The midway point of the regular season shows where much of the power lies and the local teams with the best shots at reaching the District 10 playoffs.
In Region 3-AA action, Greenville is the only unbeaten club after a 34-13 win over Grove City Friday. In other 3-AA play, Sharon rocked Reynolds, 32-7; Hickory mauled Titusville, 70-13; and Wilmington beat Saegertown, 49-0.
In Region 1-A, while West Middlesex was edging Mercer for the lead in the division, Farrell pulled out a tough 7-6 win over Sharpsville.
In play today, Lakeview is at Kennedy Catholic at noon, while Brookfield is on the road to Warren JFK tonight.
ä Greenville 34, Grove City 13 — At Grove City, the Trojans of coach Brian Herrick continued to roll against Region 3-AA competition and remained unbeaten on the season.
Greenville (4-0 Region 3-AA, 5-0 overall) has its sights locked on the region crown and the top seed in the District 10 playoffs. Meanwhile, Grove City has its back against the wall with a 2-2 league mark (3-2 overall).
For a second straight year, Greenville’s talented Tyler Fattman opened the game against Grove City by returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. This time he went 92 yards to open the contest on a positive note for the Trojans. The point after failed, but Greenville had a lead it would never reliquish.
Later in the period, Nick Black hit paydirt on a 21-yard sprint and Casey Eells connected on the point after. Grove City cut the lead to 13-6 when Foster Reznor scored on a 17-yard run, a score that held until the intermission.
In the third period, the Trojans used some trickery. Fattman carried the ball on a fake punt and went 43 yards for a score. Greenville widened the margin when Trey VanAken ripped off a 58-yard scoring run. Eells converted after both scores.
Reznor scored again for GC on a 1-yard run and Dylan Nelson’s point-after kick cut the lead to 27-13. However that was the end of the scoring for the home team, while Greenville tacked on another tally on a 3-yard run by Black.
Fattman finished with 12 carries for 139 yards, while VanAken gained 115 yards on 13 totes. For Grove City, Reznor led the ground attack with 103 yards on 20 carries.
The Trojans — who have already knocked off other top region contenders Hickory, Sharon and Grove City — will get a little breather as they host league foe Titusville, which has been rolled over by most other clubs this campaign. Grove City will try to bounce back at home to Saegertown, another lower level region club.
ä Sharon 32, Reynolds 7 — At Transfer, Carnell Hawkins rushed for 157 yards and scored all 5 touchdowns for the Tigers (3-1, 3-2) as Sharon beat the Raiders (2-2, 3-2) in a key Region 3-AA clash and Jim Wildman got win No. 211 to surpass longtime former Farrell coach Lou Falconi (210).
Sharon went up 7-0 in the 1st quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Hawkins and Evan Gill’s extra-point kick.
The Tigers extended their lead to 14-0 in the 2nd quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Tomko to Hawkins and Gill’s PAT.
Sharon took a 20-0 lead into halftime following a 45-yard run by Hawkins. The extra-point attempt failed.
The Tigers extended their lead to 26-0 early in the 3rd quarter on an 85-yard kickoff return by Hawkins. The 2-point conversion pass failed.
Reynolds made it 26-7 in the 3rd on a 57-yard run by Mike Millero and Michael Ryhal’s PAT.
Sharon closed out the scoring late in the 3rd quarter on a 27-yard run by Hawkins. The extra-point attempt was blocked.
Hawkins rushed for 157 on 17 carries and Tomko was 5-of-8 for 85 yards.
Miller led Reynolds with 136 yards on 21 carries.
ä Farrell 7, Sharpsville 6 — At Sharpsville, it was a battle of two of the top District 10 A teams over the past several years. But while the two clubs have won the last 5 D-10 titles between them (Farrell in 2008-09-10 and Sharpsville 2011-12) the two local teams right now are just concerned with getting back to the playoffs.
It was a defensive struggle Friday at The Pines, and it was fitting that it was a big defensive effort by Farrell that saved the game.
Farrell carried a 7-0 lead into the fourth period. But Sharpsville scored on a 2-yard run by Ben BuCher on the first play of the fourth quarter and went for a 2-point conversion. But the Steelers defense stiffened and kept the Blue Devils out of the end zone.
Late in the game Sharpsville threatened, but Steeler Malik Graham came up with an interception at the 10-yard line.
Farrell (2-1 in Region 1-A, 4-1 overall) built a 7-0 lead in the second period on a 30-yard pass from Rob Guelledge to Austin Pickens. Pickens kicked the point after.
For Sharpsville (2-2, 3-2), Tyler Wansack picked up 101 yards on 19 carries to lead all rushers.
“We gutted it out,” said Farrell coach Jarrett Samuels. “It was a huge win for us against a very tough Sharpsville team. We knew they were going to be tough and haven’t lost a home game in a long time, so to go over there and win was huge. What a battle it was.
