Brandon Beader

Hickory's Brandon Beader poses with a plaque he received for reaching 1,000 career points during Thursday's game against George Junior Republic.

HERMITAGE – Winning is always good; winning a region game, even better.

But Thursday night at Hickory High, no one was bigger or better than Brandon Beader.

Beader bucketed a game-high 22 points, and in so doing surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau as the host Hornets harvested a 99-75 District 10 Region 5A win.

Beader became the 11th male player in Hickory High hoops history to annex the milestone when he scored with 2:05 remaining in the 3rd quarter. He now has 1,002 points for his standout scholastic career.

“It’s awesome to finally get to the point I’m at, all my hard work finally paying off. But it’s great to see where our team has come from the past few years. We’ve really stepped it up this year,” Beader related. “I’m just proud of this team, ‘cause I wouldn’t be able to do this without my teammates.”

At The Hive, Beader shared his moment with his coaches and teammates, was presented a plaque by Principal Chris Gill, then made a point of acknowledging his mother.

“I’m super-close with my mom (Kimberly). She does everything for me, and I can’t thank her enough for this,” Beader said.

En route to the wire-to-wire win, Hickory harvested leads of 24-19, 51-36 and 80-55 at the conclusion of each quarter. Frosh guard Matt Cannone connected on a triple at the buzzer.

The Stingers’ stat sheet was overflowing like a Christmas stocking hanging from the mantle. In addition to Beader (also 5 rebounds), Peyton Mele mustered 20 markers, Donald Whitehead went for 14 points, Jon Walsh handed out a dozen assists and lent 11 points, and Jaylen Jarvie jolted the home crowd with a pair of athletic dunks and added 9 points despite some 1st-half personal-foul problems.

“We’re a pretty good offensive, team,” understated 1st-year Hornets’ Head Coach Chris Mele. “We have a lot of talent there, on offense, and especially the first half we were really zipping the ball around, movin’ it, distributing it.

“We knew Brandon needed 20 points (for 1,000), and we loved for him to get it at home – it was nice that it happened. But we really focused on trying to keep that in the back of our minds and share the ball, and that stuff (milestones) will take care of itself,” Coach Mele continued.

“We played really, really well offensively,” Mele said regarding the 37-for-58 shooting performance by Hickory (1-0, 4-1), which was the result of 23 assists. Hickory had only 7 turnovers and converted 22 of 29 free-throw attempts.

“Brandon, I’ll tell you what,” Mele began. “He’s got all those points, obviously. He’s been playin’ since he was a freshman. But this year he’s been playin’ so hard defensively. He has probably taken seven or eight charges, and he had one (Thursday) night. 

“I’m most proud of his defensive effort and his leadership that he’s given this team. It’s gonna take us a long way, hopefully.”

George Junior Republic (0-1, 2-4) put up some impressive numbers, also.

The Tigers of taskmaster Pat Devine were led by Dashawn Robinson’s 20 points and 8 rebounds; Leonard Lawrence, who lent 14 points, tossing in a trio of treys during the 2nd stanza, and Zayyan Saunders’ 13 points and 6 caroms. Also, Stephon Thomas tallied a half-dozen assists. 

GJR connected on 31 of 61 floor shots, but got to the line just 8 times, sinking 7. The Tigers turned it over 20 times.

“Offensively, I think we can play with anybody; defensively, that’s a different story,” mentor Mele mused. “We’re just no where near where we need to be defensively. We’ve gotta really work on that, and that’s gonna be our emphasis these next couple weeks, that’s for sure.”

To that point, Beader, not boastfully, just matter-of-factly, said, “Get (the personal milestone) out of the way, so we can focus on bigger things to come. ... We have more to come; lookin’ forward to the future.”

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In other action on Thursday night:

GIRLS HOOPS

• West Middlesex 61, Greenville 31 – At West Middlesex, senior Delaney Dogan, who recently signed with Gannon University, reached 1,000 career points as the Ms. Reds (5-1) handed the Trojans (4-1) their first loss this season in a non-region clash.

Dogan entered the game with 975 points and hit 1,000 by firing in 25. She also dished out 8 assists.

Also for WM, Makennah White had an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double and Mackenzie MacKay added 13 points.

Nina Cano scored 15 to lead Greenville and Ellie Kalchthaler contributed 8 points.

• Sharon 49, Jamestown 25 – At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, Coach Kevin Washington’s Lady Tigers improved to 2-3 with the non-region win over the Lady Muskies (0-5).

Ayanna Harrison scored 14 to lead Sharon, Alaina Williams bucketed a dozen points and Mariana Harris added 10 markers.

Bailey Prell paced Jamestown with 12 points and Camille McClimans had 8.

