Region 1 Mega-Match
Coach Craig Antush’s Hickory High linksters captured their 3rd straight region title and 6th overall on Thursday at Shenango Lake.
Hickory shot a 194, followed by Reynolds (205) and Rocky Grove (244). West Middlesex did not show up for the event.
“I feel this is the most unified team I’ve had in my seven years,” said Antush. “They’ve really had a great time with each other and competed strongly. I’m real proud of their accomplishments.”
Abby Hearns fired a 45 to lead Hickory and Alena Lancia shot a 48. Izzy Schell led Reynolds with a 46. Competing as independents, Grove City’s Fontaine McFeaters shot a 42 to earn medalist honors and Meg Birmingham had a 47.
Hickory: Hearns 45, Lancia 48, Kristina David 50, Ashley Addicott 51. Reynolds: Schell 46, Taylor Yahner 52, Jamie Vamosi 53, Taylor Delung 54. Rocky Grove: Lacey Tologo 51, Jaylee Donovan 56, Carley Kiesel 65, Kassy Salerno 72.
The final mega-match of the year is scheduled at Deer Creek Golf Course on Monday.
At The Country Club of Meadville, Grove City finished 5th (339) behind Cathedral Prep (308), McDowell (329), Mercyhurst Prep (331) and Slippery Rock (338). Another Mercer County club competing was Reynolds (371).
For Grove City it was Matt Gordon, 82, Kyle Singledecker and Justin Fulkerson, 85s, Jake Cline, 87, and Jordan Anderson, 98.
ä Mercer 181, Sharon 187 — At Spring Valley Golf Course in Mercer, Mark Peters fired a 42 in leading the Mustangs (14-3) past the Tigers in a non-region match. Joe Faber carded a 43 for Sharon.
Mercer: Peters 42, Nate Guiler, Brock Watson 44s, Matt Mathias 51. Sharon: Faber 43, Chris Hartnagel 46, Carl Carpenter, Louis Wareham 49s.
ä Hickory 10, John F. Kennedy 0 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets (9-1) were led by Sara Suler, who scored 4 goals and assisted on another, and Jackie White, who added a hat trick.
Also for Hickory, Isabella Spadafora scored twice and assisted on 2 goals, Jada Poindexter produced another goal, and Madison Bell and Brienna McGowan added assists. Goalkeeper Morgan McBride pitched her 8th shutout of the season, aided by defenders McKenzie Gruber, Patrice Clemenza, Bell and McGowan.
ä West Middlesex 2, Maplewood 1 — At Guys Mills, Delaney David buried a goal on a direct kick with 12 minutes to play to lift the visiting Ms. Reds (4-4-1) past the Lady Tigers.
Molly Stonebraker had the other goal for WM off an assist by Kayla Ballard. Brianna Spencer made 8 saves in goal, including stopping a penalty kick with under 5 minutes to play.
Morgan Berarducci had the lone goal for Maplewood, which was outshot 28-10 by the Ms. Reds.
ä Grove City 7, Oil City 0 — At Forker Field Wednesday night, the Lady Eagles eased to the win, led by Julie DiStasi (2 goals), and Katelyn Williams, Kalie Davis, Alexa Smith, Kyleigh Hyduchak and Elizabeth Donaldson, each of whom tallied once.
Taylor Gregg, Abby Fulkerson, Hayat Hazy and Mara Miles were credited with assists, while goalkeeper Olivia Andrews pitched the shutout.
ä Hickory 6, Franklin 1 — Under the lights at Hornet Stadium, Nick Tantuo and Evan Montgomery had 2 goals each as the Hornets (6-3-1) beat the Knights.
Zack Walters and David Liszewski had the other goals for Hickory. Shaun McGowan was credited with 2 assists and Jacob Andrzjewski had 1 assist. Donte Green (5 saves) and Boomer Cindric (1) split time between the pipes for the Hornets.
JV: Hickory, 4-0.
ä Grove City 5, Sharon 0 — At Buhl Farm Park, the visiting Lady Eagles eased to a handful of straight-sets wins, including Claire Casalnova, Katie Kosick and Molly Somora, as well as the tandems of Maddie Jazwinski-Morgan McCommon and Lauren Steele-Brittany Foringer.
Singles: Casalnova (GC) def. Jackie Bradshaw, 6-0, 6-0; Kosick (GC) def. Hannah George, 6-3, 6-0; Somora (GC) def. Isabella Scarmack, 6-3, 6-0. Doubles: Jazwinski-McCommon (GC) def. Natalie Liscio-Lauren Wood, 6-3, 6-2; Steele-Foringer (GC) def. Erin Hosick-Monica Campbell, 6-1, 6-2.
ä Kennedy Catholic 5, Franklin 0 — Jensen Kirila, Rebekah Kish and Abby Lenhart posted straight-sets singles wins to key KC (11-2), as did the doubles duos of Avi Danta-Jillian Dunn and Alex Hudson and Jessie Micco.
