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DISTRICT 2 ALL-STARS
ä Greenville 11, Mercer 3 — Greenville scored 5 runs in the 1st on an RBI single by Josh Reeves, an RBI-single by Griffin Richardson and a 2-run double by Anthony Gentile and rolled to the win. Richardson also belted a homer, while Luke Gentile and Reeves each ripped 3 hits. Brayden Porter, Cameron Buckley added singles. Hayden Obenrader, Porter, Reeves and Luke Gentile pitched for the winners.
For Mercer, J.Mattocks had a pair of hits, while O.Sagulla doubled and M.Stabile singled. N.Haines and Mattocks took the mound for Mercer.
ä Sharon 8, West Middlesex 3 — Host Sharon secured District 2 championship. Sharon swept 5 straight wins in the tourney.
Sharon will play in the PA Sectional Tournament in Stoneboro, July 12-16
Winning pitcher Caleb Fritch fired 3 2/3 innings, striking out 7, while Kameron Fisher and Jamar Leak relieved. Fritch fashioned a 3-run home run and single, Caden Zajac a solo shot and single, and Marcel Austin added a 2-run round-tripper. Also, Lane Voytik, and Chris Buchaman banged 3 and 2 hits, respectively, and Fisher, Noah Kubyako, Corey Tidswell singled.
Jake Bowen blasted a solo shot and 2-run double in defeat, while Dylan Anthony added a two-bagger. Logan Hurley and Mason Blaase pitched.
ä West Middlesex 23, Lakeview 0 (4 inn.) — Brad Fair (grand-slam homer, 2 doubles, 2 singles led the offense, while Noah Greenburg and Garrett Donaldson shared mound chores. Greenburg fanned 5 and helped himself, singling 3 times, and Chris Smith, Donaldson, Lukas Stinedurf and Josh Bender banged bingles.
Anthony Green, Gavin Murdock and Hunter Miller took turns on the hill for Lakeview, while McFeely and Bobovsky had base hits.
MERCER COUNTY 14-U
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic posted a 19-2 season to win the county 14-under championship. The team defeated Lakeview, 6-5, in the semifinals and downed Mercer, 11-1, in 5 innings to corral the title. Following are game reports:
ä Hermitage 6, Lakeview 5 — In the semis, Josh Baum picked up the mound win, while Luke Brennan and Sonny Mancino also toed the rubber. Trent Hittle took the loss.
For the chiropractors, Brennan and Lucas Feigert belted homers, while Tyler Mellot and Nate Marchand doubled and Baum rapped a pair of singles.
for Lakeview, Guth poled a homer and single, Gadsby a double; King a double and single and Snyder 2 singles.
ä Hermitage 11, Mercer 1 (5 inn.) — In the title tilt, it was all Hermitage, as Brennan picked up the win and Mancino threw in relief. D. Scheidhauer took the mound defeat.
For Brennan, Drew Slezak and Brennan had a pair of singles each, while Feigert poked a single. For Mercer, S.Ferrera had a double and single and J. Hazelet a single. On the mound Brennan had 9 strikeouts and at the dish he picked up 5 RBI.
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DISTRICT 2 ALL-STARS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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