By Rob Malsom
Herald Sports Writer
LAKEVIEW HIGH senior basketball standout Sheena Aden signed with the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown on Tuesday night at Lakeview High School.
Aden is Lakeview’s all-time leading scorer — male or female — with 1,886 points.
Barring injury this season, she will become Mercer County’s all-time top scorer. She trails Sharon’s Wanda Halloway (2,106) and Farrell’s Jill Platteborze (1,913) on the girls side, as well as Sharpsville’s Brian Brush (1,982) and Hickory’s Geoff Evans (1,968) on the boys list.
Aden enters her senior season with 675 rebounds, 344 assists and 366 steals.
Aden plays AAU ball for Rock Solid along with Slippery Rock High’s Jence Rhoads, who signed with Vanderbilt last week.
ä Switching to high school football. The Greenville Trojans had a great season going from 0-10 in 2005 to qualifying for the D-10 playoffs in 2006.
Fairview’s 41-7 win over Greenville at McDowell High School on Saturday was the Tigers’ first playoff victory since 1992. That was the final season of head coach Jack Bestwick and Fairview won the D-10 Class AA title and made it to the PIAA western semifinals.
In Saturday’s game, Fairview senior RB Jack McCann ran for 129 yards to go over the 1,000 mark (1,081).
Greenville junior QB Josh Chisholm finished the year going 91-of-213 for 1,256 yards with 7 TDs and 12 interceptions.
The Trojans should be set up for next season. Chisholm will be a senior along with the team’s top rusher Chris Fragapane, 151-498, and Shaun Ferguson, 22-364, the 6th-best receiver in our coverage area.
One key loss for 2007 is the area’s 2nd best receiver, senior Phil Reasbeck (38-585).
ä West Middlesex might have their hands full on Friday night with Kennedy Catholic’s Lee Plotts and Ross Gargano running on the turf at SRU.
Plotts surpassed the 2,000-yard plateau in their 41-14 win over Saegertown on Friday. Gargano went over 1,000 (1,100) in the same game.
Plotts and Gargano stand 7th and 8th, respectively, on the Mercer County career rushing list. Plotts has 4,377 yards while Gargano is at 4,307.
The top six are Sharon’s T.J. Phillips (6,241), Marko Jackson (5,223), who attended Sharon and Glen Mills, Greenville’s Joe Korcinsky (5,197), Sharon’s Mike Archie (5,136), Sharpsville’s Justin Napotnik (4,600) and Reynolds’ Ron Park (4,537).
´´ While the WM defense will have to pay attention to that KC duo, the Big Red offense is very well-balanced.
Senior QB Kolten Hoffman is 100-of-157 for 1,706 yards. He has thrown 17 TD passes and 5 picks. He also leads the team in rushing with 512 yards on 101 carries with 17 TDs.
Besides Hoffman’s great numbers, WM head coach Brian Hoffman distributes the ball well. In rushing, Josh Brown has 73 carries for 538 yards, Lucas Allen has 70 totes for 500 yards and Steve Andrusky has compiled 497 yards on 91 carries.
In passing, the numbers are Allen (27-512), Brown (26-510) and Tyler Barris (20-338).
ä In D-10, Hoffman only trails Warren’s Jeff Eaton in passing yards. Eaton threw for 1,835 yards before the Dragons were ousted by Strong Vincent, 48-0, Saturday night in the D-10 Class AAA semis at Veterans Stadium, Erie.
Strong Vincent faces General McLane Friday in the D-10 title game. GM beat ESV for the crown last season. In the past 4 seasons, Vincent has won 3-of-4 championships.
´´ General McLane advanced by posting a 14-7 overtime win against Titusville at McDowell High on Saturday.
Making only his second start at QB, McLane’s Bobby Stauffer threw a 10-yard TD pass to tight end Shawn Walker. McLane’s defense then held the Rockets scoreless for the win.
Stauffer has filled in for starter Drew Astorino, who cut his hand in a week 9 contest against Meadville.
ä Wilmington High junior Chris Burns surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark on Saturday night with the Greyhounds’ 35-8 win over Corry at SRU.
Burns entered the game with 921 yards and ran for 85. His 2006 rushing numbers are 118 carries for 1,006 yards and 18 TDs.
ä Mercyhurst Prep’s 39-0 victory over Lakeview on Friday at Harbor Creek High’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium was the school’s first-ever playoff win.
The Lakers have improved to 11-0 this season from 2003 when they went 0-10.
I can vividly recall that 2003 year for Prep because I remember doing research for their week 4 game against Kennedy Catholic. I remember that Prep had been outscored something like 130-6 to that point — and then a freshman named Ross Gargano exploded for 239 yards in KC’s 40-12 win.
ä Cathedral Prep (10-1) won their 2nd straight D-10 Class AAAA crown on Friday with a 35-14 decision over McDowell at The Vet in Erie.
ä Curwensville’s Nick Sipes set District 9’s all-time TD mark in their 35-12 win over Ridgway at Curwensville’s Riverside Stadium on Friday.
He scored a trio in the Ridgway game to give him 81 career TDs. He surpassed Clearfield’s Dave Richards (80), who graduated in 2002.
Sipes is one of 41 players in state history to surpass 5,000 career rushing yards. He stands at 5,716.
By Rob Malsom