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By Mike Copper, Tom Reisenweber, Jeff Kirik Erie Times-News staff bloggers
The Varsity blog is the 2013 winner of an international EPPY award for best sports blog. EPPYs are awarded to media-affiliated websites by Editor & Publisher, an industry trade publication. Varsity is primarily maintained by Times-News sports writers Mike Copper and Tom Reisenweber and sports editor Jeff Kirik.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: July 25th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 35 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 35

That’s the number of points Wilmington scored in one of the greatest PIAA championships games ever played.

Wilmington became the sixth District 10 program to win a state football title in 2008. However, that didn’t become fact until after a second overtime session against Philadelphia West Catholic in the Class AA final at Hersheypark Stadium.

The teams went into overtime tied at 28. Each scored a touchdown during their possessions in the first OT, with the Greyhounds also reaching the end zone for seven points in the second.

West Catholic scored on its possession. However, instead of attempting a tying extra point and forcing a third OT, the Burrs opted for a title-winning, two-point conversion.

They lost the gamble, as Wilmington’s Shane Wagner tripped up star quarterback Curtis Drake inches short of the goal line. The ‘Hounds’ 35-34 victory meant they joined the 1989 Hickory Hornets (Class AA) and the 1997 Sharpsville Blue Devils (Class A) as PIAA football champs from Mercer County.

– Mike Copper

 

Posted: July 24th, 2014

The full rosters — with jersey numbers, weights and positions — have been released in advance of Friday’s Save-An-Eye Game. Read more about the Save-An-Eye Game, including ticket information.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 24th, 2014

Here’s a list of District 10 football players who have committed to play for colleges for the 2014 season. The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com would

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 24th, 2014

McDowell Trojans Coach: Brad Orlando (1st season) 2013 overall record: 7-6 2013 region record: 4-1 (second) 2013 playoff results: Defeated Allderdice 49-19 and Mifflin County

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Posted: July 24th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 36 days until the opening night of the high school football season on

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Posted: July 23rd, 2014

The Albion legion baseball team dominated the Region 8 tournament going undefeated and winning the championship today after beating St. Marys 8-0. Albion went undefeated

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Posted in: Baseball
Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 37 days until the opening night of the high school football season on

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Posted: July 22nd, 2014

One golfer expanded her lead in the standings while another saw his shrink after Tuesday’s Erie Sports Store Flagship Junior Tour stop at Elk Valley

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Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Elliot Spaeder, an assistant coach for Cathedral Prep’s swimming team, successfully crossed Lake Erie on Tuesday. Spaeder took off from Long Point, Ontario, around 7

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Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Friends and family will say farewell to Fort LeBoeuf coaching great Carm Bonito today at his funeral in Waterford. The longtime, beloved football coach and athletic

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 38 days until the opening night of the high school football season on

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 21st, 2014

Maplewood Tigers Coach: Bryan Borkovich (3rd season, 7-14) 2013 overall record: 5-6 2013 region record: 3-4 (tied for fourth) 2013 playoff results: Lost to Lakeview

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Posted: July 21st, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 39 days until the opening night of the high school football season on

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