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Posts categorized "Cross country"
Posted: July 20th, 2014

Recent high school graduates Chris Jiuliante of McDowell and Raven Clark of Villa Maria were among more than 1,100-plus runners who completed Sunday’s Presque Isle Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race comprised one loop around Presque Isle State Park.

Jiuliante, who didn’t take up competitive running until last year, placed second in the boys age 19-under division with a time of 1 hour, 23 minutes, 20.2 seconds. He trailed only former Cathedral Prep standout John Lacy (1:22.43.8) in that bracket.

Clark was 16th (1:56.25.2) in the girls 19-under division. She was a member of Villa’s 3,200-meter relay team which received gold medals in that event at the 2013 PIAA Class AA track and field meet.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 19th, 2014

Two of District 10′s best returning runners were the overall champions of Saturday’s North East Cherry Festival 5K.

Mercyhurst Prep student Sebastian Curtin was first across the finish line with a low time of 16 minutes, 14 seconds. North East rival Gary Olson placed fourth and took first place in the men’s age 14-19 division at 16:51.

Noah Curtin, Sebastian’s younger brother and another returning Laker, was second to Olson in that bracket at 16:56.

Grace Trucilla of Villa Maria was the race’s fastest female. The former PIAA track and field gold medalist returned in 19:13.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 18th, 2014

Jake Lehotsky and Brad Pier, returning members of Fort LeBoeuf’s boys cross country team, finished first and second in their age group for Thursday’s Waterford Summer Sizzler 5K.

Lehotsky, a sophomore-to-be for the Bison, was timed at 18 minutes, 34 seconds. It was low enough to win the male 15-18 division.

Pier, entering his final season at LeBoeuf, came in second for that group at 19:08.

Kelli Proctor, who’s coached Lehotsky and Pier, was the 5K’s fastest woman when she crossed the finish line in 19:43. Former LeBoeuf student Matt McWilliams was the overall titlist at 16:32.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 8th, 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 fall athletes of the year during the past 10 years: (The winter athletes and fall athletes were previously listed on the Varsity blog.)

2004: Zac Kuchta, North East
2005: Drew Astorino, General McLane
2006: Kolten Hoffman, West Middlesex
2007: Tyler Sargent, Fairview
2008: A.J. Fenton, McDowell
2009: Shyquawn Pullium, Cathedral Prep
2010: Mark Kulinski, Oil City
2011: Wes Phipps, Grove City
2012: Damion Terry, Cathedral Prep
2013: Blake Reddick, Lakeview

Boys soccer
2004-05: Dan Howell, Iroquois
2005-06: Kyle Campbell, North East
2006-07: Afrim Latifi, Cathedral Prep
2007-08: Aaron Meehl, North East
2008-09: Adam Clement, McDowell
2009-10: Mitchell Mack, Cathedral Prep
2010-11: Max Weber, Mercyhurst Prep
2011-12: Jose Abdala, Mercyhurst Prep
2012-13: Eric Campbell, Harbor Creek
2013-14: Eric Campbell, Harbor Creek

Girls soccer
2004-05: Tami Krzeszewski, Mercyhurst Prep
2005-06: Taylor Hilinski, Harbor Creek
2006-07: Samantha Kaiser, Mercyhurst Prep
2007-08: Amanda Lewis, Villa Maria
2008-09: Chrissy Keck, Fairview
2009-10: Amanda Lewis, Villa Maria
2010-11: Becca Costello, Mercyhurst Prep
2011-12: Steph Corey, Harbor Creek
2012-13: Sarah Kaiser, Mercyhurst Prep
2013-14: Sara Suler, Hickory

Boys cross country
2004-05: Jed Christiansen Greenville
2005-06: Mike Stolar, Mercyhurst Prep
2006-07: Mike Stolar, Mercyhurst Prep
2007-08: Dan Dillon, General McLane
2008-09: Sam Havko, Fairview
2009-10: Alex Beardsley, North East
2010-11: Jacob Kildoo, Grove City
2011-12: Dan Jaskowak, Grove City
2012-13: Dan Jaskowak, Grove City and Austin Pondel, Corry
2013-14: Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep and Jeremy Parsons, Maplewood

Girls cross country
2004-05: Nichole Smith, Mercer
2005-06: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2006-07: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2007-08: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2008-09: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2009-10: Elesia Wilson, Meadville
2010-11: Morgan Richards, Hickory
2011-12: Morgan Richards, Hickory
2012-13: Bernadette Prichard, Villa Maria
2013-14: Reilly Walsh, Cambridge Springs

