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Posted: November 29th, 2013

Mercer Mustangs
Boys
Coach: Doug Schmid (5th season, 24-64)
2012-13 overall record: 9-13
2012-13 region record: 4-8 (tied for fifth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Danny Miller, Viktor Rymniak, Nate Brest
Top returning players: Logan Clarke, Nate Guiler, Trenton Fowler, Jarred Davis
Assistant coaches: Dan Weikal, Allen Kroll, Jason Baker, Justin Glass
Outlook: Mercer was in the middle of the pack in Class AA last season and missed out on the playoffs. The Mustangs are looking to take a step forward and get into the mix for the playoffs. Mercer will have to replace several seniors, including Danny Miller, Viktor Rymniak and Nate Brest. Miller averaged 6.7 points per game, while Rymnaik scored 5 ppg and Brest averaged 4.7 points per game. With those three gone, the Mustangs turn to their experienced returning players to lead a young team. Logan Clarke, Nate Guiler, Trenton Fowler and Jarred Davis all started at different points last season and could be big contributors this winter. Clarke led the Mustangs in scoring at 14.2 ppg last winter with a breakout sophomore season. Clarke continued to build confidence in the fall with a big football season at quarterback. Guiler was Mercer’s second-leading scorer last year with 8.5 points per game. The Mustangs could also receive immediate contributions from new players John Scheidhauer, Trent Leonard, Jake Schmid and Alex VanWoert. Mercer seems to always be competitive but can’t get over that hump to contend for the region title and make the playoffs. The Mustangs are young but have several leaders on the floor. If Mercer can build its depth and chemistry, the Mustangs could be tough to beat in region play.

Schedule
December
6 Mercer tournament
7 Mercer tournament
13 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
17 at Rocky Grove 7:30
20 at Reynolds* 7:30
27 Greenville tournament
28 Greenville tournament
January
2 West Middlesex* 7:30
4 Sharpsville* 7:30
7 at Greenville* 7:30
10 Wilmington* 7:30
15 at Shenango 7:30
16 Lakeview* 7:30
21 Reynolds* 7:30
23 at Northwestern 7:30
24 Union City 7:30
28 at West Middlesex* 7:30
31 at Sharpsville* 7:30
February
4 Greenville* 7:30
7 at Wilmington* 7:30
11 Cochranton 7:30
14 at Lakeview* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Girls
Coach: Aaron Cook (3rd season, 23-24)
2012-13 overall record: 17-8
2012-13 region record: 9-3 (tied for second)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Girard 45-34 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to General McLane 56-42 in the semifinals. Mercer then lost to Sharpsville 48-29 in the D-10 third-place game.
Top player lost: Analise Whenry
Top returning players: Lexie Arkwright, Megan McKinney, Alexis Mills, Jordan Fisher, Adelyn Cook, Aubrie Angermeier
Assistant coaches: Crystal Angermeier, Amber Whenry, Dan Weikal
Outlook: Mercer took a big step forward last winter with 17 wins, including a big District 10 Class AA quarterfinal win over Girard. The Lady M’s will have to replace Analise Whenry, who pulled down 4.8 rebounds per game. Whenry graduated in the spring, but the rest of the rotation is in tact for Mercer. Lexie Arkwright, Megan McKinney, Alexis Mills, Jordan Fisher, Adelyn Cook and Aubrie Angermeier are all back. Arkwright averaged 16.8 points per game last winter to be voted to the all-region first team. She is only 105 pounds away from the 1,000-point milestone. McKinney averaged 10.1 points per game as a junior and was voted to the all-region second team. Mills and Fisher are senior leaders, while Cook is a solid junior and Angermeier had an impressive freshman year last winter. Mercer could also receive immediate contributions from freshmen Haylie Glass and Bryanna Fedorchak. With four returning starters in Arkwright, McKinney, Mills and Cook, the Lady M’s look like a big contender in not only Region 2, but District 10 Class AA as well. Mercer isn’t particularly big, but the Lady M’s have plenty of speed to turn to. Mercer might need to develop a little bit of depth, but they are on their way to being a big contender this winter.

Schedule
December
6 Mohawk tournament
7 Mohawk tournament
10 at Grove City 7:30
12 Farrell 7:30
18 Commodore Perry 7:30
19 Reynolds 7:30
27 Hickory tournament
28 Hickory tournament
January
3 West Middlesex* 7:30
6 at Wilmington* 7:30
9 at Lakeview* 7:30
11 at Reynolds 2
13 at Greenville* 7:30
15 Sharon* 7:30
20 at Sharpsville* 7:30
27 at West Middlesex* 7:30
30 Wilmington* 7:30
February
3 Lakeview* 7:30
5 Greenville* 7:30
6 at Rocky Grove 7:30
10 at Sharon* 7:30
13 Sharpsville* 7:30
*Region 2 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 16th, 2012

