MERCER COUNTY AREA —
ä Hickory 3, Grove City 2 — At Grove City in a battle of unbeatens, Hickory prevailed. The match was decided in the battle of No. 1 players as Marissa Works edged Abby Casalanova in a third set tie-breaker battle, 6-2, 1-6 and 7-6(7-2).
“It was a big win,” said a happy Hickory coach Diane Vermeire. “Grove City is our biggest rival. We play them one more time.”
Hickory is 7-0 and Grove City 6-1.
Other singles: Meredith Trent (GC) def. Allie Newmeyer, 6-0, 6-2; Reba Duran def. Sharon Mettee, 7-5, 6-1. Doubles: Lauren Kizak-Nikkie Morgenstern def. Alexis Deligadi-Stephanie Krofcheck, 6-2, 6-4; Lauren McGoningle-Rachel Mettee def. Maddie Jazwinski-Katie Kosick, 6-2, 6-2.
ä Sharon 4, Franklin 1 — At Buhl Farm Park, the Lady Tigers (3-4) won a pair of singles and both doubles matches. Singles: Lina Starr (F) def. Emma George, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (806); Rebecca Rueberger (S) def. Mimi Terman, 6-1, 6-1; Kaitlyn Jones (S) def. Lexi Weaver, 6-4, 6-2. Doubles: Aubrianna Dellibovi-Marissa Monnin (S) def. Hanna Stewart-Bree Rodgers, 6-4, 6-3; Alex Hughey-Zonita Hall (S) def. Caitlin Phipps-Beth Pfohl, 6-0, 6-0.
ä Kennedy Catholic 4, Greenville 1 — At Greenville, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles moved to 4-2 on the season.
Singles: Kelsey George (KC) def. Jessica Burnett, 6-0, 6-1; Monica Bober (KC) def. Casslyn Holder, 6-0, 6-2; Rebecca Kish def. Amanda Dawes, 6-3, 6-4. Doubles: Jensen Kirila-Stephanie Moore (KC) def. Jessica Fenton-Brook Marini, 6-2, 6-2; Kaela Reinhart-Cameron Leary (G) def. Alex Hudson-Abby Lenhart, 6-2, 6-4.
ä Wilmington 5, Oil City — At Westminster College, New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds (4-3) hurdled the.500 mark with a handful of straight-sets wins for coach Jim Aarow.
Singles: Katie Chase (W) def. Mora McLaughlin, 6-3, 6-3; Lauren Barber (W) def. Michaela Lockwood, 6-1, 6-1; Alanna Elliott (W) def. Allie Davie, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Nikki McCown-Lexi Donati (W) def. Ashlee Roth-Leisel Kober, 6-2, 6-0; Rebeccah Swardlow-Lydia Kraynak (W) def. Katie Dolecki-Rachel Dove, 6-0, 6-0.
ä Brookfield 4, Ursuline 1 — At Harding Park, Hubbard, the host Lady Warriors (4-5) won all 3 singles matches, including straight-sets sweeps by Ashley and Autumn Kirila and Ana Zarlinski. The 1st doubles duo of Leah Bayer and Sharlene Shebeck also won.
Ursuline (0-8) remained winless.
Singles: Ashley Kirila (B) def. Christine Kerrigan, 6-1, 6-2; Autumn Kirila (B) def. Katie Schrader, 6-1, 6-2; Ana Zarlinski (B) def. Nikki Malkovits, 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: Leah Bayer-Sharlene Shebeck (B) def. Brigid Donofrio-Maddie Christoff, 6-2, 6-3; Lindsay Ignazio-Cessalee Liberato (U), by default.
ä Hickory 4, Sharpsville 1 — At Hornet Stadium Wednesday night, Justin Piedle notched a 2nd-half hat trick after Hickory teammate Evan Montgomery hit the net in the 1st half. Shawn McGowan and Montgomery had assists. Taran Roesch scored for Sharpsville. For Hickory, Dante Green had 5 saves in net. JV: Hickory, 9-0.
