Mercury Roundup (Feb. 13): Daniel Boone falls in BCIAA Duals championship


BCIAA Duals >> Daniel Boone went 1-1 Saturday in the Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association (BCIAA) Duals Tournament it hosted. The Blazers opened by doubling up Brandywine Heights in the semifinal round, 48-24, but it came up short of Wilson-West Lawn in the championship match, 37-30.

Boone, having completed an unbeaten regular season Thursday by handling BH, rematched with the Bullets and scored four falls alongside four forfeits. J.T. Hogan (138), Canton Dolla (145), James Woodcock (215) and Colin Leahy (285) got pins that helped the Blazers overcome Brandywine’s initial 15-0 and 18-6 leads.

In the championship match, James Garcia’s major decision in the 106 finale prevented Boone (11-1) from overtaking a Wilson squad it led 27-21 with four weights left to decide. The Blazers, who edged the Bulldogs 34-31 in a Berks match this past Monday, got pins from Nolan Stephen Brown (138), J.T. Hogan (145) and Tucker Hogan (172) along the way, and an 8-1 decision at 285 by Leahy to halve Wilson’s 33-27 lead after a pin at 215.

Stephen Spitko scored a 4-3 decision of Dominic Jurady at 126, and Gavin Richard was awarded a forfeit at 120.

Perkiomen Valley 77, Pottstown 0 >> The Vikings recorded their first shutout of the year Saturday, rolling the understaffed Trojans in their PAC divisional crossover match.

PV racked up seven falls by Vincent Corropolese (285), Patrick Lamirande (120), Gavin Pascoe (145), Ryan Taormina (152), Luke Ricci (160), Nate Gey (189) and Grant Euker (215). Kelly Kakos added a technical fall at 132 alongside five forfeits.

Methacton 66, Upper Merion 12 >> The Warriors went 4-2 in contested bouts against the Vikings Saturday, and that differential helped them roll to victory in this PAC divisional crossover match.

Methacton got pins from Levi Borkowski (152), Brody Borkowski (160), Matthew Blakemore (189) and Damian Moser (285) to go with seven forfeits they were awarded. UM got its points off pins by Ayden Cheng (126) and James Shore (215).

Boys basketball

Upper Merion 57, Pottsgrove 34 >> The Vikings made it a 2-0 weekend Saturday, following Friday’s narrow win over Pottstown with a more-comfortable victory over the Falcons.

Collin Bowman and Ty Jones combined for 24 points in leading UM (3-3, 6-3) to a 40-14 halftime lead over Pottsgrove (1-4, 1-7). Bowman (13 points) and Jones were followed by nine-point efforts by Madison Tatom and Frank Herman as the Vikes went into the fourth up 55-22.

Pottsgrove’s leading scorer was James Thompson, who got all nine of his points off shots from 3-point range.

Muhlenberg 73, Daniel Boone 51 >> Erron Archie scored a team-high 17 points as the Muhls completed a home sweep and clinched their first division title in nine years with a Berks II win over the Blazers.

Michael Gaines led the Blazers with 17 points.

Girls Basketball

Pottsgrove 47, Upper Merion 19 >> Sydney Mowery and Riley Simon combined to score 29 points Saturday, and the Falcons’ defense put the clamps on the Vikings to win their Pioneer Athletic Conference Frontier Division matchup.

Mowery had a game-high 16 points, three ahead of Simon’s 13. Pottsgrove blanked UM in the first quarter and limited it to eight total points in the second half while its offense scored 25 in that span.

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