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Erie Times-News Breakout Athlete of the Week nominees

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Baseball
Steve Piston, Hickory – Went 4-for-4 at the plate and pitched a complete game as the Hornets beat Wilmington 6-4.
Zach Bigley, Lakeview – Tossed a four-hit shutout, including five strikeouts, as the Sailors beat Jamestown 10-0.
Taylor Lenzi, Sharpsville – Pitched a four-hit shutout as the Blue Devils picked up a big 2-0 win over Sharon.
Mike Ginther, West Middlesex – Struck out 13 and allowed only three hits to pick up the win in a 9-1 win over Commodore Perry.
Jacob Fiscus, Kennedy Catholic – Had three hits and two RBIs in an 11-1 win over Rocky Grove.
Nick Carlo, Sharon – Drilled a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Tigers a 6-5 win over Reynolds.
Jayce Corklin, Titusville – Drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 3-2 win over Franklin.
Nick Emerson, Franklin – Had four hits, including a three-run homer, in a 14-1 win over Iroquois.
Tom McCloskey, Meadville – Tossed a perfect game in a 3-0 win over Slippery Rock.
Jeremy Santarelli, Conneaut – Drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning in an 8-7 win over Meadville.
Matt Thompson, Saegertown – Hit a grand slam and threw a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Union City.
Zack Borsa, McDowell – Allowed one run in a complete-game effort on the mound as the Trojans knocked off Warren 2-1.
Jay Clinger, Northwestern – Had a walkoff RBI hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Wildcats a 5-4 win over Seneca.
Todd Goss, Harbor Creek - Had a walkoff three-run homer to give the Huskies an 8-6 win over General McLane.
Evan Dillen, General McLane – Had three hits and an RBI in an 8-5 win over Conneaut.
Justyn Roda, Iroquois – Finished with three hits and scored two runs in a 16-3 win over Youngsville.
Nolan Roberts, Fairview – Struck out two in a two-hitter as the Tigers beat North East 4-1.
Ian Pertz, Mercyhurst Prep – Had a big first week with five hits in seven at-bats along with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Josh Greggs, Fort LeBoeuf – Hit a walkoff RBI single to give the Bison a 3-2 win over Girard.
Carter Cross, Cathedral Prep – Hit for the cycle and earned the win on the mound with eight strikeouts as the Ramblers beat East 17-1.

Softball
Eugena Davies, Sharpsville - Drilled an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Blue Devils a 4-3 walkoff win.
Mallory Torr, Sharon – Ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the Tigers to a 6-5 win over Lakeview.
Melissa Shoemaker, Mercer – Tossed a two-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over Jamestown.
Hailey Gearhart, Reynolds – Pitched a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Commodore Perry. She had 11 strikeouts as well.
Maddie Elberty, Grove City – Fired a two-hit shutout as the Eagles beat Meadville 10-0.
Emilee Taylor, Kennedy Catholic – Had 10 strikeouts and allowed two hits in a complete-game win as the Golden Eagles beat Commodore Perry 3-2. She also had a two-hitter on the mound in a 16-2 win over Farrell.
Chelsea Marriott, Hickory – Went 3-for-3, including two doubles and two RBIs in a 10-4 win over Grove City.
Megan Bowser, Titusville – Was a double short of the cycle in a 10-1 win over Youngsville.
Izzy Romanowski, Franklin – Tossed a four-hitter and struck out five in a 5-1 win over Eisenhower.
Katie Gustafson, Youngsville – Went 3-for-4 with two triples in a 6-2 win over Rocky Grove.
Raven Rozantz, Fairview – Tossed a five-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Harbor Creek. She also struck out 18 and had two hits in a 6-0 win over Seneca.
Anna Brinling, Harbor Creek – Had a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh inning to lead the Huskies to a 2-0 win over Northwestern.
Tori Prather, North East - Drove in three runs to help the Grapepickers beat Seneca 7-4. She also had an RBI single in the sixth inning to help the ‘Pickers come back and beat General McLane 3-2.
Kristina Szczesny, Central Tech – Had three hits and drove in a run in a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst Prep.
Madalyn Nicols, Maplewood – Finished with two hits, three runs scored and three RBIs in an 8-1 win over Cambridge Springs.
Rachel DiBartolomeo, Saegertown – Had three hits, one run and one RBI in a 10-2 win over Union City.
Hannah Tombaugh, Iroquois – Finished with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in a 10-0 win over Youngsville.
Alexa Bupp, Warren – Went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a home run and struck out 12 in a complete-game win as the Dragons beat McDowell 9-1.
Shannon Baker, Corry - Hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to finish with three hits, eight RBIs and three runs in a 24-2 win over Slippery Rock. She also tossed a one-hit shutout in an 11-0 win over Meadville.
Emily Luteran, Villa Maria – Hit a two-run homer and tossed a complete game on the mound in a 5-3 win over Seneca. She also had a three-run homer in an 8-5 win over Girard.
Mackenzie Hewett, McDowell – Tossed a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Strong Vincent.
Amanda Krolczyk, Fort LeBoeuf – Pitched a no-hitter as the Bison beat Central Tech 5-3.
McKenzie Fails, Girard – Struck out 10 and had two hits at the plate in a 4-2 win over General McLane.
Chelsea Czerwinski, Mercyhurst Prep – Hit an inside-the-park grand slam in a 20-2 win over East.

