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.
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Racing to fight cancer
Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
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HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
Full text of LeBron's essay in SI
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Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
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Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
Following are game reports:
The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary
Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.
SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11
THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
It is open to the public at no charge.
Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the academic year.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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