MERCER COUNTY AREA —
Who: West Middlesex (20-3) vs. Fairview (15-8).
When: Today, 8 p.m.; Where: Sharon High.
Starters: West Middlesex—Matt Dogan, 6-foot-6, Sr. combo guard (26 ppg.); Trey Staunch, 6-3 Soph. post (16.7); Jeremy Jancso, 6-5, Sr. foward (12.4); Jerrod Palmer, 5-11 Sr. guard (8.3); Roman Klaric, 5-11 Sr. guard; Christian Porterfield, 5-11 Jr. swingman (5.1); Mike Ginther, 6-6 Sr. post; Isaac Williams, 5-10 Soph. guard; Josh Porterfield, 6-4 Fr. post; Ryan Dogan, 6-1 Fr. swingman. Fairview—Andy Niland, 5-8 Soph. guard; Marc Corbin, 6-0 Soph. guard; Ben Kocan, 5-10 Soph. guard; Dan Carey, 6-2 Sr. forward; Keny McGrain, 5-10 Sr. guard; Andrew Gibson, 6-1 Sr. swingman; Shannon Jackson, 6-2 Jr. forward.
Bonus Shots: West Middlesex is ranked 5th in the state by The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. ... Dogan is Mercer County’s career scoring leader (2,091). He has scored in double figures in all but 1 game this year — the season-opening setback to top-ranked Beaver Falls. ... The Big Reds are the defending D-10 Class A champions. ... Coach Chad Mild (14th season, 231-130) is West Middlesex’s winningest mentor in the program’s history. ... Since a setback to Youngstown East (55-52) in Farrell’s annual Dresch-McCluskey Holiday Classic, the Big Reds have roared to 16 straight successes en route to the Region 2-AA crown. During that skein West Middlesex has surpassed 80 points in 9 games, reaching the century mark twice and scoring 97 or more on 4 occasions. ... The Reds routed Iroquois (82-44) in their D-10 Tourney lidlifter. ... The stout Staunch has scoerd in double digits in every game this season, while Jancso has joined in 15 times. . ... Fairview, the Region 4-AA co-runnersup with Titusville, is led by Coach Keith Nies (13th year, 197-110). The Tigers were toppled by Hickory (60-35) in their own Tipoff Tourney, as well as Fredonia (N.Y.), Bishop Guilfoyle, Mercyhurst Prep, North East, Vincentian Academy and Titusville. ... On the strength of a 13-0 closing spree, Fairview forged a 59-46 win over North East in its D-10 Tourney opener, led by the double-digit scoring of Andy Niland (20), Marc Corbin (12) and Ben Kocan (11). Niland knocked down 4 of the Tigers’ 9 triples and Corbin converted 8 of 10 free throws. ... Last year Lakeview eliminated Fairview (33-30) in the quarterfinals after the Tigers topped Northwestern in a playin game (48-41). ... The game will be broadcast on NewsTalk 790 (WPIC AM), with Mark Slezak and Bob Greenburg calling the action. ... 12th-year Middlesex volunteer assistant coach Jay Ondo and his brother Jeff will be featured Wednesday night on a trio of Youngstown-area television stations: WKBN (Channel 27) and WYTV (Channel 33), both at 6 and 11 p.m, and Fox 17/62 at 10 p.m. The segment also will be aired on myvalley.com that same evening.
Who: Lakeview (20-3) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (16-7).
When: 6:30 p.m. today; Where: Mercyhurst College.
Starters: Lakeview—Dalton Boggs, 6-1 Sr. combo guard (15.1); Casey Greggs, 6-6 Sr. swingman (14.1); Coty Gander, 6-2 Sr. post (9.0); Brandon Rice, 6-2 Jr. forward (8.3); Zach VanDusen, 6-0 Jr. 2-guard; Andrew Fowler, 6-3 Sr. guard; Austin Rice, 5-9 Fr. guard. Mercyhurst Prep— Alex Borges, 6-6, Sr., forward; Alex Johnson, 5-10 Sr. guard; Carl Anderson, 6-2 Sr. forward; Sam Corritore, 6-0 Sr. forward; Josh Bojewski, 5-8 Sr. guard; Rocco Agnello, 5-9 Jr. guard; Aaron Haas, 5-9 Jr. guard; Derrick Post, 6-1 Sr. forward.
