ä Hickory 5, Kennedy Catholic 0 — At Buhl Park, the Lady Hornets improved to 2-0 with the win over KC (0-2).
Singles: Marissa Works (H) def. Jensen Kirila, 6-1, 6-3; Rachel Mettee (H) def. Rebekah Kish, 6-1, 6-3; Anna Derloni (H) def. Abby Lenhart, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Doubles: Nikki Marone-Lauren McGonigle (H) def. Avi Danta-Jillian Dunn, 7-6(7-5), 6-4; Bailey McLaughin-Annalise Bianco (H) def. Alivia O’Brien-Jessica Micco, 6-0, 6-0.
ä Wilmington 5, Grove City 0 — At New Wilmington, coach Jim Arrow’s Lady Hounds (2-0) swept GC.
Singles: Alanna Elliott (W) def. Claire Casalnova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; Lexi Donati (W) def. Katie Kosick, 7-6(7-2), 6-2; Nikki McCown (W) def. Morgan McCommon, 7-5, 6-1. Doubles: Lydia Kraynak-Holly Vernan (W) def. Molly Somora-Madi Jazwinski, 6-4, 6-4; Taylor Cox-Allison Krupa (W) def. Lauren Steele-Emily Krofcheck, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
ä Brookfield 4, Ursuline 1 — At Harding Park, Hubbard, the host Lady Warriors won their 4th consecutive match, led by sweeps from Ashley and Autumn Kirila at 1st and 2nd singles, as well as the doubles duos of Leah Bayer-Ana Zarlinski and Samantha Zigler-Kristie Zachar.
Singles: Ashley Kirila (B) def. Katie Schrader, 6-0, 6-0; Autumn Kirila (B) def. Emily Cripe, 6-2, 6-1; Nikki Malovits (U) def. Alexandra Plyler, 7-5, 6-1. Doubles: Bayer-Zarlinski (B) def. Mercedes Liberato-Brigid Donofrio, 6-0, 6-1; Zigler-Zachar (B) def. Nicole Zielinski-Marie Bond, 6-0, 6-1.
Coach Kevin Boyd’s Brookfield netters improved to 4-0l Ursuline (0-3) remained winless.
ä Kennedy Catholic 341, Sharon 368, Lakeview 389 — At Tam O’Shanter, KC’s Paul Spondike earned medalist honors by carding a 75 in leading the Golden Eagles to victory.
Carl Carpenter led the way for Sharon with an 87 while Keith Kepner paced the Sailors with a 92.
KC: Spondike 75, Jacob Wilson 81, Teddy Haaz 87, Jesse Kirila 98. Sharon: Carpenter 87, Chris Franek 88, Louis Wareham 94, Lucas Turner, Matt Wallace 99s. Lakeview: Kepner 92, Chris Palutro 84, Sean Carlson 103, Ryan Peck, Austin Helliren 110s.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move
ONE OF THE strangest NFL moves I’ve seen in a long time involved the Philadelphia Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is one of the top wide receivers in the league and a danger to score every time he touches the ball, including punt returns. But the big question is: Why was he just released? Couldn’t they find a trade at least to get some value back?
WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
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