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.
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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