BOYS TRACK & FIELD
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.
Eric Lucich (high jump, pole vault) was the lone double-event winner for West Middlesex (3-1).
ä Reynolds 79, Sharpsvile 71 — At Transfer, the host Raiders rolled, led by hurdler Garansi, who swept the highs and intermediates, and jumpers McQuown (high), Ference (triple) and McDanel (long). McDanel and McQuown also contributed to the Raiders’ winning 4x4 relay quartet.
Tyler Confer (100, 200, 400 sprints) and Bradley Calleja (800, 1600 runs) paced Sharpsville, while Ediburn won the open 3200-meter run and lent a leg to the Blue Devils’ winning distance-relay foursome.
ä Hickory 119, Commodore Perry 6; George Junior Republic 77, Hickory 73 — At Hornet Stadium, host Hickory split.
Sprinters Matt Voytik and De’Quan Lewis, thrower Luke Lewis, distance ace Kyle Boyd, middle-distance ace Coulter Bishop, jumper Caleb Gagliardi and hurdler Bobby Marzano led Hickory.
Britton blistered to a pair of sprint victories for GJR, while Ron Pearson, McDaniels and Qayshawn Oliver swept the jumps. The Tigers also triumphed in both the sprint- and mile-relays.
ä Grove City 119, Sharon 30 — At Forker Field, Grove City, Tim Thompson talied 2 triumphs for Grove City, while middle-distance aces Whiteman and Budnik (1600, 3200) also contributed.
Sharon is 0-3 in duals.
Complete results were not submitted by coaches to The Herald.
ä Lakeview 135, Kennedy Catholic 15; Lakeview 129.5, Farrell 19.5 — At Stoneboro, the host Sailors coasted.
Leading Lakeview (6-0) were Blake Reddick, Austin and Brandon Rice, Zach VanDusen and hurdler Colson Atwell. Also, distance standout Trevor Williams and middle-distance aces Dylan McConnell and Dalton Guthrie, as well as D.Richael and C.Richael.
ä Mercer 127, Kennedy Catholic 19; Mercer 124, Farrell 20 — At Stoneboro, Jarred Davis led the Mustangs to a pair of wins by capturing the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 110 hurdles.
Jacob Feeney (high jump) won the lone event for KC while Gavins was tops in the 100.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä Wilmington 106, West Middlesex 44 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Lady Greyhounds humbled their hosts.
Sprinter Tessa Sikora, thrower Julie Falvo, jumper Hannah Drake and hurdler Liz Ferrante all swept a pair of individual wins. Ferrante and Sikora also contributed to Wilmington’s winning sprint-relay quartet, while Allison Baldwin, Hannah Drake and Rikki Brumbaugh did likewise with Wilmington’s winning distance- and mile-relay teams. Rikki Brumbaugh was part of a pair of winning Wilmington relays, also.
West Middlesex (3-1 region, 9-2 overall) was led by Kristen White, who swept the 800- and 1600-meter runs. White was West Middlesex’s lone double-winner.
ä Hickory 119, Commodore Perry 6 — At Hornet Stadium, the host Lady Hornets (3-0) were led by sprinter Nikki Arabanas, distance ace Lexi Bible, versatile Heather Grober, sisters Maddie and Lauren Bell, and middle-distance standouts Jessica Garcia-Ramirez and Victoria Russo.
ä Sharpsville 97, Reynolds 43 — At Transfer, the visiting Blue Devils dealt Reynolds a defeat, led by Maddie Przicina (100, 200, 400 dashes, mile-relay anchor) and Megan Whelan (800, 1600, 3200 runs, 4x8 relay anchor).
Brooke Bresnan (high hurdles, javelin) and Rachel Toy (shot put, discus) paced the Raiders. Also, versatile Gongloff garnered the triple jump and pole vault.
ä Grove City 89.5, Sharon 52.5 — At Forker Field, Grove City, the host Lady Eagles eased to the win.
Jordyn Wyllie swept the throws and McKenzie Fagan finished 1st in a pair of jumps for Grove City.
Sharon sprinter Powell (200, 400, 4x4 relay) and middle-distance standout Talbert-Kirsch (800, mile-relay leg) led the Lady Tigers.
ä Mercer 128, Kennedy Catholic 11; Mercer 118, Farrell 21 — At Stoneboro, the Lady M’s swept a pair of meets at the neutral site led by hurdler McKinney, spriner Young, distance standout Conner, thrower Brest, and versatile Brown (400, long jump)
ä Greenville vs. Slippery Rock (no score reported) — At Greenville, Aster Chmielewski and Emily Campbell were double-event winners for the Rockets while Maddie Thrasher copped 2 events for the Trojans.
Chmielewski took 1st in the 100-hurdles (15.9) and 200-meter dash (28.3) while Campbell captured the shot put (41-1 1/2) and discus (146-5).
