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
Breese defends heavyweight title at PIAA Championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Move over Rod Wright!
Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
However after posting a game-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance in West Middlesex High basketball team’s 76-66 PIAA Class AA playoffs opening-round win over Neshannock Saturday night, Staunch said opponents may have been overlooking the Big Reds.
Hickory girls 26-0, oust Johnstown
SLIPPERY ROCK — At Morrow Field House Saturday evening, the Hickory Lady Hornets kept the perfect season alive with a 63-37 state playoff first round win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans from District 6.
“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
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