District 10 Qualifier
ä At The Country Club of Meadville’s par-72 layout, Hickory’s Billy Colbert carded medalist laurels, shooting a 75.
The top two Class AAA placewinners and the top 8 from Class AA qualify for the D-10 western regionals, Oct. 16 at Toms Run, Blairsville.
On Tuesday, Mercer senior Nate Guiler got in by virtue of his round of 83, good for a tie for 5th. He lost on the 4th hole of a scorecard tiebreaker, officially ending 6th, according to Mercer mentor Dick Griffith, who said,
“(Guiler) didn’t play as well as he can, but with the ground conditions from the recent rain, he played well enough to go to regionals. He’s the first representative in the western regional qualifier at Mercer in seven years.
“I’m pretty proud to be going down there with (Guiler) for the first time, and I’m really looking forward to the western regionals,” Griffith added.
All 4 golfers advancing to the PIAA Championships in York are from the Erie area.
North East’s Megan Moylan captured the D-10 crown on Tuesday at Riverside Golf Club, Cambridge Springs, by carding an even-par 72. Villa Maria’s Annie Ciacchini (80) and Mercyhurst Prep’s Georgia Capotis (81) and Grace Brzozowski (82) rounded out the top 4 who advance to states.
Grove City’s Fontaine McFeaters led the southern tier of D-10 by placing 7th after shooting a 92. GC’s Meg Birmingham shot a 104 to finish in a tie for 20th.
Hickory’s Alena Lancia, Abby Hearns and Chelsea Marriott all shot 96s to finish tied for 12th. Teammate Ashley Addicott carded a 99 (tie for 17th).
Izzy Schell led Reynolds with a 101 (18th). Also for the Lady Raiders, Jamie Vamosi had a 114 (22nd), Taylor Yahner carded a 116 (23rd) and Taylor Delung had a 117 (24th).
West Middlesex’s Lexi Collins posted a 103 to finish 19th and Becca Fithian carded a 124 (29th).
McDowell’s Megan Kazerman captured the D-10 Class AAA championship with an 80.
“It was an enjoyable year,” said Hickory coach Craig Antush, whose Lady Hornets have won 3 straight Region 1 titles. “We had a great time and the girls made a lot of progress, especially the young girls. That’s real encouraging.
“I’m real proud of our two seniors (Lancia and Addicott) and all the success they had. It was a great group of kids and the future is bright.”
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Grove City 18, Greenville 45 — At Grove City, the Eagles improved to 5-0 with the win over the Trojans. Ryan Budnik (16:57) and Aaron Benka finished 1-2 for GC. Dylan Foley (17:21) was 3rd for Greenville.
ä Sharon 23, Reynolds 36 — At Buhl Farm Park, the host Tigers (2-3) tamed Reynolds, led by Matt Dilts’ 1st-place finish in 18:13, while Justin Pago of Reynolds was runner-up.
ä West Middlesex 15, Kennedy Catholic 50 (forfeit) — At West Middlesex, KC did not field a full team. Levi Canon (18:20) and Brett Kirk (18:26) finished 1-2 for the Big Reds.
ä Commodore Perry 15, Mercer 50 (forfeit) — At the County Seat, Commodore Perry’s Nate White won the exhibition in 17:47.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Commodore Perry 19, Mercer 38 — At the County Seat, Shae Grinnell paced the visiting Lady Panthers with a 21:25 clocking, followed by teammate Samantha Oakes (22:39).
ä Grove City 21, Greenville 39 — At Grove City, the host Lady Eagles (4-1) eased to victory, led by Catie Jaskowak, who outdistanced Greenville’s Maddie Thrasher, 20:05 to 21:04.
ä Sharon 18, Reynolds 45 — At Buhl Farm Park, the host Lady Tigers (2-3) triumphed by placing 7 runners in the top 10, led by the 1-2 finish of Brienna Roys (22:40) and runner-up JoLynn Anderson.
ä West Middlesex 15, Kennedy Catholic 50 (forfeit)— At West Middlesex, the Lady Golden Eagles didn’t field a full team. Sophia Kachulis (22:28) and Jordan Aubel were 1-2 for WM.
