HARRISBURG - Two games into Mifflin County's Commonwealth Division volleyball match Monday, the Huskies were sitting on a hard-fought lead.
After the fourth set, the visitors were holding on for their lives.
With a 15-12 win in the fifth, Mifflin County said goodbye to the monkey on its back, winning for the first time this year, 3-2 over Central Dauphin East.
The Huskies came out strong, winning 25-20 in the opening set then 28-26 in a close second. Huskies' coach Jill Zeger said the defense and passing were consistent, a force that drove the team. Then something happened.
"They played as individuals the third and fourth games. They were making little mistakes, missed serves. We were not as strong at the net," Zeger said. "We pulled it together the fifth game."
Kaitlyn Dreese had a big night for Mifflin County, garnering 32 assists, 12 service points and 10 digs. Shania Teenie had 11 service points, five of them aces. Jenna Snyder had 15 kills and Bryn Ferguson nine. Anna Aurand and Chloe Benner had nine digs apiece.
The Panthers won the JV game, 2-0 (25-20, 25-21).
Mifflin County (1-9, 1-6) travels to Red Land today.
HARRISBURG - Nate Koller fired a 77, leading Mifflin County to a fifth-place finish in the Mid-Penn golf championships Monday at Dauphin Highlands.
Koller, who finished five over par, tied for eighth overall, good enough to medal in the event.
"It's one of his better days," Mifflin County coach Kevin O'Donnell said.
In the team race, Chambersburg came in with the low round at 314. Hershey, Lower Dauphin and Central Dauphin were also top five teams. Carlisle's J.D. Hughes, who has signed to play at Kent State, shot a 73 to win.
"Only nine teams ended up qualifying to compete in the team championship out of 27. To finish where did, I'm very pleased with that," O'Donnell said.
The format for the event was four players only for each qualifying team. O'Donnell said the greens were fast but it was nice except for a cold wind for about half the round.
"The course was playing really well actually," he said. It's not a long course but it played long."
The Huskies have an exhibition match today with State College but are next in competition in sectional play Oct. 1 at Sinking Valley. The top 10 individuals and top three teams advance to the district event.
Selinsgrove 333, Shikellamy 341, Williamsport 369, Midd-West 377, Mifflinburg 419, Loyalsock 432
WILLIAMSPORT - Selinsgrove had the low score for the day, but it was not enough to prevent Shikellamy from winning the Heartland Conference Division I golf title at Williamsport Country Club Monday.
It was the final round of the season for the six-team division.
Midd-West finished fourth in the match and fourth overall in the division. The Mustangs ended the season at 14-16. Aidan Edmiston had the low round for Midd-West Monday, an 83.
Chambersburg 1, Mifflin County 0
CHAMBERSBURG - Mifflin County fell short, dropping an offensive struggle 1-0 to Chambersburg in a Commonwealth Division field hockey game on Monday.
Sam Russell's goal less than seven minutes in for Chambersburg held up the remainder of the contest.
The Mifflin County defense was good enough to hold Chambersburg scoreless all of the second half.
"We played with a defensive mindset. It was a dissapointing effort," Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said.
The JV game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Mifflin County (4-5, 3-3) will be back in action Wednesday when it hosts Cedar Cliff at 4 p.m.
Mifflinburg 2, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West could not overcome McKenzie Noll's goals, the first coming with just over 10 minutes left before halftime as Mifflinburg picked up a 2-0 Heartland Conference field hockey win Monday.
Mifflinburg took advantage of a 12-9 edge on shots with two goals being the difference.
Kaitlin Schell made 10 saves in the cage for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs will be in action next on Wednesday when they visit Warrior Run.
East Juniata 5, Upper Dauphin 0
COCOLAMUS - Jake Sankey had two goals and two assists to lead East Juniata past Upper Dauphin, 5-0, in a Tri-Valley League boys soccer game Monday.
"He had a real nice goal. All of our goals were pretty nice," Tigers coach Don Troutman said.
Troutman said East Juniata also put a few off the posts.
Trevor Goodling added a goal and an assist in the winning effort, which moves the Tigers to 6-2-1, 5-0-1 in the league. East Juniata also won the JV game, 3-0.
Wednesday, the Tigers host rival Juniata fresh off a win over Greenwood, a potential spoiler game in the TVL hierarchy,
"For us I dont think it changes, but it changes a whole lot for them confidence-wise," Troutman said. "We have to make sure we keep our focus."
Mifflin County Christian 8, Centre County Christian 0
SHINDLE - Luke Todd had two goals and three assists as Mifflin County Christian blew past Centre County Christian 8-0 in a boys soccer game Monday.
Todd, Jon God and Addison North scored two goals apiece for the Eagles.
The Eagles struck in the first minute of the contest when Todd netted his first score and they didn't stop.
Mifflin County Christian improves to 2-2-1 on the season and will take on Meadowbrook Christian Thursday at home.
Mifflin County Christian 3, Centre County Christian 0
SHINDLE - Julee Hoffman scored two goals for Mifflin County Christian Academy as it shut out Centre County Christian 3-0 on Monday in girls soccer.
Johanna Hoffman was perfect in goal for the Eagles, stopping all seven Centre County shots.
The Eagles improve to 2-1 on the season and will be on the field Thursday when they host Meadowbrook Christian.
Shikellamy 3, Midd-West 0
SUNBURY - Shikellamy made it a tough day for Midd-West Monday, as the Braves scored two in the second half to open a gap against the Mustangs, who fell 3-0 in their Heartland Conference girls soccer game.
Midd-West is back in action Wednesday at Selinsgrove.
Altoona 5, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN - Altoona took out Mifflin County in straight sets for a 5-0 shutout in non-league girls tennis Monday, a match in which only one Husky - No. 2 singles player Emily Hurlburt - put up any kind of a showing, dropping a 6-4, 6-2 match. The 6-4 was as close as anyone got against the Mountain Lions.
Mifflin County travels to Red Land Saturday for its final road match Wednesday.
* Mifflin County 2, Bald Eagle Area 2: Goals were by Caleb Purdy and Ross Cottrill; Thomas Remy had two assists.
* Mifflin County 4, Bald Eagle Area 1: Goals were by Rachelle Bohn (2), Katie Kline and Peyton Benner.