MILLERSTOWN – A win by East Juniata Saturday would have made a commanding statement in the Tri-Valley League boys soccer race.
But Greenwood doesn’t give up losses too easily. And the Wildcats weren’t going to give one to the visitors without a fight.
For the second time this season, the battle between the TVL’s top clubs was a push – Greenwood and East Juniata tied 2-2 – one that, at the same time, was more helpful to one team than the other.
Thanks to an untimely loss earlier in the week by Greenwood, the Tigers now sit in the driver’s seat in their quest for a fifth straight league title.
“We control our own destiny now as far as the TVL championship,” East Juniata coach Don Troutman said. “We just have to come out and play.”
And win – Greenwood carries just that one loss, which is the difference now between No. 1 and No. 2.
Jake Sankey scored both East Juniata goals; the first came in the 14th minute when Gabe Coder played the ball in, sent it to Sankey, who turned and struck to the right side.
The lead lasted until there were nine minutes remaining, when the ‘Cats made the best of their own missed shot. A poorly played corner kick by Greenwood was not cleared well by the Tigers; Hunter Roth got a foot on it and passed to Seth Ferguson.
“He trapped the ball and turned and shot,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill explained. “It was kind of a busted play”
Ferguson was the setup man for the third goal, which gave the Wildcats their first lead. He sent it on a long throw-in to Hunter Miller, whose first goal of the season couldn’t have come at a better time.
“He got behind the defense on a through ball,” Magill said.
It took fewer than 10 minutes for Sankey to be the hero. He scored on a set-play free kick as the second man to the ball.
Sankey, who’s been quiet for a couple games, made a statement, but Troutman said the fact that he can count on several players is to the Tigers’ advantage.
“I think that’s one thing that has helped us,” he said. “We’ve had different guys step up in the big games. It’s been something that we didn’t know we were going to have or not.”
Magill said the game was intriguing because it was a mirror of the first meeting, which ended 1-1 in 100 minutes. In that game, homestanding East Juniata was slow to get moving while Greenwood set the pace; this time, Magill said, “It was a contrasting game in the sense that they came out and controlled the tempo for 25-30 minutes. We just absolutely refused to shoot the ball.”
The league is only a part of this one for East Juniata, which also is seeking its fifth straight District 4 Class A crown.
“Wins and losses and ties mean a lot as far as your placement. I think it’s a huge momentum builder for us,” to get a tie rather than suffer a loss, Troutman said.
For District 3 Greenwood, not as much.
“Before this tie we were fourth in the power ratings. We may not move a whole lot,” Magill said. “It will be interesting to see what transpires.”
One thing’s for sure: If the two end up squaring off a third time, there will be no tie.
East Juniata (7-2-2, 6-0-2 ) hosts Lancaster Country Day with a 5:30 p.m. varsity start. Greenwood (6-2-2, 5-1-2) hosts Line Mountain Tuesday.
Red Land 6, Mifflin County 0
LEWISBERRY – Chelsea Flower scored back-to-back goals early in the second to break open a scoreless tie as Red Land handled Mifflin County, 6-0, in a Commonwealth Division girls soccer game Saturday.
The Patriots tallied three across a 10-minute span to take control of the game.
“It was 0-0 at the half. The girls played really well,” Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said. “But I can’t get an 80-minute game out of them.”
Mifflin County travels to Altoona Monday.
East Juniata 2, Loyalsock 0
WILLIAMSPORT – Amber Knouse scored a pair of late-game goals to give East Juniata a win over a key District 4 opponent Saturday as the Tigers topped Loyalsock, 2-0.
The first tally came in the 60th minute of play and was unassisted; McKayla Goodling had the helper on the insurance goal with four minutes left in the game.
East Juniata (7-4) hosts Juniata Wednesday.
Danville 1, Midd-West 0 (OT)
DANVILLE – Danville’s Paige Harris scored the only goal in a 1-0 overtime win by the Ironmen over Midd-West in a Heartland Conference girls soccer game Saturday.
Harris broke the stalemate midway through the extra period.
“We had a really good first half,” Midd-West Russ Goodling said. “We had several good opportunities we didn’t cash in.”
Midd-West (4-6, 2-5) travels to Lewisburg Tuesday.
Juniata 3, Millersburg 0
MILLERSBURG – Three girls, three goals and one Tri-Valley League soccer win were on the card for Juniata Saturday as the Indians blanked Millersburg, 3-0.
Lexi Zimmerman, Janelle Swartz and Micheh Horning each had unassisted tallies in the game.
“We played well. Both offensively and defensively we played good soccer,” Juniata coach Brian Strawser said. “We’re pleased with the result that we had.”
Millersburg won the JV game, 2-0.
Juniata (6-4, 5-1) goes back across the Susquehanna to face Halifax today.
Halifax 1, Juniata 0
HALIFAX – Chris Paul took a feed from Robby Sacks and turned it into a win against Juniata, the only goal in Halifax’s 1-0 Tri-Valley League boys soccer game against the Indians Saturday.
Red Land 8, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN – Bryan Jackson and Willie Staz traded scoring as Red Land put up seven first-half goals on the way to an 8-0 win over Mifflin County in a Commonwealth Division boys soccer game Saturday.
East Juniata 8, Huntingdon 1
HUNTINGDON – Steph Dressler scored two goals and Lydia Koser had a goal and two assists as East Juniata romped over Huntingdon, 8-1, in a non-league field hockey game Saturday.
The Tigers (7-3) travel to Line Mountain today.
MOUNT UNION – The regular season ended for both the Mount Union and East Juniata golf teams ended Friday, but for the Trojans the finish was a little bit sweeter when a 343 put them in first over East Juniata (357) and Newport (386).
East Juniata’s Jeremy Pannebaker carded a 79 to lead the Tigers while Mount Union’s Ryan Varner finished four strokes behind for the best Trojan score.
“I am very proud of Ryan Varner on his last home match shooting an 83. He walked off his final match as a senior doing himself proud. The whole team did themselves proud,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Fiscus also said the win put his team on the right course heading into the playoffs.
East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said he was impressed with the way Mount Union improved since the first time the teams met earlier in the season.
“I wasn’t disappointed with the way we played, it just wasn’t quite to their level,” he said.
Mount Union (10-1) will advance to the sectional tournament Tuesday while East Juniata (17-10-3) begins district play Thursday.
Cumberland Valley 7, Mifflin County 0
MECHANICSBURG – Cumberland Valley was more than the Mifflin County field hockey team could handle Friday as the Huskies took a 7-0 Commonwealth Division loss.
Jordan Myers had nine saves for Mifflin County, but the Huskies were still flooded by Cumberland Valley goals as a different girl was responsible for each Eagle tally.
Mifflin County hosts Carlisle Tuesday.
Belleville Mennonite 3, Harrisburg Academy 1
WORMLEYSBURG – Andrew Miller did the heavy lifting on offense while teammate Sam Kauffman came through in the goal as the Belleville Mennonite boys soccer team dropped Harrisburg Academy 3-1 Friday.
In the first half, Miller notched two of his three goals, while Kauffman came through with what coach Brian Renno identified as a key save on a penalty kick during the stanza.
“I said at the beginning of the season that he will be counted on to come up with big saves to keep us in games and that is what he did this evening,” Renno said. Kauffman had 12 saves in the contest.
Renno also gave credit to Derek Byler – who was responsible for an assist in the first half – for working hard at midfield to give the team a second-half spark.
Belleville Mennonite (5-3-1) travels to Bishop McCort Monday.
LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County played what coach Tish Maclay called a great offensive game against Cedar Cliff on the field hockey pitch Wednesday, but ironically the game ended after an overtime period in a scoreless draw.
The Huskies outshot the Colts 21-1 in the Commonwealth Division game and also collected 19 corners to Cedar Cliff’s three, but in an otherwise very evenly matched contest neither team could edge the other for the win.
In the overtime period, both teams had chances to put the game away – including a scrum in front of Cedar Cliff’s cage with seconds left in the game – but it was Maddie Rutherford on the defense for Mifflin County who was key in keeping her team in the game.
Rutherford was the last line of defense between Cedar Cliff’s forwards and keeper Jordan Myers, and several times throughout the period she broke up plays to keep the Huskies going.
“She’s a senior and she’s one of our defensive leaders, and I think she did a really nice job. She played the overtime possessions exactly how we wanted her to, and she came up big for us,” Maclay said.
Mifflin County (5-6-1, 4-4-1) travels to Cumberland Valley Friday.
Midd-West 1, Warrior Run 0
TURBOTVILLE – All it took was an Abby Miller goal in the first half for the lead, and the Midd-West girls held on the rest of the game to top Warrior Run 1-0 on the field hockey pitch Wednesday.
When a penalty corner was misplayed by the Mustangs, Jess Whitesel backed it up and sent the ball back into the circle, where Miller was set to chip it in for the only goal the team would need.
Coach Mandi Romig said at times the Mustangs had trouble getting the ball out of the defensive position, but they still held on for the win.
“We were probably stuck back there longer than we wanted to be, because we gave up a lot of defensive corners, but we were able to move the ball pretty well against them,” she said.
Midd-West (2-8) travels to Selinsgrove Tuesday.
Newport 183, Lancaster Country Day 184, Millersburg 185, East Juniata 191
LANCASTER – When East Juniata and Newport hit the course at the Conestoga Country Club Wednesday, the winner was set to take home the Tri-Valley League title.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, for the first time in many years they were not the ones to come away with the crown.
On the nine-hole course, the Buffaloes notched a 183 team score for first, while the Tigers landed last out of four with a 191.
Jeremy Pannebaker medaled with a 38, but the Buffaloes had a more even scoring approach across the team for the win.
“I think our depth all season just sort of came to the forefront here tonight. Newport has had more depth than us all season,” East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said.
“Newport was real balanced tonight across the board with scores,” he continued.
East Juniata (16-9-3, 13-9-2) will travel to Mount Union Friday.
Greenwood 1, Lancaster Country Day 0 (OT)
LANCASTER – It might have looked more like a game of pinball than a soccer game Wednesday when Greenwood topped Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day 1-0 in double overtime, but that didn’t take away any of the Wildcats’ excitement.
With shot from his right foot – a shot unnatural to the lefty – Hunter Wirth put the game away when he sent a ball that deflected off a Lancaster Country Day defender then bounced off both goal posts before making its way into the goal for the win.
“It was an exciting win. Both teams played very well. Both teams played with solid defense,” said Greenwood coach Tom Magill, who said his team held its breath while Wirth’s shot caromed from one post to the next before going into the net.
On the defense, Magill credited a beautiful save by goalie Noah Schaeffer and a header from Seth Ferguson to clear the ball on a corner kick as key to the victory.
The Wildcats (6-2-1, 5-1-1) will host East Juniata Saturday for homecoming.
Midd-West 3, Selinsgrove 2 (OT)
SELINSGROVE – Midd-West took a Heartland Conference win over Selinsgrove Wednesday when the girls soccer team edged the Seals 3-2 in overtime.
With 9:22 left in the overtime period, it all came together when Kenedi Moyer took a pass from Hannah Stauffer to send one into the net – her second of the contest – for the win.
The Mustangs also had a goal from Brianna Byler, but some heroics off the bench from junior Lexi Horst and freshman Reilley Spriggle kept Midd-West sound on the defensive end as well.
“It was a good solid 80 minutes from the girls today,” said Midd-West coach Russ Goodling, who gave credit to Horst and Spriggle for stepping up off the bench.
In JV action, Selinsgrove picked up the 1-0 win.
Midd-West (4-5, 2-4) travels to Danville Saturday.
Mifflin County 4, Red Land 1
LEWISBERRY – Only one loss marked the Huskies’ scorebook Wednesday, as the tennis team edged Red Land 4-1 for the Mid-Penn Conference win.
The Huskies’ Emily Hurlburt and Kate Hugendubler picked up singles wins for the locals – Hurlburt won her match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0 – while Jessa Wright and Kate Arnold picked up the No. 1 doubles win and Mackenzie Roush and Joselyn Walter came through in the No. 2 doubles spot.
Wright and Arnold put away sisters Sebrina and Sam Eisele in straight sets, with a 7-4 tiebreaker win in the first set and a 6-0 rout in the second.
Mifflin County (6-11) will play its last match of the year today at home against Hershey.
Mifflin County 2, Central Mountain 2. Ross Cotrill and Harrison Sweeney scored for the Huskies while Thomas Remy and Caleb Purdey had assists.
Eighth grade football
Mifflin County 14, Altoona 0. Cole Baker ran in both of the Huskies’ touchdowns. Mifflin County (2-2) travels to Chambersburg Oct. 2.
Ninth grade football
Mifflin County 22, Harrisburg 6. Drew Williams threw one to Cade Pollack for the Huskies’ first touchdown, and Malik Sechler ran in the next two – the two were also followed up by two-point conversions. Mifflin County (4-1) hosts Central Dauphin Oct. 2.
LEWISTOWN – A Bryce Papp corner kick in the 72nd minute of play – just the second corner earned by the Huskies – proved to be the biggest play of the season.
Papp sent the ball on a lofy arc, bending it back over the head of Central Dauphin East kepper Sami Goodyear. It landed and was quickly booted back into the field of play by a Panther back.
But it was over the line. And the goal was the first – the only – of the game, which became Mifflin County’s first victory of the season.
“With this being our home field, we talk about taking that corner and playing it close because with a little bit of wind it can bend in,” Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said. “That was something.”
Earlier in the half, Huskies’ goalie McKenzie Bressler stopped a breakaway attempt that could have turned the tide the other way.
Eckley said position changes in light of recent injuries was among the factors that made the outcome.
“The difference today was we went to balls, we won balls, made runs off the balls and they hustled,” he said.
The Huskies travel to Cumberland Valley Thursday.
Juniata 7, Upper Dauphin 0
ELIZABETHVILLE- Janelle Swartz, Christen Baublitz and Micheh Horning each had two goals as Juniata defeated Upper Dauphin 7-0 in a Tri-Valley League girls soccer game Tuesday.
“We had four different players that scored,” Juniata coach Brian Strawser said. “We were really efficient with how we moved the ball.”
Once that game was under control, Juniata was able to get some other players some experience.
“A lot of people got in and a lot of people played,” Strawser said. “It was a good night for us,”
Juniata improved to 5-3 on the season and 5-1 in conference play.
The Indians will take the field next on Thursday at West Perry.
Central Dauphin East 9, Mifflin County 1
HARRISBURG – Nine different players scored for Central Dauphin East as the Panthers toppled Mifflin County, 9-1, in a Commonwealth Division boys soccer game Tuesday.
