District 10 Region 1
At par-72 Tam O'Shanter Golf Course, Hermitage, the top 7 finishers from the 18-competitor field advanced to the District 10 tournament.
Kennedy Catholic’s Jacob Wilson was medalist after shooting a 79.
Following Wilson were: Zach Taylor (Reynolds), Chris Palutro (Lakeview), Nate Guiler (Mercer), Nick Deitrich (Greenville) and Jake Reaugh (Jamestown), all of whom carded 83s, and Terry Haaz (Kennedy Catholic), 85.
A tie-breaker was implemented, using each golfer’s score on No. 1.
Rounding out the field were: Jacob Reimold (Reynolds), 86; Mark Peters (Mercer) and Paul Spondike (Kennedy Catholic), 87; Keith Kepner (Lakeview), 89; Colton McCright and Bryar Wentling (Greenville), 90; Ronnie Meals (Jamestown) and Brock Watson (Mercer), 95; Jesse Kirila (Kennedy Catholic), 96; Chris Shultz (Jamestown), 97, and Austin Milliren (Lakeview), 99.
ä Slippery Rock 172, Grove City 177, West Middlesex 197 — At Oakview Golf Course, Zac McCue carded a medalist round of 38 to lead Slippery Rock.
Slippery Rock: McCue 38, Collin Hyatt 44, Sam Isacco, Ken Rall 45s; Grove City (10-6): Matt Gordin 42, Jake Cline 43, Kyle Shingledecker 45; Jordan Anderson, Justin Fulkerson 47s; West Middlesex: Ryan Dogan, Jace Burger 48s, Chaz Burger 50, Aiden Bellucci 51.
Lady Picker Invitational
Hickory placed 5th on Tuesday at the annual Lady Picker Invite at Green Meadows Golf Club in North East.
Villa Maria won the event with a 354, followed by McDowell (374), Mercyhurst Prep (385), Meadville (389), Hickory (398), Ft. LeBoeuf (415), Reynolds (440) and North East (440).
Megan Moylan of North East finished 1st individually by carding a 72, 11 strokes better than 2nd place. Mercyhurst Prep’s Georgia Capotis and Abby Fessler of Villa Maria shot 83s.
Alena Lancia led the way for Hickory by shooting a 94 on the par-72 course. Izzy Schell carded a 97 for Reynolds.
Hickory: Lancia 94, Abby Hearns 96, Kristina David 101, Ashley Addicott 107. Coach Craig Antush noted that Chelsea Marriott played independently and shot a 95. Reynolds: Schell 97, Taylor Yahner 105, Brittany Fitzgerald 114, Taylor Delong 124.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 20, Oil City 41 — At West Middlesex, Oil City’s Austin King finished 1st in 17:53, but Middlesex captured 7 of the next 9 spots in the top 10. Levi Canon placed 2nd for the Big Reds in 18:09.
ä Wilmington 17, Reynolds 43 — At Temple Grove, Transfer, the visiting Greyhounds 7 of the top 10 places, led by winner Jared Masters (20:07.8). Justin Pago (21:38.1) finished 4th for Reynolds.
ä Hickory 20, Greenville 41 — At Greenville, the visiting Hornets (4-0) captured 7 of the top 10 spots to earn the win. Dylan Foley clocked in at 17:38 to finish 1st overall for the Trojans. Kyle Boyd finished 2nd for Hickory in 18:01.
ä Grove City 15, Sharon 50 — At Buhl Park, the Eagles swept 8 of the top 10 spots. Aaron Benka finished 1st overall in 16:57 for GC. Matt Dilts was 8th for the Tigers.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 17, Oil City 43 — At West Middlesex, Kristen White (20:52), Chloe Tyillian and Allyson Pierce swept the top 3 spots as the Ms. Reds rolled. Amanda Espy finished 4th for the Lady Oilers.
ä Hickory 17, Greenville 44 — At Greenville, Lexi Bible continued her impressive season by placing 1st for the Lady Hornets (4-0) in 20:03. She was followed by teammates Jackie Abraham, Haley Boyd and Bailey Brown. Nanami Mano finished 5th (21:57) to pace the Lady Trojans.
