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.
Austin Wilson started for Grove City and only lasted 1ìinnings. Zack Reddick took the mound in relief. Offensively for GC, Jared Sample had 2 doubles, Kyle Shingledecker had 2 sac flies and Brett Snyder registered 2 singles.
ä Hickory 10, Reynolds 9 — At Hermitage, Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 with a 3-run homer in leading the Hornets (5-2).
Tyler Cannon had 2 singles, doubled and drove in 2 runs for Hickory and Tommy Cannon registered 3 singles and 2 RBI.
Anthony Cannone started on the mound for Hickory. Tyler Cannon earned the win pitching 4 innings of relief with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks. Tony Stigliano earned the save by pitching the 7th inning.
Jack Mahlon started on the hill for Reynolds. He had 4 strikeouts, walked 3 and gave up 7 earned runs. Nick Fuchs pitched relief.
Brandon Blair led the Raiders at the plate. He went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI.
ä Sharpsville 11, Mercer 1 (5 inn.) — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Py Twp., George Keck fired a 3-hitter through 4 innings and Greg Popatak went 3-for-3 with a 2-run homer, a double and 6 RBI as the Blue Devils (5-3) rolled past the Mustangs.
Keck fanned 3, walked 1 and gave up the 1 run (unearned). Popatak pitched the 5th and struck out the side. Also for Sharpsville, Mitch Fyffe doubled, singled and scored 3 times, Tanner Morris had a single and 3 runs scored and P.J. Campoli doubled.
Trent Leonard was tagged with the loss for Mercer. He had 1 strikeout and gave up all 11 runs. At the dish for the Mustangs, Dylan Angermeier tripled and singled and Nate Guiler had a two-bagger.
ä Kennedy Catholic 14, Rocky Grove 13 — At Hermitage, the host Golden Eagles exploded for 5-run frames in the 4th and and 5th — erasing Rocky Grove’s early 5-0 edge — to win the slugfest.
Wilson went 5-for-5, including a pair of doubles, as the Orioles out-hit KC, 21-17.
Keying Kennedy were: winning pitçher Garrett Ammann, Guillermo Qunones and Hunter Grande, all of whom went 3-for-5. Ethan Feldmiller and Quinones drilled doubles and Grande garnered a pair of two-baggers.
KC KO’d A.Kirwin, Rocky Grove’s starting pitcher.
ä West Middlesex 7, Sharon 5 — At West Middlesex the host Big Reds (6-1) rolled.
Christian Porterfield pounded a grand-slam home run among his 3 hits, while Trey Staunch singled and doubled, Dylan Fair doubled, and Phil Fusco flared 2 hits.
Starting pitcher Riley Atterholt whiffed 3, but Big Reds’ reliever Mark Collella KO’d 7 in closing out for veteran Middlesex mentor Jerry Novosel.
For Sharon, Louis Wareham whacked a solo shot, losing Tigers’ twirler Andrew Tomko tripled and singled, John Thiel tattooed a two-bagger, and Danté Dellibovi drilled 2 hits.
ä West Middlesex 8, Sharon 2 — At Wengler Field in Sharon, Jordyn Allen and Tori Roth combined to fire a 4-hitter as the Ms. Reds (6-1) beat the Lady Tigers.
Allen started for WM and went 3 innings. She fanned 7, walked none and only allowed 1 hit. Roth closed it out with 4 strikeouts, 2 walks and gave up the 2 runs on 3 hits. At the plate for WM, Aly Andrusky doubled, Macy Siefert ripped a pair of singles and a double and Allen and Hannah Havens had 2 singles each.
Hannah George went the distance for Sharon. She struck out 3 batters, issued 4 walks and gave up 11 hits. Offensively for the Lady Tigers, Maggie Torr doubled and Mallory Torr had a pair of singles.
ä Wilmington 15, Reynolds 1 (5 inn.) — At New Wilmington, Kayleigh Shenker fired a complete-game 3-hitter and Courtney Cohen singled, doubled, tripled and drove in 5 RBI to lead the Lady Hounds to a perfect 9-0 record.
Shenker struck out 1 batters and did not issue any walks.
Also for Wilmington, Lexi Donati tripled and ripped a pair of singles, Chelsea Rogel doubled, singled and drove in 3 runs and Alanna Elliott tripled.
Jessica Dickson went the distance on the mound for the Lady Raiders. She had 2 strikeouts, walked 4 and gave up 13 hits.
Madison Rhoades led off the game with a home run to account for Reynolds’ lone run.
ä Grove City 13, Lakeview 12 — At Grove City, Taylor Shingledecker belted a 3-run homer in leading the Lady Eagles (5-5) to a 1-run win over the Lady Sailors.
Also for GC, Jordan Hesselgesser and Hannah Bumbacko had 2 hits and 2 RBI each, Lauren Wentz drove in a pair of runs with a hit, Belle Chiodo registered 2 hits, Katie Maine had 3 hits and 2 RBI and Grace Dadzaa added 3 hits.
Maddy Elberty went the distance for GC. She had 3 strikeouts, 2 walks and gave up 13 hits.
Kala Mahen went the distance for Lakeview. She whiffed 4, walked 2 and surrendered 18 hits. Offensively for the Lady Sailors, Mahen belted a solo home run and an RBI-double and Olivia Shaffer hit a 3-run ’dinger.
ä Greenville 5, Kennedy Catholic 0 — At Greenville, Seth Jaussen, Mercer Martin and Trent McErlane swept singles play as the Trojans blanked the Golden Eagles on the courts.
Singles: Jaussen (G) def. Nickolo Lima, 6-2, 6-1; Martin (G) def. Jesse Kirila, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5; McErlane (G) def. Jacob Wilson, 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: David Jeffries-Jon Stapchuck (G) def. Maxx Hudson-Jacob Schupp, 6-2, 6-1; Jing Wu-Joey Safner (G) def. Peter Caiazza-Anthony Georgopoulos, 6-3, 6-0.
ä Hickory 5, Sharon 0 — At Buhl Park, Ross Rosati, John Smaltz and Michael Funera swept singles play and Zack Walters-Alex Georgescu and Jeremy King-Stephen Petrochko teamed up to win in doubles as the Hornets (8-5) shut out the Tigers (0-8).
Singles: Rosati (H) def. Dylan Cerroni, 6-2, 6-3; Smaltz (H) def. Skylar Villegas, 6-0, 6-0; Funera (H) def. Luke Rueberger, 6-0, 6-1. Doubles: Walters-Georgescu (H) def. Andy Rauch-Andrew Campbell, 6-0, 6-0; King-Petrochko (H) def. Aaron Martwinski-Joey Zajac, 6-2, 6-0.
GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
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Johnny Football admitted this past week that he made some rookie mistakes. Really?
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THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
Racing to fight cancer
Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
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
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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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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.
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