MILLERSTOWN - In all her years at the helm for the Juniata track team, coach Kim Hart had never seen both her boys and girls teams beat Greenwood at the same time.
Thursday, that changed in the Indians' season opener.
Both the boys and girls teams edged their Tri-Valley League opponent 76-74, and Hart was extremely proud of what she saw from her athletes.
"This is the first time since I started being the head coach that the girls and boys teams both beat Greenwood, so it was hugely exciting for everyone on our team, and it couldn't have been done without everyone on our team," Hart explained.
And it happened on the road - sort of. With the Indians' track out of commision because of construction, Juniata was officially the home team in the meet, although it was held at the Wildcats' track. This didn't seem to deter Juniata's multiple event winners.
Nick Gilbert and Neil Bodley collected four first-place finishes apiece for the Indians, Makenzie Bishop and Carly Burns earned three and Janelle Swartz and Rylee Duck were double winners.
Another highlight for Juniata was a 9-foot, 4-inch measure in the pole vault from Lexie Zimmerman - good enough to beat her school record 9-foot mark from last season.
"It was a huge, huge amount of excitement tonight when we all realized that we had won the track meet," said Hart, who also mentioned that first place finishes from Noah Burns and Hailie Shertzer were extra special for the freshmen in their first competitions.
On Greenwood's end, Tyler Fegley and Garrett Byers had two wins apiece for the boys while Emily Fisher had two individual wins for the girls, who also swept both the discus and the shot put.
"We're right in there with them. It was a great competitive first start," Greenwood coach Megan Albert said. "I'm not discouraged by this."
Track and field
BOYS: Cumberland Valley 92.67, Mifflin County 57.33
GIRLS Cumberland Valley 118, Mifflin County 32
MECHANICSBURG-Mifflin County dropped both a boys and girls track and field decision to Cumberland Valley by finals of 92.67- 57.33 and 118-32, respectively.
The boys were lead by Nathan Baumgardner, who swept the hurdles, taking the 110-meter hurdles in 15.2 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 41.8 seconds.
Darien Knudsen took the other track win for Mifflin County, winning the 1,600 run in 4:46.2.
The Huskies dominated the jumps, with Malik Sechler winning the triple jump by traveling 38-2 1/4 and Braden Treaster took the high jump at 5-4.
Huskies' coach Scott Gantz and his coaches came to a conclusion after meeting with his coaching staff following the meet.
"I think we agree that it pretty much came down to depth," Gantz said. "We've got to develop some depth."
Kezia Loht, Courtney Bender, Abby Mink and Anna Aurand teamed up to win the 4x100 relay in 55 seconds flat for the girls.
Kelsie Kennedy took second for the Huskies in the 100 hurdles (16.2 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (50.8 seconds).
"We've got to put our noses to the grindstone and figure out what we can come up with for next week," Gantz said.
The Huskies will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Harrisburg.
Boys: Millersburg 89, East Juniata 58
Girls: Millersburg 84, East Juniata 65
MILLERSBURG - East Juniata opened up the track season with some strong individual efforts, but both the boys and girls teams failed to defeat Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg on Thursday.
For the girls - who lost to the Indians 84-65 - Megan Hart won four different events, Amber Knouse was first in three events, and freshman Emily Kline completed the 3,200-meter run in 14:23 to finish first in her first meet.
Cassidy Dillman also qualified for districts in the javelin with a 102 foot, 5 inch throw.
The boys lost to Millersburg 89-58, but were strong in the throwing events as they swept the discus and broke even in the javelin and shot put.
The Tigers' David Brantley won three individual events.
"It was the first dual meet of the season. We had some good performances, things that looked promising. I was very happy with things," East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said.
East Juniata (Boys: 0-1, 0-1; Girls: 0-1, 0-1) hosts Greenwood on Thursday.
Boys: Mount Union 75.5, Huntingdon 73.5
Girls: Huntingdon 118, Mount Union 30
MOUNT UNION- The Trojan boys track team came away with a close win on Thursday, dropping Huntingdon 75.5-73.5.
The two most integral performance for Mount Union were B.J. Loner and Tyler Long.
Loner won both the 100-meter dash and long jump and Long had a nice performance in the javelin.
"Loner led the team with two first places," Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said. "That was pretty nice for us right there."
The Trojans on the girls side suffered a 118-30 loss.
Mount Union will be back on the track next Thursday when it hosts West Branch and Southern Huntingdon.
Cumberland Valley 3, Mifflin County 2
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County lost a close 3-2 tennis match to Cumberland Valley Thursday, but the Huskies remained above .500 at 4-3.
