The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


September 22, 2013

Roundup: GC boys capture team title at Blue Devil Invite

---- — District 10 powerhouse Grove City High boys let it be known Saturday morning that they will continue to be reckoned with again this coming October and November. Coach Mike Sample’s Eagles soared to the team title during the annual Sharpsville Blue Devil Cross Country Invitational in Buhl Farm Park.

Grove City garnered 107 points to outdistance Pittsburgh Central Catholic (194). Forty-eight teams, encompassing 309 competitors, were part of the varsity boys’ race.

Maplewood’s Jeremy Parsons posted a 16:35.9 clocking to win medalist honors as he out-kicked North East’s Gary Olson by approximately 8 seconds.

Aaron Benka placed 3rd for Grove City in a time of 16:51, followed by Ryan Budnik (8th, 17:09) Braydon Pyle (29th, 17:49.1), John-Paul Depew (33rd, 17:54.3) and Jordan Powell (34th, 17:54.7).

North East’s girls, led by individual winner Emma Verdonik, edged Gen. McLane, 94-155, for the crown. Verdonik outdistanced Neshannock standout Lizzie Manickas, 19:16.3 to 19:17, for the win.

Hickory’s Lexi Bible finished 5th in 19:50.90 to emerge as Mercer County’s leading female placewinner in the 48-school, 278-competitor field.

Meet director Dr. Peter Vilasi of Sharpsville reported a total of 51 schools were represented by 1,850 registered runners, “ ... our largest event, to date...

“We’re happy to provide a competitive race for local athletes, and to help promote running in our community,” Vilasi said, adding the race proceeded as scheduled despite 60-degree temperatures and heavy rain.


ä Reynolds 52, Saegertown 7 —
At Saegertown Friday night, Mike Millero rushed for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns and Jacob Leipheimer had 111 yards on the ground and 2 scores as the Raiders (2-1, 3-1) routed the Panthers (0-3, 0-4) in a Region 3-AA contest.

Leipheimer scored on runs of 39 and 55 yards and Millero posted 17- and 91-yard TD runs.

Also for the Raiders, Dylan McDanel scored a pair of touchdowns (33- and 5-yard runs), Jared Uhrin registered a 10-yard TD run and Michael Ryhal booted an impressive 41-yard field goal and converted 3 PATs.

James Taylor scored on a 78-yard touchdown run for Saegertown.

Reynolds hosts Sharon on Friday night.

ä Struthers 27, Brookfield 7 — At Brookfield Friday, the Wildcats improved to 4-0 and snapped the Warriors’ (3-1) 17-game regular-season winning streak.

The last loss for Brookfield in the regular season was a 13-9 loss to Niles on Sept. 30, 2011.

Brookfield’s lone touchdown was a 7-yard TD pass from Augustus Necastro to Nate Morrison and Kasey Tingler tacked on the PAT, which cut Struthers’ lead to 14-7 with 3:46 left in the 3rd quarter. That score was set up by a 39-yard completion from Necastro to R.J. Leon.

Nick Pollifrone had a 5-yard TD run for Struthers and caught a 25-yard scoring strike from Gary Muntean. Michael Sullivan scored on a 3-yard run and a 15-yard pass from Muntean.

Luke Witkowski rushed for 131 yards on 17 carries for Struthers and Muntean was 10-of-18 for 109 yards.

Brookfield plays a rare Saturday night game this week. They battle Warren JFK at Harding High’s Mollenkopf Stadium at 7 p.m.


ä Grove City 2, Ft. LeBoeuf 1 —
At Waterford, the Lady Eagles rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to record the win over the Lady Bison.

Cora Burek curled a corner kick inside the far post for a goal to give LeBoeuf the 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd half, Grove City’s Taylor Gregg buried a shot just over the goalie’s fingers from 25 yards out. Grace Dadzaa notched the game-winner from 18 yards out.


ä Wilmington 4, Kennedy Catholic 0 —
At Greyhounds Stadium in New Wilmington, the Hounds shut out the Golden Eagles.

Kennedy Catholic fell to 3-4-1 with the loss.

No other stats were reported to The Herald.

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