From staff reports
MILLERSTOWN - The boys track and field meet between Greenwood and Juniata was a battle Thursday, but the home team eked out a Tri-Valley League win as Greenwood scored 80 against Juniata's 70 in the Tri-Valley League event.
In the girls meet, the Wildcats had a much easier day, winning 104-46.
Greenwood did most of its damage in the boys meet in the distance runs, sweeping the 3,200 and taking the top two places in the 1,600 and 800 runs. Coach Tom Magill said he also was impressed by Hunter Wirth, who ran the first leg of the 4x800 relay, which Greenwood won, then had personal bests in the pole vault and his first try at the 800.
"Jordan Rebuck had two big second places. It's the first time he's thrown over 100 feet in the discus," Magill added.
For the girls, he said, "I thought (Erin) Zeiders in the triple jump had a nice jump. (Sierra) Stephens is throwing over 100 feet in the javelin."
The girls won first in all but two events, but swept just one.
"Our young girls worked hard and had hugely better times than the last track meet," Juniata coach Kim Hart said. Her team earned the lion's share of seconds, making the overall score harder to fathom.
"When I looked at that score, I said 'Girls, we had so many people have their best performances today.' It knocked my socks off," she said.
Hart said she stressed individual successes, like freshman Rylee Duck's second win in the 300 hurdles, and Janelle Swartz's comeback run in the 4x400 relay.
"When she got the baton in the 4x400 she was at least 25 meters behind," Hart said.
She also noted her boys 300 hurdler, Nick Gilbert, for his run, and Tyler Hershey's efforts in the jumps.
Greenwood (Boys and girls: 2-0, 2-0) travels to Upper Dauphin Tuesday. Juniata (Boys and girls: 0-2, 0-2) hosts East Juniata Tuesday.
Boys: East Juniata 89, Millersburg 61
Girls: Millersburg 101, East Juniata 49
MILLERSBURG - It might be called track and field, but Thursday for both the boys and girls teams at East Juniata, the field was where the meet against Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg was either won or lost.
The boys took the win over Millersburg, 89-61, and coach Mark Ritzman said the Tigers' performance from the field was outstanding.
"On the boys side, the field was just superb. We swept the discus, swept the high jump," he said.
Winning the field by 30 points, East Juniata was led by Tyler Hepner, who placed first in the javelin, shot put and discus, and Adam Strawser, who improved his throw in the discus by 10 feet and the javelin by 15 feet.
"The guys just showed up. It was another one of those meets that if we came and everybody brought it, we had a chance to win," Ritzman said.
The girls team lost to Millersburg, 101-49, but also had some strong performances in the field.
Molly Scholl placed first in the shot put and discus and Brooke Maneval was solid behind Scholl, placing second in the high jump and third in the shot put.
Jordan Crissman also got her first win of the season in the high jump.
East Juniata (Boys: 6-1, 2-0; Girls: 6-1, 1-1) travels to Juniata on Tuesday.
Boys: Tussey Mountain 70.5, Mount Union 69.5
Girls: Tussey Mountain 75, Mount Union 67
SAXTON - Rebuilding after losing several key athletes to graduation, the Mount Union track and field team took a close one against Tussey Mountain in its first meet of the season Thursday, but both the boys and girls team fell to the Inter-County Conference opponent.
On the boys end, Zack Knable was the top scorer, placing first in the two mile, and also doing well in the hurdles. Teammate Jimmy Nicastro was the second-leading scorer, ending the day with 10 points as the boys team lost to Tussey Mountain, 70.5-60.5. Austen Rohrer also did well in the mile.
For the girls team, which lost 75-67, Katrina Hammon took three individual firsts to be the girls' top scorer, and Alana Saulen finished first twice.
"We lost a lot of our athletes, so I was proud of the effort the boys put for today and the girls," Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said.
Mount Union (0-1, 0-1 boys and girls) hosts non-league opponent East Juniata April 11.
