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Posts categorized "Golf"
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 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 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 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: 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

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