Mercer High Athletic Hall of Fame

The 18th class of inductees into the Mercer High Athletic Hall of Fame was honored during a recent ceremony. Left to right: Lori Mathieson, representing her late husband Dennis Mathieson (class of 1967), Shelah (Bolyard) Guenther (class of 2003) and Steve Forrester (class of 1988). Mathieson was a standout in football and basketball, Guenther was a star in basketball, track and field and volleyball and Forrester was honored for cross country and track and field.

HERMITAGE – Less than a month out from the 2018 postseason, Hickory High boys basketball team began its playoff push this weekend.

Less than 24 hours removed from a Region 5 win at Franklin Friday night, the Hornets turned it around for a Saturday matinee at The Hive, easing past Morris (N.J.) Catholic, 72-50.

With Michael Filardi firing in a trio of treys, Hickory (10-2) harvested a 22-14 first-quarter lead and never trailed. The Hornets extended their edge to 41-29 by the break – Brandon Beader bucketed 6 of his game-high 18 points during the 2nd stanza – and 56-38 through 3 quarters, brokered by Beader’s 8 more.

Beader (18), Peyton Mele (13) and Filardi (11) were the Hornets’ double-figure scorers, Jon Walsh and Donald Whitehead handed out 4 assists apiece, and Jaylen Jarvie snared 7 rebounds. Hickory hit on half of its 52 floor shots, assisting on 14 of those fielders.

“I was a little bit worried about our legs, not even 24 hours after playing a game, but we had some good energy,” assessed Hickory Head Coach Chris Mele. “This team (Morris Catholic) came out, they were pretty hot to start, but our guys dug in defensively and played well.

“(Saturday), I thought we really shared the basketball very well offensively, and that was a key for us,” Coach Mele mused. “We moved the ball several times and we started hitting some ‘knock-down’ shots, and we had two end-of-quarter possessions ... where we had the last shot, we worked it, and got two good ‘looks’ and completions.”

Filardi finished 4 for 6 from the field, and made an immediate impact. His second triple hoisted Hickory to its first lead (17-14) with 67 ticks to play in the 1st frame. Peyton Mele mustered another trio of treys, converting 5 of 8 attempts, while Beader bucketed a team-high 7 of 9 shots.

Morris Catholic (7-5) is a Class B Parochial school (coed, including approximately 425 students) and a member of the Northwest Conference. The Crusaders’ 14-player roster includes 9 juniors.

“Inexperienced, in terms of varsity basketball; a lot of juniors who’d never played a varsity minute. We had only two players that played (prior to this year). We’re inexperienced, but we’re learning,” assessed Crusaders’ Coach David Grande. “This was a great learning experience, coming here.

“We’re in a conference with all public schools,” Grande continued. “We play in the same Group with Parochial A and Parochial B – Saint Anthony’s was in when it was still open ... Hudson Catholic ... so, some big programs. We don’t schedule them ... but we run into them when we get to the state tournament.

“We’re looking for schools like (Hickory) that we can play, somebody we can at least compete with on some level as we build (the program) up.” 

Junior Jaylen Davis’ 14 points and 7 rebounds, junior Kyle Taylor’s 13 tallies, and senior Kamari Scott’s 10 points paced Morris Catholic. Scott also dished out a half-dozen assists.

The Crusaders connected on only 20 of 55 floor shots and – to Grande’s point – committed 21 miscues, including 9 during the 2nd stanza – 4 on consecutive trips down the floor.

Hickory has its sights set on the season’s second half ... any beyond.

“We’re halfway through the season – game-wise. We have a lot of games this last stretch, so it’s gonna be important to stay rested as much as we can. But if we play as hard as we can, we’ll be okay,” Coach Mele said. “It’s a great region, that’s why (Friday) night our win was so big. 

