Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2002 · Page 28
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C-1O — Sunday, October 27, 2002 LOCAL SPORTS (Snsetie Milliard, Duquesne win again By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA —Mike Milliard ran for 122 yards on 20 carries and scored twice as Duquesne cranked out 40 first-half points on the way to a 46-0 victory over La Salle on Saturday. Hilliard, a Homer-Center High School graduate, scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter that gave Duquesne (8-0, 5-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) at 6-0 lead. He closed the first half with a 1-yard touchdown run. Kyle Postell ran for 130 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns. He-scored his first touchdown on an 11-yard run in the second, followed by a 1-yard scoring run. He closed the scoring with a 12- yard run in the fourth quarter, accounting for the only points of the second half. Ed Marynowitz was 14 of 26 for 135 yards for La Salle (1-7, 1-5). He was sacked eight times. Duquesne's NielLoebigwas 12-for- 19 for 163 yards with two touchdown throws to Jeremy Conley. • TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Brad Stanley rushed 32 times for 119 yards and one touchdown as Carnegie Mellon beat Rose-Hulman 27-17 on Saturday. Andrew Garrod ran for 165 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns for the Tartans (4-3). The first came on a 90-yard kickoff return that " put Carnegie-Mellon ahead 7-6 in the first quarter. Stanley scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to put Carnegie- Mellon up 24-9. larrod Highberger, a Blairsville High School graduate and a redshirt freshman, made his third straight start at quarterback for Carnegie Mellon. His statistics were not available. Highberger took over when Sebastian Smalko, a Punxsutaweney High School graduate, went down \vith an injur,. After Charlie Key's 12-yard run gave the Fightin' Engineers (3-5) a 60 first-quarter lead, they didn't score another touchdown until a minute remained in the game when Jason Short ran a 1-yard IT). Jared Tharpe led Rose-Hulman, completing 28-of-47 passes and 285 yards, but with four interceptions. He also rushed 15 times for 49 yards. The Fightin' Engineers Rob Kief caught 10 receptions for 87 yards. Marion Center running back Greg Reinbold followed the lead block of Chad Pennington. (Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg) Mud, Lions can't stop Stingers Continued from page C-l "It's bad. Just walk through there. Holy smokes. It was reduced Co a quagmire in the second half. I'm glad we jumped up on them early." Very early, as a matter of fact. One of the biggest problems the Lions experienced was getting pressure on Stingers quarterback Mike Hill, and it slung them on the fifth play from scrimmage. On third-and-6 from United's 44, Hill threw a long strike to split end Kevin Houser, who beat defensive backs Kurt McGinnis and Andrew Clevenger for the touchdown. Lack of pressure continued to be a problem on the Stingers' second possession. After moving the ball steadily on the ground to United's 17, Hill looked for Houser again on fourth-and-8 and picked up nine yards. Marion Center scored two plays later on a 6-yard run by Greg Reinbold, and a two-point pass gave the Stingers a 14-0 lead. Reinbold led all rushers with 76 yards on 18 carries. Around the area From Staff Reports IUP swim teams split WHEELING, W.Va. - The Indiana University of Pennsylvania women's swim team defeated Wheeling Jesuit, 136-69, and the men lost 113-83 in a dual meet Saturday. The IUP women are 2-0, and the men fell to 1-1. Amanda Price and Meagan Cleary each won twice for the IUP women, who won eight of nine individual events. Price captured the 500 freestyle (5:23.95) and the 1000 freestyle (11:05.10), and Cleary touched first in the 50 freestyle (25.57) and the 100 freestyle (56.08). Other winners for IUP included Andrea Rossi in the 200 freestyle (2:05.12), Dana Zielazny in the 200 individual medley (2:20.24), Emily Ryan in the 200 butterfly (2:18.66) and Luci Plaxton in the 200 backstroke (2:17.72). IUP also won the 200 freestyle relay, with the team of Plaxton, Cleary, Christina Ledezma and Sara Steffee posting a time of 1:45.10. On the men's side, Ben Oshri turned in the lone individual win, taking the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:05.04. Oshri was also part of the first- place squad in the 200 freestyle relay, teaming with Hamilton Terrell, Casey Norbeck and Jonathan Faikish for a time of 1:33.54. Both teams play host to West Virginia Weslcyan on Saturday. IUP. forges tie in soccer MILLERSVILLE- Sarah Daw made 12 saves to help the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team preserve a 0-0 tie against Millersville in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference game Saturday afternoon. IUP is 5-7-2 overall and 0-6-2 in the PSAC. Millersville is 10-3-2 and 5-22 in conference play. IUP plays at West Chester today. Northern Cambria goes 1-1 PATTON — Northern Cambria won once and lost once in the Cambria Heights junior high girls' basketball tournament Saturday. Northern opened with a 28-17 loss to North Star before cruising past Harmony 52-9. In the victory, Jen Valeria scored 14 points, Brittany Sedlock had 12, and Cindy Mazurak chipped in 10. Northern Cambria returns to tournament action Monday. Marion Center boosters to meet MARION CENTER —The Marion Center Wrestling Boosters will meet o'n Monday at 7:30 p.m. at vhe high school. All parents are welcome lo attend. Elderton Sports Boosters to meet ELDERTON — The Elderton Sports Boosters will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the band room ai the high school. KESS Little League to hold meeting ELDERTON — KESS Little League will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Elderlon High School. Nominations and elections of officers for 2003 will be held. Pick-up games to start at Blairsville BLAIRSVILLE — The Blairsville Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor men's pick-up basketball games at Blairsville High School starting Monday, Nov. 4, from 7-9 p.m. Pitt to hold baseball clinics PITTSBURGH —The University of Pittsburgh Diamond Baseball Clinics will be stage a pitching and hilling academy October through December. For more information, call (412) 648-3825 or (412) 648-8238. Marion Center established a three- touchdown lead in the second quarter after taking advantage of a disastrous punting mishap for United early in the second quarter. A poor snap rolled past punter Kurt McGinnis, and he was tackled for a 23-yard loss at United's 10. The Stingers did not take long to cash in, scoring diree plays later on a 5-yard pass to wingback Matt Thomas. Jason Ratay's kick made it 21-0. "I was teasing Mike. I told him that's as well as he's thrown this year," said Malicky. "It's nice to know we can throw in these conditions." Hill completed 6 of 9 passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns. But as fine a game as he had, United might have gotten a better insight into its quarterback-future. For the first time this year, freshman Sean Domer stayed behind center for a full game. He didn't get the kind of protection his counterpart did, but he used play action effectively and completed 12 of 21 passes for 131 yards. "It all depends on maturity," said United coach Chris Matava of looking at Domer and his other starting quarterback, Clevenger, for next year. "Clevenger handled tilings real well. He handled the option well, and the passing game took some time. And we didn't want to throw Sean to the dogs quickly like we had to with some of our other sophomores. We just worked with him, and he's picked it up." With United gaining only 26 rushing yards, Domer and Clevenger, a junior running back/receiver in this game, turned out to be United's most effective offensive combination. They hooked up for six completions and 72 yards, including a textbook hook-and-ladder play midway through the fourth quarter. Clevenger caught the pass for 10 yards, then immediately lateraied to running back Stephen Oleksa for another 15 yards. United threatened to spoil Marion Center's shutout bid twice in the second half, and the