Brookfield borders Mercer County. But thus far this basketball season, Brookfield has bullied Mercer County cagers.
Brookfield High girls’ basketball team ventured into E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium Thursday night and stymied the host Farrell Lady Steelers, 58-27.
Lauren Hawley hit four 3-point field goals en route to a team-high 18 points and 6-foot-1 post Ashley Kirila contributed a 17-point, 8-rebound line — all in the 1st half.
OHSAA independent Brookfield (9-3) has beaten West Middlesex, Sharon and Farrell thus far this season. The triumph over Sharon’s Lady Tigers occurred in the title tilt of its own holiday tournament.
Danielle DiCristofaro dished out 3 assists, as did Destiny May for Brookfield..
“We’re tryin’ to get some continuity, and I thought they played really well, spread the ball around and we got some good shooting out of Hawley,” Brookfield bench boss Shawn Hammond assessed. “We were able to push the ball and we executed.”
Brookfield built a 34-14 bulge by the break by connecting on 10 of 23 floor shots and committing only a half-dozen miscues. A somewhat sloppy 2nd half inflated the latter figure to 16 by game’s end. But Brookfield bucketed 20 of 44 floor shots (45.4 percent), led by Hawley’s 7–for-11 long-range marksmanhip and Kirila’s 6-for-11 effort.
Farrell (2-7) was forced into 23 turnovers, and the young Lady Steelers scored almost twice as many free throws (13) as field goals (7). For Farrell, Tatyana Page produced 6 points.
The Lady Steelers suffered a scare when Bria Gambill turned her right ankle a minute into the tilt and did not return. Though she appeared primed to try to play in the 2nd half, she did not, and her status is uncertain.
Hammond is saavy enough to realize if you stay in the game long enough, eventually everything evens out.
“Believe me, we’ve taken our lumps. We lost one last year to (Lady Steelers’ skipper Eddie Turosky) over at our place by one,” Hammond recalled. “We always battle with Eddie’s teams, and I like playing this game, I like playing (Farrell).”
Brookfield will be part of the Struthers sectional, Hammond said, and could potentially host an opening-round game. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Hickory 73, Titusville 14 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, one night after routing Franklin, the undefeated Lady Hornets (3-0, 11-0) led 25-4 after the opening 8 minutes and pounded the Lady Rockets (0-3, 2-7) in a Region 5-AAA clash.
Nikki Arbanas fired in 15 points, grabbed 8 steals and dished out 5 assists for Hickory while Holly Grober posted 14 points, 9 steals and 4 assists.
Also for the Lady Hornets, Nicole Lacava scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds and Brandi Beader added 9 points and 6 boards.
Titusville did not have a player reach double digits in scoring.
ä Wilmington 50, Sharpsville 39 — At Sharpsville, the visiting Lady Greyhounds garnered the Region 2-AA road win just 24 hours after falling at home to Mercer.
Sharpsville secured an 8-6 first-quarter lead, but Wilmington went on to tally 44 points during the game’s final 24 points.
For Wilmington (3-1, 9-3), Alana Elliott ended with 13 points and Tessa Sikora scored 12.
Sharpsville (1-2, 4-6) was led by Emily Andersons 12 points and 7 caroms, while Madison Sloan scored 12 and also snared 7 rebounds for Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley.
ä Mercer 59, Lakeview 48 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Lady M’s had a 20-point lead and Lakeview cut it to 3, but Mercer held on for the Region 2-AA win.
Megan McKinney fired in a season-high 24 points for Mercer (3-0, 8-3) and had 3 steals. She had 16 points alone in the 1st quarter. Alexis Arkwright bucketed 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
“Any time we can get a region win on the road, we’ll take it,” said Mercer Head Coach Aaron Cook. “Lakeview executed very well offensively. I tip my hat to them. They shot the ball very well.”
Raygen Fischer drained a trio of treys en route to 17 points for Lakeview (0-4, 3-6). Sam Womer scored 16 points and Marla Holland added 10 markers. Both Womer and Holland had double-doubles as each had 10 rebounds.
“This is nothing to hang our heads about,” said Lakeview coach Jodi Seddon. “Mercer is a seasoned and strong basketball team and for us to rally like that, I’m very impressed and proud of my kids. We have a young team and haven’t been in these situations yet, but we are learning.” — Submitted by Herald correspondent Madeline Williams.
