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).
Roundup: Farrell, GJR, Hickory earn 5-AAA wins
Pouncing like the Panthers they are. Commodore Perry High boys basketball team shocked Sharpville Friday night.
Perry procured an early 9-1 edge and CP seemed primed for the District 10 inter-region road win.
However the big three for the host Blue Devils did their damage during the 2nd half, as Sharpsville surged to a 64-44 success.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP: D-10 mat duals are set
The defending champion Reynolds High Raiders are the top seed for the District 10 Wrestling Class AA Dual Meet Championships, set for Saturday, Feb. 1, at Sharon High School.
Eight teams will compete in the tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. Quarterfinals at 9 show the Raiders of coach Casey Taylor facing Youngsville, while Saegertown takes on Cambridge Springs.
At 11 a.m., No. 2 seed Fort LeBoeuf faces Cochranton, while No. 3 Greenville meets Franklin.
Roundup: Hornets beat Sharon in 5-AAA clash
While it was a win-win situation for Sharon High boys’ basketball team, it was a no-win scenario for visiting Hickory.
Sharon skipper Jason Rankin suspended 7 players (see related story) for Wednesday’s make-up Region 5-AAA showdown with Hickory. And while the Hornets responded with a 62-43 victory, it was not as easy as the score would suggest.
Rankin suspends 7 players for Hickory game
The 2013-14 Sharon High boys’ basketball team may or may not qualify for the District 10 playoffs. But that’s not as important to Tigers’ taskmaster Jason Rankin as his players adhering to an honorable code of conduct.
Without reservation, Rankin suspended 7 players for Wednesday night’s Region 5-AAA showdown with Hickory.
“ ... You can’t be successful — truly successful — if winning games is more important than kids’ behavior,” Rankin remarked prior to the weather-postponed make-up.
Roundup: Farrell boys move to 7-1 in Region 5-AAA with win over Hornets
Split lips ... sprained wrists ... bruises and contusions. Just another night in District 10 Region 5-AAA boys’ basketball.
Perhaps it’s fortuitous that many Mercer County schools are on a 2-hour delay this morning, owing to frigid temperatures. Ice will be the order for several players this morning to help with the healing process.
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