ä Mercer 14, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, Melissa Shoemaker fired a no-hitter with 7 strikeouts and 5 walks as coach Jack Trott’s Lady M’s (3-0) defeated the Lady Raiders.
Hailey Gearhart suffered the loss for Reynolds. She struck out 3, walked 3 and allowed 8 runs on 8 hits in 3 1/3 innings of mound duty. Paige Baker came on in relief and finished the game. She whiffed 3 batters and surrendered 6 runs on 6 hits.
For Mercer, Aubrey Angermeier singled and doubled, Heather Woods ripped 2 singles and a triple, Analise Whenry singled and doubled and Ashley Ryder had a double.
ä Sharon 5, Grove City 1 — At Wengler Field in Sharon, Gabby Gadola fired a complete-game 5-hitter with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk as the Lady Tigers (3-0) topped the Lady Eagles (0-4).
Aubriana Dellibovi led the Sharon offense with 2 singles and 3 RBI, Mallory Torr singled and doubled, Kristina Jacoway ripped a 2-bagger and Marissa Monnin added a pair of singles.
Taylor Shingledecker took the loss for GC in pitching 2 2/3 innings. She struck out 6 batters, issued 3 walks and gave up 5 hits.
Micaela King doubled for the Lady Eagles and McClaren had 2 singles.
ä Sharpsville 15, Cambridge Springs 5 (5 inn.) — At Sharpsville, McKenzie Popatak belted a 2-run homer and singled in leading the Blue Darlings (2-1) past CS.
Rachel Harenchar and Eugena Davies both singled, doubled and tripled for the locals, Maddie Shuttleworth ripped 3 singles, Megan Davis had 2 singles and Katie Falconi doubled.
Shuttleworth earned the win. She struck out 2 batters and gave up 8 hits.
Parkin took the loss for Cambridge Springs. She walked 5 and gave up 15 hits. McKayla Zilhaver doubled and Kristen Kargol singled and doubled for CS.
ä West Middlesex 5, Maplewood 1 — At the Richard Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, coach Gene Rubeo’s Ms. Reds improved to 2-2 with the 4-run win over the Lady Tigers.
Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 5-hitter for WM. She fanned 6 and walked 1.
Molly Stitt blasted a 2-run triple for WM, Chelsea Reed had 2 singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored and Abby McAdams registered a pair of singles, 1 RBI and scored a run.
“This is Molly’s (Stitt) first year,” said Rubeo. “She runs track and plays volleyball and decided to come out for the team. What a great kid! She tripled in a loss to Mercer the other day and drove in 2 with a triple today. She never played fastpitch before. Talk about an athlete. She has contributed immediately and we are ecstatic to have her.”
Taylor Smith went 6 innings in the loss for Maplewood. She had 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and gave up 6 hits. Abby Sansom had 2 singles for the Lady Tigers.
ä Hickory 13, Ft. Mill 11; Hickory 7, Ft. Mill 4 — At. Ft. Mill, S.C., Hickory opened the season with a pair of wins in a doubleheader.
In the opener, Chelsea Marriott fanned 6, walked 7 and gave up 8 hits. At the plate, Morgan McBride was 2-for-3 with a solo home run, Courtney Maniscalco had 2 doubles, singled and drove in 3 runs, Hannah Gallagher was 2-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI and Mikhaila Layshock singled, doubled and drove in a run.
In the nightcap, Lauren Kizak fanned 3, walked 1 and gave up 7 hits for Hickory. Offensively, McBride singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs, Marriott was 2-for-4 with a 2-run homer, Alyssa Kostka ripped 3 singles and drove in a run and Madison Collier singled, doubled and drove in a run.
ä Sharon 5, Mercer 4 (9 inn.) — At Sharon, the Tigers (2-1) rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th inning to force extra innings and then Nick Carlo doubled to score Josh Nichols in the 9th for the win.
In the 7th, Nichols walked and stole second base and Justin Stefanowicz drove him in to tie the game.
Joey Rahn and Daniel Vanderslice each pitched 4 innings for Sharon and Cody Frazier pitched the 9th. Rahn struck out 6, walked 5 and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and Vanderslice fanned 5, issued 2 free passes and surrendered 2 runs on 3 hits.
Nichols had 3 singles for the Tigers, Carlo doubled and singled, Mike Songer had 3 singles and Stefanowicz registered 2 singles.
Danny Miller pitched 7 innings for Mercer. He had 5 strikeouts, 4 walks and gave up 4 runs on 9 hits. Nick Guiler pitched the 9th frame.
Zach Wimer led Mercer at the dish with 2 singles. His 2-run single gave the Mustangs a 4-3 lead in the top of the 7th inning.
ä Hickory 5, Rocky Grove 1 — At Hermitage, the Hornets (1-5) picked up their 1st win of the season Saturday with a 4-run victory over the Orioles.
