GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 15, Commodore Perry 49 — At Sheakleyville, the visiting Ms. Reds rolled, led by winner Kristen White (21:35).
ä Hickory 15, Sharon 48 — At Hermitage, Lexi Bible (20:39), Jackie Abraham, Bailey Brown, Haley Boyd and Ciera Sonoga took the top 5 spots for the Lady Hornets.
Delaney Ser finished 6th for the Lady Tigers.
ä Slippery Rock 15, Reynolds 50 (forfeit) — At Transfer, the visiting Lady Rockets rolled, led by Lauren Dietz (27:12.2), Reynolds’ Candi Arnold (25.:05.9) led the Lady Raiders, who did not field a full team.
ä Sharpsville 15, Kennedy Catholic 50 (forfeit) — At Buhl Farm Park, the Blue Darlings won the forfeited meet. Sharpsville’s Maddie Przcina finished 1st in 22:12; Jessica Garcia turned in a 28:18 clocking, but KC did not field a full squad.
ä Greenville 28, Wilmington 29 — At Greenville, the Lady Trojans’ Maddie Thrasher posted a time of 21:07 to take 1st place. Wilmington’s Rikki Brumbaugh finished runner-up.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 20, Commodore Perry 43 — At Sheakleyville, Commodore Perry’s Nate White won in a time of 18:30, but the visiting Big Reds recorded the next 9 placewinners, led by runner-up David Johnson.
ä Hickory 18, Sharon 43 — At Hermitage, Logan Griffen (18:02), Kyle Boyd and Kevin Jancsar swept the top 3 spots in leading the Hornets past the Tigers. Cody Buchanan finished 4th for Sharon in 18:38.
ä Slippery Rock 15, Reynolds 50 (forfeit)— At Transfer, Slippery Rock’s Caleb Bickel outlasted Reynolds’ Justin Pago, 20:31.8 to 21:12, but the visiting Rockets rolled. Reynolds did not field a full squad.
ä Kennedy Catholic 15, Sharpsville 50 (forfeit) — At Buhl Farm Park, Billy Flynn flew home 1st in a time of 19:13 to key Kennedy, while Mike Vannoy (23:36) led Sharpsville, which did not field a full team.
ä Greenville 26, Wilmington 31 — At Greenville, Mercer Martin clocked in at 19:04, followed by teammates Dylan Foley and Matthew Hecking, as the Trojans edged the Hounds. Jared Thomas finished 4th for Wilmington.
Coach Pat Forese’s Grove City squad placed 4th on Tuesday in the Region 3 Mega-Match at Blueberry Hills Golf Course in Warren.
Meadville won with a 322 (5th score tiebreaker), Warren had a 322, Slippery Rock carded a 340, GC had a 350 and Oil City finished with a 374.
Meadville’s Zack Ford earned medalist honors by carding a 73. Matt Gordon led Grove City with an 84.
Meadville: Ford 73, Charlie Holt 82, Will Malady 83, John Gizzie 84.
Warren: Nathan Sandberg, Carter Cerra 79s, Andrew Gignac 80, Anthony Deppas 84.
Slippery Rock: Brett Rinker 78, Bob Paczkowski 83, Matt Badger 87, Levi Loenberg 92.
Grove City: Gordon 84, Ben Lucas 87, Jordan Anderson 89, Dylan Osborne 90.
Oil City: Troy McGregor 83, Nick Rea, Zach Amos 92s, Jeremy Watson 107.
Standings: Meadville 13, Grove City 11, Slippery Rock 10, Warren 8, Oil City 3.
ä Sharon 4, Oil City 0 — In the season-opener at Tiger Stadium, Emma Levitz scored a pair of goals and Alexis Jefferson made 5 saves in goal to record the shutout as Sharon blanked the Lady Oilers.
Hannah Levitz and Mikaela Skiljo posted the other goals for Sharon. Skiljo and Karen Zajac notched assists.
ä Hickory 6, Wilmington 0 — Under the lights at Hornet Stadium, Jackie White and Sara Suler both had hat tricks as the Hornettes opened the season with a victory over the Lady Hounds.
Isabella Spadafora posted 2 assists for Hickory while White and Mary Kathryn Bair had 1 each.
Casey Zreliak notched the shutout in goal. She made 5 saves.
JV: Hickory, 2-0.
ä Keystone 3, West Middlesex 1 — At West Middlesex, the host Ms. Reds suffered a loss as the 2nd-year program kicked off the 2012 season.
Kaitlyn Beck scored for WM off an assist from Sarah Mild. The Ms. Reds outshot Keystone 26-13.
ä Commodore Perry 2, Slippery Rock 1 — At Slippery Rock, David Jeffries celebrated his 17th birthday by recording both goals in the Panthers’ victory over the Rockets.
Jeffries notched a goal in the 1st half and then snapped a 1-1 tie in the 2nd half. Kinser DeMarco made 8 saves in goal for CP.
