With the regular season’s 2nd half starting, Sharon High boys basketball team is sub-.500.
But playing on the Tigers’ turf is still a tough out.
Darrell Stovall’s 19-point, 12-rebound double-double stoked Sharon to a 60-46 District 10 Region 5-AAA win over Farrell Friday night.
Sharon (4-4 Region 5-AAA, 6-7 overall) won its 5th contest at home to remain undefeated, while the Steelers suffered their 1st setback on the road.
“Yeah, and we’ve gotta keep it that way,” Sharon stalwart Darrell Stovall said of Sharon’s success on home hardwood.
With Jason Page pumping in a pair of 3-point fielders, Malik Miller adding another, and Ike Jones joining in with 7 of his team-high 17 points, Farrell forged a 20-16 first-quarter edge.
However from that juncture the Tigers’ 2-3 matchup zone defense forced Farrell into 8-for-48 shooting over the game’s final 24 minutes.
“We put that in two days ago,” related 1st-year Tigers taskmaster Jason Rankin. “Coach (Geoff) Evans came to me before the game and said, ‘Why don’t we start out in it, see what they do?’ And (the Steelers) shot the lights out in the first quarter (8 for 18, 3 triples), but they scored 26 the rest of the game.
“It’s kind’ve like a ‘fool’s gold’ thing,” Rankin related. “You start making three’s and all of a sudden you start standing out there shooting three’s. So we were able to make some adjustments, the kids made adjustments on the fly, and I was really proud of the effort they gave.”
With Stovall scoring 6 second-stanza points and the Steelers shooting 3 for 17, Sharon surged to a 29-26 margin at intermission.
The Tigers tallied 6 of 9 third-quarter floor shots — with Stovall, who shot 9 for 11 on the night, sinking all 3 of his attempts, including a corner trey at the 5:01 segment — and the Tigers took a 48-38 edge into the final frame.
“It really came off my teammates. The found me, they saw me, and I crashed the boards and did what I had to do to win this game,” Stovall related. “I can’t be one-dimensional; I’ve gotta be everywhere sometimes.”
From the field Farrell froze up. During a 3:43 span — with 1:21 left in the 3rd period when Page found Jones, drawing the Steelers within 44-38, until Jones’ pair of freebies with 5:29 left in the finale — the Steelers went scoreless. By that time the Tigers had taken a 54-40 lead.
“There was a stretch in the third quarter where they got hot and we got cold ... we had three or four go in and out, and I thought that was the difference in the game,” assessed Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse.
During the 4th frame Khalil Hopson hit 6 of 8 freebies en route to 11-for-13 marksmanship and an 18-point, 7-rebound, 5-assist line.
With 4:11 remaining to play, Stovall and the Steelers’ Tyrone Archie tied up for a loose-ball rebound and simultaneouly crashed to the floor. But Rankin defused a potential emotionally-charged situation by hailing a timeout.
“I’ve been reminded over and over, and certainly I’ve seen it on YouTube, the infamous fight that happened here,” Rankin related, “and the last thing we wanted to do was be in a situation where, not only did we lose our heads and possibly lose the game, but then lose a player for this one and the next game.
“It is an emotional situation,” Rankin continued, “but they’re kids and they have to be reminded that this is a game, it’s not about someone’s life being on the line, and they have to continue to do what they have to do.”
“That’s all that I had to do, was keep my composure. We had the game in hand, so why would I go out and risk me sitting out with a ‘T’ (technical),” Stovall rhetorically asked, emphasizing, “I had to keep myself in the game.”
“I have to take off my hat to both teams. They played hard, they were like warriors, both sides,” Shannonhouse assessed. “You hate to see one team lose, but they were the better team (Friday) night. ,... We’ll try to get ’em at home.”
Farrell (4-4, 7-7) finished 16 for 67 from the floor (23.8 percent), with Page, Miller and Jamel Brown combining for an 8-for-38 shooting performance. Jones’ 17-point, 7-rebound effort sparked the Steelers, while Archie annexed a team-high 10 caroms. Page, Marquette Coleman and Brown dished out 4, 3 and 3 assists, respectively, and Farrell committed only 6 miscues. But the Steelers were sabotagized by their shooting.
“It’s just the mere fact that we have to have more confidence on offense,” Shannonhouse said. “I thought our defense wasn’t too bad, we turned ’em over quite a bit (18 Tigers’ turnovers), but we just could not get any easy ones to fall ...
