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.
WM went 1-1 at its season-opening WM Kiwanis Tournament. They beat Commodore Perry on Friday night and then fell to Cardinal O’Hara (Tonawanda, N.Y.) in the championship game on Saturday.
Toy had 8 points to pace Union City (0-1) in its home- and season-opener and Williams bucketed 7.
ä Cranberry 46, Sharpsville 38 — At Seneca, coach Jeff Hanley’s Lady Blue Devils (1-0) opened the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought 8 points loss to the Lady Berries (3-0).
Sharpsville led 10-8 after the 1st quarter, 22-18 at halftime, but were outscored 14-9 in the 3rd quarter and 14-7 in the 4th.
Emily Anderson recorded a 19-point, 14-rebound double-double for Sharpsville while Madison Sloan scored a dozen points. Also, Madison Przicina dished out 6 assists.
Emily Merryman fired in a trio of treys en route to a game-high 24 points for Cranberry and Julie Swartzfager scored 15.
This is Hanley’s 13th season at Sharpsville and won his 1st-ever PIAA playoff game last season (38-32 over Brookville) as the Lady Blue Devils were led by the school’s all-time leading girls scorer McKenzie Popatak (1,690 points).
Popatak has since graduated, along with point guard Natalie Henwood, Paige Scurpa and Megan Whalen. Also, Megan Davis, the team’s lone senior, will miss the year with a torn ACL that was suffered during volleyball.
Cranberry won the Oil City Tipoff Tourney over the weekend, which included a 70-34 win over Lakeview on Friday night.
ä Neshannock 60, Kennedy Catholic 56 — At Neshannock Twp., coach Chris Mele’s Lady Golden Eagles (2-1) trailed 40-25 at halftime and stormed back in the 2nd half, but the rally fell short against the Lady Lancers (3-0).
Rebekah Kish scored 14 to lead KC and Tatum Kress and Taylor Hood had 13 points each.
Madison McHale rifled in 21 points to lead Neshannock, Tayler Grybowski scored 18 and Cassidy Burrelli added 11 markers.
It was the 1st loss of the young season for KC as they won the Franklin Elks Tipoff Tournament over the weekend, which included an impressive 54-37 win over Franklin for the tourney title on Saturday night.
Neshannock captured the New Castle Tipoff Tourney, which included wins over Imani Christian Academy on Friday and New Castle (45-43) on Saturday.
ä Lowellville 2376, Brookfield 2068 — At the BowlaDrome in Struthers Monday, Eddie Harklerod (444), Tyler Rotz (408) and Joey Coppola (385) led the way for Lowellville.
Michael Katko bowled a 359 for the Warriors, Adam Brooks posted a 355 and Bradley Bridge tallied a 282.
ä Lowellville 1669, Brookfield 1477 — At Struthers, Kathryn Grope rolled a 311 for Lowellville, Deborah Covicchi had a 291 and Brittney Brady bowled a 281.
Jessica Neral (321), Christmas Rowlands (231) and Christine Lowers (228) led the way for Brookfield.
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.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move
ONE OF THE strangest NFL moves I’ve seen in a long time involved the Philadelphia Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is one of the top wide receivers in the league and a danger to score every time he touches the ball, including punt returns. But the big question is: Why was he just released? Couldn’t they find a trade at least to get some value back?
WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
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