It was a tense Tuesday in Tiger-town.
Twenty-four hours removed from a 1-run Region 2-AA loss at New Wilmington, Sharon High’s baseball team could not afford another setback, otherwise its postseason aspirations were alleviated.
Conversely, region pacesetting Sharpsville could have secured the crown with a win, and the Blue Devils dashed to an early 3-0 lead.
But with a springtime storm spawning, the Tigers tallied twice in the 3rd, then posted a 3-run 4th frame en route to a 5-4 win at Johnny Pepe Field.
“We can’t afford another loss. If (the District 10 committee) takes three teams, hopefully, we’re the third team,” Tigers’ taskmaster Mike Tomko mused.
Entering the day, Sharon (8-4, 9-7) was stalemated with Wilmington and West Middlesex for the runner-up berth behind Sharpsville (10-2, 12-4). Sharon’s season concludes with games against Reynolds and Middlesex.
“We’ve still got a long way to go ... we’ve got our work cut out for us,” Tomko admitted.
The Tigers had taken a 5-4 lead through 4, but the Blue Devils seemed bent on an outburst in the 6th.
Ross Llewellyn drew a leadoff walk from Sharon starter Cody Frazier, who then plunked Jake Bulick with a 1-2 pitch. Reliever Daniel Vanderslice enticed Bryan Stafford to fly out to right, with Llewellyn advancing to 3rd. Mitchell Fyffe drew a 1-out walk, loading the bases.
Sharpsville seemed secured of at least the tying and perhaps potential go-ahead runs with prolific Greg Popatak poised at the plate. In Sharpsville’s 2-run 1st frame, Popatak pounded the 1st pitch he saw from Frazier over the right-center field fence. Subsequently, he singled and walked.
Essentially, Sharon’s season was on the line, and the Tigers’ minimal margin for error meant a miracle was mandatory.
On Vanderslice’s 2-0 pitch, the lefthanded-hitting Popatak sliced a shot down the 3rd-base line. It was speared on one hop by 3rd baseman Vinnie Shaffer, who stepped on the bag for a force out, then threw across to 1st baseman Mike Songer to complete the inning-ending twin-killing.
“ ... That’s their big hitter. Boy, what a great out,” Tomko gushed.
“(Popatak) hit the ball hard. Outside fastball, and he went with it. But Shaffer ... he’s a heckava player,” praised gracious Sharpsville skipper Mike Sikorski.
Steady rain already had started, but no electricity, so play was not interruped.
In Sharpsville’s 7th Vanderslice surrendered Tyler Wansack’s 1-out single, which was sandwiched by a pair of fine running catches by Sharon center fielder Justin Stefanowicz. Vanderslice saved the win for Frazier by getting mound counterpart Taylor Lenzi to lift a fly to right.
Lenzi-led Sharpsville was sitting on a 3-0 lead, before the Tigers tallied. Shaffer’s 1-out double was sandwiched by walks to Frazier and Nick Carlo (intentional). Songer singled for 1 run, then Stefanowicz scored Shaffer with a sac fly.
Bryan Stafford’s 2-out RBI-triple to right-center staked Sharpsville to a 4-2 lead in the 4th frame, but the Tigers tallied a trio in their half, aided by a pair of Blue Devils’ errors.
Shaffer slammed his 2nd double, a 2-run bases-loaded shot to left center, though Josh Nichols was nabbed at the plate. But Carlo clutched up with the eventual game-winner on a 2-out single in the hole, scoring Shaffer.
“ ... I think it’s a different outcome if we field the ball ... you can’t win ballgames, tight ballgames, doing that,” Sikorski said.
Lenzi lasted the distance. His 89-pitch outing (61 strikes) included 4 walks and 7 hits allowed, and he fanned 4.
The Blue Devils have to defeat West Middlesex and/or Mercer to claim the crown.
