ä Sharon 4, Sharpsville 1 — At McCullough Run, Emma Levitt led the visiting Lady Tigers with 2 tallies, while Lydia Connelly and Kayla Reardon recorded goals. Kieran Zajac assisted on 2 scores, and goalkeeper Kelsie McGranahan made 10 saves for Sharon (2-3 region, 3-6 overall).
Ashley Hall had Sharpsville’s lone score off a penalty kick.
ä West Middlesex 3, Kennedy Catholic 1 — At West Middlesex, Molly Stonebraker had 2 goals in leading WM (2-3, 5-4-1). Kaitlyn Beck had the other goal for the Ms. Reds and Kayla Ballard and Gretchen Elsey had assists. Brianna Spencer notched 11 saves in net.
McKayla Fusco scored the lone goal for the Lady Golden Eagles off an assist from Evita Scoccia. Elizabeth Volkay posted 14 saves in goal.
JV: KC won (no score reported).
ä Hickory 8, Slippery Rock 1 — Under the lights at Hornet Stadium, Hickory routed the Lady Rockets.
Lauren Bell and Sara Suler both had hat tricks for the Lady Hornets. Jackie White and Marissa DeJulia had the other goals for Hickory (10-1). White and Isabella Spadafora had 2 assists each and DeJulia, Lauren Bell and Jada Poindexter were credited with 1 assist each. Morgan McBride notched 5 saves between the pipes.
Molly Joyce scored for Slippery Rock off an assist from Bailey Boyd.
JV: Hickory, 1-0.
ä Sharon 3, Franklin 2 — At Buhl Farm Park, the host Lady Tigers triumphed, led by a singles winners Mimi Terman and Bella Scarmack and the tandem of Erin Hosick-Monica Campbell.
Singles: Terman (S) def. Jackie Bradshaw, 6-1, 7-5; Lexi Weaver (F) de. Hannah George, 6-0, 6-1; Scarmack (S) def. Beth Pfohl, 6-2, 7-6(4). Doubles: Natalie Liscio-Lauren Wood (F) def. Emily Lemanski-Regan Scott, 6-4, 6-2; Hosick-Campbell (S) def. Kristen Curtis-Cierra Barefoot, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
ä Greenville 3, Kennedy Catholic 2 — Greenville garnered the win, led by Cameron Leary at 2nd singles and the Lady Trojans tandems of Brooke Marini-Kasslyn Holder and Lauren Faber-Maddie Gentile.
Jensen Kirila and Abby Lenhart won at 1st and 3rd singles to key KC.
Singles: Kirila (KC) def. Amanda Dawes, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Leary (G) def. Becca Kish, 6-4, 6-4; Lenhart (KC) def. Nikki Perry, 6-3, 6-2. Doubles: Marini-Holder (G) def. Abby Danta-Jillian Dunn, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Faber- Gentile (G) def. Jessie Micco-Kendra Kneisl, 6-2, 6-0.
ä Hickory 3, Grove City 2 — At Grove City, the visiting Lady Hornets harvested the road win, led by Lauren McGonigle and Rachel Mettee and 2nd and 3rd singles and the doubles duo of Nikki Marrone-Bailey McLaughlin.
Claire Casalnova, at 1st singles, and the No. 2 tandem of Lauren Steele-Emily Krofcheck were winners for Grove City.
Singles: Casalnova (GC) def. Marissa Works, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1; McGonigle (H) def. Katie Kosick, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Mettee (H) def. Molly Somora, 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Marrone-Bailey McLaughlin (H) def. Maddie Jazwinski-Morgan McCommon, 6-3, 7-5; Steele-Krofcheck (GC) def. Annalise Bianco-Camille Testani, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
ä Sharon 4, Franklin 1 — At Franklin on Monday, Joey Zajac and Aaron Martwinski both had 2 goals and 1 assist as the Tigers (5-4) topped the Knights.
Joey Rahn had 2 assists for Sharon and Mike Piccirilli notched 10 saves in goal.
