Doyle

Sharpsville's Jackson Doyle fires a pass to a teammate in a game against Fairview during last season's District 10 playoffs. Doyle and Ryan Ladjevich both scored 25 points on Thursday in the Blue Devils' 74-41 win over Sharon.

SHARON – For a team playing its season-opener in mid-January, Sharpsville was startlingly successful.

Led by the senior backcourt of Jackson Doyle and Ryan Ladjevich, the Blue Devils dominated from the outset en route to a 74-41 Region 4 rout of Sharon.

Ladjevich and Doyle divided 50 points, combining to connect on 18 of 26 floor shots, including 9 treys.

Third-year Sharpsville skipper Matt Durisko was disappointed by what the COVID-19 pandemic has cost his club in lost court-time during the last 9 months; however his Sharpsville squad seems intent on making up for lost time.

“We had an underclassmen tournament that was gonna be absolutely ‘stacked’; unfortunately with everything that happened, we didn’t get that. They didn’t get an AAU season – they were on some pretty good AAU teams. We didn’t have a summer league like we thought we would. Things kind’ve got all jumbled up. But they continued, day in and day out, to find a way to put their work in, and it showed,” Durisko related.

“It was going to be interesting (Thurs)day to see how everything ran through them, being our two senior leaders. But they took good shots, they moved the ball ... (the Blue Devils) are a tough match-up. We’ve got guards that can move, we got ‘bigs’ that can fly, and it was really good to see in our first game,” summarized Durisko.

The Blue Devils drained 21 of 30 first-half field-goal attempts, with Doyle and Ladjevich launching 8 treys en route to a collective 14-for-17 performance. After one of the host Tigers’ 9 first-half turnovers on a break-out the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Ladjevich – left-handed – threw down a thunderous dunk.

“Ryan Ladjevich ... I don’t know what to say,” Durisko admitted. “He re-tooled his shot, he put on 20 pounds of muscle. He was just incredible! Jackson Doyle is quick as lightning, can shoot the ball ...”

Ultimately Sharpsville shot 28 for 52 from the floor (53.8%), led by Ladjevich (10 for 14) and Doyle (8 for 12). The Blue Devils made only 6 miscues – 1 in the 1st half.

To Durisko’s point, his talented tandem is complemented by a cast that included James Thomas (7 points, game-high 9 rebounds), Mack Staunch 8 points, including a pair of high-low feeds to Thomas), and unselfish Danny Henwood (4 assists, 5 rebounds).

Sharon (1-1, 1-3) shot 15 for 35 from the field and converted 7 of 8 freebies; however the Tigers’ 15 turnovers – 9 during the 1st half as Sharpsville surged to a 56-25 margin at intermission – were costly. Shawn Hill hit for 13 points and dished out a handful of dimes for Sharon, while Brayden Coxson collected contributed 9 points.

Durisko, despite the fine 1st-half performance, admitted, “There’s definitely some things I wanna see get cleaned up. We’ve gotta get better defensively. Even in the ... second quarter we let up a bit. I don’t know if it was due to fatigue. Coach (Zach) Sarver runs some nice stuff, and we weren’t jumpin’ the cutters like we teach and we had a little bit of a letdown. We can’t have that, goin’ forward. We’ve got too many good teams in the region, and we’ve gotta be ready to play every night.

‘If we play within ourselves night in and night out, I think we can do very well,” Durisko continued, cautioning, “but there’s too many good teams in the region to overlook. If we do that, it’s gonna come back and bite us.

“So we’ve gotta be able to play within ourselves, for each other. At the end of the day it’s basketball – you’ve gotta have fun.”

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Also Thursday:

BOYS BASKETBALL

• Hickory 64, Grove City 57 – At Grove City, Peyton Mele fired in 20 points and Connor Evans scored 19 and grabbed 8 rebounds as the Hornets (1-0, 1-0) and Eagles (0-1, 0-1) met in a Region 4 season-opener.

