Nick Loposky, Gabe Mild

Reynolds' Nick Loposky looks to pass the ball while being guarded by West Middlesex’s Gabe Mild during Tuesday's Region 2 clash in West Middlesex.

SHARON – While there are no apologies necessary for earning a Region 5 win, it was somewhat of a struggle for Sharon High boys basketball team. The Tigers triumphed Tuesday night, 58-46; however, gritty Greenville would not go away.

“They, unquestionably, dictated the tempo of the game (Tuesday) night, and credit them for that,” summarized Sharon skipper Zach Sarver regarding Greenville. “Credit to Scott (Taylor, the Trojans’ taskmaster) and them. They’ve stayed engaged. Maybe this has been a year they didn’t anticipate, but they’re still battlin’ and still workin’ through it.”

Two-time District 10 champion Sharon (6-2 region, 8-5 overall) shot extremely well from the floor – 25 for 37 (67.5 percent) – and a trio of Tigers tallied double digits, led by Merquan Peterson’s 16-point performance on 7-for-8 shooting.

But the Trojans trimmed a 20-point deficit to 12, led by Benny Cano, who canned a game-high 26 points.

“The game plan we had was, ‘Can we make (the Tigers) defend us a little bit. Can we hang in?’ Every possession was important, and I tried to use those timeouts for ‘Let’s take a breath here, and let’s make sure we’re doin’ what we’re supposed to do.’ The kids executed as best we could,” Taylor summarized.

Led by Cano’s 10-for-15 marksmanship via silky southpaw drives to the bucket, the Trojans (2-6, 4-10) tallied 19 of 31 field-goal attempts (61.2) and turned it over only 12 times. Brawny Landon Bielata bucketed 8 points and Jonah Lentz lent a game-high 7 assists. That trio of Trojans are juniors.

“This region is so brutal for us,” Taylor admitted. “We’re a little bit over our heads on some nights. But to compete like this is a good measuring stick for us. If we can continue to get better from this point ‘til mid-February, then playoffs come. Can we be a tough-out for somebody? Could people look at us and be like, ‘Oh, boy, once again Greenville’s playing really good basketball at the end of the year,’ and we can battle a little bit in the playoffs.”

It was a wire-to-wire win for Sharon: 14-6 at the quarter, 32-22 by the break, and 43-29 through 3 periods. In addition to Sharon’s sharpshooting, the Tigers turned it over only 10 times. Because there were so few missed shots, Greenville out-rebounded Sharon by a minuscule 13-11.

Shawn Hill and Brayden Coxson contributed 10 points apiece for Sharon, while Michael Calloway collected a handful of assists, 1 more than Tigers’ teammate Marcel Smith-Austin. Cam Atallah added 3 dimes, as Sharon assisted on 18 of its 25 field goals. 

“We talked about building off of (last Friday, a 55-49 win at Grove City), and learning from it, what we’re capable of doing. But we didn’t do that,” Sarver assessed. “So it’s a learning thing for us. ... (Some opposing teams) play some zone, slow you down on the offensive end, and what kind of energy are we going to have defensively against teams like that? We have to continue to improve and get better for Friday when the second half of the season starts.

“I’m pleased with what we’ve shown at times, and I’m also kind’ve still concerned that we haven’t been able to do that consistently,” Sarver said. “We’re gonna continue to try and figure some things out in practice, different ways to try to shore up some consistency. ‘Cause when we’re playing to our potential and how good we can be, we look like we’re supposed to. Then there’s times when we don’t. We go into a shell, we don’t move and it affects our energy defensively.

“So that consistency is still what we’re lacking,” Sarver continued. “We’ve seen more of the good and less of the bad, but as a coach I’d like it to come together a little bit faster.”

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In other action:

BOYS BASKETBALL

• West Middlesex 49, Reynolds 46 (OT) – At West Middlesex, Gabe Mild buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to lift the Big Reds (3-2, 5-8) to the Region 2 win over the Raiders (1-4, 5-8).

Richie Preston led WM with 13 points (3 treys), Mild scored 9 points and Brandon Smith chipped in 6 points.

