Herald Staff reports



After winning all of three games during the 2005-06 season, Tuesday night was a benchmark for the Sharon High boys basketball team.

Jeff Gavin jump-started the torrid Tigers’ third-quarter offense by turning in a 5-for-6 shooting performance, including four from beyond the arc, and Sharon scorched Sharpsville 67-39 in a District 10 Region 2-AA contest.

Gavin commenced the second half the same as he concluded the first, by connecting on a triple, and he ended 8 for 16 from the floor for a game-high 24-point performance. It had a ripple-effect on his Tigers’ teammates, who turned in a season-best 25-for-57 (43.8 percent) shooting night.

“We’ve been waiting seven games for this. He came out hotter’n a pistol the second half and that jump-started our offense, and everybody else got excited and it carried over to the defensive end,” summarized Tigers’ taskmaster Brian Hoover.

Sharon (4-1, 4-4) secured a 13-7 first-quarter lead, but Torin Karsonovich connected for 6 second-stanza points as the visiting Blue Devils dug a 17-15 lead with 2:36 remaining in the half. But Gavin’s back-to-back buckets, including a trey with 1.7 ticks left, staked Sharon to a 20-17 margin at intermission.

Eleven seconds into the second half Gavin garnered another 3-ball, and Sharon shot 9 for 17 during the third quarter. With Des Jennings and Sammy Schweiss contributing 5 and 4 points, respectively, to Gavin’s 15, the Tigers took a 46-30 bulge into the fourth frame. That made the final 8 minutes academic.

Jennings jolted Sharpsville for an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double, and all 11 Tigers contributed to the scoring column.

“Just the fact they’re coming out every day, regardless of what’s going on, and giving 100 percent at practice and doing the same thing in the games, I couldn’t be happier,” Hoover admitted. “Every day I’ve seen improvement. The hardest part with these kids is trying to get them focused — their attitudes — and keeping them on the upswing.”

Three Tigers’ triumphs in their last four outings — a 7-day span — has Hoover happy heading into the holidays.

“Hey, listen. We won three games last year, so it’s great to get over that hump,” Hoover concluded.

For Sharpsville (1-2, 2-4), which had a modest 2-game win skein snapped, Karsonovich connected for 10 points and Jarryd Summers added a 9-point, 8-rebound outing for second-year skipper Gary Steele. But the Blue Devils shot just 14 for 39 (35.8) from the field and committed 17 turnovers and were outrebounded 37-26. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

ä Hickory 51, Franklin 39 — At Hermitage, Hickory rallied from a 23-13 halftime deficit with a strong defensive showing in the second half to up its Region 6-AAA record to 2-0.

Trailing 31-27 after three periods, Hickory exploded for 24 points in the final frame to pull away.

Junior Andy Banas pumped in 14 points and freshman Matt Durisko added 12 to spark the Hornets (4-2) of Coach Nick Cannone. David Lumpp added a pair of treys.

For Franklin, Ethan Gravatt scored 18 points.

ä Farrell 84, Wilmington 53 — At New Wilmington, the visiting Steelers (4-0, 5-1) secured the D-10 Region 2-AA win by building a 43-27 bulge by the break, then coasting during the second half after erupting for a 24-point third quarter.

Donald Jackson and Josh Williams evenly divided 34 points for Farrell, while Torlando Hopson and Josh DeCarmen evenly split an additional 30 markers. DeCarmen tossed in a trio of treys.

For Wilmington (1-1, 4-2), Ryan Foht (14) and Chris Burns (12) were the host Hounds’ lone double-digit scorers.

ä Grove City 62, Titusville 44 — At Titusville, the visiting Eagles eased to the D-10 Region 6-AAA rout led by Danny Keil’s 19-point, 7-rebound line, Ben Liebling, who lent 16 points, and Jordan Fee’s half-dozen assists.

Grove City (2-0, 5-3) led from the outset, 22-9 at the quarter, 39-16 by the break, and 52-29 through three quarters.

For Titusville (0-2, 3-4), Cameron Atha and Ben Vincent bucketed 17 and 14 points, respectively.

ä George Junior Republic 68, East 59 — At Grove City, the host Tigers mauled the Warriors in the D-10 Region 7-AAAA contest on the strength of a 38-point second half.

GJR maintained a slender 30-26 margin at intermission.

