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Posted: April 23rd, 2014

Five more District 10 athletes were honored this week we the spring season nears the midway point. McDowell’s Cody Ballay won the baseball poll, while Fort LeBoeuf’s Madison Vorpagel won the softball in an exciting race with McDowell’s Lexi Fuller. Villa Maria lacrosse standout Abby Morrison won the spring athlete poll, and Bryan Olesky (Cathedral Prep) and Style Henry (Villa Maria) took home the track and field polls.

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Posted: April 20th, 2014

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. GoErie.com reserves the right to delete votes that have been recorded by a program that multiplies votes. These votes will be deleted without notice.

Baseball
Kyle O’Connell, Mercyhurst Prep – Struck out seven in a shutout on the mound and drove in one run in a 2-0 win over Eisenhower.
Casey Vincent, Eisenhower – Struck out 17 in a one-hitter and had five hits and four RBIs in an 11-1 win over Iroquois.
Tanner Stanz, Warren – Struck out 11 and allowed just one run on four hits in a 5-1 win over Harbor Creek. He also drove in two runs on two hits with two runs scored in a 16-0 win over Girard.
Sean Rutkosky, Harbor Creek - Tossed a three-hitter as the Huskies defeated defending D-10 champion Slippery Rock 4-1.
J.J. Bleday, Titusville – Drove in three runs on two hits, including a home run, and scored three runs in a 10-4 win over North East.
Cody Ballay, McDowell – Struck out 10 in a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over Wilson.
Lucas Dougherty, Union City – Drove in three runs on four hits and scored twice in a 15-0 win over Seneca.
Peter Solberg, General McLane – Went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, two RBIs and two runs scored in an 8-5 win over Fort LeBoeuf.
Jordan Darby, Strong Vincent - Drove in three runs on two hits in a 10-4 win over Cambridge Springs.
Travis Brumbaugh, Wilmington – Tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Mercer.

Softball
Caitlyn MacKelvey, Fairview - Tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings and had three hits at the plate in a 29-11 win over Girard.
Erica Suprynowicz, General McLane – Pitched a one-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over Villa Maria.
Halley Humphreys, Northwestern – Allowed just two hits in a 9-0 win over Seneca. She also went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in a 24-3 win over Girard.
Madison Vorpagel, Fort LeBoeuf – Struck out eight in a one-hitter as the Bison beat Wilson 2-0.
Alexa Bupp, Warren - Had 12 strikeouts and allowed just two hits in a 10-0 win over Strong Vincent. She also drove in four runs and homered in a 9-7 win over Jamestown (N.Y.). She struck out nine in a one-hit shutout as the Dragons beat Corry 4-0.
Lexi Fuller, McDowell - Collected four hits in two games to spark the McDowell offense in two games down south.
Natalie Brock, Cochranton – Allowed just four hits in a 2-0 shutout of Cambridge Springs.
Jess Tomiczek, Saegertown – Drove in four runs on three hits and scored two runs in a 16-6 win over Maplewood.
Rachel Prather, Iroquois – Struck out 10 in a two-hit shutout as the Braves beat Rocky Grove 4-0.
Taylor Pattison, Central Tech – The Freshman had four RBIs and scored two runs on two hits in a 22-0 win over East.
Kirsten Reilly, Harbor Creek – Allowed one run on six hits in a complete-game effort on the mound as the Huskies beat Union City 9-1. She also dominated on the mound in a 6-2 win over Villa Maria.
Gabby Hess, Strong Vincent - Drove in two runs on three hits and scored twice in a 6-0 win over Mercyhurst Prep.

Boys track and field
Ryan Burton, Titusville – Won four events during the Rockets’ 107-36 Region 4 victory over Union City.
John Danvers, Franklin - Swept the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races as part of the Knights’ 78-67 Region 3 win over Warren.
Bryan Olesky, Cathedral Prep – Won the javelin and the discus as part of the Ramblers’ Region 6 tri-meet sweep of Central Tech and East.
Gary Olson, North East – Won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters in the Grapepickers’ 107-77 Region 5 victory over General McLane.
Max Wasielewski, McDowell – Swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles for the Trojans in their 91-54 Region 6 win over Mercyhurst Prep.

