Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Neshannock High girls volleyball team bolstered its playoff position last night.
Annalisa Frengel recorded 22 points and eight aces, guiding the host Lady Lancers to a 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 WPIAL Section 3-A win over Beaver County Christian.
Neshannock (5-4 section, 7-5 overall) is tied with Union (5-4 section) for the third and final playoff berth in the section.
“We sit in a good spot to make the WPIAL playoffs,” Lady Lancers coach Andrew Frank said. “We fought really hard tonight and came together as a unit on the court.
“We transitioned the ball very well and transitioned it into points very well.”
Neshannock has three section matches left.
Rayanna Furst added 10 points for the winners. Katie Burrelli was next with six points, while Jordan Wethli followed with six points and 10 kills.
Taylor Frank, the coach’s daughter, supplied 23 assists.
The Lady Lancers won the JV match, 25-10, 25-15.
Gina Zingaro led Neshannock with 14 assists and nine points, while Tayler Grybowski contributed seven points, three aces and seven kills.
Lady Wildcats roll
Shenango knocked off Western Beaver in Section 3-A action, 25-9, 25-9, 25-7.
Paige Cassella posted nine kills for the host Lady Wildcats (10-0, 12-2) and Christina Rapone contributed 16 assists.
Jade Esposito scooped up eight digs.
“I’m super proud of how they went through the game,” Shenango coach Angela Heagy said. “They have really matured as athletes this season.
“I thought Esposito did a great job, too.”
Shenango won the JV match as well, 25-7, 25-5.
Irene Koury slammed five kills for the Lady Wildcats and Sarah Herb handed out seven assists.
Lady Wolverines fall
Ellwood City dropped a 25-17, 25-15, 25-15 Section 1-AA road matchup against Beaver.
Isabella Williams recorded eight assists and five kills for the Lady Wolverines (3-5, 6-5) and Asia Borders added six blocks.
Susie Blyth chipped in with 12 digs.
Ellwood City lost the JV match, 25-15, 25-19.
Lady Scots cruise
Union topped Cornell in nonsection action, 25-16, 25-13, 25-16.
Morgan Miller recorded seven kills for the visiting Lady Scots (7-6) and Allyson Conrad chipped in with five aces.
Christina Noble notched five aces, three assists and three kills. Tyanna Harris posted five assists.
“We played a really good match,” Union coach Bob Miller said. “We seem to be playing better in the second half of the season.”
Union won the JV match, 25-16, 25-22.
Lady Spartans dominate
Laurel breezed to a 25-6, 25-0, 25-7 Section 3-A home win over Aliquippa.
Mackenzie Mraz served up 25 points and eight aces. She tallied every point in the second-game shutout.
Rachael Baker was next for the Lady Spartans (7-2, 11-3) with 10 points and four aces, while Morgan Ritchie contributed 10 points, five assists and three aces. Makayla Dupont delivered 12 assists, eight points and five aces.
Makenna Natale notched eight points and eight aces. Leah Telesz slammed seven kills and Allie Collier collected five.
“The girls took this match very seriously,” Lady Spartans coach Nikki Downing said. “They didn’t want to screw up that second game for Mackenzie.
“They were aiming for that goal of a shutout and that was good. It’s one of those things that helped us morale-wise.”
Aliquippa has just seven players on the roster.
Laurel won the JV match, 25-11, 25-13.
Kristan Fedrizzi paced the Lady Spartans with nine points.
Lady Greyhounds lose
Wilmington started strong, but lost momentum in an 8-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-24 District 10, Region 3-AA home loss to Grove City.
“The first game, we came out on fire,” Lady Greyhounds coach Amber Marett said. “The second game we started out rocky and we never regained our momentum.
“Grove City controlled the net well and we struggled offensively to finish the games.”
Katherine Clark collected 12 points and four digs for Wilmington (4-3, 6-4) and Lexi Ligo delivered 10 points and eight digs.
Tessa Sikora supplied nine points, seven kills and six blocks for the Lady Greyhounds, and Cassidy Marett posted nine points, 25 assists and eight digs.
Abby Sotter slammed seven kills and Stephanie Parker provided four kills and nine digs. Saloma Byler added three kills.
Wilmington lost the JV match, 21-25, 25-20, 15-1.
Julie Falvo led the Lady Greyhounds with seven points and five kills. Sarah Schwenke chipped in with six points. Jamie Thompson tallied four points and 11 assists.
Connor Richards lifted host Neshannock to a 1-0 Section 5-A home win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
Richards scored the goal with 19 minutes remaining in the contest. Clay Kemerer earned the assist.
Josh Maggi posted 15 saves for the Lancers (3-7, 4-10-1).
“It seems like the team is playing up to their potential,” Neshannock coach Dustin Ault said. “Unfortunately, it’s coming after a rough middle portion of the season for us.”
Marc Delio scored the game’s lone goal late in the first half, lifting Wilmington to a 1-0 District 10, Region 2-AA road win over Grove City.
