From staff reports
MANDATA – It came down to the wire Thursday, but it ended well for Greenwood.
The Wildcat girls, who have struggled with injuries and a freshman-dominated squad this basketball season, got a strong night out of three of those youngsters on the way to a 51-49 Tri-Valley League victory.
Greenwood had a one-point lead at the half and stretched that to four at the end of the third, and was up by as many as six late in the game. Line Mountain’s Sarah Lahr got the Eagles within two late in the contest, and it was tied at 49 after back and forth free throws, but it was the Wildcats who finished on top.
“We’re growing up,” Greenwood coach T.J. Weller said. “I don’t know that we played great the entire game but we never had a letdown we couldn’t crawl out of.”
Weller said the team put in a strong effort and remained confident even when things changed. Mallory Fortenbaugh led the scoring with 16 points, but most of that came in the first before the Eagles clamped down on her, he said. That opened the door for another frosh, Anna Weger, who put 12 on the board, all after the break.
“She played really strong in spurts,” he said. “Anna just found openings. We watched her grow up tonight.”
Line Mountain won the JV game, 35-20.
Greenwood (3-15) travels to Selinsgrove Monday.
Millersburg 45, East Juniata 30
MILLERSBURG – Lauren Maguire’s 14-point night wasn’t enough to get East Juniata past Millersburg in Tri-Valley League girls basketball Thursday.
Maguire, who hit three from outside the arc, led all scorers in the game, but behind her the Tigers struggled in the contest.
The Tigers (9-7, 6-4) visit Williams Valley Saturday.
Halifax 49, Midd-West 45
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West had a slight lead at the half, but Halifax made up for it in the second. The Wildcats saw three players in double figures and went 15-for-25 at the line in the 49-45 non-league win in Thursday’s makeup boys basketball game.
Midd-West struggled from 3-point land, hitting just two of 18 tries from behind the arc. Colton Keister led the Mustangs with 11 points.
Midd-West won the JV game, 63-22, behind a 22-point effort from Zach Schrader.
The Mustangs host Milton Saturday.
Mifflin County wrestling
Because school was called off Thursday in the Mifflin County School District, the wrestling match scheduled for that night against Carlisle was postponed. The meet is tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday, pending the outcome of the District 6 Class AAA team tournament Saturday.
From staff reports
LEWISTOWN – The Central Mountain girls swim team traveled to Mifflin County shorthanded Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the Huskies from swimming with all they had.
Although most of Central Mountain’s team was absent in the 120-18 loss, Mifflin County gave a complete effort, and it showed in the girls’ individual times.
“They know they need to race against the clock as well,” Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said.
Welch pointed out in particular that she was impressed by Rachel Stimeling’s first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and Kaitlyn Eckley’s first place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.
“Every time she swims she gets faster, it’s fun to watch her continually get better,” Welch said of Stimeling.
Welch added that Eckley, who is a first-year swimmer, is exciting to watch improve.
On the boys’ end, Mifflin County came out on the losing end of the 89-56 team score, but like the girls team was strong in individual events.
Especially of note was Seth Barger’s second place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time that qualified him for districts.
“It’s a small crew, and each and every one of them are awesome,” Welch said.
The Huskies (Girls: 3-7, Boys: 1-9) now prepare for the Mid-Penn Championship Meet, which will be held Feb. 9 at Cumberland Valley.
The event is only for swimmers who qualify and land within the top 32 seeds.
Huskies to will compete in the meet include Sarah Bonson, Megan Becker, Evan Becker and Zack Bonson.
Chambersburg 56, Mifflin County 39
CHAMBERSBURG – The Mifflin County boys went up against what coach Aaron Gingrich described as a very big and athletic Chambersburg team Tuesday, and it was more than the Huskies could handle in the 56-39 Commonwealth Division loss.
“Their pressure on us at both end of the court was the difference in the game. The way they played tonight it would have taken a near flawless game from us to beat them,” Gingrich said.
Mifflin County’s Cy Treaster put up 14 points in the game, which Gingrich thought it was an outstanding night for him.
“We thought Cy Treaster played one of his best games of the year tonight, which says something about his mental focus at this time of the season,” Gingrich said.
Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin East Friday for the Huskies’ military appreciation night.
East Juniata 60, Halifax 43
HALIFAX – East Juniata took its 9-2 Tri-Valley League record on the road Tuesday night for a faceoff against conference foe Halifax. Following a slow first quarter, the Tigers found their stride in the second, netting 21 points and a 60-43 triumph.
“We were able to gain some confidence in the second quarter,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said. “We ran our offense, shared the ball and got into position to execute well.”
Bailey Coder led the charge in the second, scoring eight of his 16 total points, while freshman Jake Sankey dropped two buckets from 3-point land, helping the Tigers to a nine-point lead heading to the locker room.
The scoring continued for the Tigers in the second half, outshooting the Wildcats from beyond the arc and the free-throw line. Jeremy Pannebaker came off the bench, going 9-of-11 from the charity stripe while the defense dug its heels in, led by Cole Snyder.
“Cole set the tone on defense for our guys,” Anders said. “I’m very proud of the effort.”
The Tigers (14-3, 9-2) face TVL leader Greenwood at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Northumberland Christian 56, Juniata Mennonite 29
BEAVER SPRINGS – Despite a warming trend outside, the Lion shooters went cold, falling to Allegheny Christian Athletic Association foe Northumberland Christian 56-29.
“We were cold as ice tonight,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “We had some open shots but nothing fell.”
The Lions’ offensive struggles translated to the defensive side of the floor.
“Our guys lost confidence on offense and our defense suffered,” Zimmerman said.
The third quarter was the beginning of the end for the Lions as the Warriors kept their foot on the gas pedal, doubling up the home team for 14 points.
By the fourth, the Lions were in a 15-point hole that proved to be insurmountable.
“Our guys will definitely bounce back,” Zimmerman said. “The next couple of games will help our confidence.”
The Lions (8-6, 5-5) travel to Walnut Street Christian Friday for a 7:30 start.
West Branch 73, Mount Union 63
MOUNT UNION – The Mount Union boys played three quarters of tough basketball against Inter-County Conference opponent West Branch on Tuesday, but were sunk by a weak second quarter.
In the seven-point quarter, the Trojans gave up the lead they had established in the first, and sunk to a 37-28 deficit going into the half.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said West Branch really turned on the defense in the second quarter, and his team played faulty defense and gave up too many turnovers.
Jamal Smith, who led the Trojans with 23 points, scored five of the team’s seven second-quarter points.
Mount Union (9-7, 4-5) hosts Moshannon Valley Friday.
Newport 56, Belleville Mennonite 9
NEWPORT – It was a long struggle on the hardwood Tuesday night for the Belleville Mennonite girls as they got dropped by Newport, 56-9.
Rachel Anders made five of her team’s points, and Grace Peachey had the other four.
Belleville Mennonite travels to Williamsburg Friday.
Juniata Mennonite 41, Northumberland Christian 40
BEAVER SPRINGS – After being dominated in their firtst matchup Jan. 11, the Lions of Juniata Mennonite looked to even the series with Allegheny Christian Athletic Association foe Northumberland Christian Tuesday night.
The visiting Warriors had other ideas as they charged out a 17-point lead after the opening quarter.
“They started off fast,” Juniata Mennonite School coach Andy Meiser said. “I just said to the girls, let’s win the rest of the game.”
The Lions would do just that, pulling off a comeback and notching a victory over the conference foe, 41-40.
Juniata Mennonite cut the lead to 13 heading to the locker room and came out swinging in the third quarter, netting 15 points while locking down on defense and allowing just four from the opponent.
“I’m very proud of our girls,” Meiser said. “They never quit.”
The effort continued into the final quarter when the Lions got within four and took their first lead of the game with five seconds remaining in regulation on two free-throws from Lauren Breon. Breon notched 12 points on the night while teammate Molly Arnold contributed 11, including going 5-of-8 from the free-throw line.
The difference in the game came from the charity stripe as the Lions shot 70 percent while the Warriors shot a crippling 33 percent.
“This was the first game we won from the foul line,” Meiser said. “We have had a lot of close losses this year and it’s nice to get a close win.”
The Lions move to 6-7 overall and 4-5 in the ACAA. They travel to Walnut Street Christian Friday for a 6 p.m. start.
West Branch 62, Mount Union 48
MORRISDALE – Turnovers coupled with a slow start cost the Mount Union girls basketball team as it fell to Inter-County Conference foe West Branch Tuesday night, 62-48.
West Branch jumped out to a 15-point first quarter lead, but the Trojans battled in the second, outscoring the Warriors 10-8. The Trojans matched or won each of the last three quarters but the first-quarter hole was too deep.
“We were neck-and-neck the rest of the game,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said. “We didn’t come out with any fire and that was the difference in the game.”
The Trojans look to bounce back Friday night on the road at Moshannon Valley.
LEWISBERRY – As the Mifflin County competitive cheer team prepares for the state tournament in Hershey, the girls have to be ready for different challenges.
Saturday, they got a challenge they might not have been expecting.
After weather interrupted the teams’ schedule and the Huskies found themselves unable to attend the UCA Keystone Classic at Penn State, the Huskies instead traveled to Sunday’s Red Land Cheer Challenge.
The effort was worth Mifflin County’s while.
In the event, the Huskies placed in third out of five teams, and coach Collette Bender said she noticed improvements in her team’s effort.
“We made the routine a little more challenging, we added some difficulty. We pretty much tweeked the routine from what we had at districts – added some tumbling, added some difficulty,” Bender said.
“Today was good for us to go and try out our stunts that we changed…it was a good chance to get out on the mat in front of a full crowd,” Bender continued.
On Saturday, Mifflin County will travel to the Giant Center in Hershey for the state tournament, and Bender says her team is preparing for the event by continuing to improve upon and add difficulty to its routine.
“We try to just take the judges’ feedback, and make it better week by week,” Bender said.
Shikellamy 65, Midd-West 39
MIDDLEBURG – For a team that has struggled with shooting all season long, the story was no different Saturday for the Midd-West boys as they tried to keep up with Heartland Conference opponent Shikellamy.
In the 65-39 loss, Midd-West especially struggled to score in the first half, and didn’t light up the board until the second quarter, during which the Mustangs put up 11.
The Braves, on the other hand, struck early, putting up consecutive 20-point quarters in the first, for the 40-11 half-time lead.
By the second half, Midd-West had finally started hitting some buckets – the Mustangs outscored Shikellamy 28-25 in the half – but were still unable to overcome the first-half deficit.
Colton Keister led the Mustangs with 14 points.
In JV action, Shikellamy edged Midd-West, 64-31.
The Mustangs (3-12, 0-9) get back in action today when they host non-league opponent Halifax.
Newport 39, Greenwood 24
NEWPORT – Three points into the game, the Greenwood girls found themselves in deep water against Newport when it was already the half and the Buffaloes had a 17-point lead.
