Now firmly in the race for a district pennant, the McConnellsburg baseball team completed the regular season on a high note thanks to a no-hitter thrown by Matt Huston for the team's eighth straight victory.
The Spartans (10-10, 8-8 SHL, 7-7 ICC) claimed an 11-0 win in a Sideling Hill League/Inter-County Conference game over Tussey Mountain in five innings. Huston threw all five innings while striking out four batters and not allowing a hit.
Quintin Miller went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs while Ryan Koontz went 3-for-4 with an RBI for McConnellsburg.
Mercersburg Academy at PISAA state championship: The Mercersburg Academy girls track & field team placed third in the PAISAA track & field championships, finishing just four points behind the first-place team.
The Blue Storm was led by efforts from Isiuwa Oghagbon and Finley Stewart. Oghagbon won the shot put with a heave of 36-2 and threw the discus 123-4 to take gold. She also placed third in the javelin with a throw of 96-01 to earn 26 points for the girls' total 68 points from the meet.
Stewart won the state championship in the 100 with a finish of 12.65 and finished third in the 400, finishing in 58.37 for a new school record. She also placed second in the 200 and led off the sixth-place 4x400 relay.
The boys team placed eighth overall. The 4x800 relay team, composed of Alex Solganik, Jake Girard, Andrew Zhugayevich, and Gabriel Allgayer, won the state title, breaking a school record with a finish of 8:04.81, a full 13 seconds before the second-place finisher.
Allgayer placed second in the 3,200 and Zhugayevich took second in the 400 and sixth in the 200.
Tussey Mountain 8, McConnellsburg 7 (F/9): McConnellsburg allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh against Tussey Mountain to ultimately fall in nine innings to the SHL/ICC opponent to close out season for the Lady Spartans.
"It was a nail-biter and a good game," McConnellsburg coach Junior Swope said. "We were up in the seventh and we had a boo-boo or two to let them come in and tie it. But I can honestly say they went all out and finished the year really strong."
After losing nine straight, McConnellsburg (6-15, 4-12 SHL, 3-11 ICC) went 3-4 to finish the season.
Shalom Christian 8, Heritage Academy 0: Shalom's top scorers came up big again for the Flames in the semifinal of the MDCC tournament to shut out Heritage. Lexy Poe scored in the opening minute, followed by a shot to the back of the net by Brooke Emge in the fourth minute. Poe later scored on a header assisted by Brooke Emge. Shalom (15-1, 12-1 MDCC) kept Heritage from registering a single shot on goal in the first half. The Flames will host the championship on Monday at 7 p.m.