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Erie Times-News Breakout Athlete of the Week nominees

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Baseball
Tyler Wansack, Sharpsville – Had three hits, including a three-run home run in a 14-3 win over Commodore Perry. He finished with six RBIs.
Jacob Leipheimer, Kennedy Catholic – Finished 3-for-4 and needed only a home run for the cycle in an 11-1 win over Lakeview.
Matt Gordon, Grove City – Threw a one-hit shutout, including 16 strikeouts, in a 12-0 win over Conneaut. He also went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Breck Schneider, Rocky Grove – Had two hits and two RBIs in a big 6-3 win over Jamestown.
Adam Bleday, Titusville – Tossed a one-hit shutout, including 10 strikeouts, in a 13-0 win over Iroquois.
Coty Cantral, Eisenhower – Went 3-for-3, scored two runs and drove in one in a 6-2 upset of Titusville.
Derek Brady, Strong Vincent – Recorded two hits and two RBIs in the Colonels’ 10-5 victory over East on April 22.
Mitchell Fife, Harbor Creek – Hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Huskies’ 4-3 eight-inning victory over Warren on April 22.
Chris Francis, Cathedral Prep – Drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning, and also was the winning pitcher in relief of the Ramblers’ 4-3 victory over McDowell at Jerry Uht Park on April 25.
Breyton Graves, Central Tech – Pitched a complete game in the Falcons’ 11-2 victory over General McLane on April 22.
Eric Niedzwiecki, Mercyhurst Prep – Hit a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning of the Lakers’ 5-2 victory at North East on April 22.
Jake Wolf, McDowell – Hit a two-run homer in the Trojans’ 8-1 victory at Grove City on April 22.
Garrett Zajac, Corry – Had two hits, and RBI and scored a run in the Beavers’ 4-3 win over Girard on April 22.

Softball
Victoria Tomko, Hickory – Had an RBI double in the sixth inning to drive in the go-ahead run in a 3-2 win over Wilmington.
Kristi Sestak, Grove City – Finished with three hits and two RBIs in a 6-4 extra-inning loss to Lakeview.
Melissa Shoemaker, Mercer – Tossed a 2-hitter as the Lady M’s upset Wilmington.
Paige Baker, Reynolds – Threw a two-hit shutout as the Raiders beat Kennedy Catholic 9-0. She also had two hits and struck out eight.
Rachel Harenchar, Sharpsville – Crushed two home runs to help the Blue Devils beat Reynolds 13-10.
Shania Ditzenberger, Rocky Grove – Doubled in the tying run in the seventh inning before scoring the go-ahead run in a 2-1 upset of Titusville.
Cynthia Hoover, Franklin – Went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 13-3 win over Youngsville.
Shana Grosch, Titusville – Had four hits and earned the win on the mound in an 18-6 win over Eisenhower.
Sydney Adams, Northwestern – Went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the Wildcats’ 8-5 victory at Seneca on April 26.
Harlie Bolt, Girard – Recorded two hits and scored three runs in the YellowJackets’ 9-3 victory over Cambridge Springs on April 22.
Katie Clark, General McLane – Scored twice in an eight-run third inning for the Lancers, who beat Villa Maria 12-1 on April 26.
Morgan Fisher, North East – Drove in the winning run for the Grapepickers’ 2-1 victory over Northwestern on April 22.
Crystal Flagg, McDowell – Went 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored during the Trojans’ 9-1 win over Central Tech on April 22.
Haley Hess, Strong Vincent – Pitched a five-inning, no-hitter against Central Tech in the Colonels’ 16-0 victory April 25.
Allie Kaliszewski, Iroquois – Went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Braves’ 6-5 victory over Titusville on April 22.
Hannah Kondrlik, Corry – Drove in three runs on two hits and also scored once in the the Beavers’ 7-3 victory at Hickory on April 27.
Holly Miller, Harbor Creek – Recorded three hits, including a double, in the Huskies’ 6-1 over Seneca on April 23.
Amanda Krolczyk, Fort LeBoeuf - Pitched a complete game for the Bison in their 3-2 win over Warren on April 22.
Raven Rozantz, Fairview – Tossed several impressive games this week and had a big two-run single against North East on Thursday.

