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2012 Top 10 championship moments 1-5

No. 1 – Cathedral Prep football wins state
PIAA football championships have become a rare honor for District 10 teams. Cathedral Prep not only snapped D-10′s longest drought of not having a team in Hershey, the Ramblers were impressive in their 24-14 win over Archbishop Wood to claim the Class AAA title. Damion Terry, Delton Williams and Brendan Klemensic all claimed school records as seniors and Terry went on to set many District 10 records as Prep finished 15-0.

No. 2 – Fort LeBoeuf volleyball goes unbeaten
Class AA in District 10 became much tougher this season with Conneaut forming and Meadville improving in the offseason. That didn’t seem to matter to Fort LeBoeuf. The Bison were incredible this season with a perfect dual record and the program’s first PIAA Class AA championship. LeBoeuf had several outstanding performances, including a comeback win in the PIAA semifinals down 2-1. Maria Peluso was named the D-10 player of the year but every Bison that suited up this season contributed in some way.

No. 3 – Fairview swimming grabs team state title
Not only did Fairview win the Class AA boys team state championship, the Tigers locked up five individual event titles as well. Harrison Grimm won the 200 free state title and Richard Petrella grabbed the 200 IM title. Danny Roberts set a state record with 496.45 points to win the diving title. Fairview also won the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Franklin’s Phil Emerson also won a state title during the meet by winning the 100 free.

No. 4 – Mercyhurst Prep tennis makes history
The Lakers made history in the fall by winning the PIAA Class AA team tennis championship. Mercyhurst finished 18-0 including a 4-0 win over Moravian Academy in the state title match. It is the first tennis team state championship in District 10 history.

No. 5 – Hickory wins track state championship
The Hickory Hornets track and field team was impressive in Shippensburg in the spring and the girls locked up the Class AA team title with 73 points. Hickory edged Swenson Arts & Technology with 72. Corrinne Regginello contributed with a state championship in the high jump and Lauren Lubarski, who took third in the javelin, won the discus title. In fact, Taylor Woods and Jennifer Neider finished second and third behind Lubarki to rack up more team points. Neider won the shot put title and Sophia Fustos (third) and Woods (fourth) also scored. Morgan Richards chipped in with a third place in the 1,600 and the 3,200 for the Hornets. Although it didn’t contribute to the girls’ score, Matt Bell also shined for Hickory with a state title in the shot put.

Check the blog on Tuesday for the Top 10 non-championship moments in 2012.

–Tom Reisenweber

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