BURNHAM – The Mifflin County girls swimming team got its second win of the season, crushing Central Mountain 106-47 Thursday night.
“Tonight, the swimmers continued to push and drop their times and place well in the process,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. “We had some swimmers really shine tonight with tremendous first places, Mid-Penn and district times. They are competing hard.”
The boys dropped a 89-63 decision to Central Mountain.
The girls team got something from everybody, with wins from Claire Mulkey (200-yard free), Jenna Kile (100 free), Kaegan Matthews (500 free), Daviana Seguine (100 breaststroke) and Allison Besch (50 free).
Besch’s time was good enough to qualify for districts.
Freshman Ali McCurdy was also strong again, contributing to wins in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
The boys got two wins from Evan Becker in the 100 fly and 200 IM, both of which were good enough for Mid-Penn and district qualifying times.
Mifflin County will finish its home slate on Monday when it hosts Hollidaysburg.
Mifflin County 65, Carlisle 31
CARLISLE – Breanna Cline scored 14 points and Mifflin County took care of business in a road Mid-Penn conference contest, beating Carlisle 65-31 on Thursday in a girls basketball game.
“Bre works very hard,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said of Cline. “She works for everything she gets.”
Cline’s 14 points were in support of Rebeka Knable’s team-high 17 points.
Knable was a major part in the Huskies’ hot shooting night from beyond the arc, hitting three of Mifflin County’s six 3-pointers.
The Huskies (9-8, 6-6 Mid-Penn) will hit the floor today at 7:30 p.m. when they take on Central Dauphin East at home.
“It’s nice to get to 6-6 in the conference,” Herto said. “It’s a nice comeback for our kids.”
Juniata Mennonite School 49, Watsontown 15
BEAVER SPRINGS – Amy Esterline scored a career-high 10 points and Juniata Mennonite School defeated Watsontown Christian 49-15 in a high school girls basketball game Thursday night.
Lauren Breon also added a team-high 12 points for the Lions in a game where they led 29-6 at halftime.
“We got a chance to get a lot of girls in,” Juniata Mennonite School coach Andy Meiser said. “A lot of girls had a chance to score. We got a chance to run a lot of stuff.”
Juniata Mennonite (9-3, 6-2 Allegheny Christian Athletic Association) will be back in action today when it travels to New Covenant.
Juniata 46, Central Mountain 16
MILL HALL – Carly Burns scored 11 points and Juniata sailed to a 46-16 win over winless Central Mountain Thursday.
Nine Indians scored in the convincing win.
Burns led four players that scored seven or more points.
Juniata (14-2, 10-0) will be in action today when it travels to Line Mountain.
Columbia County Christian 35, Belleville Mennonite 33
BLOOMSBURG – Mollie Morgan scored 12 points, but Belleville Mennonite came up short at the buzzer, falling 35-33 at Columbia County Christian in a girls basketball game Thursday night.
“We got up a good 3-pointer,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said. “We just couldn’t get it to fall.”
The Thunder lead 19-16 at the half and competed all game, but an excess amount of turnovers cost them.
“Turnovers are what lost us the game,” Zook said.
Belleville Mennonite (1-12) will be back in action today when it hosts Forbes Road.
Belleville Mennonite 41, Columbia County Christian 25
BLOOMSBURG – Austin Byler scored a game-high 13 points and Noah Anders drained three 3-pointers as Belleville Mennonite dropped Columbia County Christian 41-25 in a boys basketball game Thursday night.
A 21-point second quarter lifted the Thunder to the win.
“Our defense stepped up big in the second quarter,” Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said. “Defense fueled a lot of those points.”
Anders fought off a box-and-1 defense designed to stop him to drain three 3-pointers on the night.
“We haven’t had a game like that all year,” Kauffman said. “They fought hard all night. It’s definitely a credit to the guys.”
Belleville Mennonite (3-12) will look to carry the momentum into Monday night when it travels to Sunbury Christian.
Juniata Mennonite 51, Watsontown Christian 40
BEAVER SPRINGS – A trio of Lions went into double-digit scoring as Juniata Mennonite picked up its third win of the season, 51-40 over Watsontown Christian in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game Thursday.
Adrian Martin (17 points), Kevin Burkholder (14) and Caleb Metz (12) – the juniors who are the closest the team has to upperclassmen – took Juniata Mennonite to a 10-point advantage at the half, but saw Watsontown erase it and even the score going into the fourth.
“Part of it was our guys started getting out of kilter a little bit in the third quarter. It was one pass and shoot and we’re done,” Lions coach Dennis Zimmerman said.
But the home team put up 21 in the fourth to win it.
Juniata Mennonite (2-8, 2-5) travels to New Covenant today.
9th grade: Mount Nittany 56, Mifflin County 37; high scorers were Mason Snyder and Nelson Cook with10 points each.
8th grade: Mount Nittany 50, Mifflin County 28; high scorer was Drew Westover with eight points
7th grade: Mifflin County 28, Mount Nittany 18; high scorer was Nathan Poche with14 points
From staff reports
MIFFLINTOWN – It was a bit of a homecoming – in reverse – when West Perry visited Juniata Wednesday.
For Al Ream’s current team, it was a good night. Juniata slid past the Mustangs 54-50 in a non-league boys basketball game.
Ream, who has ties to both school districts, coached football and track at West Perry prior to taking the Juniata boys job this season.
On Wednesday, the Indians had a solid attack offensively that allowed them to keep pace after a strong start. They had a 30-19 lead at the break, but were outscored in the final two quarters.
Logan Knepp had the big night for Juniata with 16 points. Tyler Clark (12) and Josh Parson (11) also were in double figures.
“We have some balance. We had good balanced scoring tonight,” Ream said. “The kids are beginning to start believing in themselves and are playing with more confidence.”
The win was a big one, against a Mid-Penn Conference opponent.
“They play Steel-High, they play Milton Hershey. Everybody’s tough that they play,” Ream noted. “To play them is good experience for our kids because it’s a faster-paced game that most of the Tri-Valley League games.”
The Mustangs won the JV game, 37-27.
Juniata (8-7) is back on its own floor against East Juniata tonight.
Mount Union 74, Southern Huntingdon 34
THREE SPRINGS – A quartet of Mount Union players managed double figures as the Trojans dropped Southern Huntingdon, 74-34, in an Inter-County Conference boys basketball game Wednesday.
B.J. Loner’s 21-point night was the biggest; Kole House was close with 19 for the Trojans. Klayton Heffner (15) and Trevon Walker (12) also had big points in the win, which put Mount Union above the .500 mark.
Trojans coach Joe Komir said he was pleased with the defensive intensity and scoring in transition; the team forced turnovers as well, he noted.
Mount Union won the JV game, 50-27.
The Trojans (9-8) travel to Moshannon Valley Friday.
West Perry 62, Juniata 23
ELLIOTTSBURG – Carly Burns scored a team-high nine points, but Juniata fell 62-23 to West Perry Wednesday night in a nonleague girls basketball game.
“They just totally outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said. “We got beat by the better team tonight. Give them all the credit, they played very well tonight.”
West Perry got a game-high 19 points from Megan Smith and 18 from Madison Urich in the huge win.
“They have a nice player in Megan Smith and other players around her,” Geedey said.
West Perry jumped out to a 15-8 advantage after one quarter and didn’t look back the rest of the way.
Juniata (13-2, 11-0) will step back into Tri-Valley play on Friday night when they head to Line Mountain.
Huntingdon 49, Mount Union 34
MOUNT UNION – Mount Union has played Huntingdon before and knew what to expect going into Wednesday’s non-conference girls basketball game, but the Trojans’ defense faltered and it resulted in the 49-34 loss.
“We struggled defensively. We know their players, we knew what they were going to do. Defense has been a big issue for us all year,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Tynita White had a team-high 15 points for the Trojans, and Cunningham said Reegan McCaulley and Ryleah Woodward came in and played some nice minutes in the second quarter.
“Those are two girls that both just started playing basketball last year, so that looks great for the future, but defensively we just struggled,” she said.
In JV action, McCaulley had nine points to lead the Trojans, but they still fell, 37-22.
The varsity team (7-9) hosts Moshannon Valley Friday.
*9th grade game: Chambersburg 61, Mifflin County 38; High scorer – Trey Dudley and Drew Williams 8 points each.
From staff reports
LEWISTOWN – Hunter Wright celebrated Senior Night by toughing it out to play through a minor injury and totaling 18 points and 18 rebounds to help Mifflin County earn a 70-62 Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division boys basketball win over Chambersburg.
Wright started alongside fellow seniors Jerzerick, Treaster, Maclay and Donaldson.
“Senior Night is always a time to pay tribute to our seniors,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “Braden (Treaster) and Cody (Donaldson) gave us quality minutes in the first quarter.”
Jerzerick scored 14 points for Mifflin County and Evan Seby added 13.
“It was a good, quality win over a much improved Chambersburg team on senior night,” Gingrich said.
Mifflin County will take on Carlisle at home on Thursday night.
Carson Long 50, Belleville Mennonite 44
NEW BLOOMFIELD – Noah Anders scored 20 points, but a slow second quarter cost Belleville Mennonite’s boys basketball squad in a 50-44 loss at Carson Long Tuesday night.
Anders hit all four of Belleville Mennonite’s three pointers, by he couldn’t match the eight Carson Long hit.
“He played well,” Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said of Anders’ play. “He shot well from the perimeter and pushed the pace.”
Bryan Charles of Carson Long scored 20 points of his own, making five trifectas along the way.
The 3-point second quarter where the Thunder went 1-for-8 from the line cost them, as they were outscored 13-3.
Belleville Mennonite (2-12) will look to get back on track Thursday night when it travels to Columbia County Christian.
Mifflin County 69, Chambersburg 53
CHAMBERSBURG – Ashleigh Williams scored 20 points and Mifflin County dropped Chambersburg 69-53 on Tuesday night for a Mid-Penn Commonwealth girls basketball win.
“I think we led from start to finish,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “Every time they made a run, we had an answer.”
Mifflin County had four players in double figures, led by Williams.