Jake Moser had a game-high 14 points for Reynolds, Riley Walker had 9 points and Aidan Mull and Luke Faber contributed 8 each.

• Farrell 45, Lakeview 38 – In a Region 2 clash of unbeatens in Stoneboro, Coach Bobby Stewart’s Steelers moved to 5-0 in the region and 6-5 overall with the win.

Eric Hopson led Farrell, which is ranked 10th in Class 2A (Sunbury Daily Item rankings released on Monday), with 16 points, Brian Hilton Jr. bucketed 11 and Christian Hartley contributed 6 points.

Cole Thiec scored 13 points for Lakeview (4-1, 8-6), Hunter Miller scored 8 and Brett Beith and Anthony Grim added 6 points each.

• Wilmington 44, Mercer 36 – At Mercer, the Hounds (3-2, 5-8) led 13-1 at the end of the opening quarter and went on to pick up the Region 2 win.

Shane Cox fired in 18 points for Wilmington and Caelan Bender contributed 8 points.

Kellen Borowicz led Mercer (0-6, 4-9) with 13 points, Logan Turton scored 11 and Jake Mattocks added 9 points.

• Grove City 56, Franklin 42 – Coach Chris Kwolek’s Eagles (5-3, 8-6) stormed “The Castle” in Franklin and handed the Knights (6-2, 11-2) their 2nd loss of the season.

Grove City jumped out to a 21-10 lead after 8 minutes of play and led 33-20 at halftime en route to the win.

Danny Timko led GC with 17 points, Michael Brooks bucketed 15 and Troy Loughry added 8 markers.

Zak Smith and Easton Fulmer had 10 points each for Franklin and Hayden Adams chipped in 9 points.

• Sharpsville 71, George Junior Republic 31 – At the Devils’ Den, Sharpsville surged to a 23-7 first-quarter lead and breezed to the Region 5 win. The Blue Devils drained 18 second-period points and 24 more in the 3rd quarter to lead 65-24 entering the final frame.

Jackson Doyle drilled a game-high 20 points, Brayden Fry finished with 17, and James Thomas tallied 13 for Sharpsville (5-3, 8-5) and skipper Matt Durisko. Doyle drilled a handful of triples and Fry fired in another pair. GJR (1-7, 1-10) was led by Tyson, who tallied 10.  

• Kennedy Catholic 51, Cathedral Prep 45 – At the Hagerty Family Events Center in Erie, the Golden Eagles (2-0, 8-3) pulled away in the 2nd half to beat the Ramblers (1-2, 7-4) in the Region 7 clash.

Cathedral Prep led 17-13 after 8 minutes and 32-22 at the break. KC outscored the Ramblers 16-6 in the 3rd quarter and 13-7 in the final frame.

Ike Herster led the way for KC with 25 points while Gio Magestro and Sky’ler Thomas scored 9 points each.

Michael Lucarotti led Cathedral Prep with 17 points, Alfonso Pickens scored 10, Khali Horton had 8 and Liam Galla 7.

In Monday’s Sunbury Daily Item’s Class 6A state rankings, KC fell from No. 2 to an “Others to Watch” team.

• Maplewood 70, Jamestown 48 – At Guys Mills, the Region 3 Tigers (5-9) led 20-4 at the end of the opening quarter and rolled to the win over Region 1 Jamestown (5-9).

Joel Cox (20 points), Huston Mattocks (14) and Jonathan Nageotte (10) scored in double digits for Maplewood.

Darian Keyser led Jamestown with 20 points, Chris Atkins scored 8 and Josh Hill added 7 points.

• Newton Falls 64, Brookfield 59 – At Newton Falls, Joey Kline fired in 21 points to lead the Tigers to the All-American Conference Blue Tier Division win.

Josh Honeycutt had 14 points for Newton Falls, Cole Marquette scored 10 and Jordan Dowling added 9 points on a trio of treys.

For Brookfield (1-5, 5-8), Conner Stevens posted a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double, Donovan Pawlowski scored 16 (4 treys), Haden Gibson contributed 9 points and Gage Emery dished out 4 assists.