“All in all it’s been a good season,” Sikorski summarized. “We’ve just gotta move on and learn from this. We know we’ve got a target on our back, but I think it drives you, and it’s a good thing to have, for sure.”
“(Monday) night we lost a one-run game, and (the Tigers) were licking their wounds (Monday) night and thoughout the day in school (Tuesday),” Tomko related, emphasizing, “but they bounced back.”
Notes: Stafford had a stellar game. In addition to 2 hits, a run scored and ribbie, defensively he gunned down 2 Tigers base-stealers in the 2nd stanza. He was on the receiving end of cutoff man Fyffe’s relay throw from center fielder Wansack, which nailed Nichols. ... Wansack whacked 2 hits and drove in a run with a sac fly. ... Frazier, in 5-plus frames (92 pitches, 54 strikes), whiffed 3, walked 4 and hit a batter. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Reynolds 8, West Middlesex 3 — At West Middlesex, the Lady Raiders (6-2, 7-6) beat the Ms. Reds to force a 3-way tie for 1st place in Region 1-A play with WM and Sharpsville.
Hailey Gearhart pitched 5ìinnings for Reynolds. She fanned 4, walked 4 and gave up the 3 runs on 6 hits. Paige Baker, who had missed 2èweeks with a sprained MCL, made her return to the field and closed it out with 15 pitches. Offensively for Reynolds, Baker had 3 singles, Kristen Shearer doubled and singled and Autumn Babcock ripped a pair of doubles.
Jordyn Allen went the distance on the mound for WM. She struck out 3, issued 2 walks and gave up 10 hits. Jade Kroesen tripled and singled for the Ms. Reds, and Aly Andrusky doubled.
ä Sharon 4, Lakeview 1 — At Stoneboro, the Lady Tigers scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to earn the victory over the Lady Sailors.
Gabby Gadola went the distance for Sharon. She struck out 7 batters, issued no walks and gave up 7 hits. Offensively, Gadola doubled, Aubriana Dellibovi had 2 singles and an RBI, Mallory Torr drove in a run with a sacrifice and Kristina Jacoway stole 3 bases.
Kala Mahen pitched all 7 frames for Lakeview. She fanned 11, walked 3 and surrendered 6 hits. Mahen and Katie Watts had 2 singles each and Katie McClelland drove in a run.
Sharon skipper Mike Bochert said his Lady Tigers (4-3, 8-6) are in contention for a Region 2-AA playoff berth with 4 games remaining.
ä Hickory 6, Conneaut Area 4 (9 inn.) — At Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets were knotted at 4, before Mikhaila Layshock launched a game-winning, 2-run, walkoff home run.
Chelsea Marriott (5 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts) and Lauren Kizak (4 innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts) collaborated on the moujnd work for Hickory (6-2, 9-2). Kizak collected the win.
In her 4-for-4 plate performance, Layshock hammered a pair of homers, while Courtney Maniscalco connected for another.
S.Blair suffered the setback. In 8ì innings she yielded 11 hits and 6 earned runs on 6 walks, though she fanned 4. Also, K.Laird laced a 2-run single and J.Krider doubled.
ä Wilmington 9, Laurel 4 — At Lawrence County, Kayleigh Shenker, with relief from Abby Sotter, secured success for the Lady Greyhounds (13-2) in the non-league affair.
Alanna Elliott ended with a 3-run home run and 2 singles for Wilmington, while Courtney Cohen, Alexis Donati, Cassidy Marett and Aryn Boyer banged 2 hits apiece.
Shenker surrendered 6 hits and a walk while whiffing 2 in 4 frames. Sotter saved the win with 3 innings of relief.
ä Meadville 4, Grove City 3 — At Meadville, the host Lady Bulldogs’ A.Rhoades outdueled Grove City’s Maddie Elberty.
Rhoades recorded 10 strikeouts, walked 4 and scattered 8 hits, while Elberty ended up permitting 3 hits, 3 walks and striking out 6 in 4ê innings. In relief, Belle Chiodo checked the Dawgs on 2 hits.
