Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Laurel High girls volleyball team kept pace in the section standings last night.
The Lady Spartans knocked off Neshannock in a WPIAL Section 3-A home match, 25-20, 25-16, 16-25, 25-20.
Laurel (8-1 section, 10-2 overall) trails only section-leading Shenango (8-0, 10-1).
Leah Telesz led Laurel with four digs, seven kills, nine points and three aces, while Rachael Baker chipped in with five digs and eight points.
Ellen Shaffer posted six kills and five blocks for the winners, and Mackenzie Mraz added eight points and 12 kills.
Makayla Dupont delivered 19 assists, Kristan Fedrizzi followed with 13 digs and Allie Collier was next with seven kills.
“I thought the girls played pretty consistent,” Lady Spartans coach Nikki Downing said. “It seemed like my key players came through again. We still struggle with closing out the games quickly, though.”
Rayanna Furst led the Lady Lancers with six points and four kills. Katie Burrelli was next with four points.
Anna Muraca followed with four points and three kills for Neshannock and Taylor Frank chipped in with 27 assists and six points.
“It’s always a good effort from the girls against teams like Shenango and Laurel,” Lady Lancers coach Andrew Frank said. “They played very competitively in the third and fourth games, and we took a game from them.
“I thought it went back and forth. But we were the team that made more mistakes and we came out on the losing end.”
Laurel won the JV match as well, 25-10, 25-15.
Allyson Kendall paced the Lady Spartans with nine points and Makenna Natale followed with five points and five kills. Callie Ritchie cashed in five kills and four digs as well.
The Lady Wildcats posted a 25-8, 25-17, 25-18 Section 3-A home decision over Beaver County Christian.
Katie Lacey recorded eight kills and four blocks for Shenango. Sophia Koury was next with four blocks.
Christina Rapone delivered 13 assists.
The Lady Wildcats won the JV match, 25-11, 25-15.
Liz Quahliero supplied five kills for Shenango and Sarah Herb handed out 14 assists.
The Lady Wolverines cruised to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-11 Section 1-AA road win over Beaver Falls.
Angela McCowin led Ellwood (3-3, 6-3) with seven aces and five kills, while Asia Borders added six blocks and 10 kills. Isabella Williams was next with 12 assists and 11 digs.
The Lady Wolverines won the JV match as well, 25-21, 25-13.
Geena DeCaria served up four aces with six digs and Emily Brown contributed 13 assists.
Shae Barrett chipped in with six kills and 10 digs.
The Lady Warriors dropped a 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 Section 1-AA road decision to Blackhawk.
Samantha Carr collected 11 digs for Mohawk (1-5, 5-6) and Devon Giancola was next with eight digs.
The Lady Warriors lost the JV match, 25-18, 22-25, 15-8.
The Lady Scots cruised to a 25-16, 25-12, 25-6 Section 3-A home win over Aliquippa.
Casey Brophy served up seven aces for Union (4-4, 5-6) and Morgan Miller followed with five kills and five aces.
Christina Noble collected five aces, while Tyanna Harris added four assists.
“I’m happy we took care of business in three games,” Lady Scots coach Bob Miller said. “We’re kind of climbing back into the section race, too.”
Union won the JV match as well, 25-16, 22-25, 15-13.
Katherine Clark collected 12 points and four kills for the Lady Greyhounds in a 25-16, 25-15, 25-9 District 10, Region 3-AA home verdict over Sharon.
Cassidy Marett posted nine points, 16 assists and seven digs for Wilmington (4-2, 5-3), while Stephanie Parker produced eight points, five kills and five digs.
Abby Sotter supplied six points, four kills and three digs. Tessa Sikora followed with three points and five kills.
Wilmington captured the JV match as well, 25-16, 25-21.
Amanda Lewis tallied 13 points for the Lady Greyhounds and Rachel Vernon was next with six.
Jamie Thompson posted five markers and Alana Romeo recorded nine digs. Lexi Ligo delivered four points and seven digs as well.
Boys cross country
Wildcats win two
Neshannock’s Robbie Kroner topped the field in a meet against Shenango and Ellwood City.
Kroner recorded a time of 18:26.
Shenango swept the competition, downing the Lancers (24-34) and the Wolverines (15-44). Neshannock topped Ellwood, 22-35.
Matt Turner finished third for the Lancers in 19:35 and teammate Ron Calvert was eighth in 20:51. Austin Moose (12th, 21:58) and Dean Lutz (16th, 22:57) also participated.
David Waldschmidt led the Wildcats, placing second in 19:17 and Andy McCann took fourth in 19:53. Kyle Campbell was fifth in 20:14, Zachary Matuch placed sixth in 20:23 and Nico Pagley took seventh in 20:31.
Wesley Larry placed ninth for the Wolverines in 21:23, Tatsumasa Abe was 10th in 21:39 and James Gajewski was 11th in 21:58.
Shenango’s Matt Salem won the junior high race in 10:34. Ellwood City’s Billy Lott was second in 10:48, while Neshannock’s Chris Noga took fourth in 11:00.
Tommy Thompson placed 22nd for the Scotties in a meet against Beaver, South Side Beaver and Beaver Falls.
Union had just four runners compete and forfeited against the competition.