For the Tigers (1-1, 2-3), Anthony Floyd (19), Chris Cantino (18) and Chris Stadline (12) led the scoring.

East (0-2, 2-6) was paced by Jeremy Thomas’ game-high 22-point performance, while Gil Rogers rifled in 11 and Tyrone Baker bucketed 10.

ä Reynolds 70, Mercer 57 — At Reynolds, coach Jeff Gibson’s Raiders outgunned the visitors 22-11 in the final frame to pull out the victory.

“It’s a big win for us,” said Gibson. “It’s our first league win and it’s something to build on. We’re young and inexperienced, so to win a league game is an exciting thing.”

The Raiders had a well-balanced attack as Chris Laverty scored 17 points, Dan Smith 13, Galus 12 and Joe Combine 11. For Mercer, Joel Pyle drilled in 25 points, including 3 treys, while Dustin Snyder added 19 with 4 3-pointers.

ä Lakeview 66, Conneaut Lake 37 — At Conneaut Lake, Jake Bertin bucketed a game-high 25 points and Mike Philson fired in a 20, including a handful from long distance, to lead Lakeview (4-0, 6-0) to the D-10 Region 2-AA rout.

Conneaut Lake trailed from the outset, and the Indians scored in double figures only in the third quarter. Miller and Mumau each mustered 10 markers.

ä Cambridge Springs 79, Jamestown 43 — At Cambridge Springs, the host Spa’s Kondzielski connected for a game-high 30 points, while Hobson hammered home 12, and the Blue Devils decided the contest with 48 first-half points.

Spencer Snyder and Tommy Shannon led Jamestown (2-5) with 15 points apiece, and collectively they combined for 7 triples.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

ä Hickory 29, Franklin 26 — At Franklin, the Hornettes prevailed in a tough defensive struggle. Kim Stitt and Becky Braymer hit key free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Hickory (1-1, 4-3) was paced by Ti Crawford with 10 points, while Stitt added 7. Kelsey Trosch pulled down 12 boards, while Stitt, Braymer and Arin Whitman each had 6. Gravatt led Franklin (1-2, 2-6) with 12 points.

ä Lakeview 56, Union City 22 — At Stoneboro on Monday, the Lady Sailors (3-0, 5-0) cruised to a 33-11 halftime lead and routed the Lady Bears in a Region 3-A/AA encounter.

Cami Frye poured in a game-high 19 points for Lakeview while Sheena Aden added a dozen markers.

WRESTLING

ä Greenville 34, Cathedral Prep 31 — At Greenville, the host Trojans triumphed on the strength of falls from Kody McInturf (215) and Justin Ferguson (145), a major verdict from Joe Shaw (189), and 12 points via forfeit.





BOYS BASKETBALL

SHARPSVILLE 7 10 13 9 39

SHARON 13 7 26 21 67

SHARPSVILLE — Taylor 2-1-2-5, Scarmack 0-0-0-0, Biro 3-0-0-6, Davies 0-0-0-0, Summers 4-1-2-9, Merchant 0-0-0-0, Karsonovich 3-4-4-10, D. Gill 0-0-0-0, Conti 0-0-0-0, J. Gill 0-2-2-2, Mazurek 0-1-2-1, Ellison 2-0-0-6, Goncz 0-0-0-0, Haywood 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Ellison 2. Totals: 14-9-12-39.

SHARON — Gavin 8-2-3-24, Johnson 3-0-0-7, Jennings 3-4-4-11, Schweiss 3-2-5-8, Smith 3-0-0-6, Mathieson 2-0-2-4, Jefferson 2-0-0-4, Riffle 1-0-0-2, Sypolt 0-0-0-0, Senak 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goals: Gavin 6, Johnson 1, Jennings 1. Totals: 25-9-16-67.

JV: Sharon, 47-35, Preston Jefferson14, Ryan Sypolt 11 points for Sharon; David Gill 11, Sean Haywood 10 for Sharpsville.

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FARRELL 17 26 24 17 84

WILMINGTON 14 13 9 17 53

FARRELL — Fimognari 2-0-0-6, Hopson 6-1-1-15, Schuster 3-2-5-8, Jackson 8-1-4-17, Williams 5-6-8-17, Pegues 2-2-8-6, DeCarmen 6-0-0-15, 3-pt. goals: DeCarmen 3, Fimognari 2, Hopson 2, Williams 1. Totals: 32-12-28-84.

