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Posted: April 23rd, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Saturday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Saegertown baseball - The Panthers overcame a disappointing loss to Meadville to keep rolling with a big 9-5 win over Harbor Creek.
Franklin baseball – The Knights are off to a perfect 6-0 start this season.
Mercyhurst Prep baseball – The Lakers finished the first half of region play undefeated and they are 6-0 this year.
Cathedral Prep baseball – The Ramblers have won seven games in a row to begin the season.
McDowell baseball – The Trojans are off to a 6-0 start this year.
Wilmington softball - The Greyhounds won their first eight games and are in control of Region 2.
Cochranton softball – The Cardinals won several close games recently to stay undefeated at 6-0.
General McLane softball – The Lancers rallied to beat powerhouse Fairview 6-5 and keep their perfect season going at 7-0.
Strong Vincent softball - The Colonels gave McDowell a scare and upset Fort LeBoeuf to build momentum this year.
Warren boys tennis - The Dragons are undefeated at 7-0 and a few wins from locking up another region title.
McDowell boys tennis – The Trojans are in control of Region 4 and swept Class AA power Hickory.
Saegertown boys volleyball – The Panthers are 6-0 and 3-0 in Region 1.
Cochranton boys volleyball – The Cardinals are one of only two undefeated teams in District 10 at 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the region.
Villa Maria lacrosse – The Victors are on a roll with five wins in a row.
Wilmington girls track and field – The Greyhounds won the West Middlesex Invitational.
Greenville boys track and field – The Trojans took home the West Middlesex Invitational.

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Posted: April 17th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Saturday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

West Middlesex baseball – The Big Reds are off to a 4-0 start this season.
Saegertown baseball – The Panthers keep rolling at 8-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 3.
Franklin baseball – The Knights are 3-0 in Region 4 and 4-0 overall.
Mercyhurst Prep baseball – The Lakers are perfect at 4-0.
Slippery Rock baseball – The Rockets are 5-0 this season and on top of Region 6 at 2-0.
Warren baseball – The Dragons picked up a big win over previously unbeaten Harbor Creek.
Cathedral Prep baseball – The Ramblers are undefeated at 6-0.
Wilmington softball – The Greyhounds are rolling at 5-0.
Lakeview softball – The Sailors are perfect at 3-0.
Cochranton softball – The Cardinals keep winning at 4-0.
General McLane softball – The Lancers have been the surprise team this year at 5-0.
Franklin softball – The Knights have won all four games they’ve played this season.
McDowell softball – The Trojans picked up a big win over Warren.
Villa Maria lacrosse – The Victors are on a four-match winning streak including an impressive performance at the Villa Maria tournament on Saturday.
Saegertown volleyball – The Panthers are off to a perfect 6-0 start and in control of Region 1.
Cochranton volleyball - The Cardinals are 4-0 this season and 1-0 in Region 1.
Hickory tennis - The Hornets are out to a 5-0 start in Region 1.
Warren tennis – The Dragons are perfect at 4-0.
McDowell tennis – The Trojans keep rolling at 9-0.
Lakeview boys track and field – The Sailors earned a big-time win by taking the Harbor Creek Invitational.

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Posted: April 9th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Hickory baseball- The Hornets are out to a quick 3-0 start this season, including 2-0 in the region.
Saegertown baseball - The Panthers went south and won five games and are now 6-0 on the season.
Slippery Rock baseball – The defending D-10 AAA champions are off to a 3-0 start.
Cathedral Prep baseball – The Ramblers went west and dominated in three wins.
Wilmington softball – The Greyhounds keep rolling at 3-0 this season.
Cathedral Prep lacrosse - The Ramblers have been tough to beat this year at 5-0.
Warren boys tennis – The Dragons are 3-0 this season and look like the team to beat in Region 2.
Fairview boys tennis – The Tigers are already into the second half of the season at 5-0 in Region 3 and 8-1 overall.
McDowell boys tennis – The Trojans have opened the season with a six-match winning streak.
Saegertown boys volleyball – The Panthers are a perfect 3-0 to start the spring.
McDowell boys volleyball – The Trojans have won all three matches to begin the season.

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Posted: March 12th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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: This is the final poll of the season.

