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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.
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Posted: September 4th, 2013

Harbor Creek High School will conduct ceremonies this weekend for its new athletic hall of fame inductees.

The 2013 class will be informally honored before and during Friday’s 7 p.m. football game between the Huskies and North East at Paul J. Weitz Stadium. The official ceremony will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

Those scheduled for induction are Kristen DePlatchett (class of 1999), Don Dougan (1963), Missy Watson Grudi (1990), Steve Moorhead (1958), Lee Palloto (1950), David Uglow (1979), Heather Norder Weismiller (1994) and the late Norman Decker (1949).

Tickets are still available by calling (814) 897-2100, extension 1367, or by e-mail at pbruce@hcsd.iu5.org.

– Mike Copper

Posted: September 3rd, 2013

This past weekend was a busy one for fall sports starting their seasons. Today, the season really gets going with nearly every fall sport being played. Here’s a look at some of the games/matches that fans should check out:

Corry, Seneca at North East cross country – Some of the area’s best cross country runners will be at this meet. All three programs have become strong and produce some of the top runners around each season. Emma Verdonik of North East had a quick start to her season by winning the McDowell Invitational. She won the meet with a time of 19 minutes, 8 seconds. Kate McIntosh, Verdonik’s teammate at North East, finished third at 20:30. Another North East runner, Joelle Klein, finished in the top 10 in 10th place at 21:06. Seneca’s Kelsey Leasure is a solid runner and placed 24th with a time of 21:41, while Brie Sutherland of Corry was 30th at 21:51. On the boys’ side, Gary Olson has stepped up as a top runner for North East after finishing in second at the McDowell Invitational. He ran the course in 16:41. Curtis Royek was the top Corry runner with a ninth-place finish and a time of 17:19, while Phoenix Myers was Seneca’s top runner with a time of 18:02 to place 20th.

Mercyhurst Prep at Hickory girls golf – Two of the top girls golf programs in District 10 will play a non-region match at the Hickory VFW Golf Course. Mercyhurst Prep is a contender in Region 2 and Hickory in Region 1. The two region champions played for the District 10 Class AA team championship last fall. Mercyhurst Prep won 366-384 behind an 80 from Grace Brzowowski and an 85 by Georgia Capotis. Both are back this fall, while Alena Lancia is back to lead the Hornets.

Iroquois at Harbor Creek girls volleyball – The two rivals always get up for this showdown. The two teams are in different regions and classes but it always means a little more when they play. The second time the two play is during the afternoon in front of one of the two school’s student bodies.

Villa Maria at Warren girls tennis – The two programs are strong each season. Both are still trying to break through against the powerhouses like McDowell and Mercyhurst Prep and both have new head coaches this season.

General McLane at Cathedral Prep boys soccer – The Lancers have developed into a perennial playoff team under head coach Josh Hopkins, while Cathedral Prep continues to play at a high level under coach Sam Tojaga. The Ramblers find themselves in the District 10 Class AAA championship each season, while McLane continues to challenge for the D-10 AA title each year. Both soccer programs are strong and although this is a non-region match, expect some impressive soccer to be played.

Villa Maria at McDowell girls soccer – Villa Maria and McDowell are always in the District 10 playoffs. The Trojans continue to win D-10 Class AAA championships and the Victors seem to always be in the mix for the D-10 Class AA title. Villa has a new coach in Afrim Latifi and one of the top players in the area in Morgan Putnam. McDowell counters with two terrific goal scorers in Caroline Mashyna and Abby Kenski. This should be an early-season test for both teams.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 27th, 2013

Last week we challenged readers to name all seven athletes in the Varsity blog header (above) from the 2012-13 school year.

(The top of the Varsity blog soon will have a new look with current District 10 athletes.)