DILLSBURG - The Mifflin County tennis team dueled with Northern Thursday and the three singles participants lifted the Huskies to their fifth win of the season, beating the Polar Bears, 3-2.
The squad's No. 1 Conner Saltzer beat his opponent soundly in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0. Matt DeBenedetto also notched another win on the 2013 campaign, knocking off Patrick Daggs, 6-4 and 6-0. Clay Morgan also took down his opponent, 7-5 and 6-2.
The Huskies' doubles teams both fell in straight sets to the Polar Bears
The Huskies (5-3) travel to Hollidaysburg Monday.
Juniata 6, Clearfield 1
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata won all five singles matches and gave up only one doubles en route to a 6-1 win over Clearfield in tennis Thursday.
The singles was mostly a romp for the Indians, except the No. 2 spot, where Logan Aurand was pushed by Kerry Maines, who was the Bisons' No. 1 a year ago. He went the distance in a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-2 victory.
"It was just a great match," Juniata coach Alan Musselman said. "Logan really pulled it out tonight. They both played very well."
Musselman was also pleased when a pair of freshman, Taylor Stine and Brad Strawser, took out Clearfield's third and fourth singles players in the final match of the day, an 8-6 pro set.
"Taylor Stine and Brad Strawser are freshman beginners and they are coming on," he said.
Juniata (3-0) travels to at Tussey Mountain Tuesday.
Midd-West 13, Mifflinburg 12
MIFFLINBURG - Mifflinburg's Jordan Caprioli scored two straight to force a 9-9 tie with Midd-West, and the Wildcats took a 12-10 lead before the two-time defending district lacrosse champs showed why.
Midd-West won the game 13-12 Thursday.
Midd-West won the game in the final minute when Katie Kreider found the back of the net with 32 seconds left and after Mifflinburg lost possession in the Mustang zone, Midd-West ran out the clock.
The Mustangs (2-0) host Dallas Saturday.
Mount Union 15, Glendale 1 (5 innings)
FLINTON - One game after Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli notched his 700th victory, the Trojans showed Thursday evening that they are ready to just keep adding to that number.
Defeating Inter-County Conference opponent Glendale 15-1 in five innings, the Trojans had 14 hits and 15 RBIs to get their third win of the season.
And this offense occurred behind a strong performance from starting pitcher Klayton Heffner.
Heffner went the distance with 11 strikouts and just one hit. Imperioli said Heffner's fastball and curveball were especially effective.
Imperioli was also very pleased with his team's batting.
"Today was the best day of offense that we've had all year. It was really nice to see us hit the ball hard," he said.
Mount Union (3-1, 3-1) travels to Moshannon Valley for a makeup game Monday. The Trojans are scheduled to have three other games after Moshannon Valley next week, and Imperioli is interested to see how the team responds to the pressure.
"It's the first time we're going to be pressing ourselves for more pitchers, so it's going to be really interesting," he said.
Mount Union 15, Glendale 1 (5 innings)
MOUNT UNION - Few softball teams can brag of putting up 60 runs in their first five games. Mount Union, however, can.
Defeating Glendale 15-1 in five innings for their fifth Inter-County Conference win, the Trojans demonstrated once again Thursday what a potent offense they have.
Leading this offense was Liza Feagley, who hit her third home run of the season, and Ashlyn Drake with three hits and an RBI.
"It was a good shot," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said of Feagley's home run. "The wind was blowing in tonight too, but she was able to jack it out."
Taking the win was Lauren Shugarts, who struck out three in her first start. Teammate Bree Morrow finished from the circle for the Trojans, recording five strikouts along the way.
Fiscus said Shugarts and Morrow both did a great job, and that catcher Brittany Brumbaugh really helped keep them focused.
Mount Union (5-0, 5-0) will host Altoona today for its first non-league game.
Glendale 8, Mount Union 5. Ryleah Woodward went 2-3 and Abby Varner had a home run for Mount Union (2-1), which travels to Altoona Friday.