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.
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THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
Racing to fight cancer
Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
Full text of LeBron's essay in SI
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew
Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.
Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
Following are game reports:
The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary
Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.
SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11
THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
It is open to the public at no charge.
Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the academic year.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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