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.
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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.
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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
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The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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