“It was nice to get a good win, especially on the road,” Herto said. “We had nice balanced scoring.”
The Huskies took the junior varsity game 46-27.
Mifflin County (8-8, 5-6) heads to Carlisle on Thursday night.
Juniata 47, Greenwood 28
MILLERSTOWN – Juniata got a game-high 13 points from Victoria Varner and rode a 11-2 first quarter past Greenwood Tuesday night in Tri-Valley League girls basketball.
Varner made three of the Indians four 3-pointers on the night to account for nine of her 13.
Varner was also joined in double figures by teammates Joelle Winey (12 points) and Carly Burns (10 points).
Greenwood got a team-high 12 points from sophomore forward Mallory Fortenbaugh, six of which came in the second quarter.
Juniata (12-1, 10-0) will be back in action today when they travel to West Perry.
Greenwood takes the floor next Monday night when they host Selinsgrove.
Milton 32, Midd-West 15
MIDDLEBURG – Brianna Beiler scored six points, but Midd-West fell to Milton 32-15 Tuesday night in a Heartland Athletic Conference girls basketball game.
Maggie Wetzel led the way for Milton with 11 points.
Midd-West took the junior varsity game 36-27 behind Sara Shambach’s 10 points.
Midd-West will take the floor next Friday night when it travels to Mifflintown.
From staff reports
HALIFAX – Brock Anders tells it like a fairy tale: Nick Lorenz came into the East Juniata gym as a young boy, saw the names on the wall and decided he wanted to join them there.
Monday, he did one better – he put his name at the top of the list.
Lorenz needed 28 points going into the Tiger boys’ Tri-Valley League game against Halifax. A layup that fell with 20 seconds left on the clock pushed him over by a point.
His 1,361-point career total – with six regular-season contests and the playoffs still to go – broke a record that has stood since 1962.
Anders said Charles Seiber, who now is No. 1 all-time, has visited, has spent time with the youngster who owns the top line today.
“You need to put in a lot of time,” Anders said. “Nick has evolved as an all-around player at both ends of the floor.
“This has been one of his goals, a personal goal he set long ago.”
Lorenz’ 29 included a 9-of-10 effort at the line Monday. And he was nearly matched on the scoreboard by Bailey Coder, whose 26 points leaves him 42 shy of being the second to go over 1,000 this season.
The Tigers’ 16-0 start makes them, for the third straight year, the best in school history. Their 12-0 TVL record has them all but certified as the league champs (Greenwood, which the Tigers swept, still has a chance).
And Halifax didn’t make it easy, with a trio of double-digit scorers on the floor.
“That team is a good team. They’re going to be very good in the coming years,” Anders said.
“Jeremy Pannebaker needs a little bit of credit,” the coach explained. “He asked about switching up some defenses. We went with it and it ended up working out really well.”
It wasn’t a perfect night – the Wildcats won the JV game, 50-40. East Juniata travels to rival Juniata Thursday.
But this night is one that the Tigers will remember for a long time.
“I think it started six years ago whenever I took the job,” Anders said. “Going through that first season was very difficult for us.
“To sit back and see the rewards, the accomplishments and the good thing happening for our program makes me very happy.”
Juniata 63, Line Mountain 62
HERNDON – Juniata sophomore guard Justin Mingle made a free throw with four seconds left in overtime and lifted Juniata past Line Mountain 63-62 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Monday night.
Mingle had 17 points on the night to supplement Tyler Clark’s game-high 19.
The two underclassmen accounted for 36 points and all seven 3-pointers Juniata made.
“It’s great for us to get those guys playing with confidence,” Juniata coach Al Ream said. “Justin and Tyler were both on. The kids hung in there tonight.”
The game turned into a bit of a 3-point shootout with both teams draining seven shots from beyond the arc.
“It wasn’t our plan, but it ended up being that way,” Ream said. “Tyler got hot from the 3-point line.”
Juniata’s 18-point third quarter extinguished a three-point halftime deficit.
“It was a good high school basketball game,” Ream said. “The guys played hard.”
Juniata (7-7, 5-6 TVL) will be back at it Wednesday night when the Indians host West Perry.
Mount Union 74, West Branch 62
MORRISDALE – Mount Union was on fire on the offensive end Monday, putting up big points in a 74-62 victory over West Branch in an Inter-County Conference boys basketball game.
“We had five guys in doubles – all five starters,” Trojans coach Joe Komir noted. “I think we’re clicking again. We needed this.”
Leading the way was Kole House with 21 points and three long balls. Shak Walker added 16 and Klayton Heffner 14; below the teens were Anthony Gilbert (12) and B.J. Loner (10).
West Branch won the JV game, 36-30.
Mount Union (8-8, 6-3) travels to Southern Huntingdon Wednesday.
Selinsgrove 49, Greenwood 40
SELINSGROVE – Isaiah Rapp’s 20 points were enough to lift the Seals in a 49-40 non-league boys basketball win over Greenwood Monday.
Greenwood’s struggles were rooted in exhaustion, coach Kent Houser said.
“It was our ninth game in 18 days and we looked like it,” he said.
Adam Harrison scored 13 and Tyler Fegley 12 for the Wildcats.
Selinsgrove also won the JV game, 35-32.
Greenwood (13-5) hosts Carson Long Saturday.
Danville 51, Midd-West 34
MIDDLEBURG – The good news, Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger notes, is that his team tied Danville in the second half.
The bad news is that the Ironmen had a solid first half, winning the Heartland Conference boys basketball contest 51-34.
“We’ll take the positive,” Ettinger said. “I thought our defense improved mightily in the second half.”
It was a matter, he said, of limiting rebounds for Danville’s Phil Stem (15 points, eight of them on second chances), and keeping the ball away from Austin Renz (10 points, with a pair of threes).
Andrew Karchner led the Mustangs with 15.
Danville also won the JV game, 52-12.
Midd-West (3-10, 0-7) heads to Jersey Shore Wednesday.
Mount Union 37, West Branch 29
MOUNT UNION – Tynita White scored 20 points to lead Mount Union in a 37-29 Inter-County Conference win over West Branch in girls basketball Monday, a game that was moved ahead due to today’s scheduled District 6 wrestling in Mount Union.
White broke 1,000 points for her career in the game – she needed 16 points going in.
After falling behind at the half and trailing after three, the Trojans outscored the Warriors 17-1 in the fourth.
Penns Valley 37, East Juniata 33
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata couldn’t overcome 27 turnover and fell to Penns Valley 37-33 Monday night in a nonleague girls basketball game.
“We just didn’t take care of the basketball,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. “They played their butts off though. I couldn’t ask for anything more from the girls.”
The Tigers did shoot the ball well from the free throw line, going 13-of-16, and got a game-high 17 points from Kasi Horning, who contributed a 7-for-9 effort from the line.
East Juniata (8-6, 6-5 TVL) takes on Midd-West Wednesday at home.
Juniata Mennonite 27, Meadowbrook Christian 23
PORT ROYAL – Alexis Hahn-Kline’s 10-point night led Juniata Mennonite in a 27-23 victory over Meadowbrook Christian in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball game Monday.
The Lions had a strong third quarter, overcoming a halftime deficit by holding the visitors without a point to post a six-point lead heading into the final stanza. Most notably, coach Andy Meiser said, was that his team held Meadowbrook sharpshooter Madison Burrows to five.
“It’s a game we probably don’t win last year. We’re playing situations a lot better,” he said. “We made some adjustments on our matchup zone at halftime that really worked.”
Juniata Mennonite (8-2, 5-1) travels to Sunbury Christian tonight.
LANSFORD – Eleven teams traveled to the Coal Cracker round robin wrestling tournament over the weekend, but it was Midd-West that placed all but three of its wrestlers for the first place team finish.
Also earning gold individually for the Mustangs were Tanner Ebright at 138 pounds and Brent Blair at 160 pounds. Ebright went 5-0, including three pins and a tech fall, while Blair collect four falls while giving up a 9-5 decision to Mahanoy’s Corbin White.
Other place winners for the Mustangs included Corey Stauffer (113), Michael Ettinger (126) and Zach Longacre (220) in second and Dalton Klingler (120), Andrew Zerby (145), Alexander Tittle (152) and Adam Zerby (285) in third.
BEDFORD – Six Mount Union grapplers placed over the weekend and the Trojans notched 124.5 team points for a seventh-place finish out of 28 teams at the Thomas Chevrolet Tournament in Bedford.
The Trojans were strong through the heavier weights, as Philip Kyle (195 pounds) and Nikolas Smith (285) both earned silver medals, which was the highest place any Trojan achieved over the weekend.
Kyle went 3-1, including a fall over Meyersdale’s Blake Hoover in the first round, but became subject to the same treatment in the championship round when Tyrone’s Jared Beckwith put Kyle on his back for a third-period pin and the first-place finish.
Smith also went 3-1 with a pin, but lost the championship bout to Burrell’s Allan Beattie in a tiebreaker.
Other place winners for the Trojans included Sage Moist (third; 120 pounds), Jake Boozel (fifth; 126), Devon Kylor (eighth; 170) and Darrian Stapleton (sixth; 220).
Halifax 54, Juniata 51
MIFFLINTOWN – Missed shots down the stretch were what did Juniata in against Tri-Valley League opponent Halifax on Saturday.
The Indians lost the boys basketball game to Halifax, 54-51, and Juniata coach Al Ream said part of the reason for this was that his team only scored from the field once in the fourth quarter.
“They made some key shots in the stretch, and it bounced off the rim and came out for us in the fourth quarter,” he said.
On a high note for the Indians, Aaron Zendt went for a career best 22 points. Zendt also collected nine boards for the near double-double.
In JV action, Halifax won, 32-20. Again Zendt was the high scorer with seven.
Juniata (6-7, 4-6) travels to Line Mountain today.
SUNBURY – Midd-West ran into a shooting machine in Heartland Conference opponent Shikellamy Saturday when the Braves shot 80 percent from the field to notch the 62-33 victory.
