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Posts categorized "Cross country"
Posted: October 10th, 2013

Cross country
Franklin swept Lakeview

Boys soccer
Region 1
Commodore Perry 3, Kennedy Catholic 1
Conneaut 3, Sharpsville 0
Mercer 6, West Middlesex 0
Region 2
Grove City 3, Franklin 1
Wilmington 3, Hickory 2
Region 3
Eisenhower 2, Iroquois 0
Mercyhurst Prep 6, Seneca 0
North East 1, Fairview 0
Region 4
Bradford 2, Corry 1 OT
Warren 3, Oil City 1
Region 5
Girard 4, Strong Vincent 1
Harbor Creek 3, General McLane 0
Fort LeBoeuf 1, East 0
Westlake (Ohio) 3, McDowell 0
Cathedral Prep 2, Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 0

Girls soccer
Mercyhurst Prep 8, Eisenhower 0
Forest 3, Kennedy Catholic 1

Girls volleyball
Region 1
Sharpsville def Farrell
Jamestown def Kennedy Catholic 25-23, 25-10, 25-18
West Middlesex and Reynolds 25-13, 25-21, 25-14
Region 2
Cochranton def Union City
Cambridge Springs def Eisenhower 25-15, 25-10, 25-16
Maplewood def Saegertown 18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-17
Youngsville def Rocky Grove 25-7, 25-20, 25-14
Region 3
Grove City def Mercer 25-15, 25-15, 25-12
Wilmington def Slippery Rock 25-21, 25-21, 25-18
Region 4
Conneaut def Meadville 23-25, 25-14, 25-9, 25-14
Titusville def Oil City 25-20, 25-15, 25-14
Region 5
Fort LeBoeuf def General McLane 25-17, 25-20, 25-16
Iroquois def Girard 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20
North East def Northwestern 25-16, 25-9, 25-18
Fairview def Seneca 25-21, 25-23, 25-15
Region 6
Harbor Creek def East 25-5, 25-9, 25-4
Mercyhurst Prep def Villa Maria 25-15, 25-17, 25-14
Central Tech def Strong Vincent 25-22, 25-21, 29-27

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: October 8th, 2013

Cross country
Region 1
Commodore Perry swept Mercer
West Middlesex swept Kennedy Catholic
Sharpsville def Jamestown (boys)
Jamestown def Sharpsville (girls)
Region 2
Grove City swept Greenville
Sharon swept Reynolds
Slippery Rock def Wilmington (boys)
Wilmington def Slippery Rock (girls)
Region 3
Saegertown def Conneaut (boys)
Saegertown def Cambridge Springs (boys)
Conneaut def Saegertown (girls)
Cambridge Springs def Saegertown (girls)
Cambridge Springs swept Conneaut
Cochranton def Franklin (boys)
Rocky Grove def Franklin (boys)
Cochranton def Rocky Grove (boys)
Franklin def Rocky Grove (girls)
Franklin def Cochranton (girls)
Rocky Grove def Cochranton (girls)
Maplewood swept Titusville
Maplewood swept Oil City
Oil City swept Titusville
Region 6
Central Tech swept Strong Vincent
Cathedral Prep def Meadville
Villa Maria def Meadville

Boys soccer
Region 1
Commodore Perry 3, West Middlesex 0
Kennedy Catholic 4, Sharpsville 0
Mercer 8, Conneaut 1
Region 2
Slippery Rock 7, Franklin 2
Grove City 1, Wilmington 0
Hickory 5, Sharon 1
Region 3
Fairview 4, Seneca 0
North East 4, Iroquois 0
Mercyhurst Prep 10, Eisenhower 0
Region 4
Bradford 15, Oil City 0
Warren 4, Saegertown 0
Region 5
General McLane 3, Fort LeBoeuf 0
Girard 5, East 3
Harbor Creek 5, Strong Vincent 0
Region 6
Cathedral Prep 3, Meadville 2

Girls soccer
Strong Vincent 3, Conneaut (Ohio) 2

Girls tennis
Region 2
Fairview 3, General McLane 2
McDowell 4, Warren 1
Mercyhurst Prep 5, Nichols (N.Y.) 0