WRESTLING

Reynolds Duals

Reynolds wrestling team posted a 4-0 record at the recent Reynolds Duals. The Raiders of Coach Casey Taylor defeated Seneca Valley, 38-20; Musselman, 69-10; McDowell, 65-3; and St. Vincent-St. Mary, 61-6.

Reynolds individual records: Kane Kettering (106), 3-1; Gary Steen (113), 4-0; Cole Bayless (120), 2-2; Liam Foore (126), 3-0; Dreyvin Livingston (126), 1-0; Clayton Rhoades (132), 3-1; Kaeden Berger (138), 4-0; Alex Ischo (145), 3-1; Jaylen Wagner (152), 2-2; Jordan DeCarmen (160), 2-1; Owen Miller (160), 0-1; Cole Toy (170), 4-0; Bryce McCloskey (182), 4-0; Braydon Herbster (195), 4-0; Evan Miller (220), 3-1; Rocco John-Daniello, 4-0.

• Greenville 51, Sharon 21 – At Greenville Tuesday, the Trojans posted 2 pins, a tech fall, a major decision and 2 decisions in beating the Tigers.

Blayke Knauf (113 pounds) and Riley Kneeland (126) had falls for Greenville, Deavon Rainey (132) won by technical fall and Cole Karpinski (182) won by major decision. Luke Gentile (138) and Brayden Difrischia (285) grabbed wins by decision.

Sully Allen (152), Nick Dignall (160) and Seth Evans (170) won by pin for Sharon and Andrew Price won by decision at 220 pounds.

BOYS SWIMMING

• Hickory 92, Sharon 67 – At Sharon High Monday, the Hornets beat the Tigers.

For Sharon, Jake Cattron placed 1st in the 200-yard IM and Nolan Songer took 1st in the 100-yard Freestyle and 100-yard Breaststroke.

The Tigers’ foursome of Songer, Cattron, Ty Chartraw and Nicoli Dobosh earned 1st-place finishes in the 200- and 400-yard relays.

Hickory’s results were published in Tuesday’s edition of The Herald.

GIRLS SWIMMING

• Hickory 90, Sharon 64 – At Sharon Monday, Rachel Sadowski (100 Free), Faith McSherry (100 Backstroke) and Ava McLaughlin (100 Breaststroke) earned individual wins for Sharon.

The Lady Tigers also won the 200-yard Freestyle. Team members were Delani Berkson, Abby Douglas, McLaughlin and Aaliyah Medvec.

Hickory’s results were published in Tuesday’s edition of The Herald.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

GREENVILLE   6  16  7  17  46

SHARON   14  18  11  15  58

GREENVILLE – Cano 10-5-8-26, Ritzert 1-0-0-2, Bielata 4-0-0-8, J.Lentz 2-2-2-6, Sorg 2-0-0-4, Slosar 0-0-0-0, L.Lentz 0-0-0-0, Stubert 0-0-0-0, Herrick 0-0-0-0, Kincaid 0-0-0-0, Williams 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Cano 1. Totals: 19-7-10-46.

SHARON – Calloway 2-2-2-6, Hill 4-0-0-10, Peterson 7-2-2-16, Smith-Austin 1-0-0-2, Coxson 5-0-0-10, Atallah 0-1-2-1 Lampkins-Rudolph 3-0-0-6, Gardlock 3-0-0-7, Driver 0-0-0-0, Porterfield 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Hill 2, Gardlock 1. Totals: 25-5-6-58.

JV: Sharon, 53-16. Connor Porterfield 20 points, Joe Messina 11, Otis Driver 8 for Sharon; Brady Kincaid 9 for Greenville. 

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REYNOLDS    10  15  11  8  2  46

MIDDLESEX   14  15  10  5  5  49

REYNOLDS – Z. Winkle 0-0-0-0, Walker 3-1-2-9, Mull 3-2-6-8, Loposky 2-2-2-7, Moser 6-2-3-14, Faber 3-0-0-8. 3-pt. goals: Walker 2, Faber 2, Loposky 1. Totals: 17-7-13-46.

