From staff reports
NORTHUMBERLAND – Juniata Mennonite senior Molly Arnold scored a career-high 22 points in her last regular season game, but the Lions fell 49-42 to Northumberland Christian Wednesday night.
While three Northumberland players scored in double figures, the second highest scoring Lion was Valerie Meiser with nine points.
“We didn’t get a second option to complement Molly,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said. “They did a nice job on Lauren (Breon) and kept her out of the lane.”
The Lions (14-5, 11-3 ACAA) will open the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association tournament on Thursday when they play Centre County Christian at Cambria County Christian.
Northumberland Christian 59, Juniata Mennonite 27
NORTHUMBERLAND – Adrian Martin scored 14 points, but a rough second quarter is what cost Juniata Mennonite School in a 59-27 loss at Northumberland Christian School.
“The second quarter was our downfall.” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “We have a lot of inexperience. They made adjustments and we didn’t.”
Juniata Mennonite finishes the season at 2-15, 2-12 in the ACAA.
COCOLAMUS – Carson Long was the last team standing between the East Juniata boys basketball team and a perfect regular season record Friday, but the Tigers had no trouble sealing the win, 82-52.
With 27 points from Nick Lorenz, 25 from Bailey Coder and 17 from David Brantley, the Tigers could have won by the double-digit scorers’ tallies alone, but the Tigers also got help from Jeremy Pannebaker, Chas Maguire, Gabe Coder, Clayton Erhard and Jared Shirk.
“I think that shows the diversity we’ve created to get those guys involved in the last regular season game,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said, crediting the team’s successful regular season with its tough work ethic.
East Juniata (21-0) is the No. 1 seed in District 4 and will host its first game. The opponent and date of that game are yet to be determined.
Selinsgrove 51, Midd-West 49
MIDDLEBURG – A strong showing through the middle quarters brought Midd-West back into its contest with Selinsgrove Friday after falling behind 26-9 in the first quarter, but a 3-pointer by the Seals’ Isaiah Rapp with 8.9 seconds to go put the game away, 51-49.
“I give our guys a lot of credit for the resilience they showed tonight,” Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger said in reference to the team’s ability to get back in the game after the lopsided first stanza. However, as Ettinger explained, the Mustangs ran out of steam before they could notch the win.
Selinsgrove won the JV game as well, 39-28.
Midd-West (3-18, 0-14) has completed its Heartland Conference slate and will complete the season Monday at Halifax.
Christian 45, Juniata Mennonite 31
PORT ROYAL – Northumberland Christian scored nearly half of its 45 points during a 20-point second quarter, and it was enough to put away the Juniata Mennonite boys, 45-31, during Friday’s Allegheny Christian Athletic Association game.
“We got ourselves in a little bit of foul trouble, so we had to pull some guys out,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said, explaining that the team’s inexperience made it difficult to recover.
Adrian Martin scored 14 points for the Lions, and teammate Kevin Burkholder collected 12.
Juniata Mennonite (2-13) travels to Northumberland Christian on Tuesday.
Juniata Mennonite 47, Northumberland Christian 40
PORT ROYAL – Juniata Mennonite had to fight through a little rust early in Friday’s matchup against Northumberland Christian, but the Lion girls came through for the 47-40 Allegheny Christian Athletic Association win.
“We just sewed some things up, and started to play some good basketball,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said of his team’s turnaround.
Part of the Lions’ success came from their ability to hit the boards. Valarie Meiser neared a double-double as she had eight points and 10 rebounds, while Bethany Saner scored five points and grabbed 13 rebounds and five assists.
Senior Lauren Breon also had a memorable last night on the home court as she hit a team-high 15 points.
Juniata Mennonite (14-4, 11-2) travels to Northumberland Christian on Tuesday.
FLINTON – Glendale had no answer to Mount Union’s offensive onslaught Wednesday as the Trojans cruised through their final regular season game with a 94-54 rout over the Inter-County Conference opponent.
“It started with Klayton (Heffner) hitting his threes, and our defense was really good tonight. We rebounded really well and ran the floor,” Mount Union coach Joe Komir said.
Heffner had five total 3-pointers, four of which came in the first half, en rout to his 21-point performance. Teammate Kole House also hit five treys – four of his came in the second half – for 21 as well.
B.J. Loner (18), Kole House (17) and Trevon Walker (14) also reached double figure scoring.
Keiton Pollock had 13 points to lead Mount Union to its 33-22 JV win.
The Trojans (13-9, 10-4) finished second overall in the ICC, and will play Central on Tuesday at Hollidaysburg to begin the District 6 tournament.
Juniata 61, Carson Long 44
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata got some clutch steals in the fourth quarter Wednesday, and it played a large role the 61-44 boys basketball win over Carson Long.
“This was a good win for us. It got the team a winning season, they were 11-10 for the year,” Juniata coach Al Ream said.
The Indians collected 25 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away after entering the stanza with a 36-32 lead.
Tyler Clark and Justin Mingle tied for a team-high 17 points. Fifteen of Clark’s points came from beyond the arc, while Mingle connected on two 3-pointers.
In JV action, Juniata won 46-40.
The Indians (11-10) will enter the District 6 tournament Monday when they face Blairsville at Altoona.
Greenwood 54, Line Mountain 32
HERNDON – A hot shooting effort from beyond the arc in the third quarter lifted Greenwood to a 54-32 win to conclude its Tri-Valley League slate.
The Wildcats made six of the their eight threes in the 26-point period to pull away from the Eagles.
“That’s pretty much what they were giving us,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said of the three-point shooting. “We did a good job of looking for it in the third period though.”
Adam Harrison led the way for Greenwood with a game-high 16 points, including two threes.
Greenwood also took the junior varsity game 39-20.
