ä Mercer 42, Kennedy Catholic 16 — At Kennedy Catholic’s Butala Stadium Saturday afternoon, the Mustangs of coach Pat McClearn rolled to set up a meeting of unbeatens against Lakeview on Friday.
“Our defense played well,” said McClearn. “On offense, we couldn’t do a few things I thought we could do, but credit (Kennedy) Coach Donofrio for having his kids ready. They gave us some trouble up front.”
Mercer jumped out to a 22-0 first half lead on a 1-yard run by Luke Leonard, 36-yard pass from Logan Clarke to Jarred Davis, and a 20-yard screen pass from Clarke to Zane O’Brien. A pass from Clarke to Leonard and Clark run accounted for PAT two-pointers after the kick failed after the opening TD.
Davis got the Mustangs rolling in the second half as he took the opening kickoff and returned it 75 yards to the house. Kick failed.
A short time later, O’Brien pulled in an interception to set up Mercer at the KC 19. Two plays later, Clarke connected on his third touchdown aerial of the game for 6 yards to Leonard. Chase Hoffman kicked the point after for a 35-0 lead which put the mercy-rule clock into effect.
Mercer made it 42-0 early in the final frame on a 1-yard run by Jonathan Wegryznek and kick by Hoffman.
Kennedy scored a pair of late TDs. Jahliq Ragster connected with first-half quarterback Jacob Feeney for a 40-yard scoring pass play and Ragster scored on a 3-yard run. Ragster bulled his way into the end zone for PATs after both scores.
Mercer moved to 2-0 in Region 1-A and 3-0 overall, while Kennedy fell to 0-2, 0-3.
Commodore Perry Invite
Led by the 1-2 placement of Jackie Abraham and Lexi Bible, Hickory High girls captured the team title during Saturday’s Commodore Perry Cross Country Invitational.
Abraham annexed 1st place in a time of 19:57.1, less than 3 full seconds ahead of Bible, as the Lady Hornets harvested the crown with 51 points. Haley Boyd and Bailey Brown placed 8th and 13th, respectively, for Hickory, which easily outdistanced runner-up Fairview (86).
Seneca, led by Paris Enterline’s 4th-place finish, edged Fairview, 66-86, for the boys’ championship, though Fairview’s Dan Wilcko and Nick Samsel placed 1-2 in 16:55.2 and 17:17.1, respectively.
Hickory’s Logan Griffen garnered 3rd in 17:25.5, and Nate White led host Commodore Perry to a 4th-place finish in the team standings as he finished 5th in 17:35.6.
ä Hickory 6, Manchester 0 — At Akron, the visiting Lady Hornets handed their state-ranked (OHSAA Division III) hosts a shutout loss.
Marissa DeJulia tallied twice for Hickory (4-0), as did Lauren Bell, who also added an assist. Also, Sara Suler and Jackie White both were credited with goals and assists, and Isabella Spadafora 2 assists. Goalkeeper Morgan McBride made 11 saves for Hickory, also.
˝ Casey Zreliak scored a goal in Thursday’s 15-0 win at Sharpsville.
ä Kennedy Catholic 4, Corry 0 — At Corry, Alivia O’Brien had 2 goals and Elizabeth Volkay registered the shutout as KC (2-1) blanked the Lady Beavers.
Evita and Angelica Scoccia had the other goals for the Lady Golden Eagles. Evita Scoccia and McKayla Fusco were credited with assists.
ä Grove City 3, Wilmington 1 — At Grove City, Brittany Mattson, Julie DiStasi and Kristen Bishop scored for GC and Anna Williams had an assist.
For the Hounds, Anna Hartwell scored off an assist from Kyler Lum.
ä Cambridge Springs 6, Sharpsville 0 — At Campbridge Springs, the hosts blanked the Blue Darlings.
Sharpsville (1-3) had 11 shots on goal. Rachel Toy made 14 saves in playing the 1st half for the Blue Darlings and Juliana Sickafus registered 7 saves in the 2nd half.
ä Mercer 3, Hickory 2 — At Hornet Stadium Saturday afternoon, the Mustangs rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to notch the win.
Zack Walters had both goals for Hickory (3-2). Nick Tantuo and Evan Montgomery assisted.
Mercer did not report its stats to The Herald.
ä Ft. LeBoeuf 7, West Middlesex 1 — At Waterford, the Big Reds fell to 0-4 with the loss. Joe Canfora scored on a PK for WM’s first goal of the season.
Grove City Tourney
Coach Nikki Nych’s West Middlesex High girls volleyball team finished 2nd in pool play and then beat Karns City in the semifinals and host Grove City in the finals to capture the annual GC Tournament.
In pool play, West Middlesex was swept by Grove City (25-20, 25-22, 25-20), beat Northwestern (25-23, 25-15, 23-25) and then lost to Karns City (25-13, 22-25, 25-21). The finished 2nd due to points. In the semis, the Ms. Reds posted a 25-23 win over Karns City and then edged GC 25-23 in the finals.
WM: Tori Roberts 35 points, 11 aces, 43 digs; Aly Andrusky 23 points, 20 kills, 21 digs; Megan Hazlett 31 points, 5 aces, 67 assists, 12 digs; Marissa Pursel 17 points, 27 kills, 7 blocks, 8 digs; Ariel Pratt 19 points, 20 kills, 23 digs; Dani Krepps 5 kills, 7 digs, 11 points; Sage Campbell 16 kills.
ä Conneaut 2, Brookfield 0; Pymatuning Valley 2, Brookfield 0 — In a tri-match at Py Valley High, the Lady Warriors (5-7) dropped a 25-19, 25-23 decision to Conneaut, Ohio, and then fell to host Py Valley, 25-16, 25-21.
Brookfield: Delaney Saxton 35 kills, 22 digs; Brooke Hiner 10 kills; Caitlyn Hackett 5 kills, 6 blocks; Madison Bonekovic 7 points, 52 assists, 5 digs.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
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