As it turned out, the Wildcats turned it on in the second half to outscore Newport 21-17, but this was to no avail as Greenwood took the 39-24 Tri-Valley League loss.
Mallory Fortenbaugh led the Wildcats with 11 points.
Greenwood (2-15) travels to Millersburg today.
Panther Valley Duals
LANSFORD – The Midd-West wrestlers failed to place as a team Saturday at the Panther Valley Duals, but Corey Stauffer and Zach Heeter still came home with individual golds.
At 106, Stauffer took first place after he won a 4-1 decision over Panther Valley’s Lenny Ogozalek. Heeter’s first place finish came after he pinned Catasauqua’s Casey Simmons at 160.
Third place finishers for the Mustangs included Brody McLaughlin and Zach Longacre.
Midd-West travels to Jersey shore on Feb. 7.
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata put its 10-0 conference record on the line Wednesday night as it hosted Tri-Valley League foe Millersburg.
Scratching its way to a seven-point lead at the half, Juniata utilized experience gained from the matchup earlier in the week to explode for 22 points in the third quarter.
“They were shutting down one of our main options,” Juniata Coach Meghan Geedey said. “In the second half, we found another one.”
Juniata’s Victoria Varner connected more times than not, tallying 17 on the night, while teammate Joelle Winey went off, dropping 10 points and snagging 10 boards for a double-double.
“She really has been playing big for us,” Geedy said. “She has the ability to score and rebound and be a big presence for us inside.”
Juniata’s JV squad also posted a win.
Juniata (15-1, 11-0) looks to improve its perfect conference record Monday, hosting Upper Dauphin.
Danville 80, Midd-West 46
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West shot better than 50 percent from the field in the first half of Wednesday night’s Heartland Conference matchup to keep the visitors from Danville within reach, but the Ironmen came out strong in the third quarter and outlasted the conference foe, 80-46.
Colton Keister led the way for the Mustangs, netting 14 points, while Kahill Brooker chipped in 13 from the field.
The loss takes the Mustangs to 3-11 overall and 0-8 in the Heartland Conference.
Danville also prevailed in JV action, 67-34.
The Mustangs return to action Saturday night, welcoming Shikellamy.
Mount Union 53,
CLAYBURG – Mount Union got its makeup Inter-County Conference match against Claysburg-Kimmel in Wednesday, the regular-season finale for the Trojans. The Trojans notched seven pins in the dual and cruised to a 53-21 victory.
* Mount Union 81, Claysburg-Kimmel 12: Winners for Mount Union were Devon Pearce, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Connor Flasher, Austin Hunter, Devin Kuhstos, Garrett Love, Cole Wilson, Jonathan Atherton, Nathanael Morgan, D.J. Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Mason Hockenberry, Riley Grainey, Josh Boozel, and Gunner Heckman.
BURNHAM – After each event in Mifflin County’s swim meet against Cedar Cliff Tuesday, one swimmer or another would approach Mifflin County coach Connie Welch alongside the Juniata Valley YMCA pool.
They were looking for advice, reinforcement – maybe both. And she had plenty to offer.
“Kick, kick, kick,” she told one. “You were great,” to another.
And then she’d lean down to the water and shout encouragement at the person racing – an exercise in futility, she admitted, more for her than the athletes, since they probably couldn’t hear her in the water anyway.
It’s no wonder she was exhausted at the end of the night – she’s as active as anyone in a suit, pushing to make her Huskies as strong as the teams they’ve been facing all winter in the Mid-Penn Conference.
Tuesday was different only in that the Colts aren’t a Commonwealth Division opponent, but did fill in for one when a scheduling snafu meant no home meet with Central Dauphin and CD East this year. It was a better match on paper for the Huskies, as the squads were closer in size – but the visitors still made it home with the victory.
The girls won 100-67. For the boys it was 92-63.
“I was hopeful. They really gave us some great races,” Welch said. “Hopefully we can swim them next year and do better.”
The Mifflin County swimmers didn’t lack encouragement – while most of the Colts sat on the bench when they weren’t in the water, the home side kids were on their feet and cheering all night. It couldn’t hurt for a squad that is so varied in experience, from the quartet that leads the Huskies in performance to a newcomer who was added to the roster since New Year’s Day.
Success is finally coming to some of the others, which pleases Welch to no end.
“Isn’t it great? It’s nice to see some of the other swimmers getting recognized for their hard work. They are doing an exceptional job,” she said, noting one freshman in particular. “It’s nice to see Zack Bonson get another district qualifying event as well.”
Mifflin County hosts Central Mountain Tuesday.
Mount Union 39, Northern Bedford 33
MOUNT UNION – It was knotted up at 33-33 when the Mount Union grapplers entered their last bout of the night Tuesday against Inter-County Conference opponent Northern Bedford, but the Trojans’ Nikolas Smith wasn’t about to let his team down.
Handling Northern Bedford’s Chase Ott for the pin at 1:26, Smith propelled his team to victory in the 39-33 contest.
Mid way through the match, Mount Union took a pin from Tyler long, a Dylan Smith decision and a Cory Kylor pin to give the Trojans a 27-24 lead after falling behind, 24-12.
Other Trojans with wins included Sage Moist, Jake Boozel and Devon Kylor.
Mount Union travels to Claysburg-Kimmel today to conclude its regular season.
Mount Union 65, Glendale 28
FLINTON – Mount Union’s Ashlyn Drake put up 23 points – just five fewer than Glendale was able to manage total – leading the Trojans to a 65-28 Inter-County Conference victory Tuesday.
“Ashlyn was on tonight,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said. “She shot the threes, she drove, she played defense and she was definitely our go-to girl tonight.”
Glendale struggled to score the entire game, whereas Mount Union put up at least 13 points each quarter.
“Our scoring was very spread out. Everyone played good tonight,” Cunningham said.
In JV action, Mount Union was victorious, dropping the Vikings, 36-26.
Mount Union (7-7, 4-3) hosts Bellwood-Antis Thursday.
Midd-West 45, Jersey Shore 27
MIDDLEBURG – Brianna Beiler had a career-high 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds as Midd-West picked up a Heartland Conference win over Jersey Shore, 45-27, in girls basketball Tuesday.
Although only four players scored for the Mustangs, three were in double digits. Mikayla Beiler added 11 and Allie Camp 10 in the win.
Jersey Shore won the JV game, 39-10.
Midd-West (6-8) travels to Selinsgrove Friday.
Juniata Mennonite 47, New Covenant 29
BEAVER SPRINGS – Juniata Mennonite held New Covenant’s top scorer to a dozen and Bethany Saner got the Lions rolling in the second half as the local squad topped the Mansfield school 47-29 in a Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball game Tuesday at West Snyder Elementary.
“Saner really turned the game around for us in the third quarter,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said. “She really brings the energy. It was good to see us pick our energy level up.”
Saner’s scoring was not on the top of the sheet, but she got into it at the right time, after the Lions took a seven-point edge into the locker room. The team went on to have an 18-point stanza to put the game out of reach.
Overall, Meiser said, his team delivered offensive balance. Molly Arnold (14 points), Valarie Meiser (13) and Lauren Breon (10) were all in double digits.
Juniata Mennonite (5-7, 3-5) hosts unbeaten Sunbury Christian Friday.
Juniata Mennonite 66, New Convenant 61 OT
BEAVER SPRINGS – Despite losing two starters to fouls, Juniata Mennonite’s boys came through when it counted, picking up a 66-61 win in overtime against Allegheny Christian Athletic Association foe New Convenant Tuesday.
Although all the quarter scores were close, the Mansfield team held a lead most of the game, at one point by nine.
“We got a little sloppy inside for a while and they took advantage of it,” he said. “It was a little scary when you go into OT and lose two of your starters.”
Jessie Watts hit a three on the buzzer to force the extra period, and the Lions found success by cutting off the middle and forcing the visitors to the outside.
Watts ended the game with 26 points. Luke Showers scored 16 and Caleb Gehman 10.
Juniata Mennonite (8-5, 5-4) host Sunbury Christian Friday.
Carlisle 49, Mifflin County 42
CARLISLE – The Huskies trailed Commonwealth Division opponent Carlisle by just three points late in the boy basketball game Tuesday, but a few key possessions later, the Thundering Herd was the team to come out on top in the 49-42 contest.
“Tonight was a very physical game against a big Carlisle team who has been playing very well, winning five of their last seven in the Mid-Penn. Our guys played hard enough to win; however, shooting 7-for-20 from the foul line and giving up several key offensive rebounds to Carlisle made the difference in a one possession game down the stretch,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said.
The Huskies’ Seth Wagner had a team-high 11 points, but Hunter Wright and Cy Treaster were also a force behind the team’s effort.
“Hunter Wright and Cy Treaster came out of too many slumps and combined for 14 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. It was a quality production from those two positions,” Gingrich said.
Carlisle won the JV game, 48-41.
Mifflin County (6-10, 1-10) hosts State College Friday.
9th grade: Carlisle 44, Mifflin County 28. High scorer, Cade Attick 14 points. Mifflin County travels to Hollidaysburg Friday.
Mount Union 46, Northern Bedford 40. Winners for Mount Union were Josh Boozel, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Nathanael Morgan, Dylan Smith, D.J. Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Mason Hockenberry and Riley Grainey.
MILLERSBURG – Two Juniata players hit the 20-point mark and another had a double-double in a 60-39 Tri-Valley League girls basketball win over Millersburg Monday.
Maddie Zendt was big on the scoreboard and the glass, picking up 14 rebounds to go with 10 points.
The top shooters were Victoria Varner, who had all three long shots for her team on the way to 20 points; and Carly Burns, who was 5-for-7 at the line with 21 total.
“They both shot the ball really well tonight,” Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said. “The other part of that is there was so much good passing going on. We found kids for easy baskets all night long.”
That, she said, generates flow for everything else.
Juniata also won the JV game, 34-31.
Juniata (14-1, 10-0) hosts Millersburg Wednesday, a change from the original TVL schedule as the District 3 team wanted to get the game in before its playoff qualification deadline. Juniata needs to keep up the pace as it tries to clinch the league.
“We’ve got to keep taking care of ourselves and keep winning,” Geedey said.
East Juniata 47, Line Mountain 42
MANDATA – The Eagles from Line Mountain made a late run in Tri-Valley League action Monday night, but Maddie Trego’s double-double for East Juniata proved to be too much.
The Tigers won the girls basketball game, 47-42.
“It’s a tough place to play down there,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. “(Trego) had a fantastic game for us.”
East Juniata’s Lauren Maguire chipped in 14 points of her own, netting two buckets from 3-point land, while Sarah Lahr led the way for the Eagles dropping 12 points.
The win takes the Tigers to 9-5 overall with a 6-3 record in the TVL. East Juniata’s JV squad also edged the Eagles, 25-24. The Tigers return to the hard court Friday night at 6, taking on the visiting Cougars of Lancaster Country Day.
