Patience was Oil City’s best offense on Tuesday as the Oilers coaxed seven walks against visiting Fairview in non-region baseball action, but in the end, there just weren’t enough hits to go around as the Tigers pulled out a 5-3 decision.

NORTH EAST — Mason Titus, Kasen Neely and Hunter Thomas stroked two hits apiece and Titusville used a 10-run sixth inning to break away for a 13-4 win over North East in the non-region and season baseball opener for both teams.

Oil City was tripped up in its season opener on Monday as the Oilers dropped an 11-2 decision to visiting Karns City in non-region baseball action.

DUBOIS — Jordan Wynn collected three hits and three RBIs while also tossing a complete game in the circle as Titusville opened the softball season with a 15-3, five-inning victory over Allegheny-Clarion Valley/Union in non-region play at Stern Field in DuBois.

KITTANNING — Heading into Saturday afternoon’s PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal matchup with Penn Cambria at Armstrong High School, Franklin’s boys basketball team knew it was going to have its hands full with the District 6 champion Panthers and their prowess from beyond the three-point line.

LEWISBURG — Oil City’s boys 400 freestyle relay team broke its own school record while Franklin sophomore Camden Smith earned another all-state honorable mention award on Thursday as the 2022-23 PIAA Class 2A Swimming Championships wrapped up at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

NEW WILMINGTON — Anyone who has watched the Franklin boys basketball team play this year is well aware of just how good a player junior Damon Curry has become.

LEWISBURG — Two Oil City boys relay teams and one from Franklin stole the spotlight on Wednesday as the 2022-23 PIAA Class 2A Swimming Championships got underway at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

NEW WILMINGTON — After securing its first PIAA playoff victory in 12 years, Franklin’s boys basketball team will take on Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. today at Westminster College.

NEW WILMINGTON — Shenango’s Emilee Fedrizzi poured in a game-high 23 points Tuesday night as the Wildcats broke away in the second half for a 42-29 victory over Lakeview in a PIAA Class 2A second-round girls basketball playoff game at Westminster College.

PIAA CLASS 2A GIRLS SECOND ROUND 6 p.m. at Kiski Area High School Redbank Valley (26-1) vs. Bishop McCort (15-13)

LEWISBURG — After putting together one of the most memorable seasons in school history, Oil City’s boys and girls swimmers will be competing in the PIAA Class 2A Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

As the Franklin boys basketball team took to the court against visiting Shady Side Academy in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs on Saturday night at the Castle, the Knights were looking to extend their winning streak to an impressive 17 games while also seeking to put an end to t…

STRATTANVILLE — Shea Champine bucketed a game-high 33 points as visiting Bishop Canevin held of a second-half rally from Clarion-Limestone to record a 70-67 win over the Lions on Saturday in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A boys basketball playoffs.

During a winter season that’s seen very little snowfall, Oil City’s boys basketball team picked a bad time to get a snowball rolling — and one that they couldn’t get stopped.

HERSHEY — Grove City junior Hunter Hohman posted a pair of major decisions on Friday and advanced to the finals of the 160-pound division in the 2022-23 PIAA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center. Five other area wrestlers, including Cranberry’s trio of Dalton Wenner, Elijah Brosius an…

RIMERSBURG — Payton Johnston and Zander Laughlin combined to score 42 points as Union ended a 49-year drought in the PIAA playoffs with a 64-28 victory over visiting Turkeyfoot Valley in the first round of the Class 1A boys basketball playoffs on Friday night at the Dungeon.

NEW BETHLEHEM — Through one quarter of play on Friday night in front of its home crowd, Redbank Valley’s girls basketball team found itself in an unfamiliar position — trailing on the scoreboard.

PIAA CLASS 1A PLAYOFFS BOYS FIRST ROUND Clarion (17-9) vs. Imani Christian Academy (18-6) at North Allegheny H.S. 7:30 p.m.

HERSHEY — Cranberry’s Dalton Wenner and Elijah Brosius, along with Grove City’s trio of Hudson Hohman, Cody Hamilton and Hunter Hohman, all kept their gold-medal hopes alive on Thursday with first-round victories in the 2022-23 PIAA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.

Clarion-Limestone’s Jordan Hesdon and Redbank Valley’s Mylee Harmon were named the boys and girls Most Valuable Players as the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference announced its all-conference basketball teams for the 2022-23 season.

Five Cranberry High School wrestlers will begin their quests for a state title today as the 2022-23 PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships get under way at 9 a.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey.