Girls volleyball
Region 1
Farrell def Commodore Perry 25-21, 25-16, 17-25, 25-21
Sharpsville def Reynolds
West Middlesex def Kennedy Catholic 25-20, 25-18, 25-14
Region 2
Cambridge Springs def Maplewood 12-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-22
Eisenhower def Rocky Grove 25-21, 25-20, 25-15
Cochranton def Saegertown 25-19, 25-13, 26-24
Union City def Youngsville 25-23, 25-17, 19-25, 25-16
Region 3
Grove City def Wilmington 25-22, 25-23, 25-20
Region 4
Conneaut def Warren 25-18, 25-9, 25-14
Corry def Titusville 18-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19
Meadville def Oil City 25-15, 25-15, 25-17
Region 5
Girard def Fairview 25-12, 26-24, 25-7
Fort LeBoeuf def Seneca 25-10, 29-27, 25-5
Iroquois def Northwestern 25-16, 25-17, 26-24
General McLane def North East 25-20, 25-15, 25-23
Region 6
McDowell def Central Tech 25-10, 25-7, 25-9
Strong Vincent def East 23-25, 25-8, 25-19, 25-9
Harbor Creek def Villa Maria 25-17, 25-19, 25-10

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: October 3rd, 2013

Cross country
Rocky Grove at Lakeview, 4 p.m.
Cranberry swept Franklin

Boys soccer
Region 4
Corry at Oil City ppd.
Region 6
McDowell 1, Cathedral Prep 0, 2 OT

Girls soccer
Region 1
Mercer 2, Kennedy Catholic 1
Wilmington 7, Sharon 0
Sharpsville 4, West Middlesex 3
Region 2
Meadville 6, Oil City 2
Slippery Rock 4, Titusville 0
Hickory 4, Grove City 1
Region 3
Fairview 6, Conneaut 0
North East 2, Iroquois 0
Seneca 3, Eisenhower 0
Region 4
Bradford 8, Corry 1
Region 5
Fort LeBoeuf 1, Girard 0
Harbor Creek 1, General McLane 0
Cambridge Springs 5, Maplewood 0

Girls tennis
Region 2
McDowell 4, General McLane 0
Mercyhurst Prep 5, Central Tech 0

Girls volleyball
Region 1
West Middlesex def Commodore Perry 25-11, 25-11, 25-3
Lakeview def Farrell 25-22, 25-20, 25-23
Reynolds def Kennedy Catholic
Sharpsville def Jamestown 25-17, 25-18, 25-11
Region 2
Cambridge Springs def Union City 25-17, 25-10, 25-20
Cochranton def Youngsville 25-22, 25-8, 25-20
Maplewood def Eisenhower 25-7, 25-16, 25-10
Saegertown def Rocky Grove 25-16, 25-14, 25-18
Region 3
Grove City def Sharon
Hickory def Slippery Rock 25-19, 25-18, 25-18
Region 4
Conneaut def Corry 25-23, 25-22, 25-18
Warren def Meadville 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-17
Titusville def Franklin 25-16, 25-17, 25-20
Region 5
Fort LeBoeuf def Iroquois 25-17, 25-17, 25-11
General McLane def Northwestern 25-11, 25-8, 25-9
North East def Fairview 25-18, 25-22, 25-9
Girard def Seneca 25-15, 25-20, 25-11
Region 6
Harbor Creek def Mercyhurst Prep 25-12, 25-9, 25-20
McDowell def Strong Vincent 25-9, 25-10, 25-4
Central Tech def Villa Maria 25-22, 25-20, 25-21

Girls water polo
Western Conference
Villa Maria 11, Fairview 9

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 29th, 2013

District 10 cross country runners had to face one of the, let’s say “fun”, courses around on Saturday. The Cochranton Invitational took place Saturday with the infamous Cochranton run. In fact, runners are given T-shirts that say “I survived the Cochranton hill” after the race is over. Mercyhurst Prep’s Sebastian Curtin continued his impressive season by winning the boys race with a time of 16:03. Saegertown’s Morgan Schenberg was second at 16:17, while teammate Brendon Barclay came in third. Saegertown ended up winning the team title and looks like a strong contender in District 10. On the girls’ side, West Middlesex had two of the top three runners. Kristen White was the winner with a time of 19:35 and Cambridge Springs’ Reilly Walsh was second at 19:42. Chloe Tyillian was third at 19:53 followed by Lexi Bible (Hickory) and Paige Yoder (Meadville). West Middlesex won the girls team title followed by Hickory.

