ä West Middlesex 3, Sharon 1 — At Tiger Stadium, Coach Mike Williams’ visiting Ms. Reds rolled on goals from Riley Lyons, Kaitlyn Beck and Gretchen Elsey.
Kayla Ballard, Molly Stonebreaker and Delaney David were credited with assists, while goalkeeper Brianna Spencer made 11 saves for West Middlesex (3-4 region, 6-5-1 overall).
Ashlyn Zajac, assisted by Emma Levitt, scored for Sharon.
ä Hickory 3, Canfield 3 — At Canfield, the Lady Hornets led 3-1 after the opening half, but Canfield, which is ranked 7th in the Buckeye State, rallied to tie the match on a penalty kick in the last minute.
Jackie White, Sara Suler and Lauren Bell notched the goals for Hickory (11-1-1). White and Jada Poindexter had assists and Morgan McBride made 10 saves in goal.
Elena Billy scored a pair of goals for Canfield and Bailey Fischer had the other one. Raquel Abel registered 8 saves between the pipes for the Lady Cardinals.
JV: Canfield, 2-1.
ä Mercer 6, Sharpsville 1 — At McCullough Run, the visiting Lady M’s Megan McKinney mustered 4 goals. Also for Mercer, Bethany Juergens and Alexis Mills scored, while goalkeeper Samantha Carr yielded only 1 goal.
For Sharon (1-6 Region 1, 2-9 overall), Ashley Vansickle scored, while Rachel Toy and Juliana Sickafus split time in goal.
ä Slippery Rock 4, Grove City 2 — At Slippery Rock, Jenna Whitmer buried a pair of goals in the back of the net in leading the Lady Rockets past the Lady Eagles.
Molly Joyce and Bailey Boyd scored the other goals for Slippery Rock.
For Grove City, Grace Dadzaa scored off an assist from Katelyn Williams in the 1st half. Julie DiStasi registered a 2nd-half goal for the Lady Eagles.
ä Wilmington 3, Grove City 2 — At Grove City, the visiting Lady Greyhounds gained the win on singles successes by Alana Elliott and Niki McCown, and the 2nd doubles duo of Taylor Cox-Allison Krupa.
For Grove City (6-8), Katie Kosick, at 2nd singles, and the 1st tandem of Maddie Jazwinski-Morgan McCommon were winners.
Singles: Elliott (W) def. Claire Casalnova, 6-4, 6-3; Kosick (GC) def. Lexi Donati, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1; McCown (W) def. Molly Somora, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Doubles: Jazwinski-McCommon (GC) def. Lydia Kraynak-Holly Vernan, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Cox-Krupa (W) def. Lauren Steele-Brittany Foringer, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
ä Sharon 3, Mercer 2 — At Tiger Gymnasium, the host Lady Tigers tallied a 20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 12-25, 15-8 upset.
Sharon (2-9): Jessica Talbert-Kirsch 5 kills, 10 assists; Leah Smith 13 assists; Iman Morgan 9 serving aces; Kristina Jacoway 7 kills, 8 digs; Delisa Smith 6 kills; Tanayja Sanders 5 serving aces, 10 kills; Ger’Brea Peterson 5 digs. Mercer: No stats reported.
JV: Mercer, 2-0.
ä Lakeview 3, Jamestown 0 — At Stoneboro, the host Lady Sailors secured a 25-14-, 25-10, 25-14 sweep.
On “Dig for a Cure Night,” the Lady Sailors raised $1,800 for the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute of Meadville, Coach Lisa Herrick reported.
Leading Lakeview were Salena Stutzman (20 serving points, 12 digs), Taylor Reed (8 points), Tia Reed (6 points, 5 digs) and Rachel McKean (7 points); Ashley Ray (9 digs); Sam Riddle (10 digs).
JV: Lakeview, 25-22, 25-9.
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.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move
ONE OF THE strangest NFL moves I’ve seen in a long time involved the Philadelphia Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is one of the top wide receivers in the league and a danger to score every time he touches the ball, including punt returns. But the big question is: Why was he just released? Couldn’t they find a trade at least to get some value back?
WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
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