MERCER COUNTY —
ä Kennedy Catholic 43, Girard 38 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles escaped with the inter-region win.
KC converted all 10 of its 4th-quarter free throws, including 4 apiece from Rachel Burns and Alex Ricketts. Courtney Sargent secured both ends of a 1-and-1 bonus situation, giving the Lady Golden Eagles a 41-38 edge with 59.4 ticks to play. Ricketts recorded 2 insurance freebies with 22.8 seconds.
The Lady Golden Eagles enjoyed 4 double-digit 1st-half leads — including 25-13 with 4:31 remaining on Rachel Burns’ traditional 3-point play. However a 27-19 margin at intermission dissipated as KC could not connect on 15 floor shots and misfired on 6 of 8 free-throw tries.
Shannon Allen’s freebies with 2.4 seconds left in the 3rd knotted the count at 29. Lauren Davenport and Mara Welch evenly split 8 points during the Yellow Jackets’ rally.
The teams twice were tied and traded the lead 3 times. Burns’ pair in a 1-and-1 situation with 4:27 left gave the Lady Golden Eagles a 35-33 edge they did not relinquish.
Ricketts’ game-high 16 points keyed Kennedy (7-1) to its 7th straight success, while Burns bucketed 10 and Sargent shared game-high honors as she brought down 10 boards.
A 5-foot-11 sophomore combo guard, Welch went for a team-high 14 points and 10 caroms for the Yellow Jackets (6-2), whose previous lone loss occurred to Gen. McLane. Girard was guilty of 15 turnovers, 6 during the 4th frame.
“I think we did a really good job in the fourth quarter with ... managing the clock,” KC head coach Tom Burns assessed. “Far better than I thought we were gonna do, considering that third quarter. But we spread it out, and Alex made a great drive to the hoop and got us up three (39-36 with 2:36 remaining) ...
“I think we learned a little bit about us in that third quarter,” Burns continued. “When we were in that break between the third and fourth quarter, it was like, ‘Okay, bad quarter, but we haven’t lost yet and we have a whole quarter to go. We need to execute our offense, and our defense has to get turnovers. One shot for (Girard) max, then we have to rebound the ball.’”
Rachel Burns is approximately 9 months removed from surgery for an ACL tear of her left knee. She hit the hardwood at least a half-dozen times, but reported no pain.
“As a coach I have to be patient — sometimes I’m not — but she’s playing really hard for me. She gets hits hard and she gets up. She’s not afraid and she’s not playing timid. She’s not worried about tearing the ACL, and that’s half the battle with a kid who tears an ACL — it’s not the injury, it’s the mental part. She’s definitely overcome that,” Tom Burns said.
Notes: KC committed 9 miscues, but connected on only 10 of 47 floor shots (37 percent). ... Girard generated 14-for-45 shooting (31.2). ... Kennedy claimed a 40-32 edge on the boards. ... KC meets Vincentian Academy for the championship of the postponed Penn State-Beaver holiday tourney, 5 p.m on Jan. 26. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Ursuline 64, Brookfield 45 — At Brookfield, the Irish (4-7) led 18-9 after the opening quarter and rolled past the Lady Warriors (4-4).
Tanaya Beacham rifled in 27 points and Sydney Beasley had 25 to lead Ursuline. Also, Mary O’Donnell bucketed 15.
Ashley Kirila scored 15 to pace Brookfield and Tori Thompson added 12 markers.
ä Hickory 57, Oil City 50 — In Oil Country, the visiting Hornets harvested the Region 5-AAA road win and remained atop the early-season standings.
Hickory held a 25-13 margin at intermission, then weathered the Oilers’ 2nd-half, 37-point — albeit, ill-fated — comeback bid.
Matt Votino vaulted Hickory (4-0, 6-2) with 19 points and Marcus Sonoga scored 10, while Donté Green garnered his 2nd straight double-digit outing with 10.
For Oil City (1-3, 6-3), Logan Way went for 16 and Devon Geib and Andrew Williams added 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Oilers were 20 for 27 from the free-throw line (74 percent).
ä Sharpsville 62, Mercer 47 — At the County Seat, the visiting Blue Devils broke open the Region 2-AA affair by erupting for 29 fourth-period points.
Mercer led 37-33 entering the 4th frame, but Sharpsville’s Kyle Kennedy canned 12 of his game-high 20 points and Tyler Luchey lent 8 of hits 15.