ä Hickory 5, Sharon 1 — At Hornet Stadium, Evan Montgomery and Zack Walters had 2 goals each for the Hornets (9-3-2).
Nick Tantuo notched the other goal for Hickory. Montgomery, Tantuo, Jacob Andrzejewski and Matt Costello each had 1 assist. Donte Green made 8 saves in goal.
Joey Rahn notched the lone goal for the Tigers off an assist from Skylar Villegas. Mike Piccirilli registered 8 saves between the pipes.
JV: Hickory, 4-0.
ä Commodore Perry 3, West Middlesex 0 — At West Middlesex, the Big Reds fell to 0-7 with the loss to the Panthers.
Goalscorers for CP were not submitted to The Herald. Isaiah Harris made 8 saves in goal for WM.
ä West Middlesex 3, Kennedy Catholic 0 — At Hermitage, coach Nikki Nych’s Ms. Reds improved to 11-0 with the 25-20, 25-18, 25-14 road sweep.
WM: Tori Roberts 13 points, 8 digs; Aly Andrusky 10 points, 6 digs; Megan Hazlett 14 points, 18 assists; Marissa Pursel 8 kills; Ariel Pratt 6 kills, 6 digs. KC (1-11): J’Shawna Thompkins 7 digs, 7 kills; Tatum Kress 9 points, 8 digs; Hannah Burns 6 assists; Emilee Taylor 7 digs; Donique Marcella 5 points.
JV: WM, 17-25, 25-15, 25-6.
ä Grove City 3, Wilmington 0 — At Grove City, the host Lady Eagles eased to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 sweep, led by Arianna Sprando’s 11-serving point, 22-assist, 6-pass, 5-kill, 5-block line.
Grove City: Belle Chiodo 5 serving points; McKenzie Fagan 8 kills, 7 blocks; Stephanie Risch 15 passes; Adrianna Adams 5 points; Taylor Shingledecker 5 assists; Jenn Ferguson 9 points, 13 passes, 5 kills; Corianne Hyduchak 18 passes, 14 kills; Jordyn Wyllie 8 kills, 5 blocks. Wilmington: No stats reported.
JV: Grove City, 25-12, 25-17.
ä Sharpsville 3, Reynolds 0 — At Transfer, the visiting Blue Devils improved to 7-2 region, 7-4 overall after their 2nd match in as many nights.
Sharpsville: Madison Przicina 27 assists, 5 blocks; Rachel Harenchar 6 digs; Kara Morrin 6 digs, 7 kills, 8 points; Emily Sackett 5 digs, 7 points; Rachael D’Auria 10 kills, 6 blocks, 7 points; Emily Anderson 10 kills; Alivia Shuttleworth 7 points. Reynolds: No stats reported.
ä Clarion 3, Sharpsville 0 — Monday night at Clarion, the visiting Blue Devils were dealt a 25-8, 25-14, 25-15 defeat by the state’s No. 3-ranked (Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches’ Assn.) squad.
Sharpsville: Przicina, Shuttleworth 7 digs each; D’Auria 7 kills; Monnin 8 digs; Harenchar 17 digs.
ä Farrell 3, Commodore Perry 1 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the host Lady Steelers scored a 25-21, 25-16, 17-25, 25-21 win.
Farrell and CP: No stats reported.
JV: Farrell, 14-25, 25-12, 21-19.
ä Brookfield 3, Maplewood 2 — At Brookfield Monday night, the host Lady Warriors (11-10) won the marathon, 25-16, 24-26, 25-14, 21-25, 15-10.
Brookfield: Delaney Saxton 29 kills, 19 digs, 5 serving points; Brooke Hiner 10 kills; Katie Bender 40 assists, 20 points (4 aces); Madison Bonekovic 39 digs; Caitlyn Hackett 12 points.
ä Lakeview defeated Jamestown (2-7, 2-8) Monday night. Game scores and Lakeview statistics were reported in Tuesday’s Herald.
Jamestown: Jackie Gross 6 serving points; Natalie Foltz 5 digs; Nicole McElhaney 7 digs; Samantha McLaughlin 6 assists; Savannah Miller 5 digs.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
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Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
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
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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
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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.
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