Meadville hockey – The Bulldogs won their third straight Lakeshore Hockey League championship.
Cathedral Prep hockey – The Ramblers advanced to the PIHL Penguins Cup championship with a 9-5 win over Armstrong in the semifinals.
Farrell boys basketball – The Steelers pulled out another playoff thriller by beating Uniontown in overtime to move on to the PIAA quarterfinals.
Villa Maria basketball – The Victors rallied to beat West Mifflin 42-35 in the PIAA Class AAA first round.
Mercyhurst Prep boys basketball – The Lakers held off Brookville in double overtime in the PIAA first round.
West Middlesex boys basketball – The Big Reds keep rolling through the PIAA playoffs.
Kennedy Catholic girls basketball – The Golden Eagles have lost only two games this year.

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Posted: March 5th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Cathedral Prep swimming – The Ramblers won the District 10 Class AAA team boys swimming championship.
Fairview swimming – The Tigers swept the District 10 Class AA team championships.
General McLane wrestling – The Lancers finished with the top team score at the Class AAA northwest regional.
Reynolds wrestling - The Raiders had the top team score at the Class AA northwest regional.
Harbor Creek hockey – The Huskies advanced to the PIHL Open championship.
Cathedral Prep hockey – The Ramblers beat Chartiers Valley in the first round of the PIHL playoffs.
Cochranton boys basketball – The Cardinals held off Erie First to win the District 10 Class A championship.
West Middlesex boys basketball – The Big Reds edged Fairview to claim the District 10 Class AA championship.
Farrell boys basketball - The Steelers outlasted East in the District 10 Class AAA championship.
McDowell boys basketball – The Trojans beat DuBois in a PIAA Class AAAA subregional.
Kennedy Catholic girls basketball – The Golden Eagles won the District 10 Class A championship.
Hickory girls basketball – The Hornets had a big effort against Villa Maria to win the District 10 Class AAA championship.

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Posted: February 26th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Reynolds wrestling - The Raiders had another dominant performance Saturday at the District 10 Class AA individual tournament with the highest team score.
Villa Maria bowling – The Victors capped a perfect 10-0 season and the Metro League title.
Erie First basketball - The Eagles earned a spot in the District 10 Class A championship Tuesday with a semifinal win over Kennedy Catholic.
Cochranton boys basketball – The Cardinals keep rolling and are one win from the D-10 Class A title.
Fairview boys basketball – The Tigers dominated Reynolds to earn a spot in the D-10 Class AA championship.
West Middlesex boys basketball – The defending D-10 AA champions are back in the championship game.
East boys basketball - The Warriors had another big win in the D-10 AAA semifinals.
Farrell boys basketball – The Steelers had a tremendous comeback to beat Strong Vincent in the D-10 AAA semifinals.
Seneca girls basketball – The Bobcats knocked off Region 2 co-champion Sharon in the D-10 AA quarters.
McDowell girls basketball – The Trojans won another District 10 Class AAAA championship.
Hickory girls basketball – The Hornets are a perfect 23-0 on the season.
Villa Maria girls basketball – The Victors rolled through the quarterfinals with a win over Grove City.
Mercer girls basketball - The Lady M’s earned a trip back to the D-10 AA semifinals.
Slippery Rock girls basketball – The Rockets are headed to the D-10 AAA semifinals.
Mercyhurst Prep girls basketball – The Lakers held off Franklin to go to the D-10 AAA semifinals.
Rocky Grove girls basketball – The Orioles rolled to a big D-10 A quarterfinal win.
Farrell girls basketball – The Steelers earned a spot in the D-10 A semifinals.

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Posted: February 19th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Greenville wrestling – The Trojans rolled to the Section 3 team title on Saturday.
Reynolds wrestling – The Raiders dominated at the Section 3 tournament.
Grove City boys swimming – The Eagles finished a perfect 16-0 in region meets to win the Region 1 title.
Fairview swimming – The Tigers capped the regular season as Region 2 champions in boys and girls swimming.
Cathedral Prep swimming – The Ramblers finished 14-0 to win the Region 3 title.
Fairview girls basketball – The Tigers clinched a playoff spot for the first time in more than two decades.
Cathedral Prep basketball – The Ramblers beat McDowell and Strong Vincent twice in a total of four days. Prep also finished with the Region 7 title.
Fairview boys basketball - The Tigers had the highest winning percentage in District 10 this season after going 20-2.
Farrell boys basketball – The Steelers had several big wins down the stretch to win the Region 5 title.
East boys basketball – The Warriors locked up their third region title since 2010.
Cochranton girls basketball - The Cardinals won their first region/conference title in 31 years.
General McLane girls basketball – The Lancers won their second straight Region 4 outright title.
Hickory girls basketball – The Hornets completed a perfect 22-0 season.