Fulton County Christian 37,
Juniata Mennonite 36
NEEDMORE – Strong shooting at the line combined with a couple of 3-pointers by the Eagles’ Janae Gordon was the difference in Juniata Mennonite’s non-league girls basketball loss to Fulton County Christian, 37-36 Monday.
“We lost at the line again,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said, adding that his team had several balls come off the rim, especially in the first half. “We’ve got to work on making shots we need to make.”
Molly Arnold and Valarie Meiser each had 11 to lead the Lions. Meiser’s one three came late in the game, combined with a layup by Alexis Hahn-Kline to get their team within one, but that was as far as they went.
Juniata Mennonite (4-7) hosts New Covenant of Mansfield today at West Snyder Elementary.
Halifax 68, Greenwood 32
HALIFAX – The Greenwood girls dug a deep hole in their three-point first quarter against Tri-Valley League opponent Halifax on Monday. It was a hole so deep they were never able to climb back out.
In the 68-32 loss, Greenwood’s best quarter was its 12 point second, but even then Greenwood found itself outscored by five.
Greenwood’s Mallory Fortenbaugh had a game-high 19 points in the contest.
Greenwood (2-13) hosts Upper Dauphin on Thursday.
Juniata Mennonite 63, Fulton County Christian 29
NEEDMORE – Jessie Watts scored 19 points, leading three Juniata Mennonite players in double figures as the Lions crunched Fulton County Christian, 63-29, in a non-league boys basketball game Monday.
“They had some quick kids but overall they didn’t have enough good players on the floor to do much against us,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said.
The one-sided game gave Zimmerman the chance to work with his team, both on the press and on outside shooting where he said the team needs more confidence.
Luke Showers added 13 for the Lions and Adrian Martin 11.
Juniata Mennonite (7-5) hosts New Covenant of Mansfield today at West Snyder Elementary School.
* 8th grade: Huntingdon 48, Mifflin County 28. High scorer, Ryan Walker 14 points.
* 7th grade: Huntingdon 30, Mifflin County 29 OT. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 16 points. Mifflin County travels to Carlisle today.
LOCK HAVEN – The Mifflin County girls swim team was on fire Saturday when the girls landed in top spots time and again for the eventual 92-52 win over Central Mountain.
First place finishers for the girls included Rachel Heckman (100 butterfly), Sarah Bonson (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle), the 200 medley relay team (Rachel Stimeling, Kaitlyn Eckley, Bonson and Besch) and the 400 freestyle relay team (Eckley, Besch, Bonson and Megan Becker).
On the boys end, although the Huskies fell to Central Mountain 98-47, there were still some strong individual performances.
First place finishes for the boys included Evan Becker (200 individual medley) and the 400 free relay team (Zack Bonson, Anthony Elliott, Shane Sennett and Drew Kline).
Kline also finished in 2nd in the 100 breastroke with a time which qualified him for districts.
Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said the meet was a strong one for her team, and she was glad to see some new names in placewinning spots.
Mifflin County (Girls: 2-6, Boys: 1-7) faces Central Mountain again when the Huskies host the Wildcats on Jan. 29.
Indoor track and field
Kevin Dare Invitational
UNIVERSITY PARK – Mifflin Country harrier Jon Colwell has been having a series of strong meets lately.
Jan. 12, at the Golden Bear Invitational, Colwell qualified for states. Saturday, when Mifflin County competed at the Kevin Dare Invitational at Penn State University, Colwell continued to stand out when his 8:45.99 in the 3000 meter ranked in as the number two time in Pennsylvania and the number eight time in the nation.
“It’s not totally unexpected, but at the same time it’s great to see him perform the way that he has been,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. “I think as the season progresses here, I think there’s a lot more to get out of him and I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people by the end of the season.”
Other highlights for the Huskies included Nathan Baumgardner’s personal best 20 feet two inches in the long jump, Kelsey Spicher’s 2:35.57 in the 800 and Erika Shawver’s 27.59 in the 200.
It was Mifflin County’s third meet of the season, and Gantz was pleased with what he saw from his team.
Mifflin County’s next meet is on Friday at Franklin and Marshall college.
Lancaster Country Day 35
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP – Both teams got off to a slow start – combining for only 13 points – when Juniata traveled to Lancaster Country Day for boys Tri-Valley League basketball action Saturday, but it was Juniata which got over the hump sooner, resulting in a 52-35 win.
In every quarter but the second, Juniata outscored Lancaster Country Day, putting up a game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Juniata’s Scott Sneath was a force on the offense, recording 14 points in the contest.
The Indians (2-11) host TVL opponent East Juniata on Tuesday.
Upper Dauphin 66,
East Juniata 47
ELIZABETHVILLE – It was an off night for the East Juniata boys basketball team Saturday, and it showed in the final 66-47 score against Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin.
“We were outplayed offensively, defensivley and mentally all night,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said.
East Juniata’s Nick Lorenz put up a game-high 25 points, but offensivley the rest of the Tigers struggled, as none of the others were able to break double-digits.
“We didn’t execute our stuff, they did, and we didn’t play well enough to win,” Anders said.
East Juniata (11-3, 7-2) hosts Midd-West today.
Greenwood 62, Newport 31
NEWPORT – The Greenwood boys displayed once again why they top the Tri-Valley League standings, when on Saturday they doubled Newport’s points in the 62-31 victory.
Greenwood started out strong, outscoring Newport 13-5 in the first quarter, and continued to expand upon its lead throughout the rest of the game.
From the Kerstetters – Ryan and Nick – came one of Greenwood’s greatest offensive threats of the night, as the two combined for six 3-point goals. In addition to his threes, Ryan led the game in scoring with 16.
Greenwood (15-2, 11-0) is off until Friday, when the Wildcats host TVL opponent Juniata.
MIFFLINBURG – In every quarter but the first, Midd-West paced right along with Mifflinburg in Inter-County Conference boys basketball action Friday. But, the Mustangs only put up five points in the first, and were never able to recover from the early deficit in the 54-42 loss.
Colton Keister had a team-high 11 points for the Mustangs.
Mifflinburg won the JV contest, 61-48.
Midd-West (3-9, 0-7) travels to non-league opponent East Juniata today.
Lancaster Country Day 15
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP – The Juniata girls shut Lancaster Country Day down in Tri-Valley League action Saturday – plain and simple.
Lancaster Country Day only scored 15 points in the contest – which is only two more than the Indians put up in the first quarter – to lose, 57-15.
Maddie Zendt had a game-high 15 points for the Indians, and Victoria Varner trailed her with 13.
Juniata (13-1) travels to Millersburg today.
Danville 39, Midd-West 12
MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West girls hosted Danville Saturday looking for their sixth win of the season, but instead dropped the non-league contest, 39-12.
Allie Camp and Makenzi Kauffman each had four points, and that was the most any individual Mustangs were able to score in the game.
“We played great defense…held them to 39, but had problems offensively,” Midd-West coach Dave Fadale said.
Midd-West (5-8) hosts Jersey Shore on Tuesday.
BELLEFONTE – The Midd-West wrestling team went 1-2 Saturday at the Bellefonte Duals, pulling out a close 39-37 win over Hazleton, but falling to Pius X and State College.
Alex Lieberman (160), Corey Stauffer (106) and Zachary Heeter (145) all went 3-for-3 on the day for the Mustangs.
Of the three, each recorded two pins, Lieberman took a 4-2 decision over State College’s Alexander Stover, Stauffer handed Pius X’s Robbie Shoemaker a technical fall and Heeter won a major decision over State College’s Derek Horner.
Midd-West travels to Milton on Thursday.
– 8th grade: Tyrone 40, Mifflin County 29. High scorer Ryan Walker 11.
– 7th grade: Tyrone 33, Mifflin County 10. High scorer Cade Shoemaker 6.
Mifflin Country’s next game is today at Huntingdon
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata coach Travis Quici had one word to describe the Tigers’ non-league matchup against Bellefonte Friday – “exciting.”
Quici wasn’t exaggerating.
In the 38-36 overtime win, it took an old fashioned three point play from Katrina Gelnett to propel the game into overtime, and then a 3-pointer from Caitlin Hoover and free throw from Kasi Horning to give the Tigers the win.
“It was a fantastic game. The girls really came together,” Quici said. And it really was a whole team effort which brought the game together.
In the fourth, before Gelnett tied the game up at 34-34, it took a series of plays including two free throws from Maguire and her following steal and dish off to Maddie Trego for the score which brought the Tigers back in the game.
Maguire led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points.
The Tigers also won the JV game, 33-12.
East Juniata (8-5) gets back into Tri-Valley League action on Monday when they travel to Line Mountain.
Southern Huntingdon 56, Mount Union 44
THREE SPRINGS – After a three point third quarter against Inter-County Conference opponent Southern Huntingdon, the Mount Union girls fell too far behind and dropped the contest, 56-44.
“We turned it on in the fourth quarter, but it was too late,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Ashlyn Drake led the Trojans with 16 points.
Mount Union (6-7, 3-3) travels to Glendale on Tuesday.
Harrisburg 60, Mifflin County 50
HARRISBURG – The Mifflin County girls were up by 10 points in the third against Harrisburg on Friday, but shortly afterwards they were beset by shooting and defensive woes and gave up the lead for the 60-50 Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Division loss.
“We were up ten in the middle of the third, had a long dry spell, and it carried over defensively and we stopped making defensive plays too,” Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said.
Logan Snyder was the only Husky able to break the double digit barrier with her game-high 19 points – an event which was unusual for the Huskies, who usually have two to three players finish with double digits.
“We were working the ball well, we just didn’t finish. It was just one of those things where we had an off shooting night,” Kodish said.
Mifflin County (7-7, 3-7) hosts Carlisle on Tuesday.
Juniata 46, Greenwood 25
MILLERSTOWN – It was a slow start for both teams Friday when Juniata traveled to Greenwood for some Tri-Valley League girls basketball action, but eventually the Indians kicked it into gear for the 46-25 win.
Despite a paltry four point effort in the first quarter – which happened to be twice as many as the Wildcats put up in the first – Juniata’s 19 point third really gave the Indians the lead for the eventual win.
Juniata’s Victoria Varner had a game-high 15 points. Greenwoods Mallory Fortenbaugh led the Wildcats with 13.
Juniata plays at Lancaster Country Day on today. Greenwood travels to Halifax on Monday.
Carson Long 60, Juniata 49
MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata boys took on non-league opponent Carson Long looking for a win Friday, but fell flat in their efforts to the tune of a 60-49 final score.
What really hurt the Indians was Carson Long’s 25 point fourth quarter.
Juniata coach Nate Geibel said his team was sticking with Carson Long, “primarily through the first three quarters, but then we went cold in the fourth and had too many turnovers.”
Carson Long’s Anthony Brice was also a thorn in the Indians’ side, as he led with a game-high 27 points. Juniata’s Scott Sneath followed Brice with 20 of his own.
The Indians won the JV game, 52-27.
Juniata (1-11) resumes Tri-Valley League action today at Lancaster Country Day.
