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Posted: February 3rd, 2014

Here’s a look at the top high school events around District 10 this week as the regular season is winding down:

Cambridge Springs at Seneca boys basketball – Non-region game between two potential Class AA playoff teams.
Reynolds at Farrell girls basketball – Farrell is a traditional power but needs some region wins to climb back into the playoff race.
Sharon at Greenville girls basketball – Sharon is on top of Region 2, while Greenville is in contention for a playoff spot.
Saegertown at Cambridge Springs girls basketball – Cambridge Springs can clinch a playoff spot with a win.
Seneca at Fairview girls basketball - Seneca is fighting for a top seed in the playoffs, while Fairview is still in the conversation for an at-large spot.
Franklin at Oil City girls basketball - It’s do or die time for Oil City after a promising start to the season. The Oilers may need to win out to get a playoff spot.
Mercyhurst Prep at Villa Maria basketball – It’s always a fun game when these rivals meet. Villa can start to run away with Region 6 with a win, while Mercyhurst Prep can move into first place with a win.
Grove City at Conneaut girls basketball – Could this be an elimination game? Conneaut could take a spot from Region 5 or 6, while Grove City could be fighting for a final playoff spot as well.
Jefferson-Morgan at Fort LeBoeuf; Greenville at Redbank Valley wrestling – District 10 has two teams headed to Hershey on Thursday, while Fort LeBoeuf and Greenville fight for a trip as well.

Rocky Grove at VisionQuest boys basketball - The two teams are tied for second place in Region 1 with the winner clinging to a small chance of sharing the region title.
Reynolds at Wilmington boys basketball – Wilmington is trying to hang on in the Region 2 race, while Reynolds is looking to solidify its playoff chances.
Eisenhower at Cochranton boys basketball – Cochranton can wrap up the Region 3 championship at home.
Seneca at Fairview boys basketball – Seneca is very much in contention for a playoff spot, while Fairview is looking to stop on top of Region 4 heading into Friday’s showdown with Mercyhurst Prep.
Hickory at Oil City boys basketball – The two teams are hanging tough with Farrell in the Region 5 race.
Strong Vincent at Girard boys basketball – Girard can remain one game back in the Region 6 race, while Strong Vincent is looking to bounce back after a tough loss to East.
Cochranton at Youngsville girls basketball – Cochranton can clinch a playoff spot on the road and move one step closer to the Region 3 title.
McDowell at Mercyhurst Prep swimming – The McDowell girls can clinch a share of the Region 3 title at Penn State Behrend.

Mercer at West Middlesex boys basketball – West Middlesex is pulling away in Region 2, while Mercer is trying to stay in contention for a playoff spot.
Cathedral Prep at Perry basketball – Prep had a tough road test in Canada Saturday and will hit the road for another big test in Pittsburgh.
Greenville at Mercer girls basketball – A battle of second and third place in Region 2.
Franklin at Titusville swimming – Both programs are near the top of Region 1.
Oil City at General McLane wrestling – General McLane can clinch a share of the Region 4 title.
Cathedral Prep at Meadville wrestling – Cathedral Prep can also clinch a share of the Region 4 title.

Sharon at Hickory boys basketball – The two rivals meet again as Sharon is fighting to stay in the playoff race.
Harbor Creek at Strong Vincent boys basketball – Harbor Creek really needs a big region win to stay in contention for the postseason.
Erie First at Kennedy Catholic boys basketball - Here’s a potential playoff preview in Class A.
Fairview at Girard girls basketball – Fairview needs big wins to stay in at-large playoff contention.
Grove City at Franklin girls basketball – This might end up being an elimination game as the two teams meet for a third time.
PIAA team wrestling – McDowell and Reynolds start their quests for a state title and could be joined by Fort LeBoeuf and Greenville.

Fairview at Mercyhurst Prep boys basketball – The two rivals meet a second time and could decide the Region 4 title.
Central Tech at McDowell boys basketball – Central Tech could force D-10 into a Class AAAA semifinal with a win. McDowell can lock up a spot in the postseason with a win.
PIAA team wrestling - District 10 teams keep fighting for a state trophy.

Farrell at Grove City boys basketball – Farrell is a few wins from locking up the region title, while Grove City is on the edge of the playoffs.
Harbor Creek at Girard boys basketball – Another opportunity for Harbor Creek to get back into playoff contention. If Girard keeps winning, it still has a chance at the Region 6 title.
Greenville at Erie First basketball – An interesting non-region game for both teams.
Kennedy Catholic girls basketball – Could be a close non-region game between traditional powers.
PIAA team wrestling – If the D-10 teams are still alive, they’ll have one final day to get a trophy.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Reisen Shine
Posted: January 13th, 2014

Here is a look at some of the top high school events to check out this week:

East at Warren boys basketball – East is coming off an emotional rivalry win and Warren is one of the toughest places to win in District 10.
Rocky Grove at Farrell girls basketball – The Orioles and Steelers have solid teams this year and this could be an important Region 1 game.
Girard at Fairview girls basketball – The Tigers are looking to compete for a playoff spot and a win over Girard would go a long way to achieving that goal.
Franklin at Grove City girls basketball – The Knights are scuffling a bit and the Eagles are playing well. Grove City beat Franklin in the Conneaut holiday tournament.
Villa Maria at Harbor Creek girls basketball - The Victors are coming off a rivalry win over Mercyhurst Prep. Harbor Creek has been building its program to compete with the best in Class AAA. The Huskies have a prime opportunity to prove themselves in this one.
General McLane at North East swimming – Two solid programs going at it in a region meet.
Canon-McMillan at Fort LeBoeuf wrestling – It’s rare for a storied program like Canon-McMillan to leave the WPIAL for a dual, but Fort LeBoeuf will get a chance to knock off the powerhouse in Waterford.

West Middlesex at Reynolds boys basketball - The Big Reds have been rolling in Region 2 and the Raiders are just one game back in the standings.
Seneca at Mercyhurst Prep boys basketball – Seneca has been looking to prove it belongs among the playoff teams in Region 4 and this is a big opportunity for the Bobcats. Mercyhurst Prep had a tough loss to rival Fairview and is looking for a big bounce back win.
Farrell at Oil City boys basketball – Farrell is the only undefeated boys basketball team in D-10 at 10-0 and has a tough road game at the House of Hustle.
Strong Vincent at Harbor Creek boys basketball – The Colonels suffered a tough one-point loss to East on Saturday and is looking to get back on track on the road. Harbor Creek is in first place in Region 6.
Kennedy Catholic at Cochranton boys basketball – Another big showdown in Class A. Cochranton took care of Erie First on Friday and could prove its the top Class A team in D-10 with a big win against Kennedy Catholic.
Oil City at Slippery Rock girls basketball – The Oilers got off to a fast start before two tough losses. Oil City is looking to get back on track against an up and coming Slippery Rock team.

Central Tech at Kennedy Catholic boys basketball - The Falcons face a tough road game in Mercer County. Kennedy could be coming off a big win over Cochranton or a tough loss looking for a win.
Sharon at Mercer girls basketball – Two big contenders in Region 2 battle in a key region game.
Mercyhurst Prep at Harbor Creek girls basketball – The second opportunity of the week for Harbor Creek to prove it can compete with the best in Region 6.
McDowell vs. Villa Maria bowling – Although there are three weeks left after this match, the Victors can already clinch a share of the Metro League title with a win. Villa would then get three chances to win the title outright.
Reynolds at Sharon wrestling – The Raiders can take one more step toward the Region 1 title by knocking off the second-place Tigers.

Harbor Creek at General McLane boys basketball – If the Huskies can get by Strong Vincent earlier in the week, it would set up a huge rivalry game for first place in Region 6.
Commodore Perry at Kennedy Catholic girls basketball – The Panthers earned an exciting win over Farrell and will give their best shot at beating powerhouse Kennedy Catholic.
General McLane at Seneca girls basketball – The Lancers are off to a solid start and the Bobcats are turning into a big contender in Region 4 and District 10 Class AA.
Slippery Rock at Grove City girls basketball – The Rockets and Eagles have come on strong this season and this could be a big game come playoff time.
Mercyhurst Prep at McDowell swimming – Some of the area’s best swimmers meet at McDowell for a Region 3 meet.

Burger King Classic – Three powerhouse programs come to Erie to take on Cathedral Prep in one of the top four-team tournaments around.
Farrell at Sharon boys basketball – One of the top rivalries in Mercer County always produces an exciting game.
Girard at Harbor Creek boys basketball – If things go a certain way earlier in the week, this will be an exciting rivalry game for first place in Region 6.
Strong Vincent at Warren boys basketball – Warren is a brutal place to play and Strong Vincent needs some big wins to stay in the region race.
Seneca at Cochranton girls basketball - This could be an interesting non-region game as Seneca is playing well in Region 4 and Cochranton in Region 3.
North East wrestling tournament – Some of the top wrestlers in the area meet for a solid weekend of wrestling.
Mercer wrestling tournament – Some of the top wrestlers in the south compete in Mercer.

