EAGLES MERE - One local golfer had a great final outing. Another survived the cut, but has a lot of ground to make up when the District 4 Class AAA golf tournament concludes Saturday at Eagles Mere Country Club.
Among the five teams in the big-school classification, Selinsgrove was the winner on opening day. Midd-West had a 374 overall, a stroke ahead of East Juniata's 375, the high-scoring teams in the group. East Juniata is in Class AAA by virtue of its cooperative with Juniata.
The Tigers' Jeremy Pannebaker was the lone golfer to advance from either school, but not until he finished a season-high round: His 86 was the first score he carded outside the 70s this year.
East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said familiarity - or lack of it played a role.
"He played there two years ago in districts. This was probably the fifth time he's ever played it," Zendt said.
Eight golfers made the cut, which was 87. But Pannebaker starts the second day 10 strokes off the second regional advancement spot.
"It's going to be tough. And there's more than just one guy at 76," Zendt said. "He would have to shoot probably even part or better."
Midd-West had four in the 90s; the leader was senior Eli Stem, which pleased his coach - especially since it was a career low.
"We knew we were a young team and it's a very very tough course," Mustang coach Brian Beward sais. "I was very happy that he went out with his best score."
Both coaches said the difficult geography of the course forced the young players to play a flawless game or be punished for it.
"Most of our kids don't get to play courses that have that kind of slope to them," said Beward, whose team calls somewhat hilly Shade Mountain home. "It's not anything like you're seeing up there."
Zendt said the impact on putting was notable.
"The course is in great shape. The greens were fast - they were very fast," he said.
MONTOURSVILLE - Midd-West's Hannah Stauffer tied the game with 15 minutes left to go when her shot made it 1-1 against Heartland Conference opponent Mountoursville on the girls soccer field Thursday. But, for the remainder of the game neither team could score and the contest ended in a draw.
The Warriors had previously scored in the second half when Carly Mill headed a ball that deflected off a Midd-West defender for the 1-0 lead. Other than that, the Midd-West defense held strong to prevent any futher scoring.
"Our defense was rock solid tonight. They played really well," Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said, also giving credit to the offense for wearing down Montoursville.
In a strong defensive effort, keeper Paige Kauffman had seven saves for the Mustangs.
Montoursville won the JV contest, 1-0.
Midd-West (5-6-1, 3-5-1) hosts Danville on Tuesday.
Mifflin County 0
CHAMBERSBURG - Mifflin County fell to Chambersburg 5-0 on Thursday in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth girls soccer game.
Liz Bishop accounted for two goals on the night as Chamberburg dropped Mifflin County to 1-13 on the season.
The Huskies will be in action next on Tuesday when they host State College.
Belleville Mennonite 5, Northumberland
BELLEVILLE - Noah Anders and Austin Byler each scored two goals as Belleville Mennonite defeated Northumberland Christian by a 5-0 score in a boys soccer game Thursday.
Belleville Mennonite all-time leading scorer Andrew Miller wasn't feeling well, so other players had to pick up the slack.
Anders and Byler have both been able to supplement Miller's scoring all season, but today they stepped up big time, coach Brian Renno said.
"Andrew was a little under the weather today," Renno said. "I challenged the guys that we need to find a way to score outside of Andrew. I was very pleased with Noah and Austin. They were able to put the ball in the back of the net."
Belleville Mennonite improves to 7-3-1 on the season and will host Forbes Road today.
Upper Dauphin 1
ELIZABETHVILLE - Greenwood scored three goals in five minutes to open the second half, and to open a wide gap on Upper Dauphin. The Wildcats won Thursday's Tri-Valley League boys soccer game, 6-1.
"We just focused on the idea that when they're packed inside you've got to play the ball outside," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. "We played with a lot of energy, plaed very fast for those five minutes."
Seth Ferguson had a hat trick in the game.
Greenwood also won the JV game, 2-0. The Wildcats (8-2-2, 7-1-2) take part in the Perry County tournament at West Perry Saturday.
Midd-West 4, Milton 0
MIDDLEBURG - Tricia Martin scored two goals in the first five minutes as Midd-West knocked off Milton by a 4-0 score.
"She came out strong and got those two early goals," Midd-West coach Mandi Romig said. "We didn't feel the pressure we've felt in other games."
Midd-West dominated the game in every facet, peppering Milton goalkeeper Allison Kibler with 37 shots, four of which got by her.
"It was a good team effort overall," Romig said.
The Mustangs will take the field next when they visit Newport on Monday.
Forbes Road 9,
Belleville Mennonite 0
WATERFALL - Belleville Mennonite fell by a 9-0 margin to Forbes Road in field hockey Thursday.
"The girls really hustled and played a good game," Belleville Mennonite coach Morgan Foote said. "The score doesn't reflect it."
Belleville Mennonite goalkeeper Mollie Morgan faced an onslaught of 43 shots, stopping 33 of them along the way.
"My goalie did real wonderful today," Foote said. "She had some really impressive saves."
Belleville Mennonite travels to Huntingdon Tuesday.
Mount Union 0
WILLIAMSBURG - Errors and continued troubles with passing took their toll on the Mount Union volleyball team Thursday as the Trojans fell to Inter-County Conference opponent Williamsburg, 3-0.
"I would say basically they just wanted to win more than we did. They were very fired up, they were very loud when they did something good - their desire to win was much greater than ours," Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick said.
The Trojans' Ashley Foor had 15 service points, while teammates Kristin Miles and Abby Grove had 16 and eight kills, respectively.
Mount Union hosts Penns Valley Monday.
* Park Forest 1, Mifflin County 0.