Farrell High boys basketball team was like a boxer on the brink ... standing on wobbly legs, behind on all three judges’ cards, taking a standing-8 count from the referee.
Entering Wednesday night’s District 10 Region 5-AAA contest at The Hive in Hermitage, the Steelers’ season was slipping away: 7-7 overall, 4-4 in the region, and trailing by 11 markers at intermission.
Meanwhile, host Hickory had been unbeaten in the region (8-0).
However Marshawn Hyman hit 7 of his 10 second-half points in the 4th frame and Marquette Coleman collected another 6, and the Steelers stunned the ’Stingers, 54-53.
When Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse was ejected for being assessed back-to-back technicals with 47.1 seconds remaining to intermission, Hickory’s Matt Votino’s pair of freebies hoisted the Hornets to a 32-21 margin at intermission.
However Hickory had 10 second-half turnovers — 20 for the game — including a pair at the 12.7- and 6.7-second junctures of the final frame.
Malik Miller made a pair of free throws with 12 ticks to play, forging Farrell to a 54-51 lead. That offset Votino’s off-balance, banked, buzzer-beater from just inside the 3-point arc.
“What the kids showed, they grew up real quick and some of the adversity, they were able to respond. They fought, and that’s what we want them to do: Fight for every thirty-two minutes,” coach Bobby Stewart assessed. “They came out in denial and played the tough defense we’re capable of.”
In Shannonhouse’ absence, Stewart was speaking on behalf of his coaching counterparts Marco Miller, Tim Odem and Frank Sincek.
“All we knew is that it was the second half of the season and a new beginning,” Stewart said. “And we knew we had to get this one. We’re gonna take ’em one at a time, and when they come up we’re gonna do our best to try to take ’em down.
“Right now, it’s the second half, and if we can take a few of these games that we lost early in the season — which we were very capable of winning,” Stewart said. “We showed a little bit more maturity, were a little bit more patient, and we didn’t quit, that was the main thing.”
For Hornets’ headmaster Nick Cannone it was one that slipped away from his squad. In addition to the turnovers, free-throw marksmen Votino and Anthony Cannone were a combined 16-for-24.
“Those two things,” Coach Cannone said regarding turnovers and missed freebies. “We take pride in taking care of the ball with our guards, and we did shoot a high percentage from the foul line. And when you don’t have a dominant big guy ... but, still, you’ve gotta take care of the ball and you’ve gotta make your foul shots. That’s how we won eight games in the first half, and we didn’t do those things (Wednesday) night.
“We had some leads (39-26 with 5:30 remaining in the 3rd quarter on Anthony Cannone’s triple),” Coach Cannone continued. “Farrell made some plays.
“I thought we should’ve played loose, better. ... But that’s the way this region is,” Coach Cannone continued, admitting, “I’m just disappointed that we didn’t do a good job (with turnovers and free-throw shooting). You put those two things together and usually it spells defeat.”
Hyman and Coleman evenly divided 20 points for Farrell (5-4, 8-7), while Jamel Brown bucketed 11. Ike Jones’ 4-for-4 free-throw marksmanship and 3-for-4 performances by both Hyman and Coleman enabled the Steelers to shoot 16 for 22 (72.7 percent) from the line. Most significantly, after Farrell was forced into 9 first-half miscues by the Hornets’ 1-3-1 trap, the Steelers had only a handful of 2nd-half miscues.
For Hickory (8-1, 11-3), Votino’s game-high 17-point, 5-rebound, 4-assist line, Cannone’s 10 points, Donté Green’s 8-point, game-high 8-rebound effort, and Marcus Sonoga’s 7 points, 3 assists and handful of caroms were keys. However the Hornets hit only 19 of 29 freebies (65.5), offsetting their 17-for-34 accuracy from the floor. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Cochranton 62, Jamestown 40 — At Cochranton, the Region 3 Cardinals (9-6) outscored the Muskies 21-6 in the 2nd quarter to pull away for the non-region win.
Kendall Dickson notched 21 points to lead Cochranton while Garrett Adams and Josh Vanderhoof had 11 each.
Alex Boylan rifled in a game-high 23 points for the Muskies (1-12) while Ryan Livingston buried 4 treys en route to 14 points.
ä Shenango 61, Wilmington 51 — At New Wilmington, the WPIAL Section 2-AA Wildcats (6-10) led 19-15 after 8 minutes of play, 36-22 at the break and went on to beat the Hounds (4-10).
Ryley Ferrari had 21 points for Shenango while Brenton Booher bucketed 14 and Greg DePorzio added 11 markers.
Nate Anthony paced the Hounds with 14 points. Also, Rocco Fagan scored 12 and Jordan Smith had 10.
ä Lincoln Park 70, Kennedy Catholic 62 — At Midland, WPIAL Section 1-A Lincoln Park (11-4) jumped out to a 24-13 lead and held on for the win over KC (10-4).
Maverick Rowan (21), Elijah Minnie (17), Brian Skovranko (10) and Jaylyn Cottrill (10) all scored in double digits for Lincoln Park.