ä Sharpsville 22, Lakeview 36 — In the Shenango Valley, Maddie Prizinca staked Sharpsville to success in a winning time of 20:48; leading Lakeview was Andrea McConnell (21:59).
ä Grove City 19, Sharon 38 — At Buhl Park, GC’s Catie Jaskowak clocked in at 20:05 to finish 1st. Xsila Powell placed 2nd for the Lady Tigers.
ä Commodore Perry hosted Kennedy Catholic in a boys/girls’ meet, but KC did not field full squads in either race. Perry’s Nathan White (18:08) and Shae Grinnell (21:45) were the top finishers in the races, a pair of 15-50 forfeits to the Panthers.
ä Mercer hosted Jamestown in a boys’/girls’ meet. Jamestown boys and Mercer girls won by 15-50 forfeits. Mercer’s Jaime Burdette (23:01) and Jamestown’s Christian McElhaney (18:49) were the top finishers.
ä Reynolds hosted Wilmington girls at Temple Grove, Transfer, but the Lady Raiders forfeited, 15-50. Kate Robb recorded a 22:50.5 clocking for Wilmington.
ä Sharpsville boys hosted Lakeview, but forfeited 15-50. Sharpsville’s Brad Calleja clocked in at 17:58 to win the exhibition.
ä Kennedy Catholic 5, Sharon 0 — At Buhl Park, KC swept the Lady Tigers. Kennedy seniors Avi Danta, Jillian Dunn and Jensen Kirila were recognized before the match.
Singles: Kirila (KC) def. Jackie Bradshaw, 6-2, 6-0; Bekah Kish (KC) def. Hannah George, 6-0, 6-1; Abby Lenhart (KC) def. Bella Scarmack, 6-0, 6-2. Doubles: Danta-Dunn (KC) def. Natalie Liscio-Lauren Wood, 6-2, 6-0; Kendra Kneisl-Jessie Micco (KC) def. Erin Hosick-Andrea Steiner, 6-0, 6-1.
ä Hickory 5, Oil City 0 — At Oil City, Hickory (11-1, 11-3) blanked the Oilers (4-8, 4-8) in the Region 1 match.
Singles: Marissa Works (H) def. Julia Serbati, 6-0, 6-2; Anna Derloni (H) def. Jen Stevenson, 6-2, 6-3; Rachel Mettee (H) def. Alyssa Whitling, 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Nikki Marone-Lauren McGonigle (H) def. Jenny Williams-Taylor Levison, 6-1, 6-0; Bailey McLaughlin-Annalise Bianco (H) def. Ashlee Roth-Katie Dolecki, 6-1, 6-3.
ä Liberty 4, Brookfield 1 — At Liberty Twp., the visiting Lady Warriors (12-3) dropped their 2nd match in as many days, while Liberty improved to 4-14.
The 1st doubles duo of Ashley and Autumn Kirila were the lone winners for the Lady Warriors.
Singles: Merly Schor (L) def. Alexandra Plyler, 6-1, 6-0; Holly Burgdorf (L) def. Ana Zarlinski, 6-0, 6-0; Taylor McCulley (L) def. Leah Bayer, 6-0, 6-0; Doubles: Kirila-Kirila (B) def. Logan Hunkus-Ashley Newsome, 6-0, 6-0; Alana Landers-Amanda Cannistra (L) def. Megan Murphy-Kristie Zachar, 6-3, 7-6(4).
ä Slippery Rock 6, Sharon 1 — At Slippery Rock, the host Rockets rolled as Sean Freidhof and Luc LaChance tallied twice each, and Josh Stutz and Zach Dublin contributed goals. Josh Jones assisted twice and Nate Popejoy, Stutz and Ben Magliocca once each.
Aaron Martwinski mustered Sharon’s lone score.
Slippery Rock’s Jason Bluedorn and Sharon’s Andrew Rauch made 3 and 9 saves, respectively.