Also for Sharpsville (2-1, 5-3) Jalen Mockabee mustered 11 markers.
For Mercer (1-2, 4-4), Nate Brest bucketed 13 and Logan Clarke collected 10, and the Mustangs mustered 14-for-17 marksmanship from the free-throw line.
ä Reynolds 45, Greenville 34 — At Transfer, the game was tied at 26-all entering the 4th quarter, but the Raiders (1-2, 6-4) outscored the Trojans 19-8 in the final frame to post the Region 2-AA win.
Garrett Frable bucketed 17 points to lead the way for Reynolds while Cory Woods tallied 10.
Matt Jones scored 9 for the Trojans (0-1, 3-6).
ä Meadville 76, Farrell 63 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium in Farrell, the Bulldogs (4-1, 8-2) outscored the Steelers 23-15 in the 2nd quarter to pull away and went on to notch the Region 5-AAA victory.
Zak Price tickled the twine for 24 points for Meadville while Trevor Clune scored 16 and Jason Clune added 14 markers.
Jamel Brown led Farrell (2-3, 4-5) with 15 points while Ike Jones and Malik Miller added 13 each.
ä Grove City 46, Slippery Rock 36 — At Grove City, the Eagles improved to 1-4 in Region 5-AAA and 3-7 overall with the 10-point win over the Rockets.
Derek Turner scored 14 to lead GC while Jake Whitmer had 8 points for the Rockets (0-4, 1-8).
ä Also on Saturday, the Sharon boys fell to 2-2 in Region 5 and 4-5 overall with a 51-43 loss to the Knights (5-0, 7-2) at “The Castle” in Franklin and Lakeview (3-0, 9-1) rolled past Wilmington (0-2, 3-6) 50-36 in New Wilmington. Casey Greggs only needed 3 points to reach 1,000 for his career. Neither game was reported to The Herald.
Region 1 Duals
At West Middlesex, Coach Casey Taylor’s Reynolds High Raiders went a perfect 5-0 on Saturday at the Region 1 Duals at West Middlesex High School.
Reynolds beat West Middlesex (75-6), Hickory (67-9), Mercer (63-6), Sharpsville (55-12) and Slippery Rock (69-9).
Mercer posted a 4-1 ledger at the event, Sharpsville was 3-2, Hickory went 2-3, Slippery Rock was 1-4 and West Middlesex went 0-5.
The other scores were: Mercer 60, Slippery Rock 13; Sharpsville 68, West Middlesex 12; Sharpsville 56, Slippery Rock 19; Mercer 51, Hickory 19; Slippery Rock 42, West Middlesex 33; Hickory 57, Slippery Rock 18; Hickory 60, West Middlesex 21; Mercer 33, Sharpsville 29; Mercer 70, West Middlesex 6 and Sharpsville 34, Hickory 31.
GIRARD 8 11 10 9 38
KENNEDY 19 8 2 14 43
GIRARD — Davenport 3-2-2-9, Bonnett 1-0-0-2, Welch 6-1-1-14, Bolt 2-0-0-4, Allen 0-3-4-3, Mascaro 0-0-0-0, Byham 1-1-2-4, Dunn 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Davenport 1, Byham 1, Welch 1. Totals: 14-7-9-38.
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Burns 1-8-11-10, Ricketts 5-5-5-16, Sargent 0-8-12-8, Hood 2-0-0-4, Kish 1-0-2-3, Kress 1-0-0-2, Bocian 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Kish 1, Ricketts 1. Totals: 10-21-30-43.
JV — Kennedy Catholic, 55-40. April Bocian 23 points, Taylor Hood 10 for KC; Jordan Mascaro 13, Gumber 11 for Girard.
URSULINE 18 18 7 21 64
BROOKFIELD 9 6 17 13 45
URSULINE — Strollo 0-0-0-0, Ross 0-0-0-0, Carnathan 0-0-0-0, O’Donnell 5-1-5-11, Berry 0-1-2-1, Miklandrio 0-0-0-0, Beasley 8-7-8-25, Beacham 10-7-9-27. 3-pt. goals: Beasley 2. Totals: 23-16-24-64.