Keying Kennedy Catholic (9-3) were Mac Hartman (19), Jeffrey Thompkins (18) and Chris James (11), Thompkins sustained a knee injury of an undetermined severity and was to be evaluated, it was reported.
ä Franklin 43, Grove City 29 — At Grove City Tuesday, the Eagles (2-7, 4-10) led 8-6 after the 1st quarter, trailed 13-11 at halftime and 25-19 after 3 quarters and went on to fall to drop the Region 5-AAA clash to the Knights (7-2, 9-6).
Noah Jones fired in 18 points to lead Franklin while Kyle Ritchey added 12 markers.
Matt Thrasher led GC with 10 points.
ä The Campbell Memorial-at-Brookfield boys’ basketball game has been rescheduled for Feb. 19th.
ä Kennedy Catholic 69, Farrell 18 — At Hermitage, KC (4-0, 14-1) led 26-3 after the opening 8 minutes and rolled to the Region 1-A win over the Lady Steelers (2-2, 8-7).
Rebekah Kish drained 3 treys en route to a career-high 19 points for KC and also had 7 steals. Alex Ricketts had 18 points and 5 steals and Rachel Burns posted a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Whitney Murray led the way for Farrell with 5 points.
ä Sharon 38, Grove City 28 — At Tiger Gymnasium in Sharon, the Tigers improved to 8-4 with the win over the Eagles.
Jarray Norris (126) and DeMarco Hosch (160) registered falls for Sharon while Michael Bonner (138) rolled by technical fall.
Deandre Byers posted the lone pin for Grove City.
Coach Dave Ciafre noted that his squad hosts the Sharon Duals on Saturday. The event starts at 10 a.m.
ä Reynolds 62, Franklin 7 — On Senior Night in Transfer, the host Raiders (14-2) rolled as Nick Nottingham (126), Mason McCollum (132), Levi Stoyer (145), Austin Matthews (152), Jamar Henry (182) and Gene Ringer (285) posted pins. Matthew Leise (138) and Seth Hogue (106) added tech falls.
Also, Mike Bartolo (113), Mike Millero (160) and Chris Matthews (170) added major decisions.
FARRELL 13 8 17 16 54
HICKORY 19 13 8 13 53
FARRELL — Brown 4-2-6-11, Miller 1-2-2-4, Jones 2-4-4-8, Archie 0-0-0-0, Page 2-2-2-7, McNair 0-0-0-0, Coleman 3-3-4-10, Pratt 2-0-0-4, Hyman 3-3-4-10. 3-pt. goals: Brown 1, Page 1, Coleman 1, Hyman 1. Totals: 17-16-22-54.
HICKORY — Votino 4-9-14-17, Sonoga 3-1-2-7, Green 3-2-2-8, V.Mastrian 1-0-1-2, Cannone 2-7-10-10, Nardone 1-0-0-2, Pryts 1-0-0-2, N.Mastrian 2-0-0-5. 3-pt. goals: N.Mastrian 1, Cannone 1. Totals: 16-19-29-53.
JV — Hickory, 43-42. Andrew Pryts 14, Brandon Rhoades 10 points for Hickory; Tionte Davis 11, Dewayne Burns 9 for Farrell.
JAMESTOWN 14 6 11 9 40
COCHRANTON 16 21 14 11 62
JAMESTOWN — Kilgore 1-0-0-2, Boylan 10-3-5-23, Livingston 4-2-4-14, Graham 0-1-2-1, Moss 0-0-0-0, Adams 0-0-0-0, Potter 0-0-0-0, Depree 0-0-0-0, Bauer 0-0-0-0, Lorigan 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Livingston 4. Totals: 15-6-11-40.
COCHRANTON — Saunier 2-1-2-5, Villamar 1-1-2-4, G. Adams 3-4-8-11, Dickson 8-2-2-21, Herzberger 3-1-2-7, Vanderhoof 5-1-2-11, Wigton 1-0-0-2, Wagner 0-1-2-1, Roche 0-0-0-0, Bridge 0-0-0-0, Buchan 0-0-0-0, Custead 0-0-0-0, W. Adams 0-0-0-0, Sekersky 0-0-0-0, Staudt 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Dickson 3, Villamar 1, G. Adams 1. Totals: 23-11-20-62.
JV — No game.
SHENANGO 19 17 12 13 61
WILMINGTON 15 7 16 13 51
SHENANGO — DePorzio 3-4-4-11, Tanner 1-1-2-3, Ferrari 8-1-3-21, Jacobs 1-3-4-5, Booher 5-2-4-14, McCormick 2-0-0-5, Conner 1-0-0-2, Pherson 0-0-0-0, Micco 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Ferrari 4, Booher 2, DePorzio 1, McCormick 1. Totals: 21-11-17-61.
WILMINGTON — Fagan 5-1-2-12, Hilliard 3-3-6-9, Anthony 5-3-4-14, J. Smith 4-2-2-10, R. Brumbaugh 0-0-0-0, Taylor 0-0-0-0, Onestak 0-0-2-0, D. Smith 0-0-0-0, Bloise 0-0-0-0, Martini 0-0-0-0, T. Brumbaugh 2-2-2-6. 3-pt. goals: Fagan 1, Anthony 1. Totals: 19-11-18-51.