Singles: Kirila (KC) def. Mimi Terman, 6-3, 6-3; Kish (KC) def. Lexi Weaver, 6-1, 6-2; Lenhart (KC) def. Beth Pfohl, 6-1, 6-3. Doubles: Danta-Dunn (KC) def. Emily Lemanski-Regan Scott, 6-0, 6-1; Hudson-Micco (KC) def. Kristin Curtis-Cierra Barefoot, 6-1, 6-1.
ä Hickory 4, Wilmington 1 — On Senior Recognition Day in Hermitage, Coach Joe Bender’s Lady Hornets improved to 12-1 in Region 1 and 12-3 overall by beating the ’Hounds (7-5, 7-5).
Hickory’s 2 seniors won their matches — Rachel Mettee at No. 1 doubles and Bailey McLaughlin at 2nd doubles.
“I just can’t say enough about those two girls,” said Bender. “They haven’t stopped leading since last November during off-season training. With such a large group of underclassmen and graduating four senior starters last year, they filled some big shoes. What’s most impressive is their effort to help the team improve. They bring it each and every day!”
Singles: Alanna Elliott (W) def. Anna Derloni, 6-0, 6-0; Marissa Works (H) def. Lexi Donati, 6-2, 6-0; Lauren McGonigle (H) def. Nikki McCown, 6-3, 6-0. Doubles: Nikki Marone-Mettee (H) def. Lydea Kraynak-Holly Vernon, 6-3, 6-0; McLaughlin-Annalise Bianco (H) def. Taylor Cox-Allison Krupa, 6-3, 6-2.
ä Grove City 3, Slippery Rock 1 — At Grove City, the host Lady Eagles prevailed, 25-17, 25-20, 24-26, 25-23.
Grove City: Belle Chiodo 29 serving points; Stephanie Risch 5 points, 22 passes; Taylor Shingledecker 5 points; Arianna Sprando 8 points, 33 assists; Jenn Ferguson 12 points, 5 blocks; Corianne Hyduchak 11 kills, 14 passes; McKenzie Fagan 14 kills, 11 blocks; Jordyn Wyllie 9 points, 10 kills, 5 blocks. Slippery Rock: No stats reported.
JV: Grove City, 21-25, 25-19, 15-6.
ä Reynolds 3, Farrell 2 — At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders rebounded from back-to-back 25-19, 25-15 opening-game losses to post consecutive 29-27, 25-12, 15-10 wins in the marathon.
Farrell (3-3): Key-Asia Oatis 11 kills; Whitney Murray 19 kills, 6 blocks; Jazmine Pegues 22 assists; Domoniq Savage 6 blocks, 8 assists; Nyla Morgan 5 kills; Mikayih Garner 15 digs; Jarissa Sharper 8 assists; Alysia Jackson 12 kills; Jakayla Samuels 7 points; Selena Thomas 7 points; Sierra Pickens 5 blocks. Reynolds: No stats reported.
JV: Reynolds, 25-20, 14-25, 17-15.
ä West Middlesex 3, Jamestown 0 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, Tori Roberts posted 16 serving points (5 aces) in leading the undefeated Ms. Reds (6-0, 8-0) to the sweep, 25-15, 25-16, 25-12.
Middlesex: Aly Andrusky 7 points, 8 kills, 10 digs; Megan Hazlett 9 points, 29 assists; Marissa Pursel 8 points, 11 kills; Ariel Pratt 6 kills, 7 digs; Tori Roth 5 digs; Sage Campbell 5 kills. Jamestown (1-5, 1-6): Jackie Gross 5 points, 6 digs; Jessie Arnold 5 points; Natalie Foltz 5 kills, 7 digs; Samantha McLaughlin 12 assists; Savannah Miller 10 digs.
JV: Middlesex, 25-22, 25-17.
ä Greenville 3, Sharon 2 — At Greenville, the host Lady Trojans triumphed in the marathon, 25-15, 17-25, 2519, 20-25, 15-10.
Sharon: Jessica Talbert-Kirsch 18 assists; Leah Smith 19 points, 17 assists; Iman Morgan 11 kills, 5 blocks, 7 digs; Delsia Smith 11 kills; Kristina Jacoway 8 digs; Tanayja Sanders 15 kills; Ger’Brea Peterson 5 digs. Greenville: No stats reported.
JV: Greenville, 2-0.
ä Lakeview 3, Sharpsville 2 — At Sharpsville, the host Blue Devils dropped the first 2 games, then Sharpsville came up short in its comeback bid, 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 15-12. Lakeview: No stats reported.
Sharpsville (4-2, 4-3) : Rachel D’Auria 8 points, 9 kills, 5 blocks; Rachel Harenchar 8 points, 5 digs; Madison Przicina 5 kills, 28 assists; Emily Anderson 9 kills; Leah LaRocca 8 kills; Kara Morrin 13 points; Olivia Shuttleworth 12 points; Emily Sackett 7 points.
JV: Lakeview, 25-10, 25-21.
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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