“But, hey, it happens. You’re gonna win some of those games like that and you’re gonna lose some of those games like that. You just take it on the chin, bounce back (today) and go to work,” Shannonhouse summarized.
Rankin is hoping the win jump-starts a Sharon 2nd-half surge.
“The funny thing is, our schedule’s been against us, but now it’s coming for us. We said if we get a good one here, we can catapult with Meadville coming, Grove City coming and the top three teams coming after this. The only this is, we’ve gotta end the season (at E.J. McCluskey Gymasium), which would be a raucus situation.
“But, hey,’ Rankin reasoned, “if we’re in a situation where we have to play to get in(to the playoffs), I’ll be happy because at least it’ll be a playoff-type game.”
Notes: Sharon shot 21 for 47 (44.6) from the field and converted 14 of 18 freebies (77.8). ... The Tigers also outrebounded the Steelers, 42-36. ... D’Amond Crawford collected 8 points and 6 rebounds for Sharon, also. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Hickory 81, George Junior Republic 58 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, the Hornets had won in overtime in their past 2 games (vs. Franklin and Slippery Rock).
However Hickory (8-0, 10-2) led 14-10 after 8 minutes of play and 36-16 at halftime and rolled past the Tigers (2-6, 4-7) in the Region 5-AAA clash.
Matt Votino rifled in 22 points to lead Hickory while Marcus Sonoga bucketed 14, Anthony Cannone had 11 points and dished out 5 assists and Andrew Pryts added 10 markers.
Quamere Boggs had 16 to lead GJR, Dominic Barnes bucketed 13 and Eddie Pena had 10.
ä West Middlesex 97, Wilmington 55 — At New Wilmington, the visiting Big Reds rolled to the Region 2-AA road rout, nearly attaining the century mark for the 2nd time this season.
West Middlesex went up 28-4 after 8 minutes and never was challenged.
Matt Dogan deposited a game-high 24 points for West Middlesex (6-0, 10-3), Jeremy Jansco, Trey Staunch and Jarrod Palmer evenly divided an additional 45 points, Christian Porterfield pumped in a dozen while Roman Klaric contributed 10 tallies.
For Wilmington (1-5, 4-9), Jesse Hilliard hit for 21 points, Jordan Smith scored 11 and Davis Smith 10.
ä Lakeview 39, Mercer 36 — At Stoneboro the Sailors (5-1, 12-2) watched an 18-point 3rd quarter lead dissipate before holding on for the Region 2-AA victory.
Trailing 38-36, Mercer (2-4, 5-7) had a chance to knot the score at 38-all with 4 seconds left, but sophomore guard Logan Clarke missed both freebies and Lakeview’s Casey Greggs made 1-of-2 three seconds later to ice the game.
Despite watching its offense struggle to find any rhythm, the Sailors buckled their chinstraps and harassed Mercer into 4-of-23 shooting and 13 turnovers in the 1st half to assume a 24-11 cushion entering intermission.
Greggs opened the 2nd half with a triple and Coty Gander followed with a lay-up to put Lakeview up 29-11, but from there, it was all Mercer.
Aided by a 21-6 run over the 3rd and 4th quarters, the Mustangs pulled within 37-36 on Danny Miller’s lay-up with 2:26 left. Lakeview chewed up almost 2 full minutes of clock on its next possession before committing a turnover and setting up Clarke’s trip to the free throw line.
Both teams struggled offensively, with Mercer making 27 percent of its shots from the field (12 for 44) and Lakeview managing just 33 percent (13-of-39) without committing a high volume of turnovers.
For the Sailors, Gander posted 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Casey Greggs and Dalton Boggs combined for another 17 markers, 10 rebounds and 5 steals.
Nate Guiler led Mercer with 12 points, while Miller contributed 9 — Information submitted by sports correspondent Corey J. Corbin.
ä Sharpsville 51, Greenville 49 — At Greenville, the visiting Blue Devils (4-2, 8-5) led 13-6 at the end of the 1st quarter and held on to edge the Trojans (1-5, 4-9) in a Region 2-AA encounter.
Tyler Luchey buried a 6-footer with 2 seconds left to lift Sharpsville to victory.
Jalen Mockabee registered 15 points for Sharpsville and Luchey collected 13 markers.
Tyler Fattman and Luke Houpt both scored 11 points for Greenville.
ä Kennedy Catholic 63, Commodore Perry 32 — At Sheakleyville, the visiting Golden Eagles eased to the Region 1-A road rout.