“ ... If you get one on the road in this (region), you’re doing well,” Coach Mele continued. “There’s five teams that can win on every, single night. You go up to Oil City, you’re gonna play a tough game up there ... you go to George Junior, you’re gonna play a tough game there ... we know about the Franklins and the Grove Citys and the Sharons of the world ... and then you’ve got Farrell, with Kyi Wright back on the team; they’re starting to make some noise.

“So each and every night, it’s a good battle,” Mele concluded.

Hickory returns to action on Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. game at George Junior Republic.

In other action:


• Sharpsville 62, Mercer 44 – At Mercer, Ricky Ladjevich rifled in 31 points to lead the Blue Devils (2-5, 6-6) past the Mustangs (0-7, 5-8) in the Region 2 encounter.

Also for Sharpsville, Tylon Eilam had 3 treys en route to 11 points and Max Messett added 8 points.

Josh Bretz led Mercer with 15 points, Jimmy Amon scored 13 and Dan Scheidhauer bucketed 9.

• Wilmington 66, Reynolds 38 – At Transfer, the Hounds moved to 5-2 in Region 2 and 7-7 overall with the win over the Raiders (1-6, 2-12).

Stats were not reported to The Herald by deadline.


• Hickory 39, Girard 38 (OT) – At Girard, the Lady Hornets (6-0, 10-3) captured a thrilling Region 5 win over the Yellowjackets (3-3, 9-4).

Hickory trailed 19-11 early in the 2nd quarter, but battled back to tie the game at 32-all with 1 minute left in regulation. Girard hit a trey to go up 35-32, but the Hornets’ Carly Brest buried one of her 3 treys of the day to send the game to overtime tied at 35-all.

Hickory gave up a 3-pointer early to start the extra session – the only basket Girard would score in OT. Girard ended up missing 3 foul shots and the Hornets’ Carly Roesch banked in a 12-foot, off-balanced shot at the buzzer for the 39-38 win.

Brest led Hickory with 13 points, Roesch had 9 and Jess White 7. 

Andi Stuart scored 11 for Girard, which was coming off a 32-22 win over Grove City on Friday, and Nicole Buckman scored 10.

“It was a battle all day long,” said Hickory Coach Matt Fabian. “We just battled and eaked it out. Girard is such a tough place to play. Coach (Larry) Seneta does an amazing job, there’s a reason he has 800 wins. My girls played to the last second. That’s all I can ask for.

“We are 6-0 in the region now and just have to focus our efforts on the second half of the season. Our goal is the region title. It was a good win. Now we focus on Monday’s game against Grove City. We can’t look back. We got to look forward.”

• Sharon 50, Mercer 29 – At Sharon, Coach Kevin Washington’s Lady Tigers improved to 6-8 with the non-region win over Mercer (2-11).

Jaysina Sellers and Ayanna Harrison had 15 points each to lead Sharon while Mariana Harris had a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double.

Also for Sharon, Thoniece Ripley and Lexie Knight had 10 rebounds each.

Darby Miller and Mackenzie Baker had 8 points each for Mercer.

• Brookfield 57, LaBrae 32 – At Brookfield, Bailey Drapola scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists in leading the Lady Warriors (6-1, 10-2) to the All-American Conference Blue Tier Division win over the Lady Vikings.

Also for Brookfield, Tori Sheehan scored 14 points, Rebecca Litz had 8 and Chloe Willrich 7.

Hannah Hill led LaBrae with 9 points and Paige Wilson scored 6.

• Seneca 44, Greenville 32 – At Greenville, the Lady Bobcats earned a non-region win over the Lady Trojans (10-3).

Seneca trailed 12-10 at the end of the opening quarter, but outscored Greenville 9-2 in the 2nd frame to take a 19-14 lead at halftime. The Bobcats outscored the Trojans 25-18 in the 2nd half.

Olivia Sonney fired in 19 points to lead Seneca while Jordan Klick and Vanessa Troutman had 8 points each.

