Alle-Kiski roundup: Knoch deals Freeport its first loss
Knoch's girls volleyball team notched arguably its biggest win of the season Thursday night, as it edged previously unbeaten Freeport, 3-2.
The Knights (9-2, 7-1), who share first place in Section 4-AA with Freeport (9-1, 7-1), fell behind in the match but rallied with wins of 26-24 and 15-12 in Game 4 and 5. They claimed Game 1, 25-21, and the Yellowjackets took the next two, 27-25 and 25-20.
Celina Sanks hit 33 kills for Knoch, and Mary Zellhart and Schaely Renfrew contributed 11 and 13, respectively.
“They really wanted it, and they never gave up,” Knoch coach Diane Geist said. “It was kind of a disappointing finish to Game 2, and you always worry about how they'll respond. ... I think (the girls) got a little tired because it was a back-and-forth match, and you worry about their energy levels. But I give them a lot of credit, because they played hard.”
Freeport and Mars shared the Section 4-AA title last year, while Knoch came in third. And in 2011, Knoch and Mars shared the Section 2-AA title while Freeport claimed Section 6-AA.
Burrell 3, Hampton 0 — Emma Brown hit six kills and earned 22 digs, and Sabrina Christy had eight assists for Burrell (4-6) in the nonsection match.
Deer Lakes 3, Highlands 0 — Kelly Dvorsky, Casey Gaston and Jenna Dvorsky each had five kills for Deer Lakes (5-4, 5-4) in the Section 4-AA win. Gaston also had 12 assists.
Burrell 3, Freeport 2 — Anika Ignozzi collected a loose ball inside the 18-yard box and buried a shot with 3:17 left in the Section 2-AA game to push Burrell (8-7, 6-6) past Freeport (8-6-1, 7-4-1). Ashley Szymkowiak and Dana McAlpine also scored for the Bucs, and Megan Manke and Erica Jack had goals for Freeport.
The Yellowjackets are one point ahead of Highlands (8-7, 7-5) for the final playoff spot in the section thanks to their 3-2 overtime win over the Golden Rams on Tuesday, which ended when Manke scored her second goal of the game with four seconds left in the first overtime period.
Riverview 2, Geibel 0 — Sadie Buchser and Nicole Munion scored for Riverview (6-7, 6-4) in the Section 4-A win.
Fox Chapel 3, Penn Hills 1 — Theresa Scheiffarth scored twice, and Vanessa Blazer earned the win in net for the Foxes (13-1, 10-0), who guaranteed themselves at least a share of the Section 3-AAA title.
Riverview 1, Aquinas Academy 0 —Christian Snyder scored on a goal set up by Zach Lesnick early in the second half, and Ludger Oelck made six saves for the shutout during the Section 2-A win for Riverview (7-4-1, 7-1-1).
Knoch 4, Highlands 1 — Ben Andrews scored twice, and Brandon Vargo and Nick Kadunce each had a goal for Knoch (9-3-4, 7-1-2) in the Section 2-AA win over Highlands (4-8-1, 2-7-1).
Kiski Area trailing — The Cavaliers (8-4-1, 6-2-1), who hosted Franklin Regional (6-5-1, 5-4-1), never returned to the field for the second half due to lightning. They trail, 1-0, and the rest of their game possibly will be rescheduled this weekend, coach Bob Wright said.
Deer Lakes, Valley postponed — The Vikings (5-3-1, 5-3-1) and Lancers (3-7, 2-7) were in a scoreless tie when play was called with about 10 minutes left in the first half of nonsection game.
Fox Chapel 194, North Allegheny 202 — David Rice shot an even-par 36, and Patrick Sheerer followed with a 37 for Fox Chapel (15-0) in the nonsection match at Pittsburgh Field Club.
Freeport 208, Riverview 252 — Cole Hepler shot a 4-over-par 40 to lead Freeport (15-3) in the nonsection win at Buffalo Golf Course.
Freeport tops Ford City — Colin Meehan took first with a time of 17:21 in the boys race, a 16-45 win for Freeport (3-2). And Becca Dudek won with a time of 20:00 in the girls race, a 15-50 win for Freeport (4-1).