Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Ellwood City Lincoln High girls volleyball team rolled up a victory last night.
The Lady Wolverines eased to a 25-9, 25-10, 25-10 nonsection home win over New Castle.
Ellwood City (5-3) competes in the WPIAL in Class AA, while the Lady ’Canes are in their final season of independent status.
“I thought my team played very well,” Lady Wolverines coach Kim Frampton said. “There were times they became unfocused. But they passed well and communicated well.
“We served extremely well, too. Overall, I thought it was just a great performance by us.”
Asia Borders recorded nine kills and five blocks for Ellwood City and Isabella Williams contributed 12 assists.
Amber Leech posted 10 digs for the victors and Angela McCowin chipped in with five blocks and five kills. Carson Kegel served up five aces.
“I think everybody contributed in the victory for us,” Frampton said. “My team is pretty equal. Everyone really does a good job of stepping up and helping us win.”
Said Lady ’Canes coach Michael Spelich, “We’ve dealt with a variety of unexpected issues and lineup changes. Sarita Anderson was injured in the first scrimmage and she’s working her way back into the lineup for the first time. Velvet Wade was out of the lineup (last night). I think we’ve adjusted well on a day-to-day basis. I think we made some mistakes against Ellwood City and they did a great job of capitalizing on them. We’ll work on correcting these mistakes (today) in practice.”
There was no JV match.
Union knocked off Beaver County Christian in Section 3-A action at home, 25-16, 25-20, 25-22.
Morgan Miller led the Lady Scots (3-4, 4-6) with six kills and Dacia Neely was next with seven digs. Tyanna Harris added 10 assists.
Casey Brophy served up five aces for the winners and Allyson Conrad followed with three digs.
“We finally put a whole game together and we finally played hard for three games. We didn’t let up,” Union coach Bob Miller said.
Beaver County Christian won the JV match, 25-8, 25-19.
Lady Wildcats cruise
Shenango kept its hold on first place in Section 3-A, knocking off Neshannock on the road, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 25-17.
Sophia Koury paced the Lady Wildcats (7-0, 9-1) with 12 kills and Christina Rapone chipped in 15 assists.
Jade Esposito scooped up 30 digs.
“The game was a really nice follow-up to our win over Laurel,” first-year Shenango coach Angela Heagy said. “We keep looking for consistent play. I’m proud of how the girls are fighting through the ups and downs this season.”
Kayla Zingaro led the Lady Lancers (4-3, 5-9) with eight points and Jordan Wethli was next with seven points, 11 kills and four aces.
Katie Burrelli contributed seven points, four kills and three aces. Rayanna Furst followed with four kills and Anna Muraca delivered three kills.
Taylor Frank tallied 23 assists.
“They played their best and left it all out on the floor,” Neshannock coach Andrew Frank said. “That was probably their best match of the season. It was a good match.
“For a sophomore, Jordan Wethli had a great game. We’re on track as a team for a real positive season.”
Shenango won the JV match, 25-18, 25-20.
Irene Koury supplied nine kills for the Lady Wildcats and Sarah Herb delivered 14 assists.
Tayler Grybowski posted five points and three kills, and Cassidy Burrelli boasted three points and three kills.
Gina Zingaro supplied 10 assists.
The Lady Spartans breezed to a 25-10, 25-17, 25-19 nonsection home win over Mohawk.
Allie Collier led Laurel (9-1) with eight points and six kills, while Leah Telesz supplied nine points and eight kills.
Mackenzie Mraz followed with 10 points, seven kills and five digs. Makayla Dupont was next with 10 points and 17 assists.
Kristan Fedrizzi scooped up five digs.
Laurel won the JV match as well, 25-7, 25-14.
Makenna Natale registered five points and three kills for the Lady Spartans, and Allyson Kendall contributed four points.
Callie Ritchie posted seven points and five kills. Morgan Ritchie delivered 12 points and 22 assists.