ST. MARYS — Moniteau’s Katie Reott and Union’s Evelyn Bliss each won a pair of District 9 titles this past weekend while Reott’s teammate, Mason Birckbichler, added another in the District 9 Class 2A Swimming Championships at St. Marys High School.

CLARION — At its core, basketball is a team sport, and on Saturday night at PennWest Clarion’s Tippin Gymnasium, the Clarion-Limestone boys basketball team put that on full display.

SHARON — Dalton Wenner’s fantastic freshman campaign has reached a new high as the Cranberry grappler came away with a gold medal at the Northwest Class 2A Regional wrestling tournament, which finished up on Saturday at Sharon High School.

CLARION — Championships aren’t supposed to come easily, but on Saturday afternoon at PennWest Clarion’s Tippin Gymnasium, Redbank Valley’s girls basketball team made sure there was no doubt about who the best team in District 9 is.

CLARION — Trailing 33-24 late in the third quarter, Elk County Catholic closed the game on a 26-2 run to secure the District 9 Class 1A championship with a 50-35 victory over Union on Saturday afternoon at PennWest Clarion’s Tippin Gym.

GENEVA, Ohio — Friday turned out to be a medal-filled opener for both Oil City and Franklin in the PIAA Class 2A Swimming Championships held at the Spire Institute. The Oilers earned five medals overall and the Knights had four.

SLIPPERY ROCK — Nathan Greer poured in a game-high 21 points and Brett Loughry added 14 as Grove City captured its first District 10 title since 1999 on Friday night with a 47-40 victory over Hickory in the boys Class 4A championship game at Slippery Rock University’s Morrow Field House.

SHARON — After one day of competition, four Cranberry matmen are still in the hunt for a championship in the 2023 Northwest AA Regional tournament, which got under way at Sharon High School on Friday.

It’s not easy to beat a team three times in one season. It’s even harder to win three consecutive District 10 titles.

History will be made tonight at Slippery Rock University as the Oil City and Franklin boys basketball teams will clash for the first time ever with a District 10 title on the line. The Class 3A showdown is scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m. following the Class 4A title game between Grove City a…

STRATTANVILLE — Clarion’s Devon Lauer and Gabe Simko scored 10 points apiece in the first half Thursday night and the Bobcats went on to post a 69-41 victory over Keystone and earn a spot in next week’s PIAA Class 1A tournament.

STRATTANVILLE — North Clarion trailed by just four points at the midpoint, but the second half proved to be a backbreaker as the She-Wolves fell to DuBois Central Catholic, 64-44, on Thursday at Clarion-Limestone High School in the District 9 Class 1A girls basketball third-place game.

A pair of District 9 champions in freshman Dalton Wenner and senior Brayden McFetridge lead a group of six Cranberry wrestlers who will be competing on Friday and Saturday in the Northwest Regional Class 2A tournament at Sharon High School.

ST. MARYS — Union’s Payton Johnston triggered a furious fourth-quarter comeback Wednesday night as the Golden Knights knocked off DuBois Central Catholic, 51-48, in a District 9 Class 1A semifinal boys basketball matchup at St. Marys High School.

A total of 28 local swimmers — 16 from Oil City and 12 from Franklin — will be in action Friday and Saturday for the District 10 Swimming Championships, which will once again be held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

SCHOLASTIC BOYS BASKETBALL: District 9 Class 1A semifinals -- Union 51, DuBois Central Catholic 48; District 9 Class 2A semifinals -- Clarion-Limestone 47, Karns City 43

NEW WILMINGTON — Despite a furious 42-point second half Tuesday night, Rocky Grove’s boys basketball team saw its season come to a close as the Orioles fell to Farrell, 64-55 in a District 10 Class 1A semifinal game at Westminster College.

BROCKWAY — Kendall Sankey, Allie Pry and Catherine Kelly teamed up to score 42 points as Moniteau advanced to the District 9 Class 2A girls basketball championship game with a 50-38 win over Coudersport in a semifinal matchup on Tuesday at Brockway High School.

Having won 14 straight games heading into Tuesday night’s District 10 Class 3A semifinal at Slippery Rock University, it was quite fitting that the only team standing in the way of the Franklin boys basketball team’s bid to reach a third straight district championship game was the last team …

SCHOLASTIC BOYS BASKETBALL: District 10 Class 3A semifinals -- Oil City 38, Seneca 36; Franklin 52, Fairview 40; District 10 Class 1A semifinals -- Farrell 64, Rocky Grove 55; District 10 Class 4A semifinals -- Grove City 57, Harbor Creek 43

Four games are on the slate tonight in District 9 girls playoff basketball action as the Class 1A bracket resumes, the Class 2A tournament gets under way and the 3A bracket begins and ends with just one game.

