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
Roundup: Rockets, Hornets, Blue Devils win
ä Slippery Rock 11, Grove City 3 — At Memorial Park in Grove City, Travis Lauster singled and tripled and reached base 4 times as the defending District 10 Class AAA champion Slippery Rock Rockets beat the Eagles.
Joe Barnhart went the distance for Slippery Rock. He gave up a dozen hits in earning the win. At the dish for Slippery Rock, Jackson Kerchis, Butler and Matt Badger all had 2 hits and Arrenzo doubled.
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.
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Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
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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
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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.
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