MILLERSTOWN - East Juniata has been waiting through 32 track and field seasons to win a second boys Tri-Valley League championship.
This year, after beating Greenwood on their own track, the Tigers were in position to win it. Instead, they'll have to settle for a tie.
Greenwood won both meets against East Juniata Tuesday, stopping the boys by an 83-67 score and winning the girls meet, 89-60. That means a split for the regular season between the two boys teams. Barring an upset loss in East Juniata's final meet, the two will share the title.
"Hey, we tied. I can't complain," Tigers coach Mark Ritzman said. "The thing is tonight we showed up and they beat us - we didn't lose.
"I'm just thrilled to be able to be in this situation."
Ritzman pulled out all the stops, splitting up his 4x400 relay team to try and take more individual points. In some events it worked.
"I made a lot of changes tonight. It actually worked," he said. "It was places that didn't change - events we won last time we didn't win this time."
"He made some good moves I thought. He used his people well," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. "It was just like the (meet at East Juniata) in that there were a lot of terrific races."
Greenwood got back the shot put that Magill put much emphasis on last time, but the Tigers got an edge in the javelin where Greenwood was short staffed. Dexter Ehrenzeller and David Brantley got extra points in the 800 and the triple jump, respectively. Both teams saw personal bests.
If there was a difference, it was the event that one team enters and the other doesn't: the pole vault. Among contested events, it was as close as a meet can get.
Ritzman can at least take solace that his team tied one that has dominated the Tri-Valley League year after year. East Juniata's only boys title was in 1982; the girls won it in 1988.
In the girls meet, Greenwood's Jen Campbell, Emily Black, Alyscia Smith and Hattie Kuhns not only ran a personal best in the 4x400 relay, but broke a track record that had stood since 1997 with their 4:22.4 time.
Greenwood (Boys: 7-1; Girls: 6-2) travels to Susquenita Monday for the Perry County meet. East Juniata (Boys: 6-1; Girls: 1-6) hosts Upper Dauphin Thursday.
Track and field
LOYSBURG - It has been a tough season for Mount Union's boys and girls track teams. A trip to Northern Bedford Tuesday didn't exactly help matters as both teams fell in each of their three meets to West Branch, Southern Fulton and Northern Bedford.
The meets were not without highlights though, as top performers for the girls included Tynita White in the shot put and Brooke Staley crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter run. Alana Saulen blew away the competition in the 100-meter dash and Anna Kuklo took first in the discus. Katrina Hammon led the girls by collecting first-place finishes in four events. Hammon won the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
Despite the team losses, coach Bob Wydock is optimistic about his district qualifiers on his squad.
The boys' first place finishes all came in the field. Austin Low won the pole vault and James Nicastro took first in the high jump. Cody Miller grabbed first with an impressive shot put throw and Alex Varner took first in the discus. Chris Hollibaugh rounded out the group with a first-place win in the triple jump.
Mount Union hosts Everett Thursday.
Midd-West 8, Shikellamy 1
SUNBURY - Colton Keister fanned seven Braves Tuesday and Luke Zimmerman blasted a no-doubter to lift Midd-West over Shikellamy 8-1 in the continuation of a suspended Heartland Conference game from April 19.
Midd-West's coach Ron Flood said he wasn't particularly pleased with his team's hitting performance, but was happy for his players for notching the victory against a team that has handled the Mustangs in recent years.
"That's a big win - we haven't beaten them for a couple of years," he said. "It's big for the kids when you beat a team that has dominated you over the years."
Flood's defense played error-free baseball and the team had three players knock in two RBIs. Zimmerman, Alex Lash and Aaron Sharp each collected two RBIs and Austin Hockenbrock notched one of his own in the victory.
Midd-West (7-5, 3-5) travels to Jersey Shore today.
Mount Union 13, Glendale 0 (4 innings)
FLINTON - After an eight-run effort in the top of the first, Mount Union had a comfortable lead over Inter-County Conference opponent Glendale. Three innings later, the Trojans had the 13-0 lead to end Tuesday's game early in four innings.
"We came out in the first inning I thought we were pretty aggressive. We took advantage of a couple misplays and walks and we had a couple hits. Pretty much that was what we did throughout the shortened game," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said, explaining that even though the Trojans had help from Glendale pitcher Keith Gate's eight walks, they came through with clutch hits to take advantage of those opportunities.
Imperioli also pointed out winning pitcher Darrian Stapleton, who threw 40 strikes in his efficient 53-pitch game to hold Glendale to just three hits and no runs.
"It was obviously a very efficient game by Darrian," Imperioli said.
Boomer Brown had a two RBI triple and teammate Cory Kyler went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Mount Union (11-3) hosts non-conference opponent Central Cambria today.
Mifflin County 8, Chambersburg 0
CHAMBERSBURG - Mifflin County pitcher Shelby Lyter was doing so well against Commonwealth Division opponent Chambersburg on Tuesday that when coach Jack McCurdy decided to take her out after five innings, even the umpire wondered why.
"He was like, 'You're taking her out?'" McCurdy said, explaining that he was looking ahead to future games and wanted Rachel Zimmerman to get some time in the circle in addition to Lyter.
In Lyter's 10-strikeout effort, seven of the last eight outs she pitched came as a K.
"She had a fantastic game," McCurdy said, summing up her solid performance. But, McCurdy also explained that the offense was right behind Lyter, putting together 11 hits in what has become a typical day at the plate for the Huskies.
"We're always right around 10 hits or so, it's just a matter of whether we're stringing them together," McCurdy said.
The JV team was also successful against Chambersburg in its 2-1 win.
On Saturday, the Huskies competed in the Central Mountain Tournament. The team went 1-1, including an exciting 1-0 win over Jersey Shore with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the eighth from Taylor Boyer.
Mifflin County (10-3, 9-2) travels to Central Dauphin today.
Mifflinburg 22, Midd-West 0 (3 innings)
MIDDLEBURG - Ali Lloyd's second-inning grand slam looked small after Mifflinburg put up 13 runs in the first, as the Wildcats handed Midd-West a lopsided 22-0 loss Tuesday in Heartland Conference softball.
"They hit the ball really hard," Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. "They are a really good team and I think they're going to make a lot of noise in districts."
Kayla Kline also had a homer and a double for the visitors. Lloyd won in the circle with a one-hitter.
Midd-West hosts Danville Thursday.
Mount Union 20, Glendale 1 (3 innings)
FLINTON - Mount Union didn't have a lot of big hits - the Trojans just hit a lot. Brittany Brumbaugh's homer was the lone extra-base hit in a 20-1, three-inning win in the Inter-County Conference softball game Tuesday.
Mount Union has put up big offensive numbers all season, with 156 runs scored in games that count - and nine in a game suspended and unlikely to be finished with McConnellsburg.
"We've played pretty well lately," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. "We played some good defense again tonight."
Mount Union (12-2, 11-2) hosts Bellwood-Antis Thursday.
Upper Dauphin 10, Greenwood 2
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood trailed by just one run to Tri-Valley League foe Upper Dauphin Tuesday but a seven-run seventh inning spelled the end for the Wildcats and the home team fell by a score of 10-2.
Greenwood posted two first-inning runs to take the early lead but the Wildcat bats went cold for the remainder of the game. Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said Upper Dauphin's pitcher was dominant from the circle and at the plate.
Despite the eight-run loss, Gantt said his team played well, overall.
"We hung around for six innings - there were a lot of positive things that came out of tonight," he said. "We played pretty well heading up to the seventh and we'll try to build on that."
Chelsea Hicks struck out three Trojans in her outing and Amy Heggenstaller accounted for Greenwood's RBIs.
The Wildcats (3-6) travel to Line Mountain today.
Mount Union 11, Glendale 0. Sarah Gearhart took the win with 11 strikeouts through seven innings. Diana Roher went 2-for-4 with a double. Mount Union (14-1) travels to Bellwood-Antis on Thursday.
East Juniata's softball game with Juniata, which was scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed to 4:30 on May 17 in Cocolamus.