COAL TOWNSHIP - The Mustangs notched pins in eight of the nine bouts they took against Heartland Conference opponent Shamokin, and it resulted in a 51-14 win Thursday.
Corey Stauffer, Dalton Klingler, Michael Ettinger, Brody McGlaughlin, Tanner Ebright, Jerry Lewis, Alex Lieberman and Adam Zerby all tallied a pin against their opponents in the dual meet laden with bonus points.
Midd-West travels to the Bob Rohm tournament Dec. 28.
West Branch 39, Mount Union 24
MORRISDALE - The Mount Union grapplers suffered their first loss of the season Thursday, when West Branch pulled out a 39-24 win over the Trojans.
In the Inter-County Conference match, Mount Union's Nikolas Smith (285) and Jake Boozel (126) recorded pins.
Mount Union (3-1) hosts Claysburg-Kimmel Dec. 27.
Columbia County Christian 53, Juniata Mennonite 45
BLOOMSBURG - Juniata Mennonite's Valarie Meiser had some career highs Thursday - four treys and 20 total points - when she and the Lions took on Columbia County Christian, but still the Defenders came away with the 53-45 win.
In the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association contest, Juniata Mennonite had what coach Andy Meiser called a great first half as it mounted a 25-17 lead headed into the locker room, but some missed opportunities came back to bite the Lions when a 22-point third quarter from the Defenders changed the outcome of the game.
"We didn't strike enough when the iron was shot the first half. We missed a lot of layups," Meiser said.
The Defenders lived up to their name when they held Molly Arnold to five points, but that's where Valarie Meiser and Lauren Breon, who scored 10, stepped up on the Lions' offense.
Columbia County Christian's Mackenzie Boucher tied with Meiser for a game-high 20 points.
Juniata Mennonite (4-1, 1-1) hosts Bloomsburg Christian Jan. 3.
Fannett-Metal 64, Belleville Mennonite 33
METAL - Mollie Morgan scored 16 points including four threes, but Belleville Mennonite couldn't get going early enough as it fell to host Fannett-Metal 64-33 in a girls basketball game Thursday night.
"Mollie shot well tonight," Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said. "She also created a lot for the team."
The Thunder played even with Fannett-Metal in the second half, but it couldn't overcome the 31-point difference in the first half.
Coming off a stellar defensive effort individually on Tuesday, Grace Peachey supplemented Morgan on offense with seven points.
Zook was happy with the second-half play and the shot selection for her team.
"We took just as many good shots as the other team," Zook said. "Ours just didn't fall."
Belleville Mennonite (0-5) will be in action next after the new year starts on January 2 at 7:30 p.m. when it travels to Midd-West.
Juniata 66, Line Mountain 21
MIFFLINTOWN - Victoria Varner scored 25 points and Juniata quickly dispatched Line Mountain 66-21 in a girls basketball game Thursday night at Juniata High School.
The Indians led 42-13 at the half of the Tri-Valley League contest and never looked back.
Maddie Zendt supplemented Varner's effort with 14 points of her own.
Juniata will be in action next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when it hosts Greenwood.
Halifax 49, East Juniata 36
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata couldn't get over the hump in the fourth quarter and fell to Halifax 49-36 in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game.
"It was our execution," East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. "We cut it to six late in the game, but we missed on four straight possessions."
No Tiger reached double figures, but Maddie Trego and Kasi Horning each scored eight points in the loss.
"Nothing is going to come easy," Quici said. "They just outplayed us in every aspect of the game."
East Juniata (3-1, 1-1) will enjoy a long holiday break before taking the floor January 2 at 7:30 p.m. when it travels to Line Mountain.
Columbia County Christian 50, Juniata Mennonite 29
BLOOMSBURG - Adrian Martin scored 20 points, but it wasn't enough for Juniata Mennonite School as the Lions fell to Columbia County Christian 50-29 Thursday night.
"Adrian feels the pressure," Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. "He wants to make something happen and he has the ability to do that. He's doing a great job."
For Juniata Mennonite, Columbia Christian's front court play, particularly from Ethan Runk (20 points), is what caused problems.
"We struggle with size inside," Zimmerman said. "They had a big guy inside (Runk) and if we don't box out, they're going to get too many offensive rebounds."
The Lions will be in action January 3 at 7:30 p.m. when they host Bloomsburg Christian.
Fannett-Metal 70, Belleville Mennonite 53
METAL - Belleville Mennonite had trouble rebounding Thursday against Fannett-Metal, and it played a role in the 70-53 loss.
Noah Anders (18), Sam Morgan (15) and Austin Byler (14) all scored in double digits for the Thunder.
Mifflin County 79, Harrisburg 24. Winners for the Huskies (2-0) included Christian Fisher, Clayton Wolfgang, John Rutherford, Lucas Ernest, Brock Sinkus, Cole Guthridge, Trevor Taylor, Jonah Kile, Trent Hidlay, Drayson Sullivan, Scout Kyper, Isaac McClay, Austin Haubrick and Cole Middaugh.
Ninth-grade team: Mifflin County 30, Hollidaysburg 17. Nelson Cook was high scorer with 10.
Eighth-grade team: Hollidaysburg 37, Mifflin County 28. Drew Westover was high scorer with seven.
Seventh-grade team: Mifflin County 27, Hollidaysburg 25. Nathan Poche was high scorer with 11.
Mifflin County travels to Mount Nittany Jan. 1.