The Farrell, Hickory and Sharon boys were all eliminated Wednesday night as the District 10 Class AAA playoffs (quarterfinals) tipped off.
In a doubleheader at Edinboro University’s McComb Fieldhouse, Gen. McLane ousted Farrell, 70-55, in the opener while Sharon suffered a tough 47-43 loss to Girard in the nightcap. At Slippery Rock University, Region 5 champion Hickory dropped a tough 46-43 loss to Erie East.
District 10 Class AAA Quarterfinals
ä Gen. McLane 70, Farrell 55 — At Edinboro University, the Steelers closed out the 2012-13 season with a 14-9 record with a 15-point loss to the Lancers (18-5).
Gen. McLane led 14-8 after the opening 8 minutes and 27-20 at halftime, but Farrell outscored GM 21-18 in the 3rd to cut the lead to 45-41 and were down 55-50 with 4 minutes left to play before the Lancers went on a 14-0 run to put the game away.
Jaymon Mason rifled in a game-high 26 points for the Lancers while Quinn Thompson scored 18 and Clay Smith added 11 markers.
Jamel Brown and Ike Jones both scored 17 points to lead the Steelers.
Seniors on the Farrell team are Jason Page, Joe Goudy, Marshawn Hyman and Marquette Coleman.
Gen. McLane advances to the semifinals to play the winner of the Hickory vs. East game. — Stats submitted by Herald correspondent Ryan Briggs.
ä Girard 47, Sharon 43 — At Edinboro University, the Tigers (12-11) led the entire game until the latter stages and fell to the Yellowjackets (19-4).
Sharon led 17-10 after the 1st quarter, 23-22 at halftime and 35-30 after the 3rd frame, but Girard closed the game on a 16-2 run and Joe Dunn gave the Yellowjackets the lead with a driving lay-up with 11 seconds left on the clock.
Joe Swanson scored 16 to lead Girard and Dunn tallied 15 points. Mark Henry led the way for Sharon with a game-high 19 points.
Khalil Hopson, who was suffering from flu-like symptoms, had 9 points and closed out his high school career with 1,073 points.
Sharon’s Darrell Stovall was lost to the team with 3:40 left in the 3rd quarter after being called with a technical foul.
Seniors for the Tigers are Hopson, Stovall, D’amond Crawford, Zac Carroll, Jesse Rodgers, Mike Porterfield, Jaronte Robinson and Jarell Lampkins.
Girard advances to play Strong Vincent in the semifinals. ESV rolled past Meadville, 73-41, at Slippery Rock University Wednesday. — Stats submitted by Herald correspondent Ryan Briggs.
ä East 46, Hickory 43 — At Sllippery Rock University’s Morrow FIeld House, it was more heartbreak for the Hornets.
Hickory appeared headed to a wire-to-wire win, but instead suffered a D-10 tournament setback to East for the 3rd time in the last 5 years.
Melvin Henderson’s breakaway layup with 2 ticks to play afforded the Warriors their lone lead of the opening-round affair.
With 1:32 remaining East’s Kyree Kirkland converted both ends of a double-bonus free-throw opportunity to forge the game’s lone stalemate, at 43-all.
Hickory senior point guard Matt Votino, guarded by Kirkland, controlled the ball until the closing seconds when the Hornets’ 7th turnover of the quarter led to Henderson’s layin. Though the ball rolled off the rim, basket interference was ruled.
Following a wayward Hickory inbounds pass, Henderson hit a freebie. Though his 2nd shot missed, with Marcus Sonoga rebounding, Sonoga’s spinning, court-length desperation heave at the buzzer was well off the mark.
Hickory harvested an 11-8 lead at the close of the 1st quarter before building a 26-18 bulge by the break. The Hornets had just 1 first-half turnover and committed only 2 personal fouls.
With Votino and backcourt mate Anthony Cannone connecting for 6 points apiece, the Hornets had a pair of 9-point leads during the 3rd period. However Trousie Thrower’s drive capped a 7-0 spree as East eased within 32-30 with 3:03 remaining in the quarter.
But with Cannone canning his 2nd triple of the period and Votino vaulting to a traditional 3-point play with 7 seconds left, Hickory had a 40-32 lead entering the4th frame.
But it all came undone during the final 8 minutes.
The Hornets did not hit a field goal — attempting only 3 floor shots — while East erupted for 14 points, half of which Henderson had, while Kirkland contributed 4.
Henderson and Kirkland, with 17 ane 15 points, respectively, enabled East (12-11) to surpass the .500 mark. Coach Matt Jones’ Warriors will face Gen. McLane, a 70-55 winner over Farrell, next Tuesday at a site and time to be announced.
Unlike last season when Hickory lost 5 of its final 8 games, this year’s edition had won 8 straight and 16 of its final 17 regular-season game en route to the Region 5-AAA crown.,
“ ... I just wanted more for this particular group,” admitted heartbroken Hornets’ headmaster Nick Cannone.
“I’ve seen this team play, East. They played Strong Vincent toward the end of the season,” Cannone recalled. “They were lousy the first half, then came back and beat Vincent — almost exactly the same type of game as (Wednesday) night.
“You’ve gotta make plays in that fourth quarter,” Cannone continued. “We didn’t do a good job taking care of the ball. Their guards put a lot of pressure on us (preventing) us from getting into our sets. ...