“Our offense struggled, but we’ve got to clean that up as coaches. Our defense carried us. They bent but didn’t break. I’ve never been more proud of our kids as I was tonight. My hats off to Sharpsville, but we were able to gut it out and withstand all their rallies.”
ä Wilmington 49, Saegertown 0 — At Saegertown, it was no contest as the Hounds of coach Terry Verrelli dominated on both sides of the ball. While rolling up a total of 496 yards on offense, the Hounds Hammer defense yielded only 48 to the lowly Panthers.
Wilmington kept alive it’s playoff hopes by evening its Region 3-AA record to 2-2 (3-2 overall). Saegertown fell to 0-4, 0-5.
Spencer DeMedal scored a pair of TDs for the winners on runs of 4 and 7 yards, while Marc Peoples also hit paydirt twice on a pair of passes from Cody Llewellyn good for 63 and 13 yards. Dwight Scott scored on a 4-yard burst, while Josiah Bloise scored on a 63-yard punt return and Dom Gargiulo on a fumble recovery in the end zone. The Hounds picked up a safety in the final frame when Cole Cameron notched a sack in the end zone. Kyler Lum nailed 4 PAT kicks and James Gardner one.
Scott led the ground attack with 107 yards on only 4 carries.
ä Hickory 70, Titusville 13 — At Hornet Stadium coach Bill Brest’s Hickory High Hornets (3-1, 4-1) rumbled for 623 yards in total offense as they routed the winless Rockets (0-4, 0-5) in Region 3-AA play.
Hickory led 28-0 after the opening quarter, 57-0 at halftime and cruised to the easy win.
Hickory starting quarterback Matt Voytik was 8-of-9 for 247 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 pick and Nick Cannone was 4-of-5 for 56 yards and 1 TD.
Voytik fired TD passes to Andrew Pryts (10 yards), DeQuan Lewis (80 yards), Anthony Cannone (66) and Davon Tindall (10). Nick Cannone’s scoring strike was to Joey DeJulia (54 yards).
Lewis also scored on a 63-yard run, Tindall had a 5-yard TD run, Kenny Ezi-Ashi returned a punt 57 yards for a score, Charles Carr broke loose for an 88-yard TD run and Nick Cannone notched a 9-yard scoring run.
Tyler Sellers rushed for 123 yards on only 7 carries for the Hornets and Anthony Cannone hauled in 4 catches for 103 yards.
Titusville was led by quarterback Todd Brown, who fired an 89-yard touchdown pass to Brady Corklin and scored on a 3-yard quarterback keeper.
GREENVILLE 13 0 14 7 34
GROVE CITY 6 0 0 7 13
G — Fattman, 92 kickoff return (kick blocked)
G — Black, 21 run (Eells kick)
GC — Reznor, 17 run (kick failed)
G — Fattman, 43 run (Eells kick)
G — VanAken, 58 run (Eells kick)
GC — Reznor, 1 run (Nelson kick)
G — Black, 3 run (Eells kick)
GREENVILLE GROVE CITY
15 First downs 13
316 Rushing yards 208
17 Passing yards 63
10-3-2 Att-comp-int 9-4-2
333 Total yards 271
1-0 Fumbles-lost 2-1
6-45 Penalties-yards lost 10-95
Rushing: GREENVILLE — Fattman 12-139, VanAken 13-115, Black 11-65, Nellis 3-6, Jones 2-5; GROVE CITY — Reznor 20-103, Sample 8-62, Graham 11-53, Lucido 3-12.
Passing: GREENVILLE — Jones 10-3-2-17; GROVE CITY — Graham 9-4-2-63.
Receiving: GREENVILLE — Houpt 1-8, Fattman 1-7, VanAken 1-2; GROVE CITY — Maine 4-63.
SHARON 7 13 12 0 32
REYNOLDS 0 0 7 0 7
S — Hawkins, 1 run (Gill kick)
S — Hawkins, 19 pass from Tomko (Gill kick)
S — Hawkins, 45 run (kick failed)
S — Hawkins, 85 kickoff return (pass failed)
R — Millero, 57 run (Ryhal kick)
S — Hawkins, 27 run (kick blocked)
6 First downs 13
167 Rushing yards 222
85 Passing yards 24
8-5-0 Att-comp-int 13-6-1
252 Total yards 246
1-1 Fumbles-lost 1-0
8-95 Penalties-yards lost 9-60
Rushing: SHARON — Hawkins 17-157, A. Johnson 2-9, Rudolph 2-3, Norris 1-1, Tomko 3-(-3); REYNOLDS — Millero 21-136, Leipheimer 12-53, Sapot 7-40, Miller 4-2.
Passing: SHARON — Tomko 8-5-0-85; REYNOLDS — Miller 13-6-1-24.
