From staff reports
BELLEVILLE - East Juniata scored early and scored often in its visit to Belleville Mennonite Monday, handing the Trojans a 7-0 shutout in non-league field hockey action.
The Tigers were led by Lydia Koser and Steph Dressler on offense, as the pair each accounted for two goals and two assists in the game. East Juniata coach Billie Haines said she was impressed with how the scoring was spread out across her offense.
"It was great to have five different girls score and four girls have assists," she said.
Belleville Mennonite coach Glenna Young had to settle for improvement, which came about after she made shifts that slowed the scoring onslaught after 12 minutes of play.
"Right after the fourth goal, we readjusted some players, and they didn't score again until there were 34 seconds left, so we played a solid 18 minutes after that," she said. "They continue to improve. I have a lot of young players, but we continue to see improvements."
Koser and Dressler teamed up on the second and fourth goals, and the two played a role in four of the five first-half tallies and the two that came after the break. The only score they were not a part of was an all-Hepner effort just before the half, when Hunter Hepner delivered the ball to Alleighcia Hepner.
"We were able to get some of our other players in and switch up positions and just have fun out there," Haines said. "We're going to use this momentum and go hard into (today's) game against Juniata."
East Juniata (4-3) visits the Indians today. Belleville Mennonite (2-5) travels to Huntingdon today.
Midd-West 2, Williamsport 0
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West came up to coach Chris Sauer's challenge on the soccer pitch Monday, as the Mustangs blanked Williamsport 2-0 in a Heartland Conference boys game.
Austin Good and Ty Ross each scored first-half goals in the win.
"We played with a good amount of energy tonight," Sauer said. "I wanted to see their work rate go through the roof and they responded."
Midd-West also won the JV game, 2-0.
The Mustangs (5-5, 4-4) host Milton Wednesday.
Belleville Mennonite 6, Grace Prep 0
STATE COLLEGE - How's this for a stat: Andrew Miller, who has scored 13 goals in the last three games Belleville Mennonite played, not only had four of them Monday, but had the first three after just three and a half minutes of play.
The natural hat trick was more than enough to power the Trojans over homestanding Grace Prep, 6-0, in boys soccer.
"I told the guys we wanted to try to come out strong and play well in the first half," said Belleville Mennonite coach Brian Renno. "Andrew works hard and he wants to put the ball in the back of the net."
Miller ended up with four goals and two assists on the day, getting helpers on tallies by Derek Byler - who had a trio of assists - and Jung Kim. Renno said it's important that younger players like Byler, a freshman, get comfortable and take some of the pressure off Miller when it comes to scoring. He got that Monday.
"I'm happy with that to give him some confidence," Renno said.
Belleville Mennonite (6-2) travels to Philipsburg-Osceola Thursday.
Altoona 7, Mifflin County 0
ALTOONA - It was rough going for the Mifflin County tennis team when the girls took a 7-0 loss to Altoona Monday.
Mifflin County had trouble scoring against Altoona, only winning one or two games in most sets. The Huskies' best scoring took place in the doubles matches. In the No. 1 doubles Sam Hendricks and Michaela DeBenedetto took on Altoona's Sarah Seidel and Kim Letscher in a pro set for a score of 8-4. No. 2 doubles Olivia Runk and Alana Felton also took a pro set 8-4 loss to Marissa Morgan and Keelie Eberhard.
Mifflin County (5-10, 4-9) hosts Commonwealth Division opponent Red Land on Wednesday.
Mount Union 353, Northern Bedford 358, Everett 377, Bellwood-Antis 403
ALTOONA - It was a matter of a few strokes Monday, but the Mount Union golf team carded a 353 to become the Inter-County Conference tournament champion. Led by senior Alex Ashman, the Trojans defeated Northern Bedford by a margin of five.
"We had some luck this year coming out on the right end of things," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. "I continued to tell them a few strokes matter, and that's the way it turned out today."
Northern Bedford's J.J. McCade took top individual honors with a score of 79, but Ashman followed close behind with an 82. After Ashman, Mount Union scorers included Brady Goodling with an 86, Cole Boozel with a 91 and Ryan Varner with a 94.
"I was really pleased with Alex, his senior year shooting good scores," Fiscus said.
The two other teams present were Everett, which took third place, and host Bellwood-Antis, which finished last.
"Hopefully this will continue into the playoffs for us," Fiscus said.
Mount Union (8-4) has an Inter-County Conference matchup against Bellwood-Antis today.
HAC-1 at Selinsgrove
HUMMELS WHARF - Host Selinsgrove got a medalist round out of Colin Rice, whose 74 led the Heartland Conference Division 1 finale at Susquehanna Valley Country Club Monday.
Midd-West was not so lucky - the Mustangs were led by Adam Winey's 79, but had only one other score below 90 on the day. The Mustangs had perhaps their worst outing of the season when it mattered most, finishing fourth with a 366.
Shikellamy clinched the division title with a 350 to win the match.
Midd-West now has the District 4 tournament to tune up for.