“Second half I thought our man-to-man defense was much better than the first, but tip our hat to Shikellamy, they had an excellent day from the field,” said Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger, who explained that the Braves didn’t miss a single shot in their 21-point second quarter.
Ascher Marks hit 14 points for Midd-West, but the rest of his teammates scored four points or below.
Shikellamy won the JV contest, 59-25.
Midd-West (2-9, 0-6) hosts Danville today.
Line Mountain 61,
East Juniata 60
HERNDON – East Juniata lost a heartbreaker in the fourth quarter Saturday when the Tigers fell to Tri-Valley League opponent Line Mountain, 61-60.
Down the stretch the Tigers missed two crucial layups and rimmed a jumper, ultimately resulting in the Line Mountain win.
“We were playing well. We got in foul trouble,” said East Juniata coach Travis Quici, who explained that another factor in the fourth quarter was when his two main ball handlers – Caitlin Hoover and Kasi Horning – had to sit over three minutes for foul trouble.
The Tigers’ Maddie Trego hit 13 field goals and went 3-of-6 from the charity stripe for a game- and career-high 29 points.
Erin Heimbach had 19 points in the JV game, but East Juniata lost, 47-32.
East Juniata (8-5, 6-5) hosts Penns Valley today.
Mifflin County (15-2) went 5-0 at the Spring Ford duals over the weekend, topping Boyertown West, Boyertown East, J.R. Fugett, Spring Ford and Pocono Mt. East. Individuals for the Huskies who went 5-0 were Christian Fisher, John Rutherford, Logan Wise, Jonah Kile, Trent Hidlay, Drayson Sullivan, Scout Kyper, Isaac McClay and Austin Haubrick.
From staff reports
MOUNT UNION – On Jan. 3 the Mount Union boys basketball team defeated Moshannon Valley to put coach Joe Komir one victory shy of the 300-win mark in his 30th year coaching.
But then things went awry.
Komir and the Trojans were left hanging on the precipice for much of the rest of the month as a five-game losing streak delayed the landmark victory. However, Thursday five different Trojans scored in the double digits against Inter-County Conference opponent Bellwood-Antis for a final score of 80-49, lifting Komir to his 300th win.
And just as it took the efforts of his players to reach the 300th win, Komir said he never would have gotten to that point without teams he’s also had in the past.
“A lot of great coaches and players in the past,” he said. “You can’t get those wins without good coaches and players.”
Komir began coaching for Mount Union in 1984 as a junior high coach. After seven years at the junior high level, he moved up to the high school level. He said it was the teaching aspects of the job – the ability to instruct players and see them improve – that initially drew him to coaching.
“I’m happy,” he said. “I got it – now we can keep going.”
Trevon Walker (23), B.J. Loner (19), Klayton Heffner (14), Kole House (10) and Anthony Gilbert (10) were the five Trojans to notch double digits in Thursday’s win. Shakeer Walker had nine points in the JV team’s 42-28 loss.
Mount Union (7-8, 5-3) travels to West Branch on Monday.
East Juniata 61, Lancaster Country Day 30
LANCASTER – Maddie Trego scored 11 points and East Juniata ran away from Lancaster Country Day 61-30 in a girls basketball game Thursday evening.
After a 10-10 first quarter, East Juniata took over the game, outscoring the Cougars 51-20 the rest of the way.
“It was a little hectic,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. “The late start kind of threw us off. I think the girls were looking ahead to Juniata (which will be played tonight). We settled down and made some shots.”
East Juniata held the edge from beyond the arc, hitting five threes to Lancaster Country Day’s two.
The Tigers will travel to rival Juniata tonight.
Greenwood 48, Newport 41
NEWPORT – Greenwood fought off a 20-point effort by Newport’s Miranda Schaeffer – keeping the rest of the Buffaloes below double digits – and came away with a 48-41 Tri-Valley League win Thursday.
The Wildcats relied on a team-high13 points from Anna Weger – nine of which came from beyond the arc – and 11 points from Mallory Fortenbaugh to lead the offense.
Greenwood hosts Juniata on Tuesday.
Mifflinburg 50, Midd-West 20
MIFFLINBURG – Midd-West wrestling lost a numbers game to Mifflinburg, giving up three forfeits and falling 50-20 Thursday night.
Corey Stauffer (113 pounds), Dalton Klinger (120 pounds) and Jerry Lewis (182 pounds) all won their bouts for Midd-West.
Lewis was the only Mustang who pinned his opponent when he dropped Andrew Webber at the 2:52 mark.
Midd-West will resume action Feb. 1 when it travels to Panther Valley.
*9th grade: Mifflin County 64, Williamsport 17. High scorer was Laiken Turner with 22 points. Mifflin County is now 15-0 on the season
* Central Dauphin 45, Mifflin County 44. Winners for the Huskies included Clayton Wolfgang, Cole Guthridge, Logan Wise, Jonah Kile, Trent Hidlay, Drayson Sullivan, Scout Kyper, Isaac McClay and Austin Haubrick.
From staff reports
ELIZABETHVILLE – Upper Dauphin hung with East Juniata stride for stride through the first quarter of their Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Monday, with the Trojans holding a slim two-point lead after the first eight minutes.
That didn’t last long. The Tigers outscored Upper Dauphin by 21 across the middle of the game, posting a 73-62 victory when it was over.
It was a big one for East Juniata’s coach – Brock Anders has won just twice in the Upper Dauphin gym since taking the Tigers’ reins. And it didn’t look good with the rough first quarter.
“Upper Dauphin probably played their best first quarter in a long time. They shot really well,” Anders said – but East Juniata got the most from its senior leaders, Nick Lorenz and Bailey Coder. “I thought we battled back hard in the second quarter and played some amazing defense.”
The Trojans were fueled in the opening stanza by Matt Miller, but 16 of his team-high 18 points came before the break, and Upper Dauphin couldn’t make its own adjustments to account for East Juniata changes.
And they definitely had no answer for Lorenz (28 points) or Coder (22), who simply dominated the court.
“Its outstanding to have two scorers, one inside and one outside,” Anders said. “It’s nice to watch them perform.”
Add David Brantley’s 15-point night – including 4-for-4 at the line – and it’s easy to see why the Tigers are the league’s top team.
“We had some good contributions with some guys down the stretch (at the stripe),” Anders said. “We left some out there even in the fourth quarter.”
Upper Dauphin tempered the joy with a JV win.
East Juniata (13-0. 10-0) heads to Midd-West Wednesday.
Newport 43 (OT)
NEWPORT – Greenwood’s first-quarter success was matched by Newport’s second-period comeback, and the Tri-Valley League boys contest stayed close to the end – in overtime.
Greenwood had the advantage, 46-43, when it was over.
“We just stopped being aggressive. We let them get behind us a couple times on fast breaks,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said.
That, and it’s a rivalry game, paced by Newport’s athleticism and solid matchups in personnel, he said.
“It’s Newport, it’s going to be a tough game,” Houser said. “I knew they would come out and play with some enthusiasm.”
Greenwood also won the JV game, 32-22.
The Wildcats (12-3, 9-2) host Juniata Thursday.
Girls: Mifflin County 114, Central Mountain 35
Boys: Central Mountain 84, Mifflin County 57
MILL HALL – Allison Besch won two individual events and was part of two winning relays, setting the pace for the Mifflin County girls in a 114-35 non-league win over Central Mountain in swimming Monday.
Evan Becker’s three firsts led the boys, who slipped to the Wildcats, 84-57.
“The swimmers had an amazing night,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. “The girls won their meet, which was so great to see after all of their hard work throughout the season. The boys were neck and neck all night but fell short in the end.”
Besch won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, and was in the 400 free relays and medley relay. Ali McCurdy was in both of those relays and also took first in the 100 breaststroke.
Becker took the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley while swimming on the 400 freestyle relay. Zack Bonson was on the same relay and added a first in the 200 freestyle.
Including relays, the Huskies captured a dozen firsts – eight of those in the girls meet – along with 11 seconds and another 12 third.
Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin and Central Dauphin East Thursday.
Eighth grade: Huntingdon 33, Mifflin County 19. High scorers, Carson King and Aaron Wagner, six points each.
Seventh grade: Huntingdon 26, Mifflin County 25. High scorer, Mitchell Stauffer eight points. Mifflin County hosts Altoona Wednesday.
From staff reports
KUTZTOWN – Five Mifflin County indoor track and field athletes placed at the Kutztown University Golden Bear Invitational.
“We had several place winners and were encouraged with the effort that we got from everybody,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. “We have been preparing for this meet since the middle of November, so it was nice to get out on the track and compete.”
George Donahey was the best of the Husky finisher, placing third in the pole vault, clearing 12’0″.
Three Huskies placed in the shot put event.
Both Makayla and Makenzie Rearick got fourth and seventh place, registering 34′ 5.5″ and 31′ 2″, respectively.
Caleb Smith finished eighth in the boys event, throwing 40′ 2″.
Rounding out the Huskies placewinners was Kelsie Kennedy, who earned 8th place in the 55 meter hurdles, crossing the line in 9.49 seconds.
The Huskies will compete next on Saturday at the Kevin Dare Invitational at Penn State University.
Mifflin County 54, DuBois 10
DUBOIS – The Mifflin County girls basketball team throttled DuBois 54-10 on Saturday, winning its third game of the week.
“Our goal was to get three wins this week and we did it,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said.
This win came a lot easier than the previous two.
Most of the starters only played about half the game and some of the younger players and seniors who don’t get to play a lot all got opportunities in this one.
The Huskies held DuBois to two points in the opening half.
“The first quarter we came out and defended well.” Herto said. “They had a young team and they struggled quite a bit.”
The Huskies also won the junior varsity contest.
Mifflin County will take the floor next on Tuesday when they travel to Carlisle.
Danville 52, Midd-West 19
MIDDLEBURG – Brianna Beiler hit two threes and scored eight points, but Midd-West fell to Danville 52-19 Saturday in a Heartland Athletic Conference girls basketball game.
Danville got out to a 24-8 halftime lead and would only build on the lead.
Danville also took the junior varsity game 34-21.
Midd-West will be back in action Wednesday night when they travel to Jersey Shore.
