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Posted: July 14th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It is 46 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 46

That’s the number of touchdowns General McLane graduate Dan Skelton scored during his varsity career.

Skelton totaled 426 points for the Lancers. That ranks him seventh on District 10′s all-time list.

McLane’s 2006 season was the last for Skelton. It also was the year he helped the Lancers beat Pottsville 28-23 in the PIAA Class AAA championship game at Hershey.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 13th, 2014

Returning members of Fairview’s boys and girls tennis programs will be well in their comfort zone when the 11th annual Erie County Tennis Tournament begins Thursday.

The Tigers have players seeded first or second in three divisions for the four-day event, with all matches scheduled for the Chris Batchelor Memorial Courts. They include Stephanie Ace and Shannon Sertz, who are ranked first and second in the girls age 18 singles bracket, with Fairview graduate Austin Fiedler and junior-to-be Ben Westcott made the favorites in boys 18 doubles.

Westcott (second), Mike Siegel (third) and Tris Tuttle (fourth) are seeded behind varsity prospect Alec Thomas in the boys 18 singles draw.

Chris Jiuliante, who recently graduated from McDowell, is seeded second to tournament veteran Peter Yoars in the men’s open single division.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, PIAA, Tennis
Posted: July 13th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It is 47 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 47

That’s the number of touchdowns Cathedral Prep running back Tim Colicchio scored during his varsity career.

Colicchio totaled 3,297 yards on the ground for the Ramblers, with 2,355 of them accumulated during his senior season in 1990. The latter statistic ranks seventh on District 10′s all-time list.

Colicchio was a member of Prep’s football teams that won the first two District 10 Class AAAA titles. The Ramblers achieved that distinction from 1989-1992.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 12th, 2014

The Tool City Age 16 boys volleyball team, consisting of players from District 10, placed 10th out of 55 teams from across North America during the 35th annual USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships.

The event ran June 28 through July 5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Tool City achieved its place by finishing second in their age group’s silver division bracket. The team was coached by Justin Johnson of Saegertown and assisted by Kelly Goodsel of Corry.

The roster consisted of Fort LeBoeuf’s Walker Stone and Jake Burkley; Corry’s James Goodsel; Saegertown’s Peter Mattocks, Garrett Johnston and Brad Amy; McDowell’s Ryan Vaughn; and Cochranton’s Zack Wigton.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 12th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It is 48 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 48

That’s the number of rushing touchdowns 1986 Northwestern graduate Mike Miczo scored during his career with the Wildcats. He totaled 3,670 yards on the ground, including 1,648 as a senior.

Miczo helped Northwestern win District 10′s former Division II championship in 1985, which was the first season the PIAA held postseason play. The Wildcats capped that tournament with a 40-7 victory over Reynolds.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 11th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It is 49 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 49

That’s the number of touchdowns 1994 East graduate Cliff Crosby scored during his football career with the Warriors. He also scored two 2-point conversions for a total of 298 points.

Crosby went on to play defensive back for the University of Maryland and then signed as a free agent with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams in 1999. He appeared in one game for them as a rookie that season, but still received a Super Bowl ring when the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV at Atlanta.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 10th, 2014

This is first day of the Varsity Kickoff Countdown series on the Varsity blog. We’re counting down the days to the high school football season. It is 50 days until the opening night of football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 50. That’s the number of touchdowns that recent Northwestern graduate Brandon Reiser scored during his career on his way to 302 career points. It’s also the number of touchdown passes that Cathedral Prep quarterback Damon Terry threw during his senior season in 2012. That’s a District 10 record.