Girls track and field
Kristina Flak, General McLane - Swept the hurdles as part of the Lancers’ 79-57 Region 5 win over North East.
Eve Gardner, Union City – Won the 100, 200 and 400 meters as part of the Bears’ 97-53 victory over Titusville.
Style Henry, Villa Maria – Won the 100 meters and anchored the Victors’ first-place 400 relay en route to their Region 6 tri-meet sweep of Central Tech and East.
Abby Jones, Franklin – Swept the jumping events as part of the Knights’ 93-52 Region 3 victory over Warren.
Jordan Lynn, Meadville – Won four times during the Bulldogs’ 98-52 Region 3 victory over Corry.

Spring athlete
Chris Adams, Grove City tennis – Won twice as the Eagles’ No. 1 singles player.
Eric Campbell, Harbor Creek tennis – Swept his No. 3 singles match as part of the Huskies’ 4-1 Region 3 victory over General McLane.
Brian Dailey, Cathedral Prep lacrosse – Scored six goals in the Ramblers” 14-4 victory over Cardinal Mooney of Youngstown, Ohio.
Logan Herzberger, Cochranton volleyball - Recorded 14 kills and 18 defensive digs in the Cardinals’ three-game sweep of Conneaut.
Abby Morrison, Villa Maria lacrosse – Scored three goals in the Victors’ 10-4 win over Notre Dame (Ohio).
Alex Schroeck, Mercyhurst Prep tennis – Won twice as the Lakers’ No. 1 singles player in Region 3 dual victories over General McLane and Corry.

Posted: April 16th, 2014

More than 4,400 votes were cast this week as fans honored five more spring athletes. Tanner Teconchuk of Warren won the baseball poll, while Northwestern’s Kayla Osborne won the softball poll. Fort LeBoeuf standout volleyball player Andrew Hicks won the spring athlete poll, and Corey Shinko (Northwestern) and Sydney Sokol (McDowell) won the track and field polls.

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Posted: April 13th, 2014

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. GoErie.com reserves the right to delete votes that have been recorded by a program that multiplies votes. These votes will be deleted without notice.

Baseball
Isaac Mattson, Harbor Creek - Struck out a school-record 19 in a three-hit shutout as the Huskies beat General McLane 5-0. He also had a solo home run in a 3-1 win over Fort LeBoeuf.
Kevin Cooney, North East – Drove in four runs in a 15-0 win over Seneca.
Steven Kokoski, Lakeview – Had three hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs in an 11-1 win over Maplewood.
Tanner Teconchuk, Warren – Finished with three RBIs on two hits and recorded the save with two scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over Corry.
Ted DeSanti, Cathedral Prep – Had two hits, three runs scored and drove in three runs in a 15-0 win over East. He also hit a three-run homer in an 11-1 win over Strong Vincent.
Evan Dillen, General McLane – Ripped an RBI single in the seventh inning to give the Lancers a 4-3 win over Warren.
Mike Macaulay, North East – Drove in two runs in a 4-3 win over Fairview.
Aaron Hoover, Youngsville - Finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in a 17-4 win over Iroquois.
Gavin Hohn, Cambridge Springs – Had three hits in a 5-1 win over Maplewood.
Aaron Haas, Mercyhurst Prep – Struck out 11 in five dominant innings as the Lakers beat North East 3-0.
Levi Wright, McDowell – Went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and tossed four solid innings on the mound in a 13-0 win over Central Tech.
Mark Akerly, Strong Vincent – Drove in three runs on two hits and scored four runs in a 14-6 win over Central Tech.
Scott Sada, Saegertown – Finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs in a 10-0 win over Union City.
Cy Carroll, Fort LeBoeuf - Drilled a home run in a 7-5 loss to Corry.