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Posted: February 12th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Reynolds wrestling – The Raiders made another impressive run to the PIAA Class AA championship dual before losing to Bethlehem Catholic.
General McLane wrestling – Finished the regular season as a Region 4 tri-champion.
Cathedral Prep wrestling – Completed region play as a Region 4 tri-champion.
Fairview swimming – The Tigers locked up the Region 2 boys and girls championships.
Cathedral Prep swimming – Improved to 11-0 in Region 3 and is closing in on the region title.
Kennedy Catholic boys basketball – Finished Region 1 play with a perfect 8-0 record to win the region title.
West Middlesex boys basketball – The Big Reds clinched the Region 2 championship.
Cochranton boys basketball – The Cardinals keep on winning and clinched the Region 3 title.
Fairview boys basketball – The Tigers clinched the Region 4 championship.
Farrell boys basketball – The Steelers moved back into first place with a big win over Oil City.
Girard boys basketball – The YellowJackets knocked off East and are still in the region race.
Seneca boys basketball - The Bobcats upset Mercyhurst Prep and look like they will make the playoffs.
Strong Vincent boys basketball – The Colonels beat General McLane and can still clinch a share of the region title.
Kennedy Catholic girls basketball - The Golden Eagles have clinched the Region 1 championship.
Mercer girls basketball – The Lady M’s beat Sharon to move back into first place in Region 2.
General McLane girls basketball – The Lancers beat Seneca to take control of Region 4.
Hickory girls basketball – The Hornets improved to 21-0 as the only undefeated team in District 10.
Villa Maria basketball – The Victors have locked up Region 6.

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Posted: February 5th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Harbor Creek hockey – The Huskies improved to 16-1 on Monday with a 12-2 win over OLSH.
Reynolds wrestling – The Raiders won the District 10 Class AA championship and earned a spot in Hershey.
Grove City boys swimming – The Eagles are a perfect 12-0 in Region 1 this season.
Fairview swimming – The Tigers are undefeated in Region 2 play in boys and girls.
Cathedral Prep swimming – The Ramblers keep rolling at 8-0 in Region 3.
Franklin girls swimming – The Knights picked up a big win over Slippery Rock to move into first place in Region 1.
Kennedy Catholic boys basketball – The Golden Eagles clinched a share of the Region 1 title and are a perfect 6-0 in the region.
West Middlesex boys basketball – The Big Reds keep on winning in Region 2 at 8-0.
Cochranton boys basketball – The Cardinals clinched the Region 3 title.
Saegertown boys basketball – The Panthers knocked off Cambridge Springs to climb back into the playoff race.
Fairview boys basketball – The Tigers are a perfect 11-0 in Region 4.
Oil City boys basketball - The Oilers have won eight in a row and have a chance at winning the Region 5 title.
East boys basketball – The Warriors have taken control of Region 6 and needs just two region wins to clinch a share of the region title.
Kennedy Catholic girls basketball – The Golden Eagles have clinched a share of the Region 1 title.
Sharon girls basketball – The Tigers are on a roll in Region 2 at 9-1.
Cambridge Springs girls basketball – The Blue Devils clinched a playoff spot in Region 3.
Hickory girls basketball – The Hornets are the only undefeated team left in D-10 at 18-0.
Villa Maria basketball - The Victors picked up another big rivalry win over Mercyhurst Prep to get some separation in Region 6.

