Roundup: Farrell stuns ESV; KC, Reynolds lose; Brookfield advances
ä Farrell 71, Strong Vincent 69 — At Meadville Area Senior High’s “House of Thrills,” the venue lived up to its billing on Tuesday as the Steelers (21-3) rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Colonels (16-8) and advance to the District 10 championship game.
Farrell trailed by 18 points with 5 minutes left to play, but Steelers’ sophomore Malik Miller got red-hot and led the rally.
WM advances to 3rd straight D-10 championship game
For an opponent, watching West Middlesex win must be akin to dying a slow death.
While West Middlesex High boys basketball team will be making its 4th consecutive appearance in the District 10 championship game, the Big Reds entered Tuesday’s semifinal showdown with Mercyhurst Prep having converted 72 percent of their free throws. But the Lakers — like so many before them during the last 3-plus seasons — hadn’t learned their lesson.
The Big Reds benefitted from a 3-to-1 edge from the line, making Prep pay in the form of a 58-42 win at Sharon High.
Boys, Girls District 10 Preview Boxes
Who: Farrell (20-3) vs. Strong Vincent (16-7).
When: 8:30 p.m. today.
Where: Meadville Area Senior High’s “House of Thrills.”
SPORTVIEW: District 10 game times are hurting student-athletes
HOW LONG are school boards and administrations going to put up with District 10 and its ridiculous decisions at times?
We ask this after seeing the times of the boys basketball playoff games Tuesday night.
The district has scheduled double-headers with the first game at 7 p.m. and the second game at 8:30.
That is insane. They expect high school kids to travel from here to Edinboro or Meadville and teams from the north to come down here for 8:30 games on a school night?
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: Reynolds, Greenville send big squads to regions
The Reynolds High Raiders certainly have a sense of history when it comes to wrestling. Since the program began, no team has had more success.
That’s why head coach Casey Taylor pointed out how proud he was to be part of the school’s 20th district title since the points totals became official in 1981. And he made a key point about winning D-10 titles when he said:
Raiders win 20th D-10 championship
If it’s true that “There’s strength in numbers,” then the Reynolds Raiders should be in good shape at the Northwest Regional Wrestling Championships.
Coach Casey Taylor’s Raiders advanced 13 of 14 wrestlers through the District 10 Class AA Championships Saturday at Sharon High and won the team title with 222 points. Finishing second was Greenville (158), and the Trojans are advancing 10.
Roundup: Hickory beats Conneaut Area; Farrell, Mercer, Brookfield win
Eight area girls basketball teams were in action on Saturday as the District 10 and OHSAA playoffs tipped off.
In Class A, Farrell beat Youngsville, 43-32, while Reynolds suffered a 52-17 loss to Rocky Grove. In AA, Mercer was the only area team to advance as the Lady M’s beat Fairview, 44-33. Sharon lost to Seneca, 65-51, and Girard ousted Wilmington, 45-36. In AAA, the Hickory improved to 23-0 with a 45-23 victory against Conneaut Area, while Villa Maria ousted Grove City, 37-21. In OHSAA Division III, the Brookfield girls defeated Liberty, 56-37.
Raiders hold lead; 6 former champs advance
It was a good night Friday for defending individual champions and the expected top teams at the District 10 Class AA Tournament at Sharon High School.
All six former D-10 champs moved on in the winners bracket, while the “Big Four” teams – Reynolds, Greenville, Fort LeBoeuf and Saegertown – dominated the competition.
D-10 Playoff Roundup: WM, Farrell and Reynolds boys advance
The District 10 Class AA and AAA boys playoffs tipped off on Thursday night as 7 area teams were in action. In Class AA, Region 2 champion West Middlesex beat Cambridge Springs, 75-53; Reynolds stunned Seneca, 47-43; Wilmington fell to Fairview, 61-55, and Mercer suffered a 59-42 loss to Mercyhurst Prep.
In Class AAA, Region 5 champion Farrell edged Girard in overtime, 63-60; Hickory was ousted by Strong Vincent, 50-40, and Erie East beat Grove City, 64-53. In the other AAA game, Oil City defeated Gen. McLane, 44-37.
Reynolds seeks 20th D-10 title
The Reynolds and Greenville wrestling teams each bring all 14 wrestlers into the District 10 Class AA Championships this weekend at Sharon High School and will battle it out with Fort LeBoeuf for the team title.
Reynolds, which defeated both Greenville and LeBoeuf in duals this season, is the favorite to cop its 20th team crown since team points were first counted in 1981. But a lot of things can happen with the number of talented matmen who will compete for one of six places to advance to next weekend’s regional tourney.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP: Farrell boys roll
Farrell High boys basketball concluded the 2013-14 regular season with a 73-47 Region 5-AAA rout of George Junior Republic Monday evening.
At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the host Steelers (13-3, 19-3) were led in scoring by Jamel Brown’s game-high 19 points, Chris James’ 11 and Ike Jones’ 10.
9 Raiders win titles; 5 matmen cop 2nd section titles
A Reynolds fan posed an interesting question Saturday at the Section 2-AA Wrestling Tournament at Sharon High School:
“Are we that good or are the rest of the teams down some this year?”
Whatever the answer — which could be definitively determined over the next two weekends — the Raiders certainly dominated the competition at sections and will send all 14 wrestlers to the District 10 AA Championships next weekend at Sharon. The two four finishers in each weight advance.
Greenville captures 22nd section title
GREENVILLE — The annual Section 3-AA wrestling tournament took place this weekend at Greenville High, but drawing an analogy, the outcome was more basketball’s equivalent of the slam-dunk.
Entering Saturday’s championship finals the Trojans tallied 213 points, already guaranteeing the program’s 22nd Sectional team title. By evening’s end they had amassed 230 tallies to take their 4th consecutive crown.
Section 2-AA, 3-AA wrestling tourneys begin
Mercer County area matmen began their quest for state honors Friday in the Section 2-AA and 3-AA tournaments at Sharon and Greenville high schools respectively.
As expected, there were very few upsets on opening night as top-seeded matmen moved on.
Roundup: Farrell routs Sharon; Hickory, WM win
Friday night served as a microcosm of the 2013-14 season for the Farrell High and Sharon boys’ basketball teams. Sharon started strong, but ultimately faded as Farrell forged a 74-39 District 10 Region 5-AAA rout.
At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium on Senior Night, Dewayne Burns, Ike Jones, Tyrone Archie, Chris James and Tionté Davis went out in style for the Steelers.
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