ä Hickory 3, Sharon 0 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets (5-1) swept Sharon, 25-20, 25-12, 25-15.
Hickory: Katie Gustas 5 kills, 7 digs; Hope Wilterdink 14 digs; Dani Collier 6 kills, 20 digs; Maddie Collier 10 assists. Sharon: Jessica Talbert-Kirsch 5 assists; Iman Morgan 5 kills; Kristina Jacoway 5 aces, 6 digs; Delisa Smith 5 digs.
JV: Hickory, 2-0.
ä West Middlesex 3, Sharpville 0 — At West Middlesex, the host Ms. Reds (7-0) rolled, 25-20, 25-18, 25-19. WM coach Nikki Nych reported that it was Sharpsville’s 1st region loss since 2008.
West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 9 points, 9 digs; Aly Andrusky 12 points, 6 kills, 12 digs; Megan Hazlett 6 points, 20 assists; Marissa Pursel 12 points, 8 kills; Ariel Pratt 5 kills, 7 digs; Tori Roth 7 digs. Sharpsville (4-2): Rachel D’Auria 5 kills, 5 blocks, 6 points; Madison Przicina 5 kills, 19 assists; Emily Anderson 6 kills; Olivia Shuttleworth 8 points; Rachel Harenchar 5 points.
JV: WM, 25-16, 25-12.
ä Farrell 3, Jamestown 0 — At Farrell’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, Makiyah Garner had 11 points in leading the Lady Steelers (3-2) to a 25-20, 25-15, 25-16 sweep.
Farrell: Key-Asia Oatis 7 kills; Jackie Chambers 5 points; Jakayla Samuels 6 points, 5 digs; Jazmine Pegues 9 points, 9 assists; Selena Thomas 9 digs. Jamestown: No stats reported.
JV: Farrell, 25-18, 25-20.
ä Grove City 3, Greenville 0 — At Grove City, the host Lady Eagles eased to a 25-20, 25-12, 25-20 sweep.
Grove City: Stephanie Risch 6 serving points, 14 passes; Arianna Sprando 6 points, 24 assists; Taylor Shingledecker 11 points (7 aces); McKenzie Fagan 13 kills; Jordyn Wyllie 9 points; Jenn Ferguson 9 points, 7 kills; Corianne Hyduchak 9 kills. Greenville: No stats reported.
JV: GC, 25-14, 25-17.
ä Reynolds 3, Commodore Perry 0 — At Transfer, Jenna Gardill registered 13 points (7 aces) and 9 kills in leading the Lady Raiders (3-3) past CP, 25-4, 25-11, 25-18.
Reynolds: Brooke Bresnan 5 points; Kayla Thompson 15 points; Dani Babcock 7 points, 12 digs; Kasey Rhoads 12 assists; Rachel Harnett 8 assists. CP: No stats reported.
JV: CP, 25-22, 25-20.
ä Lakeview 3, Kennedy Catholic 0 — At Stoneboro, KC fell to 0-7 with the 25-12, 25-11, 25-21 sweep.
Lakeview: No stats reported. KC: Latetia Coleman 7 assists; Taylor Hood 5 digs; J’Shawna Thompkins 18 kills; Emilee Taylor 6 digs; Tatum Kress 5 digs; Tori Bremick 7 digs; Donique Marcella 5 points; Hannah Burns 5 assists.
JV: Lakeview, 25-14, 25-16.
ä Wilmington 3, Mercer 1 — At Mercer, the Hounds notched a 26-24, 23-25, 25-11, 25-10 victory over the Lady M’s (4-5).
Wilmington: No stats reported. Mercer: Maddie Hessman 12 points, 5 digs; Lindsey Miller 8 points, 7 blocks, 8 kills; Angie Moose 5 assists, 5 kills; Nikki Redmond 14 points, 6 kills, 10 digs; Katie Love 5 digs; Taylor Moon 15 points, 5 kills; Melissa Shoemaker 14 points, 15 assists, 11 digs; Kaitlin Nemeth 7 points, 9 digs; Lindsey Nemeth 5 blocks, 5 kills.
