ä West Middlesex 3, Reynolds 0 — At West Middlesex, coach Nikki Nych’s Ms. Reds improved to a perfect 12-0 with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-14 sweep over the Lady Raiders.
Megan Hazlett led the way for West Middlesex with 8 points, 27 assists and 8 digs.
West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 12 points, 11 digs; Aly Andrusky 6 points, 8 kills, 5 digs; Marissa Pursel 7 kills; Ariel Pratt 9 points, 8 kills; Dani Krepps 6 points. Reynolds: No stats reported.
JV: WM, 25-11, 28-26.
ä Grove City 2, Titusville 0 — At Grove City’s Forker Field Wednesday night, Brittany Mattson scored off an assist by Julie DiStasi and Kalie Davis scored on a free kick from 30 yards out. Goalkeeper Olivia Andrews posted the shutout.
ä Sharon 2, Kennedy Catholic 2 (tie) — At Butala Stadium in Hermitage Wednesday, the regulation game was deadlocked at 2-2 and no one scored in double OT. For Sharon, Kieran Zajac scored on an assist by Lilly Trambley and Emma Levitt nailed the net on a penalty kick. No results submitted by Kennedy.
A photo of the Hickory-Sharon boys soccer match on page B-1 of Wednesday’s Herald incorrectly identified Sharon player Eric Mastrianno as Eric Martwinski.
Hickory's incredible run ends against Blackhawk
BUTLER — Shakespeare warned us to “beware the Ides of March” — March 15, the assassination of Julius Caesar.
In the year 2014, on the Ides of March, it was more a case of beware Blackhawk and the eyes of Chassidy Omogrosso.
Omogrosso owned the free-throw line Saturday afternoon, converting all 13 of her attempts in leading the Lady Cougars 48-45 PIAA Elite Eight round win over Hickory.
Vincentian ousts KC for 3rd straight year
BUTLER — Legend has it, when Coach Eddie McCluskey, at season’s end saw his players weeping — despite the disappointment of defeat — he took it as a good sign because they’d given their all and had nothing more to give.
For the 3rd consecutive season Kennedy Catholic High girls basketball program had its season short-circuited by perennial power Vincentian Academy, on Saturday by a 56-29 count.
CV overcomes 16-point deficit to oust Farrell
NEW CASTLE — Playing in pain, playing with pride, playing with composure — all important components to winning basketball games.
But understanding how to play with prosperity is equally important; failing to do so by losing one’s composure can prove painful to one’s pride.
Farrell High boys basketball’s proud program painfully permitted a 16-point halftime spread to evaporate, resulting in a 69-62 PIAA playoffs loss to Central Valley Friday night.
Buzzer-beater in OT lifts Hickory past defending state champs
With 4 seconds remaining in overtime during Thursday night’s PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal-round game, Holly Grober had tears in her eyes.
Tears of agony.
Megan Chess had attempted just 2 shots and not scored a point.
She finished the game scoreless.
KC girls oust Claysburg-Kimmel, 45-38
GREENSBURG, Pa. — Nobody said it would be easy. Not when you get to the second round of the PIAA playoffs. But nobody said it would brutal!
“That was a very, very physical game,” said a relieved Kennedy Catholic coach Chris Mele after his team defeated a hard-nosed group of Lady Bulldogs from Claysburg-Kimmel, 45-38, Thursday night at Hempfield High School.
Big Reds fall to Greensburg Central Catholic
WEXFORD — The West Middlesex High boys basketball team was eliminated from the PIAA playoffs Thursday night following a 73-57 loss to Greensburg Central Catholic.
“The ball didn’t bounce our way (Thursday) night, and I’m kind of disappointed about it. But our effort was still there,” West Middlesex mentor Chad Mild said.
PIAA hoop games postponed
Because of the inclement weather moving in on Wednesday, all PIAA basketball playoff games involving District 10 teams were postponed until today.
ä The Kennedy Catholic girls game will be at Hempfield High, Greensburg, at 6:30 p.m.
ä The Villa Maria and Mercyhurst Prep doubleheader is scheduled at Sharon High School for 6:30 and 8 p.m.
ä The West Middlesex boys game is scheduled at 7 p.m. at North Allegheny High School, Wexford.
ä The Hickory girls and McDowell doubleheader is moved from Slippery Rock University to Farrell High School at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
The Farrell vs. Central Valley Class AAA boys game is 7 p.m. Friday at New Castle Area High School.
Farrell ousts Uniontown in overtime, 86-72
PENN HILLS — Five decades did nothing to diminish the intensity of the Farrell-Uniontown boys basketball rivalry. What transpired back in the 1960’s reverberated as recently as Tuesday night during the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
And just as it did approximately a half-century ago, Farrell forged past Uniontown, this time 86-72 in overtime at Penn Hills High.
LOCALS ELSEWHERE: Spon, Cianci, Trudo, Giroski in the news
Several former athletes or coaches from Mercer County are making news in sports elsewhere. Following are their stories:
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.
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