ä Mercer 64, Greenville 53 — At Greenville, in a make-up from Tuesday’s postponed affair, the visiting Mustangs mounted a rally from a 15-5 opening-quarter deficit. The Steads scored 59 points during the game’s final 24 minutes to record the Region 2-AA road win.
Jake Schmid scored a game-high 20 points for Mercer (1-3, 5-5), while John Scheidhauer and Logan Clarke connected for 13 and 10 points, respectively. Schmid secured 7 of 9 fourth-quarter free-throw attempts.
The Mustangs made the most of the sin stripe, sinking 15 of 20 attempts, compared with Greenville’s 7-for-12 performance.
For Greenville (0-3, 6-4), Luke Houpt hit a trio of treys en route to a Trojans’ team-high 15 tallies, and Matt Jones and Aaron Emmett ended with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
ä Sharon 44, Franklin 26 — At “The Castle” in Franklin, coach Dave Ciafre’s visiting Tigers improved to 4-0 with the win over the Knights.
Jules Hicklin (106), Jason Clark (145) and Cory Buchanan (160) posted pins for Sharon while D.J. Templeton (120) and Troy Hejazi (138) won by major decision.
Dakota Geer (182) registered the lone fall for Franklin.
ä Lakeview 45, West Middlesex 27 — At West Middlesex, the Sailors’ Sam Breese picked up his 100th career win as the Sailors defeated the Big Reds (1-7).
Breese earned win No. 100 with a forfeit at heavyweight. Dylan McConnell (126), Marty Baughman (160), Marquis Spence (195) and Andrew Clayton (220) notched falls for Lakeview.
Mitchell Murray (113) and Eric Lucich (182) had pins for WM.
ä Grove City 47, Sharpsville 26 — At Grove City, veteran mentor Marty Ruley’s host Eagles (2-3) eased to the win, as Jared Sample (145), Alex Brochetti (126) and Luke Walter (132) posted pins, and Dalton Meals (138) and Isaac Hefner mustered major verdicts.
Scoring Sharpsville falls were Chris Enos (152), P.J. Campoli (195), Chris Mueller (220) and Jacob Llewellyn (285), but the Blue Devils were forced to forfeit 3 bouts.
ä Greenville 64, Conneaut Area 13 — At Linesville, the visiting Trojans triumphed on falls from Michael Lineman (106), Jace Paxton (113), Joey Safner (126), Gavin Wilkerson (138), Derek Watts (145), Justin Reynolds (182), Alex Ho (195) and Mason Horne (285). Also, Zach Miller (170) mustered a major verdict.
ä Hickory 57, Maplewood 24 — At Guys Mills Wednesday, the visiting Hornets of coach Carl Wombacker rolled to victory in the inter-region clash.
Scoring falls for Hickory were: Dominic Vadala (106), Mason Dean (126), Stanford Dessaw (132), Noah Bianco (145) and Brad Garman (220). Justin Walter (120) notched a tech fall.
Jeremy Parsons (152), Kyle Nuhfer (160), Austin Binkert (182) and Isaiah Stearns (195) scored pins for the Tigers.
ä Brookfield 2134, Wellsville 1764 — At Bell-Wick Lanes, Hubbard, the Warriors were paced by Bradley Bridge with 184-233—417. Other Warrior scores were: Michel Katko 134-248—382, Adam Brooks 181-169—350; Nick Kerr 135-124—259, Nelson Swartz 124-125—249.
Gordon Roe led Wellsville with 302.
ä Brookfield 1510, Wellsville 1474 — At Bell-Wick Lanes, Hubbard, the Lady Warriors picked up the win, led by Daylynn Leonard 149-134—283. Other Brookfield scores: Jessica Neral 111-134—245, Christine Lowers 118-120—238, Kourtney Husnick 101-127—228, Sam Neral 96, Jessica Roszak 86.
Mystic Beatty led Wellsville with 280.
Brookfield borders Mercer County. But thus far this basketball season, Brookfield has bullied Mercer County cagers.
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.
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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.
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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.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
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WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
Buddy Guerino Tourney winding down
Hoops action continued on Friday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Tournament at Sharpsville High and Elementary Schools.
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