ä Kennedy Catholic 2, Grove City 1 — At Butala Stadium, Hermitage, the host Golden Eagles eased to the win in their season lidlifter..
KC’s Jimmie D’Onofrio drilled a 1st-half off an assist from Stephens Edge for a 1-0 margin at intermission.
However Grove City’s Matt Welker scored on a penalty kick with 9:46 left in regulation to earn the Eagles a 1-all tie.
But Kennedy’s Christian Riggle scored the game-winner with 3:16 left via D’Onofrio’s assist.
ä West Middlesex 2, Oil City 1 — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds notched their first-ever wiln in the short 2-year history of the sport at the school.
“I’m ecstatic,” said coach Mike Williams. “I’m happy for the kids. It was exciting. We rang the bell, just like every other sport that wins.”
Taylor Gilliland scored the 1st goal on a breakaway and Delaney David hit home with a putback. Oil City scored on a direct kick of about 20 yards by Olivia Chapman.
The hosts outshot the Lady Oilers, 34-17. Dayinera Everhart made her 1st start in goal and came up with 12 saves for WM (1-1-1).
“Angie Sochor and Amelia Hemminger were outstanding on defense for us,” said Williams, “and Sam Spangler made game-winning save on a corner kick.”
ä Grove City 3, Sharpsville 1 — At Sharpsville, the visiting Lady Eagles (1-0) notched scores by Kalie Davis, Mariah Treiber and Rachel Schmidt in the 2nd half. Aislinn Frazer tallied the lone goal for Sharpsville in the 2nd half as well on an assist by Julianna Sickafus. Megan Whalen had 10 saves in goal for the hosts, while GC netter Olivia Andrews had 8 saves.
ä Meadville 1, Sharon 0 (2 OT) — At Tiger Stadium, Corey Sayer scored on a header off a corner kick for the lone goal.
Sarah Braden played between the pipes for MASH, while Sharon netminder Alexis Jefferson made 14 saves.
ä The Ellis School 4, Kennedy Catholic 1 — At Mellon Park in Shadyside Wednesday, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles dropped their season-opener.
The Tigers led by 2 at half and then went on to outscore Kennedy 2-1 in the 2nd half. Tawney Godfrey scored the lone goal for Kennedy, while goalkeeper Shelby McElhinny recorded 17 saves on 21 shots.
ä Farrell 3, Sharon 0 — At E.J. McCluskey Gym, the host Lady Steelers secured a 25-23, 25-16, 25-13 sweep in their season-opener.
Farrell: Keyasia Oatis 6 kills; Whitney Murray 5 kills; Janee Avery 4 kills; Domonique Savage (2 aces); Johntae Scott 7 digs. Sharon: No stats reported.
JV: Farrell, 25-21, 25-7.
Sharpsville 3, Wilmington 0 — At Sharpsville, the host Blue Darlings (1-0) swept their season-opener, 25-13, 25-21, 25-12.
Sharpsville: Kristen Scurpa 12 points, 6 kills, 27 assists, 5 digs; Paige Scurpa 8 points 16 kills; Madeline Shuttleworth 8 points, 5 kills 5 digs; Megan Davis 7 points, 7 kills; Rachel D’Auria 3 blocks; Emily Anderson 4 blocks; Alex Ferrara 5 digs. Wilmington: No stats reported. JV: Sharpsville, 25-5, 25-17.
ä Mercer 3, West Middlesex 2 — At West Middlesex, visiting Mercer rallied from a 2-0 deficit to post a 23-25, 26-28, 25-19, 25-20, 15-9 win in the marathon match.
West Middlesex (1-1): Allison Mild 40 assists, 6 points; Jade Kroesen 7 kills, 11 points; Shannon Kuritz 5 digs, 10 kills, 9 points (6 aces); Aly Andrusky 13 digs, 6 points; Tori Roberts 20 digs, 6 points; Marissa Pursel 7 kills; Sarah Lucich 9 kills; Megan Hazlett 11 digs, 6 points. Mercer: No stats reported.