•Several District 10 teams made the trip to Rochester, N.Y. to compete in the McQuaid Invitational. Maplewood star Jeremy Parsons ran the course with an amazing time of 15:19 to win the Class A title and beat the field by more than 20 seconds. Jake Parsons finished in seventh and Hans Wentz was 10th to help the Tigers finish in fifth place. North East took eighth in Class A behind a fourth-place finish from Gary Olson. Cathedral Prep was 14th in the Class AA race and General McLane was 18th. Pat Kloecker finished in 26th place to lead the Ramblers and Lukas Hallett was 61st for the Lancers. Villa Maria had a solid finish by taking fourth in the Class A race. Claire Brown was 21st with a 19:07 followed by Grace Trucilla in 34th place, Carlee Constable in 35th and Alison Carson in 41st. Emma Verdonik continued her solid year with an eighth-place finish to help North East finish in fifth place. General McLane ran in the Class AA race, finishing in ninth place behind a 16th-place finish by Morgan Price.

•There were a couple of interesting girls soccer matches that took place Saturday. Seneca held off Girard 4-0 with two goals from Jeanette Koeth. Amanda Sonney added one goal and one assist, while Kym Braine and Shyler Abbey combined for the shutout in goal. Seneca is on the edge of breaking through as a Class A contender, while Girard has been playing well lately in Class AA. Strong Vincent beat North East 5-1. Strong Vincent is another team starting to open some eyes, while North East is always strong each season. Taylore Fletcher and Emily Griffith each had two goals for the Colonels, while Danielle Loney also had one goal.

Blake Reddick rebounded Saturday with a huge rushing performance for Lakeview. Reddick ran for 265 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Kennedy Catholic and eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. Reddick has rushed for more than 200 yards three times this season. He had 262 yards and five touchdowns against Union City and 308 yards against Franklin. Reddick has retaken the District 10 rushing lead with 1,010 yards this season.

•District 10 is down to five undefeated football teams this season. Mercer and Warren lost their first games of the season on Friday. The Mustangs lost to West Middlesex 17-14, while the Dragons fell to Oil City 41-28. West Middlesex hasn’t been the most popular choice in Class A for some in Mercer County but the Big Reds keep on winning. Sharpsville, Farrell, Lakeview and Mercer are all talented teams, but until a team can prove it can beat West Middlesex, the Big Reds are a clear-cut favorite in Class A.

•Make sure to check the blog throughout this afternoon. I will have new District 10 rankings in football, soccer and volleyball as well as playoff projections in all three sports.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 24th, 2013

Cross country
Region 1
Jamestown def Mercer (boys)
Mercer def Jamestown (girls)
Commodore Perry swept Kennedy Catholic
Lakeview swept Sharpsville
Region 2
Grove City swept Sharon
Hickory swept Greenville
Wilmington swept Reynolds
Region 4
Corry swept Fort LeBoeuf
Corry swept Warren
Fort LeBoeuf swept Warren
Seneca swept Eisenhower
Union City swept Eisenhower
Seneca def Union City (boys)
Union City def Seneca (girls)
North East swept Youngsville
North East swept Harbor Creek
Harbor Creek def Youngsville (boys)
Youngsville def Harbor Creek (girls)
Region 6
Cathedral Prep def McDowell
Villa Maria def McDowell
Meadville swept Central Tech
West Middlesex swept Oil City

