERCER COUNTY —
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.
Twenty-seven of her 43 pitches were strikes. Also, H. Woods whacked 2 of Mercer’s 3 hits.
ä Conneaut Area 12, Grove City 3 — At Grove City Memorial Park, Sahara Blair batted and pitched the visiting Lady Eagles to a road win.
Blair banged a double and pair of homers, driving in 4 runs, and she pitched a complete game, scattering 7 hits, fanning 5 and walking 2.
Also for Conneaut (1-0 region), Becca Hazen, Kristen Laird and Kristen Baker all singled and doubled.
For Grove City (0-1, 0-6), losing hurler Maddie Elberty allowed 10 hits, but fanned 5 and walked only 1. Also, Taylor Shingledecker singled and doubled and Katie Maine doubled.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä Wilmington 96, Reynolds 54 — At Transfer, the visiting Greyhounds garnered the road rout of the Raiders, led by throw Jon Yohman’s sweep of the shot put and discus, as well as versatile Slavi Pontius (high hurdles, high jump, 4x4 relay leg).
For Reynolds, Corey Woods triple-jumped 40 feet, 2 inches, while speedster Dailey doubled up in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while anchoring the Raiders’ victorious sprint-relay quartet.
ä Hickory 129, Sharon 21 — At Hornet Stadium, host Hickory (2-0), harvested the win, led by sprinter DeShawn Coleman (100, 200, sprint-relay anchor), Luke Lewis (shot, disc), Kevin Jancsar (1600, distance and mile relay legs), and distance ace Logan Griffen (open 3200, 4x8 relay leg), as well as Mark Wagner in the 400 and 4x4 relay.
Jon Jacoway swept the high and triple jumps for Sharon, soaring 6-4 in the former.
ä West Middlesex 125, Farrell 24; West Middlesex 141, Kennedy Catholic 8 — At West Middlesex, the Big Reds of coach Ed Pikna rolled to a pair of wins, highlighted by Chris Harrison setting a school record in the discus.
Harrison tossed the disc 155 feet, breaking the mark of 152-9 set by Chris Negrea (1996).
In both meets, Jeremy Jancso was a triple individual winner in the long, triple and high jumps, while Clay Allen doubled in the 100 and 200, and Austin Mirizio won both hurdles events.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä Wilmington 103, Reynolds 47 — At Transfer, speedster Tessa Sikora (100, 200, plus the high jump), distance ace Rikki Brumbaugh (3200-meter run, distance-relay leg) and thrower Julie Falvo (shot, disc) led the Lady Hounds. Also, Hannah Drake doubled up in the long and triple jumps.
For Reynolds, Candi Arnold annexed wins in the 800- and 1600-meter runs and anchored the Lady Raiders’ winning mile-relay foursome. Also Brooke Bresnan (high hurdles, 4x4 leg) contributed for Reynolds.
ä West Middlesex 138, Kennedy Catholic 10; West Middlesex 131, Farrell 17 — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds of coach Bob Morris dominated led by Sara Lucich who set a school recod in the javelin.
Lucich tossed the spear 126-5, beating the mark of Jessica Bittler (123-9) from 2010.
Kelsey Murray won both hurdles events for West Middlesex, while Rachel DeMaria won the discus and shot put.
The lone winner for Kennedy was Godfrey in the 100, while Farrell’s Jarissa Sharper won the 100 and 200.
ä Hickory 117, Sharon 33 — At Hornet Stadium, Lexi Bible bested the field in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs and lent a leg to the winning distance relay to lead host Hickory.
Also for the Lady Hornets (1-0-1), Madi Bell (high hurdles, sprint-relay leg), Nikki Arbanas (100, sprint-relay leg), Jackie White (800, 4x8 relay leg) and Morgan Pellis (long jump, sprint-relay leg) set the pace.
Davis dominated for Sharon, winning the 200- and 400-meter sprints and anchoring the triumphant Lady Tigers’ 4x4 relay foursome.
ä West Middlesex 4, Reynolds 0 — At West Middlesex Monday, the Big Reds rode the arm of Mike Ginther and solid defense to the shutout.
Ginther fanned 11 and allowed 4 hits in going the distance. Aaron Webb clubbed a pair of homers, while Jared Palmer poled a single and homer.