JV: West Middlesex, 25-17, 25-16.
ä Heartland Christian 3, Brookfield 0 — At Brookfield, the visitors remained undefeated via a 25-22, 25-20, 25-23 sweep.
Kristen Osburn (12 kills, 4 blocks, 12 serving points, 2 aces) and Olivia Testa (17 kills, 9 blocks, 9 digs, 5 service aces) led Heartland Christian (7-0).
Brookfield (2-3): Delaney Saxton (8 points, 6 kills); Ali Harpster (8 points, 6 kills); Maddie Bonekovic (8 digs); Tori Thompson (13 assists, 7 points, 2 aces); Katie Bender (10 assists).
ä Commodore Perry 3, Sharon 0 — At Sheakleyville Wednesday, the hosts rolled, 25-7, 25-22, 25-17. Commodore Perry: Kaitlyn Powell 9 digs, 9 aces, 12 kills; Cassie Mozes 8 kills; Autumn Campbell 31 assists; Hali Iliff 6 digs. Sharon: Delisa Smith 5 blocks; Janayia Chester 5 digs. JV: Sharon, 2-1
ä Brookfield 3, Campbell Memorial 0 — At Campbell Wednesday, the Lady Warriors (2-3) notched game victories of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-6. Brookfield: Dalaney Saxton 13 kills, 21 points; Ali Harpster 6 digs, 19 points; Maddie Bonekovic 17 digs, 10 points; Katie Bender 19 assists; Tori Thompson 12 assists, 6 kills.
ä Hickory 182, Meadville 206 — At Hickory VFW, the hosts moved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the region. Rosey Hearns led the way with a 41, followed by Alena Lancia 44, Abby Hearn 48, Brianna Colbert 49. For Meadville it was Lacey Latta 43, Kailey Malaby 53, Felicia Krasa 55, Michaela Persichini 55.
ä Kennedy Catholic 176, Mercer 197 — At Spring Valley, Mercer, the visiting Golden Eagles (3-2) eased to the win, led by John McGonigle and Paul Spondike, both of whom shot 43. Mercer’ Nate Guiler garnered medalist honors with a 42.
Kennedy Catholic: McGonigle, Spondike 43s, Jacob Wilson 44, Teddy Haaz 48. Mercer: Guiler 42, Landen Glass 44, Peter Timashenka 53, Dylan Angermeier 55.
ä Ursuline 176, Brookfield 193 — At Yankee Lake’s back 9, Sam Delcolle’s round of 41 led the visiting Irish.
Ursuline: Delcolle 41, Jimmy Naples, Giovanni Naples 43s, Lorenzo Sabella 49. Brookfield: Michael Pasquerilla 43, Lonnie Schell 47, Adam Brooks 51, Derrick Dickson 52.
MERCER COUNTY AREA —
Herald-Tamie junior tourney set Thursday-Friday
THEY SAY THAT “The best things in life are free.” Well, one of those “best things” is the annual Herald-Tam O’Shanter Junior Golf Championships every summer.
The event, which has been free to boys and girls in the Shenango Valley since it’s inception in 1949, will be held Thursday and Friday at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage.
It has been the premier youth tournament for decades and some of the top players ever to come out of this area have participated. But you don’t have to be a great young golfer to take part. It’s a wonderful opportunity for every youngster to get a free round of golf on a great course, which is in immaculate shape this season.
Hickory lists 2013 scholar-athlete award winners
Hickory High Athletic Director Barb Dzuricsko recently announced that a total of 213 students (grades 9-12) earned Don McKay Scholar-Athlete awards.
To be eligible, students must maintain an A (93 percent or higher) grade-point-average through the academic year’s third 9-week grading period and compete in a PIAA-sponsored sport.
A total of 375 students competed in athletics this past year, Dzuricsko noted, meaning almost 57 percent qualified for the McKay Scholar-Athlete Award. Since the award’s inception, this is the highest total number of students to earn the honors, she reported.
