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LH track teams top Connellsville

| Wednesday, April 23, 2003

In a battle for the top spot in Section 2-AAA, the Laurel Highlands track squads were able to post a pair of tough wins over Connellsville.

In boys action, Matt Humbert won the high hurdles (15.0) and the javelin (149-9) to lead the Mustangs (6-0, 7-0) to a 79-71 victory over the visiting Falcons (5-1, 6-3). Brandon Mahoney won the pole vault (13-0) while Alex Bota took top honors in the 100 (11.35). Chris Manges won the 400 (52.9).

Shane Kovack, Pat Mullaney, Brad Showman and Kenny King won the 3200 relay (9:05) to pace the Falcons. Mullaney was also victorious in the 800 (2:07) while King picked up wins in the 1600 (4:41) and 3200 (10:33). Frank Kolarik was a winner in the 300 hurdles (40.1) while Jared Smith finished first in the 200 (23.3). Cory Hixson had the best tosses in the shot put (45-8 1/2) and discus (130-9).

On the girls side, Mikie Monaghan won the 800 (2:29.8), 1600 (5:27) and 3200 (11:53) as the Fillies (6-0, 7-0) edged the Lady Falcons (5-1, 6-3) 80-70. Monaghan, Danielle LaPresta, Deena Blanc and Molly Maciose teamed up to win the 1600 relay (4:39.9). Emily Bota won the 100 (12.9) and 200 (27.3) while LaPresta was the top runner in the 400 (1:01). Diane Gmiter was first in the shot put (37-2 1/2).

Lauren McCormick led Connellsville with a wins in the 100 hurdles (16.9), 300 hurdles (49.4). Christina Roadman was the best in the discus (111-1) and javelin (124-3 1/4) while teammate Jen Rowan picked up victories in the long jump (14-4) and the triple jump (31-3 1/4). Jaynece Stafford stole the show in the high jump (4-6) while Colleen McLaughlin was tops in the pole vault (9-0).

On Thursday, Connellsville will host Albert Gallatin while Laurel Highlands entertains Uniontown.

Section 3-AA

Serra at MP

Katie Grabiak won the 100 high hurdles (16.9) and 300 intermediate hurdles (50.5) as the Mount Pleasant girls (7-0, 7-1) remained undefeated in the section with a 111 1/2-43 1/2 win over visiting Serra. Stephanie Bruner was first in the 1600 (6:55) and 3200 (14:55), and Katy Rosenbauer won both the shot put (31-11) and discus (98-2). Mallory Solomon finished first in the 400 (1:09.5), and Stephanie King hurled the javelin into first place (89-2). Erica Sukay won the high jump (4-0), Dominique Curci was first in the long jump (16-1), and Lindsey Biller took top honors in the triple jump (35-4).

The team of Curci, Sukay, Lynn Sholas and Biller won the 400 relay (54.3), and Katie Lease, Virginia Mihalko, Jill White and Bruner came in first in the 3200 relay (12:05).

The Mount Pleasant boys (4-3, 4-4) also posted a victory, beating Serra 111-30. Ron Hause snagged wins in the 110 high hurdles (16.1) and 300 intermediate hurdles (44.5), and Jake Keeler won the 800 (2:10) and 1600 (4:55). Jared Smartnick was tops in the long jump (18-2) and triple jump (37-11). Ryan Bungard won the 100 (12.0), Adam Craig took the 200 (24.9), and Matt Snyder placed first in the 400 (57.0). Ryan Genard came in first in the 3200 (12:55), with Matt Lesko getting the win in the high jump (5-8).

Craig, Jon Sleva, Bungard and Smartnick combined for a win in the 400 relay (46.7), and Dale Rimel, Ian Worth, Nate Miller and Keeler teamed for a first in the 3200 relay (9:40).

Mount Pleasant will compete at the Westmoreland County meet today at Derry.

TC at SHS

Dana Frund took top honors in the shot put (31-5), discus (94-1) and javelin (103-0) as Southmoreland's girls coasted past visiting Trinity Christian, 117-23. Cara Petonic nabbed wins in the 300 intermediate hurdles (52.5) and the triple jump (32-8). Heather Graft was first in the 100 high hurdles (16.8), Amy Anthony won the 400 (1:07.4), and Beth Wisniewski crossed the line first in the 800 (2:46). Maria Rendine had the fastest time in the 1600 (6:21), and Kelsey Love won the 3200 (16:28). Leah Zeman long-jumped into first (14-5), and Ally Richardson was tops in the high jump (4-6).