Levi Sunderland scored the only goal for the Huskies, who host Cumberland Valley Thursday.
Midd-West 2, Selinsgrove 0
MIDDLEBURG – Trevor Stuck and Devaughn Johns scored second-half goals to lift Midd-West to a 2-0 Heartland Conference win over Selinsgrove in boys soccer Tuesday.
Stuck also assisted on the second goal; the two came just minutes apart early after the break. Midd-West coach Chris Sauer would have liked to see a better effort to lock up the win.
“I’m pleased with the result but we had numerous chances to put the game away and didn’t do it,” he said. “We came out after halftime with a lot of energy, did a great job moving the ball and going at them in space.”
Midd-West won the JV game by the same 2-0 score. The Mustangs (6-3, 4-2) travel to Shikellamy Thursday.
Northumberland Christian 2, Juniata Mennonite School 0
NORTHUMBERLAND – Juniata Mennonite School fell 2-0 to Northumberland Christian on Tuesday in a Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys soccer contest.
Jacob Metz was able to save 13 of the 15 shots he faced, but the two that got past him were the difference.
“Jacob had a really good game,” Juniata Mennonite School coach Kurt Wagner said. “We played well defensively, things just didn’t bounce our way and they were just able to beat us.”
Juniata Mennonite School fell to 7-3 on the season.
The Lions will take the field Thursday at 5:15 in a nonleague game at Great Commission.
Boys: Mifflin County18, Central Dauphin 49; Mifflin County 15, Central Dauphin East 55
Girls: Mifflin County 15, Chambersburg 49; Mifflin County 21, Central Dauphin East 36
CHAMBERSBURG – Mifflin County boys and girls both defeated Central Dauphin East in a Commonwealth Division cross county meet Tuesday, while falling in both races to Chambersburg, which hosted the meet.
The boys were victorious by a 15-55 total, while the girls picked up a 21-36 win.
Maggie Wilson led the way for the girls, crossing the line in 21:10, finishing in seventh place.
Darien Knudsen was tops for the boys, finishing in 17:20, which was good for third place.
“Darien looked good,” Mifflin County coach Greg Loht said. “I was happy with all the kids. We knew we were in for a run today.”
“It was Chambersburg’s course and it was very challenging,” Loht said. “They kids didn’t back down and showed a lot of heart.”
Mifflin County will run next on Oct. 2 at Altoona.
Boys: Mount Union 19, Juniata Valley 36
Girls: Juniata Valley 20, Mount Union 35
MOUNT UNION – Jake Boozel led the way as Mount Union’s boys won a 19-36 cross country meet against Juniata Valley Tuesday. The girls fell in the Inter-County Conference event, 20-36.
“Jake Boozel actually ran his best time. We’re hoping he can pull it down (further),” Mount Union coach West Snyder said.
The Trojans took the top three spots in the boys race, with Hunter Corbin and Shykai Banks in that pack.
The girls finished five in a row, but not until fourth others had passed the tape. Brooke Staley was the leader.
“The girls are working hard. It’s just that we’re coming up short,” Wydock said.
Mount Union (Boys: 5-1, 1-1; Girls: 1-5; 0-2) travel to West Branch Oct. 1.
Greenwood 2, Newport 1
NEWPORT – Greenwood got its game-winning goal from Mallory Fortenbaugh with 7:57 left in the second half to earn a win over Newport in Tri-Valley League field hockey action Tuesday.
Fortenbaugh’s goal was one of the two Greenwood shots that got by Newport goalkeeper Misty Van Horn, who had 22 saves on the night.
“That was one we managed to get on the pads and Mallory knocked in,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. “Their goalie had a pretty nice game.”
Greenwood improved to 7-3 on the season and 3-1 in the Tri-Valley League.
The Wildcats will take the field next at 4 p.m. on Thursday at East Juniata.
Belleville Mennonite 2, Huntingdon 0
HUNTINGDON – Belleville Mennonite was able to rebound from a loss and hand Huntingdon a 2-0 defeat in a non-league field hockey game Tuesday.
Tori Gallaway scored both of the Belleville Mennonite goals in the first half and goalkeeper Mollie Morgan stopped everything she faced.
“We really played an offensive game today,” Belleville Mennonite coach Morgan Foote said. “Tori really shined.”
One day after allowing eight goals, the Trojans were impenetrable.
“I moved some people around today,” Foote said. “Our midfielders really helped out.”
Belleville Mennonite will play again on Thursday at Forbes Road.
Red Land 3, Mifflin County 0
LEWISBERRY – After scoring their first win, Mifflin County’s volleyball players struggled, dropping Tuesday’s Commonwealth Division match at Red Land in straight sets.
The Patriots won the games 25-4, 25-12 and 25-23.
“It’s almost like night and day. When they choose to go out and play together as a team they do very well. This has been a consistent theme,” said Mifflin County coach Jill Zeger, who changed the rotation for the third game, which proved a good move.
Individually, Bryn Ferguson had four kills and two blocks, Kaitlyn Dreese five digs and six service points, and Chloe Benner four service points including two aces.
The JV fell in split sets, 2-1 (19-25, 25-11, 15-9).
The Huskies host Central Dauphin East Thursday.
West Branch 3, Mount Union 0
MORRISDALE – Two teams that were unbeaten in Inter-County Conference volleyball play met Tuesday, guaranteeing that only one would still be at the end of the night.
It wasn’t Mount Union – the Trojans fell to West Branch in straight sets, 25-14, 25-11 and 25-17.
“West Branch is always fundamentally sound,” Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick said. “There were no powerhouses offensively. I think they’re going to give us problems down the road.”
For the Trojans, Kristen Miles had 11 kills and four service points, including two aces. Liza Feagley had 14 assists. Brittany Brumbaugh contributed four kills while Abby Grove and Becca Sellers combined for six.
The JV match also went to West Branch, 25-14, 25-14.
Mount Union (6-3, 4-1) hosts Claysburg-Kimmel Thursday.
Mount Union 352, Bellwood-Antis 396
MOUNT UNION – Brady Goodling’s 85 led a trio of Mount Union golfers in the 80s as the Trojans wrapped up the Inter-County Conference slate with a win over Bellwood-Antis Tuesday at American Legion Country Club.
Ryan Varner and Zach Knable also stayed below 90.
“We’re kind of back where we like to be with three scores in the 80s,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “Ryan Varner really came around today.”
Bellwood-Antis’ Adam Osborn medaled with an 82.
Mount Union (8-1, 6-0) hosts East Juniata Friday.
HARRISBURG – Two games into Mifflin County’s Commonwealth Division volleyball match Monday, the Huskies were sitting on a hard-fought lead.
After the fourth set, the visitors were holding on for their lives.
With a 15-12 win in the fifth, Mifflin County said goodbye to the monkey on its back, winning for the first time this year, 3-2 over Central Dauphin East.
The Huskies came out strong, winning 25-20 in the opening set then 28-26 in a close second. Huskies’ coach Jill Zeger said the defense and passing were consistent, a force that drove the team. Then something happened.
“They played as individuals the third and fourth games. They were making little mistakes, missed serves. We were not as strong at the net,” Zeger said. “We pulled it together the fifth game.”
Kaitlyn Dreese had a big night for Mifflin County, garnering 32 assists, 12 service points and 10 digs. Shania Teenie had 11 service points, five of them aces. Jenna Snyder had 15 kills and Bryn Ferguson nine. Anna Aurand and Chloe Benner had nine digs apiece.
The Panthers won the JV game, 2-0 (25-20, 25-21).
Mifflin County (1-9, 1-6) travels to Red Land today.
HARRISBURG – Nate Koller fired a 77, leading Mifflin County to a fifth-place finish in the Mid-Penn golf championships Monday at Dauphin Highlands.
Koller, who finished five over par, tied for eighth overall, good enough to medal in the event.
“It’s one of his better days,” Mifflin County coach Kevin O’Donnell said.
In the team race, Chambersburg came in with the low round at 314. Hershey, Lower Dauphin and Central Dauphin were also top five teams. Carlisle’s J.D. Hughes, who has signed to play at Kent State, shot a 73 to win.
“Only nine teams ended up qualifying to compete in the team championship out of 27. To finish where did, I’m very pleased with that,” O’Donnell said.
The format for the event was four players only for each qualifying team. O’Donnell said the greens were fast but it was nice except for a cold wind for about half the round.
“The course was playing really well actually,” he said. It’s not a long course but it played long.”
The Huskies have an exhibition match today with State College but are next in competition in sectional play Oct. 1 at Sinking Valley. The top 10 individuals and top three teams advance to the district event.
Selinsgrove 333, Shikellamy 341, Williamsport 369, Midd-West 377, Mifflinburg 419, Loyalsock 432
WILLIAMSPORT – Selinsgrove had the low score for the day, but it was not enough to prevent Shikellamy from winning the Heartland Conference Division I golf title at Williamsport Country Club Monday.
It was the final round of the season for the six-team division.
Midd-West finished fourth in the match and fourth overall in the division. The Mustangs ended the season at 14-16. Aidan Edmiston had the low round for Midd-West Monday, an 83.
Chambersburg 1, Mifflin County 0
CHAMBERSBURG – Mifflin County fell short, dropping an offensive struggle 1-0 to Chambersburg in a Commonwealth Division field hockey game on Monday.
Sam Russell’s goal less than seven minutes in for Chambersburg held up the remainder of the contest.
The Mifflin County defense was good enough to hold Chambersburg scoreless all of the second half.
“We played with a defensive mindset. It was a dissapointing effort,” Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said.
The JV game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Mifflin County (4-5, 3-3) will be back in action Wednesday when it hosts Cedar Cliff at 4 p.m.
Mifflinburg 2, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West could not overcome McKenzie Noll’s goals, the first coming with just over 10 minutes left before halftime as Mifflinburg picked up a 2-0 Heartland Conference field hockey win Monday.
Mifflinburg took advantage of a 12-9 edge on shots with two goals being the difference.
Kaitlin Schell made 10 saves in the cage for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs will be in action next on Wednesday when they visit Warrior Run.
East Juniata 5, Upper Dauphin 0
COCOLAMUS – Jake Sankey had two goals and two assists to lead East Juniata past Upper Dauphin, 5-0, in a Tri-Valley League boys soccer game Monday.
“He had a real nice goal. All of our goals were pretty nice,” Tigers coach Don Troutman said.
Troutman said East Juniata also put a few off the posts.
Trevor Goodling added a goal and an assist in the winning effort, which moves the Tigers to 6-2-1, 5-0-1 in the league. East Juniata also won the JV game, 3-0.
Wednesday, the Tigers host rival Juniata fresh off a win over Greenwood, a potential spoiler game in the TVL hierarchy,
“For us I dont think it changes, but it changes a whole lot for them confidence-wise,” Troutman said. “We have to make sure we keep our focus.”
Mifflin County Christian 8, Centre County Christian 0
SHINDLE – Luke Todd had two goals and three assists as Mifflin County Christian blew past Centre County Christian 8-0 in a boys soccer game Monday.
Todd, Jon God and Addison North scored two goals apiece for the Eagles.
The Eagles struck in the first minute of the contest when Todd netted his first score and they didn’t stop.
Mifflin County Christian improves to 2-2-1 on the season and will take on Meadowbrook Christian Thursday at home.
Mifflin County Christian 3, Centre County Christian 0
SHINDLE – Julee Hoffman scored two goals for Mifflin County Christian Academy as it shut out Centre County Christian 3-0 on Monday in girls soccer.
Johanna Hoffman was perfect in goal for the Eagles, stopping all seven Centre County shots.
The Eagles improve to 2-1 on the season and will be on the field Thursday when they host Meadowbrook Christian.
Shikellamy 3, Midd-West 0
SUNBURY – Shikellamy made it a tough day for Midd-West Monday, as the Braves scored two in the second half to open a gap against the Mustangs, who fell 3-0 in their Heartland Conference girls soccer game.
Midd-West is back in action Wednesday at Selinsgrove.
Altoona 5, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN – Altoona took out Mifflin County in straight sets for a 5-0 shutout in non-league girls tennis Monday, a match in which only one Husky – No. 2 singles player Emily Hurlburt – put up any kind of a showing, dropping a 6-4, 6-2 match. The 6-4 was as close as anyone got against the Mountain Lions.
Mifflin County travels to Red Land Saturday for its final road match Wednesday.
* Mifflin County 2, Bald Eagle Area 2: Goals were by Caleb Purdy and Ross Cottrill; Thomas Remy had two assists.
* Mifflin County 4, Bald Eagle Area 1: Goals were by Rachelle Bohn (2), Katie Kline and Peyton Benner.
NEWVILLE – Darien Knudsen crossed the line ninth overall, setting the pace for Mifflin County, whose boys team finished seventh out of 20 entrants in the Class AAA race at the Ben Bloser Bulldog Invitational cross country meet Saturday at Big Spring.
Knudsen’s 17:18 time was a minute ahead of his nearest teammate, Josh Aultz. The boys stayed close as they finished the race, which was won by Dallastown.
“We’re a little bit inconsistent with the kids. They’re changing order every meet,” Huskies coach Greg Loht said. “We’re runing a tight pack but we don’t know whose going to be next.”
Amanda Hassinger ran a 22:14 to lead the Mifflin County girls; she joined Knudsen on the medal stand. The girls were 10th overall out of 18; Chambersburg was No. 1.
“I’m happy with how they both ran,” Loht said. “It’s the same course where we ran Mid-Penn last year and a couple of the girls are over a minute ahead of last year.”
Shane Sennett and Anthony Shifanio both medaled in the JV event.
Mifflin County travels to Chambersburg Tuesday, with Central Dauphin East.
Midd-West 2, Juniata 1 (OT)
MIDDLEBURG – Hannah Stauffer scored in overtime to propel Midd-West to a 2-1 overtime victory over Juniata in a non-league girls soccer game Saturday.
Stauffer broke the stalemate, which saw a pair of second-half goals, six minutes into the extra period. She found a rebound off Juniata’s keeper at the far post for the tally.
“We definitely needed the win. We’ve just got to get out of our up and down stage,” Mustangs coach Russ Goodling said.
Midd-West also won the JV game, 1-0.
The Mustangs (3-4) travel to Shikellamy today.
East Juniata 10, Line Mountain 1
MANDATA – Gabe Coder had a goal and three assists – two of the helpers to his brother Bailey – as East Juniata romped over Line Mountain, 10-1, in a Tri-Valley League boys soccer game Saturday.
Jake Sankey had two goals and two assists in the game, in which seven different players put the ball into the back of the net.