Burger King Classic – Day 2 where a new tournament champion will be crowned.
MLK Showcase – The first day of action as the MLK Showcase gets underway at several sites with boys and girls basketball.
Cochranton at Conneaut girls basketball – The Cardinals and Eagles are two of the top teams in Region 3.
Meadville hockey invitational – The Meadville invitational seems to always be a premier hockey event in western Pennsylvania.
Iroquois boys swimming invitational - Some of the top swimmers in District 10 meet at Iroquois.
North East, Mercer wrestling tournaments – The second day of action heats up with plenty of impressive wrestling.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: January 11th, 2014

Fairview against Mercyhurst Prep. JACK HANRAHAN/Erie Times-News

The Fairview boys basketball team made a big statement on Friday night. The Tigers are obviously loaded at guard and that’s where they have most of their experience back this season. The question coming in to the season was if they could handle bigger teams. Mercyhurst Prep traveled to Fairview with 6-9 and 6-4 in the front court and the Tigers held their own to pull out a 62-46 Region 4 win. Shannon Jackson had a double-double with 14 points and 10 defensive rebounds, while sophomore Harold Coles added six points and 10 rebounds. Fairview’s explosive guards were tough on defense and helped contribute to shutting down Mercyhurst Prep’s offense. Andrew Niland had 18 points and six assists, while Ben Kocan added 13 points and Marc Corbin scored nine points. The Lakers were averaging 65 points per game coming in and were held to 46. Now, while this a tough loss for Mercyhurst Prep, it could be a productive one if the Lakers respond in the right way. In the end, it’s just one region game and if Mercyhurst Prep can grow from it, the second time these two meet on Feb. 7 at Mercyhurst Prep could be a huge battle. Click here for video highlights of Friday’s game, including a running 3-pointer at the buzzer by Niland to end the third quarter.

•A big shoutout goes to the Union City girls basketball team. The Bears snapped a 71-game losing streak on Friday with a 39-16 win over Maplewood. Union City was in danger of canceling its program a few years ago, but the Bears hung tough and kept it going. Union City’s last win was a 36-29 win over Jamestown on Dec. 15, 2010. The Bears actually started that season 2-0 before losing the final 20 games. After two seasons of going 0-22 and starting this year 0-7, the streak is over for the Bears. Carly Williams, Jolene Bacon and Kourtney Thomas each had eight points for Union City in the win over Maplewood.

Levi Stoyer of Reynolds defeats Colton Pillar of Fort LeBoeuf in the 145-pound match. JACK HANRAHAN/Erie Times-News

•The annual showdown between Fort LeBoeuf and Reynolds wrestling teams didn’t disappoint on Friday. In front of a packed house in Waterford, Reynolds won the non-region dual 34-19 despite Fort LeBoeuf pulling out four overtime wins. Kegan Miller (160 pounds), Austin Moffett (170) and Mike Millero (182) had three straight decisions to give the Raiders a 16-7 lead as they were off and running early on. Reynolds led 28-16 with two bouts left before Mike Bartolo clinched the match with a pin at 126 pounds. Click here for video highlights from the match.

•The District 10 Class A playoff race cleared up a little bit on Friday. Cochranton handled Erie First 57-45 in Crawford County. The Cardinals raced out to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter and the Eagles couldn’t recover in the final three quarters. Logan Herzberger scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, while Garrett Adams had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Nate Wigton added 16 points for Cochranton. Erie First and Cochranton will each play Kennedy Catholic before the playoffs and it seems like these three teams are the main contenders for the D-10 Class A championship.

Cambridge Springs vs. Conneaut. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Jeff Bobin

•The Cambridge Springs boys kept pace in the Region 3 race with a 64-50 win over Conneaut. Josh Huff had a breakout game for the Blue Devils with 23 points, while Austin Porter added 22. Cambridge Springs is only one game back of Cochranton in Region 3.

•The Farrell boys basketball team improved to 10-0 with a convincing 71-50 win over Grove City. Sophomore Malik Miller led the Steelers with 19 points, while Chris James and Ike Jones each had 12. Clifton McNair added to the potent offense with 10 points. Farrell is running away with Region 5 and is off to a 10-0 start for the first time since 1994-95.

•Today is a big day of basketball around District 10. On the boys’ side, Fairview will look to avoid an emotional letdown against Union City. The Bears enter with a tough 5-point loss to Seneca last night but they are playing competitive basketball under second-year coach Kelley Ponsoll. Rivals Strong Vincent and East meet in a Region 6 showdown this afternoon, while Harbor Creek and Central Tech meet in an interesting non-region game at 4 p.m. Cathedral Prep and General McLane play tonight in Edinboro, and McDowell and Girard meet as complete opposites. McDowell has one of the top offenses in D-10, and Girard has one of the top defenses. The Harbor Creek and Seneca girls play a big non-region game at 2:30 p.m., and Mercyhurst Prep will look to rebound against Montour. Another interesting non-region girls game today could be Central Tech at Warren.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: January 10th, 2014

Mercyhurst Prep's Emily Stoicovy, left, and Emily Kinecki, right, try to stop Villa Maria's Nicole Maxson, from scoring during the first half. JARID A. BARRINGER/Erie Times-News

The Villa Maria girls basketball team has been impressive all season and the Victors picked up another signature win on Thursday. Villa held off a second-half run by rival Mercyhurst Prep to earn a 39-29 Region 6 win. Emily Stoicovy was heating up for the Lakers in the second half and cut the Villa lead to 26-25 early in the fourth quarter. The Victors responded with a 13-4 run to pull away. Lindsey Mifsud had three 3-pointers during the run and finished with 12 points, while Stoicovy led the Lakers with 11. Villa Maria is in control of Region 6, and Mercyhurst Prep will get one more shot at the Victors on Feb. 3 at the Hammermill Center. One big thing that I took away from the matchup was how good each defense is, once again, this season. While there are teams playing better in Region 5 and several Region 6 teams improving, it’s hard to imagine any team scoring a lot of points on either Mercyhurst Prep or Villa Maria.

•The McDowell boys basketball team started Region 7 play with a convincing 65-52 win over Central Tech. It is the first region win for the Trojans under second-year coach Kevin O’Connor as McDowell went 0-4 last season. The Trojans are rolling at 11-1 and have an interesting road test Saturday night at Girard with a showdown against Cathedral Prep looming on Jan. 23. On Thursday, Michael Beck had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrew Stromenger added 17 points and Dalton Grafius scored 14.

Cambridge Springs vs. Saegertown. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Jeff Bobin

•The Cambridge Springs girls earned a big rivalry win over Saegertown 52-40. Paige Wolfrom led the Blue Devils with nine points and was a force on the boards, while McKayla Zilhaver contributed with eight points. Sophomore Sadi Mondi led Saegertown with 12 points in relief of classmate Becca Siple, a point guard that is out with a foot injury.

•The Harbor Creek boys are giving a new meaning to battle-tested as the Huskies keep winning games in overtime. Harbor Creek started 2014 with a 64-54 win over Warren and the Huskies beat Corry 47-39 on Thursday. Nick Harayda knocked down a 3-pointer in overtime to give Harbor Creek the lead for good. Isaac Mattson paced the Huskies with 10 points and Josh Schrecengost led Corry with 15. Harbor Creek could find itself in another close game on Saturday as the Huskies take on Class AAAA Central Tech in an Erie BayHawks Showcase game at the Erie Insurance Arena.

•A big week of wrestling continued Thursday as Cathedral Prep knocked off General McLane 38-30. The Ramblers held a two-point lead heading into the final bout of the match and Niko Shreve pinned Jacob Lenhardt in the heavyweight division to secure the region win. Cathedral Prep is in control of Region 4 and needs a big win over rival McDowell to claim the region title. Prep and McDowell will meet on Jan. 22 at Cathedral Prep. The exciting Prep win followed Reynolds’ big non-region win over Region 2 champion Greenville on Wednesday. Tonight, Reynolds travels to Waterford to take on Fort LeBoeuf in a Class AA showdown.

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted: January 6th, 2014

Here’s a look at some of the top high school events for the upcoming week:

Harbor Creek at General McLane boys basketball – The Huskies and Lancers are both in the mix in Region 6 this season.
Farrell at Commodore Perry girls basketball – Both the Steelers and Panthers could be in line for playoff spots.
Mercer at Wilmington girls basketball – An early region battle between the only undefeated teams in Region 2.
Saegertown at Conneaut girls basketball – The Panthers and Eagles are off to fast starts this season and this could be an interesting Region 3 game.
Oil City at Slippery Rock girls basketball – Oil City was rolling at 7-0 before falling to Grove City. Slippery Rock is coming off a big win over Franklin.
Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria at Mercyhurst Prep swimming – Some of the best swimmers in the area meet at Penn State Behrend.

Lakeview at West Middlesex boys basketball – The last time these two teams met, they played five overtimes to decide the District 10 Class AA championship.
Fairview at Seneca boys basketball – Seneca suffered a tough road loss at Titusville last week and needs a big win to get back into the region race. Fairview can’t overlook Seneca heading into its showdown with Mercyhurst Prep.
Hickory at Sharon boys basketball – A nice rivalry game in Region 5 with the winner remaining near the top of the region standings.
Warren at Girard boys basketball – Warren gained some respect by taking Harbor Creek to overtime and they can take another step forward in West County. Girard is off to a 1-0 start in the region and has a brutal schedule this week.
Mercyhurst Prep at Harbor Creek girls basketball - Harbor Creek has been building its program to knock off the big teams and this is their first chance this season.
General McLane at Fairview swimming - Two of the top swimming programs in Region 2 go at it in a region meet.

Northwestern at Titusville boys basketball - An interesting region matchup between two teams trying to stay in the playoff race this season.
Conneaut at Meadville girls basketball – The two teams are natural rivals in Crawford County, which could make an intense atmosphere in this non-region game.
Jamestown at Cambridge Springs wrestling – The two teams are tied for second place and a win in this matchup will likely clinch an at-large playoff spot.
Reynolds at Greenville wrestling – Reynolds will likely win the Region 1 title and Greenville already clinched the Region 2 championship. This could be a playoff preview.

