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Scholastic sports

Cubbison, Harris lead Mid-Penn contingent

NEWVILLE — Mifflin County’s Brayden Harris and Kylee Cubbison both finished in the top 10 in Saturday’s Mid-Penn Conference championship race at Big Spring, leading a big finishing contingent for the Huskies in their last big tune up for the District 6 championships.

Cubbison, who has been a record breaker all season — her first as a harrier — ran the course in 19:19.66 to take sixth place in the girls race.

Harris, coming back off an illness, was fourth to cross in the boys race, in 16:21.368.

“The boys are really coming together as a team. They are beating teams that beat them earlier in the season,” said their coach, Grteg Loht. “It should be exciting watching them the next two weeks.”

Chase Sheaffer (25th) and Mason Schomaker, who was just outside the top 50, helped the boys to a ninth-place team finish out of 24.

“Several of the girls dropped significant times since we last ran this course three weeks ag. That shows how strong they have become over the season,” girls coach Jenn Freed said.

Cubbison was followed by potential state qualifer Julia Montgomery, who was in the top 50. As a team, the girls were 11th out of 20.

A number of boys and a pair of girls ran the Tim Cook JV races. James Zook and Sarah Diehl were the top finishers, respectively.

Mid-Penn championships

Boys

4, Brayden Harris, 16:21.368; 25, Chase Sheaffer, 17:02.798; 52, Mason Schomaker, 17:28.952; 95, Christopher Royer, 18:20.274; 97, Robert Kuykendall, 18:20.818

Girls

6, Kylee Cubbison, 19:19.660; 47, Julia Montgomery, 21:15.989; 82, Madelyn Chilcote, 22:39.275; 86, Justice Sheaffer, 22:42.789; 131, Isabella Ziegler, 24:21.042

Volleyball

Halifax 3, Juniata 1

HALIFAX — Just 12 points separated Juniata and Halifax across four sets in a Tri-Valley League volleyball match Saturday, but the Wildcats got the best of their guests in three of them.

Halifax won the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-22, before giving one up to the Indians. But the home team won again after that, 28-26, to take the match. Juniata’s win, like the last set, was by twoL 25-23.

Hunter Johns led the way in multiple categories with nine kills, 12 digs and four aces.

Imarilis Mercado dominated undernath with 31 digs and added six kills. Jasmine Hockenberry had 26 digs. Cathy Pacheco delivered 10 assists.

Halifax 3, Juniata 1

Scores: 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 28-26

Girls soccer

Fairfield 2, East Juniata 0

FAIRFIELD — East Juniata sustained its first loss of the season Saturday in a road game against nonleague opponent Fairfield.

Despite more than doubling the Knights in shots, East Juniata was blanked as Fairfield scored once in each half.

“This is a good learning experience,” Tigers coach Val Dressler said. “We will be okay.”

East Juniata defeated Fairfield, then the defending state champ, in the first round of the 2017 PIAA Class A tournament. The Knights currently are ranked No. 2 in District 3, having won their district twice and been runner-up once over the past three years — a similarly strong performance to that recorded by the Tigers.

Because of a bye in the Tri-Valley League playoff bracket, East Juniata (17-1, 12-0) advances directly to the final, where it will face either Juniata or Susquenita on Wednesday at Upper Dauphin.

Fairfield 2, East Juniata 0

First half

F–Nora Clarke, 42:10

Second half

Milly Heinbaugh, 51:00

Shots: EJ 13-5. Corners: EJ: 5-4. Saves: EJ-3 (Brianna Henry); F-13.

West Perry 5, Mifflin County 1

LEWISTOWN — On the stat sheet, Mifflin County and West Perry were as balanced as can be, with 12 shots on goal and 1 corner kick each.

On the score sheet, the Mustangs built a 5-1 advantage to win the Mid-Penn girls soccer game.

Aubrey Strohecker had the lone goal for the Huskies.

Mifflin County (5-11-1, 1-8-1) travels to Red land on Tuesday.

West Perry 5, Mifflin County 1

First half

WP–Maddie Morrow, 35:44; WP–Camryn Smeigh, 38:52

Second half

WP–Serenity Hill, 49:39; MC–Aubrey Strohecker (Lily Yoder), 53:03; WP–Lillie Horn, 53:56; WP Tayler Sanno, 63:40

Shots: 12-12. Corners: 1-1. Saves: MC-7 (Bailey McNitt), WP-11.

Juniata 3, Upper Dauphin 0

MIFFLINTOWN — Juniata’s girls soccer team received a forfeit Saturday when Upper Dauphin did not have enough players to compete in their scheduled Tri-Valley League game. In accordance with FIFA rules, Juniata is awarded the victory by a score of 3-0.

The Indians travel to Susquenita today for a TVL tournament semifinal.

Boys soccer

West Perry 4, Mifflin County 1

ELLIOTTSBURG — West Perry defeated Mifflin County 4-1 in a Mid-Penn boys soccer game Saturday. Reese Carter had the Huskies’ goal.

The Mustangs won the JV game 4-0.

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