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

Sharpsville Blue Devils
Coach: Jim Smiley (32nd season overall, 5th season at Sharpsville)
2012-13 overall record: 12-11
2012-13 region record: 6-6 (third)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to Mercyhurst Prep 65-46 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Tyler Luchey, Jalen Mockabee, Jake Bulick, Jake Smith, Taylor Lenzi
Top returning players: Sage Barringer, Kyle Kennedy, Tanner Morris, George Keck
Assistant coaches: Zach Sarver, Mike Shannon, Rick Ladjevich, Gary Wilson, Gus Grandy
Outlook: Sharpsville has become a yearly playoff contender under coach Jim Smiley. The Blue Devils had a tough first-round game last year and couldn’t get by Mercyhurst prep. Sharpsville will have some work to do to get back to the playoffs. The Blue Devils lost Tyler Luchey, Jalen Mockabee, Jake Bulick, Jake Smith and Taylor Lenzi to graduation. Luchey was a three-year starter and voted to the all-region team. He averaged 15 points per game, while Mockabee scored 9.2 ppg and Lenzi scored 9.1 points per game. The Blue Devils have some experience back in Sage Barringer, Kyle Kennedy, Tanner Morris and George Keck. Kennedy scored 10.8 points per game, and Barringer scored 4 points per game. The four will all be line for significant playing time, while Noah Washington, Tommy Lipo, Brady Hogue, Dane Smith, Bradley Calleja, Luke Henwood, Alex Hartwick and Garrison Wieland could all contribute as well. Smith is 6-6 and Hogue is 6-3, giving Sharpsville plenty of size to utilize this season. The Blue Devils will need a player to step up to replace Luchey as a big-time leader and scorer this season. Sharpsville has a strong program and several experienced players back. If the Blue Devils can continue to build as a team, they will be tough to beat in region play and possibly the D-10 Class AA playoffs.

6 Northeast Ohio (Sharpsville tournament) W, 72-36
7 Hickory (Sharpsville tournament) L, 30-66
10 Grove City L, 43-60
13 Jamestown W, 67-18
17 VisionQuest 7:30
20 West Middlesex* 7:30
27 Grove City tournament
28 Grove City tournament
2 at Wilmington* 7:30
4 at Mercer* 7:30
7 at Conneaut 7:30
10 Reynolds* 7:30
14 Lakeview* 7:30
17 at Greenville* 7:30
21 at West Middlesex* 7:30
24 Commodore Perry 7:30
28 Wilmington* 7:30
31 Mercer* 7:30
4 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
7 at Reynolds* 7:30
11 at Lakeview* 7:30
14 Greenville* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Coach: Jeff Hanley (13th season, 186-113)
2012-13 overall record: 18-9
2012-13 region record: 11-1 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Seneca 34-29 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to North East 42-38 in the semifinals. Sharpsville then defeated Mercer 48-29 in the D-10 third-place game before beating Brookville 38-32 in the PIAA first round and losing to Burrell 45-18 in the second round.
Top players lost: Megan Davis, McKenzie Popatak, Natalie Henwood, Paige Scurpa
Top returning players: Kayla Kurelko, Eugena Davies, Emily Anderson, Maddie Przicina
Assistant coaches: Matt Blaschak, Katie Grandy, Steve O’Rourke
Outlook: Sharpsville shook off a tough District 10 Class AA semifinal loss to North East and made the PIAA playoffs with a third-place win over mercer. The Blue Devils even won their first PIAA playoff game to finish as one of the final 32 Class AA teams in the state. Sharpsville will try to carry that momentum over this season without big-time scorer McKenzie Popatak. She was a 1,000-point scorer, an all-district selection, the Region 2 player of the year and was voted to the all-region first team. Popatak has graduated along with Natalie Henwood and Paige Scurpa. Henwood was a leader from the point guard position, while Scurpa averaged 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Megan Davis is also gone for the Blue Devils after tearing her ACL during volleyball season. She scored 11 points per game and had 68 3-pointers to be voted to the all-region first team. With plenty of scoring to replace, Sharpsville will turn to its underclassmen to lead the way. Juniors Kayla Kurelko, Emily Anderson and Maddie Przicina are back along with sophomore Eugena Davies. With no player back that averaged five points per game, all four will have to step up in a big way. The Blue Devils also have plenty of players from the lower levels that could contribute, including Izzy Schell, Madison Sloan, Alivia Shuttleworth, Kaitlyn Falconi, Shamour Talbert and Kailee Scurpa. Sharpsville has a lot of inexperience to overcome this season but if the Blue Devils get contributions from their returning starters, they could still compete for a playoff spot. Sharpsville has a strong program and shouldn’t be counted out this winter.

