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Posts tagged "Sharon basketball"
Posted: December 15th, 2013

Sharon Tigers
Coach: Jason Rankin (5th season overall, 2nd season at Sharon, 71-30 overall, 12-11 at Sharon)
2012-13 overall record: 12-11
2012-13 region record: 10-6 (tied for fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to Girard 47-43 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Khalil Hopson, Darrell Stovall, D’Amond Crawford, Mike Porterfield, Jeronte Robinson
Top returning players: Mark Henry, Carnell Hawkins
Assistant coaches: John Koscinski, Terry Shernisky, Louis Brown, Jeff Newell
Outlook: Sharon put together a solid season under new head coach Jason Rankin last winter. The Tigers made the playoffs before running into a tough team in Girard despite dealing with the stress of a player in the program passing away. This season, Sharon is looking to take the experience it gained last year and make a run at the Region 5 title and another spot in the postseason. The Tigers will have to replace several talented players, including Khalil Hopson, Darrell Stovall, D’Amond Crawford, Mike Porterfield and Jeronte Robinson. Hopson was a 1,000-point scorer and averaged 19.8 points per game, while Stovall, a two-year starter, scored 11.5 ppg. Both Hopson and Stovall were voted to the all-region team last year. Sharon returns two starters in Mark Henry and Carnell Hawkins. Henry averaged 9 ppg as a junior, while Hawkins scored 3.3 ppg. The two will look to be leaders this season and could be helped by Aubray Jennings, Jason Austin and Jamal Waller. All three could step in and be impact players right away. Sharon learned a lot last winter in a new system and it paid off with a spot in the playoffs. The Tigers will need a leader to step up and replace Hopson and they need some help from the lower levels. If Sharon continues to grow in a brutal region, the Tigers will be in the mix for a playoff spot and the region title as well.

6 at Ursuline (Ohio) L, 51-65
10 West Middlesex W, 72-56
13 Meadville* W, 61-58
16 VisionQuest 7:30
20 Grove City* 7:30
27 Farrell tournament
28 Farrell tournament
2 at Oil City* 7:30
4 Franklin* 7:30
7 Hickory* 7:30
11 Slippery Rock* 7:30
14 George Junior* 7:30
17 Farrell* 7:30
18 Canfield (Ohio) 7:30
21 at Meadville* 7:30
28 at Grove City* 7:30
31 Oil City* 7:30
4 at Franklin* 7:30
6 at Hickory* 7:30
8 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
11 at George Junior* 7:30
14 at Farrell* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Coach: Maria Joseph (2nd season, 14-9)
2012-13 overall record: 14-9
2012-13 region record: 9-3 (tied for second)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to North East 45-40 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Janayia Chester
Top returning players: Tanayja Sanders, Mallory Torr
Assistant coaches: Kara Joseph, James Dotson, Dom Joseph
Outlook: Sharon nearly came up with one of the biggest playoff wins of last season by taking District 10 Class AA champion North East to the limit. The Tigers became a better team throughout the season under new head coach Maria Joseph, and they are looking to keep that momentum going this winter. Sharon will have to replace Janayia Chester, who graduated, but the Tigers have plenty of experience back this season. Tanayja Sanders averaged 15.8 points per game to be voted to the all-region first team, while Mallory Torr scored 12.4 ppg and was a second-team selection. The two are leaders for Sharon, while Kristina Jacoway, Maggie Torr, Lexis Dabney, Kelsie McGranahan, Kayla Reardon and DeLisa Smith all started at some point last season. Dabney scored 7.7 points per game and Jacoway averaged 6.7 ppg. With an experienced group back, the Tigers have plenty of depth to work with. Sharon could also receive contributions from the lower levels with Amarh Reed, Tamia Hopson and Mikaela Coryea. The Tigers are looking to play consistent basketball this season and step up on defense. Sharon is one of the top teams coming back in Region 2 and could make another run at the playoffs and beyond.