Girard at Strong Vincent boys basketball – Girard and Strong Vincent are in the running for playoff spots. Strong Vincent is young and Girard is trying to survive a tough three-game stretch this week.
McDowell at Central Tech boys basketball – McDowell has been one of the top scoring teams in District 10 and Central Tech is looking to rebound after a hard-fought loss to Cathedral Prep.
Villa Maria at Mercyhurst Prep (at Behrend) girls basketball – The Victors and Lakers always play intense rivalry games that usually come down to the final few possessions.
Central Tech at East girls basketball – The winner takes over sole possession of first place in Region 7.
Titusville at Grove City swimming - Another Region 1 swimming showdown that should feature two undefeated teams in the boys meet.
Sharon at Franklin wrestling – Neither team has competed in many region duals yet and the two are tied for second place at 2-0. Both still get a shot at Reynolds, and the winner of this match is still in the region race.
General McLane at Cathedral Prep wrestling - Both teams are undefeated in Region 4 and this dual will likely decide the region champion.

VisionQuest at Kennedy Catholic boys basketball – VisionQuest is always a question mark each season as the roster changes constantly. The Eagles have played well in the past few years and could make it hard on Kennedy Catholic to win the Region 1 title.
Mercyhurst Prep at Fairview boys basketball – This rivalry showdown could not only be a preview of which team wins the Region 4 title, but this could also be a D-10 playoff preview.
Union City at Seneca boys basketball – The Bears are coming on as a program, while the Bobcats are looking to make a name for themselves.
Grove City at Farrell boys basketball – Another interesting Region 5 battle between the top two teams in the standings.
Erie First at Cochranton boys basketball – This could be the game where Erie First takes a step forward as the top Class A team in District 10. This could also be a game where Cochranton shows its the favorite in D-10 Class A.
Oil City at Franklin girls basketball – Two rivals going at it as Franklin needs to start winning some region games. Oil City had one of the best starts in D-10 by winning their first seven games.
Reynolds at Fort LeBoeuf wrestling – Two of the best wrestling programs in District 10 with an always entertaining non-region dual. This could be a D-10 Class AA championship preview.

Strong Vincent at East boys basketball - The two city rivals meet in the afternoon for an important Region 6 game.
Harbor Creek at Central Tech (at Erie Insurance Arena) boys basketball – A nice warm-up for the Erie BayHawks game that night. Both teams are playing well right now.
Cathedral Prep at General McLane basketball - It’s always intense when these schools meet no matter what the sport.
McDowell at Girard boys basketball – A big showdown between one of the top offenses in D-10 against one of the top defenses.
Harbor Creek at Seneca (at Erie Insurance Arena) girls basketball – A non-region showdown between two girls teams trying to prove themselves this season.
North East swimming invitational – Plenty of the top girls swimmers in District 10 meet at North East.
Slippery Rock wrestling invitational – The weekly wrestling tournaments have started with Tool City in Meadville last week and move to Slippery Rock this weekend.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Reisen Shine
Posted: January 3rd, 2014

Central Tech's Noelle Vallimont drives past McDowell's Marissa Molnar. JARID A. BARRINGER/Erie Times-News

District 10 was hammered with snow on Thursday, but some events still took place, including most of the basketball schedule. Included in the slate of basketball games was the first of likely three matchups between Central Tech and McDowell in Class AAAA girls. The two teams will play twice to decide the Region 7 title and barring an upset, they’ll meet a third time for the District 10 Class AAAA championship. Central Tech picked up a big overtime win against McDowell 41-34 on Thursday behind clutch free-throw shooting in overtime. Noelle Vallimont drained four free throws in the extra period and is the only senior on Central’s roster this season. She finished with 12 points, while Abby Klemm added 11 for the Falcons. It was Central Tech’s first win over McDowell in seven years. Krissy Fromknecht led McDowell with 10 points. The two teams will play again on Jan. 27 at Paul Goll Gymnasium.

•The Titusville boys might have picked up the biggest win of the night on Thursday. The Rockets with almost no experience and a new head coach, knocked off Seneca 54-52. Up and coming freshman Kai Skinner led Titusville with 17 points, while Luke Anderson and Tyler Gates each had 11 points. Titusville’s win could indicate how tight the playoff race in Region 4 will be this season. Fairview and Mercyhurst Prep look like the frontrunners with North East, Northwestern, Seneca, Titusville and even Union City in the mix to knock each other off. Region 4 will likely get three playoff teams and there is a possibility of a fourth spot.

Cambridge Springs' Colton Noble earns a pin in the 170-pound match. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Jeff Bobin

•The Cambridge Springs wrestling team put together an impressive 57-24 win over Commodore Perry in Region 2 action Thursday. Donald Reichard (138 pounds), Zachary Krien (152), Colton Noble (170), Deven Simpson (182) and Ryan East (220) all earned pins for the Blue Devils, who are tied with Jamestown for second place in Region 2. Greenville already has Region 2 wrapped up, but Cambridge Springs and Jamestown meet on Wednesday for second place in the region, which has plenty of playoff implications.