East Juniata 63, Millersburg 37
COCOLAMUS – Nick Lorenz scored 25 points and East Juniata stayed perfect on the season, beating Millersburg 63-37 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.
Bailey Coder scored 20 and David Brantley added 15 for the Tigers.
East Juniata led 35-11 at the half and never looked back.
The Tigers will continue their quest for the Tri-Valley League crown when travel to Upper Dauphin tonight.
BELLEFONTE – Midd-West went 1-4 at the Bellefonte duals on Saturday, picking up a 45-36 win over Hazelton.
The stars for Midd-West were Alex Lieberman (5-0), Adam Zerby (4-1) and Corey Stauffer (4-1).
Lieberman earned three pins on the day while Zerby notched two.
Zerby’s only loss came at the hands of State College’s Jack Vandervort while Stauffer’s came when he was pinned by host Bellefonte’s Luke Leathers.
Midd-West will return to the mats Thursday night when they travel to Mifflinburg.
COCOLAMUS – The game itself wasn’t a barn burner – East Juniata took the Tri-Valley League boys basketball contest 66-26 – but with the win over Lancaster Country Day the Tigers made a few marks in the school record books Friday.
As a team, the Tigers made history when the win marked the quickest berth in school history to the boys basketball district tournament.
As an individual, senior Bailey Coder also earned his laurels with a 16-point effort that placed him among the top ten boys basketball scorers. Coder currently has 851 career points, putting him in ninth place.
“It’s a credit to his work ethic and his determination and his leadership throughout his four-year tenure here at East Juniata. It’s a great personal accomplishment for him,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said.
Anders credited the team’s solid defense – Lancaster Country Day couldn’t breach double digit scoring in any of the four quarters – and some nice plays from the bench and role players with the win.
The Tigers’ David Brantley had a game-high 17 points.
East Juniata (11-0, 8-0) will host Millersburg today.
Harrisburg Academy 42, Belleville Mennonite 39 (OT)
LEMOYNE – Belleville Mennonite gave up its lead late in the fourth quarter of a boys basketball game against Harrisburg Academy Friday, and it was a move the Thunder later regretted as Harrisburg Academy took the game into overtime, and got the win, 42-39.
“We played well, we missed some shots, missed some foul shots, but overall it was one of the better games we’ve played,” Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said, although he said his team never should have let the game go into overtime.
One of the brighter notes for the Thunder was its defensive effort, and Kauffman pointed out that every quarter where Belleville Mennonite had trouble scoring, its defense came through to keep Harrisburg Academy’s numbers low as well.
Sam Morgan had a game-high 18 points for the Thunder.
Belleville Mennonite (2-9) hosts Forbes Road Tuesday.
Claysburg-Kimmel 67, Mount Union 66
MOUNT UNION – Kole House scored 21 points for Mount Union, but the Trojans fell 67-66 to Claysburg-Kimmel in an Inter-County Conference boys basketball game Friday.
The Trojans led after the first, second and third quarters, but dropped the final stanza 13-11 to the Bulldogs.
B.J. Loner scored 14 points for Mount Union while Trevon Walker added 12 points.
Mount Union took the junior varsity game, 43-30.
Mount Union (6-8, 4-3 will hit the floor Tuesday when it travels to Glendale.
Greenwood 49, Upper Dauphin 38
MILLERSTOWN – Seth Ferguson scored 14 points and Greenwood won its fifth straight game as it disposed of Upper Dauphin 49-38 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Friday night.
Ferguson benefited from the Wildcats’ improved ball movement to drain two of four 3-pointers for his team.
“I just thought we did a good job of moving the ball,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. “Just getting the ball to the guy that’s open.”
The key for the Wildcats lately has been strong defense; they’ve held four of five opponents under 40 points.
“We’ve played well over the last week and a half,” Houser said. “I think we’re really starting to do the things we want to do.”
Upper Dauphin won the junior varsity game, 44-25.
Greenwood will look to continue its winning ways Monday at 7:30 p.m. when it goes on the road to face Newport.
Harrisburg 81, Mifflin County 55
HARRISBURG – Despite topping Harrisburg 59-53 earlier in the season, the Mifflin County boys basketball team couldn’t notch the sweep over the Cougars Friday, falling in the Commonwealth Division matchup, 81-55.
“Harrisburg played well tonight, and one of our biggest problems in the first half was giving up penetration via the pass, and giving up too many second chance opportunities to them,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said.
But despite the disappointment of the loss, Gingrich is looking ahead to the postseason, and said the game afforded both teams the opportunity to gain valuable playing time for their starters late into the contest.
Curtis Jerzerick had a team-high 20 points for the Huskies, while teammate Hunter Wright collected 18.
Mifflin County lost the JV game, 57-41. Cade Attick led the Huskies with 18 points.
Mifflin County (6-8, 3-6) has a three-game slate in the coming week – beginning with Tuesday’s home game against Carlisle – and Gingrich says the Huskies needs to put Friday’s loss behind them to focus on the week ahead.
East Juniata 43, Lancaster Country Day 13
COCOLAMUS – Defense was the key to the win for the East Juniata girls basketball team Friday, as the Tigers steamrolled Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day, 43-13.
The Tigers held Lancaster Country Day to just two points through each of the first three quarters, while simultaneously putting up some nice offensive numbers of their own. Kasi Horning led East Juniata with a game-high 10 points, while Caitlin Hoover and Megan Graybill collected seven points apiece.
“We played good defense. That’s something that we’ve really been working on. In our wins, we’ve had good defense; in our losses we haven’t,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said.
East Juniata (6-3, 4-3) will host Greenwood today. The JV game will start at 2 p.m. and the varsity game will be played afterward.
Harrisburg Academy 45, Belleville Mennonite 35
HARRISBURG – Mollie Morgan and Grace Peachey each scored 17 points for Belleville Mennonite, but the Thunder came up on the short end of a 45-35 decision at Harrisburg Academy Friday night.
“They worked very well tonight,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said of Morgan and Peachey.
Belleville Mennonite hung tough the first three quarters, but Harrisburg Academy used a 12-5 fourth quarter to put away the Thunder.
“The last few games, they’ve been taking steps forward,” Zook said. “I’m excited to see what they do the rest of the season.”
Belleville Mennonite (0-10) will be back in action Monday night when it hosts Juniata Mennonite.
Juniata Mennonite School 19, Sunbury Christian 17
PORT ROYAL – Juniata Mennonite didn’t exactly light the nets on fire, but it did hand Sunbury Christian its first league loss in three years to pull into a first-place tie with the Eagles in Allegheny Christian Athletic Association standings.
The Lions got a team-high five points from Valarie Meiser and 14 rebounds from Bethany Saner to earn the 19-17 win.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these girls,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said. “They gutted it out.”
The Lions won despite scoring two points in the second half and not making a free throw the whole night.
Meiser called the game “probably the strangest game I’ve every coached.”
Saner was the player of the game for the Lions, pulling down double-digit rebounds again from her guard spot.
“They showed a lot of hearts and a lot of guts,” Meiser said.
Juniata Mennonite (6-1, 3-1) will be in action again on Monday night when it travels to Belleville Mennonite.
Claysburg-Kimmel 74, Mount Union 32
CLAYSBURG – Tynita White scored 17 points, but Mount Union couldn’t keep up with Claysburg-Kimmel, falling 74-32 in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball game Friday night.
Claysburg-Kimmel scored 15 or more points in every quarter.
“We just had a lot of turnovers tonight,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Mount Union also dropped the junior varsity game ,42-16.
The Trojans will back in action Tuesday night when they host Glendale.
From staff reports
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood got 11 points each from Hattie Kuhns, Anna Weger and Mallory Fortenbaugh and dispatched Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin for its fifth-straight win.
“I think that we’re starting to gain a lot of confidence,” Greenwood coach Amy Davidson said. “They know they can win the games we need to.”
The keys for the Wildcats during the win streak has been balance and defense.
A strong third quarter where it held Upper Dauphin to just two field goals was the difference in the win.
“We pride outselves on our defense,” Davidson said. “We switch it up a lot to catch everyone off guard. The girls work extremely hard in practice.”
Greenwood’s team features a total of 18 players that are either freshmen or sophomores, so they continue to learn and mature as the season moves along.
The Wildcats (8-7, 7-3) hope to continue the strong defensive play that has seen them hold five straight teams under 40 points on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when they travel to East Juniata, who they beat to begin the streak.
Halifax 52, Juniata 42
HALIFAX – Turnovers cost Juniata Thursday night in a 52-42 loss at Halifax in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.
The Indians played a solid defensive game, but couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities they were given, said coach Al Ream.
Juniata got strong efforts from Josh Parson (16 points) and Logan Knepp (15 points), but it couldn’t keep up with Halifax in the middle quarters, being outscored 22-15.
Juniata took the junior varsity game by a 44-42 score.
The Indians will be off for the weekend before traveling to Lancaster Country Day on Tuesday.
Mount Union 54, Tyrone 19
TYRONE – Mount Union rode five pins to a 54-19 win at Tyrone in a wrestling match Thursday night.
Bryton Stidfole (106 pounds), Sage Moist (120) Dylan Smith (152), D.J. Bookwalter (182) and Darrian Stapleton (220) all earned pins for the Trojans.
Mount Union earned five other wins, bringing its total to 10 on the night.
The Trojans took the junior varsity match, 73-19.
The Trojans will be back at it Saturday when they take part in the Juniata Duals.
Midd-West 62, Williamsport11
WILLIAMSPORT – Dalton Klingler started things off for Midd-West, which dominated Williamsport Thursday night in a wrestling match by a 62-11 score.
The Mustangs got seven pins on the night, highlighted by another win for Alex Lieberman.
Tanner Ebright, Alexander Tittle and Corey Stauffer all notched wins in different fashions.
Ebright got a 17-2 technical fall, while Tittle got a disqualification and Stauffer added a forfeit win.
Midd-West will hit the mats again on Saturday at the Bellefonte Duals.
