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.
MERCER 6 16 13 7 42
KENNEDY 0 0 0 16 16
M - Leonard, 1 run (kick failed)
M - Davis, 36 pass from Clarke (Leonard pass from Clarke)
M - O’Brien, 20 pass from Clarke (Clarke run)
M - Davis, 75 kickoff return (kick failed)
M - Leonard, 6 pass from Clarke (Hoffman kick)
M - Wegryznek, 1 run (Hoffman kick)
KC - Feeney, 40 pass from Ragster (Ragster run)
KC - Ragster, 3 run (Ragster run)
12 First downs 8
106 Rushing yards 61
119 Passing yards 69
16-9-0 Att-comp-int 16-6-1
225 Total yards 130
2-2 Fumbles-lost 4-2
7-45 Penalties-yards lost 6-23
Rushing: MERCER — Clarke 6-23, Peters 3-13, L. Leonard 1-1, Wegryznek 6-24, O’Brien 4-27, Bequeth 1-6, Bartolone 1-19, Robertson 1-(-1), H. Kaster 1-2.. KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Zehner 10-9, Feeney 3-(-11), Ragster 9-26, McGrath 2-2, Cathey 5-17..
Passing: MERCER — Clarke 16-9-0-119; KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Feeney 10-3-0, Ragster 6-3-1.
Receiving: MERCER — Haines 2-25, Peters 3-12, Davis 1-36, Edwards 1-20, O’Brien 1-20, Leonard 1-6; KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Cathey 4-28, Ragster 1-1, Feeney 1-40.
Commodore Perry Invitational
Team standings and key: Hickory (H) 51; Fairview (F) 86; Wilmington (W) 97; Cranberry (Cran) 104; Seneca (Sen) 111; Sharon (Sh) 135; Commodore Perry (CP) 144; Rocky Grove (RG) 201; Lakeview (Lv) 206; Reynolds (R), Jamestown (J), Clarion (Clar), Mercer (Mer), Cochranton (Coch) did not field full squads.
Individual results: 1. Jackie Abraham (H) 19:57.1; 2. Lexi Bible (H) 20:24.3; 3. Kelsey Leasure (Sen) 20:56.9; 4. Shae Grinnell (CP) 20:59.7; 5. Kristin Reynolds (Cran) 21:03.4; 6. Caitlin Plazony (F) 21:10.2; 7. Kate Robb (W) 21:14.5; 8. Haley Boyd (H) 21:16; 9. Marissa Mountford (Sen) 21:22.2; 10. Maggie Prorok (RG) 21:24.7; 11. Devanne Doyle (Coch) 21:48.5; 12 Lexi Brumbaugh (W) 22:01.4; 13. Bailey Brown (H) 22:03.7; 14. Andrea McConnell (Lv) 22:11.5; 15. Caitlyn MacKelvey (F) 22:15; 16. Catherine Fox (F) 22:16.3; 17. Kaitlin Brace (Sen) 22:17.7; 18. Hannah Frakes (Clar) 22:18.7; 19. Xsila Powell (Sh) 22:25.2; 20. Madeline Keenan (Cran) 22:32.4; 21. Jolynn Anderson (Sh) 22:41; 22. Jamie Burdette (Mer) 22:42.1; 23. Allison Baldwin (W) 22:50; 24. Brienna Boys (Sh) 22:53.5; 25. Susie Sheatz (Cran) 22:56.8.
Team standings and key: Seneca (Sen) 66, Fairview (F) 86; Cochranton (Coch) 93; Commodore Perry (CP) 116; Hickory (H) 124; Wilmington (W) 156; Cranberry (Cran) 204; Jamestown (J) 226; Sharon (Sh) 233; Lakeview (Lv) 236; Rocky Grove (RG) 248; Clarion (Clar) 289; Reynolds (R) 371; Kennedy Catholic (KC) did not field full squad.
Individual results: 1. Dan Wilcko (F) 16:55.2; 2. Nick Samsel (F) 17:17.1; 3. Logan Griffen (H) 17:25.5; 4. Paris Enterline (Sen) 17:33.7; 5. Nate White (CP) 17:35.6; 6. Calvin Gealy (W) 17:38.3; 7. Kyle Boyd (H) 17:46.2; 8. Phoenix Myers (Sen) 17:49.1; 9. Logan Herzberger (Coch) 17:51.6; 10. Liam Raeshler (Clar) 17:53.1; 11. Christian McElhaney (J) 17:53.9; 12. Nate Kline (Coch) 17:57.7; 13. Donovan Myers (Sen) 18:00.7; 14. Caleb Bickel (J) 18:03.3; 15. Chad Peterson (CP) 18:09.6; 16. Matthew Dilts (Sh) 18:10.4; 17. Nathan Lindeman (Coch) 18:17.4; 18. Jared Masters (W) 18:21.5; 19. Harrison Keenan (Cran) 18:21.5; 20. Cory Nadolny (Sen) 18:24.2; 21. Adam Hanes (Sen) 18:29.9; 22. Neil Burger (F) 18:32.6; 23. Eric Johnston (CP) 18:33.6; 24; Brett Whitty (W) 18:42.2; 25. Kyle Mudger (Coch) 18:43.9.
Team standings and key: Hickory (H) 15; Wilmington (W) Fairview (F), Commodore Perry (CP), Cranberry (Cran) did not field full squads.
Individual results: 1. Jessica Garcia (H) 24:04.2; 2. Allison McCloy (F) 24:35.8; 3. Elena Marchand (H) 24:37.3; 4. Jordyn Kalp (H) 24:50.6; 5. Destiny Golub (H) 25:23.1.
Team standings and key: Commodore Perry (CP) 29; Cranberry (Cran) 45; Hickory (H) 48; Lakeview (Lv) 99; Rocky Grove (RG) 133; Jamestown (J) 152; Wilmington (W), Seneca (Sen), Sharon (Sh), Cochranton (Coch) did not field full squads.
Individual results: 1. Tony Kiser (CP) 19:23.6; 2. Jake Law (Sen) 19:37.8; 3. Trand Wright (H) 19:54.9; 4. Jared Dailey (Cran) 19:56.7; 5. Michael Bonnett (CP) 20:01.6.
Team standings and key: Cranberry (Cran) 28; Lakeview (Lv) 81; Hickory (H) 111; Cochranton (Coch) 116; Wilmington (W) 136; Commodore Perry (CP) 146; Reynolds (R) 151; Fairview (F) 156; Clarion (Clar) 198; Sharon (Sh), Jamestown (J), Rocky Grove (RG), Mercer (Mer) did not field full squads.
Individual results: 1. Samantha Woolcock (Cran) 12:50.9; 2. Lauren Varsek (Cran) 12:57.2; 3. Lauren Bortzer (Cran) 12:59.1; 4. Macey Redmond (H) 13:09.9; 5. Kendra Benton (Lv) 13:12.8.
Team standings and key: Hickory (H) 32; Wilmington (W) 46; Lakeview (Lv) 85; Rocky Grove (RG) 138; Cranberry (Cran) 148; Sharon (Sh) 175; Commodore Perry (CP) 185; Jamestown (J) 253; Seneca (Sen), Reynolds (R), Clarion (Clar), Mercer (Mer), Cochranton (Coch) did not field full squads.
Individual results: 1. Zachary Tingley (Lv) 10:58.2; 2. Chad Grundy (H) 11:10.9; 3. Drew Slezak (H) 11:16.9; 4. Nathan Twigg (W) 11:47; 5. Justin Reno (Mer) 11:47.8.
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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