Jeffrey Thompkins tallied a game-high 16 points to key Kennedy Catholic (3-0, 8-3), while Chris James joined in with 13 and Mac Hartman hit a dozen.
For Commodore Perry (0-3, 2-11), Brandon Stringert scored 9.
ä VisionQuest 89, Jamestown 39 — At Franklin High, the host Eagles (2-1, 3-10) eased to the Region 1-A win as Hunter hit for a game-high 30 points, McLennan lent 25, and Adams added 19 for coach Richard Gordon’s group.
Jamestown (1-3, 1-11) was led by Ryan Livingston’s 17 points, a figure matched by Muskies’ mate Alex Boylan.
ä Brookfield 64, Conneaut 41 — At Brookfield, coach Bill Kovach’s Warriors improved to 10-1 with the rout of Conneaut, Ohio.
Jeremy Quinlan notched a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead Brookfield. Also, Ryan Mosora had 13 points and 5 steals, Jimmy Quinlan scored a dozen points and Collin Harkulich contributed 10 markers.
Christian Williams scored 16 for Conneaut.
Grove City swept Hickory in a recent match. The GC boys won 96-40 while the Lady Eagles notched a 92-68 win. The following Hickory results were reported to The Herald:
Boys: Kevin Hartenstein won the 100 backstroke while Jaylan Sharper was 1st in the breakstroke. Kyle and Kevin Hartenstein, Vince Currie and Sharper took 1st in the 400 free-relay and the foursome of Trand Wright, Derek Work, Sharper and Kyle Hartenstein won the 200 free-relay.
Girls: Individual winners were Paige Brown (100 breastroke) and Delaney Javens (200 ’free). Haley Boyd was 2nd in the 100 breaststroke, Javens placed 2nd in the 100 butterfly and Jordan Graves was runner-up in the 50 ’free.
Breah Quatkemeyer, Annalise Bianco, Robyn McGowan and Javens placed 1st in the 400 free-relay while Theresa Tremmel, Veronica Stefanik, Patrica McQuiston and Chelsea Panin were 2nd.
Stefanik, Brown, Javens and Graves were 2nd in the 200 medley relay and Bailey and Paige Brown, Quatkemeyer and Graves finished 2nd in the 200 free-relay.
FARRELL 20 6 12 8 46
SHARON 16 13 19 12 60
FARRELL — Brown 3-2-3-8, Miller 2-1-1-6, Jones 5-7-9-17, Archie 2-0-2-4, Page 3-0-0-9, Coleman 0-0-0-0, Burns 0-0-0-0, Hyman 0-0-0-0, Pratt 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Page 3, Miller 1. Totals: 16-10-15-46.
SHARON — Hopson 3-11-13-18, Robinson 2-1-2-6, Stovall 9-0-0-19, Henry 1-0-0-2, Porterfield 3-0-1-7, Crawford 3-2-2-8, Hawkins 0-0-0-0, Lampkins 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Hopson 1, Porterfield 1, Stovall 1, Robinson 1. Totals: 21-14-18-60.
JV — Farrell, 58-41. Dewayne Burns 15, Tequan Pratt 11 for Farrell; Carnell Hawkins 12, Mark Henry 10 for Sharon.
GJR 10 6 17 25 58
HICKORY 14 22 26 19 81
GEORGE JUNIOR REPUBLIC — Boggs 8-0-0-16, Pearson 3-1-2-7, Toney 3-0-0-7, Oliver 0-0-0-0, Barnes 6-1-5-13, Plowden 0-2-2-2, Gibson 1-1-2-3, Pena 5-0-0-10. 3-pt. goal: Toney 1. Totals: 25-1-5-11-58.
HICKORY — Tantuo 0-0-0-0, Votino 6-7-7-22, N. Mastrian 1-2-2-4, V. Mastrian 1-0-0-3, Sonoga 6-0-0-14, Passalinqua 0-0-0-0, Nardone 3-1-2-7, Cannone 4-1-2-11, Rhoades 1-0-0-2, A. Pryts 5-0-0-10, Green 4-0-1-8. 3-pt. goal: Votino 3, Sonoga 2, Cannone 2, V. Mastrian 1. Totals: 31-11-14-81.
JV — GJR, 54-52 (OT). Toney 15, Gibson 12. Nick Tantuo 16 for Hickory.
SHARPSVILLE 13 10 15 13 51
GREENVILLE 6 16 13 14 49
SHARPSVILLE — Luchey 5-3-5-13, Kennedy 2-3-6-7, Bulick 3-0-0-6, Barringer 2-0-0-4, Smith 3-0-0-6, Mockabee 7-1-2-15. Totals: 22-7-13-51.
