The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


February 21, 2013

Playoff Roundup: Farrell, Hickory, Sharon boys all ousted in AAA playoffs

---- — 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.

Text Only
  • On to baseball 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.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Johnny Football claims he has learned from his 'rookie mistakes'

    HERE ARE some thoughts from a guy who might have made a few “rookie mistakes” in his life, ala Johnny Manziel.
    Johnny Football admitted this past week that he made some rookie mistakes. Really?
    Usually rookie mistakes for most NFL newbies are throwing into coverage or fumbling the football because you don’t tuck it tightly to your side.

    July 27, 2014

  • NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense

    THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fighting cancer 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.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.”

    July 20, 2014

  • Sky 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.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sharon Football scramble 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.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!

    HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
    The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
    What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).

    July 13, 2014

  • LeBron James Full text of LeBron's essay in SI

    LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 10, 2014

  • Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew

    Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.

    July 8, 2014

  • County champs 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:

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Cook 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.

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    June 29, 2014

  • Tri-Athletes 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.

    June 22, 2014 1 Photo

Top 25 (AP Poll)
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter