From staff reports
ELIZABETHVILLE - Small steps.
It's all a new coach can ask a team that has perennially struggled, and it's what Jill Zeger seems to be getting out of Mifflin County's volleyball squad. The Huskies won a set in their second outing of the year - a small step - in a 3-1 loss to Upper Dauphin.
Mifflin County showed improvement in its secondary league, coming withing two points of the Trojans in the first set, 25-23, then winning the second, 27-25, before the defending Tri-Valley League champs stepped up.
"We've been talking a lot about being mentally tough and not allowing individual mistakes to overake you as a player," Zeger said. "They're learning from the way that they are playing."
Leading the scoring was Chloe Benner with 13 service points, including three aces; she also had seven digs and led in passing.
"She did a fantastic job, very consistent," Zeger said.
Kaitlyn Dreese had 10 service points and seven digs. Bryn Ferguson led in kills with eight. Anna Aurand had nine digs and five kills; Jenna Snyder had four kills and three blocks.
Upper Dauphin won the JV match 2-0 (25-21, 25-17).
Mifflin County (0-2, 0-1 TVL) hosts Central Dauphin tonight.
Selinsgrove 4, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG - Marissa Heddings scored twice and assisted on a third goal as Selinsgrove took a 4-0 girls soccer win away from Midd-West in a Heartland Conference game Wednesday.
Making it more of a heartbreaker, the Seals put three balls in the net in the first half on 10 shots, then were held to three tries before the game ended - and converted the last one, with seconds to play.
"After the girls turning around and playing a completely different second half they went and gave up a goal with 12.4 seconds to go," Mustangs coach Russ Goodling said. "I think we're struggling to find ourselves."
Midd-West did notch a JV win, 1-0.
The Mustangs (1-2, 0-1) host Montoursville Monday.
Greenwood 10, Line Mountain 0
MANDATA - Tyler Fegley and Seth Ferguson each recorded hat tricks as Greenwood opened the boys soccer season with a 10-0 win over Tri-Valley League foe Line Mountain.
Fegley scored four of the 10 and had one helper. Ferguson had five assists to go along with his three goals. Hunter Roth (assist), Hunter Wirth and Kevin Sheaffer (one each) and Lucas Grimm (goal) also contributed to the scoring.
The Wildcats were up 4-0 at the half and a flurry of goals opened the second.
"We'll find out if we're any good over the weekend," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. "Line Mountain's better. They knocked down a lot of shots, to their credit."
Greenwood (1-0, 1-0) travels to Governor Mifflin Saturday, where the 'Cats will plays the host and Muhlenberg.
East Juniata 2, Lancaster Country Day 0
LANCASTER - Zane Lauver and Jake Sankey each scored for East Juniata as the Tigers shut out Lancaster Country Day, 2-0, in Tri-Valley League boys soccer Wednesday.
Upper Dauphin 2, Juniata 1
ELIZABETHVILLE - Teddy Calnon scored twice, both times with help from Joe Trently, as Upper Dauphin edged Juniata, 2-1, in Tri-Valley League boys soccer Wednesday.
Wyatt Brackbill scored for the Indians after both Trojan tallies.
Lower Dauphin 6, Greenwood 0
HUMMELSTOWN - Taylor Lister had two goals and two of her teammates had a goal and an assist as Lower Dauphin lit up Greenwood, 6-0, in a non-league field hockey contest Tuesday.
Greenwood coach Kent Houser observed simply, "They're good. And we didn't play very well."
The Wildcats (2-1) host East Juniata Tuesday.
State College 5, Mifflin County 0
STATE COLLEGE - Mifflin County's trip over the mountain for a Commonwealth Division tennis match was less than satisfying, as State College won all five matches over the Huskies.
The best performance of the day came from the No. 1 doubles pair of Kate Arnold and Jess Wright, whose first set went to a tiebreaker.
The Huskies host Hollidaysburg today.
* Mifflin County 30, Williamsport 21: Touchdowns by Drew Williams pass to Corey Reigle, Javian Kauffman interception return (Williams to Reigle two-point conversion), Isaac Maclay run (Williams to Maclay conversion), Aaron Smith run (Williams to Cade Pollack conversion). The Huskies (2-0) travel to Altoona Sept. 12.