GREENVILLE — Fattman 3-4-5-11, Houpt 4-3-6-11, M.Jones 2-1-2-5, Ferguson 2-0-0-6, Addison 2-1-1-5, Reiser 0-2-4-2, A.Jones 0-0-1-0, Emmett 4-1-2-9. 3-pt. goals: Ferguson 2, Fattman 1. Totals: 17-12-21-49.
JV — Greenville won (no score reported).
KENNEDY 6 22 19 16 63
COMM. PERRY 6 11 6 9 32
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Brewer 1-0-0-2, Zachar 1-0-0-2, Thompkins 6-3-3-16, D’Onofrio 1-3-4-5, G.Cianci 1-1-2-4, Feeney 0-0-0-0, Stanek 0-0-0-0, James 5-3-4-13, Weldon 0-2-2-2, Hartman 2-8-8-12, Campbell 2-0-0-4, N.Cianci 0-2-2-2, Leipheimer 0-1-2-1, Wassil 0-0-0-0, Hurton 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Thompkins 1, G.Cianci 1. Totals: 19-23-27-63.
COMMODORE PERRY — B.Stringert 3-3-10-9, Small 0-2-4-2, Britton 0-3-6-3, P.Stringert 2-0-2-4, Matisko 2-0-0-4, Hildebran 1-0-0-2, Richmond 0-1-2-1, McCracken 1-1-2-4, Kiser 1-0-3-3. 3-pt. goals: McCracken 1, Kiser 1. Totals: 10-10-29-32.
JV — Kennedy Catholic, 53-31. Jake Leipheimer 13 for KC; Jeremiah Small 14 for CP.
MIDDLESEX 28 23 23 23 97
WILMINGTON 4 21 15 15 55
WEST MIDDLESEX — C.Porterfield 5-0-0 12, Palmer 6-1-1-15, Williams 1-0-1-2, J.Porterfield 1-0-0-2, Jansco 6-3-3-15, Staunch 6-3-5-15, R.Dogan 1-0-0-2, Klaric 3-2-3-10, M.Dogan 10-3-5-24. 3-pt. goals — C.Porterfield 2, Palmer 2, Klaric 1, M.Dogan 1. Totals: 39 12-18 97.
WILMINGTON — Fagan 2-0-0-6, Hilliard 7-6-8-21, J.Smith 4-3-4-11, Anthony 0-2-4-2, R.Brumbaugh 1-1-4-3, D.Smith 4-0-0-10, Bloise 0-2-2-2. 3-pt. goals: Fagan 2, D.Smith 2, Hilliard 1 . Totals: 18-14-22-55.
JV — West Middlesex, 59-29. Josiah Bloise 12 for Wilmington.
MERCER 8 3 13 12 36
LAKEVIEW 12 12 9 6 39
MERCER — Clarke 1-1-4-3, Guiler 4-0-1-12, Rymniak 1-0-0-2, Miller 2-5-6-9, Brest 2-0-0-4, Davis 0-2-2-2, Fowler 1-0-0-2, Nan 0-0-0-0, Handerhan 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Guiler 4. Totals: 12-8-14-38.
LAKEVIEW — Greggs 2-3-5-9, Boggs 4-0-1-8, Gander 3-6-8-12, B. Rice 3-0-0-6, VanDusen 0-1-2-1, A. Rice 1-0-0-2, Bigley 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Greggs 2, Boggs 1. Totals: 13-10-16-39.
JV — Lakeview, 44-33.
JAMESTOWN 10 9 11 9 39
VISIONQUEST 26 24 20 19 89
JAMESTOWN — Adams 1-0-0-3, Kilgore 0-0-2-0, Potter 0-2-2-2, Boylan 7-3-6-17, Livingston 6-2-6-17, Dupree 0-0-0-0, Melton 0-0-1-0. 3-pt. goals: Livingston 3, Adams 1. Totals: 14-7-17-39.
VISIONQUEST — Gonzales 1-0-0-3, Adams 8-3-6-19, Hunter 14-2-5-30, McLennan 11-3-5-25, Simms 1-0-0-2, McDonald 1-0-0-2, Foster 2-2-4-6, Rigney 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Gonzales 1. Totals: 39-10-20-89.
JV — No game.
