HARRISBURG - If this was the year the Mifflin County boys were going to be the team to beat, someone needs to remind the girls.
On their second visit to Landis Field this season, the Huskies found that Central Dauphin East was more competition than they could handle in one gender - the boys. The Panthers won that meet, 85-65.
"I think they ran up against a powerhouse," Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. "CD East has been really coming on lately."
That doesn't mean the Huskies had a totally unsuccessful day - especially not the girls. They won their meet, 79-69.
The Mifflin County boys distance corps continues to be one part of the team that can handle nearly any competition, as the Huskies swept the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, with three different winners - Patrick Parker crossed first in the 1,600, Jon Colwell was the 800 winner and Josh Aultz won the 3,200.
Central Dauphin also had three sweeps, though, and more firsts and seconds.
"We were really impressed with what their boys had," especially in sprints and jumps, Gantz said. "For the past couple weeks that's been one of strong points."
The girls were led by four event sweeps and two of the three relays, with Erika Shawver leading the way in both hurdle races. But Gantz said it was the girls behind the front runners who made the real difference.
"They're finally grasping the concept of seconds and thirds making the difference in big meets," he said.
Mifflin County (Boys: 2-3; Girls: 3-2) will take part in the first of two invitationals at Lock Haven University Friday.
Track and field
Boys: East Juniata 85, Millersburg 56
Girls: Millersburg 95, East Juniata 46
COCOLAMUS - The East Juniata boys overran Millersburg Tuesday, 85-56, in a track and field win that sets up Thursday's meet against Greenwood as the Tri-Valley League showdown of the season.
The boys improve to 4-0 in the TVL before hosting the unbeaten Wildcats in a dual meet that will help decide whether the Tigers can win a league title for the first time in nearly three decades. It was not just the regulars who drove the team this time, but the ancillary runners who pushed when necessary, coach Mark Ritzman said.
"We had people doing things almost behind the scenes to help us," he said. "What we had was a lot of people picking up an extra spot."
The girls were not as strong, falling 95-46, against an Indians' team that already notched a win over Greenwood, the team that has of late been the gold standard in the TVL.
"Anybody who goes and takes a win away from Greenwood you have to seriously consider them. That establishes them as the No. 1 team in the league," Ritzman said.
The girls were without Molly Scholl on the track - she was able to throw.
"It's safe to say Molly would have gotten us a few more points," Ritzman said.
The boys were solid as always on the track, but that wasn't all, he said.
"Our throwers were all over it for us again. Our jumpers, we're able to depend on," Ritzman said. "We're a very tough team to sweep any event against."
East Juniata (Boys: 9-1, 4-0; Girls: 7-3, 1-3) host Greenwood Thursday.
Mount Union 14, Moshannon Valley 0 (5 innings)
MOUNT UNION - Pitching and defense took a back seat to hitting and more hitting Tuesday as Mount Union overpowered Moshannon Valley, 14-0, in an Inter-County Conference baseball game that ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
The fact that the team was awake was good news to coach Nick Imperioli, who was concerned a close rivalry game the day before might leave the team in a slump even after a win.
"I was happy to see that the team was ready to play," he said. "(They) have some good athletes. Just sometimes you gt a few runs and things snowball."
Boomer Brown had a triple, a double and drove in three runs for the Trojans. Thad Wakefield was 3-for-3, also pushing three across the plate and getting a double. Klayton Heffner was the winning pitcher.
Mount Union (8-1, 7-1) travels to Williamsburg Thursday.
East Juniata 15, Lancaster Country Day 5 (5 innings)
COCOLAMUS - Nick Lorenz hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, and teammate Jesse Watts followed with a solo shot of his own in the next at bat as East Juniata put up four of its five runs in the inning toward its 15-5 win over Lancaster Country Day on Tuesday.
"They came out, they were very patient looking for their pitches," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said of his team, which combined for 13 hits to end the Tri-Valley League matchup in five innings.
Watts also had a three-run homer earlier in the game, which Brubaker described as a "no doubt about it shot."
Bailey Coder got the win from the mound, recording four strikeouts in the process. Teammate Dalton Rowe had two triples in his 3-for-3 day at the plate.
East Juniata travels to Line Mountain Thursday.