Greenwood (17-5, 13-3), the Tri-Valley League’s regular season runner-up, will begin its District 3-Class A playoffs next Friday at home against the winner of a game between Lancaster County Christian and Harrisburg Christian.
Mifflinburg 50, Midd-West 36
MIDDLEBURG – Mifflinburg lit up the scoreboard from outside the arc, hitting seven total treys, and it was too much for Midd-West to handle Wednesday in the 50-36 loss.
“They hit some shots. I have to give them credit,” Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger said of the Heartland Conference opponent.
Midd-West got the most offensive support from Zach Schrader, who had a team-high 12 points.
In JV action, Midd-West fell 54-40.
The Mustangs get back in action Friday when they host Selinsgrove.
Mount Union 69, Glendale 41
MOUNT UNION – Ashley Foor scored 16 points and made three 3-pointers for Mount Union as they disposed of Glendale 69-41 in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball game Wednesday night.
Tynita White scored a game-high 17 points for the Trojans as they finished the regular season on a winning note.
Mount Union outscored Glendale 20-5 in the first quarter and also came out strong in the second half, outpacing the Vikings 27-8 in the third quarter.
“We came out and we played well,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said. “We played better defense. It was a good end of the season game.”
The Trojans (12-10) have concluded the regular season and begin the District 6 playoffs on Tuesday night when they take on Bellewood-Antis at Hollidaysburg Junior High School Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
* Mifflin County 71, Hollidaysburg 34. Winners included Christian Fisher, Clayton Wolfgang, John Rutherford, Keith Shearer, Louden McClay, Logan Wise, Jonah Kile, Hunter Michaels, Trent Hidlay, Drayson Sullivan, Scout Kyper, Isaac McClay. Mifflin County is now 16-2.
From staff reports
MILTON – Juniata Mennonite was trailing early against Meadowbrook Christian, but managed to tie the score in the waning moments of the first period.
On the buzzer, Valarie Meiser dialed long distance for a lead, and the Lions never looked back. With a 45-38 finish in its favor, Juniata Mennonite clinched at least a tie for third in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball standings – and combined with a loss by Northumberland Christian, the Lions are guaranteed a playoff spot.
Whether they will enter the tournament as the No. 2 or No. 3 team depends on both their games against Northumberland; they play Thursday in Northumberland and Friday back home to decide. Juniata Mennonite needs to win one to clinch second place.
Against Meadowbrook, Molly Arnold in the post (19 points) and Valarie Meiser on the baseline (17) did the heavy lifting; prior to a brief stretch where Meiser was hurt, that’s been the key for the team offensively. Arnold grabbed nine rebounds, falling just shy of the double-double.
“We’ve won without them doing a lot,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser noted. “Tonight it’s what they were giving us.”
The Lions go into the final stretch at 13-4, 10-2 in the league.
East Juniata 38, Newport 24
COCOLAMUS – Maddie Trego scored 17 points – 14 of those after the half – as East Juniata reversed an early rough start to top Newport, 38-24, in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Tuesday,
It was the league finale and senior night for the Tigers.
Newport led after each of the first two quarters, but the home team turned that around quickly coming out of the locker room.
“We made some adjustments at halftime, defensively and offensively,” Tigers coach Travis Quici said. “Moving forward, that’s what we need to do for two halves.”
East Juniata also won the JV game, 41-21.
The Tigers (13-8, 10-6) head to Bellefonte Thursday,
Greenwood 55, Millersburg 48
MILLERSTOWN – Morgan Kauffman scored a team-high15 points and Greenwood dropped Millersburg 55-48 in Tri-Valley League girls basketball action Tuesday.
Kauffman made 13-of-18 free throws, accounting for half of her team’s 36 attempts from the line.
Anna Weger supplemented Kauffman’s effort from the line, draining three trifectas as a part of her 13 points.
The Wildcats used a 19-point second quarter to jump ahead of Millersburg.
Claysburg-Kimmel 59, Mount Union 46
MOUNT UNION – Clayburg-Kimmel’s outside shooting proved too much for Mount Union, which dropped an Inter-County Conference girls basketball contest to the Bulldogs, 59-46.
More than half of the visitors’ points came from behind the arc. But the Trojans also suffered from a turnaround as the game wore on – up eight after a 22-point first quarter, Mount Union was in a tie at halftime and scored only three points in the third.
“The second half we just did everything we didn’t do in the first half,” Trojans coach Jenny Cunningham said. “We had a ton of turnovers in the third quarter.”
Mount Union (11-10) finishes at home against Glendale tonight.
Johnstown Christian 46, Belleville Mennonite 40
BELLEVILLE – Mollie Morgan put 23 points on the board – making her two-day total 47 – but she couldn’t carry Belleville Mennonite to a win over Johnstown Christian, which took a 46-40 advantage in their girls basketball game.
“The last two nights Mollie Morgan really stepped it up,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said.
Grace Peachey added 11 points for the Thunder, but Zook said the visitors were able to interrupt her team’s flow.
“They pressed us and we weren’t able to set up our offense. Even defensively we were lacking,” she said. “Overall we just threw the ball away too much.”
Belleville Mennonite (2-16) travels to Great Commission Thursday.
Juniata 59, Upper Dauphin 30
MIFFLINTOWN – Carly Burns scored 20 points, leading a trio in double figures as Juniata topped Upper Dauphin 59-30 in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Tuesday.
The win ended the TVL season for the Indians with a perfect 16-0 mark.
Danville 56, Midd-West 15
DANVILLE – A pair of Ironmen reached double figures and Danville’s defense clamped down on Midd-West as the Mustangs dropped a Heartland Conference girls basketball decision, 56-14.
Brianna Beiler’s five-point effort led Midd-West.
In the JV game, Brynn Markley scored 10 in a Mustang loss, 43-24.
