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Posted: June 6th, 2014

Baseball
Week 1 – Joseph Baltes, Cathedral Prep
Week 2 – Tanner Teconchuk, Warren
Week 3 – Cody Ballay, McDowell
Week 4 – Drake Burgess, Union City
Week 5 – Shane Russell, Union City
Week 6 – Nate Noe, Northwestern
Week 7 – Isaac Mattson, Harbor Creek
Week 8 – Jay Clinger, Northwestern

Softball
Week 1 – Alli Kaliszewski, Iroquois
Week 2 – Kayla Osborne, Northwestern
Week 3 – Madison Vorpagel, Fort LeBoeuf
Week 4 – Carly Williams, Union City
Week 5 – Noelle Wienczkowski, Union City
Week 6 – Alex Osborne, Northwestern
Week 7 – Hannah Cass, Fort LeBoeuf
Week 8 – Lexi Donati, Wilmington

Boys track and field
Week 1 – No poll
Week 2 – Corey Shinko, Northwestern
Week 3 – Bryan Olesky, Cathedral Prep
Week 4 – Corey Twichel, Girard
Week 5 – Eli Miller, Fort LeBoeuf
Week 6 – Dan Kuhn, Harbor Creek
Week 7 – Brady Kadlubek, Slippery Rock
Week 8 – Damion Owens, Fairview

Girls track and field
Week 1 – No poll
Week 2 – Sydney Sokol, McDowell
Week 3 – Style Henry, Villa Maria
Week 4 – Samantha Dunn, Girard
Week 5 – Larissa Cass, Fort LeBoeuf
Week 6 – Abby Rose, Fort LeBoeuf
Week 7 – Emily Campbell, Slippery Rock
Week 8 – Bethany Evankovich, General McLane

Spring athlete
Week 1 – Julian Pursell, Fairview lacrosse, Anna Gebhardt, Fairview lacrosse
Week 2 – Andrew Hicks, Fort LeBoeuf volleyball
Week 3 – Abby Morrison, Villa Maria lacrosse
Week 4 – Madison French, Conneaut lacrosse
Week 5 – Stephanie Chido, Villa Maria lacrosse
Week 6 – Jarred Ferris, Cambridge Springs volleyball
Week 7 – Walker Stone, Fort LeBoeuf volleyball
Week 8 – Jaida Camino, McDowell lacrosse

Team
Week 1 – Fairview boys tennis
Week 2 – McDowell softball
Week 3 – Strong Vincent softball
Week 4 – Seneca track and field
Week 5 – Northwestern baseball
Week 6 – Lakeview baseball
Week 7 – Northwestern softball
Week 8 – Iroquois softball

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: May 28th, 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.

Hickory boys track and field – The Hornets took second at the PIAA Class AA championship meet.
Cathedral Prep lacrosse – Became the first team in District 10 history to reach the PIAA first round.
Cochranton boys volleyball - Won the District 10 Class AA championship.
McDowell baseball – The Trojans routed Perry 19-0 in a PIAA Class AAAA subregional.
Eisenhower baseball – Won the District 10 Class A championship.
Franklin baseball – The Knights held off Northwestern to win the District 10 Class AA championship.
Cathedral Prep baseball – The Ramblers rolled to the District 10 Class AAA championship.
Warren softball – The Dragons routed Fort LeBoeuf 10-0 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship.
Iroquois softball – The Braves rallied to win an exciting game against West Middlesex for the District 10 Class A championship.
Wilmington softball – The Greyhounds rallied to win the District 10 Class AA championship.

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Posted: May 21st, 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.

Hickory track and field – The Hornets won the District 10 boys and girls championships.
Wilmington girls track and field - The Greyhounds won the District 10 Class AA championship.
Slippery Rock boys track and field – The Rockets won the District 10 Class AAA championship.
Cathedral Prep lacrosse – Edged rival McDowell 11-9 for the District 10 championship.
McDowell girls lacrosse – The Trojans held off Villa Maria 10-7 to win the District 10 championship.
Saegertown boys volleyball – Swept Conneaut in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Meadville boys volleyball – Held off Fort LeBoeuf in the D-10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Cochranton boys volleyball – Swept Maplewood in the D-10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Cambridge Springs boys volleyball – Earned a spot in the D10 Class AA semifinals with a sweep of Farrell.
Franklin baseball - Shut out Hickory 4-0 in the D-10 AA quarterfinals.
Mercyhurst Prep baseball - The Lakers edged Wilmington in the D-10 AA quarterfinals.
Saegertown baseball – The Panthers rolled past Titusville in the D-10 AA quarterfinals.
Corry baseball – Upset Region 6 champion Conneaut 10-2 in the D-10 AAA quarterfinals.
Grove City baseball – Upset Region 7 champion Warren 4-0 in the D-10 AAA quarterfinals.
Harbor Creek baseball – The Huskies earned a spot in the D-10 AAA semifinals with a 6-1 win over Slippery Rock.
Cathedral Prep baseball – Shut out General McLane 7-0 in the D-10 AAA quarterfinals.
Iroquois softball – The Braves mercy-ruled Reynolds 15-5 in the D-10 A quarterfinals.
Saegertown softball – The Panthers routed Sharpsville 8-2 in the D-10 A quarterfinals.
General McLane softball – The Region 4 champions earned their first playoff win in program history 2-1 over Lakeview.
Northwestern softball – The Wildcats routed Franklin 11-3 in the D-10 AA quarterfinals.
Titusville softball – The Rockets scored one run in the seventh inning and four in the eighth to rally past Harbor Creek 5-1 in the D-10 AA quarterfinals.
Wilmington softball – The Greyhounds beat Cambridge Springs 13-7 in the D-10 AA quarterfinals.

