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.
Roundup: Lady Hornets go 22-0; KC, Mercer win
Kennedy Catholic High and Rocky Grove girls basketball teams are preparing for the postseason, so they staged a playoff preview Thursday night.
At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles earned their 11th consecutive conquest, 44-31, over the stubborn Lady Orioles. KC swept the home-and-home regular-season Region 1-A series.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP: Sharon girls edge WM
Sharon High girls basketball team prepared for the postseason Wednesday night, pushed to the limit at West Middlesex. In a 4th-frame free-throw shooting contest, the Lady Tigers triumped, 58-56.
Sharon (10-2, 15-7) sank 21 of 38 freebies, scoring all 11 of its 4th-period points from the line. Tanayja Sanders secured an 18-point, 14-rebound, 6-blocked shots line, Mallory Torr tallied 14, Kelsie McGranahan grabbed 9 rebounds and Maggie Torr dished out 3 assists.
Roundup: Steelers get huge win over Oil City
Oil City High’s home gymnasium is nicknamed “The House of Hustle.”
Tuesday night, the Oilers were overwhelmed at a house of horrors — E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, where opposing teams’ dreams go to die.
Led by a quartet of double-digit scorers, Farrell High boys basketball team served as an obstacle to the Oilers’ objective — the outright 2014 District 10 Region 5-AAA crown — as the Steelers staged a 69-54 victory.
Roundup: Brookfield girls beat LaBrae; Hickory 20-0; KC cops Region 1 title
With the postseason on the horizon, Brookfield High girls’ basketball team has been challenged.
The Lady Warriors have been without senior stalwart Ashley Kirila for 2 weeks, and Brookfield had been beaten twice in its last 4 outings. Convoluted as it sounds, though, it may prove to be a blessing for Brookfield, if Monday night’s 51-39 victory over LaBrae’s Vikings is any indication.
MAT NOTEBOOK: Beth-Catholic on incredible run; McMath builds Fla. program
IN MY MANY YEARS of covering high school wrestling, I have seen many powerhouse programs rise and fall.
Reynolds is one of the state’s most consistant programs and the success at the state level year after year has demonstrated that. And no offense to the Raiders faithful, but I don’t know if there have been some of Reynolds’ better teams that could beat the Bethlehem Catholic teams of the past few years.
BeCa has won the last four PIAA Class AA Dual Meet Championships during that span and as young as they are this year, there could be more titles in the future.
SPORTVIEW: Politics, pros have helped reduce greatness of the Olympics
THE OLYMPICS at one time were thought to be an international competition that was free of politics. But that idea went out the window a long time ago.
The games have been the subject of boycotts and terrorist attacks. They are a venue for political maneuvering and demonstrations.
While there has been no great love between the United States and Russia — even before the Soviet Union broke up — the Winter Olympics this year in Russia are a time that we are reminded of past conflicts.
Raiders fall to Bethlehem Catholic in championship match
HERSHEY, Pa. — While fans complain about private schools doing so well in postseason playoffs in football and basketball, they need only to take a look at Class AA wrestling to see one of most dominating runs by a private school in state history.
After all, the Reynolds Raiders have won three PIAA State Class AA Dual Meet Championships and probably would have more, except for two words: Bethlehem Catholic!
Roundup: GC, Sharon grab Region 5-AAA wins
ä Grove City 72, Farrell 69 — At Grove City, coach Don Fee’s Eagles moved to 8-7 in Region 5-AAA and 13-7 overall with the 3-point upset over the Steelers (10-3, 16-3).
GC jumped out to an 18-13 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but Farrell clawed back and held a slim 32-30 advantage at halftime. GC would then outscore Farrell 22-19 in the 3rd quarter and 20-18 in the 4th.
Raiders win thriller to advance to championship match in Hershey
HERSHEY, Pa. — If familiarity truly breeds contempt as the saying goes, then the Reynolds and Boiling Springs wrestling teams certainly have no great love for one another.
It seems that almost every year the two clubs meet sometime during the PIAA State Class AA Dual Meet Championships. It was a rematch of last year’s semifinals Friday night at Hershey Giant Center and for a second straight year Reynolds prevailed, this time by a 31-26 score.
Roundup: Sanders reaches 1,000 points in Sharon's win vs. Farrell
Friday nights usually are not reserved as “Ladies’ Night” in scholastic basketball, but this week was an exception.
Sharon High senior standout Tanayja Sanders surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau Friday night, leading the Lady Tigers to a 57-33 inter-region win over neighboring Farrell.
Raiders roll over Saucon Valley in Hershey
HERSHEY, Pa. — Reynolds High wrestling coach Casey Taylor believes the premise: If you don’t learn from history you are doomed to repeat it. So he drummed it into his team this week that you can’t take the opening match lightly at the PIAA State Class AA Dual Meet Championships.
The Raiders obviously were paying attention.
Reynolds rolled over Saucon Valley, 44-16, Thursday in their opening bout at Hershey Giant Center, a huge difference from last year when the Raiders barely escaped with a 35-29 victory over SV in a nail-biter.
Roundup: Cannone shines as Hickory edges Sharon, 56-53
Some nights, a player can’t throw the ball in the ocean; others, the rim appears to be as wide as the ocean.
Hickory High’s Anthony Cannone saw the spectrum from both perspectives within a 72-hour span this week — the latter Thursday night against neighboring Sharon.
Cannone connected for a career-high 31-point performance, helping hoist the Hornets to a 56-53 Region 5-AAA win.
Reynolds eyes gold at state duals
The Reynolds High Raiders make their perennial trip to Hershey today for the PIAA State Class AA Dual Meet Championships.
The District 10 Champion Raiders, who have captured three state duals titles (2006, ’07 and ’09) in the 16 years of the tourney, finished 2nd last year at state to powerhouse Bethlehem Catholic.
Beth-Catholic is favored again to win the crown and it could be another finals matchup with Reynolds if both win through their brackets.
Reynolds has been state runner-up in 2005, ’10 and ’13)
Roundup: KC beats Devils; Farrell, Hickory, Sharon lose in 5-AAA action
The term “degree of difficulty” sometimes is applicable in athletics, just not specifically to the sport of basketball. Kennedy Catholic High boys learned that Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles enjoyed a 15-point edge entering the final frame at Sharpsville, before the Blue Devils rallied courtesy of confounding Kennedy miscues.
Ultimately, KC copped a 53-45 inter-region win.
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