JV: Wilmington, 25-23, 26-24.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
W. MIDDLESEX 20, OIL CITY 41
1. Austin King (OC), 17:53; 2. Levi Canon (WM); 3. David Johnson (WM); 4. Jared Germani (WM); 5. Brett Kirk (WM); 6. Dylan Long (WM); 7. Isaac Williams (WM); 8. Clint Ames (OC); 9. John Miller (OC); 10. Jacob Unverdorben (WM).
WILMINGTON 17, REYNOLDS 43
1. Jared Masters (W) 20:07.8; 2. Calvin Gealy (W); 3. Brett Whitty (W); 4. Justin Pago (R); 5. Ryan Davis (W); 6. Derek Craig (W); 7. Jake Geigel (R); 8. Stefan Pontius (W); 9. Dominic Rimer (R); 10. Spencer Lunnern (W).
HICKORY 20, GREENVILLE 41
1. Dylan Foley (G), 17:38; 2. Kyle Boyd (H); 3. Logan Griffen (H); 4. Justin Walter (H); 5. Adam Krider (H); 6. Trand Wright (H); 7. Mercer Martin (G); 8. Colton Moretti (H); 9. Kevin Hartenstein (H); 10. Ryuji Mano (G).
GROVE CITY 15, SHARON 50
1. Aaron Benka (GC), 16:57; 2. Ryan Budnik (GC); 3. Brian Whiteman (GC); 4. John Depew (GC); 5. Dylan Connell (GC); 6. Braydon Pyle (GC); 7. Jordan Powell (GC); 8. Matt Dilts (Sharon); 9. Max Palison (GC); 10. Josh Fabian (Sharon).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
W.MIDDLESEX 17, OIL CITY 43
1. Kristen White (WM), 20:52; 2. Chloé Tyillian (WM); 3. Allyson Pierce (WM); 4. Amanda Espy (OC); 5. Anna Zrile (WM); 6. Sophia Kachulis (WM); 7. Holly Hudson (OC), Helena Zrile (WM); 9. Mallory Rogers (OC); 10. Jordan Aubel (WM).
HICKORY 17, GREENVILLE 44
1. Lexi Bible (H), 20:03; 2. Jackie Abraham (H); 3. Haley Boyd (H); 4. Bailey Brown (H); 5. Nanami Mano (G); 6. Maddie Thrasher (G); 7. Nina Ordinaro (H); 8. Jordyn Kalp (H); 9. Paige Brown (H); 10. Kyra Henderson (H).
SHARPSVILLE 22, LAKEVIEW 36
1. Maddie Przicina (S) 20:48; 2. Andrea McConnell (L); 3. Cassie Lukonic (S); 4. Marla Holland (L); 5. Eugenia Davies (S); 6. Allie Vilasi (S); 7. Emma Messett (S); 8. Cassie Scott (S); 9. Hannah Jacob (L); 10. Alyssa Dosch (L).
GROVE CITY 19, SHARON 38
1. Catie Jaskowak (GC), 20:05; 2. Xsila Powell (S); 3. Olivia Lowe (GC); 4. Hannah Stanford (GC); 5. Tessa Semple (GC); 6. McKayla Wimer (GC); 7. Jolyn Anderson (Sharon); 8. Zhenea Davis (Sharon); 9. Breanna Roys (S); 10. McKayla Schmidt (GC).
Breese defends heavyweight title at PIAA Championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Move over Rod Wright!
Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
However after posting a game-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance in West Middlesex High basketball team’s 76-66 PIAA Class AA playoffs opening-round win over Neshannock Saturday night, Staunch said opponents may have been overlooking the Big Reds.
Hickory girls 26-0, oust Johnstown
SLIPPERY ROCK — At Morrow Field House Saturday evening, the Hickory Lady Hornets kept the perfect season alive with a 63-37 state playoff first round win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans from District 6.
“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
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.
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