“We spread it around again,” East Juniata coach Don Troutman said. “It was a Gabe Coder to Bailey Coder day,” with both of those goals coming off corners.
East Juniata (5-2-1, 3-0-1) hosts Upper Dauphin today.
Central Dauphin 6, Mifflin County 1
HARRISBURG – Nate Smithers scored twice and assisted on two others as Central Dauphin topped Mifflin County, 6-1, in a Commonwealth Division boys soccer game Saturday.
Levi Sunderland had Mifflin County’s goal, an unassisted tally that was first in the net in the second half.
Mifflin County (0-9) will be back in Harrisburg to face Central Dauphin East Tuesday.
Greenwood 10, Fleetwood 2
Palmyra 9, Greenwood 0
PALMYRA – Greenwood’s field hockey team managed a split in Palmyra’s tournament Saturday, taking out Fleetwood 10-2 before being shut out by the unbeaten host.
In the opening game, Lauren Fried, Katie Barton and Morgan Kauffman each scored a pair of goals and Hattie Kuhns had two assists.
Greenwood travels to Newport Tuesday.
* Mifflin County 2, DuBois 0: Goals were by Jess Bickhart and Peyton Benner.
* DuBois 3, Mifflin County 1: Goal by Thomas Remy, assisted by Caleb Purdy.
LEWISTOWN – The final score may have read 4-1 in favor of visiting Chambersburg, but there’s no question Mifflin County could have won Friday’s Commonwealth Division tennis match.
Outside of a one-sided loss in the No. 1 spot to one of the top players in the division, the Huskies stayed close, especially in doubles.
“We could have won both those doubles,” Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle lamented.
Emily Hurlburt won in singles – that one ended up as the only match to go the home team’s way – but the third singles was a 6-4, 6-3 heartbeaker against Mifflin County’s Kate Hugendubler. Jessa Wright and Kate Arnold won their first doubles set, then took the second to 7-5 before bowing out. Mackenzie Roush and Joselyn Walters dropped their second set in the last doubles match on an 8-6 tiebreaker score.
Mifflin County (5-9) hosts Altoona Monday.
Juniata Mennonite 5,
Columbia County Christian 1
McALISTERVILLE – Tony Gehman and Nehemiah Courtney each scored twice with Gehman adding an assist on Courtney’s first tally as Juniata Mennonite put up a 5-1 victory over Columbia County Christian in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys soccer game Friday.
Gehman and Courtney teamed up to put the Lions on the board three minutes into the contest, although that proved to be the final goal before the break.
“We need to be able to possess the ball and we’re getting better at that,” Juniata Mennonite coach Kurt Wagner said. “With the overall play of our team we did that and we created a lot of opportunities” – just not always scoring chances, he said.
The good news, he said, is that if Juniata Mennonite follows through the second cycle with the same pattern of wins, it will be all but assured a berth in the ACAA tournament.
The Lions (7-2, 5-2) travel to Northumberland Christian Tuesday.
MILLERSBURG – Jeremy Pannebaker’s 79 led the Tri-Valley League field Thursday, something he’s done all season.
But the Tigers ended the afternoon a stroke behind Newport, which won the league’s golf outing at Lykens Valley, 360-361; host Millersburg (374) and Lancaster Country Day trailed.
“It was playing tough today,” East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said. “It was pretty dry. Scores overall were higher.”
The Tigers had one in the 80s, but the third- and fourth-best golfers in were high. That allowed Newport to stay close, creating a tie at the top of the league standings as the TVL heads into its finale at Lancaster Country Day.
“Unfortunately we’re playing a nine-hole match,” Zendt said of Wednesday’s match.
He expects a battle with the Buffaloes.
“We have been very close to them,” he said. “It’s been one or two strokes numerous times.”
East Juniata is 16-6-3 overall, 13-6-2 in the league.
Lewisburg 4, Midd-West 1
LEWISBURG – Tricia Martin put Midd-West on the board quickly in the first half of a Heartland Conference field hockey game against Lewisburg Thursday.
But the Mustangs, who could muster only three shots on goal in the contest, saw the lead evaporate when the Green Dragons scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half, and added two more before it was over.
Midd-West hosts Mifflinburg Monday.
Mifflin County 3, Central Dauphin East 1
HARRISBURG – Kezia Loht scored twice to lead Mifflin County’s field hockey team to its third victory this week, a 3-1 win over Central Dauphin East in a Commonwealth Division game Thursday.
Loht’s first tally came late in the opening half on a setup by Marissa Byler. Sarah Neff delivered the ball to Loht for her second, just minutes into the second half. Hannah Kerstetter made it 3-0 before another 20 seconds ticked away.
“It’s a pretty good week,” Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said. “I thought we came out in the second half, made some adjustments and it created a lot of opportunities.”
Mifflin County (5-5, 4-3) travels to Chambersburg Monday.
East Juniata 3, Newport 1
COCOLAMUS – The East Juniata field hockey team might have started the game a little bit slower than coach Billie Haines was comfortable with, but a 3-1 win at the end of the game put any worries to rest.
In the Tri-Valley League contest, Lydia Koser and Megan Yeager each scored for the Tigers in the first half, while Yeager connected again in the second to put the game away.
“We came out slow tonight which has been a problem of ours lately,” Haines said, explaining that Newport got a few chances in the second half that made her nervous – including a goal by Alyscia Smith at 16:21 – but Yeager’s second goal gave East Juniata the crucial 3-1 lead.
Steph Dressler was responsible for assisting both first-half goals, and Haines was pleased with what she saw from her.
“Steph had a really nice game and set up plays for both Lydia and Megan Yeager. They both played really well,” she said.
East Juniata (5-2, 3-0) will travel to Belleville Mennonite Monday for a non-league matchup.
Belleville Mennonite 3, Southern Huntingdon 0
THREE SPRINGS – Belleville Mennonite picked up its second field hockey win of the season Thursday, a 3-0 victory over Southern Huntingdon fueled by goals from three different players.
Tori Galloway scored the only goal the Thunder needed barely 10 minutes into the game. Leah Peachey and Tori Byler each scored in the first five minutes after the break.
“Leah Peachey really stood out in this game,” Thunder coach Morgan Foote said, especially for her fast breaks. But the coach saw room for improvement, too.
“It really wasn’t the type of game I was looking for,” she said. “We had a lot of little mistakes that cost us a lot of goals.”
Belleville Mennonite (2-4) hosts East Juniata Monday.
Midd-West 4, Milton 2
MILTON – Tyler Arbogast and Tanner Ebright each scored in the second half and had an assist to keep Midd-West ahead of Milton, as the Mustangs won their Heartland Conference boys soccer game Thursday, 4-2.
Midd-West’s Trevor Stuck scored the only first-half goal; Milton and Midd-West traded tallies to open the second-half scoring.
“It was very disappointing giving up two goals,” Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said. “On the positive side we showed more life and creativity on the attack in the second half.”
Midd-West (5-3, 3-2) hosts Selinsgrove Tuesday.
Emmanuel Baptist 1, Mifflin County Christian Academy 1
MECHANICSBURG – Mifflin County Christian Academy’s Luke Todd tallied a goal 13 minutes into the second half against Emmanuel Baptist Christian Academy Thursday to bring his team back from a 1-0 deficit, but neither team could break the tie during the remainder of the game, resulting in a final score of 1-1.
Jordan Crews had taken the lead early for Emmanuel Baptist, and the Eagles couldn’t even the score until Todd’s goal in the second half.
Eagles goalkeeper Brad Smith had four saves, while his team outshot Emmanuel Baptist 7-4 and collected 15 corner kicks to the home team’s two.
Mifflin County Christian Academy (1-2-1) will host Centre County Christian on Monday.
Carlisle 9, Mifflin County 1
CARLISLE – Mifflin County’s Haley Predix scored her team’s only goal, the lone highlight in a 9-1 loss to Carlisle in a Commonwealth Division girls soccer game Thursday.
The Huskies were in a difficult spot, having already been hit by the injury bug, when Mackenzie Bressler had to make her first start in goal for Sage Heckendorn-Fike, who was lost during the team’s State College match earlier in the week.
Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said while she was overmatched in her debut, there were other factors that led to his team’s struggles.
“(We’re) not winning balls again. We’re not hitting the right passes,” he said.
Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin Saturday.
Halifax 3, East Juniata 2
HALIFAX – Kristina Kelley’s hat trick was all Halifax needed to upend East Juniata 3-2 in a Tri-Valley League girls soccer game Thursday.
The Tigers were ahead 2-1 at the break, but Kelley put two more away in the second half.
Chambersburg 3, Mifflin County 0
CHAMBERSBURG – Mifflin County’s volleyball team showed signs of improvement despite the outcome on a trip to Chambersburg Thursday, with the home school winning the Commonwealth Division match, 3-0.
Huskies’ coach Jill Zeger said she was pleased with the defensive effort her team put forth.
“The girls did so much better. It was like a new team,” she said.
Zeger said the ball was moved consistently to the setter, and there was better communication on her side.
For the Huskies, Anna Aurand had three service points, including two aces, plus five kills. Kaitlyn Dreese had 11 assists and four service points. Bryn Ferguson had a pair of blocks.
Chambersburg won the JV game, 25-7, 25-5.
Mifflin County travels to Central Dauphin East Monday.
MIFFLINTOWN – In a whole-team effort, six different Indians put one in the net as the Juniata boys soccer team bulldozed Line Mountain 8-1 Wednesday.
In the Tri-Valley League contest, Line Mountain’s only goal was scored by Kaleb Portzline on a penalty kick while Juniata took the first-half lead when goals from Richard Heck and Nick Gilbert put the Indians up 2-1.
In the second, Juniata really put the game away when two goals from Wyatt Brackbill – he and Gilbert were the only Indians to score more than once – and one a piece from Brand Brackbill, Gilbert, Luis Pacheco and Chase Goodwin completed the offensive onslaught.
Brand Brackbill, Heck, Jose Lopez and Jefry Galeas all had assists as Juniata outshot Line Mountain 13-1.
Juniata travels to Greenwood Saturday.
East Juniata 7, Halifax 1
HALIFAX – Defender Bailey Coder made it up for a goal during a corner kick and four of his teammates also scored Wednesday as the East Juniata boys soccer team defeated Tri-Valley League opponent Halifax 7-1.
Dalton Shipp, who recorded two goals in the contest, got the Tigers started less than five minutes into the game when he took a Dalton Smith assist for the 1-0 lead. From there, Halifax was only able to muster one goal as the Tigers put up two more in the first half and four in the second.
“I thought we played pretty well both in the first half and in the second half,” East Juniata coach Don Troutman said.
In addition to his assists, Smith also had two goals of his own, Jake Sankey and Gabe Coder each contributed one and Trevor Goodling collected an assist.
East Juniata (4-2-1, 3-0-1) travels to Line Mountain Saturday.
Greenwood 4, Millersburg 0
MILLERSTOWN – The Wildcats might not have demonstrated the intensity or skill coach Tom Magill wanted to see, but the Greenwood boys soccer team still managed the 4-0 shutout win over Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg Wednesday.
“First half was just like a comedy of errors on our part,” Magill said of the trapping and passing errors the Wildcats had in the first half as they only managed to net one of their goals before the break off a Seth Ferguson shot with 4:33 left in the half.
In the second, Tyler Fegley, Kevin Sheaffer and Hunter Roth all pulled together to put up the rest of the Wildcats’ goals for the win.
“The expectation was we should have played better, but to give the Millersburg team credit, they played hard,” Magill said.
The Wildcats (5-1-1, 4-0-1) will host TVL opponent Juniata Saturday.
Mount Union 3, Southern Fulton 1
WARFORDSBURG – Mount Union had a service game that was hard to beat Wednesday, and it resulted in a 3-1 win for the Trojans over non-conference opponent Southern Fulton.
“It was definitely the biggest factor in the first and fourth games,” Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick said of her team’s service game, which included a 16-ace performance from Abby Grove.
Grove, who collected 10 of her aces in the stanza, led the team to a 25-14 win in the fourth game for the 3-1 win.
The Trojans held Southern Fulton to 10, 18 and 14 points in the first, second and fourth games respectively, but were handed a 25-23 loss in the third set.
“The third game we kind of fell asleep and thought we were going home,” McCormick said.
But with the rally in the fourth game, Mount Union improved its record to 5-2 and will host Fannett-Metal Monday.
Mifflin County 5, Cedar Cliff 0
CAMP HILL – Mifflin County picked up a decisive win on the tennis courts Wednesday when the Huskies shut out Cedar Cliff 5-0 in Mid-Penn Conference action.
Alana Felton kicked it off for the Huskies from the No. 1 singles spot when she dropped Aneesha Maini 6-0, 6-1 and teammate Emily Hurlburt also defeated her opponent Sammy Wilson in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
Kate Hugendubler rounded out the singles with her win over Jackie Bolton which ultimately came down to a 10-8 tiebreaker, while Jessa Wright and Kate Arnold defeated Cecelia Hawkins and Becca Riley 6-0, 6-0 and Mackenzie Roush and Joselyn Walters picked up a doubles win over Elizabeth Conrad and Abby Macbeth, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.
The Huskies (5-8, 4-7) host Chambersburg Friday.
9th grade football: Mifflin County 33, Carlisle 14. Malik Sechler ran in Mifflin County’s first two touchdowns and Drew Williams ran in the two-point conversion on the second one. Cole Middaugh then returned an interception all the way, Williams caught a pass from Corey Reigle for the fourth touchdown and Aaron Smith ran in the last one which included a kick from Middaugh for the extra point.
Mifflin County (3-1) travels to Harrisburg Sept. 25.
From staff reports
MILLERSTOWN -Katie Barton scored four goals and Mallory Fortenbaugh three as Greenwood stifled Belleville Mennonite, 10-0, in a non-league field hockey game Tuesday.
Fortenbaugh added four helpers in the game as well. Hattie Kuhns tallied one and assisted four others as the Wildcats built a 7-0 halftime lead and cruised. Belleville Mennonite was unable to get a shot or a penalty corner in the contest.
Despite the struggle, Thunder coach Morgan Foote was pleased with how well her small squad held up against an opponent that clearly overmatched the visitors.
“We played a pretty good game,” she said. “They have a million girls on their team and we have 13. I felt we held up pretty well actually.”
Greenwood coach Kent Houser said he was impressed with the way Belleville Mennonite stayed with it.
“I thought their goalie played pretty well. I thought their kids tried,” he said.
The Thunder (1-4) travels to Southern Huntingdon Thursday. Greenwood (4-2) hosts Line Mountain the same day.
