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Congratulations to the Breakout Athletes of the Week

More than 4,500 votes were cast this week as five more athletes will be honored. Colton Edinger of Iroquois hung on to win the baseball poll and Kayla Parkin of Cambridge Springs won the softball poll. The most exciting race was in boys track and field. Northwestern’s Kyle McKeen edged Ryan Smathers (North East) by one vote in the final minute. Shelby Olson (Iroquois) won the girls track poll, while Anthony Chiarelli (Fairview) won the spring athlete poll as a lacrosse player.

Click below for the complete poll results.

Who is the Breakout Baseball Player of the Week?

  • Colton Edinger, Iroquois (18%, 166 Votes)
  • Cy Carroll, Fort LeBoeuf (17%, 154 Votes)
  • Bailey Patten, Corry (12%, 107 Votes)
  • Carter Cross, Cathedral Prep (9%, 88 Votes)
  • Ken Fugagli, Mercyhurst Prep (8%, 76 Votes)
  • Mark Colella, West Middlesex (6%, 52 Votes)
  • Neal Engstrom, Reynolds (5%, 51 Votes)
  • Zach Darling, Meadville (5%, 47 Votes)
  • Tom Connell, Fairview (5%, 47 Votes)
  • Jake Wittman, Seneca (5%, 45 Votes)
  • Max Sebald, Strong Vincent (4%, 41 Votes)
  • Austin Schwanke, Warren (3%, 28 Votes)
  • Jalen Mockabee, Sharpsville (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Matt Gordon, Grove City (1%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 928

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Who is the Breakout Softball Player of the Week?

  • Kayla Parkin, Cambridge Springs (19%, 258 Votes)
  • Julia Luke, Fort LeBoeuf (14%, 197 Votes)
  • Lexi Fuller, McDowell (12%, 169 Votes)
  • Noelle Wienczkowski, Union City (12%, 166 Votes)
  • Emily Martin, Iroquois (12%, 160 Votes)
  • Molly Iskula, Northwestern (9%, 122 Votes)
  • Rachel Miller, North East (6%, 77 Votes)
  • Kate Ghastin, Strong Vincent (4%, 57 Votes)
  • Rosie Myers, Fairview (3%, 45 Votes)
  • Autumn Babcock, Reynolds (3%, 38 Votes)
  • Jordyn Allen, West Middlesex (2%, 25 Votes)
  • McKenzie Fails, Girard (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Sahara Blair, Conneaut (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Danielle Collier, Hickory (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Emilee Taylor, Kennedy Catholic (0%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,361

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Who is the Breakout Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Week?

  • Kyle McKeen, Northwestern (22%, 140 Votes)
  • Ryan Smathers, North East (22%, 139 Votes)
  • Malik Moffett, Cathedral Prep (17%, 107 Votes)
  • Jared Hazen, Titusville (8%, 53 Votes)
  • Blake Reddick, Lakeview (8%, 50 Votes)
  • Rocco Gatta, Youngsville (7%, 45 Votes)
  • Clay Allen, West Middlesex (6%, 36 Votes)
  • Marcus Connors, Girard (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Luke Lewis, Hickory (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Johnathon Jacoway, Sharon (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Logan Mooney, Franklin (2%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 628

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Who is the Breakout Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Week?

  • Shelby Olson, Iroquois (24%, 226 Votes)
  • Jordan Lynn, Meadville (13%, 119 Votes)
  • Eve Gardner, Union City (12%, 115 Votes)
  • Anne Lewis, North East (10%, 92 Votes)
  • Annie Royek, Corry (9%, 80 Votes)
  • Bernadette Prichard, Villa Maria (8%, 76 Votes)
  • Tash Brigham, Harbor Creek (6%, 60 Votes)
  • Marla Holland, Lakeview (5%, 42 Votes)
  • Abbie Swartzbaugh, Youngsville (3%, 31 Votes)
  • Abby Jones, Franklin (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Kelsey Murray, West Middlesex (2%, 20 Votes)
  • Zhane'a Davis, Sharon (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Jaiah Williams, East (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Sophia Fustos, Hickory (1%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 928

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Who is the Breakout Spring Athlete of the Week?

  • Anthony Chiarelli, Cathedral Prep lacrosse (25%, 179 Votes)
  • Derek Thomas, McDowell lacrosse (19%, 136 Votes)
  • Steven Sanden, Fort LeBoeuf volleyball (12%, 88 Votes)
  • Ben Westcott, Fairview tennis (9%, 68 Votes)
  • Tyler Minnis, Meadville volleyball (6%, 46 Votes)
  • Jake Carniewski, McDowell volleyball (5%, 39 Votes)
  • Nick Ward, Cathedral Prep tennis (4%, 30 Votes)
  • Trevor Austin, Farrell volleyball (4%, 30 Votes)
  • Lisa DeMarco, Villa Maria lacrosse (4%, 28 Votes)
  • Logan Herzberger, Cochranton volleyball (3%, 25 Votes)
  • Shane Burns, Warren tennis (3%, 20 Votes)
  • Matt Sandberg, Warren tennis (3%, 19 Votes)
  • Chad Ferguson, Greenville tennis (3%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 727

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Posted in: Breakout baseball, Breakout softball, Breakout spring athlete, Breakout track and field

7 Responses to Congratulations to the Breakout Athletes of the Week

  1. George says:

    I thought that players of the week should have a good “week” not just a good game. The winner of the softball player of the week also lost to Lakeview and Saegertown last week.

  2. Tom Reisenweber says:

    You’d have to ask the voters about why they voted for who they did.

  3. Your right George. But if you look, some of the other nominees are there for things that took place weeks ago. Like the Sharpsville girl. So I guess if you don’t like it, get your community more orginized and make sure the correct person wins. Other than that, well you can figure that part out.

  4. Tom Reisenweber says:

    Just to be clear, nominees are on there for things they accomplished this past week, not weeks ago. Thanks to everyone for voting!

  5. Brenda Aylsworth says:

    First of all George way to ruin something so positive for a young player. All of these players nominated are worthy of winning.Last I checked there were 9 players on the field not just 1. This girl has worked hard this season as well as her team. Lets be more positive in our childrens lives.

  6. George you have to understand something about the way we do things at the Spa. Every player, no matter how good or bad, is a winner. If you mention the words “Bad Pass”, “Error”, etc., you are met with extreme prejudice and furious anger. I found this out myself last year and it’s not pleasant. You must treat us all with kids gloves, we all get trophies whether we are 0-32 with 32 errors or 32-32 with 32 home runs.

  7. Parent says:

    I for one am proud of Kayla Parkin! She has put in so much time and effort with pitching. Why shouldn’t she have a chance to be recognized. It is sad sometimes of the jealousy that other parents feel for “CHILDREN”. George your child was not the top scoring person but she very well could be the next time. Be happy for these kids. No one is perfect. Obviously she was nominated so someome saw something in Kayla that deserved this nomination. Good job Kayla! We at the SPA are proud of you!!

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