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.
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.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
Spence, Sailors roll past Mercer, 52-21
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
Long gone basketball league leaves a costly legacy
If you want to mark yourself as a graying old-timer, bring up the American Basketball Association – the professional league that featured large Afros, slam dunk contests, three-point baskets and a red, white and blue basketball.
Oh, yes, it also had a great collection of players - perhaps the best on the globe - who brought athleticism, skill and excitement to a game that had become somewhat stodgy in the more established National Basketball Association.
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