For those who were curious which athletes are on the current header, here they are: Top row, from left, Jaymon Mason, General McLane basketball; Rylee Klomp, Mercyhurst Prep swimming; Anne Lewis, North East cross country. Bottom row, Chad Ferguson, Greenville tennis; Khyre Drayer, McDowell football; Hannah Kondrlik, Corry volleyball; Chris Kupniewski, Strong Vincent golf (Northwest Collegiate Academy student).

Posted: August 27th, 2013

•The District 10 high school golf season can come and go quickly. It’s the first sport to start but a lot of fans and parents are still enjoying their summers. Before you know it, it’s early October and golf season is coming to a close. Monday was a big reason why everyone needs to keep an eye on these D-10 golfers. First was the Region 3 boys mega-match. Grove City knocked off Meadville and won the match with a combined round of 341. That was eight strokes better than defending District 10 Class AAA champion Meadville. Matt Gordon was the only golfer to break 80 at Grove City Country Club with a 74 to lead the Eagles to first place. Slippery Rock and Warren tied for third place, which tightened up the Region 3 race a bit.

•Over at Crab Apple Ridge, Fort LeBoeuf edged out Corry by one stroke. Sophmore Ryan Carniewski led the Bison with a 42, while Kameron Landers had a 43 and Justin Latsko recorded a 44. Landers is the only senior on a young LeBoeuf team. Nolan Pike and Tyler Jacquith each had rounds of 43, while Joey Sonntag shot a 44 for Corry.

•Cathedral Prep put together an impressive performance at the University School tournament in Ohio this past weekend. The Ramblers finished third behind Cleveland powerhouses St. Ignatius and St. Edward. The Ramblers were only two strokes behind St. Ed’s and 12 behind St. Ignatius. Jack Coyne of St. Ignatius had the low round of 69, and Jack Kelly led Prep with a 74. Zack Britton shot a 76 and Evan Wronek shot a 78.

•The live blog is finally here! Join me at noon to discuss high school football this coming season.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Golf, Reisen Shine
Posted: August 24th, 2013

• There’s no job in sports that I have more respect for than officials. It is without a doubt the toughest job to have. When you get a call right, that’s your job. When you get a call wrong, everyone jumps on you. There really is no win scenario for an official but they continue to take time out of their lives to officiate sports from the youth level on up. I started thinking about officials on Friday when I learned that Harry Boback Sr. passed away. He was a terrific official that worked for more than 60 years. I still remember playing basketball for Sacred Heart School and Boback would officiate our games. He was famous for using two fingers to call traveling instead of the traditional two arms in a spinning motion. Boback’s son Harry is also an outstanding official in the area.

There is no doubt fans, parents and students are passionate when it comes to high school, college and professional sports. That passion just needs to be under control when addressing officials. They are out there giving up their nights and weekends to give the athletes an opportunity to compete. Before screaming at an official from the sidelines or telling people how awful they are, take a second and think about if you were in that position. Anytime someone tells me that an official “stinks” my immediate response is “The application to become an official can be found on the PIAA website”. Let’s set a good example for the kids and athletes and refrain from screaming at officials as they are working hard every day for you.

• It’s pretty clear no one in District 10 can stop McDowell senior Adrianna Jeffress. She has dominated the girls tennis scene throughout her career and beat Lauren Petrella 6-4, 6-2 on Friday. Petrella, who transferred to Mercyhurst Prep last year, is arguably the second-best player in District 10 and will likely win the D-10 Class AA singles title. Jeffress is putting together one of the all-time great high school careers in the area and is primed to make a run at the state title. If you have a free afternoon, go check out a McDowell tennis match over the next five-six weeks and see Jeffress play in person.

• The Harbor Creek-Mercyhurst Prep boys golf rivalry continued Friday as the Huskies pulled out a mega-match win by two strokes. Harbor Creek had five golfers break 90, including a 77 by Jacob VanSlyke. While the Huskies and Lakers have a strong rivalry going, Class AA teams are going to have trouble catching Villa Maria on the girls’ side. The Victors won the Hickory Invitational by 36 strokes, including rounds of 81 by Annie Ciacchini and Andrea McCormick.