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Posted: May 14th, 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.

Lakeview baseball – The Sailors beat Kennedy Catholic 9-3 to secure the Region 1 championship.
Saegertown baseball - Completed a perfect region season to clinch the Region 3 title.
Franklin baseball – The Knights rolled to the Region 4 championship.
Conneaut baseball – The Eagles made their way through a tough region to win the Region 6 title.
Warren baseball - Finished on top of Region 7.
Cathedral Prep baseball – The Ramblers knocked off rival McDowell to earn a share of the Region 8 title.
Wilmington softball - The Greyhounds dominated their region to win the Region 2 title.
Cochranton softball – Finished the regular season with the Region 3 championship.
General McLane softball - The Lancers secure their first region title by winning the Region 4 title.
Titusville softball – The Rockets locked up the Region 5 championship.
Saegertown volleyball – The Panthers finished the regular season with the Region 1 title and top seed in the playoffs.
McDowell tennis – The Trojans swept rival Cathedral Prep to win the District 10 Class AAA championship.
Villa Maria lacrosse – The Victors knocked off Fairview to clinch a spot in the District 10 championship.
Greenville tennis – Won the team title at the Buhl Park tennis invitational.
North East boys track and field – The Grapepickers won the Erie County Classic.
General McLane girls track and field – The Lancers had a big day to win the Erie County Classic.

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Posted: May 8th, 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.

Hickory boys tennis – Won a tiebreaker with Greenville to earn a spot in the District 10 Class AA team tournament.
Warren boys tennis – Won the Region 2 championship with a perfect run through region play.
McDowell boys tennis – Completed a perfect region season to earn the Region 4 title.
Saegertown boys volleyball – The Panthers are undefeated at 9-0 and are in control of Region 1.
Lakeview boys track and field – Won the Region 1 championship.
Wilmington girls track and field – Locked up the Region 1 title.
North East boys track and field – Clinched the Region 5 title.
Harbor Creek girls track and field - Took home the Region 5 championship.
Cathedral Prep track and field – Finished region play as the Region 6 champion.
Villa Maria track and field - Won the Region 6 title.
Wilmington softball - The Greyhounds clinched a share of the Region 2 championship.
Cochranton softball – The Cardinals are a perfect 10-0 on the season.
General McLane softball – The Lancers have moved to 11-0 and are one of two undefeated teams left in District 10.
Titusville softball - The Rockets are in control of Region 5.
Hickory softball – The Hornets edged Corry by one run to move into position to possibly share the region title.
Lakeview baseball - The Sailors keep rolling in Region 1.
Franklin baseball – The Knights keep picking big wins this season.
Northwestern baseball – The Wildcats earned a share of the Region 5 title and knocked off powerhouse Mercyhurst Prep.
Warren baseball - The Dragons routed Harbor Creek 9-1 to earn a share of the Region 7 title.

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Posted: April 30th, 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.

McDowell boys tennis – The Trojans moved to 15-0 with another win over Fairview on Tuesday and they have clinched a share of the Region 4 title.
Warren boys tennis – The Dragons completed region play a perfect 6-0 to win the Region 2 title.
Hickory boys tennis – The Hornets are in control of Region 1 and two wins from clinching a playoff spot.
Lakeview baseball – The Sailors finished the first half of region play at 3-0 to lead Region 1.
West Middlesex baseball – The Big Reds keep on winning and are on top of Region 2.
Mercyhurst Prep baseball – The Lakers are closing in on the Region 5 title.
Slippery Rock baseball – The Rockets routed Grove City and have a two-game lead in Region 6 in the loss column.
McDowell baseball – The Trojans are a perfect 10-0 including a no-hitter against powerhouse Saegertown.
Wilmington softball – The Greyhounds are undefeated at 10-0 and have a big lead in Region 2.
Cochranton softball – The Cardinals keep pulling out close games to remain perfect at 8-0.
General McLane softball – The Lancers have won their first nine games of the season.
Corry softball – The Beavers finished the first half of Region 6 play a perfect 5-0.
Saegertown boys volleyball - The Panthers took control of Region 1 with a big win over Cochranton on Tuesday.
Wilmington track and field – The Greyhounds are unbeaten in boys and girls action in Region 1.
Greenville track and field – The Trojans boys and girls are rolling in Region 3.
Seneca track and field – The Bobcats are undefeated in boys and girls in Region 4.
North East boys track and field – The Grapepickers wrapped up the Region 5 title.
McDowell track and field – The Trojans haven’t lost a dual in boys or girls.
Slippery Rock boys track and field – Won the Hermitage Invitational.
Hickory girls track and field – Secured the Hermitage Invitational title.

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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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