From staff reports
MILLERSBURG - Coming off a 3-0 loss to Halifax on Monday, the Mifflin County volleyball team was ready to find a win. And that's exactly what the Huskies did when they topped Millersburg 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
"They played the best that I've seen them play this year," Mifflin County coach Matt Kern said. "They moved well and they communicated, and that led to us scoring point after point."
Mifflin County dominated with the service throughout the match, scoring 57 service points, 23 of which were scored by Chloe Benner.
Mifflin County also had 20 aces.
The first set of the match was Millersburg's, with a score of 25-17, but from that point on Mifflin County took the next three sets for the win. In the fourth set, Mifflin County only allowed Millersburg to score 11 points, and Kern credits much of the success in the fourth set to momentum the girls had gained during the third set.
"We came back from a big deficit in the third set to win, so we had the momentum going in, and the girls played hard and put their foot to the pedal the whole (fourth) set. There was no letting up," Kern said.
Mifflin County (2-3) hosts State College at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Belleville Mennonite 3,
BELLEVILLE - The Belleville Mennonite field hockey team took a tough 4-0 loss to Juniata on Monday, but it was a new day on Tuesday when the Trojans came back fighting to defeat Huntingdon 3-2 in overtime.
There was nothing fancy or frilly about the win - the Trojans just stuck to the fundamentals, and in the end came out on top.
Perhaps this was not more evident than in the second half, when with just seconds left on the clock and her team trailing 2-1, Belleville's Meredith Spicher took the ball down the field and scored to take the game into overtime.
"Meredith basically just took it down the field, dodged players and took it in and shot," Belleville Mennonite coach Glenna Young said.
"It was a very exciting game, and both teams played very hard."
But perhaps to say it was exciting is an understatement.
During overtime, Belleville Mennonite kept committing fouls, which resulted in Huntingdon having possession of the ball for much of the period. But eventually Hannah Templeton found an opening and took the ball downfield toward Huntingdon's cage. Right along with Templeton was Rachel Anders, with whom Templeton made a few passes to get around the defense before Templeton shot to score Belleville Mennonite's winning goal.
It was Templeton's only goal of the game. Spicher scored Belleville Mennonite's other two goals.
Belleville Mennonite (2-1) hosts Newport on Saturday.
Line Mountain 3, Juniata 0
HERNDON - Coming off back-to-back wins to open its field hockey season, Juniata was primed for another win over Tri-Valley League foe Line Mountain.
The Indians played a good second half, but Line Mountain put up three goals in the first half to take a 3-0 win over Juniata.
"We definitely picked it up in the second half," Juniata coach Becky Loy said. "The first half was a bit of a struggle."
Loy said Line Mountain was much superior than the first two games this season, and she knows her girls could have played better in the first half.
Juniata (2-1) travels to Newport Thursday.
Selinsgrove 5, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West was playing well and was down only a goal at halftime against Selinsgrove in Heartland Conference action Tuesday.
But the second half turned the Seals' way. Selinsgrove poured in four second half goals en route to a 5-0 win over the Mustangs.
"I was very pleased with the first half," Midd-West coach Mandi Romig said. "We were executing our game plan."
Midd-West failed to get a shot off against Selinsgrove - the Seals led by a count of 17-0. Midd-West's Mikayla Freed made 12 saves.
"In the second half we lost track of our goals prior to the game," Romig said. "We're young so once the goals poured in we lost our heads. We'll learn from it."
Midd-West (2-2, 0-2 HAC-1) travels to Milton Thursday.
Cedar Cliff 8, Mifflin County 0
CAMP HILL - The Mifflin County boys soccer teams dug itself a large hole in an 8-0 loss to Commonwealth Division foe Cedar Cliff Tuesday in Camp Hill.
The Huskies have been dealing with a few injuries this season but Jared Byler wouldn't chalk this loss up to that.
"We're dealing with the injury bug," he said. "It's not an excuse but give a lot of credit to Cedar Cliff, they moved the ball well."
Byler wanted to commend Tucker Bachman's defensive play against a very good Colts team.
"He played a nice game plugging up the middle," Byler said. "But they just kept coming wave after wave."
Mifflin County (0-5, 0-4 Mid-Penn) hosts Chambersburg Thursday.
Lancaster Country Day 2, Juniata 1
MIFFLINTOWN - Lancaster Country Day's Ryan Myers scored with less than three minutes left against Juniata to drop the Indians by a count of 2-1 in Tri-Valley League boys soccer action Tuesday.
