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.