Harrisburg Academy 60, Belleville Mennonite 38
LEMOYNE – The Belleville Mennonite boys were hitting from beyond the arc Friday against Harrisburg Academy – as seven of their 11 field goals were 3-pointers – but Harrisburg Academy was hitting its shots, albeit smaller ones, more consistently as the Trojans took the 60-38 loss on the road.
It was a slow start for Belleville Mennonite – the Trojans only managed to put up two points the entire first quarter – and although the boys stepped it up in the later quarters, it was too little, too late.
The Trojans’ Noah Anders hit four 3-pointers for a team-high 12 points.
Belleville Mennonite (2-11) travels to Northumberland Christian on Monday.
Claysburg-Kimmel 65, Mount Union 44
CLAYSBURG – Mount Union trailed by only six at the half in its Inter-County Conference game against Claysburg-Kimmel, but excellent shooting from the line on the Bulldogs’ part spread the scoring difference in the second half and resulted in a 66-44 loss for the Trojan boys.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said his team played some sloppy defense, resulting in foul trouble, and the Bulldogs’ 20-27 shooting from the line buried the Trojans.
Jamal Smith had a team-high 14 points for the Trojans.
In the JV game, the Trojans defeated the Bulldogs, 43-30.
Mount Union (8-6, 3-4) hosts Glendale on Wednesday.
MILLERSTOWN – Still undefeated in the Tri-Valley League, Greenwood was tied with Upper Dauphin at the half and led by only two at the end of three, but a huge 23-point fourth quarter iced it for the Wildcats in the 58-49 win on Thursday.
“I thought it was a real good game. In the fourth quarter we were able to get a lead,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said, further explaining that his team’s shooting from the line was key after Upper Dauphin started fouling.
In fact, the Wildcats’ 15-16 effort from the charity stripe in the fourth was the difference in the game.
Leading up to that point, it was the Wildcats’ aggression in the third which kept them in the game.
“The third quarter we came out and were just a lot more aggressive. We were settling for 3-point shots in the second and we started making moves to the basket in the third,” Houser said.
Upper Dauphin’s Austin A. Weaver had a game-high 16 points. Ryan Kerstetter led Greenwood with 13.
Upper Dauphin won the JV game, 53-17.
Greenwood (14-2, 10-0) plays at Newport on Saturday.
Cambria County Christian 57, Belleville Mennonite 40
BELLEVILLE – Too many turnovers can ruin a game. So can a 37 point effort from a single opposing player. When you add the two together, you get exactly what the Belleville Mennonite boys faced in their 57-40 loss to Cambria County Christian Thursday.
“He’s a very good player, he’s quick and explosive and a good shooter,” Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said of Cambria County Christian’s Dom Williams, whose 37 points trailed the Trojans’ team score by just four points.
But it wasn’t just Williams scoring which spelled trouble for the Trojans. Cambria County Christian played a soft half-court press, and this resulted in too many Belleville Mennonite turnovers.
The Trojans (2-10) travel to Harrisburg Academy today.
Belleville Mennonite 36, Cambria County Christian 24
BELLEVILLE – Sole senior Rachel Anders had a memorable senior night Thursday at Belleville Mennonite. Not only did she finish with a game-high 15 points, but for a team that has struggled to win all year, the Trojans’ 36-24 win over Cambria County Christian was just the icing on the cake.
“Defensively the girls came out strong right away. We got into some foul trouble, but the girls stepped up, played some different positions and it went well,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said.
In fact, Anders was one of those players with foul trouble – meaning she had to sit out longer than usual – but she still managed to notch the game-high score.
“She works the ball very well underneath,” Zook said of Anders.
Belleville Mennonite (2-11) travels to Northumberland Christian Monday.
Chambersburg 31, Mifflin County 23
CHAMBERSBURG – The Mifflin County wrestlers were looking strong in their Mid-Pen Conference Commonwealth Division match against Chambersburg Thursday when 106 pounder Daulton Wilson pinned Colin Runshaw in the first bout, but later in the match Chambersburg won five of the final seven bouts to hand the Huskies the 31-23 victory.
“There were some matches I thought we could win and some others I thought we could get some bonus points in. But we didn’t,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said.
After Wilson, other Mifflin County winners included Isaac Underhill, Lucas Besch, Brandon Wilson, Tre Carter and Kyle Kahley.
Mifflin County (9-4, 3-2) hosts the Husky Duals on Saturday.
Mifflinburg 50, Midd-West 28
MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West grapplers had four pins and a major decision Thursday against Mifflinburg, but forfeits and a couple pins on the Wildcats’ end overwhelmed the Mustangs effort and resulted in a 50-28 Heartland Athletic Conference loss.
Midd-West won its first bout five weight classes into the match when Zachary Heeter took an 11-3 major decision over Kevin Dock.
The Mustangs’ other winners, all of whom recorded pins, included Alex Lieberman, Zach Longacre, Kyle Fawver and Corey Stauffer.
Midd-West will compete in the Bellefonte Duals Saturday.
– 8th grade: Huntingdon 50, Mifflin County. High scorers, Kaden Knose and Malik Sechler 6.
– 7th grade: Huntingdon 32, Mifflin County 26. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 7.
Mifflin County’s next game is Friday at Tyrone.
– Mifflin County 83, Chambersburg 9. Winners for Mifflin County were Clayton Wolfgang, Joey Taptich, Cole Guthridge, Brock Sinkus, Noah Myers, Logan Wise, Trent Hidlay, Kyle Smith , Tyler Rhodes, Daulton Hildebrandt, Austin Emel, Quentin Milliken, Isaac Habbershon, Michael Bielski, Trey Hartsock, and Austin Haubrick. The Huskies are now 17-1.
– Mount Union 55, Tyrone 42. Winners for Mount Union were Mason Hockenberry, Josh Boozel, Devon Pearce, Andrew Todaro, Sage Dixon, Bryce Smith, Jonathan Atherton, Nathanael Morgan, Dylan Smith, Avery Kyler and D.J. Bookwalter.
STATE COLLEGE – Mifflin County’s swimming team got its first conference win of the season as the Huskies – boys and girls – outscored Central Dauphin East in a quad meet at State College Tuesday.
“It was great. The kids did a great job tonight,” Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said, citing her teams’ refusal to give up.
“It’s no wonder they were finally able to pull out a win,” she said.
The girls topped the Panthers, 83-46. The boys posted a 72-66 win. Both teams fell against Central Dauphin and host State College in the meet, which was scored head-to-head between each pair of teams.
Individually, the best finishers for Mifflin County were in third-place. Megan Becker was third in the 50-yard freestyle and Sarah Bonson in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Two girls relays teams and one for the boys also took bronze.
The Huskies travel Saturday to Central Mountain.
Central Dauphin 50,
Mifflin County 45
HARRISBURG – Central Dauphin’s mettle was proven late in the game Tuesday when the Rams slid by Mifflin County, 50-45, in a Commonwealth Division boys basketball game.
It stung especially because the Huskies had a 30-22 lead when the teams went in the locker room.
“Our effort was extremely high tonight. I was proud of the players’ energy level and enthusiasm,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “However, as has been the case in many of our Mid-Penn games, late in the game when it was close and very intense their more experienced basketball players made plays and we did not.”
Seth Wagner had a big night individually, a double-double that included a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, along with six blocks. Curtis Jerzerick had 10 points, all in the first quarter.
A couple of late turnovers ended any comeback hopes.
Central Dauphin won the JV game, 43-33.
Mifflin County (6-8, 1-8) hosts Harrisburg Friday.
Meadowbrook Christian 61, Juniata Mennonite 39
MILTON – It was a game of numbers in Juniata Mennonite’s Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game against Meadowbrook Christian Tuesday, but it wasn’t just the numbers in the 61-39 final score that mattered.
In the loss, Juniata Mennonite’s smaller squad just couldn’t keep up with Meadowbrook’s large roster, and this had a major impact on the final outcome. Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said he was proud of the effort his team put forth, mentioning that the Lions had at tied at 16-16 in the second quarter.
In the high speed game, however, Meadowbrook Christian’s superior numbers prevailed. Meadowbrook Christian hit the Lions with a 21-point third quarter and they were never able to recover.
“The guys stuck with it. They played hard,” Zimmerman said.
Luke Showers had a team-high 10 points.
Juniata Mennonite (6-4, 4-3) hosts Columbia County Christian on Friday.
Williamsburg 51, Mount Union 36
WILLIAMSBURG – Mount Union’s squad, depelete by injury and illness, fell victim to Williamsburg on Tuesday when the Blue Pirates took a 51-36 win in Inter-County Conference boys basketball.
Jamal Smith was the lone Trojan player to escape single digits, scoring 15.
The Trojans won the JV game, 20-17.
Mount Union (8-5, 4-3) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel Friday.
Juniata 46, Halifax 37
HALIFAX – Carly Burns hit double digits, and Joelle Winey and Maddie Zendt scored double-doubles in scoring and rebounding Tuesday as Juniata topped Halifax, 46-37, for a Tri-Valley League girls basketball win.
It wasn’t evident in the first quarter, however, that the Indians would run away with the win the way they did. After taking a slim 13-10 lead at the end of the third, Juniata shut Halifax down in the second, outscoring the Wildcats, 16-8, for a 29-18 lead at the half.
From there, Juniata controlled the rest of the game.
“The first quarter was very tight, but then we had a really nice second quarter and held them to single digits and had a really nice scoring quarter ourselves,” Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said.
Juniata (11-1, 7-0) travels to Greenwood on Friday.
Meadowbrook 62, Juniata Mennonite 35
MILTON – In a game where everything that could go wrong did, the biggest difficulty Juniata Mennonite faced was the hole it dug in the first half.
Meadowbrook Christian capitalized on that in a 62-35 Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball win Tuesday.
“Everything droped for them the first half,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said.
Molly Arnold and Valarie Meiser both scored in double figured for Juniata Mennonite, but their combined total barely exceeded that of Meadowbrook’s Madison Burrows, who tallied 27 in the win.
Juniata Mennonite (4-5, 2-4) hosts Columbia County Christian Friday at Cedar Grove Church.
9th grade: Mifflin County 32, Altoona 25. High scorer, Jessa Wright 14 points.
9th grade: Mifflin County 49, Central Dauphin 23. High scorer, Selene McCaffery 12 points. The Huskies are 14-2.
9th grade: Central Dauphin 48, Mifflin County 20. High scorer, Cade Attick 11 points. The Huskies host Huntingdon Thursday.
Mount Union 69, Huntingdon 28. Mount Union winners were Josh Boozel, Devon Pearce, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Bryce Smith, Jonathan Atherton, Nathanael Morgan, Dylan Smith, D.J. Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Mason Hockenberry and Austin Rhodes.
NEWPORT – Dillon Leonard hit a stunning six threes and scored 20 points – second best on his team for the night – as East Juniata pummeled Newport in a 61-33 Tri-Valley League boys basketball game, garnering a win that clinched a District 4 playoff spot for the Tigers.
