ä Kennedy Catholic 169, Reynolds 184 — At Tam O’Shanter, Jacob Wilson and Paul Spondike shot 40s to lead the host Golden Eagles (7-2, 9-2).
Kennedy Catholic: Wilson, Spondike 40s, Teddy Haaz, Jesse Kirila 44s. Reynolds: Zach Taylor, Jacob Reimold 42s, Sam Leposky 49, Denton McKay 51.
ä Mercer 175, Sharpsville 192, Lakeview 199 — At Spring Valley Golf Course in Mercer, the Mustangs’ Nate Guiler fired a 38 to lead Mercer (11-1) to victory.
Chris Palutro fired a 47 to lead Lakeview and Micah Smith and Matt Wiesen had 47s for the Blue Devils.
Mercer: Guiler 38, Mark Peters, Brock Watson 45s, Landen Glass 47. Sharpsville: Smith, Wisen 47s, Nate Hawthorne 49, John Wolfe 52. Lakeview: Palutro 47, Austin Milliren 48, Sean Carlson 51, Jared Coulter 53.
ä Grove City 167, Slippery Rock 174, West Middlesex 180 — At Deer Creek, Hubbard, the visiting Eagles (10-5) soared on Matt Gordon’s medalist round of 37.
Grove City: Gordon 37, Jordan Anderson 42, Jake Cline 43, Kyle Shingledecker 45. Slippery Rock: Collin Hyatt, Ken Rall 42s, Sam Isacco 43, Luke Barnhart 48. West Middlesex: Ryan Dogan 42, Riley Atterholt 44, Phillip Fusco, Travis Roberts, Aiden Bellucci 47s.
ä Thursday’s scheduled Region 1 Mega-Match at Deer Creek Golf Course (hosted by West Middlesex) was moved to Sept. 30.
Hickory coach Craig Antush noted that his Lady Hornets will compete in the annual Meadville Invitational at 10 a.m. today at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Vernon Twp.
ä Kennedy Catholic 3, Grove City 2 — At Buhl Park, KC swept the singles matches in edging GC.
Singles: Jensen Kirila (KC) def. Claire Casalnova, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2; Bekah Kish (KC) def. Molly Somora, 6-2, 6-0; Abby Lenhart (KC) def. Katie Kosick, 6-3, 6-1. Doubles: Maddie Jazwinski-Morgan McCommon (GC) def. Avi Danta-Jillian Dunn, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5; Lauren Steele-Brittany Foringer (GC) def. Jessie Micco-Kendra Kneisl, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6.
ä Oil City 5, Sharon 0 — At Buhl Farm Park, the visiting Lady Oilers won 4 of 5 matches in straight sets.
Singles: Allie Donner (OC) def. Hannah George, 6-3, 6-3; Julia Serbati (OC) def. Isabella Scarmack, 6-0, 6-2; Jen Stevenson (OC) def. Lauren Wood, 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 6-2. Doubles: Ashlee Roth-Katie Dolecky (OC) def. Erin Hosick-Monica Campbell, 6-0, 6-2; Alyssa Whitling-Brooke Kellogg (OC) def. Andrea Steiner-Mariah Gabryelski, 6-2, 6-0.
ä Lordstown 3, Brookfield 2 — At Harding Park, Hubbard, the host Lady Warriors suffered their initial setback of the season.
Ashley and Autumn Kirila won straight-sets singles matches for Brookfield (12-1), while Lordstown improved to 11-5.
Singles: Ash. Kirila (B) def. Marina Patitucci, 6-2, 6-2; Aut. Kirila (B) def. Trish Kohut, 6-1, 6-1; Dakota Naples (L) def. Alexandra Plyler, 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: Melanie Fisher-Hailey Topocer (L) def. Leah Bayer-Ana Zarlinski, 6-2, 6-2; Amanda Fisher-Christina Carrell (L) def. Samantha Neral-Kristie Zachar, 6-1, 6-2.
ä Hickory 4, Franklin 1 — At Hermitage, the Lady Hornets improved to 10-2 with the win.
Singles: Mimi Terman (F) def. Anna Derloni, 7-6(7-3), 6-3; Rachel Mettee (H) def. Lexi Weaver, 6-1, 6-2; Lauren McGonigle (H) def. Beth Pfohl, 6-0, 6-1. Doubles: Nikki Marone-Bailey McLaughlin (H) def. Emily Lemansk-Regan Scott, 6-2, 6-0; Camille Testani-Annalise Bianco (H) def. Kristen Curtis-Cierra Barefoot, 6-0, 6-0.
