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Erie Times-News Breakout Athlete of the Week nominees

Fans can vote for the Breakout Athlete of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. with the winners being featured in the Erie Times-News. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Saturday by sending an e-mail to

Note: There is only one swimming/diving poll this week because of lack of events this season. Beginning next week, there will be a boys poll and a girls poll.

Boys basketball
Carson Lewis, McDowell – Scored 17 points in a 73-67 win over Franklin. He also had 14 points in a 65-29 win over Franklin. Lewis then scored 17 points in a 71-59 win over Meadville and 15 points in a 71-60 win over Strong Vincent. Lewis finished the early start to the season with 19 points in a 55-43 win over Mercyhurst Prep.
Tyler Luchey, Sharpsville – Connected on five free throws in overtime to help the Blue Devils beat Slippery Rock 59-55. He also had 29 points, seven assists, seven steals and six rebounds in a 94-56 win over Jamestown.
Alex Borges, Mercyhurst Prep – Had 21 points and 16 rebounds in a 58-47 win over Union. He also had 15 points and was named to the all-tournament team after a 46-37 loss to Neshannock in the Neshannock tournament.
Malquan Pullium, Strong Vincent – Scored 18 points in a 59-54 win over Palmyra. He also had 16 points in a 61-40 win over Lebanon to be named the Lebanon tournament MVP.
Dawson Scotch, North East – Drilled six 3-pointers on his way to 19 points in a 56-45 win over Reynolds.
Kyle McKeen, Northwestern – Almost completed a triple-double in a 65-47 win over Cambridge Springs. He had 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals. McKeen also scored 29 points and had eight rebounds in a 59-46 win over Corry.
Scott Groenendaal, Seneca – Scored 20 points in a 68-34 win over Calvary Baptist.
Dalton Boggs, Lakeview – Scored 27 points in a 62-48 win over George Junior and was named the MVP of the Lakeview tournament. He also had 12 points in a 54-41 win over VisionQuest.
Corey Ciccarelli, Titusville – Finished with a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 67-55 win over Harbor Creek. He also had five assists.
Joey Zoltowski, Harbor Creek – Scored 19 points in a 61-38 win over Seneca.
Jaymon Mason, General McLane – Had a big Fairview tournament, including 25 points in a 87-48 win over Saegertown.
Matt Votino, Hickory – Finished with 19 points in a 60-35 win over Fairview.
Matthew Dogan, West Middlesex – Scored 28 points in a 67-54 win over Perry.
Logan Herzberger, Cochranton – Took over a 61-56 win over Iroquois with 21 of his 29 points in the second half.
Eugene Husband, Central Tech – Scored 12 points off the bench, including two late free throws in a 62-57 win over General McLane. He also had 26 points in a 58-51 overtime win against Girard.
Sheldon Zablotny, Cathedral Prep – Had 17 points in a 65-42 win over East. He also scored 12 points in a 75-32 win over Fort LeBoeuf.
Zak Price, Meadville - Poured in 23 points to help the Bulldogs knock off Sharon 81-74.
Andy Niland, Fairview – Scored 21 points in a 56-39 win over Cochranton.
Marcus Palmero, Cambridge Springs – Had 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 63-37 win over Youngsville.
Collin Fantaskey, Warren – Scored 20 points in a 74-67 win over Titusville.