Skylar Swartz led Greenville with 13 points and Andrea Emmett sank a trio of treys for 9 points.


North East Tourney

Sharon placed 5th out of 13 teams and 10 of 12 of its wrestlers placed on Saturday at the North East Tournament.

Sully Allen (152 pounds) led the way for the Tigers with a 2nd-place finish. Luke Gaston (145), D’Andre Young (160), Zach Dignall (220) and Tyshawn Root (285) earned 4th-place finishes.

Also, Nick Dignall (132), Zach Steines (170) and Aidan Buck (182) placed 5th and Cameron Bliss (113) and Aiman Kanaan (126) posted 6th-place finishes.

Mercer VFW


Greenville captured the team title (205.5 points) on Saturday at the 2-day Mercer VFW Tournament. Westmont Hilltop was 2nd (148.5), followed by Coudersport (135), Slippery Rock (128) and Meadville (119.5).

Mercer earned 109 points to finish 7th, behind Conneaut Area (115). Sharpsville was 10th (89.5), Commodore Perry placed 13th (79.5), Grove City was 15th (64) and West Middlesex placed 19th (51.5).

Greenville’s Aarron Gelvin (120), Brenden Calvin (195) and Jacob McMaster (220) captured individual titles. Gelvin decisioned Westmont Hilltop’s Derrick Christie, 3-2, Calvin won a 5-2 decision against Slippery Rock’s Elijah Hilliard and McMaster won by injury default over Connor Forrest of Hopewell.

Locals losing in the finals were Commodore Perry’s Zack Helstern (132), Mercer’s Brad Filer (138) and Bobby Gregory (285), Sharpsville’s Cameron Prebble (160) and Slippery Rock’s Mike Doerflinger (145) and Kaleb Kamerer (182).

Helstern lost to Northwestern’s Caiden Mooney (12-3), Coudersport’s Dustin Kudrick beat Filer (8-0), Valley’s Dave Schuffert decisioned Gregory (3-2), Prebble dropped a tough 3-2 loss to Julian Smith of Coudersport, Doerflinger lost 9-1 to Bradford’s Dillon Keane and Knoch’s Eric Green pinned Kamerer in 3:42.

Ultimate Duals

Coach Casey Taylor’s Reynolds High matmen went a perfect 5-0 on Saturday at the 22nd annual Ultimate Duals at Brookville High School.

Reynolds posted wins over Chestnut Ridge (45-19), South Fayette (66-2), Freedom (50-12), Burrell (48-13) and then capped the night with a 44-12 win over Brookville.



MORRIS         14  15   9   12  50

HICKORY        22  19  15  16  72

MORRIS CATHOLIC — Scott 4-2-2-10, Davis 5-3-6-14, Ewnike 3-0-1-6, Paradiso 1-0-0-2, Lattuga 0-1-2-1, Hegarty 0-0-0-0, Taylor 5-0-2-13, Beck 1-0-0-2, O’Hagan 1-2-3-4, Krotoff 0-0-0-0, Luttenberger 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Taylor 2, Davis 1. Totals: 20-8-16-50. 

HICKORY — Walsh 0-4-4-4, Whitehead 2-2-2-7, Beader 7-4-5-18, Mele 5-0-0-13, Jarvie 1-1-3-3, Shannonhouse-Blackwell 1-0-0-2, Iacino 1-0-0-2, Filardi 4-0-0-11, Duncan 1-0-1-2, Wallace 2-1-2-5, Trontel 0-0-0-0, Cannone 0-0-0-0, Phillips 1-2-2-4. 3-pt. goals: Mele 3, Filardi 3, Whitehead 1. Totals: 26-14-19-72.


