HERMITAGE – It required a day-and-a-half, but the 22nd annual Buhl Farm girls’ tennis invitational was completed Monday afternoon. And it was well worth the wait for Grove City.
The Lady Eagles edged Hickory, 31-30, for the team team. Anna Packard won at 2nd singles, as did the 3rd doubles duo of Anna Timko-Jubilee Bandy to help garner gold for Grove City.
Tourney Director Sue McLaughlin reported 196 players competed in the tourney, which began last Wednesday but was suspended by inclement weather.
Hickory’s Daphne Borowicz and Wilmington’s Grace Hendrickson and Jenna Allison also annexed singles titles, while Wilmington’s Kaylee Vastano-Anna McGinnis and Hickory’s Abbie Bender-Ava Spielvogel copped crowns at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, respectively.
The event is sponsored by the Buhl Farm Park tennis program, noted McLaughlin, a member of the Mercer County Hall of Fame.
Team standings and key: Grove City (GC) 31; Hickory (H) 30; Wilmington (W) 29; Warren (War) 11; Franklin (F) 10; Greenville (G), Oil City (OC) 6; Sharon (Sh) 3; Erie (E), Kennedy Catholic (KC), Slippery Rock (SR) 0.
• 1st singles–Finals: Daphne Borowicz (H) def. Kylie Feltenberger (F), 10-2; Semifinals: Borowicz def. Ashlyn McAllen (W) 8-2; Feltenberger def. Mary Coulter (GC), 8-4.
• 2nd singles–Finals: Anna Packard (GC) def. Raven Nespor (F), 10-6; Semifinals: Packard def. Issy Frangakis (H), 8-2; Nespor def. Anna Cooper (G), 8-4.
• 3rd singles–Finals: Grace Hendrickson (W) def. Nicolette Leonard (H), 10-6; Semifinals: Hendrickson def. Heather Karns (OC), 8-7(7-5); Leonard def. Naomi Conger (GC), 8-6.
• 4th singles–Finals: Jenna Allison (W) def. Hannah Beighley (H), 10-5; Semifinals: Allison def. Mia Cabraja (Sh), 8-4; Beighley def. Cana Severson (GC), 8-4.
• 1st doubles–Kaylee Vastano-Anna McGinnis (W) def. Amanda Gray-Madalyn Perry (War), 10-0. Semifinals: Vastano-McGinnis def. Patience Spier-Kylie Hyde (G), 8-6; Gray-Perry def. Leah Martin-Lauren Ordinario (H), 8-7(8-6).
• 2nd doubles–Abbie Bender-Ava Spielvogel (H) def. Leah Hickman-Savanna Bailey (W), 10-3; Semifinals: Bender-Spielvogel def. Sydney Govan-Rylie Yeager (War), 8-1; Hickman-Bailey def. Hannah Critchlow-Katie Feng (GC), 8-2.
• 3rd doubles–Anna Timko-Jubilee Bandy (GC) def. Selah Severson-Janelle Hickly (GC) 8-4; Semifinals: Timko-Bandy def. Katie Moore-Isabella Shingler (W), 7-6(7-4); Severson-Hickly def. Emily Russell-Emily Bly (GC), 7-6(7-5).
• Hickory 2, Franklin 0 – On Senior Night at Hornet Stadium, Coach B.J. Rudge’s Lady Hornets shut out the Knights.
Kayla Saylor and Santina Masters scored goals for the Hornets. Daisy Rust and Eliza Maurer split time in goal for the shutout.
Hickory seniors are Emily Grande, Carla Murtha, Molly Piso, Keeley Scullin, Sophie Stone, Gianna Southard, Kylie Thompson and Sydney Weber.
“On behalf of the coaching staff, I want to personally thank my seniors,” said Rudge. “This season we have faced many challenges, such as dealing with some key injuries, but through it all these seniors have kept a positive attitude and have been a constant source of encouragement to their teammates.”
• Wilmington 13, West Middlesex 0 – At West Middlesex, Lindsey Martineau recorded a hat trick to lead the Lady Hounds (4-0, 10-3) to the Region 1 win over the Ms. Reds (0-3).
Sabrina Devite and Ashley Wignall had 2 goals each for Wilmington while Reese Walker, Emma Hill, Sarah Thomas, Mariah Gardner, Megan Bayuk and Jenna Nuzzo scored the others.
Thomas had 3 assists while Martineau had 2. Wignall, Hill, Bayuk, Devite, Emilia Labbiento, Anna Williams, and Hannah Lockhart were credited with 1 assist each.
Taylor Kendall posted the shutout in goal for the Lady Hounds.
• Mercer 11, Sharpsville 0 – At South Py Twp., Julia Balaski and Ryan Dubiel had hat tricks in leading the Lady M’s past the Devils.
Peyton Miller fired in a pair of goals for Mercer while Darby Miller, Ella Garner and Sarah Coryea had the others.
Bailey Grossman picked up the shutout in goal for Mercer. Neva Turner suffered the loss in goal for Sharpsville.
• Mercer 2, Hickory 1 – At Hornet Stadium Saturday, the Lady M’s scored a pair of 2nd-half goals to rally for the win.
Emily Grande scored for Hickory in the 1st half.
Mercer’s Darby Miller tied the match 1-all with a goal off an assist by Emma Juergens. Balaski then scored unassisted.
• Jamestown 3, Portersville Christian School 0 – At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, the Lady Muskies posted a 25-21, 25-12, 25-9 sweep.
Jamestown: Amanda College 7 digs; Delaney Cowger 13 points, 13 assists, 7 digs; Farah Messai 18 digs; Kayla King 7 digs; Liz Kammerdiener 7 points, 8 kills, 5 digs; Maya Floch 6 kills; Morgan Popielarcheck 5 points, 9 kills, 8 blocks, 10 digs.
JV: Jamestown, 25-7, 25-4.
• Wilmington 3, West Middlesex 0 – At New Wilmington, Coach Jon Weatherby’s Lady Hounds picked up a 25-18, 25-19, 25-18 sweep over the Ms. Reds.
“It was an overall great team effort,” said Weatherby.
Wilmington: Madison Wigley 6 assists; Keegan McConahy 9 kills, 7 digs; Alex Anderson 7 digs; Rachel Lego 7 assists; Mackenzie Wigley 7 digs. West Middlesex: No stats reported.
JV: No score reported.
Two area teams are ranked in this week’s Harrisburg Patriot-News high school football poll, which was released on Monday.
Wilmington is ranked 6th in Class 2A while Farrell is ranked 9th in 1A. Reynolds is listed as a “team to watch.”
Two other District 10 teams are ranked. Cathedral Prep is No. 2 in Class 4A while Oil City is ranked 8th in 5A. Maplewood and McDowell are “teams to watch.”
Villa Maria freshman Annie Prichard won the District 10 Class 2A singles championship and McDowell senior Abby Murray copped the 3A crown on Monday at Westwood Racquet Club in Erie. Prichard beat Mercyhurst Prep’s Alie DiNicola, 6-3, 6-1, in the finals while Murray defeated Fairview’s Trinity Fox, 6-1, 6-3.