Lady ’Hounds roll
Wilmington cruised to a 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 District 10, Region 3-AA road decision over Hickory.
Tessa Sikora supplied 11 points, nine kills and eight blocks for the Lady Greyhounds (3-2, 3-3) and Cassidy Marett added eight points, 20 assists and nine digs.
Lexi Ligo contributed eight points and 12 digs, while Katherine Clark scooped up six digs.
Stephanie Parker served up 10 points with four kills and six digs for the winners and Abby Sotter was next with four points, seven digs and three kills.
“This was a big win for our girls,” Wilmington coach Amber Marett said. “Hickory is always a tough team and it was great to see our girls put three games together; they all worked together.”
Wilmington won the JV match as well, 24-26, 25-23, 22-20.
Julie Falvo and Amanda Lewis both recorded 10 points for the Lady Greyhounds and Jamie Thompson delivered eight points, five assists and seven digs.
Madeline Whiting spiked four kills with three blocks, while Alana Romeo added nine digs.
Maciarello cards 33
Neshannock’s Mike Maciarello fired a three-under 33 in a 194-244 Section 5, Division 2 win over Mohawk at Castle Hills Golf Course.
Maciarello mastered the course in poor weather conditions.
“It was a steady rain all day. Right toward the end, it started to lighten up a little bit,” Lancers coach Mike Kirkwood said. “Every time it’s been miserable with rain, he’s played his best golf.
“Mike said he left too many shots out there. He was actually disappointed with his score. He thought he didn’t play as well as he should have.”
Marcus Giangiuli followed Maciarello’s effort with a 38 for Neshannock (9-2, 10-3) and Marissa Kirkwood, the coach’s daugther, tallied a 40. Max Watters scored a 41 and Matt Cioffi recorded a 42.
“The weather definitely tested the kids as far as not being in ideal conditions,” Mike Kirkwood said. “It’s good to get them out there in that. Once they get started, they’re used to it and ready to go.”
Andrew Fee and Anthony Bartolone both shot a 43 for the Warriors. Aaron DeSantis contributed a 46, Alex Scurlock posted a 56 and Matt Novad added a 59.
Neshannock returns to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Laurel at Castle Hills Golf Course. The winner earns the second and final playoff spot out of the section. Shenango has already clinched a postseason berth.
The Spartans won the first match in a playoff, with each school tied with a 197 after regulation play.
“It’s a big match for both schools,” Mike Kirkwood said. “Right now, Shenango is taking over as the best program in the area; they’re really playing well.
“But Laurel is right there, too. All three of us would represent the section well in the playoffs.”
Lucas Villani, Darren Carone and Tyler Settle all shot a 40 to lift the Wildcats to a 203-223 Section 5, Division 2 win over Riverside at Connoquenessing Country Club. The win also secures at least a share of the section title for Shenango. A win over Union on Monday captures the title outright for the Wildcats.
It’s the first section title for Shenango since 2006.
Rocco Fiorilli was next with a 41 for Shenango (10-1, 11-2) and Matt DeAngelo added a 42.
“We’re pleased with the results,” Wildcats coach John Dado said. “Those were good scores for the conditions we were playing in.
“We let the kids know we couldn’t have a letdown. We lost to Riverside down there last year. It’s not an easy golf course to play. We want to go to the playoffs as outright section champions.”
Riverside is 7-4 in the section.
Lady Lancers fall in first round
A pair of Neshannock doubles teams lost in the first round of the WPIAL Section 2-AA Doubles Tournament at Brady’s Run.
The Lady Lancers’ team of Gabby Giangiuli/Maria Acosta, seeded seventh, lost to Tristan Beighey/Samantha Maietta (Riverside), 10-6.
Neshannock’s team of Meg Johntony/Brittany Moses, seeded 8th, lost to Hope Berkebile/Katie Sierens (Blackhawk), 10-8.
Beaver won the tournament.
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