East Juniata 61, Millersburg 36
MILLERSBURG – Another game, another record for the East Juniata boys.
The Tigers put away Millersburg 61-36 to end a perfect run in the Tri-Valley League – a first for the program – and then established a new record for wins in a season with No. 20.
“It was their senior night, and I thought playing on the road after playing last night we were a little sluggish early on,” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said – although not slow enough to prevent the Tigers from doubling down on the home team in the opening stanza.
Nick Lorenz and Bailey Coder both recorded double-doubles in the game – Coder won the points battle with 30 and grabbed 12 rebounds; Lorenz had 10 assists to go with his 20 points.
Millersburg won the JV game, 61-41.
The Tigers (20-0, 16-0) host Penns Valley Thursday.
Warrior Run 67, Midd-West 56
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West got good play out of Zach Schrader and Ascher Marks – the two combined for 28 points, half their team’s total – but Warrior Run had a pair in the 20s in the way to a 67-56 win in Tuesday’s Heartland Conference boys basketball game.
Midd-West made runs at the Defenders, getting as close as a single possession more than once in the second half, but the efforts were always foiled by Lance Peeler and his 21 points, and Zach Burrows’ defensive handiwork.
Midd-West had problems of its own.
“We just could not get a rebound to save our lives,” Mustangs coach Aaron Ettinger lamented.
Warrior Run also won the JV game, 51-41.
Midd-West (3-16) hosts Mifflinburg today.
Meadowbrook Christian 45, Juniata Mennonite 17
MILTON – Only two players made it into the scorebook for Juniata Mennonite, which suffered a 45-17 setback at Meadowbrook Christian Tuesday.
“It’s not surprising. We’ve had that a couple times this year,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “It all boils down to experience. Guys are not comfortable – they have open looks and they don’t take them.”
Kevin Burkholder was the Lions’ scoring leader with 10. Adrian Martin had the other seven.
Juniata Mennonite (2-13) travels to Northumberland Christian Thursday.
Boys: Mifflin County 77, Tyrone 58
Girls: Tyrone 92.50, Mifflin County 77.50
TYRONE – Mifflin County’s boys combined for six individual firsts and won two relays on the way to a 77-58 non-league win over Tyrone in swimming Tuesday.
The girls had a pair of firsts in a 92.5-77.5 loss to the Golden Eagles.
“Tonight was the last regular meet of the season and it was a tremendously competitive meet,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. “The meet was back and forth all night, which made for a great competition environment, especially this late in the season. Coming off of a meet last night, I thought the swimmers performed well and their conditioning has paid off.”
Zack Bonson, Drew Kline, Evan Becker and Shane Sennett picked up all the boys’ wins. They swam both the medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay; Bonson and Becker added two individual firsts while Kline and Sennett had one each.
Claire Mulkey and Ali McCurdy were the girls winners.
The Huskies head to the Polar Plunge Invitational at Northern York Saturday.
*Ninth grade: Park Forest 33, Mifflin County 32. High scorer, Ryan Walker nine points.
* Eighth grade: Park Forest 42, Mifflin County 34. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 12 points.
* Seventh grade: Mifflin County 33, Park Forest 31. High scorers, Tyreen Smalley and Eric Shilling 11 points each, Mifflin County travels to Central Mountain today.
From staff reports
COCOLAMUS – It was another banner night for the East Juniata boys basketball team.
East Juniata tied the school record with its 19th win off the season, which also established a new record for regular season wins.
“I think this was something that our guys targeted at the beginning of the year.” East Juniata coach Brock Anders said. “That was one of their goals.”
David Brantley scored a season-high 21 points and Nick Lorenz added 31 as the two Tigers celebrated senior night in a big way.
Anders praised the consistency that Brantley has possessed all season, complimenting leading scorers Lorenz and Bailey Coder.
Another less heralded senior, guard Jeremy Pannebaker, also stepped up on senior night, draining three 3-pointers to lead the Tigers in that category.
“Jeremy stepped into the starting line-up tonight and hit some shots,” Anders said.
East Juniata lead 30-7 after the first quarter and poured it on after that en route to a season-high 92 points.
The focus for East Juniata, having already clinched the Tri-Valley League regular season title is on continuing to put wins on the board.
“We have to be very successful and win as many games as possible to secure the top-seed in our district,” Anders said.
The Tigers (19-0, 15-0 TVL) will hope to finish the Tri-Valley regular season unbeaten when they travel to Millersburg today.
East Juniata also took the junior varsity game over Line Mountain 64-36 with Owen Kline-Geffert scoring 19 points.
Juniata 59, Millersburg 48
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata’s defense did its job, the key in a bounce back win after a loss Saturday.
Juniata topped Millersburg 59-48 in their final Tri-Valley League boys basketball game of the season.
“We played well. Tonight we brokes down their defense, we got good looks, we were patient with the ball,” Juniata coach Al Ream explained.
Ream pointed to the scoring line for Millersburg, where Christian Wingard saw 14 less points after his name than the first meeting between the two. But Christian Keister was able to succeed at the line – 10-of-11 – to equal the game-high 20 points scored by Juniata’s Logan Knepp.
“We did not do a good job in post play on (Keister),” Ream said.
Clark found success from the outside, dropping four from behind the arc for 16 points.
Juniata (10-10, 7-9) closes out the regular season Wednesday at home against Carson Long.
Forbes Road 55, Belleville Mennonite 42
BELLEVILLE – Sam Morgan scored 16 points but Belleville Mennonite fell 55-42 to Forbes Road Monday night in a boys basketball game.
The Thunder had to deal with some adversity again Monday night, losing Austin Byler to an injury for the night in the first quarter and Morgan for most of the second quarter with foul trouble.
Yet still, for Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman, it was his team’s best effort this season, even in a loss.