Brady Leunis threw a complete-game 4-hitter for Hickory. He collected 7 strikeouts and issued no walks.
Mark DiBattiste tripled and singled for the Hornets, Tommy Cannon had 2 singles and Jacob Andrusky doubled.
Dylan Propek took the loss for RG. He whiffed 2, walked 2 and gave up 5 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Breck Schneider finished the game in relief.
Schneider had 2 singles to pace Rocky Grove at the plate.
ä Grove City 11, Ft. LeBoeuf 3 — At Memorial Park in Grove City, the Eagles improved to 4-1 with the win over the Bison.
Ryan Grace earned the win on the mound. He had 4 strikeouts, 2 walks and allowed 9 hits in 6 innings.
Dustin Maine doubled for Grove City and Matt Gordon, Jordan Anderson and Jesse Hodge all had 2 singles.
Mike Steadman suffered the setback for Ft. LeBoeuf. He went 3-plus innings with 1 strikeout, 4 walks and allowed 5 runs to score.
Steadman singled and doubled and Levi Ehrhart and Josh Greggs both had 2 singles.
ä New Castle 8, Kennedy Catholic 7 — At New Castle recently, the hosts scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and 1 in the 7th to win it.
KC scored 4 in the 2nd inning, 1 in the 3rd and 1 in the 6th frame while NC had 2 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, 1 run in the 5th frame and 2 in the 6th.
KC’s Guillermo Quimones scored in the top of the 7th frame to tie the game at 7-all, but New Castle plated the game-winner on a sacrifice fly.
Scott Moore and Paul Spondike pitched for KC. Moore fanned 4 and walked 2 in 4 innings of mound duty while Spondike closed it out and had 1 strikeout and 1 walk.
ä West Middlesex 7, Maplewood 0 — At West Middlesex, Riley Atterholt, Sage Pope and Christian Porterfield combined on a 4-hitter as the Big Reds improved to 2-1.
Atterholt and Pope pitched 3 innings each and Porterfield closed out the 7th. Atterholt fanned 3 and gave up 3 hits, Pope struck out 3 and allowed 1 hit and Porterfield had 2 Ks.
At the plate for WM, Atterholt had a pair of doubles and 3 runs scored, Brandon Dick doubled and Mark Colella and Porterfield were both 2-for-3.
ä Hickory 3, Greenville 2 — At Hermitage Friday, the Hornets won 2 of the singles matches and at No. 1 doubles as they edged the Trojans.
Singles: Chad Ferguson (G) def. Ross Rosati, 6-1, 6-1; John Smaltz (H) def. Seth Jaussen, 6-4, 6-3; Michael Funera (H) def. Joey Safner, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Doubles: Nick Petrochko-Nelson Murphy (H) def. David Jeffries-Trent McErlane, 6-1, 6-3; Jing Wu-Jonathan Stapchuck (G) def. Stephen Petrochko-Zach Walters, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
TRACK & FIELD
Wilmington’s Jon Yohman placed 1st in the discus (164-0 1/2) and 1st in the shot put (59-0) on Saturday at the South Hills Classic at Baldwin High School.
Hannah Drake took 1st in the triple jump (34-4) and 2nd in the long jump (17-0 1/2); Slavi Pontius was 2nd in the high jump (6-2) and Tyler Donati finished 2nd in the javelin (173-3).
Also, Julie Falvo placed 3rd in the discus (103-3) and 4th in the shot put (34-5) and Monica Johnson took 7th place in the shot (33-0).
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
Raiders win 17th region title; 11 locals to Hershey
When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
KC beats Cochranton for 4th straight D-10 crown
MEADVILLE — Everybody is on April Bocian’s bandwagon — and rightly so. But Tatum Kress helped keep Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program atop District 10’s Class A competition.
Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
McLane rallies to beat Mercer in AA title tilt
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
WM captures 3rd straight D-10 crown
EDINBORO — The West Middlesex Big Reds did it again! For the third straight year, the Big Reds, under the leadership of head coach Chad Mild, the winningest coach in West Middlesex school history, won the District 10 title with a thrilling 55-54 victory over the Fairview Tigers on Friday night at McComb Field House.
Farrell beats East for D-10 Class AAA title
MEADVILLE — Malik Miller was playing with a broken hand, but broke the hearts of East High’s basketball team.
Sophomore sharpshooter Miller mustered 19 markers — tossing in 4 from beyond the arc — helping forge Farrell to the District 10 Class AAA championship, 83-78.
Raiders hold lead at Northwest AA Region Tourney
Reynolds coach Casey Taylor had a simple, but fitting comment after the opening night of the Northwest AA Region Wrestling Championships at Sharon High School Friday:
“So far; so good!”
The defending champion Raiders, who are seeking a 17th region crown in school history, jumped into the team lead with 45 points Friday, heading second place Brookville with 35.
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