Mercer girls bow in D-10 title tilt; SR ousted in consys
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
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Rounding the bases…
FIRST BASE: If you among the very elite at your job, and your company — rolling in money — asked you to take a 50 percent pay cut, then offered a 25 percent cut instead, would you be happy?
Or might you leave for a company that offered you a chance to make 275% more than your former company?
Be serious. Would you stay with your original company?
Breese, Smith win D-10 mat titles
Lakeview High heavyweight Sam Breese already had a state gold medal hung around his neck last season, but there was one important medal he had never worn — that of a District 10 champion.
That ended Saturday at the District 10 Class AA Championships at Sharon High School when Breese defeated Reynolds Gene Ringer, 7-3.
“This was his first district title so he has the monkey off his back,” said a happy Lakeview Coach Tom Tingley. “Now it’s on to regions and state.”
EXTRA INNINGS: For baseball fans, winter ends today
WHILE THE calendar would dispute it, for baseball fans, winter ends today, a few minutes after 1 p.m. when the Pittsburgh Pirates take McKechnie Field and Francisco Liriano throws his first pitch against the New York Yankees. Even better, we can listen to winter melt into spring as the game will be carried on 93.7 The Fan, the first of 16 such broadcasts, some of which will also be aired locally by the stations that are part of the team’s radio network.
Slippery Rock, Mercer girls win D-10 starts
Slippery Rock and Mercer girls basketball teams earned victories in their District 10 playoff openers last Saturday, but Grove City was ousted by Villa Maria.
3 area matmen win Section crowns
Led by champions Sam Breese and Marquis Spence of Lakeview and Grove City’s Luke Walter, a solid group of Allied News area wretlers qualified for this coming weekend’s District 10 Class AA Tournament at Sharon High School.
Breese, the defending state heavyweight champion, and Walter (132) each won their second straight Section 2-AA crown during tournament action Saturday at Sharon, while Spence (195) captured his first.
5 locals qualify for D-10 hoop playoffs
Five Allied News area teams qualified for the District 10 basketball playoffs which open Thursday.
Mercer and Grove City boys will begin action Thursday in a doubleheader at Mercyhurst University.
Mercer faces Mercyhurst Prep in Class AA action at 6:30 p.m., followed by Grove City battling Erie East at 8 p.m. in Class AAA.
Mercer, Grove City and Slippery Rock girls play Saturday afternoon.
In Class AA, Mercer meets Fairview at 1 p.m. at Kennedy Catholic High.
In Class AAA, Grove City meets Villa Maria at 1 p.m. at Fairview High, while Slippery Rock takes on Harbor Creek at 4 p.m. at Kennedy Catholic.
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ALTHOUGH there are no fireworks display scheduled after the Pirates’ Fourth of July game this summer at PNC Park, there could be plenty of pyrotechnics during the game itself.
That’s the first time the Pirates will meet the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014.
And if the scheduling gurus have anything to say about it, who do you think will take the mound for the Bucs’ cross-state rivals?
After telling the Pirates last summer that he would play for them this season or retire, Burnett on Sunday inked a contract with Philadelphia.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP
Allied News area high school winter sports teams have been busy recently as the season nears an end and the playoffs loom for some. Following is a look at all Mercer County area sports action recently:
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Rounding the bases…
FIRST BASE: On May 10, 2013, no one in Pittsburgh knew that Francisco Liriano (16-8), Gerrit Cole (10-7), and Charlie Morton (7-4) would combine for a 33-19 record or that Marlon Byrd would fill the huge gap in the middle of the Clint Hurdle’s lineup, or that Justin Morneau would answer the Pirates’ first base problem.
The starting rotation that opened the season included A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald, Jonathan Sanchez, and Jeff Locke.
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