STATE COLLEGE - Mifflin County's swimming team got its first conference win of the season as the Huskies - boys and girls - outscored Central Dauphin East in a quad meet at State College Tuesday.
"It was great. The kids did a great job tonight," Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said, citing her teams' refusal to give up.
"It's no wonder they were finally able to pull out a win," she said.
The girls topped the Panthers, 83-46. The boys posted a 72-66 win. Both teams fell against Central Dauphin and host State College in the meet, which was scored head-to-head between each pair of teams.
Individually, the best finishers for Mifflin County were in third-place. Megan Becker was third in the 50-yard freestyle and Sarah Bonson in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Two girls relays teams and one for the boys also took bronze.
The Huskies travel Saturday to Central Mountain.
Central Dauphin 50,
Mifflin County 45
HARRISBURG - Central Dauphin's mettle was proven late in the game Tuesday when the Rams slid by Mifflin County, 50-45, in a Commonwealth Division boys basketball game.
It stung especially because the Huskies had a 30-22 lead when the teams went in the locker room.
"Our effort was extremely high tonight. I was proud of the players' energy level and enthusiasm," Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. "However, as has been the case in many of our Mid-Penn games, late in the game when it was close and very intense their more experienced basketball players made plays and we did not."
Seth Wagner had a big night individually, a double-double that included a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, along with six blocks. Curtis Jerzerick had 10 points, all in the first quarter.
A couple of late turnovers ended any comeback hopes.
Central Dauphin won the JV game, 43-33.
Mifflin County (6-8, 1-8) hosts Harrisburg Friday.
Meadowbrook Christian 61, Juniata Mennonite 39
MILTON - It was a game of numbers in Juniata Mennonite's Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game against Meadowbrook Christian Tuesday, but it wasn't just the numbers in the 61-39 final score that mattered.
In the loss, Juniata Mennonite's smaller squad just couldn't keep up with Meadowbrook's large roster, and this had a major impact on the final outcome. Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said he was proud of the effort his team put forth, mentioning that the Lions had at tied at 16-16 in the second quarter.
In the high speed game, however, Meadowbrook Christian's superior numbers prevailed. Meadowbrook Christian hit the Lions with a 21-point third quarter and they were never able to recover.
"The guys stuck with it. They played hard," Zimmerman said.
Luke Showers had a team-high 10 points.
Juniata Mennonite (6-4, 4-3) hosts Columbia County Christian on Friday.
Williamsburg 51, Mount Union 36
WILLIAMSBURG - Mount Union's squad, depelete by injury and illness, fell victim to Williamsburg on Tuesday when the Blue Pirates took a 51-36 win in Inter-County Conference boys basketball.
Jamal Smith was the lone Trojan player to escape single digits, scoring 15.
The Trojans won the JV game, 20-17.
Mount Union (8-5, 4-3) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel Friday.
Juniata 46, Halifax 37
HALIFAX - Carly Burns hit double digits, and Joelle Winey and Maddie Zendt scored double-doubles in scoring and rebounding Tuesday as Juniata topped Halifax, 46-37, for a Tri-Valley League girls basketball win.
It wasn't evident in the first quarter, however, that the Indians would run away with the win the way they did. After taking a slim 13-10 lead at the end of the third, Juniata shut Halifax down in the second, outscoring the Wildcats, 16-8, for a 29-18 lead at the half.
From there, Juniata controlled the rest of the game.
"The first quarter was very tight, but then we had a really nice second quarter and held them to single digits and had a really nice scoring quarter ourselves," Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said.
Juniata (11-1, 7-0) travels to Greenwood on Friday.
Meadowbrook 62, Juniata Mennonite 35
MILTON - In a game where everything that could go wrong did, the biggest difficulty Juniata Mennonite faced was the hole it dug in the first half.
Meadowbrook Christian capitalized on that in a 62-35 Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball win Tuesday.
"Everything droped for them the first half," Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said.
Molly Arnold and Valarie Meiser both scored in double figured for Juniata Mennonite, but their combined total barely exceeded that of Meadowbrook's Madison Burrows, who tallied 27 in the win.
Juniata Mennonite (4-5, 2-4) hosts Columbia County Christian Friday at Cedar Grove Church.
9th grade: Mifflin County 32, Altoona 25. High scorer, Jessa Wright 14 points.
9th grade: Mifflin County 49, Central Dauphin 23. High scorer, Selene McCaffery 12 points. The Huskies are 14-2.
9th grade: Central Dauphin 48, Mifflin County 20. High scorer, Cade Attick 11 points. The Huskies host Huntingdon Thursday.
Mount Union 69, Huntingdon 28. Mount Union winners were Josh Boozel, Devon Pearce, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Bryce Smith, Jonathan Atherton, Nathanael Morgan, Dylan Smith, D.J. Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Mason Hockenberry and Austin Rhodes.