“He had two threes in the first quarter. It was a lot off of our unselfish passing,” said East Juniata coach Brock Anders, noting that six players scored in the opening stanza.
Nick Lorenz scored 21 in the win. The Tigers’ Bailey Coder was slowed on the floor, making Leonard’s contribution even more valuable.
“They doubled and tripled him a lot and made it difficult most of the night,” Anders said. “The guys on the perimenter responded well.”
Newport won the JV game 56-29; East Juniata’s Jared Shirk and Anthony Finkbiner each scored 10.
The Tigers (11-2, 7-1) travel to Upper Dauphin Saturday.
Greenwood 41, Millersburg 34
MILLERSBURG – Greenwood found itself in a place it isn’t very often Monday – trailing in Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.
But the Wildcats came alive in the second half, putting up 25 points for a 41-34 victory over host Millersburg.
Greenwood coach Kent Houser said the Indians had a game plan and executed it well.
“We started to get a couple turnovers and get some easier baskets” in the second half, he said. “That really was the difference. They did a nice job of making sure we didn’t get clean looks.”
Ryan Kerstetter scored 12 for the Wildcats and Tyler Fegley 10.
Millersburg got the edge in the JV game, 35-30.
Greenwood (13-2, 9-0) hosts Upper Dauphin Thursday.
Upper Dauphin 69, Juniata 34
ELIZABETHVILLE – Juniata got scoring from a lot of people – the Indians just didn’t get a lot of scoring. That was the story in a 69-34 loss to Upper Dauphin in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Monday.
“I like the balance. I just wish everybody had about five more points each,” Juniata coach Nate Geibel said.
Among the seven who had a line in the score book, Logan Knepp was tops with nine points. The Indians struggled when Scott Sneath picked up three quick fouls early in the game, forcing a change to a freshman point guard, Geibel said.
Upper Dauphin also won the JV game, 61-45.
Juniata hosts Carson Long Friday.
Mount Union 38, Williamsburg 35
MOUNT UNION – Mount Union played well at the free-throw line, hitting 17 of 26 tries, which helped propel the Trojans to a 38-35 Inter-County Conference win over Williamsburg in girls basketball Monday.
Tynita White scored 17 to lead all players, and hit nine of those free throws.
“We got fouled a lot. Our rebounding was excellent tonight. We played good defense in the second half,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Williamsburg won the JV game, 28-21.
Mount Union (6-5, 3-3) hosts Claysburg-Kimmel Wednesday.
Halifax 40, Midd-West 28
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West’s brief winning streak was slowed Monday when Halifax visited, and took away a 40-28 non-league win in girls basketball.
The Wildcats had a strong second half, shooting 9-of-10 at the line in the fourth after Morgan Cox, who led the game with 18 points, scored more than half of those in the third.
Mikayla Beiler scored 11 to lead the Mustangs, and fell just short of a double-double with nine steals.
Halifax won the JV game 41-40 in double overtime.
Midd-West (5-6) travels to Shikellamy Wednesday.
Boys: Mifflin County 4, Bishop McDevitt 0
Girls: Mifflin County 4, Bishop McDevitt 0
HARRISBURG – Mifflin County bowlers picked up a pair of wins against a school that is a member of the Mid-Penn Conference in the first match the Huskies bowled in District 3.
The boys and girls both blanked Bishop McDevitt, 4-0, Monday.
High game for the boys came from Dominick Stuck, who bowled a 185 as part of a 469 series, also the match high. The girls saw Makayla Pearce rolled a 171 in her first game on the way to a 455 series. Kate Pecht had the high game, a 174. Six of the eight scoring bowlers were above 400 in the match.
That makes two wins in a row for the boys, who had a 4-0 victory over Milton at home Saturday. The girls fell to the District 4 visitors.
The boys are now 9-9 overall. The girls are 6-12.
* 9th grade: Park Forest 67, Mifflin County 45. High scorer, Cade Attick 14 points.
* 8th grade: Park Forest 30, Mifflin County 18. High scorer, Ryan Walker 6 points.
* 7th grade: Park Forest 16, Mifflin County 15. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 5 points. Mifflin County travels to Central Dauphin Thursday.
KUTZTOWN – When Mifflin County harrier Jon Colwell started this season he had two goals in mind – qualify for states and medal.
On Jan. 12, when the Huskies traveled to Kutztown University for the Golden Bear Invitational, Colwell achieved the first part of that goal.
With his 4:29.70 in the 1600 meter, Colwell not only took first place in the event, but also qualified for states.
“Any meet you go into with John you go in with high expectations, and those expectations are always met,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said.
But Colwell wasn’t the only Husky to make a strong showing at the meet.
Erika Shawver placed second in the 55 meter hurdles, and landed in 15th in the 400 meter.
As Gantz said of Shawver’s performance in the 400, “She’s starting to hit her stride, and she’ll be a force to be reckoned with by the end of the season.”
Other placewinners for the Huskies included a third place finish in the boys 200 meter relay (Kyroon Carrington, Nathan Baumgardner, Michael Kline, Tim Beck) and a fifth place finish by Makayla Rearick at shot put.
This was Mifflin County’s second meet of the season.
The Huskies will compete next on Jan. 19 in the Kevin Dare Invitational at Penn State University.
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata’s Sean Heggs went 5-5, notching four pins, and the Indians as a whole finished 3-2 on Jan. 12 when they took fourth place at the Juniata Duals.
Juniata’s biggest team win was a 61-12 rout of North Penn, in which Richie Gilson, Heggs, Jared Benner, Derek Beitz, Tyler Hershey, Ty Treaster and Patrick Fitzgerald all finished with a pin.
In the other matches, Juniata defeated Selinsgrove (55-21) and Lancaster Catholic (42-35), and lost to Huntingdon (42-27) and Penns Valley (42-27).
Excluding forfeits, Indians who finished with multiple wins were Gilson, Adam Barrick, Heggs, Luke Nana, Benner, Beitz, Hershey, Fitzgerald and Dylan Feltman.
Line Mountain Duals
HERNDON – After four straight team wins at the Line Mountain Duals on Jan. 12, the Mount Union grapplers took Lewisburg, 57-18, to get the fifth win and the first place finish at the duals.
“I thought we wrestled well pretty much all day, and really stepped up in the finals,” Mount Union coach Corey Wertz said.
Trojans with multiple wins included Tyler Long, Dylan Smith, Cory Kylor, Devon Kylor, Nikolas Smith, Sage Smith, Jake Boozel, Kord Aurand, Darrion Stapleton, Tyler Foor and Philip Kyle.
Columbia Montour Vo Tech. 48
MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West boys basketball team struggled from the charity stripe Jan. 12 against Columbia Montour Vocational Tech, but in every other regard did just what it needed to do to take the 58-48 win.
In the first half, 6-for-6 shooting on the floor from Ascher Marks kept the Mustangs in the game, then in the second the Mustangs’ full court press helped lead to the win.
Colton Keister led the Mustangs with 14 points.
Midd-West (3-7, 0-5) travels to Shamokin to get back in Heartland Conference action on Tuesday.
Midd-West 34, Shamokin 22
COAL TOWNSHIP – After giving up their lead in the second quarter, the Midd-West girls turned it up on the offense for a Heartland Conference girls basketball win over Shamokin on Jan. 12.
In the 34-22 victory, Mikayla Beiler had a game-high 19 points for the Mustangs.
“Our girls are learning to play with some toughness. They had us outsized in every inside position and we were able to stay right with them on rebounds,” Midd-West coach Dave Fadale said.
Shamokin won the JV game, 35-25. Kayla Keister had 15 for Midd-West.
The Mustangs host non-conference opponent Halifax today.
– Mifflin County placed third at the Bellefonte Invitational on Jan. 12. Winners for the Huskies were Trey Hartsock, Andrew Wert, Quentin Milliken, Isaac Habbershon, Noah Myers, Jonah Kile, Clayton Wolfgang, Logan Wise, Trent Hidlay and Kyle Smith.
– Juniata went 3-2 to take third place at the Juniata Duals on Jan. 12. Juniata is now 13-4.
NORTHUMBERLAND – Juniata Mennonite’s 23-point fourth quarter was enough to deliver the Lion boys a 47-43 win over Northumberland Christian in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association basketball game Friday.
“It was an amazing game. It’s been a while since we beat them,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said.
Fed by a 22-point second quarter, Northumberland took a 31-14 lead into the locker room. But a 24-point night by Jessie Watts helped the Lions storm back with 23 of their own in the final stanza.
“They were just hitting their shots in the second quarter. They were hitting everything,” Zimmerman said. “The fourth quarter we went man to man. We were afraid they were going to stall.”
Instead, the pressure forced turnovers and Juniata Mennonite capitalized.
The Lions (6-3, 4-2) travel to Meadowbrook Christian Tuesday.
Juniata Valley 54,
Mount Union 45
MOUNT UNION – Juniata Valley got the hot hand early in the second period and converted four quick 3-pointers into an advantage, then rolled through the third on the way to a 54-45 Inter-County Conference win over Mount Union in boys basketball Friday.
The Trojans’ seven-point lead after a quarter was erased as the visitors outscored them 34-20 in the next two. Mount Union’s woes were compounded by the fact that Klayton Heffner was shut down on the floor. Kahlil Fortson (15 points) and Jamal Smith (14) led on the scoreboard for Mount Union.
The Trojans won the JV game, 31-28.
Mount Union (8-4, 3-2) travels to Williamsburg Tuesday.
Cumberland Valley 72, Mifflin County 49
MECHANICSBURG – A trio of Cumberland Valley players combined for 51 points and Mifflin County struggled to keep possession, factors that played a role in the Eagles’ 72-49 win over Mifflin County in a Commonwealth Division girls basketball game Friday.
“The story is, when you’re playing highly ranked quality basketball teams, you have to take care of the basketball,” Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said. “We didn’t take care of the ball.”
It wasn’t just the errors, he said, but that they were what he called passive errors – ill-advised passes, for example, that caused turnovers, rather than give aways of aggression, like driving to the basket.
Logan Snyder and Ashleigh Williams each scored 13 to lead the Huskies. Olivia Halfpenny chipped in 10.
Mifflin County won the JV game, 44-26, with 20 points from Tara Kibe.
Mifflin County (7-5, 3-5) hosts Central Dauphin Tuesday.
Northumberland 57, Juniata Mennonite 25
NORTHUMBERLAND – Juniata Mennonite was able to contain Alyssa Wesner early, but the Northumberland sharpshooter eventually lit up the scoreboard with 27 points – more than the Lions as a team – in a 57-25 Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball game Friday.
“In the first half we were only down 11,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said. “It was our best ball movement of the year.”
But turnovers took their toll in the long run, he said.
Juniata Mennonite (4-4, 2-3) travels to Meadowbrook Christian Tuesday.
Greenwood 39, Lancaster Country Day 28
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood’s girls basketball team won its second game of the season, 39-28, with a Tri-Valley League contest against Lancaster Country Day Friday.
