D-10 Cross Country Championships: WM girls, GC boys team champs; Bible, Benka win races
Mercer County’s cross country contingent took stock of itself during the annual District 10 Championships in Buhl Farm Park, and this much was self-evident:
Years in the making, its collective stock is still soaring.
“ ... You’ve gotta have good stock to make good soup ...” mused West Middlesex mentor Bob Morris.
While Morris was referencing his Ms. Reds and Big Reds specifically, he could have served as spokesman for his county coaching counterparts.
Lakeview beats WM for Region 1-A championship
A strong breeze blew into the Big Reds of West Middlesex Friday night. Actually, that’s an understatement — it was more like a hurricane or tornado.
“ .. A force of nature,” Lakeview High head football coach Dan York said.
Sam Breese bullied the Big Reds at the line of scrimmage all evening, leading Lakeview to a 19-2 Region 1-A championship-clinching win.
Roundup: Mustangs beat Farrell; Trojans 9-0; Tigers top GC
The playoff teams from Mercer County have been set after Friday night’s regular season results. Traditionally the county sends four teams from its Class A and AA regions to the District 10 tournament.
In Region 1-A, after Lakeview defeated West Middlesex 19-2 Friday, it gave the Sailors the No. 1 seed for the D-10 playoffs with the Big Reds No. 2. Mercer earned the No. 3 seed, and by beating Farrell, 26-14, that allowed Sharpsville to sneak into the No. 4 slot ahead of Farrell. The Blue Devils play a non-league game tonight against Warren JFK at Mollenkopt Stadium in Warren.
Preview: Who's in? Who's Out?
Like children playing a game of Musical Chairs or an uninvited dinner guest, someone tonight will be without a seat and headed home unhappy.
There are a handful of clubs in Class A — 4 from Mercer County — vying for 4 berths and seeding in the upcoming District 10 football tournament. By approximately 9:30 tonight, there will be players — specifically seniors — and coaches simultaneously lamenting what could’ve been.
Roundup: 6 area teams qualify for D-10 soccer playoffs
The District 10 soccer tournament commences next week, and Mercer County will be well represented.
In Class AA, Hickory boys will meet Slippery Rock, 7 p.m. Monday at Franklin High. The winner of that pairing of at-large entrants will meet Region 5 champion Harbor Creek on Wednesday at a site and time to be announced. Also Wednesday, Region 2 titlist Wilmington will meet the winner of Monday’s Warren-vs.-Girard match, again, with the site and time TBA.
District 10 Cross Country Preview
When it comes to Mercer County’s cross country contingent, success almost is taken for granted. And while that speaks to the caliber of competition, with it also comes cautionary concern:
Is this the year the remainder of the 6-county district catches up?
The answers will come Saturday in Buhl Farm Park, site of the annual event that serves as the PIAA Championships qualifier.
Saturday’s order of events will be: Class AAA and A girls, 10 a.m.; AA girls, 10:45; AAA/A boys, 11:30, and AA boys, 12:15 p.m. Mercer County has no AAA teams.
Roundup: Hickory's Colbert ties for 22nd at PIAA Golf Championships
Hickory High junior Billy Colbert finished in a 3-way tie for 22nd place at the PIAA Class AA Golf Championships Tuesday at Heritage Hills Resort in York, Pa.
Colbert shot a 41-41—82 on Tuesday. He carded an 81 Monday and finished with a 2-day total of 163.
Roundup: Hickory's Colbert tied for 18th at PIAA Golf
Hickory High junior Billy Colbert shot a 40-41—81 on Monday to tie for 18th place at the 2013 PIAA Golf Championships at Heritage Hills Resort in York, Pa.
Colbert was in a 5-way tie for 18th after shooting 10-over-par at par-71 Heritage Hills. He tees off at 9:30 a.m. today for the 2nd round.
Hickory girls, CP boys win team titles at Mercer County Invite
STONEBORO — Bible was the gospel truth Saturday morning in Stoneboro.
Hickory High sophomore Lexi Bible bested the field with a 20:22 clocking, defending her individual crown while leading the Lady Hornets to the Mercer County Cross Country Invitational crown.
Roundup: WM rolls past KC in Region 1-A contest
Eric Lucich launched a 12-carry, 266-yard, 4-touchdown rushing performance and Trey Staunch accounted for another 4 TDs, leading West Middlesex High football team to a 55-12 District 10 Region 1-A rout of Kennedy Catholic.
During the Saturday matinee at Butala Stadium, West Middlesex mustered a 35-0 margin at intermission. Lucich lent 3rd-quarter scoring sprints of 57, 5 and 48 yards to his 1st-frame 53-yarder that commenced the game’s scoring.
Undefeated Greenville beats Raiders at Thiel College
GREENVILLE — For the second straight season in the Greenville-Reynolds rivalry, the score 20-6 flashed on the end zone board. That prompted Reynolds High head football coach Josh Mull to flash back approximately 365 days.
“I had dejâ vú all over. With four-plus-minutes to go and it’s twenty to six, it was just like last year. ... You know, high school sports is a game of momentum ... ” Mull mused.
Roundup: Tigers top Hounds; Sailors edge Devils; Hickory, GC win big
As Greenville and Reynolds battled at Thiel College’s Alumni Stadium Friday, five other District 10 region games were on the schedule as teams battled for playoff spots — 3 Region 3-AA clashes and 2 in Region 1-A.
In 3-AA, Sharon beat Wilmington, 35-21, at Tiger Stadium; Hickory routed Saegertown, 77-0, at Hornet Stadium and Grove City pounded the Rockets at Carter Field in Titusville, 48-0.
Preview: Playoff berths on the line
When Wilmington High football team invades Tiger Stadium tonight, unlike years past, there will be no championships on the line. But to borrow a hackneyed cliché, respect cannot be bought; thus, the essence of this rivalry remains intact.
Sharon welcomes Wilmington in a Week 8 District 10 Region 3-AA encounter with playoff berths at stake for both.
Roundup: Hickory's Colbert advances to PIAA golf championships
Hickory High junior golf ace Billy Colbert fired a 75 to finish tied for 6th at the PIAA Western Regional Class AA Golf Championships Wednesday.
Colbert and others battled chilly, day-long rain to post the score at Tom’s Run Golf Course, Blairsville, and become the first Hickory High player to qualify for states since 1994, according to Hickory coach David Gibb.
Runners prep for District 10 races
While the Region 1-2 races no longer decide Mercer County’s cross country championships, they still provide a competitive tune-up for the race that really matters — the annual District 10 Championships.
Saturday morning in Stoneboro the county contingent will converge on Lakeview High in a final dress rehersal in the renamed Mercer County Invitational.
The varsity girls’ race will begin at 9 a.m., followed in 30-to-45-minute increments by varsity boys’ and junior varsity and junior high races, Lakeview coach and meet director Glenn Dosch said.
Buhl Farm Park will serve as the venue for the annual district-wide races — the qualifier for the PIAA Championships — on Oct. 26.
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