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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 —
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.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
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
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
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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Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.
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.”
Wilson holds 2-stroke lead over Colbert at Herald-Tamie Junior Golf Championship
It’s never easy in a golf tournament when you are chasing the leader. It’s even more difficult when you are chasing history, as well.
Such is the case for Hickory High senior Billy Colbert who has a chance to become only the second golfer in history to become a 4-time champion of the prestigious Herald-Tam O’Shanter Junior Golf Championship.
ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK: County coaches can relax since Dunn is done!
REST EASY, Mercer County coaching fraternity. Joe Dunn played his final scholastic athletic contest Saturday evening.
After wreaking havoc on the area aggregation’s football and basketball teams during this past year’s District 10 playoffs, Girard High’s Dunn is bound for Penn State-Behrend to become a nurse anesthetist and play basketball.
For one series during the latter stages of the 3rd annual North-South All-Star Game, Dunn demonstrated his deadly demeanor.
SPORTVIEW: Polanco looks like he has been ready for the majors
IF IT WEREN’T so sad, it would be laughable. The Pirates declared that they kept Gregory Polanco in the minor leagues because he wasn’t ready for the Bigs.
Give me a break!
Of course that was the company line. If they had admitted that they didn’t bring him up because it saved them millions of dollars under baseball rules, they would have felt the wrath of the league and the players union.
Former Lakeview High product Miller wins NCAA javelin title
Very few high school athletes get the opportunity to go to Division I schools and even fewer excel on that national stage, but University of Florida junior track and field star Fawn Miller has done just that.
Miller, who was crowned PIAA champion twice during her high school days at Lakeview High in Stoneboro, won the javelin title on Wednesday night at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
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