MERCER COUNTY —
ä Hickory 57, Franklin 40 — At The Castle in Venango County, the visiting Lady Hornets harvested the Region 5-AAA road rout.
Hickory swept the home-and-home regular-season series.
Holly Grober garnered a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double and blocked 4 shots, and Nikki Arbanas added 19 points and a half-dozen steals for Hickory (8-0, 17-0). Also, Nicole LaCava and Brandi Beader evenly divided a dozen rebounds and Beader bucketed 10 points, while Megan Chess dished out 3 assists and Raganne O’Brien added 3 caroms for Lady Hornets’ Head Coach Jeanette Whitehead.
For Franklin (5-3, 10-6), Angelina Starr scored a game-high 23 points, but she was one of only a trio of Lady Knights to enter the scoring column.
ä Mercer 62, Wilmington 46 — In the County Seat, the host Lady M’s manufactured the Region 2-AA win as Alexis Arkwright annexed a game-high 24 points.
Mercer led from the outset: 17-13 at the quarter, 34-26 by the break, and 48-32 through 3 periods.
Arkwright aced a trio of treys for Mercer (5-2, 11-5), while Megan McKinney mustered 16 markers and Alexis Mills 11 for Mercer mentor Aaron Cook. Mercer’s marksmanship from the free-throw line was 11 for 13, led by Arkwright’s 5-for-5 accuracy.
Wilmington (4-4, 10-7) was led by Hannah Drake’s dozen points, while Tessa Sikora and Cassidy Marett evenly divided an additional 22 tallies.
ä Greenville 40, West Middlesex 38 — At Greenville, Cameron Leary’s lay-in proved decisive in the Region 2-AA affair.
The Lady Trojans’ triumph was the product of a 2nd-half rally in which they outscored Middlesex, 24-17 after intermission. Greenville garnered the win despite shooting 8 for 26 from the free-throw line, though Middlesex’s marksmanship was just 7 for 17.
For Greenville (5-3, 8-8) and Head Coach Jennifer Fagley, Michaela Marini mustered a game-high 14 markers. and Leary lent a dozen.
The Ms Reds (2-5, 7-10) were led by Ally Staunch’s 12-point, 17-rebound double-double and Morgan Atterholt’s game-high 19 caroms, while Alyson Pierce provided a handful of assists.
ä Kennedy Catholic 63, Reynolds 22 — At Transfer, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles eased to the Region 1-A road rout.
Taylor Zacherl, Tatum Kress, Taylor Hood and April Bocian bucketed 15, 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively, to key Kennedy Catholic (6-0, 14-2), which outscored Reynolds 53-15 over the game’s final 24 minutes.
Kress completed a 4-assist, 8-rebound, 3-steal line, while Hood handed out 7 assists, hauled down a half-dozen rebounds and had 4 steals. Also, Bocian boarded 6 times and Alivia O’Brien also was credited with 4 steals, 1st-year KC Coach Chris Mele reported.
For Reynolds (3-2, 4-11), Brooke Bresnan bucketed 9.
ä Commodore Perry 56, Jamestown 23 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, Coach Bob Messina’s visiting Lady Panthers improved to 3-4 in Region 1-A and 10-8 overall with the win over the Lady Muskies (0-6, 0-16).
Emily Kitchen fired in 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to record a double-double for CP while Stephanie Vaughn registered 14 points, 3 assists and 3 blocks.
Emily Robinson led Jamestown with 7 points.
ä Rocky Grove 64, Farrell 33 — At The ’Grove, Amber Nerlich netted a game-high 29 points as the Lady Orioles overwhelmed the youthful Lady Steelers in the Region 1-A affair.
Nerlich notched 12 of 22 floor shots, including a handful from beyond the arc. Also for Rocky Grove (3-2, 9-7), Aleece Shiffer scored 15. The Lady Orioles ended 27 for 58 (46.5 percent) from the field.
For Farrell (3-4, 5-12), Kiara Wade was high scorer with 8. Farrell finished 16 for 43 from the floor.
ä Grove City 53, Titusville 26 — At Titusville, the visiting Lady Eagles eased to the Region 5-AAA road rout.
Alexis Deyarmin deposited 10 points to pace Grove City (5-3, 10-6) while Hailey Hall and Brenna Deyarmin evenly split 18 additional points.
Titusville (0-9, 3-14) was led by Jacobs’ 8 points.
ä Brookfield 48, Niles 35 — At Brookfield, the host Lady Warriors’ wire-to-wire win was led by Destiny May’s 13 markers and Danielle DiCristofaro, who dropped in another 11. Also, May mustered a game-high 8 rebounds, DiCristofaro dished out 3 assists, and May and Delaney Saxton divided 6 steals for veteran mentor Shawn Hammond of Brookfield (13-4).
Niles 4-13) was led by Amanda Blank, who bucketed 13 points.
ä Sharon 38, Hickory 29 — At Tiger Gymnasium, Sharon improved to 12-5 with the 9 points win over the Hornets.
D.J. Templeton (120), Cory Buchanan (160), Beau Dignall (182) and Brice Laughlin (195) posted pins for Sharon while Troy Hejazi (138) and Jason Clark (145) won via major decision.
For Hickory, John Sims won by tech fall at 170 pounds and Dom Vadala (106), Justin Walter (113), Stanford Dessaw (132) and Noah Bianco (152) picked up wins by decision.
Sharon coach Dave Ciafre said the Slippery Rock makeup match is Wednesday at 6 p.m., followed by a match vs. West Middlesex at 7:30 p.m.
ä Reynolds 65, Cambridge Springs 3 — At “The Spa,” the Raiders rolled over the Blue Devils.
Gage Bayless (106), Seth Hogue (113), Mike Bartolo (126), Joel Leise (132) and Alex DiGregorio (138) registered falls for coach Casey Taylor’s Raiders.
Zach Stafford won the only match via decision for CS at 195 pounds.
ä Maplewood 36, Sharpsville 33 — At Guys Mills, the Tigers edged the Blue Devils (6-10) in a match that featured 8 forfeits.
Austan Szugye (138) had the lone pin for Sharpsville while Andy Ryan (113), P.J. Campoli (182) and Chris Mueller (195) won by decision.
Jacob Parsons (170) had the only fall for Maplewood.
ä Ellwood City 58, West Middlesex 18 — At Ellwood, the host Wolverines’ win was paced by pins from Tyler Alberts (106), Carter MacMurdo (120), Brian McCarthy (132), J.T. Baldelli (170), Brad Grinnen (195) and Mike Sinclair (220).
For Middlesex (2-9), Jeffrey Spencer secured a fall at 285 pounds, while Mitchell Murray (113) mustered a decision, also.
ä Cochranton 39, Lakeview 33 — At Lakeview Wednesday, the visiting Cardinals pulled out the close victory.
For skipper Tom Tingley’s Sailors, pins were recorded by Jake Heim (120), Sam Breese (285) and Owen Clayton (113). Scoring falls for Cochranton were: Nathan Kline (126), Dylan O’Donnell (138) and Jacob yarnell (145).
MERCER COUNTY —
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
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
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
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
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
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
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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