Joe Fazzone had 10 points and 5 rebounds for Hickory, Aidan Enoch added 7 points and Matt Cannone contributed 5 assists and 3 steals.

Hickory beat Grove City for the District 10 Class 4A championship last year and the two teams were scheduled to meet again in the PIAA playoffs before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world.

Michael Brooks led Grove City with 15 points, Dylan Stull scored a dozen, Sam Norris 10, Ben Knause tallied 9 points and Luke Hostetler 8.

• West Middlesex 71, Mercer 47 – At West Middlesex, the Big Reds trailed 25-21 at halftime but came out on fire in the 3rd quarter and outscored the Mustangs 34-12 as Coach Chris Visgitis picked up his first win after taking over the program from longtime Coach Chad Mild.

West Middlesex (1-0, 1-0) drained 6 of its 9 three-pointers in that 3rd quarter in their season, and Region 1, opener.

Richie Preston and Hunter Smith led WM with 14 points each. Preston also had 11 rebounds for a double-double. 

Chris Smith added 9 points and 9 rebounds for the Reds, Luke Atterholt contributed 8 points and 5 boards and Noah Greenburg added 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

Mercer (1-1, 1-1), which was coming off an impressive win over Farrell, was led by Jake Mattocks’ 15 points, 11 from Sam Ellison and 10 points from Nathan Haines.

• Kennedy Catholic 73, Commodore Perry 18 – At Sheakleyville, the Golden Eagles (2-0, 2-1) led 22-4 after 8 minutes of play and rolled to the Region 1 win.

Sky’Ler Thomas rifled in 29 points to lead KC, Elijah Harden and Da’Juan Young scored 11 each and Malik Lampkins-Rudolph and Malachi Owens chipped in 6 points each.

Jacob Castona was the leading scorer for Commodore Perry (0-2, 0-2) with 5 points and Christian Saxe added 4 points.

• Farrell 68, Jamestown 39 – At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium the host Steelers stormed to a 35-15 halftime lead, the coasted during the 2nd half of the Region 1 affair.

Denzel Driver drilled a career-best 21 points for Farrel (1-1, 1-1), while Omar Stewart scored 11 and Christian Hartley hit another 11, while Lamont Samuels scored 10 for Steelers’ skipper Bobby Stewart. 

Jamestown (0-2, 1-2) was paced by Peyton McElhinny’s 10 markers.

The teams combined to convert 22 of 43 free-throw attempts.

• Franklin 73, Wilmington 27 – At New Wilmington, the visiting Knights notched the Region 4 road win as Franklin forged a 41-11 margin at intermission.

Luke Guth and Hayden Adams annexed 17 points apiece and Easton Fuller fired in 10 for Franklin. Beyond the arc, Adams scored 4 buckets.

For Wilmington (0-2, 0-3), Ethan Susen, Braxton Shimrack and Mason Reed evenly divided 21 points.

GIRLS HOOPS

• Grove City 44, Franklin 25 – At “The Castle” in Franklin, Coach Chris Burtch’s defending District 10 Class 5A champion Lady Eagles (1-0, 1-0) opened the season with the Region 5 win over the Knights.

Becca Santom led the way for GC with 19 points, Clara Hannon scored 13 and Hannah Reiber sank a pair of treys for 6 points.

Estella Adams had 7 points for Franklin and Camdon Bashor added 6 markers.

• Crestview 37, Brookfield 28 – At Crestview, the Rebels handed the Lady Warriors (2-1, 5-1) their 1st loss of the season in a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference clash.

Krista Perry led the way for Crestview with 10 points.

Sophie Hook fired in a game-high 17 points for Brookfield and had 4 steals. Also, Audrey Reardon dished out 4 assists and Katie Logan grabbed 8 rebounds.

SWIMMING

At Sharon, the host Tigers tumbled, 72-66, as did the Lady Tigers, 108-49, to perennial power Grove City.

