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.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
Raiders win 17th region title; 11 locals to Hershey
When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
KC beats Cochranton for 4th straight D-10 crown
MEADVILLE — Everybody is on April Bocian’s bandwagon — and rightly so. But Tatum Kress helped keep Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program atop District 10’s Class A competition.
Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
McLane rallies to beat Mercer in AA title tilt
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
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