Girls: Cedar Cliff 100, Mifflin County High School 75
Boys: Cedar Cliff 68, Mifflin County High School 64
CAMP HILL – The Mifflin County boys swimming team narrowly missed beating Cedar Cliff Thursday afternoon, walking away with a 68-64 loss.
The girls team also fell to Cedar Cliff by a 100-75 margin.
The Huskies were led by 200 IM wins from Evan Becker and Ali McCurdy.
Becker also took the 100 back stroke, grabbing Mid-Penn and district times in the event and was a part of the first place 200 medley relay team, along with Zack Bonson, Drew Kline and Shane Sennett.
Kline also earned a second win in the 200 freestyle.
“All of the swimmers had an amazing night and really contributed to the close score,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. “It was really great to compete with Cedar Cliff, because they are closer in size and technique to our team. This really made for a wonderful atmosphere for both teams to compete.”
The boys 400 free relay team of Kline, Sennett, Bonson and Becker dropped seven seconds off its previous time.
The Huskies will be back in the pool Thursday when they host Central Dauphin.
Ninth-grade team: Mifflin County 41, Hollidaysburg 32; high scorer – Ericka Lepley, 15 points. The Huskies are now 14-0 on the season.
Central Dauphin East 40, Mifflin County 31; high scorer – Nelson Cook,12 points.
Mifflin County 66, Chambersburg 28; winners for the Huskies (10-1) included Josh Snook, Keith Shearer, Lucas Earnest, Trevor Taylor, Jonah Kile, Hunter Michaels, Trent Hidlay, Drayson Sullivan, Scout Kyper, Isaac McClay, Austin Haubrick and Gavin Paterson.
Mount Union 73, Tyrone 19; Trojans to notch falls included Bryce Smith, James Woods, Avery Kyler, Nathanael Morgan, Elijah Atherton and Evan Fortney.
From staff reports
HOUTZDALE – After a three-point first quarter that saw Mount Union trailing by eight, the Trojans turned it on. When the game ended, they had a 53-41 edge over Inter-County Conference rival Moshannon Valley in a girls basketball game Wednesday.
The struggle, Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said, was all on offense, and wasn’t a sign of bad play.
“We just couldn’t hit anything,” she said. “It was like everything they shot went in.”
The Damsels had their own tough-luck quarter coming out of the break, when they still held a lead. But Mount Union could not be stopped in the second half.
“We actually played really good defense tonight,” Cunningham noted, which showed in the mere two trips the Damsels took to the line. “We didn’t foul. We had a lot of steals.”
Ashley Foor led the scoring with 15, including three threes. Tynita White added 13.
The Trojans also won the JV game, 28-24.
Mount Union (6-6, 3-3) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel Friday.
Shikellamy 41, Midd-West 18
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West couldn’t come up with enough offense Wednesday night as the Mustangs fell to Shikellamy 41-18 in a Heartland Athletic Conference girls basketball game.
Brianna Beiler scored eight points for Midd-West.
Shikellamy also took the junior varsity game 33-29 in overtime. Brynn Markley scored 10 for Midd-West in that game.
Midd-West will be back in action Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when it welcomes Danville.
Greenwood 67, Line Mountain 24
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood got off to a scorching start with a 27-point first quarter and never looked back en route to a 67-24 pounding of Line Mountain in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Wednesday.
Seth Ferguson drained two 3-pointers and scored 10 of Greenwood’s 27 points in the first quarter.
“We just were really hot,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. “We really had great ball movement tonight. We really shared the ball.”
Greenwood also won the JV game 43-24.
The Wildcats (10-3, 7-2 TVL) will take the floor Friday night at home against Upper Dauphin.
Tyrone 76, Mount Union 41
MOUNT UNION – B.J. Loner scored nine points, but Mount Union fell to Tyrone 76-41 Wednesday night in a non-league boys basketball game.
Brandon Gripp scored 26 points and his 9-of-10 effort from the free throw line was a part of Tyrone’s brilliant 18-21 performance from the charity stripe.
Tyrone also took the junior varsity game 48-22.
Mount Union (6-7) will be back in action Friday night when it hosts Claysburg-Kimmel.
Mount Union 71, Huntingdon 18. Pins by Patrick Walker, Dawson Hockenberry, Andrew Todaro, Bryce Smith, James Woods and Avery Kyler.
Mifflin County 53, Central Mountain 41. Winners: Christian Fisher, John Rutherford, Lucas Earnest, Logan Wise, Jonah Kile, Trent Hidlay, Drayson Sullivan, Scout Kyper, Gavin Vega, Isaac McClay, Austin Haubrick. Mifflin County is 9-1.
Ninth grade: Central Dauphin 58, Mifflin County 48. High scorers, Nelson Cook, Mason Snyder, Caleb Vega nine points each. The Huskies host Central Dauphin East today.
Ninth grade: Mifflin County 38, Central Dauphin 24. Highs corers, Laiken Turner, Rylie Rittenhouse, Ericka Lepley nine points each.
From staff reports
HARRISBURG – Jessa Wright and Rebeka Knable each made free throws in the closing minutes of overtime to give the Mifflin County girls basketball team a critical 62-60 Mid-Penn Commonwealth road win over Central Dauphin.
“I told the girls that we need to find a way to beat an upper-echelon team,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “Tonight we found a way to do that. I’m really proud of them.”
Ashleigh Williams scored a game-high 24 points for the Huskies and showed some serious toughness.
“Ashleigh’s been a game,” Herto said. “She took an elbow and sucked it up and played through it.”
Herto pointed to a defensive switch midway though the game that caused Central Dauphin to make some mistakes.
The Huskies outscored Central Dauphin 15-9 in the final quarter to force overtime.
Mifflin County will host Harrisburg on Friday night.
Juniata Mennonite 37, Walnut Street Christian 26
JERSEY SHORE-Valarie Meiser scored 13 points for Juniata Mennonite as the Lions defeated Walnut Street Christian 37-26 in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball game Tuesday.
The key for Juniata Mennonite was the play of the second unit when star forward Molly Arnold was in foul trouble.
With Arnold out of the game, the Lions down two points and when she re-entered her team was enjoying a five point lead.
“The second unit did an outstanding job,” Lions coach Andy Meiser said. “They did a real nice job plugging the gap.”
Juniata Mennonite trailed at halftime and outscored Walnut Street 22-9 in the closing half due to better ball movement.
Meiser employed a match-up zone to limit Walnut Street’s best player, Emily Howell, to only 10 points.
“Holding her to 10 points was an accomplishment,” Meiser said. “She’s a real nice player.”
Bethany Saner led the Lions with 16 rebounds on the night.
Juniata Mennonite (5-1, 2-1) won its first game back after a 26-day layoff, but is back in action Friday against Sunbury Christian.
Line Mountain 38
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood used a balanced effort to defeat Line Mountain 43-38 on Tuesday night in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game.
Mallory Fortenbaugh and Morgan Kauffman each scored 10 points to lead the way for the Wildcats.
Greenwood will be in action again Thursday when the Wildcats host Upper Dauphin.
East Juniata 79,
Line Mountain 46
HERNDON – Nick Lorenz scored a season-high 33 points and East Juniata used a strong 28 point fourth quarter to bury Line Mountain 79-46 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Tuesday night.
“We saw some adversity for the first time in a while,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said. “We were able to stifle them defensively with six points in the fourth quarter.”
Bailey Coder added 22 points on the night and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line and Jeremy Pannebaker chipped in 10 points, draining two threes along the way.
East Juniata started strong with a 22-point opening quarter, but allowed Line Mountain to stay in the game the middle two quarters before the fourth quarter explosion.
The Tigers (10-0, 7-0) will look to stay perfect on the season when take on Lancaster Country Day at home Friday.
Millersburg 57, Juniata 52
MILLERSBURG – Logan Knepp and Justin Mingle each scored 18 points, but Juniata fell to Millersburg 57-52 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Tuesday.
Three crucial second chance opportunities for Millersburg are what cost Juniata down the stretch.
“In the fourth quarter, they crashed the boards harder than we did,” Juniata coach Al Ream said. “The effort was there. The kids played hard.”
Juniata (6-4, 4-3) will resume conference play Thursday night when it travels to Halifax.
Greenwood 54, Halifax 36
HALIFAX – Once Greenwood kept Halifax away from the free throw line, it had no trouble coming away with a 54-36 Tri-Valley League boys basketball win on Tuesday night.
“We quit parading them to the foul line in the second half,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said.
That difference allowed Greenwood to outscore Halifax 30-11 in the second half.
Houser also credited the bench with keeping Greenwood in the game during the second quarter while the starters were piling up fouls.
Greenwood (8-4, 6-2) will host Line Mountain tonight at 7:30.
Walnut Street Christian 44, Juniata Mennonite 24
JERSEY SHORE – Adrian Martin scored 16 points but Juniata Mennonite School came up on the short end in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game Tuesday.
The Lions fell 44-24 to Walnut Street Christian.
“We had a lot of inexperience out there,” Lions coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “It was like starting over (after a 26-day layoff).”
Bad passes that became turnovers plagued Juniata Mennonite throughout the game, he said.
The Lions (1-5, 1-2) take on Sunbury Christian Friday.
Girls: Chambersburg 106, Mifflin County 64
Boys: Chambersburg 110, Mifflin County 51
BURNHAM – Ali McCurdy, Zach Bonson and Evan Becker each won events and made district times as the Mifflin County boys (110-51) and girls (106-64) each fell to Chambersburg in a Mid-Penn conference swim meet.
Both the boys and girls 400-yard freestyle relay teams each brought home first-place finishes.
The boys team consisted of Drew Kline, Shane Sennett, Zack Bonson and Evan Becker. The girls 400 free team included McCurdy, Allison Besch, Claire Mulke and Jenna Kile.
“I thought the swimmers performed very well tonight,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. “We are entering the busiest part of the our season and they are competing tremendously well and improving with each meet.”
Houtz was also impressed with the effort of some of the younger swimmers.
“Shane Sennett swam a wonderful 500 time even though he was under the weather, dropping 15 seconds from his time,” Houtz said. “Claire Mulkey and Jackelyn Fultz also had a wonderful meet – they are both freshman.”
