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Posted: July 23rd, 2014

The Albion legion baseball team dominated the Region 8 tournament going undefeated and winning the championship today after beating St. Marys 8-0. Albion went undefeated in the tournament, including a big 5-4 win over Millcreek on Monday. Albion heads to Boyertown next week for the state tournament. Albion will play the Region 6 champion on July 29 and the tournament runs through Aug. 2.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball
Posted: July 4th, 2014

During the 10 years since District 10 realigned into regions, the Erie Times-News has been selecting athletes of the year in each District 10 sport.

Here’s a look at all of the spring athletes of the year during the past 10 years: (Look for the winter athletes Saturday and the fall athletes Sunday on the Varsity blog.)

Baseball
2004-05: Shawn Valenly, Sharpsville
2005-06: Chris Hyde, Northwestern
2006-07: Bob Revesz, Grove City
2007-08: Jaymee Shephard, Hickory
2008-09: Addison Dunn, Warren
2009-10: T.J. Mitchell, Mercyhurst Prep
2010-11: Jeff Revesz, Grove City
2011-12: Steve Sada, Saegertown
2012-13: Adam Bleday, Titusville
2013-14: Zach Guth, Franklin

Softball
2004-05: Allison Hasbrouck, Corry
2005-06: Danielle Chase, Iroquois
2006-07: Becky Zill, Iroquois
2007-08: Ali Grab, Villa Maria
2008-09: Becky Zill, Iroquois
2009-10: Cari Conway, Wilmington
2010-11: Kelli Rohan, McDowell
2011-12: Raven Rozantz, Fairview
2012-13: Raven Rozantz, Fairview and Amanda Krolczyk, Fort LeBoeuf
2013-14: Alexa Bupp, Warren

Boys track and field
2004-05: Jed Christiansen, Greenville
2005-06: Cody Cipalla, Northwestern
2006-07: Zach Dow, Corry
2007-08: Dan Kwiatkowski, McDowell
2008-09: Sam Havko, Fairview
2009-10: Alex Beardsley, North East
2010-11: Jacob Kildoo, Grove City
2011-12: Ryan Smathers, North East
2012-13: Clay Allen, West Middlesex
2013-14: Luke Lewis, Hickory

Girls track and field
2004-05: Nicole Smith, McDowell
2005-06: Natalie Clickett, Union City and Amanda Seigworth, Northwestern
2006-07: Ajla Glavasevic, McDowell
2007-08: Kristy Woods, Grove City
2008-09: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2009-10: Emily Woods, Hickory
2010-11: Morgan Richards, Hickory
2011-12: Lauren Lubarski, Hickory
2012-13: Rebekah Petty, Greenville
2013-14: Emily Campbell, Slippery Rock

Boys volleyball
2004-05: Tyler Mattera, Conneaut Valley
2005-06: Jordan Varee, Conneaut Valley
2006-07: Robert Cierniakoski, Maplewood
2007-08: Ben Wetsell, Saegertown
2008-09: Nick Bancroft, Maplewood
2009-10: Adam Barba, Meadville
2010-11: Dave Rion, McDowell
2011-12: Alex Minnis, Meadville
2012-13: Shane Rigby, Saegertown
2013-14: Logan Herzberger, Cochranton

Boys tennis
2004-05: Derek Taylor, Keith Whittingham, McDowell
2005-06: Kevin Riley, Fairview
2006-07: Jeff Nuhfer, Warren
2007-08: Landon Williams, McDowell
2008-09: Landon Williams, McDowell
2009-10: Landon Williams, McDowell
2010-11: Alex Brzozowski, Cathedral Prep
2011-12: Alex Brzozowski, Mario Nicolia, Cathedral Prep
2012-13: Nick Ward, Cathedral Prep
2013-14: Nick Donovan, McDowell

Boys lacrosse:
2011-12: Ben Lorei, McDowell
2012-13: Josh Baronner, McDowell
2013-14: Hunter Emerson, Cathedral Prep

Girls lacrosse:
2011-12: Jen Hartmann, McDowell
2012-13: Erin Gleason, Fairview
2013-14: Alex Zielinski, McDowell

Posted: July 1st, 2014

Football was first. Then it was girls basketball. Now, it’s baseball.

Those are the major team sports McDowell will have a new coach for come the 2014-15 academic year.

School officials announced Monday that Mike Hayes has stepped down after 18 seasons in charge of its baseball program. The Trojans were 286-100 overall during that span, which included a 16-4 record for 2014.

McDowell will immediately search for Hayes’ successor. Those interested should e-mail Brian Fuller at bfuller@mtsd.org.

Hayes follows the departure of Mark Soboleski (football) and Megan Fiala (girls basketball) as McDowell coaches. Brad Orlando was previously hired to replace Soboleski and Rand Garrity for Fiala.

– Mike Copper

Posted: June 27th, 2014

District 10 still doesn’t have a PIAA baseball championship, but the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association recognized the quality of baseball being played in D-10 by naming many players to its all-state teams. The first-team selections including Matt Hansen (McDowell) in Class AAAA, Tyler Walters (Saegertown) and Kyle Wise (Saegertown) in Class AA and Logan Snyder (Lakeview) in Class A. Below is a complete list of the selections.

Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams
Class AAAA
First team
MIF Matt Hansen, McDowell
Honorable mention
P Cody Ballay, McDowell

Class AAA
Second team
P Isaac Mattson, Harbor Creek
C Patrick Brennan, Harbor Creek
Honorable mention
P Matt Gordon, Grove City
2B Joe Baltes, Cathedral Prep
C Austin Braendel, Cathedral Prep
OF Charlie Fessler, Cathedral Prep
SS Ted DeSanti, Cathedral Prep
P Carter Cross, Cathedral Prep

Class AA
First team
C Tyler Walters, Saegertown
OF Kyle Wise, Saegertown
Second team
P Zach Guth, Franklin
MIF Scott Sada, Saegertown
Honorable mention
SS Mitchell Wood, Saegertown
OF Kyle Wise, Saegertown
3B Greg Popatak, Sharpsville

Class A
First team
DH Logan Snyder, Lakeview
Second team
MIF Nate White, Rocky Grove
Honorable mention
P Adam Kirwin, Rocky Grove
OF Brady Wilson, Rocky Grove

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball
Posted: June 26th, 2014

City-County All-Star Baseball Game
County 10, City 4

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball
Posted: June 26th, 2014

Updates from today’s Walmart Erie City-County All-Star Baseball Game at Penn State Behrend. Earlier updates will appear in the previous entry section.

– Mike Copper

* Final score from Penn State Behrend: County 10, City 4.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 24th, 2014

The City-County Baseball All-Star game was postponed Monday night after heavy rains left the Jerry Uht Park field unplayable. With more rain in the forecast tonight, the game has been moved again. With Wednesday not being an available date at Jerry Uht Park, the game was moved to Thursday and the site was changed to Penn Stated Behrend with the Erie SeaWolves coming back to town. The City and County all-stars will meet at 5:45 p.m. Thursday with opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Officials will add as much seating as possible at the field and fans can also bring lawn chairs to take in the action.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball
Posted: June 23rd, 2014

Sean Rutkosky and Isaac Mattson, who pitched for Harbor Creek during the Huskies’ 2014 baseball season, combined to no-hit Rog’s in Sunday’s Glenwood League at Ainsworth Field.

The duo, competing for Braendel’s Bulls, were an error away from recording a perfect game in the team’s 8-0 victory. Neither pitcher walked a batter and combined to strike out 15.

Rutkosky pitched the first five innings and Mattson the last two. Mattson recently signed a letter-of-intent to pitch for the University of Pittsburgh and former Mercyhurst University baseball coach Joe Jordano.

– Mike Copper

Posted: June 17th, 2014

After the Northwestern and Cathedral Prep baseball teams reached the PIAA semifinals last week, we asked readers if that was a sign of things to come in District 10 baseball.

Of the 200 votes received, 76 voters  – 38 percent — said they think it’s too tough for a District 10 team to win a state baseball title. The second most popular answer was “Yes, within five years” at 70 votes or 35 percent.

Here are the complete poll results:

Does Cathedral Prep's and Northwestern's postseason success make you hopeful that a District 10 baseball team will win a state title soon?

  • No, it's too tough (38%, 76 Votes)
  • Yes, within five years (35%, 70 Votes)
  • Yes, next year (15%, 29 Votes)
  • Yes, but not soon (12%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 200

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Thanks to all who participated.

Posted: June 13th, 2014

PIAA baseball championships
Class A
Devon Prep 2, Elk County Catholic 1, 9 innings
Class AA
Loyalsock Township 5, Martinsburg Central 1
Class AAA
Pope John Paul II 4, Harriton 2
Class AAAA
La Salle College 4, Conestoga 2, 8 innings

PIAA softball championships
Class A
Minersville 4, Claysburg-Kimmel 1
Class AA
Central Columbia 13, Bald Eagle 5
Class AAA
Springfield DELCO 3, Bethlehem Catholic 0
Class AAAA
Souderton 8, Lower Dauphin 3

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, PIAA, Softball
Posted: June 11th, 2014

It’s extremely rare for a high school baseball team to win a state playoff game by stealing home. Two high school teams across the country did it this past week in walkoff fashion. The first unbelievable ending happened in the Georgia Class AA quarterfinals as Savannah Benedictine Militaru School took on Lovett. With the game tied 3-3 in the 10th inning, Savannah coach told senior Mike Huggins to take off on a 1-2 pitch. The rest is history as Benedictine won the game 4-3.

The second instance was even more remarkable as it earned a high school team a trip to the state championship. In the Ohio Division IV semifinals, Defiance Tinora and Crestview were tied 3-3 in the seventh inning when Logan Dickerson took off to score the game-winning. What is even more remarkable is Tinora tied the game in the sixth inning by stealing home.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball
Posted: June 10th, 2014

District 10 baseball fans know that because of the extended winters and harsh spring weather, northwestern Pennsylvania teams have a difficult time winning a PIAA championship. In fact, no D-10 team has won a title.

With that in mind, please answer this poll question:

Does Cathedral Prep's and Northwestern's postseason success make you hopeful that a District 10 baseball team will win a state title soon?

  • No, it's too tough (38%, 76 Votes)
  • Yes, within five years (35%, 70 Votes)
  • Yes, next year (15%, 29 Votes)
  • Yes, but not soon (12%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 200

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