Here’s a look at the opening weekend schedule for District 10 football:

Friday, Aug. 29
McDowell at Canton McKinley (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Cathedral Prep at Glenville (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Meadville at Fairview, 7 p.m.
Greenville at North East, 7 p.m.
Fort LeBoeuf at General McLane, 7 p.m.
Corry at Oil City, 7 p.m.
Mercer at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
West Middlesex at Cambridge Springs, 7 p.m.
Hickory at Strong Vincent (Veterans Stadium), 7 p.m.
Saegertown at Mercyhurst Prep (Tullio Field), 7 p.m.
Iroquois at Harbor Creek, 7 p.m.
Union City at Seneca, 7 p.m.
East at Farrell, 7 p.m.
Wilmington at Grove City, 7 p.m.
Maplewood at Girard, 7 p.m.
Titusville at Franklin, 7 p.m.
DuBois at Mifflin County, 7 p.m.
Youngsville at Lakeview, 7 p.m.
Reynolds at Cochranton, 7 p.m.
Conneaut at Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Sharon at Jefferson (Ohio), 7 p.m.
St. Marys at Bradford, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30
Slippery Rock at Perry, 1 p.m.
Sharpsville at Otto-Eldred, 1:30 p.m.
Warren at Central Tech (Veterans Stadium), 7 p.m.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 9th, 2014

Josh Fleming’s presence in the Mercer County tennis community continued to expand Tuesday.

Fleming will remain the boys tennis coach at Kennedy Catholic, where the Golden Eagles play in the spring.

However, Fleming will now be busy on the courts in the fall as Thiel College’s new women’s tennis coach. He replaced Tomcat graduate Kristen Moreland.

Fleming is a mathematics teacher at Reynolds. He formerly assisted Hickory’s tennis program, is an official with the Shenango Valley Tennis Club an instructor with the City of Hermitage’s recreational tennis program.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, PIAA, Tennis
Posted: July 9th, 2014

Harbor Creek student Jacob Van Slyke played well enough during Tuesday’s abbreviated action in an EDGA Erie Sports Store Flagship Junior Golf Tour stop to maintain first place in his age group.

Van Slyke, a junior-to-be for the Huskies, still led the boys 16-18 division after play was suspended at Beechwood Golf Course. His result, and those of others were determined by relation to par after severe rain prevented further play.

No entrant in any of the five divisions completed more than 13 holes because of the weather.

Van Slyke 2-over par was one fewer than Austin Lent. He has 170.70 tour points after four events, with McDowell senior-to-be Ryder Grignol second with 136.50.

The girls 16-18 tour leader continues to be Georgia Capotis, who returned to Beechwood’s clubhouse at 5-over. The recent Mercyhurst Prep graduate and future Mercyhurst University golfer has 60 tour points to the 46 of Warren senior-to-be Megan Smoulder.

Flagship Tour golfers will try to get 18 holes in during their next stop, which takes place July 15 at Oakland Beach Golf Course in Conneaut Lake.

– Mike Copper


Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
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: July 8th, 2014

Northwestern graduate Bailey Giesbrecht said the camaraderie and sense of family is what he’ll miss the most about playing high school football.

A less sentimental second was blocking for Brandon Reiser. Giesbrecht’s classmate rushed for 1,673 yards and a school-record 30 touchdowns for the 2013 Wildcats, who were District 10′s Region 4 champions.

“Once you gave him a seam,” Giesbrecht said, “he had that speed and he was gone. It was nice having a back in the backfield like that.”

Giebrecht will have a last chance to block for Reiser, and other County backs, when the City and County meet in the 76th Erie Lions Club Save-An-Eye All-Star Football Game at Veterans Stadium. Players and coaches from each team were there on Monday to promote their July 25 meeting.

Video interviews from other City and County players can be found in Varsity’s video section.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 7th, 2014

Fariview tennis players Mike Siegel and Stephanie Ace, plus McDowell’s Jake Labonte, were three of the age-group winners from Lake Shore Country Club’s 16th annual Junior Singles Tournament. The finals were held Sunday morning at the Fairview Township courts.

Siegel took home the boys age 18 division title, sweeping Tom Burt 6-3, 6-3 in their final, while Ace defeated Tiger teammate Shannon Sertz 6-4, 6-3 in the girls 16 championship match.

Labonte, a sophomore-to-be for McDowell, was the boys 16 victor. He claimed victory in the day’s best final, beating Fairview’s Dan Pakulski 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4.

– Mike Copper


Posted in: District 10, PIAA, Tennis

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