From staff reports
BELLEVILLE – Belleville Mennonite played its first game under its new name Friday.
But in the opening round of the Thunder’s boys soccer kickoff tournament, it was Halifax who reigned. The Wildcats took a 5-0 win against the hosts, who will play Meadowbrook Christian in the consolation game today at 11 a.m.
Penns Valley, a 3-1 winner over Meadowbrook, will play Halifax for the title.
Alex McMullen had a hat trick for Halifax, but it was Ryan Brennan who scored the crucial first goal just minutes into the game.
“You’ve got to start somewhere and it’s our year to play Halifax first,” Thunder coach Brian Renno said. “I thought the goal we gave up early was a little bit of a disappointment and that kind of set the stage.”
Renno said the Thunder (0-1) played better after the break.
Midd-West 4, Millville 0
MILLVILLE – Midd-West opened the season on the winning side as the Mustangs blanked Millville 4-0 in the opening round of the Quakers’ tournament.
Tyler Arbogast scored twice in the win – once on a penalty kick – and Landry Harman had a pair of assists.
Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said he was pleased to see improvement from the preseason.
“We struggled offensively in our scrimmages,” he said. “We created a lot of opportunities but we weren’t finishing well.”
The Mustangs (1-0) will play Warrior Run in the final at 6 p.m. today.
Carlisle 5, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County had no answer for Carlisle in a Commonwealth Division tennis match Friday.
The visiting Thundering Herd won four of five matches in straight sets, with the lone victory for the Huskies coming in the first doubles, where Kate Arnold and Chessa Wright won the second of three sets.
Mifflin County (1-4) travels to State College Wednesday.
MILTON – The Mifflin County Christian Academy boys opened their season on the soccer field with a near-win against Meadowbrook Christian, but with the score tied with 1:35 left to play, Meadowbrook netted a final goal for the 4-3 win.
Mifflin County Christian Academy’s Jon God led with two goals, while Luke Todd chipped in with one. The locals finished with 25 shots, while Meadowbrook had 27. Keeper Brad Smith had 23 saves for the Eagles.
“We have only had a week and a half of practice, so we were pleased with what we saw, but we have some things to work on,” Eagles coach Craig Todd said.
Mifflin County Christian Academy (0-1) travels to Huntingdon Calvary Sept. 10.
Meadowbrook 5, Mifflin County Christian Academy 2
MILTON – The Mifflin County Christian Academy girls soccer team took a difficult loss to Meadowbrook for its season opener on Thursday, 5-2.
The Eagles were held scoreless through the first half, but Julee Hoffman was the first to connect for MCCA, and teammate Tori Moon then put up the Eagles’ second goal on a penalty kick.
On the defense, JoHanna Hoffman had 20 saves for the Eagles.
“Both teams played hard. The girls had a few injuries and were missing a couple of players,” Eagles coach Craig Todd said, who also saw a loss from the boys team, 4-3.
Mifflin County Christian Academy (0-1) travels to Huntingdon Calvary Sept. 10.
Central Dauphin 5,
Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN – The Huskies took a tough loss on the tennis court Thursday, getting swept by Central Dauphin en route to a 5-0 Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division loss.
Mifflin County’s Emily Hurlburt put up a fight from the No. 2 singles spot, but eventually succumbed to Lauren McNair, 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles action, Jessa Wright and Kate Arnold took their first set with Valarie Schreffler and Carolyne Ruben to a tiebreaker – which they lost 7-4 – and then the match was finished with a 7-5 second set.
Mifflin County (2-3, 2-3) will host Carlisle today.
Mifflin County 22, Hollidaysburg 6. Isaac Maclay ran in two touchdowns and Malik Sechler ran in one. Quarterback Drew Williams connected with Maclay for two extra points after the first touchdown and ran one in on his own after the second. Mifflin County (1-0) has a game Wednesday at home.
From staff reports
OAKLAND MILLS – East Juniata’s Jeremy Pannebaker played a round of golf to remember Tuesday.
The Tiger finished with a 72, which gave him medalist standing for the day – a feat that has become par for the course for Pannebaker – but it also put him in the books with the best score over 18 holes in school history.
“He had a great day,” East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said of Pannebaker, explaining that a double and triple bogey on two separate holes bumped up his score a bit but also left room for Pannebaker to drop his score even further.
With Pannebaker’s solid performance and strong work from teammates Grant Leonard (78), Justin Mingle (88) and Chas Maguire (96) the Tigers took first place with a team score of 334.
Inter-County Conference team Mount Union also got in on the otherwise Tri-Valley League dominated field with a 362 team score to land fourth out of five squads.
The Trojans’ Zac Knable and Mason Craig led their team with an 87.
East Juniata (8-5, 7-5) travels to face Midd-West Sept. 3 while Mount Union (3-3, 2-0) travels to Bellwood-Antis the same day.
Cumberland Valley 401, Mechanicsburg 425, Red Land 427, Carlisle 428, Northern 442, Cedar Cliff 445, Mifflin County 447
CARLISLE – Mifflin County’s record took a hard hit on the golf course Tuesday, as a last place finish with a team score of 447 put the Huskies at 0-6 for the day and 3-15 overall.
Nate Koller and Marc Auker both carded an 86 to lead the Huskies but failed to break the top 15, which included medalist J.D. Hughes (Carlisle) with a 69.
Matt Short (88) and Kyle Harshbarger (89) trailed close behind Koller and Auker, while Kyle McNitt and Alex Kurtz each turned in a round at 98.
Mifflin County has a week-long layover until it plays host Sept. 3 at the Lewistown Country Club.
Selinsgrove 332, Shikellamy 333, Williamsport 365, Midd-West 372, Mifflinburg 397, Loyalsock/Montour 400
MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West golfers trailed third-place finisher Williamsport by seven strokes Tuesday to drop from an even 5-5 record to 7-8.
With a team score of 372, Midd-West was able to edge both Mifflinburg (397) and Loyalsock/Montour (400) as the Mustangs played host at Shade Mountain Golf Course, but Heartland Conference-leading Selinsgrove took first with its 332.
Leading the way for the Mustangs was Aiden Edmiston, who carded an 88 to edge teammates Colton Reade (89) and Asher Marks (90) for first place.
Midd-West won’t be back in action again until it hosts the Tri-Valley League Sept. 3 for a 2 p.m. tee off.
Juniata Mennonite 4, Columbia County Christian 3
BLOOMSBURG – Juniata Mennonite took the field for its season opener against Allegheny Christian Athletic Association foe Columbia County Christian on Tuesday, and walked away with a win in the 4-3 boys soccer contest.
The Lions’ Tony Gehman was responsible for two of the locals’ goals, while Nehemiah Courtney and Caleb Metz each chipped in with one a piece.
Despite the close score, Juniata Mennonite outshot Columbia County Christian 15-5, and coach Kurt Wagner said his team will be working on addressing issues in the backfield related to communication.
“I was pleased with the result. We really could have had a higher margin of victory, we just had a few lapses in the back,” he said.
Juniata Mennonite (1-0, 1-0) will host Northumberland Sept. 3.
Columbia County Christian 3, Juniata Mennonite 2
BLOOMSBURG – Senior Lauren Breon and the rest of the Juniata Mennonite girls soccer team took the field fighting hard to win the season opener against Allegheny Christian Athletic Association opponent Columbia County Christian Tuesday, but fell just shy in the 3-2 contest.
Columbia County Christian had the 2-0 lead with about 20 minutes left to play, but Lauren Breon netted the first of her two goals with 15:34 left to cut the lead in half. The senior notched another goal off an Alexis Hahn-Kline assist with just under three minutes left to bring the Lions’ final tally to two, but Columbia County Christian had netted another one in the interim for the final score.
“I think we played pretty well for our first game, and obviously they got the goal one more time than us, but it was an evenly matched game,” Juniata Mennonite coach Trish Hoffman said, noting the similarities in both shots and corners between both teams.
The Lions (0-1, 0-1) will host ACAA foe Northumberland Christian Sept. 3.
HARRISBURG – After dropping Gettysburg Friday for the first win of the season, the Mifflin County tennis team tacked on another win with a 5-0 rout of Central Dauphin East.
The most games the Panthers could manage in a single set was three, as Gina Mathis and Srushti Patel fell to Mifflin County’s Mackenzie Roush and Rachel Stimeling 6-1, 6-3 in doubles action.
Other than that, every other Panther was held to just two games or fewer, as Mifflin County won every single match in straight sets.
Mifflin County (2-2, 2-2) looks for its third win Wednesday when it hosts Central Dauphin.
