ä Sharpsville 41, West Middlesex 36 (OT) — At West Middlesex, the host Ms. Reds’ Alyson Pierce produced a 3-point bomb with approximately 48 seconds remaining in regulation, forcing overtime before Region 2-AA-leading Sharpsville prevailed.
For Sharpsville (7-0, 9-6) and skipper Jeff Hanley, Megan Davis drilled 5 triples en route to game-high 17 points and McKenzie Popatak produced 14. The Blue Darlings have won 7 of their last 8 outings.
Meanwhile, for West Middlesex (1-6, 6-10), which suffered its 3rd consecutive setback, Kelsey Murray and Morgan Atterholt, with 8 and 5 rebounds, respectively, but the Ms. Reds did not record a double-figure scorer.
ä Kennedy Catholic 84, Rocky Grove 31 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles eased to the Region 1-A rout.
Taylor Hood had a game- and career-high 21-point performance, tossing in 2 treys, and April Bocian boasted an 18-point, 10-rebound double- double, a career-best in the former category, coach Tom Burns said. Also keying Kennedy Catholic (5-0 region, 15-1 overall), Rachel Burns bucketed a 14-point, 12-rebound twin-killing and Alex Ricketts recorded a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double. Burns has 970 career points.
Christina Schiffer scored 10 points for Rocky Grove (3-2, 8-8).
Kennedy Catholic will face Vincentian Academy (15-0) at 5 p.m. Saturday for the postponed Penn State-Beaver holiday tournament title. Both teams were ranked in the top 5 last season by The Harrisburg Patriot-News.
ä Sharon 62, Wilmington 47 — At New Wilmington, the visiting Lady Tigers (5-2, 9-5) jumped out to a 20-9 lead after the opening quarter and rolled to the Region 2-AA win over the Lady Hounds (3-4, 5-10).
Tanayja Sanders fired in a game-high 20 points for the Lady Tigers while Kristina Jacoway bucketed 13.
Tess Sikora paced Wilmington with 13 points.
ä Hickory 42, Slippery Rock 36 — At “The Rock Box” in Slippery Rock, the visiting Lady Hornets improved to 5-1 in Region 5-AAA and 12-2 overall with the win over the Lady Rockets (4-3, 9-5).
Nikki Arbanas rifled in 4 treys en route to 19 points to lead Hickory. She also had 4 steals. Brandi Beader bucketed 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Also for Hickory, Holly Grober had 4 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, Nicole Lacava had 5 boards and Megan Chess dished out 3 assists and had 3 steals.
Haley Angerett led Slippery Rock with 15 points.
ä Grove City 46, Meadville 29 — At The Eagles’ Nest, the host Lady Eagles (4-2, 10-5) overcame illness and 22 turnovers to upend the Lady Bulldogs (2-5, 3-12) in the Region 5-AAA clash.
Grove City was led by Corianne Hyduchak’s 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Jen Ferguson had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Cadi McCoy paced Meadville with 9 points and 11 rebounds — Information submitted by sports correspondent Corey J. Corbin.
ä Farrell 53, Jamestown 23 — At Jamestown, the visiting Lady Steelers stormed to the Region 1-A road rout.
Whitney Murray mustered a game-high 19 markes and Johntae Scott scored 14 for Farrell (3-2, 9-7).
Isabella Greenawalt garnered 10 for Jamestown (0-5, 0-15).
ä Reynolds 38, Commodore Perry 35 — At Sheakleyville, the Lady Raiders (2-3, 4-11) outscored CP 17-4 in the 2nd quarter to pull away and went on to grab the Region 1-A win.
Rose Stoyer had a game-high 13 points for Reynolds while Kate Powell scored 9 for the Lady Panthers (2-3, 5-9).
ä Lakeview 42, Greenville 32 — At Stoneboro, the host Lady Sailors coasted to the Region 2-AA win by building a 9-point halftime bulge, then limiting the Lady Trojans to 17 second-half points.
Casey Stringer scored 18 points to lead Lakeview (1-6, 5-11), while Jessica Burnett bucketed a game-high 21 points for Greenville (3-4, 5-9).
ä Northwestern 75, Mercer 54 — At Mercer, the Region 4 Wildcats (8-7) led 17-8 after the opening 8 minutes of play and went on to grab the non-region win over the host Mustangs (5-9).
Kyle McKeen rifled in 28 points to lead Northwestern, while Corey Shinko added 20 points.
Logan Clarke led Mercer with 14 points while Trenton Fowler and Jonathan Scheidhauer had 12 points each.
ä Lakeview 49, Slippery Rock 17 — At Stoneboro Wednesday, the Sailors won 9 of 14 matches to beat the Rockets.
Adam Dosch (113), Dustin Schliefer (138), Brandon Persch (145) and Marquis Spence (170) posted pins for Lakeview.
Mitchell Grossman had the lone pin for Slippery Rock at 126 pounds.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
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.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
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.
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