hook-and-ladder played a role in the second bid. United's first serious shot at scoring came in the third quarter and reached Marion Center's 12 before Domer fumbled at the 17. The Stingers decided that call was too close, and Marion Center marched back from its 17 to score its fourth touchdown. The drive included completions of 17 and 24 yards to Houser and a 5-yard touchdown toss to Ben Eisenhart. Matava reflected on a season in which a young United team started with two shutout losses and finished with five. "It was challenging, but not because the kids had a poor attitude," said Matava. "Thai's what made it more enjoyable. I don't know if you can find joy in an 0-9 season, but I told the kids that I feel decent (because) they played hard and they came out every week and did what we wanted them to do. They're young, they're learning, and this is going to be very beneficial down the road." Wildcats score in closing seconds to beat Comets By JOE DEEMER Gazette Sports Writer KENWOOD — Even though the Penns Manor Comets had held Homer-Center's offense in check through nearly three quarters to maintain a 7-6 lead, the Wildcats wanted one last chance. When the Homer-Center defense delivered with just over two minutes remaining, the offense took full advantage. Senior quarterback Aaron Pierce engineered a 13-play touchdown drive that covered 75 yards in 1:42 to give his team the lead for good. The Wildcats won their final Heritage Conference game 12-6 to move to 6-3 for the season. Penns Manor fell to 4-5. "It was a great high school football game," said Penns Manor coach Dave Leasure. "(Homer-Center) has a great football team. They're two or three plays away from being in the playoffs. We had them on the ropes, but they stepped up and made the plays down the stretch." Pierce found fullback Eric McCombie on a hitch-and-go route on the game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass. "We were setting up that quick dart a few times," said Homer-Center coach Ed Kowchuck. "Then as soon as we saw their corner bite and their safety coming up, we knew we could get them on the next play. We pumped it, and Eric was open in the back of the end zone. It worked to a 'T'." Pierce had found McCombie two times earlier in the drive for quick strikes of 7 and 11 yards. Two other attempts at the same play, including the play prior to the touchdown, fell incomplete. Penns Manor's defense had managed to keep the Wildcats bottled up through most of the second half. The Comets held Homer-Center to just 11 rushing yards and 24 yards through the air prior to the final drive. Homer-Center running back Ryan Buchner had 91 yards on 21 carries heading into the locker room at halftime, but the Comets limited him to just five yards in the second half. "(Penns Manor) did a nice job in the second half coming hard and taking the run away from us," said Kowchuck. "They were leaving some things open passing-wise, but we still tried (o pound il. There's only so Homer-Center 12, Penns Manor 7 Turning point — Homer-Center quarterback Aaron Pierce hooked up with Eric McCombie on a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Wildcats a 12-6 lead with 32.3 seconds remaining in the game. Key stats — Penns Manor had three drives stall on interceptions. Homer-Center did not commit a turnover. Both teams posted 13 first downs, including seven rushing first downs each. The Wildcats' defense kept the Penns Manor quarterbacks contained for a combined minus-32 yards rushing. Team records — Homer-Center 63. Penns Manor 4-5. Quotable — Penns Manor coach Dave Leasure on the rivalry between the two teams: "These games always seem to be very competitive no matter how the teams are doing. It's a good rivalry. They're well-coached. They're a tough team. Hopefully we're taking strides to where we can win a couple of these close games." Next week — Homer-Center travels to Curwensville on Friday, and Penns Manor visits West Shamokin on Friday. much you can do when they're sending eight or nine guys flying up in the box." Homer-Center only had 2:15 left for the final drive thanks in large part to a gritty