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.
SHARPSVILLE 10 12 9 7 38
CRANBERRY 8 10 14 14 46
SHARPSVILLE — Davies 1-0-0-2, Sloan 4-4-6-12, Kurelko 1-0-0-2, Anderson 8-3-3-19, Shell 1-1-1-3, Falconi 0-0-0-0, Przicina 0-0-0-0, Shuttleworth 0-0-0-0. Totals: 15-8-10-38.
CRANBERRY — Merryman 10-1-1-24, J. Swartzfager 6-3-5-15, Kahle 1-1-4-3, Allen 1-0-1-2, B. Swartzfager 1-0-0-2, Peterson 0-0-0-0, Brannon 0-0-0-0, Whiting 0-0-0-0, Shreck 0-0-0-0, Hutchinson 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Merryman 3. Totals: 19-5-11-46.
JV — Sharpsville, 34-22. Madison Sloan 18 for Sharpsville.
W. MIDDLESEX 9 15 22 6 52
UNION CITY 8 8 6 5 27
WEST MIDDLESEX — Siefert 0-1-4-1, Havens 1-0-0-2, Richards 0-0-2-0, Pierce 6-0-0-15, Murray 6-1-9-13, Staunch 4-2-5-10, Crawford 0-0-0-0, Barton 0-0-0-0, White 2-3-4-7, Elsey 1-2-2-4, Drda 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Pierce 3. Totals: 20-9-26-52.
UNION CITY — Williams 2-3-4-7, Toy 4-0-2-8, Kinney 0-0-0-0, Bacon 1-0-0-2, Krause 3-0-2-6, Patchen 2-0-0-4. Totals: 12-3-8-27.
JV — WM, 32-30.
KENNEDY 13 12 20 11 56
NESHANNOCK 19 21 8 12 60
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Shannonhouse 0-0-0-0, Kress 5-3-6-13, Hood 5-3-10-13, Kish 6-2-3-14, O’Brien 1-0-2-2, Zacherl 0-2-2-2, Fusco 2-0-0-4, Bocian 2-4-4-8. Totals: 21-14-27-56.
NESHANNOCK — Paras 0-2-2-2, Moorhouse 2-0-3-4, Mae. McHale 0-0-0-0, Burrelli 2-7-9-11, E. Warvell 1-2-2-4, Grybowski 7-2-3-18, Mad. McHale 3-13-14-21. 3-pt. goals: Mad. McHale 2, Grybowski 2. Totals: 15-26-33-60.
JV — KC, 30-26. Mckayla Shannonhouse 12, McKayla Fusco 14 for KC.
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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