• Make sure to check out the blog on Tuesday at noon as I talk about the upcoming high school football season. Fans are welcome to join the chat and ask questions or comment on their favorite teams and players.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 22nd, 2013

The high school golf season is already one week old and most of the regions have held their first mega-matches. The only region not to play mega-matches is Region 1 on the boys side. Each of the six teams will play each other twice for their region schedule. Region 2 in girls golf will play its first mega-match today at Oakland Beach Golf Course in Conneaut Lake.

• Harbor Creek won the first two Region 6 mega-matches but both have been close. The Huskies won the first mega-match by seven strokes but only the second by one. Mercyhurst Prep’s Ryan Matlock had the low round in both matches. He show a 75 in the first mega-match at Downing before shooting a 77 at Lake Shore. Harbor Creek, however, seems to have more depth this season. Ryan Markiewicz led the Huskies with a 77 in the first mega-match and Jacob VanSlyke had a 79. In the second mega-match, VanSlyke and Jacob Troutman each carded 80s.

Mercyhurst Prep won the third mega-match on Wednesday by eight strokes. Sculley shot a 74 for the Lakers and Matlock had a 75. The Huskies and Lakers could be neck and neck all season and it’s a shame only one will represent Region 6 in the District 10 Class AA team championship tournament.

• Cathedral Prep straight dominated the Region 7 mega-match. The Ramblers had the top six golfers in the match one day after finishing second at the Gary Garrison tournament in Latrobe. Jack Kloekcer and Jordan Henry had the low rounds in the mega-match with 66s, while Evan Wronek and Ryan Podufal shot 67 and 68, respectively. Andrew Brittno and Jack Kelly each shot 69 to contribute to the dominant win.

• Speaking of dominant wins, the Union City golfers won the first Region 4 mega-match by 35 strokes. Troy Jackson led the way with an 83 and Nick Yaple had an 89. The Bears could run away with Region 4 this season.

• Hickory’s athletic program is mostly known for cross country, track, football and basketball. Look out for the Hornets on the golf course. The boys won the first Region 2 mega-match by 33 strokes behind Billy Colbert’s round of 71 at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course. Colbert is a contender in Class AA this season, which is a field that is wide open this year. The Hickory girls had a little closer match with a round of 194. Reynolds wasn’t far behind at 206. Alena Lancia had the low round for the Hornets with a 56, while Grove City’s Meg Birmingham had a 46. Grove City isn’t in the region but had two golfers compete independently. The two, Fontaine McFeathers and Birmingham, can qualify to play in the District 10 championships by competing in D-10 events.

•Matt McCord, a D-10 contender, and Eric Maginnis each shot a 74 to lead Titusville in the first Region 5 mega-match at Cross Creek Resort. The two finished in the top 12 in the District 10 championship tournament last fall. McCord, a junior, shot an 82 to finish third behind Sean Sculley and Steve Kearns of Mercyhurst Prep, who each shot an 81. Sculley is back and Kearns graduated. Maginnis finished 12th as a freshman with a round of 88.

•Meadville continued its strong play in recent years in the Region 3 opener. The Bulldogs had a round of 317 to win the mega-match, while Slippery Rock shot a combined 335. Warren’s Andrew Gignac had the low round of 75, followed by Matt Gordon of Grove City with a 77 and Meadville’s Dalton Zelasco shot a 78. Meadville upset Cathedral Prep in the D-10 Class AAA team tournament last year and continues to get stronger. Despite the loss of Ford to him moving south, the Bulldogs have plenty of depth. Keep an eye on junior Charlie Holt, who finished fourth in the mega-match and was eighth at the D-10 championships last year.

