The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


December 30, 2012

Roundup: East wins Dresch-McCluskey Tourney; Sharon girls cop Brookfield Tourney

---- — Two local holiday tournaments wrapped up on Saturday. Youngstown East captured the Farrell Dresch-McCluskey Tourney with a 55-52 win over West Middlesex. Farrell beat Sharon, 69-57, in the consolation game.

In girls hoops, Sharon edged Brookfield, 55-50, in the title game at the Brookfield Lady Warrior Holiday Tourney.

The following were reported to The Herald:


Brookfield Lady Warrior Holiday Championship

ä Sharon 55, Brookfield 50 —
At Brookfield, Sharon (5-2) led 15-14 after 8 minutes of play, 29-28 at the break and outscored the Lady Warriors 13-9 in the 3rd quarter to pull ahead and held on to capture the championship.

Mallory Torr scored 15 points to lead the Lady Tigers and Lexie Dabney bucketed 13. Both were named to the All-Tourney Team.

Tori Thompson and Lauren Hawley had 12 points each for Brookfield (4-3). Hawley and Kayla Boyer were All-Tourney selections.


Farrell Dresch-McCluskey Tourney Championship

ä Youngstown East 55, West Middlesex 52 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the Panthers parlayed the free-throw line in taking the tourney title.

After Jarel Gadson garnered the back end of a double-bonus free-throw situation with 7.6 ticks to play, elevating East to a 55-52 edge, West Middlesex mainstay Matt Dogan dribbled the length of the floor following the ensuing inbounds pass.

However Dogan’s potential game-tying 3-point, pull-up jumper from the right wing glanced off the rim and was rebounded by tourney MVP Taylor Johnson at the buzzer.

East erased a 36-34 deficit after 3 quarters. During the 4th frame East ended 8 for 12 from the line, with Marquis Cotton and Terrell McClain making 3 of 4 apiece.

It was a homecoming, of sorts, for 1st-year East head coach Dennis Simmons, who served as a Steelers’ assistant for Farrell head coach Roland Shannonhouse the past 2 years.

Thus far this season East is 8-1.

“It’s well deserved for the kids,” Simmons said. “They worked hard, and they really wanted this one after coming in third place last year.”

East endured a 6-for-25 first-half shooting performance against the Big Reds’ 3-2 zone defense, as Middlesex mustered a 23-14 margin at intermission.

But East elevated its energy level during the 2nd half, and the Panthers poured in 20 third-period points — led by Johnson’s 9, as he, McClain and Jamir Humphrey hit treys — enabling East to edge within 36-34 entering the 4th frame.

McClain mustered both ends of a 1-and-1 bonus opportunity with 2:05 seconds remaining, easing East to a 46-44 edge it did not relinquish.

Middlesex’s marksmanship from the charity stripe actually surpassed the Panthers’ as Dogan (6 for 8) and Trey Staunch (4 for 4) keyed the Big Reds’ 11-for-14 accuracy. Both were named to the All-Tourney Team.

Middlesex made 22 of 29 (75.8 percent) freebies in all, while East ended 11 for 19 (57.8).

“We kind’ve got lulled to sleep and didn’t play our game. West Middlesex had a heckava game plan, took advantage of some things we weren’t prepared for,” Simmons praised, “but we kind’ve played a little bit closer to our game during the second half.”

With 16 points Johnson was joined in double digits by McClain (10), who also snared 7 rebounds, while Humphrey had 9 points and he and All-Tourney Team pick Deontay Scott split a dozen rebounds.

For West Middlesex (4-3), which had its 3-game win skein snapped. Staunch’s 16 points was bolstered by Dogan (14) and Jeremy Jancsco (15). But the Big Reds recorded only 13-for-30 shooting from the field, committed 18 turnovers — 11 during the 2nd half and 6 during the decisive 4th frame —  and were outrebounded 31-22.

East ended 19 for 52 from the floor (36.5) and made 16 miscues, but only 3 during the 4th quarter.

Simmons said of his 2-year stint with the Steelers, “Coach ‘House’ (Shannonhouse) is probably the best coach in western Pa., if not Pa.  but it’s fun going back home,” added Simmons, a Chaney High and Youngstown State University product. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.


ä Farrell 69, Sharon 57 —
The backcourt of Jamel Brown and Malik Miller stoked the Steelers’ success.

Farrell forged a 25-24 halftime lead, but extended its edge during the 2nd half as Miller mustered 13 of his career-high 18 points and Brown bucketed 8 of his 11. Both were named to the All-Tourney team, along with post Ike Jones who jolted Sharon for a 16-point, 10-rebound twin-killing. Also, Marshawn Hyman had 9 rebounds and 6 points and Tyrone Archie 8 points.

