ä Sharpsville 4, West Middlesex 0 — At West Middlesex, the Blue Devils posted the shutout over the Big Reds.
Bill Shea, Geno Commisso, Chris Enos and Chris Frye scored for the Blue Devils. Chris Enos had 2 assists and Frye and Ryan Ramsey were credited with assists.
ä Hickory 3, Franklin 1 — Under the lights in Franklin Monday night, the Hornets improved to 10-4-3 with the 2-goal win over the Knights.
Hickory scored a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead after the opening half and then tallied the final goal in the 2nd session.
Zack Walters led the way for the Hornets with a pair of goals. David Liszewski buried the other goal in the net for Hickory.
Evan Montgomery was credited with 2 assists for the Hornets. Donte Green registered 10 saves between the pipes for Hickory.
Isaac Drain scored for Franklin. Geoffrey Spaid notched 9 saves in goal for the Knights.
Hickory hosts Grove City at Hornet Stadium Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. It is Senior Night for the Hornets.
ä Grove City 3, Slippery Rock 3 (2OT) — At Slippery Rock, the Eagles and Rockets battled to a tie.
Mark Cessar gave SR a 1-0 lead with a goal midway through the 1st half.
Grove City went up 2-1 on goals by Peter Conley and Caleb Stewart. Both of those goals were assisted by Cole Latimer.
Slippery Rock tied the game at 2-all just prior to halftime on a penalty kick that was buried by Luc LaChance.
In the 2nd half, Noah Stewart scored on a direct kick for GC and Josh Jones tied it at 3-all with a goal for the Rockets.
Slippery Rock outshot GC 17-9.
ä Mercer 3, Commodore Perry 1 — At Sheakleyville, Melissa Shoemaker posted 23 points (6 aces) and 14 assists in leading the Lady M’s (6-8) past the Lady Panthers, 12-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-7.
Mercer: Erika Burger 6 digs; Maddie Hessmann 5 assists, 11 points; Lindsey Miller 15 points, 5 aces, 5 blocks, 15 kills; Angie Moose 6 blocks; Nikki Redmond 8 points, 9 digs; Taylor Moon 12 points, 6 kills; Kaitlyn Nemeth 14 points, 6 digs; Lindsay Nemeth 5 kills. CP: No stats reported.
JV: Mercer, 28-26, 25-17.
ä Grove City 3, A.C. Valley 2 — At “The Eagles Nest in Grove City, the Lady Eagles posted a thrilling 19-25, 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 15-12 win over A.C. Valley of District 9.
GC: Belle Chiodo 10 points; Stephanie Risch 7 points; Taylor Shingledecker 7 points, 5 aces, 5 assists; Arianno Sprando 5 points, 30 assists; McKenzie Fagan 10 kills, 5 blocks; Jenn Ferguson 8 points, 6 kills; Corianne Hyduchak 11 kills; Jordyn Wyllie 12 points, 12 kills.
JV: GC, 25-21, 25-17.
ä Farrell 3, New Castle 0 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium in Farrell, the Lady Steelers swept New Castle, 25-21, 25-14, 25-8.
No other details were reported to The Herald.
JV: Farrell, 25-14, 25-18.
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ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
Spence, Sailors roll past Mercer, 52-21
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
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