NEW CASTLE —
The Mohawk High volleyball team broke through Saturday.
The Lady Warriors captured the Midwestern Athletic Conference Tournament after placing second last year. A total of 13 teams competed in the event, which was completed at Mohawk.
The Lady Warriors knocked off Beaver Falls in the quarterfinals of the eight-team championship bracket and Union in the semifinals. Mohawk defeated Laurel in the championship round, 26-24, 19-25, 15-8.
“It was a long day, but it was a pretty good day for the girls,” Lady Warriors coach Brittany Kwolek said. “They really battled and I’m happy we took that next step. I think the girls really stepped up.
“They rose to the occasion as far as what we were asking them to do. I’m really proud of them.”
Mohawk’s Maria Fleck won the MVP award, while teammate Ashley McConnell was named to the all-tournament team. Ellen Shaffer (Laurel), Mackenzie Mraz (Laurel) and Morgan Miller (Union) also earned all-tournament status.
Laurel topped New Brighton in the other semifinal to reach the championship round.
Neshannock’s Lizzie Manickas finished second in the Sharpsville Invitational in 19:17. She was just one second off the pace.
Laurel’s Alison Filer placed sixth in 19:58.30 and teammate Cassandra Patterson was 29th in 21:00.30. Mia Muraca (39th, 21:13.40), Katie McClelland (54th, 21:37.50) and Kristin Dicks (74th, 21:59.50) also ran for the Lady Spartans.
Laurel finished third as a team.
The Wilmington girls team placed sixth as a team. Kate Robb paced the Lady Greyhounds, finishing 14th in 20:33. Hannah Winters took 41st in 21:15 and Rikki Brumbaugh was 52nd in 21:30.
Hannah Drake (65th, 21:52.40) and Lexi Brumbaugh (70th, 21:55.10) also ran for Wilmington.
New Castle’s Andrea Lansdowne took 48th in 21:25.90 and Kelcey Seth was 85th in 22:15.90. Caitlin Adamo (114th, 22:51.90), Becca Paul (151st, 23:46.70) and Natalie DeVincentis (174th, 24:30) also participated for the Lady ’Canes, who finished 18th in the team standings.
The Lady Lancers’ Natalie Sheen was 106th in 22:43.40 and Reagan Wish took 205th in 25:41.30. Neshannock placed 28th in the team standings.
Neshannock’s Robbie Kroner finished seventh in the boys race in 17:08. The Lancers placed 28th in the team standings. Austin Moose was 122nd for Neshannock in 19:14.50, Chris Noga placed 124th in 19:15.70 and Robert Kwiat was 197th in 20:11.20.
Wilmington’s boys team finished 21st. Calvin Gealy took 25th in 17:43. Jared Masters was 83rd in 18:41.50, Brett Whitty (108th, 19:02.80), Ryan Davis (192nd, 20:07.20) and Derek Craig (212th, 20:29.20) also competed for the Greyhounds.
New Castle took 14th in the team standings. Mike Mazzanti claimed 39th for the ’Canes in 17:58.60 and Trevor Blackwell was 40th in 17:59.50. Josh McFall captured 99th in 18:54.10 and Chris Mazzanti was 117th in 19:11.10. Ethan Green (148th, 19:34.90) and Andrew Gonzales (169th, 19:51.40) also participated.
Bryan Taylor placed 120th for Laurel in 19:13.30 and Josh Hassett was 175th in 19:54.90. Alex Hudak (179th, 19:57.10) and Austin McClelland (187th, 20:03.30) also ran for the Spartans, who took 36th as a team.
Shenango fares well
Shenango’s boys and girls teams competed at the PIAA Foundation Invitational at Hershey. The girls team placed fourth out of 19 teams and the boys squad captured ninth out of 20 teams
Katie Bruce paced the Lady Wildcats, finishing 12th in 21:18. Rachel Reamer was 28th in 22:17.
David Waldschmidt placed 20th in 17:52 for the Shenango boys and Andy McCann was 35th in 18:54.