9 at Cranberry L, 38-46
12 Grove City L, 37-40
14 at Meadville W, 37-27
16 Slippery Rock 7:30
19 at West Middlesex* 7:30
21 Reynolds 2
27 Farrell tournament
28 Farrell tournament
2 at Greenville* 7:30
9 Wilmington* 7:30
13 at Sharon* 7:30
16 at Lakeview* 7:30
20 Mercer* 7:30
23 West Middlesex* 7:30
25 Girard 2:30
27 Greenville* 7:30
1 Sharon* 2
3 at Wilmington* 7:30
8 at Jamestown 2:30
10 Lakeview* 7:30
13 at Mercer* 7:30
15 Maplewood 2:30
*Region 2 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 26th, 2012

Sharpsville Blue Devils
Coach (season, record): Jim Smiley (4th season at Sharpsville, 32nd year overall, 46-27 at Sharpsville)
2011-12 overall record: 14-9
2011-12 region record (place): 7-3 (second)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Saegertown 48-33 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Paul Klenke, Kevin Yarabinec
Top returning players: Tyler Luchey, Taylor Lenzi, Jake Bulick, Sage Barringer, Greg Popatak
Assistant coaches: Gus Grandy, Zach Sarver, Kevin Washington, Rick Elia, Andrew Kimpan, Kyle Sobash, Bill Henwood
Outlook: Sharpsville made it to the playoffs last year but it might be a tougher task this winter. The Blue Devils are in a region loaded with experienced teams, including newcomer West Middlesex. Sharpsville graduated two all-region selections in Paul Klenke and Kevin Yarabinec. The Blue Devils have an experienced group back, led by all-region second-team selection Tyler Luchey. He is one of three returning seniors, including Taylor Lenzi and Jake Bluick. Luchey is the only guaranteed starter, while Lenzi and Bulick will battle for playing time. Junior Sage Barringer returns along with sophomore Greg Popatak. Popatak could be a big contributor this season but he will miss some time because of a football injury. Jalen Mockabee and Jake Smith could earn playing time along with Saulie Santell, Tanner Morris, Kyle Kenendy, Tommy Lipo and Noah Washington. Barringer along with sophomore Dayne Smith and Jake Smith are all in the 6-5, 6-6 range and could provide size and skill for the Blue Devils. Sharpsville has experience, size and skill but the Blue Devils will face several challenges in Region 2. Sharpsville will need to build chemistry and develop some strong guard play to return to the postseason.

7-8 Ellwood City tournament
11 at Grove City 7:30
14 at Jamestown 7:30
18 VisionQuest 7:30
21 at West Middlesex* 7:30
3 Wilmington* 7:30
5 at Mercer* 7:30
7 Conneaut 7:30
11 at Reynolds* 7:30
12 Fort LeBoeuf 2:30
15 at Lakeview* 7:30
18 at Greenville* 7:30
22 West Middlesex* 7:30
25 at Commodore Perry 7:30
29 at Wilmington* 7:30
1 Mercer* 7:30
5 Cambridge Springs 7:30
8 Reynolds* 7:30
9 at Kennedy Catholic 2:30
12 Lakeview* 7:30
15 Greenville* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Coach (season, record): Jeff Hanley (12th season, 168-104)
2011-12 overall record: 16-7
2011-12 region record (place): 10-2 (second)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Seneca 51-46 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Katelyn Scurpa
Top returning players: McKenzie Popatak, Paige Scurpa, Natalie Henwood, Megan Davis
Assistant coaches: Matt Blaschak, Steve O’Rourke, Jayne Kornbau
Outlook: Sharpsville ran into a tough Seneca team in the playoffs last winter but the Blue Devils have plenty of experience back. Sharpsville will need to replace Katelyn Scurpa, who averaged 8.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2 assists per game last year to be voted to the all-region first team. Everyone else is back for a quick Sharpsville teams with lots of leadership. McKenzie Popatak averaged 20.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last year to be voted to the all-region first team and the Region 2 co-Player of the Year. She has emerged as one of the top players in Mercer County in her career and is already over 1,000 points. Add in returning starters Natalie Henwood, Paige Scurpa and Megan Davis and the Blue Devils have an experienced group. Paige Scurpa pulled down 6 rebounds per game last year, while Davis had 7.2 ppg. Sharpsville could also receive contributions from sophomores Maddie Przicina and Kayla Kurelko along with Eugena Davis, Emily Anderson and Megan Whalen. Sharpsville has quickness, depth, senior leadership and versatility but rebounding could be an issue and filling a hole left by Katelyn Scurpa. The Blue Devils have a strong non-region schedule and will have to adjust to zone defenses teams could run to stop Popatak. Sharpsville will need to be able to handle pressure defenses and if the Blue Devils develop stronger guard play, they could make another run at the playoffs.