Bonus Shots: Both Boggs and Greggs surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau this season, a 1st in Sailors’ cage annals, according to 13th-year head coach Gary Burke, who attained the 200-win career coaching milestone the same night as Boggs’ burst the 1,000-point barrier (James Charlton, 1,259, is Lakeview’s career scoring leader). ... Honorably mentioned in the most recent Harrisburg Patriot-News poll, the Lakers, the defending D-10 titlists (also 2010 and 2006), are led by 3rd-year head coach Sean Baer (54-22). Mercyhurst Prep procured the Region 4-AA crown with a 13-1 ledger. .... Prep posted an opening-round win over Sharpsville (65-46), its 12th conquest in its last 14 contests. A 3-6 start to the season included setbacks to Neshannock, Sharon (68-53), McDowell, Blackhawk, Peters Twp., North Catholic, Fairview and Central Tech. ... the behemoth Borges is a defensive post presence known for his shot-blocking ability. ... A year ago the Lakers logged a 24-3 ledger, including D-10 Tourney wins over Wilmington (57-15), Saegertown (70-24) and North East (41-30). In the PIAA playoffs Prep popped Shady Side Academy (59-50), but was ousted from the state tourney by Monessen (46-40). ... The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 96.7 (WLLF FM), with Ryan Briggs and Chris Burtch calling the action.
Who: Kennedy Catholic (15-6) vs. VisionQuest (10-13).
When: 6:30 p.m. today; Where: Sharon High.
Starters: Kennedy Catholic—Jeffrey Thompkins, 6-2, Sr. swing-guard (14.2 ppg.); Mac Hartman, 6-6 Sr. post (14.0); Chris James, 6-0 Jr. combo guard (12.9); Jimmy D’Onofrio, 5-11 Sr. 2-guard (7.1); Gerald Zachar, 5-9 Jr. point guard (4.2); Arlen Brewer, 6-0 Sr. swingman (7.2); Sam Crow, 6-1 Jr. forward, Brennan Wassil, 6-4 Jr. forward. VisionQuest—Demetrius McClennan, 6-5, Jr. guard (17.2 ppg., 15.9 rpg., 2.1 blocked shots/game); Tymier Hargrove, Jr. (11.3 ppg.); Izeem Hunter Jr. (11 ppg.); Torrell Bigelow Sr. (5.5);
Bonus Shots: Kennedy Catholic, once the kingpin of D-10 in Class A (12 consecutive crowns), has now won since 2009, having relinquished the title last year to West Middlesex in overtime. Rocky Grove garnered back-to-back championships in 2010-11. ... Coached by Rick Mancino (4th year, 60-30), a starter on the school’s 1st PIAA champion (1985-86). ... KC copped the Region 1-A crown with an unblemished 8-0 ledger after sweeping the Eagles (99-6-0, 77-40), the eventual region runners-up (6-2). Thompkins tallied 27 in the 1st game to key KC, while Hartman hit 26 and James joined in with 11. In the 2nd meeting, James jolted VQ for 27, while Brewer burst out for 22 and Hartman had 16. McClennan mustered 14 and 22, respectively, in the 2 games. ... Thompkins is playing with a serious knee injury that cost him 3 games. He has 13 double-digit scoring games, but only 1 since returning from injury. James (16) joins in, as does Hartman (15). James has scored in double figures in 13 of his last 14 games. ... The Eagles are coached by former Farrell High standout Richard Gordon (3rd year, 37-29) at the helm. ... After an 0-8 start to the season, VisionQuest vaulted Rocky Grove (54-48) in its D-10 Tourney opener. ... Last year, VisionQuest vanquished Eisenhower (71-50) in its D-10 Tourney opener, before bowing to West Middlesex (74-68, OT) for the 3rd time. The Eagles eased past Cochranton (67-44) in the district’s consy contest to advance to the PIAA playoffs, where they knocked out Northern Cambria (72-50) and Vincentian Academy (68-61) before being ousted by Ridgway (58-51). ... NewsTalk 790 (WPIC AM), with Mark Slezak and Bob Greenburg calling the action, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:05 p.m.. ...
MERCER COUNTY AREA —
Playoffs: GC, Hounds win; Reynolds, Sharpsville softball advance
The District 10 playoffs kicked off on Tuesday for 4 area baseball teams and 5 softball squads.
In Class A softball, Reynolds edged West Middlesex, 5-4, in an 8-inning thriller while Sharpsville ousted Rocky Grove, 5-0. In Class AA, Northwestern beat Wilmington, 9-5, and Harbor Creek defeated Mercer, 4-3.
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.
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