Softball
McKayla Zilhaver, Cambridge Springs – Had three hits, including two doubles, with three RBIs in a 10-5 win over Saegertown.
Jolene Young, Fort LeBoeuf – Tossed a six-inning no-hitter and clubbed a home run in an 11-0 win over Mercyhurst Prep. She struck out 11 and walked seven. Young then hit a grand slam in a one-hit shutout of Central Tech 10-0.
Kayla Osborne, Northwestern – Hit two triples and scored twice in a 6-2 win over North East.
Saralynn Bogle, Strong Vincent – Ripped a walkoff RBI single to give the Colonels an 8-7 win over Central Tech.
Kirsten Reilly, Harbor Creek – Went 4-for-5 with two doubles in a 13-5 win over Fairview.
Erica Suprynowicz, General McLane – Drove in one run and allowed just one in a 2-1 win over Seneca. She also tossed a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Harbor Creek.
Natalie Brock, Cochranton – Tossed a six-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Union City.
Jordan Malczak, Grove City – Drove in five runs on two doubles in a 13-3 win over Slippery Rock.
Megan Kraus, McDowell – Struck out 15 in a five-hitter as the Trojans beat Warren 4-1.
Jackie Colish, Villa Maria - Drove in two runs and scored three in an 18-5 win over Girard.
Shannon Baker, Corry – Went 4-for-4 with three doubles, five strikeouts and earned the win on the mound in a 12-8 win over Cambridge Springs.
Kaitlin Wojnarowski, Mercyhurst Prep - Drove in five runs on three hits in a 22-2 win over East.
Kristie Gerber, Fairview – Had two hits, two runs and two RBIs in a 10-7 win over North East.
Courteney Bender, Seneca - Finished with three hits and two runs in a 15-11 win over Villa Maria.
Kaitlin Ishman, Warren – Went 7-for-8 with two triples, two home runs and four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Mercyhurst Prep.

Boys track and field
Austin Bowers, Girard – Swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles as part of the YellowJackets’ 85-56 Region 5 victory over Fairview.
Daniel Commey, McDowell – Swept the three jumping events as part of the Trojans’ 106-40 victory over Central Tech.
Liam Cragg, Corry – Won three events, including the high and triple jumps, as part of the Beavers’ 136-14 non-region victory over Union City.
Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep - Was an individual and relay winner at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
John Danvers, Franklin – Won the 3,200 meters during the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Carnell Hawkins, Sharon – Won the 100-meter dash at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Ben McGill, Seneca - Won the shot put competition at the Harbor Creek Invitaitonal.
Blake Reddick, Lakeview – Won two events at the Harbor Creek Invitaitonal.
Tanner Rosenberg, Warren – Was a two-time winner at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Tate Schwab, Titusville - Won the javelin competition at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Corey Shinko, Northwestern – Won the triple jump title at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Brendon Tinko, North East - Won the high jump competition at the Harbor Creek Invitational.

Girls track and field
Alexis Cadden, Iroquois – Won the 100-meter dash at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Kendell Dickson, Meadville – Won the triple jump competition at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Samantha Dunn, Girard – Was the gold (discus) and silver medalist (shot put) at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Eve Gardner, Union City – Defended as the 200-meter champion at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Abby Jones, Franklin – Broke her own high jump record (5-8) at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Lindsay Luzier, General McLane – Won four events during the Lancers’ 107-34 Region 5 victory over Northwestern.
Sophie Mazza, Harbor Creek – Won three events as part of the Huskies’ 82-63 Region 5 victory over North East.
Kate McIntosh, North East – Won the 3,200-meter run at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Taylor Pletz, Mercyhurst Prep – Was an individual and relay winner at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Abby Rose, Fort LeBoeuf – Won the javelin competition at the Harbor Creek Invitational.
Sydney Sokol, McDowell – Won three events for the Trojans as part of their 104½-45½ victory over Central Tech.

Spring athlete
Brian Dailey, Cathedral Prep lacrosse – Scored five goals in the Ramblers’ 12-8 road victory at Bloomfield, Ohio.
Grace DeMarco, Villa Maria lacrosse - Recorded a hat trick in the Victors’ 7-6 win at McDowell.
Henry Gent, Rocky Grove tennis – Won a three-set match as part of the Orioles’ 3-2 Region 2 victory over Corry.
Sophia Grack, McDowell lacrosse – Scored the game-winning goal in the Trojans’ 8-7 victory at Fairview.
Andrew Hicks, Fort LeBoeuf volleyball – Recorded 18 kills and 14 defensive digs in a five-game victory over Conneaut.
Evan Lowers, Grove City tennis – Won his No. 2 singles match in straight sets as part of the Eagles’ 3-2 non-region victory over Titusville.
Sean McGuinness, Warren tennis – Swept Corry’s Nolan Pike 6-0, 6-0 as part of the Dragons’ 5-0 Region 2 victory.
Ross Rosati, Hickory tennis - Won his No. 1 singles match in straight sets to help the Hornets in their 4-1 Region 1 victory over Grove City.
Derek Sawyer, General McLane tennis – Beat Girard’s Vaughn Peters in straight sets as part of the Lancers’ Region 3 victory.
Alex Schroeck, Mercyhurst Prep tennis – Swept Girard’s Vaughn Peters in straight sets as part of the Lakers’ 4-1 Region 3 victory over the YellowJackets.
Mike Siegel, Fairview tennis – Rallied for a three-set victory over Mercyhurst Prep’s Alex Schroeck as part of the Tigers’ 5-0 Region 3 win.
Jacob Van Slyke, Harbor Creek tennis – Beat Mercyhurst Prep’s Will Gottesman in a No. 3 singles match that lasted more than 2½ hours.