Thompson posted a time of 22:55.7. Jon Noble was next for the Scotties in 31st place (26:47.3) and Zayne Strobel was 33rd in 32:50.5.
New Castle’s Trevor Blackwell posted a win against Montour and Central Valley.
Blackwell took the race in 17:47.
New Castle beat Montour (19-40) and Central Valley (26-29).
Mike Mazzanti was third in 19:18 for the Red Hurricane and Corey Niles seventh in 20:56. Ricky Rossi placed ninth 21:25 and Ethan Greene followed in 10th in 21:51.
There was no junior high race.
Wilson sets pace
Laurel’s Ethan Wilson won the race against Mohawk and Riverside, posting a time of 17:11.4.
The Spartans topped Mohawk (15-50) and the Panthers (23-33).
Clint Glenn placed third for Laurel in 18:21 and Eddie Cracraft was next in 18:23. Robert Schrantz was seventh in 19:06 and Lucas Switzer was eighth in 19:15.
Sam Whippo finished 14th for Mohawk in 20:00 and teammate Jakob Hobel was 17th in 20:44. Andrew Henley (19th, 20:59), Matt Carran (23rd, 22:12) and Dakota Lee (25th, 22:50) participated for the Warriors.
Mohawk’s Matt Rudesill finished eighth in the junior high race in 13:19 and Laurel’s Chris Niles was 14th in 13:33.
Girls cross country
Manickas earns win
Neshannock’s Lizzie Manickas placed first in a meet against Ellwood and Shenango.
Manickas recorded a time of 22:05.
The Lady Wildcats won a pair, defeating Ellwood City (15-50), and the Lady Lancers in a forfeit. The Lady Wolverines topped Neshannock in a forfeit.
Katie Bruce placed second for Shenango in 23:37 and Rachel Reamer was third in 24:35. Courtney Fontana took fourth in 24:59, Elizabeth Salem was fifth in 25:11 and Ashley Presnar was sixth in 25:40.
Mallory Angelucci led the Lady Wolverines with a 13th-place finish in 33:11 and Paige Mason took 14th in 34:52. Janelle Fox was 15th in 34:54.
Shenango’s Brooke-Ellynne Waters won the race in 12:23 and Neshannock’s Elaina McNatt was second in 13:37. Ellwood City’s Mauria Wiley was eighth in 15:58.
McGill takes seventh
Union’s Janis McGill was seventh in a meet against Beaver, South Side Beaver and Beaver Falls.
McGill tallied a time of 24:02.2. The Lady Scots forfeited against the field.
New Castle wins two
Andrea Lansdowne finished second against Montour and Central Valley, posting a time of 23:16.
The Lady ’Canes beat Montour (27-29) and Central Valley (18-40).
New Castle’s Caitlin Adamo was fourth in 24:57 and Rebecca Paul was fifth in 25:04. Rachel McNickle took eighth in 26:06 and Vanessa Turner placed 11th in 27:48.
There was no junior high race.
Emily Maxwell won the race against Mohawk and Riverside, rolling to a time of 20:17.08.
The Lady Spartans knocked off Mohawk (19-40) and Riverside (19-44). The Lady Warriors topped the Lady Panthers (19-38).
Alison Filer placed fourth for Laurel in 21:26 and Brooke Dicks was fifth in 21:54. Kristin Dicks took sixth in 22:24 and Kacee Caughey placed seventh in 22:42.
Breyonna Wagner paced Mohawk, finishing second in 20:25.27. Mackenzie Moon was ninth in 23:13, Katelyn Byers took 11th in 23:25 and Kelcey Seth finished 12th in 24:05. Joelle Bromley placed 13th in 24:06.
Laurel’s Cassie Patterson broke her own school mark in the junior high race. Patterson finished second in a time of 12:26.8, breaking her old record by 10 seconds.
Mohawk’s Shelby Scott finished 18th in 14:03.
Beaver cruised to a 5-0 Section 2-AA victory over Neshannock at Brady’s Run.
The Lady Lancers (6-5, 7-5) still have a shot to reach the playoffs. Neshannock must beat Riverside today and have the Lady Panthers lose to Blackhawk on Friday.
The Lady Lancers lost to Riverside in the first meeting, 4-1. The Lady Panthers lost to Blackhawk in the first meeting as well.
“We need to win,” Neshannock coach Chuck Dess said. “It’s a definite possibility.
“We control our own destiny. We’ve gotten a lot better than we were a few weeks ago. We’ll see what happens.”
Following are the results:
Beaver 5, Neshannock 0
1. Raquel Holiday (B) def. Gabby Giangiuli 6-1, 6-0.
2. Mattie Taylor (B) def. Meg Johntony 6-1, 6-0.
3. Katherine Beitrick (B) def. Brittany Moses 6-0, 6-3.
1. Cassidy Griffin/Lizzy Jurich (B) def. Maria Acosta/Cecelia Weingart 7-5, 6-2.
2. Sarah Wachter/Marissa Mamone (B) def. Arti Anna Ribarevski/Erin Warvell 6-3, 6-1.
Sewickley Academy knocked off Neshannock, 6-0.
The Panthers led 3-0 at the half.
Josh Maggi made 27 saves in goal for the Lancers. Neshannock (1-6, 2-8-1) had three shots on goal.
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