From staff reports

NEWPORT – Twice Midd-West found itself in a hole against Newport in a non-league softball game Friday.

Twice the Mustangs found a way out. Emily Hackenberg doubled and two teammates hit 3-for-4 on the day as Midd-West pulled out a 6-5 victory over the Buffaloes.

For a team that has an infield dominated by freshman and sophomores, the win could be huge, Midd-West coach Pete Voss said.

“This game I think could get us rolling. This was a huge win for our program,” he said.

The Mustangs, he said, battled, showing character and heart on the way to the win.

“They played to the very last pitch. Hopefully we can turn the page to more success,” Voss said.

Newport scored three in the opening frame, which was matched by Midd-West in the fourth. An inning later, a one-on home run gave the Buffaloes the lead again. The winning run was scored in the top of the seventh.

Summer Brown and Brynn Markley were good for six of the Mustangs’ 10 hits. Markley, winning pitcher Adrianne Gesselman, Hackenberg and Jess Weaver all drove in runs.

Midd-West also won the JV game, 13-3.

The Mustangs (1-1) travel to Jersey Shore Tuesday.


Mount Union 3,

Southern Huntingdon 0

MOUNT UNION – Pitching and defense.

Mount Union has been using the traditional formula to race out to a 3-0 record early in the season with a 3-0 victory over Southern Huntingdon on Friday.

The Trojans got six innings of no-hit baseball from pitcher Dylan Sunderland in his first high school start and a double and RBI from Trevon Walker to earn the win.

“That’s been the thing for us so far this season,” Mount Union manager Nick Imperioli said. “We’ve been (pitching well) and playing great defense.”

After losing last year’s ace Cole Boozel, Imperioli figured his team would have to score more runs.

Sunderland putting up six zeros and striking out three along the way made the three runs that Mount Union was able to get stand up.

Drew Harshbarger also knocked in a run for the Trojans and Darrian Stapelton earned the save when he came in following Sunderland allowing his first hit of the day.

“We had some timely hits today,” Imperioli said. “It was enough to win.”

Mount Union (3-0, 3-0) will look to continue rolling when they welcome in Glendale on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.


Tussey Mountain 5,

Juniata 2

SAXTON – Juniata got singles wins from Ricky Heck and Brad Strawser but fell 5-2 to Tussey Mountain in a boys tennis match Friday.

Tussey Mountain swept doubles play and won the three remaining singles matches.

The Titans got two wins from each Iacapo Ricci and John Clark as the two won singles matches and teamed up to win a doubles match.


Altoona Mirror Classic

CRESSON – Mifflin County’s Hunter Wright had a team-high three steals to go along with four rebounds and a point in helping Central PA to a 121-107 win over Blair County in the ninth annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic boys game on Friday night at Mount Aloysius College’s new Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center.

Wright was 0-for-1 from the field and 1-for-4 at the line in 13 minutes of action.

Seven Central PA stars scored in double-figures, including team MVP Todd Fetsko of Marion Center, who came off the bench to tally 19 points to go along with five rebounds. State College’s Michael Beattie, Homer-Center’s Joe Capitosti and Bishop Carroll’s Marcus Lee each scored 15.

It was only a three-point game early in the fourth quarter when Tyrone’s Brandon Gripp converted a three-point play for Blair County to make it 94-91, but Central PA went on a 23-10 run from there to put it away.

Gripp was the Blair MVP with 24 points, just three away from the Classic record. Altoona’s Manny Span added 21 points and nine rebounds for Blair County.

In the girls game, Portage girls basketball coach Lance Hudak and Tyrone girls coach Luke Rhoades both coached a pair of their star seniors for the last time Friday night at the ninth annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic at Mount Aloysius.

Hudak’s Central PA squad pulled away from Rhoades’ Blair County team in the second quarter and won, 96-74.

The win gave Central PA a 5-4 advantage in the series that began in 2006. Mifflin County senior Ashleigh Williams contributed to Central PA’s victory with three points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 15 minutes.

Eden Bloom, the first player from United in the Classic’s history, led Central PA with 15 points and scored the first six points of the game en route to winning MVP honors. Altoona’s Lauren Donley, who led Blair County with 14 points, won the Blair squad’s MVP.


MILLERSTOWN – In all her years at the helm for the Juniata track team, coach Kim Hart had never seen both her boys and girls teams beat Greenwood at the same time.

Thursday, that changed in the Indians’ season opener.

Both the boys and girls teams edged their Tri-Valley League opponent 76-74, and Hart was extremely proud of what she saw from her athletes.

“This is the first time since I started being the head coach that the girls and boys teams both beat Greenwood, so it was hugely exciting for everyone on our team, and it couldn’t have been done without everyone on our team,” Hart explained.

And it happened on the road – sort of. With the Indians’ track out of commision because of construction, Juniata was officially the home team in the meet, although it was held at the Wildcats’ track. This didn’t seem to deter Juniata’s multiple event winners.

Nick Gilbert and Neil Bodley collected four first-place finishes apiece for the Indians, Makenzie Bishop and Carly Burns earned three and Janelle Swartz and Rylee Duck were double winners.

Another highlight for Juniata was a 9-foot, 4-inch measure in the pole vault from Lexie Zimmerman – good enough to beat her school record 9-foot mark from last season.

“It was a huge, huge amount of excitement tonight when we all realized that we had won the track meet,” said Hart, who also mentioned that first place finishes from Noah Burns and Hailie Shertzer were extra special for the freshmen in their first competitions.

On Greenwood’s end, Tyler Fegley and Garrett Byers had two wins apiece for the boys while Emily Fisher had two individual wins for the girls, who also swept both the discus and the shot put.

“We’re right in there with them. It was a great competitive first start,” Greenwood coach Megan Albert said. “I’m not discouraged by this.”

Track and field

BOYS: Cumberland Valley 92.67, Mifflin County 57.33

GIRLS Cumberland Valley 118, Mifflin County 32

MECHANICSBURG-Mifflin County dropped both a boys and girls track and field decision to Cumberland Valley by finals of 92.67- 57.33 and 118-32, respectively.

The boys were lead by Nathan Baumgardner, who swept the hurdles, taking the 110-meter hurdles in 15.2 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 41.8 seconds.

Darien Knudsen took the other track win for Mifflin County, winning the 1,600 run in 4:46.2.

The Huskies dominated the jumps, with Malik Sechler winning the triple jump by traveling 38-2 1/4 and Braden Treaster took the high jump at 5-4.

Huskies’ coach Scott Gantz and his coaches came to a conclusion after meeting with his coaching staff following the meet.

“I think we agree that it pretty much came down to depth,” Gantz said. “We’ve got to develop some depth.”

Kezia Loht, Courtney Bender, Abby Mink and Anna Aurand teamed up to win the 4×100 relay in 55 seconds flat for the girls.

Kelsie Kennedy took second for the Huskies in the 100 hurdles (16.2 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (50.8 seconds).

“We’ve got to put our noses to the grindstone and figure out what we can come up with for next week,” Gantz said.

The Huskies will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Harrisburg.

Boys: Millersburg 89, East Juniata 58

Girls: Millersburg 84, East Juniata 65

MILLERSBURG – East Juniata opened up the track season with some strong individual efforts, but both the boys and girls teams failed to defeat Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg on Thursday.

For the girls – who lost to the Indians 84-65 – Megan Hart won four different events, Amber Knouse was first in three events, and freshman Emily Kline completed the 3,200-meter run in 14:23 to finish first in her first meet.

Cassidy Dillman also qualified for districts in the javelin with a 102 foot, 5 inch throw.

The boys lost to Millersburg 89-58, but were strong in the throwing events as they swept the discus and broke even in the javelin and shot put.

The Tigers’ David Brantley won three individual events.

“It was the first dual meet of the season. We had some good performances, things that looked promising. I was very happy with things,” East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said.

East Juniata (Boys: 0-1, 0-1; Girls: 0-1, 0-1) hosts Greenwood on Thursday.

Boys: Mount Union 75.5, Huntingdon 73.5

Girls: Huntingdon 118, Mount Union 30

MOUNT UNION- The Trojan boys track team came away with a close win on Thursday, dropping Huntingdon 75.5-73.5.

The two most integral performance for Mount Union were B.J. Loner and Tyler Long.

Loner won both the 100-meter dash and long jump and Long had a nice performance in the javelin.

“Loner led the team with two first places,” Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said. “That was pretty nice for us right there.”

The Trojans on the girls side suffered a 118-30 loss.

Mount Union will be back on the track next Thursday when it hosts West Branch and Southern Huntingdon.


Cumberland Valley 3, Mifflin County 2

LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County lost a close 3-2 tennis match to Cumberland Valley Thursday, but the Huskies remained above .500 at 4-3.

Clay Morgan defeated Sonjay Soud 6-2, 6-4 from the No. 3 singles spot and teammates Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller edged Rohana Katti and Anant Gupja in three sets for the Huskies’ two wins.

Matt DeBenedetto hung tight with but ultimately fell to Milo Naugle from the No. 1 singles spot, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 while Conner Saltzer took the other singles loss and Ben Renninger and Kevin Cahill fell from the No. 2 doubles spot.

Mifflin County (4-3, 4-3 Commonwealth Division) travels to Susquehanna Township today.


Upper Dauphin 8, Juniata 4

MIFFLINTOWN-Juniata was a victim of its own mistakes in a 8-4 loss to Upper Dauphin Thursday afternoon.

The Indians issues 13 walks and made a few mental errors in the loss.

“Pretty much, you can sum up this game by issuing too many walks,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said.

Juniata got a 2-for-3 effort from Chad Eberle, two RBIs from Justin Mingle and some good relief effort from freshman Korey Martin, but it wasn’t enough.

Tim Cleveland knocked in four of Upper Dauphin’s eight runs.

The Juniata coach sees improvement from last season with his young team.

“We’re still considered a very, very young team,” Beward said. “We still need to make some strides toward playing some good baseball.”

