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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: October 11th, 2013

The brackets for the 2013 District 10 girls tennis tournament won’t be known until Saturday morning, but the players scheduled to fill them are.

New tournament director Andy Findlay has released the list of entrants who will vie for the district’s Class AA and Class AAA titles in singles. Saturday’s AAA competition at Pennbriar Athletic Club will start at 8:30 a.m., followed by the AA matches at 9.

Action will run through the semifinals. The finalists will then return to Pennbriar on Monday for the 3:30 p.m. championship matches.

Read below for a list of Saturday’s players.

– Mike Copper

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Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: October 8th, 2013

Megan Moylan came within a dimple or two of shooting under par in her final appearance at Tuesday’s District 10 girls golf tournament in Cambridge Springs.

The North East senior saw her birdie putt rim out of the cup on the 18th green, but gladly accepted the 72 she wrote on her Riverside Golf Club card.

That score was more than low enough for Moylan to claim the district’s Class AA championship and the second such title of her scholastic career. She also was the district’s last open-class champ in 2011.

The top four golfers in the district’s AA tournament advanced to the Oct. 16 PIAA West Region tournament at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville. Joining Moylan at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort that day will be Villa Maria’s Annie Ciacchini, plus Georgia Capotis and Grace Brzozowski of Mercyhurst Prep.

Brzozowski claimed the fourth and final berth when she beat Villa’s Lia Fatica in a one-hole playoff.

Tuesday’s Class AAA district champ and lone region qualifier was Megan Kaverman. The McDowell senior repeated with a round of 80.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: October 8th, 2013

A Moylan sister from North East will compete for the seventh and final time in today’s District 10 individual girls golf tournament.

The one-round competition, which will determine who advances to the PIAA West Region Tournament, returns to Riverside Golf Club in Cambridge Springs. A shotgun start is scheduled for 10 a.m.

This will be the second season of separate Class AA and Class AAA competitions for districts. Kelly Moylan never won when it was open class, but younger sister Megan did in 2011, the final year for that format.

Megan Moylan lost a one-hole playoff to Hickory graduate Rosy Hearns in 2012 at Riverside, although each advanced by placing in the top four. That same number of AA entrants will resume playing after Tuesday.

Only the Class AAA champion will advance beyond Tuesday. That player in 2012 was McDowell’s Megan Kaverman, who has a chance to repeat.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: October 6th, 2013

The General McLane girls volleyball team won a tournament Saturday, but lost a key player in the process.

The Lancers went undefeated in pool play at the Meadville Tournament, and then beat Lakeview and Saegertown in its playoff bracket. They defeated the Panthers 25-18 in the championship match.

However, McLane coach Heather Karns reported Sunday that all-region hitter Maureen Nkomo is likely out for the rest of this season. Nkomo fractured a bone in her hand during the tournament.

The Lancers begin this week with an overall dual record of 8-1. They’re 7-1 in Region 5, second to Fort LeBoeuf.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: October 6th, 2013

The first District 10 champions of the 2013-14 school year were crowned Saturday as the D-10 golf team championships took place. The girls plated at Riverside Golf Course with Villa Maria winning the Class AA title and McDowell winning the Class AAA championship. Lia Fatica led Villa with a round of 80 followed by an 85 from Annie Ciacchini, 87 from Andrea McCormick and an 89 by Emily Fessler. Villa finished with a total of 341, while Hickory had a team total of 383. Alena Lancia shot an 85 for the Hornets followed by an 87 from Abby Hearns and a 98 by Kristina David.

•McDowell defeated Meadville 337-385 to win the D-10 Class AAA girls title. Ellen Eighmy led the Trojans with a solid round of 74, while Lindsey Swanson shot an 86 and Megan Kaverman added an 87. Lacey Latta paced Meadville with an 88, while Kailey Malady and Lily Gunn each shot a 98. Because McDowell and Villa Maria each shot below 400, they qualified to move on to the PIAA regionals.

•On the boys’ side, Cathedral Prep reclaimed the District 10 Class AAA championship with a 321-340 win over Meadville. The Bulldogs beat the Ramblers in last year’s D-10 championship. Andrew Britton led all golfers with a 73 at the Country Club of Meadville. Ryan Podufal shot an 82 and Evan Wronek and Jack Kloecker each shot an 83. Charlie Holt paced Meadville with a 77, while Matt Burchard had an 84 and Kyle Luben shot an 89.

