BELLEFONTE — Bellefonte boys’ soccer coach Scott Martz issued a challenge after his Red Raiders and Penns Valley had battled through 80 scoreless minutes on Monday afternoon.
Dakota Nixdorf took it.
Nixdorf score seven minutes into sudden death to give the Raiders a 1-0 win.
“I told the guys going in OT that somebody needed to step up and said, ‘Who wants to be a hero?,’” Martz said. “I could see that Dakota had a gleam in his eye and he said, ‘I’m going to win it for us.’”
Nixdorf got off a quick start to start the extra period, and ended the contest about six minutes later. Nixdorf dribbled between two defenders and fired a shot to the low right corner that beat Penns Valley goalie Frank Randazzo, who had frustrated the Raiders all afternoon.
“It was good game,” Martz said. “Penn Valley’s goalie played a great game. He came up with some great saves. We had several one-on-one opportunities and he stopped us.”
Bellefonte (2-2) outshot the Rams 19-9. Randazzo had 10 saves, while the Raiders’ Shane Kaschalk had five.
Red Raiders rout Mounties
PHILIPSBURG — Six different Bellefonte players scored goals and the Red Raiders romped to a 7-1 win over Philipsburg-Osceola on Monday.
Madisen Paige scored twice for Bellefonte while Devin Kos, Kristin Buchanan, Ashleigh Turner, Brietta Rutecki and Rachel White all chipped in goals for the Raiders.
Brooke Redfern and Nicole Peggs combined to stop seven P-O shots.
Jordyn Powell scored P-O’s lone goal while Carley Hahn fought off 13 Bellefonte shots.
Penns Valley throttles Central
MARTINSBURG — Penns Valley’s offense broke out against an inexperienced Central team and the Rams coasted to a 9-0 win on Monday.
Marcy Smucker led Penns Valley with three goals while Valerie Kubalak added a pair and an assist.
Rachel Hodgson, Naomi Olsen-Zelman and Samantha Kelly scored for Penns Valley. Grace Gover, Maggie Lynce, Jordan Brown and Carey McCool added assists for the Rams who improved to 2-2.
Kylie Orndorf stopped all three Central shots she faced while the Rams fired 24 shots on the Central goal.
BEA falls in four
MORRISDALE — Bald Eagle Area let the first set slip away and could not overcome serving woes in a
27-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-13 loss to West Branch on Monday.
The Lady Eagles (1-3) led 20-13 in the first set, but a 10-3 run tied it for the Lady Warriors closed out the set. BEA had seven service errors in the second set, but rallied to win a tight third set as Kaitlyn Miller’s three blocks closed it out 25-22.
BEA fell behind 8-0 to start the final set. The Lady Eagles closed within five points, but couldn’t overcome seven service errors in the set.
“I was happy with the effort,” BEA coach Larry Campbell said. “Our effort in the fourth set may have been our best this season. ... We’re starting to show some things hopefully we can build on in the future.”
Miller and Nicole Doroshenko led BEA with seven kills each. Miller had four blocks, while Doroshenko and Sarah
Torres had seven digs. Jess Bressler added 20 assists and four aces.
Rams collapse late
SPRING MILLS — Despite staking itself to a 2-0 lead, the Penns Valley girls’ volleyball team couldn’t hold on and lost to Mt. Union 3-2 on Monday.
The Rams jumped out to a two-game lead after winning the first two sets by the scores of 25-22 and 25-18, respectively. But Mt. Union charged back, winning Game 3 25-15 before forcing a deciding Game 5 with a
25-18 win in Game 4. The deciding set was all Mt. Union as the Trojans pulled away for a 15-2 win.
Madison Bressler led Penns Valley with six kills while Jenna Bishop led defensive efforts with eight digs. Tangie Lyons contributed 14 assists for the Rams who travel to Philipsburg to take on the Mounties tonight.
State College fourth
HARRISBURG — State College placed fourth in a seven-team Mid Penn match on Monday at Colonial Country Club.
Hershey (390) edged Lower Dauphin (394) for the title in the seven-team event. Central Dauphin (409) topped State College (417) for third.
Kevin Zuerker led the Little Lions with an 81. Ty Gates (82), Ethan Kasales (84), Ben Gelenberg (84) and Matt Robert (86) also scored for the Little Lions (16-14).
Hershey’s Jake Reilly and Lower Dauphin’s Drew Patterson each shot 1-over 73s to tie for medalist honors.
Red Raiders take tri-match
MINGOVILLE — Darren Heeman’s 88 paced Bellefonte as the Red Raiders topped Philipsburg-Osceola and Clearfield in a tri-match at Nittany Country Club on Monday.
Bellefonte (3-1) totaled 372 strokes, three better than P-O and 21 better than Clearfield.
Tom Urban added an 89 for Bellefonte. P-O’s Andrew Reifer earned medalist honors with an 85.
Hershey stops State College
STATE COLLEGE — The Lady Little Lions fell to .500 in tennis action with a 4-1 loss to Hershey on Monday.
Juliette Greer earned State College its only win in No. 2 singles with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Julia Hennrikas. In four other matches, State College won 16 points and lost in straight sets.
The Lady Little Lions travel to Palmyra for their next match on Tuesday.
State College ties Central
STATE COLLEGE — The Lady Little Lions and Rams dueled to a 1-1 tie with neither team scoring in a
15-minute, sudden death overtime period on Monday.
Aggie Sutherland got the scoring started before Taylor Montross tied the game for State College in the second half.
Caroline Moore made 12 saves for State College while Halle Frisco made 14 saves for the Rams.
Bellefonte fares well at meet
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mitchell Smith placed fifth overall to lead Bellefonte’s boys’ to a 12th-place finish at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Saturday.
Smith ran the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 27 seconds. Andrew O’Donnell (18:48) was 59th.
Alexis Franks (22:17) placed 53rd to lead the Bellefonte girls team. Anya Hoaglund (24:13) was 87th.
Bellefonte hosts Philipsburg-Osceola and Clearfield today at Governor’s Park.