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Winter Warm-up – McDowell

McDowell Trojans
Coach (season, record): Mike Hayes (15th season, 229-84)
2011 overall record: 20-3
2011 region record (place): 7-1 (champion)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Strong Vincent 12-0 to win the District 10 Class AAAA championship. McDowell then defeated Allderdice 2-0 and lost to Seneca Valley 8-5 in the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Bobby Roach, Corey Anderson, Tommy Kocur, Adam Feldmann, Matt Wilwohl, Nick Penpek, Kevin Stoicovy, Andrew Twinem
Top returning players: Luke Nientimp, Alex Margraf, Matt Sardini, Ryan Kaverman, Ryan Platz, T.J. Faber
Assistant coaches: Joe Daoust, Tom Hansen, Joe Frey, Mike Lombardo, Tom Mello
Outlook: McDowell won another District 10 championship last spring before running into a tough team in Seneca Valley. The Trojans lost eight starters and several seniors to graduation, including Bobby Roach, Corey Anderson, Tommy Kocur, Adam Feldmann, Matt Wilwohl, Nick Penpek, Kevin Stoicovy and Andrew Twinem. McDowell should have some healthy competition in camp for playing time with only a few starting spots locked down. Alex Margraf, a Penn State Behrend recruit, will start at shortstop, while Matt Sardini will get the nod at centerfield. Tennessee Tech recruit Luke Nientimp will be the ace of the pitching staff and will start at third base or designated hitter when he’s not starting. Ryan Kaverman, Ryan Platz, Zach Borsa and Mark Fuchs will likely be in the rotation as well. The Trojans put together another ambitious schedule, including two showdowns with Cathedral Prep on April 20 and May 9.

9 at Harbor Creek 2:30
10 Meadville 4
11 at Girard 4
13 at East* 4
18 at Oil City 4
20 Cathedral Prep* 4
25 at Central Tech* 4
27 at Strong Vincent* 6:30
28 St. Edward (Ohio) 10 a.m.
28 St. Joseph (N.Y.) 7
30 Warren 4
2 East* 4
4 at Upper St. Clair 4
7 Slippery Rock 4
9 at Cathedral Prep* 4
11 Central Tech* 4
16 Strong Vincent* 4
18 at General McLane 4
*Region games

Coach (season, record): Maureen Bailey (3rd season, 25-19)
2011 overall record: 15-7
2011 region record (place): 10-6 (third)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Mercyhurst Prep 8-0 to win the District 10 Class AAAA championship. McDowell then defeated Brashear 8-0 and Seneca Valley 4-3 before losing to Latrobe 0-1 in the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Kelli Rohan, Alex Pagano, Emily Burns, Hannah Bailey, Emily Paterniti, Leanna Golembiewski, Rayann Seager
Top returning players: Mackenzie Hewett, Ashley Samluk, Chrissy Loader, Steph Baltes
Assistant coaches: Joanna Keller, Lauren Soldner
Outlook: McDowell had a quick turnaround last season to win the District 10 Class AAAA championship and make a run in the PIAA playoffs. The Trojans lost a heartbreaker to Latrobe 1-0 in the state quarterfinals and are anxious to get back to the playoffs. Kelli Rohan, the District 10 Player of the Year, is gone and playing for St. Bonaventure, while Alex Pagano, Emily Burns, Hannah Bailey, Emily Paterniti, Leanna Golembiewski and Rayann Seager are gone as well. McDowell has a young team but an experienced leader in Mackenzie Hewett. The junior pitcher had a breakout sophomore season with a 0.24 ERA and was named all-state. Ashley Samluk, a Slippery Rock recruit, could provide plenty of offense along with classmates Chrissy Loader and Steph Baltes. The Trojans could also receive contributions on the varsity level from Tara Carone, Caitlin Kolb, Lexi Fuller, Sydne Pollifrone, Emily Lojewski, Megan Kraus and Kourtney Baker. Kraus and Lojewski will compete for Hewett’s backup and will look to contribute at other positions as well.

27 at Central Tech* 4
9 Strong Vincent* 4
10 Corry* 4
12 at Warren* 4
14 Harbor Creek* 11 a.m.
16 at East* 4
17 at Mercyhurst Prep* 4
19 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
21 at Shaler 12
24 Central Tech* 4
26 at Strong Vincent* 4
28 East* 12
1 at Corry* 4
3 Warren* 4
4 at General McLane 11 a.m.
8 at Harbor Creek* 4
10 Mercyhurst Prep* 4
15 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
19 Fairview 12
*Region games

Sunday: Meadville, Mercer

– Tom Reisenweber

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