New Castle News

April 22, 2014

Spring Sports: A roundup of action from April 21

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Shenango High girls track and field team is headed to the postseason.

Rachel Reamer and Ashleigh Presnar won three events each to lift the Lady Wildcats to a 137-11 WPIAL Section 1-AA home win over Union.

The win locked up a WPIAL team playoff berth for Shenango (6-1). It’s the second-straight playoff appearance for the Lady Wildcats and fifth in the last six years.

“They’ve competed hard all year,” Shenango girls coach Brian Cooper said. “I’m happy for the seniors. They’ve been good leaders and have been doing everything that we’ve asked of them. All that hard work is starting to pay off.”

“We’re working towards the playoffs every year. That’s always our first goal. Winning the section is the second goal. We’ve been pretty fortunate for the most part over the past six years, having made the playoffs five times during that time.”

Reamer claimed the 1600, 3200 and 3200 relay, while Presnar captured the 800, 1600 relay and 3200 relay.

“They’ve been really consistent this year,” Cooper said of Reamer and Presnar. “They’ve been at all the workouts and pushing themselves. They’re a coach’s dream.”

Christina Noble (javelin) claimed the lone victory for the Lady Scots.

Mohawk rolls

Maria Fleck registered three win to lift the Lady Warriors to a 115-35 road verdict over Ellwood City.

Fleck won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the 400 relay for Mohawk. She set a school record in the 300 hurdles (44.7).

Brooke Muntean (100, 200) won a pair of events for the Lady Wolverines. Muntean set a school record in the 100 (12.4).

Lady ’Canes win

Darrian Johnson captured four events to lead New Castle to an 80-66 decision over Ambridge.

Johnson claimed wins in the 100, 400 relay, long jump and the triple jump.

Neshannock falls

The Lady Lancers posted three individual wins in the 94-47 setback to visiting Riverside.

Stephanie Paras (200), Anna Frengel (shot put) and Sarah Davis (discus) were the lone winners for Neshannock. The Lady Lancers also won the 3200 relay.

Boys track

Malutic paces Mohawk

Ricky Malutic won four events to lift the Warriors to a 109-41 road win over Ellwood City.

Malutic won the 400, 800, 1600 relay and the 3200 relay for Mohawk.

Keaton Docchio (100, 110 hurdles) won two events for the Wolverines.

Shenango cruises

Devin Ross rolled up four wins to pace the Wildcats to a 120-26 home win over Union.

Ross claimed decisions in the 200, 400, 1600 relay and the 3200 relay.

James Thomas (110 hurdles, long jump, triple jump) won three events for the Scotties.

New Castle rolls

Mike Mazzanti garnered four wins to lead the Red Hurricane to a 110-40 home win over Ambridge.

Mazzanti topped the 800, the 1600, the 1600 relay and the 3200 relay.

Khalil Huddleston (100, 200, 400 relay) and Alex Shepherd (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1600 relay) were triple winners.

Lancers lose

Robbie Kroner tallied a pair of victories, but it wasn’t enough as visiting Riverside rolled to the 117-17 triumph.

Kroner topped the 800 and the 1600 relay.


Beaver 17,

Shenango 7

The Bobcats recorded 21 hits in a Section 5-AA home win over the Wildcats.

The game was stopped after the sixth inning because of the mercy rule.

“It was just a combination of not putting (the pitches) where we wanted and if we did, they slapped it the other way against us,” Shenango coach Mike Othites said. “You thought it was last year’s state (runner-up) team.

“They just kept hitting. They hit everything we threw up there.”

The Wildcats (4-3, 5-6) recorded 11 hits, led by Hunter Waskin, Ryley Ferrari, Evan Kendall and Vince Turco with two hits apiece.

Tyler Booher (2-2) took the loss. Booher worked the first three innings, allowing seven hits and five runs — all earned — with a walk and two strikeouts.

The Wildcats plated a marker in each of the first two frames, two in the third, one in the fourth and two in the sixth.

The Bobcats (4-4, 4-5) scored in every inning. They scored three runs in the first, one each in the second and third innings, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and seven more in the sixth.

Beaver has outscored the opposition 47-17 during its current three-game winning streak.

“This one took me a little bit by surprise,” Othites said. “For whatever reason, this was not our day.

“Just like all wins, we’ll put it behind us. The guys weren’t happy with it; we can’t define our season by this.”


Union 17,

Rochester 2

The Lady Scots erupted for a Section 4-A home verdict over the Lady Rams.

The game was stopped after four innings because of the mercy rule.

LaShá Clark, Johnna Johnston and Skylar Thompson recorded three hits each for Union. Clark collected a solo inside-the-park home run in the second inning, her first blast of the season, to go along with a pair of RBIs.

Johnston knocked in four runs.

Kara Vercilla and Jaynna Johnston, Johnna’s sister, posted two hits and a pair of RBIs apiece.

Hannah Booth drove in three runs.

Jaynna Johnston (1-3) picked up the win. Johnston tossed four innings, giving up three hits and two runs — one earned — with four strikeouts and a walk.

The Lady Scots (2-5, 2-5) scored two runs in the first inning, nine in the second, three in the third and three more in the fourth.

Rochester (2-5, 2-6) scored two runs in the fourth.

“The Johnston sisters put it together for us,” Union coach Anthony Conforti said. “Jaynna pitched a great game. Johnna’s bat came to life.

“I told the girls, their hard work will pay off. I told them to take each game one at a time.”

Wilmington 7,

Jamestown 3

Alexis Donati broke open a 2-2 ballgame with a two-run homer in the third inning to propel the Lady Greyhounds to the District 10, Region 2-AA home victory.

The home run was her third of the season.

The Lady Muskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second, but Wilmington (3-0, 8-0) responded with two tallies in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Greyhounds put the game away with three runs in the fourth.

Alanna Elliott had an RBI triple, while Nikki McCown connected on two hits, including a double. Kayleigh Shenker also had two hits.

Shenker went the distance to pick up her eighth win of the season, allowing two earned runs on eight hits, five walks and five strikeouts.