Posted: April 12th, 2014

The Breakout Athlete of the Week polls will be posted on the Varsity blog Sunday morning.

Before then, help us choose the nominees for this week’s polls.

Do you know a high school athlete who has had an outstanding week? Send that athlete’s name to us and tell us what that athlete did this week to make him or her stand out. Just e-mail the information to sports@timesnews.com today before 7 p.m. with “Breakout Athlete ” in the subject line.

All nominated athletes will be considered, but we do not guarantee that each will be chosen. If your athlete is not picked this week, make sure to nominate the athlete the next time he or she has a big week.

The spring Breakout polls will include Baseball, Softball, Female Track Athlete, Male Track Athlete and Spring Athlete (for tennis, volleyball, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse).

The polls are posted Sunday morning, and the voting deadline is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Readers are limited to one vote per computer network or IP address, so spread the word using social media — Facebook, Twitter or whatever other site you use.

Good luck, and we’ll look forward to reading the nomination e-mails.

Posted: April 9th, 2014

The spring season is barely under way but we have out first four breakout athletes of the week. Cathedral Prep’s Joseph Baltes won the baseball poll, while Allie Kaliszewski of Iroquois won the softball poll. Fairview lacrosse players Julian Pursell and Anna Gebhardt won the spring athlete polls.

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Posted: April 6th, 2014

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. GoErie.com reserves the right to delete votes that have been recorded by a program that multiplies votes. These votes will be deleted without notice.

Note: Because of a lack of track and field events, the track athletes were put into the spring athlete category this week and split into male and female.

Baseball
Joseph Baltes, Cathedral Prep – Hit a double and home run in the Ramblers’ 17-0, 4-inning non-region victory over Santa Cruz, Calif.
Collin Fantaskey, Warren – Hit two doubles and was the winning pitcher in the in the Dragons’ 15-2 non-region victory over St. Marys.
Ben Forcier, Mercyhurst Prep – Went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the Lakers’ 12-2 five-inning victory over Cochranton.
Isaac Mattson, Harbor Creek - Drove in four runs and was the winning pitcher in the Huskies’ 12-2 five-inning victory over Union City.
Ethan Rapp, Titusville - Scored two runs and drove in two more in the Rockets’ 13-3 five-inning victory over Seneca.

Softball
Shannon Baker, Corry – Struck out 16 batters in the Beavers’ 3-2 non-region victory over Titusville.
Natalie Brock, Cochranton – Pitched a three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in the Cardinals’ 4-0 non-region victory over Commodore Perry.
Alexa Bupp, Warren – Had two hits and pitched a four-inning, no-hitter in the Dragons’ 15-0 victory over Central Tech.
Shania Ditzenberger, Rocky Grove – Went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs in the Orioles’ 5-4 non-region victory over Meadville.
Haylee Dowlen, General McLane – Drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Lancers’ 5-4 victory over Northwestern.
Autumn Kinney, Union City – Went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the Bears’ 7-4 victory over Youngsville.
Alli Kaliszewski, Iroquois – Hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the Braves’ 12-0 six-inning Region 5 victory over Youngsville.

