From staff reports
BELLEFONTE – Spearheaded by Christian Knepp’s 561 series at the Big Valley Tournament, the Mifflin County bowling team defeated Bellefonte 583.35 to 581.57 Tuesday to clinch the tournament championship for the second-straight year.
Knepp also out did all other competitors for a single game-high with 248 in game three of the competition against Bellefonte.
Mifflin County’s Dakoda Wilson finished behind Knepp with a 511 series, and Dominick Stuck rolled a 491.
Bellefonte’s Kyler Mellott rolled a tournament-high 621 series.
Mellott’s teammate Ryan Gmerek finished with 572.
Taking handicap into consideration, individual winners for Mifflin County included Vicky Pecht, Knepp, Jason Alexander and Cody Yohn.
BEAVER SPRINGS – There were a number of reasons for Juniata Mennonite to feel good Tuesday night, not the least of which was a 39-24 win over Belleville Mennonite in their non-league girls basketball game at West Snyder Elementary.
The Lions, coming off an Allegheny Christian Athletic Conference season that ended with a play-in game loss to Northumberland Christian, were able to go out on a positive note with the makeup against the Mifflin County school.
“The positive tonight was while we were not playing very well offensively our defense was good and we weren’t turning the ball over,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said of the game itself. But in the larger context, he said, there was so much more to be happy about.
In the finale, the Lions were led by Lauren Breon with 12 points, while Valarie Meiser scored 11, including a trio of treys. The team’s balanced scoring is one thing that offers a bright future for the squad, which returns intact next season.
“We had some gut-crunching losses throughout the season but the girls really bought into the bigger than basketball thing,” Andy Meiser said. “There are basketball microskills that are emerging that will serve us well.”
The Lions finished with a 9-9 record, improving from 7-13 a year ago, and that includes a pair of one-point losses, one in double overtime. Meiser said he told his girls before the play-in, “Whether we win or lose at the end of the game we’ll still have us,” and a season to remember.
Belleville Mennonite 53, Juniata Mennonite 42
BEAVER SPRINGS – Controlling the glass, out rebounding the opponent and limiting second-chance opportunities are generally a healthy recipe for winning basketball games. Belleville Mennonite snagged 41 boards in Tuesday’s game at Juniata Mennonite on its way to an 11-point victory in the season finale for both boys basketball teams.
A fast start propelled the Trojans to an eight-point lead that would not be relinquished.
“Our guys played really aggressive,” Belleville coach Doug Snook said. “I really stressed getting to the free-throw line and rebounding.”
The Trojans heeded Snook’s advice, shooting 67 percent from the charity stripe while collecting more than 40 rebounds.
Snook and the Trojans have scrapped to a 5-15 finish, managing the absence of key players to injury and illness throughout the season.
“Our guys had fun and they work hard no matter what,” Snook said. “From beginning to end they play hard and everyone contributed here toward the end of the season.”
From staff reports
BELLEVILLE – The boys from Saint Joseph’s Academy might have rather stayed home Monday when they traveled to face the Belleville Mennonite boys basketball team.
In the contest the Trojans struck early and they struck hard, posting a 40-17 lead at the half, then continuing to build with a 24-point third quarter for the eventual final of 76-39.
“The guys enjoyed playing tonight, and you could tell. They really moved the ball and it was a team effort,” Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said.
Perhaps the one guy having the most fun was Belleville Mennonite’s Sammy Kauffman, whose game-high 24-point effort also marked a new career high.
Kauffman also grabbed 12 rebounds on the night to finish out with a double-double.
In fact, Snook identified rebounding as one of the keys to the Trojans’ win, explaining that where they usually average 22 rebounds a night, Monday they came away with 50.
“The one thing that helped us is that they (Saint Joseph’s) were only getting one shot,” Snook further explained.
This one-shot offense Belleville Mennonite limited Saint Joseph’s to made it difficult for the visitors to score.
Belleville Mennonite’s Noah Anders was second in scoring with 22 points. Like most of his teammates, Anders did fairly well from the line, going 6-for-10.
“I challenged the boys before the game about getting to the foul line more often, and they got there 23 times,” Snook said.
Belleville Mennonite (4-15) will play its last game of the season today when it travels to Juniata Mennonite.
Johnstown Christian 53, Belleville Mennonite 38
HOLLSOPPLE – Grace Peachey and Molly Morgan each scored 12 points for Belleville Mennonite Monday as the team traveled to Johnstown Christian, but a sluggish third quarter proved costly for the Trojans as they fell, 53-38.
With a depleted lineup due to injuries and illness, the Trojans put up a strong first half, nearly matching Johnstown Christian in each of the first two quarters.
“We started strong in the first half,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said.
The Trojans went to the locker room down just six points with hopes of pulling out a victory, but a sluggish third quarter yielded just three points and the visitors found themselves in a 13-point hole heading to the fourth.
Belleville Mennonite shook off the third-quarter rust in the final period and mustered 13 points but the final push was not enough.
Zook said her top two scorers led the team and added that Peachey was effective on the glass as well.
The Trojans (2-16) are back in action for their season finale at Juniata Mennonite today.
DILLSBURG – Shane Whalen became the final district qualifier from Mifflin County in swimming as his 13th-place time in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Polar Bear Plunge was good enough to make the cut.