Four area boys basketball teams will look to continue their district championship quests tonight in semifinal-round action at three locations.

A pair of Cranberry freshmen each picked up fifth-place finishes this past weekend in the District 9 Class 2A Wrestling Championships held at Clarion’s Tippin Gym.

CLARION — Devon Lauer poured in all of his game-high 25 points in the first three quarters Monday night as Clarion’s boys basketball team coasted to an 83-28 home win over Smethport in a District 9 Class 1A consolation game.

SHARON — Cochranton’s Cash Morrell, Kyle Lantz and Blake Foulk all advanced to regionals after finishing in the top eight on Saturday at the District 10 Class 2A tournament at Sharon High School.

FARRELL — Franklin’s season came to an end on Saturday afternoon at Farrell High School as the Knights were held to only seven points in the second half in a 42-22 loss to Conneaut Area in the quarterfinals of the District 10 Class 4A girls basketball playoffs.

CLARION — Union’s Zander Laughlin poured in 12 of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter Friday night — all on three-pointers — and the Golden Knights went on to upset the host Clarion Bobcats, 58-48 in a District 9 Class 1A quarterfinal boys basketball matchup.

SHARON — Grove City’s trio of Hudson Hohman, Cody Hamilton and Hunter Hohman each advanced to the semifinals following Friday’s opening round of the District 10 Class 2A wrestling championships at Sharon High School.

CLARION — Cranberry’s wrestling team had a highly successful opening day as seven Berries advanced to today’s semifinals with impressive performances Friday night in the District 9 Class 2A championships at Clarion’s Tippin Gym.

After closing the season on a 13-game winning streak, Franklin’s boys basketball team looked prime and ready to defend its back-to-back District 10 Class 3A titles as they squared off with eighth-seeded Mercyhurst Prep in the quarterfinals on Friday night at Oil City High School.

MEADVILLE — Pressure and intensity are a formidable combination, and on Friday night at the House of Thrills, Oil City’s boys basketball team proved why.

After falling behind 9-0 early in the first quarter against Cochranton on Friday night at Oil City High School, it appeared Rocky Grove’s stay in the District 10 Class 1A boys basketball playoffs was going to be a short one.

FARRELL — Grove City’s Nathan Greer pumped in 14 third-quarter points and teammate Gavin Lutz scored 10 more in the fourth as the Eagles flew past Corry, 58-41 in a District 10 Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinal-round matchup Thursday night at Farrell’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium.

FRILLS CORNERS — North Clarion’s girls basketball team went into Thursday’s night’s District 9 Class 1A quarterfinal contest against Ridgway with something to prove, which doesn’t happen very often for a team that heads into the postseason bracket at 19-4.

A total of 61 area wrestlers will be in action Friday and Saturday as both the District 9 and District 10 Class 2A championships will be held at two locations. The District 9 event is set to get under way at 4 p.m. Friday at PennWest Clarion’s Tippin Gymnasium while the District 10 tourney w…

STRATTANVILLE — Rylie Klingensmith scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds as Clarion-Limestone opened the District 9 Class 2A boys basketball playoffs with a 61-37 dismantling of visiting Kane on Wednesday night in a quarterfinal matchup.

DISTRICT 9 CLASS 1A GIRLS QUARTERFINALS Ridgway (13-9) at North Clarion (19-4) 7 p.m. today

DISTRICT 9 CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS Kane (10-12) at Clarion-Limestone (22-2) 7 p.m. today

CLARION — Clayton Cook poured in a game-high 17 points as Brookville claimed the District 9 Class 3A championship following a 63-37 victory over Moniteau on Tuesday night at PennWest Clarion’s Tippin Gymnasium.

SHARON — Cochranton’s Kyle Lantz finished in second place to lead seven area wrestlers who qualified for next weekend’s District 10 Class 2A tournament after the second day of action in the Section 2-AA tournament held Saturday at Sharon High School.

CLARION — There’s an old sports adage that says its hard to beat a team three times in a single season, but it must be one that the Redbank Valley girls basketball isn’t familiar with.