Girls basketball
Arianna Hanley, Saegertown – Scored with three seconds left to give the Panthers a 37-35 win over Central Tech.
Alex Artise, North East – Had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in a 58-37 win over Cranberry. She also had 19 points in a 73-39 win over Oil City and 17 points in a 60-29 win over Fort LeBoeuf. Artise then hit a school-record seven 3-pointers on her way to 27 points in a 67-41 win over Harbor Creek.
Lexie Dabney, Sharon - Finished with 18 points in a 50-39 win over Fairview.
Nikki Arbanas, Hickory – Scored 18 points in a 58-34 win over Clarion. She also had 18 points in a 57-31 win over Kittanning and 17 points in a 60-11 win against Central Tech.
Amanda Sonney, Seneca – Had 15 points in a 33-22 win over Saegertown.
Abby Klemm, Central Tech – Scored 14 points and hit two last-minute free throws to help the falcons beat Meadville 42-39. She also had 19 points in a 51-37 win over Corry.
Bria Campbell, Farrell – Finished with 18 points in a 51-39 win over Fairview.
Michelle Jahn, General McLane – Had 21 points in a 73-39 win over Sharon. She also had 16 points and seven steals in a 50-25 win over East.
Hailey Wilwohl, McDowell – Scored 25 points in a 81-53 loss to Jamestown.
Ashley Cabaday, Iroquois – Had 18 poitns in a 58-37 win over Lakeview.
Angelina Starr, Franklin – Scored 18 points in a 70-47 win over Seneca.
Carolyn Kaufer, Northwestern – Finished with 29 points in a 56-47 win against Titusville.
Karlee McBride, Villa Maria – Had 23 points against Strong Vincent to reach 1,000 career points. She also had 16 points in a win against Meadville.
Brenna Robbins, Mercyhurst Prep – Finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 58-8 win over Strong Vincent.
Theresa Fachetti, Harbor Creek – Had 26 points in a 67-30 win against East.

Jonathon Ekas, McDowell – Won the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays in a win over Meadville.
Andrew Steehler, McDowell - Earned wins in four events in a win over Meadville. He won the 50 fee, the 100 breaststroke and was part of the 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Matt Klena, Oil City – Won four events as the Oilers beat Sharon. He won the 200 IM and 500 free and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Phil Emerson, Franklin – Had wins in the 200 and 100 free and was part of the winning 200 free relay team in a win over Rocky Grove.
Andy Frederick, Franklin – Won the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 200 medley relay team in a win over Rocky Grove.
Julia Rahner, McDowell – Won four events to help the Trojans knock off Meadville. Rahner won the 50 free, 100 free and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Katie Manners, Oil City – Had four event wins as the Oilers beat the Tigers. She won the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke and was in the winning 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.
Megan Emerson, Franklin – Won the 200 IM and the 500 free and was part of two winning relay teams in a win over Rocky Grove.

Joe Wheeling, General McLane - Won the King of the Mountain tournament at 106 pounds.
Jake Gromacki, Cathedral Prep – Was the only Rambler to win five matches in the Greenville Duals. Among his five wins in the 120-pound class was three technical falls and two pins.
Ryan Northcott, Cochranton – Collected five wins in the 170-pound class at the Greeville Duals. Northcott had four pins and one decision.
Nick Floch, Jamestown – Won the 132-pound weight class at the Hickory tournament.
Joey Hines, Hickory – Claimed the 195-pound championship at the Hickory tournament.
Tyler Osborne, Commodore Perry – Won the 152-pound weight class at the Hickory tournament.
Jeff Burger, Union City – Earned the Hickory tournament championship in the heavyweight decision.
Trevor McCray, Girard - Picked up a 40-second pin in the 145-pound class in a win over Northwestern.
Adam Fish, Seneca – Pinned his opponent in 1:12 in the 138-pound class in a win over Harbor Creek.
Isaiah Stearns, Maplewood – Picked up a 54-second pin at 182 pounds in a win over Fairview.
Nick Gibson, McDowell - Pinned his opponent in the 132-pound match in 1 minute, 16 seconds to complete a huge Trojan rally past Reynolds.
Gavon Guanzon, Meadville - Picked up a 17-second pin in the 152-pound class as the Bulldogs beat East.
Tyler Vath, Saegertown - Pinned his opponent in 49 seconds in the 120-pound class as the Panthers beat Union City.
Doug Kreider, Northwestern – Earned a 19-second pin in the 106-poound weight class as the Wildcats beat Cambridge Springs.
Austin Matthews, Reynolds – Won the 152-pound class in the King of the Mountain tournament.

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