MOUNT UNION – The Mount Union golf team has won the Inter-County Conference three of the past four years, and Thursday it kicked off the season in similar winning fashion with a 363 team score at the Mount Union American Legion Country Club to edge both Everett and Northern Bedford.
The Trojans – led by Zac Knable with an 86 – finished with three athletes in the 80s, an accomplishment with which coach Matt Fiscus was pleased.
“Any time you get three scores in the 80s, you’ve got to be happy as a coach,” he said.
Everett’s Logan Braillier – the only girl on any of the three teams – medaled with an 85.
“I was really happy with Knable’s score. He came in real close to the No. 1 golfer,” Fiscus said, also giving credit to Ryan Varner with his 89 for boosting the team to the win.
Brady Goodling finished between Zac Knable and Ryan Varner (89) with an 87 and Andrew Atherton carded a 101. Team scores for Everett and Northern Bedford were 373 and 382 respectively.
Mount Union (2-0, 2-0) travels to face non-league opponent East Juniata Tuesday at Lost Creek Golf Club.
Lancaster Country Day 352, Newport 362, East Juniata 369, Millersburg 371
LANCASTER – East Juniata finished seven strokes above Newport with a 369 for a third-place finish in Tri-Valley League golf action Thursday, but it was host Lancaster Country Day that led the field with a 352.
Compared to Wednesday’s first-place finish, the Tigers were not as competitive as they can be, despite a 79 from medalist Jeremy Pannebaker and an 82 from Grant Leonard.
“We didn’t get that third and fourth score that we need,” East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said, explaining that he talked to some of his younger players about different ways to reduce their scores.
“We don’t have the depth that we did last year, and it’s hurting us in these matches so far,” he noted.
The Tigers (4-5, 4-5) are off until Tuesday, when they play host at Lost Creek Golf Course.
UPPER PAXTON – After a discouraging 0-3 start to the season Aug. 15, the East Juniata golf team rebounded Wednesday for a first place finish at Lykens Valley Golf Course, edging Tri-Valley League opponent Newport in a sudden death round for the top spot.
East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said his team was carried by leaders Jeremy Pannebaker and Grant Leonard in regulation, and then after a tie with Newport at 363, the Tigers’ 21 strokes to Newport’s 23 in sudden death sealed the victory.
“I think the Tri-Valley League is pretty much wide open. I think any team on any given day can win,” Zendt said, explaining that the team’s turnaround from an 0-3 start to a 3-3 record was evidence to the fact.
Pannebaker medaled with a 79 while Leonard followed with an 83. Teammates Justin Mingle and Chas Maguire carded 96 and 105 respectively.
East Juniata (3-3, 3-3) gets back in action today with a trip to host Lancaster Country Day at the Conestoga Country Club.
Shikellamy 325, Williamsport 338, Selinsgrove 339, Midd-West 363, Loyalsock/Montour 430, Mifflinburg 488
WILLIAMSPORT – The Midd-West golf team landed third out of six Heartland Conference teams Wednesday at the White Deer Challenge Golf Course with its 363 team score, but was far behind leader Shikellamy’s 325.
The Mustangs were paced by Asher Marks, whose 84 placed him at 12-over par. Teammates Aiden Edmiston and Eli Stem both carded a 92 while Ryan Kerstetter followed close behind with a 95.
Shikellamy’s C.J. Tyler was the only golfer below par (72) as he carded a 68.
Midd-West (5-5, 5-5) will play host to its Heartland Conference opponents Tuesday at the Shade Mountain Golf Club.
Mifflin County 2
MECHANICSBURG – Something looked familiar about the Mifflin County tennis team’s match with Mid-Penn Conference opponent Mechanicsburg on Wednesday, and not in a way the Huskies wanted.
Mifflin County suffered a 3-2 loss to the Wildcats, which was the exact same score as the Huskies’ season-opening loss to Palmyra Monday.
In another mirror image with Monday’s match, Emily Hurlburt picked up the sole singles win, while Jessa Wright and Kate Arnold won one for the doubles. Hurlburt won her match over Joanna Walters in dominated fashion, preventing the Wildcat from winning a single game, 6-0, 6-0. Wright and Arnold finished close behind as they dropped Cheyenne Camp and Amanda Banzhoff, 6-1, 6-1.
Mifflin County (0-2, 0-2) gets back in action Friday when it travels to East Pennsboro to face Gettysburg.