Goalkeeper Ian Behm made nine saves to preserve the win.
Delio’s goal was the only shot on net for visiting Wilmington (6-1, 10-1) in a game mostly controlled by Grove City.
“Grove City played an excellent game,” Wilmington coach Christian Davoli said. “They controlled the game with a lot of flow. It was a gritty, tough win to pull out. It was a nice team effort.”
Lady Lancers pull out win
Angela DeBlasio scored the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting host Neshannock to a 2-1 Section 1-A home win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. There was around five minutes left in the overtime when DeBlasio tallied the goal.
The win propels Neshannock into the WPIAL playoffs as well.
Annie Litrenta scored the other goal for the Lady Lancers. Sydne Slingluff added an assist.
Rachel Iorio made seven saves in goal to earn the win.
Neshannock (9-3-1, 10-4-1) led 1-0 at the half.
“We felt good at the half,” Lady Lancers coach Christine McConnell said. “We got off to a little bit of a slow start in the second half and that cost us.
“We had to show some heart and get it back in overtime. I give credit to OLSH. They have a couple of strong midfielders that we had to contend with. But we showed some pretty good composure.”
Boys cross country
Lancers lose two
Neshannock dropped a pair of 15-50 verdicts to Laurel and Beaver.
Matt Turner finished eighth for the Lancers in 17:52 and Austin Moose was 10th in 18:06. Ron Calvert took 16th in 18:50 and Dean Lutz placed 27th in 22:41.
The Lancers’ Chris Noga took third in the boys junior high race in 13:23.
No varsity girls runners competed for Neshannock.
Hannah Shaner finished seventh in the junior high girls race for the Lady Lancers in 15:58.
The Greyhounds knocked off Slippery Rock, 23-32.
Jared Thomas finished second for Wilmington in 18:24 and Calvin Gealy was third in 18:39. Ryan Davis took fifth in 19:21, Zach Paden was sixth in 19:29 and Derek Craig followed in seventh in 19:35.
Whippo takes first
Mohawk’s Sam Whippo won the race against Shenango and Beaver Falls.
Whippo posted a time of 17:12. The Warriors defeated Beaver Falls (25-30), but lost to Shenango (20-43). The Wildcats topped the Tigers (20-41).
Jakob Hobel finished 11th for Mohawk in 19:17, Matt Carran followed in 12th in 19:29 and Dakota Lee took 14th in 19:49. Andrew Henley placed 15th in 19:56.
Nicco Pagley led Shenango, claiming third in 18:21. Zach Matuch was fourth in 18:21 and Kyle Campbell was fifth in 18:22. Andy McCann placed sixth in 18:22 and David Waldschmidt finished seventh, also in 18:22.
The Wildcats’ Matt Salem won the junior high race in 12:58 and Mohawk’s Matt Rudesill was third in 13:45.
Girls cross country
Wilmington’s Rikki Brumbaugh placed first in a meet against Slippery Rock.
Brumbaugh posted a time of 21:39 as the Lady Greyhounds claimed a 20-35 decision.
Hannah Drake placed second for Wilmington in 23:08 and Hannah Winters was third in 23:11. Kate Robb took fourth in 23:17 and Isabel Sherwood notched 10th place in 27:44.
Wagner claims first
Mohawk’s Breyonna Wagner topped the field against Shenango and Beaver Falls.
Wagner rolled to a first-place time of 19:21. The Lady Warriors topped Beaver Falls (15-48), but lost to the Lady Wildcats (25-35). Shenango defeated Beaver Falls (15-48).
Mackenzie Moon finished second for Mohawk in 20:02 and Katelyn Byers finished ninth in 21:37. Joelle Bromley captured 11th in 21:51 and Kelcey Seth was 12th in 21:56.
Katie Bruce placed third for Shenango and teammate Rachel Reamer was fourth in 21:10. Courtney Fontana claimed fifth in 21:11, Carly Danielson was sixth in 21:12 and Elizabeth Salem placed seventh in 21:13.
Shenango’s Brooke-Ellynne Waters won the junior high race in 14:13 and Mohawk’s Meghan Johnson placed second in 14:40.
Alanna Elliott won the lone match for Wilmington in a 4-1 District 10, Region 1-AA home loss to Hickory.
Elliott won at No. 1 singles for the Lady Greyhounds (9-4, 9-4).
Following are the results:
Hickory 4, Wilmington 1
1. Alanna Elliott (W) def. Marissa Works (H) 6-0, 2-0 (won by forfeit).
2. Allie Newmeyer (H) def. Cheyenne George 6-0, 6-0.
3. Sharon Mettee (H) def. Alexis Donati 6-4, 6-0.
1. Lauren Kisuk/Nikki Morgenstern (H) def. Katie Chase/Nikki McCown 6-2, 6-4.
2. Lauren McGonigle/Rachel Mettee (H) def. Rebeccah Swerdlow/Lydea Kraynak 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Holly Vernon/Allison Kupra (W) lost 6-3; and the duo also lost 6-4 to a second Hickory team.