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Juniata, Huskies shine in title meet

From staff reports

NEWVILLE — The Mifflin County cross country team received stellar efforts from both the boys and girls squads as Brayden Harris and Kylee Cubbison each placed in the Top 5 for the Huskies at the Mid-Penn Championship meet on Saturday.

Harris led the boys team, covering the course in 16 minutes. Christopher Royer finished second for the Huskies in 36th place with a time of 17:29, while Conrad Coffey finished 52nd with a time of 17:52. The Mifflin County boys team finished eighth overall in the Class 3A race.

On the girls side, Cubbison finished fourth overall, covering the course with a time of 19:02. Addie Parsons also finished in the Top 20 for the Huskies, finishing with a time of 20:12. Ava harris was 64th for the Huskies with a time of 22:43. The Mifflin County girls team finished 10th in the Class 3A race.

Juniata also competed at the Mid-Penn Championships, as the Indians boys team finished sixth overall in its first Mid-Penn Championship race. The team competed in the Mid-Penn Championships because of multiple cross country invitationals getting canceled this season.

The Indians boys’ team was led by James Hazard who finished in sixth place with a time of 17:35. Micah Fausey finished 21st with a personal best time of 18:48, while Tim Kelly was also able to finish in the Top 30 with a 28th-place finish in 19:18.

The girls team was led by Emily Houtz who finished 12th with a time of 23:19. Houtz was followed by Elizabeth Gaisior who finished 34th with a personal best time of 26:27.

“I was pleased with the efforts of both the boys and girls teams,” coach Jeff Miller said. “Five of them walked away with personal bests on this challenging 5K course.”

The Indians and Huskies will return to action at the District 6 championships on Saturday in Reedsville.

Field hockey

Mifflin County 2, State College 1

LEWISTOWN–The Mifflin County field hockey team received a pair of goals from Hailee Sheetz, including an overtime winner in a 2-1 victory over rival State College in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth field hockey contest on Saturday.

The Huskies’ Lydia Hidlay assisted on the first goal while Hayley Corson assisted on the Huskies game-winner with 6:59 left in the extra session. Mifflin County’s Coletta Beeler made nine saves in the victory.

Mifflin County travels to Central Dauphin today.

Mifflin County 2, State College 1

Goals: MC–Hailee Sheetz 2. Assists: Lydia Hidlay, Hayley Corson. State College stats not available.

Benton 3, East Juniata 1

McALISTERVILLE–The East Juniata field hockey team fell to Benton, 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference matchup.

East Juniata’s lone goal was scored by Becca Dietz. Goss assisted on the play.

The Tigers host Greenwood on Friday.

Benton 3, East Juniata 1

BA 2 1 0 0–3

EJ 1 0 0 0–1

Goals: EJ–Becca Dietz. Assists: EJ–Karah Goss. Shots: 23-5, BA. Corners: 6-5, BA. Saves: 12-1, EJ. Complete statistics not available.

Girls soccer

Juniata 12, Halifax 2

MIFFLINTOWN–The Juniata offense exploded for 12 goals on Saturday as the Indians dismantled Halifax, 12-2, in a Tri-Valley League girls soccer contest at Juniata Elementary School.

Ashlyn Pannebaker had an incredible game, scoring seven times in the victory. Katey Martin and Hailey Mummah scored twice, while Victory Frantz also scored.

“We really stepped it up today,” Juniata coach Laresa Paden said. “Our offense just seemed to click. They were making the right runs and moving extremely well on and off the ball. We were playing to feet and moving into space. We created space and capitalized on our finishing today, which is something we struggled with this season. They know what to do but they really put the pieces together today.

“We focused on that a lot this week in practice this week and they executed it well on the field,” Paden added. “I am proud of the way the girls played and it makes me excited for next year. We lose two solid seniors, but we can really build on what we have this year.”

Juniata 12, Halifax 2

J 6 6–12

H 1 1–2

Goals: J–Ashlyn Pannebaker 7, Katey Martin 2, Hailey Mummah 2, Victory Frantz; H–Olivia Gainer, Paetyn Eyster. Assists: J–Emma Pannebaker 3, Frantz 2, Ashlyn Pannebaker, Martin. Shots: 20-18, J. Cornres: 4-3, J. Saves: J–Hailey Kepner 11.

Volleyball

Juniata 3, St. Joseph’s 0

MIFFLINTOWN–The Juniata girls volleyball team dominated in a straight-set victory over St. Joseph’s on Saturday at Juniata High School.

Juniata posted set victories of 25-5, 25-16, 25-13. Mackenzie Bennett led the Indians with four assists, while Imarilis Mercado led the Indians with seven aces. The Indians also received three aces and three assists from Alexea Frontz.

The Indians travel to Fannett-Metal on Tuesday.

Set scores: 25-5, 25-16, 25-13.

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