Blogs » Varsity
By Mike Copper, Tom Reisenweber, Jeff Kirik Erie Times-News staff bloggers
The Varsity blog is the 2013 winner of an international EPPY award for best sports blog. EPPYs are awarded to media-affiliated websites by Editor & Publisher, an industry trade publication. Varsity is primarily maintained by Times-News sports writers Mike Copper and Tom Reisenweber and sports editor Jeff Kirik.   Read more about this blog.
 Phone: 814-870-1700


Posts categorized "District 10"
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 18th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 42 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 42

That’s the number of touchdowns Eisenhower graduate Steve Witte scored during his career.

Witte rushed for 3,115 yards by the end of his senior season in 1991. He helped the Knights reach the District 10 Class A finals in 1990 and 1991, which they lost each time to Iroquois.

Witte went on to play football for Clarion University, and was a member of the Golden Eagles’ team that reached the NCAA Division II semifinals in 1996. He was inducted him into Clarion’s athletic hall of fame in 2008.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 17th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 43 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 43

That’s the number of touchdowns McDowell graduate Jeff Davis scored during a high school football career that saw him inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame and have his No. 42 jersey retired.

Davis averaged an even six yards per carry as a running back in the late 1960s. He totaled 3,045 yards on 510 carries.

Davis was recruited by Ohio State, where his coach was the legendary Woody Hayes. He started as a defensive back in two Rose Bowls for the Buckeyes, including the 1974 game where they beat USC 42-21.

– Mike Copper


Posted: July 16th, 2014

Megan Smoulder, a senior-to-be with Warren’s girls golf team, won the age 18 division during Tuesday’s stop on the Erie Sp0rts Store Flagship Junior Tour. Action took place at Oakland Beach Golf Course in Conneaut Lake.

Smouder took advantage of Georgia Capotis’ absence to finish first with a round of 84. Capotis, who recently graduated from Mercyhurst Prep, was competing in Tuesday’s qualifying round for the EDWGA Match Play Championships at Lake Shore Country Club.

Capotis’ absence allowed Smoulder (65 points) to take the lead in the division standings. Capotis goes into the July 22 Flagship Tour stop at Elk Valley Golf Course with 60.

Titusville golfer Eric Maginnis was the boys 18 victor at Oakland Beach with a 1-over par 73. Harbor Creek’s Jacob Van Slyke still holds the tour lead with 185.70 points.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: July 16th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 44 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29

Number of the day: 44

That’s the number of touchdowns Greenville running back Andy Blatt scored for the Trojans in 1991. The 264 points he compiled for from those scores remain District 10′s single-season record.

Second on that list is another Greenville graduate. Joe Korcinsky scored 41 touchdowns (254 points) for the 1996 Trojans.

Blatt’s record effort wasn’t enough to garner Greenville the district’s Class AA title in 1991. Hickory achieved that with a 21-20 win over the Trojans in the championship game.

Blatt later starred at Westminster College, leading the Titans to an NAIA national championship.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 15th, 2014

The rosters for the 76th annual Erie Lions Club Save-An-Eye Game have been announced. The game will take place July 25 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium. Here are the players (in no particular order):

City roster
Dajhere Pacley, Strong Vincent
Josh Wells, Central Tech
Anthony Gates, East
Jamie Szymczak, McDowell
Jacob Murawski, Cathedral Prep
Tavaray Carr, East
Tyree Spearman, McDowell
Jarel Nelson, East
Eddie Williams, East
Eric Iavarone, McDowell
Chris Starocci, Jr., Strong Vincent
ShaQuon Thrower, Cathedral Prep
Calvin Franklin, Central Tech
Lucas Bailey, McDowell
Ethan Stark, McDowell
Xzavier Warner, Strong Vincent
Michael Parker, Cathedral Prep
Eddie Tate, Central Tech
Joe Swanson, Mercyhurst Prep
Tishar Moss, East
J T Joint, Cathedral Prep
Anthony Duck, Central Tech
Jaden Ocasio, East
Seth Hiegel, Mercyhurst Prep
Paul Carpenter, McDowell
Griffin Tevis, McDowell
Brian May, Cathedral Prep
Deiontre Plott, East
Devion Coleman, Central Tech
Albert Jones, Jr., Central Tech

County roster
Nate Noe, Northwestern
Joe Dunn, Girard
Nathaniel Smith, Corry
Malique Mitchell, Harbor Creek
Zach Fox, General McLane
Brian McNally, Girard
Logan Stearns, Northwestern
Michael McCloy, Fairview
Buster Johnston, Girard
Cy Carroll, Fort LeBoeuf
Michael Suminski, General McLane
Brandon Reiser, Northwestern
Michael Gibbens, Seneca
Clay Smith, General McLane
Tyler Sanders, General McLane
Shane Russell, Union City
Bryan Divido, Girard
Ryan Morris, Corry
Chris Laird, General McLane
Jordan Friend, Girard
Jason Brown, Seneca
Colin States, Iroquois
Nathan Conti, Fort LeBoeuf
Jeff Dann, Fairview
Bailey Giesbrecht, Northwestern
Ian Moore, Seneca
Nicholas Deaver, Girard
Matthew Costa, General McLane
Brayden Wojtecki, Northwestern
Kamron Brace, Seneca
Joshua Gillespie, North East
Kevin Burkholder, Fairview
Dylan Bird, Northwestern

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 15th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It is 45 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 45

That’s the number of catches Franklin’s Nate Byham made for the Knights in 2004. His 883 receiving yards that season are the ninth most in District 10 history.

Byham went on to play for the Franklin boys basketball team which won the 2006 PIAA Class AAA title. He was recruited to play tight end for the University of Pittsburgh’s football team and was then drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft.

San Francisco released Byham after he sat out the 2011 season on injured reserve. He signed with Tampa Bay and played the last two seasons with the Buccaneers.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 14th, 2014

Harbor Creek student Jacob Van Slyke and recent Mercyhurst Prep graduate Georgia Capotis are the leading golfers in the boys and girls age 18-under divisions heading into Tuesday’s action for the 2014 Erie Sports Store Flagship Junior Tour.

The fifth stop is at Oakland Beach Golf Course in Conneaut Lake. Tee times will start at 8 a.m.

Van Slyke, a junior-to-be for the Huskies, leads his division with 170.70 points. McDowell senior-to-be Ryder Grignol is second with 136.50.

Capotis will join the Mercyhurst University women’s golf team this fall. She has 60 points so far in her final tour season, with Warren senior-to-be Megan Smoulder next at 46.

– Mike Copper

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

Switch to our mobile site