Boys soccer
Region 1
Conneaut 2, Sharpsville 1
Commodore Perry 2, Kennedy Catholic 1 OT
Mercer 6, West Middlesex 0
Region 2
Grove City 8, Franklin 4
Slippery Rock 6, Sharon 1
Wilmington 4, Hickory 0
Region 3
Mercyhurst Prep 11, Seneca 0
North East 1, Fairview 0
Eisenhower 2, Iroquois 1
Region 4
Bradford 4, Corry 1
Warren 10, Oil City 0
Region 5
Girard 5, Strong Vincent 0
Harbor Creek 6, General McLane 0
Fort LeBoeuf 4, East 2
Region 6
McDowell 4, Meadville 0
Cathedral Prep 1, Central Tech 0
Calvary Baptist 2, Saegertown 1

Girls soccer
Region 3
Iroquois 2, Eisenhower 0

Girls tennis
Region 1
Wilmington 4, Franklin 1
Greenville def Grove City
Hickory 5, Oil City 0
Kennedy Catholic 5, Sharon 0
Region 2
Fairview 5, Central Tech 0
McDowell 3, Villa Maria 2
Mercyhurst Prep 5, General McLane 0

Girls volleyball
Region 1
Reynolds def Commodore Perry 25-4, 25-11, 25-18
Farrell def Jamestown 25-20, 25-15, 25-16
Lakeview def Kennedy Catholic 25-12, 25-11, 25-21
West Middlesex def Sharpsville 25-20, 25-18, 25-19
Region 2
Cochranton def Cambridge Springs 18-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15, 22-20
Maplewood def Rocky Grove 25-5, 25-6, 25-9
Saegertown def Union City 25-15, 25-15, 25-20
Youngsville def Eisenhower 22-25, 25-15, 25-13, 19-25, 15-13
Region 3
Grove City def Greenville 25-20, 25-12, 25-20
Hickory def Sharon 25-20, 25-12, 25-16
Wilmington def Mercer 26-24, 23-25, 25-11, 25-10
Region 4
Corry def Meadville 14-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18
Conneaut def Oil City 25-4, 25-10, 23-25, 25-11
Warren def Franklin 25-16, 25-18,25-10
Region 5
Fort LeBoeuf def Fairview 25-22, 25-16, 25-14
Girard def Northwestern 25-11, 25-20, 25-20
General McLane def Iroquois 25-23, 27-25, 25-15
North East def Seneca 24-12, 25-19, 25-8
Region 6
Central Tech def East 25-7, 25-18, 25-15
McDowell def Mercyhurst Prep 25-10, 25-22, 25-21
Strong Vincent def Villa Maria 24-26, 25-23, 25-14, 25-13
Harbor Creek def Titusville 7-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 22nd, 2013

Saturday was a tough day to compete in high school sports. Rain fell throughout the morning and afternoon, affecting several events around District 10. Down in Mercer County, the Sharpsville cross country invitational took place despite the rain and course conditions. District 10 runners were able to get a feel for the Buhl Park course, which will be used for the District 10 championships. Grove City won the boys team title with 107 points. Aaron Benka finished in third place with a time of 16:51 to lead the Eagles, while Ryan Budnik finished in 11th place (17:09). Central Catholic, Moon, North East and Norwin rounded out the top five. Gary Olson finished in second place with a 16:43 to lead the Grapepickers followed by a 33rd place from Jacob Fuhrman (17:51). Maplewood’s Jeremy Parsons won the Sharpsville Invitational by finishing the course in 16:35. Parsons’ teammate Hanz Wentz was fourth with a time of 16:52, while Jake Parsons was sixth with a 17:07. North East won the girls team title, while General McLane was second and Laurel was third. Emma Verdonik won the girls race for North East with a time of 19:16, while Kate McIntosh was fourth (19:46) and Joelle Klein was 15th (20:14). Morgan Price paced McLane by finishing the course in 20:08 to take seventh place, while Victoria Evankovich was 22nd with a time of 20:37. Hickory’s rising standout Lexi Bible was fifth with a time of 19:50 and Paige Yoder of Meadville was eighth with a time of 20:08.