From staff reports
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata took what was a close game and blew it wide open in the third quarter, scoring 33 points – while allowing only three – on the way to a 57-28 rout of Newport in Tri-Valley League girls basketball Monday.
“I don’t know what I said at halftime, but it worked,” quipped East Juniata coach Travis Quici, whose team found the rim from behind the arc six times in the decisive quarter. “(Megan Graybill) just caught on fire in the second half.”
Graybill’s four treys helped her to a 14-point night, making her the lead scorer. Cassidy Dillman hit three from downtown, which accounted for all of her points.
The Tigers were tied going into the locker room despite shooting only 5-of-34 in the first half. The outcome, along with an earlier win over Newport, were a much needed respite from the three-game slide the team had suffered.
East Juniata (5-3, 3-2) hosts Lancaster Country Day Friday in the nightcap of a boys-girls doubleheader.
Juniata 61, Newport 15
MIFFLINTOWN – If nothing else, it was a chance for somebody new to score.
That’s the good news Juniata was able to take from a one-sided girls basketball win over Tri-Valley League opponent Newport Monday, 61-15. Coach Meghan Geedey said it may have been the first varsity points for youngsters Abena Dufie and Cori Jo Ruble, who each had a basket. Victoria Varner led with 19 points and Joelle Winey added 12.
It was a struggle, Geedey said, to avoid being sloppy while at the same time trying not to overplay against the struggling Buffaloes.
Juniata also won the JV game; Rylee Duck scored 14 and Ruble 10.
The Indians (9-1, 7-0) host Halifax Friday in a key league matchup.
Halifax 73, Midd-West 25
HALIFAX – Brianna Beiler scored 10 points but Midd-West fell to Halifax 73-25 in a non-league girls basketball game Monday night.
Kylee Sorichetti scored a game-high 22 points for Halifax, who got out to a quick start with a 22-6 first quarter.
Halifax took the junior varsity contest by a 42-28 score.
Midd-West (4-6) will be in action next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Shikellamy.
Williamsburg 57, Mount Union 52
WILLIAMSBURG – Tynita White’s game-high 34 points were not enough to overcome Williamsburg, a 57-52 winner over Mount Union in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball game Monday.
“Tynita had a great game,” Trojans coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Cummingham said her team played well after the break, but allowed two many chances – especially from three-point range – in the first half.
“We let them come out and have four threes in the first quarter, and then three threes in the second,” she said. “We just let them shoot – they were wide open.”
Mount Union (5-6) travels to Moshannon Valley Wednesday.
Meadowbrook Christian 53, Belleville Mennonite 38
MILTON – Meadowbrook Christian hit the gas in the third quarter and never looked back, using an 11-point advantage in the frame to build a 53-38 win over Belleville Mennonite in a boys basketball game Monday.
“We didn’t really play bad. We just had a couple two- or three-minute stretches,” Thunder coach Larry Kauffman said. “They’re a good shooting team.”
Sam Morgan (14 points) and Austin Byler (12) each hit double figures for Belleville Mennonite.
The Thunder (2-7) travel to Midd-West Thursday.
Ninth grade: Mifflin County 43, Park Forest 42. High scorer, Nelson Cook 10 points. Trey Dudley had a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.
Eighth grade: Park Forest 43, Mifflin County. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 17 points.
Seventh grade: Mifflin County 35, Park Forest 23. High scorer, Tyreen Smalley 12 points. Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin today.
MANDATA – Saturday’s Line Mountain Duals pitted a handful of the best teams in District 4 Class AA wrestling – but none of them were strong enough to overcome the lone entrant from District 6.
Mount Union went 4-1 to win the event title, dropping its lone dual to Mifflinburg, 39-36, in a match that came down to the wire.
Mifflin County 35, Carlisle 30
CARLISLE – The Thundering Herd managed a couple of leads in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth dual meet against Mifflin County Saturday. In fact, the home team was on top by 10 point going into the final three matches. But wins by Isaac Underhill (132), Jeffery Murphy (138) and Hayden Hidlay wrestling up at 145 clinched the final in favor of the Huskies.
Underhill and Hidlay both had pins, as did Keith Corson (170).
Juniata Jr./Sr. Duals
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata’s day on the wrestling mats couldn’t have been much worse Saturday.
At the second of the Indians’ three dual-meet events, they lost a Tri-Valley League match to Newport, a District 6 match to Huntingdon and two more on the way to a 1-4 finish, eighth out of the 10 teams entered. The lone victory came against Trinity.
Individually, Derek Beitz was a perfect 5-0 on the day, while Jared Benner, Taylor Foster and Ty Treaster each accumulated four wins. Tylynn Miller had victories in three of the meets.
The Indians wrap up with their largest dual meet tournament Jan. 18.
East Juniata 78,
Harrisburg Academy 49
HARRISBURG – A tie at the end of the first quarter seemed to just make East Juniata angry Saturday.
The Tigers scored 61 points down the stretch – 27 of those in the third – and Nick Lorenz sank a trio of long balls on the way to 38 points as East Juniata easily handled Harrisburg Academy in a non-league boys basketball game.
David Brantley added 16 for the Tigers (9-0).
East Juniata also won the JV game, 53-23, led by Mason Hambright’s 19. The Tigers travel to Line Mountain Tuesday.
Lancaster Country Day 31
LANCASTER – Adam Harrison was the lone Greenwood player in double digits as the Wildcats held off a pesky Lancaster Country Day team 37-31 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Saturday.
Nine of the 11 Greenwood players who got on the court scored, but none did as well as the Cougars’ Grant Garvin, whose 13 led the game.
* Ninth grade: Mifflin County 37, DuBois 20. High scorer, Mason Snyder 10 points.
* Eighth grade: DuBois 35, Mifflin County 28. High scorer, Carson King 11 points.
* Seventh grade: Mifflin County 27, DuBois 21. High scorer, Eric Shilling 13 points. Mifflin County hosts Park Forest today.
ELIZABETHVILLE – A little bit of magic from the line never hurts, and in Juniata’s 52-50 win over Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin Friday, this was especially the case.
The Juniata boys hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch, and coach Al Ream said that allowed the Indians to “keep the game and ice the game.”
Rebounding was also crucial to the win.
“As a team we rebounded well and limited their number of second shots, which was critical to our success,” said Ream, whose team was led in rebounding by Ross Mummah and Logan Knepp.
On the offensive end, Knepp and Justin Mingle led the Indians with 11 points apiece, while teammate Josh Parson scored 10.
Alex White had nine points in the JV game, which the Indians lost, 50-36.
Juniata (6-3, 4-2) travels to Millersburg Tuesday.
East Juniata 58, Newport 46
NEWPORT – East Juniata might have had a little bit of rust and it might have had some defensive troubles in the second half, but still the Tigers came away with the victory Friday against Tri-Valley League opponent Newport, 58-46.
“Early on we played pretty well. I thought the second half we did not respond well defensively to some of the things they did,” said East Juniata coach Brock Anders, whose team was playing its second game in 18 days.
In the opening half, East Juniata scored 37 points, while in the second half the Tigers put up 21. Anders said the team will use the game as a learning experience to stay more disciplined and focused through the entire game.
Nick Lorenz had a team-high 19 points for the Tigers while Bailey Coder (15) and David Brantley (12) also reached double digits.
East Juniata (8-0, 6-0) will host Harrisburg Academy today.
Selinsgrove 40, Midd-West 31
SELINSGROVE – Midd-West scored 12 points early in Friday’s boys basketball game against Selinsgrove, but that was the most the Mustangs would see in a single quarter as the Seals recovered for the 40-31 win.
Dyllan Folk scored 15 points – a game high for the Heartland Conference contest – but the rest of his teammates failed to break double digit scoring.
Selinsgrove also won the JV contest, 31-14.
Midd-West travels to Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech today.
Juniata Valley 63, Mount Union 45
ALEXANDRIA – Mount Union came out of the gate strong, but a troubling second quarter allowed Juniata Valley to take control of the Inter-County Conference boys basketball game and cruise to a 63-45 victory Friday.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said he was pleased with the effort his team put forth despite the outcome.
The Trojans’ B.J. Loner led all scorers with 24 points. Trevon Walker added 10.
The Hornets also won the JV game, 41-33.
Mount Union (6-5, 4-1) hosts Williamsburg Monday.
Greenwood 54, Millersburg 42
MILLERSBURG – Adam Harrison scored 18 points and Tyler Fegley 10 as Greenwood topped Millersburg 54-42 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Friday.
The Indians took a small lead out of the first quarter but were on the down side of an 18-10 second and never managed to get back on track.
“I’m not real sure why, but they were up and they switched to a zone,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. “We made three 3s in that period and got some good looks. It got us going.”
Harrison’s total was boosted by a strong night at the line, where he hit 10-of-14. Usually reliable Fegley struggled at the stripe, though, hitting just one of 10 attempts.
“Rough night for him at the foul line,” Houser quipped. “He’s been shooting them very well but he didn’t have the stroke tonight.”
Millersburg won the JV game, 45-20.
Greenwood (7-3, 4-2) travels to Lancaster Country Day this afternoon for a boys-girls doubleheader.
Cumberland Valley 51, Mifflin County 45
MECHANICSBURG – Mifflin County only trailed Cumberland Valley 38-37 heading into the final stanza of Friday’s boys basketball game, but in the last eight minutes the Huskies were outscored 13-8, resulting in the 51-45 Commonwealth Division loss.
“I thought our defensive effort tonight was great, especially in the last three quarters only giving up 33 points in that time. And also I thought our effort at both ends was there for the whole game; however, you can’t have great effort without execution. And unfortunately our execution tonight was mediocre,” said Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich, who identified three turnovers within the last 1:44 of the game as crucial to the outcome.
“I thought we got better tonight, but we have to learn to play above all of the factors that are out of our control, and execute on the little things throughout the game,” Gingrich continued.
Hunter Wright had a team-high 16 points for the Huskies.
Mifflin County lost the JV game, 45-40. Ross Torquato scored 11 points.