Led by Miller (9 for 11) and Jones (4 for 5) Farrell finished 22 for 33 from the line (66.7), while Sharon struggled, sinking only 6 of 14 attempts.

“Any time you can beat Sharon, beat your rival, you gotta take the win,” a smiling Shannonhouse said, continuing, “(Brown and Miller) controlled the tempo and controlled the ball, they didn’t turn the ball over and they took good shots, and best of all they set other people up for good shots. They did a nice job, real steady.

“We’re still in the maturing process,” Shannonhouse said of his Steelers (4-3). “We’ve got a lot of young guys. Our backcourt — people don’t realize, but this is Malik and Jamel’s first year playing varsity basketball. So anytime we can get those guys a win and get them some confidence, we’ll take it.”

Twenty-three turnovers also toppled the Tigers (3-4) of 1st-year head coach Jason Rankin. Khalil Hopson hit a team-high 13 points coming off the bench, while Darrell Stovall, Mike Porterfield and Jamal Waller evenly divided an additional 27 points. Stovall snared a team-high 9 caroms and Hopson had 7, while Mark Henry handed out a handful of assists.

Stovall and Hopson also were named to the All-Tourney Team. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

Franklin Dick Russel Memorial Tourney

ä Lakeview 31, Aiken 27 —
At “The Castle” in Franklin, the Sailors (7-1) rebounded from Friday’s 47-36 loss to John Hay (Cleveland) by beating Aiken High out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brandon Rice led the way for Lakeview with 9 points while Casey Greggs, who made the All-Tourney Team, notched 5 points and 6 rebounds.

Demarcus Cook scored a game-high 11 points for the Aiken Falcons.

The tourney was set up so the two Pa. schools battled the visitors from the Buckeye State.


Lakeview Duals

Lakeview and Jamestown competed in the Lakeview Duals Friday in Stoneboro.

The host Sailors of coach Tom Tingley posted a 4-1 mark with wins over Oil City, 45-27, North East, 37-36, Girard, 54-28, and Clarion, 48-27, while losing to Meadville, 44-27.

Coach Steve Pfaff’s Jamestown Muskies went 5-0, with wins over Franklin, 45-29, Clarion, 49-21, Oil City, 58-15, Meadville, 47-24, and North East, 55-18.

Records for Lakeview wrestlers were: Evan Clayton (106) 4-1; Adam Dosch (113) 3-2; Jake Heim (120/126) 5-0; Jazymin Johnson (120/126) 1-4; Trevor Williams (132/138) 3-2; Dustin Schleifer (138) 2-3; Brandon Persch (145) 4-1; Marty Baughman (160/170) 1-4; Marquis Spence (170/182) 4-1; Jesse Amon (182) 0-4; Andrew Clayton (195) 3-2; Marcus Bowser (220) 0-5; Sam Breese (285) 5-0.

Records for Jamestown wrestlers were: Hunter Goodlin (106) 4-1; Farris Messai (113) 4-1; Scott Thurber (120) 1-4; Jonas Reaugh (126) 5-0; Jake Reaugh (132) 4-0; Nick Floch (132) 1-0; Seth Thurber (138) 2-3; Devin Randall (145) 4-1; Garrett Morgan (152) 5-0; Mohammad Messai (160) 5-0; Eddie Shappee (170) 1-4; William Shappee (182) 4-1; Jason Shappee (195) 2-3; Keamus Schuhlen (220) 4-1; Mark Brenizer (285) 2-3.

Redbank Valley Tourney

Coach Dave Ciafre’s Sharon High Tigers placed 6th out of 15 teams with 116 points on Saturday at the 2-day Redbank Valley Christmas Holiday Classic.

Jaray Norris captured the title at 126 pounds while Michael Bonner (138) and Brandon Bittler (170) placed 2nd and Jason Clark (132) was 3rd.

Also for Sharon, Beau Dignall (182) finished 5th, Austin Alfreno (120) was 6th and Anthony Leak (285) and Andrew Campbell (152) both placed 7th.

ä The Mercer matmen finished 7th overall (114) at the Redbank Valley Tourney.

Jon Hennegan was the 285-pound champion, Preston Hoover (106) and Ryan Brunson (195) placed 2nd and Rodney Brant (138) finished 3rd.

Also for the Mustangs, Brian Phillips (220) took 5th, Ben Shaffer (120) and Clay Ruffo (160) finished 7th and Trevor Fowler (126) took 8th.

ä West Middlesex finished 9th at Redbank Valley, led by 2nd-place finisher Gavin Kroesen (132).

Also for WM, Brandon Dick (138) was 4th, Mitchell Murray (106) took 5th, Luke Hemminger (170) finished 6th, Aidan Vellucci (113) and Eric Lucich (182) were both 7th and David Cook (145), Jeffrey Spencer (220) and Jacob Keller (285) finished 8th.

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