Lancaster Country Day led 1-0 at halftime but Nick Gilbert's goal 10 minutes into the second half knotted the game up at one. That led to Myers game-winning goal late in the half.
Juniata (1-3, 1-2 TVL) travels to Millersburg Thursday.
East Juniata 7, Millersburg 0
COCOLAMUS - Flying high off Monday night's 2-1 overtime win over Greenwood, the East Juniata boys soccer team continued its winning ways as the boys thumped Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg 7-0 on Tuesday.
"We pretty much controlled the game throughout. We did a good job passing the ball, and we finished our chances really well," East Juniata coach Don Troutman said.
East Juniata's Nick Lorenz scored off a Ben Auker assist with 29:29 left to play in the first half, and the rest of the game was history as the Tigers scored four more goals in the first half, and two goals in the second.
"We had a lot of guys that got involved in the scoring and the assists as well," Troutman said.
Troutman was also pleased with his team's defense.
"The defense played really well. (Millersburg) had one shot on goal, so that kind of says it all," Troutman said.
East Juniata (3-0, 4-1 TVL) hosts Upper DauphinThursday.
Juniata Mennonite 1, Sunbury Christian 1
McALISTERVILLE - Tony Gehman scored with 12 minutes to play in the first half to give Juniata Mennonite a one-score lead.
Three minutes later, Sunbury Christian's Adam Clement found the net. And that's how the game ended - a 1-1 score between the Lions and the Eagles in Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys soccer.
"It was a chippy, physical game," Juniata Mennonite coach Kurt Wagner said. "That's what kept the shots and opportunities down."
Juniata Mennonite had 10 shots to Sunbury's eight.
The Lions ( 3-2-2) host Columbia County Christian Friday.
Greenwood 4, Upper Dauphin 0
ELIZABETHVILLE - The Greenwood boys soccer team was sluggish when it first arrived to take on Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin, but after Greenwood's Alex Potter found the back of the net in the first half, the Wildcats woke up and finished the game with score of 4-0.
"Not one of our better efforts, especially in the first half," said Greenwood coach Tom Magill, explaining that he felt his team was having trouble gaining much momentum in the match after a demoralizing 2-1 overtime loss to East Juniata on Monday.
However, after Potter's first half goal, the Wildcats didn't have much trouble getting the offense going.
"Once we started playing the ball to the outside...then the game started to open up for us a little bit more and we got three goals pretty quickly," Magill said.
Greenwood's Tyler Fegley scored two goals toward the Wildcats' effort.
Fegley's first goal occurred off a Hunter Wirth assist. His second, which came after Hunter Roth fed it to Jarret Fortenbaugh, who then fed it back to Fegley for the goal, was a prime example of teamwork.
"It was one of the nicer goals I've seen the boys score all season," Magill said.
Greenwood (2-1, 4-1 TVL) travels to Halifax for a 6:30 p.m. start time on Thursday.
Midd-West 2, Milton 1 (OT)
MILTON - In a game that featured only eight total shots between Midd-West and Milton, the Mustangs' Allie Camp made two of those count.
The Mustang senior captain let one fly from 25 yards out to tie the game at one with just 15 minutes to play. She then cashed in on an open net in overtime to give Midd-West a 2-1 win over Milton Tuesday in Heartland Conference Division 1 action.
"It was a hard fought game to say the least," Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said. "It wasn't the prettiest but we'll take it."
Outside defender Nicole Horst found Camp in the middle about 25 yards out for the first goal. Camp didn't miss as she beat the keeper top shelf. In the overtime period, Camp took a pass from Julie Hurst when a Panther defender fell leaving Camp with a shot at the net.
Midd-West (3-0, 2-0 HAC-1) hosts Danville Thursday.
Sunbury Christian 3, Juniata Mennonite 2
McALISTERVILLE - Juniata Mennonite carried a 2-1 lead into halftime over Sunbury Christian Tuesday afternoon in Allegheny County Athletic Association girls soccer action.
Unfortunately for the Lions, Sunbury came out and scored two more in the second half to knock off Juniata Mennonite 3-2.
The Lions got goals from Valarie Meiser and Alaina Shambach but it wasn't enough for the home team. However, Juniata Mennonite outshot the Eagles 16-14.
"We just couldn't capitalize on out shots," Juniata Mennonite coach Trish Hoffman said. "We had more shots but couldn't find the net."
Juniata Mennonite (3-3) hosts Columbia County Christian Friday.
