Meadville Tribune


December 18, 2013

H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL: Tigers top Eagles, notch first win for Palotas

GUYS MILLS — Scott Palotas’ first two weeks as the head coach of the Maplewood boys basketball team hadn’t gone so well. But on Wednesday, the Maplewood alumnus could finally celebrate.

The Tigers handed Palotas the first win of his coaching career last night with a 54-24 rout of Youngsville in Region 3 action at the Woodshed.

Maplewood moved to 1-4 overall. More importantly, the Tigers are now 1-0 in Region 3 heading into Friday’s showdown with rival Cambridge Springs.

“It’s great to get in that win column,” Palotas said. “It was nip and tuck there for a while.

“I am very happy to get a win and pick up a region win. That’s big for us. Winning cures everything so they say.”

As Palotas pointed out, though, win No. 1 didn’t come so easy at first. In fact, in the first six minutes of the game, Maplewood and Youngsville committed a total of seven turnovers and were a combined 0-for-3 from the floor.

Alex Reagle ended the drought with 6:07 to play in the first quarter. Maplewood finished the quarter up by just two (11-9).

In the second quarter, the Tigers pulled away.

Maplewood opened the period with a 6-0 run to take a 17-9 lead and finished the half up 22-15. The rout was on from there.

“We struggled at the beginning of the season with our turnovers,” Reagle said. “(Yesterday) we still had a lot, but we overcame those better than we did in previous games and finished a lot more of our shots.”

The Tigers did finish the game 23 of 60 (38.3 percent) from the field, while holding Youngsville to just nine field goals in 43 attempts (20.9 percent).

Maplewood also dominated the boards. Youngsville came away with just 19 rebounds for the game. Maplewood finished with 49. Reagle had 10 of those boards to go with his eight points. Dustin Delo had an 11-rebound, 11-point double-double.

Reagle and Delo played opposite of each other in Maplewood’s new 10-man rotation where Palotas substituted five players at a time. The first rotation consisted of Zack Wellman, Dane Barker, Jeremy Dahl, Randy Maloney and Reagle. The second set of five included Brandon Bishop, Tyshawn Johnson, Miller Peters, Ron Klingensmith and Delo.

“It’s something new,” Palotas said. “We started it last week. We’re working out the kinks so to speak.”

Whether or not the Tigers will continue to implement it remains to be seen.

“It might change throughout the year,” Palotas said. “We’re excited with it. We like it. We’re able to turn up the pressure a little bit and they create a lot of good things … and some bad things too. We’re happy with it.”

The win gives the Tigers their first advantage of the season. They will head into Friday’s game at Cambridge Springs with the upperhand. Maplewood is unbeaten in region play with its victory over the Eagles. The Blue Devils are 1-1.

“Big, big one on Friday,” Palotas said. “And it got even bigger now.

“Back in the old days, the old Maplewood-Cambridge Springs rivalry. There were some real good games back in the day.

“I’m excited. I’m sure Kevin Kurt is excited. I’m sure the Spa is pumped up. We’re ready to go here.”

Also scoring in double figures for the Tigers last night was Tyshawn Johnson with 10 points. Miller Peters added seven points and Brandon Bishop knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points.

For the Eagles (0-5, 0-1 Region 3), Collin Lehnen finished with seven points. John Uplinger had six.

Text Only
  • Jordan Lynn Lynn leads Bulldogs over visiting Beavers

    “It’s a good thing we have that little break for Easter,” said Meadville track and field coach Carl Roznowski. “That should give her a chance to rest up those muscles.”
    Roznowski is talking about Bulldogs junior Jordan Lynn, who was a busy lady on Wednesday as the MASH boys and girls squads took on Corry in a Region 3 meet at the Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Panthers stay unbeaten with win over Blue Devils

    Saegertown’s run to the District 10 boys volleyball championship a year ago was anything but easy.
    Needless to say, the Panthers have a little experience when it comes to dealing with tribulations. The Panthers put that experience to good use on Wednesday night in a Region 1 showdown.

    April 16, 2014

  • MLB replay Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
    While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cardinals roll to a sweep of Eagles

    The match only lasted three games, but Logan Herzberger still found the time to post a double-double, notching 14 kills and 18 digs while the Cochranton volleyball team swept Conneaut 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 during Region 1 action on Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Brendon Barclay Unbeaten Panthers need five games to top Bulldogs

    Through the first four games, there was no telling which team was undefeated and which team had only one win entering Monday night’s Region 1 volleyball clash between Meadville and Saegertown.
    By the fifth and deciding game, the cream rose to the top.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ogwumike goes No. 1

    It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
    Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.

    April 14, 2014

  • Watson pulls away at Augusta to win second green jacket

    One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson.
    All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.
    Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his playoff victory two years ago — the final act Sunday at Augusta National took place on the 18th green. Watson had a three-shot lead and consulted with his caddie on a 15-foot birdie putt.

    April 14, 2014

  • Harvick survives shootout for win at Darlington

    Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
    Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.

    April 14, 2014

  • Spezza lifts Senators to SO win over Penguins

    Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night and finish the season on a five-game winning streak.
    The teams were tied 2-2 after two periods and didn’t score in the third or overtime.

    April 14, 2014

  • Brewers sweep Pirates, win ninth straight

    Kyle Lohse was eager to top his Milwaukee teammates.
    He sure came close.
    Lohse came within an out of a complete game, and the Brewers won their ninth straight with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

    April 13, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge

Is simplifying the U.S. tax code the best way to boost the economy? The code today is 73,608 pages and it grows every year. Which one of these suggestions seems like the best solution:

Make a progressive tax rate that’s a simple 6 percent for everyone.
End tax breaks for the “1 percent.”
It’s not as simple as one change — many things have to happen.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide