MERCER COUNTY —
West Middlesex High girls’ and boys’ teams swept titles at the 23rd annual Big Red Invitational on Saturday.
West Middlesex girls amassed 54 point to easily outdistance Union City (80) in the varsity White enrollment division, while West Middlesex boys did likewise in the White Division, 66-94, over Maplewood.
For the Ms. Reds, Kristen White ended as runner-up to Neshannock’s Lizzie Manickas in a time of 20:07.8, equalling the previous school standard set by Morgan Swartz in 2004. Manickas clocked in at 19:27.2.
White was followed by teammates Chloé Tyillian, who finished 4th, and Alyson Pierce, 10th, Anna Zrile, 15th, and Helena Zrile, 23rd.
Maplewood, led by Jeremy and Jake Parsons, swept the top 3 spots in the boys’ White Division, while West Middlesex’s Levi Canon and David Johnson placed 5th and 6th. Jared Germani and Brett Kirk were 16th and 17th for the Big Reds, while Dylan Long lent a 22nd-place berth.
Tyillian set a PR for the Ms. Reds, while Canon and Johnson did likewise for the boys.
In the girls’ Red Division, Hickory placed as runners-up
to North East, 46-88. The Lady Hornets were led by Lexi Bible and Jackie Abraham, 3rd and 4th, respectively, and Haley Boyd, 9th, and Bailey Brown, 21st, among the top 25.
Wilmington girls finished right behind Hickory in 3rd place. Lady Hounds included Kate Robb in 7th, Allison Baldwin 14th, Rikki Brumbaugh in 23rd, Hannah Winters in 26th, Hannah Drake 32nd and Lexi Brumbaugh 38th.
North East was led by medalist Emma Verdonik, who clocked in at 18:50.1.
Knoch boys won the Red Division, edging North East, 71-83, though North East’s Gary Olson ended as medalist in a time of 16:59.6. Hickory finished 4th, led by Logan Griffen, who finished 5th.
“We were blessed with great weather, outstanding competition from all of the schools (34). It was just a great effort by all of the athletes and coaches involved,” summarized Middlesex mentor and meet director Bob Morris. “We would like to thank the district, the administration, our athletic director and the ‘Super’ parents’ organizaation for a great job. Without this team we could not have such an event.
Red White & Blue Invitational
At Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Grove City boys defended their Class AA title.
In a 28-team field, Grove City garnered 103 points to edge Quaker Valley 104) and South Fayette 105).
“We certainly haven’t gone backward yet,” quipped Grove City Coach Mike Sample. “We won it last year with a team that ended up second in the state, and even though it was much closer, we’re still at the top of the class.”
For Grove City, Aaron Benka placed 3rd in a time of 16:23. He was followed by teammates Ryan Budnik (9th, 16:34), Ryan Whiteman (22nd, 17:06), John-Paul Depew (24th, 17:16) and Dillon McConnell (45th, 18:01).
Grove City girls stood 7th in a 26-team AA field, which was won by VIlla Maria (53).
For Grove City it was: Mary Jaskowak (4th, 19:21), Katie Jaskowak (13th, 20:14), Olivia Lowe (43rd, 21:43), Hannah Sanford (75th, 22:34) and Tessa Semple (81st, 22:41).
ä Pymatuning Valley 4, Kennedy Catholic 1 — At Hermitage, the visiting Lady Lakers laid a loss on the Lady Golden Eagles.
Geena Gabriel garnered 2 goals and Lauren Lipps and Rebecca Dillon drilled 1 apiece for Py Valley. Also, keeper Jackie Gale made 10 saves.
Garnering the Lady Golden Eagles’ lone goal was McKayla Fusco, via a pass from Evita Scoccia. Scoccia (5), Autumn Jarvie (4) and Angelica Scoccia, Hannah Djakovich and Alivia O’Brien (3 apiece) were credited with steals. Also keying KC (1-1) was goalkeeper Elizabeth Volkay, who made 10 saves.