•We will try to keep everyone updated on the situation at the Hammermill Center. Because of damage from the fire before Christmas, there is still working being done to allow basketball games to take place. The first game affected is tonight as the Cathedral Prep-Central Tech Region 7 game was moved to Central Tech. The second game between Prep and Central will be moved to the Hammermill Center at a date to be determined. It also looks like the doubleheader Monday featuring Prep-Strong Vincent and Villa Maria-McDowell has been postponed. Word is the Hammermill might not open again until at least Jan. 15, putting the site of the Burger King Classic into question.

•The Mercyhurst Prep boys beat Northwestern 70-53 in an important Region 4 game. Inside the matchup between the two teams was a showdown of big performances from Mercyhurst’s Rocco Agnello and Northwestern’s Nate Tewell. Agnello finished with 26 points, while Tewell drilled six 3-pointers on his way to 23 points. Mercyhurst Prep is averaging 63.8 points per game this season, which is one of the Lakers’ most prolific offenses in recent history.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: January 1st, 2014

Here are links to each day of the top moments of 2013 series. If there’s a moment not listed that you want recognized, leave a comment and it will be added to this post.

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–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Reisen Shine
Posted: December 31st, 2013

Here are the final moments of 2013. If your favorite moment didn’t make the list, send it anyway and maybe we can add it.

Westcott’s improbable run – Fairview freshman Ben Westcott needed to win a preliminary match just to get into the first round of the District 10 Class AA singles tournament. Westcott knocked off the No. 3 seed in the first round and No. 6 seed in the quarterfinals. He then beat the eighth seed in the semifinals before finally losing in the championship to top-seeded Shane Burns of Warren. Westcott still has three more seasons to go at Fairview and could be one of the top tennis players in the area.
Lynch sets school record, twiceKathleen Lynch is only a freshman at Villa Maria but she is already making her mark. She set the 100 backstroke school record with a time of 1:01.23 in a win over Central Tech. Lynch then broke her own record with a 1:00.62 against McDowell.
Popatak, Sharpsville basketball with big season – The Sharpsville girls basketball team put together an impressive run in the postseason. The Blue Devils overcame a heartbreaking loss to North East in the District 10 Class AA semifinals to rout Mercer 48-29 in the third-place game and qualify for the PIAA playoffs. Sharpsville then beat Brookville 38-32 before falling in the second round to Burrell 45-18. McKenzie Popatak was a big part of that success and finished as the all-time scorer in Sharpsville history with 1,686 career points.
Villa wins Metro bowling title – The Villa Maria bowling team has come on strong the past few years and ended the season with the Metro League bowling title. The Victors went 8-1-1 and edged second-place McDowell (8-2-0). Villa is off to a quick start this season as well with a 5-0-0 record.
Scott continues impressive diving career – Harbor Creek’s Hunter Scott won the District 10 Class AA diving championship in the spring and is off to a fast start this season. Scott set the school record in diving with 300.70 points in a Region 2 meet against Fairview. He is a two-time qualifier for the PIAA championship and is primed for a third trip in March.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Reisen Shine
Posted: December 31st, 2013

Here are five more moments from 2013. Make sure to e-mail your favorites to

McCord, Titusville leave their mark in District 10 golf history – The Titusville boys golf team made program history this fall by winning their first District 10 team championship. The Rockets shot a 335 to win the Class AA championship, 18 strokes more than second-place Harbor Creek. Matt McCord also made Titusville history by shooting a 75 in the individual tournament to win the first individual D-10 title in Rockets history.
Fort LeBoeuf girls soccer wins a playoff match – The Fort LeBoeuf girls soccer team entered the season with high expectations after winning a region title last fall. The Bison not only won their region this season, they beat Grove City 2-0 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals for Fort LeBoeuf’s first playoff win in 13 years. The Bison came close to competing for a D-10 championship, but they were knocked off in double overtime in the semifinals. Fort LeBoeuf took a step forward this season by winning a playoff match and the Bison will look to make another run in 2014.
City rally in the Save-An-Eye game – The City keeps stringing along comeback wins in the annual Save-An-Eye game and this past July was no different. Cathedral Prep graduate Brendan Klemensic hauled in a 40-yard touchdown from McDowell’s Jarrett Koper with 5 minutes, 55 seconds left to complete a 17-13 win over the County.
Six D-10 basketball champions repeat – Each March, District 10 crowns eight champions and for the most part, those champions are difference each season. This past season was difference as six of the eight champions earned a second straight title. In boys basketball, General McLane repeated in Class AAA and Cathedral Prep won its third consecutive Class AAAA title. West Middlesex won the Class AA title after winning Class A the year before. On the girls’ side, Franklin won its second straight Class AA title, and McDowell (Class AAAA) and Kennedy Catholic (A) won their their in a row.
Carone clutches up – McDowell senior catcher Tara Carone not only saved the Trojans’ softball season with one swing, she helped them win their fifth straight District 10 Class AAAA championship. McDowell trailed Strong Vincent 2-1 with two outs in the seventh inning and hope dwindling for a spot in the PIAA playoffs. Crystal Flagg and Lexi Fuller each singled before Carone crushed a 1-2 pitch into the right-center gap, giving the Trojans a 3-2 lead and ultimately the win.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Reisen Shine
Posted: December 29th, 2013

Here are five more moments to remember from 2013. Only two more days left of moments. Make sure to get your moment posted by e-mailing or tweeting @ETNreisenweber.

