From staff reports
MECHANICSBURG - Roger Herto's welcome to the Mid-Penn Conference is a trial by fire, and his Huskies team got burned Tuesday in their Commonwealth Division opener at Cumberland Valley.
The Eagles used a 28-point fourth quarter as the spark to fuel a 76-38 girls basketball win.
"I knew we were opening with the best team in the conference," Herto said. But his opinion of his own team changed not one iota.
"I feel no different about them tonight than I did Saturday night when we won by 60-some points," he said. "I like what I have in that locker room."
The season is about growth, he said, with the goal of being what Cumberland Valley is.
This game went against Mifflin County early. Both teams had their whole bench on the floor before it was over, but all of the Eagles were in the scoring column.
"When the game started it was obvious right away that we were a four speed and they have a fifth gear," Herto said. "Jessa Wright kept us in the ballgame a little bit early. But they were suprerior to us tonight."
He said the Huskies also had unexpected turnover problems going one-on-one, which will have to be addressed.
In the JV game, Cumberland Valley took a 40-33 victory off the floor. Ali Herto scored eight for Mifflin County.
The Huskies (1-1, 0-1) host Central Dauphin Friday.
Juniata Mennonite 38,
Watsontown Christian 7
WATSONTOWN - A trio of Lions recorded their first points of the season and 10 players made the score sheet for Juniata Mennonite, which won its Allegheny Christian Athletic Association debut over Watsontown, 38-7. Watsontown, which has not had girls basketball for two seasons, failed to get to the basket until the second half.
"A lot of girls got to play. In a game like this you're thinking more spitritual goals," Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said. "I thought the girls did a pretty good job with that."
The Lions (4-0, 1-0) travel to Columbia County Christian Dec. 19.
Upper Dauphin 57, Greenwood 53 OT
ELIZABETHVILLE - It's become a rarity for Greenwood to lose a boys basketball game to a Tri-Valley League opponent.
But it happened Tuesday for the second time in as many seasons. The Wildcats saw Upper Dauphin put up 22 points in the second quarter en route to a 57-53 overtime win against the Wildcats.
"They played hard and they made shots in the second period," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said, adding that foul trouble borne of aggressive defense contributed to the problem. "We held to them 11 second-half points."
The 'Cats had a difficult night on the floor, scoring barely more than half their points that way. At the line, it was a solid effort, as the team shot 74 percent from the stripe behind a 12-of-12 effort by Tyler Fegley, who led the team with 16 points. Adam Harrison scored 15.
Greenwood (1-2, 0-1) hosts Newport Friday.
Juniata Mennonite 54, Watsontown Christian 42
WATSONTOWN - Juniata Mennonite picked up its first league win in boys basketball Tuesday, staying ahead of Watsontown Christian for a 54-42 outcome in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association contest.
Adrian Martin did the heavy lifting for the Lions, putting up 37 points for his team.
"Adrian Martin, he's turning into a complete ballplayer," Lions coach Dennis Zimmerman said. "He's not afraid to take it in the paint."
Kevin Burkholder added 10.
Juniata Mennonite (1-3, 1-0) is idle until a Dec. 19 trip to Columbia County Christian.
Mount Union 72, Everett 12
MOUNT UNION - The full 84 points were awarded in Mount Union's home-opening dual meet Tuesday.
Unfortunately for Everett, the Trojans got all but 12 of them.
After a match-opening loss at heavyweight, Mount Union won two and picked up three forfeits before the visitors scored again. And that was the last time. Only two bouts lasted more than three minutes - those were the Trojan losses - and five ended before a minute ticked away, the fastest a 13-second deck job by Phil Kyle at 195.
Girls: Cumberland Valley 145, Mifflin County 35
Boys: Cumberland Valley 143, Mifflin County 28
MECHANICSBURG - The Mifflin County girls and boys swimming fell to Cumberland Valley by scores of 145-35 and 143-28, respectively, in their opening meet at Cumberland Valley High School Tuesday.
"For the first meet, the swimmers competed well in an ultra competitive environment, where the majority of the competition was hitting district and Mid-Penn times each time they got in the pool," Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. "These are swimmers who are swimming year round, not just the winter season. So, the score does not reflect the level of effort or skill which our swimmers exhibited."
Ali McCurdy and Jenna Kile led the girls, while Zack Bonson led the boys.
McCurdy finished third in the girls 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:42.03 and fourth in the 100-yard fly, touching the wall at 1:14.24. McCurdy missed second place in the 100 fly by about two seconds.
Kile finished third in the 200-yard free in a time of 2:32.80, and placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing just under seven minutes at 6:59.51.
Kile and McCurdy also competed in the 200 free relay, where they combined with Kaegan Matthews and Kaitlyn Eckley to finish second in a time of 2:05.16.
Bonson finished third in the boys 500-yard freestyle, crossing the line in 5:29.80, just 13 seconds out of second place. Bonson added a fourth place in the boys 200-yard free with a time of 2:02.87.
The time was good enough to qualify him for districts.
Teammates Evan Becker (200 individual medley and 100 butterfly) and Drew Kline (100 breaststroke) also registered district qualifying times.
Bonson (500 freestyle) and Evan Becker (200 individual medley) hit Mid-Penn qualifying times.
"I was very proud of how all the kids competed," Houtz said. "Our new swimmers were strong and are showing a lot of promise for competing at the district level. I think that all of the swimmers had a tremendous (first) meet, showing incredible promise for the rest of the season as we continue to grow and develop."
Mifflin County will compete next on Saturday when it hosts Brookville.
Freshman girls basketball
Mifflin County 32, Cumberland Valley 29. High scorer, Rylie Rittenhouse 9.
Freshman boys basketball
Cumberland Valley 61, Mifflin County 44. High scorers, Trey Dudley 12, Ryan Walker 11. Mifflin County travels to Altoona Thursday.
Mount Union 57, Everett 37. Pins by Andrew Todaro, Evan Fortney, Nathanael Morgan.