Halifax 10, Juniata 0 (6 innings)
HALIFAX - Halifax scored in every inning but the fifth and put together 11 hits to Juniata's two as the Wildcats won the Tri-Valley League baseball contest 10-0 in six innings.
Juniata's Stephen Zearfaus and Jon Ruble were the only two Indians to collect hits in the contest as Halifax pitcher Hunter Hilinski threw nine strikeouts in six innings of play.
Juniata travels to Millersburg Thursday.
Newport 20, Greenwood 10
NEWPORT - It looked like the Greenwood baseball team would notch its first victory of the season in Newport Tuesday as the team jumped out to a 6-2 lead heading to the third - but a 15-run fifth inning for the Buffaloes proved to be the difference and the Wildcats fell, 20-10.
Greenwood brought its sticks Tuesday - collecting eight hits on the afternoon and getting RBIs from six different players.
"We are starting to hit the ball," Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said. "We're throwing strikes and making them hit it."
The wheels came off in the fifth, as the Buffaloes got a leadoff single then induced a Greenwood error. The error snowballed and hits and mistakes were abundant as the Buffaloes plated 15 in decisive inning. The 'Cats committed seven errors on the day behind pitcher Adam Harrison.
"He (Harrison) threw and did his job but we have to make plays," Sherman said.
Greenwood (0-7) travels to Halifax Thursday.
Mount Union 12, Moshannon Valley 1 (5 innings)
HOUTZDALE - Mount Union had the bases loaded in the second and left them behind. That was the last time Moshannon Valley was happy.
The visiting Trojans scored a dozen runs over the next three frames, ending the game after five with a 12-1 victory.
"Once we saw them the second time through we were able to get our timing and hit them a little better," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Marissa Aurand picked up the win in the circle and had a double as one of her two hits in the game. Brittany Brumbaugh went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs. Liza Feagley had two RBIs.
"Aurand didn't give up a hit until the last inning," Fiscus noted.
Mount Union (7-1, 6-1) travels to Williamsburg Thursday.
Shikellamy 4, Midd-West 3
SUNBURY - Two errors became two runs in the fifth inning, and that was enough for Shikellamy to outscore Midd-West, 4-3, in a Heartland Conference softball game Tuesday.
The Mustangs led 3-2 at the time. Coach Pete Voss said his team, while getting better, was still making mistakes at crucial times.
"We changed our lineup tonight and had a bunch of young girls starting," he noted. "We played better, but not enough better."
Shikellamy matched the visitors' four errors, but "They're errors weren't at critical times of the game," Voss said - and were less painful than the outfield errors that he said were like giving up two in the infield.
Midd-West (0-8, 0-6) travels to Milton Thursday.
Greenwood 3, Newport 2
NEWPORT - Greenwood got a solid pitching performance and cashed in with runners in scoring position to collect its second win of the season against Tri-Valley League foe Newport Tuesday, 3-0.
Jess Heichel held the Buffaloes at bay all afternoon and the Wildcats persevered through three errors to collect the win. Heichel struck out two and only walked one batter en route to the victory.
"In spite of having three errors, I thought the defense did a good job," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. "We didn't let the errors snowball."
The Wildcats got a key two-out double from Rachel Stroup that plated two runs to take a 3-0 lead that would not be relinquished. Rachel Hicks chipped in one RBI of her own to help the 'Cats.
Greenwood (2-2) hosts Halifax Thursday.
Lancaster Country Day 7, Juniata 0
MIFFLINTOWN - Lancaster Country Day hasn't made a lot of noise in the Tri-Valley League in its first full year of membership.
The league's only tennis schools faced off for the first time, and Juniata was no match for the Cougars, who won 7-0.
Isaac Eck won five games across two sets in the No. 1 singles, which is the same number of games Juniata won the rest of the way - and three of those involved Eck, in a pro set loss in doubles. The fact that Lancaster's No. 1, Spencer Rhodes, played the futures tour last year explains a lot.
"We ran into the best high school team I've ever seen," Juniata coach Alan Musselman said. "These guys could win a state championship."
Juniata (5-2) travels to Clearfield Thursday.
Mount Union 14, Moshannon Valley 0: Abby Varner earned the win, striking out seven in five innings. Sarah Gearhart and Ryleah Woodward both had triples while Cheyenne Fye went 3-for-3 and Varner and Sis Knable also had two hits apiece.