Ted Richards scored for Franklin with only 25 seconds left to play. Jeff Spaid made a dozen saves between the pipes for the Knights.
JV: Sharon, 1-0.
ä Wilmington 2, Slippery Rock 1 — At New Wilmington Monday night, the host Hounds erased a 1-0 deficit as Ryan DiLullo and Buddy Wynder scored 2nd-half goals.
Matthew Dempsey, assisted by Ben Magliocca, scored Slippery Rock’s 1st-half goal.
Jason Bluedorn made 1 save in goal for Slippery Rock; Derek Nichols notched 2 saves in Wilmington’s net.
ä Grove City 177, West Middlesex 185 — At Grove City Country Club, the host Eagles were led by co-medalist Fontaine McFeaters’ round of 42. She shared the laurels with West Middlesex’s Ryan Dogan.
Grove City: McFeaters 42, Kyle Shingledecker, Devin Reynolds 44s, Jordan Anderson 47. West Middlesex: Dogan 42, Travis Roberts, Chaz Burger 47s, Ethan Moroco 49.
ä Lakeview 3, Reynolds 0 — At Stoneboro, the host Lady Sailors secured a 25-22, 25-11, 25-8 sweep.
Lakeview: Ashley Ray 10 digs, 17 serving points, 5 assists; Sam Riddle 13 digs, 12 points; Taylor Reed 9 digs, 15 points, 27 assists; Tia Ray 7 digs, 9 kills, 12 points; Rachel McKean 8 kills, 9 points; Sam Womer 7 kills; Salena Stutzman 9 points; Caitlin Casciotti 8 kills, 12 points. Reynolds: No stats reported.
ä West Middlesex 3, Farrell 0 — At West Middlesex, Megan Hazlett registered 19 points (5 aces), 18 assists and 5 digs as WM (7-0, 9-0) remained undefeated in the sweep, 25-23, 25-19, 25-13.
WM: Tori Roberts 9 digs; Aly Andrusky 16 points, 7 aces, 5 kills, 5 digs; Marissa Pursell 8 kills; Ariel Pratt 7 kills. Farrell: No stats reported.
JV: 19-25, 25-18, 9-15.
ä Sharpsville 3, Kennedy Catholic — At Hermitage, Sharpsville (5-2 region, 5-3 overall) posted the 3-0 sweep over KC (0-10), 25-20, 25-18, 25-17.
Sharpsville: Maddie Przicina 17 assists; Rachel D’Auria 5 kills 15 points; Kara, Morrin 14 points, Olivia Shuttleworth 8 points Kennedy Catholic: Laetitia Coleman 8 assists; J’Shawna Thompkins 5 digs, 12 kills; Tatum Kress 10 digs; Emilee Taylor 5 points, 12 digs, 5 kills; Tori Bremick 5 digs; Mackayla Shannonhouse 5 points, 5 digs; Hannah Burns 7 assists; Khalidah Muhammad 10 points.
JV: KC, 25-16, 26-24.
ä Slippery Rock 3, Mercer 2 — At the County Seat, the host Lady M’s (5-5) dropped a 25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 15-6 marathon.
Mercer: Erika Berger 5 digs; Maddie Hessman 17 points, 7 digs; Lindsey Miller 16 points, 5 blocks; Nikki Redmond 13 points, 5 digs, 9 kills; Taylor Moon 16 points, 5 kills; Melissa Shoemaker 14 ponits, 9 digs, 11 assists; Kaitlyn Nemeth 17 points, 15 digs. Slippery Rock: No stats reported.
JV: Mercer, 25-17, 25-16.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Greenville 19, Reynolds 41 — At Greenville, the host Trojans triumphed as Dylan Foley finished 1st in 18:15, 11 seconds ahead of Reynolds’ runner-up Justin Pago.
ä Grove City 21, Hickory 40 — At Hermitage, the visiting Eagles (5-0) handed the Hornets (4-1) their 1st loss of the season.