“Honestly, this was the best game we’ve played all year,” Kauffman said. “It’s the best team we play all year, other than East Juniata. They’re 12-5 and in first place in their district.”
Brock Brodwater scored 15 points for Forbes Road, whose 22-8 final quarter was the difference.
Kauffman also noted that the game was closer than the score indicated, since many of those 22 points came when Belleville Mennonite was fouling at the end to play catch-up.
Belleville Mennonite (4-13) will be back in action Thursday night when it takes on Great Commission.
Greenwood 56, Halifax 48
MILLERSTOWN – Adam Harrison scored a team-high 11 points and Greenwood knocked off Halifax 56-48 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Monday night.
Joe Sheaffer scored eight of his 10 points on the night in a pivotal 18-point first quarter for the Wildcats.
“We got off to a good start,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. “Joe Sheaffer came out and had a big period. He got into their defense and was looking to score.”
Nicholas Kerstetter also hit three of Greenwood’s six 3-pointers in the contest.
The Wildcats also took the junior varsity game 42-32.
Greenwood (16-5, 12-3) will conclude its Tri-Valley League slate Wednesday night when they travel to Line Mountain.
Belleville Mennonite 37, Juniata Mennonite 35
BELLEVILLE – Mollie Morgan scored a career-high 24 points and a game-tying lay-up for Lauren Breon of Juniata Mennonite didn’t fall, so Belleville Mennonite hung on for the 37-35 win.
“She had flames coming out of her hands,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said of Morgan. “She just hit everything. She was out of her mind. We haven’t had a shooting performance like that against us all year.”
Breon’s potential tying lay-up with 22 seconds left in the game “hung on the rim for what seemed like eternity” Meiser said. and the Thunder came away with the hard fought win.
“Give credit to Belleville,” Meiser said. “They’ve improved a lot.”
Meiser pointed to a slow stretch late in the second quarter that may have cost his team the contest.
BMS outscored Juniata Mennonite 13-8 in the second quarter.
Juniata Mennonite (12-4, 9-2 ACAA) will have a quick turnover as they travel to Meadowbrook Christian today.
Belleville Mennonite (2-14) will be at Great Commission Thursday at 6 p.m.
Bucktail 61, Midd-West 41
MIDDLEBURG – Bucktail’s Maria Morgan scored 29 points and dished out 14 assists, accounting for 26 of her teams 28 field goals in a 61-41 win over Midd-West.
Brianna Beiler scored a team-high 12 points and Morgan Shirk made three 3-pointers for the Mustangs.
A rough four point first quarter put Midd-West behind the 8-ball and forced them into catch up mode early.
Midd-West will conclude the regular season today when it travels to Danville.
*Eighth grade: Mifflin County 39, Our Lady of Victory 26. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 20 points.
*Seventh grade: Mifflin County 35, Our Lady of Victory 23. High scorer, Camden Shawver 18 points.
* Moshannon Valley 51, Mount Union 48: Winners for Mount Union: Dawson Hockenberry, Josh Boozel, Andrew Todaro, Evan Fortney, Kaleb Atherton, Patrick Walker, Zack Rhodes, Elijah Atherton.
From staff reports
Juniata 63, Lancaster Country Day 24
LANCASTER – The Juniata girls basketball team won its second straight Tri-Valley League title Saturday afternoon in a 63-24 thrashing of Lancaster Country Day.
“Obviously, it feels awesome (to win the TVL title),” Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said. “It feels great for the kids to win back-to-back titles. It’s a great accomplishment for them.”
Victoria Varner unloaded on the Cougars from behind the arc, making all six of the game’s 3-pointers en route to 20 points.
Carly Burns added 13 points for the Indians, who put this one out of reach early with a 20-4 lead after the first quarter that they would continue to build on.
No one scored more than six points for Lancaster Country Day, while six players scored six or more for Juniata.
The Indians (18-2, 15-0 TVL) will host Upper Dauphin in their TVL finale Tuesday night before entering the District 6 Class-AA playoffs.
“First we have to take care of Upper Dauphin Tuesday night,” Geedey said. “We are very focused on making a run in the playoffs. I feel we can go as far as our defense and rebounding takes us.”
After the Upper Dauphin game, Geedey is exciting to finally get some practice time after a hectic second half of the season.
“We’ll use practice time to get better on both ends of the floor.” Geedey said. “We’ll also try to get better at our offensive execution.”
Sunbury Christian 45, Belleville Mennonite 33
BELLEVILLE – Mollie Morgan and Grace Peachey each scored 12 points, but Belleville Mennonite fell to Sunbury Christian 45-33 in a girls basketball game on Saturday.
A rough second quarter where the Thunder were outscored 18-4 cost them, as they two points better than Sunbury Christian the rest of the day.
Morgan and Peachey combined for 10 of Belleville Mennonite’s 13 field goals, but they couldn’t get enough help to knock off Sunbury Christian.
Sunbury Christian got a game-high 17 points from Torri Erdman.
Belleville Mennonite (1-14) will host Juniata Mennonite today at 6 p.m.
Belleville Mennonite 47, Sunbury Christian 12
BELLEVILLE – Sammy Kauffman celebrated his senior night by scoring 10 points and helping Belleville Mennonite dismantle visiting Sunbury Christian in a boys basketball game Saturday afternoon.
Kauffman, Noah Anders, who scored a game-high 17 points and the Thunder forced the Eagles into a bunch of tough shots, many of which they missed.
“We came out with a lot of energy,” Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said. “Our defense was really good.”
Belleville Mennonite got contributions from everyone after early foul trouble for star guard Noah Anders caused Kauffman to go to the bench early.
“We got some great contributions,” Kauffman said. Garrett and Colin played some good, quality minutes off the bench.”
