Region 1 Mega-Match
Coach Craig Antush’s Hickory High girls team made it a perfect 5-for-5 this season by winning at Lucky Hills Golf Course, Franklin.
Hickory shot a 193, followed by Reynolds (208) and West Middlesex (228). Rocky Grove only had 3 competitors. Hickory leads the Region 1 points with 20. Reynolds has 15 and WM 10.
Grove City’s Fontaine McFeaters, competing independently, earned medalist honors by firing a 38. Abby Hearns (44) led Hickory, Jamie Vamosi (49) paced Reynolds and Paige Fair (54) led WM.
Hickory: Hearns 44, Alena Lancia 47, Kristina David, Chelsea Marriott 51s. Reynolds: Vamosi 49, Izzy Schell 52, Taylor DeLung 53, Taylor Yahner 54. West Middlesex: Fair 54, Rachel Harper 55, Becca Fithian 58, Lexi Collins 61. Grove City: McFeaters 38, Meg Birmingham 54.
˝ The Lady Hornets host the next Mega-Match at Hickory VFW Golf Course on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.
ä Neshannock 200, Grove City 226 — At Castle Hills Golf Club, New Castle, Chris Egbert carded a 35 in leading the Lancers past the Eagles (5-5) in a match played with WPIAL rules (count 5 of 6 golfers).
Kyle Shingledecker fired a 40 to lead Grove City while Matt Gordon fired a 41.
Neshannock: Egbert 35, Rozzi 37, Kirkwood 39, Moses 44, Olivia 45. Grove City: Shingledecker 40, Gordon 41, Jordan Anderson 44, Derek Saylor 48, Justin Fulkerson 53.
˝ Grove City will compete in the Region 3 Mega-Match at Wanango Country Club, Reno, near Oil City, today at 10 a.m.
ä Lakeview 176, Rocky Grove 201 — At Pine Grove Golf Course in Grove City, Chris Palutro carded a 40 in leading the Sailors (3-4) past the Orioles on the par-36 front nine.
Lakeview: Palutro 40, Austin Milliren 42, Keith Kepner 46, Sean Carlson 48. Rocky Grove: Nate White 47, Aaron Weltner 49, Evan Shoup 52, Dan Kleck 53.
Brookfield (386) finished 11th out of 13 teams at their invite on Monday at Yankee Run Golf Course.
Warren JFK captured the team title with 332 strokes. Other scores: East Palestine (343), Cortland-Lakeview (344), Harding (353), Maplewood (359), Ursuline (363), Beaver Local (364), Py Valley (378), Mathews (379), Conneaut (380), Heartland Christian (393) and Lordstown (393).
JFK’s Ryan Fowler and Billy Phillips finished 1-2 individually by shooting a 76 and 77, respectively. The Warriors’ Lonnie Schell tied for 6th place with an 83.
ä Slippery Rock 6, Sharpsville 0 — At McCullough Run in South Py Twp., Molly Joyce and Jenny Dudek had 2 goals each for the Lady Rockets (2-3) in the non-region win over Sharpsville (1-2).
Mackenzie Elliott and Abigail Magliocca notched the other goals for SR. Laurne Leoneerg posted the shutout in goal.
Juliana Sickafus and Rachael Toy split time in goal for the Blue Darlings. Sickafus had 10 saves while Toy recorded 8.
ä Sharpsville 3, Cambridge Springs 2 — In a recent match, scoring for Sharpsville (1-1) were Alisson Fraizer, assisted by Flora Misso; Ashley Vansickle, assisted by Rose Stoyer; and Ashley Hall. In goal, Sickafus had 14 saves.
ä Mercer 3, Commodore Perry 0 — At Mercer, Melissa Shoemaker notched 24 points (10 aces) and 10 assists as the Lady M’s (2-1) swept CP, 25-7, 25-18, 25-13.
Mercer: Lindsey Miller 12 points; Angie Moose 12 points, 5 kills; Nikki Redmond 8 points, 5 kills; Taylor Moon 5 points; Kaitlyn Nemeth 10 points, 5 digs. CP: No stats reported.
JV: Mercer, 25-9, 25-13.
ä Brookfield 3, Youngstown East 0 — At Brookfield, Delaney Saxton registered 19 points, 12 kills and 8 digs in leading the Lady Warriors (3-5) to the sweep, 25-12, 25-5, 25-7.
Brookfield: Caitlyn Hacket 7 kills; Brooke Hiner 16 points; Katie Bender 23 assists; Madion Bonekovic 9 digs.
Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56
When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.
The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.
Roundup: WM girls beat UC; Sharpsville, KC fall
ä West Middlesex 52, Union City 27 — At Union City, coach Mike Williams’ Region 1-A Ms. Reds improved to 2-1 with a win over the Lady Bears of Region 4-AA.
Alyson Pierce scored 15 to lead WM, Noelle Murray registered 13 points and Allie Staunch bucketed 10 markers.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
SPORTVIEW: Browns, Steelers will both lose
THE CLEVELAND Browns quarterback position has been a revolving door this season, but at least one of the more successful signal-callers is back. Jason Campbell is recovered from a concussion and will start.
Does it really matter?
Roundup: Opening-weekend tipoff tourneys conclude
Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
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Farrell Julius McCoy Tipoff Tourney
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.
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