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Posted: January 29th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Villa Maria bowling – Locked up the Metro League championship.
Cochranton boys basketball - The Cardinals keep rolling at 7-0 in Region 3.
Fairview boys basketball – The Tigers keep rolling at 8-0 in Region 4.
Farrell boys basketball – The Steelers are 14-1 this season and are starting pull away in Region 5.
Strong Vincent boys basketball – The young Colonels are on fire with several big region wins to move into second place.
Cathedral Prep basketball – The Ramblers keep rolling with big wins over McDowell and Central Tech to clinch a share of the Region 7 title.
Sharon girls basketball – The Tigers are starting to dominate in Region 2 at 7-1.
Conneaut girls basketball - The Eagles are 8-0 in Region 3 and 14-1 overall.
Girard girls basketball – The YellowJackets climbed back into the Region 4 race with a big win over General McLane.
Hickory girls basketball – The Hornets have the only perfect team in D-10 at 16-0.
Villa Maria basketball – The Victors are undefeated in Region 6 at 5-0.
General McLane wrestling – Was the highest finishing D-10 team at the Grove City tournament by finishing third.
Reynolds wrestling – The Raiders keep dominating in District 10.
Grove City boys swimming - The Eagles are a perfect 8-0 in Region 1.
Slippery Rock girls swimming – The Rockets haven’t lost a Region 1 meet this season.
Fairview swimming – The Tigers are undefeated in boys and girls in Region 2.
Cathedral Prep swimming – The Ramblers picked up a few more wins and are 8-0 this year.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Fairview competitive spirit – Won the District 10 small division championship at the second D-10 meet.
Wilmington competitive spirit – Won the District 10 medium division championship.
Villa Maria bowling – Locked up a share of the Metro League championship.
Jamestown wrestling – Finished as the top team at the Mercer Invitational.
Sharon wrestling – Was the highest finishing team at the North East Invitational by taking third.
Reynolds wrestling - Clinched a share of the Region 1 title and is one win from the region title outright.
Cathedral Prep wrestling - The Ramblers keep winning and are 5-0 in Region 4.
Grove City boys swimming – The Eagles are dominating Region 1 at 7-0.
Fairview swimming – The Tigers are unbeaten in region play and the boys won the Iroquois Invitational.
Cathedral Prep swimming – The Ramblers are 6-0 this season, including 5-0 in Region 3.
Slippery Rock girls swimming – The Rockets are a perfect 7-0 in Region 1.
Conneaut girls basketball - The Eagles improved to 7-0 in Region 3 on Tuesday.
Kennedy Catholic girls basketball – The Golden Eagles are rolling in Region 1.
Sharon girls basketball – The Tigers are surging at the right time in Region 2.
General McLane girls basketball – The Lancers finished the first half of the season at 7-0 in Region 4.
Hickory girls basketball – The Hornets are the only perfect team left in D-10 at 14-0.
Villa Maria basketball – The Victors improved to 4-0 in Region 6.
Kennedy Catholic boys basketball – The Golden Eagles are undefeated in Region 1.
West Middlesex boys basketball – The Big Reds are rolling in Region 2.
Cochranton boys basketball - The Cardinals had a perfect first half at 6-0.
Fairview boys basketball – The Tigers are rolling at 8-0 in Region 4.
East boys basketball – The Warriors picked up a big win at Girard to take control of Region 6.

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Posted: January 15th, 2014

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured Sunday in the Erie Times-News. Teams who have won the award this season are no longer eligible. Fans are encouraged to nominate teams by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. 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.

Fairview girls swimming – The Tigers dominated the Iroquois Invitational.
McDowell girls swimming – The Trojans keep winning and are unbeaten in Region 3.
Villa Maria bowling – The Victors are perfect at 6-0 on the season.
Reynolds wrestling – The Raiders keep on picking up big wins and outlasted Fort LeBoeuf in a non-region match.
Cochranton boys basketball – The Cardinals with several big non-region wins over Erie First and Kennedy Catholic.
West Middlesex boys basketball - The Big Reds are a perfect 4-0 in Region 2.
Wilmington boys basketball – The Greyhounds are on a roll at 4-0 in Region 2.
Fairview boys basketball - The Tigers picked up big region wins this week, including a rivalry win against Mercyhurst Prep.
Oil City boys basketball – The Oilers knocked off the last undefeated team in D-10 in Farrell.
General McLane boys basketball – The Lancers keep rolling in the region at 3-0.
Girard boys basketball – The YellowJackets are undefeated in Region 6 at 2-0.
East boys basketball – The Warriors outlasted rival Strong Vincent by one point.
Commodore Perry girls basketball – The Panthers improved to 2-0 in Region 1.
Kennedy Catholic girls basketball – The Golden Eagles are unbeaten at 1-0 in Region 1.
Conneaut girls basketball – The Eagles are on a roll at 10-1 and 4-0 in the region.
Cochranton girls basketball – The Cardinals are a perfect 4-0 in Region 3.
General McLane girls basketball – The Lancers are 4-0 in the region and 10-1 overall.
Seneca girls basketball – The Bobcats are 4-0 in Region and 7-1 overall.
Hickory girls basketball – The Hornets are 12-0 and the only undefeated team in District 10.
Villa Maria girls basketball – The Victors picked up a big win over rival Mercyhurst Prep and they are 3-0 in the region.

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