6 Riverside (Sharon tournament) W, 62-45
7 General McLane (Sharon tournament) L, 60-61
11 at Franklin L, 50-73
14 at Hickory L, 25-64
19 at Wilmington* 7:30
23 Beaver Falls 7:30
28 Brookfield (Ohio) tournament
30 Brookfield (Ohio) tournament
6 Lakeview* 7:30
11 Greenville* 2:30
13 Sharpsville* 7:30
15 at Mercer* 7:30
18 Girard 2:30
20 West Middlesex* 7:30
23 Wilmington* 7:30
27 Hopewell 7:30
30 at Lakeview* 7:30
1 at Sharpsville* 2
3 at Greenville* 7:30
7 Farrell 7:30
10 Mercer* 7:30
12 at West Middlesex* 7:30
*Region 2 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 25th, 2012

Sharon Tigers
Coach (season, record): Jason Rankin (4th season overall, 1st at Sharon, 59-19)
2011-12 overall record: 14-9
2011-12 region record (place): 11-5 (tied for second)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Warren 77-54 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Andre Jefferson, Marlin Sanders
Top returning players: Khalil Hopson, Darrell Stovall, Mark Henry, Thomas Ripley
Assistant coaches: John Koscinski, Terry Shernisky, Geoff Evans
Outlook: Sharon will look to go in a new direction under new head coach Jason Rankin. Rankin spent the past three seasons as the New Castle girls coach, including three playoff appearances and one WPIAL title. The Tigers will need that experience when making their way through a brutal region. Sharon graduated all-region selections Andre Jefferson and Marlin Sanders but the Tigers return several talented players. Khalil Hopson, a senior guard, is back after making the all-region second team last year. Senior forward Darrell Stovall is back slong with junior guard Mark Henry and sophomore forward Thomas Ripley. Carnell Hawkins and Mike Porterfield could also contribute as well this season. The Tigers have athleticism and speed and Sharon will look to use those qualities to play an uptemop style. WPIAL teams tend to sub in several players at a time and keep the pressure up. Rankin won’t be an exception to that rule as he plans to play a lot of players and keep them moving. Region 5 has several powerhouse programs primed for big years but with a new system and new confidence in coach Rankin, Sharon could be in the mix for a playoff spot.

11 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
14 at Meadville* 7:30
15 at Warren Harding (Ohio) 7:30
19 Ursuline (Ohio) 7:30
21 at Grove City* 7:30
28-29 Farrell tournament
2 Oil City* 7:30
5 at Franklin* 7:30
8 at Hickory* 7:30
11 Slippery Rock* 7:30
15 at George Junior* 7:30
18 Farrell* 7:30
22 Meadville* 7:30
29 Grove City* 7:30
1 at Oil City* 7:30
5 Franklin* 7:30
7 Hickory* 7:30
9 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
11 at New Castle 7:30
12 George Junior* 7:30
15 at Farrell* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Coach (season): Maria Joseph (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 15-8
2011-12 region record (place): 9-3 (third)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Girard 50-33 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Marketta Jackson
Top returning players: Janayia Chester, Tanayja Sanders, Mallory Torr
Assistant coaches: Kara Joseph, Pat Moats
Outlook: The New Castle connection didn’t end with the boys’ hire of Jason Rankin. New head coach Maria Joseph was one of Rankin’s assistants at New Castle and brings a new style for the Tigers to play. Sharon graduated all-region selection Marketta Jackson but everyone else is back. Janayia Chester brings senior leadership, while Tanayja Sanders and Mallory Torr are solid returning juniors. Sanders is one of the top players in the region at the forward position, while Chester and Torr are speedy guards. All three are returning starters and will be impact players this year. The Tigers will also look for big contributions from the sophomore class. Sharon could be young this year but could also gain plenty of experience for the future. The Tigers have speed and quickness and will have to play team defense to make a run at a playoff spot.

7-8 Sharon tournament
12 Jamestown 7:30
15 at Struthers (Ohio) 4:30
20 Wilmington* 7:30
27-28 Brookfield (Ohio) tournament
4 Hickory 7:30
7 at Lakeview* 7:30
10 at Greenville* 7:30
12 Franklin 2:30
14 at Sharpsville* 7:30
17 Mercer* 7:30
21 at West Middlesex* 7:30
24 at Wilmington* 7:30
31 Lakeview* 7:30
2 Girard 7:30
4 Greenville* 7:30
8 Sharpsville* 7:30
11 at Mercer* 7:30
14 West Middlesex* 7:30
15 at Farrell 6
*Region 2 games

Monday: Sharpsville

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: May 8th, 2012

Jason Rankin, who spent the past three years as the New Castle girls basketball coach, is expected to be named to the new Sharon boys coach tonight. The Hurricanes went 59-19 in his three years, including one WPIAL Class AAA championship.