The Huskies took part Saturday in the Mid-Penn invitational event, held at Northern York High School.
“The team had some great swims with personal best times and they all seemed to enjoy the meet. This Mid-Penn invitational was the last chance for our swimmers to qualify for districts and it was great to see Shane Whalen qualify,” Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said. “The team now has eight swimmers who qualified in individual events.”
The best individual performances came from Drew Kline, who was 11th in the 100-yard butterfly, and Seth Barger, 11th in the 100 breaststroke. Barger also was top 20 in the 50 freestyle. He, Kline, Whalen and Anthony Elliott were on the ninth-place 200 medley relay team.
The girls had a top-20 200 medley relay as well with Rachel Stimeling, Analee Gentzel, Rachel Heckman and Allison Besch. Besch was in the top 30 in two individual events.
“It was evident how much our swimmers have molded into a team, as they were huddled at the end of each lane cheering on their teammates,” Welch said. I don’t think they sat down for the whole meet.”
Other personal best times were recorded by Melany Angney, Emily Berryman, Analee Gentzel, Kristen Neavling, Makayla Pearce, and Shane Sennett.
Line Mountain 48
MANDATA – Greenwood and Line Mountain went downtown Saturday, combining for 15 3-point buckets in the Tri-Valley League final for both boys basketball teams.
The homestanding Eagles had the top scorer – Cole Rickert, with 26 – and a seven-point lead at the half, but Greenwood clamped down in the second half, holding Line Mountain to just 13 points in the final two frames of a 58-48 victory.
Greenwood, the top seed in District 3 Class A, ends the regular season at 19-3, with a 15-1 league record.
Ryan Kerstetter, who hit for of his team’s eight long balls, led the Wildcats with 23 points. Adam Harrison (13) and Josh Ferguson (12) also made double digits.
Greenwood hosts the winner of a first-round game between Lancaster County Christian and Harrisburg Academy Friday.
* Dubois Duals: Mifflin County went 5-0 on the day to win the Dubois Duals on Saturday. The Huskies finish the season with a record of 24-1.
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata girls basketball coach Meghan Geedey says that good teams find a way to win even when they don’t necessarily play that well.
Friday, that’s what Juniata did against Upper Dauphin when the Indians squeaked out a 42-41 win to finish out the regular season with a perfect Tri-Valley League record.
Juniata jumped on top early with a 15-5 lead after the first stanza, but Upper Dauphin came charging back in the second and held Juniata to just one point the whole quarter.
“The first quarter we came out and we played pretty well to start the game, then the second quarter they became defensive and we did not respond to it well offensively,” Geedey said.
The score then stayed tight the rest of the game, as Juniata would take a small lead and Upper Dauphin would fight back, but a big steal from Janelle Swartz in the fourth gave Juniata possession with 30 second left in the game.
From there, Juniata took the 41-39 lead off an old fashioned 3-point play from Victoria Varner.
The lead was then extended when Joelle Winey hit a free throw after being fouled on a defensive rebound, and that was it for the Indians as the score moved to 42-39.
Upper Dauphin was able to put up two more points for the 42-41 final, but the Indians rode it out by a point for the win.
Juniata (20-2, 16-0) begins District 6 Class AA play Tuesday when it travels to Tyrone to face off against Penn Cambria.
Mount Union 65, Williamsburg 34
WILLIAMSBURG – The Mount Union girls ended their season on a strong note Friday, taking a 65-34 win over Inter-County Conference opponent Williamsburg.
“It’s definitely a good win. The future looks bright for us,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said, mentioning that Mounting will only lose one player to graduation.
It was just a strong offensive night for the Trojans, as four players ended in double-figures. Leading the way for Mount Union was Ashley Foor with 15. Foor was followed by Tynita White with 14, Aaliyah Gilbert-Walker with 12 and Ashlyn Drake with 10.
“It was a team effort, and that’s what you like to see as a coach,” Cunningham said.
Mount Union ended its season with an 11-11 overall record and went 7-7 in conference action.
Johnstown Christian 49, Belleville Mennonite 28
BELLEVILLE – In a season where wins have been few and far between, it was not a new experience for Belleville Mennonite when it took a 49-28 loss to Johnstown Christian in girls basketball action Friday evening, but there sure were a lot of highlight for the Trojans despite the final score.
Predominantly was the team-high 18-point effort from Belleville Mennonite’s Grace Peachey.
Peachey combined with eight from teammate Mollie Morgan and two from Becky Kauffman to round out the Trojans’ scoring for the evening.
“Grace Peachey had an excellent game shooting around the key,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said.
Another highlight was that although Belleville Mennonite has been struggling with turnovers for much of the season, Zook said her team’s intensity was up and she noted an improvement in terms of turnovers.
Belleville Mennonite’s best quarter was in the fourth, when the girls put up nine points.
Zook said defensive rebounding was the weakest area Friday.
Belleville Mennonite (2-18) travels to face Johnstown Christian again on Monday.
Williamsburg 63, Mount Union 55
MOUNT UNION – It was the last game of the season for the Trojans (11-11, 7-7) when they took a 63-55 loss to Williamsburg in Inter-County Conference boys basketball action Friday, drawing their record out to .500 overall and in conference play.
