From staff reports
MIFFLINTOWN - After 15 days off, it took the Indians a little while to get going, but once they did, it was another great effort.
Logan Knepp scored 17 points and Juniata knocked off Newport 60-52 in a boys basketball game on Wednesday night at Juniata High School.
"After a 15 day layoff, we were a little rusty," Juniata coach Al Ream said. "As a result of that, we played better in the second half."
Juniata won its fifth game of the season, surpassing its 2012-2013 total in just its eighth game.
"We're a young ball club," Ream said. "We're working hard on getting better each game and each day. They're still making mistakes, but we're having less and less of them every time out."
Juniata also took the JV game by a 46-25 count.
Juniata (5-3, 3-2 Tri-Valley League) will take the floor Friday at 7:30 p.m. when it travels to Upper Dauphin.
Bald Eagle Area 70, Mount Union 55
MOUNT UNION - B.J. Loner scored 19 points but Mount Union fell to Bald Eagle Area 70-55 in a boys basketball game Wednesday.
Brandon Gettig scored 29 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line for Bald Eagle as it used a 12-6 third quarter to build on its nine point halftime advantage.
Trevon Walker scored14 points for the Trojans and Kole House added 11.
Mount Union (6-4, 4-0) will resume Inter-County Conference play Friday when it travels to Juniata Valley.
Mifflinburg 50, Midd-West 23
MIDDLEBURG - Morgan Shirk made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points, but Midd-West fell to Mifflinburg in Wednesday's girls basketball game, 50-23.
Midd-West held the advantage from beyond the arc, making five trifectas to Mifflinburg's zero, but that's where Midd-West's success ended.
Mifflinburg was lead by Kayla Kline's 17 points.
Mifflinburg also took the junior varsity game by a 25-17 final.
Midd-West (4-4, 1-3 Heartland Conference) will be in action Friday at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts Shamokin.
Mount Union 70, Fannett-Metal 66
METAL - If Mount Union's Tynita White did one thing right against Fannett-Metal during Wednesday's non-league girls basketball game, it was score under the basket.
White posted 30 of her team's 70 total points with her work at the post, but that wasn't her only contribution. When Fannett-Metal pulled its defense down to try to defend White, she did a nice job of setting up the guards for some three - of which they collected seven - leading to the 70-66 win.
"She played an all around good game. We were able to get the ball to her a little bit more tonight, and she was definitely key to our success," Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said of White.
In JV action, Mount Union lost, 35-27. Reegan McCaulley had 12 points for the Trojans.
Mount Union (4-4) hosts Juniata Valley today.
Upper Dauphin 43, Juniata 31
ELIZABETHVILLE - Upper Dauphin took the upper hand in Tri-Valley League wrestling Wednesday when the Trojans dropped defending league champion Juniata, 43-31.
Juniata's Taylor Foster and Ty Treaster won the first two bouts, both by major decision, but the eight-point advantage was quickly erased as Upper Dauphin took the next six, five by fall. Juniata didn't get a six-point decision until Cole Kellison flattened Alex Messner at 145 and Jared Benner did the same to Clayton Kerwin at 152.
At that point, the best Juniata could have hoped for would have been a tie but a loss on criteria, as the Trojans would have had one more six-pointer.
Juniata (13-6, 2-1) hosts the second of its junior/senior duals events Saturday.
Selinsgrove 40, Midd-West 33
MIDDLEBURG - Too many six-point outcomes proved costly for the Mustangs, who dropped a 40-33 Heartland Conference dual meet to Selinsgrove Wednesday.
Alex Lieberman (195 pounds), Tanner Ebright (138) and Brent Blair (160) all picked up pins for Midd-West, which saw bonus points go on the board in six of the seven bouts it won. But a pair of forfeits and four pins made the difference for the Seals.
Girls: Hershey 152, Mifflin County 31
Boys: Hershey 134, Mifflin County 38
HERSHEY - Evan Becker won two events and Zack Bonson had a first and a second, the highlight-reel candidates for Mifflin County in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth swimming loss to Hershey.
The boys fell 134-38, while the girls were on the down side of a 152-31 outcome.
"Hershey High School won states last year, so it was a tremendous opportunity to be able to swim against such talented swimmers," Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. "As a whole, our swimmers continue to improve their times and fine-tune their skills which can only enhance their places in up-coming meets."
Becker posted district and Mid-Penn times in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly, the two he won. Bonson won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, hitting district time in both and Mid-Penn time in the longer race.
Finishing third were Ali McCurdy, 200 individual medley; and Shane Sennett in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
The Huskies are at home Jan. 14 against Chambersburg.
Mifflin County 76, Altoona 22: Winning for the Huskies were Christian Fisher, Clayton Wolfgang, Keith Shearer, Lucas Earnest, Cole Guthridge, Louden McClay, Logan Wise, Jonah Kile, Trent Hidlay, Drayson Sullivan, Scout Kyper, Isaac McClay, Austin Haubrick and Cole Middaugh. The Huskies are 7-1.