Male spring athlete
Jake Carniewski, McDowell volleyball – Recorded 31 assists in the Trojans’ three-game sweeps of Rocky Grove and Conneaut.
Gary Olson, North East track and field – Won three events in the Grapepickers’ 84-57 Region 5 victory over Northwestern.
Johnny Prichard, Cathedral Prep tennis – Beat Mercyhurst Prep’s Ryan Campbell 6-2,6-1 in their No. 1 singles match to help the Ramblers win the teams’ non-region meet 4-1.
Julian Pursell, Fairview lacrosse – Scored five goals in the Tigers’ 12-1 non-region victory over Allderdice.
Derek Sawyer, General McLane tennis - Won the No. 1 singles match for the Lancers in their 4-1 non-region victory over Meadville.
Kyle Thomas, Harbor Creek tennis – Won twice as the No. 1 singles player for the Huskies.
Brendan Walsh, Corry track and field – Won three events during the Beavers’ 81-69 non-region victory over Titusville.

Female spring athlete
Claire Brown, Villa Maria track and field – Won three events in the Victors’ Region 6 tri-meet sweep of Central Tech and Strong Vincent.
Bethany Evankovich, General McLane track and field – Won four events as part of the Lancers’ 102-43 non-region victory over Girard.
Anna Gebhardt, Fairview lacrosse - Scored three goals in the Tigers’ 11-5 non-region victory over Gilmour Academy of Ohio.
Darci Haehn, Corry track and field – Won three events in the Beavers’ 81-69 non-region victory over Titusville.
Abby Jones, Franklin track and field – Won the high, long and triple jumps in the Knights’ 94-50 non-region victory over Cranberry.
Kate McIntosh, North East track and field – Won three events in the Grapepickers’ 89-50 Region 5 victory over Northwestern.
Alex Zielinski, McDowell lacrosse – Scored three goals in the Trojans’ 6-4 non-region victory over Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney.

Posted: June 6th, 2013

Baseball
Week 1 – Anthony Concilla, Harbor Creek
Week 2 – Zack Borsa, McDowell
Week 3 – Scott Moore, Kennedy Catholic
Week 4 – Steve Piston, Hickory
Week 5 – Mitchell Fife, Harbor Creek
Week 6 – Colton Edinger, Iroquois
Week 7 – Ben Forcier, Mercyhurst Prep
Week 8 – Patrick Brennan, Harbor Creek
Week 9 – Luke Carter, Saegertown
Week 10 – Tyler Walters, Saegertown

Softball
Week 1 – Combined poll
Week 2 – Morgan Woodin, Corry
Week 3 – Abby Sotter, Wilmington
Week 4 – Chelsea Czerwinski, Mercyhurst Prep
Week 5 – Sydney Adams, Northwestern
Week 6 – Kayla Parkin, Cambridge Springs
Week 7 – Amanda Krolczyk, Fort LeBoeuf
Week 8 – Kelsey Kuzma, Fort LeBoeuf
Week 9 – Addie Griffey, Northwestern
Week 10 – Combined poll

Boys track and field
Week 1 – Combined poll
Week 2 – Greg Miaczynski, Central Tech
Week 3 – Jon Yohman, Wilmington
Week 4 – Dwight Scott, Wilmington
Week 5 – Matt Cragg, Corry
Week 6 – Kyle McKeen, Northwestern
Week 7 – Brandon Reiser, Northwestern
Week 8 – Caleb Sanford, McDowell
Week 9 – Clay Allen, West Middlesex
Week 10 – Combined poll

Girls track and field
Week 1 – Combined poll
Week 2 – Nia Clark, Fairview
Week 3 – Claire Brown, Villa Maria
Week 4 – Julie Falvo, Wilmington
Week 5 – Jaynee Corbett, Corry
Week 6 – Shelby Olson, Iroquois
Week 7 – Sophie Mazza, Harbor Creek
Week 8 – Rebekah Petty, Greenville
Week 9 – Grace Trucilla, Villa Maria
Week 10 – Combined poll

Spring athlete
Week 1 – Combined poll
Week 2 – Gabriella Humphrey, Fairview girls lacrosse
Week 3 – Greg Beery, McDowell boys volleyball
Week 4 – Emma Kocjancic, Fairview lacrosse
Week 5 – Connor Cross, Fairview lacrosse
Week 6 – Anthony Chiarelli, Cathedral Prep lacrosse
Week 7 – Crissandra George, Fairview lacrosse
Week 8 – Walker Stone, Fort LeBoeuf volleyball
Week 9 – Shane Rigby, Saegertown volleyball
Week 10 – Combined poll