WEST MIDDLESEX – Owens 2-0-0-4, H. Smith 1-1-1-3, B. Smith 2-0-2-6, Shick 2-0-0-5, Greenburg 1-0-0-3, Preston 5-0-0-13, G. Mild 3-1-2-9, C. Smith 1-0-2-2, Atterholt 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Preston 3, B. Smith 2, G. Mild 2, Shick 1, Greenburg 1. Totals: 19-2-7-49.

JV: WM, 68-28. Tanner Shick 15, Gio Rococi 14, Don Hummell 11, Luke Mild 10 for WM.

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FARRELL          6  15  14  10  45

LAKEVIEW        11  7  12   8   38

FARRELL – Hopson 5-5-6-16, Hilton 5-1-4-11, King 2-0-0-5, Daniels 1-0-0-2, Driver 1-0-0-3, Hartley 2-1-2-6, Rain 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Hopson 1, King 1, Driver 1, Hartley 1. Totals: 17-7-15-45.

LAKEVIEW – Beith 3-0-2-6, McIntire 1-0-2-2, Obreza 1-0-0-3, Thiec 3-4-6-13, Grim 1-3-4-6, Miller 4-0-0-8. 3-pt. goals: Thiec 3, Obreza 1, Grim 1. Totals: 13-7-14-38.

JV: Farrell, 46-22. Denzel Driver 11, Jaiman Holden 11 for Farrell. Lane Smith 11 for Lakeview.

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WILMINGTON    13  14  6  11  44

MERCER           1  10  9  16  36

WILMINGTON – Bender 2-2-4-8, Sullivan 1-2-3-5, Lisowski 2-0-0-4, Cox 6-6-11-18, McConahy 0-0-0-0, Shimrack 2-0-0-5, Reed 1-0-0-2, Susen 0-0-0-0, Ja. Hess 0-0-0-0, Phanco 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Bender 2, Sullivan 1, Shimrack 1. Totals: 15-10-18-44.

MERCER – Turton 3-4-6-11, Mattocks 3-2-5-9, Pugh 0-1-2-1, Miller 1-0-0-2, Borowicz 4-2-2-13, Ealy 0-0-0-0, Nickel 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Borowicz 3, Turton 1, Mattocks 1. Totals: 11-9-15-36.

JV: Wilmington, 39-33. Ethan Susen 13 for Wilmington.

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GROVE CITY     21  12  7  16  56

FRANKLIN        10  10  4  18  42

GROVE CITY – Brooks 5-3-5-15, Stull 2-2-2-6, Pokrant 2-1-2-5, Timko 6-3-6-17, Persinger 2-1-1-5, Knouse 0-0-0-0, Loughry 4-0-0-8. 3-pt. goals: Brooks 2, Timko 2. Totals: 21-10-16-56.

FRANKLIN – C. Adams 0-0-0-0, Buckley 3-1-1-7, Smith 3-2-3-10, Fulmer 3-3-4-10, Guth 0-0-0-0, Haynes 2-0-0-6, H. Adams 4-0-0-9. 3-pt. goals: Smith 2, Haynes 2, Fulmer 1, H. Adams 1. Totals: 15-6-8-42.

JV: Grove City, 32-30. Ben Knouse 12 for GC.

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GJR                 7    9   8   7  31

SHARPSVILLE    23  18  24  9  74

GEORGE JUNIOR REPUBLIC – Paris 1-0-0-2, Stanford 4-0-0-8, Thomas 1-0-0-2, Groskios 0-1-2-1, Reed 4-0-4-8, Dyson 4-0-1-10. 3-pt. goals: Tyson 2. Totals: 14-1-7-31.

SHARPSVILLE – Flaherty 2-2-4-6, Ladjevich 3-2-2-8, Doyle 7-1-3-20, Ramsey 0-0-0-0, Henwood 0-0-0-0, Thomas 4-5-11-13, Fry 6-3-3-17, Townsend 0-0-0-0, Frye 1-0-0-2, Staunch 4-0-2-8. 3-pt. goals: Doyle 5, Fry 2. Totals: 27-13-25-74.

JV: Sharpsville, 45-40. Elijah Hurl, Zac Ramsey 11 points apiece for Sharpsville; Reed 13, Chance Henderson 10 for GJR.