The game started in the Trojans’ favor, as they took a 19-14 first-quarter lead, but after a 6-point second-quarter effort the locals fell behind and could never recover.
On a high note, it was a pair of sophomores – Mount Union finished the season with just two seniors – who led the team in scoring, so Mount Union is likely to have these scoring threats back next season.
The leading sophomore was B.J. Loner, who netted six field goals en route to a team-high 12 point finish. Loner was followed by classmate Anthony Gilbert, who finished on the night with 11.
9th grade: Hollidaysburg 39, Mifflin County 28. High scorer, Peyton Reesman 13 points.
8th grade: Mifflin County 11, Hollidaysburg 11. High scorer, Caleb Vega 4 points.
From staff reports
NEWPORT – Juniata took full advantage of its opportunities at the free-throw line Monday night in Newport as the team shot an impressive 69 percent from the charity stripe on its way to a 68-52 win over the Tri-Valley League foe.
The season-high scoring effort by the Indians came from the sharp-shooting skills of Zack Graybill, Scott Sneath and Logan Knepp who scored 19, 16 and 15 respectively.
“Those guys played well tonight,” Juniata coach Nate Geibel said. “It was a real team effort.”
With the game tied and still in doubt heading to the fourth, the Indians utilized a swift press break that enabled them to net some easy buckets and go on a run.
The Buffaloes fought their way back in the fourth thanks to some timely 3-pointers, but the Indians remained resilient on their way to victory.
“Every time they came up with a big play, we had an answer,” Geibel said.
Juniata (4-17, 3-12) hosts TVL foe Upper Dauphin today.
Juniata Mennonite 34,
Sunbury Christian 19
PORT ROYAL – Juniata Mennonite set the tone early in its matchup with Allegheny Christian Athletic Association foe Sunbury Christian Monday night, blanking the visitors 12-0 in the first quarter en route to a 34-19 victory.
To say the Lions were stout on defense would be an understatement.
The Eagles were shut out, scoring 0 points, in two of the game’s four quarters. The defensive effort focused on protecting the paint.
“All year we’ve been struggling with cutters in the paint,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “Tonight, we took away the cutter in all four quarters.”
Jesse Watts led the way offensively for the Lions, netting 16 points while going 2-2 from the free-throw line.
“Jesse has come a long way for us,” Zimmerman said. “He has become a force.”
The Lions (11-6, 8-5) hosts Meadowbrook Christian today.
East Juniata 53, Millersburg 47
MILLERSBURG – It would take a strong defensive performance and a few well-timed free throws Monday night for the East Juniata boys to take a win over Millersburg, and that’s exactly what the Tigers delivered.
In the 53-47 Tri-Valley League contest, it took two free throws from Jake Sankey with less then 30 second left on the clock to take the game out of reach for Millersburg at 52-47.
From there Nick Lorenz – who hit 23 of his team’s 31 in the first half – hit a free throw to finish off the scoring at 53-47.
“Second half we went to a little full-court pressure, and that allowed us to cut down on some of their scoring that they got in the first half,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said, explaining how the Tigers’ defense was important to the victory.
In JV action, Millersburg took the victory dropping East Juniata, 56-36. Anthony Finkbiner had 11 for the Tigers.
East Juniata (17-4, 12-3) plays its last regular season game of the year today at home against Newport.
Midd-West 72, Warrior Run 55
TURBOTVILLE – Wins have been few and far between for the Midd-West boys basketball team this year, but Monday the Mustangs got to put one in the win column as they topped non-league opponent Warrior Run, 72-55.
Led by Colton Keister, who finished with a game-high 26 points, the Mustangs outscored Warrior Run in every quarter but the fourth.
The Mustangs also took the JV game as they defeated Warrior Run, 56-35.
Midd-West (4-17) hosts Mifflinburg Wednesday.
Juniata 55, Halifax 44
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata girls basketball coach Meghan Geedey described Monday’s Tri-Valley League game against Halifax as a great, whole team effort, and this was certainly true as four Indians finished in double-digits to take the 55-44 victory.
Leading the way for the Indians was pointguard Janelle Swartz, who hit a clutch 3-pointer in the fourth, went 4-for-4 down the stretch and held Halifax lead scorer Morgan Cox to two points as part of her great-whole game performance.
“All season long she has been huge for us. She’s not necessarily the leading scorer that much, but she just handles the ball so well, and makes the passes and runs the offense – just a great point guard,” Geedey said of Swartz.
Also crucial for Juniata was Joelle Winey, who put up a game-high 17 points to team up with Swartz in leading the team to the win.
Other double-digit scorers were Victoria Varner and Maddie Zendt.
Kristen Pray, who had been injured much of the season, also got some quality minutes on the floor, helping Swartz run the offense.
Juniata (19-2, 15-0) closes out its season Friday night when it hosts Upper Dauphin.
East Juniata 23, Greenwood 18
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata’s Megan Graybill has been hitting some big shots lately, and this couldn’t have been more true than on Monday night, when her 3-pointer in the fourth quarter put her team up by five over Greenwood for the eventual 23-18 Tri-Valley League win.
“She’s done that the last couple games – she’s hit big shots when we need them,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said.
Greenwood’s Mallory Fortenbaugh and Emily Fisher led their team in scoring with seven points. East Juniata’s Lauren Maguire had a game-high eight points.