Team
Week 1 – East baseball
Week 2 – Fairview girls lacrosse
Week 3 – Iroquois softball
Week 4 – Mercyhurst Prep baseball
Week 5 – Fairview boys lacrosse
Week 6 – Saegertown baseball
Week 7 – Northwestern softball
Week 8 – Fort LeBoeuf softball

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: June 2nd, 2013

Fans can vote for the Breakout Athlete 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. Fans are encouraged to nominate athletes by 5 p.m. each Saturday by sending an e-mail to sports@timesnews.com. Athletes who have won this season are no longer eligible.

Note: This is the final poll of the year.

Dustin Pavlik, Saegertown volleyball – Had a big final week for the Panthers. He started with 13 kills in a sweep of Our Lady of Sacred Heart before collecting 14 kills in a three-set loss to Ambridge.
Tom Leech, Meadville volleyball - Had seven kills, 13 assists and five digs in a three-set loss to Ambridge.
Ryan Northcott, Cochranton baseball – Drove in five runs on two runs and picked up the win on the mound in an 8-1 win over Eisenhower in the District 10 Class A championship.
Tyler Walters, Saegertown baseball – Went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, including a three-run homer in a 10-3 win over Sharpsville in the District 10 Class AA championship.
Cody Stephenson, Slippery Rock baseball - Tossed nine effective innings on the mound and had a walkoff RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 7-6 win over Warren in the District 10 Class AAA championship.
Arianna Hanley, Saegertown softball - Had two hits, two runs and two RBIs at the plate and tossed a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Iroquois in the District 10 Class A championship.
Aubree Martin, Fairview softball – Drilled a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Fairview a 2-1 win over Harbor Creek in the District 10 Class AA championship.
Tara Carone, McDowell softball – Drilled a two-run, two-out triple in the seventh inning to rally McDowell to a 3-2 win over Strong Vincent in the District 10 Class AAAA championship.

Posted: May 29th, 2013

Five more athletes are honored as this was the final week of five full polls for breakout athlete of the week. Next week will be a combined poll, which is the final poll of the year. Luke Carter of Saegertown won the baseball poll, and Addie Griffey of Northwestern won the softball poll. Saegertown volleyball player Shane Rigby won the spring athlete poll, while Clay Allen (West Middlesex) and Grace Trucilla (Villa Maria) won the track polls.

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Posted: May 26th, 2013

Fans can vote for the Breakout Athlete 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. Fans are encouraged to nominate athletes by 5 p.m. each Saturday by sending an e-mail to sports@timesnews.com. Athletes who have won this season are no longer eligible.

Note: This is the final week for individual polls. There will be one more poll next week combining baseball, softball and boys volleyball.

Baseball
Ian Pertz, Mercyhurst Prep – Went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored in a 13-4 win over Northwestern.
Luke Carter, Saegertown – Had two hits and tossed six scoreless innings to get the win in a 6-0 win over Franklin.
Eli Flynn, Cathedral Prep - Finished with both of the Ramblers’ hits in a 5-0 win over Corry.
Cody Stephenson, Slippery Rock – Tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over Harbor Creek.
Matt Holtquist, Warren – Drilled a two-out, two-run single to lift the Dragons to a 3-1 win over Cathedral Prep.
Jake Wolf, McDowell - Had one hit in a 6-0 win over Central Tech before going 3-for-3 with 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored in a 16-0 win over Perry.
Kyle Hunt, Eisenhower – Went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run double in a 9-5 win over Rocky Grove.
Ryan Northcott, Cochranton – Drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and tossed a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over Kennedy Catholic.
Greg Popatak, Sharpsville – Had a game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning of a 5-4 win over Mercyhurst Prep.

