Slippery Rock rolls past Grove City
It was a decade in the making, but it was certainly worth the wait for the Slippery Rock Rockets.
At Slippery Rock on Homecoming night Friday, the undefeated Rockets of coach Brendan Hathaway defeated long-time rival Grove City, 49-21. It marked the first time since Week 2 of the 2003 season that the Rockets upended the Eagles.
“Grove City always has a great program, so any time you can go toe-to-toe with a team like them, you have to be happy with where you’re at,” Hathaway said.
Reddick breaks rushing record
Blake Reddick set the Mercer County single-game rushing record Friday, but while individual records are nice, there are bigger goals ahead for the Lakeview Sailors as they drive for the Distirct 10 Class A playoffs.
“It’s nice when it happens, but it’s nothing you plan on happening,” said Lakeview coach Dan York of Reddick’s 391-yard, 5-touchdown performance against Cochranton on only 12 carries. “I think he only carried a couple of times in the second half.
EXTRA INNINGS: Happy for past season; happier for seasons to come
WHEN A TEAM that has not won much does well and is eliminated from extended post-season play, people often shrug off their exit by explaining, “Hey, they were just happy to be there.”
After 20 consecutive losing seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates—and their fans—were not “just happy to be there.” No, we all were ecstatic!
Had you been asked last spring if a .500 record would please you, you would have jumped on such a deal, at about the same time people were snickering, not always behind Clint Hurdle’s back, when the skipper projected his team would win 95 games during a season when it lost five of its first six games to open the 2013 campaign, then went 93-63.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Big race held in Pittsburgh
ONE OF THE region’s biggest race weekends took place this past weekend at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway for the traditional “Pittsburgher”. This year’s event was run by John Kennedy, who leased the facility from the Miley Family. Kennedy has become a big name in auto racing in a short period of time.
Kennedy owns two Super Late Model teams, but after a year of being the presenting sponsor of the ULMS Super Late Model Series, Kennedy really stepped it up this season. The Scottsdale, Arizona resident is formerly from Frewsburg, New York and he took over the lease of McKean County Raceway in East Smethport operating the speedway on a weekly basis. Kennedy also took control over the ULMS and sister UEMS E-Mod Series in addition to starting a series of six events for the new NDRL (National Dirt Racing League).
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Lakeview rolls past Farrell
At Farrell’s Anthony J. Paulekas Stadium/Lou Falconi Field, the Lakeview Sailors under head coach Dan York improved to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the conference with a big 39-10 Region 1-A victory over the Farrell Steelers.
The win left the Sailors tied at the top of the region standings with West Middlesex.
Senior Blake Reddick led the ground assault for the Sailors as he continued to produce big games. Reddick carried the ball 29 times for 259 yards. For the season he has 1,279 on 111 totes to lead all Mercer County rushers after 6 games.
EXTRA INNINGS: Will Pirates live to play another day?
THE PITTSBURGH Pirates have played 167 games during the 2013 baseball season. The St. Louis Cardinals have played 166.
Tonight, one of the two teams will play its final game of the season, while the other continues in the trek toward the World Series.
The Bucs will rely on a young right hander who exemplifies everything that is supposed to happen to number one picks. Last Friday, Gerrit Cole showed why the Pirates have trumpeted the 23-year-old since they inked him two Augusts ago.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Rain washes out Sharon finale
RAIN SHOWERS washed out the season finale for Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. The event was to include a special Super Late Model race under the ULMS banner for the fourth time this season along with an E-Mod non-winners event, Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The event won’t be rescheduled due to numerous special events throughout the rest of the month in the region.
The 2013 season is now complete at Sharon. Congrats to the following champions: Jim Weller, Jr. (Hubbard, OH) -Big-Block Modifieds, Dennis Lunger, Jr. (Albion, PA) -RUSH Late Models, Mike Kinney (Ashtabula, OH)-E-Mods, Mike Clark (Bristolville, OH)-Stock Cars, Jeremy Double (Bristolville, OH)-Econo Mods, and Travis Creech (Niles, OH)-Mini Stocks.
Fall high school sports in full swing
High school fall sports are in full swing for area teams as they drive for District 10 playoffs berths.
Several local golfers earned slots in the District 10 Boys Golf Championships this past week with places in the Region 1 qualifier.
Following are recent results of all local high school sports reported to The Herald or Allied News:
Mercer tops Lakeview in battle of unbeatens
The battle of the unbeaten teams came to an end on Friday night as the host Mercer Mustangs defeated the neighboring Lakeview Sailors 19-8 in Region 1-A play.
Under the leadership of head coach Pat McClearn, the Mustangs (4-0 overall, 3-0 region competition) have already avenged three losses from last season and have their eyes set on getting back to the District 10 game.
EXTRA INNINGS: Postseason participants don't have to be perfect teams
Rounding the bases…
First Base: With all the handwringing in Pittsburgh over the Pirates’ failure to match their first-half play (50-31) during the second portion of the season, much of the same is going on in other baseball cities about their teams as well.
The one exception is in Los Angeles, where the last-place-in-late-May Dodgers exploded to clinch their division title easily.
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