Nottingham knocked a home run and single for MASH.
For Grove City (4-12), Cassie Feather and Grace Dadzaa each stroked 2 hitrs and Micaela King tallied twice and pilfered a pair of bases.
ä Sharpsville 17, Farrell 3; Sharpsville 16, Farrell 2 — At Sharpsville, the Blue Darlings improved to 9-5 with the doubleheader sweep. No game stats were reported. Sharpsville plays at West Middlesex Thursday.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä West Middlesex 84, Mercer 65; Mercer 114, Commodore Perry 30 — At the County Seat, the visiting Ms. Reds (6-1, 7-1) rolled, led by dual-winners Kristen White (800, 1600) and Rachel DeMaria (shot put, discus).
For Mercer, Courtney Young (100, sprint- and mile-relay legs) and Mindy Brown (200, 400, 4x4 relay leg) led the Lady M’s, along with Janette Berger (high, intermediate hurdles, sprint- and mile-relay legs).
DeMaria established a school standard (40-11 1/4), elicpsing Susie Bowser (40-6, 1995), according to Middlesex mentor Bob Morris.
Grinnell garnered a sweep of the 800 and 3200 runs for Commodore Perry.
ä Wilmington 91, Lakeview 59 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Lady Greyhounds garnered their 2nd straight Region 1-A championship, according to veteran mentor J.R. McFarland.
For Wilmington (7-0), Allison Baldwin (400, 800) and Rikki Brumbaugh (1600, 3200, 4x4 relay), as well as Julie Falvo (shot, disc) led the visitors, as did Hannah Drake (4x4, 4x8 relays, triple jump).
Marla Holland (200, sprint-relay leg) led Lakeview.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä West Middlesex 100, Mercer 50; Mercer 108.5, Commodore Perry 31.5 — Clay Allen made the County Seat his personal playground, sweeping the 100- and 200-meter dashes, long jump, and anchoring the Big Reds’ winning sprint-relay foursome. Also, Luke Patten pole-vaulted and triple-jumped his way to a pair of wins, and was part of a winning relay, and Isaac Williams went for a win in the 3200 and as part of the distance-relay foursome.
West Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna pointed out it was the 5th consecutive Region 1-A title posted by his program, which is 7-0 this season.
He also cited seniors — Allen, Patten, Sebastian Grasso, Austin Mirizio, Aaron Fitzgerald, Trevor Harrison and Jeremy Jancso — who never lost a Region 1-A race during their 4-year tenure.
“We’ve been so blessed with the seniors we have and the leadership theyv’e provided,” Pikna praised. “It’s been a great ride, and I’m just super proud. We’re looking for big things over the next few weeks.”
Kevin Reno raced to wins in the 400- and 800-meter runs for Mercer. Also, J.Moon swept all 3 throws against Commodore Perry, while Bequeath bested the field in the 200, high jump, and as part of the mile-relay.
Nate White went for wins in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs for Commodore Perry.
ä Lakeview 108, Wilmington 37; Lakeview 123, Farrell 27 — At Stoneboro, the host Sailors coasted, led by Zach VanDusen (100, long and triple jumps) and Blake Reddick (200, 400, 4x4 relay), as well as thrower Hunter Armstrong (shot, disc) and distance aces Devon Workman (1600, 4x4 relay leg) and Billy Kinsey (4x8, 4x4 relays).
Sixth-year Sailors’ skipper Ryan Herold reported Lakeview ended 9-1 in duals.
For Farrell, 1st-place finishes were won by Brandon Gavins (11.5) and the sprint-relay foursome of Dewayne Burns, Guledge, Jackson and Gavins (47.1), and shot-putter Derrick Carter (38-9).
ä Greenville 97, Reynolds 53 — At Greenville, Matt Hecking and Nick Scovil were triple-event winners for the Trojans (9-2).