“It’s been like that all year — close games,” Cannone reflected. “We made the plays; (Wednesday) night, we didn’t get it done. No excuses. (The Warriors) did what they needed to do in that fourth quarter, crunch time, and we didn’t get it done.”
East edged Hickory, 54-49 in overtime for the 2010 District 10 title, after eliminating the Hornets from the tournament the previous season, 63-54, in the consy contest.
Votino, Vinnie Mastrian, Marcus Sonoga and Michael Nardone were Hickory’s seniors.
Votino’s game-high 18 points paced Hickory (19-4), but he was the Hornets’ lone double-digit scorer. Hickory hit only 14 of 37 floor shots and 11 of 18 free-throw attempts. East edged Hickory on the boards, 29-23, lead by Kirkland, who corraled a game-high 8 caroms.
“I told the group, ‘Hold your heads high.’” Cannone confided. “Nobody likes to lose in the first round of the playoffs, but they’ve accomplished so much with the Hickory basketball program ... and I’m very grateful that I got a chance to coach all of them.
“For these seniors, what they’ve accomplished, I’m very, very happy I got the chance to coach them. I’m gonna miss them. They set the standard high for Hickory basketball, and hopefully the underclassmen will follow their lead.”
“It’s just tough right now,” Cannone continued. “As days go by it’ll get better ... unfortunately, we just fell short (Wednesday) night.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
DISTRICT 10 CLASS AAA
ERIE EAST 8 1x 14 14 46
HICKORY 1 15 14 3 43
ERIE EAST — Thrower 3-0-0-6, Henderson 6-2-4-17, 17, Kirkland 4-7-7-15, Ford 1-3-4-5, Marsh 1-0-0-2, Quinn 0-0-0-0, Davis 0-0-0-0, Husband 0-0-0-0, Nelson 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Henderson 1. Totals: 15-12-15-46.12-15-46.
HICKORY — Votino 4-8-11-18, Cannone 3-0-0-8, Green 1-1-5-3, Sonoga 2-0-0-4, Mastrian 3-2-2-8, Nardone 1-0-0-2, Pryts 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Votino 2, Cannone 2. Totals: 14-11-18-43.
FARRELL 8 12 21 14 55
GEN. McLANE 14 13 18 25 70
FARRELL — Hyman 1-0-0-2, Jones 7-2-5-17, Coleman 2-1-1-5, Burns 0-0-0-0, Miller 2-0-0-4, Page 1-0-0-3, Brown 7-0-0-17, Pratt 1-0-0-3, Archie 2-0-2-4. 3-point goals: Brown 3, Jones 1, Page 1, Pratt 1. Totals: 23-3-8-55.
GEN. McLANE — Luciano 1-0-1-2, Mason 9-8-10-26, Erdman 0-0-0-0, Hallett 4-0-0-8, Smith 3-3-4-11, McKissock 0-1-2-1, Solberg 0-0-0-0, Kulka 2-0-0-4, Thompson 8-2-3-18. 3-point goals: Smith 2. Totals: 28-14-20-70.
SHARON 17 6 12 8 43
GIRARD 10 12 8 17 47
SHARON — Hawkins 0-0-0-0, Crawford 1-0-0-2, Henry 7-3-4-19, Hopson 3-1-2-9, Jennings 3-0-0-8, Porterfield 0-0-0-0, Austin 0-0-0-0, Dar. Stovall 2-1-2-5, Lampkins 0-0-0-0. 3-point goals: Henry 2, Hopson 2, Jennings 2. Totals: 16-5-8-43.
GIRARD — Bonnett 2-1-5-6, Dunn 6-1-2-15, McCall 1-1-2-4, Cruz 0-0-0-0, Swanson 5-6-7-16, McNally 2-2-2-6. 3-point goals: Dunn 2, Bonnett 1, McCall 1. Totals: 16-11-18-47.
The Farrell, Hickory and Sharon boys were all eliminated Wednesday night as the District 10 Class AAA playoffs (quarterfinals) tipped off.
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.
Raiders win 17th region title; 11 locals to Hershey
When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
KC beats Cochranton for 4th straight D-10 crown
MEADVILLE — Everybody is on April Bocian’s bandwagon — and rightly so. But Tatum Kress helped keep Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program atop District 10’s Class A competition.
Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
McLane rallies to beat Mercer in AA title tilt
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
WM captures 3rd straight D-10 crown
EDINBORO — The West Middlesex Big Reds did it again! For the third straight year, the Big Reds, under the leadership of head coach Chad Mild, the winningest coach in West Middlesex school history, won the District 10 title with a thrilling 55-54 victory over the Fairview Tigers on Friday night at McComb Field House.
Farrell beats East for D-10 Class AAA title
MEADVILLE — Malik Miller was playing with a broken hand, but broke the hearts of East High’s basketball team.
Sophomore sharpshooter Miller mustered 19 markers — tossing in 4 from beyond the arc — helping forge Farrell to the District 10 Class AAA championship, 83-78.
Raiders hold lead at Northwest AA Region Tourney
Reynolds coach Casey Taylor had a simple, but fitting comment after the opening night of the Northwest AA Region Wrestling Championships at Sharon High School Friday:
“So far; so good!”
The defending champion Raiders, who are seeking a 17th region crown in school history, jumped into the team lead with 45 points Friday, heading second place Brookville with 35.
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