From staff reports
MIFFLINTOWN - Jessie Wagner scored twice and two other players had a goal and an assist as Juniata won its field hockey opener, 6-0 over Huntingdon Wednesday.
The Indians, for whom numbers was a concern in the preseason, had a full squad for their debut.
Meagan Yeager, who scored first and assisted one of Wagner's goals, and Lizzie McClure, who had a solo tally, were the other multiple-point players in the contest, which Juniata dominated. The Bearcats failed to get a shot off, and surrendered 20 corner opportunities to the home team.
"I thought we had good ball movement tonight. I thought we played well offensively and defensive as a team," first-year coach Rebekah Loy said. "I think it gives them some confidence going into the next game."
Juniata (1-0) travels to Belleville Mennonite Monday.
Mifflin County 7,
CHAMBERSBURG - Mifflin County and Chambersburg were knotted at one at halftime of the Huskies field hockey debut in the Mid-Penn Conference Wednesday in Chambersburg.
Then, in the second half, Tish Maclay's squad stormed on to a 7-2 Commonwealth Division win over the Trojans.
"We had a lot of scoring opportunities in the first half," Maclay said. "Their goalie played exceptional."
Sam Peters had a hat trick and Whitney Strohecker notched two goals and a pair of assists in the win. The score was 3-2 at the 21:24 mark of the second half following a Trojan goal. Then the Huskies rattled off four-straight to seal the win.
"The girls responded in the second half," Maclay said. "(Peters and Strohecker) are our offensive leaders and they came through."
The Huskies won the JV game 3-0.
Mifflin County (1-0, 1-0 Mid-Penn) hosts Cedar Cliff today.
Greenwood 0, Lower Dauphin 0
HUMMELSTOWN - Coming off a Perry County tournament title, the Greenwood Wildcats got back to the field to take on Lower Dauphin in non-league field hockey action.
The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie. But Greenwood coach Kent Houser explained that it was a great game to watch.
"For a 0-0 game, it was a really wide open exciting game," he said. "Both teams played really well and it probably should have been a tie."
Katie Osborne was the player of the game for the Wildcats. The Greenwood keeper notched 18 saves.
Greenwood (2-0-1) hosts Selinsgrove Monday.
Mifflinburg 3, Midd-West 0
MIFFLINBURG - A two-tiered coaching change didn't slow Mifflinburg, which spoiled Midd-West's field hockey opener Wednesday.
The Wildcats took a 3-0 decision in the Heartland Conference event. Mustangs coach Mandi Romig said Mifflinburg may be better than it was a year ago.
"What's that called, baptism by fire?," she said. But, she added, her team settled down and played well after giving up a goal early in the game.
"After they scored that first goal we really turned it around, regrouped and played well to the end of the first half," she said. "We're still learning things."
Mifflinburg also won the JV game, 1-0.
Midd-West (0-1, 0-1) travels to Central Columbia today.
Midd-West 4, Milton 1
MILTON - Austin Good scored twice and added an assist as Midd-West won its Heartland Conference opener against Milton Wednesday. Tyler Arbogast had a goal and a helper in the cause.
"They're two of the guys that we look to," Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said.
Although the Mustangs (2-1, 1-0) carried the game to 3-0 before allowing the lone Panther goal, Sauer said he was concerned at times because the team was not as attentive as it could have been.
"I think we had one eye on the game tomorrow night," he said of today's showdown with Selinsgrove. "I don't think we were fully focused on the game we're in."
Milton won the JV contest, 1-0.
East Juniata 3, Halifax 1
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata's Kayla Hoke scored a pair of unassisted goals in the first 35 minutes en route to a 3-1 Tri-Valley League win over Halifax Wednesday.
East Juniata and Halifax scored all four goals in the first half. Michelle Mease scored the other Tiger goal with Makayla Goodling picking up the assist.
"The girls came out and we had the starters in there and they put it down pretty early," East Juniata coach Lori Goodling said. "We started mixing it up after that."
East Juniata (2-1, 1-0 TVL) hosts the East Juniata tournament Saturday.