Jeremy Parsons and Sebastian Curtin battle for position during the District 10 cross country championships.

Curtin’s blazing time at districts - Mercyhurst Prep distance runner Sebastian Curtin had a junior cross country season to remember. Curtin won the District 10 Class A championship with a sub-16 minute time of 15:57 to also beat standout Jeremy Parsons of Maplewood. The two battled again in the state meet and were named the District 10 co-runners of the year. Curtin still has another season to win championships, but his performance at the D-10 meet this season is one of the best times at the meet in recent history.
Saegertown spring sweep - It’s rare for one school to dominate an entire season, but Saegertown showed up in a big way in the spring. The Panthers won the District 10 Class AA championship in baseball, the District 10 Class A championship in softball and the District 10 Class AA boys volleyball championship. It was the first time a school swept those three sports in the spring season in District 10 history and it may not happen again.

Koltin Hammer and the Harbor Creek boys soccer team put together a perfect regular season. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News

Harbor Creek boys soccer completes perfect regular season – 18 matches scheduled, 18 wins for the Huskies during the regular season. Harbor Creek won 17 matches by at least two goals with a 1-0 win over Cathedral Prep as the only one-goal win. The Huskies also posted 15 shutouts in the regular season and routed Slippery Rock 7-1 and Warren 4-0 to win another District 10 Class AA championship. Harbor Creek went 40-3-1 in the past two seasons with two D-10 titles.
Augustine takes second at PowerAde – The PowerAde wrestling tournament is one of the top tournaments in the country every season. This year, it was rated as the No. 1 tournament in Pennsylvania and No. 3 tournament in the United States. The level of competition didn’t faze McDowell standout wrestler Scot Augustine. He took on the heavyweight division and knocked off the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds on his way to the championship match. Augustine ended up losing to the top seed 8-1, but he put together a tremendous weekend to finish in second place.
Dogan becomes Mercer County all-time scorer – West Middlesex graduate Matthew Dogan left his mark in District 10 basketball history. Dogan finished with 2,240 career points with the Big Reds to set the Mercer County scoring record. He also finished fourth in District 10 history behind John Bowen (2,884 points), Steve Button (2,284) and Mike Drexler (2,280). Dogan is now a standout at Gannon after helping West Middlesex win the District 10 Class AA championship and reach the PIAA semifinals last winter.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 27th, 2013

Here are even more top moments from this past year in District 10 high school sports. Remember to send your favorite moments to or @ETNreisenweber.

Milne’s emotional return to the Save-An-Eye game – The Save-An-Eye football game seems to produce special moments each summer. It was even more emotional this year, the 75th year of the game, as Brian Milne returned to Erie for a presentation. Milne missed his senior year at Fort LeBoeuf High School after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, which is now known as Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was able to return to the field for the 1991 Save-An-Eye game and ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns for the County. Before leaving for Penn State, Milne gave his Fort LeBoeuf jersey, the one he couldn’t wear as a senior, to Mike Gallagher‘s son Sean. In July, Milne returned to the Save-An-Eye game and at halftime, Sean Gallagher, who competed in the game, returned Milne’s jersey with the signatures from every player in this year’s game. The moment was caught on film by NFL network and was part of a television segment talking about Milne’s story. The City went on to win the game 17-13.

Mercyhurst Prep sophomore Jen Shreve, center, is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal in the second overtime against Fort LeBoeuf during a District 10 Class AA girls soccer semifinal. Teammates Hannah Marchant, left, and Amanda Costello, right, hug Shreve. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News