In JV action, the Tigers took a big 41-18 win over the Wildcats.
East Juniata (12-9, 9-6) takes its last regular-season game at home against Newport on Wednesday.
Sunbury Christian 47, Juniata Mennonite 22
PORT ROYAL – Following a long lay off due to postponements, Juniata Mennonite played host to Sunbury Christian in a significant Allegheny Christian Athletic Association game Monday. The Eagles were too much for the home town Lions, who fell 47-22.
Trailing by just eight at the half, Juniata Mennonite was poised to make a second-half run but the Eagles came screaming out of the locker room and held the Lions to a dismal two points in the third quarter, crushing their hopes for an upset victory.
“We didn’t play too bad,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said. “We just fell apart in the third quarter.”
Mistakes and a lack of effort were not contributing factors to the loss, Meiser said.
Molly Arnold and Valerie Meiser led the way for the Lions, contributing nine and eight points respectively.
Despite the loss, Meiser’s Lions (7-8, 5-6) are not out of the playoff race. With a win tomorrow at home against Meadowbrook Christian, Juniata Mennonite has an opportunity to earn a play-in game for the ACAA playoffs.
A loss doesn’t spell disaster, though, as a series of different scenarios could land the Lions in the ACAA playoffs as well.
Shikellamy 32, Midd-West 22
MIDDLEBURG – It was all about shooting for the Midd-West girls when they hosted Heartland Conference opponent Shikellamy Feb. 9, but unfortunately for the Mustangs, it was about the shots they missed.
Midd-West struggled to put the ball through the hoop, scoring only seven points the second half of the game, and this played a major role in the 32-22 loss.
Midd-West coach Dave Fadale said the girls followed their defensive plan – successfully holding Shikellamy’s best scorers to just a few buckets – but shooting was their downfall.
Leading the way for the Mustangs was Mikayla Beiler with eight points.
In JV action the Mustangs were more successful, taking Shikellamy 39-24. Chloe Wagner led Midd-West with 18 points.
Midd-West (7-12) travels to Danville today.
8th grade: Mifflin County 48, Our Lady of Victory 26. High scorer Caleb Vega 15 points
7th grade: Mifflin County 46, Our Lady of Victory 14. High scorer Cade Shoemaker 10 points
Mifflin County Junior High will host Park Forest today.
From staff reports
HOLLIDAYSBURG – Coming off an exhausting Mid-Penn Commonwealth loss to State College Monday, the Huskies squashed the thought of a letdown game with a convincing non-league boys basketball victory over Hollidaysburg, 75-61.
With the win, Mifflin County clinches a playoff berth in District 6 in accordance with school district qualification policy for the open tournament.
“I was a little concerned coming off the emotionally and physically draining loss to State College,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “Our obvious concern was how the guys were going to turn around in less than 24 hours and go on the road against a scrappy Hollidaysburg team.”
The Huskies left no doubt as they built an 18-point lead heading to the locker room and knocked down key free-throws to secure the victory.
Seth Wagner led the way for the Huskies on both sides of the floor, posting a double-double with 25 points and 10 boards. Teammates Curtis Jerzerick and Hunter Wright also collected 10 rebounds apiece.
Mifflin County fell to Hollidaysburg in JV action, 46-43. Ross Torquato led the way for the Huskies.
Greenwood 59, Millersburg 34
MILLERSTOWN – A trio of Greenwood boys made it into double figures as the Wildcats slowed Millersburg in a 59-34 win that clinched the Tri-Valley League boys basketball title, the fifth straight and 11th overall for the Perry County school.
Greenwood coach Kent Houser attributed the success to the defensive play more than the offense.
“I thought our defense really was outstanding tonight,” he said. “I thought we had good ball pressure the whole game and didn’t give up a lot of easy shots.”
That in turn produced opportunity, and the Wildcats took advantage. Josh Ferguson finished the night with 16 points – double the Indians’ top scorer – and the home team got 14 from Ryan Kerstetter and a dozen from Adam Harrison.
“Our defense was able to get us some easy baskets, and we started to hit some threes there in the second to give ourselves some breathing room,” Houser said.
Greenwood (18-3, 14-1), which also locked up the top seed in District 3 Class A, ends its regular season Saturday at Line Mountain.
East Juniata 55, Newport 30
COCOLAMUS – A year ago, East Juniata came out of the season with a school-record 18 wins.
The repeat is official: The Tigers picked up their 18th Tuesday in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball win over Newport, 55-30, that ends the campaign for East Juniata, which now awaits its playoff fate. District 4 brackets are expected Monday.
“To finish on a positive note for our seniors and guys who have put in time in this program is a tribute to our 18 wins,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said.
Credit for the offense goes largely to Nick Lorenz, who put up 29 in the effort. But Anders said there was more than that in the winning effort.
“It’s a tribute to our defense,” he said. “We kept them off the three point line, and Bailey Coder blocked up the middle. He probably had nine blocks.”
The Tigers end the season at 18-4, 13-3 in the TVL.
Upper Dauphin 65, Juniata 44
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata hit the hard wood one last time this season, hosting Tri-Valley League foe Upper Dauphin with hopes to collect a win and end the season on a high note. Turnovers and second-chance buckets proved to be the difference, though, and the Indans fell 65-44.