CLARION — When starting point guard Jase Ferguson went down late in the regular season with an injury for Clarion-Limestone’s boys basketball team, the Lions knew it was going to have to be an all-hands-on-deck situation if they wanted to earn their first Keystone Shortway Athletic Conferenc…

CLARION — Redbank Valley and Moniteau will square off for a third time this season, this time with the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference girls basketball championship on the line.

SHARON — Franklin’s Cael Dailey and Gary Kiselka and Cochranton’s trio of Kyle Lantz, Blake Foulk and Cash Morrell each advanced to today’s semifinals following wins Friday night in the District 10 Section 2-AA wrestling tournament at Sharon High School.

SHARON — Connor Malek, Caleb Stover, Logan Rakow and Charlie Motter each won two events Thursday night as Oil City’s boys swim team finished off an undefeated regular season — the first in school history — with a 95-49 victory over Sharon. The Oiler girls made it a sweep by posting a 96-67 d…

Rocky Grove seniors D’Andre Whitman, Evan Wolfgong, Blayne Baker and Quinn Ritchey combined for 53 points in their final home game Friday night as the Orioles cruised to a 73-39 win over Commodore Perry in a Region 1 boys basketball game at the Nest.

CLARION — Alex Painter led all scorers with 16 points and Clarion-Limestone closed the game on an 8-0 run to defeat Union, 56-51, on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference boys championships at Tippin Gymnasium.

With the Region 6 boys basketball title already decided in favor of Franklin, Friday night’s matchup between the Knights and rival Oil City didn’t have as much on the line as it could have since the Oilers lost to Warren this past Tuesday. But, the showdown in front of another large crowd on…

Wrestling’s “second season” gets underway today as five area teams will be competing in District 10 section tournaments at two locations. Franklin, Cochranton, Maplewood and Grove City will be at Sharon High School for the Section 2-AA event while Titusville will participate in the Section 1…

CHICORA — Chloe Fritch and Brooklyn Taylor combined to score 13 points in the fourth quarter as Karns City rallied for a 40-35 win over visiting Moniteau on Wednesday night in Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference girls basketball action.

Franklin’s Aidan McCracken made his final game on the court at the Castle count as the senior buried four three-pointers to finish with 14 points as Franklin secured the Region 6 boys basketball crown with an 87-13 rout of visiting Conneaut Area on Tuesday night.

NEW BETHLEHEM — Redbank Valley celebrated Senior Night by finishing off its regular season with a 21-1 record after taking down visiting Keystone, 59-45, on Tuesday in a Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference girls basketball showdown.

In their first meeting a few weeks ago, Oil City stole what looked like a sure victory away from homestanding Warren as Cam VanWormer buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Oilers the two-point win and set up a huge showdown with rival Franklin a few days later for sole possession…

BOYS BASKETBALL: Franklin 87, Conneaut Area 13; Warren 60, Oil City 46; Jamestown 59, Rocky Grove 50; C-L 65, Cranberry 44; Clarion 63, A-C Valley 43; Redbank Valley 46, Keystone 38; Karns City 48, Moniteau 46 (2OT); Venango Catholic 78, CLA 60; Cochranton 61, Youngsville 40; Grove City 63, …

MEADVILLE — Jamie Blum, Estella Adams and Katie Boal teamed up to net 43 points as Franklin’s girls basketball team took to the road to take down homestanding Meadville, 59-31, on Monday in Region 5 play at the House of Thrills.

Three of Cranberry’s nine victories came by way of pin on Monday as the Berries made the short trip to the Castle to take down Franklin, 47-15, in non-conference wrestling action.

Led by triple winners Logan Rakow and Charlie Motter, Oil City’s boys swim team clinched the Region 1 championship Monday night with an 87-52 victory over visiting Slippery Rock. The Oilers are now 12-0 and can complete the first undefeated season in school history with a win on Thursday at …

Braden Scarvel and Liam Campbell rifled in 15 points apiece as Sharpsville recorded a 74-43 road win over Venango Catholic on Saturday in non-conference boys basketball action at Monsignor Antoun Gymnasium.

Damon Curry tickled the twine for a game-high 22 points while he also pulled down eight rebounds as Franklin won its 11th straight game overall and 22nd consecutive in region play following a 62-40 victory over visiting Corry on Friday in Region 6 boys basketball action at the Castle.

CLARION — Fresh off of scoring her 1,000th point the night before, Natalie Bowser showed now signs of slowing down as she netted 20 points to lead Keystone to a 31-30 victory on the road over Clarion on Friday in Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference girls basketball play.