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.
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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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