Boys: State College 21, Mifflin County 37
Girls: State College 27, Mifflin County 28
STATE COLLEGE - Despite two first-place finishes for Mifflin County, the Huskies failed to come out on top of its Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division cross country meet with State College.
Both the boys and girls fell in fairly close races. The boys fell to the Lions 21-37, while the girls took a close 27-28 loss.
Megan Becker finished first for Mifflin County in the girls race with a time of 22:19. She was followed by Makayla Pearce in fourth, Makenna Pollock in sixth, Anna Taptich in seventh and Jessica Miller in 10th.
"The girls ran an excellent race," Mifflin County coach Ruth Yoder said. "They put forth and excellent effort as a team."
On the boys side, Addison Monroe crossed the line first for the Huskies. It was the first win of the season for Monroe. He was followed by Patrick Parker in sixth, Jon Colwell in eighth, Darien Knudsen in 10th and Chris Falkner in 12th.
"This is Darien's best race ever and I expect that he will continue to improve his times and position," Yoder said.
Mifflin County hosts Carlisle and Cumberland Valley Tuesday.
Mifflin County 6, Central Mountain 1
MILL HALL - Mifflin County traveled to Central Mountain Tuesday for a non-league match with the Wildcats.
In the end, the Huskies came out with a 6-1 win to get back to .500 on the young season.
Sam Hendricks, Mifflin County's No. 1 player, had an easy time with Lauren Bennett, 6-0, 6-1. Michaela DeBenedetto, Alana Felton and Emily Hurlburt also picked up singles wins for Mifflin County - all in two sets.
In the doubles portion of the match, Felton and Jessa Wright made quick work of Central Mountain's Rachel Haagen and Morgan Blackwell in an 8-1 decision. Kate Hugendubler and Emily Hurlburt were victorious in a 9-7 match.
Mifflin County (5-5, 4-5 Mid-Penn) travels to Northern today.
DILLSBURG - The Mifflin County golf team went 3-3 for the day to land in fourth out of seven teams at the Range End Golf Course on Tuesday.
The Huskies had a team score of 425, which is the same score they had on Monday when Carlisle hosted at the Carlisle Barricks.
Cumberland Valley, which currently dominates the Commonwealth Division with a 35-1 record, took top team honors with a score of 395. Mechanicsburg shot a 395.
Mifflin County coach Kevin O'Donnell pointed out that he has been pleased with his team's scoring.
"All the guys played pretty well. We're right around where we should be for our season," he said.
Individually, Hunter Wright carded an 82 to lead his team. Evan Pupo took one more stroke than Wright to finish with an 83. Both Wright and Pupo landed within the top 15 scorers.
"This is Northern's home course, and we went in and beat them. So in golf specifically, that's pretty impressive," O'Donnell said.
Mifflin County (12-24) travels to Mechanicsburg Tuesday.
East Juniata 334, Newport 351, Lancaster Country Day 358, Millersburg 379
NEWPORT - Jeremy Pannebaker and Dillon Leonard each fired a 78 at Newport American Legion Country Club Tuesday.
That led the Tigers (334) to a win over Newport (351), Lancaster Country Day (358) and Millersburg (379). East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said the course was playing very fast and difficult.
"The greens were hard and fast," he said. "The guys had to get up and down quite a bit."
Colin Breeding, East Juniata's usual No. 6 player, fired an 88 for the Tigers. Zendt said that was a big score for the team to pull out the win.
"I was really pleased with Colin," Zendt said. "That was a real big score for us. He came through in a big way."
East Juniata (14-1, 9-0 TVL) travels to Mount Union American Legion Country Club Thursday.
Central 359, Mount Union 362
ROARING SPRING - The game was decided by three strokes Tuesday afternoon when the Mount Union golf team traveled to the Iron Masters Country Club for a loss of 359-362 to the Central Scarlet Dragons.
"Some of our guys down the line shot some decent scores, we just weren't able to get over the top," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Mount Union's Alex Ashman led his team with a score of 87, followed by Cole Boozel (88), Ryan Varner (91) and Brady Goodling (96).
Mount Union (4-3) hosts East Juniata and Newport Thursday at American Legion Country Club.
Girls: Juniata 25, Line Mountain 19. Juniata's Julie Swartz had 17 points.
Boys: Mifflin County 2, Bald Eagle Area 2. Mifflin County's Thomas Remy scored a pair of gaols. Harrison Sweeney had an assist.
Girls: Mifflin County 1, Bald Eagle Area 1. Mifflin County goal scored by Mayah Jones.