The Huskies (5-6) hosts New Hope Charter today.
Shamokin 42, Midd-West 15
MIDDLEBURG – Shamokin scored one less point in the first quarter than Midd-West managed in the game, as the Indians dominated in a 42-15 Heartland Conference girls basketball win Friday.
The good news for the Mustangs may come down the road – they won the JV game, 31-18.
Midd-West (4-5, 1-4) travels to Halifax Monday.
Mount Union 66, Southern Huntingdon 18
THREE SPRINGS – Mount Union lost three of the first five bouts – and was trailing for the third time – headed into the 195-pound weight class Friday.
Philip Kyle started a trend in that one, and his teammates kept it up – the Trojans won nine straight en route to a 66-18 Inter-County Conference wrestling win in a makeup from Tuesday.
All 14 bouts were six-point decisions; four were forfeits – all by Southern Huntingdon – and the Rockets also suffered an injury default early in the match. The Trojans head to Line Mountain for a tournament today.
Mount Union 90, Southern Huntingdon 12. Pins by Josh Boozel, Evan Fortney, Griffin Scott, Bryce Smith, Zach Smith and Patrick Walker.
Ninth-grade: Cumberland Valley 26, Mifflin County 18. High scorer: Nelson Cook, seven points. Mifflin County travels to Dubois Saturday.
From staff reports
ELIZABETHVILLE – Victoria Varner scored 22 points and Juniata used a strong second half to defeat Upper Dauphin 63-31 in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Thursday.
Juniata scored 37 of its 63 points in the closing half.
“We definitely had a slow start down there,” Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said. “We overcame a slow start and made a few adjustments. We took over the game in the second half.”
Maddie Zendt scored 14 points for Juniata, while Carly Burns added 13.
The Indians (8-1, 6-0) will play Monday at 7:30 p.m. when they host Newport.
East Juniata 51, Newport 31
NEWPORT – It’s not always easy to point out one particular quarter of a basketball game that determines the winner.
Thursday, that was not the case when East Juniata topped Newport, 51-31.
After taking a slim 18-16 lead into the half, the Tigers put up an outstanding 23 points to Newport’s four in the third quarter to take a giant lead for the eventual win.
Three-pointers were the name of the game in East Juniata’s offense, as Megan Graybill connected on four, and teammates Val Leonard, Laurel Amey and Caitlin Hoover collected one a piece. Graybill had a game-high 14 points.
East Juniata (4-3, 3-3 Tri-Valley League) hosts Millersburg on Monday.
Greenwood 44, Millersburg 31
MILLERSBURG – Greenwood put away a win in Tri-Valley League girls basketball action Thursday, when the Wildcats jumped to an early lead and never looked back in their 44-31 contest with Millersburg.
Morgan Kauffman led the Wildcats with 13 point while teammate Anna Weger also helped spark the offense with her three treys and a 2-pointer for 11 more points.
Greenwood (5-7) travels to Lancaster Country Day on Saturday.
Shikellamy 45, Midd-West 13
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West gave up bonus points in half the bouts it wrestled against Shikellamy Thursday, and it resulted in a lopsided 45-13 loss for the Mustangs.
In the Heartland Conference matchup, Tanner Ebright (138 pounds) came within one point of a gaining a technical fall over Jared Brown in their 16-2 bout, and that was the biggest win any Mustang posted.
Alex Lieberman (182) and Corey Stauffer (113) both collected decisions for Midd-West’s other two wins.
The Mustangs will travel to Williamsport Jan. 16.
Mount Union 52, Glendale 6
FLINTON – The Mount Union wrestling team thrashed Glendale 52-6 at Glendale High School Thursday night.
Robbie Steel lost a close 9-8 decision to Bradon Hughes of Glendale to start the night, but everything went great for the Trojans after that.
Curtis Jury picked up a shutout 4-0 decision over Tanner Martz at 138 pounds to turn the tide in Mount Union’s favor.
D.J. Bookwalter and Darrian Stapleton pinned their opponents, as did 285-pounder Nikolas Smith.
The Trojans got technical fall wins from Sage Moist and Jake Boozel and sailed to the lopsided win.
The Trojans will hit the mats Saturday when they compete in the Line Mountain tournament.
Mifflin County 49, State College 41; winners for Mifflin County (8-1) included Christian Fisher, Clayton Wolfgang, Jonah Kile, Hunter Michaels, Drayson Sullivan, Trent Hidlay, Scout Kyper, Isaac McClay, Austin Haubrick and Cole Middaugh.
Mount Union 61, Glendale 33; Andrew Todaro and Nathanael Morgan earned pins
Ninth-grade team: Mifflin County 51, Hollidaysburg 41. Laiken Turner was the lead scorer for Mifflin County (10-0) with13 points.
From staff reports
MIFFLINTOWN – After 15 days off, it took the Indians a little while to get going, but once they did, it was another great effort.
Logan Knepp scored 17 points and Juniata knocked off Newport 60-52 in a boys basketball game on Wednesday night at Juniata High School.
“After a 15 day layoff, we were a little rusty,” Juniata coach Al Ream said. “As a result of that, we played better in the second half.”
Juniata won its fifth game of the season, surpassing its 2012-2013 total in just its eighth game.
“We’re a young ball club,” Ream said. “We’re working hard on getting better each game and each day. They’re still making mistakes, but we’re having less and less of them every time out.”
Juniata also took the JV game by a 46-25 count.
Juniata (5-3, 3-2 Tri-Valley League) will take the floor Friday at 7:30 p.m. when it travels to Upper Dauphin.
Bald Eagle Area 70, Mount Union 55
MOUNT UNION – B.J. Loner scored 19 points but Mount Union fell to Bald Eagle Area 70-55 in a boys basketball game Wednesday.
Brandon Gettig scored 29 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line for Bald Eagle as it used a 12-6 third quarter to build on its nine point halftime advantage.
Trevon Walker scored14 points for the Trojans and Kole House added 11.
Mount Union (6-4, 4-0) will resume Inter-County Conference play Friday when it travels to Juniata Valley.
Mifflinburg 50, Midd-West 23
MIDDLEBURG – Morgan Shirk made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points, but Midd-West fell to Mifflinburg in Wednesday’s girls basketball game, 50-23.
Midd-West held the advantage from beyond the arc, making five trifectas to Mifflinburg’s zero, but that’s where Midd-West’s success ended.
Mifflinburg was lead by Kayla Kline’s 17 points.
Mifflinburg also took the junior varsity game by a 25-17 final.
Midd-West (4-4, 1-3 Heartland Conference) will be in action Friday at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts Shamokin.
Mount Union 70, Fannett-Metal 66
METAL – If Mount Union’s Tynita White did one thing right against Fannett-Metal during Wednesday’s non-league girls basketball game, it was score under the basket.
White posted 30 of her team’s 70 total points with her work at the post, but that wasn’t her only contribution. When Fannett-Metal pulled its defense down to try to defend White, she did a nice job of setting up the guards for some three – of which they collected seven – leading to the 70-66 win.
“She played an all around good game. We were able to get the ball to her a little bit more tonight, and she was definitely key to our success,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said of White.
In JV action, Mount Union lost, 35-27. Reegan McCaulley had 12 points for the Trojans.
Mount Union (4-4) hosts Juniata Valley today.
Upper Dauphin 43, Juniata 31
ELIZABETHVILLE – Upper Dauphin took the upper hand in Tri-Valley League wrestling Wednesday when the Trojans dropped defending league champion Juniata, 43-31.
Juniata’s Taylor Foster and Ty Treaster won the first two bouts, both by major decision, but the eight-point advantage was quickly erased as Upper Dauphin took the next six, five by fall. Juniata didn’t get a six-point decision until Cole Kellison flattened Alex Messner at 145 and Jared Benner did the same to Clayton Kerwin at 152.
At that point, the best Juniata could have hoped for would have been a tie but a loss on criteria, as the Trojans would have had one more six-pointer.
Juniata (13-6, 2-1) hosts the second of its junior/senior duals events Saturday.
Selinsgrove 40, Midd-West 33
MIDDLEBURG – Too many six-point outcomes proved costly for the Mustangs, who dropped a 40-33 Heartland Conference dual meet to Selinsgrove Wednesday.
Alex Lieberman (195 pounds), Tanner Ebright (138) and Brent Blair (160) all picked up pins for Midd-West, which saw bonus points go on the board in six of the seven bouts it won. But a pair of forfeits and four pins made the difference for the Seals.
Girls: Hershey 152, Mifflin County 31
Boys: Hershey 134, Mifflin County 38
HERSHEY – Evan Becker won two events and Zack Bonson had a first and a second, the highlight-reel candidates for Mifflin County in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth swimming loss to Hershey.
The boys fell 134-38, while the girls were on the down side of a 152-31 outcome.
“Hershey High School won states last year, so it was a tremendous opportunity to be able to swim against such talented swimmers,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. “As a whole, our swimmers continue to improve their times and fine-tune their skills which can only enhance their places in up-coming meets.”
Becker posted district and Mid-Penn times in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly, the two he won. Bonson won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, hitting district time in both and Mid-Penn time in the longer race.
Finishing third were Ali McCurdy, 200 individual medley; and Shane Sennett in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
The Huskies are at home Jan. 14 against Chambersburg.
Mifflin County 76, Altoona 22: Winning for the Huskies were Christian Fisher, Clayton Wolfgang, Keith Shearer, Lucas Earnest, Cole Guthridge, Louden McClay, Logan Wise, Jonah Kile, Trent Hidlay, Drayson Sullivan, Scout Kyper, Isaac McClay, Austin Haubrick and Cole Middaugh. The Huskies are 7-1.
From staff reports
HALIFAX – Juniata picked up its biggest win of the girls basketball season thus far, a 62-55 victory over Halifax – on the road – that put the Indians alone at the top of the Tri-Valley League standings.
The visitors outscored Halifax 20-12 in the opening stanza and never looked back. Juniata spread the ball around, getting double-digit scoring from four different players before the night was over.
