LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County boys expected a win against a weak Central Mountain team in non-league cross country action Thursday. What they weren't expected was the shutout they got in the 15-50 win.
"Although Central Mountain is young, we were expecting nothing like that," Mifflin County coach Greg Loht said.
In the race, Darien Knudsen, Trenton Yoder and Josh Aultz all crossed the finish line at the same time, 18:22, for first place, while Keenan Walker, Chris Falkner and Drew Kline completed fifth through seventh.
Loht was especially pleased with the sixth and seventh-place finishes, as it pushed Central Mountain even further back in scoring opportunities.
For the girls, second-place finisher Amanda Hassinger (21:23) led the Huskies to a 26-35 win.
"We knew that Central Mountain had some good girls up front, so we thought if we could split them up front we knew that our pack in the back could beat their girls in the back," Loht said.
Maggie Wilson took third for the Huskies, and sixth through tenth went to Jess Miller, Makenna Pollock, Maddie Elsesser, Shayla Milligan and Kaitlyn Yearick, again pushing Central Mountain back in scoring opportunities.
The Mifflin County boys and girls are both 2-0 and will host State College Tuesday.
Boys: Mount Union 22, Juniata Valley 35; Mount Union 25, Bellwood-Antis 30
Girls: Juniata Valley 23, Mount Union 32; Mount Union 27, Bellwood-Antis 28
ALEXANDRIA - The Mount Union boys cross country team pulled out two close wins to open the season at 2-0 when they topped Juniata Valley 22-35 and Bellwood-Antis 25-30 Tuesday.
The girls followed close behind, as a 23-30 loss to Juniata Valley knocked them back one win, but they came through with a 27-28 win over Bellwood-Antis.
Coach Bob Wydock gave credit to his team throughout the lineup, as each place was crucial in sealing the wins.
"Every place today it was crucial in the meet. I was just pleased the way all of our runners from our first to our last runners worked very hard and they did a nice job," he said.
Jake Boozel led the boys with a second-place finish (19:28) while a third-place finish for Marissa Aurand (25:22) paced the girls.
Mount Union (boys: 2-0; girls: 1-1) travels to Philipsburg-Osceola Sept. 12.
Hollidaysburg 5, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County struggled against non-league opponent Hollidaysburg Thursday when the Huskies lost in straight sets through every match for the 5-0 girls tennis loss.
Kate Hugendubler and the doubles team of Mackenzie Roush and Joselyn Walters put up the best fight for Mifflin County in terms of games won, as each was able to muster three.
Mifflin County (2-6) travels to Lower Dauphin today.
Cedar Cliff 1, Mifflin County 0 (OT)
CAMP HILL - Mifflin County went the distance and then a bit more, but it was Cedar Cliff that took the edge in the extra period, slipping by the Huskies 1-0 in a Commonwealth Division field hockey game.
Terryn Morris scored the game's only goal barely two minutes after the 7-on-7 period began. Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said the offense failed to take advantage of opportunities, while the defense kept the Huskies in the game.
"I thought our goalie Jordan Myers and sweeper Maddie Rutherford had a really good game," Maclay said. "They came up with some really nice plays."
She credited Rene Grill for a big defensive save as well.
Mifflin County's JV team won 3-1 in what Maclay said was a good game.
The Huskies (1-1, 1-1) travel to the TurfFest in Selinsgrove Saturday to face the Seals and Crestwood.
Newport 10, Belleville Mennonite 0
NEWPORT - Belleville Mennonite took a difficult loss Thursday when a trip to Newport put a 10-0 shutout on the Thunder's record.
"Our defense held up pretty well for how many shots they had. Pretty much all of the game was played in our circle," Belleville Mennonite coach Morgan Foote said of her goalie, Mollie Morgan.
Morgan finished with 17 saves, while her team struggled on the offense with only two shots and two corners.
"We have some work to do with matching up," Foote explained.
Belleville Mennonite (1-1) hosts Hutingdon Tuesday.
Cumberland Valley 11, Mifflin County 0
MECHANICSBURG - Mifflin County fell victim to Cumberland Valley's offensive onslaught Thursday as an 11-0 shutout loss put the Huskies at 0-2 to kick off the season.
Evan Vinarski had a hat trick for Cumberland Valley, while Mifflin County keeper Trevor Middaugh finished with 14 saves.
Mifflin County (0-2, 0-2) has a 10 a.m. game Saturday at Red Land.
Midd-West 5, Mifflinburg 0
MIFFLINBURG - A trio of Midd-West players scored in a 10-minute span in the first, sparking the Mustangs to a 5-0 Heartland Conference win over Mifflinburg in boys soccer Thursday.
Midd-West was dominant offensively with a shared effort; only Ty Ross was involved in more than one tally with a goal and an assist. Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said it was crucial to set the tone against a team that tends to pack the box and frustrate anyone who waits too long to put the ball in the goal.
"When you go against Mifflinburg they're always such a defensive-minded team," he said. "We did a good job of jumping on them early."
The Mustangs were dominant in the JV game, winning 10-1.
Midd-West (3-0, 1-0) hosts Warrior Run Saturday.
Mount Union 3, Juniata Valley 2
ALEXANDRIA - Mount Union won its first two sets then lost the next two against Inter-County Conference opponent Juniata Valley for a 2-2 tie, but was able to pull out the 15-11 fifth-set win to continue its winning ways Tuesday.
"The first two sets we played extremely well, the fourth we unfortunately had some breakdowns in our passing," Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick said.
In the 3-2 match where scoring went back and fourth between the two teams, the Trojans were able to rely on Kristen Miles with her 19 kills, strong serving from Abby Gross who had five aces in her 12 service points, and a 19-assist, six-kill, 11-service point effort from setter Liza Feagley.
Mount Union (2-0) hosts Huntingdon Monday for its home opener.
Juniata Mennonite 4, Great Commission 4
McALISTERVILLE - Lauren Breon's second goal could have been the game winner. Instead, it was enough to preserve tie as Juniata Mennonite and Great Commission ended even in a non-league girls soccer game, 4-4.
Breon brought her team within a goal with a late tally in the first in what proved to be a back-and-forth game.
"That's what it felt like. We went in spurts," Lions' coach Trish Hoffman said. "It was back and forth some but it seemed to be more in intervals."
Breon made it 4-3 with five minutes to play, but Great Commission's Kirsten Johnson completed a hat trick with two minutes left to force the tie.
Juniata Mennonite (0-2-1) travels to Meadowbrook Christian today.
7th grade football
Mifflin County 34, Bald Eagle Area 20: Touchdowns by Wyatt Henry (99 kickoff return and 31 run), Max Oburn 35 pass from Nathan Poche.
Mifflin County 3, Penns Valley 0: Ross Cottrill (2) and Thomas Remy scored goals; assists by Jack Xanthopoulos, Cottrill and Remy.
East Juniata 24, Line Mountain 22: Lily Sankey led EJ with 12. The Tigers (1-0) host Newport Tuesday.