•The Class AA tournament field was a little smaller than expected. Kennedy Catholic decided not to show up, meaning Region 1 was not represented. Titusville stepped up and finally won the D-10 Class AA title on its seventh try. The Rockets have won seven straight region titles and have been to the D-10 tournament every year since the PIAA began team play in 2006. Eric Maginnis shot a 75, while Matt McCord had an 81 and Seth Mehlenbacher had an 88 to lead the Rockets to an easy first-place finish. Titusville had a team score of 335, while last year’s D-10 champion Harbor Creek had 353. Hickory (365) and Saegertown (385) rounded out the Class AA field. Billy Colbert lead Hickory with a 75, while Jacob VanSlyke paced Harbor Creek with a 78. Titusville and Cathedral Prep move on to the PIAA regionals on Oct. 16.

•The next D-10 champions will be crowned in the upcoming weeks in girls tennis and cross country. Soccer, volleyball and football complete the list of D-10 champions in November.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Golf, Reisen Shine
Posted: October 1st, 2013

Mercyhurst Prep golfer Sean Sculley will attempt to repeat as District 10′s Class AA individual boys champion when the 2013 tournament takes place Oct 8.

The one-round event will be held at the Country Club of Meadville, where Saturday’s team competition also will commence.

Sculley defeated former Mercyhurst teammate Stephen Kearns in a playoff for the district’s 2012 AA title at Grove City Country Club. His bid for consecutive championships will begin on Meadville’s 13th hole, part of the tournament’s 10 a.m. shotgun start.

The complete pairings for all district golf tournaments will appear in Friday’s Varsity section of the Erie Times-News.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: September 29th, 2013

The Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria golf teams were winners of a rare Saturday-Sunday tournament. They competed in the Midwest Prep Classic, held at Diamondhawk Golf Course in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Prep fielded two teams in the event. Its orange team won with a cumulative score of 620.

The Ramblers’ Andrew Britton was the tournament’s individual medalist at 144.

Villa’s winning score of 525 was 18 fewer than District 10 rival McDowell. The Victors’ Annie Ciacchini was first overall with rounds of 82 and 83.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: September 24th, 2013

Two more boys golf regions finished up the regular season on Monday. Titusville won the final Region 5 mega-match to win the region title, while Harbor Creek edged Mercyhurst Prep to win the Region 6 title. Titusville has won seven straight region titles and Harbor Creek has won back-to-back region titles. Out of seven boys regions, six have declared champions. Hickory, Meadville, Saegertown, Titusville, Harbor Creek and Cathedral Prep have locked up region titles and spots in the District 10 postseason. The Region 1 champion is still to be determined between Mercer and Kennedy Catholic. Mercer will head to Kennedy Catholic this afternoon with an opportunity to clinch the region title and a playoff spot. The D-10 Class AA and AAA boys team championship tournaments will take place Oct. 5 at the Country Club of Meadville. The Class AAA title will come down to Region 3 champion Meadville and Region 7 champion Cathedral Prep. The two teams played for the Class AAA team title last fall with Meadville winning 326-337. The D-10 Class AA team title will be between Hickory, Saegertown, Titusville, Harbor Creek and the Region 1 champion. Harbor Creek won the title in 2012, while Titusville was second followed by West Middlesex, Greenville and Saegertown.

•The District 10 girls tournaments look similar to last fall. Region 1 still has two mega-matches left, but barring a collapse, Hickory is in line to win another region title. Villa Maria was sort of a surprise team this season to win the Region 2 title. The Victors unseated Mercyhurst Prep as the Region 2 champion and the Lakers won’t get a chance to defend their D-10 AA title. Hickory and Villa Maria will square off on Oct. 5 at Riverside Golf Club. The D-10 Class AAA championship will likely be between defending champion McDowell and Meadville. There is one mega-match left in Region 3 with McDowell in control of the region. All Meadville has to do is finish in the top three of the four-team mega-match to lock up a spot in the D-10 championship. McDowell beat Meadville 371-411 in the D-10 Class AAA championship last fall.

•The District 10 individual tournaments will take place Oct. 8. The boys tournament is at the Country Club of Meadville, and the girls tournament is at Riverside Golf Club.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Golf, Reisen Shine
Posted: September 20th, 2013

Cambridge Springs vs. Saegertown CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Jeff Bobin

In one of the most competitive regions in District 10, Cathedral Prep locked up the Region 7 boys golf title on Thursday. The Ramblers finished with 35 points, while McDowell had 31 and General McLane scored 23. Prep dominated throughout the season, including the region low average from Andrew Britton. He shot a 38 on Thursday along with teammates Ryan Podufal and Jordan Henry, McDowell’s Ryder Grignol and Strong Vincent’s Ben Hartleb. With the Region 7 title, Prep earned a rematch with Meadville on Oct. 5 in the District 10 Class AAA team championship. Meadville won the D-10 AAA title last fall with a 326-337 win over the Ramblers. Prep has everyone back from last year’s team and I’m sure all of the returning Ramblers remember what happened last fall.

