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.
Roundup: Farrell girls beat Reynolds; Hickory, Mercer roll
It’s been a sometimes trying season for the Farrell and Reynolds girls’ basketball teams; however the Lady Steelers’ perseverence paid off Monday night.
The visiting Lady Raiders rolled to a 22-19 margin at intermission, but Farrell forged 42 second-half points en route to a 61-35 Region 1-A win.
Reynolds matmen win 12th D-10 Duals title
They say that some things are “cheaper by the dozen.” That certainly doesn’t refer to the District 10 Dual Meet Wrestling Championships.
Every one is special and as valuable as gold.
“It’s always exciting to win this tournament,” said Reynolds coach Casey Taylor after the Raiders recorded their 12th Class AA crown in the 15 years of the tourney’s existence.
And the finals victory came over a familiar foe, Fort LeBoeuf, by a 39-18 margin. LeBoeuf is the only other team ever to win the D-10 Duals, copping the other three.
SPORTVIEW: Will offense or defense prevail in Super Bowl?
OK, I’LL ADMIT IT. I’m a little worried about playing a Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
Rumor has it that if Peyton Manning comes out of a huddle and sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter!
Oh, that’s a groundhog? My bad.
Well anyhow, it appears the NFL is going to luck out. Playing a Super Bowl in a northern outdoor stadium is mighty risky. But it appears the harsh weather has passed for the time being and the game time temps won’t be as bad as they could be in New Jersey.
Roundup: Hornets roll past GC; Farrell moves to 15-1
Perception is reality, or so it’s said. However that can prove dangerous, particularly when underestimating others.
A misconception was spawned years ago that Hickory High kids lack toughness. Courtesy of Aaron Conley and his 2013-14 Hornets hardwood teammates, that perception, “ ... needs go out the window,” responded Head Coach Geoff Evans.
Roundup: Hickory girls 17-0; KC, Greenville, Mercer grab region wins
ä Hickory 57, Franklin 40 — At The Castle in Venango County, the visiting Lady Hornets harvested the Region 5-AAA road rout.
Hickory swept the home-and-home regular-season series.
Roundup: Hounds edge Devils, 44-42, in 2-AA clash
There’s a fine line between playing to win and playing not to lose. Wilmington High boys’ basketball toed that line during Wednesday night’s Region 2-AA affair at Sharpsville.
“It wasn’t pretty, but anytime you can get a road victory — and in the league — we’ll take it. ... All we care about is the ‘W,’” summarized Hounds’ head coach Mike Jeckavitch following Wilmington’s 44-42 win.
Roundup: Hopewell girls edge Sharon, 48-45, in 'Par for a Cure' game
Seldom is there consolation in losing — particularly when it snaps an extended win skein. But it may have been beneficial for Sharon High girls’ basketball team.
“It was definitely a great game for us. We hung with them. We had our chance to take the lead, but it didn’t fall,” summarized Sharon skipper Maria Joseph, whose Lady Tigers were toppled by Hopewell, 48-45, Monday night.
Roundup: Tigers 4th at Sharon Duals; Lakeview's Breese wins Fred Bell title
The Tiger matmen finished 4th with a 3-2 record on Saturday at the 10-team Sharon Duals inside Tiger Gymnasium.
Franklin Regional went 5-0 to win the duals crown. They were followed by McGuffey (4-1), Fox Chapel (4-1), Sharon (3-2), Brockway (3-2), Valley (2-3), Shaler (2-3), Meadville (1-4), Smethport (1-4) and North East (0-5).
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