•The rain was constant during the Strong Vincent-East game on Saturday afternoon. Vincent raced out to a 30-0 lead before two late East touchdowns made the final score 30-14. Jared Carlson ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns for the Colonels. He even made the comment that the rain made him “slippery” and might have helped him out. Carlson also made sure to give all of the credit to his linemen for his big game. While the rain was constant at Veterans Stadium, Central Tech couldn’t escape it in Maryland. The Falcons lost to Fort Hill 53-14 while rain came down throughout the game. McDowell was also in action Saturday but was routed by Cleveland powerhouse St. Ignatius 49-10. McDowell drove the field and scored during the first drive of the game but the Wildcats then dominated the rest of the way. It was the second time this season that McDowell jumped out to a lead on an Ohio powerhouse before the Ohio team made adjustments and ran away with the game. McDowell heads to St. Edward on Saturday at 2 p.m. before its big showdown with Cathedral Prep on Oct. 4.

•Cathedral Prep’s football team now owns the longest active winning streak in Pennsylvania. Class A power Clairton lost to Monessen 42-24 on Friday, snapping a 66-game winning streak, which was the longest active streak in the country. With only the four state champions from last year keeping a winning streak going into this fall, North Allegheny (Class AAAA) and and Wyomissing (Class AA) were the only other teams that could have a long winning streak. North Allegheny was upset by Seneca Valley, coached by former Prep coach Don Holl, 20-7 in Week 3, while Wyomissing has two losses this season. Prep has won 19 games in a row, a school record, and needs one more win to match the Erie City record of 20 wins in a row, held by McDowell. The Ramblers will travel to Youngstown on Friday to take on Ursuline before a showdown with McDowell on Oct. 4.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 20th, 2013

Sharpsville’s cross country program will host Saturday’s 12th annual Blue Devil Invitational at Sharon’s Buhl Park.

It’s not the District 10 meet, which will take place there Oct. 26, but it will have that kind of vibe.

Sharpsville is one of 31 district schools who are scheduled send teams to Buhl. The first race is listed at 10 a.m.

Mercyhurst Prep and Villa Maria are two of the few district schools that won’t field runners there. However, they’ll still be competing that day.

The Lakers will travel to Kettering, Ohio, for the Midwest Catholic Championships, while the Victors head in the opposite direction. They’ll compete at Hershey’s Parkview Cross Country Course, site of the PIAA meet on Nov. 2, for the state’s Foundation race.

– Mike Copper

Posted: September 18th, 2013

Fort LeBoeuf's Jolene Young records a kill past General McLane's Maureen Nkomo. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News

The Fort LeBoeuf volleyball team picked up a big win Tuesday with a rally to beat General McLane 22-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-20. Larissa Cass, Abby Rose and Jolene Young each had eight kills and Miranda Gulnac had nine to lead the Bison, while Courtney Oberlander had 19 digs. LeBoeuf played solid defense to win its 33rd straight region match. The Bison’s last region loss came to General McLane in 2010. LeBoeuf is the defending PIAA Class AA champion and looks like a strong favorite to win another District 10 title. Here are links to the game story of LeBoeuf’s win over General McLane and here are video highlights of the match.
•Fairview continued its hot play in girls volleyball by sweeping Seneca 25-9, 25-14, 25-14. Hannah Rossman recorded 18 assists and 10 digs, while Kelsey Musich had 15 digs. The Tigers are the only undefeated team left in Region 5 besides Fort LeBoeuf.
•Harbor Creek and McDowell are set on a crash course for Thursday in Region 6. The Huskies swept East to improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 6, while McDowell is 3-1, 2-0. The two powerhouses will meet Thursday at Paul Goll Gymnasium for first place in Region 6.
•Cambridge Springs remained as the No. 4 team in Class A in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association state rankings. The Blue Devils continue to win after a sweep of Eisenhower on Tuesday. Jennae Shinsky, who also won the breakout poll this week, had 14 kills, while Mackenzie Turner had 18 assists. Amanda Taylor added 12 assists and Paige Wolfrom had 14 kills. Here is a link to the latest PVCA state rankings.