Belleville Mennonite (4-12) will make-up a game from earlier in the season on Monday night when they host Forbes Road.
Lancaster Country Day 50, Juniata 46
LANCASTER – Logan Knepp scored 15 points but Juniata fell 50-46 to Lancaster Country Day on Saturday in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.
Juniata got off to a strong start, but couldn’t overcome being doubled up with the middle two quarters.
An 18-point fourth quarter was too little, too late and the Indians fell to the Cougars.
Knepp was joined by Josh Parson in double figures, who scored 13 for Juniata.
Lancaster Country Day got 20 points from Alex Keller and held a major advantage at the free throw line, getting there 21 times to Juniata’s four.
Juniata (9-10, 7-9) will close its Tri-Valley League slate when it hosts Millersburg tonight.
Shamokin 56, Midd-West 38
MIDDLEBURG – Ascher Marks drained two threes and scored 10 points for Midd-West, but they dropped a Heartland Athletic Conference boys basketball game 56-38 to Shamokin on Saturday.
A 20-point second quarter gave Shamokin some breathing room, allowing them to head to the lockerooms up 15.
Andrew Karchner chipped in nine points for the Mustangs.
Ten players scored for Shamokin in a total team effort, which was led by Zach Moyer’s 10 points.
Shamokin also took the junior varsity game 54-31.
Midd-West host Warrior Run on Tuesday night.
MECHANICSBURG – Most coaches ask for two things from their athletes; effort and improvement.
For the Mifflin County swim team, with only one senior on the roster, those things are very important.
Both Evan Becker and Zach Bonson have improved throughout the season and did so again when they earned the right to swim at the Mid-Penn Championship swim meet at Cumberland Valley High School this weekend.
To qualify, they had to meet very competitive qualifying times and the place in the top-32 times submitted.
Becker placed 14th in the 200 freestyle and improved his time from 1:56.94 to 1:54.73 while Bonson placed 25th and improved his time from 1:59.87 to 1:57.82.
Bonson placed 17th in the 500 freestyle and improved his time from 5:23.31 to 5:15.04.
Becker also took part in the 200 IM where he placed 22nd with a time of 2:11.16.
“They had a wonderful performance in this intensely competitive meet,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said.
Becker, Bonson and the rest of the Mifflin County swimmers will compete for the final time this season today, when they host Hollidaysburg.
From staff reports
HARRISBURG – Jessa Wright scored 12 points but Mifflin County couldn’t make enough shots to beat Central Dauphin East Friday.
The Huskies trailed 17-4 early in the second quarter, but roared back and took the lead before the Panthers took it back.
“They came out with a lot of fire,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said of the Huskies’ opponent. “We came back and took the lead a few times. We just really struggled to make shots.”
Mifflin County guard Ashleigh Williams and guard/forward Rebeka Knable were held to nine points after scoring 35 against the Panthers at home.
Wright also was held to half her 24 point total from the last meeting, a Huskies win.
Mifflin County was able to hold Central Dauphin East guard Michaela Gelbaugh to 13 points, but this time she got some help. Panthers forward Brittnay Robinson scored a game-high 20 points to pace the East offense.
“They are a very good team,” Herto said. “We just have to put this one behind us.”
The Huskies (10-9, 7-7 Commonwealth Division) travel to Central Mountain Monday night.
East Juniata 48, Line Mountain 39
COCOLAMUS – Caitlin Hoover was the senior who stepped up big time for East Juniata Friday night.
Hoover scored 13 points and lifted the Tigers in a strong second half for a 48-39 win over Line Mountain in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game.
“We challenged the girls at halftime,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. “Caitlin Hoover played fantastic in the second half. We tried to do some things with her offensively and she stepped up.”
The 27-point second half where East Juniata took over was a compilation of three things, Quici said.
“It was a combination of Caitlin’s play in the second half, Megan made two of her three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Shelley (Gabel) off the bench stepping up when we needed her to,” he said.
East Juniata (12-8, 9-6 TVL) will complete its regular season slate Tuesday when the Tigers host Newport.
Shikellamy 35, Midd-West 27
MIDDLEBURG – Morgan Shirk scored eight points but Midd-West fell to Shikellamy in a Heartland Conference girls basketball game Friday night.
A strong second quarter drew the Mustangs to within two points at the half, down 14-12, but they couldn’t overtake Shikellamy in the second half.
Andrea Amerman scored a game-high 11 points and hit the only three of the night for the Braves.
Midd-West will take the floor again Monday night when they host Bucktail.
Mount Union 58, Williamsburg 44
MOUNT UNION – The Trojans went home Friday night pleased with their defensive effort against Inter-County Conference opponent Williamsburg.
In the 58-44 win, Mount Union played a very clean game – only sending the Blue Devils to the line twice – and it translated into the girls basketball victory.
“They’re playing defense with a lot more heart,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said, describing the game as a complete team effort.
Offensively, Tynita White paced the Trojans with her game-high 22 points. Ashley Foor chipped in with 17 and Aaliyah Gilbert-Walker notched 11 to round out Mount Union’s double-figure scorers.
Stephania Stewart hit 14 in Mount Union’s 45-42 JV win.
The Trojans (11-9) host Claysburg-Kimmel Tuesday.
Halifax 55, Greenwood 32
MILLERSTOWN – Morgan Kauffman scored 14 points but Greenwood came up on the short end of a 55-32 loss to Halifax.
Halifax took a strangle hold on the game with a 23-point explosion in the third quarter, led by Kylee Sorichetti, who scored six in the quarter.
Mallory Fortenbaugh and Hattie Kuhns each scored eight points for the Wildcats.
Greenwood will close its regular season on Tuesday night when they host Millersburg.
Milton 58, Midd-West 32
MILTON – Zach Schrader scored nine points, but Midd-West fell 58-32 to Milton Friday night in a Heartland Conference boys basketball game.