Shreve’s overtime heroics – The Mercyhurst Prep girls soccer team was littered with underclassmen this season and the young Lakers weren’t expected to do much in the District 10 Class AA playoffs. Jenn Shreve changed all of that in the D-10 semifinals. She ripped a shot from about 18 yards out in double overtime to give Mercyhurst Prep a thrilling 3-2 win over Fort LeBoeuf. The Lakers eventually lost to Hickory 1-0 in the D-10 championship, but Shreve’s shot was one of the top moments in the soccer postseason.
District 10 has big performance in Shippensburg – We already talked about Clay Allen‘s four gold medals at the PIAA track and field championships in Shippensburg, but D-10 had a huge weekend overall. On the first day, Northwestern’s Kyle McKeen won the Class AA title in the triple jump before Greenville’s Rebekah Petty won the Class AA pole vault. Jon Yohman of Wilmington because the third state champion from D-10 in the Class AA shot put before Seneca’s Samantha Black won the Class AA discus and Lakeview’s Courtney King won the Class AA high jump. Luke Patten of West Middlesex capped a terrific first day as the sixth state champion from D-10 in the Class AA pole vault. D-10 added four more titles Saturday as the Villa Maria 3,200 relay consisting of Bernadette Prichard, Grace Trucilla, Alison Carson and Claire Brown, started the day with the Class AA title. Allen followed with his win in the Class AA long jump and 100, narrowly beating rival DeShawn Coleman of Hickory in the 100. North East’s Ryan Smathers followed with a blazing time of 4:22 to win the Class AA 1,600 right before the West Middlesex 400 relay won the Class AA title. Allen completed the day by winning the Class AA 200. There were numerous other D-10 medalists, making it a banner weekend at Shippensburg.
Mason has historic night for General McLane - Jaymon Mason left his mark on the General McLane boys basketball program and left with the record for points in one game. Mason scored 43 points, including 33 in the second half, in an 81-73 loss to McDowell. He beat out three former Lancers tied for the school record with 42 points. Mason scored 10 points in the first half before erupting for 20 in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth. It was the sixth 40-point game in McLane history. Click here for video highlights of the game.
Dunn’s long buzzer-beater in PIAA playoffs – It’s not often that a high school basketball player can connected on a shot that is nearly the length of the court. Girard’s Joe Dunn did it in a big game. Dunn drilled a three-quarters court shot in a 66-62 win over Mars. He beat the buzzer at the end of the first half to give Girard a 37-30 lead. Click here to see video of the shot.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 25th, 2013

Here are five more memorable moments from 2013. Fans are welcome to submit their own moments by e-mailing or tweeting @ETNreisenweber.

Fort LeBoeuf's Abby Rose, left, and Jolene Young, right, were big parts of the volleyball team. JACK HANRAHAN/Erie Times-News

Fort LeBoeuf volleyball returns to York – The Fort LeBoeuf girls volleyball team has become a state power as the Bison continue to make deep runs in the PIAA Class AA playoffs. Fort LeBoeuf lost a heartbreaker to powerhouse Conneaut in the D-10 championship before beating the Eagles in the state semifinals. The Bison then ran into a red-hot Delone Catholic team to fall in four games, but Fort LeBoeuf continues to establish itself as one of the most consistent programs in the state.
Fort LeBoeuf softball reaches state championship game – Fort LeBoeuf softball has improved each season and in the spring, the Bison reached the Class AAA state championship at Penn State University. Although Fort LeBoeuf lost to District 2 champion Valley View 5-0, the Bison made history. Fort LeBoeuf is believed to be the first girls program in the state to reach the state championship in volleyball and softball in the same school year. The Bison will have one more season in Class AAA this spring before dropping down to AA.
Hickory girls soccer makes history – The Hickory girls soccer program has always been on the cusp of competing for a District 10 championship. The Hornets had usually run into a traditional power they couldn’t get by like a Mercyhurst Prep, Villa Maria or Harbor Creek. This fall changed everything as Hickory allowed just one goal in the entire postseason. The Hornets shut out Villa Maria 6-0 and Mercyhurst Prep 1-0 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Hickory then beat Moon 1-0 to earn its first-ever PIAA playoff win. The Hornets were eventually knocked out in the quarterfinals by Central Valley 1-0, but they made history and helped Mercer County earn some respect in soccer. Central Valley went on to win a state title. Sara Suler was named the District 10 Player of the Year and much like the rest of the starting lineup, she is only a junior.
Strong Vincent beats Central Tech on last-second touchdown – Strong Vincent freshman Lucas Harden had one of the top head’s up plays of the season. With 10.8 seconds left, Central Tech led 20-14 and was facing a fourth down. Central punter Eric Mitchell ran back to the end zone to run the clock out and once he heard the buzzer, he put his hands up to celebrate the win. However, he was still in the end zone and the play was live. Harden punched the ball loose and fell on it for the touchdown to tie the game. Vincent then scored on a 2-point conversion to win 22-20. Click here for video of the final play.
Greenville football rally - The Greenville football team finished a perfect 10-0 in the regular season, including the Region 3 title. A big reason for the Trojans’ region title is an impressive second-half rally against powerhouse Hickory. Greenville trailed 21-0 in a Week 2 showdown against Hickory. Trey VanAken then put the Trojans on the board in the third quarter with a 65-yard touchdown but Greenville missed the PAT. Greenville then scored two huge points by tackling DeQuan Lewis in the end zone for a safety after Hickory was backed up to the 1-yard line. Matt Jones connected with Luke Houpt on two touchdowns to complete the rally. Click here for video and audio of the game-winning touchdown.

–Tom Reisenweber

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