The Lady Scotties (7-0, 7-0) also won two of the relay events. Gina Lizza, Valerie Henderson, Laura Castin and Zeman won the 400 relay (54.9), and Theresa Peachey, Love, Ashleigh Kendi and Emily Millslagle took first in the 3200 relay (13:37).

Southmoreland's boys (7-0) also had an easy time of it, defeating Trinity Christian 108-40. Jeff Leonard came in first in the shot put (40-11) and discus (122-7), and Tim Fratto won both the long jump (20-1) and triple jump (42-7). Nathan Ozoroski scored wins in the javelin (142) and 110 high hurdles (16.97), with Brian Connors winning the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.8). Dan Huygens was first in the 400 (56.64), and Kevin Snyder won the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.0). Larry Earnesty took the top spot in the 1600 (5:01.59), and Gary Tedesco won the pole vault (8-6).

Connors, Joel Headrick, Caleb Shively and Fratto teamed to take first in the 400 relay (46.3), and Dave Bambrey, Nick Cunningham, Jones and Earnesty won the 3200 relay (9:57).

Southmoreland will compete in the Westmoreland County meet today at Derry.


Boys Tennis

Section 5-AAA

CAHS 5, CM 0

Josh Martin beat Chris Podany 7-5, 6-1 at first singles as Connellsville (7-1, 11-1) swept Canon McMillan. Gene Cunningham downed Joe Jiblets 6-0, 6-1 at second singles, and Randy Richter handed Andrew Dunn a 6-1, 6-2 third-singles loss.

Troy Smith and Wade Schnorr teamed for a 6-2, 6-0 first-doubles win over Nick Dunn and Andrew Yeager, and the Falcons won second doubles by forfeit.

Connellsville will travel to Trinity today.

Section 1-AA

MP 5, Cal 0

Brian Hauser got Mount Pleasant off to a good start with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Phillip Keefer at first singles, and the Vikings (4-1, 8-3) went on to post a sweep at California (0-5, 0-7). Pat White defeated Jared Pagac 6-3, 6-4 at second singles, and Eric Snyder dominated James Sible 6-1, 6-1 at third singles.

Kurt VanHorn and Dan Vikartosky combined to shut down Ryan Drupp and Frank Turosik 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles. Mike Whipkey and Jake Solomon closed the match with a 6-0, 6-0 second-doubles win over Orval Watson and Jessica Ellsworth.

Mount Pleasant will host McGuffey today.

GCC 5, SHS 0

C.J. Goldstrohm beat Don Meteny 6-2, 6-2 at first singles as Greensburg Central Catholic shut out Southmoreland. Robert Tessamariam picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Matt Grabiak at second singles, and Joe Conry defeated Jason Yoder 6-3, 8-6 (6-0) at third singles.

C.J. Bell and Aaron Nametska outlasted Nate Booher and Kyle Thomas 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 t first doubles. Joe Kennedy and Collin Pisone bounced back for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 second-doubles win over Max Buchta and Brandon Himes.

The Scotties will host Brownsville today.


Baseball

Section 2-AAA

LH 6, Ring 3

Nick Midlik fanned five to lead Laurel Highlands to a win over Ringgold. Justin Luckey checked in with two singles. The Mustangs (3-2, 5-4-1) will visit Mount Pleasant on Thursday.

Section 7-A

Geibel 10, BC 5

Phil Gratchic struck out nine while Zack Leonard tripled, singled, scored twice and drove in three runs as the Gators topped host Beth-Center. Jordan White doubled and singled while driving in two and scoring once. Dave Menendez added a double.

The Gators (5-0, 8-4) will host Bentworth on Thursday.

Section 5-AA

Yough 7, MP 6

Rob Patula and Kris Mott each hit a double, and Mount Pleasant (3-3) put together a four-run sixth, but the Vikings' rally wasn't quite enough to beat host Yough (4-1, 11-2). Patula took the loss.

Jason Nametska, John DeSimone and Tom Evans all collected doubles for the Cougars. Dan Fiore earned the win.

Mount Pleasant will host Laurel Highlands on Thursday.


College Baseball

Boyce 6, PSF 5

Matt Kibe fired seven strikeouts, but Penn State-Fayette dropped a close one on the road in nine innings. Brandon Firestone doubled, and Ryan Gondek hit four singles for the Roaring Lions (6-9). Mike Miskanin and Dan Fuller each had two singles.

Dan Green earned the win for CCAC-Boyce.

Fayette will host Penn State-New Kensington on Saturday.

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