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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Mercyhurst Prep’
Posted: January 22nd, 2013

Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast basketballKayla McBrideKirsten OlowinskiSarah Hansen, Kayla McBride, Kirsten Olowinski and many more Erie women are making a mark on the college basketball scene — all reported in the Erie Times-News. Read the full report on Erie players at various colleges here – it includes national, regional and local college players. Here’s just a taste of what the bigger college players are doing — all from our sports reporters at the Erie Times-News.

Hansen, a General McLane graduate and standout at Florida Gulf Coast, is racking up the awards. Named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness Player of the Week to start off the year, she is setting records at Florida Gulf Coast

Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride, a junior at Notre Dame, was named national college basketball player of the week earlier this month. She was also named the  espnW.com – ESPN’s website for women’s sports — college basketball player of the week and the Big East player of the week earlier this month. No. 2  Notre Dame is having another impressive season.

Mercyhurst Prep graduate Kirsten Olowinski a 6-foot 1-inch senior forward at Miami (Ohio) is breaking numerous records. She topped the 1,000-point career mark and is approaching 1,000 career rebounds. She hit the 36th double-double of her career with 19 points and 15 rebounds during a win over Ohio University. Olowinski also broke the RedHawks’ record for career blocked shots and rebounds.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: September 3rd, 2012

Check out Mike Copper’s article on Erie tennis phenom Mary Dailey, right here.

Dailey, 50, played tennis for Mercyhurst Prep in the 1970s.

She was honored today at the U.S. Open for winning national double’s tournaments on a variety of surfaces in 2011. She received the Grand Slam of Women’s Professional Tennis award for USTA doubles titles on clay, grass, indoor and outdoor hard courts. Congrats to Mary!

Pam Parker has been a tennis player for more than 35 years.  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: June 26th, 2012

It’s always a thrill to see kids I know do well. Two young women might have fallen short of Olympic teams, but not by much. It’s been a great week for McDowell grads who were hopeful for spots on Olympic teams. Sheena Gordon, 28, competed in the women’s triple jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials came very close to meeting the Olympic qualifying distance, but her best distance fell slightly short. Read the full story here.

A graduate of law school at Georgia State University in Atlanta, she attempted to qualify for Olympics in the high jump in 2004 and in the high jump and triple jump in 2008.

Alexandra Acker is another great McDowell athlete who fell just short of qualifying for the Olympics in the pole vault. Acker was on state winning McDowell team’s with my daughter Kelly Eckert. Read more of her story by Victor Fernandes here. My daughter was briefly a pole vaulter, and I honestly had trouble watching. It’s a nerve wracking sport to watch your kid hanging off that pole. Retired coach Joe Sanford coached the team.

Both Gordon and Acker turned to track after choosing other sports. Gordon had been a basketball player and Acker had been a gymnast.

The Gordon family of athletes has made quite a name for itself. Sheena’s sister, Chelsea Gordon, was an all-star basketball player. She played in 116 career games at the University of Illinois. She was named the team’s best defensive player in her sophomore and junior years and set career scoring highs numerous occasions. In Erie, she was a four-year starter at Mercyhurst Prep winning back to back PIAA State titles in 2004 and 2005. She scored 1,728 career points and had 762 rebounds for the Lakers.  My daughter, Kelly Eckert, played hoops with Chelsea at Westlake Middle School. Today, Chelsea Gordon is living in Manhattan and studying fashion at Parsons The new School of Design. It ranks as the number one Fashion Design School in the nation and second internationally behind Central Saint Martins of London. Chelsea, Sheena and Tiffany are the daughters of John and Beverly Gordon of Erie.

Pam Parker, mom of three and stepmom of three,  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: June 11th, 2012

Congrats to the female athletes of our region — and a lot of 9th graders here!

Erie Times-News All-District 10 Team Region 5 Erie area:

First team:

- 100: Shamieia Roberts, Villa Maria, 10

- 200: Shamieia Roberts, Villa Maria, 10

- 400: Grace Trucilla, Villa Maria,  9

- 800: Sarah Kupniewski, Mercyhurst Prep, 11

- 1,600: Taylor Pietz, Mercyhurst Prep, 9

- 3,200: Katie Manno, McDowell, 12

- 400 relay:Fort LeBeouf — Cecilia Miller (11), Kenzie Blackmon (12), Jess Rose (11), Kaitlyn Blackmon (12)

- 1,600 relay: Villa Maria  – Shamieia Roberts (12), Raven Clark (10), Eileen Burger (10), Grace Trucilla (9)

- 3,200 relay: Mercyhurst Prep — Sarah Kupniewski (11), Catherine Stark (12), Carly Vicary (12), Taylor Pietz (9)

- 100 hurdles: Anna Chodubski, McDowell, 11

- 300 hurdles: Sydney, Sokol, McDowell, 9

- High jump: Nicole Patterson, Fort LeBoeuf, 10

- Pole vault: Julie Marn, McDowell, 10

- Long jump: Anna Chodubski, McDowell, 11

- Triple jump: Anna Chodubski, McDowell, 11

- Shot put: Shamieia Roberts, Villa Maria, 10

- Discus: Lyndsey Bean, Fort LeBoeuf, 12

- Javelin: Lyndsey Bean, Fort LeBoeuf, 12

Second team

- 100: Kelly Smrekar, McDowell, 12

- 200: Grace Trucilla, Villa Maria,  9

- 400: Kenzie Blackmon, Fort LeBoeuf, 12

- 800: Grace Trucilla, Villa Maria,  9

- 1,600: Amanda Krawiec, McDowell, 10

- 3,200: Catherine Stark, Mercyhurst Prep, 12

- 400 relay: McDowell – Kelly Smrekar, (12), Stefanie Ferrier (12) Kristen Swain (10), Anna Chodubski (11),

- 1,600 relay: Fort LeBoeuf  – Abby Gilmore (12), Jess Rose (11), Sarah Young (12), Kenzie Blackmon (12)

- 3,200 relay: McDowell — Kelsey Swantek (9), Kaitlin Daubert (10), Sydney Sokol (9), Kelsey Mandus (9)

- 100 hurdles: Brittany Cook, Fort LeBoeuf, 12

- 300 hurdles: Brittany Cook, Fort LeBoeuf, 12

- High jump: Larissa Cass, Fort LeBoeuf, 9; Kelly Smrekar, McDowell, 12; Danielle Hayes, McDowell, 11

- Pole vault: Olivia Danylko, Fort LeBoeuf, 12

- Long jump: Kelly Smrekar, McDowell, 12

- Triple jump: Maggie Murray, McDowell, 10

- Shot put: Victoria Lavery, Fort LeBoeuf, 11

- Discus: Victoria Lavery, Fort LeBoeuf, 11

- Javelin: Larissa Cass, Fort LeBoeuf, 9

Region champion: McDowell

Region athlete of the year: Anna Choduski, McDowell, 11

Here’s a link to ALL the listings for girls track and field athletes of the year.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.



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