Rankin told the New Castle News that his relationship with Sharon Superintendent John Sarandrea, a former New Castle coach, had a lot to do with his decision. “It was never my intention to leave New Castle, but this was just such a great opportunity,” Rankin told the New Castle News. “I have familiarity with John there and I felt comfortable with everyone I met during the interview process.”

Click here for the complete story from the New Castle News.

McDowell recently hired Kevin O’Connor as its new boys coach, while Fort LeBoeuf and Northwestern are in the process of searching for a new coach.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: November 29th, 2011

Sharon Tigers
Coach (season, record): Justin Magestro (3rd season at Sharon, 9th season overall, 26-22 at Sharon, 120-68 overall)
2010-11 overall record: 20-6
2010-11 region record (place): 14-2 (champion)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Girard 55-43, lost to General Mclane 69-68 and defeated East 67-63 to become the third seed from District 10. Sharon then lost 72-42 to Montour in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Charles Brown, Billy Jackson
Top returning players: Andre Jefferson, Marlin Sanders, Khalil Hopson
Assistant coaches: Jeff Sirianni, David Hansen
Outlook: Sharon has an experienced team back this winter after a solid run last winter. The Tigers will miss Charles Brown and Billy Jackson, but third-year coach Justin Magestro has a big-time player back in Andre Jefferson. Add in Marlin Sanders and Khalil Hopson, who are all two-year starters, and the Tigers might be the team to beat in Region 6 and possibly District 10. Sharon could receive some help from Mark Henry, Tyler Little, Darrell Stovall, Nate Jacoway, Mike Porterfield and Thomas Ripley this season. The Tigers have high expectations this winter and if they come together as the season progresses they could be in the running for the district title. Sharon was edged by General McLane in the D-10 semifinals, which could fuel the Tigers this year.

17 at Hickory* 2:30
22 at Grove City* 7:30
29-30 Farrell tournament
3 at Oil City* 7:30
6 Meadville* 7:30
10 Slippery Rock* 7:30
16 at Youngstown Ursuline (Ohio) TBA
17 Titusville* 7:30
19 at Farrell* 7:30
21 Franklin* 7:30
24 Hickory* 7:30
27 Grove City* 7:30
29 at Beaver Falls TBA
31 Oil City* 7:30
2 at Meadville* 7:30
4 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
7 George Junior 7:30
10 at Titusville* 7:30
13 New Castle 7:30
14 Farrell* 7:30
17 at Franklin* 7:30

Coach (season, record): Gene Sarazen (9th season as Sharon girls coach, 12th season overall, 148-58 as girls coach, 183-100 overall)
2010-11 overall record: 20-6
2010-11 region record (place): 11-1 (champion)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Cambridge Springs 62-29 and Girard 51-41 before losing 61-37 to Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AA championship. Sharon then defeated Beaver Falls 49-46 and lost 49-45 to Greensburg Central Catholic in the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Brittany Benedetto, Karlesia Edwards, Kristen Johnson, Brittany Johnson
Top returning players: Marketta Jackson, Kendra Ham
Assistant coaches: Terry Shernisky, Pat Moats
Outlook: Sharon could go through a rebuilding year with the graduation of standouts Brittany Benedetto, Karlesia Edwards, Kristen Johnson and Brittany Johnson to graduation. The four were important parts of last year’s team that went to the PIAA playoffs. Marketta Jackson and Kendra Ham are back to provide a balance of inside and outside play but Sharon might struggle in region play. Sharpsville and Greenville will likely be the Region 2 contenders but if the Tigers can build a team and chemistry, they might sneak back in to the District 10 playoffs.

9-10 Sharon tournament
15 at Wilmington* 7:30
21 Lakeview* 7:30
23 Greenville* 7:30
28-29 Brookfield tournament
5 at Sharpsville* 7:30
9 at Mercer* 7:30
12 Reynolds* 7:30
14 at Hickory 2:30
16 at Girard 7:30
21 Neshannock 2:30
23 Wilmington* 7:30
25 Rocky Grove 7:30
26 at Lakeview* 7:30
30 at West Middlesex 7:30
1 at Franklin 7:30
6 at Greenville* 7:30
9 Sharpsville* 7:30
13 Mercer* 7:30
16 at Reynolds* 7:30

Tuesday: Sharpsville, Slippery Rock

– Tom Reisenweber

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