East Juniata 3, Lancaster Country Day 1
COCOLAMUS – Three first-half goals – two by Steph Dressler – held up for East Juniata, which snapped its brief two-game losing streak with a 3-1 Tri-Valley League field hockey win over Lancaster Country Day Tuesday.
Tiger coach Billie Haines said she changed the positions of several players to try and generate more offense.
“Even though I moved Steph to a more defensive position she did a great job creating opportunities for herself to score,” East Juniata coach she said. “With this line up we were able to pass the ball better, utilizing more of our players.”
East Juniata (4-2, 2-0) travels to Newport Thursday.
Shikellamy 2, Midd-West 1 (OT)
SHIKELLAMY – A rematch of a District 4 tournament game from a year ago had a similar outcome, as Shikellamy edged Midd-West, 2-1, in a Heartland Conference field hockey game Tuesday.
There wasn’t much rivalry from a year ago – “It was pretty low key, actually,” Midd-West coach Mandi Romig said – but there also wasn’t much production by the Mustangs in the second half.
“We only had one penalty corner and they earned a lot,” Romig said. “I felt like we were holding on the entire second half.”
The Mustangs held the lead for most of 50 minutes before Shikellamy’s Jade Cox scored the equalizer with 90 seconds to play. The game winner came 4:30 into overtime.
The JV game ended in a scoreless tie.
Midd-West (1-5, 1-2) travels to Lewisburg Thursday.
Boys: Cumberland Valley 20, Mifflin County 44; Carlisle 18, Mifflin County 49
Girls: Cumberland Valley 16, Mifflin County 46; Carlisle 15, Mifflin County 48
MECHANICSBURG – Darien Knudsen’s fourth-place overall finish was the high point of the day Tuesday for Mifflin County, which saw its boys and girls cross country teams dropped Commonwealth Division decisions to Carlisle and host Cumberland Valley.
Knudsen ran a 17:15, but the next closest teammate to cross was 17th overall.
Mifflin County coach Greg Loht said he knew Carlisle – led by Zach Brown, the state champ in the 800 in track last spring – would me hard to get by. But he thought there would be a better chance against the Eagles.
“It was a tactical race up front,” he said. “We were packed in nice, but we just went too slow.”
It was the opposite for the girls; Cumberland Valley was top five in this sport a year ago. Four of the Huskies finished in the top 20, led by Maggie Wilson, who was 10th.
“I was actually happy with the girls,” Loht said. “They went right out and got a lot of PRs. They ran hard.”
Mifflin County (Boys: 2-3, 1-3; Girls: 3-2, 2-2) travel to Big Springs for the Ben Bloser Invitational Saturday.
Boys: Mount Union 26, West Branch 30; Southern Fulton 24, Mount Union 34
Girls: West Branch 17, Mount Union 38; Southern Fulton 15, Mount Union 49
MOUNT UNION – A trio of runners finishing in the top 10 helped Mount Union to a non-league boys cross country win over West Branch Tuesday.
But the Trojans did not fare so well against the West Branch girls, and league opponent Southern Fulton swept the races.
“We were able to pull out that West Branch meet when our No. 4 and 5 runners were able to slip in there and do some damage,” Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said. “Southern Fulton is a tough one.”
The Mount Union boys are now 4-1 overall while the girls are 1-4. The losses to Southern Fulton represent the Inter-County Conference opener for both.
The Trojans host Juniata Valley Sept. 24.
Northern 3, Mifflin County 2
LEWISTOWN – Two of Mifflin County’s three singles players kept the Huskies in contention, but Northern proved just a little too much on the tennis court Tuesday afternoon, winning the Mid-Penn match, 3-2.
Both No. 2 Emily Hurlburt and No. 3 Kate Hugendubler won second sets and pushed their opponents to the limit in the first and third, but neither was able to carry a win out of the day. Hurlburt fell 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; it was 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 for Hugendubler.
“They were really good matches. They were matched very well,” Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said. “The key was who was going to be the most consistent.”
Mifflin County travels to Cedar Cliff today.
East Juniata 6, Upper Dauphin 0
COCOLAMUS – McKayla Goodling and Amber Knouse each scored twice as East Juniata blanked Upper Dauphin, 6-0, in a Tri-Valley League girls soccer game Tuesday.
Knouse added a pair of assists to lift the Tigers, who host Line Mountain Thursday.
State College 7, Mifflin County 1
STATE COLLEGE – Haley Crawford and Victoria Crawford each scored twice to lead State College past Mifflin County, 7-1, in a Commonwelath Division girls soccer game Tuesday.
Victoria assisted Haley on the first tally of the game, barely two and a half minutes in. It was 4-0 at the half and all of the Little Lions’ goals were on thebooks when the Huskies put one in the net with two minutes left in the game.
Mifflin County travels to Carlisle Thursday.
Juniata Mennonite 8, Walnut Street Christian 0
JERSEY SHORE – Juniata Mennonite fired the ball at the goal only nine times against Walnut Street Christian Tuesday.
Six of those went in. Add two more scored as own goals, and it’s an 8-0 rout by the Lions in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys soccer game.
Adrian Martin had a hat trick in the contest. Nehemiah Courtney had a goal and an assist.
Northumberland Christian 4, Mifflin County Christian 2
SHINDLE – Jon God scored twice in a span of six minutes, but was playing catch up with both, which led to Mifflin County Christian Academy’s 4-2 loss in boys soccer to Northumberland Christian Tuesday.
Northumberland Christian, unbeaten abd the top boys team in its league, scored twice in the first half but was closed to a one-goal lead when God found the back of the net 16 minutes after the break. He and Andrew Groninger, who scored twice, traded goals a minute apart after the 60th minute of play. But that was as close as the Eagles came.
“For some reason, we had a tough game tonight. Our minds just were not in the game,” Mifflin County Christian coach Craig Todd said. “A few injuries did not help, but overall just kind of an off night. Hopefully we will bounce back for Thursday’s game.”
Mifflin County Christian (1-2) travels to Emmanuel Baptist that day.
Lewisburg 2, Midd-West 0
LEWISBURG – Unbeaten Lewisburg stayed that way as the Green Dragon boys scored twice in the second half to get by Midd-West in a Heartland Conference boys soccer game Tuesday.
Midd-West (4-3, 2-2) travels to Milton Thursday.
Cumberland Valley 3, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN – Cumberland Valley swept Mifflin County in Commonwealth Division volleyball Tuesday, a loss coach Jill Zeger said could be attributed at least in part to lack of effort.
“We lost because my girls did not show up to play tonight,” she said, especially compared to the the division’s No. 2 team, State College. “I felt like State College gave us a more impressive show.”
Chloe Benner led the Huskies in digs and Jenna Snyder in kills.
The Eagles also won the JV match in straight sets, 25-11 and 25-17.
Zeger heads home Thursday as Mifflin County plays her alma mater, Chambersburg.
East Juniata 354, Newport 361, Millersburg 361, Lancaster Country Day 363
OAKLAND MILLS – Jeremy Pannebaker stayed in the 70s as East Juniata hosted the Tri-Valley League golf contingent to Lost Creek Tuesday, but coach Mike Zendt said the Tigers can credit their win more to Justin Mingle and Grant Leonard, who came in behind him with scores in the 80s.
It was still a difficult day, he said, as his team had an eight and a nine individually on holes.
“We’re just blowing up on some holes,” he said. “That’s more what got us today than slow greens or anything else like that.”
East Juniata (14-5-3, 11-5-2) plays Thursday at Millersburg’s home course, Lykens Valley.
Mount Union 362, Huntingdon 444
MOUNT UNION – Zach Knable shot an 83 to lead Mount Union in a 362-444 non-league golf win over Huntingdon Tuesday.
Knable was the only Trojan to stay below 90 in the match on their home course, the American Legion Country Club.
“Anytime you beat your rival you’ve got to be happy but we actually shot better away from home yesterday,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus observed.
Mount Union (7-1) hosts Bellwood-Antis Sept. 24.
Shikellamy 331, Selinsgrove 340, Midd-West 356, Williamsport 371, Loyalsock 419, Mifflinburg 425
MIDDLEBURG – Ascher Marks and Aidan Edmiston each carded 85s to lead Midd-West, but the Mustangs could do no better than third Tuesday as the the Heartland Conference visited Shade Mountain.
It’s one of two matches played there; Mifflinburg, which finished last, actually was the home team.
Midd-West (12-13) is fourth in the overall standings but cut its deficit against 14-11 Williamsport.
* Williamsport 24, Mifflin County 14: Touchdowns by Noah Wright and Wyatt Henry. Brock Capouillez had a two-point conversion.
* Altoona 4, Mifflin Coounty 3: Goals by Thomas Remy, Tanner Hepner, Sean Page; Ross Cottrill two assists.
From staff reports
WINGATE – Andrew Miller scored twice and had an assist to lead Belleville Mennonite to a 3-1 win over Bald Eagle Area in boys soccer Monday.
The win marks a bit of a turnaround for the Thunder, who still need a win to hit the .500 mark. Also in the game, Noah Anders made his return to the lineup, assisting on Miller’s second goal. He’s a welcome site, coach Brian Renno said.
“It’s a huge difference. He’s a hard worker,” he said. “I think he set the standard in the second half when we needed somebody.”
The game left Miller on the cusp of a personal achievement – he’s one goal away from becoming the first 100-goal scorer in Belleville Mennonite history.
“I just told him here when we got back to the school, ‘Let’s just take care of it,'” Renno said. “I think he was pressing a little bit hard tonight.”
He won’t have a chance until Sept. 24, when the Thunder (2-3-1) host Grace Prep.
Upper Dauphin 0
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood’s home debut in boys soccer was a win, but not without the same struggle that has plagued the Wildcats this season – getting the ball to enter the goal.
Tyler Fegley and Seth Ferguson each scored in the 2-0 Tri-Valley League victory over Upper Dauphin.
“It’s still a little frustrating that we haven’t put more balls in the net,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said, noting that his team was strong on defense.
“I thought we played better in the second half,” he said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the net.”
Greenwood (4-1-1, 3-0-1) hosts Millersburg Wednesday.
Juniata Mennonite 4, Sunbury Christian 1
McALISTERVILLE – Tony Gehman scored the third and fourth goals, both unassisted, as Juniata Mennonite picked up a 4-1 win over Sunbury Christian in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys soccer game Monday.
Sunbury got on the scoreboard only after it was 4-0 in favor of the Lions.
“Possession play in the midfield was really a step above tonight from where we’ve played so far this season,” Juniata Mennonite coach Kurt Wagner said. “Also, our defense and central midfielders had a great defensive game. Our outside midfielders and forwards made some more creative runs which helped to open up the game on the offensive third.”
In the second half, the Lions’ Jacob Metz made a save on a penalty kick that resulted from a hand ball in the box.
Midd-West 3, Milton 0
MIDDLEBURG – Kenedi Moyer scored fewer than three minutes into the second half, and the Midd-West girls took off after the break in a 3-0 Heartland Conference girls soccer win over Milton Monday.
Although the Mustangs didn’t score again until the clock was inside 10 minutes, coach Russ Goodling said he got the output he wanted from his team on both sides of the ball.
“They were asked to step it up and work hard and they did it for 80 minutes tonight,” he said. “The defense worked a lot better.”
Midd-West also won the JV game, 5-0.
The Mustange (2-3, 1-2) host Shikellamy Wednesday.
Lewisburg 2, East Juniata 1 (OT)
LEWISBURG – After a huge win over a tough league rival, East Juniata has struggled in field hockey.
Monday, it was a tough afternoon against Lewisburg, a team the Tigers could see in the District 4 tournament. East Juniata gave up the first goal, tied the game, then fell 2-1 in overtime.
Stephanie Dressler had the Tigers’ only goal, on a feed from Makenzie Bishop, in the latter stages of the second half. Haley Stanko scored the game winner for the Green Dragons with 6:23 left in the extra period.
“This was a tough loss. We didn’t show up to play hockey the first half and then we played catch up the rest of the game,” East Juniata coach Billie Haines said. “The second half we definitely played better.
“We did get a chance in overtime but again, we played too much defense and not enough offense.”
East Juniata (3-2) gets back into the league schedule today, hosting Lancaster Country Day.
Everett 357, Mount Union 359, Northern Bedford 382, Bellwood-Antis 391
EVERETT – The home team had a two stroke edge, and thus pushed to second the Inter-County Conference’s regular-season champion in the ICC golf championship Monday.
The match was played at Down River, and Everett, which calls the links home, shot a 357 to slip ahead of Mount Union’s 359.
“They shot pretty well and we shot OK,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “We’re really a two in the 80s and two in the 90s golf team on average and that’s what we came in with today.”
Brady Goodling was low for the Trojans at 84.
Mount Union is back on the home course today against Huntingdon.
Cumberland Valley 396, Mechanicsburg 427, Red Land 446, Cedar Cliff 463, Northern 463, Mifflin County 478, Carlisle 510
CARLISLE – Mifflin County’s Matt Short was the only Husky golfer to card less than 90 as Mifflin County struggled at Carlisle Country Club Monday in a Commonwealth Division match hosted by Mechanicsburg.
Cumberland Valley, led by medalist Evan Overcash with 74, had all five of its scorers below 90 to win the match – in fact, the Eagles were the only team below 400.
Unlike recent matches, this one wasn’t a tight race – the Huskies were 15 strokes off the fifth-place team.
Mifflin County (12-30 Mid-Penn) wrap up at the league tournament Sept. 23.
Cumberland Valley 5, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN – It was a struggle for the Huskies on the tennis court Monday, as the Mifflin County girls lost their Commonwealth Division match to Cumberland Valley, 5-0.
Huskies coach Glenn Kyle said the team continues to improve -that if the girls played the first two matches like the most recent, they would have a much better record.
“They’ve gotten better,” he said.
Today, the Huskies host Northern in a makeup match.
From staff reports
HALIFAX – Barely more than 12 hours after playing a double-overtime tie at East Juniata, Greenwood’s boys soccer team was on the road again for a Saturday morning tilt against Halifax.
The Wildcats built an early lead, which proved necessary – Halifax scored twice in the second to make a game of it before Greenwood made it a 4-2 final in the Tri-Valley League contest.
“Halifax is a decent team – they’re young,” said Greenwood coach Tom Magill, who said his squad basically backed off once it had a 3-0 lead – and missed plenty of opportunities.
“We missed some ‘how can you not score’ kind of things,” Magill said. “We don’t get intense at moments where we need to get intense.”
Tyler Fegley scored twice in the win and Hunter Wirth had a goal and an assist. Seth Ferguson had a pair of helpers.
