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.
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They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!
The Raiders of coach Casey Taylor dropped a tough 30-25 decision to Erie McDowell Tuesday night at Reynolds, the first home loss for the Raiders since 1993.
The Class AAA Trojans (2-0) last year rallied from a large deficit to beat Class AA Reynolds in Erie, 38-33. On Tuesday, the northerners also rallied from a 25-21 deficit in the final two matches to halt the streak.
Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56
When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.
The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.
Roundup: WM girls beat UC; Sharpsville, KC fall
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.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
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Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
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ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
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Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
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