Welcome fans and readers to the Reisen Shine blog by Tom Reisenweber. I will post news, notes and observations daily throughout the school year regarding high school sports in District 10. A new post will appear every day at 6 a.m. Readers are welcome to comment on the posts and even leave their own observations about the topic at hand. (Names in bold are not links.)
• West Middlesex is already making news this year in golf and baseball. Ryan Dogan, younger brother of basketball star Matthew Dogan, connected on a hole-in-one during a Region 2 mega-match. He holed No. 8 at the Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Mercer County. Matthew Dogan is now a student and basketball player at Gannon, while Ryan is a rising standout in several sports for the Big Reds. The Dogans definitely have an athletic family.
One of the Dogans’ basketball teammates, Christian Porterfield, has picked a college. Porterfield, an all-region first-team catcher, committed to play baseball at Slippery Rock on Tuesday. The Big Reds’ have one of the strongest overall programs in the southern part of District 10 and they continue to churn out college prospects in several sports.
• The Erie Times-News All-District 10 boys basketball team was made up of five seniors this year and almost all five have settled on where they are continuing their college careers. Jaymon Mason of General McLane, the District 10 player of the year, is headed to Edinboro, while Matt Dogan of West Middlesex is going to Gannon. Matt Votino of Hickory is going to Mount Union in Ohio and Cathedral Prep graduate Sheldon Zablotny will play for Niagara County Community College. Central Tech product Eugene Husband is still deciding but it looks like Mercyhurst North East for the pure shooter. Obviously, it was a tough year for D-10 boys with no Division I players but all five all-district selections have shown the talent to play at the next level and should represent D-10 well in the future.
• On the girls’ side of the Erie Times-News All-District 10 team, four of the five selections will play in college this year. The fifth, Angelina Starr, will be a senior at Franklin this year and is turning into a big prospect in D-10. Alex Artise (North East) was named the District 10 player of the year and will continue her career at Mercyhurst. She will get a chance to square off with fellow all-district selection McKenzie Popatak of Sharpsville, who is headed to Slippery Rock. Karlee McBride of Villa Maria will play Indiana of the Big Ten and Kennedy Catholic’s Alex Ricketts is headed to Akron.
• How strong is the Harbor Creek golf program? The Huskies won the District 10 Class AA championship last year and advanced to the PIAA tournament. Harbor Creek then started the 2013 season by winning the first Region 6 mega-match. The Huskies edged Mercyhurst Prep by one stroke, and those two could be going at it every mega-match this season.
– Tom Reisenweber