Logan Feltman led the way for Milton, draining six threes and scoring a game-high 20 points.
Ascher Marks was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, but couldn’t supplement that effort with any other scoring.
Milton won the junior varsity 43-37 in overtime.
Midd-West will host Warrior Run Tuesday night.
Mount Union 44, Northern Bedford 28
LOYSBURG – A handful of forfeits proved beneficial to Mount Union, which received four of them while giving just one in a 44-28 win over Inter-County Conference opponent Northern Bedford Friday.
The Trojans also got a few solid wins, including first-minute falls by Darrian Stapleton (220) and Tyler Long (145); Jake Boozel added bonus points in a shutout technical fall at 126.
Mount Union coach Corey Wertz said there were things his team needed to work on.
“We need to get in the practice room. We’ve had three matches this week with no practice,” he said.
Mount Union (20-5) hosts Moshannon Valley Monday.
*Ninth grade: Central Dauphin East 27, Mifflin County 22. High scorer, Laiken Turner, seven points. The Huskies are 19-1.
*Ninth grade: Mount Nittany 42, Mifflin County 38. High scorer, Nelson Cook, nine points.
*Eighth grade: Mount Nittany 32, Mifflin County 27. High scorer, Carson King, 15 points.
*Seventh grade: Mifflin County 32, Mount Nittany 21. High scorers, Tyreen Smalley and Nathan Poche, nine points each.
NORTHUMBERLAND – Sam Morgan’s 15 points, many of them on second chances, set the pace for Belleville Mennonite in a 49-34 boys basketball win over Northumberland Christian Thursday.
“He pretty much owned the boards,” Thunder coach Larry Kauffman said. “He had to have at least 15 rebounds. Several points were stickbacks.”
Noah Anders added 13 points in the win, with three successful shots from behind the arc.
Belleville Mennonite (4-13) hosts Sunbury Christian Saturday.
Upper Dauphin 64, Juniata 46
MIFFLINTOWN – Matt Miller put Juniata back on its heels, as the Indians were unable to stop the Upper Dauphin sharpshooter, who scored 25 points – 12 from 3-point land – as the Trojans took a 64-46 victory home in the Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.
The visitors were just shy of doubling Juniata’s efforts in the first half.
“Their shots all fell and ours didn’t,” Juniata coach Al Ream said. “We were a step slow tonight.”
It was, he said, symptomatic of being young and lacking practice thanks to the snow days.
“All the little things, we didn’t do right tonight,” he said.
The loss still leaves the Indians at 9-9 on the District 6 cutoff day, and Ream said his team is playoff bound.
“I’ve got to take this young team. We’re .500 at this point,” he said.
Upper Dauphin also won the JV game, 55-27.
Juniata – 7-8 in league play – could make it even on Saturday at Lancaster Country Day.
Greenwood 54, Millersburg 35
MILLERSTOWN – Adam Harrison’s 14-point effort led nine Greenwood players who made the score sheet as the Wildcats topped Millersburg, 54-35, in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Thursday.
Greenwood kept all of Millersburg’s players in single-digit scoring. Wildcats coach Kent Houser said his team shot well and moved the ball well.
“I thought we played really well in spurts,” he said. “That kept us from any real long droughts.”
The JV game was a close one; Greenwood won it 43-41 in regulation.
The Wildcats (15-5, 11-3) host Halifax Monday.
Williamsburg 63, Mount Union 53
WILLIAMSBURG – If you look at the first quarter score, you’d wonder how Mount Union got so close at the end.
The Trojan boys were down by 20 points – 23-3 – after one period Thursday, but held strong down the stretch. Still, Williamsburg won the Inter-County Conference basketball game, 63-53.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said he was disappointed with the sluggish start, but pleased with how the kids fought back.
“There was no quit in them at all,” he said. But, “This late in the season that shouldn’t have happened.”
The Trojans (11-9) visit Claysburg-Kimmel Monday.
East Juniata 38, Upper Dauphin 30
ELIZABETHVILLE – Maddie Trego’s 10-point night led East Juniata as the Tigers qualified for the District 4 girls basketball tournament with a 38-30 win over Upper Dauphin in Tri-Valley League action Thursday.
The Tigers carried slim leads in each quarter over the home team. Upper Dauphin was held to just one trip to the free throw line.
“We played pretty solid defense tonight,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici noted. “Our offense goes in spurts. We had a lot of looks.”
The JV game went to Upper Dauphin, 48-25.
East Juniata (11-8) hosts Line Mountain Friday.
Midd-West 44, Milton 28
MIDDLEBURG – A young Milton squad, even receiving two forfeits, was unable to stop Midd-West in a 44-28 Heartland Conference dual meet Thursday.
Tanner Ebright, Alexander Tittle, Zach Longacre, Adam Zerby and Corey Stauffer all won by fall for the Mustangs, who also got majors from Michael Ettinger and Brody McLaughlin. Alex Lieberman beat Milton’s Gage Heller in one of the better matchups, between a pair of wrestlers who stand to be postseason contenders.
Mount Union 57,
BELLWOOD – Bellwood-Antis handed two forfeits to Mount Union to start the night, and it just went downhill for the Blue Devils after that.
The Trojans pinned six opponents and won one of the two decisions in the Inter-County Conference match, which Mount Union won 57-15.
* Ninth grade: Altoona 53, Mifflin County 47. High scorer, Caleb Vega 12 points.
* Eighth grade: Altoona 49, Mifflin County 27. High scorer, Carson King 13 points.
* Seventh grade: Mifflin County 43, Altoona 35. High scorer, Eric Shilling 16 points. Mifflin County hosts Mount Nittany Monday.