10 Cranberry 7:30
13 at Grove City 7:30
15 Meadville 2:30
17 at Slippery Rock 7:30
19 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
21 West Middlesex* 7:30
27-28 Saegertown tournament
4 Greenville* 7:30
10 at Wilmington* 7:30
14 Sharon* 7:30
17 Lakeview* 7:30
19 at Girard 2:30
21 at Mercer* 7:30
24 at West Middlesex* 7:30
26 Jamestown 2:30
28 at Greenville* 7:30
4 Wilmington* 7:30
8 at Sharon* 7:30
11 at Lakeview* 7:30
14 Mercer* 7:30
15 at Reynolds 7:30
*Region 2 games

Tuesday: Slippery Rock

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 29th, 2011

Sharpsville Blue Devils
Coach (season, record): Jim Smiley (3rd season at Sharpsville, 29th season overall, 33-18 at Sharpsville, 415-300 overall)
2010-11 overall record: 18-8
2010-11 region record (place): 9-1 (champion)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Union City 65-42 and Fairview 41-38 before losing 48-45 to North East in the District 10 Class AA championship. Sharpsville then lost 88-55 to Sto-Rox in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Chad Piccirilli, Jon Wilson, Vince Falconi, Anthony Sloan
Top returning players: Dersean Alberty-Brown, Tyler Luchey, Paul Klenke, Kevin Yarabinec, Jake Henwood
Assistant coaches: Gus Grandy, Andrew Kimpan, Kyle Sobash, Zach Sarver, Rick Elia
Outlook: Sharpsville is a on roll with two-straight region championships and made its way to the District 10 Class AA championship last winter. The Blue Devils were knocked off by North East but coach Jim Smiley expects them to compete for the D-10 title once again. Sharpsville will need to fill in some gaps as Chad Piccirilli, Jon Wilson, Vince Falconi and Anthony Sloan graduated. Piccirilli was a two-time all-region pick, while Wilson was the Region 2 Player of the Year last season. The Blue Devils return an experienced group led by Dersean Alberty-Brown, Tyler Luchey, Kevin Yarabinec, Jake Henwood and Paul Klenke. The question will be how quickly can the returners get into basketball sharp as the Blue Devils’ football season is still going. Sharpsville might need to rely on its newcomers early in the season. Sage Barringer, Marcus Yensick, Nick Sequenza, Greg Popatak and Jake Smith can be contributors on the varsity level, while senior Luke Vasconi could be a starter this year. Sharpsville’s program is strong and is primed to reload instead of rebuild this winter.

9-10 Ellwood City tournament
13 Laurel 7:30
16 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
20 at West Middlesex 7:30
3 VisionQuest 7:30
6 Rocky Grove 7:30
7 Fairview 2:30
10 at Commodore Perry 7:30
13 at Mercer* 7:30
17 at Lakeview* 7:30
20 Greenville* 7:30
21 at Maplewood 2:30
24 at Reynolds* 7:30
27 at Wilmington* 7:30
31 at Linesville 7:30
3 Mercer* 7:30
4 Seneca 2:30
7 Lakeview* 7:30
10 at Greenville* 7:30
14 Reynolds* 7:30
17 Wilmington* 7:30

Coach (season, record): Jeff Hanley (11th season, 152-97)
2010-11 overall record: 19-6
2010-11 region record (place): 10-2 (second)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Seneca 44-38 and lost to Villa Maria 54-34 and Girard 42-15 in the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top player lost: Jenna Grandy
Top returning players: McKenzie Popatak, Natalie Henwood, Katelyn Scurpa, Kristen Scurpa, Megan Davis, Paige Scurpa
Assistant coaches: Steve O’Rourke, Matt Blaschak, Ellen Kellar
Outlook: Sharpsville had a terrific season last winter, including a run in the District 10 Class AA playoffs. The Blue Darlings were young but still had plenty of success. With only Jenna Grandy, who is playing at Westminter, graduating, Sharpsville could be tough to beat again this winter. McKenzie Popatak has emerged as a multi-sport standout, while Natalie Henwood, Kately Scurpa, Kristen Scurpa, Megan Davis and Paige Scurpa are back as well. Popatak averaged 15.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last year and will likely break 1,000 points this winter as a junior. The Blue Darlings will look for some depth as Tatum Kress, Madison Przicina, Emily Anderson and Kayla Kurelko could be varsity contributors this season. Sharpsville relies on a solid defense but will need someone to step up and fill in for Grandy. Grandy was a tenacious scorer and leader for the Blue Darlings. Sharpsville should contend for the Region 2 title once again and could be a tough out in the D-10 playoffs.

9 Maplewood 7:30
12 at Greenville* 7:30
15 at Reynolds* 7:30
17 at Seneca 2:30
19 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
23 Wilmington* 7:30
3 at Shenango 7:30
5 Sharon* 7:30
9 at Lakeview* 7:30
12 Mercer* 7:30
14 Girard 2:30
17 Slippery Rock 7:30
19 at West Middlesex 7:30
23 Reynolds* 7:30
26 Jamestown 7:30
28 Greenville* 7:30
30 Linesville 7:30
2 East 7:30
6 at Wilmington* 7:30
9 at Sharon* 7:30
13 Lakeview* 7:30
16 at Mercer* 7:30

Later today: Slippery Rock

– Tom Reisenweber

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