Comets' drive that started on their own 5-yard line on the previous possession. Twice the Penns Manor offense was faced with fourth-and-short situations. The first came on their own 14 with over 5V2 minutes remaining. The second came on their own 25 with just under four minutes remaining. The Comets converted both, eventually advancing to their own 47 before being forced to punt. "Our defense was really starting to take it personally," said Kowchuck. "The game's on the line and I hey converted a fourth down on our defense. And then they got another one. We finally just sai'd, 'Enough's enough.' " Penns Manor scored on its opening drive. Fullback Chris Beer capped a 60-yard drive on a 1-yard plunge with 7:22 remaining in the first quarter. Kevin Williams added the extra point. Penns Manor had its top-rated passing offense working early, as primary quarterback Chris Twigg hit Williams for a 15-yard gain and Jake Allemus for a 37-yard strike lhat set the Cornels up on the Wildcat 10. Penns Manor's leading rusher, Andy Lopacinski, helped erase a holding penalty with a 16-yard run that put the Comets at the 1 and set up Beer's touchdown. Beer finished with 55 yards on 15 carries. Lopacinski added 49 yards on 16 carries. Twigg was 4-for-9 for 86 yards with two interceptions. "We were able to run the ball with some success," said Leasure. "They're a good team in the secondary. They play a cover-3, and they run it very well." The Wildcats pulled to within a point on the final play of the first quarter. Buchner scored from the 3- yard line with four seconds remaining in the quarter. Buchner's extra- point bid was foiled by Todd Asbaugh, whose block would force the Wildcats to play catch-up until the game's final minute. Homer-Center's first touchdown drive was set up by a 36-yard interception return by Nick Jones. Jones had a pair of interceptions and two receptions for 32 yards, including a 16-yard reception on fourth down that kept the Wildcats' final drive alive. Jones' performance came despite wearing a cast on his injured right hand. "He's one of the purest athletes in the county," Kowchuck said. "He makes plays. I don't think it would matter if he had a cast on his leg; he'd stil! manage to bring the ball down." Pierce finished 8-for-22 for 102 yards. Nathan Duffalo ended any hopes for a late Penns Manor rally with an interception. A brief melee broke out after the play, and two players were ejected. "These games always seem to be very competitive, no matter how the teams are doing," Leasure said. "It's a good rivalry. They're well-coached. They're a tough team. Hopefully, we're taking strides to where we can win a couple of these close games." "Penns Manor is always tough," said Kowchuck. "Last season we went into overtime with them, and that was a great win. This year it was nearly the same thing going down to the wire. It's just a great win." LOCAL SCOREBOARD High school football SATURDAY'S SCORES WESTERN REGION Bedford 34, Westmont-Hilltop 7 Bishop McCort 20, Central Cambria 14 Conemaugh Township 33, Blacklick Valley 20 Conemaugh Valley 25, Shade 6 Djquesne 44, Serra 20 Eveietl 14, Southern Huntingdon 8 Homer-Center 12, Penns Manor 7 Kennedy Catholic 20, Sharpsville 15 Kiski School 37, Fairtield 20 Linesville 12, Cochranton 6 OT Lion Mountain 41, Mercynurst Prep 0 Marion Center 28, United 0 Oliver 32, Carrick 0 Shenango 41, Mohawk 13 Western Beaver 43, South Side Beaver 12 Westmar, Md. 40, Turkeyfoot Valley 16 Wilkinsburg 40, Leechburg 29 SATURDAY'S SUMMARIES MARION CENTER 28, UNITED 0 Marion Center 14 7 0 7—28 United 0 0 0 0 — 0 MC — Houser. 