* Mount Union 66, Bellwood-Antis 33: Pins by Caleb Morgan, Nathanael Morgan, Levi Hockenberry, Josh Boozel, Andrew Todaro, Bryce Smith.
From staff reports
BEAVER SPRINGS – Juniata Mennonite excised a demon from a year ago and got a step closer to the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association playoffs when the Lions girls dished a 55-46 loss to Columbia County Christian Tuesday.
Columbia County ousted Juniata Mennonite from playoff contention a year ago. The Lions now can clinch a spot with wins in two of their last four games.
Lions coach Andy Meiser said it was “easily the best game we’ve played all year. It was a tremendous team effort.”
His team had to contend with an opponent that wanted back into a game it trailed by eight heading to the final stanza, one that got a boost from strong 3-point shooting down the stretch. But Juniata Mennonite, which was being fouled heavily, was 15-of-21 from the stripe in the final frame to stay in it.
“The line has not been our friend,” Meiser said. “We just kept trading three for two.”
The Lions also saw three players in double figures: Molly Arnold (16), Alexis Hahn-Kline (13) and Bethany Saner (10), while Lauren Breon delivered five assists, contributing to Meiser’s “whole team” assessment.
Juniata Mennonite (11-3, 8-2) hosts Walnut Street Christian Friday.
East Juniata 38,
MILLERSBURG – Alana Hicks scored a game-high 11 points and East Juniata suffocated Millersburg defensively38-18 to win their Tri-Valley League girls basketball game.
“Alana played well tonight,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. “We gave her a chance to have the ball in her hands to make some plays.”
Megan Graybill drained the game’s only 3-pointers.
East Juniata lead 23-8 at the half and continued to build on that advantage.
The Tigers (10-8, 7-6 TVL) will take the floor again Thursday at Upper Dauphin.
Mount Union 47,
Juniata Valley 40
THREE SPRINGS – Three Mount Union players score in double figures to drive the Trojans over Juniata Valley, 47-40, in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball game Tuesday.
Tynita White led the attack with 17.
Mount Union is 9-9.
Juniata 69, Newport 30
NEWPORT – Juniata had its own fab five on Tuesday – five players scored in double figures as the Indians put away Newport, 69-30, in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game.
Juniata improves to 16-2.
Mount Union 61,
Juniata Valley 43
MOUNT UNION – Kole House hit for from three-point land on the way to 19 points, making him the top scorer in Mount Union’s 61-43 win over Juniata Valley Tuesday.
But he wasn’t the only one who had a big night for the Trojans in the Inter-County Conference boys basketball game. Klayton Heffner added 18 (three threes) and Trevon Walker put 15 points on the board as the home team dominated the contest.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir attributed the win to defensive play, a big improvement, he said, over the Trojans’ last outing – but noted there was still room for improvement, as Mount Union started 0-for-8 at the line and finished with only 10 completions in 27 tries.
A 7-0 run opened the game and Mount Union never trailed.
The Trojans (11-8, 8-3) travel to Williamsburg Thursday.
Columbia County Christian 45,
Juniata Mennonite 30
BEAVER SPRINGS – Ethan Funk’s height advantage delivered 15 points for Columbia County Christian, also the difference in the final score as the visitors topped Juniata Mennonite 45-30 in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game Tuesday.
“(They beat us) inside the paint – that’s where they get most of their baskets against us,” Lions coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “We just have nobody that can match up against Ethan Funk.”
Funk stands 6-2, about four inches over the biggest Juniata Mennonite player, he said.
Kevin Burkholder matched Funk’s scoring for the Lions.
Juniata Mennonite (2-10) host Walnut Street Christian Friday.
Mount Union 55,
Central Cambria 12
EBENSBURG – After four bouts, Central Cambria and Mount Union were tied in their non-league wrestling match Tuesday.
And then Mount Union won out. The Trojans pinned their way through the upper weights on the way to a 55-12 victory.
Sage Moist (120) and Jake Boozel (126) had the early falls that Central Cambria was able to match. A trio of decisions and a Dylan Smith major set up the end run, in which Mount Union flattened five straight.
*Ninth grade: Mifflin County 62, Williamsport 17. High scorers, Bryn Ferguson and Ericka Lepley, 11 points each. The Huskies are 19-0.
Due to projected inclement weather, two games were postponed on Tuesday.
Mifflin County’s boys basketball game against Altoona will be played Feb. 18. The Huskies’ swim meet against Hollidaysburg was moved to Feb. 10.
LANCASTER – George Donahey had an over-the-top night Friday.
The Mifflin County pole vaulter cleared 13 feet, 9 inches at the Franklin and Marshall Invitational, qualifying for the indoor track and field state championships and putting his name in the record book – the 13-9 measure is a county record.
“It was really quite exciting to see George do so well because he really puts a lot into it,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. He loves to vault and works extremely hard to improve.”
Donahey finished second in the event, and was joined by several teammates as placewinners.
For the boys, Darien Knudsen was fifth in the mile. Caleb Smith and Jordan Fisher both were seventh-place finishers, the former in the shot put and the latter in the high jump.
The girls got a third-place finish out of Kelsie Kennedy in the 55-meter hurdles. Anna Aurand was fourth in the triple jump and Makala Rearick sixth in the shot; the girls 4×200 relay was fifth. Three other relays placed as well – the 4×800 and one of two 4×400 entries were seventh; the other 4×400 unit was eighth.
“Overall, we could not have been happier with the way the day went,” Gantz said. “Our younger athletes are starting to come into their own, which is very encouraging.”
The Huskies travel to Penn State for the State College Invitational on Feb. 20.
Milton 50, Midd-West 26
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West was stymied by Milton’s potent offense, suffering a 50-26 loss in Heartland Conference boys basketball Saturday.
