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.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
GROVE CITY 18, GREENVILLE 45
1. Ryan Budnik (GC), 16:57; 2. Aaron Benka (GC); 3. Dylan Foley (G); 4. Ryan Whiteman (GC); 5. Dylan McConnell (GC); 6. John Paul Depew (GC); 7. Jordan Powell (GC); 8. Adam Lowe (GC); 9. Jacob Powell (GC); 10. Ryuji Mano (G).
SHARON 23, REYNOLDS 36
1. Matt Dilts (S) 18:13; 2. Justin Pago (R); 3. Maxx Palisin (S); 4. Dominic Rimer (R); 5. Vincent Esmond (S); 6. Scott Greenawalt (S); 7. Jacob Giegel (R); 8. Isaiah Chavez (S); 9. Joshua Fabian (S); 10. Ben Wilcox (R).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
CMDR. PERRY 19, MERCER 38
1. Shae Grinnell (CP) 21:25; 2. Samantha Oakes (CP); 3. Jamie Burdette (M); 4. Kate Adams (CP); 5. Kylee Bonnett (CP); 6. Kaitlin Conner (M); 7. Journey Wark (CP); 8. Kaitlin Perrine (M); 9. Kristin Perrine (M); 10. Kendra Eddy (CP).
GROVE CITY 21, GREENVILLE 39
1. Catie Jaskowak (GC) 20:05; 2. Maddie Thrasher (G); 3. Hannah Sanford (GC); 4. Tessa Semple (GC); 5. Nanami Mano (G); 6. Olivia Lowe (GC); 7. Mikayla Winner (GC); 8. Melanie Wizorek (GC); 9. Emily Marshall (G); 10. Michaela Schmid (GC).
SHARON 18, REYNOLDS 45
1. Brienna Roys (S) 22:40; 2. JoLynn Anderson (S); 3. Jordyne Vigus (R); 4. Zhanea Davis (S); 5. Xsila Powell (S); 6. Tiaja Thompson (S); 7. Jessica Talbert-Kirsch (S); 8. Delaney Ser (S); 9. Kristen Walski (R); 10. Kiernan Coburn (R).
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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