Greenwood (3-1-1, 2-0-1) hosts Upper Dauphin today.
Juniata 2, Millersburg 1
MILLERSBURG – Jose Lopez scored one goal and helped on another as the Juniata boys moved back to .500 with a Tri-Valley League soccer win over Millersburg Saturday, 2-1.
The Indians scored both of their goals in the first half. Millersburg found success on one of its two shots on goal, in the 49th minute of play, but that was it.
Juniata (2-2-1) hosts Line Mountain Wednesday.
Belleville Mennonite 2, Huntingdon 2 (OT)
BELLEVILLE – A trip in the box with fewer than three minutes to play gave Huntingdon the opportunity it needed to even the score, and Belleville Mennonite couldn’t change that in two overtime periods, leading to a 2-2 tie.
“The final five minutes we were unorganized and that’s what resulted in the PK,” Belleville Mennonite coach Brian Renno explained. “Finalize that one clear and get possession back and we’d be home free.”
After Huntingdon got the first score, Andrew Miller tickled the twine twice – once in each period – to give the Thunder a lead late in the second half.
“The first goal was a defensive breakdown,” Renno said.
Belleville Mennonite (1-3-1) travels to Bald Eagle Area today.
Penn Manor 5, East Juniata 0
MILLERSVILLE – Rachel Suter had two goals and three assists as East Juniata’s success streak came to an end Saturday in a non-league loss to Penn Manor.
It was a reunion, of sorts – Penn Manor coach Matt Soto used to tackle the Tigers when he was at Middleburg in the 1990s.
In an example of how potent the Penn Manor offense is, East Juniata goalie Lydia Strawser repelled 18 shots, more than triple the number that got past her.
East Juniata (3-1) heads to Lewisburg today.
MIFFLINTOWN – After a tough league loss the day before, Juniata girls soccer coach Brian Strawser said he wanted something good to come from Friday’s non-league matchup against Selinsgrove.
It wasn’t the score – the Seals had the edge there, 1-0 – but that was the only part of the game the Indians lost. Strawser said it could have been a long day if the team let the previous say take them down.
“The way the girls came out tonight, it was a completely different story,” he said.
Juniata led in shots, had more corner kicks – the Indians just ran into obstacles. The hit the crossbar, the posts – just not the next.
“There’s times it’s just better to be lucky than good,” Strawser said.
Juniata (3-2) hosts Lancaster Country Day Thursday.
Central Dauphin 5,
Mifflin County 0
HARRISBURG – Central Dauphin was able to cash in its chances Friday, making the difference in a 5-0 Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division field hockey victory over Mifflin County.
The Rams and Huskies each had five penalty corners, but execution played a big role in the outcome.
“We had some nice passing combinations, but our marking tonight really hurt us,” Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said. “By not marking and cutting to the ball as much, it really put us back on our heels a bit and let to us giving them a lot of opportunities.”
Jordan Myers stopped 11 shots in goal for the Huskies (2-5, 2-3).
The JV game ended in a scoreless tie.
Mifflin County hosts Line Mountain on Monday.
Forbes Road 5,
Belleville Mennonite 0
BELLEVILLE – Despite the Thunder’s best efforts, Belleville Mennonite couldn’t hold off the relentless offensive pressure of Forbes Road Friday in a 5-0 field hockey loss.
The Cardinals tallied 23 shots on the Belleville cage and earned 11 corners. But even though the home team spent most of the game on its own side of the field, Thunder coach Morgan Foote was pleased with her girls’ effort.
“I was actually very impressed with our girls,” Foote said. “They really played well for it to be such a tough game on defense. Last year, this team beat (us) 16-0, so that’s a tremendous improvement it my eyes.”
Belleville Mennonite (1-3) is at Greenwood at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
DUNCANSVILLE – With the score at 3-1 in Mifflin County Christian’s favor at the half, if looked as if the Eagles were going to pick up their first win of the season.
By the end of the game, the 8-2 score put away any doubts.
The Eagles’ Tori Moon – who finished with a hat trick – scored within the first minute of play while Ashlyn Ort and Emma Todd collected two goals apiece and Julee Hoffman contributed one.
On the defensive end, Johanna Hoffman came up with five saves.
The Eagles (1-1) are idle through the week of the 16th.
Halifax 3, Juniata 1
MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata girls were outhustled and outplayed by Halifax Thursday, and it resulted in a 3-1 loss – the first of the season for the Indians.
In the Tri-Valley League contest, the Wildcats scored all three of their goals in the first half before Juniata’s Janelle Swartz put one in for the Indians with 34:50 left to play.
“We’re not going to beat too many teams with the energy level that we played at in the first half,” Juniata coach Brian Strawser said.
Strawser further explained that after the Wildcats scored their first goal, he hoped his team would start applying more pressure, but it didn’t kick in until the second half.
Juniata (3-1, 3-1) travels to Selinsgrove today for a non-league matchup.
East Juniata 5, Line Mountain 0
COCOLAMUS – Kasi Horning and Hannah Scholl chipped in for two goals apiece Thursday as the East Juniata girls soccer team blanked Line Mountain 5-0 Thursday.
In the contest, McKayla Goodling buried one for the Tigers’ five total goals, while her two assists and Scholl’s one kept East Juniata rolling to the Tri-Valley League victory.
Every East Juniata goal was scored in the first half, while keeper Lydia Hunter saved all three of Line Mountain’s shots to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard all night.
East Juniata hosts Upper Dauphin Tuesday.
Chambersburg 6, Mifflin County 0
CHAMBERSBURG – The Huskies failed to tally a goal Thursday against Commonwealth Division opponent Chambersburg, as a 6-0 shutout ended in the Trojans’ favor.
Matt Porter had two goals and an assist, while every other Chambersburg goal was scored by a different athlete.
Trevor Middaugh had 10 saves for the Huskies.
Mifflin County hosts State College Tuesday.
Blair County Christian 4, Mifflin County Christian Academy 0
DUNCANSVILLE – The Mifflin County Christian Academy boys soccer team took its first loss of the season Thursday when Blair County Christian blanked the Eagles 4-0.
Casey Winters and Gary Nixon put Blair County up 2-0 at the half, then another goal by Nixon and a Tahir Williams tally put the game away at 4-0.
Brad Smith had 10 saves for the Eagles as his team was outshot by Blair County 18-6.
The Eagles (1-1) host Northumberland Tuesday.
Midd-West 1, Williamsport 0
WILLIAMSPORT – The Midd-West boys soccer team might not have been as efficient as coach Chris Sauer wanted to see, but the Mustangs were at least efficient enough to pull out the 1-0 win over Heartland Conference opponent Williamsport Thursday.
With 12:31 left in the contest, the Mustangs scored the only goal they would need when Trevor Stuck brought the ball up the middle and made a nice pass to Andrew Sassaman on the left, who buried the shot for the 1-0 lead.
“We had a borderline ridiculous amount of chances leading up to that,” Sauer said, whose team outshot the Millionaires 20-2 in the contest.
“We’re in a little bit of a rut right now not being able to finish, and hopefully we’ll work out of it,” Sauer continued.
Midd-West (4-2, 2-1) travels to Lewisburg Tuesday.
State College 3, Mifflin County 0
STATE COLLEGE – Going into the gym of one of the strongest volleyball teams in the midstate is tough. Getting out with at least a measure of success is probably all Mifflin County could have hoped for in the 3-0 loss to the Little Lions.
“We had some smaller goals of what we could control,” Huskies coach Jill Zeger said. “I thought they did a fantastic job.”
Leading the team statistically was Chloe Benner with seven digs and a kill.
“She did a phenomenal job in the back row. She really kept the team mobilized,” Zeger said.
Bryn Ferguson added two kills and two blocks; Anna Aurand and Kaitlyn Dreese each had four service points. Dreese also had a kill and a pair of assists.
State College won the JV match, 2-0.
Mifflin County (0-6, 0-3) hosts Carlisle Monday.
Mount Union 3, Williamsburg 0
MOUNT UNION – Mount Union’s volleyball season hasn’t been without its disappointments this season, but at least in terms of Inter-County Conference competition, the Trojans have yet to take a loss.
Thursday, that trend continued with a 3-0 shutout of ICC foe Williamsburg.
In the past the Trojans struggled with their passing, but coach Tessa McCormick said Thursday the struggle was with serving.
Regardless, Brya Crawley came out with seven kills and Ashley Foor and Abby Grove finished with nine and four service points, respectively, as the Trojans won their sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17.
Mount Union (3-3, 3-0) travels to the St. Francis Invitational Saturday.
Boys: Mount Union 24, Philipsburg-Osceola 31
Girls: Philipsburg-Osceola 26, Mount Union 31
PHILIPSBURG – Jake Boozel led a trio of Mount Union runners across the line as the Trojan boys won their non-league cross country meet against Philipsburg-Osceola Thursday, 24-31.
The girls, packed together but in the middle of the top 10, fell 26-31.
“Having my top three boys finish 1-2-3 really set the tone,” Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said. But the Mounties did the same thing in the girls race.
“It hurt us (to give) 1-2-3 to Philipsburg-Osceola,” Wydock said. “The girls ran well. We just didn’t get the place.”
Mount Union (Boys: 3-0; Girls: 1-2) hosts Southern Fulton Tuesday.
Greenwood 11, Lancaster Country Day 0
MILLERSTOWN – Kelsey Keener had a hat trick and an assist and teammate Mackenzie Drew had a hat trick plus one more goal as the Greenwood field hockey team put any concerns about its offense to rest Thursday with a 11-0 rout of Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day.
“We really worked yesterday on our offense, and it was much better tonight. I thought we moved well and we had people in the right places,” said Greenwood coach Kent Houser, who explained that he had wanted to see higher offensive output in the Wildcats’ earlier games.
Also connecting for the Wildcats was Mallory Fortenbaugh with a goal and two assists, Katie Barton with two goals and an assist, Jordan Burkepile with one goal, Eve Lesperence with one assist and Hattie Kuhns with three assists.
Greenwood (3-2, 1-1) hosts Belleville Mennonite Tuesday.
Boys soccer: Mount Nittany 6, Mifflin County 0.
CARLISLE – Kezia Loht scored twice and had an assist, the top offensive performer for Mifflin County in its second Mid-Penn Conference field hockey win of the season, a 4-1 decision over Commonwealth Division opponent Carlisle.
Hannah Kerstetter scored the first goal for the Huskies and Loht came next, guaranteeing Mifflin County would never trail in the contest. The Thundering Herd made it a 2-1 game before Loht tallied again.
Sarah Neff, who had a helper on the first goal, had the only score in the second, with Loht behind her. Grace Wagner had two assists in the game.
“It was good to get a win. The players continue to work hard,” Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said.
The varsity game was cut short by a couple minutes due to lightning, but the JV game was played. In that one, Marina Smith and Emma Aumiller teamed up for a game winner in a 2-1 outcome with six second left to play.
Mifflin County (2-4, 2-2) travels to Central Dauphin Friday.
Juniata 2, Halifax 1
MIFFLINTOWN – Brennan Paden scored with fewer than four minutes left on the second-half clock to lift Juniata to a 2-1 win over Halifax in a Tri-Valley League boys soccer game Wednesday.
Paden took a delivery from Brand Brackbill for the game winner, the only goal of the second half. Chantz Imes scored the first one for Juniata, which tied the game after Halifax got the first on an own goal.
Juniata (1-2-1) travels to Belleville Mennonite Thursday.
8th grade football
* Mifflin County 14, Hollidaysburg 0. Touchdowns by Cole Baker and Bryson Phillips. Mifflin County (1-1) travels to DuBois Sept. 19.
MILTON – After going 0-3 to start the season, the Midd-West field hockey team was busy searching for a winning combination.
Tuesday, the Mustangs found it in the form of Abby Miller.
Playing her first game at forward after coach Mandi Romig moved her up from the midfield, Miller caged three goals in just under 10 minutes in the second half to give the Mustangs a 3-0 lead against Heartland Conference opponent Milton. Miller then tacked on another goal after teammate Adrienne Gesselman scored one of her own for the 5-0 rout.
“We thought she could give us a little more speed and offensive pressure, and she came through,” Romig said of Miller.
Tricia Martin and Miller were a tough team to beat, as Martin picked up assists for two of Miller’s goals. Jess Whitesel, McKenna Beck and Shelby Shrawder also recorded assists for the Mustangs.
“We needed this one. The first half we had lots of opportunities but we just couldn’t connect,” Romig said. But after the half, she said, the team rallied to pull out the win.
Midd-West (1-3, 1-1) hosts Danville Thursday.
Belleville Mennonite 0
BELLEVILLE – Small numbers on a hot day and an inability to bury the ball kept Belleville Mennonite off the scoreboard in its field hockey game against Huntingdon Tuesday.
The Bearcats got the best of Belleville Mennonite in a 2-0 game, with both goals coming in the first half.
The Thunder weren’t without chances, they just weren’t finishing them – Belleville Mennonite had similar totals of shots and corners.
“We got down there into the circle, we just couldn’t finish our shots,” Thunder coach Morgan Foote said. In the second, she said, “They really picked it up. It was really our better part of the game.”
Belleville Mennonite (1-2) hosts Forbes Road Thursday.
Girls: Mifflin County 20, State College 37; Boys: State 26, Mifflin County 30
REEDSVILLE – Amanda Hassinger and Darien Knudsen each won their respective races, but it was the Mifflin County girls who had the bigger day Tuesday, running past State College 20-37 in a Commonwealth Division cross country meet.
The boys struggled against the Little Lions, who won 26-30.
Hassinger set the pace for a squad that put four of the first five runners across the line, giving only the third spot to State College.
“Amanda was patient and ran her down,” Huskies coach Greg Loht said. “Darien has been running well. It was nice for him to pick up a win tonight.”
In this case, his second in a row.
It was a tough day to run, Loht said.
“The kids are out in the sun for three miles. It was like a convection oven,” he said. “The kids ran gutsy – they went after State College.”
Mifflin County (Boys: 2-1, 1-1; Girls: 3-0, 2-0) travels to Cumberland Valley Tuesday, along with Carlisle.
Mount Union 343, Everett 371, Northern Bedford 408
EVERETT – The Mount Union golf team proved once again why it’s the team to beat in the Inter-County Conference when a first-place finish (343) against Everett (371) and Northern Bedford (408) Tuesday clinched the Trojans’ fifth conference title in six years.
“I’m real proud of the guys. They came to play against two conference opponents in the heat, but they came focused and I’m proud of the scores they got,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus.