Girls volleyball
2004-05: Allison Harvey, Titusville
2005-06: Amanda Bancroft, Maplewood
2006-07: Angela Groshner, Maplewood
2007-08: Angela Groshner, Maplewood
2008-09: Becca Beightol, Maplewood
2009-10: Courtney Lydick, General McLane
2010-11: Nicole Brunot, Maplewood
2011-12: Amber Litwiler, Linesville
2012-13: Maria Peluso, Fort LeBoeuf
2013-14: Challen Litwiler, Conneaut

Boys golf
2004-05: Mike Wolfe, McDowell
2005-06: Cameron Peterson, Grove City
2006-07: Greg Gurdak, Corry
2007-08: Gregor Orlando, Cathedral Prep
2008-09: Gregor Orlando, Cathedral Prep
2009-10: Greg Podufal, Cathedral Prep
2010-11: Ryan Prokay, Grove City
2011-12: Cameron Zbrzeznj, Cathedral Prep
2012-13: Brett Rinker, Slippery Rock
2013-14: Andrew Britton, Cathedral Prep

Girls golf
2004-05: Ellen Ciacchini, Villa Maria
2005-06: Ellen Ciacchini, Villa Maria
2006-07: Ellen Ciacchini, Villa Maria
2007-08: Jackie Dill, Villa Maria
2008-09: Jenna Rinker, Slippery Rock
2009-10: Karlie Zabrosky, McDowell
2010-11: Karlie Zabrosky, McDowell
2011-12: Karlie Zabrosky, McDowell
2012-13: Megan Moylan, North East
2013-14: Megan Moylan, North East

Girls tennis
2004-05: Allison Haener, Mercyhurst Prep
2005-06: Stephanie Novakowski, Mercyhurst Prep
2006-07: Stephanie Novakowski, Mercyhurst Prep
2007-08: Stephanie Novakowski, Mercyhurst Prep
2008-09: Rebecca Haener, Mercyhurst Prep
2009-10: Daraja Hill, McDowell
2010-11: Maggie McLaughlin, Mercyhurst Prep
2011-12: Adrianna Jeffress, McDowell
2012-13: Adrianna Jeffress, McDowell
2013-14: Katie Elia-Brittany McBride, Mercyhurst Prep

Posted: February 2nd, 2014

Union City cross country coach Jeannette Boyd reverted to competitor mode for Saturday’s Run Through Little Russia 5K Run-Walk.

Boyd, 38, did more than participate in the eastside Erie event, she was an overall winner. She broke the tape for the women’s running title with a low time of 20 minutes, 3 seconds.

Erie’s Pamela Wassell, 50, was second (21:44) and Kate Amatuzzo, 28, third (22:23).

– Mike Copper

Posted: January 25th, 2014

Hershey has been the ultimate destination for most of the PIAA’s fall athletic programs over the years. It will remain that way after its board of directors voted where to stage upcoming finals during that season at its Jan. 22 board of directors meeting.

State championships in football, soccer, cross country and tennis will be determined in Chocolatetown each year through 2017. Hersheypark Stadium will host the football and soccer finals, cross country at the Parkview course outside the Giant Center, and tennis at the Hershey Racquet Club.

The PIAA golf tournament returns to York’s Heritage Hills Golf Resort for another three seasons. Field hockey, a sport not played in northwestern Pennsylvania, will hold its state finals at Whitehall High School.

A site for the PIAA girls volleyball finals, held at Central York High School in recent seasons, wasn’t voted on during the meeting. The board will announce in March where those future matches will be held.

– Mike Copper

Posted: January 1st, 2014

Here’s a look at the District 10 champions from the fall season:

Class A – Lakeview
Class AA - Hickory
Class AAA – Cathedral Prep
Boys soccer
Class A – Mercyhurst Prep
Class AA - Harbor Creek
Class AAA – McDowell
Girls soccer
Class A – Wilmington
Class AA – Hickory
Class AAA – McDowell
Girls volleyball
Class A - Cochranton
Class AA – Conneaut
Class AAA – McDowell
Girls tennis
Class AA singles – Lauren Petrella, Mercyhurst Prep
Class AA doubles - Katie Elia and Brittany McBride, Mercyhurst Prep
Class AA team – Mercyhurst Prep
Class AAA singles - Adrianna Jeffress, McDowell
Class AAA doubles – Lauren Fadden and Larissa Chen, McDowell
Class AAA team – McDowell
Boys cross country
Class A individual – Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep
Class A team – Saegertown
Class AA individual – Aaron Benka, Grove City
Class AA team – Grove City
Class AAA individual – Bobby Danielson, Central Tech
Class AAA team – McDowell
Girls cross country
Class A individual – Reilly Walsh, Cambridge Springs
Class A team – West Middlesex
Class AA individual – Lexi Bible, Hickory
Class AA team – Villa Maria
Class AAA individual - Kelsey Swantek, McDowell
Class AAA team – McDowell
Boys golf
Class AA individual – Matt McCord, Titusville
Class AA team – Titusville
Class AAA individual – Andrew Britton, Cathedral Prep
Class AAA team – Cathedral Prep
Girls golf
Class AA individual – Megan Moylan, North East
Class AA team – Villa Maria
Class AAA individual – Megan Kaverman, McDowell
Class AAA team – McDowell

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: January 1st, 2014

We’ll be wrapping up the fall season today with several posts. Here is a look at the District 10 Player of the Year for each sport:

Football – Blake Reddick, Lakeview
Boys soccer – Eric Campbell, Harbor Creek
Girls soccer – Sara Suler, Hickory
Girls volleyball – Challen Litwiler, Conneaut
Girls tennis – Katie Elia and Brittany McBride, Mercyhurst Prep
Boys cross country – Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep and Jeremy Parsons, Maplewood
Girls cross country – Reilly Walsh, Cambridge Springs
Boys golf – Andrew Britton, Cathedral Prep
Girls golf – Megan Moylan, North East

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 23rd, 2013

Runners with current ties to District 10 cross country swept the top three spots in the female open division at Sunday’s Miller Mistletoe Mile. The race was connected by Heard Park and Gibson Park in North East.

Villa Maria junior Grace Trucilla was the women’s overall gold medalist with an even time of 5 minutes, 51 seconds. Trucilla is a returning PIAA track champion for the Victors.

Second place went to Jeannette Boyd. The Union City girls cross country coach crossed the finish line in 6:02.3.

Third went to Taylor Pletz (6:10.3), who recently completed her junior cross country season at Mercyhurst Prep.

– Mike Copper

Posted: December 15th, 2013

Morgan Schenberg, who led the Saegertown boys cross country team to the 2013 PIAA Class A championship, was an age-group winner at Saturday’s Snowflake 5K. The race, sponsored by the Erie Runners Club, was held at Presque Isle State Park.

Schenberg easily won the event’s male 16-19 division with a time of 18 minutes, 46 seconds. Erie’s Sam Chodubski was the silver medalist in that group at 29:13.

Morgan Schenberg and his brother Matt are seniors at Saegertown. They led the Panthers to the school’s first PIAA team title of any kind when they respectively placed 14th and 37th in the Class A boys race at Hershey on Nov. 2.

– Mike Copper

Posted: November 29th, 2013

Four District 10 runners had significant results during Thursday’s Turkey Trot 5K at Presque Isle State Park.

Juniors Dan Wilcko of Fairview and Grace Trucilla of Villa Maria each placed third overall in the Thanksgiving morning event. Wilcko was timed at 17 minutes, 35.6 seconds in the men’s open standings, while Trucilla was the bronze medalist in the women’s open division at 20:49.1.

Cambridge Springs junior Reilly Walsh was the event’s fastest runner in the age 13-19 female division. The Erie Times-News female cross country runner of the year for 2013 crossed the finish line in 21:18.2.

Nick Samsel, a senior teammate of Wilcko at Fairview, was the male 13-19 titlist at 18:09.9.

– Mike Copper

Posted: November 3rd, 2013

The Saegertown boys cross counry team made history inside and outside the school when it claimed the 2013 PIAA Class A team title Saturday.

Saegertown, with 60 points, won the state’s small-school team trophy at the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey. That made them the first Panthers’ athletic program of any kind to receive a PIAA team trophy, according to coach Bill Hetrick.

Saegertown’s achievement also made the team the first from District 10 to win a state cross country championship since the North East boys (Class AA) in 2007. The Panthers are the first Crawford County boys program to do that, with the Titusville girls (Class AA) victorious in 1977 and 1994.

– Mike Copper

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