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KENNEDY         13  9  16  13  51

CATH. PREP     17  15  6   7   45

KENNEDY CATHOLIC – Churlik 0-0-0-0, Thomas 4-0-0-9, Taylor 1-0-0-2, Harden 0-0-0-0, Magestro 2-5-6-9, Young 0-0-0-0, Herster 6-11-12-25, Christian 3-0-0-6. 3-pt. goals: Herster 2, Thomas 1. Totals: 16-16-18-51.

CATHEDRAL PREP – Galla 3-0-2-7, Horton 3-2-2-8, Lucarotti 6-5-5-17, Pickens 4-0-0-10, Howard 1-1-1-3. 3-pt. goals: Pickens 2, Galla 1. Totals: 17-8-10-45.

JV: No score reported.

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JAMESTOWN    4   16  12  16  48

MAPLEWOOD   20  22  16  12  70

JAMESTOWN – Parks 1-1-4-3, Hill 2-2-2-7, S. McElhinny 1-0-0-3, C. Keyser 2-0-0-5, D. Keyser 6-8-14-20, Atkins 4-0-0-8, Ford 1-0-2-2, Meehan 0-0-1-0, Popielarcheck 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Hill 1, S. McElhinny 1, C. Keyser 1. Totals: 16-11-23-48.

MAPLEWOOD – J. Cox 9-2-7-20, Hamilton 1-0-0-2, Nageotte 4-2-4-10, C. Cox 2-0-0-4, Mattocks 6-0-1-14, Donor 1-2-2-4, Brunot 1-0-1-2, Bahle 3-0-0-7, Koelle 1-0-0-2, Wheeling 2-0-0-5, Burk 0-0-0-0, Sleeman 0-0-0-0, Kennedy 0-0-0-0, Snell 0-0-0-0, Wright 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Mattocks 2, Bahle 1, Wheeling 1. Totals: 30-6-15-70.

JV: No score reported.

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BROOKFIELD   10  12  16  21  59

NEW. FALLS    11  19  14  20  64

BROOKFIELD – Filipovich 3-0-0-7, Laverty 0-0-0-0, Da. Pawlowski 0-0-0-0, Gibson 4-1-1-9, Jones 0-0-0-0, Emery 3-0-0-6, Eash 0-0-0-0, Do. Pawlowski 6-0-0-16, Shingledecker 0-0-0-0, Stevens 8-3-5-21, Franz 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Do. Pawlowski 4, Stevens 2, Filipovich 1. Totals: 24-4-6-59.

NEWTON FALLS – Kline 7-7-11-21, Wright 1-1-2-3, J. Honeycutt 4-5-6-14, Robertson 1-0-2-2, Marquette 4-2-8-10, I. Howard 0-0-0-0, Ratczak 0-0-0-0, King 2-0-0-5, A. Honeycutt 0-0-0-0, Dowling 3-0-0-9, C. Howard 0-0-0-0, McGregor 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Dowling 3, J. Honeycutt 1, King 1. Totals: 22-15-29-64.

JV: No score reported.

 

 

WRESTLING

GREENVILLE 51, SHARON 21

285 – Brayden Difrischia (G) dec. Seth Hoovler, 3-0; 106 – Nevada Koehler (G) forfeit; 113 – Blayke Knauf (G) pinned Camden Reiser, 3:19; 120 – Ty Csonka (G) forfeit; 126 – Riley Kneeland (G) pinned Mohamed Kanan, 2:13; 132 – Deavon Rainey (G) tech. fall Christian Hacker, 17-1, 5:01; 138 – Luke Gentile (G) dec. Eli Buck, 10-4; 145 – Hayden Robertson (G) forfeit; 152 – Sully Allen (S) pinned Mikel Heverly, 1:16; 160 – Nick Dignall (S) pinned Glenn Lenhardt, 4:44; 170 – Seth Evans (S) pinned Isaac Sasala, 1:38; 182 – Cole Karpinski (G) maj. dec. Aidan Buck, 14-2; 195 – Griffen Richardson (G) forfeit; 220 – Andrew Price (S) dec. Zane Berry, 6-0.

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