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Posted: August 11th, 2014

Grace Trucilla, a senior-to-be at Villa Maria Academy, easily won the women’s overall title during Sunday’s iRock Fitness Charity 5K Run-Walk.

The event was held on the streets of the Frontier Park neighborhood.

Trucilla crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 56.60 seconds. She was the race’s only female entrant who was timed in less than 20 minutes.

Trucilla will start her final cross-country season for Villa Maria when the Victors compete in the McDowell Invitational on Aug. 30.

Mike Copper

Posted: August 11th, 2014

CollegeBaseVarsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 18 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 18

That’s the number of pass attempts Greenville quarterback Nick Gentile had in the Trojans’ game at Northwestern on Oct. 7, 2011.

Gentile completed 11 of them for 406 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His play helped Greenville edge the host Wildcats 32-29.

Only Oil City graduate Mark Kulinski (444 yards in 2010), Cathedral Prep graduate Billy Fessler (438 yards in 2013)  and McDowell graduate John Campbell (419 in 1969) have passed for more yards in a single game in District 10 history

Mike Copper

Posted: August 10th, 2014

CollegeBaseVarsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 19 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 19

That’s the number of District 10 championships Cathedral Prep has won since postseason play began in 1985. Division tournaments (I, II and III) were held between 1985 and 1988, with the latter year ushering in the start of PIAA competition.

Sharon won the inaugural Division I tournament in 1985, but the Ramblers claimed the remaining three. They beat Meadville 9-0 in 1986 and then Sharon 18-0 in 1987 and 12-10 in 1988.

Prep’s ensuing 16 trophies have come in District 10′s current playoff format. Twelve of those 16 were as Class AAAA entrants and the other four at the Class AAA level.

The Ramblers’ 19 titles are the most in District 10 going into the 2014 season. Wilmington and Sharon are tied for second at 10 each.

Mike Copper

Posted: August 9th, 2014

CollegeBaseVarsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 20 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 20

That’s the number of completions Oil City quarterback Mark Kulinski recorded against the visiting Slippery Rock Rockets on Oct. 22, 2010. They were good for a District 10 record of 444 yards in the Oilers’ 42-26 victory.

Kulinski’s 3,253 that season rank as the third most in District 10 history. His 6,045 career yards through the air is second only to the 7,266 of Cathedral Prep graduate Damion Terry.

The previous single-game record of 419 yards had been set by McDowell’s John Campbell in 1969.

Prep’s Billy Fessler threatened the record in 2013 when he passed for 438 yards in a win over McDowell.

Mike Copper

 

 

Posted: August 8th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 21 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 21

That’s the number of points Hickory scored in the 2013 District 10 Class AA championship game. The Hornets claimed that title for the third straight season with a 21-10 victory over Girard at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium.

Girard managed to give Hickory a game, something fellow Erie County entrants Fort LeBoeuf and Northwestern couldn’t do in earlier rounds. The Hornets routed the Bison 56-7 in the quarterfinals and the Wildcats 52-14 in the semifinals.

Hickory seeks to join Wilmington and Sharon as the only District 10 programs to win four consecutive Class AA trophies. Wilmington accomplished that feat twice (1994-97 and 2006-09).

– Mike Copper

Posted: August 7th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 22 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 22

That’s the number of points Sharon scored in the 1992 District 10 Class AAA championship game.

The Tigers, coached by Jim Wildman, blanked the Corry Beavers 22-0 for their second of four such titles in a six-season span. They also were victorious in 1990, 1994 and 1995.

Sharon reached the Class AAA final in the two years the team didn’t  win, losing to Strong Vincent in 1991 and Greenville in 1993.

– Mike Copper

Posted: August 6th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 23 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 23

That’s the number of yards per catch 1991 Tech Memorial graduate Dietrich Jells averaged for his career.

Jells totaled 1,347 yards on 57 receptions for the Centaurs. He still holds the District 10 Class AAA boys record in the 100-meter dash (10.57 seconds), which was the kind of speed that led to his successful recruitment by the University of Pittsburgh football team.

At the time he left the Panthers, Jells was the program’s all-time leader in receptions (160) and yards (3,003).

Kansas City picked Jells in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL draft, but he never played a down for the Chiefs. His rookie season was spent with the New England Patriots, who reached Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers.

Jells also played for the Philadelphia Eagles over a four-year career that saw him record 12 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

Mike Copper

Posted: August 5th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 24 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 24

That’s the number of points Cathedral Prep scored when it won its second PIAA championship in 2012. The Ramblers gave up a touchdown to Archbishop Wood on the opening drive of that year’s Class AAA final, but proceeded to score all of their points in the first half of their 24-14 victory at Hersheypark Stadium.

The win left Prep the first District 10 program ever to win two PIAA titles in football. The 2000 Ramblers were Class AAAA champions.

Mike Copper

Posted: August 4th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 25 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 25

That’s the number of touchdowns quarterback Kolten Hoffman passed for during West Middlesex’s 2006 season.

Hoffman totaled 2,401 yards through the air that year. The senior helped the Big Reds beat Sharpsville 35-13 in the District 10 Class A final and then led them to the PIAA championship game, where they lost 56-14 to District 4 power Southern Columbia.

Hoffman graduated as the first District 10 quarterback with 5,000 career passing yards (5,060). He’s now fourth on that all-time list behind Damion Terry of Cathedral Prep (7,266), Mark Kulinski of Oil City (6,045) and Scottie Frisina of Corry (5,078).

Mike Copper

 

Posted: August 3rd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 26 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 26

That’s the number years since the inaugural PIAA football playoffs were held.

The original four title games were held at sites throughout the state, with the Class A championship contested at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium. That historic game saw the Camp Hill Lions beat the Cambridge Springs Blue Devils 18-7.

Cambridge Springs not only became the first District 10 program to reach a PIAA final, but remain the only Crawford County football team to advance that far.

Mike Copper

 

Posted: August 2nd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 27 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 27

That’s the number of points Lakeview scored to win its first-ever District 10 championship last season. The Sailors, captained by running back Blake Reddick, blanked two-time defending champion Sharpsville 27-0 in the Class A final at Wilmington High School.

Lakeview had never reached District 10 final before 2013, let alone won one. The program’s only such championship game appearance before then was in 1986, when Reynolds beat them 41-6 to capture the former Division II tournament.

Reddick totaled a District 10-record 2,974 rushing yards for the 2013 Sailors, who reached the PIAA Class A quarterfinals.

– Mike Copper

Posted: August 1st, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 28 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 28

That’s the number of General McLane scored in the 2006 PIAA Class AAA championship game. The Lancers became the third team from Erie County, and the fifth from District 10, to claim a state title via their 28-23 victory over Pottsville at Hersheypark Stadium.

McLane took a permanent lead when quarterback Drew Astorino scrambled for a 20-yard touchdown and Dan Skelton ran for a two-point conversion with less than 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Astorino, who went on to play as a free safety at Penn State, rushed for 172 yards.

The victory comprised half of a landmark 2006-07 at McLane. Its boys basketball team also won the state’s Class AAA title, which made the school the first in PIAA history to claim boys football and basketball championships in the same academic year.

– Mike Copper

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