The most notable score for Mount Union was Brady Goodling’s 80 to medal, but Hunter and Andrew Atherton also landed in the 80s and Zac Knable followed close behind with a 92.
“I was real proud that the two Athertons really came through for us today. I could see it coming. They’ve been playing real well in practice,” Fiscus said, further explaining that it was great to see Goodling get back on track with his low score and he was proud of the way Knable helped the team reach the win.
Mount Union (6-1, 5-0) will compete in the ICC tournament Monday at Down River Golf Course.
Cumberland Valley 384, Mechanicsburg 400, Carlisle 409, Cedar Cliff 432, Mifflin County 433, Northern 436, Red Land 440
DILLSBURG – J.D. Hughes of Carlisle shot a 66 to medal, Cumberland Valley remained unbeaten and Mifflin County’s Marc Auker led the Huskies, who were fifth out of seven as the Commonwealth Division hit the links at Range End Golf Club in a Mid-Penn Match hosted by Northern York.
The host Polar Bears ended a spot behind the Huskies, who shot a combined 433. Four of the five scorers from Mifflin County were under 90; Auker carded 81 to lead the pack.
Mifflin County is 11-25 overall in the conference after going 2-4 Tuesday. The Huskies travel to Mechanicsburg Monday.
East Juniata 350, Millersburg 350, Newport 351, Lancaster Country Day 370
NEWPORT – Jeremy Pannebaker shot his third straight 72 as East Juniata tied Millersburg for the lead in a Tri-Valley League golf match at Newport Tuesday.
The tie came while playing at the American Legion Country Club – a nine-hole course that requires two trips in a match – which was not the friendliest place to play a round.
“It was hot for the boys,” East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said. “The course was pretty hard. There was no hold in the greens.”
Pannebaker, Zendt said, is at the top of his game with four matches to go, medaling Tuesday by 10 strokes.
The Tigers travel to Lancaster Country Day Thursday.
Selinsgrove 331, Shikellamy 337, Williamsport 361, Midd-West 364, Mifflinburg 418, Loyalsock/Montour 426
MONROE – The Midd-West golf team worked hard for the third-place spot Tuesday, but fell just three strokes behind Williamsport with a 364 team score for fourth place.
The Mustang’s Ascher Marks carded an 82, putting him five strokes behind Justin Geedy of Selinsgrove, who medaled with a 77.
Other Mustangs to score included Aidan Edmiston (89), Ryan Kerstetter (94) and Eli Stem (99).
Host Selinsgrove took first place in team scores with a 331.
Midd-West (9-11) travels to Mifflinburg Sept. 17.
Danville 2, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West had its chances in boys soccer action Tuesday, but Heartland Conference opponent Danville was too much as the Ironmen shut out the Mustangs, 2-0.
Midd-West had eight shots to Milton’s nine and edged the Ironmen 8-7 in corner kicks, but some easy give ups on the defense and trouble with accurate shooting on the offense gave Milton the edge.
“Tonight we just couldn’t hit water if we were on a boat,” Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said.
The Mustangs (3-2, 1-1) travel to Williamsport Thursday.
Mifflin County Christian 10, Calvary of Huntingdon 0
HUNTINGDON – Jon God’s hat trick set the tone for Mifflin County Christian in a 10-0 shutout of Huntingdon Calvary in boys soccer Tuesday.
Kyle Ort had the first goal for the Eagles, just eight minutes into the game. Along with God, the locals got a two-goal night from Luke Todd; Jathan Gutshall, Justin Groff, Kyle Ort and Caleb Breneman all chipped in one goal.
The Eagles dominated with 39 shots on goal; Brad Smith stopped all four of the Conquerors’ efforts.
Mifflin County Christian travels to Blair County Christian Thursday.
Calvary of Huntingdon 3, Mifflin County Christian 0
HUNTINGDON – Huntingdon Calvary had a slim lead at the break, but two more goals in the second half produced a 3-0 win for the Conquerors over Mifflin County Christian Tuesday.
The Eagles’ Johanna Hoffman stopped 21 shots. The game went by without a single corner kick.
Mifflin County Christian travels to Blair County Christian Thursday.
Juniata 5, Line Mountain 2
HERNDON – Janelle Swartz put two past the keeper and assisted Micheh Horning on another goal as she and the Indians topped Tri-Valley League opponent Line Mountain 5-2 Tuesday.
“It just seems like every time we had a threat, she was involved in it,” Juniata coach Brian Strawser said.
Juniata outshot the Eagles 33-12, and Swartz wasn’t the only threat on the field, as a goal and assist apiece from both Horning and Carly Burns, plus a shot from Riley Duck off an Elizabeth Ritzman assist rounded out the Indians’ offense.
Four of Juniata’s five goals and both of Line Mountain’s were scored in the first half, and Strawser explained that with the large lead and the hot weather, it was a good opportunity to get some girls off the bench and to try some different combinations on the field.
Juniata (3-0, 3-0) has a 4 p.m. home match against Halifax Thursday.
Cedar Cliff 7, Mifflin County 0
CAMP HILL – Seven different Colts scored – one had a goal and an assist – as Cedar Cliff shut out Mifflin County, 7-0, in a Commonwealth Division girls soccer game Tuesday.
It wasn’t so much the fact that the Huskies lost the game, as that they lost another player for an extended time with an injury – the third such occurrence for the team in the young season. Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said he still believes his team could be doing more.
“I don’t want to keep making excuses,” he said. “We are playing short, but I need girls to step up, be aggressive and show some heart.”
Cedar Cliff also won the JV game, 3-0.
Mifflin County (0-4, 0-4) hosts Chambersburg Thursday.
East Juniata 4, Lancaster Country Day 4
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata came very close to a win for the girls soccer team Tuesday, but a 4-4 tie at the end of regulation with Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day prevented the Tigers from notching the victory.
McKayla Goodling led the way on the offense for the Tigers, as two goals and an assist to Amber Knouse made her part of nearly every goal East Juniata scored. Knouse was also responsible for the first assist to Goodling, while Calli Shambaugh netted the Tigers’ other goal.
East Juniata keeper Lydia Hunter came up with four saves. East Juniata and Lancaster Country Day each scored two goals per half.
The Tigers will host Line Mountain Thursday.
Juniata Mennonite 6, New Covenant 0
McALISTERVILLE – After a few too many shots that were not where the Lions needed them to be, Lauren Breon and Alexis Hahn-Kline combined for five goals in a 6-0 win for Juniata Mennonite over New Covenant (Mansfield) in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls soccer game Tuesday.
“The ball had a magnet to the goalie today. We started out slow,” Lions coach Trish Hoffman said.
Her team only scored once before the half; in the second, five balls went in the net with Breon completing the hat trick.
Juniata Mennonite (1-3-1, 1-3) hosts Bloomsburg Christian Friday.
Millersburg 3, Mifflin County 0
MILLERSBURG – Mifflin County’s volleyball team was in all three games against Millersburg, but the Tri-Valley League match went to the homestanding Indians, who won all three – two of them by the minimum two points.
After falling 25-23 and 28-26 in an extended set, the Huskies dropped the third one 25-21. Like Monday’s match against another TVL team, this was a hard one for Mifflin County coach Jill Zeger to swallow.
“Halifax and Millersburg my girls could have won,” she said. “I think they’re competitive with them.”
Against Millersburg, Haley Hower had nine service points; she and Bryn Ferguson each had four kills. Anna Aurand had six kills and three aces; Kaitlyn Dreese matched the latter stat. Chloe Benner and Shania Teenie each had five digs. The numbers uphold Zeger’s belief that her team is doing things well.
“It’s not one particular thing,” she said. “They have not been able to finish it.”
Millersburg also won the JV match, 2-0 (25-8, 25-18).
Mifflin County (0-5, 0-3) travels to State College Thursday.
Hollidaysburg 3, Mount Union 2
HOLLIDAYSBURG – Mount Union had three solid sets against non-league opponent Hollidaysburg Tuesday, but the 10 points total the Trojans were able to score in the third and fifth sets gave Hollidaysburg the advantage, 3-2.
Mount Union won the first set, 25-22, and hung close to lose 26-24 in the second and fourth sets, but was not able to pull out the win.
“It was basically passing. We’re really struggling with passing this year,” Trojans coach Tessa McCormick said, explaining that her team’s lack of experience and depth has really played into its struggles with passing.
Kristin Miles had 20 kills and Abby Grove had six. Teammate Ashley Foor racked up 12 service points, while Grove collected 10.
Mount Union (2-2, 2-0) hosts Williamsburg Thursday.
* Mifflin County 1, Hollidaysburg 1: Goal by Abby Yearick. This game was played Monday.
* Bellefonte 2, Mifflin County 1: Goal by Sierra Shawver off a Jess Bickhart assist.
* Mifflin County 5, Bellefonte 0: Goals by Thomas Remy, Sean Page, Jake Xanthopoulos, Damon Bailey and Harrison Sweeney. Assists by Calab Purdy, Zach Burke, Sean Page, Chayce Macknair, Chandler Hassinger.
* Seventh-grade team: Mifflin County 20, Altoona 0. Touchdowns by Brock Capouillez and Wyatt Henry on an interception return and 22-yard play plus a two-point conversion from Nathan Poche.
COCOLAMUS – Jake Sankey tripled up on Millersburg, collecting a hat trick en route to a 4-0 East Juniata victory over the Indians in Tri-Valley League boys soccer Monday.
“He had a good night tonight. He did a good job finishing his chances,” Tigers coach Don Troutman said.
Dalton Shipp, who scored in each of the last two games, added a goal.
“We have some guys that are starting to pick up the slack,” Troutman said, a concern after big guns were lost to graduation from last year.
East Juniata also won the JV game, 2-1.
The Tigers (3-2, 2-0) will host Greenwood Wednesday in what might be their biggest TVL test of the young season.
Hollidaysburg 6, Mifflin County 1
HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Mifflin County boys soccer team traveled out of the Mid-Penn Conference for the first time this season, but was unable to come up with the win as Hollidaysburg dropped a 6-1 rout on the Huskies Monday.
Caleb Neff was the only Husky to find the back of the net when he put an unassisted goal past Hollidaysburg’s keeper with 12:57 left in the first half.
Hollidaysburg also scored two of its goals in the first half, then put the game away with four more in the second. All six of Hollidaysburg’s goal came off the foot of a different player.
Mifflin County (0-4, 0-3) hosts Cedar Cliff today.
Montoursville 4, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG – Lexi Marchioni scored barely two minutes into the game and added another late in the first to pace Montoursville in a 4-0 victory over Midd-West in Heartland Conference girls soccer Monday.
Mustangs coach Russ Goodling said despite the outcome he was pleased with improved play by his team compared to its last outing, noting Midd-West doubled its shot total.
“I told the girls the effort they put forward and how they played tonight was much better,” he said. “(Montoursville is) very well-rounded and skilled from front to back.”
Goodling also said Paige Kauffman did an excellent job in goal, stopping the majority of the 17 shots directed her way.
The JV game was a scoreless tie.
Midd-West (1-3, 0-2) travels to Danville Wednesday.
Halifax 3, Mifflin County 0
HALIFAX – The Mifflin County volleyball team put together a solid passing and serving game against Halifax Monday, but the Wildats still managed to blank the Huskies, 3-0, in the Tri-Valley League contest.
Mifflin County lost the first set 25-19, then fell 25-15 in the remaining two sets.
“Throughout the entire match, our serving and our passing were really consistent, and it kept the team competitive,” Mifflin County coach Jill Zeger said, but she also thought Halifax had a stronger overall attack, and it gave the Wildcats the edge.
Kaitlyn Dreese led the team in digs with seven, while she also had four kills, nine assists and five service points. Teammates Jenna Snyder and Shania Teenie had five kills and five service points, respectively.
The JV team lost its contest, 2-0, going 25-12 both sets.
Mifflin County (0-4, 0-2 TVL) travels to Millersburg today.
Huntingdon 3, Mifflin County 1
MOUNT UNION – Difficulty with the passing game hurt the Mount Union volleyball team Monday, as a 3-1 loss to non-conference opponent Huntingdon put the Trojans’ record at 2-1.
“Both teams struggled at different points with passing. We struggled a lot with passing. They outplayed us defensively,” said Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick, who added that Huntingdon really took advantage of the chances the Trojans gave up with their poor passing.
Mount Union kept the first set close with a 25-23 loss and took the second one 25-18, but the next two went to Huntingdon as the Trojans could score no more than 16 in either stanza.
Kristin Miles and Liza Feagley both reached double digits in different statistics, as Miles finished with 17 kills and 12 service points, while Feagley contributed with 16 assists.
Mount Union (2-1) travels to Hollidaysburg today.
Mifflin County 4, Susquehanna Township 1
HARRISBURG – The Mifflin County girls tennis team came together for a win Monday, posting two singles wins and two doubles wins for the 4-1 victory over Mid-Penn opponent Susquehanna Township.
Kate Hugendubler had to fight through the most sets of any Husky, as a 6-2 win in the second set helped her tie the match at 1-1, then a 9-7 tiebreaker win in the third set sealed it for the local.
A sound win by Emily Hurlburt and solid work from the Jessa Wright-Kate Arnold and Joselyn Walters-Mackenzie Roush doubles teams propelled the Huskies to their third win of the season.
The Huskies (3-7, 3-6) travel to Central Mountain today.
Cumberland Valley 411, Mechanicsburg 416, Cedar Cliff 443, Northern 450, Mifflin County 451, Red Land 452, Carlisle 480
HARRISBURG – Northern, Mifflin County and Red Land all fought for a fourth-place finish at the Country Club of Harrisburg during a Mid-Penn Conference golf match Monday, but it was Northern (450) that came out with the spot as Mifflin County fell behind by one stroke (451) and Cedar Cliff finished with 452.
Commonwealth Division leader Cumberland Valley took first with a 411 while Mechanicsburg’s Evan Brosious carded a 74 to medal.
Mifflin County’s Nate Koller broke the top 10 with his team-leading 83, while Marc Auker was 14th overall with an 86.
The Huskies (9-21) travel to Northern today.
* Mifflin County 3, Hollidaysburg 0: Ross Cottrill, Thomas Remy and Ian Avedician all scored for the Huskies. Cottrill had two assists and Tanner Hepner one.
From staff reports
SELINSGROVE – A year ago, Mifflin County surprised Selinsgrove when the Huskies knocked off the Seals to open the Snyder County school’s TurfFest field hockey tournament.
This year, Mifflin County was held to a single goal in the two games it played as part of the event Saturday.