Sharon boys’ winners included: 200 medley relay (Cattron, Auchter, Cattron, Chartraw); Mark Cattron, 200 and 500 freestyle; Jake Cattron, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke; Ty Chartraw, 50 and 100 freestyle; 200 free-relay (Cattron, Kirsch, Chartraw, Cattron), and Gabe Kirsch ended as runner-up in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle.

Sharon’s girls’ winners were: Ella Labbiento, 200 and 500 freestyle; Ava McLaughlin, 200 IM and 100 butterfly, and Abby Douglas, 100 ‘free, while the 200 free-relay team (Douglas, Labbiento, Medvec, McLaughlin) ended as runners-up.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

SHARPSVILLE    28  28  12  6  74

SHARON          10  15   9   7  41

SHARPSVILLE – Doyle 8-4-4-25, Ladjevich 10-1-1-25, Thomas 3-1-4-7, Staunch 3-1-1-8, Henwood 1-0-0-2, Frye 1-0-0-2, Ramsey 2-0-0-5, Hurl 0-0-0-0, Levis 0-0-0-0, Trontel 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Doyle 5, Ladjevich 4, Ramsey 1, Staunch 1. Totals: 28-7-10-74. 

SHARON – Coxson 3-3-4-9, Justice 0-0-0-0, Porterfield 3-0-0-6, Hill 4-2-2-13, Nixon 2-2-2-6, Wilder 2-0-0-5, Hoffman 0-0-0-0, Hacker 0-0-0-0, Piccirilli 0-0-0-0, Austin 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Hill 3, Wilder 1. Totals: 15-7-8-41.

JV: Sharpsville, 62-32. Collin Trontel 15 points, Elijah Hurl 11 for Sharpsville; Javo Brodie 12 for Sharon.

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HICKORY        16  17  12  19  64

GROVE CITY     9   16  17  15  57

HICKORY – Mele 6-6-8-20, Cannone 2-1-2-6, Enoch 1-4-4-7, Evangelista 0-0-0-0, Hudson 0-0-0-0, Boal 0-0-0-0, Fazzone 3-4-6-10, Djakovich 0-0-0-0, Pryts 1-0-0-2, Evans 6-7-14-19. 3-pt. goals: Mele 2, Cannone 1, Enoch 1. Totals: 19-22-34-64.

GROVE CITY – Criss 0-0-0-0, Stull 5-0-0-12, Lutz 0-1-4-1, Hostetler 2-3-5-8, Norris 4-1-1-10, Brooks 4-4-4-15, Knause 2-5-8-9, Pereira 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Brooks 3, Stull 2, Hostetler 1, Norris 1. Totals: 18-14-22-57.

JV: No score reported.

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MERCER        13  12  12  10  47

MIDDLESEX     8   13  34  16  71

MERCER – Ellison 5-1-3-11, Co. Grossman 0-0-0-0, Ferrans 1-0-0-2, J. Mattocks 7-1-4-15, Haines 3-4-4-10, Pugh 4-1-8-9. Totals: 20-7-19-47.

WEST MIDDLESEX – Rea 3-0-0-7, Rococi 3-0-1-7, C. Smith 2-4-8-9, Preston 5-1-1-14, Atterholt 4-0-1-8, H. Smith 5-3-5-14, Shrawder 1-0-0-3, Greenburg 3-0-0-7, Shick 1-0-0-2, Mild 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Preston 3, Rea 1, Rococi 1, C. Smith 1, H. Smith 1, Shrawder 1, Greenburg 1. Totals: 18-9-8-16-71.

JV: WM, 56-39. Gio Rococi 17 points, Luke Mild 11 for WM. Ch. Grossman 12, Guiler 10 for Mercer.

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KENNEDY       22  27  14  10  73

COMM. PERRY  4   9    5   0   18

KENNEDY CATHOLIC – Thomas 12-2-4-29, Harden 4-0-2-11, Young 4-3-4-11, Lampkins-Rudolph 3-0-3-6, Owens 2-2-2-6, Wade 2-0-0-4, Campbell 1-0-0-2, Hart 1-0-0-2, Magestro 1-0-0-2, Churlik 0-0-0-0, Gwen 0-0-0-0, Ondo 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Thomas 3, Harden 3. Totals: 30-7-15-73.