SCHOLASTIC NOTEBOOK: Hearns to continue golf career in college; Petty to be honored
RECENT HICKORY High alumna Rosy Hearns will continue her education and golf careers at the State University of New York-Albany. Hickory links coach Craig Antush said Hearns recently signed a letter-of-intent.
Hearns’ Hickory career concluded as one of the finest on the links — male or female — in Mercer County annals.
Bowlers compete in Senior Games
The bowling portion of the annual Mercer County Senior Games was held Wednesday at Grove City Bowlodrome. That followed horseshoes and shuffleboard competitions earlier in the week.
Following is the rest of the schedule:
COLLEGIATE NOTEBOOK: Ex-Hickory great Richards has great spring track season
FORMER HICKORY HIGH standout Morgan Richards enjoyed a successful spring season for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte track & field team. The female 49ters won the Atlantic 10 Conference outdoor track & field team title.
“Morgan kept her stride as she transitioned into the outdoor season, running top times in several events among (Atlantic 10) freshmen and on Charlotte’s all-time top 10 lists,” assistant coch Edwin T. Schlichter wrote in a recent e-mail to The Herald. “Morgan finished just one spot (9th) out of scoring at the 2013 A-10 Championships in the 3000-meter steeplechase, despite this being her first year ever attempting the event, and running 11:02.22 which was 2nd among all freshmen in the A-10 and 5th all-time for UNC-Charlotte.”
SPORTVIEW: Hickory tri-athletes deserve special recognition
EVERY YEAR we receive a photo from the Hermitage School District of a group of student-athletes that I am thrilled to receive and run in the paper.
The photo is of Hickory High School “tri-athletes,” boys and girls who participate in sports during each of the fall, winter and spring seasons. But there is more to it than that. Each of these athletes also must maintain an 85 percent B average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the year.
TIDBITS: Scurpas make college choices; Matthews, Norris, Bonner part of great Clarion recruiting class; Lewis earns national medal
SHARPSVILLE HIGH volleyball standouts Kristen and Paige Scurpa, who are cousins, will continue their education and athletic careers at California University of Pa. and Penn State-Behrend, respectively.
The duo, both of whom were named to the All-State team in Class A by the Pa. Volleyball Coaches Association, led the Blue Darlings to the District 10 title game in November. Sharpsville, Region 1 champs the past 4 years, suffered a 3-1 loss to Cochranton in that match and finished the season 16-4.
Sharpsville falls in D-10 title game
SLIPPERY ROCK — Monday was a pretty good day for Saegertown High School.
Just mere hours after the Lady Panthers won the District 10 Class A softball championship, the Saegertown baseball team (19-2) captured its third straight D-10 Class AA title with a convincing 10-3 victory over Sharpsville (15-6) at Slippery Rock University’s Jack Critchfield Park.
“We knew going into the game that Saegertown’s a pretty good team and they’ve been a pretty good team for the past few years,” Blue Devils coach Mike Sikorski said. “I think they’ve been in the District 10 Championship the past four years. They’re a solid team, a very good team. They’re very patient at the plate and when they get their pitches, they hit them.”
STATE TRACK NOTEBOOK: WM seniors leave legacy of greatness
WEST MIDDLESEX High always has had a proud athletic heritage, and this past weekend’s PIAA Class AA Track & Field championship will only add lustre to that legacy.
According to available archives at The Herald, only the 1954 boys’ basketball team and Coach Bob Morris’ boys’ cross country team from earlier this decade previously had won commonwealth crowns.
Allen wins 4 gold medals to lead WM to PIAA team title
SHIPPENSBURG — Clay Allen said he had to explode out of the starting blocks for his 100-meter dash showdown with Hickory’s DeShawn Coleman. But Allen — all afternoon — was getting the jump on his competitors during the annual PIAA Track & Field Championships.
By approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Shippensburg University, Allen annexed 4 gold medals — 100- and 200-meter dashes, long jump, and as part of the sprint-relay. The workload West Middlesex High’s senior exhibited enabled the Big Reds to record the Class AA commonwealth crown.
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