In the opener, against Selinsgrove, Grace Wagner put one in the cage off a Kezia Loht delivery, at the time making the score even. The goal came 10 minutes into the game; the Seals scored near the five-minute mark.
Then the host team added one more, this time with five minutes left, and buried three more across the second for a 5-1 victory.
Crestwood, whose coach got her 600th win against the Huskies in this event a year ago on the way to the Class AA state title, made it an 0-2 day for Mifflin County with another five-goal effort, a shutout that saw the Comets score four times in the first half.
Mifflin County (1-3) hosts Cumberland Valley today.
Lancaster Country Day 2, Juniata 0
MIFFLINTOWN – With only two shots on goal and two corner kicks the entire game, Juniata couldn’t put up the offensive attack it needed in a 2-0 loss to Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day in a boys soccer match on Saturday.
Ryan Myers connected on Lancaster Country Day’s first goal with 9:46 left in the first half and Carson Hassel collected the other one early in the second half. Chris Maley was credited with both assists.
Juniata goalie Matt Coldren had seven saves for the Indians.
Juniata (0-2-1, 0-1) hosts Halifax Wednesday.
Warrior Run 2,
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West had the advantage in all the stats but the most important one, as the Mustangs sustained their first loss of the season in a 2-0 shutout at the hands of Warrior Run.
Despite outshooting the Defenders, the Mustangs were unable to get the ball past Warrior Run keeper Jason McWilliams. Elias George and Mason Wagner teamed up on both goals for the visitors.
Midd-West (3-1) hosts Danville Tuesday.
Governor Mifflin 2, Greenwood 0
Muhlenberg 3 (2OT)
SHILLINGTON – Greenwood took on some tough competition on the soccer pitch Saturday at the Governor Mifflin Tournament, and came out feeling good after a 1-1 performance.
The highlight for the Wildcat boys was a 4-3 win over Muhlenberg in double overtime to come back after a 2-0 loss to Governor Mifflin earlier in the day.
In the overtime win, Greenwood fell behind 2-0 in the first half, but coach Tom Magill wasn’t worried.
“I said to my assistant coach, ‘This game’s not going to stay 2-0,'” Magill said, explaining that prior to his team’s first goal, both teams were lining up some nice shots.
In the end, Magill was right.
After the half, Greenwood’s Tyler Fegley put the Wildcats on the board at 27:02, but Muhlenburg responded with another goal. However, Greenwood overcame a 3-2 deficit as Fegley and Seth Ferguson found the back of the net less than a minute apart to drive the game into overtime.
From there, Hunter Wirth came through on a pass from Fegley with 6:08 remaining in the second overtime to take the sudden-victory win, 4-3.
Magill noted his how pleased he was with the play off his bench, as freshman Josh Kline came in to gain an assist and Abbey Korber subbed throughout the field to give her teammates a breather as both teams struggled with the heat.
In the loss, Magill said his team had trouble adjusting to playing on turf, and it affected the Wildcats’ first-half play.
“Overall I thought we had a good defensive game, just didn’t light it up on offense,” he said.
Greenwood (2-1, 1-0) travels to East Juniata Wednesday.
Red Land 5,
Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN – After the first week of action for the Mifflin County girls soccer team – a week that included some tough losses and injuries to two key players – the season-opening frustrations were capped off by a 5-0 loss to Red Land on Saturday.
“I think our girls just had a big letdown on Saturday,” Mifflin County Trevor Eckley said, explaining that after playing three tough games this week and then watching teammates Kaitlyn Eckley and Kelsey Spicher suffer injuries against Cumberland Valley, the Huskies were running on adrenaline and emotions but finally wore down.
In the Commonwealth Division contest, Red Land took a big 3-0 lead by halftime and didn’t let up in the second for the eventual 5-0 win. Erin Keller had two of Red Land’s goals while Samantha Jackson picked up a goal of her own and an assist. Mifflin County only managed four shots the entire game, but keepers Sage Heckendorn and Mackenzie Bressler were kept busy with nine saves apiece.
Mifflin County (0-3, 0-3) will get back in action Tuesday when the Huskies travel to Cedar Cliff.
COCOLAMUS – Don Troutman admits he didn’t like the call that gave Loyalsock a penalty kick and, with its success, the first goal in East Juniata’s non-league boys soccer match against the Lancers.
He worried about the impact it could have, coming 25 minutes into the first half. But in the final three minutes, the Tigers erased those fears, and Loyalsock’s lead, en route to a 5-2 win Friday.
“We really dominated the play. We had a couple chances early on that we didn’t put away,” Troutman observed. “When they got that PK it could have been a little bit of a downer.”
Zane Lauver and Trevor Goodling each scored before the break, the latter coming with 14 ticks on the clock. Then in the second, Jake Sankey had two goals and an assist while Dalton Shipp had a goal and a helper to put the game away.
With the meat of the Tri-Valley League season in front of the 2-2 Tigers – they host Millersburg Monday – Troutman is reaching a comfort zone with a team that raised questions coming into the season.
“I think we’re starting to find we don’t have the flexibility we had last year, but we have more flexibility than we thought we had moving guys in and out of different positions,” he said.
Loyalsock won the JV game, 3-1.
Belleville Mennonite 1
MONTOURSVILLE – Belleville Mennonite scored first Friday, but host Montoursville answered with a pair to win their boys soccer contest, 2-1.
Thunder coach Brian Renno said his team played with its backs to the wall early, until Andrew Miller found the net.
“They didn’t really get any good looks until probably 15 minutes in,” Renno said. “We were able to slip one through to Andrew and he made a good finish.”
Despite opportunities after the Warriors took the lead, he said, the Thunder were not playing well on the outside, which cost them chances.
Belleville Mennonite (1-3) hosts Juniata Thursday.
Meadowbrook Christian 4,
Juniata Mennonite 0
MILTON – Katie Benfer had a hat trick and Emily Benfer added a goal as Meadowbrook Christian took a 4-0 win Friday over Juniata Mennonite in Allegheny Christian Athletic Conference girls soccer.
“Our defense played very well for how we have them playing,” Lions coach Trish Hoffman said. “They got some outside shots that were just over our goalie’s head.”
Juniata Mennonite (0-3-1, 0-3) hosts New Covenant Tuesday.
Lower Dauphin 3,
Mifflin County 2
HUMMELSTOWN – Kate Hugendubler gave Cassidy Fletcher a run for the money, but the No. 3 singles player from Lower Dauphin took the match and with it settled the team win in a Mid-Penn interdivisional tennis match Friday.
The first two singles already had gone to the Falcons when Hugendubler won the second set against Fletcher, but fell in the third. Mifflin County overcame challenges to win both doubles matches, including a three-set stretch in the second doubles.
Mount Union 364,
MOUNT UNION – Brady Goodling shot an 88 to lead Mount Union and the Trojans recorded five scores below 100 on the way to a 364-399 non-league golf win over Central Friday at American Legion Country Club.
Zach Knable brought in a 90 and Brian Varner carded a 91 as the trio had the key rounds for the host.
“We finally got Goodling back on track and we’re happy to see that,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “Knable and Varner continue to bring in consistent scores for us.”
Mifflin County 2, Penns Valley 2
LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County boys expected a win against a weak Central Mountain team in non-league cross country action Thursday. What they weren’t expected was the shutout they got in the 15-50 win.
“Although Central Mountain is young, we were expecting nothing like that,” Mifflin County coach Greg Loht said.
In the race, Darien Knudsen, Trenton Yoder and Josh Aultz all crossed the finish line at the same time, 18:22, for first place, while Keenan Walker, Chris Falkner and Drew Kline completed fifth through seventh.
Loht was especially pleased with the sixth and seventh-place finishes, as it pushed Central Mountain even further back in scoring opportunities.
For the girls, second-place finisher Amanda Hassinger (21:23) led the Huskies to a 26-35 win.
“We knew that Central Mountain had some good girls up front, so we thought if we could split them up front we knew that our pack in the back could beat their girls in the back,” Loht said.
Maggie Wilson took third for the Huskies, and sixth through tenth went to Jess Miller, Makenna Pollock, Maddie Elsesser, Shayla Milligan and Kaitlyn Yearick, again pushing Central Mountain back in scoring opportunities.
The Mifflin County boys and girls are both 2-0 and will host State College Tuesday.
Boys: Mount Union 22, Juniata Valley 35; Mount Union 25, Bellwood-Antis 30
Girls: Juniata Valley 23, Mount Union 32; Mount Union 27, Bellwood-Antis 28
ALEXANDRIA – The Mount Union boys cross country team pulled out two close wins to open the season at 2-0 when they topped Juniata Valley 22-35 and Bellwood-Antis 25-30 Tuesday.
The girls followed close behind, as a 23-30 loss to Juniata Valley knocked them back one win, but they came through with a 27-28 win over Bellwood-Antis.
Coach Bob Wydock gave credit to his team throughout the lineup, as each place was crucial in sealing the wins.
“Every place today it was crucial in the meet. I was just pleased the way all of our runners from our first to our last runners worked very hard and they did a nice job,” he said.
Jake Boozel led the boys with a second-place finish (19:28) while a third-place finish for Marissa Aurand (25:22) paced the girls.
Mount Union (boys: 2-0; girls: 1-1) travels to Philipsburg-Osceola Sept. 12.
Hollidaysburg 5, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County struggled against non-league opponent Hollidaysburg Thursday when the Huskies lost in straight sets through every match for the 5-0 girls tennis loss.
Kate Hugendubler and the doubles team of Mackenzie Roush and Joselyn Walters put up the best fight for Mifflin County in terms of games won, as each was able to muster three.
Mifflin County (2-6) travels to Lower Dauphin today.
Cedar Cliff 1, Mifflin County 0 (OT)
CAMP HILL – Mifflin County went the distance and then a bit more, but it was Cedar Cliff that took the edge in the extra period, slipping by the Huskies 1-0 in a Commonwealth Division field hockey game.
Terryn Morris scored the game’s only goal barely two minutes after the 7-on-7 period began. Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said the offense failed to take advantage of opportunities, while the defense kept the Huskies in the game.
“I thought our goalie Jordan Myers and sweeper Maddie Rutherford had a really good game,” Maclay said. “They came up with some really nice plays.”
She credited Rene Grill for a big defensive save as well.
Mifflin County’s JV team won 3-1 in what Maclay said was a good game.
The Huskies (1-1, 1-1) travel to the TurfFest in Selinsgrove Saturday to face the Seals and Crestwood.
Newport 10, Belleville Mennonite 0
NEWPORT – Belleville Mennonite took a difficult loss Thursday when a trip to Newport put a 10-0 shutout on the Thunder’s record.
“Our defense held up pretty well for how many shots they had. Pretty much all of the game was played in our circle,” Belleville Mennonite coach Morgan Foote said of her goalie, Mollie Morgan.
Morgan finished with 17 saves, while her team struggled on the offense with only two shots and two corners.
“We have some work to do with matching up,” Foote explained.
Belleville Mennonite (1-1) hosts Hutingdon Tuesday.
Cumberland Valley 11, Mifflin County 0
MECHANICSBURG – Mifflin County fell victim to Cumberland Valley’s offensive onslaught Thursday as an 11-0 shutout loss put the Huskies at 0-2 to kick off the season.
Evan Vinarski had a hat trick for Cumberland Valley, while Mifflin County keeper Trevor Middaugh finished with 14 saves.
Mifflin County (0-2, 0-2) has a 10 a.m. game Saturday at Red Land.
Midd-West 5, Mifflinburg 0
MIFFLINBURG – A trio of Midd-West players scored in a 10-minute span in the first, sparking the Mustangs to a 5-0 Heartland Conference win over Mifflinburg in boys soccer Thursday.
Midd-West was dominant offensively with a shared effort; only Ty Ross was involved in more than one tally with a goal and an assist. Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said it was crucial to set the tone against a team that tends to pack the box and frustrate anyone who waits too long to put the ball in the goal.
“When you go against Mifflinburg they’re always such a defensive-minded team,” he said. “We did a good job of jumping on them early.”
The Mustangs were dominant in the JV game, winning 10-1.
Midd-West (3-0, 1-0) hosts Warrior Run Saturday.
Mount Union 3, Juniata Valley 2
ALEXANDRIA – Mount Union won its first two sets then lost the next two against Inter-County Conference opponent Juniata Valley for a 2-2 tie, but was able to pull out the 15-11 fifth-set win to continue its winning ways Tuesday.
“The first two sets we played extremely well, the fourth we unfortunately had some breakdowns in our passing,” Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick said.
In the 3-2 match where scoring went back and fourth between the two teams, the Trojans were able to rely on Kristen Miles with her 19 kills, strong serving from Abby Gross who had five aces in her 12 service points, and a 19-assist, six-kill, 11-service point effort from setter Liza Feagley.
Mount Union (2-0) hosts Huntingdon Monday for its home opener.
Juniata Mennonite 4, Great Commission 4
McALISTERVILLE – Lauren Breon’s second goal could have been the game winner. Instead, it was enough to preserve tie as Juniata Mennonite and Great Commission ended even in a non-league girls soccer game, 4-4.
Breon brought her team within a goal with a late tally in the first in what proved to be a back-and-forth game.
“That’s what it felt like. We went in spurts,” Lions’ coach Trish Hoffman said. “It was back and forth some but it seemed to be more in intervals.”
Breon made it 4-3 with five minutes to play, but Great Commission’s Kirsten Johnson completed a hat trick with two minutes left to force the tie.
Juniata Mennonite (0-2-1) travels to Meadowbrook Christian today.
7th grade football
Mifflin County 34, Bald Eagle Area 20: Touchdowns by Wyatt Henry (99 kickoff return and 31 run), Max Oburn 35 pass from Nathan Poche.
Mifflin County 3, Penns Valley 0: Ross Cottrill (2) and Thomas Remy scored goals; assists by Jack Xanthopoulos, Cottrill and Remy.
East Juniata 24, Line Mountain 22: Lily Sankey led EJ with 12. The Tigers (1-0) host Newport Tuesday.
From staff reports
ELIZABETHVILLE – Small steps.
It’s all a new coach can ask a team that has perennially struggled, and it’s what Jill Zeger seems to be getting out of Mifflin County’s volleyball squad. The Huskies won a set in their second outing of the year – a small step – in a 3-1 loss to Upper Dauphin.
Mifflin County showed improvement in its secondary league, coming withing two points of the Trojans in the first set, 25-23, then winning the second, 27-25, before the defending Tri-Valley League champs stepped up.
“We’ve been talking a lot about being mentally tough and not allowing individual mistakes to overake you as a player,” Zeger said. “They’re learning from the way that they are playing.”