The Black Panthers posted an 18-point lead by the break. Midd-West made a comeback attempt in the third but couldn’t sustain it. Andrew Karchner led the Mustangs with 12 points.
Milton also won the JV game, 40-31.
Midd-West (3-13) travels to Halifax today.
Carson Long 22
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood trailed Carson Long by a point after the opening quarter Saturday.
The Wildcats barely allowed the visiting Warriors to score one after that, going on a rampage toward a 62-22 non-league boys basketball victory.
Adam Harrison led the charge with 15 points; Kevin Sheaffer and Nick Kerstetter delivered 11 apiece. The ‘Cats dialed long distance 11 times in the game, with Sheaffer and Kerstetter connecting three calls each.
Greenwood (14-5) visits Line Mountain today.
Williams Valley 42,
East Juniata 28
COCOLAMUS – The East Juniata girls basketball team’s struggles continued Saturday in a non-league loss to Williams Valley, 42-28.
Shelly Gabel’s five-point effort was the best the offense could muster, while the visitors saw two in double figures, led by Cassidy Pinchorski’s 13, 12 of which came from behind the arc.
The Tigers (10-8) continue their quest to clinch a District 4 playoff spot at Millersburg Tuesday.
HARRISBURG – Mifflin County traded leads with Central Dauphin East in the Huskies’ closeout to the Commonwealth Division boys basketball schedule, taking the edge by a point going into the final stanza.
But the shorthanded Huskies just couldn’t keep up, falling to the Panthers 48-43 in the Mid-Penn Conference finale for Mifflin County.
“I couldn’t have been prouder of the effort of our team tonight. It was our third game in four days and truth be told, we are a little banged up right now,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “But, our guys took on the challenge and came down here with an intensity and will to win and gave a great effort.”
If there was a noticeable difference in the game, it was that the Panthers spread the work out, while Mifflin County had to count on key players – although in this game, some of the key players were off the bench. Notable among those was Nate Koller, who put up 11 points and grabbed four rebounds, impressive for a point guard. Hunter Wright had a double-double with 15 points and 16 boards.
“Our role players are very important to us. It’s a big change for a role player to have to produce in extended minutes,” said Gingrich, noting his team had to at both ends in this game. “I loved their effort.”
Mifflin County (9-10, 6-8) hosts Altoona Tuesday.
Mount Union 71, Moshannon Valley 49
HOUTZDALE – Kole House scored 24 points and B.J. Loner 22 as Mount Union used a strong second half on the way to a 71-49 Inter-County Conference win over Moshannon Valley in boys basketball Friday.
The Trojans had the lead all along, but small numbers in the first two stanzas were replaced by a 15-point edge in the third. Mount Union coach Joe Komir said the team played better defense coming out of the locker room, and turned on the offense.
Klayton Heffner also reached doubles with 12 points.
The Trojans added a 33-26 win in the JV game.
Mount Union (10-8, 7-3) host Juniata Valley Monday.
New Covenant 52, Juniata Mennonite 32
MANSFIELD – Adrian Martin put 26 points on the board for Juniata Mennonite, but he couldn’t win the game by himself. Mansfield New Covenant took the win at home, 52-32, in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game Friday.
Problem was, Martin was the only effective scorer for his team.
“That’s it, right there. It boils down to inexperience,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “It’s just going to take some time until they recognize things. They just let the game take over.”
Caleb Metz grabbed 13 board for the Lions, who fall to 2-10, 2-7 in the league. They host Columbia County Christian Tuesday.
Juniata 73, Line Mountain 42
HERNDON – Victoria Varner scored 22 points including four threes and Juniata thumped Line Mountain 73-42 in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Friday night.
Juniata set the pace with a 27-point first quarter with rebounding and transition offense.
“They came out and pressed us,” Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said. “We broke the press well and got good shots off of that. We attacked the basket and when we couldn’t, we found Victoria for some open threes.”
Juniata (15-2, 11-0 TVL) will be at Newport Tuesday night.
Halifax 47, East Juniata 34
HALIFAX – Maddie Trego scored a team-high 10 points, but East Juniata fell 47-34 to Halifax Friday night in a girls Tri-Valley League basketball game.
Halifax, led by Kylee Sorichetti’s game-high 16 points, outscored East Juniata 33-19 over the game’s final three quarters.
Alana Hicks and Megan Graybill each added eight points for the Tigers.
East Juniata (10-7, 6-5 TVL) will be back in action Thursday at Upper Dauphin.
Juniata Mennonite 47, New Covenant 26
MANSFIELD – Andy Meiser admitted to being nervous when New Covenant, which managed only seven points against his Juniata Mennonite girls basketball team in their first meeting, had a 12-3 lead in the first quarter.
It was even worse, he said, when key starters were seated with foul trouble.
No worries – Lydia Rudy was on the ready with 14 points to carry the Lions to a 47-26 victory.
“It was a really nice character-building win and we had some girls who really stepped up, Lydia especially,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said.
Molly Arnold added 10 in the win, which puts the Lions at 10-3, 7-2 in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association. They host Columbia County Christian Tuesday.
Mifflinburg 54, Midd-West 16
MIFFLINBURG – Midd-West was even with Mifflinburg, 12-12, when their Heartland Conference girls basketball game took a turn decidedly against the visiting Mustangs.
Mifflinburg rattled off 37 unanswered points over span of nearly 18 minutes to cinch the 54-16 victory.
In the JV game, Brynn Markley had eight in a 41-23 Wildcat win.
Midd-West falls to 5-13.
* Ninth grade: Mifflin County 58, Central Dauphin East 37. High scorer, Rylie Rittenhouse, 16 points. Mifflin County is 18-0.
* Ninth grade: Central Dauphin East 49, Mifflin County 30. High scorer, Ryan Walker, seven points. Mifflin County hosts Mount Nittany Monday.