The Indians look to begin doing that on Monday when they host Greenwood.

Mount Union 3, Juniata Valley 3 (susp.)

ALEXANDRIA – Mount Union was going toe-to-toe with Inter-County Conference opponent Juniata Valley on Thursday when the teams’ 3-3 contest was called after the seventh inning for darkness. The game will likely be completed April 24 in Mount Union before the teams’ second meeting of the season.

Drew Harshbarger, Brady Goodling and Trevon Walker were responsible for Mount Union’s three RBIs. Klayton Heffner was on the mound for the Trojans through all seven innings.

Mount Union will host Southern Huntingdon today.

Line Mountain 11, Greenwood 1

MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood had just one little problem in its Tri-Valley League baseball opener Thursday – the first half inning of the game.

“If it wasn’t for the first inning, we might have had a chance,” Wildcats’ manager Mark Sherman lamented.

That was the eight-run first, the one that put Line Mountain in the driver’s seat on the way to an 11-1 win.

The lone run for Greenwood came in the fifth, when the ‘Cats already trailed by 10, but it forced the final two innings to be played.

The high point was Mitch Taylor, who’s seven strikeouts in relief were boosted by a two-hit night, including a double.

Greenwood (0-3, 0-1) heads to Millersburg Friday.


Upper Dauphin 14, Juniata 3

ELIZABETHVILLE-Upper Dauphin’s Taylor Brown was good enough on the mound and at the plate to lift the Trojans past Juniata 14-3 on Thursday.

Brown got the win on the mound and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate in the lopsided 5-inning win.

Victoria Cisney had a double and two fifth-inning RBIs for the Indians, but it was too little, too late.

The Indians will be back in action Monday when they travel to Greenwood.

Milton 10, Midd-West 0 (5 innings)

MIDDLEBURG – Mental errors were costly to the Mustangs on the softball diamond during their 10-0 season opening loss to Milton on Thursday.

Milton collected seven of its 10 runs within the first two innings, and Midd-West coach Pete Voss said it was afterward that his girls settled in to play.

“The girls got bettter, they got stronger. They were making more plays as the game went on,” he said, explaining that the focus in the future is to come out ready to play from the first pitch.

Midd-West hurler Adrianne Gesselman had two strikeouts but gave up five hits. Sara Shambach hit a double for the Mustangs, while teammate Jess Weaver collected a single for Midd-West’s only other hit.

Midd-West (0-1, 0-1 Heartland Athletic Conference) travels to Newport today.

Mount Union 8, Juniata Valley 0

MOUNT UNION – After suffering an injury in the offseason, it was doubtful whether or not Mount Union hurler Chapin Guiliante would throw this season.

Thursday, not only did she get to pitch, but she also got her first win of the season.

Mount Union topped Inter-County Conference opponent Juniata 8-0, and it came behind Guiliante’s two-hit, five-strikeout performance.

On the offensive end, Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said his team still has yet to reach its full potential at the plate, but just the same the Trojans came through with the hits when they needed them.

Liza Feagley hit a home run for the Trojans, Guiliante contributed a double, and both Feagley and Kristin Miles collected two hits in the shut-out effort.

“Hopefully when it warms up next week, we’ll warm up hitting as well,” Fiscus said, explaining that Feagley’s home run was a good sign.

Mount Union (3-0, 2-0) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel on Monday.


From staff reports

MOUNT UNION – Mount Union braved the cold and picked up its second win of the season doing so, as the Trojans blanked Claysburg-Kimmel 3-0 in an Inter-County Conference baseball game Tuesday.

The fielders did most of the work as only six strikeouts were recorded across seven innings.

Mount Union scored in the second, fourth and fifth on RBIs from Trevon Walker, Hunter Atherton and Andrew Atherton.

“It was a very good game. Actually it was well played,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “The kids on both teams played well. This game today was really exceptional.”

Mount Union (2-0, 2-0) travels to Juniata Valley Thursday.

Great Eastern Football Association

Tomahawks 41, Williamsport 8

LEWISTOWN – For the first time in franchise history, the Mifflin County Tomahawks are 2-0.

The offense, led by quarterback Lashawn Brown, threw for 109 yards and two touchdowns as the Tomahawks clobbered Williamsport 41-8 on Saturday.

They also got defensive contributions from Brian Reinhart (seven tackles, two sacks) and Jordan Bell (two interceptions).

Bell ran one of those picks back 44 yards for a score.

The Tomahawks will hope to produce another all-around effort on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they battle fellow unbeaten Schuylkill County Predators.


From staff reports

Matt Debenedetto, Connor Saltzer and Cody Donaldson each took singles matches as Mifflin County opened the season with a 4-1 victory over Central Dauphin East in a Mid-Penn league tennis match.

Ben Renninger and Noah Fisher knocked off Oliver Troxell and Brian Rathbun of CD East 6-3, 6-3 to give the Huskies a doubles victory.

Donaldson’s three set win over Akash Patel (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) ensured the Huskies win.

Mifflin County will be back in action today when they travel to East Pennsboro to take on Gettysburg.