State College 4, Mifflin County 1
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County's Sam Hendricks picked up the Huskies only win in a 4-1, Midd-Penn Commonwealth Division loss to State College Wednesday in Lewistown.
Hendricks, who has been pacing the Huskies thus far in the inaugural season, took down State's Gitanjaly Bhushan 6-0, 7-5. Although the Huskies dropped each of the other two singles matches, coach Glen Kyle said the score wasn't indicative of the outcome.
Mifflin County lost each of the doubles matches as well.
The Huskies (3-4) hosts Lower Dauphin Friday.
Mifflin County 329, Altoona 360
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County was finally able to put together a solid outing against Altoona Wednesday afternoon at Lewistown Country Club.
The Huskies got a medal-round from Jason Perry to help lead Mifflin County to a 329-360 win in the non-league tilt.
Perry fired a 79 for the match low. Pacing the Huskies right behind him was Evan Pupo with an 81 and Marc Auker with an 82. Shawn Marker rounded out the four-person scoring with an 87.
"We showed today that we are definitely capable of playing better golf," Mifflin County coach Kevin O'Donnell said. "We've all made improvements and it's paying off."
Perry has started to play more consistent golf as of late, O'Donnell said. Early in the season he struggled managing the course, but now he's been effective.
"Today he was steady the whole way around," O'Donnell said.
Mifflin County (9-12, 6-12 Mid-Penn) travels for a Mid-Penn match Friday at Redland's home course, Valley Green.
East Juniata 347, Lancaster Country Day 362, Newport 374, Millersburg 386
MILLERSBURG - Jeremy Pannebaker tied for the top spot as East Juniata shot a match-winning 347 to top Lancaster County Day, Millersburg and Newport Wednesday in Tri-Valley League golf action.
Pannebaker fired an 82 in a group of four Tigers that broke the 90-shot barrier. Garrett Leister fired an 87, while Colton Fogleman and Dillon Leonard each shot an 89.
"Anytime you can do that you stand a real good chance to win some golf matchers," Mike Zendt said. "We have five or six guys that are capable to shooting in the 80s."
Pannebaker found some trouble on a few holes, but overall his coach said it was a fine outing for the East Juniata player.
"He played very well," Zendt said. "He had some problems with a few holes or that would have been in the 70s. He just ran into some trouble."
East Juniata (9-0, 6-0 TVL) travels to Shade Mountain today to take on Midd-West, Millersburg and Newport.
Boys: Mount Union 15, Juniata Valley 50
Girls: Juniata Valley 24, Mount Union 31
MOUNT UNION - With the loss of Mount Union's top five boy runners from a year ago, the Trojans got their season started on the right track.
Mount Union took the top five spots in a 15-50 win over Juniata Valley on the boys side. The girls weren't as fortunate. They fell to Juniata Valley 24-31.
Ryan McKay took the top spot with a 21:38. He was followed by Hunter Corbin (22:30), Bryan Wenzel (22:50), Devin Crouse (24:00), Kyle Rhodes (24:56).
"The boys ran very well," Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said. "They gave their best today. I was pleased with their effort."
On the girls side, Mount Union took a close loss. Katrina Hammon paced the field with a 24:42. But the Trojans were able to put only one runner in the first four spots.
"It was a tough meet," Wydock said. "It could have gone either way. The other girls ran their best. That was all I could ask for."
Mount Union (Boys: 1-0, Girls 0-1) hosts Philipsburg-Osceola Sept. 13.
Mount Union 3, Southern Fulton 1
MOUNT UNION - It took a while for Mount Union to get going against Southern Fulton in Inter-County Conference volleyball action Wednesday
But once the Trojans got going, their season debut was a good one. Mount Union rattled off the final three sets after losing the first to take a 3-1 win over Southern Fulton.
"I think the first game was a lot of nerves," Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick said. "We had a few girls on the floor that had very little varsity experience."
Ashlyn Drake notched 27 service points and Kristin Miles led the Trojans with 14 kills.
Mount Union (1-0, 1-0 ICC) travels to Bellwood-Antis tomorrow.