The Lady Golden Eagles were without injured starters Tessa Bonomo and and Gracie Izenas.
ä Grove City 6, West Middlesex 0 — The Eagles pitched a shutout recently as Cole Latimer scored a hat trick, while Peters Conley, Noah Stewart and Isaac Hefner each added a goal. In with assists were latimer, Camron Feather, Riley Keffer, Steve Biddle and Ethan Kellett.
In an earlier game, GC edged Kennedy Catholic, 1-0, with Latimer nailing the lone tally off an assist by Feather. GC mustered 17 shots on goal to Middlesex’s 5.
ä Hickory 3, North East 1 — At North East, the Hornets moved to 2-1 on the season as Nick Tantuo nailed a pair of goals and Evan Montgomery had 2 assists. Matthew Costello also hit the net for Hickory.
Goalie Donté Green had 15 saves and Grady Leunis and Justin Peidle were lauded for strong defense.
ä Warren Harding 3, Brookfield 1 — At Brookfield, the hosts won the first game, 25-19, but dropped three straight by scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-18.
Brookfield (2-5): Delaney Saxton 24 kills, 15 digs; Brooke Hiner 8 kills; Katie Bender 35 assists; Madison Bonekovic 14 digs.
At the 12-team event, West Middlesex lost in the semifinals to Keystone, 25-6.
In pool play West Middlesex went 5-1, sweeping Venango Catholic, 25-11, 25-12, and Northwestern, 25-16, 25-11, and splitting with Mercer, losing 25-21, but winning 25-20.
In the quarterfinals West Middlesex outlasted Reynolds, 27-25.
For West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 11 serving points (5 aces), 32 digs; Aly Andrusky 12 points, 13 kills, 17 digs; Megan Hazlett 11 points, 44 assists, 14 digs; Melissa Pursel 18 points (11 aces), 12 kills; Ariel Pratt 19 points (7 aces), 12 kills, 5 blocks, 6 digs; Saige Campbell 9 kills, 7 blocks; Tori Roth 10 points; Dani Krepps 16 points, 7 digs.
Big Red Invitational
Team standing and key: West Middlesex (WM) 54; Union City (UC) 80; Cambridge Springs (Spa) 89; Youngsville (Y) 128, Sharpsville (Sv) 146; Commodore Perry (CP) 156; Maplewood (M) 194; Rocky Grove (RG) 235; Neshannock (N) 239; Reynolds (R), Cochranton (Coch), Jamestown (J), Lakeview (L), Tidioute (T) and Union Twp. (U) did not field full squads.
1. Lizzie Manickas (N) 19:27.2; 2. Kristen White (WM) 20:78; 3. Reilly Walsh (Spa) 20:19; 4. Chloé Tyillian (WM) 20:27; 5. Olivia Mamula (Spa) 20:48; 6. Maddie Przicina (Sv) 20:50; 7. Savannah Phillips (M) 21:06; 8. Shae Grinnell (CP) 21:12; 9. Maggie Prorok (RG) 21:25; 10. Alyson Pierce (WM) 21:28; 11. Alyssa Boyd (UC) 21:32; 12. Brook Messinger (Y) 21:36; 13. Sabrina Kosnik (UC) 21:50; 14. Sadie Brown (Spa) 22:04; 15. Anna Zrile (WM) 22:07; 16. Ashley Keefer (UC) 22:18; 17. Abby Martinson (M) 22:25; 18, Cassie Lukonic (Sv) 22:34; 19, Virginia Fletcher (UC) 22:45; 20. Leigh Fehlman (Y) 23:10; 21. Olivia Trauner (UC) 23:11; 22. Andrea McConnell (L) 23:17; 23. Helena Zrile (WM) 23:20; 24. Jolene Bacon (UC) 23:21.1; 25. Lindsey Anderson (J) 23:21.9.