Aaron Benka (16:59) and Ryan Budnik finished 1-2 for Grove City. Hickory’s Kyle Boyd placed 3rd in 17:39.
ä West Middlesex 15, Mercer 50 (forfeit) — At West Middlesex, the Mustangs did not field a full team. No individual results were reported.
ä Commodore Perry 15, Sharpsville 50 (forfeit) — Nick White won the exhibition in a time of 16:57 for the visiting Panthers.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Hickory 27, Grove City 28 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets (5-0) clinched at least a share of the region title as Lexi Bible finished 1st for Hickory in 19:53, 4 seconds ahead of GC’s Catie Jaskowak.
ä Greenville 15, Reynolds 50 — At Greenville, Maddie Thrasher led the triumphant Lady Trojans with her winning time of 21:45.
ä West Middlesex 15, Mercer 48 — At West Middlesex, Kristen White placed 1st for the Ms. Reds, clocking in at 21:11. Chloé Tyillian, Allyson Pierce and Anna Zrile, Sophia Kachulis rounded out WM’s top 5. Jamie Burdette finished 6th for the Lady M’s.
ä Sharpsville 28, Commodore Perry 28 — At Buhl Farm Park, the host Blue Devils prevailed, led by Maddie Przicina, who clocked in 19:39, 12 ticks ahead of Commodore Perry’s Shae Grinnell.
Sharpsville won based on the tiebreaker of the higher 6th-place finisher.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
GREENVILLE 19, REYNOLDS 41
1. Dylan Foley (G) 18:15; 2. Justin Pago (R); 3. Ryuji Mano (G); 4. Michael Lineman (G); 5. Elijah Dangrow (G); 6. Michael Eppley (G); 7. Dominic Rimer (R); 8. Tyler Smith (G); 9. Jake Giegle (R); 10. Mercer Martin (G).
GROVE CITY 21, HICKORY 40
1. Aaron Benka (GC), 16:59; 2. Ryan Budnik (GC); 3. Kyle Boyd (H); 4. Logan Griffen (H); 5. Ryan Whiteman (GC); 6. John Paul Depew (GC); 7. Dylan McConnell (GC); 8. Braydon Pyle (GC); 9. Jordan Powell (GC); 10. Justin Walter (H).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
GREENVILLE 15, REYNOLDS 50
1. Maddie Thrasher (G) 21:45; 2. Nanami Mano (G); 3. Emily Marshall (G); 4. Logan Addison (G); 5. Julianne Eppley (G); 6. Jordan Vigus (R); 7. Maddie Dangrow (G); 8. Michelle Jeffries (G); 9. Kirsten Walski (R); 10. Marie Lineman (G).
HICKORY 27, GROVE CITY 28
1. Lexi Bible (H), 19:53; 2. Catie Jaskowak (GC); 3. Jackie Abraham (H); 4. Haley Boyd (H); 5. Hannah Sanford (GC); 6. Olivia Lowe (GC); 7. Tessa Semple (GC); 8. Mikayla Wimer (GC); 9. Bailey Brown (H); 10. Paige Brown (H).
W.MIDDLESEX 15, MERCER 48
1. Kristen White (WM), 21:11; 2. Chloé Tyillian (WM); 3. Allyson Pierce (WM); 4. Anna Zrile (WM); 5. Sophia Kachulis (WM); 6. Jamie Burdette (M); 7. Helena Zrile (WM); 8. Jordan Aubel (WM); 9. Josie Canon (WM); 10. Jen Drda (WM).
SHARPSVILLE 28, CMDR. PERRY 28
(Sharpsville wins on 6th-place tiebreaker)
1. Maddie Przicina (S) 19:39; 2. Shae Grinnell (CP); 3. Sam Oaks (CP); 4. Cassie Lukonic (S); 5. Izzy Schell (S); 6. Kate Adams (CP); 7. Eugenia Davies (S); 8. Laura Sanner (CP); 9. Kylie Bonnett (CP); 10. Journey Wark (CP); 11. Emma Messett (S); 12. Allie Vilasi (S).
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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