GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä West Middlesex 124, Sharpsville 22 — At West Middlesex, Alyson Pierce and Kelsey Murray won 3 events each in leading the Ms. Reds to a season-opening win over Sharpsville.
Pierce and Murray both ran on the winning 1600-meter relay team (2:35.6) while Pierce also won the 800 and was on the 1st-place 3200 relay squad and Murray swept the hurdles.
Roberta Pegg led Sharpsville with wins in the 100 (15.3) and long jump (14-9 3/4).
Sharpsville also ran against Kennedy Catholic and Farrell. Results were not reported to The Herald.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä West Middlesex 136, Sharpsville 11 — At West Middlesex, Austin Mirizio, Jeremy Jancso and Clay Allen were triple-event winners for the Big Reds.
Mirizio and Allen were part of the 4-some that won the 400 relay (45.4). Mirizio swept the hurdles and Allen took 1st in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Jancso swept the jumps.
Sharpsville’s lone win came in the 1600-meter relay.
ä Grove City 6, Hickory 0 — At Memorial Park, Grove City, a quartet of Eagles’ hurlers handcuffed Hickory on just 2 hits.
Starter Matt Gordon garnered 2 perfect innings at the outset, but reliever Ryan Grace got the win with 2 innings of work, whiffing 1 and walking 1. Jesse Hodge and Ben Lucas followed Grace.
Jared Sample singled twice and Jordan Anderson added a 2-run single for Grove City (1-1), which snapped a scoreless stalemate by tallying twice in the 4th frame.
For Hickory, Anthony Cannone cracked a double in the defeat.
ä Grove City 5, Meadville 0 — At Grove City, the host Eagles opened the season with a sweep of the Bulldogs.
Singles: Matt Welker (GC) def. Mike Bogardis, 6-0, 6-0; Evan Lowers (GC) def. Sam Mehan, 6-2, 6-0; Chris Adams (GC) def. Bryce Cozzins, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Dylan Motta-Frank Bassani (GC) def. Geo Yuen-Jon Schupp, 6-1, 6-2; Kyle Yeakle-Lee Wishing (GC) def. Morgan Leung-Ray Bullis, 6-0, 6-2.
ä Mercer 16, Slippery Rock 5 (5 inn.) — At Slippery Rock, Analise Whenry singled, doubled and tripled as coach Jack Trott’s Lady M’s opened the season with a win over the Lady Rockets.
Melissa Shoemaker was the winning pitcher. She fanned 3, walked 3 and gave up 7 hits in 4 innings of mound duty. Ali Cameron pitched the 5th frame. She struck out 2, issued 2 walks and gave up no hits.
M. Langdon went the distance for Slippery Rock. She whiffed 1 batter, only gave up 4 hits, but she walked 11.
Jordan McCauley belted a home run for SR, Marie Bosch singled and doubled and Cassie Vogan had 2 singles.
ä West Middlesex 13, Grove City 3 (5 inn.) — At Memorial Park, Grove City, Jordyn Allen pitched and batted the visiting Ms. Reds to victory.
Allen annexed 6 strikeouts in 5 frames, walking 4 and scattering a half-dozen hits. She helped herself by singling, doubling and scoring 3 runs.
Also for Middlesex, Molly Stitt doubled, Taylor Gilliland singled twice and scored 4 runs, and Chelsea Reed and Randi McCullough collected 2 hits apiece. Middlesex mustered a dozen safeties.
Losing pitcher Maddie Elberty ended with 5 hits and 1 walk allowed in 1ê innings. Reliever Taylor Shingledecker was touched for 7 hits and walked 4 while whiffing 3. Shingledecker slammed a solo shot and Micaela King clubbed a pair of hits in the loss.
The following were reported to The Herald.
ä Track & Field: Tuesday’s Mercer at Wilmington meet, postponed to TBA; Lakeview at Reynolds meet, postponed to April 25.
ä Softball: Tuesday’s Reynolds at Sharon game, cancelled.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
MIDDLESEX 124, SHARPSVILLE 22
3200 relay — West Middlesex (Tyillian, Pierce, Aubel, Weimer), 11:08.9; 100 hurdles — Murray (WM), 17.5; 100 — Pegg (S), 15.3; 1600 — White (WM), 5:38.7; 400 — Przicina (S), 1:03.1; 400 relay — West Middlesex (Buchanan, Dambaugh, Roberts, Pratt), 58.8; 300 hurdles — Murray (WM), 52.7; 800 — Pierce (WM), 2:40.4; 200 — Perilli (WM), 29.9; 3200 — White (WM), 12:20.7; 1600 relay — West Middlesex (Pierce, Perilli, Murray, Pape), 2:35.6; Shot put — DeMaria (WM), 37-0; Discus — DeMaria (WM), 102-4; Javelin — Lucich (WM), 110-11; Long jump — Pegg (S), 14-9 3/4; Triple jump — Pratt (WM), 30-11è; High jump — Purcel (WM), 4-7; Pole vault — Garrett (WM), 6-0.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
MIDDLESEX 136, SHARPSVILLE 11
3200 relay — West Middlesex (Fitzgerald, Kirk, Dale, Williams), 10:01; 110 hurdles — Mirizio (WM), 18.8; 100 — Allen (WM), 11.4; 1600 — Johnson (WM), 5:10; 400 — Kirk (WM), 58.7; 400 relay — West Middlesex (Grasso, Mirizio, Patten, Allen), 45.4; 300 hurdles — Mirizio (WM), 48.1; 800 — Williams (WM), 2:22.8; 200 — Allen (WM), 23.7; 3200 — Canon (WM), 11:29.2; 1600 relay — Sharpsville (Confer, Roesch, Smith, Ferrence), 4:03.7; Shot put — Harrison (WM), 42-2; Discus — Harrison (WM), 141-2; Javelin — Barris (WM), 120-10; Long jump — Jancso, (WM), 21-11; Triple jump — Jancso (WM), 40-4è; High jump — Jancso (WM), 6-0; Pole vault — Lucich (WM), 7-6.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
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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