Cole McCandless scored Slippery Rock’s lone goal in the 1st half.
ä Mercer 6, Karns City 0 — At Lamor Road Field, Will Juergens scored a pair of goals as coach Ryan Hoffman’s Mustangs defeated the 3-time defending District 9 champs.
Nathan Breese, Matt Juergens, Alex Shaffer and Trenton Fowler scored the other goals for Mercer.
Fowler, Chase Hoffman, Zach Kroll and Preston Hoover all had assists and Alan Rabold posted the shutout in goal as the Mustangs outshot KC 23-1.
ä West Middlesex 3, Sharon 0 — At Sharon, visiting West Middlesex won its season-opener in a sweep, 25-10, 25-10, 26-24.
West Middlesex: Allison Mild 17 assists, 8 serving points; Shannon Kuritz 6 kils, 9 points; Tori Roberts 13 digs, 13 points; Aerial Pratt 7 points; Aly Andrusky 12 digs; Sarah Lucich 5 kills. Sharon: No results reported.
JV: West Middlesex, 25-14, 25-8.
ä Cambridge Springs 3, Lakeview 0 — At Cambridge Springs, the Lady Blue Devils swept Lakeview, 25-14, 25-14, 25-19.
Lakeview: Taylor Reed 19 assists; Samantha Womer 5 kills; Alex Ruediger 10 digs; Tia Ray 6 points.
JV: Lakeview, 25-22, 25-19.
ä Brookfield 3, Champion 0 — At Brookfield, Ali Harpster posted 25 points, 8 kills and 13 digs in leading the Lady Warriors (1-3) to their 1st win of the season, 25-22, 25-17, 25-14.
Brookfield: Delaney Saxton 14 kills, 12 digs; Sarah Egercic 15 points; Tori Thompson 17 assists; Katie Bender 10 points, 20 assists.
JV: No score reported.
The following Tuesday schedule changes were reported to The Herald.
ä Boys Golf: Mercer at Hickory, TBA; Lakeview at Greenville, to today.
ä Girls Golf: Mercyhurst Prep at Hickory, TBA.
ä Tennis: Wilmington at Hickory, to today.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
WEST MIDDLESEX 15, COMMODORE PERRY 49
1. Kristen White (WM) 21:35; 2. Chloé Tyillian (WM); 3. Alyson Pierce (WM); 4. Kelsey Murray (WM); 5. Kia-Anne Howe (WM); 6. Logan Nitsche (WM); 7. Shae Grinnell (CP); 8. Anna Zrile (WM); 9. Jordan Aubel (WM); 10; Stephanie Garrett (WM); 11. Madison Weimer (WM); 12. Mia Perilli (WM); 13. Olivia Slater (WM); 14. Shanna McGowan (CP).
HICKORY 15, SHARON 48
1. Lexi Bible (H), 20:39; 2. Jackie Abraham (H); 3. Bailey Brown (H); 4. Haley Boyd (H); 5. Ciera Sonoga (H); 6. Delaney Ser (S); 7. Kristen LaCamera (H); 8. Jordyn Kalp (H); 9. Kayleigh Collier (H); 10. Paige Brown (H).
GREENVILLE 28, WILMINGTON 29
1. Maddie Thrasher (G) 21:07; 2. Rikki Brumbaugh (W); 3. Allison Baldwin (W); 4. Nanami Mano (G); 5. Hannah Winters (W); 6. Emily Marshall (G); 7. Hannah Drake (W); 8. Maddie Dangrow (G); 9. Logan Addison (G); 10. Lexi Reimold (G).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
WEST MIDDLESEX 20, COMMODRE PERRY 43
1. Nate White (CP) 18:30; 2. David Johnson (WM); 3. Jared Germani (WM); 4. R.J. Gilliland (WM); 5. Levi Canon (WM); 6. Brett Kirk (WM); 7. Aaron Wilson (WM); 8. Isaac Williams (WM); 9. Aaron Fitzgerald (WM); 10. Cody Schreiber (CP).
HICKORY 18, SHARON 43
1. Logan Griffen (H), 18:02; 2. Kyle Boyd (H); 3. Kevin Jancsar (H); 4. Cody Buchanan (S); 5. Derek Work (H); 6. Matthew Diltz (S); 7. Marcus Sonoga (H); 8. Justin Walter (H); 9. Tyler Schurko (H); 10. Ryan Elsey (H).
GREENVILLE 26, WILMINGTON 31
1. Mercer Martin (G), 19:04; 2. Dylan Foley (G); 3. Matthew Hecking (G); 4. Jared Thomas (W); 5. Derik Creag (W); 6. Calvin Gealy (W); 7. Brett Whitty (W); 8. Ryuji Mano (G); 9. Jordan Smith (W); 10. Ryan Davis (W).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
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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