Cambridge Springs vs. Eisenhower CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Jeff Bobin

•Conneaut rebounded nicely after a tough loss to Corry last week. The Eagles swept Meadville behind six kills from Kristen Baker and six kills and 10 digs from Challen Litwiler. Mary Jean Uplinger contributed with 16 assists for the Eagles.
•Mercyhurst Prep’s tennis team continued their march toward the Region 2 title on Tuesday with an east 4-1 win over McDowell. The Lakers won every matchup except No. 1 singles where Adrianna Jeffress continued her illustrious career with a big win over Lauren Petrella. Mercyhurst needs just a few more wins to lock up the region and try to defend its team title against the Region 1 champion.
•Seneca swept a cross country tri-meet against Harbor Creek and Fort LeBoeuf. Phoenix Myers led the Bobcats’ boys team to the win by finishing the course in 18 minutes, 25 seconds, while Kelsey Leasure paced the Seneca girls with a 22:17.
•North East keeps on rolling with a sweep of Union City and warren. Emma Verdonik is putting together a terrific season after winning the girls race for the Grapepickers with a time of 19:34. Gary Olson won the boys race for North East with a 17:40. In fact, the ‘Pickers had the top three runners in both the boys and girls races. Kate McIntosh and Joelle Klein filled out the top three in the girls race for North East, while Ryan Anderson and Jacob Fuhrman finished second and third in the boys’ race.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 17th, 2013

Cross country
Region 1
Jamestown swept Kennedy Catholic
West Middlesex swept Lakeview
Sharpsville swept Mercer
Region 2
Grove City swept Wilmington
Hickory swept Slippery Rock
Greenville swept Sharon
Region 3
Maplewood swept Franklin
Maplewood def Conneaut (boys)
Franklin def Conneaut (boys)
Conneaut def Maplewood (girls)
Conneaut def Franklin (girls)
Saegertown def Titusville (boys)
Titusville def Saegertown (girls)
Saegertown def Cochranton (boys)
Cochranton def Saegertown (girls)
Cochranton def Titusville (boys)
Titusville def Cochranton (girls)
Oil City swept Rocky Grove
Cambridge Springs swept Rocky Grove
Oil City def Cambridge Springs (boys)
Cambridge Springs def Oil City (girls)
Region 4
Corry swept Eisenhower
Corry swept Youngsville
Eisenhower def Youngsville (boys)
Youngsville def Eisenhower (girls)
Seneca swept Harbor Creek
Seneca swept Fort LeBoeuf
Harbor Creek swept Fort LeBoeuf
North East swept Union City
North East swept Warren
Union City swept Warren
Region 6
Cathedral Prep, Central Tech, Villa Maria at Strong Vincent
Commodore Perry swept Reynolds

Girls soccer
Region 1
Mercer 2, Kennedy Catholic 1
West Middlesex 6, Sharpsville 1
Wilmington 2, Sharon 0
Region 2
Slippery Rock 10, Titusville 1
Hickory 6, Grove City 1
Meadville 5, Oil City 0
Region 3
Fairview 7, Maplewood 0
Iroquois 1, Conneaut 0
Seneca 3, North East 2
Region 4
Warren 5, Corry 1
Mercyhurst Prep 1, Villa Maria 1
Region 5
Fort LeBoeuf 3, Girard 0
Harbor Creek 3, General McLane 2
Region 6
McDowell 4, Central Tech 1

Girls tennis
Region 1
Grove City 4, Franklin 1
Hickory 3, Greenville 2
Kennedy Catholic 5, Oil City 0
Wilmington 5, Sharon 0
Region 2
Warren 5, Central Tech 0
Fairview 3, Villa Maria 2
Mercyhurst Prep 4, McDowell 1

Girls volleyball
Region 1
Lakeview def Commodore Perry 25-18, 25-8, 25-21
Jamestown def Kennedy Catholic 25-18, 18-25, 25-20, 26-24
Sharpsville def Farrell 25-21, 25-21, 25-20
West Middlesex def Reynolds 25-11, 25-12, 25-18
Region 2
Cambridge Springs def Eisenhower 25-19, 25-14, 25-21
Youngsville def Rocky Grove 25-18, 25-14, 25-21
Maplewood def Saegertown 25-18, 25-15, 25-19
Cochranton def Union City 25-10, 25-11, 25-13
Region 3
Grove City def Mercer 25-15, 25-14, 25-20
Wilmington def Slippery Rock 25-13, 25-16, 25-20
Region 4
Conneaut def Meadville 25-10, 25-10, 25-13
Titusville def Oil City 25-6, 22-25, 25-11, 25-21
Region 5
Fairview def Seneca 25-9, 25-14, 25-14
Fort LeBoeuf def General McLane 22-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-20
Iroquois def Girard 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20
North East def Northwestern 25-11, 25-14, 25-8
Region 6
Central Tech def Strong Vincent 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23
Harbor Creek def East 25-7, 25-11, 25-11
Mercyhurst Prep def Villa Maria 25-13, 25-12, 25-12

