TRACK & FIELD
West Middlesex swept the team titles on Saturday at the Oil Country Invitational at Oil City High School on Saturday.
˝ Coach Bob Morris’ Ms. Reds accumulated 113 points to grab the crown, followed by Lakeview (107.5), Franklin (84), Meadville (74) and Corry (69.5).
Kelsey Murray captured 1st place in the 300 hurdles (50.02) while Kia Howe was 2nd (51.7). Kristen White finished 2nd in the 1600 (5:31) and Chloe Tyillian was 3rd (5:48).
White placed 2nd in the 3200 (12:52.13) and Rachel DeMaria captured 2nd in both the discus (117-6 1/2) and shot put (37-10 1/2).
Sara Lucich was 3rd in the javelin (117-8 1/2), Pearce played 3rd in the 400 (1:03.88), Murray took 3rd in the 100 hurdles (17.30) and Mia Perilli, Pearce, Murray and Howe took 3rd in the 1600 relay (4:27.43).
Earning 4th-place finishes for the WM girls were Perilli, Logan Nitsche, Anna Zrile and Lannie Alsdorf in the 3200 relay (11.28.56) and White in the 800 (2:30.78).
Ariel Pratt, Perilli, Debbie Danbaugh and Sara Buchanan teamed up to take 5th place in the 400-meter relay (57.1), Lucich was 5th in the discus (95-11 1/2) and DeMaria placed 5th in the javelin (114-3).
Howe was 6th in the 100 hurdles (17.87), Pierce took 6th in the 800 (2:37.80) and Nitsche earned 6th place in the 3200 (13:07.28).
Eighth-place finishes went to Howe in the long jump (14-7), Pratt in the high jump (4-5) and Stephanie Garrett in the pole vault (6-0).
“I’d like to congratulate the girls on a good job,” said Morris. “I’m proud of their efforts, especially on prom weekend. They did a good job.”
WM boys coach and Oil City High product Ed Pikna and his Big Reds finally captured the team title on Saturday after finishing in the top 5 “a dozen times or so,” according to the coach. WM notched 150 points to cop the crown.
Clay Allen took 1st in both the 100 (11.13) and 200 (22.60) and ran the anchor leg on the winning 400 relay team (45.93). The other team members were Luke Patten, Jeremy Jancso and Joe Trippy.
Austin Mirizio was 1st in the 110 hurdles (16.7), Patten took 1st in the triple jump (42-8 1/2) and pole vault (12-6), Jancso took top honors in the high jump (6-4) and Trevor Harrison was 1st in the discus (154-5).
Jancso was 2nd in the long jump (21-10) and Isaac Williams placed 2nd in the 1600 (4:49.24). Third-place finishers were Mirizio in the 300 hurdles (43.9), Patten in the 200 (23.46), Allen in the long jump (20-4 1/2), Eric Lucich in the pole vault (12-0) and Harrison in the shot put (45-3 1/4).
Sebastian Grasso finished 5th in the 100 (11.66) and the 1600 and 3200 relay teams earned 5th-place finishes. Aaron Fitzgerald, Brett Kirk, Tanner Powell and Mirizio teamed up to clock in at 3:52 in the 1600 and David Johnson, Adam Dale, Peyton Pierce and Dylan Long ran the 3200 in 10:10.
Levi Canon was 6th in the 3200 (10:48) and Jancso took 6th in the triple jump (40-0). Johnson was 7th in 3200 (10:51) and Luke Hemminger placed 7th in the 300-meter hurdles (45.81).
Also for the Big Reds, Powell placed 8th in the 110 hurdles (19.48) and Williams was 8th in the 800 (2:16.27).
ä The Reynolds track teams also took part in the event at Oil City High. Clayton Stoyer was 2nd in the 300 hurdles (41.3), Candi Arnold was 2nd in the 800 (2:27.9) and Cory Woods took 2nd in the triple jump (42-3).
Stoyer placed 3rd in the 110 hurdles (16.2) and Morgan McDanel was 3rd in the shot put (33-8). Stoyer took 4th in the 400 (1:03.9) and the 1600 relay squad (no names submitted) was 4th in 4:31.
Woods took 5th in the high jump (5-6), Brooke Bresnan was 7th in the 100 hurdles (17.9), Bill Trott finished 7th in the 200 (24.9), Ryan Sherbondy was 7th in the long (19-1) and triple (39-4) jumps and Woods earned 8th place in the long jump (18-11).
ä The Sharon girls finished 6th as a team in Oil City Saturday and the boys placed 11th.