WILMINGTON — Powell 3-0-0-6, Wagner 4-0-0-9, Beatty 0-4-5-4, Reiber 1-0-0-2, Reynolds 1-4-4-6, Burns 6-0-0-12, Foht 6-2-2-14. 3-pt. goals: Wagner 1. Totals: 21-10-11-53.

JV: Farrell, 72-57. Danny Odem 18 points, Collin Chapman 16, Lawrence Williams 10 for Farrell; Shane Wagner 13, Ian Kelly 14, Frank Telesz 12.

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GROVE CITY 22 17 13 9 62

TITUSVILLE 9 7 13 15 44

GROVE CITY — Donaldson 0-2-2-2, Denbow 0-1-2-1, Stutz 3-1-2-7, Liebling 6-2-7-16, Keil 9-0-0-19, McNamara 1-0-0-3, Fee 1-1-3-3, Perrine 2-2-2-7, Lane 1-0-1-2, Owen 1-0-2-2. 3-pt. goals: Liebling 2, Keil 1, McNamara 1, Perrine 1. Totals: 24-9-21-62.

TITUSVILLE — Vincent 4-4-4-14, Atha 8-1-2-17, Carr 1-0-0-2, S. Clark 1-0-0-2, A. Clark 2-0-0-4, Kretts 2-0-0-5. 3-pt. goals: Vincent 2, Kretts 1. Totals: 18-5-6-44.

JV: Titusville, 47-44.

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EAST 13 13 20 13 59

GJR 10 20 18 20 68

EAST — M. Jones 1-0-0-2, Moore 1-1-1-3, Rogers 4-0-0-11, Thomas 8-2-2-22, Crockett 1-1-2-3, J. Jones 1-0-0-2, Crosby 3-0-0-6, Baker 5-0-0-10. 3-pt. goals: Thomas 4, Rogers 3. Totals: 24-4-8-59.

GEORGE JUNIOR REPUBLIC — Cantino 5-8-10-18, Floyd 7-4-7-19, Anderson 2-1-5-5, Stadline 4-1-8-12, Lomax 2-3-6-7, Miller 2-2-3-7. 3-pt. goals: Stadline 4, Floyd 1. Totals: 22-19-39-68.

JV: GJR, 55-44. Jamar Freshley 16 points, Deon Hanton 12 for GJR.

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FRANKLIN 8 15 8 8 39

HICKORY 10 3 14 24 51

FRANKLIN — Caffrey 2-1-5-7; Ethan Gravatt 6-5-6-18; J. Villar 3-3-4-9; R. Villar 2-1-2-5; Grill 0-0-0-0; Kahle 0-0-0-0; Latchaw 0-0-0-0; Williams 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Caffrey 2, Gravatt 1. Totals: 13-10-17-39

HICKORY — Englebaugh 1-0-0-2; Mudrey 0-0-0-0; Baughman 0-0-0-0; Shephard 0-4-4-4; Benes 1-0-0-2; Lumpp 2-2-2-8; Banas 4-6-6-14; Szabo 1-1-4-3; Erdesky 3-0-0-6; Durisko 4-4-6-12. 3-pt. goals: Lumpp 2. Totals: 16-17-23-51.

JV: Franklin, 39-35. Jordan Wilds 10, Matt Durisko 10 for Hickory.

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MERCER 15 11 20 11 57

REYNOLDS 12 13 18 22 70

MERCER — Braymaker 2-1-2-5; Pyle 10-2-2-25; Snyder 7-1-3-19; Tobias 0-1-2-1; Swanson 3-0-0-7; Erdos 0-0-0-0; Filer 0-0-0-0; Stiger 0-0-0-0; Johonson 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Snyder 4, Pyle 3, Swanson 1. Totals: 22-5-9-57

REYNOLDS — D’Urso 0-0-0-0; Bishcko 1-4-4-6; Smith 4-5-8-13; Combine 5-1-4-11; Galus 5-2-2-12; Conley 4-0-0-9; Laverty 5-7-9-19; Martin 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Laverty 2, Conley 1. Totals: 24-19-27-70.

JV: Reynolds, 41-36. Andrew Martin 17, Brandon Wolfe 12 for Reynolds; Kory Stiger 17 for Mercer.

