NEW CASTLE —
New Castle High cross country runner Trevor Blackwell is hitting his stride.
Blackwell topped the field against Ambridge and Moon yesterday, rolling to a first-place effort of 17:33. The meet was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. It’s the second consecutive victory for Blackwell, a sophomore.
Blackwell won the Class AAA race at the Slippery Rock Invitational on Saturday, posting a time of 16:55.
“Trevor is running extremely well,” Red Hurricane coach Jeff Shaftic said. “For being a sophomore, he’s finally figuring out how to race. He’s getting really confident and he’s learning he’s really good.
“The sky is the limit with him. He’s going to be something. We’re pleased with his performance so far.”
New Castle beat the Bridgers (23-34), but lost to Moon (20-43).
Mike Mazzanti was 13th for New Castle in 19:33 and Alex Shepard took 19th in 20:27. Chris Mazzanti placed 20th in 20:31, while Corey Niles was 26th in 21:07.
The ’Canes’ Andrew Gonzales was third in the junior high race in 11:13.
Girls cross country
Lady ’Canes lose pair
Andrea Lansdowne placed fourth for New Castle in a meet against Ambridge and Moon.
Lansdowne finished in 22:28.
The Lady ’Canes lost to Moon (16-47) and to Ambridge (26-29). The meet was held at OLSH.
Caitlin Adamo was 12th for New Castle in 23:37 and Rebecca Paul placed 19th in 25:18.
Rachel McNickle finished 34th in 27:10 and Vanessa Turner followed in 37th in 28:04.
The Lady ’Canes Jessica Hill placed fifth in the junior high race in 13:55.
Lady Warriors prevail
Mohawk topped New Castle in nonsection action, 25-22, 25-16, 25-21.
Devon Giancola led the Lady Warriors (4-2) with nine kills and four digs, and Malea Tress added 28 assists and four aces.
Maria Fleck contributed 12 kills for Mohawk and Samantha Carr supplied four aces and three kills.
“Their heads just weren’t in the games,” Lady Warriors coach Britney Kwolek said. “I don’t know where they were tonight. We weren’t putting things together; we struggled.
“We let those games go a little longer than they needed to be. It’s a win, but we need to move on and get ready for the next match.”
The ’Lady Canes won the JV match 16-25, 25-23, 15-13.