Thrasher took top honors in the 1600 (5:54) and was part of the foursome that took 1st place in the 1600 relay (4:40).
ä Sharpsville 16, Kennedy Catholic 1 (3 inn.) — At Hermitage Tuesday, Abby Piccirilli fired a 1-hitter and Abby Ferlin singled and tripled with 7 RBI and 3 runs scored as the Lady Blue Devils (4-4) rolled.
Piccirilli fanned 2 batters and walked 1 in the abbreviated game.
Also for Sharpsville, Olivia Shuttleworth scored twice, Eugena Davies doubled, tripled, drove in a pair of runs and scored 3 times, Rachel Harenchar was 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored, Leah Larocca ripped an RBI double, Kaylie Scurpa was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and 1 run scored, Madison Sloan registered a 2-run double and scored 3 times, Kaitlin Falconi had an RBI single and 2 runs scored and Megan Davis, who missed the entire basketball season while rehabbing from a torn ACL, went 1-for-3 with an RBI 1 run scored.
Jessica Micco had the lone hit (infield single) for KC. Tessa Bonomo scored the run on an error. Emilee Taylor and Amanda Natale split time on the mound (2 strikeouts).
ä Brookfield 17, Campbell Memorial 3 (6 inn.) — At Campbell, Alisha Quinlan fired a 3-hitter and the Lady Warriors (6-3) banged out 11 hits in the rout of the Lady Red Devils. Quinlan struck out 11 batters and walked none.
Offensively, Destiny May singled, tripled and drove in 4 runs, KenYana Ashley singled, doubled and had 2 RBI, Lauren Hawley singled, tripled and drove in a pair, Ciara Rotunno doubled and Michaela Gauding added 2 singles.
Hannah Michaels suffered the loss for Campbell. She fanned 2, walked a dozen and gave up 11 hits.
ä Sharon 17, Rocky Grove 7 (5 inn.) — At Rocky Grove on Monday, Tigers’ twirler Louis Wareham won by scattering 7 hits, striking out 2 and walking 1.
Dan Vanderslice and Danté Dellibovi both singled and doubled and Dan Wallace whacked a two-bagger. Also, John Thiel and Joey Rahn ripped 2 hits apiece for Sharon, as did Noah Nichols.
Prorok and Swartzfager pitched for Rocky Grove, with Prorok fanning 5 in 4 frames, but taking the loss.
ä Wilmington 11, Sharon 5 — At New Wilmington recently, the host Greyhounds hammered 3-run 1st and 2nd stanzas, then tallied twice in each of the 5th and 6th stanzas.
Brendan Presnar singled twice and doubled, Travis Brumbaugh singled and tripled, and Nate Anthony added a single and double for Wilmington. Also, Derrick Nichols notched 3 hits and Josh Fleegle added 2.
Anthony and Jim Pitzulo evenly divided a half-dozen strikeouts in respective 3- and 4-inning mound stints for Wilmington.
For Sharon, Vanderslice tripled, Andrew Tomko and Wallace both singled and doubled, Thiel tattooed 2 more hits, as did John Williams. Rahn and Tomko pitched, with the latter striking out 3 in 3 innings.
ä Farrell 3, Massillon-Jackson 0 — At Farrell’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium Tuesday, Anthony Pegues tallied 9 digs and 26 assists and Austin Pickens had 8 kills as the Steelers (3-4) swept Jackson High, 25-14, 25-9, 25-17.
Farrell stats: Angelo Jackson 5 digs; Jacobi Greene 5 digs; Tyrone Archie 7 kills; Marcus McCoy 5 kills; Trevor Austin 5 digs; Leon Lewis 6 kills; Chase Butler 7 digs; Chase Smith 8 digs.
JV: Farrell, 25-16, 25-16.
ä Farrell 3, Obama Academy 2 — In Pittsburgh Monday night, the Steelers pulled out a thrilling match by scores of 25-27, 25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 16-14.
Archie nailed a service ace to finish off the victory over the Pittsburgh City League champs Farrell rallied from a 12-5 deficit in the final game to pull out the win.
Farrell stats: Lewis 6 kills; Green 9 kills; Pickens 15 kills; Pegues 35 assists; McCoy 6 kills; Archie 14 kills; Jackson 7 digs; Austin 5 digs; Butler 6 digs.
JV — Obama Academy, 25-29, 25-23.
Baseball — Wilmington at Hickory Tuesday, to April 28; Hickory at Commodore Perry, April 11 to April 26; Hickory vs. Kennedy Catholic, cancelled.
Softball — Reynolds at Wilmington, Tuesday, to today; Mercer vs. West Middlesex Tuesday, to Friday.
Boys Tennis — Kennedy Catholic at Grove City, cancelled.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
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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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.
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What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
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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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