For Reynolds, Mahlon took the loss, whiffing 10, while yielding 5 hits. He aided his cause with 3 singles.
ä Rocky Grove 9, Lakeview 6 — At Stoneboro Monday, the host Sailors dropped to 0-3 in the loss to the Grovers. Brett Schneider was the winning pitcher, while Zack Bigley took the loss. Scott Murray and Schneider blasted homers for the winners (2-1).
Shane Whitehouse had a double, while Andrew Parimuha and Brandon Persch homered for the Sailors.
ä Edgewood 11, Brookfield 1 (6 inn.) — At Brookfield Twp. Park on Monday, the visitors from Ashtabula were led by Andrew Graeb, Connor McLaughlin and Steve Perkio, each with 2 hits. Graeb and McLaughlin each tallied 3 times and Alex Newsome tallied twice.
Winning pitcher Joey Zappitelli went the distance, fanning 4, walking 3 and allowing just 4 hits, including 3 from Jeremy Quinlan, which included a triple. Eric Martin drove in the Warriors’ lone run, while Anthony Weibruda was the losing hurler.
Tuesday’s Sharpsville-at-Lakeview track meet was postponed and tentatively scheduled for April 23, with both teams at Reynolds.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
3200 relay — Wilmington (Scott, Slicker, Masters, Paden), 9:16.3; 110 hurdles — Pontius (W), 17.2; 100 — Dailey (R), 11.8; 1600 — Breese (R), 5:11.9; 400 — Slicker (W), 54.6; 400 relay — Reynolds (Trott, Sherbondy, Garansi, Dailey), 47.0; 300 hurdles — Stoyer (R), 41.8; 800 — Paden (W), 2:18.3; 200 — Dailey (R), 24.7; 3200 — Thomas-Masters (W), 11:49.7; 1600 relay — Wilmington (Slicker, Scott, Patton, Pontius), 3:48; Shot put — Yohman (W), 57-0; Discus — Yohman (W), 151-3; Javelin — Donati (W), 169-6; Long jump — Perrine (W), 18-5; Triple jump — Woods (R), 40-2; High jump — Pontius (W), 5-8; Pole vault — Gongloff (R) 9-0.
3200 relay — Hickory (Work, Jancsar, Griffen, M.Sonoga), 8:39.44; 110 hurdles — Peidle (H), 17.5; 100 — Coleman (H), 11.24; 1600 — Jancsar (H), 4:49.5; 400 — Wagner (H), 53.29; 400 relay — Hickory (Schumacher, Palumbo, Voytik, Coleman), 43.26; 300 hurdles — Beatty (H), 45.20; 800 — Jancsar (H), 2;11.33; 200 — Coleman (H), 22.88; 3200 — Griffen (H), 11:52.10; 1600 relay — Hickory (Pursel, Jancsar, Wagner, J.Sonoga), 3:39.90; Shot put — Lewis (H), 58-6; Discus — Lewis (H), 148-11; Javelin — Wallace (H), 151-1; Long jump — Smith-Anderson (S), 19-10; Triple jump — Jacoway (S), no distance submitted; High jump — Jacoway (S), 6-4; Pole vault — Belko (H), 12-6.
WEST MIDDLESEX 125,
3200 relay — West Middlesex (Fitzgerald, Kirk, Williams, Canon), 9:17.5; 110 hurdles — Mirizio (WM), 16-1; 100 — Allen (WM), 10-8; 1600 — Johnson (WM), 5:00; 400 — Archie (F), 56.1; 400 relay — West Middlesex (Grasso, Mirizio, Patton, Allen), 44.2; 300 hurdles — Mirizio (WM), 43.9; 800 — Williams (WM), 2:11.3; 200 — Allen (WM), 22.3; 3200 — Canon (WM), 11:01.6; 1600 relay — Farrell (Archie, Gullich, Saunders, Phillips), 3:54.9; Shot put — Carter (F), 39-7.5; Discus — Harrison (WM), 155-2; Javelin — Lucich (WM), 131; Long jump — Jancso (WM), 22-2; Triple jump — Jancso (WM), 41-7.5; High jump — Jancso (WM), 6-2; Pole vault — Patton (WM), 13-6.