Despite committing several turnovers in the first half, the Indians were within four points in the second quarter but a seven-point run by the Trojans deflated the home-team’s hopes.
“We were playing catch up the whole time,” Juniata coach Nate Geibel said. “They out rebounded us big time and got second-chance points.”
Juniata finishes the season 4-18 overall and 3-13 in the TVL.
Upper Dauphin also won the JV contest, 50-37.
Mount Union 75, Claysburg-Kimmel 61
MOUNT UNION – Mount Union hosted Inter-County Conference opponent Claysburg-Kimmel Tuesday and shot a cool 60 percent from the free-throw line to propel the Trojans to a 75-61 victory.
Claysburg-Kimmel was able to cut the lead to five in the fourth but the Trojans found themselves in the bonus and traveled to the free-throw line 17 times.
Mount Union had four players reach double-figures in the scoring column. Jamal Smith dropped 19, B.J. Loner contributed 17, Klayton Heffner added 15 and Anthony Gilbert chipped in 10.
Mount Union also prevailed in JV action, beating Claysburg-Kimmel 53-32.
Mount Union returns to action Friday to host Williamsburg.
Meadowbrook Christian 45, Juniata Mennonite 36
PORT ROYAL – Juniata Mennonite took on Meadowbrook Christian Tuesday with hopes to improve its league record heading to the playoffs but missed opportunities at the free-throw line and a thin bench proved to be the difference in the 45-36 loss.
“We missed all six free-throw attempts we had in the first quarter,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said.
Despite Juniata Mennonite’s top scorer being shut down, the home town Lions kept the game within striking distance but could not get over the hump.
“I’m very pleased that we didn’t quit and we hung in there,” Zimmerman said.
Caleb Gehman led the way for Juniata Mennonite with 13 points while teammate Jesse Watts chipped in 10 points.
Juniata Mennonite will be the three-seed in the upcoming ACAA playoffs that will begin Thursday at Northumberland Christian. The opponent and game time will be determined today by virtue of a coin flip.
Claysburg-Kimmel 51, Mount Union 38
CLAYSBURG – The Mount Union girls took a tough loss to Inter-County Conference opponent Claysburg-Kimmel when missed shots and layups on the Trojans’ end resulted in the 51-38 final score.
“We couldn’t hit shots, layups. They pressured us, but we broke the press easily. We just didn’t shoot as well tonight,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Mount Union’s Tynita White finished with a game-high 15 points.
The Trojans (9-11) host Fannett-Metal today.
Danville 53, Midd-West 18
DANVILLE – Danville’s 18-point first quarter was enough to match Midd-West’s total as the Mustangs fell 53-18 to the Ironmen in a Heartland Conference girls basketball game Tuesday.
Allie Camp’s eight points led Midd-West (7-13).
9th grade: Park Forest 51, Mifflin County 29. High scorer Cade Attick, 11 points.
8th grade: Mifflin County 25, Park Forest 18. High scorer Nelson Cook, 8 points.
7th grade: Park Forest 43, Mifflin County 41 (3OT). High scorer, Cade Shoemaker, 12 points. Mifflin County travels to Hollidaysburg Thursday.
Mifflin County 55, Hollidaysburg 42. Winning for the Huskies were Clayton Wolfgang, Joey Taptich, Logan Wise, Trent Hidlay, Kyle Smith, Hunter Michaels, Austin Emel, Quentin Milliken, Mike Bielski, Trey Hartsock. Mifflin County is 19-1.
MIFFLINTOWN – It was a senior night to remember for Juniata’s Kaitlyn Rhine and Hannah Knepp as the Indians edged Lancaster Country Day 56-25 to clinch the Tri-Valley League title.
“It was really nice to be able to clinch the TVL on senior night,” Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said.
“It feels great. I’m so happy for the girls. They have put in a ton of hard work in season and out of season, and it’s just wonderful to see their hard work pay off in such a big way.”
In the contest, three Indians put up double-digits as Victoria Varner led the way with her game-high 21 points, Maddie Zendt finished with 15 and Joelle Winey contributed 12.
The Indians have one week left of regular-season play before entering the District 6 tournament, and Geedey is hoping to see her team work on its defense in preparation for the high caliber teams it is likely to face in the playoffs.
“We’ll continue to practice as hard as we’ve been practicing all year long. We’ll try to pick out some of our weaknesses to key in on here this week.”
Geedey said she is also hoping to see injured starter Carly Burns get some time back on the floor this week.
Juniata (18-2, 14-0) hosts Halifax today.
Juniata 63, Lancaster Country Day 48
MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata boys got their second Tri-Valley League win Saturday when they topped Lancaster Country Day, 63-48.
The Indians built a strong lead going into the second half with the score at 28-11, and t were able to ride out a Lancaster Country Day 37-point second-half surge for the win.
“A couple different times (Lancaster Country Day) had the lead cut down to single-digits,” Juniata coach Nathan Geibel said.
Leading the way for Juniata was Justin Mingle, who hit seven field goals and went 9-for-10 from the line to earn a game-high 23 points.
“It’s the best game I’ve seen Justin play at the varsity level this year,” Geibel said.
Juniata (3-17, 2-10) travels to Newport today.