“These kids are so unselfish and they share the ball well. Tonight was a perfect example of that,” Indians coach Meghan Geedey said.
Carly Burns led the way with 16 points. Joelle Winey added 14 and Maddie Zendt 13. Victoria Varner’s 10 included the game’s only three. Burns (13 rebounds) and Zendt (10) each had double-doubles.
Geedey knew that staying unbeaten in the TVL meant her team had to take this one, and she said the Wildcats pose problems for her team because they are very athletic.
“We are bigger than they are. We should be able to have the advantage in size and we should be able to own the boards,” she explained. “We thought this game had to be a big defensive game for us.”
Specifically, the Halifax offense needed to be one shot and done.
“For the most part we were able to do that,” she said.
Juniata (6-1, 4-0) travels to East Juniata Wednesday.
Midd-West 49, Northumberland Christian 28
MIDDLEBURG – Chloe Wagner scored a career-high 18 points and Brianna Beiler had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds as Midd-West topped non-league opponent Northumberland Christian 49-28 Monday.
Makenzi Kauffman grabbed eight boards for the Mustangs, who shot 41 percent from the floor,
Midd-West (4-3) hosts Mifflinburg Wednesday.
Midd-West 68, Northumberland Christian 40
MIDDLEBURG – Ascher Marks scored 26 points, hitting three from long distance, as Midd-West picked up a much-needed win over Northumberland Christian in a non-league boys basketball game Monday.
How dominant was Marks’ effort? He was one of only two double-digit scorers in the game, the only one from his team. Dyllan Folk and Andrew Karchner were the next best for the Mustangs with eight apiece.
“We needed a quick turnaround,” Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger said. “Saturday we just struggled. This is a good positive win for us.”
The Mustangs (2-3) are slated to play Milton tonight, a game that may or may not be played due to today’s school closure.
St. Joseph’s 46, Belleville Mennonite 32
BOALSBURG – St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy dropped Belleville Mennonite 46-32 in a boys basketball game Monday night.
The Thunder got to the line 29 times on the night, converting 17 of them for over half of their points.
“We had trouble putting the ball in the basket period,” Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said. “We scored most of our points from the line.”
The effort for Belleville Mennonite was a sloppy, turnover-laden contest.
The Thunder (1-6) will take the floor next on Thursday when they host Carson Long.
8th grade: Huntingdon 42, Mifflin County 25. High scorer Cade Shoemaker, 7 points.
7th grade: Mifflin County 27, Huntingdon 26. High scorer Nathan Poche, 16 points. Mifflin County travels to DuBois Saturday.
From staff reports
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata went 3-2 at the Juniata Jr./Sr. High Duals Saturday to finish third out of eight teams.
The Indians routed Tulpehocken 68-9 to start the day, cruised past Glendale in the second match, but ran into trouble against eventual champion Huntingdon, 59-12. The Indians then lost to second place Carlisle, but finished with a 42-36 win over Hershey.
Tylynn Miller had four pins for the day, while Cole Kellison, Jared Benner, Derek Beitz and Taylor Foster each collected two.
“It’s nice to see Tylynn on track. He’s been working very hard even through the offseason, and it certainly is paying off for him right now,” Juniata coach Mike Robinson said.
Robinson also said that it was good to get some insight into future postseason play in the match against Huntingdon.
Juniata will travel to Upper Dauphin on Wednesday.
North Schuylkill 48,
ASHLAND – The Midd-West grapplers had bonus points in every individual win against non-conference opponent North Schuylkill on Saturday – they just didn’t have enough of those individual successes for the team to win.
Corey Stauffer, Tanner Ebright and Alexander Tittle all recorded pins for the Mustangs while teammates Andrew Zerby and Zach Longacre won by injury default, but North Schuylkill took every other bout in the 48-30 contest.
Midd-West will host Selinsgrove on Tuesday.
Cumberland Valley 46, Mifflin County 13
MECHANICSBURG – The Mifflin County grapplers went to visit Cumberland Valley on Saturday, and left with a reminder of why the Eagles are tough to beat.
Only four Huskies came away with individual wins in the Commonwealth Division matchup as Mifflin County fell to Cumberland Valley, 46-13.
Tim Pearce pulled off the biggest individual win for the Huskies with his 10-2 major decision over the Eagles’ 195-pounder Brendon Rigney. Hayden Hidlay, Trey Hartsock and Kyle Kahley all recorded decisions for Mifflin County.
The Huskies will host Altoona on Wednesday.
Clearfield Arctic Challenge
CLEARFIELD – Mifflin County traveled to the competitive Clearfield Arctic Classic swim meet Saturday, and although the girls finished seventh out of eleven and the boys were ninth out of nine, some individual Huskies swam a successful meet.
The Huskies’ highest finisher was Evan Becker, who notched fourth place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:15.12. Becker was also sixth in the 100 freestyle and placed with the 200 freestyle 200 medley relay teams.
For the girls, Allison Besch qualified for districts in the 50 freestyle when her time of 28.62 notched an 11th-place finish. Besch was also seventh in the 100 butterfly and placed with the 200 medley 200 freestyle relay teams.
Outside of Becker and Besch, nine other Huskies placed in either individual or relay events.
“It is a huge accomplishment to place and score in a meet of this size, so we are very proud of these swimmers,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said.
Mifflin County will travel to Hershey on Tuesday.
Mifflin County 60, Chambersburg 34
CHAMBERSBURG – With the size advantage already in their favor, the Huskies played an all around solid game on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court Saturday to top Commonwealth Division opponent Chambersburg, 60-34.
Mifflin County put up consistent scoring through every quarter, while Chambersburg only mustered three points in the first quarter.
“By the score, we played very well at both ends of the court,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “Chambersburg was missing one of their better players, however with the defensive effort our guys put forth, it wouldn’t have mattered.”
Hunter Wright put up a game-high 19 points, while teammate Curtis Jerzerick scored 17.
In JV action, Mifflin County won, 47-41.
With the varsity win, the Huskies move to (5-5, 3-3) and will host Central Dauphin East on Tuesday.
Jersey Shore 77, Midd-West 31
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West’s Andrew Karschner scored 14 points against Heartland Conference opponent Jersey Shore to be one of five athletes to post double-digit scoring Saturday, but unfortunately for Midd-West, Karschner was the only Mustang to make the accomplishment.
Midd-West led 12-8 early on, but Jersey Shore made an 8-0 run to end the first quarter.
“We got off to a good start,” Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger said. “They went on a little bit of a run. We just couldn’t come back from that.”
Zach Miller played a big part in Jersey Shore’s 46-point win, going 10-10 from the floor and finishing with 22 points.
Jersey Shore also won the JV game, 53-19.
Midd-West will host Northumberland Christian today.
Mount Union 71, Moshannon Valley 57
MOUNT UNION – The Mount Union boys basketball team was firing on all cylinders against Moshannon Valley Saturday when an all-around strong offensive effort lifted the Trojans to the win, 71-57.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said point guard B.J. Loner ran the offense well as he set up the plays and collected 13 assists in the process.
Reaping the benefits of Loner’s assists were Klayton Heffner – who scored a game-high 24 points – Trevon Walker (19), C.J. Booher (12) and Kole House (10). Walker also had 16 rebounds to notch a double-double.
In JV action, Booher collected 10 points and teammates Shakeer Walker and Keiton Pollock notched nine and eight respectively as the Trojans won, 40-12.
Mount Union (6-3, 4-0) will host Bald Eagle on Wednesday.
Forbes Road 65, Belleville Mennonite 40
WATERFALL – In what was a very slow paced game – Belleville Mennonite had a 2-0 lead for the first five minutes – the Thunder ultimately turned the ball over too many times, resulting in a 65-40 boys basketball loss to Forbes Road Saturday.
“It wasn’t very fast paced at all. We turned the ball over too much – gave them too many freebies,” Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said.
Belleville Mennonite scored only 18 points in the first half, while Forbes Road put up 30. Sam Morgan scored a team-high 13 points.
Belleville Mennonite (1-5) will travel to St. Joseph’s today.
Halifax 68, Greenwood 58
HALIFAX – Greenwood scored 58 points against Tri-Valley League opponent Halifax on Saturday, but Halifax’s Kylee Sorichetti scored more than half that amount on her own with a game-high 31 points to lead her team to the 68-58 victory.
Greenwood had a 32-27 lead at the half, but its offensive output slowed in the second half as Halifax outscored the locals, 41-26.
Anna Weger and Hattie Kuhns tied for a team-high 12 points.
Greenwood won the JV game, 35-32.
Greenwood (3-7) will host East Juniata today.
Milton 34, Midd-West 18
MILTON – In a game where only one player on either team broke double digits in scoring, Midd-West took the short end of the stick Saturday when Heartland Conference opponent Milton topped the Mustangs in girls basketball action, 34-18.
The Panthers jumped to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter, but left the door open in the second quarter when they didn’t score a single point. However, Midd-West – which shot 18 percent from the floor verses Milton’s 38 percent – was only able to muster five more points before the break.
Morgan Shirk had a team-high seven points for the Mustangs.
Midd-West lost the JV contest, 34-29. Brynn Markley had 11 points for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs (3-3, 1-2) will host Northumberland Christian today.
Forbes Road 54, Belleville Mennonite 31
WATERFALL – After a layover for the holidays and some bad weather, the Belleville Mennonite girls basketball team had trouble recovering and fell to Forbes Road, 54-31, on Saturday.
The only quarter where the Thunder scored double digits was in the fourth with 11.
“We came out really slow defensively. I was happier offensively,” said Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook, who explained that her team had better success than normal finishing its shots, but had trouble with turnovers.
Grace Peachey had a team-high 12 points for the Thunder.
Belleville Mennonite (0-7) will host Newport on Tuesday.
Mifflin County (6-1) went 4-1 to place third at the Labrobe Duals Saturday. Christian Fisher, Logan Wise, Trent Hidlay, Isaac McClay and Austin Haubrick all went 5-0. Jonah Kile and Cole Middaugh went 4-1
Juniata finished first out of 10 teams at the Juniata Jr./Sr. High Duals Saturday.