Receiving: SHARON — Hawkins 1-19, Mosley 3-30; REYNOLDS — Leipheimer 2-13, Millero 2-13, McConnell 1-12, Mahlon 1-(-14).
FARRELL 0 7 0 0 7
SHARPSVILLE 0 0 0 6 6
F — Pickens, 30 pass from Guelledge (Pickens kick)
S — BuCher, 2 run (run failed)
9 First downs 14
130 Rushing yards 177
74 Passing yards 41
7-4-1 Att-comp-int 16-3-3
204 Total yards 218
1-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0
8-62 Penalties-yards lost 4-30
Rushing: FARRELL — Burns 18-65, Gavins 9-59, Guelledge 6-6; SHARPSVILLE — Wansack 19-101, BuCher 10-33, Peavy 8-41, N. Henwood 4-0, Keck 1-2.
Passing: FARRELL — Guelledge 7-4-1-74; SHARPSVILLE — N. Henwood 16-3-3-41.
Receiving: FARRELL — Archie 1-17, Pickens 1-30, Burns 1-15, M. Newell 1-12; SHARPSVILLE — Popatak 2-21, BuCher 1-20.
WILMINGTON 26 14 7 2 49
SAEGERTWN 0 0 0 0 0
W — DeMedal, 4 run (Lum kick)
W — Scott, 54 run (kick failed)
W — Peoples, 63 pass from Llewellyn (Lum kick)
W — Bloise, 63 punt ret. (kick blocked)
W — DeMedal, 7 run (Gardner kick)
W — Peoples, 13 pass from Llewellyn
W — Gargiulo fum. rec. in end zone (Lum kick)
W — safety, Cameron sack QB
17 First downs 5
417 Rushing yards 12
79 Passing yards 36
6-3-1 Att-comp-int 16-4-2
496 Total yards 48
2-1 Fumbles-lost 2-1
6-82 Penalties-yards lost 3-34
Rushing: WILMINGTON — Scott 4-107, Bloise 5-91, Phillips 3-68, Gargiulo 9-53, Sotter 4-41, Shenker 6-28, DeMedal 5-25, Slicker 4-10; SAEGERTOWN — N/A.
Passing: WILMINGTON — Flannery 3-0-1-0, Llewellyn 2-2-0-76, DeMedal 1-1-0-3; SAEGERTOWN — N/A.
Receiving: WILMINGTON — Peoples 2-76, Gargiulo 1-3; SAEGERTOWN — N/A.
TITUSVILLE 0 7 0 6 13
HICKORY 28 29 6 7 70
H — Lewis, 63 run (Wombacker kick)
H — Pryts, 10 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
H — Lewis, 80 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
H — Tindall, 5 run (Wombacker kick)
H — A. Cannone, 66 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
H — Tindall, 85 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
H — Ezi-Ashi, 57 punt return (Voytik run)
H — Carr, 88 run (Wombacker kick)
T — Corklin, 89 pass from Brown (Brown kick)
H — N. Cannone, 9 run (kick failed)
T — Brown, 3 run (pass failed)
H — DeJulia, 54 pass from N. Cannone (Walters kick)
5 First downs 15
-42 Rushing yards 320
129 Passing yards 303
20-11-1 Att-comp-int 14-12-1
87 Total yards 623
0-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0
7-45 Penalties-yards lost 3-20
Rushing: TITUSVILLE — Corklin 3-(-1), Lee 6-(-14), Brown 15-(-27); HICKORY — Sellers 7-123, Lewis 1-63, Charles 5-48, Derloni 2-34, N. Cannone 5-29, Voytik 2-25, Tindall 1-5, Bianco 1-(-2), Fox 1-(-4), Steach 1-(-12), team 3-11.
Passing: TITUSVILLE — Brown 20-11-1-129; HICKORY — Voytik 9-8-1-247, N. Cannone 5-4-0-56.
Receiving: TITUSVILLE — Corklin 1-89, Lee 3-30, Ackerman 2-15, Brown 2-8, Carter 2-3, Brown 1-(-16); HICKORY — A. Cannone 4-103, Tindall 1-85, Lewis 1-80, DeJulia 1-54, Bianco 2-8, Derloni 1-(-4), Pryts 2-(-23).
The midway point of the regular season shows where much of the power lies and the local teams with the best shots at reaching the District 10 playoffs.
Breese defends heavyweight title at PIAA Championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Move over Rod Wright!
Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
However after posting a game-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance in West Middlesex High basketball team’s 76-66 PIAA Class AA playoffs opening-round win over Neshannock Saturday night, Staunch said opponents may have been overlooking the Big Reds.
Hickory girls 26-0, oust Johnstown
SLIPPERY ROCK — At Morrow Field House Saturday evening, the Hickory Lady Hornets kept the perfect season alive with a 63-37 state playoff first round win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans from District 6.
“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
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.
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