Shamokin 72, Midd-West 61
MIDDLEBURG – The Mustangs were hitting many of their shots against Heartland Conference opponent Shamokin on Saturday, but after some key turnovers and weak perimeter defense in the first half, fell to the Indians, 72-61.
Andrew Karchner hit six field goals and a free throw to lead the Mustangs with 15 points.
Shamokin’s Austin Stine led both teams in scoring with 22 points.
In JV action, the Indians again took the win with a final score of 39-16.
Midd-West (3-17, 0-15) gets back in action when it hosts Mifflinburg on Wednesday.
Midd-Penn Conference Championships
MECHANICSBURG – This past weekend Evan Becker, Zack Bonson, Sarah Bonson and Megan Becker did what only an elite few Mid-Penn Conference swimmers were able to do this season – they competed in the Mid-Penn Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
Open only to those who had a top 32 seed and swam a qualifying time, the championship was held at Cumberland Valley High School on Saturday.
Sarah Bonson’s 16th place finish in the 500 yard freestyle was the highest any of the four Huskies were able to place.
“I think they were very nervous,” Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said. “A few of them felt a little off their game, but they made it there. It’s a big deal, and they should be very proud of their performances.”
Welch said a highlight for Mifflin County was when Zack Bonson took five seconds off his previous personal best record.
Sarah Bonson and Megan Becker are seniors, so they won’t be back next year, but Welch took a lot of encouragement out of the way Zack Bonson, a freshman, and Evan Becker, a sophomore, competed at the event.
“Evan and Zack will go back, definitely. They’ll go back, and they’ll be more experience for having been there this year,” Welch said, explaining that she hopes next year the Huskies can take more than four to the meet.
Juniata finished second place at the Newport Junior High tournament on Saturday. Place-winners for Juniata included Noah Zarkoich, Payne Shirk, Carson Horning, Teagan Miller, Gerald Clark, Tyler Feltman, Zach Snyder, Chase Brown, Austin Weaver, Darren Richardson, Fletcher Hart, Josh Huentequeo, Koby Benner, Jared Heister, Cole Kellison, Levi Hampton, Seth Rowe, Jason Apple, Garrett Gabel, Blake Armes, Ryan Sheilds, Gage Druckenmiller, Wade Moore, Darin Love, Nathan Foltz, Evan Renninger, Derick Lamb and Tyler Baker.
Juniata has a perfect record in the Tri-Valley League.
COCOLAMUS – It was senior night for the Tigers when they hosted Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day on Wednesday, and it might be said that with the 70-32 win, the seniors went out in style.
Cole Snyder led the seniors with six points, and classmates Delvin Hockenbroch, Jay Pillot and Evan Kline-Geffert also lit up the board in the Tigers’ effort.
East Juniata coach Brock Anders was complimentary of the seniors’ “dedication to the program and effort over their four years.”
Junior Nick Lorenz also had an outstanding night, posting a career-high 32 points – as many as Lancaster Country Day scored as a team.
“I challenged the guys at half time because we didn’t play a strong half,” Anders said, explaining that the team stepped it up and got some big plays for a 39-point second half.
East Juniata (16-4, 11-3) travels to Millersburg Friday.
Mount Union 60
BELLWOOD – Kole House hit a big 3-point shot to bring the Mount Union boys within three points of Inter-County Conference opponent Bellwood-Antis Wednesday, but it was the last time the Trojans would score in the fourth quarter for the eventual 67-60 loss.
It was a game of runs, with the Blue Devils taking a 12-2 run in the first, then House and Klayton Heffner bringing it back to within six points to end the stanza.
Then in the second quarter, Mount Union outscored Bellwood-Antis 20-11 to lead by three going into the half, but second-half fouls put the Trojans in trouble as the Blue Devils hit 13 of their 18 fourth-quarter points from the charity stripe.
House, who had a game-high 25 points, led the Trojans in scoring. Jamal Smith trailed with 16.
The Trojans (10-10, 5-7) host Williamsburg on Friday.
East Juniata 34,
Lancaster Country Day 22
COCOLAMUS – It wasn’t a pretty game when the East Juniata girls took a Tri-Valley League victory over Lancaster Country Day Wednesday, but a win’s a win, and after losing four of their last five games, the Tigers were glad to put one in the win column.
“It was nice to get a win,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. “We need one more win to get to districts.”
After falling behind 7-5 in the first quarter, the Tigers turned it on for the remainder of the game, outscoring Lancaster Country Day in both the second and third quarters.
The Tigers were led by Caitlin Hoover, who had a game-high 12 points.
“I thought Hoover played fantastic tonight,” Quici said, explaining that Hoover was not only strong on offense, but that she had some big steals off the Tigers’ press.
East Juniata (10-9, 8-5) takes on Line Mountain at home on Thursday. The Tigers need 11 wins to get into District 4 playoffs, and have three chances left to achieve this goal.
Juniata Valley 54,
Mount Union 42
MOUNT UNION – The Mount Union girls had eight minutes left in the game and a nine-point deficit to erase, but were unable to overcome and lost to Inter-County Conference opponent Juniata Valley, 54-42, on Wednesday.
“Even in the third quarter we were right there with them 39-30, we’re just not disciplined enough. We don’t have enough depth. Juniata Valley is a good team,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
In the teams’ last matchup Juniata Valley’s Haley Myers was a real thorn in Mount Union’s side, but the Trojans were able to limit her to four in this contest. Unfortunately, teammate Kerigan Ammerman stepped up to fill Myers’ place, notching a game-high 21 points.