Hecking and Scovil ran on the 1st-place 400 relay team while Hecking copped the 400 and ran the opening leg on the winning 3200 relay squad and Scovil took 1st in the 100 and 200.
Clayton Stoyer (swept hurdles) and Cory Woods (long, triple jumps) led the way for the Raiders.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
WEST MIDDLESEX 84, MERCER 65
3200 relay — West Middlesex (Wimer, Aubel, Nitsche, Alsdorf), 11:44; 100 hurdles — Berger (M), 15.1; 100 — C.Young (M), 12.7; 1600 — White (WM), 5:50.3; 400 — Brown (M), 1:03.3; 400 relay — Mercer (C.Young, Stanton, McKinney, Berger), 52.5; 300 hurdles — Berger (M), 46.5; 800 — White (WM), 2:27.3; 200 — Brown (M), 28.4; 3200 — Tyillian (WM), 12:23.6; 1600 relay — Mercer (Brown, C.Young, N.Young, Berger), 4:15; Shot put — DeMaria (WM), 40-11 1/4; Discus — DeMaria (WM), 115-1è;Javelin — Lucich (WM), 109-5; Long jump — Swartzbeck (M), 15-2è; Triple jump — Pratt (WM), 31-2; High jump — Brandes (M), 4-8; Pole vault — Platt (M), 8-6.
MERCER 114, COMM. PERRY 30
3200 relay — Commodore Perry (no names submitted), 11:56; 100 hurdles — Berger (M), 15.1; 100 — C.Young (M), 12.7; 1600 — Oaks (CP), 6:30.8; 400 — Brown (M), 1:03.3; 400 relay — Mercer (C.Young, Stanton, McKinney, Berger), 52.5; 300 hurdles — Berger (M), 46.5; 800 — Grinnell (CP), 2:42.5; 200 — Brown (M), 28.4; 3200 — Grinnell (CP), 13:11.4; 1600 relay — Mercer (Brown, C.Young, N.Young, Berger), 4:15; Shot put — Brest (M), 32-2è; Discus — A.Conner (M), 80-4; Javelin — A.Conner (M), 79-1è; Long jump — Swartzbeck (M), 15-2è; Triple jump — Evans (M), 25-1 1/4; High jump — Brandes (M), 4-8; Pole vault — Platt (M), 8-6.
WILMINGTON 91, LAKEVIEW 59
3200 relay — Wilmington (Robb, Behm, Baldwin, Drake), 11:55.7; 100 hurdles — Ray (L), 17.5; 100 — Reed (L), 13.3; 1600 — Brumbaugh (W), 5:50.4; 400 — Baldwin (W), 1:02.1; 400 relay — Lakeview (King, Reed, McConnell, Holland), 55.8; 300 hurdles — Winters (W), 50.3; 800 — Baldwin (W), 2:25.6; 200 — Holland (L), 27.2; 3200 — Brumbaugh (W), 13:34.9; 1600 relay — Wilmington (Brumbaugh, Winters, Drake, Baldwin), 4:22.6; Shot put — Falvo (W), 35-1 1/4; Discus — Falvo (W), 124-1; Javelin — Winters (W), no distance reported; Long jump — Sikora (W), 15-3; Triple jump — Drake (W), 34-11 1/4; High jump — King (L), 5-4; Pole vault — Ryan (L), 8-6.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
WEST MIDDLESEX 100, MERCER 50
3200 relay — West Middlesex (Fitzgerald, Long, Dale, Williams), 9:51; 110 hurdles — Davis (M), 14.9; 100 — Allen (WM), 10.9; 1600 — Canon (WM), 4:59.7; 400 — Reno (M), 52.5; 400 relay — West Middlesex (Trippy, Jancso, Patten, Allen), 4.7; 300 hurdles — Hoffman (M), 43.1; 800 — Reno (M), 2:06.5; 200 — Allen (WM), 22.4; 3200 — Williams (WM), 10:36; 1600 relay — Mercer (Bequeath, Hoffman, Breese, Reno), 3:47.3; Shot put — Moon (M), 37-3è; Discus — Harrison (WM), 148-6 1/4; Javelin — Lucich (WM), 130-2; Long jump — Allen (WM), 20-1 1/4; Triple jump — Patten (WM), 42-0 3/4; High jump — Jancso (WM), 5-10; Pole vault — Patten (WM), 13-6.