Boys track and field
Luke Patten, West Middlesex – Won three events in a rout of Brookfield. He won the 200, the pole vault and ran a leg in the 400 relay.
Kevin Jancsar, Hickory - Had four event wins in a win over Greenville, including the 800, the 1,600 and two relay wins.
Dwight Scott, Wilmington – Won four events as the Greyhounds beat Mercer. Scott won the 100, the 400 and two relays.
Devon Workman, Lakeview – Had three event wins, including the 1,600, the 3,200 and the 3,200 relay, in wins over Sharon, George Junior, Kennedy Catholic and Commodore Perry.
Austin King, Oil City - Won three events in a win over Fort LeBoeuf, including the 800, the 1,600 and was on the 3,200 relay.
Kyle McKeen, Northwestern – Won the high jump, the triple jump and the long jump at the Hickory Invitational.
Zach Cartwright, Franklin – Won the pole vault title at the Hickory Invitational.
Bailey Moore, Girard – Ran a speedy time of 23.94 seconds to win the 200 at the Hickory Invitational.
Luke Wortman, Warren – Won the 400 and ran on the winning 1,600 relay team at the Hickory Invitational.
Ryan Smathers, North East – Dominated the field in the 800 and the 1,600 at the Hickory Invitational.
Jared Hazen, Titusville – Won the 3,200 at the Hickory Invitational.
Kyle Trinch, Grove City – Won both hurdle events at the Hickory Invitational.
Malik Moffett, Cathedral Prep – Won the high jump at the TSTCA Invitational.

Girls track and field
Chloe Tyillian, West Middlesex – Set a school record in the 3,200 with a time of 12:14.3. She also won the 1,600 in a win over Brookfield.
Lexi Bible, Hickory – Won three events in a win over Greenville, including the 1,600, the 3,200 and a leg in the 3,200 relay.
Rebekah Petty, Greenville – Had three event wins in a loss to Hickory. She won the pole vault, the 100 and a leg in the 400 relay.
Abby Jones, Franklin – Set a school record in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 7 1/2 inches in a loss to Warren. She also won the high jump and the triple jump at the Hickory Invitational.
Mary Jaskowak, Grove City – Won two titles at the Hickory Invitational.
Julie Falvo, Wilmington – Won the discus at the Hickory Invitational.
Kristy Isbicki, Seneca – Took home the javelin title at the Hickory Invitational.
Aster Chmielewski, Slippery Rock – Won the 300 hurdles and ran in the winning 1,600 relay in the Hickory Invitational.
Eve Gardner, Union City – Won the 200 in the Hickory Invitational.
Bethany Evankovich, General McLane – Although she is a freshman she ran a terrific 400 race and won at the Hickory Invitational.
Sarah Kupniewski, Mercyhurst Prep – Won the 800 at the Hickory Invitational.
Anne Lewis, North East - Took home the 1,600 title at the Hickory Invitational.

Spring athlete
Matt Welker, Grove City tennis – He continues to dominate at No. 1 singles this season. Welker won his match against Hickory 6-0, 6-1. He then outlasted Greenville’s Chad Ferguson in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 as the Eagles beat the Trojans 4-1. Welker also had a 6-0, 6-0 win against Kennedy Catholic.
Nickolo Lima, Kennedy Catholic tennis - Won his No. 1 singles match 6-2,6-2 against Sharon.
Chad Ferguson, Greenville tennis - Is having another big year at No. 1 singles. He won 6-0, 6-0 against Sharon.
Noah Jones, Rocky Grove volleyball – Had 16 kills and nine blocks in a four-set win over Fort LeBoeuf. He then had 16 kills and 15 blocks in a huge upset of Cochranton.
Emma Kocjancic, Fairview lacrosse – Scored four goals in an 18-12 win over Allderdice.
Josh Mack, Cathedral Prep lacrosse – Had six goals in a 14-5 win over Cardinal Mooney.
Nick Ward, Cathedral Prep tennis – Is having a great year at No. 1 singles and picked up a key win in a 3-2 win over McDowell.
Noah Uplinger, Conneaut volleyball - Drilled six kills in a sweep of Fort LeBoeuf.
Jake Carniewski, McDowell volleyball – Had 30 assists in a four-set win loss to Meadville.
Logan Mooney, Rocky Grove volleyball – Finished with 24 assists and five kills in a four-set win over Fort LeBoeuf.

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One Response to Erie Times-News Breakout Athlete of the Week nominees

  1. Murray McComas says:

    Great to see the Dragons doing well from
    here on St. John, USVI

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