Clay Morgan defeated Sonjay Soud 6-2, 6-4 from the No. 3 singles spot and teammates Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller edged Rohana Katti and Anant Gupja in three sets for the Huskies' two wins.
Matt DeBenedetto hung tight with but ultimately fell to Milo Naugle from the No. 1 singles spot, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 while Conner Saltzer took the other singles loss and Ben Renninger and Kevin Cahill fell from the No. 2 doubles spot.
Mifflin County (4-3, 4-3 Commonwealth Division) travels to Susquehanna Township today.
Upper Dauphin 8, Juniata 4
MIFFLINTOWN-Juniata was a victim of its own mistakes in a 8-4 loss to Upper Dauphin Thursday afternoon.
The Indians issues 13 walks and made a few mental errors in the loss.
"Pretty much, you can sum up this game by issuing too many walks," Juniata coach Nick Beward said.
Juniata got a 2-for-3 effort from Chad Eberle, two RBIs from Justin Mingle and some good relief effort from freshman Korey Martin, but it wasn't enough.
Tim Cleveland knocked in four of Upper Dauphin's eight runs.
The Juniata coach sees improvement from last season with his young team.
"We're still considered a very, very young team," Beward said. "We still need to make some strides toward playing some good baseball."
The Indians look to begin doing that on Monday when they host Greenwood.
Mount Union 3, Juniata Valley 3 (susp.)
ALEXANDRIA - Mount Union was going toe-to-toe with Inter-County Conference opponent Juniata Valley on Thursday when the teams' 3-3 contest was called after the seventh inning for darkness. The game will likely be completed April 24 in Mount Union before the teams' second meeting of the season.
Drew Harshbarger, Brady Goodling and Trevon Walker were responsible for Mount Union's three RBIs. Klayton Heffner was on the mound for the Trojans through all seven innings.
Mount Union will host Southern Huntingdon today.
Line Mountain 11, Greenwood 1
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood had just one little problem in its Tri-Valley League baseball opener Thursday - the first half inning of the game.
"If it wasn't for the first inning, we might have had a chance," Wildcats' manager Mark Sherman lamented.
That was the eight-run first, the one that put Line Mountain in the driver's seat on the way to an 11-1 win.
The lone run for Greenwood came in the fifth, when the 'Cats already trailed by 10, but it forced the final two innings to be played.
The high point was Mitch Taylor, who's seven strikeouts in relief were boosted by a two-hit night, including a double.
Greenwood (0-3, 0-1) heads to Millersburg Friday.
Upper Dauphin 14, Juniata 3
ELIZABETHVILLE-Upper Dauphin's Taylor Brown was good enough on the mound and at the plate to lift the Trojans past Juniata 14-3 on Thursday.
Brown got the win on the mound and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate in the lopsided 5-inning win.
Victoria Cisney had a double and two fifth-inning RBIs for the Indians, but it was too little, too late.
The Indians will be back in action Monday when they travel to Greenwood.
Milton 10, Midd-West 0 (5 innings)
MIDDLEBURG - Mental errors were costly to the Mustangs on the softball diamond during their 10-0 season opening loss to Milton on Thursday.
Milton collected seven of its 10 runs within the first two innings, and Midd-West coach Pete Voss said it was afterward that his girls settled in to play.
"The girls got bettter, they got stronger. They were making more plays as the game went on," he said, explaining that the focus in the future is to come out ready to play from the first pitch.
Midd-West hurler Adrianne Gesselman had two strikeouts but gave up five hits. Sara Shambach hit a double for the Mustangs, while teammate Jess Weaver collected a single for Midd-West's only other hit.
Midd-West (0-1, 0-1 Heartland Athletic Conference) travels to Newport today.
Mount Union 8, Juniata Valley 0
MOUNT UNION - After suffering an injury in the offseason, it was doubtful whether or not Mount Union hurler Chapin Guiliante would throw this season.
Thursday, not only did she get to pitch, but she also got her first win of the season.
Mount Union topped Inter-County Conference opponent Juniata 8-0, and it came behind Guiliante's two-hit, five-strikeout performance.
On the offensive end, Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said his team still has yet to reach its full potential at the plate, but just the same the Trojans came through with the hits when they needed them.
Liza Feagley hit a home run for the Trojans, Guiliante contributed a double, and both Feagley and Kristin Miles collected two hits in the shut-out effort.
"Hopefully when it warms up next week, we'll warm up hitting as well," Fiscus said, explaining that Feagley's home run was a good sign.
Mount Union (3-0, 2-0) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel on Monday.