JV — Shenango, 58-51 (OT). Ryan Smith 20, James Micco 13 for Shenango. Josiah Bloise 15 for Wilmington.
FRANKLIN 6 7 12 18 43
GROVE CITY 8 3 8 10 29
FRANKLIN — Rutherford 3-1-3-9, McCoy 0-0-2-0, Ritchey 4-4-6-12, Mooney 0-2-2-2, Maxon 1-0-0-2, Jones 6-6-10-18, Russell 0-0-0-0, Mook 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Rutherford 2. Totals: 14-13-23-43.
GROVE CITY — Marnich 0-0-0-0, Turner 3-0-0-7, Torok 1-0-0-3, Thrasher 4-1-1-10, Reznor 1-1-2-3, Polkabla 1-0-0-2, Dolan 1-0-0-2, M. Young 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Turner 1, Torok 1, Thrasher 1. Totals: 12-2-3-29.
JV — No score reported.
KENNEDY 13 14 15 19 62
LINCOLN PARK 24 12 15 19 70
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Brewer 3-2-4-9, Zachar 1-0-0-2, Thompkins 6-0-0-13, D’Onofrio 1-1-3-4, James 5-0-1-11, Crow 1-2-4-4, Hartman 6-7-8-19, Hurton 0-0-0-0, Leipheimer 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Brewer 1, Thompkins 1, D’Onofrio 1, James 1. Totals: 23-12-20-62.
LINCOLN PARK — Kellem 3-2-3-8, Skovranko 5-0-0-10, Rowan 7-6-7-21, Minnie 5-6-8-17, Loedding 1-0-1-2, Cottrill 4-2-3-10, Tomassetti 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Rowan 1, Minnie 1. Totals: 26-16-22-70.
JV — KC, 61-16.
FARRELL 3 4 5 6 18
KENNEDY 26 17 16 10 69
FARRELL — Scott 1-1-2-3, Oatis 0-0-2-0, Avery 0-0-0-0, Chambers 0-0-0-0, Gambill 0-0-0-0, Polk 2-0-0-4, Page 1-1-2-3, Sharper 0-1-2-1, Lampkins 0-0-0-0, Smith 1-0-0-2, Murray 1-3-4-5. Totals: 6-6-12-18.
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — O’Brien 1-0-0-2, Yacoub 0-0-0-0, Kress 3-0-0-6, Hood 3-2-2-8, Kish 8-0-0-19, Burns 5-1-2-14, Scoccia 0-0-0-0, Ricketts 7-1-1-18, Bocian 1-0-0-2, Volkay 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Kish 3, Burns 3, Ricketts 3. Totals: 28-4-5-69.
JV — KC, 52-19. April Bocian 17, Taylor Hood 10 for KC.
SHARON 38, GROVE CITY 28
152 — Chet Simoni (GC) dec. Cory Buchanan, 8-2; 160 — DeMarco Hosch (S) pinned Logan Pryor, 1:31; 170 — Deandre Byers (GC) pinned Isaiah Chavez, 1:23; 182 — double forfeit; 195 — Beau Dignall (S) dec. Stephen Boyle, 7-3; 220 — Austin Stelene (GC) forfeit; 285 — Anthony Leak (S) forfeit; 106 — Chad Bable (GC) forfeit; 113 — Cody Buchanan (S) forfeit; 120 — Austin Alfreno (S) forfeit; 126 — Jarray Norris (S) pinned Ryan Grace, 3:26; 132 — Luke Walter (GC) maj. dec. Jason Clark, 10-2; 138 — Michael Bonner (S) tech. fall Jared Sample, 23-8, 5:52; 145 — Trey Maher (GC) dec. Andrew Campbell, 7-4.
REYNOLDS 62, FRANKLIN 7
113 — Mike Bartolo (R) major dec. Zach Sharrer, 18-9; 120 — Alex Reiter (R) dec. Dieux Harper, 8-6; 126 — Nick Nottingham (R) pinned Dusty Bell, 2:17; 132 — Mason McCollum (R) pinned Hunter Cook, 3:40; 138 — Matthew Leise (R) tech. fall Tyler Emrick, 15-0, 4:04; 145 — Levi Stoyer (R) pinned Tyler Carey, 3:58; 152 — Austin Matthews (R) pinned Dakota Geer, 2:23; 160 — Mike Millero (R) major dec. Derek Steetle, 15-7; 170 — Chris Matthews (F) major dec. Austin Moffett, 13-2; 182 — Jamar Henry (R) pinned Nathan Miller, 2:59; 195 — Daniel Geer (F) dec. Denton Zeronas, 7-1; 220 — Logan Rickert (R) tech. fall Jeff Rial, 16-1, 4:43; 285 — Gene Ringer (R) pinned Chris Poundfoot, 0:48; 106 — Seth Hogue (R) tech. fall Nathan Spielvogel, 15-0, 5:26. JV: Reynolds, 15-0.
Farrell High boys basketball team was like a boxer on the brink ... standing on wobbly legs, behind on all three judges’ cards, taking a standing-8 count from the referee.
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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