Boys track and field
Clay Allen, West Middlesex – Won four events in a win over Wilmington. He also had four medals at the Mars Invitational, including winning the 100 title.
Matt Cragg, Corry - Won the 100 and 200 and placed fifth in the javelin at the McDowell Invitational.
Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep – Won the 3,200-meter run (10:02.50) at the McDowell Invitational.
Jake DeHart, Cathedral Prep – Won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and also comprised a leg of the Ramblers’ victorious 400 relay team during their 115-35 victory over Mercyhurst Prep on April 23.
Marcus Erdman, General McLane – Won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (41.73) at the McDowell Invitational.
Ben McGill, Seneca – Won the shot put (47-3/4) competition at the McDowell Invitational.
Corey Twichel, Girard – Anchored the YellowJackets’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams to first place in the teams’ 81-60 win over General McLane on April 23.
Tyler Wickham, Meadville – Won the discus (136-6) competition at the McDowell Invitational on April 27.
Gary Olson, North East - Won the 3,200 at the Franklin Invitational.

Girls track and field
Abby Jones, Franklin – Won all three jumping events in a win over Titusville.
Caitlin Plazoney, Fairview – Won the 1,600 at the McDowell Invitational.
Bethany Evankovich, General McLane – ran the 400 in 59.32 seconds to win the title at the McDowell Invitational.
Sarah Kupniewski, Mercyhurst Prep – Beat the field by six seconds to win the 800 at the McDowell Invitational.
Jaynee Corbett, Corry – Won the shot put at the McDowell Invitational with a distance of 41 feet, 5 1/4 inches.
Samantha Black, Seneca – Upset Corbett in the discus with a toss of 131 feet at the McDowell Invitational.
Abby Rose, Fort LeBoeuf - Won the javelin at the McDowell Invitational.
Eve Gardner, Union City – Won four events for the Bears during their 79-71 victory over Youngsville on April 23.
Bernadette Prichard, Villa Maria - Was part of two winning relays and finished first in the 1,600 meters during the Victors’ 129-22 win over Mercyhurst Prep on April 23.
Madi Turiczek, North East – Won the shot put and discus competitions during the Grapepickers’ 79-64 victory over Fairview on April 23.

Spring athlete
Chad Ferguson, Greenville tennis – Continued his dominant season at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Greenville. He then won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles against Greenville.
Matt Welker, Grove City tennis – Won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles against Mercyhurst Prep. He also won 6-0, 6-0 against Kennedy Catholic and against Titusville.
Jalen Scott, Farrell volleyball – Had 15 kills and 34 assists in a five-set loss to Cambridge Springs.
Noah Jones, Rocky Grove volleyball – Finished with 21 kills and six blocks in a four-set loss to Maplewood. He also had 17 kills and 11 blocks in a win over Fort LeBoeuf.
Shane Burns, Warren tennis – Won 6-1, 6-0 as part of the Dragons’ 5-0 victory April 22.
Jake Carniewski, McDowell volleyball – Recorded 17 assists in the Trojans’ three-game victory at Fort LeBoeuf on April 23. He also had 42 assists in a four-set win over Cochranton.
Nick Ward, Cathedral Prep tennis – Won at No. 1 singles in a close 3-2 win over rival McDowell.
Trevor Osborne, Harbor Creek tennis – Won 6-0, 6-0 as part of the Huskies’ 5-0 victory April 23.
Clay Skelton, Erie Spears lacrosse – Scored four goals in the Spears’ 8-3 victory over Niagara Falls (N.Y.) on April 22.
Ben Westcott, Fairview tennis – Won 6-0, 6-0 in a 5-0 victory that clinched a perfect Region 3 record for the Tigers on April 26.
Nate Wigton, Cochranton volleyball – Had 36 assists in a four-set loss McDowell.
Shane Rigby, Saegertown volleyball – Recorded 10 kills in a four-set win over Fort LeBoeuf.
Derek Thomas, McDowell lacrosse – Scored 10 goals in two big wins.
Connor Cross, Fairview lacrosse – Had six goals in a 14-3 win over West Geauga.
Josh Mack, Cathedral Prep lacrosse – Scored 34 seconds into overtime to help the Ramblers knock off McDowell 10-9.

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2 Responses to Erie Times-News Breakout Athlete of the Week nominees

  1. Wonderful young man & athlete!

  2. Doris Evangelista says:

    Excellent LaCrosse player!

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