The Wildcats improved their margin by seven from the first meeting. Hattie Kuhns and Mallory Fortenbaugh led the offense with 10 points apiece.
Greenwood (2-10, 2-5) hosts East Juniata Tuesday.
9th grade: Cumberland Valley 48, Mifflin County 36. High scorer, Cade Attick 17 points. Mifflin County travels to Park Forest Monday.
9th grade: Cumberland Valley 35, Mifflin County 24. High scorer, Selene McCaffery 9 points.
MANDATA – Nick Lorenz had a good night from the floor, but it was a late free throw that mattered most Thursday.
Lorenz, who led East Juniata with 24 points, got his last one to give the Tigers a two-point lead in the final seconds against Line Mountain, then Bailey Coder blocked a buzzer-beater attempt to seal the Tri-Valley League boys basketball win, 55-53.
“Anytime that you play at Line Mountain, it’s a difficult gym and a long ride for our guys. It’s a good win for us,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said.
Coder added 17 points in the effort.
Line Mountain won the JV game against a 20-point effort by East Juniata’s Anthony Finkbeiner.
The Tigers (10-2, 6-1) end the TVL’s first cycle at Newport Monday.
Greenwood 70, Halifax 19
HALIFAX – A trio of players reached double figures and Greenwood clamped down on Halifax, winning the Tri-Valley League boys basketball game 70-19 Thursday.
Adam Harrison led the scoring with 14 points; Ryan Kerstetter added 13 and Tyler Fegley 11.
Greenwood also won the JV game, 42-29.
The Wildcats (10-2, 6-0) host Lancaster Country Day tonight in a boys-girls varsity doubleheader.
Millersburg 52, Juniata 45
MILLERSBURG – In a game where neither team had a stellar free throw percentage, one particular fouling situation proved to be crucial.
It was just one moment in the game, but a reason that Millersburg was able to pull off a 52-45 win over Juniata Thursday in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.
Juniata was 5-for-17 at the stripe and Millersburg 8-for-22.
“The one that killed us was they fouled and got a technical in the same possession,” Juniata coach Nate Geibel explained. His team missed the front half of a one-and-one then got only one on the technical.
“We hit a three on the possession and could have come away with seven poitns instead of four,” he said.
Logan Knepp (12) and Zack Graybill (10) both scored in double figures for Juniata.
Millersburg won the JV game, 39-32.
Juniata travels to Upper Dauphin Monday.
Carson Long 68, Belleville Mennonite 53
NEW BLOOMFIELD – It was a career night for Noah Anders Thursday. Unfortunately for the Belleville Mennonite frosh, his game-high 29 points weren’t enough to overcome the secondary scoring put up by Carson Long, and the Warriors took away a 68-53 win in their boys basketball game.
The Trojans were trailing by 10 after a quarter and managed to cut that lead by four going into the locker room, but just didn’t have enough to stop the home team. Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said his team started falling into the trap of trying to be a team it wasn’t.
“We went into a game like this thinking this was going to be great. We’re not a run and gun team,” he said.
Austin Byler added 11 in the effort for the Trojans.
Belleville Mennonite (2-8) travels to Meadowbrook Christian Monday.
Juniata Valley 50, Mount Union 46
ALEXANDRIA – Haley Myers scored a game-high 20 points to help Juniata Valley edge Mount Union, 50-46, in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball matchup.
“We played good defense in spurts, but when it really counted we didn’t,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said. “We missed a few key defensive rebounds at the end.”
Tynita White led the Trojans with 15 points, while Ashley Foor and Aaliyah Gilbert-Walker chipped in 11 apiece.
Juniata Valley also won the JV game, 50-43.
Mount Union (4-5) hosts Williamsburg Monday.
Mount Union 64, Glendale 6
MOUNT UNION – Mount Union gave up just one bout to Glendale as the Trojans routed the Vikings in an Inter-County Conference dual meet, 64-6, Thursday.
Getting bonus points for Mount Union were Jake Boozel, Kord Aurand, Robbie Steel, Tyler Long, Dylan Smith, Cory Kylor, Darrian Stapleton, Devon Kylor, Philip Kyle, Nikolas Smith, and Tyler Foor.
Midd-West 58, Williamsport 24
NIDDLEBURG – Midd-West not only won on the mats Thursday, but more than doubled on the biggest school in District 4, garnering a 58-24 Heartland Conference win over Williamsport.
The Millionaires won only four matches, and that included a forfeit.
Bonus points were earned for the Mustangs by Zach Longacre, Austin Snook, Corey Stauffer, MWH, Isaac Stringer, Tanner Ebright, Brody McGlaughlin, Zachary Heeter, Joshua Hibbs, Alexander Tittle and Alex Lieberman.
* Mifflin County 62 State College 37. Winners for the Huskies were Andrew Wert, Noah Myers, Trent Hidlay, Kyle Smith, Jonah Kile, Dalton Hildebrandt, Quentin Milliken, Austin Emel, Isaac Habbershon, Trey Hartsock and Mike Bielski. Mifflin County is 16-1.
* Mount Union 93, Glendale 12. Winners for the Trojans were Josh Boozel, Rylan Boone, Devon Pearce, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Bryton Stidfole, Bryce Smith, Devin Kuhstos, Garrett Love, Nathanael Morgan, Dylan Smith, Avery Kyler, D.J. Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Mason Hockenberry and Riley Grainey.
MOUNT UNION – Klayton Heffner scored 26 points – hitting four from downtown – as Mount Union gave coach Joe Komir his 290th career win, an 80-53 knockdown of Southern Huntingdon in a non-league boys basketball game Wednesday.
“He’s been really working too,” Komir said of Heffner. “He just built his confidence up. That’s what we need – somebody outside who can score.”
Komir cleared the bench, and his team filled the scorebook – all 13 players scored at least one point in the contest.
“Honestly, 10 guys played three quarters. I played them the whole game,” he said.
Also in double figures were Jamal Smith with 14 points and Kahlil Fortson with 12.
Mount Union also won the JV contest, 37-27, behind a 17-point effort by Kole House.
The Trojans (8-3) host Juniata Valley Friday.
MIDDLEBURG – Mifflinburg held onto a four-point lead with two minutes to play in the Wildcats’ Heartland Conference girls basketball game at Midd-West Wednesday.
After the two minutes ticked away, Midd-West was on winning streak.
The Mustangs got a late bucket on the way to a 38-35 final, winning their second straight, moving them just below .500 on the year and their first in the league under second-year coach Dave Fadale.
In the final minutes, Jess Jones and Mikayla Beiler – who led the team with 11 points – each hit from the floor to tie it up with 90 seconds on the clock. Brianna Beiler delivered the lead on a layup a minute later and Jones hit a free throw after she blocked a shot to tie and drew a foul.
Mifflinburg won the JV game, 54-33.
Midd-West (4-5) travels to Shamokin Saturday.
* Mifflin County 55, Central Mountain 30. Winners for the Huskies were Clayton Wolfgang, Joey Taptich, Andrew Wert, Noah Myers, Logan Wise, Trent Hidlay, Kyle Smith, Dalton Hildebrandt, Austin Emel, Isaac Habbershon, Quentin Milliken and Trey Hartsock. Mifflin County improves to 15-1.
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata surged ahead in the third and staved off a fourth-quarter challenge as the Tigers topped Halifax, 47-37, in Tri-Valley League girls basketball Tuesday.
Caitlin Hoover’s 18 points led the game, and delivered an unexpected punch for East Juniata.
“Hoover has struggled from the floor but really found her rhythm tonight,” Tigers coach Travis Quici said.
Add Hannah Erickson’s rebounding and a pair of solid offensive performances in the second half and you have a win that keeps the Tigers at least in the running for the TVL crown.
“It was nip and tuck the whole way,” Quici said. “The difference was Maddie Trego in the fourth quarter” – where she scored all eight of her points – “and Shelly Gabel came off the bench and scored four in the third to help out.”
The Tigers also won the JV game, 36-22.
East Juniata (6-4, 4-2) travels to Juniata for its third straight Friday meeting, and the final TVL game between the two rivals this season.
Belleville Mennonite 18
WILLOW HILL – It was another tough night for the Belleville Mennonite girls when they traveled to Fannett-Metal and took a 72-18 loss.
“We started out flat on defense again, and we were finally able to pick it up in the second quarter. They were a very tough team and well-rounded,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said.
Belleville Mennonite’s Mollie Morgan led the team in scoring with five.
The Trojans (1-10) travel to Meadowbrook Christian Monday.
Juniata Mennonite 38, Walnut Street Christian 35
BEAVER SPRINGS – A tight game after a half turned in favor of Juniata Mennonite after the break, and the Lions held on for a 38-35 win over Allegheny Christian Athletic Association foe Walnut Street Christian in girls basketball Tuesday.
The visitors had a two-point edge going into the locker room, but in the third Valarie Meiser lit up the scoreboard for 10 of her team-high 15 points.
“It was tight the whole way. The largest gap was five points,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser noted. He said the secondary scoring proved critical when Walnut Street’s defense pressed late in the game.
“It was a team win,” he said.
Juniata Mennonite (4-3, 2-2) travels to Northumberland Christian Friday.
Juniata 57, Line Mountain 32
MIFFLINTOWN – The defense was clicking and the offense was hot Tuesday when the Juniata girls maintained their perfect Tri-Valley League record with a 57-32 win over Line Mountain at home.
The Indians’ defense kept Line Mountain below the double digit threshold in every quarter but the fourth, and this coupled with the offense – three Indians recorded double figures – resulted in the very lopsided win.
Leading the offense for the Indians was Carly Burns, whose six field goals and perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe gave her 20 points on the night.
But if Burns was leading, the rest of the Indians were right behind her.
Victoria Varner had 12, Maddie Zendt had 11 and Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said the whole team was behind the win.
“It was just a total team victory. To a player, every single person we put in that game tonight made really nice contributions to the win,” she said.
Juniata (9-1, 5-0) hosts East Juniata on Friday.
Milton 66, Midd-West 17
MILTON – Midd-West had no answer for Milton’s Michael Jacobs, who scored 23 points for the Black Panthers in their 66-17 Heartland Conference boys basketball win over the Mustangs Tuesday.
Midd-West’s offense was stymied by the home team. Kahill Brooker was held to seven points, leading the visitors.
Midd-West won the JV game, 44-41.
The Mustangs (2-6) travel to Selinsgrove Friday.
Juniata Mennonite 56, Walnut Street Christian 18
BEAVER SPRINGS – Jessie Watts scored 19, leading a trio of Lions in double digits as Juniata Mennonite romped over Walnut Street Christian, 56-18, in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game at West Snyder Elementary School Tuesday.
It was the first time Juniata Mennonite used the alternate location for a home game.
“It wasn’t difficult to find some open shots,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “They had good shots, good looks and it went from there.”
Luke Showers chipped in 12 and Eli Auker 10 for the Lions.
Juniata Mennonite (5-3, 3-2) travels to Northumberland Christian Friday.