• Harbor Creek 58, Hickory 36 – At Harborcreek, the Region 6 Lady Huskies (3-1) jumped out to a 24-7 lead after 8 minutes of play and went on to beat the Region 5 Lady Hornets (5-2).

Ali Benim rifled in 6 treys en route to 22 points to lead Harbor Creek and Jenna Babay sank a trio of treys and finished with 17 points.

Hannah Crow and Hannah Aikins led the way for Hickory. Crow scored 17 and Aikins bucketed 8.

• Lakeview 47, Commodore Perry 41 – At Stoneboro, the Lady Sailors (1-6) picked up their first win of the season with a 6-point non-region victory over CP (2-3).

Jensen Troy buried 4 three-pointers en route to 17 points to lead Lakeview. Also, Mikayla Womer was 9-of-11 from the charity stripe and finished with 13 points for the Sailors and Morgan Gander added 11 points (3 treys).

Kate Wilkosz had a game-high 18 points for Commodore Perry, Brooke Shrock scored 11 and Kate Hildebran contributed 8 points.

• Slippery Rock 54, Deer Lakes 41 – At Cheswick, Pa., the visiting Lady Rockets rolled.

Hallie Raabe rifled in 13 points and Macy McCall and Emma McDermott evenly divided 24 additional points to lead Slippery Rock (5-1). Slippery Rock recorded 9 buckets from beyond the 3-point arc. Both Anna Kadlubek and McDermott mustered a trio of triples.

No stats were submitted for Deer Lakes (1-5). 

WRESTLING

• Slippery Rock 45, Sharon 24 – At Tiger Gymnasium, the Rockets won 8 of the 14 matches to beat the Tigers (0-4).

Destan Hoover (113), Nick Aryes (120), Ian Heitzenrater (132), Mike Doerfinger (145), Vito Pelosi (170), Caleb Kamerer (182) and Elijah Hilliard (195) all won by fall for Slippery Rock.

DeAndre Young earned a fall for Sharon at 160 while Sully Allen (152) and Robert Hupp (285) won by decision for the Tigers.

• Grove City 41, West Middlesex 24 – At Grove City, the Eagles improved to 4-5 with the win over the Big Reds.

Daiveon Say (145), Nate Henriquez (152), Tyler Greer (170) and Cole Forrester (285) won by fall for the Eagles. 

Justin O’Neil (113), Connor Haddon (126), Shane Slicker (182) and Anthony Gioan (220) picked up pins for WM.

The match had 3 double forfeits and 3 matches forfeited to GC.

• Sharpsville 38, Franklin 31 – At “The Castle” in Franklin, the Blue Devils posted an impressive win over the Knights.

Alex Walker picked up a fall for Sharpsville at 120 pounds while Ryan Whalen earned a tech fall over Franklin’s Harley Chatley at 145. Also for the Blue Devils, Austin McFeater (132) won via decision at 138.

Matt Vincent (113), Dawson Jones (182) and Holden Cook (195) posted falls for Franklin, which forfeited 3 matches to Sharpsville.

• Reynolds 55, Hickory 12 – At Transfer, the Raiders rolled past the Hornets.

Adam Wilcox (113), Rocco Bartolo (132) and Cole Matthews (145) collected falls for Reynolds while Hunter Michaels (152), Hunter Thompson (160), Cole Toy (170) and Wyatt Owen (285) all won by major decision.

For Hickory, Skylar Collins earned fall at 220 pounds and Aidan Thompson (138) and Nate Marchand (182) won by decision.

• Mercer 44, Lakeview 26 – At Mercer, Brad Filer (138) and Logan Connor (182) won by major decision to lead the Mustangs past Lakeview.

Also for the Mustangs, Mason Hesselgesser (195) and Carson Filer (120) won their matches by decision. 

Ryan O’Polka (126), Tyler Zebrovious (220) and Max Wills (285) won by fall for Lakeview. The Sailors forfeited 5 matches to Mercer.

• Commodore Perry 39, Jamestown 39 – At Sheakleyville, the Panthers won a thriller over the Muskies. CP was awarded the win by tiebreaker.

Jonny Rodgers (132), Brennan McTighe (145), Gage Musser (160) and Evan Hamilton (170) recorded falls for the Panthers. Keegan McCaan (152) won his match by decision.

Chase McLaughlin (106), Ashtin Conn (182), Khalil Messai (195) and Zachary (220) and Mitchell (285) Nesevich had pins for the Muskies.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

GJR               19  17  19  20  75

HICKORY        24  27  29  19  99

GEORGE JUNIOR REPUBLIC — Robinson 8-3-3-20, Lawrence 5-1-2-14, Saunders 6-1-1-13, Jewitt 4-0-0-9, Gibbs 2-0-0-4, Primus 1-0-0-2, Francis 2-2-2-6, Thomas 3-0-0-7. 3-pt. goals: Lawrence 3, Robinson 1, Jewitt 1, Thomas 1. Totals; 31-878-9-75.  

