HARRISBURG - Mifflin County's boys and girls track teams both notched impressive wins over Mid-Penn Commonwealth opponent Central Dauphin Tuesday, giving each squad its second win of the young season. The boys team handed the Rams the loss by the score of 83-67 while the girls downed Central Dauphin 84-66.
Nathan Baumgardner had another positive day for the Huskies, placing first in the 100 hurdles and outjumping the competition in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 1 1/4 inches. Baumgardner also placed second in the 300 hurdles, missing the front by 1.3 seconds.
Sprinter Ian McGinnis contributed to the victory, taking first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes while Jon Colwell continued to be a steady force, winning the 1,600 and the 800 runs. Jared Michaels, George Donahey, Addison Monroe and Zach Long also finished first in their respective events.
The girls squad swept the 1,600 run as Kelsey Spicher, Amanda Hassinger and Mary Havice took first, second and third, respectively. The girls also took the 4x400 relay and the 4x800, and in impressive fashion - outrunning the Rams by seven and 28 seconds, respectively.
Megan Becker and Elizabeth Eddy took the top two spots in the 400 to boost the Huskies as well. Anna Aurand outjumped her opponents in the triple jump, Sam Peters sped away to a victory in the 800 and Makala Rearick launched the shot put 34-4 to round out the field.
Mifflin County (2-1, boys and girls) will host Cumberland Valley Thursday.
Track and field
Boys: Greenwood 103, Upper Dauphin 47
Girls: Greenwood 110, Upper Dauphin 40
ELIZABETHVILLE - Both the Greenwood boys and girls track and field teams marked down win No. 3 on the season, as the Wildcats defeated Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin Tuesday.
The girls topped the Trojans, 110-40, as sweeps in the high jump, discus, shot put, long jump and pole vault put the Wildcats far in the lead.
"They (Upper Dauphin) only scored two points on the field, so it was a pretty good effort on the field overall," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said.
Standouts for the girls included Erin Zeider's wins in the long jump, triple jump, 4x100 and 4x400. Teammate Emily Fisher also had a win in the shot put and threw personal bests in the javelin and discus.
The boys team, which won 103-47, had three wins apiece from Gabe Schroff, Roy Miller, Hunter Miller and Tyler Fegley.
Jarrett Fortenbaugh also improved his personal record by nine inches in the pole vault with his height of 11 feet, 9 inches, and Brian Auxt's throw of 157-4 in the javelin increased his personal record by 11 feet.
Greenwood (3-0, 3-0 boys and girls) will compete in the Mustang Invitational at West Perry Saturday.
Mount Union 7, Bellwood-Antis 4
MOUNT UNION - A battle between four-win teams ensued Tuesday in Mount Union as the Trojans hosted a familiar Inter-County Conference foe in Bellwood-Antis. The Trojans outlasted the Blue Devils and took the contest, 7-4.
Klayton Heffner collected the win from the mound for the Trojans, tossing five and a third innings of three-run ball. The hurler surrendered five hits while striking out two. He managed to minimize the damage nearly caused by walking six Blue Devils - making solid pitches in key moments of the game.
"Klayton pitched well in spots when he had to make good pitches," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. "He had a problem with his fastball but his curveball was working pretty well and he had a pretty good slider."
A Boomer Brown two-run double in the bottom of the third extended Mount Union's lead to five - providing some breathing room against a tough team with weapons of its own. The Trojans looked to reliever Cole Boozel to shut the door - he tossed one and two thirds, struck out three and surrendered one unearned run.
Brown, Kyler and Trevon Walker knocked in Mount Union's runs and Walker made two key plays in final innings to secure the victory.
"Walker played very well - he started in center field but came to shortstop for Cole and made two spectacular plays," Imperioli said. "All in all I thought we played a really sound baseball game."
Mount Union (5-1) hosts West Branch Thursday.
Danville 9, Midd-West 0
DANVILLE - The Midd-West softball team is young, and it's also dealing with some injuries, and so far this has taken its toll as Midd-West took another loss Tuesday to Heartland Conference opponent Danville, 9-0.
Pitcher Adrianne Gesselman threw three strikeouts, and the Mustangs had hits from Sara Schambauch, Summer Brown, Emily Hackenberg and Jewel Randolph, but six errors sunk the Mustangs in the effort.
"Like I told the girls, 'Sooner or later we've got to start making plays.' When we do, we'll start winning some games," Midd-West coach Pete Voss said, adding he has seen improvement from his team, but there's still work to do.
Midd-West (0-6, 0-5) hosts Selinsgrove on Thursday.
Bellwood-Antis 3, Mount Union 0
BELLWOOD - The offensive jugernaut that is the Mount Union softball team was stymied Tuesday as the Blue Devils of Bellwood-Antis shut out the squad that has been steamrolling opponents, 3-0.
Marissa Aurand kept the Trojans in the game - tossing two strikeouts - but three timely errors crushed Mount Union and the Blue Devils took full advantage.
"We came out and didn't play very well in the field and made some errors," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. "We played poorly behind Aurand and we need to get things cleaned up and ready for Thursday."
Bellwood-Antis' pitcher kept the Trojans off balance all day - tossing six strikeouts and shutting down the powerful Trojan offense.
Mount Union (6-1) travels to West Branch Thursday.
State College 3, Mifflin County 2
LEWISTOWN - The Little Lions came and knocked Mifflin County's overall record on the tennis court to an even 5-5 Tuesday, when State College defeated the Huskies 3-2 in Commonwealth Division action.
Clay Morgan took the Huskies' only singles win, hanging on in his first set against Enrique Delcastillo for a 7-4 tiebreaker, then taking the next set 6-1. Ben Renninger and Ben Hugendubler then took Mifflin County's second win with their 6-3, 6-3 victory over doubles team Dan Yoon and Caleb Kroeker.
Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller almost forced their doubles match against Luke Plowden and Sam Whelley to a third set when they just missed 7-6 in the second, but they had already fallen 6-0 in the first, resulting in the loss.
Mifflin County (5-5, 5-3) travels to Cumberland Valley today.
* Mount Union 11, Bellwood-Antis 0: Sarrah Gearhart recorded the win and threw 14 strikeouts. Alexa Knable, Cheyenne Fye and Ryleah Woodward all had multiple hits.