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Posts tagged ‘Cathedral Prep’
Posted: December 14th, 2012

Watch the Cathedral Prep Ramblers roll tonight at 7 p.m. on channel 22 in Millcreek on the PCN cable network. The Ramblers take on Archbishop Wood at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey in the AAA state final.

The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com’s Tom Reisenweber, Andy Colwell and John Dudley are at the game — they will blog, update and send photos via Twitter and Facebook throughout the contest. Get all the action at GoErie.com/blogs/Varsity


Above:  Ramblers Delton Williams, left,  a running back, and and Damion Terry,  quarterback, will attend Michigan State and play football for the Spartans. Photo by GREG WOHLFORD//ERIE TIMES-NEWS.

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Posted: September 19th, 2012


James Conner, right. Photo from goerie.com

Even if your son or daughter isn’t an athlete, you need to read this terrific story by John Dudley. It explores the importance of postings via text message, Facebook and Twitter. Kids need constant reminders that what they post can be seen, forwarded, copied and pasted all over the Internet. James Conner, a McDowell senior, and one of the most recruited local athletes, learned the power of social media. If you Google his name, more than 10 pages of listings come up with multiple Youtube, ESPN, and Yahoo listings. Most schools don’t dictate social media policies, but Oil City does. Here’s a quote from Dudley’s article

Social media policy

Oil City’s policy on social media, as stated in the district’s athletic policy manual:

- “I understand that it is my responsibility to not use any form of social media (text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc.) to be critical of teammates, coaches, game officials, school administrators, opponents, opposing schools, or any other personnel involved in the athletic program. Furthermore, I understand that a violation of this policy could be cause for suspension from or removal from the team.”

James Conner photo by Josh Barber, Erie Times-News

Conner rushed for 246 yards on only eight carries Saturday in a 49-20 victory over Lancaster Catholic. He scored three touchdowns and is committed to the University of Pittsburgh for 2013.

To follow all the regional football games live on Friday nights, check out the live Erie Times-News Varsity blog — just click here. To see Conner and the McDowell Trojans in action, check them out Friday, Sept. 21 at home against St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH); Friday, Sept. 28 against St. Edward (Lakewood, OH); and Friday, Oct. 5 @ Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA).

You can also listen live to the McDowell games — click here for the school’s Internet broadcasts of the games.

Pam Parker is the daughter of the late famed football coach Walt Strosser, the wife of football coach Kim Parker, and the mom and stepmom of five former football players. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: May 27th, 2012

Thanks to Tom Reisenweber’s #Erielive updates all day yesterday, I tuned in to state championship tennis at Hershey where Erie’s Mario Nicolia and Alex Brzozowski won the title. I shared every minute on Facebook. Watch Tom Reisenweber’s video clip of the last few minutes of play right here.

Cathedral Prep’s Mario Nicolia won a silver medal in the 2011 PIAA Class AAA doubles championship, but this year, teamed with Alex Brzozowski, it was all gold yesterday. The Ramblers served up the school’s first state title since 1984.  According to Erie Times-News stories, the pair have played together in USTA tournaments since their freshman year and most recently won a USTA event at Pennbriar Athletic Club in February. I watched Brzozowski, the son of Dr. Jan and Sharon Brzozowski, play tennis at Westwood Racquet Club, my home court where I have played for more than 30 years.

Nicolia and Brzozowski are a tall order — both 6-feet-tall with terrific wing spans, and that’s tough to beat in tennis. Add in fast hands, quick feet, and that’s a deadly team on the net and for full court coverage. Coach Kent Peightal said this doubles team knows how to strategize, and that’s a gift.

There is nothing easy about states — no matter what sport kids are involved in. We’ve been there five times for track and field and cross-country. Nicolia and Brzozowski played two matches on Friday and then two more on Saturday to win it. Indoors. I’m a veteran of indoor tennis — it’s stifling hot, and well, you are indoors.

In stories in the Erie Times-News, the tennis champs had been quoted as wanting a banner in the school gym. They brought more than a banner back to Erie.

With school almost out, a few more kids may hit the courts around town with a little more optimism. If Nicolia and Brzozowski can do it, many more kids will realize what hard work right here in Erie, Pa., can do.

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: April 4th, 2012

Victor Fernandes wrote a great story on lacrosse’s surge in popularity in the nation and in our corner of Pennsylvania. If your kids have never played, go watch a practice — you’ll all be hooked. My son played when lacrosse was just a novice club sport at McDowell High School. The kids from McDowell High School even made their own sticks in woodworking class. Now that’s a team effort.

Henry Fish, the retired president of AMSCO from 1974 to 1988, was one of the people who brought lacrosse to Erie.

Today, McDowell High School, Cathedral Prep and Fairview have boys teams along with the independent Erie Spears. Girls teams exist at McDowell High School, Fairview and Villa Maria Academy. Lake Erie LifeStyle writer Marissa Rosenbaum is the girls coach at McDowell.

What’s to love? The sport combines skills learned in soccer, field hockey and hockey into one sport that really gets kids moving.  It’s outside on a football field and 10 kids are on each team, including a goalie — so a lot of kids play. It is one of the oldest team sports in America.

One of the best things you’ll hear kids say about this sport — it’s fun. That’s good enough for me.



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