SHARPSVILLE    22  14  9   17  62

MERCER          12   8  10  14  44

SHARPSVILLE — Messett 1-5-6-8, Fry 1-0-0-2, Brenneman 0-0-0-0, Flaherty 1-0-0-2, Ladjevich 10-9-9-31, Distler 0-0-0-0, McCall 0-0-0-0, Levis 2-0-0-4, Eilam 4-0-1-11, Doyle 0-0-0-0, Joseph 1-0-0-2, Hubbard 0-2-4-2. 3-pt. goals: Eilam 3, Ladjevich 2, Messett 1. Totals: 21-16-20-62.

MERCER — Amon 5-3-3-13, Bretz 5-5-8-15, Ryder 1-3-4-5, Baker 0-0-0-0, Shevitz 1-0-0-2, Scheidhauer 3-2-2-9, Previty 0-0-0-0, Howard 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Scheidhauer 1. Totals: 15-12-17-44.

JV: Sharpsville, 53-43. Brayden Fry 15, Jacob Distler 10 for Sharpsville. Borowicz 16, Ellison 13 for Mercer.




HICKORY         11  6  6  12  4  39

GIRARD          13  9  5   8   3  38

HICKORY — Crow 2-0-0-4, White 3-0-0-7, Roesch 3-3-4-9, Aikins 1-1-2-4, Brest 5-0-0-13, DeJulia 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Brest 3, White 1, Aikins 1. Totals: 15-4-6-39.

GIRARD — Miller 2-0-2-6, Stuart 5-0-0-11, Klemm 3-0-3-8, Bolt 1-0-3-3, Buckman 4-2-4-10. 3-pt. goals: Miller 2, Klemm 2, Stuart 1, Bolt 1. Totals: 15-2-12-38.

JV: Girard, 38-22.


MERCER          7  5   13   4   29

SHARON          8  11  15  16  50

MERCER — P. Miller 2-0-2-5, Grossman 2-0-0-4, D. Miller 3-2-5-8, Baker 3-0-0-8, Morneweck 0-0-0-0, Godfrey 1-0-0-2, Fedorchak 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Baker 2, P. Miller 1. Totals: 12-2-7-29.

SHARON — Sellers 4-6-8-15, Ripley 2-0-1-4, Knight 0-0-3-0, Murphy 1-2-2-4, Harris 4-1-2-10, Harrison 4-7-8-15, Kimble 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Sellers 1, Harris 1. Totals: 16-16-25-50.

JV: Sharon, 28-19. Jaysina Sellers 17 for Sharon.


LaBRAE             6  11  2  13  32

BROOKFIELD     17  16  20  4  57

LaBRAE — H. Reppart 1-0-0-2, Wilson 3-0-0-6, Huscroft 2-0-0-4, Hill 3-3-4-9, Burnett 0-1-2-1, J. Reppart 1-0-0-2, Rivala 1-1-2-4, Melonbogny 0-0-2-0, Williams 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goal: Rivala 1. Totals: 13-5-10-32.

BROOKFIELD — Marek 1-0-0-2, Mosora 1-0-0-2, Willrich 3-1-2-7, Litz 4-0-1-8, Drapola 7-2-4-18, Sydlowski 3-0-0-6, Sheehan 6-2-2-14. 3-pt. goals: Drapola 2. Totals: 25-5-9-57.

JV: No score reported.


SENECA           10  9  12  13  44

GREENVILLE      12  2  11   7   32

SENECA — Wilczynski 1-0-0-3, Hartman 0-0-0-0, Brady 3-0-3-6, Troutman 2-4-6-8, Sonney 8-3-4-19, Leise 0-0-0-0, Klick 3-2-4-8. 3-pt. goal: Wilczynski 1. Totals: 17-9-17-44.

GREENVILLE — Kalchthaler 2-0-2-4, Swartz 6-1-1-13, Pennington 1-0-0-2, Cano 1-0-7-2, Batt 0-0-0-0, Banic 1-0-0-2, Hawthorne 0-0-1-0, Emmett 3-0-0-9. 3-pt. goals: Emmett 3. Totals: 14-1-10-32.

JV: No score reported.

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