Fannett-Metal 77, Belleville Mennonite 51
WILLOW HILL – Austin Byler and Steven Yoder combined for 35 points, but even that wasn’t enough to stop Fannett-Metal’s juggernaut offense Tuesday.
Walker Bannister scored 38 on his own, leading the Tigers to a 77-51 win in the boys basketball contest. Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said his team did its best – everything that could be expected.
“They’ve got a big team. They’ve got four starters that are 6-3,” he said. “We held their leading scorer, Jordan Hurrell, to four points. Unfortunately, their second leading scorer was Walker Bannister.”
Along with Byler (18 points) and Yoder (17), Noah Anders added 10 for the Trojans.
Belleville Mennonite (2-7) heads to Carson Long Thursday.
Central Dauphin East 61, Mifflin County 54
HARRISBURG – It was a three point game with 17 seconds to go when the Mifflin County boys took on Central Dauphin East in Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division action Tuesday, but it was the Panthers who prevailed.
It all ended when the Panthers hit two foul shots to put the game at five, then used a few fouls of their own to kill the clock, took a last second steal and scored the last bucket of the game for 61-54 final.
“CD East is a very athletic team, and early they did a nice job of mixing an active half-court zone defense along with some full-court pressure which limited easy offensive looks,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said, explaining that his team got more aggressive on the offense as the game progressed.
Seth Wagner in particular finished with a game-high 24 points. He also added 10 rebounds for the double-double. John Michael Maclay trailed Wagner with 13 points, and Hunter Wright had 11 rebounds.
The Huskies lost the JV match, 50-46. Evan Seby had 19 points.
Mifflin County (6-6, 1-6) hosts Cumberland Valley on Friday.
Mount Union 48, Southern Huntingdon 24
THREE SPRINGS – Southern Huntingdon picked up points in only five bouts against Mount Union – two of those forfeits – as the Trojans rolled to a 48-24 win over the Rockets in an Inter-County Conference wrestling match Tuesday.
Sage Moist, Robbie Steel, Tyler Long, Cory Kylor, Devon Kylor, Philip Kyle and Nikolas Smith all pinned their opponents, and Dylan Smith worked for a decision that went to the ultimate tiebreaker.
Mount Union hosts Glendale Thursday.
Girls: Chambersburg 117, Mifflin County 52
Boys: Chambersburg 129, Mifflin County 26
CHAMBERSBURG – Megan Becker won two events and Sarah Bonson one, but it wasn’t enough to get Mifflin County past Chambersburg in a Commonwealth Division swim meet Tuesday.
Chambersburg won the girls event 117-52, and took the boys meet by a 129-26 score.
Bonson won the 200-meter individual medley and was second in the 100 backstroke. Becker finished first in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Other top placewinners for the Huskies were Jenna Kile, second in the 100 freestyle, and Kaitlyn Eckley, third in the 50 freestyle.
“This was a meter pool, which was a lot different for the kids. The events are longer, so that was new for them,” Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said. “I think its good for them to get out of their comfort zones.”
The boys had two runners-up, two of whom also picked up a third. Zack Bonson was second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle. Evan Becker was second and hit the district qualifying mark in the 100 breaststroke and also was third in the 200 individual medley. Seth Barger placed third in the 50 freestyle.
The girls had one second-place relay and two thirds. The boys also were third in two relays.
* 9th grade: Central Dauphin East 64, Mifflin County 28. High scorer, Cade Attick 12 points. Mifflin County hosts Cumberland Valley Friday.
* Mount Union 88, Southern Huntingdon 12. Winners for Mount Union were Dylan Smith, D.J. Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Mason Hockenberry, Riley Grainey, Josh Boozel, Rylan Boone, Devon Pearce, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Bryton Stidfole, Bryce Smith, Devin Kuhstos, Jonathan Atherton and Nathanael Morgan.
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata took a difficult loss to Greenwood last week in boys Tri-Valley League basketball action, but Monday, when the Tigers got back in action with a 69-44 win over Millersburg, coach Brock Anders felt it was a nice recovery game.
A large force behind that recovery was David Brantley, who lit up the board 10 different times for a final game-high score of 23.
“He got himself in position to score, and it made it easy to score,” Anders said of Brantley, further explaining that teammate Nick Lorenz had many assists to Brantley’s buckets.
“We played great team defense from top to bottom. I think they followed the scouting report really well,” Anders said.
Millersburg won the JV game, 41-32. Clayton Erhard had 14 points for the Tigers.
East Juniata (9-2, 5-1) travels to Line Mountain on Thursday for more TVL action.
Forbes Road 68,
Belleville Mennonite 32
BELLEVILLE – Forbes Road had four players in double digits by the end of the game, and after taking a 20-7 lead after the first quarter, was too much for the Belleville Mennonite boys to handle at home Monday.
Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said the first quarter really set the tone for the rest of the game.
“The boys played hard, they just missed some shots in the first half,” he said.
Noah Anders led the Trojans with nine points. Belleville Mennonite’s best quarter was the fourth, in which the Trojans put together 12 points.
“All in all it was a good effort. The guys played hard,” Snook said.
Belleville Mennonite (2-6) travels to Fannett-Metal today.
Line Mountain 36
MILLERSTOWN – Line Mountain showed up in Millerstown looking to knock the Greenwood boys off their perfect Tri-Valley League record.
Line Mountain failed.
In the 63-36 contest, the Wildcats went up 31-12 at the half, and they never slowed down to give Line Mountain a chance at the comeback.
“I thought we played really hard and moved the ball extremely well,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said of his team’s first half performance.
In the offensive outburst, Greenwood’s Tyler Fegley, Josh Ferguson, Adam Harrison and Ryan Kerstetter all scored in the double digits. Harrison also had 19 rebounds for the double-double, and Kerstetter led the game in scoring with 17.
Greenwood won the JV game, 51-35.
The Wildcats (10-2, 6-0) travel to Halifax on Thursday.
Newport 64, Juniata 40
MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata boys took the court against Newport looking for their first Tri-Valley League win, but 21 turnovers later, they found themselves on the losing end of a 64-40 game.
“We came out and kind of the same thing as how we went with Halifax. We turned the ball over a lot,” Juniata coach Nate Geibel said.
Juniata’s Zack Graybill led the team in scoring with 15.
In the JV game, which Juniata won 41-38 in overtime, Justin Mingle was the lead scorer with 18.
Juniata (1-9, 0-6) travels to Millersburg on Thursday.
Forbes Road 60,
Belleville Mennonite 16
BELLEVILLE – A weak first half, in which the Belleville Mennonite girls only scored 3 points, made it impossible for the Trojans to keep up with Forbes Road at home Monday night.
The final score was 60-16. Belleville Mennonite was down 38-3 at the half.
“They came out a lot stronger in the second half,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said of her team. “They were more aggressive on the offense.”
Belleville Mennonite’s Becky Kauffman led her team with eight points. Forbes Road’s Braylyn Hohman had a game-high 14 points.
The Trojans (1-9) travel to Fannett-Metal today.
Mifflin County 9th grade girls: Bishop Guifoyle 67, Mifflin County 56. Jessa Wright had a game-high 16 points.
Mifflin County 40, Hollidaysburg 39. Jessa Wright had a game-high 11 points. Mifflin County’s record is now 11-1.
Mifflin County 9th grade boys: Altoona 52, Mifflin County 42. Cade Attick and Drew Williams had 12 points each.
8th grade: Altoona 31, Mifflin County 27. Nelson Cook had 11 points.
7th grade: Altoona 49, Mifflin County 23. Cade Shoemaker had 10 points.
Mifflin County travels to Central Dauphin East today.
From staff reports
CLEARFIELD – Mifflin County’s Sarah Bonson swam to a second place finish in the 500 yard freestyle and a third place finish in the 100 yard butterfly, and the Mifflin County girls as a whole finished in seventh out of 11 teams at the Arctic Swim Classic on Jan. 5.
Another strong individual swimmer for the girls team was Megan Becker, who finished with a fourth place finish in the 50 yard freestyle and a fifth place finish in the 100 yard freestyle.
On the boys team, Evan Becker got a silver in the 200 yard freestlye and an eighth place finish in the 100 yard freestyle. Drew Kline placed eleventh in the breastroke.
The Mifflin County boys finished in ninth out of 11 teams.
“All of the swimmers had a great meet,” Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said. “They’ve had back to back meets with very little practice time over the holiday, but all the swimmers improved their times in most of their events.”
In team events, Jenna Kile, Allison Besch, Bonson and Becker placed seventh in the 200 yard freestyle relay. For the boys, Anthony Elliot, Zack Bonson, Shane Whalen and Becker drew ninth place in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
“I’m very proud of how well this team swims and their never give up attitude,” Welch said.
Mifflin County travels to Chambersburg on Tuesday for its next meet.
Hershey 37, Juniata 31
Juniata 55, Columbia Montour Area Vo-Tech 21
Juniata 71, Tulpehocken 12
Juniata 49, Sullivan County 24
Juniata 39, Upper Dauphin 27
COCOLAMUS – The Juniata wrestling team came up big at the East Juniata Junior/Senior Duals on Jan. 5, when the Indians went 4-1 on the day.
The Indians lost a close one to Hershey, with the final score at 37-31, but soundly defeated Columbia Montour Area Vo-Tech, Tulpehocken, Sullivan County, and Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin.
Juniata had especially strong showings against both Tulpehocken and Columbia Montour AVTS, as there were nine pins, one technical fall, a major decision and a decision all recorded by the Indians in the two matches combined.
Juniata’s Sean Heggs had four pins and a forfeit for a 4-0 record. Derek Beitz ended the day with a pin, technical fall and major decision and Jared Benner had three pins and a decision.
Excluding forfeits, other Indians with more than one win included Richie Gilson, Adam Barrick, Tyler Hershey, Ty Treaster and Patrick Fitzgerald.
Juniata will compete in the Juniata Junior/Senior duals on Saturday.
Penns Valley 50, Midd-West 20
Panther Valley 48, Midd-West 24
Palmerton 39, Midd-West 37
LANSFORD – The Midd-West grapplers took the long ride out to compete in the Panther Duals on Jan. 5, but came back home with an 0-3 record for their trouble.
The Mustangs’ closest match was with Palmerton, which ended in a score of 39-37. In this match, pins from Dalton Klingler and Zachary Heeter, plus a decision from Isaac Stringer and a major decision from Zach Longacre aided the Mustangs’ effort.
In individual performances, Stringer was a standout, going 3-0 with a pin and two decisions. Corey Stauffer also had a strong day, taking a 21-6 technical fall over Penns Valley’s Isac Bierly, a decision and a forfeit for a 3-0 record. Heeter had two pins for the day.
Other Mustangs to win included Austin Snook (pin), Tanner Ebright (6-2 decision), Alexander Tittle (pin) and Joshua Hibbs (forfeit).
The Mustangs get back in action Thursday when they host Williamsport.
