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
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.
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.
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