Slippery Rock ousted from D-10 playoffs
The undefeated season of head coach Brendan Hathaway and the Slippery Rock Rockets (10-1) came to an end on Friday with a 35-15 loss to General McLane at Slippery Rock University.
“Nothing that happened on this field tonight was from a lack of effort and I’m proud of them for that,” said Hathaway following the District 10 Class AAA semifinal game.
The Region 6-AAA champion Rockets were led by junior quarterback Jake Whitmer, who ran for 123 yards and scored both of Slippery Rock’s touchdowns. He also threw for 82 yards. Junior Travis Lauster rushed for 73 yards and senior Frank Conlon ran for 58.
EXTRA INNINGS: Clutch 'Cutch' clutches MVP trophy
PITTSBURGH PIRATES centerfielder Andrew McCutchen makes it “The Magnificent Seven.”
McCutchen is the seventh player in Pirates history to be named the National League’s most valuable player.
It took 33 years after Paul Waner became the first Bucco MVP in 1927 for Dick Groat to become the second in 1960. Roberto Clemente won in 1966, Dave Parker in 1978, Willie Stargell in 1979 (tied with St. Louis’ Keith Hernandez), and Barry Bonds in 1990 and 1992.
Lakeview set for rematch with Mercer
The Lakeview Sailors have lost only one game this season — to their neighboring rival, the Mercer Mustangs in Week 4 of the regular season, 19-8.
The two teams will meet again on Friday in the District 10 semifinals in hopes of making it to the championship game against the winner of yet another Mercer County rivalry — Sharpsville vs. West Middlesex.
Senior All-Star soccer matches Saturday
The 2013 Western Pa. Senior All-Star Soccer matches will be held on Saturday at Grove City High School’s Forker Field.
The boys game will start at 11 a.m. while the girls will play at 1 p.m. The event is hosted by the Grove City Soccer Boosters and it is the 2nd year in a row the games will be played in GC.
The annual games highlight sportsmanship, soccer skills and community-wide support. Players from 16 different schools are scheduled to compete Saturday.
Mercer rolls past the Spa
ERIE – The Mercer Mustangs used a timely combination of big plays on offense and stout defense Friday night to earn a 35-14 victory over Cambridge Springs in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The victory sends Mercer into the District 10 semifinals Friday night at Wilmington High Stadium. Mercer will face conference rival Lakeview (10-1) which rolled past Maplewood, 61-6.
EXTRA INNINGS: Pirates give fans early Christmas present
FOR THE 24th consecutive off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates will offer fans an off-season indoor baseball carnival, and for the third time, the event will take place in December.
This year’s two-day extravaganza will be from noon-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.14 and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Season ticket holders may attend from 9 a.m.-noon on December 14.
D-10 volleyball, soccer playoffs under way
The District 10 soccer playoffs began Monday with area teams competing in a Class AA doubleheader at Franklin High School.
The Slippery Rock boys moved on with a 2-1 victory over Hickory, but the Grove City girls dropped a 2-0 loss to Ft. LeBoeuf.
In Class A boys Tuesday, Commodore Perry squared off against Mercyhurst Prep at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium in Erie while Mercer battles North East at 7 p.m. at Franklin High.
The D-10 girls volleyball playoffs began Tuesday at Meadville Area Senior High School. In Class A, Sharps-ville, Lakeview and West Middlesex were in action while Grove City, Hickory and Wilmington are competing in Class AA.
GC boys win D-10 run title; locals advance to state
Mercer County’s cross country contingent took stock of itself during the annual District 10 Championships in Buhl Farm Park, and this much was self-evident:
Years in the making, its collective stock is still soaring.
“You’ve gotta have good stock to make good soup” mused West Middlesex mentor Bob Morris.
While Morris was referencing his Ms. Reds and Big Reds specifically, he could have served as spokesman for his county coaching counterparts.
On Saturday, Morris’ Ms. Reds and Grove City’s Eagles soared to the Class A and AA team titles, while Hickory and Wilmington girls’ ended as runners-up in AA and A, respectively.
Hickory’s Lexi Bible and Grove City’s Aaron Benka beat back blustery weather conditions and bested the AA field in 19:37 and 16:23.
District 10 football pairings set
Nine area football teams have qualified for the District 10 playoffs. The brackets were posted on the D-10 website Saturday.
Lakeview, Mercer, Sharpsville and West Middlesex will compete in Class A while Greenville, Sharon, Grove City and Hickory will represent the area in Class AA action.
In Class AAA, undefeated Slippery Rock receives a first round bye.
EXTRA INNINGS: Pirates, Steelers reverse roles for the fans
FOR ANYONE under the age of 25, late July meant the end of the baseball season in Pittsburgh.
By then—usually way before then—the Pirates were all but mathematically eliminated from extending the season into October.
So when the perennially-winning Steelers opened training camp, it gave Pittsburgh sports fans a reprieve. Instead of another dismal season, the Steelers provided post-season hopes.
Not so in 2013.
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