HERSHEY – Paced by Class 2A medalist Jonah Powell, Mercer County’s contingent collected a cache of medals at the annual PIAA Cross Country Championships.

PLAYERS wearing jerseys with Pittsburgh on the front have not appeared in the post-season in the past three years. And the Pirates have not played in a World Series for 39 seasons.

MEADVILLE – The Mercer High boys soccer team of 4th-year Coach Chris Ellis suffered a tough 2-1 loss to Iroquois on Tuesday night in the District 10 Class 1A championship match at Bender Field.

Caleb Kolb made a name for himself on the mat at Grove City High School and at the University of Nebraska.

Grove City and Farrell both closed out the regular season with perfect 9-0 records on Friday. The Steelers’ Christian Lewis became the school’s all-time leading rusher in a 46-0 win over Greenville, while Grove City routed the Bulldogs in Meadville, 56-6.

 GREENVILLE – There was a brand, new layout for this season’s Mercer County Cross Country Invitational, but essentially the same, old results ... with a surprising twist.

GREENSBURG – The Grove City College women’s tennis team captured the program’s 30th all-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference title Saturday by earning a 5-1 win over third-seeded Westminster in the championship match of the inaugural PAC Championship Tournament at Greensburg Racquet Club.

GROVE CITY — The Pittsburgh Steelers may not have won a football game Sunday afternoon (bye week), but plenty of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio at-risk youth and veterans did.

The local racing season all but came to a close last weekend with the running of the 10th annual “Steel City Stampede” at Lernerville Speedway. A total of 264 race cars competed over the two days amongst the 12 divisions and adding in the 57 Enduro cars brought the total to 321!

Last spring’s projections were not kind to the Pirates. Some prognosticators even had Pittsburgh landing in the NL Central Division’s basement, behind even the struggling Reds.

West Middlesex’s Alex Kachulis and Kennedy Catholic’s R.J. Pozzuto advanced to the PIAA Class 2A Golf Tournament with their performances on Monday at the West Regional at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

MEADVILLE – Hickory’s Kyra Woods, Kennedy Catholic’s R.J. Pozzuto, Wilmington’s Matt Kinkela, Brett Beith of Lakeview and Alex Kachulis of West Middlesex advanced to the West Regional with their performances Saturday in the District 10 Class 2A Golf Championships at The Country Club of Meadville.

• Grove City 47, Brashear 31 – At Forker Field, the undefeated state ranked Eagles improved to 4-0 with the win home victory against Brashear – one of the largest Class 5A schools in the PIAA.

SHARON Speedway completed the 2018 season one night earlier than scheduled after unexpected all day rain showers last Saturday washed out night two of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals”. On Friday night, the Big-Block Modifieds, “Mark Marcucci Memorial” for Mod Lites, and Dwarf Cars kicke…

THE Pirates haven’t had an ace on the pitching staff for more than a quarter century, not since Doug Drabek led the pitching staff from 1990-1992. Not coincidentally, Drabek, the team’s only other Cy Young award winner besides Vernon Law (1960), was the Bucco ace when the Pirates their only …

 • Mercer 19, Eisenhower 13 – At Eisenhower, the visiting Mustangs made the long trip worthwhile as they notched a hardfought win over the winless Ike.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of articles on high school sports. The project is a collaboration of the five daily CNHI papers in Pennsylvania – Sharon Herald, New Castle News, Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Meadville Tribune and the Sunbury Daily Item.

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