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Erie Times-News Breakout Athlete of the Week nominees

Fans can vote for the Breakout Athletes of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. with the winners being featured in the Erie Times-News. Athletes who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Saturday.

Football
Brian McNally, Girard – Had eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown in a win over Harbor Creek. He also went over 100 career receptions and is Girard’s all-time receiver.
Lucas Harden, Strong Vincent - Stripped the punter in the endzone and fell on the fumble with no time on the clock to score the game-tying touchdown in a thrilling 22-20 win over Central Tech.
Miller Peters, Maplewood – Ran for 126 yards and one touchdown on 8 carries in a 35-14 win over Mercyhurst Prep.
Eric Baer, Mercyhurst Prep – Had 14 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-14 loss to Maplewood.
Marquis Spence, Lakeview – Scored four touchdowns in a 39-10 win over Farrell.
Tyler Wansack, Sharpsville – Ran for 55 yards and scored two big touchdowns in a 20-1 win over West Middlesex.
Garrett Adams, Cochranton – Ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns and caught for passes for 104 yards and one touchdown in a 20-7 win over Iroquois.
Brody Mangel, Union City – Carried the ball 15 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-19 win over Youngsville.
Rob Wilston, Eisenhower – Threw for 186 yards and one touchdown and ran for 75 yards and a touchdown in a 21-14 win over Cambridge Springs.
Matt Voytik, Hickory – Ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 301 yards and one touchdown in a 38-7 win over Sharon.
Shannon Jackson, Fairview – Ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 28-6 win over Harbor Creek.
Nate Smith, Corry – Ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 97 yards and one touchdown in a 27-0 win over Seneca.
Ryan Lauster, Slippery Rock – Had six carries for 236 yards and one touchdown in a 55-7 win over Warren.
Kyle Uber, Franklin – Ran for 66 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries in a 44-0 win over Bradford.
Jackson McFall, Oil City – Had a hand in six touchdowns in a 42-13 win over Meadville He ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns.
Billy Fessler, Cathedral Prep – Completed 21-of-39 for a school record 438 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-17 win over McDowell.
Zach Fox, General McLane - Completed all five of his passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-0 win over East.
Hunter Merritt, Conneaut – Had 33 carries for 260 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-14 win over Mercer.
Jared Graham, Grove City – Had a hand in five touchdowns in a 82-14 win over Saegertown. He threw for 196 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 82 yards and one touchdown.

Boys soccer
Mac Tompkins, Fairview – Had three goals and one assist in a win over Eisenhower.
Quinn Boger, Warren – Scored three goals in a 5-2 win over Corry.
Ben Koerber, Girard – Had two goals and one assist in a 5-1 win over Fort LeBoeuf.
Jacob Dobrzynski, General McLane – Earned the shutout in goal in a 3-0 win over Strong Vincent, and had a shutout in goal in a 2-0 win over Central Tech.
Nick Tantuo, Hickory – Scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Grove City. He also scored the only Hickory goal in a 1-1 tie with Slippery Rock.
Tom Martin, North East – Had four goals in a 7-0 win over Seneca.
Matt Schenberg, Saegertown – Scored three goals in a 7-0 win over Oil City. He also had two goals in a 2-0 win over Corry.
Manzur Asadov, Central Tech – Finished with three goals in a 5-0 win over Meadville.
Kiran Rai, East – Scored two goals in a 4-3 win over Strong Vincent.
Matt Balczon, Wilmington – Had a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Franklin.
Patrick Frauenknecht, Mercyhurst Prep – Scored a goal in a 2-0 win over Fairview and had two goals in a 9-0 win over Iroquois.
Josh Hanko, McDowell – Scored with 6:31 left in double overtime to give the Trojans a thrilling 1-0 win over rival Cathedral Prep.
Cottrell McDonald, Meadville – Finished with four goals in a 4-1 win over Girard.
Dan Kuhn, Harbor Creek – Scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Cathedral Prep.
Joshua Schrecengost, Corry – Scored three goals in a 10-0 win over Seneca.
Cody Larsen, Oil City – Scored with less than two minutes left in overtime to give the Oilers a 3-2 win over Eisenhower.
Mark McLean, Conneaut – Scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Grove City.

Girls soccer
Bre Klenz, North East – Scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Fairview.
Laura Schaefer, General McLane - Had two goals in a 4-0 win over Cambridge Springs.
Megan McKinney, Mercer – Finished with one goal and one assist in a 2-1 win over Wilmington.
Molly Stonebraker, West Middlesex – Scored two goals in a 3-1 win over Kennedy Catholic.
Bridget Ditty, Titusville – Had both goals in a 2-0 win over Oil City.
Julie Distasi, Grove City – Scored three goals in a 6-0 win over Meadville.
Courtney Herget, Iroquois – Had two goals and one assist in a 4-0 win over Maplewood.
Jennifer Shreve, Mercyhurst Prep – Scored three goals and had one assist in an 11-0 win over Corry.
Ania Gorski, Harbor Creek – Scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over General McLane.
Anna Reynolds, Fairview – Had one goal and three assists in a 6-0 win over Conneaut.
Amber Cole, Meadville - Scored two goals in a 6-2 win over Oil City.
Sara Suler, Hickory - Finished with two goals in a 4-1 win over Grove City.
Amanda Sonney, Seneca – Had one goal and two assists in a 3-0 win over Eisenhower.
Gina Peters, Cambridge Springs – Scored four goals in a 5-0 win over Maplewood.

