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).
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.
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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.”
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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.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
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