Mercer Mustangs
Boys
Coach (season, record): Doug Schmid (4th season, 15-51)
2011-12 overall record: 6-16
2011-12 region record (place): 2-8 (sixth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Billy Selders, Paul McCullough
Top returning players: Logan Clarke, Viktor Rymniak, Nate Guiler
Assistant coaches: Dan Weikal, Allen Kroll, Justin Glass
Outlook: Mercer is still looking to build its program in a tough Mercer County region. The Mustangs will have to replace Billy Selders and Paul McCullough, who graduated in the spring. Mercer has an emerging standout in Logan Clarke, a sophomore guard who led the Mustangs in scoring last year. Viktor Rymniak is also back along with Nate Guiler. Rymniak provides senior leadership and averaged 6.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last year, while Guiler, a junior, had 9.2 ppg. The Mustangs could also receive big contributions from 6-6 senior Evan Nan. Mercer will need to start stringing together region wins to get back into the postseason mix this winter.

Schedule
December
7-8 Mercer tournament
12 Jamestown 7:30
14 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
19 Rocky Grove 7:30
21 Reynolds* 7:30
January
3 at West Middlesex* 7:30
5 Sharpsville* 7:30
8 Greenville* 7:30
11 at Wilmington* 7:30
16 at Shenango 7:30
18 at Lakeview* 7:30
22 at Reynolds* 7:30
24 Northwestern 7:30
25 at Union City 7:30
29 West Middlesex* 7:30
February
1 at Sharpsville* 7:30
5 at Greenville* 7:30
8 Wilmington* 7:30
12 at Cochranton 7:30
13 at Commodore Perry 7:30
15 Lakeview* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Girls
Coach (season, record): Aaron Cook (2nd season, 6-16)
2011-12 overall record: 6-16
2011-12 region record (place): 4-8 (fifth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Analise Whenry, Ashley Ryder, Lexie Arkwright, Megan McKinney, Alexis Mills, Adelyn Cook
Assistant coaches: Crystal Angermeier, Amber Whenry, Dan Weikal
Outlook: Mercer could sneak up on a few teams this year in the Region 2 standings. The Mustangs return everyone from last year’s team, which won six games. Mercer will be loaded with talent, incuding the return of Analise Whenry, Ashley Ryder, Lexie Arkwright, Megan McKinney, Alexis Mills and Adelyn Cook. Whenry and Ryder are senior forwards, while Arkwright, McKinney and Mills are returning juniors. Cook provides depth as a sophomore and could work her way into plenty of varsity minutes as the season goes on. Mercer has experience, speed and athleticism but height could be an issue. The Mustangs can overcome their height disadvantage with smart basketball and if it can develop more depth, Mercer could be in the hunt for the playoff spot in February.

Schedule
December
7-8 Mohawk tournament
11 Grove City 7:30
13 at Farrell 7:30
20 at Reynolds 7:30
27-28 Hickory tournament
January
3 at Commodore Perry 7:30
4 at West Middlesex* 7:30
7 Wilmington* 7:30
10 Lakeview* 7:30
12 Reynolds 7:30
14 Greenville* 7:30
17 at Sharon* 7:30
21 Sharpsville* 7:30
25 Rocky Grove 7:30
28 West Middlesex* 7:30
31 at Wilmington* 7:30
February
4 at Lakeview* 7:30
6 at Greenville* 7:30
11 Sharon* 7:30
14 at Sharpsville* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Saturday: Mercyhurst Prep

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 22nd, 2011

Mercer Mustangs
Boys
Coach (season, record): Doug Schmid (3rd season, 9-35)
2010-11 overall record: 3-19
2010-11 region record (place): 1-9 (sixth)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Justin Glass, Josh Verigood
Top returning player: Bill Selders
Assistant coaches: Mark Guiler, Dan Weikal, Allen Kroll, Brenton Bestwick
Outlook: Mercer will try to get back on track this winter but it won’t be easy. Justin Glass and Josh Verigood graduated, leaving some big roles for third-year coach Doug Schmid to fill in. Bill Selders is back after a strong football season and is a leader for the Mustangs. Mercer will rely on a strong defense this year and hope it leads to more offense. The Mustangs will be young with a strong presence of freshmen on the team this season. Mercer will need to build some chemistry in camp and develop as a team in order to compete in a tough region.

Schedule
December
9-10 Mercer tournament
13 Cambridge Springs 7:30
15 Conneaut Lake 7:30
20 Grove City 7:30
23 Shenango 7:30
January
3 at Rocky Grove 7:30
6 Commodore Perry 7:30
10 at Jamestown 7:30
13 Sharpsville* 7:30
17 at Greenville* 7:30
20 Reynolds* 7:30
24 at Wilmington* 7:40
27 Lakeview* 7:30
28 at Laurel TBA
31 at Saegertown 7:30
February
3 at Sharpsville* 7:30
7 Greenville* 7:30
10 at Reynolds* 7:30
11 Maplewood 7:30
14 Wilmington* 7:30
17 at Lakeview* 7:30

– Tom Reisenweber

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