Girls volleyball
Jshawna Thompkins, Kennedy Catholic – Broke the single-match record with 22 kills against Reynolds. She also had 16 digs as well in the win.
Meghan Uht, Harbor Creek – Had 20 kills, 7 blocks and 7 digs total in three wins this past week.
McKenzie Miller, Girard – Dished out 30 assists in a sweep of Villa Maria. She also had 27 assists in a sweep of Seneca.
Heather D’Andrea, Mercyhurst Prep – Had 16 kills and 14 digs in a sweep of Eisenhower. She also had eight kills in a four-set win over Strong Vincent.
Teah Bines, Warren – Finished with eight digs and 22 assists in a sweep of Jamestown.
Chelsey Hasbrouck, Maplewood – Had 17 assists in a sweep of Union City.
Challen Litwiler, Conneaut – Finished with 13 kills and 11 digs in a sweep of Titusville. She also had 10 kills and 17 digs in a sweep of Corry.
Abby Jones, Franklin – Had 15 kills in a four-set loss to Meadville.
Katie Newman, Meadville – Finished with 5 kills, 10 aces and 22 assists in a four-set win over Franklin.
Abby Rose, Fort LeBoeuf – Collected 21 assists and five aces in a sweep of Girard. She also had five aces and 28 assists in a sweep of Iroquois.
Cassidy Walberg, Seneca – Had 12 kills and 15 digs in a four-set win over Northwestern.
Molly Regan, General McLane – Finished with 7 kills, 17 assists and 5 digs in a sweep of Fairview.
Leah Vensel, McDowell – Dished out 13 assists in a sweep of East. She also had 26 assists in a sweep of Strong Vincent.
Arianna Sprando, Grove City – Had 10 aces and 25 assists in a four-set win over Hickory.
Samantha Cornelius, Central Tech – Finished with eight kills and 11 digs in a sweep of Fairview.
Kristy DiLoreto, General McLane – Had 15 assists in a sweep of Northwestern.
Bailey Penrod, North East – Collected 19 kills in a sweep of Fairview.
Megan Hazlett, West Middlesex – Had 21 assists and nine aces in a sweep of Commodore Perry.
Rachel McKean, Lakeview – Had 14 kills in a sweep of Farrell.
Paige Wolfrom, Cambridge Springs – Finished with 13 kills in a sweep of Union City.

Fall athlete
Matt Gordon, Grove City boys golf - Led the Eagles with a 75 in their non-region tri-meet victory over Titusville and Slippery Rock at Cross Creek.
Alena Lancia, Hickory girls golf - Led the Hornets with a 43 in their Region 1 mega-match victory at Deer Creek.
Lauren Petrella, Mercyhurst Prep girls tennis – Helped the Lakers clinch the Region 2 title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Villa Maria’s Abby Hallman in their No. 1 singles match.
Noah Pfeiffer, General McLane boys golf – Led the Lancers with a 45 in their non-region dual victory over North East at Culbertson Hills.
Shannon Sertz, Fairview girls tennis – Defeated General McLane’s Erin Sipple 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in their No. 3 singles match to help the Tigers in their 3-2 Region 2 victory.
Alex Shindledecker, McDowell boys golf – Shot a 1-over par 37 in the Trojans’ non-region dual victory over Mercyhurst Prep at Downing.
Payton Taylor, Villa Maria girls water polo – Scored four goals in the Victors’ 11-9 Western Conference victory over Fairview.
Kate McIntosh, North East girls cross country – Won the Dirty Dawg Invitational with a time of 19:43.
Bobby Danielson, Central Tech boys cross country – Won the boys race at the Dirty Dawg Invitational with a time of 16:57.
Lia Fatica, Villa Maria golf – Shot an 80 on Saturday to help the Victors win the District 10 Class AA team championship.
Ellen Eighmy, McDowell girls golf - Had a round of 74 to help the Trojans win the District 10 Class AAA team championship.
Eric Maginnis, Titusville boys golf – Shot a 75 to help the Rockets win the District 10 Class AA team championship.
Andrew Britton, Cathedral Prep golf – Had a 73 to help the Ramblers win the District 10 Class AAA team championship.

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

  1. KC Fan says:

    The record for most kills in a single game at KC was set on Oct 1, 2013 by another player on the team at 22. She did this at the Commodore Perry game two days before the Reynolds game. This is a fact and you cannot change history. Did you confirm this significant accomplishment with the coaches or AD?

  2. Tom Reisenweber says:

    KC Fan,
    If the record was 22 kills and Thompkins had 22 kills, is that not also a record performance? What is your point here?

    Thanks,
    Tom

  3. Tom Reisenweber says:

    The 22 kills for Thompkins was also reported by the coach on Thursday in the box score.

    Thanks,
    Tom

  4. KC Fan says:

    The point is that the record was already set 2 days before. She TIED the record. There is a huge difference….hence…not a “record performance”…but a “record tying performance.” You know the difference.

  5. Tom Reisenweber says:

    So matching a record is not a record performance? So her name won’t be in the record books?

    It’s a record performance. Simple.

    Thanks,
    Tom

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