COMMODORE PERRY – Castona 1-2-2-5, Saxe 2-0-0-4, Cropp 1-0-0-3, Jones 1-0-0-2, Waid 1-0-1-2, Dr. Yeagley 1-0-0-2, Stringert 0-0-0-0, Thomas 0-0-0-0, Dw. Yeagley 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Castona 1, Cropp 1. Totals: 7-2-3-18.

JV: No score reported.

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JAMESTOWN   13   2   12  12  39

FARRELL        16  19  14  19  68

JAMESTOWN – Parks 1-5-97, Hill 2-0-0-7, S.McElhinny 2-0-0-4, P.McElhinny 3-4-4-10, Keyser 2-3-5-7, Ford 0-0-0-, Popielarcheck 1-0-2-2. 3-pt. goals: Hill 2, Totals: 12-13-22-39. 

FARRELL –  Driver 7-7-14-21, Butler 3-0-2-6, Stewart 5-1-2-11, Hartley 4-1-2-11, Scarbrough 0-0-0-0, Satterwhite 1-0-2-2, T.Holden 3-0-0-6, J.Holden 0-0-0-0, Samuels 5-0-0-10. 3-pt. goals: Hartley 2. Totals: 29-9-21-68.

JV: No score reported.

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FRANKLIN     19  22  15  17 — 73

WILMINGTON  1  10   6   10 — 27

FRANKLIN – C.Adams 2-2-2-6, Smith 3-0-0-6, Buckley 0-6-6-6, Fulmer 3-4-4-10, Guth 7-3-4-17, H.Adams 6-1-2-17, Leccia 1-0-0-2, McCracken 0-0-0-0, Curry 2-2-2-7. 3-pt. goals: H.Adams 4, Curry 1. Totals: 24-18-20-73 

WILMINGTON – A.Reed 0-0-0-0, Edwards 1-0-0-2, Susen 3-1-4-7, Shimrack 2-2-2-7, Hess 1-0-0-2, M.Reed 2-2-6-7, Phanco 1-0-2-2. 3-pt. goals: Shimrack 1, M.Reed 1. Totals: 10-5-14-27.

JV: Not reported.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

GROVE CITY     9  13  10  12  44

FRANKLIN        4   7   9    5   25

GROVE CITY – Hannon 6-0-0-13, Como 2-0-0-4, Lewis 0-0-0-0, Hammel 0-0-0-0, Wise 0-0-0-0, Perample 1-0-0-2, B. Santom 6-7-8-19, E. Santom 0-0-0-0, Callahan 0-0-0-0, White 0-0-0-0, Reiber 2-0-0-6. 3-pt. goals: Reiber 2, Hannon 1. Totals: 17-7-8-44.

FRANKLIN – Bashor 1-4-6-6, Billingsley 2-0-0-4, Hartle 0-0-0-0, Phipps 2-0-0-4, Adams 3-0-0-7, Dutz 0-0-1-0, Ekis 1-0-0-2, Wimer 0-2-2-2. 3-pt. goal: Adams 1. Totals: 9-6-9-25.

JV: No score reported.

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BROOKFIELD      6  6   6  10  28

CRESTVIEW       8  10  8  11  37

BROOKFIELD – Wellman 0-0-1-0, Reardon 2-0-0-5, Logan 2-0-2-4, Hook 4-8-12-17, Gibson 0-0-0-0, Mi. Jumper 0-0-0-0, DeJoy 0-2-2-2, Sirochman 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Reardon 1, Hook 1. Totals: 8-10-17-28.

CRESTVIEW – Hill 2-0-1-4, Halas 1-1-2-3, Moore 1-0-0-2, Bandy 1-2-3-4, Perry 4-1-3-10, Huff 3-0-0-6, Miller 1-3-4-5, Hughes 1-0-0-3. 3-pt. goals: Perry 1, Hughes 1. Totals: 14-7-13-37.

JV: No score reported.

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