44 pass from Hill (pass failed) MC — Reinbold, 6 run (Eisenhart pass from Hill) MC — Thomas, 5 pass from Hill (Ratay kick) MC — Eisenhart, 5 pass from Hill (Ratay kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing .Marion Center Reinbold 18-76, Rapach 13-55, Pennington 10-23, Posa 2-8, Hill 2-7. United: Oleksa 11-46, Jones 1-30, McGinnis 1-12. Passing Marion Center: Hill 6-9-0-104. United: Domer 1222-27131. Receiving Marion Center: Houser 4-94, Eisenhart 1-5, Thomas 1-5. United: Clevenger 6-72, Jones 2-27, Stewart 2-25, Bailey 1-7. TEAM STATISTICS MC U First downs rushing 9 2 First downs passing 4 6 First downs by penalty 0 1 Total first downs 13 9 Yards rushing 180 26 Yards passing 104 131 Total yards 284 157 Passes attempted 9 • 22 Passes completed 6 12 Interceptions thrown 0 2 Penalties-yards 3-25 9-50 Fumbtes-lost 1-0 4-2 Punts-average 3-38.3 1-34.0 HOMER-CENTER 12, PENNS MANOR 0 Homer-Center 6 0 0 6—12 Penns Manor 7 0 0 0 — 7 PM — Beer, 1 run (Williams kick) HC — Buchner, 3 run (kick failed) HC — McCombie, 14 pass from Pierce (pass tailed) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Homer-Center: Buchner 26-96, Pierce 3-13.. Penns Manor: Beer 15-55, Lopacinski 16-49. Passing Homer-Center: Pierce 8-22-0-102. Penns Manor: C.Twigg 4-9-2-86, Trimble 1-6-1-4. Receiving Homer-Center: McCombie 3-32, Jones 2-32, Barber 1-24. Buggey 1-12. DeCarlo 1-2. Penns Manor: B.Smith 2-23, Allemus 1-37, Beer 1-15. Williams 1-15. HC PM First downs rushing 7 7 First dov/ns passing 5 4 First downs by penalty 1 2 Total first downs 13 13 Total yards 220 162 Yards rushing 118 72 Yards passing 102 90 Passes attempted 22 15 Passes completed 8 5 Interceptions thrown 0 3 Fumbtes-lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 5-40 4-40 Punts-average 5-28.6 5-30.4 Scholastic cross country DISTRICT 6 MEET CLASS AA GflRLS Team Results I. Bishop McCort 79, 2. Penns Valley 90, 3. West- mont-Hilllop 99, Central Cambria 101, 5. Bishop Guilfoyle 143,6. BedlorrJ 170,7. Forest Hills 188, 8. Cambria Heights 232, 9. Marion Center 292,10. Richland 208 II. Philipsburg 225, 12. United 343, 13. Homer- Center 351, 14.Tyrone362,15. Central416. Note: Bellwood-Anlis, Blairsvlle, Chestnut Ridge, Everett. Juniala Valley, Laurel Valley, Meyersdale. Penns Manor, West Branch and Windber did not field ocmpelte teams. Individual Results I, Nastase. Foresl Hills, 18:51; 2, Shoemaker. Cambria Heighls, 19:35; 3. Blackslone, Everelt, 20:03; 4, Schrey, Bishop McCort, 20:26; 5, Kowtoniuk, West- monl-Hilltop, 20:32, 6, Delhi. Penns Valley. 20:38; 7, Gates. Bishop Guilloyle, 20:40; 8, Zack, Bedford, 20:43; 9. Hillegas, Richland, 20:44; 10, Ridgeley. Centra! Cambria, 20:45; II, Constable, Bishop McCort, 20:55; 12, Moore, Bishop Guilfoyle, 21:02; 13, Sossong, Central Cambria, 21:08; 14, Yinrtling. Bishop McCort, 21:09; 15, Kobb, Penns Valley, 21:11; 16, Cascino, Bishop McCort, 21:22; 17, Urban, Weslmont-Hilltop, 21:27; 18, Rummel, Central Cambria, 21:29; 19, Kiehart, Westmont-Hilltop, 21:27; 20, Allison Cherry, BellwoorJ- Antis, 21:37. CLASS AA BOYS Team Results I. Homer-Center 85, 2. Uniled 127, 3. Marion Cen- ler 149, <!. Forest Hills 173, 5. Central Cambria 175.6. Bellwood-Anlis 181, 7. Cambria heights 198,8. Penns Valley 267, 9. Blairsville 298, 10. Westmont-Hilltop 244 II. Bishop Guilloyle 256, 12. Meyersdale 381, 13. Richland 385,14. Bedlord 395.15. ishop McCort 401, 16. Laurel Valley 406,17. West Branch 450,18. Chest- nul Ridge 466, 19. Mount Union 489, 20. Philipsburg 509,21. Tyrone 549, 22. Windber 550. Note: Central, Juniata Valley, McConnellsburg. Northern Bedotrd, Penns Manor and Rockwood did not field compelle teams. Individual Results I, Mock, Westmont-Hilllop, 16:11; 2, Strayer, Forest Hills, 16:27; 3, Spidell, Marion Center, 16:47; 4, Gonzalez, Westmont-Hilllop, 16:54; 5, Rosporski. United, 16:57; 6, Brooker. Penns Valley, 16:58; 7, Kotzur. Homer-Center, 17:05; B. Sanner, Meyersdale, 17:16; 9, Lawson, Homer-Center. 17:17; 10, Pajak, United, 17:29; II, Bishop. Homer-Cenler, 17:38; 12, Herdman, Blairsville, 17:41; 13. Yatzkanic, Marion Center, 17:47; 14, Zarnesky, Central Cambria, 17:48; 15, Gracey, Meyersdale, 17:53; 16. Clark, Wesl Branch, 17:57; 17, Thomas. Cambria Heighls, 17:59; 18, Slover, Penns Valley, 18:01; 19. Thiel. Ligonier Valley. 18:03; 20, Huber, Forest Hills, 18:03. Scholastic tennis PIAA TEAM TOURNMENT at Altoona Class AAA Championship Freedom (Disl. 11), 3, Lower Merion 2 Semifinals Lower Merion 3. Mantieim Township 2 Freedom 4, Lalrobe 1 Class AA Championship Wyomissinrj 4, Harrilon 1 Semifinals Wyomissing 5, Montoursville 0 Harriton 4, Scranlon Prep 1

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