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LAKEVIEW 192014 13 66

CONNEAUT 6 8 15 8 37

LAKEVIEW — M.Philson 6-3-4-20, D.Bertin 1-1-2-3, Holland 0-2-2-2, J.Bertin 10-5-6-25, J.Engstrom 0-2-2-2, Montgomery 1-2-2-4, Morneweck 3-0-2-6, B.Philson 1-2-2-4. 3-pt goals: M. Philson 5. Totals: 22-17-22-66.

CONNEAUT LAKE — Moyer 1-0-1-2, Kean 2-0-0-4, Eaton 1-0-0-2, Miller 5-0-1-10, Gugliuzza 1-0-0-2, Holland 1-0-0-2, Mumau 5-0-0-10, Burchfield 2-1-1-5. Totals: 18 1-3 — 37.

JV: No score reported.

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JAMESTOWN 11 16 5 1143

CAMBRIDGE 19 29 20 11 79

JAMESTOWN — Snyder 5-1-4-15, Brown 2-0-1-4, Ochs 2-1-2-5, Adams 1-2-4-4, Shannon 6-0-3-15. 3-pt. goals: Snyder 4, Shannon 3. Totals: 16-4-14-43.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Hobson 5-2-2-12, Delp 2-1-3-5, Bausch 1-3-4-5, Kondzielski 11-8-8-30, Young 1-2-2-5, Sinclair 2-2-2-6, Spaid 3-0-0-6, McMunigle 1-0-0-2, Dunton 2-0-0-4, Hobson 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goal: Young 1. Totals: 30-18-21-79.

JV: Cambridge Springs, 64-39.



GIRLS BASKETBALL

HICKORY 7 7 5 10 29

FRANKLIN 8 5 5 8 26

HICKORY — Crawford 4-2-4-10; Bush 0-0-0-0; Trosch 2-1-2-5; Phillips 0-0-0-0; Gustas 1-0-0-3; Whitman 1-0-2-2; Stitt 2-3-6-7; Heben 0-0-0-0; Braymer 0-2-2-2; Turk 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Gustas 1. Totals: 10-8-16-29.

FRANKLIN — Cherry 1-0-1-2; Foust 1-4-6-6; Law 1-1-3-3; Awlesworth 0-0-0-0; Gravatt 4-1-1-12; Dolan 1-0-0-3; J. Kahle 0-0-0-0; m. Kahle 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Gravatt 3, Dolan 1. Totals: 8-6-11-26.

JV: Frankln, 31-29. Carly Turk 10 points for Hickory.

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UNION CITY 6 5 3 8 22

LAKEVIEW 13 20 15 8 56

UNION CITY — Ke. Sullivan 2-1-2-6, Snyder 2-0-0-6, Ka. Sullivan 2-0-0-6, Alderman 2-0-0-4, Roch 0-0-0-0, Rumfola 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Snyder 2, Ka. Sullivan 2, Ke. Sullivan 1. Totals: 8-1-2-22.

LAKEVIEW — Ja. Grayson 1-0-0-2, Campbell 0-0-1-0, Gregg 3-0-0-6, Ch. Frye 4-1-1-9, Koller 4-0-0-8, Ca. Frye 8-3-4-19, Aden 4-4-6-12, Miles 0-0-0-0, Je. Grayson 0-0-0-0, Morneweck 0-0-0-0. Totals: 24-8-13-56.

JV: No score reported.





WRESTLING

GREENVILLE 34, CATHEDRAL PREP 31

160 — Chris Fragapane (G) dec. Randall Wagner, 7-3; 171 — Jermaine Easter (CP) dec. Shaun Ferguson, 11-4; 189 — Joe Shaw (G) major dec. Ross Runstedler, 9-0; 215 — Kody McInturf (G) pinned Mike Kuzma, 0:33; 285 — Tyler Lanciotti (G) dec. Caleb Wesmen, 5-0; 103 — John Agnello (CP) dec. Luke Marshall, 9-4; 112 — Chris Squaila (CP) pinned TJ McGary, 1:43; 119 — Rocco Wellek (CP) major dec. Brian Goda, 9-0; 125 — Doug Richmond (G) forfeit; 130 — Anthony Blazik (CP) forfeit; 135 — David Holiga (G) forfeit; 140 — Jamal Lyons (CP) dec. Eric Weaver, 7-5 (OT); 145 — Justin Ferguson (G) pinned Jeremy Kuhn, 3:25; 152 — Nick Milano (CP) pinned Caleb Chason, 3:12.



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