CONNEAUT 11 6 13 11 41
BROOKFIELD 14 12 14 24 64
CONNEAUT — Mirando 1-1-2-3, Stebs 0-0-0-0, Campbell 3-0-0-9, Gearics 1-0-0-2, Borgenroingo 1-2-2-5, Gniser 2-1-1-5, Blood 0-0-0-0, Sprinkles 0-0-0-0, Myers 0-0-0-0, Oatman 0-0-0-0, Williams 5-2-2-16, Ritai 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goals: Williams 4, Campbell 3, Borgenroingo 1. Totals: 13-7-9-41.
BROOKFIELD — Jim. Quinlan 3-6-10-12, Harkulich 3-2-2-10, Dickson 1-2-2-5, Jer. Quinlan 8-2-2-20, Mosora 5-2-2-13, Tarver 2-0-0-4, Wallace 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Harkulich 2, Jer. Quinlan 2, Mosora 1, Dickson 1. Totals: 22-14-18-64.
JV — Brookfield, 45-32. Nate Johnson 12 for Brookfield; Justin Myers 17 for Conneaut.
With the regular season’s 2nd half starting, Sharon High boys basketball team is sub-.500.
Hickory boys edge WM for D-10 Class AA Track team title
HARBORCREEK — Hickory High co-head coach Mark Slezak referenced the term “exponential” in explaining the four-fold heart-felt feeling of having a relay team qualify for the PIAA Championships.
That sentiment seemed to summarize Mercer County’s performance during Saturday’s annual District 10 Class AA Track & Field Championships.
5 area teams qualify for D-10 baseball playoffs
Five area baseball teams have qualified for the District 10 playoffs — Grove City, Kennedy Catholic, Sharpsville, West Middlesex and Wilmington.
In the Class A semifinals, Kennedy Catholic faces Cochranton at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Northwestern High School. Rocky Grove faces Eisenhower in the other semifinal game.
Hickory, WM boys to collide at D-10 AA Track & Field Championships
For the 2nd time this week, a District 10 track & field team title could be decided by a pair of Mercer County contingents.
Just as Hickory and Grove City girls contested the Class AAA crown Wednesday night, so, too, are the Hickory and West Middlesex boys anticipating vying for Saturday’s AA title.
Roundup: Reynolds baseball tops GC; Sharpsville, Wilmington softball teams win
ä Reynolds 4, Grove City 1 — At Transfer, Neal Engstrom fired a complete-game 3-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks in lifting the Raiders (9-8) past the Eagles (14-6).
Ryan Grace was tagged with the loss for Grove City. He struck out 6 batters, issued no walks and gave up 7 hits in going the distance.
GC girls 3-peat at District 10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships
HARBORCREEK— Some athletes seeded 1st in four events would feel pressure. For Grove City High senior Daniel Jaskowak, it’s an opportunity for name recognition.
“I kind’ve like it. It’s cool, because people know who you are,” related Jaskowak, who won 3 events during Wednesday’s District 10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships.
Hickory, GC girls collide at D-10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships
If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Cliché though that is, it will be borne out today at the annual District 10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships.
Hickory High girls — the defending PIAA Class AA titlists — will test the best from the biggest. And the Lady Hornets hope to give as good as they get from the 6-county competition.
Local tune up for districts at Mercer County Invite
There’s a difference between a warm-up and a warning.
If Saturday’s annual track & field invitational is any indication, Mercer County’s contingent issued a warning for the remainder of District 10: This could be a big year in area annals.
Roundup: Grace, GC beat Sharon, 4-0, in 5 innings
With an impending storm blowing in above Johnny Pepe Field time was limited, so Ryan Grace greedily gobbled up putouts.
Grove City High’s Grace gave up only 3 base hits, and the visiting Eagles eased to an abbreviated 4-0, 5-inning win over Sharon Friday afternoon.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP: County track meet set Saturday at Hickory
The annual Mercer County Track & Field Invitational will be held at Hickory High’s Hornet Stadium Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Competing are all Mercer County teams, Class AAA and AA, as well as Slippery Rock. The meet serves as a warm-up to the District 10 championships set next week at Harbor Creek High.
Roundup: Sharon baseball squad edges Sharpsville, 5-4
It was a tense Tuesday in Tiger-town.
Twenty-four hours removed from a 1-run Region 2-AA loss at New Wilmington, Sharon High’s baseball team could not afford another setback, otherwise its postseason aspirations were alleviated.
Conversely, region pacesetting Sharpsville could have secured the crown with a win, and the Blue Devils dashed to an early 3-0 lead.
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