Leading the scoring was Chloe Benner with 13 service points, including three aces; she also had seven digs and led in passing.
“She did a fantastic job, very consistent,” Zeger said.
Kaitlyn Dreese had 10 service points and seven digs. Bryn Ferguson led in kills with eight. Anna Aurand had nine digs and five kills; Jenna Snyder had four kills and three blocks.
Upper Dauphin won the JV match 2-0 (25-21, 25-17).
Mifflin County (0-2, 0-1 TVL) hosts Central Dauphin tonight.
Selinsgrove 4, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG – Marissa Heddings scored twice and assisted on a third goal as Selinsgrove took a 4-0 girls soccer win away from Midd-West in a Heartland Conference game Wednesday.
Making it more of a heartbreaker, the Seals put three balls in the net in the first half on 10 shots, then were held to three tries before the game ended – and converted the last one, with seconds to play.
“After the girls turning around and playing a completely different second half they went and gave up a goal with 12.4 seconds to go,” Mustangs coach Russ Goodling said. “I think we’re struggling to find ourselves.”
Midd-West did notch a JV win, 1-0.
The Mustangs (1-2, 0-1) host Montoursville Monday.
Greenwood 10, Line Mountain 0
MANDATA – Tyler Fegley and Seth Ferguson each recorded hat tricks as Greenwood opened the boys soccer season with a 10-0 win over Tri-Valley League foe Line Mountain.
Fegley scored four of the 10 and had one helper. Ferguson had five assists to go along with his three goals. Hunter Roth (assist), Hunter Wirth and Kevin Sheaffer (one each) and Lucas Grimm (goal) also contributed to the scoring.
The Wildcats were up 4-0 at the half and a flurry of goals opened the second.
“We’ll find out if we’re any good over the weekend,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. “Line Mountain’s better. They knocked down a lot of shots, to their credit.”
Greenwood (1-0, 1-0) travels to Governor Mifflin Saturday, where the ‘Cats will plays the host and Muhlenberg.
East Juniata 2, Lancaster Country Day 0
LANCASTER – Zane Lauver and Jake Sankey each scored for East Juniata as the Tigers shut out Lancaster Country Day, 2-0, in Tri-Valley League boys soccer Wednesday.
Upper Dauphin 2, Juniata 1
ELIZABETHVILLE – Teddy Calnon scored twice, both times with help from Joe Trently, as Upper Dauphin edged Juniata, 2-1, in Tri-Valley League boys soccer Wednesday.
Wyatt Brackbill scored for the Indians after both Trojan tallies.
Lower Dauphin 6, Greenwood 0
HUMMELSTOWN – Taylor Lister had two goals and two of her teammates had a goal and an assist as Lower Dauphin lit up Greenwood, 6-0, in a non-league field hockey contest Tuesday.
Greenwood coach Kent Houser observed simply, “They’re good. And we didn’t play very well.”
The Wildcats (2-1) host East Juniata Tuesday.
State College 5, Mifflin County 0
STATE COLLEGE – Mifflin County’s trip over the mountain for a Commonwealth Division tennis match was less than satisfying, as State College won all five matches over the Huskies.
The best performance of the day came from the No. 1 doubles pair of Kate Arnold and Jess Wright, whose first set went to a tiebreaker.
The Huskies host Hollidaysburg today.
* Mifflin County 30, Williamsport 21: Touchdowns by Drew Williams pass to Corey Reigle, Javian Kauffman interception return (Williams to Reigle two-point conversion), Isaac Maclay run (Williams to Maclay conversion), Aaron Smith run (Williams to Cade Pollack conversion). The Huskies (2-0) travel to Altoona Sept. 12.
HARRISBURG – Every runner wants to be the first one to cross the finish line. Tuesday, a ninth-place finish by Mifflin County’s Keenan Walker in the Huskies regular-season cross country opener was just as exciting.
The boys team tied with Commonwealth Division opponent Central Dauphin 29-29 after the teams’ first five runners crossed the finish line, but Walker came through with a 19:20, a ninth-place finish that edged out Central Dauphin’s sixth scorer for the tiebreaker and handed the Huskies the win.
“We went from winning to tying, then when we went down to the sixth place runner, we won it,” said Mifflin County coach Greg Loht, who agreed that it was a very exciting way to start the season.
For the girls, it was also a fine way to kick off, as a 28-29 victory put them at 1-0.
Loht said the Huskies were beat up front – Amanda Hassinger at second and Darien Knudsen and Mackena Pollock at third were the only ones to break top five – but it was the pack that brought home the win.
Mifflin County (1-0, 1-0 boys and girls) will host Central Mountain Thursday.
Cumberland Valley 407, Mechanicsburg 434, Mifflin County 461, Cedar Cliff 470, Northern 480, Red Land 488, Carlisle 494
LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County golf team fought the wind and came out with a third-place finish when it hosted its Commonwealth Division opponents at Lewistown Country Club on Tuesday.
The Huskies’ 461 placed them right between Mechanicsburg (434) and Cedar Cliff (470). Cumberland Valley again finished first at 407.
“It was our best showing of the year. Our guys played alright considering the circumstances,” Mifflin County coach Kevin O’Donnell said. “We cut back on some penalty strokes that have really been hurting us. So we took care of those, and were able to pull out a third-place finish.”
Marc Auker, who carded an 84 to lead his team, was 10th in individual scores.
“Although it wasn’t his lowest round ever at Lewistown, he played very well in conditions that were not very conducive to 70s,” O’Donnell said.
Mifflin County (7-17) travels to Cedar Cliff at noon Monday.
Midd-West 359, East Juniata 359, Newport 364, Millersburg 365
MIDDLEBURG – East Juniata’s Jeremy Pannebaker carded a 72 to break even par at Shade Mountain Golf Course – the first in school history to do so at the course – and the Tigers scored a 359 overall to tie non-league opponent Midd-West for first place Tuesday.
“I was pleased with the scores. Justin Mingle and Chas Maguire, that was both their first time playing this course,” East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said, explaining that the two scored a little bit higher than normal (Mingle, 96; Maguire, 104), but he was happy with the team’s performance.
In the competitive day, Newport took third place with 364 and Millersburg was last at 365. Midd-West’s Ascher Marks and Aidan Edmiston both carded an 85 to lead the Mustangs, putting only Newport’s Jeremiah Heath (84) between them and Pannebaker. Ryan Kerstetter (94) and Eli Stem (95) filled out the rest of Midd-West’s scorers, while East Juniata’s Grant Leonard followed Pannebaker with an 87.
East Juniata (10-5-1) travels to Newport Sept. 10.
Mount Union 388, Bellwood-Antis 413
ALTOONA – Ryan Varner’s 92 led Mount Union as the Trojans won an Inter-County Conference golf match over Bellwood-Antis by 25 strokes Tuesday.
It was a struggle for the Trojans, who had only three golfers under 100 in the event at Sinking Valley.
“It was really windy up there, but we really played poorly,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “The three day layoff really hurt us.”
Mount Union (3-1) hosts Central Friday.
East Juniata 16, York Country Day 0
YORK – Stephanie Dressler had a hat trick – in each half – as East Juniata trounced York Country Day, 16-0, in its field hockey opener Tuesday.
The Tigers scored once for every two shots on goal they recorded, while facing just one shot. Dressler added a pair of assists to her big night. Lydia Koser had three goals and Caitlin Hoover added two.
“We got to play all the girls tonight. Clearly they worked the ball well and had lots of opportunities to score,” East Juniata coach Billie Haines said.
East Juniata (1-0) hosts Midd-West in another non-league game Saturday.
Belleville Mennonite 8, Southern Huntingdon 0
THREE SPRINGS – Belleville Mennonite’s field hockey struggles from a year ago evaporated in the Thunder opener. The Belleville school handed an 8-0 shutout to Southern Huntingdon to open the season Tuesday, fueled by a hat trick from Tori Byler.
Meredith Spicher added two goals and an assist.
“After the second goal I think we gained a lot of confidence and they got flustered,” Belleville Mennonite coach Morgan Foote said. “Our girls really took advantage of that.”
Along with Byler, she pointed to the play of Tori Galloway, who was moved up to the front line and had one score and another one waved off.
“I’m excited about her future as well,” Foote said.
The Thunder (1-0) travels to Newport Thursday.
Central Columbia 1, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West played a strong second half, but couldn’t match, must less overcome, a 1-0 lead that Central Columbia put on the board in the first half of their Heartland Conference field hockey game Tuesday.
The Mustangs only managed two shots on goal; coach Mandi Romig said her team had trouble targeting the ball, and when it did, the finishing was suspect.
Lindsey Carl gave the Blue Jays their goal 10 minutes into the game. Although the Mustangs were outshot 10-2, they had a 10-8 edge in corners.
“Out of the eight penalty corners we gave up we only gave up one in the second half, and we had five of ours there,” Romig noted, explaining her team’s inability to capitalize after the break.
The JV game was a 0-0 tie.
Midd-West (0-1, 0-1) hosts Selinsgrove Thursday.
Belleville Mennonite 6, Harrisburg Academy 0
BELLEVILLE – In its first two games of the season the Belleville Mennonite boys soccer team had some trouble scoring, but one Andrew Miller hat-trick later in Tuesday’s 6-0 win over Harrisburg Academy and the Thunder was back with a boom.
Noah Anders was the first to connect for Belleville Mennonite when a goal with 11:31 left in the first half put the Thunder up 1-0, then the game broke open in the second when Miller notched three, Alex Suydam chipped in with one and Austin Byler connected on a penalty kick to give Belleville Mennonite the solid win.
“We played a lot better up top with target play,” Thunder coach Brian Renno said of his team’s second-half effort.
Renno also pointed out that Nick Beaulieu and Caleb Treaster, both of whom had assists off the bench, gave the team a boost.
“They were able to contribute off the bench today, so that was really beneficial for us,” he said.
Belleville Mennonite (1-2) travels to Montoursville Friday.
Central Dauphin East 4, Mifflin County 1
HARRISBURG – The Mifflin County girls soccer team outshot Commonwealth Division opponent Central Dauphin East 24-18 and controlled the ball most of the game, but a few miscues were the Huskies’ demise in a 4-1 season-opening loss.
“We’ve talked about cutting down on mistakes, and three of the four goals that they scored came off of mental lapses or mistakes,” Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said.
Mifflin County’s one goal started when keeper Sage Heckendorn punted the ball three quarters of the field, and teammate Kaitlyn Eckley picked it up for the goal.
Mifflin County (0-1, 0-1) hosts Cumberland Valley Thursday.
Juniata 7, Millersburg 0
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata showed Millersburg why it’s a tough Tri-Valley League competitor on the girls soccer field Tuesday when the Indians took a 7-0 season-opening win.
Juniata coach Brian Strawser said he and his staff have really been emphasizing smart play throughout the game, and Tuesday that’s exactly what Juniata displayed.
“Last year it seemed like we would start out slow and you could see a difference from the first half to the second half, but tonight that didn’t happen,” he said, further explaining that the team was very patient with the ball and it paid off in the win.
Millersburg mustered only one shot the entire game, as Juniata not only dominated on the offense, but also stifled Millersburg’s chances on the defense.
Juniata (1-0, 1-0) hosts defending TVL champion East Juniata Thursday.
Cedar Cliff 3, Mifflin County 0
CAMP HILL – Mifflin County had a good game against Cedar Cliff as the Huskies opened the Commonwealth Division volleyball season.
But the Colts had two. Cedar Cliff won the match 3-0, facing a second-set challenge after winning the opening round 15-15. Mifflin County came within three in the next one, 25-22, before the match ended in a 25-11 victory by the Colts.
“The girls played with a lot of heart, especially during the second game of the match, first-year coach Jill Zeger said. “There was excitement, they were playing as one team.”
Zeger said the passing was on cue in the near-win, a factor she said is key to starting off each point.
For the Huskies, Kierra Imler had nine service points – two of them aces – and Anna Aurand had four service points and three kills. Kaitlyn Dreese added three assists. Chloe Benner led in passing and Bryn Ferguson in blocks.
Cedar Cliff also won the JV match, 2-0. Mifflin County (0-1, 0-1) travels to Upper Dauphin today.
Mount Union 3, Moshannon Valley 0
HOUTZDALE – After two close calls ending in their favor, the Trojans came alive in the third set and buried Moshannon Valley, 25-7.
The net result was a 3-0 win for Mount Union in the Inter-County Conference volleyball match Tuesday.
Kristen Miles had 18 service points, including nine aces, and had nine kills for the Trojans in the win.
Unforced errors led to the closer games, along with inexperience – Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick said her girls were understandably nervous since many were playing varsity for the first time.
“The third game is the way we should have played for the first two,” she said.
Mount Union won the JV match in straight sets, 25-15, 25-15.
The Trojans (1-0, 1-0) travel to Juniata Valley Thursday.
BELLEVILLE – After a 5-0 loss to Halifax Friday to kick off its season, the Belleville Mennonite boys soccer team hung with Meadowbrook Christian the entire game Saturday, but the first win of the season remained elusive as the Lions netted a goal with less than five minutes remaining for the 1-0 victory.
“We had a great opportunity to win the game in the first half, but we couldn’t do it,” Belleville Mennonite coach Brian Renno said, further explaining that his team kept up an aggressive offensive attack throughout the half, but its energy started to wane as the game progressed.
“We did a great job most of the game, but probably the last 15 minutes we ran out of gas,” he said.
So, with Belleville Mennonite down a man because of an early red card and the defense on trial time and again as Meadowbrook Christian picked up its attack, the only goal of the game was scored off the foot of Marcus Betzer with 4:34 remaining for the win.
The Thunder (0-2) will continue to search for a win Tuesday when it hosts Harrisburg Academy.
Southern Columbia 2, Midd-West 0
CATAWISSA – The Midd-West girls soccer team had a few chances in its season-opening contest against Southern Columbia on Saturday, but for the most part the Mustangs were simply outplayed as the Tigers handed them a 2-0 loss.
“They were a very physical team. They just probably won 90 percent of the 50/50 balls throughout the game,” Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said.
In the non-conference contest, Southern Columbia outshot Midd-West 8-3 and also picked up five corner kicks to the Mustangs’ one. Midd-West’s Paige Kauffman was busy in the goal, picking up seven saves.
“We didn’t play very well at all, and they were just physical and aggressive. Got to give them credit for what they did,” Goodling said, explaining that although the Tigers beat his team in both shots and corner kicks, the Mustangs missed opportunities to score on three separate breakaways.
Midd-West (0-1) will travel to East Juniata on Tuesday for another non-conference match.