WEST MIDDLESEX 141,
KENNEDY CATHOLIC 8
Differences from Farrell meet: 400 - Kirk (WM), 59.7; 1600 relay - West Middlesex (Fitzgerald, Kirk, Mirizio, Trippy), 3:56.7; Shot put - Marzano (WM), 39.7
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
3200 relay — Wilmington (Brumbaugh, Robb, Baldwin, Drake), 13:39.5; 100 hurdles — Bresnan (R), 18.6; 100 — Sikora (W), 13.7; 1600 — Arnold (R), 5:45; 400 — Baldwin (W), 1:02.3; 400 relay — Wilmington (Thompson, Winters, Hartner, Schwenke), 57.3; 300 hurdles — Winters (W), 53.0; 800 — Arnold (R), 2:34; 200 — Sikora (W), 28.8; 3200 — Brumbaugh (W), 13:23.3; 1600 relay — Reynolds (Stoyer, Pacifico, Bresnan, Arnold), 4:33.4; Shot put — Falvo (W), 34-1è; Discus — Falvo (W), 111-7è; Javelin — Thompson (W), 102-4; Long jump — Drake (W), 14-7; Triple jump — Drake (W), 33-3; High jump — Sikora (W), 4-10; Pole vault — Thompson (W), 7-6 .
WEST MIDDLESEX 138,
KENNEDY CATHOLIC 10
3200 relay — West Middlesex, (White, Pierce, Tyillian, Weimer), 10:29.1; 110 hurdles — Murray (WM), 17.4; 100 — Godfrey (KC), 14.2; 1600 — Aubel (WM), 5:59.2; 400 — Pape (WM), 1:08.3; 400 relay — West Middlesex (Pratt, Perilli, Dambaugh, Buchanan), 56.2; 300 hurdles — Murray (WM), 50.5; 800 — White (WM), 2:29.5; 200 — Perilli (WM), 29.3; 3200 —Tyillian (WM), 12:22.9; 1600 relay — West Middlesex (White, Perilli, Murray, Pape), 4:38.5; Shot put — DeMaria (WM), 37-10; Discus — DeMaria (WM), 117-7; Javelin — Sarah Lucich (WM), 126-5; Long jump — Howe (WM), 13-11.5; Triple jump — Pratt (WM), 30-10.25; High jump — Purcel (WM), 4-6; Pole vault — Garrett (WM), 7-0.
WEST MIDDLESEX 131,
100, 200 — Sharper (F), 13.4, 27.9. Other events were West Middlesex winners as listed in KC meet.
3200 relay — Hickory (Placzek, Bible, Gruber, White), 10:19; 100 hurdles — Bell (H), 17.49; 100 — Arbanas (H), 13.67; 1600 — Bible (H), 5:41.33; 400 — Davis (S), 1:02.21; 400 relay — Hickory (Bell, Arbanas, Pellis, Russo), 52.24; 300 hurdles — Free (H), 54.04; 800 — White (H), 2:42.63; 200 — Davis (S), 27.86; 3200 — Bible (H), 12:59.41; 1600 relay — Sharon (Davis, Bell, Kirsch, Powell), 4:17.48; Shot put — Fustos (H), 42-4; Discus — Garthwaite (H), 106-11; Javelin — Colbert (H), 90-5; Long jump — Pellis (H), 15-4; Triple jump — Malak (H), 32-11; High jump — Placzek (H), 4-7; Pole vault — Beck (H), 8-6.
MERCER COUNTY —
LOCAL COLLEGE SPORTS: Thiel's Schafer picked for NCAA Pathway Program
Thiel College assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator Amy Schafer was one of just 12 individuals recently selected for the NCAA 2014 Pathway Program.
The Pathway Program exists to assist minority and/or female administrators who wish to become director of athletics as their next career step through education, training and mentoring. The program is designed to provide national exposure to its participants and to generate the opportunity to glean information and career guidance from the leadership of intercollegiate athletics administrators throughout the country.
Reynolds 20-year home mat streak halted
They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!
The Raiders of coach Casey Taylor dropped a tough 30-25 decision to Erie McDowell Tuesday night at Reynolds, the first home loss for the Raiders since 1993.
The Class AAA Trojans (2-0) last year rallied from a large deficit to beat Class AA Reynolds in Erie, 38-33. On Tuesday, the northerners also rallied from a 25-21 deficit in the final two matches to halt the streak.
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.
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