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 16th, 2013

McDowell boys tennis coach Richard Beck will have a difficult time disputing Chris Jiuliante’s endurance on the court when the Trojans begin practicing for their 2014 season.

Jiuliante was among the 978 runners who finished Sunday’s Erie Marathon at Presque Isle. The senior placed 10th overall and had the fastest time in the men’s 20-under age group at 2 hours, 53 minutes, 13 seconds

William Host, 19, of Clarksburg, W.Va., (3:27.32) was a distant second in that division.

– Mike Copper

Posted: September 15th, 2013

The Corry volleyball team kept getting better and better over the past few years. The Beavers just needed that big win over a District 10 Class AA contender to build confidence. Fort LeBoeuf returns a lot of its PIAA championship team and has a very strong team, but the Beavers are turning into the biggest contender to take LeBoeuf out in D-10. Conneaut started the season as the biggest contender in D-10 AA to go up against the Bison, but Corry beat the Eagles twice this past week. Coming off a tournament championship in Falconer (N.Y.), Corry took Conneaut to five sets before knocking off the powerhouse. The Beavers were even down two games to one in that match before a big rally in Games 4 and 5. On Saturday, the Beavers kept on winning as they won their own tournament championship. Corry ran through pool play with two-set wins over Warren County Christian, Strong Vincent, North East and Central Tech before the Beavers beat Mercyhurst Prep in the quarterfinals and Fairview in the semifinals. In the championship match, Corry beat Conneaut 25-22, 25-20 to secure another tournament title.

The Beavers had several players step up this past week. Brooklyn Goodsel is emerging as one of the top players in District 10 and had a big performance against Conneaut on Tuesday with 26 kills and 22 digs. She then had 39 kills, 30 digs and 14 blocks during the Corry tournament on Saturday. Abby Gluvna, Bret Anderson and Rachel Tasker were solid throughout the afternoon with aggressive serving, while Jenna Snapp, Emily Zaczkiewicz and Rachel Dingfelder were solid on defense. Snapp finished with 22 digs on Saturday, while Gluvna had 24 assists, 27 kills, 33 digs and eight aces. Tasker had eight kills, six aces and 19 digs, and Zaczkiewicz had 28 digs. Anderson finished the tournament with 13 kills, 13 digs and six aces, and Dingfelder contributed with 39 digs. The Beavers also received contributions from Allison Mitchell with seven kills, 15 digs and six aces as well as Maddie Merkle with 29 assists and eight digs. Corry has two tournament titles after finishing third at the Fort LeBoeuf tournament. The Beavers continue to build confidence and will be a tough team to beat the rest of the season.

•Several District 10 cross country teams traveled over to Boardman, Ohio for the Spartan Invitational. The race was divided up into three divisions for boys and girls with Division I being the biggest class. In Ohio, there are divisions instead of classes and the lower the division, the larger the school opposed to Pennsylvania where the bigger classes are based on more As. D-10 had no teams in Division I, but Cathedral Prep and Corry competed in the Division II boys race. Prep’s Pat Kloecker ran the race in 17 minutes, 2 seconds to finished in seventh place, while Curtis Royek was Corry’s top finisher in 17th place with a time of 17:12. Victor Ruffa (Prep) was the only other top 50 finisher from D-10 by taking 27th after running a 17:24. Union City was the only D-10 team in Division III, finishing in 14th place as a team. Daniel Gardner had a time of 18:33 to finish in 65th place for the Bears.