HICKORY — Walsh 5-1-1-11, Mele 6-6-6-20, Beader 9-4-6-22, Whitehead 6-1-2-14, Jarvie 3-2-3-9, Filardi 2-0-0-4, Duncan 2-0-0-4, Shannonhouse-Blackwell 2-3-4-7, Wallace 0-1-2-1, Iacino 0-2-2-2, Trontel 0-0-0-0, Phillips 1-0-0-2, Cannone 1-0-0-3. 3-pt. goals: Mele 1, Whitehead 1, Cannone 1. Totals: 37-22-29-99.

JV: GJR, 49-43. Oliver Francis 17, Stephon Thomas 13 for GJR: Rocco Iacino 14, Michael Filardi 12 for Hickory.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

GREENVILLE      8    2    8  13  31

MIDDLESEX      18  18  22  3   61

GREENVILLE — Kalchthaler 4-0-0-8, Swartz 2-0-1-4, Pennington 0-2-5-2, Cano 6-3-7-15, Hawthorne 1-0-0-2, Batt 0-0-0-0, Emmett 0-0-0-0. Totals: 13-5-13-31.

WEST MIDDLESEX — MacKay 4-5-7-13, White 7-4-7-18, Rupert 1-0-0-2, Mild 1-0-0-2, Bruner 0-1-2-1, Dogan 6-13-17-25, Franks 0-0-0-0, Whelan 0-0-0-0. Totals: 19-23-33-61.

JV: WM, 30-24. Olivia Franks 10 for WM. Isabel Serrano 10 for Greenville.

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SHARON           13  15  15  6  49

JAMESTOWN       7   9    7   2  25

SHARON — Smith 1-0-0-2, Sellers 2-0-0-4, El. Williams 0-1-4-1, Knight 0-0-0-0, Murphy 2-0-1-4, Al. Williams 4-2-2-12, Harris 5-0-2-10, Harrison 5-4-10-14, Kimble 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Al. Williams 2. Totals: 20-7-21-49.

JAMESTOWN — Messai 1-0-0-2, Keener 0-0-0-0, Stewart 0-1-2-1, McClimans 4-0-8-8, Durniok 1-0-0-2, Schafer 0-0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-0-0, Nolan 0-0-0-0, Prell 4-4-9-12. Totals: 10-5-19-25.

JV: Sharon, 45-15. Jaysina Sellers 15 for Sharon.

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HICKORY               7    9   3   17  36

HARBOR CREEK  24  12  16  6  58

HICKORY — Crow 8-0-0-17, White 2-1-3-5, Davis 1-0-2-2, Aikins 2-3-10-8, Daniels 1-1-2-3, Cataloni 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goals: Crow 1, AIkins 1. Totals: 14-6-19-36.

HARBOR CREEK — Babay 8-0-0-19, Benim 8-0-0-22, Soles 0-1-2-0, Prokopchak 1-0-0-2, McLaughlin 1-0-0-2, Baker 4-0-0-8, Cass 1-0-0-2, Born 0-2-2-2. 3-pt. goals: Benim 6, Babay 3. Totals: 23-3-4-58.

JV: No score reported.

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COMM. PERRY  12   8   11  10  41

LAKEVIEW        11  12  15  9   47

COMMODORE PERRY — Wilkosz 6-6-11-18, Shrock 4-2-4-11, Hildebran 3-1-4-8, McCann 1-1-2-3, Clevenger 0-1-2-1, Harper 0-0-0-0, Hause 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Shrock 1, Hildebran 1. Totals: 14-11-23-41.

LAKEVIEW — Troy 5-3-4-17, Womer 2-9-11-13, Gander 4-0-0-11, Arbogast 2-2-4-6, Drozynski 0-0-0-0, Williams 0-0-0-0, Rose 0-0-0-0, Reed 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Troy 4, Gander 3. Totals: 13-14-19-47.

JV: Lakeview, 32-10.

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SLIPP. ROCK     19  10  19  6  54

DEER LAKES     18   6   10  9  41

SLIPPERY ROCK — Raabe 4-4-4-13, Heitzenrater 0-0-0-0, McCall 3-5-9-12, Kadlubek 4-0-2-9, McDermott 4-1-2-12, Ackerman 3-1-3-8. 3-pt. goals: Kadlubek 3, McDermott 3, Raabe 1, McCall 1, Ackerman 1. Totals: 17-11-20-54.

DEER LAKES — No stats reported.

JV: No score reported.

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