Softball
Madelyn Shuttleworth, Sharpsville - Threw a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Rocky Grove.
Samantha Campbell, Reynolds – Ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Raiders a 5-4 win over West Middlesex.
Kalie Rzodkiewicz, Harbor Creek – Had a big week starting with 15 strikeouts and three hits in a 4-3 win over Mercer. She also had one hit and dominated on the mound in a 4-1 win over Northwestern.
Raven Rozantz, Fairview – Continued her impressive season with 11 strikeouts in an 8-1 win over Maplewood. She also had one hit and drove in one run against the Tigers. Rozantz then struck out 13 in a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Titusville.
Shana Grosch, Titusville – Struck out eight in a four-hitter as the Rockets beat North East 3-1.
Addie Griffey, Northwestern – Had three hits and scored twice in a 9-5 win over Wilmington.
Alexa Bupp, Warren – Struck out 12 in a three-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over Hickory.
Emily Martin, Iroquois – Had two hits and drove in two runs in a 7-5 win over Sharpsville.
McKenna Morian, Saegertown – Hammered a three-run homer in an 11-1 win over Reynolds.

Boys track and field
Tyler Donati, Wilmington – Finished third in the Class AA javelin.
Luke Patten, West Middlesex – Won the PIAA Class AA pole vault championship.
Luke Lewis, Hickory – Finished fourth in the Class AA shot put.
Jeremy Orlik, Hickory – Took fifth in the Class AA shot put and fifth in the discus.
Clay Allen, West Middlesex – Had an amazing performance with four state championships, including the 100, the 200, the 400 relay and the long jump.
Jeremy Jancso, West Middlesex - Took fifth in the Class AA long jump.
Johnathon Jacoway, Sharon – Took sixth in the Class AA long jump.
Trevor Harrison, West Middlesex – Took third in the Class AA discus.
Offel Jordan, Cathedral Prep – Finished fourth in the Class AAA long jump.
DeShawn Coleman, Hickory – Took second in the Class AA 100.
Ryan Smathers, North East - Easily defended his PIAA Class AA 1,600 title and took second in the Class AA 800.
Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep – Finished fifth in the Class AA 1,600.
Daniel Jaskowak, Grove City – Took third in the Class AAA 1,600.
Kyle Trinch, Grove City – Finished sixth in the Class AAA 300 hurdles.
Henry Kennedy, Titusville - Finished eighth in the Class AA 200.

Girls track and field
Molly Regan, General McLane – Took 7th in the Class AA pole vault.
Abby Jones, Franklin - Finished second in the Class AAA high jump and cleared 5 feet, 8 inches, which qualifies for the NFHS honor roll.
Sophia Fustos, Hickory – Finished fifth in the Class AAA shot put.
Courtney King, Lakeview – Won the PIAA Class AA high jump state championship.
Samantha Black, Seneca - Won the PIAA Class AA discus championship.
Rachel DeMaria, West Middlesex – Finished fifth in the Class AA discus and second in the shot put.
Heather Urbaniak, Slippery Rock – Finished seventh in the Class AA 100 hurdles.
Bethany Evankovich, General McLane – Took fifth in the Class AA 400.
Janette Berger, Mercer – Finished seventh in the Class AA 300 hurdles.
Grace Trucilla, Villa Maria – Took seventh in the Class AA 800 and was part of the state-championship 3,200 relay.

Spring athlete
Nick Ward, Cathedral Prep tennis – Advanced to the PIAA Class AAA singles quarterfinals before losing to the eventual state champion.
Derek Thomas, McDowell lacrosse - Scored four goals in a 12-6 win over Cathedral Prep in the D-10 championship.
Shane Rigby, Saegertown volleyball – Recorded 17 kills in a four-set win over Meadville in the District 10 Class AA championship.
Jake Carniewski, McDowell volleyball – Dished out 26 assists in a PIAA subregional loss to State College.
Matt Izbinski, Meadville volleyball – Had 13 kills in a sweep of Fort LeBoeuf.
Nate Wigton, Cochranton volleyball - Dished out 35 assists in a sweep of Conneaut.
Justin Dahl, Maplewood volleyball – Had 33 assists in a sweep of Cambridge Springs.

Posted: May 22nd, 2013

We are in the home stretch for not only the spring season but the 2012-13 school year. Five more athletes were honored this week as breakout athletes. Harbor Creek’s Patrick Brennan won the baseball poll and Fort LeBoeuf’s Kelsey Kuzma won the softball poll. Walker Stone (Fort LeBoeuf) won the spring athlete poll as a volleyball player, while Caleb Sanford (McDowell) and Rebekah Petty (Greenville) won the track polls.

Click below for the poll results.
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