In the Division II girls race, Villa Maria had another big performance by finishing in fourth place. Corry was also in the D-2 race, taking 24th place. Villa had six runners compete and all six finished in the top 52. Bernadette Prichard ran the course in 19:26 to finish in fifth place and was only 11 seconds behind Bay’s Maddie Britton for the title. Grace Trucilla finished 17th place with a 20:03 followed by Claire Brown (20:29) in 30th, Olivia Messina (20:33) in 34th, Carlee Constable (20:34) in 35th and Emily Abramczyk (20:54) in 52nd. Brie Sutherland was Corry’s top runner with an 84th-place finish by running the course in 21:41. Union City competed in the Division III race and took ninth place with 277 points. Alyssa Boyd had another big performance by finishing in 27th place with a time of 20:58. Sabrina Kosnik was 51st with a 21:49, and Eve Gardner and Ashley Keefer finished 60th and 61st, respectively.

•More District 10 cross country action took place at the Slippery Rock Invitational. McDowell ran in the Class AAA race with the boys and girls each finishing in ninth place. Dante Stefanelli finished 29th for McDowell with a time of 17:49, and Keegan Fordyce took 46th place with a time of 18:14. Kelsey Swantek led the McDowell girls with a time of 22:15 to finish in 36th place, and Kaitlin Daubert was 38th with a time of 22:21. In the Class AA race, the Meadville boys took fifth and Oil City was seventh, while the Meadville girls finished fourth and Oil City was 10th. Kyle Rose (17:07) led the Meadville boys with a sixth-place finish and Austin King (17:28) was ninth for Oil City. Paige Yoder (21:11) paced the Meadville girls with a fifth-place finish, while teammate Libby Volna (21:45) finished in 17th place. Amanda Espy led Oil City with a time of 22:49 to finish in 40th place. Cambridge Springs finished fourth in the Class A boys race and third in the Class A girls race, while Youngsville was 15th in the boys race and eighth in the girls race. Cambridge Springs freshman Connor Walsh took 11th with a time of 17:47 and teammate Steele Henderson took 21st with an 18:18. Freshman Tanner Burns paced Youngsville with a time of 19:15 to finish in 34th place. Reilly Walsh (20:13) finished in sixth place in the girls race for Cambridge Springs, while Olivia Mamula was 20th with a 21:34. Brooke Messinger (20:34) led Youngsville with an eighth-place finish.

•The biggest District 10 turnout was at the Penn State Behrend Invitational. Eight teams competed in the boys race with Mercyhurst Prep winning the title followed by Fort LeBoeuf and Harbor Creek. Mercyhurst Prep junior Sebastian Curtin beat the field by nearly one minute with a time of 16:05. Central Tech’s Bobby Danielson was second at 17:02 followed by two more Lakers in Noah Curtin (17:11) and Nick Scrimenti (17:14). Harbor Creek junior Noah Mandel rounded out the top five with a 17:15. Mercyhurst Prep also won the girls title, followed by Iroquois and Conneaut. Conneaut junior Brooke Phelps won the race with a 20:20, while Mercyhurst Prep had the next two finishes in Taylor Pletz (20:34) and Henley Spracklen (20:49). Iroquois’ Rebecca Campbell took fourth with a 20:52, and Strong Vincent’s Courtney Sargent was fifth with a 20:59.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 14th, 2013

Erie County is in the midst of what has to be one its busiest weekends ever when it comes to running events.

Sunday morning will feature the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle. Saturday morning saw the 31st annual Highmark Quad Games stage its third leg, a five-mile run in and around North East, at the same time that Penn State Behrend hosted its cross country invitational.

The latter event held races from the collegiate to the elementary school levels. Mercyhurst Prep dominated the high school races for boys and girls.

The Mercyhurst boys took the team title by 52 points over Fort LeBoeuf. The Lakers’ Sebastian Curtin was the indivdual champion with a time of 16 minutes, 5.9 seconds.

Mercyhurst’s girls also were team champions, with Taylor Pletz (20:34.2) and Henley Spracklen (20:49.0) placing second and third overall. They trailed Conneaut’s Brook Phelps (20:20.6) across the finish line.

– Mike Copper

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