Team standing and key: North East (NE) 46; Hickory (H) 88; Wilmington (W) 102; Laurel (La) 118; Knoch (K) 121; Greenville (Gv) 191; New Castle (NC) 192; Cranberry (Cran) 219; Sharon (Sh) 246; Conneaut Area (Con) 263; Oil City (OC) 302; Slippery Rock (SR) 316; Riverside (Riv) 329; Franklin (F) 370; Girard (Gir) 477; Ellwood City (EC) and Titusville (T) did not field full squads.
1. Emma Verdonik (NE) 18:50; 2. Alison Filer (La) 19:53.; 3. Lexi Bible (H) 19:58; 4. Jackie Abraham (H) 20:09; 5. Kate McIntosh (NE) 20:18; 6. Joelle Klein (NE) 20:34; 7. Kate Robb (W) 20:35; 8. Cassandra Patterson (La) 20:47; 9. Haley Boyd (H) 20:49; 10. Maddie Thrasher (Gv) 20:58; 11. Mandi Moxie (K) 21:6; 12. Kristin Reynolds (Cran) 21:9; 13. Brooke Phelps (Con) 21:16; 14. Allison Baldwin (W) 21:17; 15. Macy Putman (NE) 21:18; 16. Andrea Landsdown (NE) 21:22; 17. Lauren Karenbauer (KN) 21:23; 18. Nanami Mano (Gv) 21:24; 19. Megan Martin (NE) 21:29; 20. Kristin Dicks (La) 21:31; 21. Bailey Brown (H) 21:33; 22. Tabitha Donaldson (SR) 21:36; 23. Rikki Brumbaugh (W) 21:40; 24. Amanda Espy (OC) 21:46; 25. Casey McIntosh (NE) 21:52.
Team standing and key: West Middlesex (WM) 66; Maplewood (M) 94; Cochranton (Coch) 102; Commodore Perry (CP) 111; Cambridge Springs (Spa) 153; Neshannock (N) 178; Union City (UC) 186; Cranberry (Cran) 194; Laurel (La) 221; Lakeview (Lv) 244; Rocky Grove (RG) 248; Jamestown (J) 268; Youngsville (Y) 347; Tidioute (T), Union Twp. (U) and Kennedy Catholic (KC) did not field full squads.
1. Jeremy Parsons (M) 16:25; 2. Jake Parsons (M) 16:46. 3. Hans Wentz (M) 16:57; 4. Rob Kroner (N) 17:16; 5. Levi Canon (WM) 17:37; 6. David Johnson (WM) 17:38; 7. Logan Herzberger (Coch) 17:46; 8. Connor Walsh (Spa) 17:50; 9. Clint Glenn (La) 17:50; 10. Nate White (CP) 17:51.0; 11. Nate Kline (Coch) 17:51.4; 12. Austin Moose (N) 17:56; 13. Harrison Keenan (Cran) 17:59; 14. Christian McElhaney (J) 18:15; 15. Eric Johnston (CP) 18:17; 16. Jared Germani (WM) 18:21; 17. Brett Kirk (WM) 18:23; 18. Chad Peterson (CP) 18:25.0; 19. Caleb Bickel (SR) 18:25.8; 20 Steele Henderson (Spa) 18:27; 21. Sam Lander (Cran) 18:27; 22. Dylan Long (WM) 18:41.2; 23. Nathan Lindeman (Coch) 18:41.3; 24. Isaac Williams (WM) 18:54; 25. Cordell Schreiber (CP) 18:56.
Team standing and key: Knoch (K) 71; North East (NE) 83; New Castle (NC) 126; Hickory (H) 159; Oil City (OC) 204; Greenville (Gv) 206; Wilmington (W) 226; Slippery Rock (SR) 229; Franklin (F) 234; Ellwood City (EC) 234; Titusville (T) 260; Sharon (Sh) 298; Riverside (Riv) 314; Conneaut Area (Con) 351; Reynolds (R) 376; Girard (Gir) 398; Sharpsville (Sv) did not field a full squad.