ä Slippery Rock 4, Franklin 0 — At Slippery Rock, Nick Stutz, Josh Jones, Mark Cessar and Josh Stutz garnered goals for the Rockets. Also, Ben Magliocca assisted on 2 score ands Sean Freidhof and Luc LaChance on the others, while goalkeeper Jason Bluedorn made 3 saves.
Geoffrey Spair made 11 saves in goal for Franklin.
ä Hickory 13, Oil City 0 — At Hornet Stadium, Lauren Bell tickled the twine for 4 goals, Marissa DeJulia had a hat trick and Sara Suler registered 2 goals and 4 assists for the Lady Hornets (6-0).
Jada Poindexter, Alaura Dillon, Jackie White and M.K. Bair had the other goals. White was credited with 2 assists and Isabella Spadafora collected 4 helpers. Morgan McBride had the shutout in goal.
JV: No match.
ä Sharon 1, West Middlesex 0 — At West Middlesex, Emma Levitt launched the lone goal of the match, assisted by Ashlyn Zajac.
Sharon (2-4) was out-shot, 24-11, but Coach Terry Shernisky credited his defense for its play in front of goalkeeper Kelsie McGranahan, who made 18 saves.
ä Wilmington 8, Kennedy Catholic 0 — At Butala Stadium, Kyler Lum notched a hat trick as the Hounds blanked KC (2-3).
Leann Wynder and Anna Hartwell had 2 goals for Wilmington and McKenzie Smith tallied the other goal.
KC keeper Elizabeth Volkay made 13 saves. Coach Tina Scoccia also credited defenders Gabby Nevant, Autumn Jarvie, Alivia O’Brien, McKayla Fusco and Evita and Angelica Scoccia.
JV: KC, 2-1.
ä Sharpsville 3, Commodore Perry 0 — At Sheakleyville, Kara Morrin had 17 points (7 aces) and kills as the visiting Blue Darlings (4-0, 4-1) swept CP, 25-10, 25-18, 25-18.
Sharpsville: Maddie Przicina 22 assists, 7 points; Rachael D’Auria 8 kills, 5 blocks; Miley Sikorski 10 points, 5 kills; Alivia Shuttleworth 7 points; Rachel Harenchar 10 digs; Emily Anderson 5 kills; Leah LaRocca 5 kills. Commodore Perry: No stats reported.
JV: CP, 25-21, 25-19.
ä West Middlesex 3, Lakeview 0 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Ms. Reds (4-0 region, 6-0 overall) rolled, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23.
West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 8 serving points, 11 digs; Aly Andrusky 5 points, 8 kills, 10 digs; Megan Hazlett 7 points, 30 assists; Marissa Pursel 5 points, 11 kills; Arieal Pratt 6 points, 9 kills. Lakeview: No stats reported.
JV: Lakeview, 27-29, 25-19, 15-9.
ä Farrell 3, Kennedy Catholic 2 — At Hermitage, the visiting Lady Steelers (2-2) won a thriller over KC, 25-22, 26-24, 21-25, 21-25, 15-12.
Farrell: Key-Asia Oatis 7 kills; Jarissa Sharper 5 serving aces; Whitney Murray 10 kills; Jakala Samuels 17 digs. KC (0-6): J’Shawna Thompkins 15 points, 5 blocks, 5 digs, 11 kills; Emilee Taylor 14 points, 5 aces, 6 kills; Tatum Kress 6 points, 6 blocks, 9 digs, 9 kills; Hannah Burns 13 assists; Khalida Muhammed 7 points, 13 digs; Tori Bremick 6 points, 9 assists, 5 digs; Taylor Hood 5 blocks, 5 kills; Donique Marcella 9 points, 10 digs.
JV: KC, 11-25, 25-21, 15-8.
ä Reynolds 3, Jamestown 0 — At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders (2-3) recorded a 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 sweep.
Reynolds: Dani Babcock 13 digs; Brooke Bresnan 10 digs, 7 kills; Jenna Gardill 12 kills, 5 blocks; Kayla Thompson 31 points (10 aces); Caey Rhoads 8 assists; Rachel Harnett 5 assists. Jamestown: No stats reported.
JV: Jamestown, 25-23, 25-23.
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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THE CLEVELAND Browns quarterback position has been a revolving door this season, but at least one of the more successful signal-callers is back. Jason Campbell is recovered from a concussion and will start.
Does it really matter?
Roundup: Opening-weekend tipoff tourneys conclude
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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Farrell Julius McCoy Tipoff Tourney
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!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
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.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
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