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Posts categorized "District 10"
Posted: July 24th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 36 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 36

That’s the number of touchdowns Mike Millero has scored for Reynolds.

As a senior-to-be for the Raiders, Millero goes into their 2014 season as District 10′s active leader in career rushing yards. He’s gained 2,643 yards, an average of 6.5 per carry.

Millero can add to his career total when Reynolds opens with a non-region game at Cochranton.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Terry Verrelli

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 37 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 37

That’s how many seasons, including the upcoming one, Terry Verrelli has been the head coach at Wilmington.

Between 1978 and 2013, Verrelli’s teams have won 276 times. That statistic makes him the most successful football coach in District 10 history, with former Warren coach J.B. Leidig second at 270.

It should be noted that all of Verrelli’s wins between 1978 and 1993 were when Wilmington was a member of District 7.

Sharon’s Jim Wildman (214 wins) is second on that District 10 list among active coaches, and fifth overall.

The highlight of Verrelli’s tenure was Wilmington’s 2008 season. The ‘Hounds, in one of the greatest PIAA championship games ever played, survived Philadelphia West Catholic 35-34 in a Class AA final that wasn’t determined until the second overtime.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 22nd, 2014

One golfer expanded her lead in the standings while another saw his shrink after Tuesday’s Erie Sports Store Flagship Junior Tour stop at Elk Valley Golf Course.

Warren entrant Megan Smoulder finished a distant second to North East graduate Megan Moylan in the girls 16-18 division.

Smoulder’s round of 92 was 14 shots more than that of Moylan, a Lehigh University recruit. However, Smoulder upped her lead in the tour standings to 17 points over Georgia Capotis when the Mercyhurst Prep graduate didn’t enter.

The boys 16-18 winner was Titusville junior-to-be Eric Maginnis, who tied Clarion’s Jared Bish rounds of 75 on Elk Valley’s par-72 layout.

Jacob Van Slyke tied for seventh with a 79. The Harbor Creek entrant still leads the tour standings with 205.20 points, but saw Maginnis pull within 193.17 for second.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Elliot Spaeder, an assistant coach for Cathedral Prep’s swimming team, successfully crossed Lake Erie on Tuesday.

Spaeder took off from Long Point, Ontario, around 7 a.m. The former swimming standout at Prep and Gannon University arrived 11 hours, 28, minutes, 6 seconds later at North East’s Freeport Beach.

The possibility now exists that two members of the Ramblers’ 2014-15 swimming team could achieve that feat.

Awaiting for Spaeder to arrive Tuesday was Norman Stark, a senior-to-be at Prep.

Stark aborted last Friday’s attempt to complete the same Long Point-to-North East swim that Spaeder after roughly 45 minutes. However, he indicated to Erie Times-News reporter Victor Fernandes that he tentatively plans to try again this Saturday.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Carm Bonito, in 2008

Friends and family will say farewell to Fort LeBoeuf coaching great Carm Bonito today at his funeral in Waterford. The longtime, beloved football coach and athletic director died July 15 at the age of 91.

This is also Save-An-Eye Game week, and some fans might not know that Bonito had an extensive history in the all-star game.

Bonito, a 1941 Wesleyville High School graduate, played in the second Save-An-Eye Game on Dec. 6, 1940, when the game was played immediately after the high school season. He was a member of the East team that beat the West 12-7 on an icy Veterans Stadium field.

Bonito also was a coach for the County on four occasions. He coached in 1953 when the City won 12-6 and in 1958 when the City claimed a 13-6 win. In 1963, he was on the staff when the County lost 18-0.

Bonito was on the winning end years later when he was an assistant in the 1999 game. The County emerged with a 23-9 victory in that game.




Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 38 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 38

That’s the number of touchdowns Wilmington graduate Chris Burns scored in 2007. His 228 points that season rank fourth on District 10′s all-time list trailing only Greenville’s Andy Blatt (264 in 1991) and Joe Korcinsky (254 in 1996), and Mercyhurst Prep’s Aaron Horton (230 in 2010).

Burns helped Wilmington win the District 10 Class AA championship in 2006 and 2007. They comprised the first half of four consecutive titles for the Greyhounds.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 21st, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 39 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 39

That’s the number points Hickory scored to beat Wilmington in the 2012 District 10 Class AA final. The Hornets claimed the second of their three consecutive titles in that class with a 39-7 rout of the Greyhounds at Slippery Rock University’s Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Hickory’s run to its third consecutive District 10 Class AA championship saw the Mercer County program score more than 50 points in its quarterfinal victory over Fort LeBoeuf and semifinal win over Northwestern. Girard gave the Hornets a game in the 2013 final before succumbing 21-10.

Strong Vincent will host Hickory at Veterans Stadium in the school’s 2014 opener.

– Mike Copper

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 20th, 2014

District 10 tennis got a peek at two of its incoming players for 2014-15 during Sunday’s Erie County Tennis Tournament.

The five-day event concluded with seven championship matches at Fairview High School’s Chris Batchelor Memorial Courts. Two of them, the boys and girls age 18-under finals were won by players who start their high school careers come August.

Alec Thomas, a Cathedral Prep recruit, rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) victory over Fairview junior-to-be and reigning District 10 Class AA doubles victor Ben Westcott. Their match required nearly three hours of play to determine a titlist.

Shannon Sertz, another junior-to-be at Fairview, swept Villa Maria recruit Mary Catherine Prichard 6-2, 6-0. Sertz is the daughter of Tigers tennis coach Rick Sertz.

District 10 veterans Derek Sawer (General McLane) and Tris Tuttle (Fairview) also won the tournament’s boys 18 doubles title via a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Austin Fiedler and Westcott.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, PIAA, Tennis
Posted: July 20th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 40 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 40

That’s the number of touchdown passes Mercer quarterback Logan Clarke has thrown going into his senior season.

Clarke enters the Mustangs’ 2014 opener at Eisenhower as District 10′s active career passing leader. His 3,733 yards through the air rank 16th on that list.

Clarke only needs 221 yards to break into District 10′s top 10 for that category.

– 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 19th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 41 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 41

That’s the number points Cathedral Prep scored to beat Central Bucks West in the 2000 PIAA Class AAAA final. The Ramblers became the fourth team from District 10 to claim a state championship with their dramatic 41-35 overtime victory at Hersheypark Stadium.

It was a historic game with an epic finish.

Prep’s victory not only represented the first of its two PIAA titles, but also ended CB West’s 59-game winning streak. One of the wins in the Bucks’ streak was their 14-13 victory over the Ramblers in the 1999 PIAA Class AAAA final.

A year later, the teams found themselves tied after four quarters of their rematch. CB West had the ball for the first possession in overtime, but were denied points when the Ramblers’ Dale Williams blocked Jim Wiberly’s 24-yard field goal attempt.

Prep only needed three rushing plays to score its decisive six points. Jawan Walker, who rushed for 163 yards, scored the last of his three touchdowns on a 4-yard carry.

– Mike Copper

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