Dougherty runs for TD in win
WAYNESBURG — Making his second start at quarterback, former Redbank Valley standout and junior Jake Dougherty helped lead Waynesburg University to a 31-21 win over St. Vincent College on Senior Day last Saturday.
Dougherty, who started the season at wide receiver, quarterbacked the Yellowjackets to a 34-7 win over Thiel two weeks ago. Against St. Vincent, Dougherty scored the team’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and wound up completing 9 of 13 passes for 98 yards while rushing for 45 yards on 13 carries.
Waynesburg (2-7 overall, 2-5 conference) led 24-14 at halftime, then traded TDs in the fourth quarter. Hayden Belcher’s 1-yard run with 7:34 remaining sealed the win.
The Yellow Jackets visit Washington & Jefferson Saturday at 1 p.m.
Zacherl wins Clarion Open
CLARION — Former Brookville standout and PIAA state champion Brock Zacherl took home the 141-pound title at last Sunday’s Clarion Open held at the Student Recreation Center.
Zacherl was one of two Golden Eagles to reach the championship round of his respective bracket, winning five straight matches to claim the 141-pound championship.
After starting his day with a win by fall over Penn State-Behrend’s Dan Bishel and a 17-2 technical fall over American’s Dakota Roark, Zacherl had his first major test of the day with Kent State’s Tim Rooney. Zacherl held off the feisty Rooney in the third period for a 6-2 decision. He cruised past Indiana’s Cole Weaver for a 10-4 decision in the semifinals, setting him up for a finals showdown with Penn State’s Nick Lee.
The championship match was power against power, with Zacherl taking a 6-3 lead at the end of two periods. Lee managed an escape in the third period to pull within 6-4, but Zacherl kept him at arms’ length in the remaining balance of time to take the win.
Freshman Jake Gromacki reached the finals at 125, but lost to Virginia’s Louie Hayes in a 7-4 decision.
There were a series of other impressive performances on the mats as well, with the youth of the Clarion lineup impressing in what was the first collegiate competition for some. Redshirt freshman Tate Ortz of Brookville dropped his first bout in the 149-pound bracket, but then whizzed through the consolation matches, winning all five before reaching the NCAA cap of six matches in one day.
Included in that run was a 5-3 decision over Indiana’s Davey Tunon, as well as a technical fall and a major decision.
Redbank Valley’s BryLee Shumaker was one of two Clarion wrestlers at 285 pounds and he finished 1-2 with a 2-1 loss to Virginia’s Robert Scherer, a pin of Behrend’s Nate Conti in 5:40 and a loss by pin to A.J. Jones.
Wrestling unattached, Clarion’s Gavin Park, another former Raider, finished 0-2 at 125.
Last Friday, the Golden Eagles dropped their dual meet opener at home at Clarion High School in a 22-14 loss to Utah Valley.
The Golden Eagles got four wins, two of them from Zacherl and Ortz. Zacherl majored Jarod Maynes, 12-3, while Ortz made his Golden Eagles debut with a 2-1 sudden victory win over Grant LaMont at 149. Mac Tanner’s 12-8 decision at 157 and Greg Bulsak’s 11-2 major at 184 were Clarion’s other wins.
Clarion is back in action Nov. 19 at the Wolfpack Open hosted by North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. Then it’s off until Dec. 9 with the PSAC Championships hosted by Edinboro.
Jr. high girls’ basketball in action
Here are the latest game reports from the Redbank Valley junior high girls’ basketball team:
MONDAY, Nov. 6
Lady Bulldogs sweep Union
Both teams won at Union Monday, the A squad 42-32 and the B squad 24-18. In the A game, Caylen Rearick scored 14 points, Alivia Huffman added nine points and Katie Davis finished with eight points. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 8-0.
The B squad improved to 4-4 with Ember Hetrick leading the way with 10 points.
Next Monday, the Lady Bulldogs travel to Clarion.
THURSDAY, Nov. 2
Lady Bulldogs split with Moniteau
At home, the A Squad stayed unbeaten at 7-0 with a 52-8 rout. Davis led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points while Alivia Huffman and Claire Clouse scored nine and eight points respectively.
In the B game, Moniteau won 21-20 to drop the Lady Bulldogs to 3-4. Ember Hetrick and Arissa Bish scored seven and six points respectively.
TUESDAY, Oct. 31
Lady Bulldogs sweep Keystone
At Knox last week, both squads won as the A squad won 42-10 and the B squad won 35-3. Caylen Rearick and Alivia Huffman scored 11 and eight points respectively to lead the A win while Ember Hetrick and Arissa Bish scored eight and seven points apiece to pace the B to its win.
D9 medals five at PIAA XC
HERSHEY — District 9 runners combined to claim five top-20 state medals, including two in the top six, while Elk County Catholic finished second in the Class 1A boys standings for the second straight year at last Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships held at the Parkview Course.
Northern Potter sophomore Danielle Perry, the D9 Class 1A champion, ran to a fourth-place finish in 19:17. That was just 16 seconds behind winner Tina Capperell, a senior from Marian Catholic, and 40 seconds better than her 19th-pace medal finish last year.
Two girls medaled in Class 2A, led by D9 champion senior Amanda Foster of St. Marys who earned her second state medal with a sixth-place finish in 19:08. Karns City senior Rebecca Pennington was 19th in 19:44.
The ECC boys finished second to Penns Valley in the Class 1A team standings by a margin of 68-95. Last year, the Crusaders were second to Winchester Thurston at 62-110. The Crusaders got a medal finish from sophomore Ben Hoffman, who was eighth in 16:41. Also medaling was Smethport junior Darion Gregory in 12th at 16:53.
Also in the boys’ Class 1A race, C-L’s Andrew Forrest finished 122nd in 18:32.
The Brookville girls, the D9 1A runner-up, finished 16th out of 19 teams. D9 champion Cranberry finished 13th.