Milton 43, Midd-West 26
MILTON – The Midd-West girls were down by only four points at the half against Milton on Jan. 5, but two quarters later they had only improved their score by eight points, and lost to a final score of 43-26.
Milton’s Linea Brouse led the game in scoring with 12 points. The Mustangs’ Mikayla Beiler had a team-high eight points.
Midd-West lost the JV game, 48-24. Chloe Wagner added 10 points to the Mustangs’ effort.
Midd-West (2-5) hosts Greenwood today.
-Mifflin County went 5-0 to win the Greater Latrobe dual meet. Winners for the Huskies included Clayton Wolfgang, Keith Shearer, Joey Taptich, Louden McClay, Cole Guthridge, Andrew Wert, Noah Myers, Logan Wise, Brandon Fultz, Trent Hidlay, Kyle Smith, Jonah Kile, Dalton Hildebrandt, Drayson Sullivan, Austin Emel, Quentin Milliken, Isaac Maclay, Willie Duncan, Trey Hartsock, Mike Bielski, Austin Haubrick, Matt Lash and Gavin Patterson. Mifflin County’s record is now 14-1.
-Mount Union went 5-0 at the Mifflinburg Wildcat Duals to win the team title. Mount Union defeated Canton, 102-4, Bloomsburg, 63-31, Mifflinburg, 76-16, Williamsport, 71-27, and Bloomsburg, 66-32. The Trojans are now 15-0.
Wrestlers to go 5-0 included Josh Boozel, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Nathan Morgan, Sam Estep, DJ Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Mason Hockenberry and Austin Rhodes .
COCOLAMUS – The East Juniata girls hit the court Friday night looking to avenge their tournament loss to Juniata, which gave the Indians the Juniata County Christmas Tournament title. But after a big Juniata first quarter – plus double-doubles from three different players – the Tigers ultimately fell short in their goal to the tune of a 51-34 Tri-Valley League loss.
“They’re a heck of a team. They do things well,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said of Juniata.
“We played almost even with them in the second half,” Quici continued. “They jumped out to that 17-4 lead and buried us in the first quarter.”
Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said the fact that three of her players had a double-double in points and rebounding had a major impact on the game.
For the Indians, it was Maddie Zendt (12-12), Joelle Winey (11-12) and Carly Burns (14-14) who had the big statistical nights.
“We feel like any time we can control the boards, we’re in pretty good shape,” Geedey said.
The JV score was 21-4 in East Juniata’s favor.
East Juniata (5-4, 3-2) hosts Halifax on Tuesday. Juniata (8-1, 4-0) hosts Line Mountain on Tuesday.
Mifflin County 67, Chambersburg 46
CHAMBERSBURG – Ashleigh Williams delivered 25 points and Olivia Halfpenny 20 as Mifflin County stayed in the black in Commonwealth Division play with a 67-46 win over Mechanicsburg in girls basketball Friday.
“(They) had very big games for us,” Huskies coach Kevin Kodish said. “We played very well as a team.”
The game was won across the middle after Chambersburg ended the first quarter in the lead. By the third, Mifflin County was ready to fight – at one point, already sitting on a four-point lead, the Huskies went on an 18-0 run to salt the game away.
“I thought we really came out on a mission,” Kodish said.
The win gives the team a chance to come through the first cycle of conference play with a winning record.
“We’re learning as we go. You get a road win in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth you take it,” he said.
The Huskies also won the JV contest, 42-35, behind a 20-point effort by Tara Kibe.
Mifflin County (7-3, 3-3) hosts Central Dauphin East Tuesday.
Williamsburg 51, Belleville Mennonite 12
BELLEVILLE – Williamsburg spread its scoring through the roster as the Blue Pirates topped Belleville Mennonite, 51-12, in girls basketball Friday.
The Trojans were hampered by a press defense, but Belleville coach Ally Zook said her team did well in that department despite the outcome.
“Defense I thought was excellent. They had a lot of points but I thought that was our best defensive game,” she said.
Grace Peachey aided her team’s cause with 15 rebounds.
Belleville Mennonite (1-7) hosts Forbes Road Monday.
Greenwood 34, Lancaster Country Day 30
LANCASTER – Greenwood’s girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season as the Wildcats edged out Lancaster Country Day, 34-30, in a Tri-Valley League game Friday.
Mallory Fortenbaugh led the Greenwood attack with 18 points.
Greenwood (1-9, 1-5) travels to Midd-West Monday.
Jersey Shore 62, Midd-West 35
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West started slow, couldn’t control Jersey Shore’s transition game and missed 14 free throw attempts, all of which added up to a 62-35 victory for the Bulldogs in Friday’s Heartland Conference boys basketball game.
The visitors ended up with two players in double figures, while the top scorer for the Mustangs was Kahill Brooker with nine.
Midd-West (2-5, 0-3) travels to Milton Tuesday.
Greenwood 70, Lancaster Country Day 18
LANCASTER – Despite not a point going on the board from its leading scorer, Tri-Valley League leader Greenwood had no problem with Lancaster Country Day Friday.
The Wildcats handily won the Tri-Valley League boys contest, 70-18. Josh Ferguson led the attack with 21 points and Adam Harrison scored 11.
Greenwood (9-2, 5-0) hosts Line Mountain Monday.
Mount Union 61, Bellwood-Antis 9
MOUNT UNION – Bellwood-Antis won only two matches in its Inter-County Conference dual meet at Mount Union Friday as the Trojans continue their domination of the league on the mats.
Most of the Mount Union wins included bonus points, with pins going to Cory Kylor, Darrian Stapleton, Devon Kylor, Nikolas Smith, Sage Moist, Jake Boozel, Kord Aurand and Robbie Steel.
Mount Union travels to Southern Huntingdon Tuesday.
From staff reports
BURNHAM – Mifflin County’s Evan Becker won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke events in the Huskies’ swim meet against Hershey Thursday, starting the year with something coach Connie Welch said he hadn’t accomplished previously this season – a first-place finish in an individual event.
His two personal victories were among the highlights for Mifflin County, even though it was Hershey who left the Juniata Valley YMCA with the top team scores. The Trojan boys won 122-45 and the girls 125-43.
Becker was part of a third gold medal when the Huskies won the 200 freestyle relay. Also in that race were Zack Bonson, Shane Whalen and Seth Barger.
“The boys 200 relay was neck and neck. It was a great race,” Welch said. “What a great win for them.”
The girls had two first-place finishers in three events. Sarah Bonson won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly while Megan Becker took the 50 freestyle.
“I wish we could pull out a (team) win,” Welch said. “The kids just keep swimming great, they keep dropping times. It’s just not reflected in the score.”
Third-place individuals for the boys were Zack Bonson (50 freestyle and 100 butterfly), Barger (100 freestyle) and Drew Kline (500 freestyle). The boys also were third in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Morgan Angney was the only other top placewinner for the girls, finishing third in the 100 backstroke. The girls finished third in three relays, the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle.
Up next for the Huskies is a trip to Clearfield Saturday for the Arctic Classic.
Cumberland Valley 42, Mifflin County 18
MECHANICSBURG – Bonus points and a forfeit proved harmful to Mifflin County, which fell for just the second time this year in a dual meet and the first time in the Mid-Penn Conference, dropping a Commonwealth Division match to Cumberland Valley, 42-18, Thursday.
The Huskies entered the meet giving up six points at 113 pounds due to an injured Hayden Hidlay, who is among the state’s best in his weight class and could have turned a 12-point swing on the scoreboard. But even that would not have helped against the powerful Eagles, who have a couple state-ranked wrestlers on their roster.
Mifflin County won only five matches, four of those by straight decision: Isaac Underhill (120), Noah Stewart (126), Brandon Wilson (145) and Kyle Kahley (220). Caleb Rhodes pinned CV’s Shane DuPietro in the biggest win of the night for the Huskies, one that came after the winner had been decided.
Mifflin County hosts Central Mountain Wednesday.
Mount Union 51, Moshannon Valley 25
HOUTZDALE – Three forfeits to Mount Union opened the Trojans Inter-County Conference dual at Moshannon Valley, and it didn’t get any better for the Knights after that, as the home team dropped a 51-25 decision to the Trojans Thursday.
Nikolas Smith (185 pounds) and Sage Moist (113) each pinned their opponent in less than a minute; it took only slightly longer for Tyler Foor (120) and Jake Boozel (126) to earn six points for the team.
Mount Union hosts Bellwood-Antis tonight.
Shikellamy 47, Midd-West 23
SUNBURY – Midd-West and Shikellamy traded leads briefly before the Braves moved ahead for good in a Heartland Conference dual meet Thursday, winning 47-23.
The Mustangs got bonus-point wins outs of Tanner Ebright (126 pounds), Zach Heeter (145) and Alex Lieberman (170).
Midd-West is in the Panther Duals Saturday.
Mount Union 65, Moshannon Valley 47
MOUNT UNION – Tynita White scored 27 points and two other Mount Union players struck in double figures as the Trojans handled Moshannon Valley, 65-47, in Inter-County Conference girls basketball Thursday.
“(White) posted up well,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said. “When she gets the ball in the blocks it’s easy for her – she’s a strong, dominant player.”
While the team did better as a whole on offense, she said, it still needs work on execution.
Ashlyn Drake had 12 for the Trojans and Aaliyah Gilbert-Walker 12.
Moshannon Valley won the JV game.
Mount Union (5-4, 2-2) travels to Juniata Valley Jan. 10.
Halifax 47, Juniata 38
HALIFAX – A few fouls for possession late in the game didn’t hurt Juniata – but sending Halifax to the line 31 times was the difference, especially when the Wildcats converted 20 of those chances.
Halifax won the Tri-Valley League boys basketball game, 47-38.
“They went more to the line in the first half more than we did in the whole game,” Juniata coach Nate Geibel said. “Then we turned the ball over 20 times, too.”
Geibel said the Indians were outplayed defensively, which led to them fouling.
Zack Graybill scored 14 for Juniata and Logan Knepp 12.
Halifax won the JV game, 38-28.
Juniata (1-7, 0-4) hosts Newport Monday.
9th grade: Mount Nittany 65, Mifflin County 32. High scorer, Cade Attick 25 points.
8th grade: Mount Nittany 25, Mifflin County 23. High scorer, Nelson Cook 9 points.
7th grade: Mount Nittany 34, Mifflin County 18. High scorer, Drew Westover 9 points. The Huskies host Penns Valley tonight.
Mifflin County 54, Cumberland Valley 34. Winners for the Huskies were Joey Taptich, Andrew Wert, Kyle Smith, Jonah Kile, Daulton Hildebrandt, Austin Emel, Quentin Milliken, Isaac Maclay, Trey Hartsock, Mike Bielski and Gavin Patterson. The Huskies are 9-1.
Mount Union 60, Moshannon Valley 30. Winners for the Trojans were Jonathan Atherton, Samuel Estep, D.J. Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Riley Grainey, Mason Hockenberry, Josh Boozel, Devon Pearce, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Bryce Smith and Devin Kuhstos.