BROOKFIELD — Boyer 3-0-0-8, DiCristofaro 0-0-0-0, Ash. Kirila 6-3-5-15, Thompson 5-1-2-12, Harpster 3-1-1-7, Corns 0-0-0-0, Foster 0-0-0-0, Aut. Kirila 1-1-1-3. 3-pt. goals: Boyer 2, Thompson 1. Totals: 18-6-9-45.
JV — Ursuline, 26-25.
HICKORY 14 11 16 16 57
OIL CITY 7 6 20 17 50
HICKORY — Coleman 2-1-2-5, Pope 0-0-0-0, Votino 4-9-11-19, Mastrian 1-2-4-4, Sonoga 3-4-4-10, Nardone 1-0-2-2, Cannone 2-0-2-5, Pryts 0-2-3-2, Green 5-0-2-10. 3-pt. goals: Votino 2, Cannone 1. Totals: 18-18-30-57.
OIL CITY — Serbati 3-2-4-8, Way 4-8-10-16, French 1-0-0-3, Williams 1-9-11-11, Carll 0-0-0-0, Geib 4-1-2-12, Flaherty 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Geib 3, French 1. Totals: 13-20-27-50.
JV — Hickory, 34-26. Nick Tantuo 17, Ross Passalinqua 11 points for Hickory.
SLIP ROCK 9 12 8 7 36
GROVE CITY 14 8 2 22 46
SLIPPERY ROCK — Bell 2-0-0-4, Elder 1-0-0-2, Currie 2-1-2-5, Paczkowski 3-0-0-6, Whitmer 2-4-5-8, Northcott 2-0-0-4, Mellot 3-1-3-7. Totals: 15-6-10-36.
GROVE CITY — Turner 5-3-3-14, Torok 3-0-0-8, Thrasher 2-0-0-5, Reznor 3-3-4-9, Graham 2-0-0-6, Young 1-2-6-4, Dolan 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Torok 2, Graham 2, Turner 1, Thrasher 1. Totals: 16-8-13-46.
JV — No score reported.
MEADVILLE 17 23 17 19 76
FARRELL 10 15 17 21 63
MEADVILLE — Gregor 4-1-1-9, Hollingsworth 2-1-2-5, Anderson 0-4-5-4, Price 7-8-11-24, T. Clune 3-8-8-16, J. Clune 6-2-2-14, Mottillo 2-0-1-4. 3-pt. goals: Price 2, T. Clune 2. Totals: 24-24-30-76.
FARRELL — Hyman 1-0-0-3, Jones 3-7-12-13, Miller 5-1-1-13, Coleman 1-0-2-2, Page 1-0-0-3, Brown 5-5-7-15, Pratt 3-0-0-7, Archie 3-1-1-7. 3-pt. goals: Miller 2, Hyman 1, Page 1, Pratt 1. Totals: 22-14-23-63.
JV — Farrell, 50-28. Malik Henderson 11 points for Farrell.
SHARPSVILLE 10 13 10 29 62
MERCER 12 9 16 10 47
SHARPSVILLE — Luchey 5-4-6-15, Kennedy 8-4-8-20, Bulick 1-3-5-6, Barringer 4-0-0-8, Santell 0-0-0-0, J.Smith 1-0-0-2, Roesch 0-0-0-0, Mockabee 4-3-5-11. 3-pt. goals: Luchey 1, Bulick 1. Totals: 23-14-24-62.
MERCER — Clarke 3-5-7-10, Guiler 2-2-2-6, Davis 0-2-2-2, Fowler 2-0-1-4, Miller 3-2-2-8, Brest 5-3-3-13, Handerhan 0-0-0-0, Nan 2-0-0-4, Scheidhauer 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Clarke 1. Totals: 17-14-17-47.
JV — Mercer, 57-39.
GREENVILLE 6 7 13 8 34
REYNOLDS 9 5 12 19 45
GREENVILLE — Fattman 3-0-2-7, Houpt 1-2-2-4, M. Jones 4-1-2-9, Ferguson 2-2-2-7, VanAken 2-1-5-5, Emmett 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Fattman 1, Ferguson 1. Totals: 13-6-13-34.
REYNOLDS — Woods 3-2-3-10, Torok 1-1-2-3, Frable 6-5-8-17, McConnell 1-1-3-3, Beck 3-3-5-9, Gursky 1-0-0-3. 3-pt. goals: Woods 2, Gursky 1. Totals: 15-12-21-45.
JV — Greenville, 50-31.
MERCER COUNTY —
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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