•Fort LeBoeuf senior soccer standout Jordan Oberlander is making an early case for District 10 Player of the Year. In the biggest match of the season, Oberlander scored four goals Thursday in a 4-1 win over powerhouse Harbor Creek. She has a total of 19 goals and three assists in eight matches this season and stepped up as one of the top scorers in District 10. The Bison are in control of Region 5 and look like a heavy favorite in District 10 Class AA.
•Fairview solidified its spot atop of Region 3 and District 10 Class A. The Tigers knocked off another contender in Seneca, 3-0. Jaclyn O’Keane, Katie Sundberg and Andrea McGee all scored, while Aubree Martin picked up the shutout for the Tigers.
•McDowell’s volleyball team picked up a big win over Harbor Creek. The Trojans swept the Huskies 25-20, 25-18, 25-17 behind 32 assists from standout Leah Vensel. Maggie Murray added 10 kills, while Delaney Souel and Kirsten Platz each had seven kills for McDowell. The Trojans look like a runaway favorite to win the District 10 Class AAA championship.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 17th, 2013

Mercyhurst Prep girls golf coach Kathy Lynch and senior Georgia Capotis were at the same course Sunday, only this time they were competitive opponents.

Capotis paired with her father, Homer, to win the EDWGA Couples Tournament at North East’s Lake View Country Club. The father-daughter duo recorded a 72 in the better-ball event.

Lynch, with assistance from Dave Kowalewski, placed second at 74.

Georgia Capotis and Lynch will revert to their student-coach status Wednesday. That’s when the Lakers will travel to the DuBois Tournament, scheduled at the Treasure Lake Golf Resort.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: September 13th, 2013

As hard as it might be to believe, the District 10 golf season is winding down. The postseason is only three weeks away and region champions are starting to be crowned. Here’s a look at where each region stands:

Region 1 boys – This is the only region that goes to region duals instead of mega-matches. Kennedy Catholic and Mercer are tied for first place at 5-1 with four matches left. Kennedy won the first meeting before being upset by Greenville Kennedy and Mercer will finish the region schedule with their second match on Sept. 25.
Region 2 boys – Hickory has clinched the region title with one more mega-match to go. The Hornets have won four mega-matches for 20 points, and even with a fifth-place finish in the final mega-match they would have more points than the rest of the field. The final mega-match will take place Tuesday at the Hickory VFW Golf Course.
Region 3 boys – The region season wrapped up Tuesday with Warren winning the final mega-match. Despite the Dragons winning the last mega-match, Meadville claimed the region title with 23 points.
Region 4 boys – Region 4 is starting to heat up after Cambridge Springs won the third mega-match on Thursday. Saegertown took second and leads the region with 10 points. Union City is right behind at 9 points and Cambridge Springs has 8. Maplewood is fourth with 3 points and will host the final mega-match on Tuesday. At this point, any of the top three teams could win the region title.
Region 5 boys – There are still two mega-matches left in Region 5. Titusville currently leads the pack with 15 points, while Corry is second at 12 and Franklin is third with 9. The region will play a mega-match Monday at Cable Hollow in Russell before the season wraps up Sept. 23 at North Hills in Corry.
Region 6 boys – Region 6 is the biggest region in District 10 and a region champion won’t be declared until the final mega-match. There are still two mega-matches left and the race is close between Harbor Creek and Mercyhurst Prep. The Lakers climbed back in the race by winning the mega-match on Thursday. Harbor Creek leads the standings with 46 points, while Mercyhurst has 43. The next mega-match is Monday at Harbor Ridge before the final mega-match is Sept. 23 at Lawrence Park.
Region 7 boys – Interestingly enough, Region 7 is only halfway through its schedule. Region 7 will play six mega-matches and it is only through three of them. Cathedral Prep leads the way with 17 points, while McDowell is second at 16. The fourth mega-match will take place today at Erie Golf Club before the next mega-match on Tuesday at Whispering Woods. The region season will wrap up Thursday at Whispering Woods.
Region 1 girls – This region is unique as each team hosts two mega-matches. With four teams in the region, there are eight total mega-matches. After the sixth one on Thursday, Hickory is running away with the region title. At worst, Hickory would tie with Reynolds if the Hornets come in last over the final two mega-matches and Reynolds wins both. The seventh mega-match will take place Sept. 19 at West Middlesex before the final mega-match is Sept. 26 at Reynolds.
Region 2 girls – Villa Maria wrapped up the region title on Thursday with a five-stroke win at Downing. The Victors knocked off defending District 10 Class AA champion Mercyhurst Prep and will get a chance to take on Hickory for the D-10 title in three weeks.
Region 3 girls – McDowell has wrapped up at least a share of the region title and needs to just finish in the top three in the final mega-match to clinch the region title. The final mega-match will take place Sept. 26 at Warren.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Golf, Reisen Shine

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