MERCER 108.5, C. PERRY 31.5
3200 relay — Commodore Perry (no names submitted), 9:13; 110 hurdles — Davis (M), 14.9; 100 — Eddy (CP), 12.1; 1600 — White (CP) 4:55; 400 — Reno (M), 52.5; 400 relay — Mercer (Breese, Haines, Davis, Hoffman), 47.3; 300 hurdles — Hoffman (M), 43.1; 800 — Reno (M), 2:06.5; 200 — Bequeath (M), 25.2; 3200 — White (CP), 10:53.9; 1600 relay — Mercer (Bequeath, Hoffman, Breese, Reno), 3:47.3; Shot put — J.Moon (M), 37-3è; Discus — J.Moon (M), 99-3 1/4; Javelin — J.Moon (M), 117-8; Long jump — Kaster (M), 17-3 3/4; Triple jump — Kaster (M), 34-11 1/4; High jump — Bequeath (M), 5-4; Pole vault — not contested.
LAKEVIEW 108, WILMINGTON 37
3200 relay — Lakeview (Workman, Stankovich, Richael, Kinsey), 9:02; 110 hurdles — Stringer (L), 17.8; 100 — VanDusen (L), 12.0; 1600 — Workman (L), 4:56.8; 400 — Reddick (L), 54.0; 400 relay — not reported.; 300 hurdles — Slav. Pontius (W), 46.4; 800 — Kinsey (L), 2:04.5; 200 — Reddick (L), 23.5; 3200 — Miller (L), 11:29.4; 1600 relay — Lakeview (Stankovich, Reddick, Workman, Kinsey), 3:37.8; Shot put — Armstrong (L), 37-7; Discus — Armstrong (L), 140-0; Javelin — Sterling (L), 160-8; Long jump — VanDusen (L), 18-6è; Triple jump — VanDusen (L), 38-10; High jump — Stef. Pontius (W), 5-10; Pole vault — Ryan (L), 8-6.
GREENVILLE 97, REYNOLDS 53
3200 relay — Greenville (Hecking, Herrick, Coburn, Foley), 9:16.1; 110 hurdles — Stoyer (R), 16.4; 100 — Scovil (G), 11.8; 1600 — Tumpak (R), 4:58.2; 400 — Hecking (G), 55.0; 400 relay — Greenville (Eells, VanAken, Scovil, Stainbrook), 46.8; 300 hurdles — Stoyer (R), 41.3; 800 — Coburn (G), 2:12.8; 200 — Scovil (G), 23.8; 3200 — Foley (G), 11:09.8; 1600 relay — Greenville (Riffe, Hecking, Sulick, Gearhart), 3:42; Shot put — Weaver (G), 46-3; Discus — Moffett (R), 126-4; Javelin — Fisher (G), 129-0; Long jump — Woods (R), 18-11; Triple jump — Woods (R), 40-5; High jump — VanAken (G), 6-0; Pole vault — Gongloff (R), 11-0.
It was a tense Tuesday in Tiger-town.
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.
Raiders win 17th region title; 11 locals to Hershey
When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
KC beats Cochranton for 4th straight D-10 crown
MEADVILLE — Everybody is on April Bocian’s bandwagon — and rightly so. But Tatum Kress helped keep Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program atop District 10’s Class A competition.
Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
McLane rallies to beat Mercer in AA title tilt
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
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