Xsila Powell, Zhenea Davis, Leona Bell and Jessica Talbert-Kirsch teamed up to take 1st place in both the 1600 (4:09.75) and 3200 (10:27.94) relays. Davis also took 1st in the 400 (1:01.34) and Jonathan Jacoway was 1st in the long jump (21-11 1/4) and 2nd in the high jump (6-4).
Bell placed 2nd in the 200 (28.23), Powell was 2nd in the 400 (1:01.50), Talbert-Kirsch finished 3rd in the 800 (2:29.65) and Scott Greenawalt was 3rd in the 1600-meter run (5:11.52).
Ra’kyla Rice earned 4th in the 100 (13.75) and Wayna Smith-Austin was 4th in the 200 (23.69).
Traja Thompson took 5th in the 400 (1:05.73), Cody Buchanan was 5th in the 400 (10:48.52). Ta-corra Murchison took 7th in the 200 (29.10) and 8th in the 100, Breanna Roys was 7th in the 800 (2:39.33), Smith-Austin earned 8th in the 100 (11.98) and Roys was 8th in the 3200-meter run (13:35.37).
ä Kennedy Catholic’s Tawney Godfrey placed 6th in the triple jump (32-4 1/2) in Oil City Saturday and Farrell’s Jarissa Sharper was 6th in the 100- (13.81) and 200-meter (28.92) dashes.
The Wilmington High boys and girls teams won the Class AA team titles on Friday at the 40th annual Baldwin Invitational.
The Hounds accumulated 33 points while the Wilmington girls notched 12 1/2 to capture the crowns.
Jon Yohman took 1st place in the shot put with a distance of 61 feet, 5 inches and was 2nd in the discus (171-0). Julie Falvo took 1st in the discus (123 feet).
Tyler Donati placed 2nd in the javelin (181-7), Dwight Scott placed 4th in the 300-meter hurdles (40.57) and Hannah Drake finished 7th in the triple jump (34-3).
Coach Dan Dragicevic’s Farrell High Steelers went 5-3 in round robin play Saturday and fell to Obama Academy in the semifinals of the Farrell Classic at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium.
Obama Academy (the former Peabody High School in Pittsburgh) beat Farrell 25-21 in the semis and then Brunswick, Ohio, beat Obama in the finals (25-19).
In round robin play, Farrell split with Obama Academy (25-20, 17-25), were swept by Brunswick (25-19, 25-20) and swept both Ft. LeBoeuf (25-21, 25-22) and St. Joseph (25-14, 25-21).
“Jalen (Scott) was having a great tourney and went down early in the semifinals with an ankle injury,” said Dragicevic. “He’s our lone senior and we just didn’t recover.”
Farrell: Anthony Pegues 10 aces, 29 digs; Jacoby Green 11 kills, 12 digs; Jalen Scott 19 kills, 64 assists; Austin Pickens 27 kills; Ike Jones 17 kills; Alex Myers 29 assists, 7 digs; Leon Lewis 8 kills; Trevor Austin 11 kills; Tyrone Archie 12 kills, 8 blocks; Chase Butler 12 digs; Marcus McCoy 16 kills, 10 blocks.
Greenville’s Chad Ferguson led the way among area boys tennis players on Saturday in the District 10 Singles Tournament at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie.
Ferguson advanced farther than any local player, but failed to return to the finals. No. 3 seed Matt Welker of Grove City was upset in the 1st round by Fairview’s Ben Westedt.
Defending D-10 champ Shane Burns of Warren, who beat Ferguson in the finals last year (6-3, 7-5), and 3 other Erie County players were alive in the semis. The championship matches are Monday at 3:30 p.m.
TRACK & FIELD
LOCAL COLLEGE SPORTS: Thiel's Schafer picked for NCAA Pathway Program
Thiel College assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator Amy Schafer was one of just 12 individuals recently selected for the NCAA 2014 Pathway Program.
The Pathway Program exists to assist minority and/or female administrators who wish to become director of athletics as their next career step through education, training and mentoring. The program is designed to provide national exposure to its participants and to generate the opportunity to glean information and career guidance from the leadership of intercollegiate athletics administrators throughout the country.
Reynolds 20-year home mat streak halted
They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!
The Raiders of coach Casey Taylor dropped a tough 30-25 decision to Erie McDowell Tuesday night at Reynolds, the first home loss for the Raiders since 1993.
The Class AAA Trojans (2-0) last year rallied from a large deficit to beat Class AA Reynolds in Erie, 38-33. On Tuesday, the northerners also rallied from a 25-21 deficit in the final two matches to halt the streak.
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.”
2013-14 hoops season begins with tipoff tourneys
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.
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