Region 1
Region 2
Region 3
Region 4
School Region W-L School Points School Points School Points
Mercer 1-0 Hickory 5 Meadville 5 Union City 4
Kennedy Catholic 1-0 Sharon 4 Slippery Rock 4 Saegertown 3
Greenville 0-0 West Middlesex 3 Warren 3 Cambridge Springs 2
Jamestown 0-0 Sharpsville 2 Grove City 2 Maplewood 1
Lakeview 0-1 Wilmington 1 Oil City 1
Reynolds 0-1
Region 5
Region 6
Region 7
Region 1 Girls
School Points School Points School Points School Points
Titusville 5 Harbor Creek 23 Cathedral Prep 6 Hickory 3
Corry 4 Mercyhurst Prep 22 McDowell 5 Reynolds 2
Franklin 3 Fairview 18 General McLane 4 West Middlesex 1
Rocky Grove 2 Fort LeBoeuf 14 Conneaut 3
Eisenhower 0 North East 13 Strong Vincent 2
Seneca 9 Central Tech 1
Girard 5

Iroquois 4

•Make sure to check out the blog on Tuesday as I will host a live chat about the upcoming high school football season at noon.

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted in: Golf, Reisen Shine
Posted: August 21st, 2013

The opening day of the 2013-14 season for fall high school sports is Aug. 30. (Golf and girls tennis already have begun.)

With that in mind, GoErie.com soon will be changing the Varsity blog header to include current high school athletes. Before we switch to a new set of athletes, the Varsity blog challenges readers to identify all seven athletes from the 2012-13 header above.

The first person to correctly identify all seven athletes will win a free edition of the 2013 Kickoff football preview magazine. If no one can identify all seven, the first person to name six will win.  If no one can identify six, the first person to name five will win … and so on.

Readers can share their answers in two ways:

1. List the names and schools of the athletes in the comment section below. (We will not post any comments until the contest is over, so readers’ answers will not be seen.)

2. Send an e-mail to us at sports@timesnews.com and put “Varsity blog athletes” in the subject line.

The deadline is Friday at 4 p.m.

Show us your knowledge of District 10 sports, and see how many of the seven D-10 athletes above you can identify.

– Jeff Kirik

Posted: August 21st, 2013

Welcome fans and readers to the Reisen Shine blog by Tom Reisenweber. I will post news, notes and observations daily throughout the school year regarding high school sports in District 10. A new post will appear every day at 6 a.m. Readers are welcome to comment on the posts and even leave their own observations about the topic at hand. (Names in bold are not links.)

• West Middlesex is already making news this year in golf and baseball. Ryan Dogan, younger brother of basketball star Matthew Dogan, connected on a hole-in-one during a Region 2 mega-match. He holed No. 8 at the Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Mercer County. Matthew Dogan is now a student and basketball player at Gannon, while Ryan is a rising standout in several sports for the Big Reds. The Dogans definitely have an athletic family.

One of the Dogans’ basketball teammates, Christian Porterfield, has picked a college. Porterfield, an all-region first-team catcher, committed to play baseball at Slippery Rock on Tuesday. The Big Reds’ have one of the strongest overall programs in the southern part of District 10 and they continue to churn out college prospects in several sports.

• The Erie Times-News All-District 10 boys basketball team was made up of five seniors this year and almost all five have settled on where they are continuing their college careers. Jaymon Mason of General McLane, the District 10 player of the year, is headed to Edinboro, while Matt Dogan of West Middlesex is going to Gannon. Matt Votino of Hickory is going to Mount Union in Ohio and Cathedral Prep graduate Sheldon Zablotny will play for Niagara County Community College. Central Tech product Eugene Husband is still deciding but it looks like Mercyhurst North East for the pure shooter. Obviously, it was a tough year for D-10 boys with no Division I players but all five all-district selections have shown the talent to play at the next level and should represent D-10 well in the future.