Mount Union (9-10, 6-7) travels to Williamsburg on Friday.
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HERNDON – Juniata looked to remain undefeated in the Tri-Valley League Monday as the Indians hit the hardwood at Line Mountain.
Juniata sprinted out of the gates and never looked back, scoring 22 points in the first quarter and marched to a 57-39 victory over the Eagles.
Victoria Varner was just warming up following a solid 10-point first quarter. She continued the shooting clinic, netting a career-high 24 points including 18 from 3-point land.
Teammate Maddie Zendt also had a career-high 18 points.
Each player shot 100 percent from the free-throw line as well.
“Victoria and Maddie shot the ball extremely well tonight,” Juniata coach Meghan Geedy said.
The Indians (17-2, 13-0) are back in action Friday, hosting Upper Dauphin, with a chance to clinch the TVL.
Halifax 41, East Juniata 35
HALIFAX – East Juniata had high hopes heading to the locker room up two points Monday night at Halifax, but fell short of the Tri-Valley League foe, 41-35.
East Juniata turned it up a notch on defense in the second quarter, allowing just two points from the Wildcats and taking a two-point lead to the half.
The Tigers also won the third quarter and took a five-point lead to the final stanza of the game when Halifax made a late charge, knocking off the visitors by six.
Shelly Gabel led the charge for East Juniata, netting eight points.
East Juniata (9-7) hosts Line Mountain Thursday.
Forbes Road 50,
Belleville Mennonite 20
WATERFALL – Belleville Mennonite had a slow start Monday against Forbes Road – the Trojans only put up seven points in the first half – and it resulted in a 50-20 loss.
While Forbes Road’s Shayla Carmack put up a game-high 20 points, Belleville Mennonite’s Rachel Anders led her team with eight.
Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said turnovers and lack of consistency were what sunk her team.
“They had a tough press, and we kept giving up turnovers,” she said.
Belleville Mennonite (2-14) travels to Cambria County Monday.
Selinsgrove 44, Greenwood 24
SELINSGROVE – Greenwood stepped out of the Tri-Valley League Monday night and fell to Selinsgrove, 44-24.
The game was tight through two quarters as the Seals took a one-point lead at the intermission but the Wildcats struggled to score in the second half, netting just four total points.
Greenwood struggled at the free-throw line as well, going 0-8 while Selinsgrove converted nine of its 19 opportunities.
Hattie Kuhns led the way for the Wildcats with 12 points on the night.
Greenwood (3-16) hosts TVL opponent Halifax Thursday.
Forbes Road 62,
Belleville Mennonite 29
WATERFALL – Eleven Forbes Road players lit up the scoreboard Monday night, as Belleville Mennonite struggled to keep up with the home team in the 62-29 loss.
The Trojans trailed only by seven points at the half, but Forbes Road hit its groove in the second half to outscore Belleville Mennonite, 42-16.
“We played really good defense the first half, but they really moved the ball around the second half and it was more difficult to key on one or two players,” Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said.
Austin Byler and Sammy Kauffman led Belleville Mennonite with 10 points apiece.
Belleville Mennonite (3-13) looks for a win today when its hosts Williamsburg.
Juniata Valley 51,
Mount Union 42
ALEXANDRIA – Mount Union scratched its way to within three points in Inter-County Conference action at Juniata Valley Monday, but came up short and fell to the Hornets 51-42.
The Trojans battled in the first half and were down by three heading to the locker room. That was as close as they would come to the home-town Hornets. Juniata Valley came out strong in the third, netting 17 points to Mount Union’s 9, taking a 45-34 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Mount Union got within five with in the final three minutes of the game but a late run by the Hornets sealed the deal.
Mount Union (10-9) travels to Bellwood-Antis Wednesday.
9th grade game: Mount Nittany 63, Mifflin County 35. High scorer – Cade Attick 21 points
8th grade game: Mount Nittany 30, Mifflin County 20. High scorer – Kaden Knouse 11 points
7th grade game: Mount Nittany 27, Mifflin County 21. High scorer – Carson King 9 points
Mifflin County is back in action Thursday, hosting Altoona.
HARRISBURG – Central Dauphin East outscored Mifflin County by 15 points in the fourth quarter, enough to climb out of a hole and gain a 57-48 victory in Commonwealth Division girls basketball Friday.
The Huskies were leading 44-38 before the game turned in favor of the Panthers, a tough ending, coach Kevin Kodish said.
“The girls played so hard and they played a great ballgame,” he said. Central Dauphin East is a very good team. We came into their place and played a great basketball game but you have to finish.”
And, he admitted, it was his team’s mistakes that opened the door for the home team to move ahead.
“We traveled on three straight possessions and then missed an inside shot that we needed to convert,” he said.
Olivia Halfpenny’s 16 points led Mifflin County. Breanna Cline added 11 and Ashleigh Williams 10.
In the JV game, the Huskies came out on top, 34-28, led by Haley Predix’s 10.
Mifflin County (9-9, 5-8) plays at State College today; the JV time has been moved to 2 p.m. with the varsity to follow.