1. Gary Olson (NE) 16:59; 2. Andrew Maxwell (SR) 17:03.; 3. John Danvers (F) 17:07; 4. Prston Carlsson (K) 17:24; 5. Logan Griffen (H) 17:32; 6. Dylan Foley (Gv) 17:36; 7. Brandon Grumski (K) 17:43; 8. Austin King (OC) 17;45; 9. Mike Mazzanti (NE) 17:47; 10. Calvin Gealy (W) 17:49; 11. Brad Calleja (Sv) 17:50; 12. Trevor Blackwell (NE) 17:51; 13. Billy Lott (EC) 17:55; 14. Christian Ladebu (Con) 18:04. 15. Kyle Boyd (H) 18:08; 16. Tyler Stetson (NE) 18:10; 17. Paul Kasunic (K) 18:17; 18. Ryan Anderson (NE) 18:24; 19. Luke Brewer (KN) 18:29; 20. Justin Pago (R) 18:38; 21. Ryuji Mano (Gv) 18:40; 22. Jacob Fuhrman (NE) 18:41; 23. Matt Ditts (Sh) 18:43; 24. Donny Bierhals (K) 18:44.0; 25. Chris Mazzanti (NE) 18:44.7.
Team standing and key: Knoch (K) 41; Hickory (H) 54; Laurel (La) 106; Greenville (Gv) 166; Slippery Rock (SR) 208.
1. Elizabeth Butler (K) 10:38; 2. Nicole Snyder (NE) 10:39; 3. Kate Shickler (NE) 10:42; 4. Vanessa Schwartzmiller (La) 10:50; 5. Brooke Zukowski (K) 11:06.
Team standing and key: Knoch (K) 19; West Middlesex (WM) 112; Commodore Perry (CP) 130; Cranberry (Cran) 136; Hickory (H) 139.
1. Aidan Neigh (K) 8:45; 2. Brandon Davis (K) 9:00.5; 3. Jared Geist (K) 9:04; 4; Adam Sudano (KN) 9:07; 5. Jonathan Garrett (M) 9:13.
Team standing and key: West Middlesex (WM) 80; Cranberry (Cran) 96; Girard (Gir) 106; Hickory (H) 182; North East (NE) 228.
1. Rachel White (NE) 9:50; 2. Alyssa Wolford (Gir) 9:53.; 3. Hope Pursel (WM) 10:01; 4. Lauren Varsek (Cran) 10:11.6; 5. Hannah Pursel (WM) 10:11.8.
Team standing and key: Hickory (H) 33; Wilmington (W) 90; West Middlesex (WM) 94; Lakeview (Lv) 175; Riverside (Riv) 185.
1. Zachary Tingley (Lv) 8:36; 2. chad Grundy (H) 8:50; 3. Drew Slezak (H) 8:58; 4. Nathan Twigg (W) 9:18; 5. Jake Burdett (W) 9:20.
MERCER COUNTY —
West Middlesex High girls’ and boys’ teams swept titles at the 23rd annual Big Red Invitational on Saturday.
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Reynolds 20-year home mat streak halted
They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!
The Raiders of coach Casey Taylor dropped a tough 30-25 decision to Erie McDowell Tuesday night at Reynolds, the first home loss for the Raiders since 1993.
The Class AAA Trojans (2-0) last year rallied from a large deficit to beat Class AA Reynolds in Erie, 38-33. On Tuesday, the northerners also rallied from a 25-21 deficit in the final two matches to halt the streak.
Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56
When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.
The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.
Roundup: WM girls beat UC; Sharpsville, KC fall
ä West Middlesex 52, Union City 27 — At Union City, coach Mike Williams’ Region 1-A Ms. Reds improved to 2-1 with a win over the Lady Bears of Region 4-AA.
Alyson Pierce scored 15 to lead WM, Noelle Murray registered 13 points and Allie Staunch bucketed 10 markers.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
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Roundup: Opening-weekend tipoff tourneys conclude
Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
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Farrell Julius McCoy Tipoff Tourney
ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
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.
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