• On the girls’ side of the Erie Times-News All-District 10 team, four of the five selections will play in college this year. The fifth, Angelina Starr, will be a senior at Franklin this year and is turning into a big prospect in D-10. Alex Artise (North East) was named the District 10 player of the year and will continue her career at Mercyhurst. She will get a chance to square off with fellow all-district selection McKenzie Popatak of Sharpsville, who is headed to Slippery Rock. Karlee McBride of Villa Maria will play Indiana of the Big Ten and Kennedy Catholic’s Alex Ricketts is headed to Akron.

• How strong is the Harbor Creek golf program? The Huskies won the District 10 Class AA championship last year and advanced to the PIAA tournament. Harbor Creek then started the 2013 season by winning the first Region 6 mega-match. The Huskies edged Mercyhurst Prep by one stroke, and those two could be going at it every mega-match this season.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 7th, 2013

Three District 10 golfers who are expected to compete in the upcoming PIAA season were winners during Wednesday’s Flagship City Junior Tour Championship. The tour’s inaugural season concluded at the par-71 Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course in Crawford County.

Mercyhurst Prep’s Georgia Capotis won the girls age 16-18 division. The Lakers’ senior-to-be recorded a 91, which was still 16 shots fewer than silver medalist Michaela Redinger.

The girls age 12-15 title went to Claire Orr, who returned with a 95. Orr will be a freshman at McDowell when the 2013-14 academic year begins.

Jordan Henry claimed the boys age 13-15 trophy with a 3-over 74. Henry will play for Ramblers coach Jay Willow, who helped organize the tour.

Wednesday’s other winners were Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy graduate and former Strong Vincent player Chris Kupniewski (72) in boys age 16-18, and Carter Hassenplug (81) in boys age 10-12.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: August 2nd, 2013

Two female golfers expected to contend for District 10′s Class AA individual championship this fall experienced diverse results after Friday’s quarterfinals of the EDWGA match play tournament.

Megan Moylan, a senior-to-be at North East, routed Lisa Peck 6 and 5 at Lawrence Park Golf Club. She’ll play Karlie Zabrosky, a McDowell graduate and former district titlist, in Saturday’s semifinals.

Georgia Capotis wasn’t as fortunate in her quarter. Steph Urban, a Lawrence Park member, beat the Mercyhurst Prep senior-to-be 5 and 3.

Urban will take on Kelly Moylan, Megan Moylan’s older sister, in Saturday’s other semifinal. The tee times for those matches are scheduled for 11:20 and 11:28 a.m.

The tournament finalists will tee off Sunday at 11 a.m.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: August 1st, 2013

Seniors-to-be Megan Moylan of North East and Georgia Capotis of Mercyhurst Prep advanced to Friday’s quarterfinal round of the EDWGA match play tournament at Lawrence Park Golf Club.

Moylan edged Tanica Bell 1-up during Wednesday’s first round. She drew Lisa Peck for an 8:24 a.m. tee time Friday.

Capotis had an easier time in her opener, eliminating Gail Heubel 3 and 2. The Lakers standout drew Steph Urban at 8:40.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA
Posted: July 30th, 2013

Megan Moylan, a senior-to-be at North East High School, was one of three golfers who recorded rounds of 76 during Tuesday’s EDWGA match play qualifier at the Lawrence Park Golf Club.

Megan Moylan’s 4-over par effort was matched by older sister Kelly Moylan, who competes for Lehigh University, and Steph Urban. Their three-way playoff saw Megan Moylan drop out and receive the third seed, while Kelly Moylan birdied the third playoff hole to leave her the top seed and Urban second.

Megan Moylan will be paired against Tanica Bell at 8:08 a.m. in Wednesday’s first round of match play at Lawrence Park.

Georgia Capotis, a senior-to-be at Mercyhurst Prep, also qualified for the tournament’s main portion. She tied Lisa Peck for second place with a qualifying round of 82.

Capotis drew Gail Heubel as her first-round foe Wednesday. Their 8:48 pairing is the last of eight that will tee off.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Golf, PIAA

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