Belleville Mennonite 15
WILLIAMSBURG – The Belleville Mennonite girls basketball team fell to Williamsburg Friday night, 48-15.
Coach Ally Zook said the game was much better than the score denotes.
“Our defense was excellent and we took great shots,” Zook said. “We just couldn’t hit anything.”
Mollie Morgan, Rachel Anders and Grace Peachey scored four, five and six points, respectively.
Zook was optimistic despite the loss and said her team played one of the best games of the year.
Belleville Mennonite (2-13) will be back in action Monday at Forbes Road.
Juniata Mennonite 37, Walnut Street Christian 18
JERSEY SHORE – The Juniata Mennonite girls basketball team picked up another win against Allegheny Christian Athletic Association foe Walnut Street Christian Friday, doubling up the Warriors 37-18.
Defense was the difference in this matchup, as neither team shot the lights out.
Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said his team’s defense ultimately propelled them to victory.
“We extended our matchup zone and stayed active,” Meiser said. “The girls are really buying in and playing hard on defense.”
The Lions’ offense was slowed as Walnut Street Christian targeted one of their biggest threats.
“They played a box-and-one against Valerie (Meiser), which forced us to become more balanced,” Meiser said.
Molly Arnold helped in balancing the Lions’ attack, chipping in 11 points and going 5-11 at the free throw line.
Juniata Mennonite (7-7, 5-5) returns to action Friday, hosting ACAA opponent Meadowbrook Christian.
Mount Union 59, Moshannon Valley 32
HOUTZDALE – Improvement was the mantra for the Mount Union girls, who picked up an Inter-County Conference basketball win over Moshannon Valley, 59-32, Friday.
“We still come out kind of slow but tonight we got progressively better,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
The Trojans outscored the Damsels 18-2 in the third quarter to cement the win. Tynita White led the game with 21 points; Aliyah Gilbert-Walker added 14 and Ashley Foor 11 for Mount Union.
“They picked up the defense tonight. The passing was really good,” Cunningham said. “They did a lot of things well.”
The Trojans also won the JV game, 24-19.
Mount Union (8-9, 5-6) travels to Huntingdon Monday.
Halifax 51, Juniata 38
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata matched Tri-Valley League foe Halifax out of the gates Friday night but just didn’t have enough, falling 51-38.
Following a strong first quarter, the Indians lost a key starter in the second and struggled to get back on track. The difference in the game proved to come from the foul line where Juniata shot 40 percent while the Wildcats netted 63 percent of its free chances.
“We didn’t get to the line enough,” Juniata coach Nate Geibel said. “They made as many as we attempted.”
Scott Sneath led the charge for the Indians, dropping 17 while shooting 50 percent form the free-throw line.
“Sneath played well again tonight,” Geibel said. “We just didn’t have enough tonight to get the win.”
Juniata (2-16) hosts Millersburg Tuesday.
Carson Long 57, Belleville Mennonite 50
BELLEVILLE – A difficult third quarter proved to be the downfall for Belleville Mennonite’s boys Friday, as Carson Long reversed a halftime deficit on the way to a 57-50 basketball win.
“We played a good game, a consistent game,” Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said. “We played strong the whole game.”
No one can argue consistency – the Trojans scored 11 in the opening frame and 13 in the other three, and had a four-point advantage at the break. But the Warriors put up 22 in the third, capitalizing on Belleville Mennonite miscues.
“There was a window in the third quarter, then on the offensive side we made some poor choices,” Snook said.
Austin Byler’s 14 points led the Trojans; Sammy Kauffman added 12.
Belleville Mennonite (3-12) travels to Forbes Road Monday.
Juniata Mennonite 60, Walnut Street Christian 36
JERSEY SHORE – Dennis Zimmerman pushed his team to stay out of the paint and the strategy worked – Juniata Mennonite scored 23 in the first quarter en route to a 60-36 win over Walnut Street Christian in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game.
“We had to work on our outside shooting,” the Lions coach said. “We actually played the first half shooting only from the outside.”
The only problem, he said, was his team got sloppy after building a 23-2 lead in the first; Walnut Street actually outscored Juniata Mennonite in the third.
Jessie Watts scored 19 points in the win. Caleb Gehman had 19. Luke Showers squeaked into double figures with 10.
The Lions (9-6) host Watsontown Christian Friday.
Mount Union 82, Moshannon 33
MOUNT UNION – Moshannon Valley was overmatched against Mount Union Friday, as the Trojan boys triumphed by an 82-33 margin in their Inter-County Conference action.
The Trojans dominated the first half, pushing the game into the mercy rule shortly after the third quarter began.
Jamal Smith and Klayton Heffner each had 10 points in the first quarter alone; Smith was at 19 at the break. Mount Union scored the first 18 points of the game.
Smith ended with 26 and Andre Trice scored 16.
Mount Union won the JV game 55-23 with a 20-point effort by Heffner.
The Trojans (10-7, 5-5) travel to Tyrone today.
* 9th grade: Mifflin County 42, Altoona 23. High scorer, Jessa Wright 16 points. Mifflin County 33, Central Dauphin East 26. High scorer, Jessa Wright 16 points. The Huskies are 17-2.
* 9th grade: Central Dauphin East 65, Mifflin County 42. High scorer, Peyton Reesman 10 points. The Huskies host DuBois today.